Springfield Elementary

SEPTA Newsletter -- May 6, 2016

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SEPTA President's Message

June 9th is just around the corner. We have reached that point in the school year where many of us are starting to check things off of our list. Band concert, done. Book fair, done. We are looking forward to field trips, field day, end of year parties, and of course, the summer.

But before we check out for the year, we need to take a moment and look towards September. SEPTA is currently planning events and fundraisers for next year. The Springfield community is wonderful and full of helpful individuals. We had great success this year due to the many people who volunteered their time, whether it was an hour or many hours. Now we need to find some individuals to help with next year. Want to get involved in an event or fundraiser for the 2016-2017 school year? Do you want to run one, or just help? You can either contact us via email or look for volunteer sign ups in the coming weeks.

Thank you,

Jill Triani

SEPTA President

Upcoming Events

5/9- SEPTA Meeting, 7pm, Springfield Library & Live-streamed.

5/11- EPS meeting, 7p, PHS Audion. Agenda to include: Cafeteria food guidelines & Science curriculum review

5/12- K-12 Art Show, Art is Everywhere, PALMS, 6-8pm. Silent Auction available

5/13- Panther Pride assembly, 2:30pm, Springfield gym; librarian visit at 2:15pm.

Parents welcome.

5/20- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing Final opening this year.

5/17- Science Club meeting, 3:45-5p, Springfield Art Room. Contact to RSVP to attend.

5/18- General School Board Meeting, 7:30pm, PHS Library

5/20- Springfield's Got Talent Show, Springfield Gym, 2pm & 6pm.

5/24- 4th & 5th Grade Track Meet, PHS, beginning around 9:30am.

5/26- Field Day, Springfield playground, beginning around 9:30am. Parents welcome.

5/26- Title 1 Parent meeting, 4pm, Springfield Gym

5/30- Student Holiday, Memorial Day

5/31- SEPTA Meeting (June), 11:45am. Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

6/1- General School Board Meeting, 7:30pm, PHS Library

6/3- Discovery Day, 5th Grade visits PALMS during school hours

6/3- Student reading celebration--dunk tank for principal during recess

6/6- Kindergarten Orientation, 12-3, Springfield Library

6/9- 5th Grade Graduation, 10:30am, Springfield Gym

6/9- Last Day of School

Upcoming Sports / Activities

4/22-6/12- Chinese Lantern Festival, Franklin Square, Philly. Nightly 6-11pm. More info

5/18-21- Silver Creek AA Community Carnival, More info & discount coupon

6/4- Palisades Community Foundation 5k Challenge, 9am, PHS. More Info

Information for all of the below Palisades summer programs is available here--then scroll to "summer" section.

7/11-8/4- Palisades Summer Rec Program, 9am-noon (Upper Bucks YMCA to provide afternoon programming)

7/25-29- Palisades STEAM camp, PALMS, 8am-12:30pm

7/11-8/8- Purple & Gold Summer Day Camp-Middle School (entering grade 6, 7 & 8). Different themes offered each of 5 weeks.

Sports Camps: basketball, softball, field hockey, track, tennis, wrestling & soccer, various dates, various ages.

Did You Know?

  • Class end-of-year parties will be held during the last full week of school--check with your teacher or homeroom parent to discover the date of your party.
  • If your child has outgrown their Panther Pride T-shirt, but still needs something to wear for the Black vs Gold Springfield Field Day on 5/26, contact SEPTA to place your order soon! Please indicate the item (style, color & size).
  • Your child will have the opportunity to dunk Mr. Davis in a dunk tank on June 3rd--the number of throws is determined by the number of steps they've read.
  • The 2016-17 School Calendar has been approved! Link. Note that the first day of school is 8/29 & that Back to School Nights are scheduled for the week before the first day of school.

  • The Palisades Community Foundation has enhanced educational experiences for students in the arts, technology and athletics here in Palisades School District by community fundraising. Palisades Community Foundation has raised nearly $1.5 million to enhance facilities and supplement programs for the Palisades School District and our community. More info and brochure.

Live-streamed SEPTA Meetings

Virtual attendees can follow along with the conversation & type in questions. Make your voice heard in the important decisions for our children & school. Just follow this link on Monday, May 9th at 7pm: May SEPTA meeting. Listen in and watch presentations, then type your comments or questions to take part in the discussions. Decisions that affect your children are made at SEPTA meetings.

Share your thoughts, make your voice heard.

Please note: our June SEPTA meeting (on May 31st) will not be live-streamed. It will be mainly a volunteer appreciation luncheon with a very short business meeting.

Thank you!

  • Thank you to Bella Clifford for organizing our school Garden Club cleanup this spring & to the volunteers who helped out: Michael Clifford, Connie Lordan, Susan Comstock, Mrs Orben, Valerie Hughes, Mr Blocher, Daphne Pavlinsky & Carol Helder.

  • Thank you to Mrs. Becker & Mrs. Cuff for organizing & coaching the two Springfield Reading Olympics teams this year, all the participating students & all the parents (& Mr Davis!) for attending to support them! Great job securing another Blue Ribbon!

  • Thank you to Kim Reilly for organizing the Father-Daughter Dance. Thank you to the volunteers who baked, served food, decorated and cleaned up: Valerie Hughes, Lynn Gammello, Penny Neeld, Ruth Nastasi,Daphne Pavlinsky, Jenn Maguire, Michelle Horvath, Melissa Hoffman, & Bakers from the baking Committee. Thank you to all the dads & daughters who came out to enjoy the evening together!

  • Thank you to everyone who filled out the SEPTA Event Survey--your input really helps us plan our events for next year!

  • Thank you to Kim Reilly for running the School Store every month this year & keeping it stocked for our children to buy supplies & pantherwear, & for those extra openings at Movie Nights!

  • Thank you to Mrs. Reed for another fabulous Operetta & thank you to all the students for working hard & their families for making it possible for them. Thank you to Mr. Fayne (assistant director), Mrs. Muck (sound) & Tracey Palmer (community member & set designer). Thank you to our custodians: Dale, Bill & Jimmy.

  • Thank you to Michele & Matt Carson for planning the 5th Grade Only April Movie Night. Thank you to the following volunteers, bakers and others who graciously donated some of their time to make it fun for all: Helen & Greg Zaleski, Joy Shearer, Danika Shearer, Jenn & Tony Maguire, Mrs Garr, & Mrs Butler & our wonderful custodians-Bill and Jim.

  • Thank you to co-chairs Michele Carson & Erin Schuback for organizing the spring Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you to all the volunteers: Lynda Ivory, Kim Reilly, Jen Keller, Tricia Fox, Sarah Rohrbach, Barbara McAnally, Cheryl Stevens, Melodie Bricker, Shawna Liberg, Sarah Gappa,& Jocelyn Kilhefner. Thank you to everyone who bought books, too!

  • Thank you to all the families who support the Relay for Life Pretzel Fundraiser every other week. Funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

  • Thank you to April Science Club parent volunteers Valerie Hughes & Greg Zaleski & to the PHS Eco Club members for planning the fun acids/bases topic & experiments.

  • Thank you to Mrs. Kolb for planning & preparing our band students for the Spring Elementary Band Concert. Thank you to the band students for practicing all year long & to their parents for making it possible.

  • Thank you to Lauren Hall for organizing the Dorney Park Tickets fundraiser and to all the families who took part & got discount tickets!

  • Thank you to everyone who sent in appreciation tokens to their children's teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to those who contributed to the luncheon & dessert days this week: Joy Schearer, Barb McAnally, Erin Schuback, Amanda Sessinger, Karen Diaz, Tricia Fox, Tessa Palmer, Jocelyn Kilhefner, Lynne Macort, Valerie Hughes, Kim Reilly, Brenda Weiss, Mildred Gaspar, Amy O'Brien. Lynda Ivory, Carol Helder, Jill Reed & Moira Hower.

  • Thank You to our students & families for doing an outstanding job with fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart--the total was $1125 raised for the American Heart Association!

Art Show - Volunteers Needed

Our Elementary art teacher & the PALMS art teacher would love some extra help if you’re interested & available during any of these dates/times--please sign up here:

Mon May 9- morning, hang artwork at PALMS

Thur May 12- 3pm-approx 5pm - set up 3D clay & sculptures on tables at PALMS

Thur May 7- 7:50pm-? - pack up 3D clay projects at PALMS

Fri May 13- morning, take down hanging artwork at PALMS

Please contact Dayna McNichol, Elementary Art Teacher, with questions or to volunteer.

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April SEPTA meeting Summary

  1. Elections were held. Officers for 2016-2017 are: President, Jill Triani; Vice President, Tamara Rambo; Secretary, Jen Keller; Treasurer, Lyla Cookson

  2. "Dancing with the Honeybees" assembly, May 6th, 9:15-10:15am in Gym. Parent volunteers are needed.

  3. Full-day kindergarten discussions are in the works.

  4. Springfield Elementary will be getting a new roof this year.

  5. Mia Lampa will be on leave until the end of the school year.

  6. The 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony is June 9th at 10:30am in the Springfield Gym.

And much more! The minutes for all SEPTA meetings are available online. They are posted after they are approved.

Please join us at our next meeting on 5/9 @ 7pm (in Springfield library & online)!

Relay for Life

Saturday, June 4, 9am to Sunday, June 5, 9am at Krupps Park (by the Quakertown Library) Rain or shine 24-hour event

Springfield Elementary School will once again have a team in this year’s Relay for Life. The Relay for Life is a 24 hour event to raise money for the American Cancer

Society. The money raised goes to support research and local area programs. Teams

sign up to walk for the entire 24 hour period. At the event there will be entertainment, food, games & much more.

Our Springfield Steppers Team will be made up of staff and students. Members

of the team will be asked to walk for at least an hour or two on Saturday. We will have a couple more pretzel sales, Caps for Cancer, and an ice pop sale to raise money for our team. Keep your eyes open for flyers for each of these fundraisers. So far our pretzel fundraisers have earned about $450.00 and will be donated by our team to the American Cancer Society.

Please feel free to join our team by going to the link below.

1. Go to the website http://www.relayforlife.org/

2. Sign up for an Event: Quakertown (search)

3. Search for a team: Springfield Steppers (search)

4. Click join

5. Create an account: Follow the directions on the website.

If you need help registering, please contact Jade Scholl at 610-346- 7582 ext. 6306 or

jscholl@palisadessd.org or Courtney Muck at cmuck@palisadessd.org

April School Board Activity

During the month of April the Palisades School Board:

  1. Approved The Architectural Studios for architectural services on the Springfield Elementary School roof replacement in the amount of $27,500.
  2. Agreed on changing the start time of School Board Meetings from 7:30 to 7pm. This earlier time change will benefit students who attend the Board Meetings for presentations & recognition.

At the April Education Programs and Services (EPS) meeting there was a presentation on providing a full-day kindergarten program at Palisades. The elementary principals and Dr. Kieres provided information to the committee as a follow-up to the discussion of full-day kindergarten held during the February EPS meeting. There was a discussion on the social & emotional benefits as well as academic benefits of extending the day.

The committee requested that the administrative team return in June with a costing out summary & detailed staffing breakdown of the full-day kindergarten options.

Summer Camp Info

Fun photos from around school

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April Panther Pride Assembly

PAWS Recipients

PAWS (Panthers Are Worthy Students) April recipients.

Left to right (back): Tollan A (PAWS winner), Melody W (pulled winning tickets)

Left to right (front): Johonna S (PAWS winner), Gianna N (PAWS winner), & Caleb D (PAWS winner)

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100-Step Challenge & Beyond

The photo above are the students who achieved their 100-step challenge & were recognized at the April Panther Pride Assembly. Names follow below.

1st grade: Julia R

2nd grade: Mac O, Dylan V & Lydia M

3rd grade: Lukas B, Ella J, Jayden F, Colby M & Cameron H

4th grade: Peter B, Logan M, & Alena H

Pictured in the photo below are the students who went beyond 100 Steps. They are:

1st grade:

200: Ryan M, Elizabeth B, Hailey M, Gabrielle B & Collett J

300: Gavin J, Julianna H, Lily C, Caleb D & Noah D

2nd grade:

200: Louden H

300: Taylor K, Wesley D & Lucy S

400: Megan R

3rd grade:

200: Kathleen A, Emma C & Melanie-Rose W

300: Ben F & Dallas B

4th grade:

200: Harrison K, Summer R, Delia P & Kaitlyn C

300: Peyton B, Genevieve F, Jaden K, Chase M, Kyle C, William S & Ellie N

400: Ailish K, Josue D, Jaden K, Emma U & Reese K

500: Ella B & Olivia N

600: Andrew K

900: Katelyn M

1000: Chantel L & Riley S

5th grade:

200: Allison B, Camryn I, Hannah M, Wyatt H, Shawnna K & Riley F

300: Lincoln H, Seamus F, Galen L, Hannah M, Melody W, Joseph Z, Michael Z &

Tollan A

400: Hailey S, Lincoln H & Seamus F

500: Hailey S

600: John M & William C

700: Samantha N

800: Jordan M, Jayden G, David P & Katie H

900: Laci G, Aidan M & Brianna H

1400: Melissa R

Congratulations as well to our staff who achieved the following number of steps:

Mrs. Muck-200; Ms. Saxton-200, Mrs. Crews-300, Mrs. Caldwell-300, Mrs. Comstock-300, Mrs. Sadow-1300 & Mrs. Reed-1300!

Beyond the 100-step Challenge!

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Math Ribbons

Grade 1- Saxton: Colton G, Shane S & Ryan M

Grade 2- Musantry: Gianna N

Grade 3- Borzok: Kathleen A, Jayden F, Ella J, Samantha M, Devon L,

Sean F & Austin R

Grade 4- Hogan: Katelyn M

Math Ribbon recipients photo below:

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1st Grade Marshmallow Project

Check out the photos below of Mrs. Muck's students creating 3-D shapes out of toothpicks and marshmallows to wrap up their geometry unit.

Operetta Photos

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Is Your Child Too Busy?

Depending on a kid's age and interests, it's possible to set reasonable limits on extracurricular activities and make them more enjoyable for all. This article outlines some simple suggestions to help.

Comments, Thoughts, Ideas

Are you new to our school? Do you have questions about any SEPTA (Springfield Elementary Parent Teacher Alliance) or school-related topic? Do you have some information you'd like to share? Did anything in this newsletter make you say "Huh?" or "What's that all about?" Please contact us and we'll follow up with more information. Just click on the green "Contact Lyla Cookson" or email SEPTAnewsletter@gmail.com.

For the safety of our children, PLEASE do not share this newsletter on any of the social media sites. Please DO share it with your children, though--they're sure to be interested to share what they've been up to at school!