"Personalizing Education" - January 2016
A Note from the Principal
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We ended the 2015 year with our wonderful holiday sing along, holiday parties, and other classroom activities that brought many smiles to our student's faces.
We want to thank all the parents who made the past month extra special by helping with the Tinsel Town event, contributing to our Stocking Stuffer Gift Giving, and helping with all the holiday activities.
Our Winter Concert was fabulous with a performance from our fourth and fifth grade students in band, chorus, and orchestra. The quality music program that Mr. Feher, Mrs. Gray, and Mrs. Werner provide is top-rated! This was clearly apparent by the outstanding evening performance for our Seylar families last month.
I hope we all have had an opportunity to reflect on the past year and begin to make new goals for 2016. I always look forward to hearing about the students’ New Year resolutions. In closing, I wish everyone continued happiness and joy in the coming new year.
2015 Winter Concert
Penny Wars In January
How to Play:
Bring in your pennies and nickels to earn money for our new playground equipment! Pennies add a point for your grade, nickels subtract 5 points for other grades. (No other coins will be counted).
2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration
QR Coding in Grade 2
A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about a product or item. Mrs. Amary and Mrs. Demurat's second grade classrooms used this technology with their writing pieces last month.
Students recorded themselves reading their writing pieces into a microphone. Then, they "tagged" the audio recording file with a QR code, so it could be listened to by other students when scanned. When recording their writing pieces, students focused on reading fluency and expression. Way to Raise the Bar second graders!
Seylar Elementary Supporting Families and Our Community
Seylar Gift Giving Tree - Over $4000 in gifts and gift cards
Mrs. Jones' 5th graders gave up their holiday party in favor of a collection for Pennridge FISH.
Second graders created and delivered holiday cards to the Rockhill Mennonite Community.
Mrs. Rendler's class made holiday cards and collected items for Pennridge FISH.
Winter Benchmarking Assessments
If you have questions about these assessments or would like to know how your child performed, please contact their teacher.
A Message from Mrs. Kunakorn
Realistic Resolutions: Invite your kids to brainstorm some New Year’s family resolutions.
Try these tips:
- Set Goals Together. While your child can resolve to keep their room neater on their own, it is important to make resolutions that apply to everyone.
- Look Back At The Past Year. Identify areas you’d like to see improvement.
- Pick A Theme. Write down three areas that fit and consider these.
- Hold A Family Meeting. For 15 minutes each week, meet to discuss how things are going with your resolutions…and anything else.
- Be A Good Role Model. You can’t resolve to eat healthier and then let your kids catch you regularly with your hand in the cookie jar.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kunakorn (Guidance Counselor) at 215-257-6272 ext. 1006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rasing the Bar with Mrs. Zanine
IMPROVING STYLE IN WRITING - There’s a simple way to encourage your child to learn and use more advanced vocabulary in his/her writing. First, make up a list of easy words that your child typically uses over and over in his/her writing. You can start with just a few words and add to the list as more over-used words are noticed. Our students have words such as big, fun, good, like, said, and went on their lists. We tell the students that these worn-out words are “off-limits” and must be replaced with more descriptive vocabulary in their writing assignments. Resources, such as a thesaurus, are a great way to generate word banks of better alternatives. If you don’t have a thesaurus, you can even find one online. Using words such as towering, amusing, splendid, cherish, exclaimed, and escaped instead of the worn-out list will begin to enhance the style in any student’s writing.
Study Island & First in Math Winners
Classrooms Who Earned the Most Blue Ribbons:
Third Grade: Mrs. Samuels’ Class
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Raimo’s Class
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Groff’s Class
Students Who Received the Most Blue Ribbons - Third Grade:
Students Who Received the Most Blue Ribbons - Fourth Grade
Students Who Received the Most Blue Ribbons - Fifth Grade
FIRST IN MATH
Classroom Who Earned the Most Stickers:
1st Grade: Mrs. Rendler's Class
2nd Grade: Mrs. Holtz's Class
Students Who Received the Most Stickers - Grade 1
Students Who Received the Most Stickers - Grade 2:
Dress for Winter Weather
Now that winter is upon us, please take time to prepare your children with the appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. Always prepare for outdoor recess and for standing outside waiting for the bus. Here are some tips for dressing warmly:
- Dress in layers, with the innermost layer being a light weave fabric that can "breathe" allowing moisture to escape.
- The middle layer should be wool or other material that can add warmth and provide insulation.
- Wear an outer layer that protects from rain, snow, and wind.
- Keep hands and feet warm with mittens or gloves and heavy shoes or boots.
- Wear a hat! Body heat is lost (up to 50%!) in cold weather if no hat is worn.
Your children are outside at recess approximately 30 minutes each day. Getting fresh air, especially during the winter months, is important. When your children get dressed in the morning, keep in mind that they are not inside a warm building all day!
5th Grade Girls/Boys Basketball After School Program
Our annual basketball program will be coming soon (Feb-March) for all boys and girls in fifth grade. All games will be played after school. Games will begin at 4:00 pm and conclude at 5:00 pm. Further information will be forthcoming. Thank you Mr. Sukaly and Mr. Shaw.
iRun4Life Program Coming Back to Seylar!
We are so excited to announce that the iRun4Life program is coming back to Seylar this Spring! iRun4Life is a fun, non-competitive running program designed to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles with our children. The program focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition, and doing good deeds in our community. It was a huge success last year!
Training will start March 29th from 3:45-4:45 and run through May 14th. We will combine dynamic warm ups, relay races, endurance running, and discussions about healthy nutrition. Please contact Shannon Lelli with any questions or if you are interested in becoming a coach for this great program.
From the Nurse's Office
A New Year can mean New Healthy Habits...
- January is a good time to embark on a healthy lifestyle after the overindulging that occurs during the holidays.
- Make a move from refined grains to whole grains and add more fruits and vegetables to your child’s meals.
- Encourage your child to move- maybe try some outdoor activities like sledding, ice skating, or skiing.
- Get your child involved in some kind of fitness routine, something that he/she can do and enjoys. It could be martial arts, dancing, walking, swimming, or team sports.
- Consider doing something together as a family and your child’s chances for success will be even greater. You will all be getting healthy while having fun together.
Electronic Device Reminder
School Closings Due to Inclement Weather
It is that time of year to provide information in the event of a school closing. Also included is the modified kindergarten schedule should a late opening be announced.
Please know that any decision to close school is made by the Superintendent and not by the individual schools. The decision to close early will only be made when faced with extreme weather conditions. Should school be dismissed early, your child will be sent home per directions listed on the Student Emergency Plan form that was completed in September.
WHEN THE DECISION TO CLOSE OR DELAY THE OPENING OF SCHOOL IS MADE, there are multiples ways you can be informed:
- School Closing Number 757: KYW News Radio 1060 and others (Refer to district calendar for a complete list of radio and television stations that will announce our school closings.)
- Pennridge Web Site: http://www.pennridge.org click on “Cancellations”
- You will receive a message from Blackboard Alert Message.
START TIMES FOR ONE & TWO HOUR DELAYS & MODIFIED KDG SCHEDULE:
- One hour delay – Grades 1-5: Students report to school beginning at 9:30 AM. The school day starts at 9:50 AM.
- Two hour delay – Grades 1-5: Students report to school beginning at 10:30 AM. The school day starts at 10:50 AM.
- Modified Kindergarten Schedule - One hour delay: A.M. 10:00 – 11:40 P.M. 12:40 – 3:20. Two hour delay: A.M. 11:00 – 12:40 P.M. 1:40 – 3:20
EARLY CLOSINGS WHEN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION:
A decision to close early is made by the Superintendent of Schools and will be made by 10:30 A.M. Elementary students will be dismissed at 1:00 P.M. You will be notified by the Blackboard Message system. Any changes with work or home numbers should be made via the Parent Portal for Power School. Should school be dismissed early, your child will be sent home per directions listed on the Student Emergency Plan form that was completed in September.
Please avoid calling the school office unless it is absolutely necessary. Car rider pick up will take place in the usual area (outside the Gym Doors, Orange Doors).
November Silver Spoon Winner - Mrs. Rendler 's First Graders!
M. M. Seylar Elementary School
Education is a very personal thing. We at Seylar believe that every child has the right to achieve their highest potential and for them to be inspired, to dream, to be excited, and to have pride within themselves and for their school community. Our mission is to combine these beliefs with your child’s innate passions and love for learning to bring together a mind’s on approach, where students are engaged, challenged, and supported so they can achieve their personal best.