Shark Bites

Shaull Elementary School Newsletter: September 1, 2023

Big picture

Principal's Message

Dear Shaull Families,

It has been a very busy and exciting two weeks here at Shaull Elementary! We are sure the kids are ready for a restful three day weekend.

Voting ended for the "Name our Newsletter" poll. Shark Bites had the most votes by a far margin! Thank you to everyone who voted to name our new Smore newsletter!

Over these first two weeks, we have been teaching the various expectations and procedures required to have a successful school year. These lessons, as part of the district’s Unit Zero focus on responsibility, were designed to help students understand what it looks like to be responsible, respectful, and safe in various school settings such as the cafeteria, the bus, the hallways, and the restrooms. During grade level lunches on the first day of school and our assembly on Friday, August 25th, this information was presented to the student body in addition to individual lessons being taught by each classroom teacher.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 6 at the times below for our Back to School - Parent Information Night. We have sessions for the grade spans below to allow for safe and efficient traffic flow/parking which is limited here on our campus.

Grades 1-2:

6:00-7:00 PM (Kindergarten Staff was at Kindergarten Orientation on 8/21)

Grades 3-5:

7:00-8:00 PM (event ends promptly at 8:00 so staff may go home to families)

At the beginning of each session, an optional parent informational meeting with the principal will be held in the Gymnasium for anyone who chooses to attend. Parents may stay for the 30 minute presentation or attend the classroom sessions pertaining to your Shaull student(s). After the Parent Information Night, the principal presentation will be available as a resource on our website.

Please do not hesitate to reach out should there be a question or concern.


Mr. Richard Tysarczyk


Shaull Elementary School


Elementary Student Dress Expectations (including our policy on hats and hoods in school)

In order to maintain a safe learning environment, our CVSD Elementary Parent Handbook states the following are not acceptable to be worn at school. We greatly appreciate your support with this at home:

1. Clothing and/or accessories which create a disruption to the learning and learning environment for staff and students. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Transparent, revealing, or immodest garments, exposure of undergarments, costumes and/or costume material
  • Clothing which displays language/symbols which violate stated guidelines related to age-appropriateness, profanity, vulgarity, divisive, harassing, and/or threatening conduct.

2. Clothing and/or accessories which create a health or safety hazard. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Hats/hoods which hide or blur the face (hats may be worn during outside recess and on the bus)
  • Large, oversized jackets, trench coats, overcoats, western dusters, and overcoats of a similar nature during school hours. Students wearing the above items should store them in their lockers/”cubbies” upon arrival at school.
  • Baggy Pants – Students are prohibited from wearing excessively large, baggy pants, pants that drag on the floor while walking, or cargo type pants with excessively large pockets. (Tailored type cargo pants are acceptable.)
  • Unsafe Footwear – Students must wear shoes at all times during the school day. Slippers or other footwear with soft soles cannot be worn. Open-toed shoes, extremely high heels, and platform shoes may pose a hazard for students and may be prohibited.
  • Chains – Students shall be prohibited from wearing large chains, chains attached to wallets, spiked dog collars, spiked wrist bands, or any similar item that poses a danger to the student body.

A note about Smart Watches and Cell Phones

Students are not permitted to have their cell phones on them during the instructional day. Students may bring phones, but must have them secured in their backpacks/cubbies during the day. The school is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen cell phones. This expectation is going very well here at the school.

With that being said, more students are coming to school with smart watches. Students may wear their watches to school. However, students may not make/take calls and texts throughout the school day while in class. We have had cases already this year where students are texting their parent from their watch to come and pick them up from school. Any student who is not feeling well must follow school procedures, which includes going to see the school nurse if they are not feeling well. Only the school principal and school nurse may send students home. Please have a conversation with your child regarding the appropriate use of their smart watch if they wear one to school. We greatly appreciate your support with this as we wish to have students focused on their instruction during the school day.

Skyward Sign-Offs and Emergency Information

We need all families at the start of each school year to update important student/emergency contact information and complete annual sign-offs in Skyward. These forms are live and available for completion now.

Sign-offs include information regarding:

  • Guardian Information Update (Text/SMS Selection)
  • Educational Website Privacy (COPPA Agreement)
  • Directory/Publicity Opt-Out
  • Student Phonetic Name
  • Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
  • Annual Notices
  • 1:1 Technology Device Program
  • Standing Order Medications – only if necessary
  • Medical Information Update
  • Emergency Contact Update

It is important that you please take a moment to review and complete all of these sign-offs by logging into your Skyward Parent Family Access Center and clicking the “parent signoff” tile. The tile will be marked as completed once this information is submitted.

A Message from the Shaull Elementary PTO

Hi, Parents!

Are you looking for a chance to meet other parents and to help bring some fun into your kiddo's classroom? And one that doesn't take a whole lot of time? We've got a great opportunity for you--sign up to be a room parent!

The Room Parent information meeting will be held Thursday, September 14th, from 7:00-7:30 p.m. in the Shaull cafeteria. Room parents plan the fall and winter classroom parties (which parent volunteers are able to attend). This meeting is an opportunity to meet other parent volunteers for your child's classroom, talk about who can act as the head room parent (this is just the person who communicates with the teacher and coordinates the volunteers), and get the party planning process started. If you cannot attend this meeting but would still like to volunteer, no problem!

If you would like to volunteer to be a room parent, please sign up here:

Our students LOVE these parties but we need parents to make them happen, so please consider volunteering. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Big picture

Shaull Fun Run

FUN RUN family donations, business sponsorships, and t-shirt orders are live NOW!

Our main fundraiser is coming up soon! A suggested donation of $45 per child helps fund our entire year of events, including the Shaull May Fair, school dances, staff appreciation gifts and meals, scholarships, teacher subsidies and mini grants. ALL students receive a Fun Run t-shirt from the PTO even if unable to donate, but parents MUST select their students' t-shirt size online before 9/22.

Business sponsorships are our bread and butter! If you own a business, or work for a company that may be interested in supporting Shaull students and staff, a $250 donation will include your logo on 600+ t-shirts!

Questions? Contact: or

Fun Run Chair Todd Rombach:

Click the button below for more information!

CV Mini-Thon Tailgate

5:00 PM on September 8 at the HS Stadium
Big picture

5th Grade Elementary Band

We hope your school year is off to a great start! Many of you have a child who signed up for 5th grade band at the end of last school year. If your child did not sign up for band last year, there is still time to sign up, and this will be valuable information for you as well.

Please click here to view a short video of important information about our band program and what your student will need to get started.

Below is additional valuable information. Please reach out to your school’s band director if you have any additional questions.

Instrument Rental Vendor Links:

*Brochures with instrument rental/purchase information from each of the vendors are attached to this email as well.

Contact information for the Shaull Elementary Band Director:

Amy Schade:

4th and 5th Grade Orchestra

4th and 5th Grade Families:

Please click here to view a video containing information on how to rent an instrument for Orchestra, along with more in-depth information about lessons.

If you have NOT registered for Orchestra but wish to do so, please email Miss Erin Marshall at

During the next week, students will be measured for the instrument in which they signed up to play. They will bring home a piece of paper stating what size they need for their instrument. With that information, please visit the link (found in the video) for the instrument vendors we suggest. They will all bring your child's instrument to their elementary school. Please do not order an instrument for your child until you receive their measurement information.

We look forward to starting our year in Orchestra.

Thank you,

CV Elementary Music Department

CVSD Cafeteria Menus

Click the button below to have access to the district cafeteria menus for breakfast and lunch.
CVSD Cafeteria Menus

It is recommended that you bookmark this link on your device for easy access.

5th Grade's Highly Anticipated Reward Lunch

Eagle Spotlight!

Please use the button below to nominate a Shaull staff member for doing something amazing or for going above and beyond! We will share responses in future editions of Shark Bites!
Big picture
Eagle Spotlight Form

Please click this link to say something positive about a Shaull Elementary School staff member!

Shaull Elementary is a Common Sense School

Check out Common Sense's Article on Back to School Family Resources. There is much to read and see about screen time, family tech planners, when to get a cell phone, and apps/websites. Click the button below to read the article!
Common Sense Beginning of the Year Family Resources

Article hyperlinks will only open by clicking this button.

Big picture
Big picture

School Breakfast and Lunch Information

The Governor’s Office announced recently that all Pennsylvania schoolchildren, regardless of family income, will receive free breakfast during the 2023-24 school year.

Of important note, this is for breakfast ONLY during the 2023-24 school year.

As a reminder, if your child qualifies for free meals through the State (also known as direct certified) or if you completed a free/reduced application after July 1, 2023, and have received a letter stating your child is eligible to receive free/reduced meals, their school lunch will also be FREE. If you have any question regarding your child’s meal status, please do not hesitate to contact the Food Service office.

Families who are not direct certified or who have not already completed an application for the 2023-24 school year are encouraged to click the link below to complete a free/reduced meals application, which is available any time throughout the year, to determine eligibility. An application is not required for PA's 2023-24 free breakfast program.

Please click the link below for information on how to place money in your child's School Cafe Account:

If you have additional questions, please call (717) 697-8261 and follow the prompts to reach the Food Service Department in our District Office/District Support Facility.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

2023-2024 School Meal Prices:


Middle & High




Fly Like an Eagle!

Cumberland Valley School District's Portrait of an Eagle is our vision for all students upon graduation. Through the immersive Kindergarten through twelfth grade experience here at CVSD, our students will be able to demonstrate these seven competencies for success in adult life.

This year we will be awarding students each month with the CVSD Portrait of an Eagle Award Certificate. Be on the look out should your student come home with an award!

Additionally, students will be awarded the "High Fly"er" tickets on an ongoing basis to be entered in for regular prize drawings. Students may earn lunch with the principal, snack, a game in the lobby, or prizes from the Principal Prize Bin.

We look forward to celebrating our students' successes this school year!

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Science Explorers Registration Information

Our after school science club, Science Explorers, is back for the new school year! Please see the flyer below for registration information. Please note that this club is open for students in grades 1-5, has a limited number of students per club, and does require a fee to join.
Big picture
Big picture

Car Rider Loop

We recommend all students ride their assigned school bus to and from Shaull. If there is a need to utilize the Car Rider Loop, please review the drop off and pick up procedures below to ensure we have a safe and efficient procedure for students. An informational flyer and individual QR code was sent home in the US Mail last week. If you have not received your QR code in the mail, please contact the school office at 717-506-3415.

Morning Drop Off:

  • Arrival for the morning drop-off loop is 8:55-9:15 AM

  • Front of building

  • Please avoid last minute drop off to avoid tardiness

  • Students may go to breakfast or class between these times

  • Please do not pass cars in the loop

  • Stay in your car if possible

  • Stop at the cone

  • Please do not park in the lot and have your student enter or exit the vehicle from the parking lot

Afternoon Pick Up:

  • Dismissal occurs for all students between 3:55 and 4:10 PM

  • Please avoid late pick-ups - Office closes at 4:45 PM.

  • All cars must follow the loop procedure and use the pick up loop.

  • Please do not park in the lot and have your student enter or exit the vehicle from the parking lot

  • All cars must have their school issued QR code visible for pick up.

  • Please inform the office about any change in routine, custody days, etc. to ensure student is dismissed from correct location and with the correct person

  • Please do not pass other cars in the loop

Big picture

Shaull Drive School Zone

The Shaull Drive access road in front of our school has had a 25 MPH speed limit since the building was constructed in 2008. This summer, our access road will finally be designated a "School Zone." Please always use caution when driving through Shaull Drive whether accessing from Wertzville Road from the East or from the Fair Hill Development to the North.
Big picture
Big picture

Important Dates

September 1 - No School for Kindergarten Only

September 4 - No School

September 5 - School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

September 6 - Elementary Back to School Night (Parent Information Night: Grades 1-2 @ 6PM, Grades 3-5 @ 7PM)

September 13 - Shaull PTO Meeting 7:00 PM on Zoom

September 18 - School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

September 29 - Shaull Picture Day

Previous Editions of Shaull School News

Important Documents

Shaull's Official Facebook Page

Click here to view and follow Shaull Elementary on Facebook!