Springfield Elementary

SEPTA Newsletter -- December 4, 2015

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SEPTA Secretary's Message

My name is Jen Keller & am the SEPTA Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator. I am married to Bryce and have Jaden (7th) & Harrison (4th). I have been involved with SEPTA for 8 years so far & am sad to say that I only have one year left at Springfield.

All is not lost though, because ALL of you are members of SEPTA! I have faith that you will fill my shoes. SEPTA doesn't collect dues, or have membership registrations. You all are automatically members of this fabulous group. I encourage all parents to get involved in whatever way works for you. There is plenty to do in school and at home. SEPTA is the hub of what happens at Springfield. We would LOVE for all parents to come out, get involved, have your voices be heard, join discussions and help to plan fun events for our school community. There is something for everyone.

Our next SEPTA meeting is Monday, 12/14, 7pm in the library. I hope to see you there!

Jen Keller

SEPTA Secretary

Upcoming Events

12/4- Chorus Winter Concert, 2:30pm (student performance) & 7pm (parent performance), Springfield Gym

12/7-9- Santa Shop, 9am-3:30pm, Mon-Wed, Art Room.

12/7- Budget Discussions, 6:30pm, PHS Library. Open to public. Followed by:

12/7- School Board Reorganizaion Meeting, 7:30pm, PHS Library. Welcoming Shari Vandergast (DurNox), Dave Haubert (DurNox) & Eric Gretzinger (Bridgeton/Tinicum)

12/11- Barnes & Noble Night, 6-8pm, Promenade Shops. Performances & Events Flier

12/14- Kathy Miller, Author assembly, 9:45am

12/14- SEPTA Meeting, 7pm, Springfield Library & Live-streamed. Agenda to include Source4Teachers presentation.

12/15- Pajama Drive deadline -donate a new pair of pj's for distribution to children in need. Link for more info

12/18- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing

12/18- Movie Night, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", 7pm, Springfield Gym. Flier. Concessions (including hot dogs) available for purchase. This is a drop-off event. Permission slip available here.

12/21- 5th/6th grade band & 4th-8th grade orchestra Winter Concert, 7pm, PHS Auditorium

12/23- Holiday Sing-along, 2pm, Springfield Gym followed by Class Holiday Parties. Parents welcome!

12/24-1/3/16- Holiday Break. See you in the New Year!

Upcoming Sports / Activities

12/4- Quakertown Tree Lighting Festival. Link

12/5- A Night In Bethlehem, Grace Fellowship Church, Milford NJ. Link

12/5&6- Ottsville Holiday Festival @ Linden Hill Gardens. Link

12/25- Re-enactment of Washington crossing the Delaware. Link

thru 1/2- Gingerbread House Display, Peddler's Village. Link

12/30&31- PeepsFest, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Link

1/2-1/3/2016- Young Innovators Fair, Greater Philly Expo Center. $5 discount available using code: SPRESFIVE. Flier

ongoing: Multimedia Lego Castle Adventure, Mercer Museum. Details

4th & 5th grade students ski FREE in PA. More info

Did You Know?

  • The District has created a "Day Number" Calendar--subscribe so your personal Google, Outlook or iCal calendar will show the "day" in our 6-day cycle! This calendar will be updated to reflect snow days, though not until we return to school after the snow day. Subscribe here.

  • Free homemade soup available to all students on Tuesdays!

  • Pantherwear is available for purchase anytime--contact Jill Triani to order.

  • There will not be a Panther Pride Assembly in December due to the other assemblies/activities already scheduled.

  • Parents & family members are welcome to join in with the students at the Sing-Along & Classroom parties on 12/23. Please have an Act 24 on file (follow link for printable form) & plan to sign-in through the main office. Additional parking available on the basketball blacktop.

  • Mrs. McNichol is still collecting bottle caps (and any plastic/metal covers) for future bottlecap projects--so keep saving & sending them to school!

Live-streamed SEPTA Meetings

Virtual attendees can follow along with the conversation & type in questions. Make your voice is heard in the important decisions for our children & school. Just follow this link on December 14th at 7pm: December SEPTA meeting. Listen in and watch presentations, then type your comments or questions to take part in the discussions. Decisions that affect your children are made at SEPTA meetings. This month we will have Source4Teachers presenting.

Share your thoughts, make your voice heard.

Thank you!

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our first-ever BJs Membership Fundraiser. We raised $35 on our first try! Hopefully more next time!
  • Thank you to the volunteers who helped with the Bottlecap Flower project, round 2: Heather Eller, Cheryl Stevens, Bill Rodenbaugh (custodian), Jimmy Tomkewitz (custodian) & Lyla Cookson.
  • Thank you to the Garden Club for preparing & leading the children's after school craft event on Thursday 11/19 & to all the children who took part!
  • Thank you to everyone who volunteered & to all who purchased books at the Scholastic Book Fair--we made a profit of $1017.20!
  • Thank you to all families who contributed to our Race for Education--our main fundraiser--by sending in labels & making donations. We raised $6,468.10 (after expenses) this year.
  • Thank you to Michele & Matt Carson for planning our November Movie Night: "Home", to the parent volunteers: Tony Maguire, Amy Knecht, Todd Cutting, Tricia Fox, Joy Shearer, Danika Shearer, Kim Reilly, Scott Davis; the baking committee for supplying cookies, cupcakes and brownies; and thank you Heather Hoff, Penny Neeld and Kim Reilly. It was another great turn out: ~100 students and families.

  • Thank you to everyone who continues to buy soft pretzels to support the 5th Grade Field Trips!

  • Thank you to our kitchen staff for a beautiful turkey dinner on 11/19!

  • Thank you to our custodians, Dale, Bill & Jimmy, for all the help they give at each of our events!

December Movie Night

Come out to this FREE movie for all Springfield Elementary families on December 18th at 6:45pm in the Springfield Gym! Concessions will be available including hot dogs, popcorn, juice boxes, fruit, baked goods & drinks. This month's movie is a drop-off event. Flier

  • RSVP by Wednesday, 12/16 via permission slip in Friday Folder or email
  • If your child is bringing money for concessions, please put it in a baggie with their name on it.
  • You MUST walk your child up to the gym lobby where you will sign them in and then sign them out at the end of the evening--pickup time is 9pm.

Barnes & Noble Night

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 6-8pm

Join us for our annual family event at Barnes & Noble at the Promenade Shops! Detailed events & vouchers : B&N Fliers

Events include:

  • storewide scavenger hunt
  • announcement of the Name the Drink Contest winner
  • announcement of the winner of the Blondie Blast classroom party
  • Springfield Chorus performance @ 6:30pm
  • PHS Madrigal singers performance @ 7:30pm

Purchase any item in the store (including books, gifts, toys, nook devices and accessories, music, dvd’s and café products) and a percentage of the sale will go towards the Fundraiser, when you present your Bookfair #11595121 to the cashiers.

1. Shop in stores, nationwide, for three days (Friday 12/11/15-Sunday 12/13/15), using Bookfair ID #11595121 to help support Springfield Elementary.


2. Visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from 12/11/15 to 12/16/15 by entering Bookfair ID #11595121 at checkout.

Mother & Son Bowling Night!

Save the Date!

January 22 , 2016 at Earl Bowl Lanes, Quakertown.

Accepting reservations in advance--now thru Jan 11th

See flier for more details.

This event is open to male students and a significant female adult in their lives to accompany them – aunt, grandma, etc.

Chess Club

Springfield's Chess Club was formed over 18 years ago & continues to grow. Students are not only instructed on how to play the game of chess, but how important it is in life to be fair, strategic, self confident, patient, polite, kind, & most of all, respectful. Students from 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades gather once a week for 8 weeks. They are divided into 3 groups by their chess knowledge & challenge each other in their respective groups. At the end of 8 weeks, a winner emerges from each level of play & receives a trophy from our chess club. In addition, the school district holds a tournament between all three elementary schools where players with the most wins (by grade level) compete. Winners of each grade level receive a trophy from the school district. Currently Chess Club is led by Jade Scholl & Catherine Hall, with Ned Comeaux as a volunteer. See photos below.

Highlights from 11/9 SEPTA meeting

1. Girls on the Run is coming to Springfield in mid-March. Watch for details to come later this year.

2. Barnes and Noble Night, December 11th from 6-8 at the Promenade.

3. Donna Holmes came to speak to us about the Comprehensive Plan for the next 3 years.

4. Anytime SEPTA has a speaker, there will be a raffle to win a gift certificate to somewhere great!

5. A.L.I.C.E. (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) training is coming to Palisades School District. This program is a new method for safer and more strategic evacuations during a school invasions. More info to come.

And much, much more! The minutes for all SEPTA meetings are available online. They are posted after they are approved.

Please join us at our next meeting on 12/14 @ 7pm!

Education Programs & Services

Summary of EPS Meeting on November 11th:

1. Based on current reception by both teachers & students, it is likely that the Lucy Calkins Units of Study writing program (which is in it's 2nd year of being piloted in all Palisades elementary schools) will be recommended for incorporation into our district curriculum at the end of this school year.

2. Source 4 Teachers: By the end of December, we will have one permanent floating elementary substitute.

There is no December EPS meeting. Next EPS meeting is January 13.


November Panther Pride Recognition Assembly

PAWS Awards

Four students are recognized every 2 weeks for getting caught demonstrating respect, caring, responsibility & honesty. At the 11/6 assembly Lincoln H, Tatiana G, Nathan F, & Benjamin M were recognized for displaying one of these traits.

Habits of the Mind - Managing Impulsivity

The staff read "Habits of Mind" last year which describes 16 habits of success. This year 5 habits will be reviewed with students: Impulsivity, Persistence, Working Together, Accuracy & Responsible Risks. As one of their leadership opportunities, the 5th graders were asked to teach the whole school about these 5 habits. They wrote scripts and acted out the scenes which are being shown during the televised morning announcements. Each month one habit will be focused on.

The photo below show students were recognized for October's habit of Managing Impulsivity:

K-2: Kylie J, DylanV, Novella K (x2), Nathan F, Lallie M, Mason B, & Isabella C

3-5: Joseph Z, Lucas B, Brynn C, Austin R, Lincoln I, Riley F, Aiden M, & Kylie H

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Math Facts Ribbon Recognition

2nd grade: (+ & -) Nathan F

3rd grade: mult in both 3min & 1.5min-- Gavin Y

4th grade: 50 facts in 3min-- Delia P, Giada S, Amelia S;

50 facts in 1.5min-- Peter R & Xander R

5th grade: all operations-- Laci G, William C, Lincoln H & Galen L

See photo below.

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RFE Raffle Drawing Winner

Andrew K won the grand prize drawing of lunch with Mr Davis and a one month family membership to the YMCA for contributing his labels to the Race for Education fundraising. Congratulations!

Bookfair Raffle

Book Basket: Ellie N & Ben M

Posters: Isabella C, Rhiley P, Delia P, Ella J, Amelia S (x2), William S, Matthew M, Ello G, & Addison C

The poster raffle raised $25 for "All for Books" to be used to buy books for our library.

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100 Step Reading Challenge

At the Nov 6 Panther Pride Assembly, Mrs. McKenney & the Reading Team presented the following 100-step reading challenge ribbons (see photo below):

1st grade:

100 steps: (Muck) Hailey M; (Saxton) Julianna H, Colton G, Gavin J, & Ryan M

2nd grade:

100 steps: (Musantry) Wesley D; (Fayne) Lucy S

4th grade:

100 steps: (Hogan) Ailish K, Genevieve F, Reese K, & Emma U

200 steps: (Hogan) Olivia N & Ella B

400 steps: (Hogan) Riley S

500 steps: (Hogan) Katelyn M

5th grade:

100 steps: (Butler) Hailey S (Garr) Tollan A, William C, & John M

200 steps; (Garr) Jayden G, Jordan M, & Samantha N

300 steps: (Garr) Laci G, Brianna H, Aidan M & David P

400 steps: (Garr) Katie H & Melissa R


100 Steps: Mrs Musantry, Mrs Butler & Mrs Crews

400 steps: Mrs. Reed
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20 Non-toy gifts for kids

Does it seem impossible that one more toy can fit into your child's toybox or playroom? Consider the ideas in this article when planning holiday gift giving for your children--things that won't add to the toy clutter.

Comments, Thoughts, Ideas

Are you new to our school? Do you have questions about any SEPTA (Springfield Elementary Parent Teacher Alliance) or school-related topic? Do you have some information you'd like to share? Did anything in this newsletter make you say "Huh?" or "What's that all about?" Please contact us and we'll follow up with more information. Just click on the green "Contact Lyla Cookson" or email SEPTAnewsletter@gmail.com.

For the safety of our children, PLEASE do not share this newsletter on any of the social media sites.