January Newsletter

Dr. Malinda McKillip

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. We were very excited to welcome all of our students back to school this morning! It is always so much fun to hear about everyone's exciting holiday activities and adventures.

Many thanks in advance for reading through this entire newsletter for important news, updates, and reminders.

~Malinda McKillip

First Friday Fun Day

Students and staff will celebrate the first Friday of the month on January 4th with "Crazy Hair Day".

Upcoming PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be on Wednesday, January 9th in the commons at 7:00 pm.

CCIU Stem Saturdays

The Chester County Intermediate Unit will be offering STEM Saturdays January 12th through April 13th. STEM Saturdays will include student-centered activities that involve the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Click here for additional details and registration information.

Science Fair Open House

French Creek will host our annual Science Fair Open House on Wednesday, January 16th from 6:00-7:30 PM. French Creek families are welcome to visit the open house to view all of our students' science research projects.

*Snow Date: Thursday, January 17th.

School Closing

OJR schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Elementary World Language Club (Grades 3-6)

Is your son or daughter interested in learning French, German, Latin or Spanish? The High School World Language Department is offering an opportunity to begin, or continue learning, a second language. High School students will lead the lessons and incorporate songs, games, and culture! Students will have access to a Google Classroom with vocabulary lists and Quizlets.

The program will offer seven sessions beginning February 14th through April 4th.

Children will be bussed from the elementary schools to the High School.

Parents will be responsible for picking up students promptly at 4:30 pm.

Please contact knagy@ojrsd.com with any questions.

Dates: February 14, 21, 28 March 14, 21, 28 and April 4 (April 11 - snow-make-up date)

Cost: $60

Pay and register using School Pay.

(Click here for School Pay directions.)

Paying by check? Please register using the Google link https://goo.gl/forms/bBWf27je9bEMbd7o1 and make checks payable to Owen J. Roberts School District, Memo line: WL Elementary Program. Please submit to main office in your elementary school in an envelope clearly marked for the World Language Program.

*Registration ends January 11th.

After School Pick Up

We are very fortunate at French Creek to have a number of parent volunteers and staff members who organize and chaperone after school activities for our students. (Lego Club, Drama Club, Garden Club, Intramurals, Robotics, Odyssey of the Mind, K-Kids, Lion Cubs, RUN 101, etc.)

Please be mindful of pickup times for your child. It is important that we are respectful of our volunteers/club advisors and that your children are picked up on time.

The Great Kindness Challenge

French Creek will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge January 28th through February 1st. The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that promotes improved school climate and increased student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness possible. Students will be provided a checklist of 50 kind acts to complete during the week. Please click here for more information.

2019-2020 Student Registration

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open on February 1st at 9:00 AM. Please visit our district's website for additional information or contact Mrs. Alexandra Lewis, our FC Attendance Clerk, at 610-469-5710.

24 Volunteers Still Needed

We are still in need of several volunteers to assist with the French Creek Annual 24 Math Competition! If you are wondering what 24 is, or what the job of the volunteer will be, please see the attached information sheet.

The competition will be held on Friday, March 29th.

Tournament times will be:

  • 8:45-10:15-6th grade

  • 10:25-11:55-4th grade

  • 12:45-2:15-5th grade

If you are able to help at one or all of the time slots, please email Mrs. Amy Hess at ahess@ojrsd.com.

Reading Olympics

Reading Olympics still has a few spots available for the sixth grade team. Please encourage your child to pick up a registration form in the library. The event will be held in early March. Please contact Mrs. Fazioli at cfazioli@ojrsd.com for more information.

Birthday Book Club

Birthday Books are available for donation to the library collection. These books can also make a unique and meaningful gift to be donated in anyone’s honor for any occasion. Please visit the PTBoard Birthday Book Club webpage under "form and payment" to donate a book. Please contact Ms. Fazioli via email at cfazioli@ojrsd.com for more information.

Teacher As Hero Award

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm and the National Liberty Museum, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. Click here for award information and registration form. The nomination form is brief and there are three different categories for nomination:

#1-Exceptional Teacher Award

#2-Caring Classroom Award

#3-Good Neighbor Award

Attendance Line Reminder

Please call the attendance line to report any student absence or tardiness prior to the start of the school day. (610) 469-5688

Giant A+ Reward Program Reminder

If you have not done so already, please consider registering your Giant Bonus Card to help support French Creek Elementary. This past summer Giant Food Stores awarded French Creek a check for nearly $6,000.00 as a result of parent, family, and community support. Many, many thanks!

How to Register:

  • You will need your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number found on the back of the card
  • Visit www.giantfoodstores.com click on SIGN IN, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, SAVINGS & REWARDS (top right) to log on to your online account or click REGISTER to create your on-line account. Once you are logged in to your account, you can select a school for A+ Rewards.
  • Or you can call the BONUSCARD® Hotline at 1-888-814-4268 and select Option #1 for assistance.
  • If you have a BONUSCARD® but do not know your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number, call the BONUSCARD® HOTLINE at 1-888-814-4268 and select Option #1.

Introducing Strengthening Families Program

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Save the Date

First Friday Fun Day on February 1st~ Celebrate the 100th Day of School by dressing as a 100 year old.

PTA Sweetheart Ball~Join us with someone special on Friday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30 PM.

*Snow Date: Friday, February 8th.

PTA Meeting~ Join us for the February PTA meeting on Wednesday, February 6th in the commons from 9:30-11:00 AM.

School Closing~There will be no school for students on Friday, February 15th and Monday, February 18th.