Broad Street Newsletter

November 2021

A message from Ms. Alexander, Principal


Overall, construction is complete! Crew members are still here finishing up some final details and Mrs. Lehman, our reading specialist, has shifted to her classroom. Grade 1, art and music will be moving over the Thanksgiving break. The update to the building has provided us with extra space, more natural light and an overall joyful environment.

Elementary Academic Screenings

The beginning of the school year provides your child’s teacher the opportunity to get to know your child’s strengths and needs through multiple avenues. An important component of this process is our district-wide universal screening completed at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. In September your child completed a battery of screening assessments to check their progress in areas of Reading and Math. The goal of these screening assessments is to reveal any areas of particular concern. Your child’s teacher reviewed their data with our school’s intervention team and together they determined if additional intervention, beyond what is available to them in the classroom, is needed. If that would be the case, a staff member would be in touch.

Important Dates

November 1-12 - Thanksgiving Food Drive for Operation Wildcat

Tuesday, November 9

  • PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Library

Thursday, November 11

  • Student Alternative Day (remote day)

Thursday, November 18

  • Lifetouch Picture Day

Tuesday, November 23

  • 3rd Grade Field Trip - Whitaker Center

Wednesday, November 24

  • Contracted In-Service Day (NO SCHOOL)

Thursday, November 25 - Monday, November 29

  • Thanksgiving Recess (NO SCHOOL)

Specialist Spotlight - Art

Hi, families! I’m Mrs. Connell and I love being the art teacher at Broad Street! I’m fairly new to MASD, but have been teaching elementary art for 15 years. My husband and I live in the district and have 2 young children of our own. As your child’s art teacher, my goal is to provide the time, space, and encouragement that students need to develop skills like creative problem-solving and critical thinking. I consider the art room to be a like a buffet, where students sample a wide variety of art techniques and materials in the hopes of finding something they love. It fills me with joy to spend my days with Broad Street’s budding artists, who seem to enjoy my ever-growing collection of art-themed earrings! If you ever have a question for me feel free to reach out on Seesaw or send me an email at

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Students can serve others by participating in our Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Help the cause by bringing in the following items:

· Vegetables (canned - corn, green beans, peas, mixed veggies)

· Yams/ sweet potatoes (canned)

· Cranberry sauce (canned)

· Instant mashed potatoes (boxed or pouched)

· Instant stuffing mix (boxed or pouched)

· Gravy (jarred or canned)

Items will be collected up through Friday, November 12th

PTO Wildcat Bash

What a fun event this weekend to celebrate your successful fundraiser! In total over the past two weeks, 680 students registered, 1,994 donations were made, and over $84,000 was generated with your Wildcat Bash Fundraiser!!

Totals for Broad Street: $9,669.22 (88 students registered) (43%)

Principal for the Day Winner: AVERY URBAN – BROAD STREET

Prizes will be delivered pre-packed by student to each school in early December.

Lifetouch Picture Day

Picture day will be Thursday, November 18th. All students will get their picture taken for record keeping purposes. If you wish to purchase photo's an order form will be sent home about 2 weeks prior to picture day. Orders need to be paid online ahead of time or via cash or check (made payable to Lifetouch) and returned on picture day in the order form.

Mrs. Bradley is looking for 2 volunteers to help with picture day. If you would like to volunteer to help with picture day (8:20 - 12:00), email Mrs. Bradley @ (You must have all your volunteer requirements completed with the district)

Re-take day is January 11th. We will not be having spring pictures this year.

Library Books

Hello Broad Street families!

We’ve had a great start of the school year in the library. We are encountering a problem that we could use your help to address—leaky water bottles. So far this school year we’ve had about a dozen books get very wet from water bottles leaking in students’ backpacks. Wet books must be replaced due to the risk of mold. Please consider one of these strategies to help protect the library books your child checks out:

  • If your child’s backpack has a pocket on the outside for their water bottle, perhaps it could go there.
  • Put the water bottle or the library books in a plastic bag.
  • Send the water bottle to school empty and your child can fill it in one of new water bottle filling stations around the building.

Thank you for your help to address this challenge! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mrs. George if you have any questions.

Lost & Found

There is now a lost and found table in the lobby. Every year we end up donating LOTS of items to Operation Wildcat due to things being unclaimed. You can help prevent this by labeling your child's coats, sweatshirts, water bottles and lunchboxes.

Counselor Corner

Remember to check-out my school counseling website for resources and information about my school counseling program at Broad Street!

I will also be continuing my monthly newsletter and this year's focus is all about Social and Emotional Learning! Click here for my November newsletter.

Here is a GoogleSurvey for you to provide feedback about how you want to learn more about the school counseling program.

Broad Street PTO

Join our PTO Meeting, Tuesday, November 9th @ 6:30 in the Library

Join the Broad Street PTO Parent Facebook Page - click HERE * This page is Administered by the Broad Street PTO and is NOT sponsored by the Mechanicsburg Area School District.
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