Springfield Elementary

SEPTA Newsletter -- October 2, 2015

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SEPTA VP's Message

The month has flown by, and we at SEPTA are in full swing! This is my second year as VP and my 4th year as a volunteer at Springfield. I began helping as a homeroom parent in Kindergarten and took off running from there. I have a son in third grade and a younger son who is 3. I have found that volunteering at Springfield is incredibly rewarding & a great way to get to know parents at the school.

Fundraisers are the biggest way we can support our kids and help to give our school items they might otherwise not be able to afford. Our largest fundraiser is Race for Education (RFE) for which paperwork has come home in the Friday Folder. To keep our fundraising to a minimum, we need a lot of support from you at home for RFE to succeed. Please send in those labels. If monetary donations are difficult, or if you just want more ways to help, please sign up for our other fundraisers: BJ's, Target, Red Robin, Box Tops, and Giant A+ which don't cost anything, but provide extra money for our school. This is an easy way to get involved and we at SEPTA, the students, and staff appreciate all that you do!

Please feel free to contact me at 215-622-1950 or tamararambo7@gmail.com

Tamara (rhymes with "camera") Rambo

SEPTA Vice President

Upcoming Events

10/2- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing

10/2- Panther Pride Assembly, 2:30p, Springfield Gym. Parents welcome.

10/5-19- BJs Membership Fundraiser. Flier & application

10/7- Fire Prevention Day; Fire safety discussions, equipment demo & fire truck tour at Springfield Elementary.

10/7- Regular School Board Meeting, 7:30pm, PHS Library

10/9- deadline for Free & Reduced Lunch paperwork

10/9- Garden Club meeting, 1pm, Springfield conference room

10/12- SEPTA Meeting, 11:45am, Springfield Library & Live-streamed

10/14- Educational Programs and Services Meeting, 7pm, PHS Audion. Agenda to include: Comprehensive Plan & Student Data Presentation

10/16- Race for Education (rain date: 10/19) 9:30-10:30am: K-2nd & 1:30-2:30pm: 3rd-5th

10/16- SEPTA Movie Night: Hotel Transylvania, 7pm, Springfield Gym, Free. Flier. Concessions under $2, Pantherwear available for purchase.

10/21- Regular School Board Meeting, 7:30pm, PHS Library

10/23- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing

10/23- Fall Festival, 5:30-7p, Springfield Gym. Come in costume! Flier

10/28- Boxtops & Labels for Education fall deadline

10/30- Springfield Elementary Halloween Parade, 2:15pm followed by class parties

11/1- Fall School Garden Cleanup, 2-5pm, school grounds.

11/2-6- Scholastic Bookfair, Wednesday is Family Night (3:30-7p)

11/3- No School

11/6- Panther Pride assembly, 9:30am, Springfield Gym. Parents welcome.

Upcoming Sports / Activities

10/3-1/17/16- Multimedia Lego Castle Adventure, Mercer Museum. Details

10/7- Springtown Firehouse Open House, 6-8:30pm. Link

10/11- Coopersburg Halloween Parade 3-4:40p. Link

10/17- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10am- 2pm, Springfield Elementary

10/18- Hellertown Spirit Parade, 2pm Link

10/25- Springtown Halloween Parade, 1pm

Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Link

Palisades Youth Basketball sign-ups: Link

Did You Know?

  • Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

  • New PA law requires re-submission of volunteer clearances every 5 years and does NOT require FBI Clearance (fingerprinting) if a resident of PA for the past 10 years--just a notarized waiver available here. Free notarization available at District Office.

  • Bus pass forms are available--print, complete & send in to school with all information completed.

  • Halloween costumes worn to school on Halloween should be "kid-friendly"--no blood or gore & no weapons, please!

  • Act 24 Clearance is required for each adult attendee of the Halloween Parties on 10/30. Fill it out and send it in today: Act 24 return to Susan Keogh in the District office. If you have Act 24 on file from last year you do not need a new one.

  • 4th & 5th grade students ski FREE in PA. More info & application

acceptable use of portable electronic devices

1) If parents require students to bring an electronic device to school (i.e. phone), it must be turned off in their school bag and should not be seen. It may only be used in an emergency to contact their parents.

2) If a teacher permits students in their class to use their device for educational purposes only, that is at the discretion of the teacher.

3) Students are not permitted to take devices out to recess.

4) Students are permitted to use them on buses but must have headphones to listen to music and the content of any games must be age appropriate.

5) Students are not permitted to share personal electronic devices.

6) Students may never take pictures or video of another student.

7) If a student is not following this policy, their electronic device will be taken away and held by the Principal.

For more detailed information please follow this link.

Live-streamed SEPTA Meetings

Our first live-streamed SEPTA meeting of the year was a success! Virtual attendees were able to follow along with the conversation & type in questions. It's SO important that your voice is heard as we make important decisions for our children & school. Please plan to join us--our October meeting is a lunchtime meeting! Even if you're at work you can eat your lunch and tune in. Just follow this link on October 12th at 11:45am: October SEPTA meeting. Listen in and watch presentations, then type your comments or questions to take part in the discussions. Decisions that affect your children are made at SEPTA meetings.

Share your thoughts, make your voice heard.

Thank you!

  • Thank you to Michele & Matt Carson for weeding the entire length of the building along the back walk!
  • Thank you to Jen Bauman, Tessa Palmer & Renee McKinnon for your work to make the Ice Cream Social a success.
  • Thank you to all the vendors and volunteers who set up tables and were on-hand at the Ice Cream Social to share information or help: Claudia Macik with Boy Scout Troop 81, Amy Knecht & Michelle Carson with Girl Scout troop 214, Pat Jamen with The Historical Society, Mike Gallagher & Ben Nasca with Cub Scouts, Emily French with PACT, Sue Conner with Upper Bucks Adventures 4-H Club, Audra Matzura with Tiny Tots, Nikki Bowen with PYSA, Bill Ryker with Silver Creek Athletic Association, Justene Cieslak & Greg Zaleski with Palisades Youth Basketball, Jen Keller with Barnes & Noble, Cheryl Stevens & Bella Clifford with Garden Committee, Kim Reilly with Father-Daughter Event, Erin Schuback with Race For Education, Lynne Macort with Box Tops, Heather Hoff with Baking Committee, Michele Carson with Movie Night & Scholastic Bookfair, Tessa Palmer with Fall Fest & Mother-Son Event, Jill Triani with School Store, Tamara Rambo with SEPTA sign-ups & Homeroom Parents. Thank you, too, to the husbands who jumped in to help!
  • Thank you to all teachers and staff who came & scooped ice cream or grilled hot dogs at the Ice Cream Social! Thank you to Mr. Garr for helping out, too! Thank you to Scott Davis for helping out as well. Thank you to the custodians for helping to work out the bugs and provided needed items & for all the clean-up!
  • Thank you to Jill Triani for organizing and handling the KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser!
  • Thank you to everyone who has bought soft pretzels to support the 5th Grade Field Trips!
  • Ooops! Correction: the beautiful veggies shown last month were planted, weeded & watered by last year's 3rd & 4th graders (not the 5th grade).

October Movie Night

Come out to this FREE movie for all Springfield Elementary families on October 16th at 7pm in the Springfield Gym! Concessions will be available for under $2 and will include popcorn, juice boxes, apples, baked goods & coffee. Pantherwear will be available for purchase. Please plan to stay and enjoy the movie with your children or chat with other parents over a cup of coffee. Flier

BJ's Fuel Your Fundraiser

Our newest Fundraiser, SEPTA has now teamed up with BJ's! Renew or start a BJ's membership between October 5th-October 19th and you save on your membership & our school receives a donation from BJs. Regular Inner Circle membership usually costs $50 for 12 months. If you submit your application/renewal form to SEPTA during this allotted time the membership will cost only $40 for 15 months (that's 3 months free!), plus SEPTA will get $5 for every membership that is started or renewed. If you get the advance "Perks Reward" membership it usually costs $100 for 12 months but will cost $80 for 15 months and SEPTA earns $10. What if your membership isn't up until after October 19th? No Problem!! The 15 months will be added on to remaining months of membership. Flier & application may be found in your child's Friday Folder or here. Don't forget to return the application form to school no later than 10/19! Contact Tamara Rambo for more information.

Boxtops for Education & Labels for Education

Boxtops for Education is a simple fundraiser: clip Boxtops from packages & send to school! 10 Boxtops = $1 cash for our school to use for whatever it needs! Last year we earned $539.30 with this fundraiser & our goal this year is $700! Please clip these Boxtops & send them in to school--every bit helps! Fall deadline is 10/28.

Labels for Education is also simple: Labels with the Labels for Education logo on them are worth points which are redeemed for merchandise to support academics, art & athletics. Send in your Labels for Education along with your Boxtops!

Giant A+ School Rewards

Want an easy way to support our school? The Giant A+ School Rewards is a great fundraising program that allows you to earn cash for Springfield Elementary every time you shop at Giant using your BonusCard. The program runs from October 9, 2015-March 17, 2016. Our school will then receive a check and this money will be used to support SEPTA's programs at school. Make sure to register your card starting September 14, 2015. No need to re-register your card if you participated last year.

Taking a minute of your time to register your BonusCard can make a huge difference to our school. Please be sure to register Springfield Elementary using ID 26456 online at www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus or call the A+ Hotline at 888-448-4642 for assistance. Don't forget to encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.

KidStuff Books

The KidStuff Coupon Book two week sale concluded on Friday, September 25th. We sold 103 books for a profit of $1287.50. Yay! If you have not returned your sample book, please do so on Monday. All unpurchased books must be returned to Kidstuff. If you choose to keep your book, please make checks payable to SEPTA. Each book is $25.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this fundraiser!

Info Night / Ice Cream Social

Information Night was held on September 10th. It was a HIT! Thank you to everyone who came out to scoop ice cream, hand out hot dogs, advertise your upcoming events, eat ice cream (& hot dogs!), buy pantherwear and learn about activities & events coming up! It was a fabulous event. Thank you to Jen Bauman and her committee for putting this event together. SEPTA hopes everyone is ready for a fabulous year....did you see all of the things that are happening this year?? We can't wait! See photos below:

Springfield School Garden Club

Volunteers are needed to help expand the Springfield School Garden Club. Our aim is to educate children about nature, horticulture and the environment while nurturing an appreciation for plants and gardening.

  • These vegetable and flower gardens become outdoor classrooms that assist teachers in reinforcing principles of math, science and nutrition. Earth science has now been written into the curriculum for some of the grades.
  • The club runs after-school workshops and plans an Earth Day seed planting activity & discussion on protecting the environment. The seeds that were planted on Earth Day last year became a beautiful addition to the front of our school.

We welcome any help you are able to lend in the area of tending the gardens, helping out during workshops or attending our “Earth Day Work Day”. We meet as needed and would love to have you at our meetings to lend some ideas but attendance is not required. ANY help is greatly appreciated.

For more information please email Isabella Clifford bella127@hotmail.com or Cheryl Stevens oddncher@msn.com

Garden Club's Fall Community Cleanup

Come on out and join us for a little community clean-up of our school grounds on Sunday, November 1st from 2-5pm. Bring tools if you have them or just your enthusiasm to make our school beautiful! Flier

Kids are welcome to join in!

Palisades Elementary Ski Club

Springfield Elementary participates in a "Ski Club" program with Blue Mountain. As part of a "Club" our families can purchase 6 reduced rate lift tickets, 6 rentals, & 6 lessons for either Skiing or Snowboarding for all students, their families & friends. More detailed information available here. Forms are due by 10/15 & the passes are delivered just before the Christmas holiday break. Contact Mia Lampa for more info.

Fall Festival 10/23

Come on out to celebrate Halloween & Fall at a family-friendly evening on October 23rd from 5:30-7pm! Come in costume, pick a pumpkin to paint, make some fall and Halloween crafts, have your face painted, & enjoy some refreshments with your school friends in the Springfield gym! All Springfield families are welcome! Flier

Scholastic Book Fair 11/2-6

Children have opportunities to buy books before school, during lunch & after school, as well as during classroom visits to the Fair. Family night is Wednesday, 11/4 until 7pm.

Online purchasing will run for the entire Book Fair and continue until 11/9. Feel free to share the link to the online portion of the Book Fair with friends & relatives who are looking for great Holiday gifts!

Remember: ALL books available at the Bookfair can be reordered throughout the week (if we run out) & will usually be delivered to the school within 24 hours--just ask! Also, check out our Scholastic website for information regarding online ordering, a free book app & more.

THIS JUST IN!! We will be taking pre-orders of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School. This book is set to be released 11/3. More information coming in a few weeks via an order form in your child’s Friday folder.

Vendors/Sellers Needed...

for a Flea Market on Sunday, October 25th from 8am-1pm, rain or shine, at Springfield Elementary.

Purchase a spot for only $15 to sell your unneeded or craft items. Bring your own tables & chairs and your yard sale items or products for sale to Springfield Elementary School’s parking lot (or inside the gym if it rains). All are welcome to be vendors/sellers. Contact Chris Garr at cgarr@palisadessd.org with any questions. Please make checks payable to SEPTA. See flier for more info.

Highlights from 9/14 SEPTA meeting

  1. 2015-16 Budget was reviewed and approved!
  2. Fall Festival, Book Fair, BJ's fundraiser, Kidstuff coupon books, Race For Education, Movie night, and Springfield Community Day are all right around the corner!
  3. Live streaming for meeting went well. Here's a comment from an attendee: "Live Stream meetings are perfect if you can't make the meetings".

Education Programs & Services

Summary of EPS Meeting on 9/9:

1. Pennsylvania Department of Education recently decided not to issue a School Performance Profile for schools that administered the PA Core Aligned PSSA for the first time in 2015 (Palisades is included in this). This also means that student performance on these assessments will not be used to evaluate teachers or principals for 2015.

2. The committee also approved two sample letters for parents or other interested community members to express concern to their state and/or federal legislators about the impact of standardized testing on students. Links to both the Keystone letter & the Standardized Testing letter are available here.

EPS Meeting Agenda for 10/14:

The agenda for the October 14th EPS meeting (7pm in the PHS Audion) includes Comprehensive Plan (2016-2019) & 2015 Student Data Presentation.

Summer Reading

At the September Panther Pride Assembly on 9/4, Mrs. McKenney, recognized the summer readers who turned in their summer reading logs. See photo below. They were:


Kaedence C, Lucas C, Rileigh K

First Grade (Muck)

Julia R, Austin M, Hailey M, Collett J, Gabrielle B, Noah D, Caleb D

First Grade (Saxton)

Gavin J, Shane S, Julianna H, Hunter S

Second Grade (Fayne)

Louden H, William Z, Lucy S

Second Grade (Musantry)

Gianna N, Brandon P

Third Grade (Borzok)

Johonna S, Olivia O, Ben F

Third Grade (Rabi)

Dallas B, Annaliese L, Gavin Y, Colby M, Molly L

Fourth Grade (Lampa)

William J, Ellie N Delia P, Kaylei G, Taylor D, Amelia S

5th Grade (Garr)

Jordan M

5th Grade (Butler)

Joseph Z, Michael Z, Lincoln H, Haley S

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Comments, Thoughts, Ideas

Are you new to our school? Do you have questions about any SEPTA (Springfield Elementary Parent Teacher Alliance) or school-related topic? Please let us know and we'll do our best to answer your questions! Do you have some information you'd like to share? Did anything in this newsletter make you say "Huh?" or "What's that all about?" Please contact us and we'll follow up with more information. Just click on the green "Contact Lyla Cookson" or email SEPTAnewsletter@gmail.com.

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