About Our School

Thank you for your interest in learning about Pinewood Elementary. Pinewood has built its reputation as an exemplary school over the past three decades, and we are committed to providing each student with a quality education in a multi-age setting.

Pinewood has a student enrollment of approximately 240 students who are enrolled in multi-age classrooms of PreKindergarten, Kindergarten/1st Grade and single grade classrooms of 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade. The teachers and staff are dedicated professionals who work together to challenge each student to reach their greatest potential in a positive and safe learning environment. We are partnering with the Superintendents’ Plan for School Success to create a “School as Hub for Resources Birth to Grade 3.” This helps us ensure that Pinewood is a place for all the families in our community, even if the students are not yet school age. In addition to our classroom staff, we have a Home Visitor who works with families in the program who are expecting children and/or have children up through age 3. Our Family Facilitator works with the families who have students aged 3 through third grade, to assist with family engagement, encourage literacy activities at school and home, and aid in transitions and support for families.

Parent involvement is key to the success of our students.  We are fortunate to have a very active PTA which assists us throughout the school year by supporting our field trips and other special events.  We encourage parents to become involved with the Pinewood PTA and to volunteer at school.  Grade level teams and individual classrooms organize “Family Nights” with teachers, students, and their families, which help to develop a “family community of learners.” 

Pinewood School is a team of staff, students, parents, and community working together to teach students to become high achievers, life-long learners, and responsible citizens.

You are encouraged to visit our website often to stay informed of upcoming events and classroom activities.

Mrs. Kristi Reinsch,  Principal

Pinewood School is a team of staff, students, parents and community working together to teach students to become high achievers, life-long learners, and responsible citizens.
To fulfill this purpose, the members of the Pinewood staff believe:
  • All students can learn.
  • Students must take responsibility for their own learning, words and actions.
  • Every teacher will strive to meet each student's individual needs.
  • The curriculum offered must challenge students to reach their highest potential.
  • Staff, students and parents must all strive to be good communicators.
  • We are a community of learners who are problem solvers.
All schools in the Omaha Public School will implement the same goals.

-Goals 1-3 address Aim 1:  High Student Achievement

-Goal 4 addresses Aim 2: Safe and Secure Learning Environment

 

Goal #1- Students will increase achievement in reading.

 


Goal #2- Students will increase achievement in math.


Goal #3- Students will increase achievement in science and writing.

 

Goal #4- A.  Students will demonstrate respect and responsibility for themselves and others in the learning environment and school activities.

                B.  The involvement of Pinewood families and community members in school activities will increase.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Pinewood Elementary School opened in 1974 and is located at 6717 N. 63rd Street in north-central Omaha. Until 1998 Pinewood was a traditional elementary school, serving students in kindergarten through sixth grade. During the 1997-1998 school year staff began to collect data to determine why Pinewood student achievement was comparatively lower than other schools in the Omaha Public School district (OPS). They found that Pinewood ranked near the bottom of a report of school standardized test scores. At that time, Pinewood staff assessed the data and considered different models of instruction. After research by a leadership team of teachers and parents, Pinewood began multiage instruction in one classroom in the 1998-1999 school year and fully implemented the multiage model in all classrooms by the 2002-2003 school year. Multiage philosophy has proven successful in building a community of learners, encouraging independence, engaging students, and meeting student needs.

2015-16 proved to be a year of transition for Pinewood. Pinewood staff joined 11 other metropolitan area schools as part of the Superintendents’ Plan for School as a Hub of Resources for Families. This grant funded a home visitor, a family facilitator, and a part-time educational facilitator who work with families and students from birth to 3rd Grade. The goal is to use the school as a base to provide access to community resources for families, as well as to engage families and students in becoming part of the Pinewood community to increase educational achievement for students. The multiage philosophy and delivery model was reassessed in 2015-16 as Pinewood Staff and the OPS district considered several factors: increasingly grade level specific requirements at the state and federal levels, increased number of state assessments at intermediate grade levels, increased budget imitations, student achievement, the planned movement of 6th grade students to middle school in fall 2016. The decision was made to concentrate our multiage philosophy in the early years and return to single grade instruction at 2nd through 5th grade.

The 2017-18 school year will see Pinewood continuing to focus on our mission: Pinewood School is a team of staff, students, parents and community working together to teach students to become high achievers, life-long learners, and responsible citizens. We serve students in multiage Early Childhood Special Education, Prekindergarten (three and four year olds), and Kindergarten/1st Grade classrooms. We also serve students in single grade 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.


   

   

       Pinewood School is fortunate to have partnerships with several local business 
"Adopt A School" partners.
We appreciate all of their efforts to support our school and students!
"Family Nights" are scheduled throughout the year at our "Adopt A School" restaurants - we hope to see you there!

 

  • 6:30 a.m. Kids Club opens
  • 8:35 a.m. Staff on duty
  • 8:35 a.m. Breakfast program starts
  • 8:45 a.m. Students may enter the building
  • 8:50 a.m. Tardy bell
  • 4:05 p.m. Dismissal for Pre-Kindergarten thru 5th grade
  • 4:25 p.m. Staff off duty
  • 6:00 p.m. Kids Club closes

Students should time their arrival so that they do not arrive before 8:45 a.m. The school cannot assume responsibility for the supervision and safety of students arriving prior to 8:35 a.m. No students will be allowed to enter the building prior to 8:45 a.m. unless they are participating in Kids Club, or if they are eating breakfast at 8:35 a.m.

 

Breakfast:  All students are welcome to take part in the complimentary breakfast program beginning at 8:35 AM!
Lunch prices: Full-pay student lunch is $1.45. Milk is available for purchase for 35 cents.  Adult lunch is $3.40.