South Lebanon Elementary

5th Avenue Falcons

Notes and News from Mr. Brown

December Newsletter

New District Travel Guidelines for Students

In accordance with Governor Wolfe's most recent guidance and requirements for schools the district has updated its' policy for out of state travel. As stated in the mandate, any student age 11 or older must have a negative Covid test within 48 hours prior to returning to the state, or they must quarantine for a 14 day period after returning. For more detailed information, please see the new trip request form below. The form can also be found on the district website.

If you have already submitted a trip request, we will be sending new forms home with your child which will need to be filled out.

News from Mrs. Klein, Art Teacher

Mrs. Klein will be accepting entries for consideration for the Youth Art Month Flag Design competition until December 8th. Details can be found on Schoology. One design per school may be chosen to enter into the competition. The theme is “Art Connects Us”. Students can see Mrs. Klein for a paper to do the flag design. Any questions please contact Mrs. Klein at

News from Mrs. Zinn, School Nurse

State mandated dental and physical exams are due. If you have not turned your child’s dental or physical forms in to the nurse's office please send them in ASAP.

School physical and school dental dates will be determined at a later time and notification will be sent to the parent of the student in need of dental and physical requirement.

Please continue to be healthy (wash hands, wear mask, social distance…).

Please call the nurse’s office if your child is being tested for COVID, considered a close contact, or with any questions.

Your parent support is appreciated!

South Lebanon PTP

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fall Gift Card Drive! We had a great response and were able to help some of our South Lebanon families in need.

Reminder of upcoming events:

Gratitude Challenge - December 7th -11th

The PTP is holding a gratitude challenge in place of our RACE for education. We are asking our students to gather donations from family, friends and neighbors to aid the PTP in continuing to provide help to our teachers and students during these unprecedented times.

Don't forget to ask if your company has a matching donation program. The information letter was sent home and all packets will be due back December 7th. The kids' gratitude activities will occur December 7-11th.

There is NO PTP meeting in December.

Our next meeting will be: January 13, 2021 at 6:30pm

Please email me with any questions, concerns or ideas.

Mr. Small's Chorus News

The South Lebanon Holiday Chorus Concert will be shared out to parents, teachers, and the community on Monday, December 14. Due to COVID 19 restrictions and protocol, we have not been able to officially form the South Lebanon Chorus (Grade 4/5), the Fifth Avenue Falcons (Grade 4/5), or the Third Grade Chorus. These singing groups typically have 150 students (SL Chorus), 60 students (Falcons), and 90 students (Third Grade) which does not allow us to gather together and sing as a full ensemble during this time.

In an effort to keep these groups moving forward educationally, students have been working on choral music in our small class groups. This has allowed us to adhere to best vocal practices (6-7 feet of distance, cloth face coverings, increased air circulation, and limited singing time) while experiencing the choral process.

We look forward to sharing our music with you on December 14th!”

Learning Facilitator Connection, December 2020

Winter Break Reading Challenge

The holiday season is upon us! I hope that your family is able to enjoy a winter break that provides opportunities to wind down and enjoy quality family time. This particular winter break may give you pause on celebrating in more traditional ways and perhaps your family is considering “laying low”. However you end up spending the time, consider how you can encourage your child to keep their brains “sharp and flexible” by reading. Some children may want to avoid “homework” over the break and express displeasure at the idea of reading. This may be overcome if your family is able to join a specific plan for reading like teaming up for a reading challenge! Whatever comes your way, I hope you truly find peace and rest this holiday season! To each or you, “Happy Hanukkah”, “Merry Christmas”, “Habari Gani?”, and “Happy New Year!”

Consider these ideas for encouraging reading during the winter break:

· Make a book about a topic of high interest for your child be part of your holiday gifting.

· Visit your local library in person or check out books virtually at the start of break.

· Pick a book that you can start and finish together as a family over the break. Reading aloud together is amazing or read in a “book club” style of reading separately while scheduling time to talk about chapters you read at your own pace.

· Consider reading a book that was made into a movie that you could enjoy watching together when you finish reading. (e.g. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Holes”, “Because of Winn Dixie”)

· Model healthy reading habits by forming a plan to read over the break yourself (books, magazines, newspaper, etc.). Consider ways you can read that do not involve a phone - model reading something other than social media posts (you will almost certainly feel better anyway!).

· Set up screen free times specifically for reading as a family (e.g. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays).

General thoughts about reading:

· Reading books that are more complex helps to learn new facts, ideas, and vocabulary.

It is OK if your child does not know every word the first time they see it!

· Knowing something about a book’s topic or setting can help a child’s comprehension.

Consider finding supporting materials like informational books, magazines, or websites that can help build a frame for increasing comprehension. For example, if your child is reading a book set in a foreign country, have them talk to someone who visited that country or look up the country online (e.g.

· When reading about complex issues or concepts, consider having your child read simpler books about the same topic. For example, if the topic of the book or chapter is civil rights, have your child select a picture book from the library that talks about the life of Harriet Tubman.

District News

From the District Office …

1) CHANGES to this year’s Holiday Breakfast Event for CLSD Residents age 65+: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person Holiday Breakfast Concert program in 2020. Instead, Cornwall-Lebanon School District residents age 65+ are invited to drive by the rear of Cedar Crest Middle School to pick up a Holiday Breakfast Treat Gift Box* Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Note: This is a time change from the printed CLSD calendar.) Since No Tickets are required this year, there will be NO ticket pick-up event on Dec. 3. CLSD residents are asked to present their CLSD Gold Card at the Dec. 15 event to receive their Holiday Treat Gift Box. CLSD residents age 65+ who do not have a Gold Card are asked to stop by the District office (105 E. Evergreen Rd.) and present a valid driver’s license to sign up for a Gold Card. Questions? Contact Amy Wissinger, (717) 272-2031. *Holiday Breakfast Treat Boxes are available to the first 300 CLSD Gold Card residents attending.

2) District Calendar Changes: Due to COVID-19, many music and athletic events that usually are open to the public are either cancelled or being held virtually. Please always confirm an event listed on the printed CLSD 2020-2021 Calendar is taking place by checking the calendar items listed on the District website: or contacting the District office: (717) 272-2031.

3) Online Community Bulletin Board: Check the online Community Bulletin Board regularly for information about upcoming events, activities and fundraisers throughout the CLSD community (Click on the “COMMUNITY” tab on the District website:, or Look under the “SERVICES” tab on any CLSD school page.) Currently, you can find out about sports activities for the participant and spectator … Scouting opportunities … Student club Fundraisers ... community events & activities ... and many more items of possible interest!

4) The next meeting of the CLSD Board of School Directors is Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., in the large group instruction room (LGI) at the high school. This is the annual reorganization meeting of the Board. There is no work session scheduled in December. In order to prepare seating arrangements in accordance with Governor Wolf’s social distancing guidelines, District residents who would like to attend the Dec. 7 meeting must register by 3 PM, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, via the link on the CLSD website.

5) Cornwall-Lebanon School District will be closed for Winter Break: Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, through and including Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

6) Support United Way to connect your child with a call from Santa! While children may still be able to visit Santa this year to give him their Christmas wish list, it likely won’t be the traditional sit on his lap for a photo or breakfast experience. Sign up for a time during the scheduled days, and Santa will call your child. You can provide United Way with details to share with Santa about how your child was naughty or nice for an even more personalized experience. When: December 8, 10, 14, 16, 6-8 p.m. Santa United calls are $10 each for an approximately five-minute phone call. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be put back into programs in Lebanon County that support our local children and youth. To schedule a call:

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