Panther Newsletter -- December 5, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or (610) 847-5131 x6001.
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!
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
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- 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
- 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
Blown Tree Art
Tree trunks formed by blowing black paint then embellished with leaves.
Jim Dine Heart Art
In Progress--each heart colored with a different color family: warm, cool, complementary, rainbow, monochromatic, and their own color choice
Blown Tree Art
Boxtops for Education
Boxtops for Education
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!
Live-Streaming of SEPTA meetings
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).
- 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.
It's Beginning to look a lot like...
-- Kudos --
Songfest on November 14th
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.
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