The Puma Pride

March 2, 2020

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Helping Your Child Become a Successful Reader

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Puma Cafe Winners

These PAWSome students enjoyed lunch with three friends at the Puma Cafe Winners on February 27. Keep up the PAWSome behavior!

Arianna Francis (K) Monaghan

Andrew Amato (1) Piazza

Madeline Miller (2) Davis, P

Chiamaka Uzwonune (3) Bishop

London Churchwell (4) Regensburger

George Wagner (5) McKenna

Fifth-Grade Social Studies Classes Learn About African American History

In the fifth-grade Social Studies classes, we read Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford about the Greensboro sit-ins that took place in North Carolina in 1960. We learned about the Greensboro Four - Franklin McCain, David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Ezell Blair - who were the first four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College to sit at the Woolworth's lunch counter and ask to be served. Students drew connections between the protests and boycotts that took place during colonial times and those that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. We were learning in Social Studies about how boycotting goods used the power of the consumer to force the British government to change their unfair tax laws. Similarly, when African American customers refused to shop at stores that did not serve African Americans at their lunch counters, the stores were eventually forced to change their unfair policies as well. Students discussed other boycotts and protests, such as the Montgomery bus boycott started by Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat.

Third-Grade IMG Students Conquer a STEAM Challenge!

The third-grade IMG class was put to the test with a Marble Run Challenge. Mr. Scancella assigned the following task: Who can design a track that can last the longest? Along the way, students worked together to answer the following questions: Will the marble make it from top to bottom? How long of a run can you build? What design modifications might increase the marble's speed?

Students explored the principles of physics, construction challenges, and design thinking while putting the engineering design process in action. With the clock ticking, the groups tested their constructed tubes, made changes, and tested their marble’s path. Students had to figure out if the challenge is with the angles, the marbles, and increasing friction or is the challenge working with others.... for some, it’s both.

Fourth Grade Science Club is Off to a Great Start!

The first day of the 4th-grade science club was full of experimentation with potential vs kinetic energy! Students learned about transferring energy from movement to thermal energy. Thank you to the Need Project and PECO Energy for the great resources.

Mrs. Monahan's Class Enjoys Lunch With Chuck E. Cheese!

Mrs. Monaghan's class earned a pizza party with Chuck E. Cheese on Friday, February 28th. Room 4 had the highest attendance at the Schoolwide fundraiser earlier in the month.

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March Madness is for all students in grades 4 & 5. This year's tournament will take place on Friday night, March 6.

  • Boys 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Girls 7:00-9:00 PM

The tournament is a double elimination so all teams are guaranteed to play at least two games. This will get us down to the final four teams, two for the girls and two for the boys. Those teams will compete in the Willow Dale Championship the week of March 16(Date TBD) in front of their families and classmates. The winner of the WD tournament will compete at in the district championship to be held the week of March 23, 2020. (date and place, TBD)

iPhones, iPads, So Many Devices, Oh My!

Many parents consider giving children their own cell phone. This is a family decision and based on many factors. This article contains some good points to consider when trying to determine what decisions to make for your family.

Free Workshops for Families

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Nominate A Teacher!

The Phillies will honor great educators in the region who are making a difference on May 1, 2020, during the 20th annual Teacher Appreciation Night powered by Constellation. Each year, the Phillies select 10 area teachers, nominated by current and former students, parents and peers, to honor as All-Star Teachers. Now through March 13, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. ET, you can nominate a teacher, past or present, who has positively impacted your life.

Prior to the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game on May 1, the top 10 All-Stars will be honored on-field during a pregame ceremony. The 10 All-Stars and 10 Honorable Mentions will also be acknowledged that night during a pregame Tent Party.

In order to nominate a teacher, please click on the link below to fill out the form. Essays should be 500 words or less. Please direct any questions via e-mail to See Official Rules for complete details. Enter by 4:59 p.m. ET on March 13, 2020.

Science Day

Science Day!

Mark your calendars, Science Day will be held on May 27th in partnership with the National Energy Education Development and PECO, Willow Dale will enjoy an Energy Carnival! Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will be encouraged to create and display a science fair project at this all day event. For an event of this magnitude, we are looking for sponsors and demonstrators. If you know any who would be willing to help, please forward that information to Mr. Scancella. More information will come soon so be on the look out! Please contact Mr. Scancella with any questions

March Rotation Calendar

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PSSA Dates 2020 (Grades 3, 4 & 5)

All elementary schools will administer the PSSA on the following schedule. More information will be forthcoming.

  • English and Language Arts--April 20 to April 22, 2020

  • Math--April 23 & April 24, 2020

  • Science --April 27, 2020

  • Makeups- Through April 30

Attendance Reminders

While coming to school each and every day is important, it is equally important to monitor our children’s health. If a child is sick, please keep him/her home. Our teachers will work with students who have fallen ill to make sure they do not fall behind in the classroom.

If your child is absent from school and your child's attendance has not been updated in the system prior to 11:00 a.m. on the day of the absence, you will be notified via a voice message that will come to the primary phone number listed in Skyward. In addition, an email will be sent to the first email address listed in Skyward. Please be sure that your phone number and email address is updated in Skyward. If an automated call is made, and you believe it to be in error, please call the main office of the school. Automated calls and emails may still occur even if you’ve contacted the school regarding the absence. Absence notes will still be required within 3 days of the absence. According to policy, if a note is not received by the third day, the absence is deemed an unexcused/illegal absence. You can send a written note in with your child on the day that he or she returns to school. You can also email the excuse note.

E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address:
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.

If you have any questions regarding absences, please call the main office at (215) 441-6093

Holiday Meals Available

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Updated CSD 2020-2021 Calendar

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2020 PSSA Dates (Grades 3-5)

All elementary schools will administer the PSSA on the following schedule. More information will be forthcoming.

· English and Language Arts--April 20, 21, & 22

· Math--April 23 & April 24

· Science (Grade 4 Only)--April 27

Make-up Testing Windows

· ELA, Math, Science-Through April 30, 2020

Read Across America Week

Friday, Feb. 28th, 9am to Friday, March 6th, 3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

March Madness Basketball - Boys (Grades 4-5)

Friday, March 6th, 4-6pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

March Madness Basketball - Girls (Grades 4-5)

Friday, March 6th, 7-9pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Daylight Savings Time - Spring Ahead 1 Hour

Sunday, March 8th, 12am

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Early Dismissal

Friday, March 13th, 8:45-11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Report Cards Distributed

Wednesday, March 18th, 3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Early Dismissal

Friday, March 20th, 8:45-11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Parent/Teacher Conferences (optional)

Friday, March 20th, 12:30-3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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Open House/Young Authors Night

Thursday, March 26th, 6-8pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Princess and Prince Charming Ball

Friday, March 27th, 6:30-8pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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AAUW Stem Program for Girls Grades 5 - 8

March 7, 2020 AAUW Lansdale Branch in conjunction with Montgomery County Community College is conducting a STEM event for girls only.

“Discover Your Future” strives to overturn the stereotype that girls are less capable, or not interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This is a day of interactive workshops is lead by outstanding women leaders and role models in industry and academia.

The program geared to girls grades 5 to 8th creates a fun environment to excite girls with opportunities in STEM. The program on March 7, 2020 will run from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon at MCCC’s Blue Bell Campus for a nominal charge. Scholarships available.

Registration Closes February 29th.

Register Online at:

(eventbrite charges a processing fee)

OR Complete the form and mail $10. to the address listed.

Additional forms and information:

We hope to attract not only girls who have an interest in STEM, and those girls who have little opportunity or interest now.

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After School Sports Club

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Register for the Science Explorers Club- October to May

Science Explorers, an outside organization, will be offering a variety of science experiences for Willow Dale K-5 students. Click here for more information.

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From the Nurse's Office

The flu season is upon us! Please consider having your child receive the flu vaccine. Check with his or her pediatrician regarding receiving a flu shot or flu mist. Your child’s physician will be able to guide you in making the best decision. Also, you may always contact the Bucks County Department of Health for more information on flu shot clinics throughout the year at (215) 345-3318.

Remember, GOOD HANDWASHING is key to preventing the spread of germs. Remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of their hands, between their fingers, and under their fingernails, with a good amount of friction. Make it fun for them and sing songs to make sure they are doing a good job! Encourage them to try not to touch their faces, especially their eyes, nose, and mouth unless their hands are clean. Stress the importance of this to your children in order to keep them healthy and able to learn!

The Willow Dale Nurse’s office does not keep cold and cough medicine in stock. If your child requires over the counter medicine, we advise they take it prior to the school day. Please be careful when administering any medication that may make your child drowsy.

If your child is having any fever or vomiting, they should stay home until fever/symptom-free for 24 hours. We are trying to keep all of our students happy and healthy during this time of year!

For more information, check out the Health Services website.

Please do not hesitate to call the nurse’s office for questions or concerns.

Mrs. Salita, RN, BSN, CSN

Mrs. Kleinschmidt, RN, BSN

Reporting Absences


Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at Please know you will still receive automated phone calls (to the primary phone listed in Skyward) if you have not submitted an absence note via email on the days your child is absent from school.

**Absence notes must be submitted within 3 days of the student's absence, otherwise, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.

E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address:
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.
  • When sending an absence notification please include the following information:

  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Grade
  3. Child's Homeroom Teacher
  4. Date(s) of Absence
  5. Reason for Absence
  6. Contact Phone # for Parent/Guardian
  7. Other Pertinent Information

  • While you may still continue to call the school on the day of absence, a follow-up e-mail or a written note is still required for the absence to be excused.

Bus Change Request Procedures

If on a single occasion your child must ride a different bus at dismissal due to an emergency/childcare purposes, the following must be done to facilitate the change:

  • Requesting parent must send written notice (email or note) to the student’s teacher with the following information:

  1. Identify the bus (by number) in which the student will need to ride that day
  2. The reason for the request
  3. Name and address of the childcare provider

The childcare provider/parent must also send written notice to the student’s teacher advising of the childcare arrangement for that day.

The notes will be reviewed and signed by the principal and forwarded to Transportation to put the temporary bus change in effect.

Childcare Arrangements forms are only required for the following needs:

  • Any ongoing childcare needs that follow a specific schedule
  • Late arrival and early dismissal arrangements

Thank you for your continued support in following these procedures!

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Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year

Dear Centennial Families;

The Centennial School District Board of School Directors approved Policy 204.1, Family Trips Scheduled During School Year.

Although the scheduling of family trips during the instructional year is not encouraged, the Centennial School Board recognizes that students may benefit educationally by accompanying their parent(s)/guardian(s) on trips. The revision to the policy will allow the schools to approve up to five (5) days instead of three (3). Any trip beyond five (5) days will need the approval of the Superintendent.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) who are requesting approval for a family trip need to complete and submit the attached form to their building principal at least two (2) weeks before the trip.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

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Visitors to the school must enter the school’s front foyer (white doors) and ring the bell, located next to the door that leads to the main office. Once buzzed in, our fantastic staff will be happy to serve you!

  1. Visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office.
  2. All visitors to the building will have his/her photo identification card scanned through the Raptor system to ensure everyone’s safety. Please make sure you have your driver's license or state photo ID card available upon entrance. The system was upgraded this year, therefore ALL visitors must present their driver's license when they enter the building.
  3. Visitors or parents may be escorted to their room where their business or volunteer work is being conducted.
  4. Students are requested not to bring guests to school unless permission is granted in advance by the principal.
  5. Forgotten books, lunch money, lunches, etc. should be left in the office. We will see that they are delivered to the student.
  6. If a parent or designated adult is picking a student up from school early, photo identification is required to release the student.

Thank you very much for helping us maintain a safe school for our students and staff!

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Children who attend school regularly make the best academic progress, graduate, and go on to successful post-secondary education and/or careers.

Students, who arrive late (after 8:45 am), must report to the office for a late slip. Parents should accompany tardy students to the office to sign in the student.

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school to let us know.

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Over the course of the school year, schools are required to conduct monthly safety drills.

We will practice fire, lock-in, lock-out, and weather emergency drills. These drills may or may not be announced. Unannounced drills more accurately indicate the preparedness of the school and the effectiveness of safety procedures. Your child's teacher will review the exercises and procedures with their classes. Please make the teacher aware of any concerns regarding your child's participation in the safety drills.

The Warminster Director of Emergency Management Services and the Warminster Police Department will be invited to observe our drills and provided feedback for improvement.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

Willow Dale Elementary School

Willow Dale Elementary School creates a safe and caring atmosphere focusing on growth through innovation, risk-taking, and character development in order to foster the success of all students