Simmons Weekly Newsletter

January 22, 2020

At Simmons Elementary School, We're Better Together

Students in grades 2 and 3 heard author Julia Cook today speak about using their social emotional tools to improve their relationships, their learning, and their lives. Be sure to ask your child about the special furry guest who ended the assembly!

All families are invited to hear Julia Cook speak this evening at Crooked Billet Hallowell Learning Community. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Scenes from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Simmons Elementary School partnered with the Giving Tree organization for the third year as part of our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Friday, January 17th. We created 300 sock rolls to accompany Gifts of Hope packages which will be distributed to displaced individuals in Philadelphia. The Gifts of Hope packages our students will assemble will include a pair of socks, a granola bar, a packet of crackers, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. These packages will be distributed by the Giving Tree organization to shelters in Philadelphia including the Hub of Hope located in Suburban Street Station which functions as a day center for individuals who made need a place to shower and get further assistance. Students also made cards with kind messages to accompany the sock rolls. Community volunteers from Optum Technology helped make this day a success.

Thanks to all the families who sent in items for this service project!

Friendly Recess Assistants Needed

Do you enjoy being outdoors and working with children? We are currently recruiting applicants for open recess assistants at Simmons Elementary School. The hours are 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on school days. You can learn more and apply on the district human resources page:

Flu Season - Here's how you can help!

Help us to prevent the spread of the flu this season by reminding your children to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and not share food or drinks. If your child becomes ill, it's important to stay home from school and other activities to limit contact with others and recover. A yearly flu vaccine is always the best way to prevent the flu. For more information, visit or

News from the Simmons Home and School Association

*** Simmons Annual Family Dance ***

Come dance the cold weather away during the Simmons Family Dance – Space Galaxy style! Wear your favorite Star Wars shirt or outer space gear on Friday, January 24th from 7 – 9pm.

If you are able to volunteer your time to help make this evening a success, please visit the Sign Up Genius:

For any questions or additional information, please contact Shira Schulman at

Please note this is not a drop-off event. Thank you – looking forward to a fun evening for the kids with a DJ, dancing and more!

*** 1st and 2nd Grade Talent Show ***

Thank you for all the kiddos that signed up for the 1st and 2nd Grade Talent Show scheduled for January 30th. There are two options to rehearse either Wednesday January 22nd or Monday January 27th. Please send in a teacher note with your child on the day that they will be rehearsing so that their teacher is aware. Rehearsal will take place in the forum. Rehearsal will end around 5pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamelfrey Pacheco at or Gretchen Kaufmann at

***Kindergarten Night Out***

Kindergarten Families, please join us Friday, February 7th, for the Magic Show for all Kindergarten students, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Forum. Please note this is not a drop-off event. We look forward to seeing you there!

***Assemblies is Actively Looking for a New Chair***

Our current chair is moving in February and we are in need of a new chair. Jenny Morgan, our current chair has set up some fun events and has many of the events already in place for this year. We are looking for someone to follow through with what has been set up and continue with future events.

If you are interested, please contact Gretchen Kaufmann at

Upcoming Events


24 – Family Dance

30 –1st & 2nd Grade Talent Show


4 - Discovery Time Starts

7 - Kindergarten Night Out

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Volunteer Information

Any adult who will be in the classrooms (for any reason) or for field trips are required to have a volunteer photo i.d. badge issued by the Hatboro-Horsham School District. The required clearances are free and any adult (including parents, grandparents and other family members) can complete the process. The volunteer credentials are good for five years. We appreciate the time and commitment that our volunteers offer to enhance our school! Here's the link to the district website which includes all the information about volunteer clearances: