SCA Parent Newsletter

April 7, 2016


Due to teacher professional development, school will begin at 10:30 AM for students.


Report cards for the third marking period will be sent home with students tomorrow.


Students will have a 1:00 dismissal due to parent-teacher conferences. Buses will leave Shalom at approximately 1:00 that day.

If you wish to schedule a conference with any of your students’ teachers, please email elementary secretary, Mrs. Patti Crilley today,, or call her at the school 717-375-2223. Confirmation of scheduled conferences will be emailed tomorrow, Friday, April 8th.


Earlier this week parents should have a received an email with a link to a survey about your 2015-2016 Shalom experience. Please complete this so that we can have your feedback. The survey is open until Monday, April 18, 2016.


We had an outstanding book fair this year! Our total sales of $5,427.45 was almost $2,000 higher than last year’s total, and netted the school $2,985.10 in Scholastic dollars! Thank you to everyone who participated!


We are offering a number of exciting summer camps this year! Yesterday each student in grades pre-K-7 received a flyer. Early bird discount is available prior to May 15th. Additional flyers are available at the school to share! These camps are not limited to Shalom students, so invite a friend.


Students in grades 1 and 2 are taking the Terra Nova assessment on April 19 and 20.

Students in grades 3 and 4 will take the paper copy ACT/Aspire assessment on April 19 and 20.

Those in grades 5-10 will take the computer-based ACT/Aspire assessment. They will take the assessment at the following times:

5th grade: April 19 a.m.; April 20 p.m.

6th grade: April 18 a.m.; April 19 a.m.; April 20 a.m.

7th grade: April 18 a.m.; April 19 p.m.; April 20 a.m.

8th grade: April 18 p.m.; April 19 a.m. & p.m.; April 20 a.m.

9th grade: April 14 p.m.; April 15 a.m.

10th grade: April 14 p.m., April 15 a.m.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the tight computer usage schedule, and rigid deadlines for returning the tests to be scored, it will be very difficult for students to make up tests they miss. Please keep that in mind when scheduling appointments. Thank you!


Middle school students will have field day the afternoon of April 20th, and may come to school in field day clothes.


Shalom’s high school chorale will hold a fundraiser Monday, April 25th, from

11 AM-9 PM. A percentage of net sales will be donated to the chorale. Click on the link below to download a flyer.


Click on the link below to view the latest guidance news from Mr. Shank.


The program has ended for the school year. We earned $1,898.59!


It’s hard to believe this great event is only 4 weeks away—Friday evening, May 6th, and Saturday, May 7th! We expect all parents to participate. If you have not been assigned an area to volunteer, please contact the school.

Dutchfest yard signs: We have our Dutchfest yard signs available for those who are interested in displaying them in their yard. You may pick them up in the main office. We are suggesting that they be displayed beginning April 20th. We will be sending a poster home to each family within the next several weeks.


Longaberger silent auction and tea! This year we are excited to offer a limited number of baskets at a silent auction and tea that will be held in our Learning Commons. The event will begin at 7:00 PM. There is no cost to attend the tea, but we are asking that those planning to attend RSVP to, or call the school 717-375-2223, by Monday, May 2nd. Thanks for helping us know how many to expect when planning.

Silent toy auction: Also in the learning commons, adults will have the opportunity to place bids on quality, classic children’s toys (valued at $25 or higher). This is a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to bid on gifts!

Food Items and Helpers Needed: We are in need of specialty baked items--homemade breads and rolls, homemade cinnamon rolls, apple dumplings, homemade candy, etc., to sell at our baked goods stand. In keeping with our “Dutch style foods” theme, we want to focus on “made from scratch” items rather than items from packaged mixes.

We are in need of workers on Saturday in various food areas.

Please contact Tabby Schwartz, 717-375-0106, if you have items that you can bake and donate, or if you are available to help in the foods area during Dutchfest.

Auction donations: If you have an item to donate please let the school know by April 15th, so that we can include it in the sale catalog. (We do not need to have the item until closer to Dutchfest.).

Quilted items: If you are donating an item to the quilt auction, please send the information to the school office (name of item, size, donated by whom, etc.) by Friday, April 29th, so that it can be included in the catalog.

SCA-5K and Fun Walk: Join us for our annual event Saturday, May 7th, at 8:30 AM. A registration form is available on our website, Forms are also available from the office. Register by April 25th, and receive a $5 discount and free t-shirt. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in each age group.

5K Business sponsors needed: We have $300 and $400 advertising opportunities available. Call or email Mr. Jeryl Hoover in the business office, 375-2223,, by April 20th.

Yard sale: The class of 2018 will be holding a yard sale and will be accepting donations closer to the event. Look for more information in an upcoming parent newsletter.

Dutchfest Website: Keep checking our special Dutchfest website,, for the latest on the May 6th and 7th event!

Swap shop Items - April


Shalom elementary soccer jersey - Royal blue, youth small - like new - $5
2 matching blue shorts - size 4 - $5/both
***Take everything for $8 - willing to make a deal!!***
Call Sherry Miles @ 717-597-1156 or email & write "SOCCER CLOTHES" in the subject line.

I have several uniforms sz 6 and 7 reg that will be available when school is out. Call or text Julie Cline at 717-377-2088.

Got beef for your summer picnics? We will have a few head of locally raised, high quality angus beef ready for your freezer by Mid June. Order by the quarter, half or whole. Call for details. 717-729-1112


2 bed/ 2 bath home with attached 2 car garage in quiet rural setting. Location: Just 1/4 mile off route 30 approximately 6 miles west of Chambersburg. Available May 1st. Great starter home. Well water, public sewer included. 717-729-1112


I am looking for size 5 or 6 elementary jumpers for upcoming kindergartener – contact Michelle Gordon,

Looking for size 9 or 10 elementary jumpers. Call or text Julie Cline at 717-377-2088.

Chambersburg Baptist Church has an immediate opening for a part time secretary, 20 hours a week, M-F from 8-noon. Office and computer skills required. Resumes may be emailed or mailed to the church at

P.O .Box 43, Chambersburg, PA 17201.


Cleaning Service – Residential and commercial – weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or special occasions. References available, free estimates. Call Nichole Lane – 717-404-9915.


Community Bible Study Friend Days: Chambersburg BIC Church Tuesday April 5&12 from 9:45 to 11:45am. Come learn about our class and see what we will be studying next year!! For more info contact: Heidi Roseman at 377-8826 or visit

Senior Picture Season is here!! Contact Heidi Roseman at 377-8826 to schedule your appointment. Or visit Trying Not 2 Blink on Facebook.

Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project (TWEP) is holding its 3rd annual field day event – May 21st from 9 AM-2 PM:

Come and join the fun at 4881 Ft. Loudon Road, Mercersburg, PA, with Franklin County Puppy Club, Cumberland Valley Pheasants Forever, PA Bluebird Society, rocks and minerals, bee keepers, sled dogs, retriever field training demo, activities

for the children, food and more!!

Art Camp

Summer Art – for ages 8 and up

Campers will be doing a variety of fun art projects using pencil, oil pastel, markers, watercolor pencil, paint, and more.

June 20-24, 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Costs is $65 and includes supplies.

Advanced Art

– for ages 10 and up

Keys to strengthen drawing skills will

be presented. A variety of project

choices, including drawing people,

will be available to complete.

June 20-24, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost is $65 and includes supplies.

About the Artist

Lisa has a degree in Art from Pensacola Christian College. She worked for a publisher, taught art at an area Christian school, and has given art lessons in her home.

To register call Lisa Fisler at 717-597-2475 (please leave a message)

or e-mail: (Call early - camps fill up!)

(No refunds after June 1, 2016)

Mercersburg Academy is offering summer camps: Click on the link below for information.