WP News Brief 2019

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES and INFORMATION

Strive for Success-Own Your Actions-Act Safely-Respond Respectfully

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UPCOMING NEWS & INFORMATION

First, we want to thank all of our parents and PTO members who helped to make our annual school book fair in October another great success for our students! In today’s digital age it was still awesome to see how many students purchased books that they could actually put their hands on and turn the pages in from our book fair! Keep on Reading!

As we flipped the calendar to the month of November I was reminded the other day that a quarter of the school year has almost passed already! Monday, November 4 marks the end of the first marking period for students and staff.


As we close out the first marking period this week we anticipate report cards going live in the Home Access Center the week of November 18. You will be notified by email from the district when report cards go live.


Our 6th-grade students and staff are in the planning stages for parent-teacher conferences which will be held in the middle of November. Parents & guardians of 6th-grade students, please be on the lookout for documentation regarding conference scheduling and please return it as soon as possible.

As we look ahead and plan for our 6th-grade conferences please review the following information regarding our conference days this month.


On both of the scheduled conference days, our 7th & 8th-grade students will operate on a normal full-day schedule.


Thursday, November 21: Early dismissal for ONLY 6th-grade students

Friday, November 22: No School for ONLY 6th-grade students


There are two great opportunities for parents this month that are quickly approaching. First,

there is an excellent informational presentation that is being presented this week on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 at Pennwood Middle School. “KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE,” is a presentation that should prove to be engaging and informational in nature as a local agent from the FBI provides us with information about cyber safety. Following the presentation by the FBI parents will then hear from a representative from the CARON foundation on the dangers of vaping. Please use the link below to access the informational flyer regarding this event.

There is also another great opportunity for parents on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 at Pennwood Middle School! On this night, parents will learn about the district’s new ALICE protocols being introduced and implemented across the entire school district this year. School safety and security are of paramount importance to our School District. As we continue to review and improve our safety procedures, we have adopted a research-based threat response program known as ALICE. ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. It is a nationally recognized options-based response program. Whereas the traditional lockdown approach encourages everyone to stay in place, ALICE encourages participants to consider options and then respond, which might include evacuating the situation.

For this event, we have invited a guest speaker from the ALICE program who will provide a comprehensive overview of the program and dispel any misunderstandings about the ALICE approach. This will be the only opportunity this year to hear directly from the foremost expert on ALICE.

I hope you will join us for this important event.

Our 7th graders are looking forward to their first dance of the school year which will occur on Friday, November 15th. Tickets will go on sale the week of the dance in the lobby during student arrival in the morning. Tickets cost $3.00 for the event and is open only to 7th grade William Penn students. This annual tradition is one that is always well attended and is a great way for the students to celebrate the end of the first marking period and the start of a four day weekend! Our PTO will be seeking some donations to help support this event for our students. Please be on the lookout for further information.

Our high school will continue to open its doors to our 8th-grade students and parents on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 at the High School once again offers Curriculum Night. This event is geared towards our current 8th-grade students and parents/guardians to help them better understand all of the course offerings at Pennsbury High School. Believe it or not, the course selection process for our 8th-grade families will begin in December for the 2020-21 school year!

We hope that this event will help to provide parents with information about all the options that will exist for them next school year. However, please don’t hesitate to reach out at any point this school year to your child’s counselor, teachers, or administration for help. This process can sometimes feel overwhelming and we are here to support you through the process!


Finally, our high school will continue to open its doors to our 8th-grade students and parents on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 at the High School once again offers Program of Studies Night. This event is geared towards our current 8th-grade students and parents/guardians to help them better understand all of the course offerings at Pennsbury High School. Believe it or not, the course selection process for our 8th-grade families will begin in December for the 2019-20 school year!


Until next time…


Chris Becker

Principal

William Penn Middle School

Protecting Our Kids Parent Forum Night: November 6th, 6:00-8:30 PM @ Pennwood Middle School

We highly encourage your attendance at this first of its kind Parent Forum Night where we will have 2 presentations by highly respected professionals.


FBI Presentation on Cyber Safety and Security: 6:00-7:30

Caron Foundation on Vaping Education: 7:30-8:30

ALICE INFORMATIONAL EVENT NIGHT FOR PARENTS: TUESDAY NOV 12 @ 7:00 PM

Important Upcoming Dates

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Picture Make-Up Day


Picture Make-Up date is Friday, November 8, 2019.


Middle School Parent Forum Night

Wednesday, November 6: 6:00-8:30 PM

Pennwood Middle School


7th Grade Dance

Friday, November 15th 7:00-9:00 PM


School Closed

Tuesday, November 5: Election Day: Teacher Workshop

Wednesday, November 6: Grading Day

Monday, November 11: Veteran's Day

Thursday, November 21: Early Dismissal for 6th Grade (Conference Day)

Friday, November 22: No School for 6th Grade Students ONLY (Conference Day): 7th & 8th Grade Students report to school on this day

Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving Recess

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GIANT A+ SCHOOL REWARDS PROGRAM @ WILLIAM PENN!

William Penn is enrolled in the Giant A+School Rewards program. Some of you may participate through your child's school but if not, please consider enrolling into WP's program. ***You are allowed to support 2 schools! All you need to know is your Bonus card number and our school ID #. William Penn Middle School ID# is 23835

If you have enrolled before, you do not need to re-enroll.


Directions to Enroll using your Bonus Card

Giant Rewards Login

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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - FALL 2019 CONTEST

The Fall 2019 Contest runs through October 25, 2019! There is more information regarding the collection of box tops, as well as the Fall Contest, via the links below.
Student Bulletin

This information is read daily on our morning show and students have instant access on their Chromebook Clever Login Page. Updated DAILY, this is an awesome way to stay connected to our DAILY/WEEKLY events!

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In the Know

HAC (Home Access Center)

All William Penn student information (Homeroom/Team assignments, and

Transportation Information) will be accessed online. In the near future, additional

information will be sent regarding when this information will become available in The

HAC system. Please make sure to contact the William Penn Guidance Office at (215)428-4280, Ext. 50850 if you do not have access to the HAC system.

Chromebook 1:1 Website & FAQ's

Use this link to access the district's Chromebook 1:1 Website for all FAQ's and forms.

Power Up Your Chromebook!

Directions to charge your chromebook:

You will need to shut down your Chromebook. Do not charge the Chromebook in sleep

mode, it will not hold the charge. Make sure you plug in both parts of your charger until it

clicks into place, check for the Red light when Charging and a Green light to indicate a Full

Charge. Charge your Chromebook overnight, so the battery will last the entire school day.

Any questions, please stop in the library for additional help. Ms. Pecuch

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CELL PHONE REMINDER

We follow a simple saying and rule at William Penn regarding cell phones.

"Off and Away During the Day"

We recognize that many parents desire that their child have a phone for various reasons but we do not want to interrupt or distract the learning environment at school. Please do not call or text your child during the school day. If there is a need for your child to call home they are required to report to the office and use our student designated office phone. There has been a recent increase in situations where students and parents have texted each other during the school day. This has led to interruptions to the learning environment and confusion in our main office regarding arrangements being made between students and parents. We thank you in advance for your support regarding this matter.

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Nurse's Corner News & Updates

Our mission is to provide a positive and safe environment that inspires students to become responsible, well-rounded, civic-minded, global thinkers who are equipped with 21st-century skills and are prepared for the academic rigors of high school and future challenges.

A student that requires the use of ANY medications during the school day must have permission by the school nurse. To ensure we are providing a safe and healthy school environment please note the Pennsbury School District Medication Policy, which can be found at the following link: http://www.pennsburysd.org/Forms1.aspx

This link will bring you to the Pennsbury School District Nursing Services page where many important forms can be found, including:

  • Immunization and Medical History Report

  • Physical Exam Form

  • Dental Exam Form

  • Acute Concussion Evaluation Form

  • Permission to Administer Medication Form

  • Asthma Questionnaire

  • Diabetes Questionnaire

  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

  • Seizure Questionnaire

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Sport Physical Information

Fall Sports Physicals

Student-Athletes in 7th & 8th grade are reminded that in order to practice and participate in any sport they must have a completed Pennsbury Athletic Eligibility Physical Form dated after June 1, 2019.


QUICK LINK TO PHYSICAL PACKET FORM

http://www.pennsburysd.org/Downloads/Physical%20Packet%202016-2017%20pdf2.pdf


Athletic Eligibility forms dated after June 1st will be in good standing for the entire 2019-2020 school year. Additional information regarding physical form documentation can be found in the Athletics section of the William Penn website.

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PTO NEWS

News and Information:


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*Fall Fundraiser - Magazine and Cookie Dough Drive - This is the major fundraiser for William Penn Middle School fund that helps support student events, field trips and extras for the students. You can already go on and sign up online to shop and to share this online store with friends and families. Students will be bringing home more information, and any questions should be directed to the school office. ***The PTO will be providing a few parent volunteers to help with counting and sorting the order forms as well as the orders and a seperate SUG will be available soon if you are able to help.***

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*Box Tops Fall Contest -


Please clip and send in traditional Box Tops with your child’s name clearly marked. Use a baggie, envelope, or a collection sheet – whatever is easiest for you! Just send them in!! There is a bin in the front lobby where students can drop off the box tops.


Eventually, going forward, instead of clipping and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt within 14 days of purchase. The new app will scan your receipt, find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online. (Apple Link) (Android Link)


And while there are still traditional box tops that you can clip and collect for credit, you can scan your receipts for credit as well - earning 2x for our school. So please scan your receipts within 14 days of purchase and give credit to your child.


More information on the fall contest here.

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25 Book Challenge - The 25 Book Challenge is on! Each student who reads 12 books by the halfway mark of the school year (January 27) gets their name in the showcase and a small prize. Students are asked to show their language arts or English teacher their reading log in order to be recognized. If they read 25 books by the end of the year, they will be recognized once again and another small prize.

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Giant A+ Rewards - WP is enrolled in the Giant A+School Rewards program. You are now allowed to support 2 schools! So if you have supported your child’s elementary school, you can still support WP as well! Our school ID # is 23835

If you have enrolled before, you do not need to re-enroll.

Directions to Enroll using your Bonus Card

Giant Rewards Login

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If you didn’t receive this from the PTO directly, but got it forwarded from a friend...please sign up directly so that we can include you on future blasts. The PTO does not get any contact information from the school, so if you have to sign up with us either online or by filling out a paper form.

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William Penn Middle School PTO

Email: wp.ptocommunications@gmail.com

Website: http://www.williampennpto.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WilliamPennPTO/

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REMIND OVERVIEW

The following link provides families with an overview of the REMIND application.


https://assets.remind.com/marketing/pdfs/remind-overview-parents.pdf

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School Lunches

The price of a full student lunch is now $2.80. Cafeteria account envelopes will be handed out in homeroom on the first day as well as free and reduced lunch applications (must be updated yearly). You may also manage your student’s cafeteria account online by going to www.schoolcafe.com.


Student Insurance

Information regarding the cost of coverage and application forms are located on the Pennsbury website.

Gym Uniforms

Gym Uniforms

For those students who need to purchase a new gym suit, please see your Physical Education teacher so that you may order the appropriate gym shorts and t-shirts for your child in accordance with the school’s dress code. Each student needs to have one orange shirt, one black shirt and a pair of gym shorts.

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Follow Us on Twitter

We are excited to venture into the land of Twitter this school year to help tell the awesome story of William Penn Middle School on a daily/weekly basis! Take time to follow us at our new Twitter handle! Stay tuned for how we leverage this awesome resource to promote all of our positive students, staff, and events from WPMS!


WP Principal @William_Penn_MS


https://mobile.twitter.com/William_Penn_MS