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Elementary School
204 Lowry Street
Pineville, NC 28134
Courier #: 500
P: 980-343-3920  |  F: 980-343-3925 
Principal: Earl French
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grades: K-5
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Enrollment Information

Kindergarten Enrollment is open for the 22-23 School Year!

Age requirements

In compliance with North Carolina law students must be 5 years of age on or before August 31st to be considered for Kindergarten. 

Registration for all new students is online.  NEW_ Registration for 2022-2023 School Year will be ONLINE ONLY.pdf   


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Health Assessment Form

Health Assessment (English).pdf

Health Assessment (Spanish).pdf


Important information and instructions regarding email submission:

Enrollment submission via email will generate an automated reply which will serve as confirmation/receipt of your enrollment submission. Please submit one email per enrollment packet.  One per student.   Do not submit paperwork attachments as a zip file, our system will not accept this attachment and paperwork will not be able to be processed. 


8:00-8:20 Morning Meeting


9:25-10:30-Skills Block

10:30-11:00 Lunch

11:00-11:30 Recess


11:55-12:40 Specials

12:40-1:10 Literacy Lab

1:15-2:15 Math

2:15-2:50 Science / Social Studies

Mrs. Cieslak

My name is Jennifer Cieslak and this year is my 9th year at Pineville.  I grew up in Wisconsin and my degree is in Early Childhood Education.  I have a 17 year old son named Caleb.  I love animals, I have a Jack Russell named Anakin and I also have 3 cats. 

Mrs. Gulnac

My name is Kim Gulnac and this is my 3rd year at Pineville. I’ve been teaching for 23 years with experience in grades K-3. Kindergarten is my absolute favorite of course! My husband and I live in Indian Land with our two yellow labradors. I’m a Tarheel and Panther fan and love to spend the weekend cheering them on! My biggest personal accomplishment is running a half marathon, which I hope to do again someday (but not someday soon:)

Ms. Kurtzke

My name is Sam Kurtzke. This is my 3rd year at Pineville. I grew up in northern New Jersey and went to Concordia College in New York where I played and coached volleyball. I moved to North Carolina with my family in 2016. I coach for Carolina Juniors Volleyball club, and love hiking/camping/anything outdoors. I also have 3 cats, 3 year old Blu, 2 year old Cooper, and 6 week old Charka.

Ms. Lugo

I have been teaching since 1985. I am NBCT in Early Childhood Special Education and Bilingual Education. I have been at Pineville since 2004. I enjoy long walks outdoors with my dog Rex, Jazz concerts, and traveling. My favorite thing about Pineville is its diverse cultural background and supportive professional staff. 


Digital support for our team will encompass publishing a monthly newsletter as well as sending home a hard copy in Spanish. Also, a way to track which families are not connected to Parent Square.  

Ms. Rumph

My name is Km Rumph.  This is my 26th year at Pineville and my 22nd year in Kindergarten.  I attended Winthrop University for Early Childhood Education and have a Masters in Reading.  I am from Charleston, SC.  I love going home to visit my family and the beach.  I enjoy music, dancing and traveling. 

Ms. Turner

My name is Sara Turner. This is my 3rd year working at Pineville and my 1st year teaching! I was born and raised in Charlotte. I moved to the mountains where I attended Western Carolina University. This is also where I adopted my sweet pup Sadie Mae. We love the outdoors and hiking and miss our mountains but love it here in Charlotte!

Mrs. Wright

This is my 27th year of teaching. I am originally from Philadelphia, PA, and I moved to Charlotte, NC  in 2002. I taught at Barriger for

 3 years before teaching at Pineville in 2005.I am married and have one son who who is in 7th grade in CMS. My favorite place to go and relax is the beach!


Kindergarten Literacy Cur​riculum

​Quarter 1

Toys and Play

​Quarter 2

Weather Wonders

​Quarter 3

Trees are Alive

​Quarter 4

Enjoying and Appreciating Trees

​Building Literacy in a Collaborative Classroom

​Learning through Science and Story

​Researching to Build Knowledge and Teach Others

​Contributing to the Community

​In this module, students build their literacy and citizenship skills as they engage in a study of toys and play. Students consider norms and behaviors for sharing toys and interacting with peers through structured conversations, learning experiences such as role-play and guided discovery of toys, and an analysis of the module texts. Students learn more about toys as they consider what makes something a toy and what makes toys fun. They learn to sort and describe toys by specific attributes. They also begin to think about perspective as they discuss and write about their own toy preferences. Finally, students interview a classmate about his or her preferred classroom toy. They use the information from the interview to create their performance task: an informational piece of writing and drawing about a classmate’s preferred toy and how the classmate likes to play with it.

​In this module, students build their literacy and science skills as they engage in a study of the weather. Students study the science of weather through various informational texts. They create a class weather journal and track their individual learning in a meteorologist’s notebook. Students then broaden their study of weather as they think about how weather affects people in different places around the world. They move on to further explore how weather affects people by reading a variety of narratives where the characters are affected by a weather event. Students are prompted to think about how the weather affects the choices people make about what to wear and what to do each day. For their performance task, they plan and write an imaginary narrative featuring a character affected by the weather.

​In this module, students explore the big ideas that all living things in the natural world have needs in order to survive and grow. Through a close study of trees and the living things that depend on them, students take on the roles of researchers and scientists to make observations of the natural world. From those observations, they determine patterns that explain how living things live and grow. Students learn what makes something living or nonliving, about different types of living things, and the common needs of all living things. They develop this understanding through research reading and hands-on investigations and record their observations in a Living Things research notebook. Students then engage in whole group and small group research on how trees provide food for animals. Finally, students engage in supported small group research of a particular tree, its needs, and how it supports other living things. They then use their learning to create an informational tree collage, which includes a collage, informative writing, and an animal puppet.

​In this module, students build on their scientific knowledge of trees from Module 3, by exploring the importance of trees to people and their communities. Students learn how different people, both real and imaginary, enjoy and appreciate trees. They consider how real people and characters have used trees to fill a need in their community. Students first learn about the different ways people enjoy trees through reading literature and considering how characters appreciate trees. They write about the different ways trees can be enjoyed in their Enjoying Trees journal, Part II. They then read about the ways planting trees can contribute to a community through reading informational text, and learn to form and write opinions about where they would choose to plant a tree. Finally, students apply their new knowledge of the importance of trees to people by advocating for the appreciation of trees in their own community. For their performance task, they create a beautiful card that invites others to pause and appreciate the trees around them.

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Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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