Hatfield Happenings

Week of 4.10.2023

Weekly Message from Hatfield Elementary

Dear Hatfield Families,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring break! It's hard to believe we are in the final stretch of the 22-23 school year!

Hatfield will be very busy over these last few months of school. This week, as we get back into the swing of things, our students and teachers are preparing for PSSA testing which begins at the end of the month. Tomorrow a parent letter with more information regarding PSSA testing will be coming home. Please be on the lookout for it!. Our students have the opportunity to have their school picture taken on Wednesday, 4/12. This is also the day that small groups, such as Chorus and Student Council, will have their pictures taken for the yearbook. On Tuesday, 4/11, our 5th and 6th grade parents have the opportunity to participate in the Human Growth and Development Parent Preview Session from 7:00-8:00 PM. This session will take place virtually via Zoom.

We are looking forward to a great week!

Keep soaring above and beyond,

Rita Whalen

Hatfield Elementary Principal

Important Information

Disney's Frozen the Musical

  • The wait is over! North Penn High School Theatre and Thespian Troupe 5464 are proud to present Disney’s Frozen, the Broadway Musical. Shows will be held in the NPHS auditorium (1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale) at the following times: 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, and 5/6 at 7:30 PM and 4/30, 5/6, 5/7 at 2:00 PM
  • Ticket sales begin March 15 and are available exclusively online at http://www.npenn.org/theatre. Adults are $10, students $5. Tickets will be sold at the door based on availability and accessibility.
  • Shows will be live streamed on April 29 and May 6 at 7:30 PM. One streaming ticket for $35 provides access to the show for unlimited viewers. Streaming tickets are also available at http://www.npenn.org/theatre.

Hatfield Literacy Night

  • Save the Date for Literacy Night! Join us on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:00 - 7:30 for an evening under the sea! We will have math and reading activities, arts and crafts, face painting and treats. All students who attend will receive a free book. We are looking forward to bringing this fun event back to Hatfield!

PSSA Testing Schedule

  • ELA Dates (Grades 3-6): 4/24, 4/25, 4/28
  • Math Dates (Grades 3-6): 5/1 and 5/2
  • Science Dates (4th Grade only): 5/3 and 5/4

Morning Drop-Off

  • This is a friendly reminder that if you drop your child off in the morning, you must use the parking lot by the playground. The car drop off line ensures the safety of our students. Please do not drop your child off in the bus lot. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

Sports Equipment

  • Please remind your child that they are not permitted to bring sports equipment (basketballs, footballs, etc.) from home for use at dismissal. If they have teacher permission for recess, the equipment must remain in bookbags until that time and returned after recess. Students are lingering on campus after dismissal to play with friends and we are directing them instead, to head home immediately. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Important Dates

April- Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

4/3-4/10 NPSD Spring Break

4/5-4/13 Passover

4/9 Easter

4/12 HF Picture Day

4/16 Orthodox Easter

4/18 HF Chorus Concert

4/19 5th and 6th Grade Human Growth and Development lessons

4/21 No School for Students

4/21 Eid al-Fitr begins at sundown

4/24 Start of PSSA testing

4/24 Deadline to order yearbooks

4/26 NPSD Early Dismissal


Our Hatfield HAWKS continue to SOAR by following our HAWKS pledge daily at school! Continue to be on the lookout for HAWK feathers your child may come home with. Each month we celebrate with a school wide assembly. The more feathers a student earns, the better their chances are to be chosen to participate in exciting assembly activities! Your child also has an opportunity each month to be chosen as a Golden Hawk where they have the opportunity to sit in our special VIP section! Please continue to encourage your child to SOAR as a Hatfield HAWK!

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Home and School Information

  • Home and School Upcoming Events

  • VP Special Events - We are looking for a parent(s) to chair our Special Events board position. This person will be responsible for gathering a Committee for each event and ensuring all action items are met for a successful event. This position can be one person or it can be shared with another as Co-VPs.
  • Movie Night - June 2nd - More information will be shared as we get closer. If anyone is interested in helping with this event, please contact Jen Lyons at co.vpevents.hhsa@gmail.com.
  • Charleston Wrap Spring Fundraiser now through April 21st. Create an online account using group code: 20841. Paperwork will be coming home in the next few weeks. Please share with family and friends!
  • Upcoming Dine & Donate Events
The Turning Point - 4/26/23
Chipotle - 5/13/23
Mom's Water Ice - 6/1/23
  • Spring Pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th. Groups will also be pictured this day. If you are interested in ordering Spring pictures, please order online at mylifetouch.com. Picture Day ID: EVTSP7MCK.
  • Remember to order your yearbook for this year. Last day to order is April 24th. Order yearbooks at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com. Yearbook ID: 13983523
  • Next Home & School Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 5/23/22. Dr. Bauer will be presenting an update on the High School Renovation.
  • If you are interested in volunteering at an event, please make sure to have your clearances. Here is more information on the documentation needed to volunteer in the North Penn School District.

  • If you have any Home and School questions feel free to contact: presidenthhsa@gmail.com.

  • For additional information be sure to check out our Hatfield Elementary Home and School Association Facebook page.

Hatfield Staff Spotlight!

This week our Staff Spotlight is on Nadia Farag, one of our Kindergarten Assistants. Mrs. Farag is Egyptian as well as Coptic Orthodox Christian. She has 3 kids, Abdel, Jessica, and John. She also has a dog, a husky-lab mix, and his name is Oscar. Mrs. Frag likes to cook, bake, and spend time with her children.

North Penn District Information

Community Forum on NPHS Renovations

  • NPSD will be holding a community forum at Pennbrook Middle School on April 13, 6 PM. The forum discussion will center around the renovations to North Penn High School.
  • All members of the community are invited to attend the forum and learn more about needed renovations to NPHS, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions. In attendance will be members of NPSD administration, members of the NPSD Board of School Directors, representatives from the architects of the project, Schrader Group, and the project's financial advisors, Public Financial Management. For members of the community who are unable to attend, there is a Community Feedback Form where submitted questions may be answered during the community forum or posted onto the renovations website. The forum will be streamed live on NPTV via Comcast channel 28, Verizon FIOS channel 9, YouTube, Facebook, and on the radio at WNPV 98.5 FM. NPTV is also available for streaming on the FireTV, Apple TV, and ROKU apps (search for North Penn Television). To learn more about the forum and the renovations to NPHS, please visit the Renovations website. We hope to see you at the community forum on 4/13!

  • IRONKnights Triathlon (swim, bike, run race)! This year's race will be held on Saturday, May 20th (rain date May 21st). Please check our website for additional information about our event: IRONKnights Website. Registration will be open from January 13th through April 20th. Click here to sign-up on or after January 13th: Register for the 2023 IRONKnights Triathlon. Reach out to Mrs. Ball with questions.

Friendly Reminders

  • If your child rides a bike to school, PLEASE remind them that they must wear a helmet. We are noticing that more and more students are not wearing one and of course, their safety is our concern. Thank you for your help with this.

  • A slight change has been made to two of our busses. Please remind your child (if this applies) that bus 151 (orange) is now 26 and Bus 112 (blue) is now 151. We have been reminding students here at school as well.

  • Please send your children to school with appropriate clothing for the temperature outside. The district policy states that classes will not go out for recess if the wind chill is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless a doctor's note is turned into the office students will be required to go outside with their class.

  • If your child will be absent for the day please let us know. You can either: email Mrs. Mandes at mandesm@npenn.org OR call 215-853-1470 OR through the Hatfield website: https://hatfield.npenn.org/attendance. All absences will be marked as unexcused unless we are notified.

  • The district launched the Here Comes The Bus App. The app went live on January 9th. The app will be used to let parents know when their child’s bus is within a certain radius of the bus stop. Here is the communication sent out by the district. If your student is a bus rider, their ID should go home and come back to school every day. Please take the HCTB survey!

  • From Mrs. Ball: For the safety of your child, sneakers are required for students to actively participate in Physical Education (Gym) class. It would be greatly appreciated if you could assist your child in remembering to wear or bring sneakers to school on their designated PE day.

Hatfield Elementary School

The mission of Hatfield Elementary School is to encourage all students to aspire above and beyond in the areas of: Academic Achievement, Respect for Diversity, Community Involvement, and Individual Responsibility.