Hatfield Happenings

Week of 3.20.2023

Weekly Message from Hatfield Elementary

Dear Hatfield Families,

I hope you had a wonderful week!

Last week our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade String Students visited the Kimmel Center to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform live. The students had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed this experience! Thank you to Mrs. Cohen for organizing the trip for our students. Our PBIS team met to discuss various ways we can continue to reward positive behavior. If you have ideas you'd like to share, please let us know. We also had some special visitors stop by to play basketball with our students. Thank you to Dr. Bauer and Mr. Rhone for the visit! Speaking of special visitors, I heard through the grapevine that a very silly leprechaun also visited some of our classrooms on Friday!

Looking to this week, building administrators will participate in our annual PSSA training, representatives from Curriculum Associates will be visiting classrooms to see iReady math in action, and some of our students will be going on field trips. On Tuesday, 5th grade will visit College Settlement and on Friday, 4th grade will visit Pennsbury Manor. We know our students will have a great time and do their best to represent Hatfield Elementary in a positive way!

We are looking forward to a great week!

Keep soaring above and beyond,

Rita Whalen

Hatfield Elementary Principal

Important Information

Baby Johnson!

  • We are happy to announce that Mrs. Johnson and her family welcomed their newest arrival, Juliet Rose, last week! Everyone is happy and healthy!

Disney's Frozen the Musical

  • The wait is over! North Penn High School Theatre and Thespian Troupe 5464 are proud to present Disney’s Frozen, the Broadway Musical. Shows will be held in the NPHS auditorium (1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale) at the following times: 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, and 5/6 at 7:30 PM and 4/30, 5/6, 5/7 at 2:00 PM
  • Ticket sales begin March 15 and are available exclusively online at http://www.npenn.org/theatre. Adults are $10, students $5. Tickets will be sold at the door based on availability and accessibility.
  • Shows will be live streamed on April 29 and May 6 at 7:30 PM. One streaming ticket for $35 provides access to the show for unlimited viewers. Streaming tickets are also available at http://www.npenn.org/theatre.

Hatfield Literacy Night

  • Save the Date for Literacy Night! Join us on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:00 - 7:30 for an evening under the sea! We will have math and reading activities, arts and crafts, face painting and treats. All students who attend will receive a free book. We are looking forward to bringing this fun event back to Hatfield!

PSSA Testing Schedule

  • ELA Dates (Grades 3-6): 4/24, 4/25, 4/28
  • Math Dates (Grades 3-6): 5/1 and 5/2
  • Science Dates (4th Grade only): 5/3 and 5/4

Morning Drop-Off

  • This is a friendly reminder that if you drop your child off in the morning, you must use the parking lot by the playground. The car drop off line ensures the safety of our students. Please do not drop your child off in the bus lot. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

Sports Equipment

  • Please remind your child that they are not permitted to bring sports equipment (basketballs, footballs, etc.) from home for use at dismissal. If they have teacher permission for recess, the equipment must remain in bookbags until that time and returned after recess. Students are lingering on campus after dismissal to play with friends and we are directing them instead, to head home immediately. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Important Dates

March-Women's History Month

3/1 Rising 6th Grade Course Selection Night

3/6 Purim

3/8 Holi

3/9 Early Dismissal- Elementary Conferences

3/13-3/19 Neurodiversity Celebration Week

3/21 Home and School Meeting

3/21 World Down Syndrome Day

3/21 5th Grade Trip to College Settlement

3/22 Ramadan begins

3/24 4th Grade Trip to Pennsbury Manor

3/27 1st Grade Trip to Crayola Factory

3/28 Report Cards available in Infinite Campus

3/29 3rd Grade Trip to Adventure Aquarium/


Our Hatfield HAWKS continue to SOAR by following our HAWKS pledge daily at school! Continue to be on the lookout for HAWK feathers your child may come home with. Each month we celebrate with a school wide assembly. The more feathers a student earns, the better their chances are to be chosen to participate in exciting assembly activities! Your child also has an opportunity each month to be chosen as a Golden Hawk where they have the opportunity to sit in our special VIP section! Please continue to encourage your child to SOAR as a Hatfield HAWK!

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Home and School Information

  • If you are interested in volunteering at an event, please make sure to have your clearances. Here is more information on the documentation needed to volunteer in the North Penn School District.

  • If you have any Home and School questions feel free to contact: presidenthhsa@gmail.com.

  • For additional information be sure to check out our Hatfield Elementary Home and School Association Facebook page.

  • Our next Home and School Meeting is scheduled for 3/21 at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there! We will have a teacher representative present at this month's meeting so come with your questions!

Hatfield Staff Spotlight!

Ms. Samantha Leslie is one of our Speech Therapists here at Hatfield and this is her first year with North Penn School District. She attended West Chester University where she earned both her Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees in Speech Language Pathology. Some of her favorite things include: her puppy (Enzo), fall, the color purple, reading at the beach, and spending time with her friends and family.

North Penn District Information

  • What does "Love is an Open Door" mean to you? NP is holding a contest to find out! Be creative! Submissions can be art, writing, music, dance, or anything that expresses the theme. NPSD students grades K-12 can enter for a chance to win tickets for NPHS's production of Frozen and to have their submission featured to our district and community! Deadline is Thursday, March 23, 2023. For more information or to enter, please visit https://sites.google.com/npenn.org/wwwnpennorgtheatre/love-is-an-open-door-contest

  • IRONKnights Triathlon (swim, bike, run race)! This year's race will be held on Saturday, May 20th (rain date May 21st). Please check our website for additional information about our event: IRONKnights Website. Registration will be open from January 13th through April 20th. Click here to sign-up on or after January 13th: Register for the 2023 IRONKnights Triathlon. Reach out to Mrs. Ball with questions.

Friendly Reminders

  • If your child rides a bike to school, PLEASE remind them that they must wear a helmet. We are noticing that more and more students are not wearing one and of course, their safety is our concern. Thank you for your help with this.

  • A slight change has been made to two of our busses. Please remind your child (if this applies) that bus 151 (orange) is now 26 and Bus 112 (blue) is now 151. We have been reminding students here at school as well.

  • Please send your children to school with appropriate clothing for the temperature outside. The district policy states that classes will not go out for recess if the wind chill is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless a doctor's note is turned into the office students will be required to go outside with their class.

  • If your child will be absent for the day please let us know. You can either: email Mrs. Mandes at mandesm@npenn.org OR call 215-853-1470 OR through the Hatfield website: https://hatfield.npenn.org/attendance. All absences will be marked as unexcused unless we are notified.

  • The district launched the Here Comes The Bus App. The app went live on January 9th. The app will be used to let parents know when their child’s bus is within a certain radius of the bus stop. Here is the communication sent out by the district. If your student is a bus rider, their ID should go home and come back to school every day. Please take the HCTB survey!

  • From Mrs. Ball: For the safety of your child, sneakers are required for students to actively participate in Physical Education (Gym) class. It would be greatly appreciated if you could assist your child in remembering to wear or bring sneakers to school on their designated PE day.

Hatfield Elementary School

The mission of Hatfield Elementary School is to encourage all students to aspire above and beyond in the areas of: Academic Achievement, Respect for Diversity, Community Involvement, and Individual Responsibility.