Hoofbeat News

Springfield Elementary School

Dates To Remember


  • 5, Movie Night & Book Fair Open House
  • 9, Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A
  • 8-12, Fall Book Fair
  • 11, STEAM Night
  • 16, Spirit Night @ Toppers Pizza
  • 26, Red Ribbon BMX Assembly
  • 26, Box Top Contest Deadline
  • 29, Spirit Night @ Culver's

A Message From Our Principal

Thank you Springfield Elementary School families for your support with our Boosterthon Fundraiser this year! Our Boosterthon program ended yesterday with our FunRun for kindergarten through third graders and a Color Run for our fourth and fifth graders. Our students had a great time and the weather was beautiful! Your financial support has surpassed the PTA's goal of $35,000. If 100% of the funds pledged are collected, the PTA will profit over $40,000! These funds will help support our school's instructional programs and materials, family fun nights, and a new electronic marquee to name a few items. The student's also met the "50 State Challenge" by getting a pledge from all 50 states. So, our administration team lived up to our end of the challenge and slid through a Slip N Slide of Slime after our FunRun! Thanks again for your support for this year's Boosterthon program and the PTA!

We have another big event coming up next Thursday, October 11, with our second annual Family STEAM Night! Please take a moment to review the flyer below for further information. We will be selling pizza by the slice again if your family is interested. Please click on the tab below and share with us how many slices your family will like if you plan on eating here before the festivities.

October is the month where all of our homeroom teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule a teacher-parent conference. Your child's teacher has now been working with your child for several weeks and would like to share how he or she is progressing. Please be on the lookout for communication about this important opportunity.

Please let me know if I can ever assist you with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support for your child's education and Springfield Elementary!

Peter Olinger, Principal

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Counselor's Corner

The Counseling Department’s October theme is “Healthy Choices.” We will continue classroom counseling lessons this month focusing on making safe and healthy choices in a variety of settings. Red Ribbon Week is October 23-26. The theme this year is “Life is your journey!” We will celebrate this week with a variety of classroom lessons and conclude with an assembly on Friday featuring BMX! Student are also invited to dress up/down with our daily themes!

Monday: No school for students (teacher work day)
Tuesday: Red Ribbon Week Kick-off!! Wear RED head to toe!

Wednesday: Teaming up for healthy choices, wear your favorite team shirt or colors.

Thursday: Put a lid on poor choices. Wear a hat!

Friday: Colts are for healthy choices! Show school spirit wearing spirit wear or blue!

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Notes from the Nurse

Our Vision and Hearing Screening will be performed Oct. 15-17. This is a free service offered by the school district. If you would like to volunteer please contact Nurse Sova at sovaj@fortmillschools.org.
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Related Arts Messages


This month in Music:

  • K/1- The kindergartners and first graders are working on steady beat and singing on pitch using our rhythm and melody of the month.
  • 2nd- The second graders are working on their upcoming performance featuring songs from Disney movies. They will perform at 6:15PM on November 15th.
  • 3rd- The third graders are starting recorders with a central focus of becoming strong readers of music.
  • 4th – Our 4th graders are learning songs and dances from around the world to prepare for their performance in November. It will be November 15th at 7PM.
  • 5th- The 5th graders are beginning their recorder unit. Please make sure they have a 2 pocket folder to hold all the awesome music they will be learning.

Media Messages:

WHOOO’s ready to read?? ‘Owl’ bet your students are! The library is loving all grades now checking out books, bringing them back on time, and getting new ones! Thank you for all your support reminding students about which day is library day!

The Scholastic bookfair will be open in the library next week-Mon Oct 8 through Friday Oct 12. Get excited! It will be ‘enchanting’!

Don’t forget--We continue to collect greeting cards, used or old books that are getting dust on your shelves at home, 24 and 100 piece puzzles, starburst candy!

Until next month, happy reading!


Fifth Graders have completed a unit on Email Etiquette. Please look for the brochure that will go home early October with the highlights of the material covered. Second and Third graders have be working on how to create word processing documents in their Google Drive. Kindergarten is learning how to hold a mouse and keep control of it. First Grade is reviewing keyboard skills in Typing Agent. Fourth Grade has been working with Google Slides. Caution about the Internet, the news had a report about Forte Night regarding child predators on the site playing the game with children and trying to get them to meet them in real life. I do not know this game but hear the students talking about it. Please be sure you are supervising their online interaction with strangers. I do many lessons on Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship each year with all the students but that does not compare to how they will listen to you.

Knitting Club has launched. It is for fourth and fifth graders. We will meet from 2:30-3:30 the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. If your child would like to join have them see Ms. Cageao or contact her at cageaoa@fortmillschools.org.


The year has started off great in PE! We plan on covering throwing and catching, fitness, and kickball for the first part of the year! We look forward to a great year!

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