Hornet News

November 2021

Principal's Message

As the month of November begins, this is a perfect opportunity for giving thanks. I am thankful for all of our staff who work tirelessly each day to serve our students. Thank you parents for your understanding and flexibility during a year when rules have changed at a moment’s notice. This community continues to be a giving and supportive staple in supporting Shannondale teachers, staff, and most importantly, our precious Hornets.

I hope you get time to rest and relax with those that you are thankful for during this season.

~Mrs. Rupeka

Please welcome our new first grade teacher: Suzanne McGaha

Fall Pictures : November 9th

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Say CHEESE! Individual fall pictures will be taken on November 9th. This year we will be using SimplePix instead of Lifetouch.

This link will take you directly to the ordering site: https://www.prepayorders.com/school/ses9444

* Make-up pictures will be December 1st.

PBIS Shout-Out

Congrats Ms. Bryan and Ms. Williams!!!

Mrs. Rupeka and Mrs. DeFreese have been watching hallway behavior for our school rules this week. The following classes have been observed this week for being respectful and safe.

Mrs. Bryan's class and Ms. William's class --- their students were able to choose either bubble gum or a freeze pop as a reward for following school expectations! Thank you for doing the right thing---you never know who is watching!!!

Lunch with Students

Just a friendly reminder that due to higher enrollment and less space in cafeteria, visitors may eat lunch with students on Tuesday and Thursdays only. Please see schedule below for primary and intermediate days.

Tuesdays: K-2nd

Thursdays: 3rd-5th

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Hornets Lending Library

Hornet's Lending Library is still a wonderful place to enjoy a book ! Stop by and check out a book or feel free to leave a book for someone else to enjoy!
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Congrats State Cross Country Qualifiers

Out of 299 boys across the state:

Mark Coppeans 51st

Joshua Bivens 75th

Oscar Pena 94th

*Levi Perkinson was unable to participate in the state meet

Out of 305 girls across the state:

Emma Lane 72nd

What a wonderful accomplishment for our Hornet CC Runners!!!

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Teacher Appreciation Week 11/8-11/12

Let's thank our teachers for all they do!

Monday-Give them something they love

Tuesday-Write or create a special card

Wednesday-Sweet or salty snack

Thursday-School or office supplies for their classroom/office

Friday-Creative gift! Use your imagination to write a poem, draw/paint a work of art, create a dance or song.

* Please reach out to your classroom chair to get "About Me" sheets if needed


A BIG shoutout to all that participated in this year's Read-A-Thon. $15, 536 was raised and all students were excited to have Kona Ice as a reward!!!

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Foundation News:

Foundation had a great time at The Chop House visiting with our community partners. Our community partners provide a great need to help us meet our fundraising goal to have S.T.E.M. at Shannondale. We raised $4,000 during the luncheon and pledges have been coming into the school for those that could not make it to the luncheon. Skate for S.T.E.M. was a huge success. There were more skaters than ever before. We had 127 skaters with raised $762 for S.T.E.M. which included a match by the Siddiqi Foundation who promotes health and wellness.

Join our Facebook page to see creative projects that our students will be undertaking in weeks to come. There will be a Ham n’ Goodys cookie sale between Thanksgiving and first week of December which Shannondale Foundation will collect 50% of the sale to go toward our 2021-2022 fundraising efforts. Thank you for all your support and participation in Shannondale Elementary School.


Students are getting excited for our annual STEM parade! Ms. VanBlaricum is starting to work with students on planning, developing and creating their floats for our parade. Your students will be able to show off their balloons to fellow students and staff on Tuesday, November 23.

Mrs. Vanblaricum's note to Parents:

We have some big and exciting things coming up in STEM class. This month we will be hosting our 2nd annual Shannondale STEM parade. All grade levels will be creating different floats/balloons so this parade will be a crowd pleaser! We are going bigger than we did last year and students will be to decorate their balloons/floats with more than just paper. As you could imagine it takes a lot of supplies to create roughly 400 floats, so if you have any arts and crafts materials laying around that you are looking to re-home, the STEM class will gladly take them. We plan to start building next week!

Also, in December we will be creating ornaments and trinkets out of nuts, bolts, and washers. I know we all have those coffee cans in the garage full of old stuff so, if anyone would be willing to gather some bolts, nuts, and washers of various sizes and send them in, we will give them new life!! Thanks!

Dates to Remember:

Thank A Teacher Week: Nov. 8th-12th

Thanksgiving Holiday (No School): Nov. 24-26th