The South Spotlight

News and Updates from South Elementary - 05/12/23

Message from Mr. D'Andrea

Dear Families,

As the school year winds down, we are excited for the various activities and events planned for students across grade levels in the weeks ahead! Please review the information below carefully and let us know of any questions.

Just a reminder that the last day of school is now Friday, June 9th - the revised district calendar is posted below for your reference.

  • May 8th 200 Club Winners
  • One School, One Book Kickoff
  • 23-24 Kindergarten Registration Remains OPEN
  • 23-24 Class Placement Information
  • Yearbook Update
  • Home and School Updates - Bingo Night, May 13th
  • Fun Fair / Field Day Information (Friday, June 2nd)
  • Important Dates - May and June
  • Inservice 1/2 Day Details - June 7th, 8th, and 9th
  • May and June South Calendar

Again, let us know of any questions, have a great weekend!

Dave D'Andrea

Principal, South Elementary

May 8th 200 Club Winners

On May 8th , we hit 10 names in a row on the South 200 Club Board for the 7th time this year! Every day, we are reminded how responsible, respectful, safe, and kind our students are here at South. Thanks for reinforcing these expectations at home as well! Our focus through the end of the school year continues to be on showing RESPECT to others.
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One School, One Book Kickoff

We are excited to announce South's participation in One School, One Book starting next week! One School, One Book is a movement designed to get an entire school community, including families, involved in the joy of reading and create a culture of literacy in every home.

For more information about the kickoff at South next week, please click the link below:

One School, One Book Family Letter (originally shared with families on 05/08)

More information will follow next week after the kickoff assembly on Wednesday, stay tuned!

23-24 Kindergarten Registration OPEN

Do you have a child that will turn 5 years old prior to September 1st, 2023? If so, your child is eligible to attend school in the Perkiomen Valley School District next fall.

Click the link below to begin the online registration (OLR) process:


Once you complete the online registration process and submit all required documentation, please call the South main office at 610-489-2991 or email Kim Jones at to schedule your registration appointment - Kindergarten registration at South will take place on March 20, 21, 22, and 23rd.

At your registration appointment, we will confirm all registration requirements have been met, and and we will also meet with your child to learn more about their early reading and numeracy skills.

*Feel free to pass along this information to friends or neighbors who have their first child planning to start Kindergarten next year.

23-24 Class Placement Information

In the final weeks of the school year, South will begin the scheduling process for the 23-24 school year. We consider class placement to be one of our most important tasks, and for that reason I would like to share the process with you. Student placement is determined and reviewed by a core team of educators at South; each child’s academic, social and emotional growth, peer relations, and overall needs are carefully considered and discussed. We strive to create classrooms that are heterogeneous, function as cohesive groups, and provide each child with a teacher whose style will best meet his or her needs. We feel our time is well spent exploring all of these factors because we also share a personal responsibility for each child.

If you have any information you wish to share regarding your child that will be helpful in class placement discussions, please send me a direct email ( by Friday, May 19th.

While we will carefully consider the type of teacher and qualities of an educator you think will best serve your child, I respectfully ask that you refrain from making specific teacher requests. Thank you for your support in this process.

Yearbook Update:

Yearbooks are a great way to remember the school year and see hundreds of photos of students and events! They are scheduled to arrive the first week of June. We had a lot of requests after the April 11th purchase deadline, so a limited number of additional soft cover copies were ordered. They are first come, first served, so don't miss out! If interested, please send $18 (cash or check payable to "South Home & School") to school with your child's name, teacher, and "yearbook" written on the envelope. We would love to see all 5th graders with a yearbook- 80% have ordered one so far!

To confirm that you ordered a yearbook, to request to pay with Venmo, or for any questions, please email

The committee is seeking individuals to replace outgoing members and fill vacancies for lower grades. There is also an opportunity to partner with the current Yearbook Lead and then take over this role in the future. We need people who like taking photos and have flexible schedules to assist with the creation of the yearbook! If you are interested or want to learn more, please send an email to Amanda Zikas at

Home and School Updates - May

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2023 Fun Fair / Field Day Information (Friday, June 2nd)

Planning for South's annual Fun Fair / Field Day, schedule for Friday, June 2nd, is well underway! Please click the link below for a full overview of important details for parents - I will also send this information as a stand alone communication the week prior to June 2nd:

2023 Fun Fair / Field Day - Parent Information Letter

Volunteers are needed to make this day a success for our students and staff - if you are interested in helping that day, please click the link below:

Important Dates: May & June

May 8th - 12th - Teacher Appreciation Week

Saturday, May 13th - South H&S Bingo Night (6-7:30 pm @ PVHS Cafeteria)

Tuesday, May 16th - Inservice Day, NO SCHOOL

Friday, May 19th - Colonial Fair, 5th Grade

Tuesday, May 23rd - District Wide Band/Orchestra Concert (MSE, 6-7 PM)

May 25th - June 2nd - Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

Friday, June 2nd - Fun Fair/Field Day (more information to follow)

June, 7th, 8th, & 9th - 1/2 Day Inservice Schedule

Friday, June 9th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

1/2 Day Inservice Schedule / Notes (June 7th, 8th, and 9th)

Please note we have in-service 1/2 days scheduled on June 7th, 8th, and 9th. See arrival and dismissal adjustments below:

1st-5th Grade:

AM Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

PM Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)

Kindergarten (K+ ends on Tuesday, June 6th - all Kindergarten students will follow the dismissal schedule below based on AM or PM sections):

AM-K Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

AM-K Dismissal: 10:30 AM (bus times are adjusted 1 hour earlier than normal)

PM-K Arrival: 10:30 AM (bus times are adjusted 2 hours earlier than normal)

PM-K Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)

*YMCA Note: the before/aftercare YMCA program will run onsite as usual on 1/2 days.

South Calendar - May & June

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General Updates

  • Education Trip Forms - please remember to submit education trip forms for any extended travel plans, regardless of your child's instructional model. You can find educational trip forms here.
  • Attendance Notes - please submit absence notes to the South attendance email ( for any unplanned or unexpected absence due to illness or well visits.
South Home and School Association

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