The Puma Pride

February 24, 2020

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WTHS Guest Readers Visit Classrooms

Students from William Tennent High School visited the first and third-grade classrooms on February 19. Mrs. James Coles, Assistant Director of Elementary Education, Equity and Excellence, coordinated the visit and, along with the WTHS teachers, escorted the students to the classrooms. The Willow Dale students not only learned about African American history, but the read-aloud also introduced them to new vocabulary, provided a model of fluent, expressive reading, and contributed to building a community of readers. It was a win-win for all age groups. We can't wait for them to visit again in the future.

Congratulations to Mrs. Monaghan's Kindergarten Class!

Congratulations to Mrs. Monaghan's class for having the most students in attendance at the Chuck E. Cheese's fundraising event on 2-17-20. The class has earned a pizza party with Chuck E. Cheese at the end of the month. Over $1150 was raised from this event. Thank you to all who participated in supporting our Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Program.

Congratulations Puma Cafe Winners!

These PAWSome students enjoyed lunch with three friends at the Puma Cafe Winners on February 13th. Keep up the PAWSome behavior!

Gavin Gefter (K) Capriotti

Dakota Rovner (1) Angelitis

Auden Thompson (2) McGarrey

Lacey Miller (3) Martin

Mia Lopez (4) Regensburger

Jaelynn Wetherill (5) Stecklein

Silver Spoons Winners!

Willow Dale Students Raise a Record Amount for the American Heart Association Kid's Heart Challenge

Thank you to all those who participated in the American Heart Association's Kid's Hear Challenge. Forty-seven students participated and raised more than last year. As of today the WIllow Dale students and families donated $2831!

Willow Dale Artwork Featured at the Michener Museum

The Michener Museum is featuring the artwork of students across three schools from Southeastern Pennsylvania with the theme “I am the Future.” Forty-three fifth-grade students from Willow Dale are featured in the special collaborative art show at the museum. These students worked very hard on sculptures that represent who they are and who they hope to be. Their artwork will be on display with students from two other schools. The art show is on display at the museum through March 8th and it is free to go into the education gallery to see the wonderful works of art. Check out some of the pieces in the slide show below.

More information can be found on the Michener Museum website

Smart Futures: A Career Planning and Portfolio Platform for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

This year Centennial School District purchased the Smart Futures program for students in grades K-8. The students access their portfolio through classlink. So far this year, Mrs. La Rose and Mrs. Zemitis have completed a few class lessons using the activities in the program with Grades 3, 4, and 5. This program helps the students learn about the 4 strands of Career Education and Work standards (Career Awareness, Career Acquistion, Career Retention and Advancement, Entrepreneurship)

Third Grade Students Learn About Robots and Coding!

In library and digital literacy, third grade students researched ozobots using an electronic book (eBook). They used their knowledge of nonfiction tools in books to learn the basics about the robot. This specials cycle, they are learning how to code using color. They will focus on problem solving, collaboration, and debugging their codes. For more information about ozobots, please visit
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First Grade Service Project

The first-grade students made over 200 cards for a Navy destroyer that was just sent out on duty for 8 months to a year. For most of the crew, this is their first deployment. The students wanted to let the sailors know that they were not forgotten on Valentine's Day when they can't be with their "love"d ones.

Kindergarten's 100th Day of School Celebration

Free Workshops for Families

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Nominate A Teacher!

The Phillies will honor great educators in the region who are making a difference on May 1, 2020, during the 20th annual Teacher Appreciation Night powered by Constellation. Each year, the Phillies select 10 area teachers, nominated by current and former students, parents and peers, to honor as All-Star Teachers. Now through March 13, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. ET, you can nominate a teacher, past or present, who has positively impacted your life.

Prior to the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game on May 1, the top 10 All-Stars will be honored on-field during a pregame ceremony. The 10 All-Stars and 10 Honorable Mentions will also be acknowledged that night during a pregame Tent Party.

In order to nominate a teacher, please click on the link below to fill out the form. Essays should be 500 words or less. Please direct any questions via e-mail to See Official Rules for complete details. Enter by 4:59 p.m. ET on March 13, 2020.

February Rotation Calendar

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March Rotation Calendar

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Attendance Reminders

While coming to school each and every day is important, it is equally important to monitor our children’s health. If a child is sick, please keep him/her home. Our teachers will work with students who have fallen ill to make sure they do not fall behind in the classroom.

If your child is absent from school and your child's attendance has not been updated in the system prior to 11:00 a.m. on the day of the absence, you will be notified via a voice message that will come to the primary phone number listed in Skyward. In addition, an email will be sent to the first email address listed in Skyward. Please be sure that your phone number and email address is updated in Skyward. If an automated call is made, and you believe it to be in error, please call the main office of the school. Automated calls and emails may still occur even if you’ve contacted the school regarding the absence. Absence notes will still be required within 3 days of the absence. According to policy, if a note is not received by the third day, the absence is deemed an unexcused/illegal absence. You can send a written note in with your child on the day that he or she returns to school. You can also email the excuse note.

E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address:
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.

If you have any questions regarding absences, please call the main office at (215) 441-6093

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2020 PSSA Dates (Grades 3-5)

All elementary schools will administer the PSSA on the following schedule. More information will be forthcoming.

· English and Language Arts--April 20, 21, & 22

· Math--April 23 & April 24

· Science (Grade 4 Only)--April 27

Make-up Testing Windows

· ELA, Math, Science-Through April 30, 2020

Chick Fil-A Night

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 4-8pm

160 Easton Road

Warrington, PA

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Read Across America Week

Friday, Feb. 28th, 9am to Friday, March 6th, 3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

March Madness Basketball - Boys (Grades 4-5)

Friday, March 6th, 4-6pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

March Madness Basketball - Girls (Grades 4-5)

Friday, March 6th, 7-9pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Daylight Savings Time - Spring Ahead 1 Hour

Sunday, March 8th, 12am

Pennsylvania, USA


Early Dismissal

Friday, March 13th, 8:45-11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Report Cards Distributed

Wednesday, March 18th, 3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Early Dismissal

Friday, March 20th, 8:45-11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Parent/Teacher Conferences (optional)

Friday, March 20th, 12:30-3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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Open House/Young Authors Night

Thursday, March 26th, 6-8pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Science Day

Science Day!

Mark your calendars, Science Day will be held on May 27th in partnership with the National Energy Education Development and PECO, Willow Dale will enjoy an Energy Carnival! Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will be encouraged to create and display a science fair project at this all day event. For an event of this magnitude, we are looking for sponsors and demonstrators. If you know any who would be willing to help, please forward that information to Mr. Scancella. More information will come soon so be on the look out! Please contact Mr. Scancella with any questions

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4th Grade Science Club

4th Grade Science Club will be held on Wednesdays starting February 26th. A permission slip went home this week to those interested in the exciting world of science! These students will look at the different forms of energy, ways to transfer energy and even create their own energy! Science Club is only open to 30 students in 4th grade. Any questions, please email Mr. Scancella.

After School Sports Club

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Register for the Science Explorers Club- October to May

Science Explorers, an outside organization, will be offering a variety of science experiences for Willow Dale K-5 students. Click here for more information.

AAUW Stem Program for Girls Grades 5 - 8

March 7, 2020 AAUW Lansdale Branch in conjunction with Montgomery County Community College is conducting a STEM event for girls only.

“Discover Your Future” strives to overturn the stereotype that girls are less capable, or not interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This is a day of interactive workshops is lead by outstanding women leaders and role models in industry and academia.

The program geared to girls grades 5 to 8th creates a fun environment to excite girls with opportunities in STEM. The program on March 7, 2020 will run from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon at MCCC’s Blue Bell Campus for a nominal charge. Scholarships available.

Registration Closes February 29th.

Register Online at:

(eventbrite charges a processing fee)

OR Complete the form and mail $10. to the address listed.

Additional forms and information:

We hope to attract not only girls who have an interest in STEM, and those girls who have little opportunity or interest now.

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Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess

Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess

Below 60 degrees—Jacket or long sleeves

Below 50 degrees—Coat and long pants

Below 32 degrees—Gloves and hats to go outside

Below 20 degrees—Shortened recess (5-10 minutes)

Below 10 degrees—Indoor recess

All temperatures represent the “feels like” number. Sometimes the windchill or windspeed may necessitate an indoor recess.

*If you are in need of coats, hats, gloves- Contact the School Counselors:

Ms. Zemitis:

Ms. LaRose:

From the Nurse's Office

The cold weather and the start of the flu season are upon us! Please consider having your child receive the flu vaccine. Check with his or her pediatrician regarding receiving a flu shot or flu mist. Your child’s physician will be able to guide you in making the best decision. Also, you may always contact the Bucks County Department of Health for more information on flu shot clinics throughout the year at (215) 345-3318.

Remember, GOOD HANDWASHING is key to preventing the spread of germs. Remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of their hands, between their fingers, and under their fingernails, with a good amount of friction. Make it fun for them and sing songs to make sure they are doing a good job! Encourage them to try not to touch their faces, especially their eyes, nose, and mouth unless their hands are clean. Stress the importance of this to your children in order to keep them healthy and able to learn!

The Willow Dale Nurse’s office does not keep cold and cough medicine in stock. If your child requires over the counter medicine, we advise they take it prior to the school day. Please be careful when administering any medication that may make your child drowsy.

If your child is having any fever or vomiting, they should stay home until fever/symptom-free for 24 hours. We are trying to keep all of our students happy and healthy during this time of year!

Health screenings started in the nurse’s office last month. For elementary schools, this includes a vision exam assessing near and distance vision and height and weight checks for all grades, kindergarten through 5. Also, under the Pennsylvania state mandates, hearing screenings are performed for kindergarten through grade 3. Yearly hearing screenings are only performed for grades 4 and 5 under special circumstances or concerns regarding a child’s hearing expressed by a parent and/or teacher. If there is a concern with your child’s vision, hearing, or growth during the school health screening, a letter will be sent home to notify a parent of the concerns and to recommend follow-up with a doctor. If necessary, notification of a parent via a phone call will be made. More information about health screenings can be found at the PA Department of Health website.

Please do not hesitate to call the nurse’s office for questions or concerns.

Mrs. Salita, RN, BSN, CSN

Mrs. Kleinschmidt, RN, BSN

Reporting Absences


Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at Please know you will still receive automated phone calls (to the primary phone listed in Skyward) if you have not submitted an absence note via email on the days your child is absent from school.

**Absence notes must be submitted within 3 days of the student's absence, otherwise, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.

E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address:
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.
  • When sending an absence notification please include the following information:

  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Grade
  3. Child's Homeroom Teacher
  4. Date(s) of Absence
  5. Reason for Absence
  6. Contact Phone # for Parent/Guardian
  7. Other Pertinent Information

  • While you may still continue to call the school on the day of absence, a follow-up e-mail or a written note is still required for the absence to be excused.

Bus Change Request Procedures

If on a single occasion your child must ride a different bus at dismissal due to an emergency/childcare purposes, the following must be done to facilitate the change:

  • Requesting parent must send written notice (email or note) to the student’s teacher with the following information:

  1. Identify the bus (by number) in which the student will need to ride that day
  2. The reason for the request
  3. Name and address of the childcare provider

The childcare provider/parent must also send written notice to the student’s teacher advising of the childcare arrangement for that day.

The notes will be reviewed and signed by the principal and forwarded to Transportation to put the temporary bus change in effect.

Childcare Arrangements forms are only required for the following needs:

  • Any ongoing childcare needs that follow a specific schedule
  • Late arrival and early dismissal arrangements

Thank you for your continued support in following these procedures!

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Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year

Dear Centennial Families;

The Centennial School District Board of School Directors approved Policy 204.1, Family Trips Scheduled During School Year.

Although the scheduling of family trips during the instructional year is not encouraged, the Centennial School Board recognizes that students may benefit educationally by accompanying their parent(s)/guardian(s) on trips. The revision to the policy will allow the schools to approve up to five (5) days instead of three (3). Any trip beyond five (5) days will need the approval of the Superintendent.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) who are requesting approval for a family trip need to complete and submit the attached form to their building principal at least two (2) weeks before the trip.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

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Visitors to the school must enter the school’s front foyer (white doors) and ring the bell, located next to the door that leads to the main office. Once buzzed in, our fantastic staff will be happy to serve you!

  1. Visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office.
  2. All visitors to the building will have his/her photo identification card scanned through the Raptor system to ensure everyone’s safety. Please make sure you have your driver's license or state photo ID card available upon entrance. The system was upgraded this year, therefore ALL visitors must present their driver's license when they enter the building.
  3. Visitors or parents may be escorted to their room where their business or volunteer work is being conducted.
  4. Students are requested not to bring guests to school unless permission is granted in advance by the principal.
  5. Forgotten books, lunch money, lunches, etc. should be left in the office. We will see that they are delivered to the student.
  6. If a parent or designated adult is picking a student up from school early, photo identification is required to release the student.

Thank you very much for helping us maintain a safe school for our students and staff!

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Children who attend school regularly make the best academic progress, graduate, and go on to successful post-secondary education and/or careers.

Students, who arrive late (after 8:45 am), must report to the office for a late slip. Parents should accompany tardy students to the office to sign in the student.

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school to let us know.

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Over the course of the school year, schools are required to conduct monthly safety drills.

We will practice fire, lock-in, lock-out, and weather emergency drills. These drills may or may not be announced. Unannounced drills more accurately indicate the preparedness of the school and the effectiveness of safety procedures. Your child's teacher will review the exercises and procedures with their classes. Please make the teacher aware of any concerns regarding your child's participation in the safety drills.

The Warminster Director of Emergency Management Services and the Warminster Police Department will be invited to observe our drills and provided feedback for improvement.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

Willow Dale Elementary School

Willow Dale Elementary School creates a safe and caring atmosphere focusing on growth through innovation, risk-taking, and character development in order to foster the success of all students