Arrowhead News

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Woodland and Arrowhead Students are finalists!

Woodland and Arrowhead students who are in Mrs. Johnson's Challenge classroom are finalists for the Unless Contest!


Here is a link from the Philly Zoo which describes the Unless Project: https://philadelphiazoo.org/unless-contest/


Here is a link http://unlesscontest.phillyzoo.org/ to the finalists.


***The contest winners will be announced on the Philly Zoo Facebook page on Friday, May 15th @ 2PM. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/philadelphiazoo/


The third- and fourth-grade Challenge students at Arrowhead and Woodland (Team Tamarin) become stewards for the environment through their participation in the UNLESS Contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Zoo and we are thrilled to be a Finalist. During our year-long unit, the students learned about how our actions impact Global Warming and the effect on animals like the Golden Lion Tamarin. Some of their initiatives and successes:


-Aramark agreed to stop the use of styrofoam trays (at least 150 a week), single-use condiment packets, and move away from plastic straws for paper straws in Methacton.


-Lights Out! contest at Woodland saved 266 hours of electricity in the month of February.


-Arrowhead was preparing to implement an increased recycling program in the cafeteria.


-Shake/Fold Method (TED Talk) to reduce the number of paper towels used taught to all students in both buildings. Logo created and placed on paper towel dispensers as a reminder to staff and students.


-Letter writing campaign to local restaurants to end the use of plastic straws and automatic water glasses.


-Website creation to increase knowledge about how our actions impact Global Warming.

https://sites.google.com/methacton.org/woodlandarrowheadunless/home

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Recreate a Masterpiece

Students have been working hard recreating art masterpieces during virtual art activities as provided by Mrs. McDonough. See video slide show below:

A special poem: All the kids by Anna Stroble

All the kids by Anna Stroble


All the kids miss Arrowhead

All the kids miss their teachers

All the kids miss their friends

I can’t wait for this to end.


But, all the kids can go on hikes

All the kids can ride their bikes

All the kids can Zoom their friends

Every family has more time to spend.


So, all the kids stay home

And all the kids stay safe

We will get through this together

It won’t be forever and ever.

Message from School Counselor: Mrs. Cohen

Hello, everyone!


One of the many school activities that teachers miss most is class meetings. It’s that weekly time when the whole class gathers together. Teachers follow a framework that allows them to recognize positive behaviors and achievements, share weekly plans, and problem solve with their students. All students have the opportunity to share and contribute to the class meetings. I bet if you ask your child, he/she can tell you all about class meetings.


You can have them at home, too! Often called family meetings, these can be powerful, bonding moments that could provide the weekly structure your family needs right now. Below is a link to help you understand more about family meetings and get started!

https://www.rootsofaction.com/family-meetings
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Virtual Field Day Message from the Methacton Physical Education teachers

Dear Methacton Elementary Families,

Field Day is an important tradition at our schools. It is a significant day for our students and our staff, and we feel that in these incredibly challenging times this event is a way to continue the tradition and have fun at home!

We’re excited to share our plan for a Virtual Field Day for our Methacton Elementary Schools. During the weeks of May 18th and May 25th, students (and their families) will have the opportunity to participate in Field Day. These events will be posted in Google Classroom under the Physical Education assignment tab (no other physical education lessons will be posted these weeks).

Our Virtual Field Day events are designed to be done indoors or outdoors using common household items. You won’t be asked to purchase any specialized equipment or supplies. Eight events will be listed. Please choose at least six events but if your child would like to do more that would be awesome! These events can take place anytime over the two week period.

Here’s how it will work:

Items needed:

10 Large Socks (to create sock balls)

1 Laundry Basket (or bucket)

Oversized T-Shirt, Shorts, and a Hat

Clock or Stopwatch

3 Balloons

1 Kitchen Spatula

1 Plastic Container Lid

3 to 6 Sheets of Paper (for making airplanes)

1 Medium-sized Bucket

1 Plastic (Tupperware) Container

1 Sneaker

Event cards/slides and scoresheet will be posted in your child’s physical education google classroom on: May 18th.

Your child will be asked to choose a minimum of 6 events. However, he/she may complete as many events as they would like to.

More information will be coming to share your field day fun!!

We appreciate your cooperation and are hopeful that your entire family will use it as a fun and meaningful way to be physically active together and with our entire school community.

Stay well,

Your Methacton Elementary Physical Education Staff


Click on the link for the parent letter:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YeCYquBBX_zOXvtK0iWagucJCVnLxmbdkGJ0LBhznkU/edit?usp=sharing


See word document parent letter below:

Information presented to the Methacton School Board about full day kindergarten

On Monday, April 27, the Methacton School Board of Directors heard a presentation pertaining to full day kindergarten which is being considered for the 2022-2023 school year. You can see the presentation here: https://youtu.be/IW7c-8svqlk.

The Board is accepting questions or comments through May 31, 2020 in regards to full day kindergarten. Please email to information@methacton.org.

Kindergarten registration Update:

Please click on the link below which will take you to the district's site for Kindergarten Registration. https://www.methacton.org/Page/19434

Optional learning opportunities for families

Dear Arrowhead families,


Below is a list of various learning opportunities:


  • Every morning at 11:30 a.m., Eastern time, the Cape May County Zoo offers its Facebook Live audience a tour through a different part of the zoo, spotlighting particular animals.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo offers the same online experience with its animals every day at 2 p.m., Eastern time.
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia offers some of its programs online. Most quickly coming online are daily storytimes for young children, where library staff read and show picture books on camera.
  • Settlement Music School in Philadelphia is offering morning music sessions for young children every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Eastern time. “Settlement Kids: Live” is a Facebook Live session twice a week that anybody can log into; there is no registration, and no musical background is required. Instructors take youngsters through games involving sound and movement.
  • National Constitution Center offers on-demand online resources for remote learners of all ages.
  • The Franklin Institute also has several online learning modules.
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Google Classroom and virtual learning

Google Classrooms and virtual learning are up and running for our students. As a reminder, we wanted to share the following communication from the district


Students are required to login using MyMSD and then their respective google classrooms on a daily basis during scheduled school days. Student attendance login is required by 12 noon daily.


Click here for student attendance login directions.


Student attendance directions can also be found below:

https://www.methacton.org/cms/lib/PA01000176/Centricity/Domain/1373/Student%20Daily%20Attendance%20Directions.pdf


1. Please click on the link for information about Methacton's Virtual Learning Environment:

https://www.methacton.org/Page/19422

Here is a link to frequently asked questions: FAQ page


2. Please find the Methacton School District Remote Learning Guide that summarizes the planned instructional program.


Arrowhead teachers are continuing to meet virtually to plan engaging instruction. I am also available by email if you have a question or need, so please do not hesitate to reach out aroberts@methacton.org

Message from nurse Kelly and MSD nursing hours information

Nursing hours update: Please click on the link below for school nursing office hours: Nursing Office Hour 4-14-20 revised.pdf. It is also attached as a PDF document. We are here to help support you in any way that we can.

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Educational Resource

Educere


Educere is a resource that will remain available to our students in grades 1-4 throughout the online learning experience, but teachers are not the correct contact if you have questions. If you have questions about Educere please email:


Information@methacton.org

Arrowhead Elementary School

Be the one...to encourage, to inspire, to empower!

Take care and stay safe! -Dr. Roberts