The Beehive Bulletin

York Avenue Family Newsletter - 5/1/22

Message from Mrs. Richardson

Dear York Avenue Families,


Happy May! Please join us for our Around the World with Literacy and Math Night on May 11th from 6:00-7:30. Please complete this Google Form to let us know if you'll be joining. We hope to see you there.


Best wishes to all celebrating Eid! Thank you to Mrs. Overholt for teaching our 4th graders about Ramadan and Eid. She will be sending in a holiday treat for all students on Monday!


H&S Dining Night Out at Giuliano's Deli on May , 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please mention YA and a portion of your bill will go to our school.


A few reminders for upcoming events:

  • Monday, 5/2- Day 2
  • Tuesday, 5/3 - No School for Eid al-Fatr, H&S Dining Night Out at Giuliano's Deli, 7 am to 6 pm.
  • Wednesday, 5/4 - Day 3
  • Thursday, 5/5- Day 4
  • Friday, 5/6 - Day 1


Warmly,


Dipa P. Richardson

Principal

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Parents in Equity Fundraiser through May 6

The 2nd annual Parents in Equity (PIE) Fundraiser is underway.


Last year PIE raised $1300 towards the purchase of diverse books to give away to families in our community!

https://bit.ly/PIEDONATE: Families may donate any amount, and every little bit helps!


This year PIE is dreaming big and hoping to fund a book donation to every elementary school library in the district, help out with some diversity-related leadership programming at the middle school level, and co-sponsor the first ever Senior Award for a graduating student who exemplifies the mission of PIE, which is to create a welcoming and inclusive school environment that celebrates the diversity of its population.
Please spread the word about this fundraiser!

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H&S Raffle Baskets

H&S has been working hard to plan the YA May Fair on May 20th from 6:00-8:00pm. They are still in need of volunteers for Tickets & Prizes and Set up/Break Down. Please consider offering your time. You may contact Emily Lukens at emilycaballerolukens@gmail.com. Additionally, collections for raffle baskets are underway. Please see the flier below for donation ideas.

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North Penn Parents Special Education Alliance (NPPSEA)

The North Penn Parents Special Education Alliance (NPPSEA) is hosting Pasta with a Purpose, a community social and fundraising event to benefit NPPSEA and special education programs throughout the district. The event will be held @North Penn High School Senior Cafeteria (Door D-2 on right side of building) on Saturday May 21st from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event costs include a variety of food and refreshments. Tickets for raffle baskets will be sold separately. Discounted food tickets will be sold until May 10th ($8/adults, $5 child/student), please contact nppsea@gmail.com for registration and payment options. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10/adult and $5 per student/child.


Thank you for your support,


NPPSEA

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May Counselor's Corner

Spring has sprung and that means that the PSSA’s are right around the corner. For some, the thought of taking a standardized test can bring up feelings of stress and anxiety. A little bit of pre-test jitters can be a good thing to help with motivation, but if you find that your child is displaying new behaviors or seems more worried than usual, taking a look at the attached links could help to ease their stress. Remember- all we can ask of our students is to give their best effort and show what they already know!


Printable Tips

Tips for Beating Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety (For Kids)


As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.


Take care.


Becky Murray

School Counselor

215-268-6002 x1688

Murrayrl@npenn.org

Please Note: PSSA Dates

Students in grades 3rd -6th will be taking PSSA state assessments in April and May. Please see the dates of testing to avoid students being absent. Make-up tests run until May 13th.


  • ELA: April 25, 26, 29

    • Section 1 - Monday, April 25

    • Section 2 - Tuesday, April 26

    • Section 3 - Friday, April 29

  • MATH: May 2, May 4

    • Section 1 - Monday, May 2

    • Section 2 - Wednesday, May 4

  • SCIENCE: May 9, May 10 (Grade 4 only)

    • Section 1 - Monday, May 9

    • Section 2 - Tuesday, May 10


PSSA Testing Times:

Grade 3: 10:10-12:45

Grade 4: 9:20-11:35

Grade 5: 9:20-11:55

Grade 6: 10:10-1:00


Cellphones/Smartwatches

In addition, please be aware that students are not permitted to have electronic devices on their persons during the assessment. This includes smartwatches. All devices will be collected prior to the test if they have brought them in. Below you will find the electronic device expectation. Electronic Devices Notification Letter


Chromebooks

Students will continue to bring their Chromebooks back and forth to school. We ask that you ensure students are charging their devices overnight and bring their chargers with them each day.


FAQ

Lastly, many families have questions regarding the assessment. The state of Pennsylvania has provided a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document for families. Please take a moment to read it. FAQ for the PSSA

Kindergarten Registration

We are excited to announce that Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will begin on February 1st. All Kindergarten registrations can be completed online through the district website. Please use this link to begin the registration process. On the district website, you will also find additional information about Kindergarten. If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten registration, feel free to contact the main office.

May Lunch Menu

Please be sure to review the options with your child. They will tell their teacher their choice each morning.

Home & School Meeting News

One topic discussed was safety. The safety of the community is the most important goal during drop-off and pick-up. We all have a responsibility to see that every child is safe. In addition, we need to keep traffic moving to facilitate student arrival and dismissal in a timely way. It is imperative that the procedures below are observed.


Another topic of discussion was the need for volunteers. YA Home & School Association has many ideas for spring events. Please consider taking the lead or joining a group to help these ideas come to fruition. We appreciate any availability you may have. To get involved, please send an email to yahomeandschool@gmail.com.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival

  • All drop offs in the car line are in front of the main entrance between the orange cones. Please pull your car up to the large sign carried by our 6th grade safety.

  • Do not park your car or exit your car in the car line.

  • Keeping safety in mind, please do not go around vehicles in front of you and do not attempt to back up your vehicle.

  • As the space in front of you becomes available, the next set of vehicles will pull forward and drop off their child(ren).

  • When in the car line, please practice patience. Parents should not exit their vehicle in order to keep the car line moving. Staff members are available to assist the students with their backpacks or any other item they need to get out of the vehicle.


Dismissal

  • Pull up between the cones for pick up. Do not park and leave your car in the car line.

  • You can move forward to pull up between the cones as the cars in front of you leave.

  • If you park across the street or elsewhere, please exit your vehicle and wait for your child on school property.

  • Please cross the street at a corner to return back to your car. Do not run across the street.

  • Please be careful when pulling out of your parking spot and watch for other vehicles and our walkers.

Crossing Guards Needed

The Lansdale Borough Police Department is looking for crossing guards. Please see the flier from them. Please visit www.lansdale.org for a full job description.

News from Home & School

Supporting students and staff is the heart of what we do. There is always room for more VOLUNTEERS! Please reach out to yahomeandschool@gmail.com to learn more or click here to sign up.

You can also connect on Facebook @ York Avenue Elementary Home & School

For more information, please reach out to the 2021-22 H&S Board.


President

John Benedix

610-937-9635

johnrbenedix@yahoo.com


Vice President

Tony Di Domizio

267-640-6636

tonyd317@gmail.com


Treasurer

Meredith Kim

215-313-7476

merpkim@gmail.com


Secretary

Michelle Hynes

215-589-3699

michelle.swaim@yahoo.com

More Ways to Support York Avenue

AMAZONSMILE

Direct your charity dollars via AmazonSmile!

We've all been doing more online shopping this year. Shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3404303 and York Home and School Association gets a percentage!

SHOPRITE FOR MY SCHOOL PROGRAM

Do you shop at ShopRite? Have family members that shop there? Sign your rewards card up at the link below and pick York Ave Elem and we will automatically be credited for any Box Top rewards that are purchased. EASY!!!

https://www.shopriteformyschool.com/Register-my-Card

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION APP

Box Tops has gone digital-- click for info! Link the app to York Avenue Elementary. Scan a store receipt within 14 days of purchase, the app will identify products on the receipt and credit York Avenue's earnings online. YA will receive a check twice a year to be used toward whatever we need.

Can you help reach this year's goal of $1,000?

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