Dragon Blast

Mary C. Howse Elementary School

From the Principal

Dear MCH Parents:


PSSA season is officially over! Our students worked so very hard with focusing and doing their very best. As we approach May, we have a lot of activities upcoming here at "the Howse". Aside from many field trips, we have band and chorus concerts, 4th and 5th grade track meet, Fun day, and our annual walk-a-thon. If you are planning on volunteering in a classroom, please do not forget your driver's license when you come tour main office. If you are planning to chaperone a field trip, your child's teacher has reminded you to be sure your criminal clearances are on file here. Please be sure to also pay your field trip money before the due date established by your child's teacher. Please remember that you are only responsible for the admission costs - the cost for our buses is covered by our PTO, as it is each and every year!


The spring can remind us of new things - as grass grows and flowers bloom, we see lots of change. While our children seem to change, they still look for established routines. This starts in the home - having a morning routine is critical as is getting your child to school on time. If you are struggling to get here before 9:00, I encourage you to place your child on the school bus. Less than 1% of the time is any bus ever late here to MCH!. If your child does not want to ride the bus, but you would like them to, let us know and we can speak to them to encourage them as well. Maintaining those routines at night is just as critical - I realize that outside activities can be taking up a lot of your evenings and games, concerts, and grabbing dinner at a restaurant or drive thru becomes the norm. Hang in there...these times go by fast.

Dr. Cat

Announcements and Reminders


  • Kindergarten Registration has started: go to www.wcasd.net to register
  • MAY 3rd Chorus Concert
  • MAY 10th Instrumental Concert
  • MAY 17th Fourth and Fifth Grade track meet
  • MAY 18th Bringing Home Cancer Walk
  • MAY 30th FUN DAY!!!

Enrollment - Next Year

Dear Families of K-4 Students,

we are writing to ask for your help in providing information which will impact our staffing needs for next year.

  • ​If you know that your child will not be returning to MCH for any reason (e.g moving, going to another school, etc.), please let me know ASAP by replying to this email: aduffy@wcasd.net
  • If your child will return to MCH next year (or is going to middle school), there is nothing you need to do at this time.


Thanks for your help as we begin to plan for next year!


SPRING CONCERT CANNED FOOD DRIVE!!!

MCH is holding a Canned Food Drive during our Spring concerts.

If you are attending the Chorus Concert May 3rd or the Band/Orchestra Concert May 10th –

Please consider bringing a canned food item to school that evening.

Thank You!

MCH Student Council.

BRINGING HOME CANCER WALK

Bringing Hope Home Cancer Walk May 18th

http://bringinghopehome.org/

PE NEWS

P.E. News: Attention all 4th and 5th Grade Parents !

  • Still looking for Parent Volunteers for Thursday, May 17th at the WCASD Elementary Track Meet being held at West Chester University.

  • Email Mrs. McGinley at your earliest convenience: cmcginley@wcasd.net

  • Volunteer time is any or all time you can give between 9:15 – 2:00 that day.

  • Rain date is Monday, May 21st: Same times, same place

  • Volunteers time, measure and record student results on name tags. You get to choose your job that day. On the spot training....no experience necessary !! It’s a blast !!!

Fun Day: Please check out the attachment in this edition of the Dragon Blast. I will be sending a hard copy home with your child in the near future. Fun Day happens out back on our playground and is schedule for the end of May. Let me know if you want to have Fun while running a station during this annual event. You won’t be alone !!




FUN DAY 2018 VOLUNTEERS

THIS IS YOUR OFFICIAL INVITATION TO HELP OUT AND HAVE FUN….Wednesday, May 30th . WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUR CHILDREN HAVE A BLAST OUT BACK ALL DAY LONG. CHECK OUT THESE JOBS AND PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OR MORE !!!

  • 7:30 – 8:30 A.M. SET UP…BE AT GYMNASIUM SIDE DOOR WITH CAR BY 7:30 A.M..

  • 8:50 A.M. – 11:50 A.M.…A.M. SESSION FOR GRADES 3 -4 – 5

  • 12:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M…..P.M. SESSION FOR GRADES K-1-2

  • BOTH SESSIONS…but you may change your activity if you want from A.M. to P.M. Session !!!

  • Donation of a case of Bottled Water……please put in Gym next to Folding Wall

    RAIN DATE IS THURSDAY, MAY 31st !!!!!

If you have already responded by e-mail….no need to return this tear sheet. Respond to Mrs. McGinley cmcginley@wcasd.net A.S.A.P


Name: .

E-mail: Cell Phone:

Your child(ren) ‘s name(s): Teacher: .

Please circle the job(s) for which you are volunteering:

  • SET UP

  • RUNNING A STATION FOR THE A.M. SESSION

  • RUNNING A STATION FOR THE P.M. SESSION

  • RUNNING A STATION FOR BOTH SESSIONS

  • CASE OF WATER

    I CAN VOLUNTEER ON RAIN DATE: THURSDAY, May 31st

    PLEASE CIRCLE WHETHER YOU CAN OR CAN’T Volunteer on Raindate

    I CANNOT VOLUNTEER ON RAIN DATE: THURSDAY, May 31st

Summer Math Camp

Looking for a Math Camp this summer? We have your answer-Greg Tang Jr. Summer Camp coming to Peirce Middle School this summer. We are offering two weeks-June 18-22nd and July 16-20, Monday-Friday 9-2.

Spaces are going fast! Sign up today!

View the attached video to see the Math, Coding, and Literacy your child can experience at Greg Tang Jr. Math Camp.

https://tangmath.com/products/summer-camp?variant=5925541380123

SUMMER FUN!!!!

Dear Families,

The West Chester Area School District is pleased to announce that we have partnered with several community organizations to extend learning this summer for our students. A wide variety of programming is available to meet their unique interests and needs.

Click here to see our digital brochure. Click inside each hexagon for registration information and to enroll your son or daughter.

In addition, there are tons of ideas on our Sail Into Summer website that will encourage students to continue learning at home all summer long. Have fun exploring these ideas together!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE CAMP

On June 18 – July 27, 2018

West Chester, PA
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Upper Darby, PA
Norristown, PA

The Elementary School Math and Science Camp is a six (6) week experience for current K-5th grade junior scholars. The experience occurs Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:15PM starting on June 18th through July 27th, 2018. Junior Scholars will have a great experience exploring new concepts in math, chemistry, biology, computer science, robotics, weekly field trips and much more.

We are now accepting applications for this summer experience for current K-5th graders by selecting this link.

POSITIVE PRAISE!!!

Hi there -- I am thrilled to see that MCH has chosen Bringing Hope Home for the charity for the walk this spring. Both our children have been involved there with me for the past 5 years. It is an amazing organization that helps local families. So proud to see our school impacting local families like this will!

Sorry for an extra email on this, but it was the 1st time I saw it in print!

Have a great night and THANK YOU for all you do!


Thank you! This is fantastic! We are blessed to have such a great PTO boards made up of bright, talented, giving, and motivated people! So many thanks to all!


Hi Dr. Cat,

Just wanted to forward you this letter that we mailed to Team Rubicon J Thank you again for all your help and the MCH families for all their donation. The girls learned and gained a lot of experience from this project and was happy to be able to raise money to help their chosen organization.

Thank you again.

SCIENCE EXPLORERS

Science Club meets on Thursdays at Mary C. Howse after school from 3:50-4:50pm

and is available to students in grades 1-5.

The next club topic, which begins on May 10th, is

KABOOM CHEMISTRY:

We’ve picked some of our favorite activities and even created some new ones for this 3-session club. Get your goggles ready to experiment with chemistry that fizzes, bangs and pops as you blast off film canister rockets, make an explosion in a bag, erupt a mini geyser, mix up fizzy bath poppers, and create a bubbling density concoction!

Club topics later in the school year include Ready, Set, Summer!!

Please visit www.scienceexplorers.com and click on After-School Clubs for more information on club dates, cost or to register your child. Class size is limited to 23 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please email programs@scienceexplorers.com or call our office

at 610.816.5047 with any questions.

From the Kitchen

See: https://www.wcasd.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=209


for information on food services or see a menu.

Tracey Dwyer - tdwyer@wcasd.net

Mary C Howse Elementary School

Cafe' Manager

484-266-1380

Parent Portal

Use the link below to access the parent portal page:

http://home.wcasd.net/pages/West_Chester_Area_SD/ForParents/Parent_Portal

On the page, there is written documentation (English and Spanish,) as well as videos (English only) that walk parents through how to set up your parent portal account, how to access grades and set alerts, how to view the online report card, how to check attendance, etc. There is even an app for your phone if you prefer.

Please call the office for your child’s user name and password if you do not have the information that was provided to you at the beginning of the school year.

SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY

9/7/2017 BoardDocs® PL

http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/wche/Board.nsf/Public# 5/6

a. School/Classroom parties/celebrations with food/beverages shall be limited to no more than

three (3) per school year. At each event at least one fruit and vegetable will be offered.

There is a maximum of one sweet or salty snack that will be offered. All packaged foods

must be labeled with the ingredients and nutritional information.

b. Parents/Guardians shall be informed through newsletters or other efficient communication

methods that foods/beverages should only be brought in when requested for scheduled

parties/celebrations.

3. Shared Classroom Snacks:

a. Shared classroom snacks are not permitted in district schools except if it is part of the

curriculum as stated in #1 above.

The district shall provide a list of suggested nonfood ideas and healthy food and beverage alternatives

to parents/guardians and staff, which may be posted via the district website, student handbook,

newsletters, posted notices and/or other efficient communication methods.

Marketing/Contracting

Any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus during the school

day shall meet or exceed the established federal nutrition standards (USDA Smart Snacks in School)

and comply with established Board policies

Full policy guidelines can be found on the West Chester Area School District website.

Parent Resources

Our Mary C. Howse School Pledge

I pledge

To be the best that I can be

Respect myself and others

Make safe choices

And take responsibility

For my learning and behavior