The Principal's Pen

East Coventry Elementary School

The ReadAThon continues! It is fun to watch students who are excited to add their minutes to their totals. To date, students have submitted almost 150,000 minutes of reading. CLICK HERE for more information or to donate to the ReadAThon. A portion of this year's proceeds from the ReadAThon will be used for an assembly program for the whole school in May. The ReadAThon continues until March 15th.

I wanted to share an update on the status of the Grade1-6 playground. The District is working closely with the contractors in order to move forward with the required work on drainage system, installation of equipment and the poured playground surface. The drainage work requires 2 to 3 days of heavy earth moving equipment to install the new system. The equipment would significantly impact the learning in many of the primary classrooms due to the close proximity of the future playground. Therefore, the work needs to be completed when there are breaks in the school schedule. Weather has played a factor in the work completion during the recent breaks. We are hopeful that the drainage work can occur during the upcoming spring break and the remaining work can commence immediately after. The Board of School Directors and District's Facility Department is monitoring the situation closely and hopeful to have a playground in spring prior to the end of the school year.

April PSSA Testing Dates - Mark Your Calendars

We will follow the PSSA testing schedule below for grades 3-6. Parents are asked to refrain from making appointments on the the testing dates. In addition, non-school sponsored travel will not be approved for students in grades 3-6. Children should arrive to school on time on the testing dates.

More information will be sent to parents pertaining to the policy of electronic devices and PSSA testing guidelines on or around the first of April. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Grades 3-6: ELA: April 24, 25, 26

Grades 3-6: Math: April 30th, May 1st

Grade 4: Science: May 2,3

ECPTA Meeting - Join Us in March

Please plan on joining us at the next regularly scheduled ECPTA meeting on Tuesday, March 12th at 7PM in the EC Innovation Center. At this meeting, we'll be discussing upcoming PTA events, an update on the playground, and the recent parent survey sent out by Mr. Oswald.

2019-20 OJR School Calendar Approved

It is not too early to begin thinking about next school year. At the recent board of school director's meeting, the school calendar for next school year was approved.

The first school day next year will be Monday, August 26th.

CLICK HERE to access the 2019-20 OJR District calendar.

National Take Your Child to Work

National Take Your Child to Work Day is slated for Thursday, April 25th. Parents planning on having their child participate in this event should complete a non-school sponsored travel form or provide a form provided by an employer. IMPORTANT - As this event occurs during PSSA testing, District policy does not allow any excused absences for students in grades 3-6.

CLICK HERE to access the non-school sponsored travel form.

PA State Police Community Bulletin - Momo Challenge

Are You Interested in Being Part of the Team?

The ECPTA is looking for individuals who would consider being officers for next year's board positions. Without the leadership from board members, there will be no opportunities like fall fest, yearbook, 5th or 6th grade dance, or pizza bingo, or teeshirts for the students. We need your help and assistance. Interested in learning more about the responsibilities? Please contact

CLICK HERE to learn more about the positions.

EC Kindergarten Parents

On Thursday, May 9th, we will welcome next year's little kindergarten buckaroos to East Coventry for the annual Round-up. This means, that ALL current kindergarten students have the day off of school. Please mark your calendars now. Contact the school with any questions or your local daycare provider.

KKIDS Pennies for Patients

The EC K-Kids are collecting pennies for patients. The K-Kids have been doing this fundraiser for over 10 years. They are collecting money for kids with cancer. We will be collecting coins until March 22nd. Each homeroom has a box that coins can be dropped into. You can make a difference!

Kinder and Grade 3 Families- Please Read

The state of Pennsylvania mandates students entering Kindergarten, and again when students are in third grade, have a dental exam. Due to a snow day, dental exams will be completed by Dr. Monica Marwick on Wednesday, March 27, for any student in Kindergarten and Third grade who has not submitted a private dental exam form. There is no cost for the exam. If you would prefer your child have a private dental exam, there is still time to submit your dental forms, please call our school nurse, Mrs. Kohler with any questions or concerns at 610-469-5173.

CAUTION! Children at School

We have noticed an increase in the number of cars that are exceeding the 15 MPH speed limit on the school property. We ask for your utmost consideration to adhere to the speed limits at all times. Both East Coventry Police Department and OJRSD Police Department will be more visible in order to encourage drivers to slow down. Maintaining safe speeds is important for the safety of everyone especially our children. Thank you for your understanding and assistance.

News From the Nurse

It is that time of year again when illnesses, such as flu, strep throat, scarlet fever, and a number of viral infections, spread quickly through a school building. If your child is diagnosed with these illnesses, please contact the school nurse at 610-469-5173. Please be aware that it is important to keep your child home when they are ill so they can recover and so that they do not spread the illness. If your child is vomiting, has diarrhea, a sudden rash, or a fever over 100, please keep them home from school for at least 24 hours. If your child has missed a significant number of accumulated days, you may be required to provide a doctor's note. A physician's note is needed if a child misses 3 or more consecutive days.

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Important Dates for 2018-19 School Year

  • OJRMS Counselors Visit EC Grade 6 - Tuesday, March 12th
  • ECPTA General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, March 12th at 7PM - EC Innovation Lab
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Camden Aquarium - Thursday, March 14th
  • (REVISED)Trimester 2 Grades Available in Skyward - Tuesday, March 19th
  • ECPTA Talent Show - Friday, May 29th
  • EC Spring Picture Day - Friday, April 5th
  • ECPTA Grade 5 and 6 Social - Friday, April 5th
  • ECPTA General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, April 9th at 7PM - EC Innovation Lab
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip to Herr's Factory - Wednesday, April 10th
  • Regular School Day - Wednesday, April 17th (snow make-up day)
  • Spring Break - April 18-April 22nd ( 18 is a snow make-up day)
  • PSSA English Language Arts Testing -Grades 3-6: April 23-26
  • PSSA Math Testing - Grades 3-6: April 29-May 1
  • PSSA Science Testing - Grade 4: May 2-3
  • (REVISED) Grade 4 Field Trip - Franklin Institute - Monday, May 6th
  • Envirothon Competition - Wednesday, May 1st
  • ECPTA Ice Cream Social and Art Show - Friday, May 3rd
  • ECPTA Spring Scholastic Book Fair - Friday, May 3rd- Friday, May 10th
  • Strings Concert - Tuesday, May 7th at 7PM
  • ECPTA Spring Scholastic Book Fair - Friday, May 3rd- Friday, May 10th
  • Grade 5 Field Trip - Warwick Park - Friday, May 10th
  • EC Kinder Round-up - No Current Kinder Students - Thursday, May 9th
  • ECPTA General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, May14th at 7PM - EC Innovation Lab
  • Grade 6 GreenValley Watershed Field Trip - Tuesday, May 14th
  • Grade 6 GreenValley Watershed Field Trip - Wednesday, May 15th
  • Chorus Concert - Wednesday, May 15th at 7PM
  • Grade 5 Field Trip - Hagley Museum - Friday, May 17th
  • Chorus Trip to Dutch Apple - Tuesday, May 21st
  • Elementary Spring Band Concert - Tuesday, May 21st 6-8PM
  • OJR Inservice - FLEX Day - No Students - Friday, May 24th
  • Memorial Day - Schools Closed- Monday, May 27th
  • EC Field Day - Friday, May 31st
  • EC Field Day - Tuesday, June 4th (Raindate)
  • ECPTA General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, June 4th at 7PM - Dinner Location TBD
  • 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony - Wednesday, June 5th at 9AM
  • Half Days of School - June 6th and 7th (snow make-up days)
  • Professional Development Day - June 10th