Notes from the Office

June 7, 2020

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Student Pick-up/Drop-off of Materials

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020 our families will have the opportunity to retrieve their child(ren)’s personal items, medication that may still be at the school and to return instructional materials. If your child has a library book to return, you will receive an email from Mrs. Roth (please check your student's email account for a list of books out). Homeroom teachers will be in contact with their students’ families regarding grade level instructional materials that need to be returned. All student devices will remain with the students throughout the summer months.

In order to make this pickup as safe as possible families will be scheduled for a certain time period and it will be “no contact.” Please read below for specifics regarding this process.

  • Families have been assigned the following pick-up times:

Last name A-G 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Last name H-N 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Last name O-U 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Last name V-Z 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

  • Place any items you’re returning to the school in a bag and labeled with your child(ren)’s name and homeroom teacher. Place it in the trunk of your car. When you arrive, open your trunk so that staff may retrieve those items.

  • Parents should tape the child's name and homeroom teacher on their side window (if you have multiple children in the school, please list each).

  • Families will access the car line off of 4th Street and will be asked to pull all the way up to the orange cone.

  • Staff will be outside the car line calling in names of students via the “walkie talkie.” to staff inside the building.

  • Staff members, positioned inside the building, will grab student(s) bags and bring them outside and place them in the trunk of the car.

Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. As always, please reach out to Mr. Covone or Mrs. Foulks if you have any questions.

A Fond Farewell

This June we're not only saying farewell to the 2019-2020 school year and our 6th graders, but to our reading specialist, Mrs. McKenzie, who, beginning the 20-21 school year, will be the Reading Specialist at Oak Park Elementary.

In her 5 years at North Wales, Mrs. McKenzie has made a tremendous impact in her work with students, and also with the culture of our building. Her presence, enthusiasm and leadership will be sorely missed by our staff and students.

Mrs. McKenzie has asked us to share this video with our North Wales family. Please join us in wishing her well in her new school.

Please Welcome

We would like to welcome Mrs. Mary Ann Buzzard who will be joining our team as the Reading Specialist for the upcoming school year. Mrs. Buzzard is coming to us from Gwynedd Square Elementary and brings with her a wealth of reading expertise. We're excited to welcome to our team.

Announcements and Information

6th Grade Awards- Attention 6th grade parents: In lieu of our traditional awards assembly, we have put together a video for our 6th grade students. On Thursday, June 11th, a link to the 6th grade awards video will be sent by email. Please contact Mrs. Foulks if you do not receive it.

From the Technology Department- Gwynedd Square Elementary School will continue to be the distribution site for all devices during the summer months. For students and families that are leaving the district they should return their devices there on Monday or Thursday between the hours of 11am-1pm.

Third Trimester Progress Reports- As you are aware, no formal/summative assessments have been administered during the 3rd trimester during this distance learning format. In the best interest of students, the “normal” standards-based progress report will not be used for the 3rd trimester. In lieu of the standards-based progress report, we will provide our parents/guardians with a list of competencies, skills, and concepts presented/covered during this distance learning period. Teachers will provide formative feedback on students’ participation and engagement in distance learning along with strengths and areas for growth with each of the competencies listed on the report. The Elementary Distance Learning Feedback Report will be available to parents and guardians on the last student day, June 12th in the parent portal. Specific instructions on accessing those reports will be shared the last week of school. Please reach out to Mr. Covone with any questions.

End of Year Instruction- The last day of instruction for students in grades K-11 will be June 8, with no new work due beyond June 9. This will provide teachers’ time for final record keeping and any other required end-of-year items. The last official day of school for students in these grades remains June 12. At the elementary level, please know that teachers will continue to provide activities for students the last few days of school consisting of review and practice. Teachers on the last day will engage students in closure activities for the year.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) in Pennsylvania- The Family’s First Coronavirus Response Act authorized a new benefit to help families who have children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals called Pandemic-EBT. The benefit will come on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which is like a debit card. The benefits can only be spent only on food items.

Any household with a student who is eligible for free or reduced price meals is able to receive P-EBT. This includes:

  • Students who attend a school where all students are offered free meals are eligible regardless of income. (These are schools that participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP.)

  • Students are eligible regardless of immigration status. Receiving or using this benefit does not impact the student’s or any household member’s immigration status or any current or future application for permanent residency.

  • Families that recently lost income due to job loss or fewer hours can still apply for school meals.

Learn more about the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) in Pennsylvania

Library News

Library Books- Please check your child's school email address to see which library book(s) they have checked out. If your child did NOT receive an email, this means they do NOT have library books out. If you feel there was an error, please email Mrs. Roth at All library books can be returned to North Wales Elementary School on June 10th. More details to follow from Mr. Covone.

Read to Succeed- If your child completed the Six Flags Read to Succeed program, you should have received an email with their ticket in it. If you did NOT receive your child's ticket, please email Mrs. Roth ASAP at

The Reading Nook

We are all craving a sense of routine and normalcy...and with that, we are so excited to bring back our summer reading bingo board! Be on the lookout for the bingo board and details for how to participate in the days to come. This information will be shared via email, in our H&S Facebook group, and by classroom teachers. As in summers past, we will also have biweekly reading challenges for kiddos to participate in. Thanks to the generosity of H&S, there will also be prizes, including gift certificates to Wunderlicks. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Roth or Mrs. McKenzie. Have a safe and refreshing summer, and happy reading!

Guidance Corner

The Guidance Corner on the North Wales Elementary School site has a TON of information for parents. Ideas on how to help your child make friends, how to talk to kids about difficult subjects, how to get through homework more easily, what to do if your child is anxious, and where to get help during a family crisis can all be found here. We hope you will check it out often!

Home & School Connection

Event chairs needed for the 20-21 school year. Please use the following link to sign up!

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