P-S School Goes High Tech With Edline

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Pine-Strawberry Elementary School has joined the ranks of thousand of schools and millions of families who benefit from Edline.

The school now has its own Edline link up and running.

Parents unfamiliar with the link will be impressed with the information available with the click of a mouse. With Edline, schools can increase parental involvement, raise student achievement and transform their learning community.

Mike Clark, principal of PS Elementary believes the school is on the right track adding Edline.

"There is more to do, but we have a good start," he said.

The Edline link will eventually guide users to the school calendar, breakfast/lunch menu, a bulletin board, and specific grade level sites that will allow parents and students to review grades, homework assignments, etc.

Grade and homework sites for individual students are password protected. Which means, only a parent or student will be allowed to review information.

Parents who have used the site in other districts rave about its capabilities.

For those parents who sometimes doubt their child's word when he or she says there is no homework, Edline provides a quick and easy way to check.

Go to www.pineesd.org and take a look, we think you'll be impressed.

IRS needs help

This was an interesting bit of information I thought was worth passing on.

Starting in May, economic stimulus payments of up to $600 for individual and $1,200 for married couples will be issued by the IRS based on 2007 tax returns. Parents also get $300 for each eligible child.

To receive it, you are required to file a 2007 tax return, and this is where the problem lies.

It seems there may be millions of people eligible who are not aware of it.

Many retirees, disabled veterans and low-wage workers do not normally file a tax return, but you must file this year to receive the benefit.

Generally, if you received at least $3,000 from earned income or certain benefits from Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Veterans Affairs, or a combination of these benefits, you are eligible.

To check your eligibility visit the Web site www.irs.gov.

Fiddlin' around at Senior Center

The Fiddlers Jam begins at 1 p.m. April 16 at the Pine Community Center. Following the session an ice cream social will be held. The public is invited to attend.

Also, summer clothes have arrived at the Thrift Store. Be sure and check out the weekly "sales specials."

Deadline for volunteer of the year

The deadline to submit nominees for volunteer of the year, sponsored by Take Pride, has been extended to April 14.

Send your nominee choice to Sheri Earp at P. O. Box 2363, Pine, AZ 85544 or e-mail Earp at earp@futureone.com.

Pine library to spruce up

Just a reminder, our library will be closing for spring cleaning for three days this month. Becky Waer, Pine library manager has designated April 23, 24 and 25 as spring cleaning days. The library will re-open April 26 at 9 a.m.

Family portrait fund-raiser at school

Don't forget that local photographers Jon and Trina Gunzel, owners of Arizona Photo Solutions, will be offering their expertise April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the PS school gym. Not only will you get a great picture taken, you will be helping PS school raise funds. A percentage of all fees will be turned over to the school.

Coming in May

May is shaping up as a busy one on the mountain. Some events scheduled are:

  • Book Fair, May 5-9, Pine Elementary School
  • Salsa Challenge, May 17
  • Blood Drive, May 20
  • Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony, May 21
  • Last Day of School, May 23
  • Arts and Crafts Fair, Memorial Day Weekend

Check out this column for more details as the date approaches. Also, if you have an event you would like listed, please contact me at fosterkay@msn.com.

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