Student Orientation is the summer event each August when students and parents come to school in preparation for the new school year. Please plan for approximately 45-60 minutes to complete the scheduled activities below. We accept cash or separate check payments (no debit/credit cards).
Student Orientation 2019
White Pines Intermediate Gymnasium
- FIFTH GRADE
- Thursday, August 22 from 10:00a to 1:00p
- Friday, August 23 from 3:00p to 5:00p
- SIXTH GRADE
- Thursday, August 22 from 3:00p to 6:00p
- Friday, August 23 from 10:00a to 1:00p
Parents need to check the accuracy of our contact data for emergency purposes. This information is critical, and we will not update any contact information without verification. You will be asked to verify names, addresses, phone numbers, and provide email addresses.
Our online ParentVUE offers secure access to school and student information, including current quiz, test, project grades, and report cards. If you have not activated your ParentVue account, an activiation letter will be mailed in August.
Parents will be asked to subscribe to our school email list so we can continue to share timely and relevant information with you. You can visit the Parent Email Blast page to register.
All students at White Pines receive a Chromebook for classroom and home use. An optional insurance policy is available for $15 ($10 for reduced meal students and $5 for free meal students) which covers the first two accidental device damages for the year (no deductible). Visit the information blocks in the Parents & Students section for more information. Make checks payable to GHAPS.
Students will have access to an online planner/agenda for daily use. They are expected to use this shared calendar for recording assignments and homework. Teachers will push this document through Google Classroom.
Phys Ed T-Shirts
Students are required to purchase a t-shirt for physical education class. Cost is $7 with checks payable to GHAPS. Sixth grade students may wear their shirt from the previous year.
We encourage families to join the White Pines Parent-Teacher Organization. Our PTO organizes several student events, coordinates volunteer help, and raises funds to support school activities. There is no fee to be a part of the White Pines PTO!
Information about the White Pines Yearbook will be provided at student orientation. Students may order a yearbook for $20.00 before December 18. You may purchase online or make a check payable to GHAPS.
Representatives from the GHAPS Transportation Department will be present to meet students and confirm busing arrangements. Only one pick-up location and one drop-off location for the entire year is permitted. Busing schedules will be available on ParentVUE 1-2 weeks prior to the start of school.
Form 5330 F1 must be completed by parent AND physician if your child is to receive prescription and/or non-prescription medication during the school day. All medication received at STUDENT ORIENTATION or Student Services MUST be in the original container and accompanied with Form 5330.
North Ottawa Recreation Authority
NORA provides extensive athletic opportunities and various recreational activities for students at White Pines. Information about their programs will be available at Student Orientation or online at NORA.
Student Photo ID
All students will need a photograph taken for their school identification card, which is used as a lunch debit card and library card. Students will also have their school picture taken at this time, and parents may select a photo package to purchase. You may pay Geskus Photo online or make a check payable to Geskus Photography.
Breakfast and lunch are served at White Pines. You can make arrangements to confirm and contribute to your child’s food service account. Information and forms about reduced or free meals are available. You may use the online service SendMoneytoSchool or make a check payable to GHAPS.
Team Assignments & Schedule
Students will receive their team assignment and class schedule during Student Orientation. Locker assignments and combinations will be included in this information. Students may locate their classrooms and lockers.
All students are given an activities account. Fifth Grade students will be raising funds for Outdoor Education at Camp Pendalouan. Sixth Grade students will raise funds for various field trips. By selling only 16 items from The Goodies Factory, each student will be able to waive the $80 cost for these events. Profit from the sale of fewer items is applied to their individual accounts. The fundraiser begins at Give & Take. Pick up your packet!