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Principal James Lee Information

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Principals Message

A Message from our New Principal

Hello Pinewood Avenue School community,


My name is James Lee, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve the Pinewood Elementary community.  I have been an educator for almost twenty years, serving the entire time in the San Fernando Valley.  I've served as an Assistant Principal for four years, and have experience supporting instruction through out-of-classroom roles.  As a classroom teacher, I taught most Elementary-level grades.  I feel a connection to the Valley because I grew up here, and attended LAUSD schools.


Pinewood Elementary is a very special place where students are welcomed, and they are given the tools and encouragement to succeed.  As a school, one of our goals is to ensure that your child is equipped to become a life-long learner.  We want all Pinewood Pandas to pursue their dreams and make achievement a daily reality.  Pinewood is an ITI Practitioner school, which means every student whose parent provides permission will be assigned an iPad to use as a tool for learning at school.  We also offer Beyond the Bell programs such as Ready, Set Go in the morning (beginning at 6:30 am), and LA's Best after school.  Students also receive instruction from Art and Music/Drama teachers.


Enrollment is taking place now, so if you have not enrolled your child, we welcome you to stop by the main office and speak with our helpful and friendly office staff.  Here are a few reminders about the beginning of the school year:

  • First day of school is Tuesday, August 14th (Banked Tuesdays Start)
  • Kindergarten Orientation is on Monday, August 13th
  • Classroom hours are from 8:00 am to 2:23 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays*
  • Classroom hours are from 8:00 am to 1:23 pm, every Tuesday beginning on August 14th*

*Excluding School Holidays and Minimum & Shortened Days


If you are a parent or community member and want to get involved, please stop by the main office and ask to visit our Parent Center.  I truly hope you will partner with us, and look forward to meeting you.  Thank you in advance for your support!  Please join the Pinewood family as we welcome the 2018-19 School Year!



James Lee