The Puma Pride

November 18, 2019

Principal's Message

Hello, Willow Dale Families!

November is flying by so fast. American Education week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Not only do we celebrate the dedication of our staff and success of our students, we invite our families to engage in the awesome learning in the classrooms. Over 300 family members visited the classrooms! Our first "Coffee with the Counselors" held during this week was a huge success. Mrs. LaRose and Mrs. Zemitis had the pleasure of speaking and interacting with our families. Thank you for being an integral part of our school team! Check out some of the pictures from the week in the newsletter.

In collaboration with our School Counselors, NOVA continues to facilitate lessons in the classrooms that support Willow Dale's commitment to a safe and positive learning environment. The Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) is dedicated to reducing the incidence of crime through prevention programs for Bucks County schools. The elementary lessons provide innovative, supportive, and age-appropriate learning experiences. More information about the NOVA school programs can be found on their website. The following are the topics covered by grade level.

  • Grade 1: Personal Safety
  • Grade 2: Safe Touches
  • Grade 3: Bully Free
  • Grade4: iSmart
  • Grade 5: Cyberbullying

Mrs. LaRose and Mrs. Zemitis, our School Counselors, teach classroom lessons in grades K-5 and run groups on a variety of topics based on student needs.

This year, the district adopted IXL, a digital platform, to support student personalized math and language arts learning in the classrooms. Willow Dale students have already practiced and mastered hundreds of skills since September!

The cold weather is here to stay. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to go outside for recess. It is also important to label all items. The lost and found is already full of lost coats, hats, sweatshirts, etc. If your child is missing an item, please have them check the Lost and Found in the cafeteria and downstairs in the blue cabinet outside of room 50. The weather guidelines we follow can be found in the newsletter below.

Since we have moved to trimesters at the elementary school this year, conferences will not be held until December. Therefore, next week, students will have full-days of school on November 25, 26, & 27.

We are looking forward to another week of learning and student engagement.

All the best for a great week!

Dr. Perkins

Pictures from the Week

Willow Dale Book Fair

Dear Willow Dale Families,

Willow Dale’s annual Book Fair will be held in the library NOVEMBER 18-25. We will again be showcasing books from The Doylestown Bookshop.

Parents are welcome all week long from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, and at our special Family Shopping Night on Thursday, November 21st, from 4:30-7:00 PM. You are welcome to bring your children that evening, or you might want to come alone to purchase some surprises.

Your child will visit the book fair during regularly scheduled library classes. If your child plans to purchase a book on that day, please send along an envelope with cash or a check (payable to “Willow Dale Home and School”) for the purchase amount or limit. Average book prices range from $5-$20. Please note the state of Pennsylvania requires us to charge sales tax, so you will need to calculate the additional 6% sales tax. We will also accept credit cards during the parent evening this year.

Please consider purchasing books through the Willow Dale Book Fair for your children. Proceeds from the book fair provide funding for the reading, library, and makerspace programs. Thank you for your support!

Questions? Please contact us by phone at (215) 441-6093 ext. 17056, or email

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Zucker

Mrs. Lauren Zucker

Library Media Specialist

School-Wdie Positive Behavior Prize Patrol

Rather than give PAWS stickers, the recess/cafeteria monitors, bus drivers, and substitute teachers give out prize tickets to students for exhibiting PAWSome behaviors. Tickets have a color associated with each area; red for the classroom with a substitute teacher, yellow for the bus, white for the cafeteria, and blue for recess. Students can save their tickets to redeem for prizes.

Students store their tickets that they earned in the classroom. Once a week, the PUMA Prize Patrol (Mr. Julius and PUMA Ambassadors with a cart holding a selection of prizes) will come through the hallway for students to redeem their tickets. Students can ‘buy’ prizes using their earned colored tickets.

Fourth Grade Students Compete in IXL Challenge

This week, Ms. Strenger's, Ms. Regensberer, and Mr. Scancella's math students participated in an IXL Challenge. Mr. Scancella’s fourth-grade math class challenged Ms. Strenger and Ms. Regensburger’s classes to an old fashion math battle. The three classes squared off seeing who could master more skills in 30 minutes. After some chanting, cheering, and high fives it was Ms. Regensburger’s class who came out victorious.

Not to be lost in the battle are the real statistics. In just 30 minutes the three classes completed over 2400 math problems and mastered 70 skills.

After the battle, Ms. Regensburger said, “what did Scancella and Strenger expect coming in here and challenging us? I mean come on! We are the top class!” I’m sure this won’t be the last time these three titans square off.

Congratulations to Ms. Regensberger's class who won, mastering 36 skills. Keep up the great work, 4th grade!

Fabulous Females Club

Fabulous Females is an after-school club available to all Willow Dale female students in 5th grade. The group is designed to raise girls’ self-awareness, develop empathy, teach healthy conflict resolution, explore feelings, and promote a positive change in female relationships. Mrs. Kara LaRose, School Counselor, and Mrs. Haidy Kerber, 3rd-grade teacher, created this group in 2007 and have been making improvements every year in an effort to support girls and help them to navigate a time of physical, social, and emotional changes. During our 8 sessions together, we cover many topics and end our group with a culminating session and celebration to which the girls invite a fabulous, adult female. We have found this to be a wonderful opportunity to start a conversation between the girls and adults in their lives. We are so grateful to have the financial support of the Centennial Education Foundation and the Willow Dale Home and School Association. This support has enabled us to purchase t-shirts and gratitude journals as well as other craft supplies to enhance the group curriculum. We are enthusiastic to begin this year’s group with a fabulous group of girls!

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Willow Dale Students Participate in Warminster Paint the Plow Contest

Mrs. Dow and several students participated in the Warminster Township, Paint the Plow Contest. Thank you to all of the Willow Dale artists who spent their working on this project.
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From the Nurse's Office

The cold weather and the start of the flu season are upon us! Please consider having your child receive the flu vaccine. Check with his or her pediatrician regarding receiving a flu shot or flu mist. Your child’s physician will be able to guide you in making the best decision. Also, you may always contact the Bucks County Department of Health for more information on flu shot clinics throughout the year at (215) 345-3318.

Remember, GOOD HANDWASHING is key to preventing the spread of germs. Remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of their hands, between their fingers, and under their fingernails, with a good amount of friction. Make it fun for them and sing songs to make sure they are doing a good job! Encourage them to try not to touch their faces, especially their eyes, nose, and mouth unless their hands are clean. Stress the importance of this to your children in order to keep them healthy and able to learn!

The Willow Dale Nurse’s office does not keep cold and cough medicine in stock. If your child requires over the counter medicine, we advise they take it prior to the school day. Please be careful when administering any medication that may make your child drowsy.

If your child is having any fever or vomiting, they should stay home until fever/symptom-free for 24 hours. We are trying to keep all of our students happy and healthy during this time of year!

Health screenings started in the nurse’s office last month. For elementary schools, this includes a vision exam assessing near and distance vision and height and weight checks for all grades, kindergarten through 5. Also, under the Pennsylvania state mandates, hearing screenings are performed for kindergarten through grade 3. Yearly hearing screenings are only performed for grades 4 and 5 under special circumstances or concerns regarding a child’s hearing expressed by a parent and/or teacher. If there is a concern with your child’s vision, hearing, or growth during the school health screening, a letter will be sent home to notify a parent of the concerns and to recommend follow-up with a doctor. If necessary, notification of a parent via a phone call will be made. More information about health screenings can be found at the PA Department of Health website.

Please do not hesitate to call the nurse’s office for questions or concerns.

Mrs. Salita, RN, BSN, CSN

Mrs. Kleinschmidt, RN, BSN

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November Rotation Calendar

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Library Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 18th, 9am to Friday, Nov. 22nd, 3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Evening Book Fair

  • November 21, 2019
  • 4:30- 7 PM

Mother/Son Competition Game Night

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Secret Shop

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 9am to Friday, Dec. 6th, 3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

  • Check with your child's teacher for the schedule.
  • Holiday Shop will be open in the evening on December 4 from 5 pm- 7 pm.

Secret Shop- Evening Hours

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 5-7pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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FEAST (Feeding Everyone at Special Times) program for the holidays

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Register for the Science Explorers Club- October to May

Science Explorers, an outside organization, will be offering a variety of science experiences for Willow Dale K-5 students. Click here for more information.

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Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess

Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess

Below 60 degrees—Jacket or long sleeves

Below 50 degrees—Coat and long pants

Below 32 degrees—Gloves and hats to go outside

Below 20 degrees—Shortened recess (5-10 minutes)

Below 10 degrees—Indoor recess

All temperatures represent the “feels like” number. Sometimes the windchill or windspeed may necessitate an indoor recess.

*If you are in need of coats, hats, gloves- Contact the School Counselors:

Ms. Zemitis:

Ms. LaRose:

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Visitors to the school must enter the school’s front foyer (white doors) and ring the bell, located next to the door that leads to the main office. Once buzzed in, our fantastic staff will be happy to serve you!

  1. Visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office.
  2. All visitors to the building will have his/her photo identification card scanned through the Raptor system to ensure everyone’s safety. Please make sure you have your driver's license or state photo ID card available upon entrance. The system was upgraded this year, therefore ALL visitors must present their driver's license when they enter the building.
  3. Visitors or parents may be escorted to their room where their business or volunteer work is being conducted.
  4. Students are requested not to bring guests to school unless permission is granted in advance by the principal.
  5. Forgotten books, lunch money, lunches, etc. should be left in the office. We will see that they are delivered to the student.
  6. If a parent or designated adult is picking a student up from school early, photo identification is required to release the student.

Thank you very much for helping us maintain a safe school for our students and staff!

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Children who attend school regularly make the best academic progress, graduate, and go on to successful post-secondary education and/or careers.

Students, who arrive late (after 8:45 am), must report to the office for a late slip. Parents should accompany tardy students to the office to sign in the student.

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school to let us know.

Reporting Absences


Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at Please know you will still receive automated phone calls (to the primary phone listed in Skyward) if you have not submitted an absence note via email on the days your child is absent from school.

**Absence notes must be submitted within 3 days of the student's absence, otherwise, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.

E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address:
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.
  • When sending an absence notification please include the following information:

  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Grade
  3. Child's Homeroom Teacher
  4. Date(s) of Absence
  5. Reason for Absence
  6. Contact Phone # for Parent/Guardian
  7. Other Pertinent Information

  • While you may still continue to call the school on the day of absence, a follow-up e-mail or a written note is still required for the absence to be excused.
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Over the course of the school year, schools are required to conduct monthly safety drills.

We will practice fire, lock-in, lock-out, and weather emergency drills. These drills may or may not be announced. Unannounced drills more accurately indicate the preparedness of the school and the effectiveness of safety procedures. Your child's teacher will review the exercises and procedures with their classes. Please make the teacher aware of any concerns regarding your child's participation in the safety drills.

The Warminster Director of Emergency Management Services and the Warminster Police Department will be invited to observe our drills and provided feedback for improvement.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

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Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year

Dear Centennial Families;

The Centennial School District Board of School Directors approved Policy 204.1, Family Trips Scheduled During School Year.

Although the scheduling of family trips during the instructional year is not encouraged, the Centennial School Board recognizes that students may benefit educationally by accompanying their parent(s)/guardian(s) on trips. The revision to the policy will allow the schools to approve up to five (5) days instead of three (3). Any trip beyond five (5) days will need the approval of the Superintendent.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) who are requesting approval for a family trip need to complete and submit the attached form to their building principal at least two (2) weeks before the trip.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

Willow Dale Elementary School

Willow Dale Elementary School creates a safe and caring atmosphere focusing on growth through innovation, risk-taking, and character development in order to foster the success of all students