MMW List Server Message

January 16, 2015

Hello Maureen M. Welch Parents,

I hope that this message finds all of you doing well and, for some, looking forward to a long weekend. I’d like to take a moment to provide parents with information about the recent changes to the car-rider procedures. I know that this may not seem terribly stimulating or vital, but there are safety issues at hand along with rationale for the changes.

Last summer, the steps on the side of the school were dug out and new cement was used to reform the structure. As a result, the school is not permitted to put down salt to remedy icy conditions due to the new concrete. Instead, we may only use sand. When we put down sand last week, it created a precarious situation. And although there is no longer ice in that area, the sand still remains and it makes for slippery conditions.

It seems that moving the drop-off area to the front of the school is working well, and I would like to continue this new protocol indefinitely. I realize that there may be a need to tweak procedures if problems arise and I certainly welcome feedback regarding how things could improve. My only concern right now is with regard to people who are attempting to walk across the car-rider line. My hope is that all parents would use the car-rider line when dropping off and picking up their child. This appears to be the safest manner for children. But if parents choose to use the parking lot during arrival and dismissal, I strongly request two things: cross the car-rider line at the crosswalk at the front doors only and please wait for a staff member to give direction when it is safe to cross.

If there’s anything about being a principal that keeps me up at night, it is the safety of the children. This is the chief responsibility in my position, and I take it quite seriously. Thanks for your flexibility and cooperation with these new procedures.

MMW Science Fair!

The Maureen M. Welch Science Fair will take place next Wednesday, January 21st. Here is some helpful information to know:

  • Displays are to be set up in our school's hallways on Tuesday, January 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. There will be Science Fair sponsors who will be available to provide assistance.

  • Our school community will be able to view projects on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

  • Students are asked to leave their display set up at school, as classes will have the opportunity to visit the Science Fair during the day on Thursday, January 22nd.

  • All Science Fair displays must be removed from school by 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 22nd. Please work out a plan with your children regarding how the project/materials will be taken home (by bus or parent pick-up).

Sixth Grade Tile Mural

The Sixth Grade Tile Mural was recently completed this week and it looks awesome! With the guidance of our art teacher, Mrs. Cole, and artist, Terri Herring, the sixth grade students created colorful tiles in November and December. This week, a group of sixth grade parents worked alongside Mrs. Cole and Terri to place the tiles on the wall in a creation inspired by Katsushika Hokusai's Great Wave. Thanks to the PTO for funding this wonderful project and to the sixth graders who put time, energy and creativity into making a fantastic and meaningful display in our school.


Education Week

The staff and I invite parents to join us in observing Council Rock Education Week – January 20th - 22nd. Although parents are always welcome visitors to our school, we especially enjoy seeing you during the week set aside as a time to see our classrooms in operation. In our opinion, there is no better way to see your school as your child sees it.

On Tuesday (1/20), Wednesday (1/21) and Thursday (1/22), we will have visitation hours at Welch from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. In addition, please note that Thursday, January 22nd, both parents and grandparents are invited to visit.

Also, the staff and I are also requesting that parents visit during instructional times, not during the lunch and recess periods. In prior years, parents were permitted to join the students for lunch but there were numerous problems and complaints from this practice. Thank you for your cooperation with this request. More information about Education Week can be found at the following link: Education Week - Parent Letter 2015

C.A.R.E.S. Coins

The students continue to seem quite excited when they are rewarded with a C.A.R.E.S. coin for acts that go beyond expectations outlined in our C.A.R.E.S. program. We hope that parents enjoy hearing about the praise that children receive for these positive behaviors. During the month of December, many students earned coins and we drew the names of five students to highlight. Congratulations to Anthony Contoudis (Mrs. McCollum), Cody Black (Mrs. Leahy), Jacob Ninan (Mrs. D’Arcy), Lanie Fleming (Mrs. Hughes), and GiGi Secules (Mrs. Wunder). These students had their names announced on Thursday morning and will have a "Pretzel Party" with me in the morning of the next PTO pretzel day.

MMW PTO presents the 2015 Father Daughter Dance: A Night at the Oscars!

The Father-Daughter Dance will be on Friday, February 6th 6:30-9:30 (Snow date February 20th) and the cost is $11 per person. The online registration is now open, and the deadline for registration is Friday, January 23rd. Please help the PTO committee chair-people with their planning and purchasing by registering early. To help keep costs low, the PTO is requesting that the girls w/ the last names: A-M bring individual water bottles, N-S small juice boxes, T-Z caffeine-free soda cans. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

Save the Date!

Sunday, April 12th is the Spring Fundraiser at MMW! This is the PTO’s biggest fundraiser of the year! The event will be a run (theme to be announced soon!) and the PTO is looking for volunteers to help with the planning of the event. If you are interested in becoming part of the planning committee, please contact Kristin Lubinski at No experience is necessary! All are welcome to help plan this great event!

"Raising Great Kids" Speaker Series

Smartphones to Social Media - Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM - Newtown Middle School. Are you concerned about the impact of technology on your kids' lives? Then plan to attend the "Smartphones to Social Media" event for more information on the role of technology in children's lives and practical ways that parents can help kids learn to navigate the Internet safely. This event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP HERE and send your questions in advance by clicking this LINK to share your thoughts and concerns about kids, social media and technology.

Recycle Small Electronics and Support CR's Green Team and CREF!

Between January 13th and March 16th, each school in Council Rock will be participating in the CREF-Green Team recycling fundraiser. Bins will be placed in all schools to collect all electronics items smaller than a laptop including cell phones, inkjet cartridges, laptop computers & netbooks, iPads & tablets, iPods & MP3 players, digital SLR cameras and lenses, digital cameras & camcorders, handheld game systems, game consoles (Xbox, Wii, PS3), range finders & sky caddies, GPS devices & radar detectors, ebook readers, mobile hotspots and MiFi devices, 4G USB air cards and graphing calculators (cords and cables can be included for recycling as well).

If you have any of these items, please donate them in the boxes in each school. Funds raised will support innovative programs through CREF and the Green Team and emphasize the green message, to students and parents, that recycling is an ongoing commitment to protecting our planet.

Please support CREF and send these items in with your students! Any questions please contact or click HERE for more information about this program.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, January 16th – PTO Mother-Daughter Event
  • Monday, January 19th – Martin Luther King Holiday – No School
  • Wednesday, January 21st – Science Fair
  • Friday, January 23rd - PTO Pretzel Sale and Snow Date for PTO Mother-Daughter Event
  • Tuesday, January 27th – PTO Meeting, 9:30 am
  • Friday, January 30th – Super Bowl Spirit Day – Wear Colors/Jersey of Favorite Team

For the Advanced Planners: 2015 PSSA Testing Dates

English Language Arts Assessments, April 13th-17th for grades 3-6

Mathematics Assessments, April 20th-24th for grades 3-6

Science Assessments, April 27th-May 1st for grade 4

Maureen M. Welch E-Friday Folder

Here are the latest flyers on our school's E-Friday Folder:


Previous Flyers:

Education Week - Parent Letter 2015

2014-2015 CR CARES Letter

CR CARES Donation List 2015

I'm looking forward to seeing so many parents and grandparents during Education Week. Have a spectacluar weekend!

Joe MacClay


Maureen M. Welch Elementary School

750 New Road

Churchville, PA 18966