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Please Join Pinecrest School Moorpark to Celebrate National School Choice Week On Friday, January 30, 2015, PSMP will participate in National School Choice Week 2015 with a special event. The event, which will take place at 6:00 PM at the school.

This event will feature Pasta dinner and campus tours. We hope you will join us! National School Choice Week is a non-partisan, non-political effort that raises awareness about the importance of effective education options for students. More than 9,000 events are being planned across the country to celebrate National School Choice Week.

On October 19, 2010 Conor Lynch, son of Pinecrest President and CEO Jeri Dye Lynch, was tragically killed near Notre Dame High School as he crossed the street on a cross-country workout.  He was 16 years old.

A non-profit website was launched in honor of Conor Lynch.  The Conor Lynch Foundation, which is a 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation, is established to benefit new and existing programs that raise awareness and promote safety for pedestrians, runners , cyclists and young drivers.

Learn about how you can help this important cause at: www.inhonorofconor.org

Patricia Dillon

Patricia Dillon

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Fourth Grade

Patricia DillonI have been teaching at Pinecrest for 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Science of Elementary Education from Western Connecticut University. In addition, I have a Paralegal Degree from UCLA School of Law.

I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

I believe each child has strengths and gifts that need to be nurtured with the appropriate amount of personal support. Students should be encouraged to develop intellectually, emotionally and physical in an environment that celebrates each child’s efforts and triumphs. I enjoy watching students enter preschool and watch as they advance through the years.

One September I found a note on my desk that had been folded, stapled and taped closed. A student wrote and asked me not to make him speak in front of the classroom. I assured him I would honor his request. In June, we had an oral presentation book report. I told him we would work it so he didn’t have to give his report in front of the room. He then told me he was ready, and thanked me for understanding. He did an outstanding job!

Cassandra Garcia

Cassandra Garcia

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Spanish

Sandra Goldberg

Sandra Goldberg

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: First Grade

I have been a teacher with Pinecrest for 20 years. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Child Development. Spanish Bilingual Occupational Certificate.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy going to the movies, traveling, cooking, reading, and the ocean.

My education belief is that through education, children will receive the vital skills and tools necessary to build a life that is successful and prosperous. It has been my desire to make a positive impact on the life of a child. Teaching is a very rewarding profession in which one is able to directly affect change in the lives of others.

My most memorable moment as an educator would have to be when incoming students display very limited reading skills and progress to a level of above average at the end of the school year.

Christie Hogan

Christie Hogan

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: 5th/6th Grade – Librarian

As a Pinecrest alumni, it has been my pleasure to teach here at Pinecrest Moorpark for the past 11 years. I have a Bachelors of Art Degree from UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. In 2004, I received a Masters of Science Degree from CLU, California Lutheran University. When I am not working I enjoy reading, playing and watching sports and spending time with my family. My education philosophy is that each day in my classroom is a new opportunity to learn. Students are seen as unique individuals with distinct learning styles. Mutual respect between myself and my students is the key to establishing a community of learning for all my students. What I enjoy most about my role at Pinecrest is watching my students enthusiastically embrace and critically process new knowledge in the classroom and the library with a smile. It takes a village to raise “and educate” a child and it is my pleasure to help educate our children.   WELCOME Welcome to our library!  My name is Mrs. Hogan and it is my pleasure, as the elementary librarian, to have the opportunity to provide your children with an exceptional experience in our library through my love of books and reading.BOX TOPS I hope that you have been collecting box tops.  It is a great way to add to our library program.  Just clip the coupons, place them in a Ziploc baggie with your child’s name and class on it.  Your child’s class will bring their collection to the library during their visit.  We will receive ten cents per coupon.  Thank you for all your help!   Thank you for all the Box Tops 4 Education coupons. Our next collection date will be in February so please keep collecting!  With all these coupons we are able to enhance our library and library collections. BOOK FAIR We will set up for our Holiday Book Fair the last week of November.  We will need volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering and helping with the set-up or in the book fair, please let us know in the library.  The book fair will take place the last week of November.  Hope to see you there! SUMMER READERS It is a pleasure to recognize all of our summer readers for their outstanding reading achievements.  Thank you to all of their parents and teachers for encouraging them to read over the summer!  Congratulations to each and every student that read over the summer.  Thank you for participation.  We are proud of all of you! ACCELERATED READING PROGRAM The Accelerated Reading Program is a reading program designed to allow students to practice reading at their reading level.  We recognize the reward of reading and are interested in developing a joy of reading by reinforcing the following.

  • Reading is a pleasurable experience.
  • Reading can provide valuable family time.
  • Reading is a knowledge and confidence builder.

Students are encouraged to read at home. Throughout the year, students will be recognized for their reading achievements. You may download the form here:

John Langley

John Langley on Physical Education

A quality Physical Education program is offered to students as part of the general curriculum at Pinecrest Elementary School. We want to welcome your child to the 2011-2012 school year. Through a variety of activities your child will enjoy a curriculum that teaches fitness, recreational and sport skills, teamwork, social skills, and fun for grades JK through 5th grade.

It is important to us that every child feels successful each day, and that they leave class eager to have Physical Education again. The classes will be safe, enjoyable, active, and developmentally appropriate.

One of our class goals is to actively engage children in sufficient amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity to improve and/or maintain their physical health and well-being. Another goal is to encourage children to apply the skills and knowledge they acquire during class and to seek opportunities to be active outside of school and as part of a healthy lifestyle. Additionally units are planned to develop motor, personal, and social skills.

In order to provide the best possible experience for your child we must work together. The general rules for all Physical Education classes are: 1. Listen and follow directions. 2. Keep body parts to yourself. 3. When teacher (or designated student) is talking, be quiet. 4. Respect others. 5. Be a good sport. Please remind your child for comfort and safety purposes he/she should wear athletic shoes with rubber soles every day.

Physical Education must be done on a regular basis to achieve health benefits. Therefore, your child’s participation is very important. If she/he is sick or unable to participate in all activities, please let us know by e-mail, note, or phone call prior to scheduled class. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

John Langley: (805)529-3255 Ext. 251

Denise Leslie

Denise Leslie

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Music

I have been teaching at Pinecrest Schools for 12 years.  I have a Bachelor of Music, Music Director Degree through the Archdioces.

I enjoy spending quality time with my family and two dogs, traveling, cooking, gardening, skiing, composing and recording original music for the classes.

My philosophy is to make education come “alive” through using all of our senses of touch, feel, write, hear, and move to music.  Make it fun by applying knowledge learned to music games. Create teamwork with classes through performances. Inspire children to discover and appreciate classical music.

I enjoy developing confidence in children through the use of performance. Teaching skills that can be applied to math and science; spatial and cognitive reasoning recognizing familiar patterns – all learned through playing an instrument.

One of my most memorable moments is watching a student who had stage fright perform with confidence. Being the 1st person to teach the words to the songs that will last a lifetime, such as patriotic and seasonal songs.

Isabella Millar

Isabella Millar

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Second Grade

I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Education from California State University Northridge.  I have also completed all classes required for the California teaching credential.  All coursework and degree conferred at California State University Northridge.  My future goal is to pursue a Master degree in Education.

I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and attending sporting events.

I believe that all children can become life-long learners.  If they develop a love for learning at an early age, that love will continue to grow as they do.  Our classroom represents a safe environment where children can learn and explore, given the right tools.  Through the use of projects, hands-on activities, cooperative learning strategies, and technology integration, I will strive to do my best to see that all children are provided with a fun and stimulating learning environment where each child can be successful.

I thoroughly enjoy helping young students grow both academically and socially.  I really enjoy watching them grow and fell so blessed to have touched so many young lives throughout the years.

Being an education has been a lifelong dream of mine.  There have been so many memorable moments throughout my teaching career that it would be hard to pick one profound moment.  Not a day passes without some amazing event touching my life.


Teresa Morris

Teresa Morris

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: First Grade

BA in Liberal Studies. Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in California

I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading, bike riding and doing cross stitch.

My education philosophy is that every child deserves the right to learn in safe, stimulating environment. Everyone has different learning styles. It is my job to determine how to teach the material in a way that makes sense to each of them.

I really enjoy working with the children. You can see the academic growth in each student as the year progresses. It is especially rewarding when you see them master a skill that was really challenging for them. They are pleased with their personal success.

One year, I had a student who spoke limited English. I had to teach every subject using visuals and acting out how to do everything while speaking slowly and repetitively. She was bright and by the end of the year she was doing very well reading and writing in English. It was challenging at times, but it helped me become a better teacher.

Veronica Rodriguez

Veronica Rodriguez

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Kindergarten

I attended Mission College and UCLA.

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and attending sporting events.

As a teacher, I understand that each child learns differently. My goal is to reassure every child and to make a positive impact on them as their stepping stone to their love of learning and making good choices.

Being a team player and knowing that I am well liked teacher and co-worker.

As a kindergarten teacher each year brings forth profound and memorable moments. There are too many to make one more important than the other. It’s being able to watch how these children continue to grow and succeed.

Rebecca Salazar

Rebecca Salazar

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Fifth Grade- Art

Teaching Credential from California State University Northridge, with a B.A. in dance from UCSB.

I enjoy cooking, hiking, ballet dancing, or reading with a good book.

Education should not only be aimed at cultivating in each child a mastering of the content, but at instilling on them a love of learning that extends far beyond their years of education.

Teacher art has been great because I get to visit each class and enjoy the students in each age group. It’s easy to get the students working because they are always excited to do art!

When the students unwrap the foil around their owl pellets and begin to dissect… they get so excited.  You’d think they’re opening their gifts at Christmas morning.

Clarissa Schuyler

Clarissa Schuyler

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Third Grade

I have been teaching for 9 years at Pinecrest. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and a Minor in Psychology from California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California, December 1994. I also have a Multiple Subject Credential from  California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California.

I am a member of the Nation Science Teaching Association. I have a very outgoing personality and I enjoy doing many outside activities. I enjoy biking, hiking, water skiing, and running. I feel that exercise and outdoor activities are very important for children today. This feeling encouraged me to start a walk/jog fitness club at my present school.

My teaching philosophy is simple. I feel it is important to empower students and give them the tools and encouragement to find solutions to life’s problems on their own. We must let students know that asking questions is how they learn. Students need to know that it is okay to make mistakes and importantly, to learn from those mistakes. As teachers, we must always remember that our words are very strong and the things we say can and do have a huge affect on students.

As teachers, it is our responsibilities to not only teach the required curriculum, but also enrich our students. Students need to be taught responsibility, respect, friendship, honesty and other character building traits. As a teacher, it is my job to teach and model these traits.  A classroom full of students, who are responsible, respectful and honest, is a classroom full of students ready to learn.

Making learning fun is a great way to motivate students to learn. Exciting hands-on learning should be used as often as possible.  If you make learning fun, students are more likely to be motivated and involved in the learning activities. Fun can make learning contagious!

As I walked up my line at recess I was greeted by a student who cut the line and said, “Mrs. Schuyler I have something to tell you!”  I looked at the student and said, “Please go to the end of the line we should not cut out or friends. “But…” he said, as he walked to the end of the line.  We walked across the campus to Computers and waited in line for the teacher to arrive. We stood in line and the student again cut in line and said to me “I need to tell you something!” I bent down on one knee and told him that after P.E. I would hear his story. When P.E. was over and we were back in class the student once again came up to my desk and said “Mrs. Schuyler can I please tell you something?” I said, “Yes, but can we first get our lunches.” He looked at me and said, “NO! Mrs. Schuyler your zipper is down.”  I looked at my pants and sure enough Bard Door Wide Open. I said, “Thank You!” I then thought to myself….if I had given the child two seconds the first time he had asked me to talk it would have saved me hours of time with my fly down.  Lesson learned!

Sarah Schuyler

Sarah Schuyler

Pinecrest Campus: Moorpark
Grade or Class: Fifth Grade

I have been teaching at Pinecrest Schools for 9 years. I attended California State University, Bakersfield and received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in June 1999. I also have a Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credential with CLAD Emphasis, June 2002.

I am an avid reader and enjoy all types of genres. I also love watching movies and spending time with my family.

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all people.

I believe that I am not only here in an academic role but as a person who wears many caps and have the ability to change lives. I have to not only be the teacher, but the role model, the nurturer, the nurse, the psychologist, the problem solve, adviser, etc.

There are so many caps that we as educators put on because each moment is a learning opportunity for our students young minds.

I love when old students come back to visit and begin to reminisce about when they were in the class. I love to hear them walking around the room talking about the different projects they did, the places they sat, different bulletin boards, and different experiences they had in my classroom. It always amazes me that it is the little things that they remember. It puts a smile on my face and I know I am in the right place and making a difference in somebody’s life.

Mountain Lion Sports

Moorpark Lions Team Photo 2010

John Langley:  Physical Education Instructor

In addition to our Physical Education program in which students learn both individual fitness techniques and team sports, students in 3rd grade and up may participate in competitive sports after school.

Pinecrest belongs to the San Fernando Valley Private School League and participates in three seasons of interscholastic sports each year, including flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and other sports as determined by the League.

At our annual Sports Banquet, we recognize the accomplishments of each team and spotlight outstanding athletes.

Enrollment requires the completion of the Authorization for Sports Team Travel. You can pick one up in the Athletic Office.

Moorpark Specialty Classes

In addition to After School Sports, Extra Curricular classes are offered to encourage interest and enhance skills in areas beyond our basic curriculum. Fees for these classes are paid to the class instructor. Most classes meet weekly after school or during non-academic periods during the school day. CLASSES START IN EARLY FALL AND RUN EACH QUARTER; SEE ENROLLMENT FORMS FOR START DATES, CLASS TIMES AND COSTS.

How to Enroll

Pick-up Enrollment Forms in the Office. Return completed FORM and PAYMENT ASAP. Classes are filled on a first come basis. The teacher will contact you to confirm enrollment as most classes have both minimum and maximum enrollment to start.

Find out more about the Dance Classes, one of a variety of extra curricular classes available, by visiting the web site of Studio G Dance.


1/2 LAP

’11 GABRIEL R. -16.0Olympic Day 2011




GIRLS- ’10 JULIA L. -7.2 (TIED)


GIRLS- ’08 GABBY S.-7.2 (TIED)





GIRLS- ’10 BRIANNA G. -123 FT.

BOYS- ’10 JUSTIN L. -165 FT.



GIRLS- ’09 JAZZI K. -6’7”

BOYS- ’06 JESSE D. -6’10”



‘03 STACEY F.-1:22

‘03 SEAN M.-1:19






’11 JULIA K.








33.8 (TIED)


’11 TODD B.




33.8 (TIED)









October 22nd – Make up pictures

October 22nd – 4th grade football game at Moorpark

October 23rd – Safe Moves Assembly 9:00 Room 6-8 & K-2 & 9:30 3rd through 6th

October 23rd – Dance today

October 23rd – Taekwondo after school 3:00-3:30 Preschool 3:45-4:45 Elementary

October 24th – Jog-A-Thon

October 24th – Room 1-8 In-house pumpkin patch

October 24th – 5th grade basketball game @ Moorpark 2:45 pm

October 24th – Kids Night Out 6:00 – 9:00 pm

October 27th – Kindergarten Field Trip Pumpkin Patch 9:00

December 1st through 5th – Book Fair

December 5th – Spirit t-shirt day

December 12th – Spirit T-shirt day

December 18th – Holiday Show – 9:30 – Rooms 6-8, 10:30 – Kinder through 2nd grade, 11:30 – 3rd through 6th grade

December 18th – 5th/6th grade walking to Wood Ranch

December 19th – Optional Day for all students – child care available

December 22nd – Preschool Open, Elementary Closed

December 23rd – Preschool Open, Elementary Closed

December 24th through January 4th – CAMPUS CLOSED

January 5, 2015 – School resumes

January 6th – 5th/6th grade field trip to California Science Center

January 9th – Spirit t-shirt day

January 13th – 1st grade field trip to Moorpark Zoo

January 16th – Report Cards emailed home (Kinder through 6th grade)

January 16th – Spirit t-shirt day

January 19th – Campus Closed

January 22nd – 3rd grade field trip to Chumash

January 23rd – Spirit t-shirt day

January 30th – Free Dress

February 6th – Spirit t-shirt day

February 13th – Hoops for Heart/Jump Rope for Heart event

February 16th – Campus Closed

February 18th – 2nd grade field trip to see Flat Stanley at TO Civic Center

February 20th – Spirit t-shirt day

April 6th through 10 – Spring Break – Childcare Available