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June 16, 2020



Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,


I hope this letter finds you and yours healthy.  


The Pine Strawberry Elementary Governing Board met last night for their regular monthly board meeting.  During this meeting the Board discussed in length the reopening of the school for the upcoming school year.  


Over the last few weeks the school has held several meetings with community members, families and staff to share the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Map to Restart, as well as, gather feedback based on guidance provided by ADE.  During these meetings recommendations were gathered and the attached plan was developed.  


I would like to provide the attached document for additional feedback from families that were unable to provide feedback in the first round of discussions.  I ask that all feedback be emailed to me at kthomson@pineesd.org and/or call me at the office 928-946-3283.  


The goal of the reopening plan is to practice, observe and modify as needed.  I understand that as with everything right now, things are constantly changing and the school plans to adapt the plan as State and Federal requirements are shared.  We are pleased that due to the student enrollment and overall size of the school, we are planning to keep the reopening as close as we can to “normal” for our students, families and staff.    


I look forward to hearing back from you and having our students back in school. 


Kind regards, 


Kathlene Thomson, Superintendent


Re-opening Plan PSEDS.docx




Update: March 31, 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Community,

As you are aware the Governor has announced school closures for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to provide school work to enhance our student learning opportunities. This will include on-line classes and paper and pencil homework and technical support.

Grades K-2
Home work packets were delivered for two weeks, on the March 24, 2020. Weekly completed work can be dropped off at the lunch pickup. Teachers are now working on creating packets for the next two weeks. Please make sure your child’s name and grade level is on all papers. We will contact you when the new packets are ready for distribution. 

Grades 3-5
Home work packets were delivered for two weeks, on the March 24, 2020. Weekly completed work can be dropped off at the lunch pickup. Teachers are now working on creating packets for the next two weeks. Please make sure your child’s name and grade level is on all papers. We will contact you when the new packets are ready for distribution. Additionally, we are working with our technology department to create online lessons to support team learning. You will be notified when you can pick-up your child’s chrome book.

Grades 6-8
If you have homework ready to turn in you may turn them in at the lunch line start on Wednesday April 1, 2020. The majority of student work is to be submitted online, teachers are checking daily. If you need additional support please have your child contact their classroom teacher via Google Classroom.

Additional Information

Meals will continue to be provided at the Ramada. Menu items may vary depending upon availability of items.

Homework can be dropped off between 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Monday thru Friday at the Ramada.

If anything changes on your contact information please inform the school so that we may contact you.

All your child’s personal items will be bagged/tagged and made available in the near future. Information will be forthcoming. 

Please be aware that the office hours are 8-12 Monday thru Friday, should you have any questions please CALL the office at 928-476-3283.

Thank you, 
Kathlene Thomson, Superintendent

March 31, 2020


Family, Students and Community,

Under the directive of Arizona State Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman, Secretary of State Hobbs, and Gila County Superintendent Sandoval, Pine Strawberry Elementary Administration has been notified that Arizona Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the year.  Based on the limited information we have received regarding the required closing of all State Public schools, we will follow state requirements. We will provide additional information once it is made available. We ask for your understanding and patience during these unique times. Our priorities will always be to our family, students and staff.  

Please monitor the Pine Strawberry School Facebook and Website for the latest information.
Kind regards, 

Superintendent, Kathlene Thomson


Home of the Buffalos!

Welcome to Pine Strawberry Elementary School District (PSESD) located in the beautiful Rim Country and the ponderosa pines of Central Arizona! PSESD is a continuation of a tradition of excellence in education beginning with the establishment of the Strawberry Schoolhouse in 1884. PSESD continues to provide the children in our district with an outstanding educational experience.

A cornerstone of the District's vision is our commitment to facilitating the development of the whole child by creating an environment in which all students will achieve success, become productive individuals and the development of a positive home/school/community partnership. The partnership is committed to the development and implementation of effective educational programs that provide students with a comprehensive curriculum and education. This commitment has fostered a community and school district that preserves family and small town values. In addition, PSESD has placed a strong emphasis on teaching the fundamentals using innovative teaching strategies and interventions and is always exploring and implementing technologies to facilitate student success.

PSESD remains committed to creating and maintaining a vibrant and strong school system as we face challenging times over the next decade. We will meet the needs of our students and families and preserve the values that have served the District for the past 126 years. We are firm in our belief that all children can meet their potential.We hope you enjoy our website. In the website you will find information about our school and the District. If you have any questions about our District that are not answered on the website, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help you find what you're looking for.

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Important Public Notice, April, 2020

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
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