Dear Shoemaker Families,
I hope that you had a pleasant break with family and friends. There is so much to look forward to in May, including the PTO Color Run, one of my favorite affairs!
I am excited to tell you about a new school-wide tradition that we will begin this year. Shoemaker students will enjoy a “Mustang Move Up Day” on May 29th from 9:30-10:30AM, where all children will travel as a grade level to visit their new teachers for the 2019-20 school year. The children will tour a classroom and learn about the curriculum, expectations, projects, trips, etc. Although students will not know who their homeroom teacher will be at that time, this event will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet the entire team!
Due to a few calendar changes, we will not be hosting a school-wide visitation day in August, however, we invite families to meet the teachers and see classrooms at our Meet the Teacher Night, which will take place the first week of school on August 28th from 6PM-7:30PM.
We are excited about this new plan and hope that it will get all students excited and looking forward to the upcoming school year. As always, thank you for your support as we strive to do what is best for all of our students.
Important Days In May:
May 2- Science PSSA. Grade 4.
May 2 - Mr. Fox parent presentation. Shoemaker Library. 5:30-7:30.
May 6 - PTO meeting. 3:30-4:30
May 8- 5th grade spring chorus concert. 9:15am, 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
May 10- 12:30 early dismissal. Lunch will be served.
May 13- District band and orchestra concert. 7-8pm.
May14- 4th grade Wildlands Conservancy field trip.
May 16- Kindergarten to Imagi-Nation.
May 17-Mustang Meeting. Grades K,1,2 at 9:15. Grades 3,4,5 at 2:00.
May 23-Shoemaker Open House. 6-7:30pm.
May 24-1st grade LV Zoo field trip.
May 25-Shoemaker Iron Pigs Night. 6:35pm.
May 27-No School. Memorial Day.
May 28- Phantoms Day at Shoemaker.
May 29- Mustang Move-Up Day. 9:30-10:30am.
May 30- Kindergarten Field Day.
May 30- 4th grade picnic.
May 30- 5th grade Quiet Valley field trip.
May 30 - Girls on the Run 5K. Lehigh Parkway.
May 31- PTO Color Run.
May 31- 2nd grade picnic.
Upcoming June Dates:
June 5- 3rd grade picnic.
June 14- Last day of school.
SHOEMAKER IRON PIGS NIGHT:
Shoemaker Iron Pigs Night will be Saturday, May 25th at 6:35pm. Parents of 4th and 5th graders who are attending the game - if your child is interested in singing the National Anthem before the game, please contact Mrs. Graziano at Lgraziano@eastpennsd.org by Monday, May 6th at the latest.
SPRING CHORUS CONCERT:
Coming soon! Our 5th grade students have been working hard to bring you their Spring Chorus Concert , Pirates, on May 8th. Join us at 9:15am, 2:00pm or 7:00pm. Please use Sign-up Genius if you plan to attend a show during the school day. It is not necessary to sign-up if you plan to attend the night show.
LINKS TO LEARNING:
Fun in the Sun! Summer Time Learning
Summer is a great time to rest up and recharge. It’s time to be outside, get active and enjoy the beautiful weather. But, it’s also important to keep learning and prevent the dreaded “summer slide.” How? Here is a list of fun ideas to keep your child engaged:
- Keep a journal. This is especially fun when going on a special trip
- Send letters to a pen pal. How about a friend from class?
- iReady access is available through August 1st
- Summer Camps
- Da Vinci Science Center- https://www.davincisciencecenter.org/exhibits-programs/camps/summer-camp/
- Lehigh University Summer Tech Camps- https://www.idtech.com/locations/pennsylvania-summer-camps/lehigh-university
- Camp LCTI (STEAM and Career Focused)- http://www.lcti.org/camplcti/
- Penn State Lehigh Valley- https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/youth-pre-college-program/summer-camp-offerings
- Wildlands Conservancy- https://www.wildlandspa.org/summer-camp-emmaus/
Please come to our first parent workshop on May 2nd from 5:30 - 7:30 in the Shoemaker library. Mrs. Ringer will be hosting The Changed Landscape of Childhood. (What parents need to know about the world of technology and their kids)
This presentation was created by Mr. Danny Fox, the school counselor at Wescosville Elementary, to alert parents to the new and hidden dangers that are confronting children beginning in the early school years and increasing as they leave 5th grade and move on to the upper grades. He will share true alarming stories from our local area as well as national trends that parents need to be aware of. This is an extremely important topic for parents with huge health and safety implications for their children and families. He has done this presentation in conjunction with the PA State Police in the past. Please plan to attend.
Professional School Counselor
Health Room Happenings:
I just wanted to put out a few reminders for students and parents, since we are into the field trip and picnic season.
Must be brought in by an adult, this includes: over the counter medications and prescription medication. All prescription medications must be accompanied with a signed Dr. Order. Over the counter medication only requires the signature of the parent. Also since we are upon field trip season, all students that require an Epipen during school hours needs to have them in the health room with a signed Dr. Order, for us to be able to provide a nurse to go on field trips.
ALL MEDICATION MUST BE PICKED UP BY 12:30PM ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. MEDICATION THAT IS NOT PICKED UP BY 12:30PM, WILL BE TAKEN TO THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND THEN DISPOSED OF AT THE EMMAUS POLICE DEPTMENT THAT SAME DAY. SORRY BUT, THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTATIONS TO THIS RULE.
EPSD is now allowing students to bring in non-aerosol sunscreen to be applied by the student. Parent must fill out the form which is located on the EPSD website, under Health Services. Please make sure your child can apply the sunscreen, the staff will not be able to apply it. We do recommend you apply it at home first then if needed throughout the day the student can reapply.
CHANGE OF CLOTHING:
It is a good idea to keep a change of clothing in your child’s backpack. You never know if they might have a spill in the cafeteria, slide in the mud or be incontinent. This way we will be able to change them into their own clothes which they feel comfortable in.
With spring, we see everything blooming; this is beautiful but also troublesome for our friends with seasonal allergies. Please check with your physician and/or child’s physician, it is usually recommended to start allergy medication 1 month prior to the blooming season.
Remember to enjoy the outdoors and do something every day that makes you smile!
Barb Freiwald RN. M,Ed
Certified School Nurse
On Saturday, April 13th current and past 5th grade Art Club students came out to the AMC movie theatre to paint their designs on the windows with Mr. Shreck. This was the first mural for this section of the Art Club whose painting focused on the upcoming Marvel movie, Avengers: Endgame. The students were able to complete the mural in just four hours and it will be on display for the community to see until the club heads out to complete their final mural of the school year in early June.