Mustang Minute

Montgomery Elementary School


March 26 ~ Kindergarten Registration at Montgomery -

12:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please call for appointment

March 28 ~ 4th grade to TWEP

March 28 ~ End of 3rd Marking Period

March 28 ~ District-wide Chorus Concert (grade 5 students may participate if they wish)

at JBHS Gym - 7:00 p.m.

April 4 ~ PTO meeting at 7:00 p.m.

April 5 ~ Report Cards sent home

April 8 ~ Board Meeting at Mercersburg Elem Library - 7:00 p.m.

April 10 ~ Mrs. Kaiser's class swim make-up day

April 10 ~ Spring Picture Day

April 19 - 22 ~ Easter Break

April 26 ~ Mommy & Me Paint Night at Montgomery from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Race for Education - May 22

Fun Day - May 30


SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION on Thursday, April 18 as a weather related make-up day. Easter Break will now be April 19 - 22.

Currently, the school year calendar has been extended to June 4th, due to inclement weather days off.


*Mrs. Kaiser's class will have a make-up swimming day on April 10th

Mr. Piper's class ~ April 25 - 26

Mrs. McGarvey's class ~ April 29 - 30

Mrs. Malone's class ~ Dates TBA


As we approach the second half of our school year, please be aware that if you are planning to volunteer for any school day event, which include FIELD TRIPS, RACE FOR ED, and FUN DAY, you must complete and submit the following clearances to the Tuscarora School District Human Resources department:

Volunteer Registration Form

Child Abuse History Clearance

PA Criminal Record Check

Act 24 – Arrest/Conviction Form

Federal Criminal History Record Check

Tuberculin Test Results Form

Mandated Reporter Training (instructions provided in Volunteer Letter)

Volunteer packets with clearance applications, forms and directions, are available in the school office and on the school district’s website at (select Montgomery > Parents tab). Some applications may take several weeks to process, so plan accordingly to obtain volunteer approval before end of year activities take place.

If it has been longer than five years since completing one or more of your clearances, they may have expired and must be renewed before you can continue to volunteer.

Kindergarten Registration Announcement:


Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-20 school year is scheduled for children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019. Please call the school your child will attend to establish an appointment for the dates listed below. You may call, at your earliest convenience, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following extensions.

Monday, March 25th at Mercersburg - ext. 2500

Tuesday, March 26th at Montgomery - ext. 2400

Wednesday March 27th at St. Thomas - ext. 2700

Thursday, March 28th at Mountain View - ext. 2600

Registration times available are 12:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. To be more efficient, we prefer that you make an appointment as soon as possible. However, if you are unable to pre-register for a specific time, walk-ins will be accepted. Please recognize that appointments that have been scheduled will be handled before walk-ins, therefore, be prepared for a possible wait.

In addition to scheduling an appointment to register, please go to the Tuscarora School District’s website at to complete important student information prior to your appointment. If you do not have a computer, there are computers available at each school.

Directions: go to >Departments & Services > Registration > Kindergarten Registration. Follow the directions to create a new account. Login > Kindergarten Registration Form 2019-20.

If you are unable to load documents to the computer, simply bring them with you to your appointment.

Speech and general kindergarten preparedness screening will take place at the time of registration; please bring your child with you.

The following information is required on the day of registration:

· Proof of child’s age – birth certificate, baptismal certificate

· Custodial documentation (if applicable)

· Immunization Record

· Two proofs of residency in the Tuscarora School District

· If your child(ren) will be transported from/to child care, please bring the name, address, and contact number of the provider. The child care must be within the boundary of the school your child attends.

The following documented immunizations are required for entrance into kindergarten:

· 4 Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (one dose on or after the 4th birthday)

· 3 Polio

· 2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

· 3 Hepatitis B

· 2 Varicella (Chicken Pox) – either vaccine or date of disease


Big picture
Back row: Jacob McIntosh, Shelby Crider, Skylee Hensley, Jacob Hoover, Landon Lightner

Middle row: Alex Brake, Claire Kenzie, Bella Funk, Jeremy Faust, Shayla Hershey

Front row: Micah McGarvey, Brooklynn Kuhns, Laila Uglow


This year our school raised $4,866.20 for Jump Rope for Heart!! This was more than we raised last year! Mr. Corby would like to thank everyone who donated and participated to this great cause! Kate Kopko, from Ms. Piper’s class was our top fundraiser this year. She raised $505, so congratulations and thank you to her as well!


February is a very busy month when it comes to health education.

Below are a few things to think of as we enter February.

February National Children’s Dental Health Month

It’s never too early to start caring for one’s teeth. Since tooth decay can begin as soon as teeth first appear, parents are encouraged to start caring for their children’s teeth and gums early.

  • Children need strong and healthy teeth to chew food and to be able to speak clearly.
  • “Baby teeth” hold spaces and serve as a guide for permanent teeth that will come later. If a baby tooth decays and is removed early, the permanent teeth may drift into an empty space and come in crooked.
  • The most important tip for parents is to be a good role model. Children are more likely to pick-up a good habit if they see their parents practicing and enjoying good behavior, too. Good oral hygiene benefits everyone.
  • Foods with calcium and fruits and vegetables lead to strong bones and teeth. Limits should be placed on sugary and starchy snacks and drinks.

Feb 2 National Wear Red Day for American Heart Month

Cardiovascular diseases, including strokes, are our nations #1 killer. To urge Americans to join the battle against these diseases, since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February “American Heart Month”.

Feb 4 World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is a global observance to help raise our awareness of cancer and how to prevent, detect it, or treat it.

Feb 11-17 Random Acts of Kindness Week

If there is anything this world needs it is more kindness. Here are some ideas to make that happen:

· compliment someone

· smile

· hold the door

· let someone in front of you in line

· carry groceries to the car for someone

· if somebody drops something, pick it up for them

· say hi


2018-2019 TWEP Open House Schedule at Charles Brightbill Environmental Center:

Sunday, April 7 - 2:00 - 4:00 - tentative, Cumberland Valley Woodcarvers

Thursday, May 2 - 6:00 - 8:00 - High School/Middle School Art Show with

artist demos

Sunday, May 5 - 2:00 - 4:00 - Open House; No program planned

Open House events are free at the Center, unless otherwise noted with *

Want to visit the Center, but can’t make the dates? Call the Center 717-328-2126 and make

arrangements for a visit at another time.

Watch our TWEP website at for all current info and “Friend” us on Facebook

ELEMENTARY MEAL PRICES for 18-19 School Year

Breakfast - $1.45, Reduced Breakfast - $.30

Lunch - $2.45, Reduced Lunch - $.40

Milk - $.45

Parent & Student Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy

The Parent & Student Handbook and the Acceptable Use Policy (for computer and internet use) is posted on the Tuscarora School District / Montgomery Elementary School website. We are asking each family to review both documents online so you are familiar with the expectations we hold for parents, faculty, staff, and students. If you wish to receive a hard copy of either document, please send a note to school with your child or contact the school office at 328-2023 ext. 2400.

To access the Parent & Student Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy:

TSD website -; Select “Montgomery Elementary School” under the "Schools" tab. Both documents are available under the “Students” tab.

Signatures will be required at the beginning of the school year, that you have reviewed and understand the rules and policies within each document.

School Day Hours

7:20: Doors open

7:35: Announcements and Breakfast is done being served

7:40: School day starts

2:10: Dismissal starts


  • Include child's first AND LAST NAME on any notes sent from home.
  • Notes should be sent anytime you are planning to pick up your child for an early dismissal.
  • Notes for sending your child home on a different bus should be limited to emergency requests.

Student Drop-off Procedures

When dropping off students in the morning, please allow our buses to exit the bus ramp before pulling up to the sidewalk along the flagpole, to let children out of your vehicle.

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy: In keeping with PA state regulations and the Tuscarora School Board policy #204, absences shall be treated as unlawful until the school office receives a written excuse explaining the absence. Written excuses must be submitted to the office within three days of the absence. Even if you have communicated with your child's teacher regarding an absence, a written note for the office is still required.

More than three unlawful absences could lead to notification of the local magisterial district judge, as well as a referral to the County Children and Youth Agency. If you have any questions in regards to attendance or excuses received, please contact the school secretary at 328-2023 ext. 2400.