The Monthly Mustang

The Official Newsletter for Wedgwood School Families

May/June 2019

Wedgwood Earns Designation As No Place For Hate School

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On Wednesday, May 28, 2019, student representatives from Wedgwood School were in attendance to receive Wedgwood's designation as a No Place For Hate School at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event, sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, honored schools from the metropolitan area who had successfully completed their requirements necessary to be named a No Place For Hate School for the 2018-2019 school year. Wedgwood students joined fellow difference makers from Bells Elementary, Whitman Elementary, Chestnut Ridge Middle, and Washington Township High School in earning the honor.


During the course of this school year, Wedgwood School completed a series of building-wide projects aimed at supporting No Place For Hate's three themes--Challenging Bias and Bullying, Celebrating Diversity, and Promoting Respect for Others' Differences. These projects include:


  • No Name Calling Week: Students participated in a variety of activities and readings emphasizing the power of the words we use to refer to one another.
  • Mix It Up Day: Students made new relationships by mixing up their regular lunch seating and eating lunch with friends from outside of their usual peer group.
  • When I Grow Up: Students challenged their own gender stereotypes through an exploration of the story of Mo'Ne Davis, a Philadelphia native who was the first girl to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history.


Wedgwood School looks forward to deepening its commitment to creating a school environment that is inclusive for all through its involvement with No Place For Hate in the coming years!

Wedgwood Instructional Assistant Angela Longo Named WTPS Support Staff Of The Year

Longtime Wedgwood BSI Math Assistant Angela Longo was recognized as one of our school district's Support Staff of the Year at the May 28 Washington Township Board of Education Meeting. Mrs. Longo, who has supported the learning of our school's students for nearly 30 years, was one of twelve support staff from throughout the district to receive the honor. In addition to her work in classrooms throughout the school, Mrs. Longo has a significant impact on many aspects of our school's culture, including her active membership in our school's Sunshine and Scholarship Committees, and assistance in the production of our vocal music concerts. Mrs. Longo is pictured below with Superintendent of Schools Joseph Bollendorf, Board of Education President Julie Kozempel, and Principal Charlie Zimmerman. Congratulations to Mrs. Longo for an honor that is well deserved!
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Ribbon-Cutting Opens Wedgwood LEGO Makerspace For Students

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Thanks to grant monies secured by teacher Domenick Renzi and a donation from Wedgwood parent John Bariana of JC Building Concepts, and with the financial backing of the PTO, Wedgwood Elementary School Principal Charlie Zimmerman, Renzi and selected students cut the ribbon to open a LEGO Makerspace in a hallway in the school on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. A makerspace is a creative, prototyping workspace where makers gather to share knowledge, experiment, create, tinker and learn.

By encouraging playful learning and tinkering, a LEGO makerspace:

  • Supports the social and emotional development, creativity and academic skills of students;
  • Builds knowledge, critical thinking and collaboration skills;
  • Gives students the chance to be risk-takers and helps them accept and learn from their mistakes; and
  • Enables an environment of student choice and self-directed learning.


Read more on our new LEGO Makerspace here.

WTPD Offers Programming During the Month Of June

The Washington Township Police Department is hosting some great opportunities during the month of June for Wedgwood students to have fun and meaningful mentoring experiences alongside WTPD officers, all while fostering safe habits that will last them for years to come. Be sure to check out the upcoming Bike Rodeo and Cops & Bobbers events, detailed below!
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Wedgwood ELEMENTS STUDENTS WIN $1,000 IN 2019 FLUOR ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

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A team of three fifth-grade ELEMEnTS students recently found themselves among elite engineers when their team was named as one of twenty $1,000 winners in the 2019 Fluor Engineering Challenge, and one of only a dozen winners in the United States! The winning team of Ayana Tillman, Suzanne Malec and Molly Rainey was one of more than 1,400 submissions from around the globe. Their team, under the guidance of Wedgwood ELEMEnTS teacher Mrs. Jablonowski, worked with limited materials and their imaginations to design a volleyball machine using only cups, take wooden pencils, craft sticks and paper. Their winning submission earned $1,000 for our school.


The Fluor Engineering Challenge was created to help educators meet the latest standards for science and engineering literacy. This year’s Fluor Engineering Challenge was originally developed by engineers from Fluor’s Southern California office as part of the global company’s annual employee competition held in celebration of Engineers Week. With the help of an expert team of scientists and educators from Science Buddies, this employee competition was adapted to provide students the opportunity to experience how real-life engineers design solutions, and to show students first-hand how fun engineering can be.


Fluor Corporation is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that designs, builds and maintains capital-efficient facilities for its clients on six continents. Fluor invests in programs that inspire and prepare students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and disciplines and is committed to the development of our next generation workforce. Since 2013, more than 900,000 students have received STEM training and enrichment made possible through Fluor’s financial and employee volunteer support of community organizations.


Our Wedgwood school community is very proud of the work of these talented young engineers!

Wedgwood Dress Code Reminder

With the weather getting warmer, please note these friendly reminders about appropriate dress for school.


1. Because our children use the playground every day, they need appropriate footwear. Flip flops and high soled shoes may cause injury when running or climbing.


2. Student apparel must be clean. Clothing should not be ragged nor should pants have frayed edges.

  • Street shoes or sneakers are considered suitable for everyday school use.
  • If sandals are worn, they must be worn with socks or stockings. This is necessary so that the foot will not be bare. The exposed foot is more vulnerable to dirt and injury.
  • Sneakers must be worn for physical education activities.


3. Halters and short shorts are not to be worn to school.


4. Sleeveless undershirts designed to be worn under regular clothing will not be permitted as an outer garment.


5. Hats may be worn when outside of the building only and are to be removed when in the building. This applies to the hoods on a sweatshirt as well; hoods should not be on in the building.


6. Students may not wear clothing exposing a bare midriff.


7. See through/mesh type jerseys without an undershirt are inappropriate for school.


8. Student clothing should be reasonably neat. Students who look unkempt or unduly sloppy will be asked to dress more appropriately. When a situation becomes serious, the parents will be contacted.

Early Dismissals Begin June 7

Wedgwood students will follow an Early Dismissal Schedule beginning Friday, June 7. Students will be dismissed at 1:25 PM and lunches will not be served. Your child should bring a snack on these days. This schedule will be in effect through the last day of school, Thursday, June 13.

Field Day Is Right Around The Corner

Field Day will take place on Monday, June 10, for Grades 3-5, and on Tuesday, June 11, for Grades 1-2. Sponsored by our Wedgwood PTO, this schoolwide event takes place outside and features lots of fun activities, including water games. On your child's Field Day, please make sure that he or she is wearing the following:


  • t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers!
  • a bathing suit! (Boys can wear a bathing suit with their t-shirt; girls can wear a one-piece or long-topped two piece under their t-shirt and shorts.)
  • sunscreen!

Wellness Reminders For School Celebrations

In keeping with our district's Wellness Policy, please review the following guidelines regarding food and our school celebrations:


  • Any food served during school celebrations/curriculum-related activities is to be store bought or purchased through the school district food service department.

  • All food served during school celebrations and curriculum-related activities must be approved by the classroom teacher, in the interest of protecting students with dietary concerns and food allergies.

  • Birthday celebrations should not include food; age appropriate celebration activities should replace the use of food items.


For additional resources on how to promote a healthy lifestyle for our families, check out the Wedgwood Wellness page on our school's website!

Wedgwood PTO Update

Thank you to all of our PTO Executive Board and Members-at-Large for all of your help this school year!


All of our amazing events would not be successful if we did not have volunteers like you! The PTO will be sending out a link over the summer allowing volunteers to sign-up to chair events for the coming school year. Please look for the posts on our Facebook page!


Congratulations to our 2019-2020 PTO Executive Board!

President: Elizabeth Schmidt

Vice President: Renee Watson

Secretary: Pamela Burns

Treasurer: Christina DeLuca


Special Thank You to outgoing PTO President Danielle Moore for her two years of service and dedication to the students of Wedgwood School. Thanks for all that you've done!


Be sure to "Like" Wedgwood PTO's Facebook Page!


- Wedgwood PTO

Wedgwood PTO Update

Thank you to all of our PTO Executive Board and Members-at-Large for all of your help this school year!


All of our amazing events would not be successful if we did not have volunteers like you! The PTO will be sending out a link over the summer allowing volunteers to sign-up to chair events for the coming school year. Please look for the posts on our Facebook page!


Congratulations to our 2019-2020 PTO Executive Board!

President: Elizabeth Schmidt

Vice President: Renee Watson

Secretary: Pamela Burns

Treasurer: Christina DeLuca


Special Thank You to outgoing PTO President Danielle Moore for her two years of service and dedication to the students of Wedgwood School. Thanks for all that you've done!


Be sure to "Like" Wedgwood PTO's Facebook Page!


- Wedgwood PTO

Follow Wedgwood School on Remind

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Get Connected with Wedgwood On Social Media

Do you want to know about all of the latest events and activities happening in our school? Our school has official Facebook and Twitter pages to help you do just that! Both pages will feature nearly identical content.


Click below to visit our Wedgwood School Facebook and Twitter pages.

Dates At A Glance: June 2019

June 5 - Grade 5 Breakfast & Yearbook Signing

June 6 - Grade 3 Luau

June 7 - Early Dismissal - 1:25 p.m. - No Lunches Served

June 10 - Early Dismissal - 1:25 p.m. - No Lunches Served

June 10 - Field Day - Grades 3-5

June 11 - Early Dismissal - 1:25 p.m. - No Lunches Served

June 11 - Field Day - Grades 1-2

June 12 - Early Dismissal - 1:25 p.m. - No Lunches Served

June 13 - Grade 5 Awards Ceremony

June 13 - Last Day For Students - Early Dismissal - 1:25 p.m. - No Lunches Served