E-Staff Weekly for 5/30/16

"Personalizing Education"

End of the Year Activities

As the end of the year comes to a close, it is important to continue to communicate classroom and grade level activities to the main office. This will help the office to properly prepare along with communicating the event to the entire staff.

DIBEL Testing

Please be mindful about the DIBEL testing being administered to our students in the hallway. You "quietness" is greatly appreciated.

Last Day of School - Dismissal and Lunches

The last day of school is a half day for all Grade 1-5 students on June 14th. Dismissal time will be 1:00 p.m. Students will have lunch that day.

  • Grade 5 - 11:00-11:30
  • Grade 4 - 11:15-11:45
  • Grade 3 - 11:40-12:10
  • Grade 2 - 11:50-12:20
  • Grade 1 - 12:15-12:45 *Have your students ready for dismissal prior to lunch.

Items to Remember:

  • No scheduled recess. Bill and Lisa will cover all lunch duties
  • During dismissal, I'm asking all staff members that do not have a homeroom to be present in the hallway for student supervision.
  • The last day for students in Kindergarten PM is June 13th. The last day for students in Kindergarten AM is June 14th. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.
  • Specials are cancelled for today.

Summer Work Packets

Many of you have inquired about sending home summer work packets. Due to conserving paper, we will not be copying "packets" of summer work for children. Instead, I'm asking grade levels to forward Tina the packet scanned that will be sent to your grade level families via Blackboard Connect. When sending, please include a brief message from the team about the packet so it can be included in the email blast. If you have any questions, please let the office know.

From the Nurse's Office

During these hot/humid days, please make sure your students are drinking plenty of fluids. In addition, please speak with your students about telling Mr. Hoath or Mrs. Herrmann if they feel nauseous or faint when they're on the playground.

2016-17 Teacher Placement Letters

Letters will be delivered to your mailboxes on Wednesday, June 1 at 8:15 am. A Blackboard Connect Message will be sent to our community at 9:00 am communicating the same information.

Olympic Day

Friday, June 3rd, 9am


Communication will be coming from Chad Shaw. Please remind your students about the following:

  • Bring a water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Dress according to the weather

Board Room Panels

It's our month to decorate the board room at DAO. Each grade level is required to create at least 2-3 panels (length is 5 ft. max) using butcher paper. I would like to go with the theme of reading and technology if possible. All panels are due in the main office before June 3.

Retirement/Years of Service Recognition Celebration

Congratulations to following staff members who will be honored at the Retirement/Years of Service Recognition Celebration in the high school auditorium on Monday, June 13 at 6:30 PM.

  • Donna Costigan – 15 years of service
  • LeeAnn Haberle – 15 years of service
  • Cindy Hayes – Retirement
  • Diane Holtz – 30 years of service
  • Joan Loeb - 15 years of service
  • Jennifer Pole – 20 years of service
  • Frank Scafuro – Retirement

Thank you for your outstanding service to our students, parents, and community!

Summer Hours

From June 20 to August 5, Seylar Elementary will be open from 6:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Save the Dates - 2016-17

OPEN HOUSE (Parents only)

K-2 Parents - Monday, August 22 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Classroom

3-5 Parents - Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Classroom

MEET the TEACHER (Parents and students)

KDG AM - Wednesday, August 24 at 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

KDG PM - Wednesday, August 24 at 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Grades 1-5 - Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


All students report to school - Monday, August 29

Message from Dr. Scheid's Office - BrightBytes Survey

Once again we are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics organization, to learn more about our schools’ technology use for student learning. To better show our growth over the past year and showcase the impact of our initiatives, we’ve made a commitment to re-collect. Our goal is to gather metrics on technology access and skills, and on our district's technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. Re-collection also allows us to prioritize different initiatives based on the changes in our profile.

We are asking each of you to complete the survey linked below by June 3, 2016.

  • All certified staff and administrators must complete the survey.
  • Your responses are anonymous.
  • The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete.

Please use the following link to access your school’s survey: www.BByt.es/BU7FT

Student Survey:

  • Please schedule a time in the computer lab or utilize your computing devices in your classroom for students to complete the survey. A link has been added to the top page of the Seylar Website.

Message from the library...

Most of the year we are fairly relaxed with late books, but it is that time when we need to be a tad more strict. So … we sent home notices for either late books or fines. Please look at the slip. If it says Unreturned Material – I need the book. If it says Unpaid Fines – the book was handed in late. We give a week before fines start, and I’m really not that picky about the fines .. but I do want the books.

Personal Days

We have reached our capacity of 10% of faculty requesting a personal day for the following dates:
  • May 9th
  • May 13th
  • May 20th
  • May 23rd
  • May 25th
  • May 27th
  • June 2nd
  • June 6th
  • June 10th

GCN Trainings

These following training's must be completed by the end of the school year. Please see Tina for any training's you haven't completed yet.

  1. Harassment (GCN)
  2. Act 126 Mandated Reporter (GCN)
  3. Act 71 Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention (GCN)
  4. SEL training (Video and Powerpoint presentation) – for new staff members
  5. Policy 824 – Maintaining Professional Adult/Student Boundaries (will be reviewed in future faculty/department meetings)

Happy Birthday to You!





JEN POLE - June 23


MILES ROE - July 8






LISA AMARY - July 29



JILL GROFF - August 12


KATHY BRUN - August 21

Teaching Resources, Inspiration, and Sometimes a Good Laugh!

End of School Year Video
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M. M. Seylar Elementary School

"Personalizing Education"

Education is a very personal thing. We at Seylar believe that every child has the right to achieve their highest potential and for them to be inspired, to dream, to be excited, and to have pride within themselves and for their school community. Our mission is to combine these beliefs with your child’s innate passions and love for learning to bring together a mind’s on approach, where students are engaged, challenged, and supported so they can achieve their personal best.