Panther Press

"Personalizing Education - May 2016

A Note from the Principal

Thank you for all you did to ensure that your child could put forth his/her best effort on the 3rd-5th Grade PSSA Math and ELA tests and the 4th grade PSSA Science test. The students worked very hard to demonstrate their ability in each of the subjects tested.

I must share how impressed I am with the progress and achievement of so many of our students as I reviewed all of the third marking period progress reports before they were distributed last Thursday. In addition, there were many examples of students whose improvement was noteworthy. Many thanks for all you do to support your child and his/her education.

Crazy Hat/Hair Day

Hats Off to the students and staff at Seylar who participated in our Crazy Hat/Hair day last month!

Author Chris Kurtz Visits Seylar Elementary School

The students had a fun-filled day learning about the writing process from author Chris Kurtz. Thank you, Mrs Mulloy, for organizing this wonderful event and creating the special video that the entire school shared with Chris Kurtz at the end of the day. Also, thank you Seylar Home and School Association for funding his visit.

Raptor ID Security Check UPDATE

It has been about a month since implementing our new security ID check using the Raptor System. In the remaining weeks ahead, we have a number of student activities that we invite parents and families to observe. In effort to reduce the length of our scanning line, it is in your best interest to come to school prior to your child's event to scan your ID. This will prevent you from missing any of the performance or event you are watching.

You are welcome to stop by our office anytime between 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM to complete the scanning process.

GIANT A+ Reward Program Totals

Thank you Seylar families for contributing to our GIANT A+ Reward account when shopping for groceries. We raised over $2,800 this school year. Monies will be used to purchase new teaching materials for math and reading.

Raising the Bar by Mrs. Zanine

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

-Albert Einstein

Problem solving is an essential skill at any age. In fact, more and more we see employers stating they want employees who are strong and collaborative problem solvers. But what does that mean for our kids?

Problem solving is being integrated more and more into our classrooms. Below are ways you can help support your child with problem solving both in and outside of the classroom. There are four basic steps to problem solving. As your child works through problems help him or her by asking questions that guide them through these four steps.

Step 1: Identify the problem- What needs to be solved? What are you being asked to figure out? Too often, we think we know what the problem is without thinking carefully about it first. Encourage your child to take their time and really think about what needs a solution.

Step 2: Choose a Strategy- How should the problem be approached? Are there tools that would be helpful to finding the solution? Have you solved a problem like this before? Help your child to develop a plan to attack the problem. It’s okay if the plan needs to be changed or doesn’t work, but thinking about it first helps organize your thinking.

Step 3: Solve It- What steps need to be gone through to reach a solution? Discuss what steps are necessary to implement the strategy to solve the problem. Keep working until you have a solution! Sometimes this might mean starting over again. That is okay! Not all problems can be solved the first time.

Step 4: Look Back- Now it is time to see if the answer makes sense to the problem your child was trying to solve. Is there another way to solve the problem?

Most importantly, remember challenging problems help your child grow as a thinker and a learner. Encourage them to keep working even when feeling discouraged. It took Thomas Edison over 1,000 tries to make the light bulb work. Imagine if he had given up on the first try!

iRun4Life Program - Thank you!

Thank you to all the parents that volunteered their time and effort during with our iRun4Life program this school year. Our consistent volunteers were:

Christa Aller
Charlene Balbi
Tiffany Browning-Leahy
Vickie Clemens
Megan Dunbar
Lynda Hurrell
Terri Kolodziejski

Shannon Lelli
Jennifer Lufkin
Danielle Robinson
Jan Russell
Colleen Schlotter
Debbie Siokos
Kelly Sparks
Cathleen White
Rhonda Zartman

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Thank you Home and School!

Thank you Home and School for purchasing our brand new benches for our playground. The monies that were collected during our Penny War competition were used for this purchase.
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Listed below are some important End of the Year activity dates that have been scheduled on our website calendar. Activities that have "Parents Invited" indicate that parents are able to observe. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

  • Monday, June 6th (Day 3) – Talent Show 1:45-2:45 PM (parents invited)

  • Tuesday, June 7th (Day 4) – Move-Up Day Activity 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Wednesday, June 8th (Day 5) – Fifth Grade Farewell 9:30-10:30 AM (5th Grade Parents/Family only)
  • Friday, June 10th (Day 2) – Staff Kickball Tournament w/ Students
  • Monday, June 13th (Day 3) – Student Awards Assembly 9:30-10:30 AM (By Parent Invitation Only)

Move-Up Day

In an effort to reduce student anxiety over classroom assignments for the new school year, our school will have a "Move Up Day" activity. On June 7, students will have an opportunity to move up to next year’s grade level to meet a teacher on that team. During this hour visit, teachers will do an activity with the children to begin developing a "classroom" identity and discuss exciting plans and projects for the new school year. This activity is not to be confused with your child’s teacher assignment that is communicated in August.

Olympic Day Volunteers

As we begin to warm up here in spring and head towards summer, I would like to remind you of the upcoming Seylar Olympic Day scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2016 (rain date Friday, June 10, 2016). I am always humbled by the amount of volunteers I get to help run this exciting event for the kids. However, because of the security measures being taken by the Pennridge School District to maintain the safest environment for our children, this year volunteers MUST have the necessary background checks and paperwork on file and completed to volunteer to help out on Olympic Day. Information for background checks can be found on the Seylar website or by clicking HERE.

In addition, all volunteers must have their Photo ID scanned using our new Raptor System and wear the designated ID badge during their visit.

If you have any questions about the background checks, please contact me via email at or call me directly at school at 215-257-6272 ext. 2600.

Dress Code Reminder

With warmer days ahead, I like to remind our parents and students about the proper dress code attire for Pennridge School District elementary school students. Please see below.
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Book Swap


Donate books during the Month of May, 2016

Swap will take place the week of June 6.


Students can bring the books to the Seylar library.


All students and staff can donate books.

All Seylar students will receive at least one book.

What are we looking for?

Gently used books

Age appropriate books

What do we not want?

Preschool books, adult books, damaged books or books with mature themes.

Please contact Mrs. Mulloy with questions.

Race for Education Day

The Race for Education is scheduled for Friday, May 6 (Times listed below). All parents are welcome to join in this event. We plan to have a table outside near the gate by the first and second grade classrooms. Stop there, get checked in, and receive a neon wristband.

Your child will bring home the Race for Education T-Shirt on Thursday, May 5. Please make sure they wear it on Friday for the Race along with bringing in a water bottle!

Race Times are as follows:

  • Grade 4 9:15-10:00 a.m.
  • AM-KDG, DVK, & Grade 1 10:25-11:00 a.m.
  • Grade 2 & Grade 3 11:15-12:00 p.m.
  • PM-KDG / Grade 5 1:15-2:00 p.m.

The scheduled rain date is Monday, May 9. The main office will communicate any cancellations on or before May 5 via Blackboard Connect Message. Due to conflicts with scheduling on the rain date, grade level race times will need to be adjusted.

Seylar Art Show

The Seylar Art Show is scheduled from 6:30–8:00 PM on Thursday, May 21st. I know you will be impressed with the variety and quality of art projects on display. All families visiting the art show are also invited to a water ice social in the cafeteria provided by our Home and School Association. Please stop by to see the variety of art projects our students have completed and enjoy some water ice!

Bingo Fun!

Thank you, Candice King and Dawn Cox, for organizing our Family Bingo Night this school year. As you can see by the pictures below, many of families took advantage of the evening having lots of fun and winning basket prizes.

From the Nurse's Office

  • This is the time of the year when you need to start checking your child’s skin and hair routinely for ticks, especially if he/she has been in the woods.
  • If a tick has attached itself to your child, remove the tick carefully with a pair of tweezers. If any mouth parts are left in the skin, you will need to contact your family physician.
  • Ticks can cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted common wood tick and causes a systemic, febrile illness. It is seen more commonly in the southern and western states.
  • Lyme disease is more common to our area and is caused by the deer tick. Symptoms generally include a rash that may be accompanied by fever, fatigue, headache, and a stiff neck.
  • Recurrent arthritis in the large joints occurs in the later stages of the disease and may eventually involve the central nervous system and the heart. Lyme disease can be diagnosed by a blood test and is treated with a course of antibiotics.
  • Dentals and physicals are due by the end of the school year- please send them in ASAP!

Mrs. C. Hayes

Certified School Nurse

April's Silver Spoon Award Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Holtz 's classroom for winning April's Silver Spoon Award. Pictures will be included in June's Panther Press.

March's Silver Spoon Winner - Mrs. Amary's 2nd Graders!

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Parent Resources

NAESP: Report to Parents

CLICK HERE to access an article for tips on managing your child’s extracurricular activities load.

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"Personalizing Education"

Education is a very personal thing. We at Seylar believe that every child has the right to achieve their highest potential and for them to be inspired, to dream, to be excited, and to have pride within themselves and for their school community. Our mission is to combine these beliefs with your child’s innate passions and love for learning to bring together a mind’s on approach, where students are engaged, challenged, and supported so they can achieve their personal best.