MMW List Server Message

January 23, 2015

Hello Maureen M. Welch Parents,

This was an absolutely fantastic week at school! It began on Monday when sixth graders from MMW participated in two different service project activities on the MLK Day of Service. Then, we had our Education Week visitation days which were very well attended. It was impressive to see the amount of parents and grandparents who took the time to visit classrooms and stop by the fifth grade Wax Museum activity.

A definite highlight of the week took place Thursday evening as the students showed off their projects at the Science Fair. All of the projects demonstrated the creativity and hard work of the students, and I most especially enjoyed seeing the children having fun showing off their projects and viewing those of their classmates.

When there are weeks like these at school and I’m experiencing activities for the first time, I grow more impressed with the school community. There is such a strong level of support by families for school programs and activities. I know that your children likely appreciate the support, but please know that the staff and I appreciate it, as well. Thank you.


2014-2015 District Art Show T-Shirt

Orders are now being taken to purchase this year's t-shirt for the Council Rock Art Show. Each shirt has a space for students to add their own creativity by designing inside the artist’s canvas! All proceeds from the sales of t-shirts will benefit the Catharine T. Maynard Visual Arts Scholarship! Orders are due to Mrs. Cole by March 9th. 2015 District Art Show T-Shirt Order Form

Mother/Son Event

It's time for MMW Mothers and their Sons to enjoy an afternoon of basketball with tons of laughs and wonderful memories. Please join us for this year's mother son event at the Harlem Globetrotters on Sunday, March 8th at 5:00pm (Meet & Greet at 4:00pm). Tickets cost $20.00/per person. There are also discount food vouchers available for purchase. Online registration is now open and the deadline is February 13th. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27th at 9:30 am. This is the only morning meeting of the school year. The PTO will catch parents up on the latest happenings in the PTO and what is coming up in the New Year. The guest speaker will be the MMW school counselor, Nancy Jachimski. She will be there to talk about her role in the school, and she'll be discussing important topics such as test taking anxiety and socialization. FULL MEETING AGENDA

MMW PTO presents the 2015 Father Daughter Dance: A Night at the Oscars!

The Father-Daughter Dance will be on Friday, February 6th 6:30-9:30 (Snow date February 20th) and the cost is $11 per person. The online registration is now open, and the deadline for registration is Friday, January 23rd. Please help the PTO committee chair-people with their planning and purchasing by registering early. To help keep costs low, the PTO is requesting that the girls w/ the last names: A-M bring individual water bottles, N-S small juice boxes, T-Z caffeine-free soda cans. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

Save the Date!

Sunday, April 12th is the Spring Fundraiser at MMW! This is the PTO’s biggest fundraiser of the year! The event will be a run (theme to be announced soon!) and the PTO is looking for volunteers to help with the planning of the event. If you are interested in becoming part of the planning committee, please contact Kristin Lubinski at No experience is necessary! All are welcome to help plan this great event!

"Raising Great Kids" Speaker Series

Smartphones to Social Media - Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM - Newtown Middle School. Are you concerned about the impact of technology on your kids' lives? Then plan to attend the "Smartphones to Social Media" event for more information on the role of technology in children's lives and practical ways that parents can help kids learn to navigate the Internet safely. This event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP HERE and send your questions in advance by clicking this LINK to share your thoughts and concerns about kids, social media and technology.

Recycle Small Electronics and Support CR's Green Team and CREF!

Between January 13th and March 16th, each school in Council Rock will be participating in the CREF-Green Team recycling fundraiser. Bins will be placed in all schools to collect all electronics items smaller than a laptop including cell phones, inkjet cartridges, laptop computers & netbooks, iPads & tablets, iPods & MP3 players, digital SLR cameras and lenses, digital cameras & camcorders, handheld game systems, game consoles (Xbox, Wii, PS3), range finders & sky caddies, GPS devices & radar detectors, ebook readers, mobile hotspots and MiFi devices, 4G USB air cards and graphing calculators (cords and cables can be included for recycling as well).

If you have any of these items, please donate them in the boxes in each school. Funds raised will support innovative programs through CREF and the Green Team and emphasize the green message, to students and parents, that recycling is an ongoing commitment to protecting our planet. Please support CREF and send these items in with your students! Any questions please contact or click HERE for more information about this program.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, January 23rd - PTO Pretzel Sale
  • Tuesday, January 27th – PTO Meeting, 9:30 am
  • Friday, January 30th – Super Bowl Spirit Day – Wear Colors/Jersey of Favorite Team
  • Friday, February 6th – PTO Pretzel Sale
  • Friday, February 27th – Sixth Grade Play Performance (7 pm)
  • Saturday, February 28th - Sixth Grade Play Performance (6 pm)

For the Advanced Planners: 2015 PSSA Testing Dates

English Language Arts Assessments, April 13th-17th for grades 3-6

Mathematics Assessments, April 20th-24th for grades 3-6

Science Assessments, April 27th-May 1st for grade 4

Maureen M. Welch E-Friday Folder

Here is the latest flyer on our school's E-Friday Folder:

2015 District Art Show T-Shirt Order Form

After last winter, the "s" word has been forbidden to be spoken or written in Council Rock. But frozen precipitation is likely on it's way over the next several days. If there is ever a two-hour delay or school closing, a district list server message will be sent to parents' email addresses, and the district website will provide information, as well.

Stay warm, stay dry, and stay safe. Enjoy a great weekend!

Joe MacClay


Maureen M. Welch Elementary School

750 New Road

Churchville, PA 18966