The Principal's Pen

East Coventry Elementary School

Week of January 30th

Steven Courtney Assembly

This past Friday, renowned musician Steven Courtney visited EC for three presentations. Thank you to our ECPTO for sponsoring the visit. Steven is a singer songwriter who creates songs about being kind and being happy. Students had a chance to jump, clap, and sing along. What a wonderfully positive way to end our week!
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Important Calendar Reminder

All OJRSD schools will be closed on Monday, February 20th. The EC office will also be closed.

Advocate NEW Edition

The winter edition of the Advocate is now available. The Advocate is a newsletter produced by the District and features the many happenings occurring in all of the school buildings. In this edition, the EC KKids are featured as the spotlight on one of our service learning clubs.

While the Advocate is primarily an electronic newsletter, any resident wishing a hard copy instead can contact the OJR Administration Building at 610-469-5100.

Click here to check out the latest edition of the Advocate. OJRSD is doing some great things!

OJRSD School Board Recognition Video Featuring Various EC Students

OJR Students Show Appreciation for Board of School Directors 2 of 2

Tips from EC's Wellness Committee:

Chapped Lips and Dry Skin:

In addition to using quality moisturizers and lip balm, did you know that staying hydrated and drinking water can prevent chapped lips and skin? That’s another reason to drink more water, especially in the winter!

Here are some additional great tips from dermatologists to prevent dry skin:

EC Envirothon Team - Grades 4th and 5th

Welcome to the Chester County Envirothon! The Chester County Conservation District sponsors this annual environmental educational program with Chester County Facilities and Parks, hosting it at Hibernia County Park. Each year students from public, private, parochial, and home schools, grades 3-12, celebrate months of research, exploration, and preparation with an enjoyable outdoor competition and measure of learning.

-Chester County Envirothon Website

EC Envirothon Team Quick Facts:

  • EC will have one or two 5 member teams of fourth and fifth graders.

  • Classroom and outdoor learning experiences

  • Learn about aquatics, forestry, wildlife, outdoor safety and the current environmental issue: “adapting to a changing climate”

  • Fun Competition and craft at Hibernia Park on Wednesday, April 26th, 2023. The District provides transportation to the event. However, families need to transport their son or daughter to the middle school where the bus will depart.

  • Cost is FREE for all Chester County Schools

  • Envirothon Coach: Ms. Janke (Librarian)

  • Meetings: After school on Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 starting February 7th

  • Enrollment will be capped at 12 students.

  • Please email with questions

Link to register:

Attention East Coventry 1st and 2nd graders! STEAM Club

Are you interested in science, technology, engineering and math? Come join Mrs. Pahl and Mrs. Hartenstine in an after school STEAM Club! This is a FREE after school program focused on developing STEM skills through hands-on activities. The STEAM Club will meet Monday-Thursday 3:15-4:00 the weeks of February 6th and February 13th.

Go to to register by Monday, January 30th. Participants are limited to 26 students.

Please email or with questions

Harry Potter Club is back! Grades 4 - 6

Calling all Harry Potter fans...East Coventry is once again hosting a Harry Potter Club! We will have fun interacting with all things Harry Potter including trivia, debates, crafts, readings, problem solving, experiments, scavenger hunts...the adventures are endless.

Hope you can join us every Wednesday from February 1 through March 22 (no club on half day of March 1). Our first session will begin right after school onFebruary 1. Please provide prompt pick-up at 4:15pm.

There is no fee for this club, but registration must be completed through January 30th. This club is for fourth, fifth and sixth graders and the number of participants is limited to 15.

If you have any questions about the club contact Mrs. Derstine at

If you have any questions about the SchoolPay registration contact Mrs. Jordan at

Go to to register by Monday, January 30th

OJRSD Information

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Additions from the ECPTO

Someone Special Dance

Make plans to join us once again for another evening of FUN! On Friday, February 10th, we’ll be ‘under the starts’ at ECPTO’s Someone Special Dance! Each student at EC can bring one ‘someone special’. Please keep in mind, this is NOT a drop-off event, so that ‘someone special’ can be the parent ;-) This is a FREE event, with an option to purchase Chik-Fil-A for dinner. Please see the flier for even more information and to RSVP!


Attention all 6th grade parents!!! 6th Grade Recognition Ads are on sale NOW! Celebrate your 6th grader with a special message that will be printed in the 2022/2023 yearbook. 1/4 page ads are $40 and 1/8 page ads are $20. Purchase your space now! Sale ends 2/9/23.

Yearbook sales will begin in early February. Stay tuned for ordering information! All 6th grade students receive a free yearbook.

Boxtops for Education

Did you know????.....Last quarter, we earned $100 for the PTO from scanning our receipts from grocery runs?! And that was with just 8 EC families participating! Can you imagine how much we could earn if more families scanned their receipts?! All you need to do is download the boxtops app (, search for “E Coventry Elementary” and start scanning! Let’s earn lots more in the next quarter!!

Science Explorers

Science Explorers is BACK!! Sign your kiddos up for some extra STEAM fun, with our very own Mrs. Grove! These sessions are SOOOO much fun, and your kids will absolutely love it!! There’s lots more exciting sessions in the second half of the year, so go check out the schedule soon! Spots fill up quickly! Any of the remaining sessions would make an awesome gift idea!!



  • Kindergarten registration for 2023-24 school year begins - Wednesday, February 1st
  • ECPTO Meeting: Tuesday, February 7th at 7PM - Innovation Lab
  • OJRMS Grade 6 Parent/Guardian Orientation Meeting: Thursday, February 9th @OJRMS
  • ECPTO Someone Special Dance: Friday, February 10th
  • ECPTO Someone Special Dance: Friday, February 17th (Snowdate)
  • Presidents' Day - Schools Closed: Monday, February 20th


  • Half days for students with dismissal at 11:50AM: Wednesday and Thursday, March 1st and 2nd
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Wednesday and Thursday, March 1st and 2nd
  • No School for Students - Teacher Professional Development: Friday, March 3rd
  • ECPTO ReadaThon: Thursday, March 2nd - Friday, March 17th
  • Elementary Trimester 2 ends : Thursday, March 9th
  • ECPTO Author Visit: Tuesday, March 14th
  • ECPTO Meeting: Tuesday, March 14th at 7PM - Innovation Lab
  • ECPTO Mathnasium: Thursday, March 23rd
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