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March 13, 2015

Hello Maureen M. Welch Parents,

What a difference a week makes. The sunshine and warmer temperatures have melted most of the snow, and spring is on the way. Our Spring Break is on the way, as well, as there are two more weeks of school remaining until the students’ weeklong respite. I encourage parents to speak with their children about giving their best during these days leading up until the break. There is so much quality teaching and learning that is taking place at school, and the children should maximize each day. Thank you!

Kindergarten Registration

Tomorrow is another day in which there will be registration at Welch for children entering kindergarten in September 2015. It will take place today (March 13th) from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Children must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2015 to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment. If you have friends and neighbors who have kids who might be eligible for Kindergarten for the next school year, please share this information. For more information, visit this LINK.

The Welch Wildcat 5k and Fun Run

Sunday April 12th starting at 9am – Join us for the Welch Wildcat 5K. New this year is a 1 mile Fun Run! The PTO is putting a Welch spin on a color run (no powder). Look for updates on "color of the day" the week of April 6th leading up to the race, and get your color on for race day! We want to see your brightest and boldest colors on the course!

Registration is now open! Register by March 20th for discounted rates and to guarantee race t-shirts. The class with the most students registered will win the coveted Welch Wildcat Trophy! Online registration will close March 1st. You can also register in person at our run rally at Go Bananas (Richboro) on March 20th from 6-9 PM. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION


Half-Day for Students - Today, March 13th

Today (Friday, March 13th), there is a half-day for students as the children will be dismissed at 12:15. Only AM Kindergarten classes are scheduled.

C.A.R.E.S. Coin Recipients for February

Congratulations to Gianluca McKenna (Mrs. Gecht), Ethan Nussbaum (Mr. O’Brien), Shivaan Gandhi (Mrs. Hughes), James Williams (Mrs. Taragna), and McGuigan (Mrs. Wunder). They were randomly selected from our group of students who earned C.A.R.E.S. tokens in the month of February. These children had their names announced at school this week, and they’ll have a Pretzel Party with me on March 20th. Congratulations to these students and everyone who made good choices and earned a coin in February.

Special Honor

On Monday, March 23rd, there is an in-district field trip at Council Rock High School South that will feature Lea Salonga, star of Broadway and Disney films. Lea will give an interactive vocal workshop and performance. Also performing at this workshop will be Welch sixth grader, Lucas Nunez, who is one of just six Council Rock students selected for this honor. To qualify for this, Lucas sang “Where is Love?” from Oliver, and he is going to continue to make our school proud. Way to go, Lucas!

United Way Food Drive

Thanks so much to all of the families who sent in items to school for Operation Helping Hand. This drive is vital to the food pantries at a time when the pantries traditionally are empty. We'll filled so many boxes for this cause, and your generosity was appreciated.

Wildcat Basket Raffle

What would Spring be at MMW without raffle baskets! It's that time of year again....time to fill those baskets with lots of goodies to raffle off to some very lucky winners! Each grade level has a theme and a Sign-Up Genius with suggestions. Don't have time to shop? No worries! Monetary donations are accepted, and the basket committee will do the shopping for you!

Check out your grade's theme [CLICK HERE] and send your donation in by Wednesday March 25th. Raffle tickets will be sold at all lunches April 8th-11th, at the race packet pick up on April 10th from 4-6 pm and on race day from 8-10am. Winners will be drawn at the conclusion of the race day festivities. Need not be present to win.

Questions? Contact the basket committee at Thank you in advance for helping to make this a great fundraiser!

PTO Elections for 2015-2016

MMW PTO Elections are just around the corner for the 2015-2016 School Year. Elections for the MMW PTO Board of Directors will be held at the April PTO Meeting, and elections for the Committee Chairs will be held at the May PTO Meeting. The nominating chair needs your help! If you are interested in being part of the Nominating Committee, please contact Kimberly Patrizi at


Yearbooks are on sale now. This is a great keepsake for students in all grades! Order online and personalize your book of memories for this year. Lifetouch has expanded its options to include basic books to completely personalized books with names, portraits on the cover, etc. Any questions please contact Nicole Mutarelli at 215-410-0367. ORDER HERE

Time to Clean Out Those Closets-Again!

The MMW PTO will be running their second clothing drive (Sponsored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters) on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The drive will be held at the school. The PTO earns $0.20 per pound for clothing, coats, bedding, drapes, purses, linens, stuffed animals and shoes that are collected. Receipts will be provided for those that need one.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, March 13th – Early Dismissal (Teacher In-Service), AM Kindergarten Attends
  • Friday, March 20th – PTO Pretzel Sale
  • Tuesday, March 24th – PTO Meeting (7:00 pm)

2015 PSSA Testing Dates

English Language Arts Assessments, April 13th-16th for grades 3-6

Mathematics Assessments, April 20th-22nd for grades 3-6

Science Assessments, April 27th-April 28th for grade 4

Field Day - Friday, May 8th

Have a fantastic weekend!

Joe MacClay


Maureen M. Welch Elementary School

750 New Road

Churchville, PA 18966