Springfield Elementary

Panther Newsletter -- December 5, 2014

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Principal's Message

The Parent-Child Reunification Drill was a success! On Tuesday 11/25, we evacuated all staff and students from Springfield Elementary to the church next door. Parents who picked up their children went through the parent-child reunification process. Buses picked up the remaining students at the church & delivered them home. This drill enabled us to practice our preparedness in the event of a real school emergency. A big thank you to our parents for your patience and cooperation that day.

Monday, December 1st was a day off for students but not teachers. Teachers spent the morning in department meetings with a focus on language arts and social studies. In the afternoon, teachers learned tips and tricks for using iPads in the classroom.

We look forward to the following upcoming holiday events this month:

Springfield Winter Concert - 12/5, 7:00 pm in the Springfield Gym

Elementary Winter Concert – 12/15, 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium

Holiday Sing-a-Long/Class Parties – 12/23, beginning at 2:00 pm in the Springfield Gym

Please feel free to contact me at any time at sdavis@palisadessd.org

or (610) 847-5131 x6001.

Scott Davis

Upcoming Events

12/5- Springfield Winter Concert, 7pm, Springfield gym

12/8- SEPTA Meeting, 12:10pm, Springfield library

12/12- Movie Night, movie TBD, 7pm, Springfield gym. This is a drop-off event. Flier

12/15- Fiscal Committee meeting, 9am in the District Office. Agenda: continue budget process for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

12/15-20 Santa Shop at Springfield, 9am-3pm each day

12/15- Grade 5&6 Band; Grade 4-8 Orchestra Winter Concert, 7pm, PHS Auditorium

12/17- Budget Presentation, 6:30p, PHS Library--this meeting will discuss bugeting for personnel--if you have concerns about hiring a Springfield teacher to avoid a Combo 1/2 grade class next year, please plan to attend this meeting.

12/17- General Board Meeting, 7:30pm, PHS Library

12/19- School Store open during lunch/recess

12/23- Sing-Along at 2pm in Springfield Gym followed by class parties

12/24-1/4 No School! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Thank you!

  • Thank you to everyone who helped out, attended & purchased at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair Dec 3rd. Online purchases available at BN.com/bookfairs with ID# 11421401 through Monday, Dec 8th.

Did You Know?

  • BUS INFORMATION HOTLINE: 610-847-5131, ext. 4300 for announcements regarding bus delays. Save it in your cell phone contacts list so you can check on the bus status while waiting at the bus stop!
  • Letters to Santa: Write a letter & get one back from Santa! Form and instructions available: Santa Letter
  • 100-Step Challenge Reading Logs available online: Reading Log
  • Parking for visitors to Springfield Elementary is located in the two visitor spots near the door and in the non-numbered spots in the main lot.
  • Picture re-takes will arrive before Christmas, however, the date is unknown.
  • New bus routes & schedules are effective January 5th, after Christmas break. Notifications, letters, e-mails etc should go out during the week of 12/29.

First Thanksgiving Celebration -- 2nd Grade

On Monday the 24th, both 2nd grade classes celebrated the First Thanksgiving together by holding a re-enactment. Ms. Saxton's class came as the "Indians" and Mrs. Musantry's class as the "Pilgrims". There was an exchange of gifts including turkey feathers & placemats followed by speeches, the shared feast, and dancing. Click on the photos below to get a closer look!

Facilities Building-Use Committee Mtg -- December 3


Dr. Bridget O'Connell presented the internal data collected by the administration (enrollment numbers, renovations needed, personnel data, etc). The presentation will be posted on the District website. The proposed Community Survey was also presented.

Based on the data presented, the Facilities Building-Use Committee will not pursue a school closure at this time. The Facilities Building-Use Committee will disband and turn over review of future internal data to the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan determines operational and programs changes in the Palisades School District.

Upcoming Sports/Holiday Activities

12/6 & 13- Winter Ball Hockey Academy, League starts Jan 3rd.

12/6- BelCanto Children's Chorus Holiday Performance "Jazz": flier

12/8- Gingerbread House Fundraiser: flier

12/10- Parent's Night Out - Free Babysitting: flier

12/10- Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Clinics begin: flier

12/13- 5th grade band students performing at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown, 10-11am

Springfield Santa Shop

Thank you to all who signed up to help the Springfield Santa Shop. We are still in need of just a couple more elves! If you love the holidays, enjoy wrapping gifts or helping kids pick out the perfect present, we need you! Santa Shop runs December 15th - 19th, 9am-3pm each day. We are in real need of help between 9-10am on Thursday morning.

  • pick your day & time for a 1 hour (or more!) shift
  • help the kids shop, wrap their purchases or supervise
  • must have all 3 clearances on file

Volunteers sign-up -pick your preferred day/time

  • Donations of wrapping paper, gift tags, tape, curling ribbon and bows are still needed and can be dropped off in the box in the front lobby.

Mystery Artists--1st Grade

Click on the pictures below to get a better look!

Free Fundraisers

Boxtops for Education

Boxtops for Education

Our school earns 10 cents for every Boxtop you clip and send to school! Here is a list of Boxtops for Education participating products. More info can be found on the Boxtops for Education website.

Please clip the "Box Tops" logos and send them to school with your child. Thank you!

Labels for Education

Labels for Education

By saving and redeeming product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products, our school earns FREE educational merchandise (such as computers, software, sports equipment, musical instruments, library books, etc). More information on the Labels for Education website.

Please clip the "Labels for Education" logos with UPC barcode and send them to school with your child. Thank you!

"Look Up!"

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Above: Four of the 17 ceiling tiles that 4th and 5th graders from each elementary decorated for Dr. Larry Rakowsky’s dental office on Rt. 611. The students loved this project!

Live-Streaming of SEPTA meetings

The first live-streamed SEPTA meeting will be on Monday, January 12th at 6:30pm. Using the web-based tool AnyMeeting, any member of our school community may join and view/hear the meeting. Virtual attendees may type comments & questions to participate in the meeting. An invitation email with a link will be sent to all Springfield families a few days prior to the meeting. Click on the link to join the meeting! It's easy! This will allow attendance at SEPTA meetings from wherever you are--on your laptop, desktop, or mobile device! Please plan to join us! Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions: Lyla Cookson

Bottle Cap Sculptures

This Spring we will be making outdoor (and possibly indoor) bottle cap sculptures.

Please start saving your caps and lids!

We will need ANY & ALL COLORS, SHAPES, SIZES AND MATERIAL (both plastic and metal).

Be creative!

  • We can use caps/lids from: laundry soap, butter containers, water/milk/juice bottles, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, etc.
  • The more variety we have the more creative and interesting our sculptures will be!

I will put a box outside the Art room for all your donations.

Thank you!

Mrs. McNichol

Art Teacher

It's Beginning to look a lot like...

-- Kudos --

Songfest on November 14th

PMEA District 11 Songfest was held at Lower Moreland High School. The students practiced all afternoon and participated in a concert in the evening with more than 100 singers from other schools.
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Songfest participants:

Front row, L to R: Matthew M., Ava B., Katelyn S.

Back row, L to R: Maki M., Thomas B., Amy T., Lessette D., Caila P.

Board Meeting-- December 1st


Topics on the agenda for this meeting included:

  • School Board Reorganization
  • Discussion of Elementary & Secondary School start times
  • 2015-16 Budget Presentation

Follow this link to the most current Board meeting minutes.

For more meeting information, contact Tamara Rambo.

The "B" Word

Bullying rears it's ugly head in many different forms. Make sure that you and your child are aware of how to recognize bullying. This online bullying article provides an overview of bullying, including both emotional and physical bullying.

Stay Tuned!

There's more to come in two weeks...

  • what would you like to know about?
  • what do you have questions about?

Comments, Thoughts, Ideas

Did anything in this newsletter make you say "Huh?" or "What's that all about?" Please let me know and we'll follow up with more information. Just click on the green "Contact Lyla Cookson" or email directly to lyla@paulandlyla.com.

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