Springfield Elementary

Panther Newsletter -- March 13, 2015

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents of Students in Grades 3, 4, & 5:


Students in Grades 3 - 5 will participate in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science Tests in April 2015.

The testing schedule is as follows:

PSSA English Language Arts (ELA): April 13 – 16 (Grades 3, 4, & 5)

PSSA Math: April 20 - 23 (Grades 3, 4, & 5)

PSSA Science April 28 & 29 (Grade 4 only)


I want to provide you with advance notice that requests for educational trips and/or vacations will not be approved during the testing schedule. Please consider this information as you plan your schedule in the coming month.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.


Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns--I'd love to hear from you. We can meet face-to-face or you can reach me at (610) 847-5131 x6001 or sdavis@palisadessd.org.


Scott Davis

Springfield Elementary Principal

Upcoming Events

3/13- Panther Pride Assembly, 2:30p, Springfield Gym

3/13- Movie Night, Big Hero 6, Springfield Gym, doors open 6:45p, movie starts at 7pm. Free

3/13, 14 & 15- The Sound of Music at PHS Auditorium. Flier

3/17- Spring pictures. Sibling shots also available; arrange in advance by contacting Mrs. Burns or 610-847-5131 x6000 prior to date.

3/17- Get Ready for Kindergarten - Rhyme Time, Dur-Nox Library 6:15-7:15pm

3/18- Board Meeting, 7:30p, PHS Library

3/20- School Store open during lunch/recess

3/20- Pillowcase Project, 3rd-5th grades, see below for more info

3/24- Dancing with the Strings, Grade 3-12 orchestra concert, 7p, PHS Auditorium. Free

3/24, 3/25 & 3/27- Auditions for Talent Show during lunch/recess for 3rd-5th grade

3/25- Cooking Class registration deadline. Flier


Springfield Elementary Chorus Night with the Iron Pigs tickets for May 12th available now--first come, first serve. Order form in Friday Folders. Flier

Did You Know?

  • Legislation has recently changed which will require ALL volunteers to update their clearances every 3 years. Clearances required for working with children in schools throughout the state will be PA Child Abuse and Criminal History, as well as FBI fingerprinting. A more in depth explanation will be forthcoming. FAQ

  • The snow day on Feb 17th will be made up on Monday, April 6th.
  • Panther Pride Spiritwear is available anytime--simply download & send in this form.
  • The District has created a Comprehensive Plan survey to determine operational and programs changes in the Palisades School District. Your assistance is needed in helping develop our plan and setting our priorities through 2019! Please fill out the appropriate survey here.

Upcoming Sports / Activities

3/13- Soccer Night at Springfield, 3:45-4:45pm: learn to play. Flier

3/21- Sport Cup Stacking Tournament, PALMS (entry deadline 3/1)

3/27-5/23- The Conservancy, Adult & Youth Spring Music & Art Classes. Flier

4/3- Easter Egg Hunt, Riegelsville Borough Park. See flier for times.

Thank you!

  • Thank you to Mrs. Rabi & Ms. Borzok for their efforts in planning & carrying out the 3rd grade bridge project--what a great experience & learning opportunity!
  • Thank you to Mrs. Kingsbury for organizing the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association & all who donated money to this cause.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Scholl for organizing the soft pretzel sales to raise money for the American Cancer Society & to all the families who take part.
  • Thank you to the Student Council for organizing the One Day Food Drive to benefit Operation Helping Hand, and to all the families who contributed to it.
  • Thank you to Mrs. McKenney for organizing (& rescheduling!) the Troy Hein visit.

Fundraising & Event Survey

SEPTA (Springfield Elementary Parent Teacher Alliance) counts all parents & guardians of current Springfield students as members. As we near the end of the fundraisers & events planned for this year we're looking for your feedback so that planning can begin for the 2015-16 school year. Please share your thoughts and ideas in this short survey.

SEPTA Family Movie Night - 3/13

Our last Movie Night of the year--Big Hero 6!

(follow the link to a bigger flier)


Doors open at 6:45pm, Movie starts at 7pm in the Gym.


Plan to stay & enjoy this movie with your children--

ALL Springfield families are welcome!

Scholastic Book Fair

CO-CHAIR NEEDED!


The Co-chair is in charge of reserving the building use and organizing the volunteers as well as requesting start-up change from SEPTA, set up/pack up and opening or closing registers each day of the Book Fair. The opportunity to shadow the current co-chair is available during the May Scholastic Book Fair. Please contact Michele Carson with any questions. Thank you!

SEPTA Meeting summary - 3/2

Five things to know from the last SEPTA meeting:

  1. April elections for 2015-16 SEPTA officers are coming. Interested parents may send their name and which position they'd like to run for (Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President & President) to Scott Davis: deadline March 31st. Elections will be held at the April SEPTA meeting on 4/13 at 6:30pm (note the time change).
  2. Scholastic Dollars raised through the Scholastic Book Fair over the past couple of years were spent on fulfilling classroom needs of teachers & ed-support based on requests they made from the Scholastic catalog. Items included books, rugs, etc.
  3. SEPTA board presented data on past year's fundraising results & is looking for input about fundraisers, past & present, fun family events, what events families enjoy & ideas on how our children can best benefit from money raised.
  4. An online fundraising & event survey has been created asking families to provide feedback & suggestions on past & future fundraisers as well as school events. Please fill out the short survey here.
  5. Scott Davis spoke about a grade 1 & 2 multi-age classroom at Springfield for the 2015-16 year and that he didn't have a final answer at the moment--depends on yet unknown staffing. There is a chance that Springfield will receive another teacher for next year. Mr. Davis stated that he will make a decision on whether or not to go with multi-age when he has more information.

-- Kudos --

3rd Grade Bridge Project

The bridge contest concludes the 3rd grade geometry unit. Differences between polygon shapes were studied and applied to designing and building the “strongest” bridge. Each bridge was made from 200 or less popsicle sticks and white glue. Each bridge had to be at least one popsicle stick wide, one popsicle stick tall, and at least 14 inches long to qualify for the contest.

Mrs. Rabi's class winners: Katelyn M. & Alena H., whose bridge held 76.5 pounds!

Ms. Borzok's class winners: Rex E. & William S. won strongest; Ailish K. & Ellie N. won best appearance.

Scholastic Dollars

For the past couple of years, earnings from our Scholastic Bookfairs have been received in "Scholastic Dollars" that can be spent in the Scholastic catalog. This spring teachers and ed-support made classroom wishlists which were used to purchase items from the Scholastic catalog. $5500 of Scholastic Dollars were spent to fulfill these wishlists. Photos of some of the items are shown below. Thank you to all who have contributed to this fundraiser by buying books or volunteering at the Bookfair!

Bottlecap Sculptures

Please continue saving your caps and lids! When we have enough caps/lids we will make outdoor (and possibly indoor) bottle cap sculptures.

We will need ANY & ALL COLORS, SHAPES, SIZES AND MATERIAL (both plastic and metal).


  • We can use caps/lids from: laundry soap, butter containers, water/milk/juice bottles, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, play-doh, etc.
  • The more variety we have the more creative and interesting our sculptures will be!


There is a box outside the Art room for all your donations. Thank you!

Board Meeting-- March 4th

Summary of Springfield-related topics:
  • A motion was made to approve changes to mathematics planned courses, grades K-8. Changes were the result of the adoption of the PA Core Standards in Reading and Mathematics last year. Proposed changes.
  • April 6th is now a regular school day - updated calendar as of 3/4.


For more meeting information, contact Tamara Rambo.

Morning Announcements

Each morning at Springfield 5th grade students give the morning announcements in a video format that is broadcast to each classroom. Many different members of the 5th grade share the responsibility of being anchorkids and camerakids and provide a "for the students, by the students" update of upcoming dates & information. There are also guests--like Reading Specialist Mrs. McKenney who ran a telephone call-in quiz with prizes going to the classroom answering Dr. Seuss questions correctly. See photos below.

Pillowcase Project - 3/20

The American Red Cross offers a free, interactive disaster preparedness program for 3rd to 5th graders called The Pillowcase Project, sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.


The Pillowcase Project vision is:

"To create a generation of children who understand the science of hazards, are empowered to take action by practicing how to prepare for emergencies, and understand that by sharing what they learned with family and friends, they can help create a prepared community."

Each child receives a pillowcase, 2 markers, 1 small comfort kit, 1 workbook, and a certification.

Troy Hein Assembly

On Tuesday, March 10th, author and local sportscaster, Troy Hein visited Springfield Elementary in honor of Read Across America week. He spoke to the students about his career as a sportscaster and also about the children's books that he has written. See photos below.

Screen Time Strategy

We all know how easy it is to be drawn into a video game & how hard it is to stop. Here's one strategy to help our children spend more creative time in the real world:

15-minute strategy.

Comments, Thoughts, Ideas

Did anything in this newsletter make you say "Huh?" or "What's that all about?" Please let me know and we'll follow up with more information. Just click on the green "Contact Lyla Cookson" or email directly to lyla@paulandlyla.com.



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