South Lebanon Elementary

Fifth Avenue Falcons

Principal's Corner

I would like to welcome all of our students and teachers back from a well deserved break! 2019 was a fantastic in the life of our school and 2020 is sure not to disappoint.December was such a busy month with all of our chorus, band and orchestra concerts. In addition to these concerts, Our 2nd grade classes made gingerbread houses and the first graders did their annual holiday performance. Our students did an amazing job and I am truly humbled by their talent. The success of these events would not have been possible without the support of our families and the community. It is amazing to me that during the month of December, we had over 1,000 visitors at our school who came to support our students!

As we begin 2020, our students will get settled in and we will begin Dibels testing during the week of January 6th. This is a benchmark assessment that we use to check in on students' reading progress. This data in conjunction with other progress measures will be used to help us determine appropriate reading intervention groups for our students.

As the cold weather sets in, please make sure that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather. Our students play outside for recess daily and will do so unless there is an advisory or weather event that would prevent them from going outside. I also want to remind you that with inclement weather comes the potential for snow days. Please be sure that you have made appropriate child care accommodations for school delays, cancellations, and early dismissals. It is important to note that we do not allow students to take a different bus home on early dismissal days.

In closing, I want to thank you all for your continued support of our students, school, and programs. Please follow us on social media to stay abreast of things happening daily in our schools.


Mark D. Brown,


Heart Healthy News From Mrs. Houtz

The Kid’s Heart Challenge Kickoff Assembly is January 16, 2020. If a student raises $150 online before the kickoff assembly they will be recognized at the assembly and receive a limited edition heart squishy. More information about prizes, a classroom competition and the event itself will be provided in January.

A Note From Food Services

Beginning January 2, 2020, due to updated guidance from the Department of Education and the USDA, small water bottles will no longer be free at lunch with a program meal. Potable water and cups will be available in dispensers in the cafeteria.

Did You Know?

School Breakfast is available to all students daily. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information regarding the district's daily breakfast program.

Reminders from Mrs. Zinn, School Nurse

Please be aware that the State Mandate physicals will be conducted by our school physician on March 5, 2020 from approx. 9:15-1:30p.m.. This will involve ONLY the students in grade K and any new students who did not return a private physical form at this time.


Please be aware that the State Mandate dentals will be conducted by our school dentist on February 28, 2020 from approx. 9:15-1:30p.m.. This will involve ONLY the students in grade K, grade 3, and any new students who did not return a private dental form at this time.

All physical and dental exams will be conducted in the nurse's office.

Thank you

South Lebanon PTP Update--January 2020

Angie Bensing, President Nicole Kuhne, Vice-President Blythe Heisey, Secretary

Joy Macchione Treasurer Marcy Spragg, Assistant Treasurer

Happy New Year! We hope you and your family had a wonderful break and a great start to 2020!

Join us for our monthly meetings! Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Childcare is provided. Our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m. Please park in the parking lot off of Evergreen Road and enter at the library.

Race For Education Update - We are still $8,000 away from our goal! If you have not sent in your donation for the Race, it’s not too late! We accept donations all year. WE NEED YOUR HELP! This money funds ALL activities and field trips. They are NOT covered by the district. If we do not meet our goal, we may need to charge for the remaining field trips and cancel upcoming activities. Thank you to all who have supported the PTP through the Race for Education. The funds raised help us provide field trips, assemblies, Santa’s Shop, Fun Fair, Roller Skating Party, Book Bingo, classroom activities and supplies, and so much more!

PTP Needs YOU!The PTP relies on the wonderful parent volunteers in our school to help run the many activities and events we provide for the children of South Lebanon. The following committees are in need of help. If you are able to help please contact Angie Bensing at

Memory Book Committee – We are in need of 2 people to help coordinate and put the yearbook together.

Kindergarten Registration – We are in need of 1-2 people to organize the day and schedule volunteers.

Upcoming Events

Roller Skating Party February 9

Box Top Collection February (TBA)

Save your Box Tops (please check expiration dates and trim or use the Box Top App) and Pull Tabs for classroom competitions held throughout the year.

News From the District

Did you know?

Information about any School Closings or Delays will be posted to the District Home page: and also to the Cornwall-Lebanon School District Facebook page and Twitter (@CLSD_Schools). Be sure to update your weather emergency contact information under the Skylert tab on the parent portal in order to receive calls and emails.

Upcoming Events, including free planetarium programs, pool schedules and announcements, look under “News” on the District Home page, or click on the “Community” tab at the top of the District website and select “Events & Activities” from the drop-down menu. Additional information about community and school activities is available on the Community Bulletin Board, also located under the “Community” tab on the District website.

The Planetarium at Cedar Crest High School offers FREE programs throughout the school year. Daytime programs are reserved for senior citizens. Evening programs are intended for anyone of any age. Most shows are appropriate for elementary aged children and make for a great family activity. Program descriptions are located on the “Events & Activities” page of the District website. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance to ensure program availability. Please contact the planetarium director, Mr. Rich Fried at (717) 272-2033, x5412. If Rich is unavailable to answer your call due to teaching duties, please leave a message and phone number at which you may be reached.

January 2020 Calendar Notes (January is School Directors Recognition Month):

Monday, Jan. 6: CLSD Board of School Directors Public Work Session, 5:30 p.m., District Office

Thursday, Jan. 9: National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.)

Sunday, Jan. 12: CCHS Winter Band Pops Concert, 2 PM

Monday, Jan. 13: CLSD Board of School Directors regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., CCHS LGI

Wednesday, Jan. 15: CLSD Custodians & Maintenance Workers Recognition Day

Monday, Jan. 20: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1st weather make-up day)

Tuesday, Jan. 21: End of the 2nd Marking Period/1st Semester

Friday, Jan. 24: No School for Students (Act 80 Day)

Wednesday, Jan. 22: Planetarium program at CCHS, “The Solar System:” 10–10:45 AM for Senior Citizens; 7–7:45 PM for the General Public. See information above about making reservations for this free program.

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Report cards will be available for viewing on the Skyward parent portal this day.

Upcoming Spring 2020 Dates of Note:

March 13, 2020: CLSD Gold Card Event - Spring Dinner & Dance, “Old Hollywood.” Please submit reservations for this free event by March 2. Reservation forms can be picked up in any District building office, or downloaded from the Community tab on the CLSD website:

April 20-May 8, 2020: PSSA Testing for English Language Arts, Math and Science. These tests are very important in determining how well our students are performing in relation to the state standards. Please do not schedule any vacations or trips during this timeframe: April 20-May 8, 2020.

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