Dear Keystone Families,
It is hard to believe that November is right around the corner. The past two months the staff has been busy looking at the data and arranging instructional groups as we prepare for what we believe will be a successful year.
We are looking forward to seeing our Keystone Families during the Costume Parade on Tuesday, October 31st. Please revisit the costume newsletter for additional information, if you have not already done so.
Please continue to review the "Important Dates" section of the newsletter each week. As new events and activities get added, we continue to revise that section to include them.
As always, if you ever need anything please don't hesitate to reach out! Have a marvelous week!
Important Dates to Remember
No School- Act 80 Day
Wednesday, November 1st
📸Picture Retake Day📸
Friday, November 3rd
No School- Act 80 Day- Election Day
Tuesday, November 7th
📚Fall Book Fair📚
November 6th-November 14th
November 8th- Nighttime Book Fair
🍎Family Night- Title 1 Event🍎
November 9th, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 pm,
Early Dismissal Day- 1:15pm
Wednesday, November 22nd
November 23rd & 24th
November 30th- 4:30pm
End of 1st Trimester (K-5)
Early Dismissal/ PM Professional Development for Staff- 1:15pm
Wednesday, December 6th
PSSA Testing Window- Grades 3-8
English Language Arts-
April 22-26th- Grades 3-8
Mathematics, Science, and Makeups
April 29th-May 3rd- Grades 3-8
Thursday, June 6th- AM- K/1
Thursday, June 6th- PM- 2/3
Friday, June 7th- AM- 4/5
Rain Dates: June 10th and/or 11th
Support Keystone's SWPBIS program by purchasing a soft pretzel. Each soft pretzel will cost $1 each. Students will be asked to preorder their pretzel each Thursday, for a pretzel delivery to take place on Fridays.
First pretzel delivery date will be Friday, November 10th, with a pre-order to take place on November 9th.
Keystone Family Spotlight
Cali was so excited to bring her pumpkin in this week!!
We think Reid Logan made an awesome representation of Mr. Wilicki! Great job!
Next week, look out for more pictures of the awesome pumpkins that were decorated.
Timely Tigers for October 2023
Truman Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Bazaar- December 9th, 2023
Classroom Spotlight- First Grade- Ms. Jablonski, Ms. Nober, and Ms. Vorgity
To end our science unit on bats we transformed our classroom into a bat cave. Students brought in flashlights and we learned in the same environment that bats enjoy. We learned the meaning of echolocation, nocturnal . We also learned about bats' habitat and the kids really loved to learn how the pups found their mom . We followed up with this by doing a scent activity. students had to walk around the room and use their noses to find the "mom" in the group!
The children really enjoyed participating in our bat day activities. We have been learning about bats all week and as a culminating activity, we transformed our classroom into a bat cave for the day. They enjoyed using flashlights to read and playing bat games such as, "Pup finds mama". They had to pretend to be bats and use their sense of smell to find their mama. We learned about echolocation, why bats are mammals, and what it means to be nocturnal! We had so much fun!
Bat Cave Day!
We ask that students wear their paw shirts every Friday to show their school pride!
Snack and Birthday Celebration Policy
To ensure the safety and well being of our students, as per the District Wellness Policy, no outside foods may be brought in by students for classroom parties or birthday celebrations. Shared snacks are not permitted in district schools.
If you would like to send something in to celebrate your child's birthday or for a classroom party, you may send in non food items such as stickers, pencils, play dough etc.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Fresh fruits an vegetables are sampled at school on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Fridays.
The students in grades K-5 had the opportunity to grey squash, green kohlrabi, and seckle pears this week.
Many thanks to the students and staff in room A208 and A112 for providing the delivery of the fresh fruits and vegetables to the classrooms at Keystone Elementary School. You are doing a fantastic job! Thanks!
October Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Calendar
Social Emotional Learning Tip of the Week
Encourage Problem Solving
Title 1 Teachers
What is Title I?
Title I is a project funded by the federal government under the Every Child Succeeds Act. The purpose of this Act is to provide all children with fair and equitable opportunity to succeed and close achievement gaps. Money is allocated by the federal government and distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to the Bristol Township School. District.
Title I funding is based on a complex formula. These funds are allocated to the states who in turn allocate a portion of that money to the individual school districts within each state. The school district’s share is based on the economic need within a school area, that is, by the number of low income families living there. In our district the number of free and reduced lunch students is used to determine the economic need of a particular school.
Title 1 Family Engagement Policy School Year: 2023-2024
TITLE I SCHOOL SCHOOL WIDE PROGRAM – PARENT – STUDENT COMPACT
Pennsylvania State Testing
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessments
Bristol Township School District students will be taking the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments, also known as the PSSAs, in the spring. What are the PSSAs used for and why should your child participate in the assessment?
What are the PSSAs used for?
The Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA, requires students to take state tests in reading and math every year in third through eighth grade and once in high school. In Pennsylvania, students in third through eighth grade take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in English language arts and math. Students in fourth and eighth grade also take a test in science. High school students take end-of-course tests known as the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, English, Biology/Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, Civics and Government.
Why should my child take the PSSAs?
The PSSAs focus on grade level material aligned to the state standards. It gives parents, teachers, and school district leaders information to make decisions that affect student achievements.
- Parents and students see how well their student performed at grade level
- Teachers make informed decisions regarding instruction.
- District Leaders can make decisions about student learning and achievement.
- State leaders can determine which schools require more resources and/or additional funding.
Spring 2024 PSSA Testing Window
English Language Arts- April 22-26th- Grades 3-8
Mathematics, Science, and Makeups- April 29th-May 3rd- Grades 3-8
Coming Soon! Keystone Staff Member Spotlight
Helpful Links and Resources
Report Form for Complaints of Harassment/Bullying/Cyber-Bullying
Breakfast and Lunch Menu- October
School Principal: Mr. Mark Wilicki
Assistant Principal: Crystal Smith-Herman
Special Education Supervisor: Jessica Kelch
Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Marianne Mensinger
Assistant Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Donna Meehan
School phone: 267-599-2470
School fax: 215-788-1041