South Lebanon Elementary

November 2021

Notes & News From the Principal's Office

Fall is always a time when we really start to settle in to the school year. Our students have gotten the hang of day to day school routines and are really making academic gains. There are a lot of exciting opportunities in the works for the students at South Lebanon. Recently, the school board approved funding for after school programs to be held within the district. We strongly believe that we have an opportunity for our school to be a community hub and resource for students and families. Our team of teachers is working on developing an after school clubs program that will provide opportunities for kids to engage in new experiences. We will be providing more information about our clubs in a few weeks.


I am also happy to report that our SOAR program has continued to develop and grow this year. Our students are making great strides toward filling their SOAR punch cards and receiving Wings of Praise recognition. For every card filled, students' names are put into a drawing for a monthly, and quarterly prize. We are proud of our students' accomplishments and look forward to providing opportunities for our students to grow as leaders and positive role models.


In closing, please remember that we will try to get students outside as much as possible. With the fall weather setting in, we ask that you remind your students to dress for the weather and make sure that they have jackets for the cool fall days. It is also a good idea to label your child's jackets with their names on the tag so that these items can be returned if left outside on a warm afternoon. Thank you all for your continued support and cooperation as we progress through the 2021-2022 school year.

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day will be taking place on Monday, November 15, 2021. Reminders regarding retake day will be sent home Monday, November 1st. Retake times will be from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.


Please be sure to check your child's backpack for this important reminder!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 22-23. We will be using an online sign up tool called PTCFast to sign up for a time. To sign up for a time, a link will be made available on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. on the South Lebanon page of the district website. If you are unable to access the link, please feel free to contact the South Lebanon office and our staff will assist you in securing a time.

Nurse's Office

State mandated dental exam forms for grades K and 3 and physicals forms for grade K 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 exam 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 call the nurse's office with any questions.


Thank you,

Mrs. Zinn

Instrumental Music Program

Attention Parents of 3rd Graders!


Did you know that there is a very high correlation between positive self-esteem, high test scores, total interest in school involvement, and the study of music? We would like to introduce you to the opportunities available to your child in the Cornwall-Lebanon Instrumental Music Program. We offer lessons in violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and orchestra bells.


Students are introduced to the string and band instruments in the spring of 3rd grade. The majority of students in the band program begin studying their instruments in the summer following 3rd grade (for more information, please contact Mr. Thompson). String lessons begin in September of 4th grade.


Studies have shown that music participants receive more academic awards and earn higher grades than students who do not participate in music!

If you have any questions before your child receives information about these programs, please feel free to contact us.


Thank you!


Dr. Campbell, Orchestra Director

ccampbell@clsd.k12.pa.us


Mr. Thompson, Band Director

sthompson@clsd.k12.pa.us

South Lebanon PTP Happenings

Wow! Late fall is such a busy time for our South Lebanon PTP. Our volunteers are busy helping with vision screening, height and weight checks, the Fall Food Drive, planning the teachers’ conference dinner, and the Santa Shop. Below you’ll find updates on PTP events.


Race for Education


This year’s RACE was awesome! A great time was had by both students and staff! Thank you so much to all the volunteers that made this fundraiser and fun day possible! We are about $2,500.00 shy of our goal of $15,000. It’s not too late to donate! The link to donate is below.


Donate to the Race for Education


Fall Food Drive


The fall food drive is happening now. Please help by donating Thanksgiving or general non-perishable food items or gift cards. Cash donations are also welcome. These items can be sent to school with students. All donations benefit families right here in our South Lebanon Elementary community. Donations will be accepted until Monday, November 15th.


Conference Dinner


Each year, PTP volunteers donate dishes for a meal for the teachers during their long night of parent-teacher conferences. This will take place Monday, November 22. If you are interested in donating a dish, please sign-up using the Signup Genius link provided.


Conference Dinner Sign Up



Santa's Workshop


The 2021 Santa Workshop will be Wednesday, December 1, Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3rd. Volunteers are needed for set up and shopping days. Set up for the Shop will be the Friday before Thanksgiving break, November 19th from 4-6pm. For the sale days (Dec. 1-3): You can choose a morning or afternoon shift or all day. The morning shift is 9-12:30pm and the afternoon shift is 12-3:30pm. All Day would be 9-3:30. At this time, we do NOT have the class shopping schedule so we cannot tell you when your child will shop. The class shopping schedule will be sent home with students before Thanksgiving break. It takes many volunteers to help the kids shop and keep the classes on schedule, so feel free to volunteer for as much time as you can. If you are interested in helping email Angie Bensing at:

kabensing@verizon.net. Thank you for volunteering! The kids really enjoy shopping for their families.


PTP Meeting


The next PTP meeting is Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30 in the library. Childcare will be provided by our high school volunteers. See you there!

If you have any questions, please email the PTP at ptp.southlebanon@gmail.com.


Important PTP Links:

PTP Volunteer Survey:

Click here to sign up to volunteer


Directions to Link to South Lebanon PTP’s Amazon Smile:

Directions to link Amazon Smile


Directions on how to use the new Box Tops app:

Click here to learn how to use the Box Tops App

Big STAR/Little STAR Fundraiser

Big STAR/Little STAR mentoring program is selling Bruno’s sub coupons for their fall fundraiser. Each coupon is good for 1 hoagie which can be redeemed at any Bruno’s location. The cost of the coupon is $9. With the holidays right around the corner, it is the perfect time to support STAR! Bruno’s coupons make great stocking stuffers/gifts. Besides, during the rush of the holiday season, who wants to cook?! This is a great option! Contact a High School Big STAR or one of the STAR advisors (Mrs. Ashley Christman or Ms. Jessica Isenberg) for your coupons by November 19th. Thank you for supporting the STAR mentoring program!


Ms. Jessica Isenberg

jeisenberg@clsd.k12.pa.us


Mrs. Ashley Christman

achristman@clsd.k12.pa.us

News From the District

1) Cedar Crest Middle School Drama presents three performances of its fall play, Rock of Ages: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 PM; and November 13 at 3 PM and 7 PM, CCMS Auditorium. All Seats are reserved. Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for students and senior citizens (62+)/Free for preschool children. CLSD Gold Card holders who present their card will receive free admission to one performance. Reservations are required. Please visit https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/57321 to purchase tickets. Any questions please email kglassford@clsd.k12.pa.us.


2) Cedar Crest High School Drama Club invites you to bring the whole family to enjoy a classic retelling of the famous Dickens story: A Christmas Carol. Featuring original music composed by Grammy nominated musician, Cory Chisel, performances are scheduled for November 18, 19 &20, 7PM each evening, CCHS Auditorium. Reserved seating ticket sales are available now: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/57321. In-Person ticket sales will be available at the door one hour prior to each show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, one Free Admission for CLSD Gold Card Holders who provide card and valid ID at time of purchase.


3) Thank an Educator This Holiday Season!: Recognize your student’s special teachers, staff members, or coaches with a Certificate of Appreciation by donating to the Falcon Foundation through the “Thank an Educator” program. Make a donation in any amount of your choosing by Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, for Certificate Delivery the Week of December 13th. Visit www.clsd.pa.us and select Falcon Foundation under the COMMUNITY tab menu.


4) The next meeting of the CLSD Board of School Directors is Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m., in the large group instruction room (LGI) at the high school. A work session will be held Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, 5:30 p.m., in the same location. Both meetings are open to the public. Meetings also are Live streamed. Visit to watch the live stream or register to attend the next meeting: https://www.clsd.k12.pa.us/cornwall-lebanon-school-district/our-district/school-board/2021-2022-board-meeting-dates/


5) Holiday Breakfast Concert for District Residents age 65+: Ticket order forms for the annual Holiday Breakfast Concert will be available the first week in November for district residents age 65 or older. A person under age 65 may attend only if accompanying his or her spouse who meets the age requirement. A maximum of two free tickets may be requested per form. Order forms are available in these locations:

· at any district school building office

· on the district website in the News section and under the COMMUNITY tab –>Activities & Events: www.clsd.k12.pa.us


Bring the completed ticket order form to the rear of the middle school on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Ticket distribution will begin at 1 PM, and continue until either all 400 tickets have been distributed, or until 1:30 PM. Senior citizens will not need to leave the car. After the ticket distribution date and time, any remaining tickets may be picked up at the District office, 105 E. Evergreen Rd. The breakfast concert is Tuesday, Dec. 14, beginning at 8 AM, at the middle school cafetorium. Doors to the CCMS cafetorium at the rear of the building will open at 7:30 AM. Tickets are required.


6) 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: www.clsd.k12.pa.us). 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!


7) Inclement Weather Procedures & Skylert Notification System: The decision to close school or open two hours later will be announced before 7:00 AM on the CLSD Home page, www.clsd.k12.pa.us, as well as on the Cornwall-Lebanon School District Facebook and Twitter pages (@CLSD_Schools), and on local radio and TV stations. The Skylert automated notification system also will be used to contact parents/guardians during the school day in the event of a building power failure, hazardous situation, or an early dismissal. Please review the important information that is printed inside the front cover of the CLSD 2021-22 Calendar of Events. The District website is the first place important information is posted. Please, do not contact school or District offices in the case of these events as it is important for our phone lines to be available for emergency communications.

Remember, the Skylert notification system is only as accurate as the information you have provided to the District. Be sure your phone and email settings allow (does not Block) these three numbers: (717) 272-2031, (717) 272-2036, and (717) 389-1810, and emails from addresses ending in @clsd.k12.pa.us. Please review your information in Skylert, as well, and make any updates (for general information sharing, including school closings):


1. Login to your Skyward account.

2. Click the word “Skylert” in the left menu.

3. Fill-in and check or uncheck your desired settings.

4. Click “SAVE” in the upper right side of the page when you are done.


8) Volunteers and Chaperones: Cornwall-Lebanon School District greatly appreciates the volunteers and chaperones who provide assistance to students and teachers through their participation in classroom support, as well as special events and activities. Volunteers are essential to the success of students. Anyone who will be serving as a long-term or short-term volunteer for the District must submit completed clearances to the School District prior to serving as a volunteer. Look under the “Community” tab on the District Home page for more details: www.clsd.k12.pa.us


9) Calendar Information:

· Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 – Act 80 Day (No School for Students; Professional Development for staff members)

· Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 – Report Cards available online beginning this day (all grade levels)

· Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 22 & 23, 2021 – No School for Elementary and Middle School Students: Parent-Teacher Conferences; CCHS is in Session both days

· Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 – Thanksgiving Break

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