November Newsletter

Northside Elementary School

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R.O.A.R. Model of the Month: Victor George

2nd grade student, Victor George, modeled R - Ready to Learn this month. Victor has been working hard on his math facts. He is pictured above with his digital progress award. We are so proud of you, Victor!

Remaining Focused on the Joys of Education

As COVID-19 continues to bring challenges, I want to again highlight the work our staff has done. The Northside staff have been nothing short of monumental in their ability to plan, prepare and plan some more to help our students feel loved, engaged, and equipped whether with us in person or learning from home. Things aren't getting any easier, but we are growing. Please thank them for the work they are doing, the hours they are putting in, and let others know the incredible things happening at Northside!

Our circumstances have changed, but our mission has not. This month, I am reflecting on the countless things about Northside that I am thankful for. The first two items on that list are the students and staff. Northside is a very special place. I have never been more thankful for this team and the students we serve.

As students take devices home each evening, I encourage you to put the device away once homework is complete. Charge the device and engage in activities with others, like playing outside. Also, please always use your device as though you are in the classroom with your teacher - only view appropriate content and follow our school rules with the device.

-Mr. Applequist

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Dates to Remember in October

November 19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m./5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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Outdoor Education

What is Outdoor Education?

You may have been hearing about several fundraising opportunities for the Middle School Outdoor Education Program. Some of you may not be familiar with the program if you haven't had a middle school student yet. We wanted to be able to share information about the program that you are helping to support.

Every year, seventh grade students have an opportunity to attend our five-day residential program at Camp Swatara in May. The OE program has been in place for over 40 years. Outdoor Education is, as the title implies, the utilization of the out-of-doors as a learning laboratory where the school curriculum is enriched through direct hands-on learning experiences. In addition, students participate in a variety of activities that provide opportunities for personal and social growth which is very much needed in our digital age. Students come away from the program with a wealth of knowledge and experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Any questions please contact the program director, Michelle Waiter, at the middle school.
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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Northside has done a wonderful job keeping our students and staff safe. Northside teachers and staff are leading by example and following the 3 W's.

  1. Wash your Hands
  2. Watch your Distance
  3. Wear a Face Covering

You can view our district's Health and Safety Plan by clicking the link.

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Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Snook!

Homework is a way to reinforce learning and provide an opportunity for parents or caregivers to be involved in a child’s education. However, helping children complete homework is not always an easy task and can be a source of stress for some families. Setting up the right homework environment may help ease some of the stress.

Here are some tips for helping your child with homework:

Set a regular time for homework

  • The best time is one that works for your child and your family (but try and avoid homework right before bedtime)
  • Consistency is important!

Create a designated homework space

  • Any quiet, well-lit place will work
  • It should be free from distractions like television or people coming and going
  • Make sure all the required study materials are available

Be positive about homework

  • Emphasize the importance of school
  • The attitude you display will likely be the attitude your child acquires

Watch for signs of failure or frustration

  • Let your child take a short, couple minute break if they are frustrated
  • The break may help them to refocus


  • If your child has been successful in homework completion, celebrate their success!
  • Simple rewards can go a long way (i.e. take a walk together, play a game, pizza, movie night, etc.)
  • The special event will reinforce their positive behavior
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Reading Nook - Mrs. Walters & Mrs. Talmadge

The Northside family welcomes Mrs. Katelyn Talmadge, Reading Specialist to the Northside faculty. Mrs. Talmadge is filling in for Mrs. Lindsey Walters who is currently serving as a Cougar Academy Learning Coach.

Mrs. Talmadge has been with PASD for nine years. She served as a second-grade teacher and then a Reading Specialist at Lingle Elementary. Mrs. Talmadge joins Mrs.Terri Brier, Reading Specialist and Mrs. Carrie Marcheskie, Reading Instructional Aide as part of the NS Reading Team.

Helpful Hints: To support student literacy growth at home check out the list of online reading resources:

Parent Literacy Information: Virtual Connection

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Northside Renovation Updates:

At this time, Northside Renovations are complete! Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to have visitors. As soon as we are able to allow families into the building, we will allow a time to tour our updated look! Here's a look at our new secure vestibule!

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