Information from Lower South Elementary School

April 8, 2016

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Until we see each other again ...

Dear Lower South Students:

We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children at Lower Southampton Elementary School. This has been an amazing year, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Students, each of you bring such joy and happiness to our school. You have touched my life and this school by your presence.

I shared this little poem with the students and staff today as I thought it was appropriate for this point in our lives.

Mr. Shel Silverstein wrote:

All the woulda-coulda-shouldas
Layin’ in the Sun,
Talkin’ ‘bout the things-

They woulda-coulda-shoulda done…
But those woulda-coulda-shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.

On my final day at Lower Southampton Elementary School I do not want us to look back on the things we would have done, could have done, or should have done. My hope is that we look back on a wonderful year filled with accomplishments that happened because you aimed high, took chances, and most importantly left your mark! Remember you are the future and will make a difference in the world by leaving your mark! You truly can accomplish anything you set as a goal.

I continue to encourage you to work hard in school, set goals for your life, and stay focused on those goals. I wish you all the best that life has to offer and continued success in achieving your goals. I will always consider myself to be your principal and I hope you will stay in touch through the coming years to let me share in your success.

With fond memories of each of you; I will miss you forever,

Ms. Burkholder



See the registration forms below for the Summer Stock programs at Neshaminy!


Spring Photos!

Barksdale, our school photographer, is coming to take spring photos on Thursday, April 22nd! These are strictly voluntary. Siblings can even get their pictures taken together! This is a great way to see how fast your little one has grown over the past year. Forms will be coming home in your Wednesday Communicator.
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Family Paint Night ~ An adult must accompany children painting but does not have to participate in painting (not a drop off event)

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PSSA Testing Schedule & Info:

Each year the Pennsylvania Department of Education provides parents with information regarding the state PSSA testing program in grades 3 to 8. In the two-page handout you will find general information about the testing program and the general types of questions asked as well as short descriptions of the PSSA tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

Please click on this link for the official PDE handout for parents/guardians.

Information about the use of cellphones and electronic devices
Included along with this handout is a letter to parents from the Department of Education which districts are asked to share prior to PSSA testing. This letter addresses the rules that are in place for all Pennsylvania schools related to problems with test security caused by cellphones and other electronic devices. Students are not allowed to use cellphones or other electronic devices during test sessions, even if a student has finished the test while other students are still answering questions. This is not a change in policy for the 2016 school year, and students are asked to bring a book to read if they finish a test section early.

Parent Procedures for Excluding a Child from PSSA Testing
The Pennsylvania Department of Education procedures for parents/guardians to exclude their child(ren) from PSSA testing includes the steps listed below. Note that Pennsylvania only formally recognizes a request for exclusion if the parent reviews the test and finds it to be in conflict with their religious beliefs.

Because parents must review the actual PSSA test booklet, the process cannot start until two weeks before testing begins and booklets arrive in schools. In 2016, PSSA testing begins on April 11th, with booklets available for review beginning on March 29th.

1. Parents contact the school to make an appointment to review the PSSA test.

2. If after reviewing the test the parent determines that the test is in conflict with their religious beliefs, they may then request that their child be excluded from PSSA testing.

3. The parent request is made to the district superintendent in the form of a letter or email noting that they have reviewed the test, found there to be a religious conflict, and are requesting that their child be excluded from testing.

4. The superintendent notifies the school that the student will be excluded from testing.

Please click on this link for the official PDE handout for parents/guardians that addresses student exclusion from PSSA testing.




If you have some pictures from the Halloween, Winter Celebrations, Special activities, etc, please upload them so they can be used in the yearbook.

Below is the email to send any pictures to for the yearbook:


Please include in the email the event and students included. We appreciate them being uploaded ASAP. These directions can be used for any special events.

Thank you



April 10: Roller Skating Party at the Palace, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

April 12-15: PSSA's, Gr. 3-4, Language Arts

April 15: Progress Reports available for viewing in Home Access

April 15: School Store, Art in the Pod at Lower South, 6:30-9:30

Thanks for Reading !!

This information comes directly from Ms. Burkholder, teachers and staff, and the Lower South PTO.

Very important information can also be found:

  • in the Wednesday folders
  • on each teacher's website
  • on Lower South's website