MMW List Server Message

March 19, 2015

Hello Maureen M. Welch Parents,

I hope that this message finds all of you doing well despite the resurgence of winter coming up. No worries – it’s simply winter’s last stand as the Spring Equinox is tomorrow at 6:45 pm. Mr. Klein already sent a message about possibilities for school tomorrow as parents should think about preprations in case there is an early dismissal or cancellation.

Today, I learned that there are many students at MMW who plan to participate in Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome tomorrow. Most impressive, a few students came to me to ask that we make a school-wide spirit day for such a wonderful activity for World Down Syndrome Day. Also, Kieren and Jason Giejda spoke to their classmates and explained that they will be rocking CRAZY SOCKS tomorrow and honoring their sister, Makenna, who has Down Syndrome. What a fantastic idea! So, tomorrow is going to be Rock Your Socks Day at MMW!

The following website has more information about Rock Your Socks: On this site, the guidelines for the day include: wear brightly colored socks, long socks, printed socks, one sock…maybe even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. If you don’t normally wear socks then wear them.

As a parent, I’m aware that such a late decision for a spirit day may result in some challenges. However, the staff at MMW is getting the word out to the children and letting them know that they shouldn’t be requesting parents to go out and buy special socks tonight. They can simply mix-match socks or wear their soccer or baseball socks for this cause. Thank you, in advance, for supporting such a great activity!

The Welch Wildcat 5k and Fun Run

Sunday April 12th starting at 9am – Join us for the Welch Wildcat 5K. New this year is a 1 mile Fun Run! The PTO is putting a Welch spin on a color run (no powder). Look for updates on "color of the day" the week of April 6th leading up to the race, and get your color on for race day! We want to see your brightest and boldest colors on the course!

Registration is now open! Register by tomorrow, March 20th for discounted rates and to guarantee race t-shirts. The class with the most students registered will win the coveted Welch Wildcat Trophy! MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

Wildcat Basket Raffle

What would Spring be at MMW without raffle baskets! It's that time of year again....time to fill those baskets with lots of goodies to raffle off to some very lucky winners! Each grade level has a theme and a Sign-Up Genius with suggestions. Don't have time to shop? No worries! Monetary donations are accepted, and the basket committee will do the shopping for you!

Check out your grade's theme [CLICK HERE] and send your donation in by Wednesday March 25th. Raffle tickets will be sold at all lunches April 8th-11th, at the race packet pick up on April 10th from 4-6 pm and on race day from 8-10am. Winners will be drawn at the conclusion of the race day festivities. Need not be present to win.

Questions? Contact the basket committee at Thank you in advance for helping to make this a great fundraiser!

Go Bananas

Come out for our Run Rally at Go Bananas (Richboro) tomorrow, March 20th, from 6-9pm. You can register in person and, Go Bananas will donate a portion of the proceeds from the night's sales to the PTO.


Become a fundraiser and help the Welch PTO reach their $15,000.00 fundraising goal! You can create your fundraising page when you register for the race and you can also create a fundraising page even if you are not able to join us on race day. Send your fundraising page link out to family and friends and ask for their help. Every individual or family that raises $100 will receive a Go Bananas gift card. The top three fundraisers will receive a 'Night at the Movies' family fun pack. FUNDRAISING PAGE


Chancellor Center Rotating Student Art Collection

Each school year, only piece of artwork is chosen from each school to be included in the Chancellor Center Rotating Student Art Collection. This evening, Malia Frank will be honored at the Council Rock School Board meeting as her sixth grade self-portrait was chosen to represent our school. Her artwork was selected to represent Welch for this school year and will hang proudly in the board room for all to see. Way to go, Malia!

Recycling Contest

Suburban Waste Services (formerly Abitibi) is the collector of our recycled paper. This company provides our school with funds based on how much is collected in our recycling bin each month. These funds help pay for many student activities around the school. Suburban Waste Services is running a contest during the month of April in which three different $500 cash prizes will be awarded to organizations that have the most creative outreach program, the highest monthly volume and the greatest improvement in volume of collected material. We’re hoping that families can help out by sending recycled paper to school or that parents can drop off their paper directly into the bin next to our school. The contest runs all during the month of April – the staff and I appreciate your support. Paper Recycling Contest

PTO Elections for 2015-2016

MMW PTO Elections are just around the corner for the 2015-2016 School Year. Elections for the MMW PTO Board of Directors will be held at the April PTO Meeting, and elections for the Committee Chairs will be held at the May PTO Meeting. The nominating chair needs your help! If you are interested in being part of the Nominating Committee, please contact Kimberly Patrizi at


Yearbooks are on sale now. This is a great keepsake for students in all grades! Order online and personalize your book of memories for this year. Lifetouch has expanded its options to include basic books to completely personalized books with names, portraits on the cover, etc. Any questions please contact Nicole Mutarelli at 215-410-0367. ORDER HERE

Time to Clean Out Those Closets-Again!

The MMW PTO will be running their second clothing drive (Sponsored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters) on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The drive will be held at the school. The PTO earns $0.20 per pound for clothing, coats, bedding, drapes, purses, linens, stuffed animals and shoes that are collected. Receipts will be provided for those that need one.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, March 20th – PTO Pretzel Sale
  • Tuesday, March 24th – PTO Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • Monday, March 30th-Friday, April 3rd - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 6th - Friday, April 10th - MMW Spring Book Fair

2015 PSSA Testing Dates

English Language Arts Assessments, April 13th-16th for grades 3-6

Mathematics Assessments, April 20th-22nd for grades 3-6

Science Assessments, April 27th-April 28th for grade 4

Field Day - Friday, May 8th

Maureen M. Welch E-Friday Folder

FYI - All paper snowflakes and winter paraphernalia have been removed from the school. Like you, my fingers are crossed for good weather tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend.

Joe MacClay


Maureen M. Welch Elementary School

750 New Road

Churchville, PA 18966