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Pioneer Paw Prints Newsletter November 2017

Pioneer School Billings

  • November 1: Hot Lunch & Info-MobileCartoon Familiy Thanksgiving
  • November 6: Panther Focus Group 5-6PM, PTA Meeting 6PM
  • November 7: No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 10: 1st Grade to Alberta Bair
  • November 15: Hot Lunch, Info-Mobile
  • November 17: Give Back to the Community, BAKE SALE! (12-4PM)
  • November 20: Board Meeting 6PM
  • November 22-24: No School, Thanksgiving Break

REMINDER!!!Pioneer School Warm Clothes Notice image

As the weather turns colder, it is important that students dress accordingly! Please ensure your students come well prepared to be outdoors during recess. Pants, coats, and other cold weather gear will be required to keep your student warm and comfortable.


Principal’s News

Dear Panther Families,Icon Principal's News in the Newsletter

I was absolutely thrilled to see the turnout we had at our annual Barnes & Noble Fall Book Fair! Our Panther community made an incredible contribution to our school library and we were able to bring home over $1500 dollars worth of books! Thank you! Our young Panthers will be thrilled to see all of the new texts in the library!

Trimester 1’s report cards will be distributed at Parent Teacher Conferences on November, 7th. The report card is a progress report and represents the progress achieved during each trimester. It informs you and your child about areas of success and areas of growth. Their academic career is a life-long journey. Celebrate their accomplishments and encourage their continued growth by setting goals. By doing this, you demonstrate your support and motivate your child to continue to strive for excellence. We look forward to seeing all of our Panther parents on November 7th in support of their students. If you have not received your invitation to Parent Teacher Conferences, please contact Mrs. Michael to schedule yours right away.Cartoon Love Your Billings Community

The month of November is also a perfect time for us to teach our students about being grateful and the importance of giving back to the community and to those less fortunate. Our Panther team would like to take this opportunity to teach this lesson at school and we are challenging our Panther parents to step up to the challenge with us!

Pioneer Elementary will be hosting a bake sale on Friday, November 17th to raise funding for Flakesgiving. Flakesgiving is a wonderful community service effort aimed at making a positive impact on the Billings Community, giving ingredients for a Cartoon Bake Sale Help Wantedfull Thanksgiving meal to those whom might not have one otherwise.

We challenge our Panther Families to join in the fun! Those who cannot contribute to the bake sale, but would like to make a donation to support our young Panthers in their community service efforts may do so by seeing me. We look forward this this month’s value and lesson and hope that you will join us in showing our little Panthers the good that can come from giving back!

Melissa Schnitzmeier
Principal, Pioneer Elementary

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Cartoon ABC BlocksKindergarten

I can’t believe we are so close to Thanksgiving. The first trimester has flown by and we are embarking on our holiday season.

Language Arts:

We are becoming quite the letter detectives! Your child can spot the letters M, T, A, S, and P. They are also learning which letters are vowels and which ones are consonants. We continue to look for words that begin with any of these letters. You can also help at home by looking for all those letters and practicing their sounds.


We try to label our pictures with letters or sometimes words. Each step brings us closer to being a writer. In November, we will read and write about Thanksgiving. These stories will be both fiction and non-fiction. Many students already know the difference!


We are still practicing numbers to 10 but the class is beginning to count up to 20. Any extra you can do at home with writing numbers is helpful.


In October, we learned about how pumpkins grow and what they look like inside. We would like to thank the Pioneer PTA for the field trip to JK Farms and our chaparones for helping with our classes. The kindergarten class had a wonderful time!

Social studies:

During the month of October the class had the opportunity to visit the Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department. THANK YOU to all the volunteers and for teaching us
about fire safety. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year I am very thankful for our amazing students and families. Thank you for your support of Pioneer. Let’s get November going!

—Mrs. Burns

Elementary NewsFirst Grade

Dear Parents,

October flew by in the blink of an eye! I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun. We have been having a blast in first grade, memorizing all of the sight words that we need to know by this point. The students have been using the words to play games, make sentences, and use higher order thinking in order to build a greater understanding of the words that they are reading. We only have two weeks left of our sight word unit, then we will be able to have our ice cream sundae party that they have been earning each week.

Along with the sight words, we have also started doing writing! The students are loving getting to come up with their own stories, as well as put middles into an already started writing prompt. If you would be interested in having your child write stories at home, please let me know, and I would be more than happy to send home some of our writing paper. The more practice they get at writing, the better they will get!

I’m looking forward to finding out what November is going to bring! The students have all been working so hard, and learning so much. It’s going to be a great month!

—Mrs. Rau

Cartoon Lady Bug and PencilSecond & Third Grade

2nd Grade Math

Second graders worked their way through Topic 2 with flying colors! I fully anticipate them doing just as well as we move onto Topic 3. In Topic 3 the students will represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. They will use addition to subtract doubles, make 10 to subtract, think addition to 10 and 18 to subtract, and problem solve two-question problems. At the rate they are going, second grade will do well with this topic and be onto Topic 4 by the middle of the month. Great job students!

3rd Grade Math

Topic 2 is almost over! It has been a hard one, as I’m sure students have expressed. We will have the assessment on Thursday November 2nd, and can then move onto Topic 3! Making sense of addition and subtraction equations will help us as we move into the next topic: using place value to add and subtract. Third graders will be adding and subtracting with expanded algorithm, adding 3-digit numbers, and problem solving within base ten. Things can get tricky and confusing in the upcoming lessons, so always feel free to practice extra with your students, and to always
contact me with any questions or concerns.

—Mrs. Eissinger

2nd & 3rd Grade ELA/Science/Social Studies

Hi all,

We have been busy as the first trimester is coming to a close. We have been doing some classwork assessments. I have appreciated all the student’s attention. The 2nd grade class has been focusing on learning centers and really working hard on their ELA skills. We will continue to work hard and try to have a little fun along the way. The third-grade class has been able to focus on more reading right now. We will continue to focus on this along with incorporating a reader’s log. I really appreciate the snack donations you parents continue to make for the classroom. It sure makes their day. The class Dojo is going great and students are getting some good prizes for work well done. The school bake sale is in November, dates to follow. Let’s make the second and third grade set records for having a baked item for the sale!!

—Mr. McDermott

Fourth, Fifth, & Sixth Grade

4th Grade Math

In math we are continuing to hop right along in the curriculum. This month we will be working in numbers and operations in base ten. We will be making sense of problems and persevering in solving them. Students will construct viable argument and critique the reasoning of others. THey will continue to model with mathematics and use appropriate tools strategically. Fourth graders will be asked to pay careful detail to multi-digit whole numbers and the precision of repeated reasoning. Make sure your students get a good breakfast! They will need full stomachs to have the mental clarity to get them through the topics this month.

—Mrs. Eissinger

Cartoon Stack of Books at Pioneer ElementaryReading & English Language Art

As we say goodbye to our first trimester, the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade reading/ELA classes reflect upon all of the hard work and learning that has taken place. It has been an extremely busy first few months of school and I couldn’t be more proud of the effort I’ve seen from each of the kids. This month, we will continue to focus on literary elements in fiction by starting book clubs. Our book clubs will allow us to continue to hone in on our literature skills while beginning to venture more in depth into informational text. Students will be responsible for readings on Monday and Wednesday nights and should come prepared to discuss their assigned readings in detail the next day.

Our first topic of study within informational text will be text structure. We will investigate and analyze the different forms of structure that nonfiction/informational text provides while beginning to explore its different features.

—Mrs. Schnitzmeier

4th, 5th, & 6th Grade Math/Science/Social Studies

I can hardly believe it is November already. October flew by. It was a very busy month with field trips, the book fair, and Halloween fun. In Math 5th and 6th grade have shown great progress with their math facts. Both grades have also reviewed division and are now moving more quickly through their math units. 5th grade is doing well and are about to start Unit 5. Unit 5 focuses on division with two digit divisors. Units 6 and 7 will focus on multiplying and dividing with decimals. 6th grade has just finished unit 3 which focused on decimals. Unit 4 will focus on solving equations and then we will start to work with fractions. In science we have started to learn about cells. The students have learned some of the different parts of cells, some of the differences between animal and plant cells, and about the many different kinds of cells there are. In November we will continue to learn about cells and then start learning about earth and space science. In social studies we have continued to learn about Colonial America. We have progressed through the French and Indian war and are learning about the many events that led up to the Revolutionary war. 4th grade has also been learning about the different regions in the united states. In art we are learning the basics of color theory and how to paint with watercolors. The students have learned and experimented with several different watercolor techniques. The students also learned a dance to the song “Walk like an Egyptian” which was performed by some of the students at the book fair.

—Miss Schatz

Cartoon Dancing Turkey NewsletterLibrary

November, the approaching holiday season, and all the joy, love and sharing of our family and friends to warm and brighten the colder days. I always anticipate the excitement and anticipation of this season and love sharing it with family and friends! Speaking of sharing with family and friends…our Barnes & Noble Book Fair was a HUGE success!

I was absolutely thrilled to see so many of our students, parents, and family members there to participate with their children. It was so much fun and I was pleased beyond belief with the support and encouragement for our school library. We raised $795 in raffle sales alone, which is FANTASTIC! Again, I thank all of our school community and staff for their support in this fundraising endeavor! We were able to combine last year’s Barnes & Noble gift cards from our two book fairs and the cash from our raffle tickets to purchase over $1500 in new books for our library! That is a MASSIVE gift to our students and their ongoing reading endeavors!

Our winners from the raffle are: Blake Olstad/mini/iPad and Ms. Schatz/Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook! Congratulations to both of you! We will be working hard to get all these new books into circulation in our library very soon! We are also very happy to know that most of our new books have Accelerated Reader quizzes available or coming soon which is a big support for our Accelerated Reader Program! READING IS TRULY THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME! Share it with your children!

—Mrs. Russell

Cartoon Kids during Physical EducationPhysical Education & Health

On Wednesdays health classes are putting together a body diagram of their major organs. They will then research each part and write two interesting facts about each. This project has taken away from some outside activities, but has been extremely educational. In PE, students will soon be taking a fitness assessment. This assessment will show a beginning score that can be compared to a score again at the end of the year. These scores will show the development and progress your student has made over the school year. As the weather changes and snow flies, students will be inside for PE. Indoor PE will consist of activities that are not too rowdy for room available. These activities could include: yoga, freeze dance, exercise stations, strategy games, and health lessons. Not all cold days will be spent inside, so make sure your student has appropriate gear for the weather! As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! Have a great November!

—Mrs. Eissinger

Logo panther pioner PTA cartoon applePanther PTA

Pioneer PTA Fundraising is off to a great start! We sold a total of 120 coupon books. WOW!! Great job kids!! We have decided to mix things up a bit this year with our 2nd fundraiser and will be running Rada Cutlery starting Nov. 1st. We’ve had a sneak peak of the merchandise they sell and found some great Christmas ideas in the catalog so be sure to check it out! Santa’s Secret Shop is also a great way for the kids to purchase gifts for their loved one’s themselves. On December 5th & 6th the students will have a chance to go check out our “Shop” and go SHOPPING! We are needing volunteers to help put this on. If anyone is interested please contact Jody @ 406-861-6799. We appreciate your continued support!

Pioneer PTA Vice President,
—Paula Tokarski

Perfect Attendance List: October

Banner Pioneer School Perfect AttendanceKindergarten:

  • Ezra Bouchard
  • Zane Tokarski
  • Audrina Kuntzcartoon Start Great Job

1st Grade

  • Sevryn Barlow
  • Ryder Sott
  • Grace Henry
  • Madyson Schnitzmeier


  • Elijah Bouchard
  • Sarah Wehrman

4 – 6

  • Laci Johnson
  • Toby Diaz
  • Levi Musser

Pioneer Value of the Month:
All About Generosity


Hello! Here at school, we have been very busy learning about generosity – what it means, and why it’s important! Learning happens best when it is done both at school and at home. Below are many ways that you can help your child continue to learn about the theme of generosity through reading about it, talking about it, and practicing it! We have really enjoyed exploring this topic at school, and I hope your family will enjoy it just as much!

Read About It!

Here are some books to help you learn more about generosity.

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Boxes for Katie by Candace Fleming
  • Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson
  • The Giving Book by Ellen Sabin

Practice It!

Work together to think of people in your family or community who you can give a small gift or helping hand to. This can be a handmade craft, baked goods, something from the dollar store, etc. As a family, make/buy the gifts and deliver them to special people in your life.

Talk About It!

Here are some discussion points to help you talk about generosity with your child:

  • What do you think generosity means and why is it important?
  • Tell me about a time someone was generous to you. How did it make you feel?
  • Is generosity something that is hard for you or easy? Tell me why you chose
    that answer.
  • What are some reasons it can be hard to be generous?
  • What would the world be like if everyone were more generous?

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Why drinking water is the way to go!!!

What do you, the trees, and a hamster have in common? Give up?

You all need water. All living things must have water to survive, whether they get it from a water fountain, a rain cloud, or a little bottle attached to the side of a hamster cage.

Without water, your body would stop working properly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight and a person can’t survive for more than a few days without it. Why? Your body has lots of important jobs and it needs water to do many of them. For instance, your blood, which contains a lot of water, carries oxygen to all the cells of your body. Without oxygen, those tiny cells would die and your body would stop working.

Water is also in lymph (say: limf), a fluid that is part of your immune system which helps you fight off illness. You need water to digest your food and get rid of waste, too. Water is needed for digestive juices, urine(pee), and poop. And you can bet that water is the main ingredient in perspiration, also called sweat.

Cartoon Water Character Drink WaterIn addition to being an important part of the fluids in your body, each cell depends on water to function normally. Your body doesn’t get water only from drinking water. Any fluid you drink will contain water, but water and milk are the best choices. Lots of foods contain water, too. Fruit contains quite a bit of water, which you could probably tell if you’ve ever bitten into a peach or plum and felt the juices dripping down your chin! Vegetables, too, contain a lot of water — think of slicing into a fat tomato from the garden or crunching into a crisp stalk of celery.

How Much Is Enough? Since water is so important, you might wonder if you’re drinking enough. There is no magic amount of water that kids need to drink every day. Usually, kids like to drink something with meals and should definitely drink when they are thirsty. But when it’s warm out or you’re exercising, you’ll need more. Be sure to drink some extra water when you’re out in warm weather, especially while playing sports or exercising. When you drink is also important. If you’re going to sports practice, a game, or just working out or playing hard, drink water before, during, and after playing. Don’t forget your water bottle. You can’t play your best when you’re thinking about how thirsty you are!

Cartoon kids Drinking Water out of BottlesWhen your body doesn’t have enough water, that’s called being dehydrated. Dehydration also can keep you from being as fast and as sharp as you’d like to be. A bad case of dehydration can make you sick. So keep that water bottle handy when the weather warms up! Not only does water fight dehydration, but
it’s awfully refreshing and has no calories. Your body can help you stay properly hydrated by regulating the amount of water in your system. The body can hold on to water when you don’t have enough or get rid of it if you have too much. If your pee has ever been very light yellow, your body might have been getting rid of excess water. When your pee is very dark yellow, it’s holding on to water, so it’s probably time to drink up. You can help your body by drinking when you’re thirsty and drinking extra water when it’s warm out. Your body will be able to do all of its wonderful, waterful jobs and you’ll feel great!