Simmons Elementary School

September 1, 2021

Mrs. Karen Kanter, Principal (

Dr. Robert Campman, Assistant Principal (

The school is buzzing with excitement as the teachers and staff returned yesterday for three days of professional learning and preparation for the new school year ahead. The Simmons educators are excited to meet and greet our new and returning families at our open house tomorrow!

REMINDER: The first day of school for all students will be Thursday, September 9th! Students may enter the building between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. The school day begins at 8:50 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

Open House Tomorrow, 1 - 3 p.m.

All school families are invited to attend our annual open house on Thursday afternoon, September 2nd, to meet the teachers and see the classrooms. Because of our school's size and the increasing transmission rate of Covid-19 in the county, we are asking families to plan to come either between 1 and 2 p.m. OR between 2 and 3 p.m., depending on the student's last name.

  • 1 - 2 p.m. Students' last names A through Le
  • 2 - 3 p.m. Students' last names Li through Z

If your alphabetical time period does not work with your family schedule, you can come during the other block. We are trying to spread out the visits to the extent possible to minimize the number of people in the building. Please plan to only visit your child's teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

Following our district health and safety guidelines, all people inside the building should wear masks. Everyone should enter through the main lobby. The principals and staff members will greet you as you arrive, offering maps and tours to the classrooms.

For families who do not feel comfortable coming to the open house, please reach out to your child's teacher to set up a phone call or brief virtual meeting with the teacher.

Health and Safety Guidelines

The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be a priority as we return to in person learning next week. Please click below to read the mitigation strategies we are implementing in the elementary schools.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

To help us fulfill our mission of supporting every child in our school district, we as a district are pleased to be able to continue an educational initiative used in schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by means of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that integrates on-going assessment complemented by a coordination of targeted intervention and extension supports to maximize student achievement for all learners. MTSS is a standards-aligned, comprehensive school improvement framework for enhancing academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes for all students.

Please click below to read more about how MTSS will be implemented at our school this fall.

News from the Simmons HSA

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Links below for the Fall into Fitness 5K and the Family Feedback Survey

Student Technology Distribution

All students K-5 need to pick up their district-issued iPad or laptop prior to the first day of school. If you haven't already made an appointment, please visit the technology department's page on the district website:

Carline and Walker Arrival and Dismissal Notes

Students who walk or ride their bike to and from school enter and leave by the door at the top of the ramp adjacent to the playground. All students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade need to be picked up by a family member at dismissal. Bike racks are located near this entrance to the school.

Carline tips and reminders

  • The carline for arrival and dismissal is on the stadium side of the building.
  • ALL children must exit the car CURBSIDE. It is extremely dangerous to have children exiting on the parking lot side as cars are exiting the car line.
  • We are again using a family number for dismissal. If you were here last year, the number remains the same. All families will receive new hangtags with the carline numbers at the open house or on the first day of school.
  • Please display your family carline number in a space easily visible by our carline staff - either on the rearview mirror or on the windshield.
  • Please be patient. Do not go around the vehicle ahead of you unless you are exiting the car line or staff members instruct you to go around.
  • If you arrive after 8:50 and there are no staff in the car line area, please park your car in a legal parking spot and accompany your child to the school lobby.

Here Comes the Bus!

Our district transportation department offers an app called, "Here Comes the Bus." If you choose to enroll, you will receive updates about your child's bus, including any transportation delays. Find out more information by clicking the PDF below.

School Supplies

School supplies for each grade level can be found on the district web site here:

If your family is experiencing economic challenges, the Home and School Association provides backpacks and school supplies at no cost. Please email me All family information is kept confidential.

Student Accident Insurance

The district offers student accident insurance for injuries that may occur during the school day. Please click the link below to learn more about this policy.

Hatboro-Horsham School District Employment Opportunities

Click here to view current job opportunities in the Hatboro-Horsham School District: