WILDCAT BI-WEEKLY Newsletter

We're in this Together!

Mr. McIntosh, Principal of Upper Allen Elementary

Hello! I hope you and your families were able to make some special memories and spend time together this summer. Everyone here at Upper Allen is gearing up for the 2021-2022 school year. Over the summer months the construction crew has been working hard to complete our "punch list" so the school will be at nearly 100% when we return. It has become a beautiful place to work and learn.


While last year was unique and like no other, there were many valuable lessons learned that we plan to implement to strengthen the education program we provide to our students. One of the greatest benefits we saw last year were the relationships established among students and teachers in small classes. As a result, the first week of school will be staggered so half of the class will attend school on Monday (8/30) and Wednesday (9/1) and the other half will come Tuesday (8/31) and Thursday (9/2). This will allow students to acclimate to the school, teacher, classroom, peers and routines in a small class size for their first two days.


As you may know, the School Board voted to approve the 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan. This means we intend to start the year with the same provisions that were shared in July. For more details, here is the link to that Smore: https://www.smore.com/xsdq5


I'm looking forward to a fantastic school year and welcoming students back on August 30th and 31st!

Student Assignment Letters

Student assignment letters will be posted to the Sapphire Community Portal on Monday, August 16th. A hardcopy of this letter along with transportation information, teacher welcome letter, and supply information will be mailed the same day. You will receive a notification via email when your child's assignment letter posts to the Sapphire Community Portal.


When you log-in to the Sapphire Community Portal to view your child's assignment letter I ask that you also update and confirm the emergency form. Emergency information needs to be completed each school year for your student prior to the start of the year.


Do you need directions to log-in to the Sapphire Community Portal or to set up an account? Click Link

https://mbgsd-sapphire.k12system.com/CommunityWebPortal/_auth/index.cfm/faq

Student Emergency Forms

  • Student Emergency forms must be filled out EVERY year for each student. Please complete this task before August 30th.
  • Sign on to the Community Web Portal here to complete the STUDENT EMERGENCY FORM
  • Directions can be found on the MASD website here.
  • If you need assistance, please contact Mrs. Alfonso in the office by email at balfonso@mbgsd.org or by phone (717) 691-4594

Student Arrival and Dismissal Information

* Student arrival and dismissal times will be as follows this year:


Kindergarten Academy:

  • Parent drop-off - doors open at 7:30, come to the office if arriving after 7:45.

  • Dismissal begins @ 2:10.

Broad Street, Northside, Shepherdstown, & Upper Allen

  • Parent drop-off - doors open at 7:30, come to the office if arriving after 7:45.

  • Dismissal begins @ 2:20.

see below for specific arrival and dismissal information for Upper Allen


Elmwood Academy

  • Parent drop-off - doors open at 7:30. Come to the office if arriving after 7:45.

  • Dismissal begins at 2:25

Arrival and Dismissal at Upper Allen

Student Arrival

Students are to arrive between the times of 7:30 - 7:45 AM.

  • Parent car drop off will occur in the parking lot loop at the front of the building. Staff will be there to help monitor students.
  • For safety purposes, students should exit cars on the passenger side toward the sidewalk. Parents are to remain in the cars.
  • Drop off will take place between the orange cones
  • Cars will be directed to loop around in front of the middle school before entering Upper Allen's parking lot.


  • Buses will drop off students at the side road and bus riders will cross the playground before entering doors at back of the building.



  • Students should not arrive prior to 7:30 AM
  • Students arriving after 7:45 are to be walked into the school by a parent.



Student Dismissal

Car Rider dismissal will begin at 2:22 PM


  • Parents picking up Car Riders are to loop around the middle school parking lot before entering the loop in front of the school.
  • Staff will be on hand to direct traffic
  • Parents are asked to write their child's name on a piece of paper to be displayed inside the windshield or on the passenger side window. Staff will call student names into the school and students will dismiss when their parent arrives.

Bus Rider Dismissal will begin at 2:20


  • Students will board the buses on the side road near the playground.

Staff Update


  • Miss Marino, grade 1, is now...Mrs. Legge - Congratulations!
  • Miss Allen, PE Teacher, is now...Mrs. Reed - Congratulations!
  • Mr. Scott Stratton, PE Teacher - welcome to the UA Family!
  • Welcome back Mrs. Sarah George to the library
  • Welcome back Mrs. Harper - Returning Third Grade Teacher
  • Upper Allen will be welcoming two Pre K Counts classrooms to our school.

Important Dates- new dates added weekly

  • August 24th - Meet the Teacher - Classroom Visitation

    • 2:00-3:00 p.m. -- Last name beginning with A-K
    • 3:00-4:00 p.m. -- Last name beginning with L-M


    First Week of School Information

    Monday, August 30

    • First Day of School for students with last name beginning with A-K

    Tuesday, August 31

    • First Day of School for students with last name beginning with L-Z

    Wednesday, September 1

    • Second Day of School for students with last name beginning with A-K

    Thursday, September 2

    • Second Day of School for students with last name beginning with L-Z
    • NO SCHOOL – Labor Day Weekend - school closed Friday, 9/3 and Monday, 9/6


    Thursday, September 9

    • Back To School Night 6:-7:30 p.m. (Adults Only)

A Message from Nurse Walker

A few reminders as we prepare for the school year.

Dentals Exams - Mandated for all students entering 3rd grade. We will accept dental exams from one year prior to the current 2021/22 school year. Please email, fax ( 717-691-2474) or drop off the completed forms at the beginning of the 2021/22 school year. Forms may be accessed via www.mbgsd.org or by the link below. These exams may be conducted by your private dentist or by the Mobile Dentist. The Mobile Dentist will be visiting MASD in the spring of 2022. Please contact your nurses if you would like to have your student seen by the Mobile Dentist.

Medication/Health Care Plans: If your student has any medication or emergency health care plan needs during the school year, please have the appropriate form(s) completed by their medical provider over the summer. Medications brought into school must have the prescription label attached as well as a written order by their medical provider. Medication orders and emergency care plans are required to be renewed every school year. Please make arrangements to have the medication and/or emergency plans to the nurse on or before 1st day of school.

All forms may be accessed via the district website www.mbgsd.org or by the link below.

MASD Health Forms

WANTED: GUEST TEACHERS and Cafeteria Aides

Guest Teacher: Mechanicsburg Area School District is pleased to announce an exciting program where you may be able to qualify as a Guest Teacher in our school district. Guest Teachers serve as substitute teachers in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. There are opportunities across all grade levels.


Cafeteria Aide: Looking for a part time job during the school day? If you enjoy children and want to earn a little extra income for your family, this might be a great opportunity for you.
Additional Information:
To learn more about becoming a Cafeteria Aide or a Guest Teacher, please visit our website at www.mbgsd.org,
Click on District Services, then choose Human Resources or contact Britny Hopkins, Human Resources Coordinator at 717-506-0863 or bhopkins@mbgsd.org.

Welcome to Upper Allen First Grade Students!

Please click the link below to view our welcome video for 1st graders that will attend Upper Allen in the fall.


https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0ALDmPhbwQNiYUk9PVA

Around Our School

Principal for the Day - June 7th, 2021

Third Grade Students Visit Environmental Center

21-22 District Calendar

Upper Allen Elementary School

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