Super Spike News

February 2016

Hello RES!

In February, the staff familiarized themselves with Habit 4 of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Think Win-Win. Win-Win is a synergistic situation in which both parties can mutually benefit. We must not only ask ourselves what we want but also what the other party wants from a given situation, bearing in mind that it is okay to walk away if a common agreement is not found.

The Win/Win process has four steps:

1. See the problem from another point of view.

2. Identify the key issues and concerns involved.

3. Determine what results would constitute a fully acceptable solution.

4. Identify possible new options to achieve those results.

Together, we will be thinking about our interactions, especially those that require an agreement or a solution. In doing so, we will attempt to maintain a balance between our “Win” and consideration the other parties’ “Win.”

With March just one day away, spring is in the air! There are a number of spectacular events to look forward to in the coming month, Spring Break being one of them. PSSA testing is just around the corner after we return from the week off.

The following are the PSSA testing dates for the 2015-2016 school year:

· ELA: Tuesday (4/12), Wednesday (4/13), Thursday (4/14), Friday (4/15)

· MATH: Tuesday (4/19), Wednesday (4/20), Thursday (4/21)

· SCIENCE: Tuesday (4/26) & Wednesday (4/27)​

I hope you enjoy all that March has to offer!


Covey, S. R. (2004). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Simon & Schuster: New York, New York.

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Click the link above to see Richboro's ranking.

52nd in the state of Pennsylvania!!!
#6 for Best Teachers in the Philadelphia/Metro Area!!!

Inside this Issue:

  • Upcoming dates to know
  • Attendance Letter to all parents
  • Golden Spoon Award
  • Grade level and specials news
  • New Monthly Tech Tips
  • Special events details
  • "Summer Camp" photos
  • RSA corner

Upcoming Dates:

3/1-3/3/16: Art Goes to School
3/1/16: Wear Stripes Day
3/2/16: Pajama Day or Dress Like a Dr. Seuss Character
3/4/16: Egypt Day with 6th Grade
3/9/16: RSA Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
3/10/16: District Band visits RES!
3/11/16: Early Dismissal (PM Kindergarten attends)
3/11/16: Jump Rope Assembly
3/12/16: Bulldog Bash
3/13/16: Daylight Savings begins
3/15/16: Science Fair
3/16/16: District Band comes to RES
3/17/16: Author Visit: Gene Barretta
3/17/16: District Elementary Band Concert @ North
3/21-3/25/16: No School--Spring Break
3/28/16: Schools Re-open
3/30/16: The NED Show assembly
3/31/16: Family Math Night (Grades 3-5)
Attendance Letter to All Parents

Please click me to read the latest news on your child's attendance at Council Rock schools.


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Two groups of recent Mystery Motivator winners enjoyed some free game time with Dr. Jordan and Mrs. Scott. Congratulations to Gavin Lacey, Kelly Longmore, Veronica Houk, Maddie Kalikhman, Chase Stratton, Olivia Thompson, Tyler Gerding, Abby Geist, Annie Sypek, Cian Ratcliff, Gianna Johnson, Ryan Zats, Naomi Schieken, Dan Maybaum, Yana Petlakh, Lily McElhaugh, and Shane Cohen.


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Each month our classes participate as a group to try to win the now coveted Golden Spoon Award. Classes are awarded points in the lunchroom for demonstrating Super Spike behavior. The class with the highest points at the end of the month gets bragging rights and gets to keep the big Golden Spoon for the month! Above is Mrs. Sottung's rock star class who won the second round in January.

Congratulations to Paige Adams, Lucas Bass, Grady Burt, Erin Connolly, Georgia DeMarco, Anna Ferry, Anastasiya Golub, Jessica Lanis, Shane McCreary, Francis McKeown, William McKeown, Margot Moskovitz, Elizabeth Moykovsky, Yana Petlakh, Nicole Reich, Eve Sala, Yasir Shalchi, Jack Slaman, Caiden Spector, Ryan Wekluk, and Robert Wojciechowski.

Kindergarten News

February was a fun-filled month in Kindergarten!

Both classes had a great time making crafts, sharing valentines and feasting at their Valentines Day Parties!

The Kindergarteners got to celebrate the 100th day of school with fun-filled centers and games. The highlight of the day was sharing the drawings of what the students would look like at 100 years old! Ms. Hamilton and Mrs. Wagner want to thank all the families who donated to our Bulldog Bash Baskets!

Coming Up:

Read Across America Week

Monday: Wear Crazy Socks Day

Tuesday: Wear Stripes Day

Wednesday: Wear P.J.s or dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character. Also bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book and a towel to read on.

· Our 8th Grade Buddies visit March 3rd and 4th!

· Bulldog Bash Raffle Ticket Purchases March 8th – 10th

· No school for A.M Kindergarten on Friday the 11th

- Only P.M. Kindergarten attends (Early Dismissal Day)

-Ms. Hamilton & Mrs. Wagner

1st Grade Buzz

What a busy month it was in 1st grade! We made predictions about whether or not Phil would see his shadow. When we learned that he did not see his shadow and that we may have an early spring, we gave our opinion and supported it with details. We had fun at our Valentine’s Day party in which there was a fun craft, plenty to eat, cards to open, and time to decorate a cupcake! On the 100th day of school, we came dressed in school spirit wear and some of us dressed as if we were 100. Throughout the day, we did math and writing activities that centered on the number 100. Congratulations to the first grade students! They have completed Book #3 of the Journeys language arts program. The students celebrated by relaxing on beach towels while they enjoyed uninterrupted independent reading time.

-Mrs. Delfini, Mrs. Cantwell, Mrs. Jurney & Mrs. Edwards

Math Updates

Did you know that students earn an extra First in Math User ID and Password to share with a parent or sibling when they reach SCHOLAR status? Play games, earn stickers, and get the whole family involved in some friendly math competition!

Check out this link for more information!

-Mrs. Fitzgerald

2nd Grade Scoop

Second Grade has been learning about customs, cultures, immigration, and ancestors in our fourth unit of Social Studies. The students have shown a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for this unit of study. Second Grade celebrated Heritage Day during Social Studies time in the month of February. During Heritage Day second grade shared food, clothing, coins, flags and many other facts about each culture their ancestors were from. Food tasting was surely the highlight of the afternoon!

-Mrs. Rowan, Mrs. Foy, Mrs. Pithis, & Mrs. Mazen

3rd Grade Beat

Third Graders have been having a lot of fun researching a famous person! They have selected a famous person, researched the person using books and websites, written a first draft, and published their final report. We are in the process of learning how to give an oral presentation. Each third grader will share interesting facts about their famous person. You might even see some students dressed as their person!

The Third Grade Team,

Mrs. Sottung, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Sabol and Mrs. Fyke

Also, another Congratulations to Mrs. Sottung's class for winning the First in Math trophy!

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Literacy News

The Reading Rockets website is a great resource for parents. It offers many hints and suggestions for helping with your child’s literacy development. One useful article is Developing Writing and Spelling at Home. You can find more information at Reading Rockets by clicking the link below.

-Mrs. Kennedy & Mrs. Fernley, Literacy Specialists

4th Grade Bulletin

4th Graders are making a difference at Richboro Elementary School! We are making the world a better place! How are our nine and ten year olds doing this you ask? By not only talking about what a Random Act of Kindness “looks like” but by committing wonderful acts of kindness. We looked up the definition of the following words:

  • kind – 1.) wanting and liking to do good and to bring happiness to others. 2.) showing or growing out of gentleness or goodness of heart (a kind act) acts – something that is done (act of kindness)
  • random – showing no clear plan, purpose, or pattern

We are making our school a friendlier, more caring community! See for yourselves!

The Fourth Grade Team:

Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Coapman, Mrs. Jaggers, Mrs. Wendling & Mrs. Murphy

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5th Grade Flash

Fifth Grade has seen a lot of action this past month. In Science, we are “Mixing it Up” with our unit on Mixtures and Solutions. Learning the difference between a mixture and a solution has been our major these last few weeks. Ask your child, “Is milk a mixture or a solution?” They should be able to tell you about the “Milk Rainbows” we created with Mr. Duke our science STEM coordinator. It was fantastic!!!

In Social Studies we learned about our The Constitution and the Three Branches of Government. We are now moving on to the Bill of Rights!

In Math, 5th Grade continues to see a lot of action with fractions!!!

In Language Arts, we are reading up a storm. Author, Chris Grabenstein was a hit when he visited RES this month. We all ran back to our classrooms wanting to write a story! Read Across America Day will be a great way to celebrate our reading!

Until our next Fifth Grade Flash,

Mr. Benson, Mrs. Cicchiello, Mrs. Nack, Mrs. O’Brien, Mrs. Siravo & Mrs. Glenn

Mrs. Scott's Counseling Communicator

10 Ways to Ask About Your Child's Day

The trick is to ask about things that are specific, but still open-ended. Move beyond "fine" and "nothing" by asking your child to describe his world. It's also great to start the conversation with an anecdote from your own day. Try one of these conversation-starters:

1. Tell me about the best part of your day.

2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?

3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?

4. Tell me about what you read in class.

5. Who did you play with today? What did you play?

6. Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?

7. What's the biggest difference between this year and last year?

8. What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they're fair?

9. Who did you sit with at lunch?

10. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

-Mrs. Scott

Sixth Grade Dispatch

Sixth graders held another red, white, and blue day to collect donations for two soldiers and their families. Students showed their true Richboro Spirit by writing letters and sending care packages to two soldiers who are connected to our Travis Manion Foundation program. Along with the wonderful letters, students created Valentine’s cards that could be shared with the entire troop for each soldier. The letters and cards were sent in packages containing special treats and items for the soldiers to share. We were able to purchase items that were specific favorites of the two soldiers and their troops.

Here at Richboro, we understand that it is not just the soldier who is serving our country, but their family members here in the states make sacrifices as well. To help make Valentine’s Day special for the families of the two servicemen, sixth graders wrote letters and made Valentine’s Day cards for them as well. One of the soldier’s wives just recently had a new baby! With the donations from our sixth grade students and teachers, we were able to purchase restaurant gift cards, age-appropriate children’s books, and special treats for the children of the two soldiers. We hope that this gesture helped to brighten the day of these families who are awaiting the safe return of the soldiers. It was an honor for our sixth grade students to take part in such a worthwhile community service project!

-Mrs. Nelsen, Mr. McElrath, Ms. Pressman, Mrs. Christiansen & Mrs. McFadden

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Gifted Support News

Egypt Day is coming up this Friday, March 4th, and the 6th graders are so excited to present their speeches. They will be doing a group presentation on the gods and goddesses connected to mummification and the afterlife. Each student has also created a sarcophagus, which will be displayed on Friday! Thank you parents for helping with costumes! We hope to see you there!

The 5th grade students have been learning about the geography of the United States. This month they will be learning how to use a green screen app to take photos of themselves at various landforms and bodies of water around our country!

The green screen will also be used by the fourth graders! The students have been researching states in the Southeast Region, and will be using the green screen to create a photo tour of important places in this region!

In third grade, the students have started to learn about the history of immigration in the United States. This month they will participate in an Immigration Station activity, where they will have the opportunity to act as Ellis Island inspectors!

The second students have continued to use critical thinking skills in our Fairy Tale STEM unit! They will participate in more STEM activities this month, read various fractured fairy tale plays, and then they will write one of their own!

-Mrs. McFillin, Humanities

Study Tips

As children move through the primary and into the intermediate grades, new emphasis is placed on “studying”. Assignment book blocks will often have one intimidating word as test time approaches: “STUDY”. Teachers work hard to provide tools that will facilitate effective studying at home, but many children are not ready to study on their own yet, and often they don’t really understand what the word means. This often leaves parents at a loss, wondering how much help to give, and how to give it. There are some helpful strategies that you can use with the most common study tools your child uses.


Flashcards can be used in a number of ways. Oftentimes we think of math flashcards which have a problem on the front and the answer on the back. These are extremely useful, but they are just the beginning. In class, your child may make vocabulary flashcards with a word on the front and the definition or concept flashcards with a main idea on the front and details on the back. These are a great resource for quizzing out loud and even self-quizzing at home.

You may also choose to make single-sided flashcards. These flashcards may contain all of the key information about a given concept (for example, all three branches of the US federal government on one card) or it may split different facets of the concept onto different cards (for example, state names on one set of cards and state capitals on another). Single-sided conceptual cards can be used for repetitive practice- looking them over, reading them aloud, even singing them can help a student become familiar with and memorize the concepts they contain. Using colors or bold print for key words enables your child to see the entirety of an important concept in one compact space. Looking at each concept on its own card may help him to organize his thoughts and see each concept individually rather than mixing it up with other concepts covered during the unit. Highlighting the key words on these flashcards is important, as it encourages children to focus on the main ideas of each concept rather than just memorizing the words that are being used.

Alternatively, split-concept single-sided flashcards can be used for review games such as Memory, Concentration, Beat the Clock, or Treasure Hunt. Challenging your child to find matching pairs of cards can be an engaging way to memorize important sets of information. While flashcards may be most helpful for visual learners, playing games such as these while reading them aloud with an auditory learner, or adding a physical dimension by placing them around the house, encouraging children to run, jump, climb stairs, shoot hoops, or even dance between the cards can make them helpful to kinesthetic learners as well.

-Mrs. Aquila

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Monthly Tech Tip

Photos For Class

Now parents can feel at ease while giving the responsibility to their children to find photos online for their assignments and projects. This awesome website allows your child to do safe searches online for photos that are age appropriate for the school setting.

Bonus: all photos have automatic citations and are also listed with Creative Commons for public use.

Special Corner News


All our students have been working on many projects this past month - and beginning new projects some of which will also be on view at the District Art Show!

The District Art Show is scheduled for Thursday May 12th, 6:00 -8:00PM; Friday, May 13th, 5:00- 8:00PM, Saturday, May 14th 10:00 AM -3PM Closing.

This year, the District Art show is at CR High School SOUTH Gymnasium.

The Art Department is celebrating its 35th Annual Art Show this year! The Art Show T-Shirts will be available to Richboro Elementary for orders beginning the first week of March!

Ms. AuBuchon will have order forms distributed via family count, as well as on the Richboro Art Page to down load, as well as in the Art room for students to bring home.

Art Goes To School is coming to Richboro Elementary! Art Goes To School volunteers will be coming to Richboro to share this year's portfolio of art work Tuesday, March 1st, Wednesday March 2nd, Thursday March 3rd, during students' Art classes.

Another special art opportunity is coming to Richboro 6th graders! Designs being made by all the 6th graders will be on display at Gobananas Yogurt Shop, in Richboro, from March 20th through April 7th! A celebration evening will be held on Tuesday, March 29th, from 6-8PM. Students and their families attending will receive a 20% discount on their family ice cream order. Any Richboro families attending that night, bringing the flier or mentioning they are there to support our 6th graders, will also receive a 20% discount on their family ice cream order! Come and join the party and enjoy the wonderful artwork of our 6th graders!

-Ms. Aubuchon


The band students at RES have been busy! The Advanced Band has started rehearsals for the Spring Concert. The Beginning Band students will be receiving their concert music in March and will rehearse together in April. The Council Rock District Elementary Band will rehearse and present an assembly on Wednesday, March 16th, in preparation for their evening performance on Thursday, March 17th at North.

-Mrs. Hintenlang


PE classes are going great!

Students in grades 4-6 are finishing up a three week volleyball unit in the coming week. These grades will be moving onto a series of invasion activities and games which require teamwork and cooperation, capture the flag like activities. After spring break, students in 4-6 will begin to practice for the FitnessGram, which is a series of 5 tests that measure physical fitness. Students will spend a few weeks practicing these events leading up to the FitnessGram.

Younger students in grades 1-3 are continuing to develop coordination and movements during PE class. Students in these grades are also working on the basics of manipulative skills. Those skills include throwing, catching, striking using an object, and kicking.

After School Sports has been moving along great throughout this year! 5th and 6th grade boys are meeting on Tuesdays after school with Mr. Benson and Mr. McElrath. 5th and 6th grade girls are meeting on Thursdays after school with Mr. Donohoe and Ms. Pressman

-Mr. Donohoe


February was a month to celebrate our love for books in the Library. Students in grades 4-6 were fortunate to have author Chris Grabenstein visit Richboro. Mr. Grabensteing gave a wonderful presentation and offered some amazing writing tips and ways to overcome writer’s block. If you are interested in picking up one of his books stop by the Newtown Bookshop as Mrs. Morrison has many of his autographed books on her shelf. We thank Mrs. Morrison for providing the visit for our students.

Unfortunately the Who Was assembly for students in grades2-4 was cancelled due to the delay day on February 25th. We are hoping that the visit will be rescheduled at the end of the Who Was tour. All students who purchased books should have received their books on Friday Feb 26th. Congratulations to Mrs. Rowan’s class for purchasing 10 books—they won 23 Who Was books for their classroom Library!!! The Who Was app will still be available to our students for free until the end of February. Please contact the library at if you would like information about downloading this app at home. The students have had so much fun playing with it.

Our next author visit will be March 17th Gene Barretta will visit students in 2-4th grade with a special visit from a Ben Franklin impersonator. The order for his books is located on the e-Friday folder and the Library webpage.

Mark your calendars for the Spring Book Fair---April 11-15th---what a great break for the students during PSSA testing week.

-Mrs. Adams & Mrs. Laigaie

A big thank you to the following students who donated books to our school:


Greetings from the music room! We would like to congratulate all of the fifth and sixth graders who participated in SUMMER CAMP. We are so proud of you. It really was an enjoyable experience for all of us. Your songs sounded terrific! Thanks to all of the parents for your support and cooperation during the show season. Thanks to the RES staff for all of their help and support with this production. Thanks to the RSA for sponsoring the wonderful cast party. We had a great time and enjoyed singing and dancing to those camp songs one more time! This month in music classes, our students are learning to perform rhythm patterns on the drums and notate these rhythm patterns. We are reading a book about Marian Anderson this month. She was a wonderful singer from Philadelphia who is best known for her historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial which drew a crowd of 75,000 people. We listened to African American songs about the Underground Railroad and we continue to sing American folk songs together. We are reviewing the songs from Seussical, the Musical and we look forward to celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday in March. Our district orchestra, band and chorus students continue to prepare for the District Elementary Music Concert scheduled for March 17, at 7:00PM.

-Mrs. O'Connor

Student Council

Student Council was busy selling “Kiss the Cast” notes during our school musical. We are now getting ready for Read Across America Day and the Bull Dog Bash by making posters and thinking of ideas for Dr. Jordan’s basket. “Pie Face” it is! Six lucky students will get to play the new hit game with Dr. Jordan!

Until next month,

Mrs. McFillin, Ms. Pressman, Mrs. Cicchiello, Mr. B & Mrs. Nack

"Summer Camp" the musical

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The Little Mermaid

Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm

2002 Rock Way

Southampton, PA

Golden Wings Theatre Company presents
"The Little Mermaid"
A Broadway Musical


  • Council Rock South Auditorium
  • Thursday--March 3, 2016 @ 7 p.m.
  • Friday--March 4, 2016 @ 7 p.m.
  • Saturday--March 5, 2016 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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Saturday, March 12th, 11am-3pm


Then Get Ready to Paw-ty!

The Bulldog Bash is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year, a school-wide party with games, activities, food, fun and prizes for all ages! There are many opportunities to help make this event a big success—please consider donating a raffle item, donating a baked good, or volunteering to help out.

There’s Something Fun for Everyone!

  • Games & activities
  • Hair streaking & face painting
  • Vendor tables (31 bags, Pampered Chef, Jewelry, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple and more)
  • Jumbo bounce inflatables
  • Food & desserts
  • Raffle baskets, 50/50, silent auction…and more!

More information including how to buy Paw Cards click HERE.

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Science Fair

Tuesday, March 15th, 6-8pm

RES Cafeteria & Gym

  • Student Project Set Up
    Monday, 3/14, 6–8pm in the RES Gymnasium
  • Grandparent Hour
    Tuesday, 3/15, 9:30–10:30am
  • Science Day, Open to Classes
    Tuesday, 3/15 during the day
  • Science Night, Open to Community
    Tuesday, 3/15, 6–8pm

Gearing Up

In the days preceding the Science Fair there will be “The Question of the Day.” Four or five clues will be read after Morning Announcements and the classes under deadline to submit their answers. Prizes will be awarded!

Science Day Specials

In addition to all the student projects, there will be a special high school project & presentation to inspire and educate.

Science Night Specials

Science Night is the main event—we will have several additional interactive stations:
  • Mad Science
  • Beautiful Bugs
  • RMS’ Mr. Ambuster
  • Taking Flight
  • …and more!
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Family Math Night (Grades 3-5)

Thursday, March 31st, 7-8:30pm

RES Cafeteria

Games & Activities to Develop Critical Thinking & Math Skills

What is it?

Family Math Night is an opportunity for families of students in Grades 3 through 5 to enjoy some quality “one-on-one” educational time with their children through fun and exciting Math games! Families rotate through three different game stations, playing games that range from quick-paced computational games to geometric puzzles!

2015-2016 School Year Calendar

Click me to see this school year's holiday closings and half days.

Thinking of Volunteering? Background Checks are NOW a State Requirement!

PA State Law now requires that all volunteers in the district MUST obtain the required clearances. Keep in mind it can take up to 2 weeks to obtain all the clearances.

“Volunteer” is defined as an adult in an unpaid volunteer position who is responsible for the welfare of a child or who has direct contact with children. Direct contact shall mean care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children. Any adult who is individually responsible for the children’s welfare, directly caring for, supervising, guiding or controlling the children are required to obtain clearances. Any volunteer who is present and working with students one or more times per week will be presumed to be a volunteer and must obtain clearances.

What You'll Need:

  1. PA State Police Criminal Record Check $0
  2. PA Child Abuse History Clearance $0
  3. FBI Fingerprint Clearance $27 (ONLY if you've lived outside Pennsylvania in the last 10 years) OR the CR Volunteer Affidavit-Notarized $0 (good for those who have lived in the state of PA for the last 10 years.)

Once you receive your clearances and/or affidavit, BRING them to Pat Waters, Secretary for CRSD Human Resources at the Chancellor Center in Newtown. She will witness you signing an “Authorization to Begin Volunteering” form. Ms. Waters can be reached at at or (215) 944-1000, x1019.

RSA Meeting: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.


Our biggest fun-raiser of the year is in March, but to make sure our annual carnival is a big success, please consider donating an item for the event.

  • Have season tickets to a local sports team? Donate a game.
  • Have a vacation time share? Donate a long weekend.
  • Have a home at the shore? Donate an off-peak week.
  • Have a family business? Donate a product or service.
  • Have a treadmill or exercise bike? We can auction it off.

Contact event chair Tanya Close ( to discuss.

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