Super Spike News

April 2016--Special Edition

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ~Henry Adams

Greetings, RES!

RES is all about Stephen Covey’s Habit #6, Synergize! What does synergy mean to us you ask?

§ Synergy means that the sum is greater than its individual parts

§ Synergy is celebrating difference, not just tolerating it

§ Synergy is working as a team, not just as an individual

§ Synergy is finding new and better ways, not just settling


When we work together we achieve more. As parents, you are an essential member of your child’s team. Together, there is nothing we can’t do! The concept of teamwork and cooperation is embedded in the Super Spike Credo, and modeled and reinforced on a daily basis. Showing our children how to accept each other and get along reinforces these important life skills.


The 2015-2016 PSSA testing is now behind us! The children did an excellent job staying focused and trying their best. Now, we shift our attention to the 4th Marking Period. It is hard to believe how fast the year has gone. I must admit, I am looking forward to Field Day, the 6th grade track meet and dance, and the Talent Show! Though, I am getting a bit ahead of myself! There is still much to be accomplished, so it is important that we all finish the school year strong.


Here’s hoping April showers bring May flowers!


Warm regards,

Daneyelle
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Why Dr. Jordan became a principal: "It's all about the kids! & To encourage, enrich, guide and support teachers."

Inside this Special Issue:

Special Edition! The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week and we would like to dedicate this issue to the staff. Throughout the newsletter you will see photos of our amazing teachers explaining why they teach. We hope you enjoy!

  • Upcoming dates to know
  • Attendance Letter to all parents
  • Golden Spoon Award
  • Grade level and specials news
  • Monthly Tech Tips
  • Special events details
  • RSA corner

Upcoming Dates:

5/2-5/6/16: Teacher Appreciation Week
5/3/16: Spring Vocal Concert (don't miss Go Banana's after!)
5/4/16: 2nd Grade Field Trip
5/8/16: Happy Mother's Day!
5/10-5/11/16: Spike Shop during all lunches
5/11/16: RSA Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
5/12-5/14/16: District Art Show @ CR South
5/12/16: Spring Instrumental Concert (don't miss Go Banana's after!)
5/13/16: Mother-Son Challenge
5/20/16: Field Day (rain date 6/2/16)
5/23/16: 1st Grade Field Trip
5/23/16: 5th Grade Field Trip
5/23/16: 6th Grade Field Trip
5/24/16: 3rd Grade Field Trip
5/25/16: 6th Grade visits Richboro Middle School
5/25/16: 6th Grade Track Meet @ CR North (rain date 5/26/16)
5/25/16: Ice Cream Social @ Richboro Middle School (6th graders only)
5/26/16: Science Night @ CR South
5/27/16: Art Goes to School (ends 6/1)
5/30/16: Memorial Day--Schools Closed
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Attendance Letter to All Parents

Please click me to read the latest news on your child's attendance at Council Rock schools.

GOLDEN SPOON AWARD!

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The class with the highest "dojo" points for the month of March was Mrs. Cantwell's class! This rock star class won Golden Spoon bragging rights and the BIG gold spoon this past month.

Congratulations to Alexander BonFrisco, Allesia BonFrisco, Gregory Bord, Keira Boyd, Gavin Brizuela, MacKenzie Donovan, Hayden Frank, Kylee Guo, Greyson Hodgens-Schanz, Jonahs Jenu, Taylor Jiras, Isabella Lanza, Emma Lenahan, Corby McKee-Steiber, Ryder Lentz, Jamaal Muhammad, Jaylen Muhammad, Grace O'Connell, Riley O'Halloran, Michael Pohar, Aubrey Purcell, Bryce Rosso, Raegan Smith, Alexandra Yankilevich, and Ryan Zats.

Mrs. Clopton's Consignment Shop!

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EVERYTHING MUST GO!
If your child lost something over the winter, chances are we have it!

Come stop in the lobby and check out the lost and found.

Items still here by the end of May will be donated to a good cause.

Kindergarten News

In the month of April, the kindergarten classes learned about plants! We discussed plant parts, plant needs and the life cycle of a plant. We planted marigold seeds and continue to watch them grow! We also had our 8th grade buddies visit and we did a project for Earth Day. We talked about the ways we can help the Earth each and every day!


We continue to strengthen our math skills in addition, subtraction, counting, and fractions. Moreover, we are coming close to learning all of our kindergarten sight words!


Our Field Trip Forms will be coming home first week in May.

Please fill out and return with payment!


Coming up:

Mother’s Day Tea Party: Friday, May 6th

· A.M Kindergarten -10:45-11:30

· P.M. Kindergarten -2:45-3:30

Field Day: Friday, May 20th


-Ms. Hamilton & Mrs. Wagner

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Mrs. Cantwell & Mrs. Delfini teach...

"I teach because I enjoy doing the most important job in the world--helping students feel safe, important, smart, and loved!"

"My third grade teacher inspired me to be a teacher. I love playing school as a kid!"

1st Grade Buzz

This month was an exciting month for First Grade. We planted seeds and observed them as they sprouted and grew into plants. We will be planting them at home to watch them grow into flowers or vegetables. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Purcell who donated the soil, cups and a variety of seeds to help with our project. We enjoyed preparing the soil, planting the seeds, watering them and making observations of how they were changing and growing. We discussed the life cycle of a seed, recorded observations, and made a diagram of a flower. We kept a plant folder for all of our work on this project. Please look through our folder when it comes home to see all that we have learned.


-Mrs. Delfini, Mrs. Cantwell, Mrs. Jurney & Mrs. Edwards

Math Updates

On March 31st, Richboro held its annual Family Math Night for students in grades 3, 4, and 5! Our students had a great time rotating through different game stations and challenging their friends and family members to some friendly math competition. Thank you to all of our families who came out and enjoyed the night!


-Mrs. Fitzgerald

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Mrs. Foy & Mrs. Rowan teach...

"to make a DIFFERENCE!"

"to make learning FUN!"

2nd Grade Scoop

Second grade’s balance and weighing unit consisted of sixteen investigations. Each lesson introduced or reinforced concepts in physical science. Students had opportunities to explore and build simple mobiles, equal arm balances, and beam and fulcrum balances. Students worked cooperatively in pairs during all of our investigations. They learned a lot, and had a great time, too. Second graders also had opportunities to uses a virtual mobile builder on the smart board. Here is the website for access at home: http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/interactive/mobile.htm


-Mrs. Rowan, Mrs. Foy, Mrs. Pithis, & Mrs. Mazen

3rd Grade Beat

We are very proud of the third grade students for successfully completing their first year of PSSA. They have been very busy this month. The children enjoyed learning the songs for Earth Day and leading the school during our school-wide Earth Day Celebration. During this celebration third graders read poetry and presented the posters they created with Mrs. O’Conner. As part of our science curriculum, the children planted seeds and created irrigation systems. We will be observing and documenting plant growth over the next several weeks.


The Third Grade Team,

Mrs. Sottung, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Sabol, Mrs. Barber and Mrs. Fyke

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Mrs. Newman teaches "FOR THEM!!!"

Literacy News

April was National Poetry Month, and we enjoyed learning about all different forms of poetry. You and your child can have fun with poetry, too, all year round! Check out these great sites:

www.gigglepoetry.com

www.poetry4kids.com


-Mrs. Kennedy & Mrs. Fernley, Literacy Specialists

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Mrs. Wendling & Mrs. Murphy teach...

"to inspire, to motivate and to let the students know it is ok to learn differently, to make mistakes and to struggle. To help him/her realize his/her own potential."

"I love working with the students! I enjoy helping them learn new strategies to overcome their struggles. It makes me happy when I see the look of pride on their face when they 'get it'! I love my job!!!!"

4th Grade Bulletin

4th Grade Goes High Climbing!


On April 6th, 7th, and 8th all three 4th grade classes went to the Doylestown Rock Climbing Gym! Mr. Donahoe organized this trip as part of our 4th grade curriculum for Physical Education.


What a great trip it was! Many students challenged themselves to climb many different Rock Walls. There were other activities including balancing a tight rope, and a tug of war contest! There was even a tunnel that many of us climbed through!

Our trip taught team building as well. With a lot of perseverance and determination we met our goals and challenged ourselves to make one more climb! It was a trip we will always remember!


The Fourth Grade Team:

Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Coapman, Mrs. Jaggers, Mrs. Wendling & Mrs. Murphy

5th Grade Flash

Fifth grade has been super busy this month of April! We showed we were SMARTIES on the PSSA! We admit, the no homework, tests and the treats we got each day…made the test days more bearable!


We are getting back to our normal routine with our core subjects. In science, we made terrariums and aquariums and our live critters have been keeping us busy learning about the Ecosystems and how we all are dependent on one another. Welcome to the fifth grade family…mosquito fish and snails!

In Social Studies, we are beginning to work on our Colonial America News Broadcasts. We are gathering research on our colonies and learning about how the colonists lived during that era.


Fifth graders should be checking their assignment books and completing nightly homework and practicing study strategies for upcoming te. Reading for pleasure 20-30 minutes nightly is a homework assignment that will help build vocabulary, strengthen comprehension and it is relaxing!


Until our next Fifth Grade Flash,

Mr. Benson, Mrs. Cicchiello, Mrs. Nack, Mrs. O’Brien, Mrs. Siravo & Mrs. Glenn

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Mrs. Scott counsels because "I love to see students & teachers find their AWESOME!"

Mrs. Scott's Counseling Communicator

Sixth Grade Dispatch

Sixth Graders Are Finishing the Year Strong!


As we plan for these last two months of school, our sixth graders are excited about some special events happening. Be sure to look for permission slips and emails highlighting the important dates! Our students have been working hard to prepare for the transition to middle school next year!


Here is a look at what is happening in our classrooms in this final marking period of sixth grade:


Expressions, equations, and functions, oh my! In math class, we have been learning about the properties of equality and using inverse operations to help us solve our equations and functions. Students have worked diligently to graph functions and inequalities! Try asking your son or daughter about the difference between using a closed or an open circle when graphing an inequality! Following our benchmark test, students will be finding the area of various polygons and calculating volume and surface area of prisms and pyramids in our geometry unit. Finally, students will finish off the year calculating statistical probability and analyzing statistical displays.


In language arts, we are continuing to read a variety of literature while reinforcing vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension strategies. Students are being asked to respond to their reading through class discussions and written responses. Additionally, sixth graders have been reflecting on the work they have done over this past year and in previous years of elementary school.


This month in social studies, we have traveled to the wonderful world of ancient India! The students were able to learn about Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. Together, we discussed the principles of the Hindu religion and acted out the Ramayana Tales, which helped us to better understand the some of the Hindu beliefs. At the end of the month, we concluded our study on ancient India and began to discuss our last ancient civilization…CHINA! In addition to our study on ancient India, we have continued to discuss our heroes of the week, every Friday. One man in particular, Kyle Maynard, truly inspired us to be the better versions of ourselves every single day! Check out his amazing story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czXTkNyzF98 We are looking forward to an exciting month of May in social studies class!!


In science, we have concluded our study of levers and pulleys. The students will now embark on a journey through Earth’s climate regions, known as biomes. Research teams will apply their conceptual understandings of biomes through the creation of a newsletter on their assigned region. The study of physical and behavioral animal adaptations will complete this brief study of the interdependent relationship between Earth and its inhabitants. The culminating project will be the creation of a fictional animal with a special combination of adaptations.


Mrs. Christiansen’s math students capped off their Chapter 7 study of equations by creating and submitting a music video set to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” for The Council Rock School District’s Elementary Media Festival. A lot of hard work and laughter went into producing a video that will hopefully help other students understand how to solve an equation with a variable! The class looks forward to the judging and culminating festival on June 7th!


-Mrs. Nelsen, Mr. McElrath, Ms. Pressman, Mrs. Christiansen & Mrs. McFadden

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The Sixth Grade Team Teaches...

Mrs. Nelsen: "My students inspire me each day! After 27 years of teaching, I still love the looks on the faces of my students when they are excited to share something about what they have done or learned. I love the challenge of finding ways to help my students understand difficult concepts. I am thankful to be in a profession that I love, and I look forward to meeting my new class each year!

Ms. Pressman: "I teach to INSPIRE OTHERS!"

Mr. McElrath: "Though dozens of teachers influence a person over their lifetime, I enjoy that fraction of time each student spends learning with me."

Mrs. Christiansen: "I teach because I can make learning SILLY, CREATIVE, and FUN! (even math)"

Mrs. McFadden: "I teach because I know it is possible to make a difference."

Gifted Support News

The second grade students are just about finished their fractured fairy tales. They wrote adorable stories and they are excited to share them! Next, the students will participate in a few more STEM fairy tale activities. We will end the year with a fun unit on spies and codes! The second grade agents will crack codes, solve mysteries, and invent a new spy device! There will be much problem solving and creative thinking happening in B-25!


In third grade, we finished up a brief study of the U.S. government by writing bills! The students became the Congress and the young senators and representatives went through the process of turning a bill into a law. Four new laws were passed in B-25! Next up is our study of economics. For this unit, the students will be become restaurant business owners! They will create a brand, market it, write reviews, and have a grand opening, where we will get to sample their product! More to come on this soon!


The fourth graders selected states from the Midwest region, and have been busy writing commercials to advertise activities or places to visit. After researching a state, each student wrote a script for a commercial and prepared background images for filming. Since we can’t film on location, we are pulling out the green screen again! We will end the year with a study of the Southwest and West regions.


In fifth grade, we have continued our study of Colonial America. The students made billboards to advertise colonies from each region, and participated in fun and engaging Williamsburg centers! Activities at the centers included classes at a Dame School and the College of William and Mary, voting at the Governor’s Palace, a board game (The Royall and Most Pleasant Game of the Goose) at Raleigh Tavern, shoe making at the shoemaker’s shop, singing at the slave’s quarters, and social activities at the Bruton Parish Church. For the next month, the students will be working on a Colonial America research project on a topic of their choice!


The sixth grade students are wrapping up a study of Ancient India, and we will finish the year with Ancient China. The students have begun work on a final research project, in which they will pick the topic and the project! I am excited to see what they choose and can’t wait to see the finished products in early June! We are looking forward to our field trip on Tuesday, May 10 to Princeton University!


-Mrs. McFillin, Humanities

Songs and Mnemonics

At this point in the school year, many of us are working hard to solidify concepts instructed this year, ensuring that this year’s foundational skills are secure and will be ready to support next year’s learning Early elementary students are accustomed to using songs and mnemonic devices (verbal tricks that make it easier to remember things) all the time. Singing the days of the week, the months of the year, and of course the ABCs have helped generations of children learn important foundational skills. The fun doesn’t need to stop there though. Websites such as www.songsforteaching.com and www.flocabulary.com as well as old standbys, Pinterest and YouTube, provide a vast library of songs on everything from multiplication facts to the periodic table. Encouraging your child to make up his own songs and mnemonic devices is even better. The more a child participates in her own learning, the more meaningful that learning will be, and the more fun the learning opportunities, the more learning there will be. The next time you find your child struggling to remember facts or a concept, look for a mnemonic device- it may make the process easier and more fun.


-Mrs. Aquila

Monthly Tech Tip

Mathjong is a website that allows students to play a classic game while building their math reasoning skills. Just like in Mahjong you have to match up pairs of blocks but in this version you have to create a mathematical expression to get the blocks off the grid. In addition to getting down to the least amount of blocks, points for each expression are awarded. Four levels of play are also offered.

Special Corner News

Band

Spring Instrumental Concert: Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 pm.


The band and string students have been working very hard preparing for the Spring Concert. Songs on the concert include Linus and Lucy, Heavy Metal, Star Wars, Royals and What Makes You Beautiful. We hope everyone will come out and support our music students!


-Mrs. Hintenlang

Gym

Students in all grades will be participating in games and events during Physical Education to prepare for Field Day on May 20th! Students in 4-6 will begin to practice for the FitnessGram, which is a series of 5 events that measure physical fitness. Students will spend a few weeks practicing these events leading up to the FitnessGram.


6th Grade Students are preparing for the 6th Grade District Track meet on May 25th @ CR North stadium.


After School Sports has wrapped up for the year and it was another AMAZING year for the 5th and 6th grade students in After School Sports.


-Mr. Donohoe

Library

Congratulations to our three outstanding Reading Olympics teams. We won two blue ribbons and one red ribbon. Our teams worked so hard and did a great job. Let’s hope they agree to do it again next year. Thank you to all of our wonderful parents who volunteered at our book fair this Spring. All proceeds from the book fair will go to support the author visits for next year. During the 2016-2017 school year Richboro Elementary will host Karen Scheuer (November grades K-1), Yvonne Kusters (January grades K-1), John Agee (September grades 4-6) and Mara Rockliff (March grades 2-4). The suggested Summer Reading Lists will be available soon.


-Mrs. Adams & Mrs. Laigaie

Music

April was a busy month for our Richboro musicians. Congratulations to all of our sixth grade students who participated in the pyramid concert at Council Rock South. The concert was amazing and we are very proud of you. Our students enjoyed having a basketball tournament in music class where we were able to review our note values. Mrs. Nelsen's class won the school tournament. We continue to work on performing rhythm patterns on the drums. Looking forward to the vocal concert on May 3, 2016 at 7:30PM. Congratulations to all of our singers and instrumentalists who will share their musical talent with us at the upcoming concerts here at RES. Music brings us together!


-Mrs. O'Connor

Student Council

Student Council has been very busy this past month! We worked hard to put treat bags together for teachers and students in honor of Teacher Appreciation and PSSA!


6th Graders “Chalked” the sidewalks to send a positive welcome to students as they entered the building for their PSSA testing. Thank you to all who participated! Even Mr. B got in on the action!


Spike also participated in our
Earth Day Assembly! What a great way to celebrate our Planet Earth!


Until next month,

Mrs. McFillin, Ms. Pressman, Mrs. Cicchiello, Mr. B & Mrs. Nack

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Spring Vocal Concert

Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:30pm

RES Cafeteria


**DON'T MISS GO BANANA'S NIGHT AFTER THE CONCERT!**

2nd Grade Field Trip!

Wednesday, May 4th, 9:15am-2pm

1 Riverside Drive

Camden, NJ

Where: Adventure Aquarium
Time: 9:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Lunch: Brown bag from home

**All chaperones must have clearances.**

Spring Instrumental Concert

Thursday, May 12th, 7:30pm

RES Cafeteria


**DON'T MISS GO BANANA'S NIGHT AFTER THE CONCERT!**

Mother-Son Challenge

Friday, May 13th, 7pm

120 Pheasant Run

Newtown, PA

Where: Newtown Athletic Club
Registration: PLEASE CLICK HERE
Cost: $22 for parent and child, $7 for each additional child. Open to RES students ONLY.

Registration deadline is May 10th.
There will be NO WALK-INS.
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1st Grade Field Trip!

Monday, May 23rd, 9:15am-12:30pm

291 North Keswick Avenue

Glenside, PA

Where: Keswick Theater
Time: 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


**All chaperones must have clearances.**

5th Grade Field Trip!

Monday, May 23rd, 9:15am-2pm

1112 River Road

Washington Crossing, PA

Where: Washington's Crossing Historic Park
Time: 9:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Lunch: Brown bag from home

**All chaperones must have clearances.**

6th Grade Field Trip!

Monday, May 23rd, 9:15am-3pm

1 Citizens Bank Way

Philadelphia, PA

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Time: 9:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Lunch: Brown bag from home

**All chaperones must have clearances.**

3rd Grade Field Trip!

Tuesday, May 24th, 9:30am-2pm

726 Durham Street

Hellertown, PA

Where: Lost River Caverns
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Lunch: Brown bag from home

**All chaperones must have clearances.**

6th Grade Visits Richboro Middle School

Wednesday, May 25th, 10am

Richboro Middle School

6th Grade Track Meet

Wednesday, May 25th, 3-5pm

62 Swamp Road

Newtown, PA

Where: Council Rock High School North
Raindate: May 26, 2016

If your 6th grader is attending on this day then you will have to pick him/her up from CR North High School stadium. More info coming soon.

Ice Cream Social (attention 6th Graders)

Wednesday, May 25th, 6pm

98 Upper Holland Road

Richboro, PA

Richboro Middle School will be hosting its annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 25th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. This event is open to all 6th grade students. This is a great opportunity to get to know the middle school.

Science Night @ CR South

Thursday, May 26th, 6-8pm

2002 Rock Way

Southampton, PA

Where: Council Rock High School South
Free Event and NO Registration Needed.

For more information click here!
2015-2016 School Year Calendar

Click me to see this school year's holiday closings and half days.

Thinking of Volunteering? Background Checks are NOW a State Requirement!

PA State Law now requires that all volunteers in the district MUST obtain the required clearances. Keep in mind it can take up to 2 weeks to obtain all the clearances.


“Volunteer” is defined as an adult in an unpaid volunteer position who is responsible for the welfare of a child or who has direct contact with children. Direct contact shall mean care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children. Any adult who is individually responsible for the children’s welfare, directly caring for, supervising, guiding or controlling the children are required to obtain clearances. Any volunteer who is present and working with students one or more times per week will be presumed to be a volunteer and must obtain clearances.


What You'll Need:

  1. PA State Police Criminal Record Check $0
  2. PA Child Abuse History Clearance $0
  3. FBI Fingerprint Clearance $27 (ONLY if you've lived outside Pennsylvania in the last 10 years) OR the CR Volunteer Affidavit-Notarized $0 (good for those who have lived in the state of PA for the last 10 years.)


Once you receive your clearances and/or affidavit, BRING them to Pat Waters, Secretary for CRSD Human Resources at the Chancellor Center in Newtown. She will witness you signing an “Authorization to Begin Volunteering” form. Ms. Waters can be reached at at pwaters@crsd.org or (215) 944-1000, x1019.

RSA Meeting: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.

Joe Corbi Pizza Sale is STILL OPEN!

You still have a few more days to get your pizza orders in. The sale ends on May 4th, 2016! Click the link below to see the flyer.

Looking for Leaders: Open RSA Committee Positions!

Support RES While You Shop!