The Puma Pride

February 17, 2020

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Join the Willow Dale Community in a day of fun, while also helping to raise funds for our school's School-Wide Positive Behavior Program.


On Monday, February 17, Centennial schools will be closed for President's Day. Be sure to stop in at the Warrington Chuck E. Cheese's anytime between 10 am and 9 pm to support the Willow Dale Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports Program.


Use a special coupon found in the link below, wear the sticker from your teacher, and check-in at the front of the restaurant, because the class with the most attendance for this event will earn a pizza party with Chuck E. Cheese himself!!!!!!


Keep an eye out for Willow Dale staff while you are there, as they will be going in the Ticket Blaster throughout the day!



Event Information:


  • Date: February 17, 2020
  • Time: 10 AM - 9 PM (stop by anytime!)
  • Location: Chuck E. Cheese Warrington; 1661 North Easton Road
Click Here for the Chuck E. Cheese Flyer

The Flyer contains information and valuable coupons.

Puma Cafe Winners

These PAWSome students enjoyed lunch with three friends at the Puma Cafe Winners on February 6th. Keep up the PAWSome behavior!


Nicholas Bruzzese- (K) Mahaffey

Giavana Iovine- (1) Tiger

Jacob Betschner- (2) McGarrey

Billy Holton- (3) Martin

Maddalena Lehman- (4) Rokowski

Alina Rozanski- (5) Harkins

Congratulations Liam!

Willow Dale second-grader, Liam Price competed in Pennsylvania's inaugural Regional Braille Challenge sponsored by the Phillies at the Berks County IU. The Braille Challenge is held to bring awareness to Braille literacy.


Congratulations to Liam who placed number 2 in his grade level!!

Mrs. Capriotti's Classroom Learns About the Power of Words!

Mrs. Miele, Literacy Coach, visits Mrs. Capriotti's Kindergarten classroom, to read the boo Words and Your Heart. She shared the book's powerful message that our words can make people happy, sad or change the way they feel. We learned to think before we speak! Thank you, Mrs. Miele for an awesome lesson!

Parent Information About the app Tik Tok

What is Tik Tok?


This popular app is familiar to many students. Here is some information for you, as parents/guardians, so you can familiarize yourself with the app and decide how it can be used safely in your family. As with any social media, adult supervision is imperative. We encourage you to have conversations with your kids about online safety.


For more general information about online safety, please visit, http://www.safekids.com/safety-advice-tools/.


Information about TikTok:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok


Feel free to reach out to the WIllow Dale Counselors if you have any questions.


Kara LaRose (K, 2, 4)

laroka@centennialsd.org

215-441-6093 ext 17031



Leanne Zemitis (1, 3, 5)

zemile@centennialsd.org

215-441-6093 ext 17030

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Free Workshops for Families

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Picture Gallery: 100th Day of School Celebration

NEWS FROM ROOM 15......MUSIC!

Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm.....that is what is going on in the music room right now. Each class is learning to distinguish between the steady beat and rhythm. Various activities and games are played to accomplish this. Students are learning note names, reading rhythms composed of those notes and even creating their own rhythms to perform for the class. Third grade has been busy learning how to play their Flutophones and later in the month, each class will learn about a famous African American musician whose music/playing influenced the music we listen to today. We will cover Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, and many more. Also, students in grades 4 and 5 have started Chorus and Handbell rehearsals again! They are looking forward to performing for you at the Spring Concert on May 20th at 7:00 p.m. The theme for the chorus portion is “Sounds Of The Seventies”. Can’t wait!

What's Happening in the Art Classes at Willow Dale?

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Science Day

Science Day!

Mark your calendars, Science Day will be held on May 27th in partnership with the National Energy Education Development and PECO, Willow Dale will enjoy an Energy Carnival! Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will be encouraged to create and display a science fair project at this all day event. For an event of this magnitude, we are looking for sponsors and demonstrators. If you know any who would be willing to help, please forward that information to Mr. Scancella. More information will come soon so be on the look out! Please contact Mr. Scancella with any questions scanmi@centennialsd.org.

4th Grade Science Club

4th Grade Science Club will be held on Wednesdays starting February 26th. A permission slip went home this week to those interested in the exciting world of science! These students will look at the different forms of energy, ways to transfer energy and even create their own energy! Science Club is only open to 30 students in 4th grade. Any questions, please email Mr. Scancella. scanmi@centennialsd.org

Valentine's Day Fun

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Nominate A Teacher!

The Phillies will honor great educators in the region who are making a difference on May 1, 2020, during the 20th annual Teacher Appreciation Night powered by Constellation. Each year, the Phillies select 10 area teachers, nominated by current and former students, parents and peers, to honor as All-Star Teachers. Now through March 13, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. ET, you can nominate a teacher, past or present, who has positively impacted your life.

Prior to the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game on May 1, the top 10 All-Stars will be honored on-field during a pregame ceremony. The 10 All-Stars and 10 Honorable Mentions will also be acknowledged that night during a pregame Tent Party.

In order to nominate a teacher, please click on the link below to fill out the form. Essays should be 500 words or less. Please direct any questions via e-mail to community@phillies.com. See Official Rules for complete details. Enter by 4:59 p.m. ET on March 13, 2020.

AAUW Stem Program for Girls Grades 5 - 8

March 7, 2020 AAUW Lansdale Branch in conjunction with Montgomery County Community College is conducting a STEM event for girls only.

“Discover Your Future” strives to overturn the stereotype that girls are less capable, or not interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This is a day of interactive workshops is lead by outstanding women leaders and role models in industry and academia.


The program geared to girls grades 5 to 8th creates a fun environment to excite girls with opportunities in STEM. The program on March 7, 2020 will run from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon at MCCC’s Blue Bell Campus for a nominal charge. Scholarships available.


Registration Closes February 29th.


Register Online at: https://dyf2020.eventbrite.com


(eventbrite charges a processing fee)


OR Complete the form and mail $10. to the address listed.


Additional forms and information: https://aauwlansdale.org/dyf

We hope to attract not only girls who have an interest in STEM, and those girls who have little opportunity or interest now.

February Rotation Calendar

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PSSA Dates 2020 (Grades 3, 4 & 5)

All elementary schools will administer the PSSA on the following schedule. More information will be forthcoming.



  • English and Language Arts--April 20 to April 22, 2020


  • Math--April 23 & April 24, 2020


  • Science --April 27, 2020

Attendance Reminders

While coming to school each and every day is important, it is equally important to monitor our children’s health. If a child is sick, please keep him/her home. Our teachers will work with students who have fallen ill to make sure they do not fall behind in the classroom.


If your child is absent from school and your child's attendance has not been updated in the system prior to 11:00 a.m. on the day of the absence, you will be notified via a voice message that will come to the primary phone number listed in Skyward. In addition, an email will be sent to the first email address listed in Skyward. Please be sure that your phone number and email address is updated in Skyward. If an automated call is made, and you believe it to be in error, please call the main office of the school. Automated calls and emails may still occur even if you’ve contacted the school regarding the absence. Absence notes will still be required within 3 days of the absence. According to policy, if a note is not received by the third day, the absence is deemed an unexcused/illegal absence. You can send a written note in with your child on the day that he or she returns to school. You can also email the excuse note.


E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address: WDAttendance@centennialsd.org
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.



If you have any questions regarding absences, please call the main office at (215) 441-6093

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2020 PSSA Dates (Grades 3-5)

All elementary schools will administer the PSSA on the following schedule. More information will be forthcoming.




· English and Language Arts--April 20,21, & 22


· Math--April 23 & April 24


· Science (Grade 4 Only)--April 27



Make-up Testing Windows


· ELA, Math, Science-Through April 30, 2020

Chuck E. Cheese's School Fundraiser

Monday, Feb. 17th, 9pm

1661 Easton Road

Warrington, PA

Chuck E. Cheese’s donates up to 20% of the sales generated from this event to your child’s school. Friends and family members are encouraged to help support this event.

Chick Fil-A Night

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 4-8pm

160 Easton Road

Warrington, PA

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Read Across America Week

Friday, Feb. 28th, 9am to Friday, March 6th, 3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

March Madness Basketball - Boys (Grades 4-5)

Friday, March 6th, 4-6pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

March Madness Basketball - Girls (Grades 4-5)

Friday, March 6th, 7-9pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Early Dismissal

Friday, March 13th, 8:45-11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Early Dismissal

Friday, March 20th, 8:45-11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Parent/Teacher Conferences (optional)

Friday, March 20th, 12:30-3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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Open House/Young Authors Night

Thursday, March 26th, 6-8pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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After School Sports Club

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Register for the Science Explorers Club- October to May

Science Explorers, an outside organization, will be offering a variety of science experiences for Willow Dale K-5 students. Click here for more information.

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Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess


Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess



Below 60 degrees—Jacket or long sleeves


Below 50 degrees—Coat and long pants


Below 32 degrees—Gloves and hats to go outside


Below 20 degrees—Shortened recess (5-10 minutes)


Below 10 degrees—Indoor recess


All temperatures represent the “feels like” number. Sometimes the windchill or windspeed may necessitate an indoor recess.


*If you are in need of coats, hats, gloves- Contact the School Counselors:


Ms. Zemitis: zemile@centennialsd.org

Ms. LaRose: laroka@centennialsd.org

From the Nurse's Office

The cold weather and the start of the flu season are upon us! Please consider having your child receive the flu vaccine. Check with his or her pediatrician regarding receiving a flu shot or flu mist. Your child’s physician will be able to guide you in making the best decision. Also, you may always contact the Bucks County Department of Health for more information on flu shot clinics throughout the year at (215) 345-3318.


Remember, GOOD HANDWASHING is key to preventing the spread of germs. Remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of their hands, between their fingers, and under their fingernails, with a good amount of friction. Make it fun for them and sing songs to make sure they are doing a good job! Encourage them to try not to touch their faces, especially their eyes, nose, and mouth unless their hands are clean. Stress the importance of this to your children in order to keep them healthy and able to learn!


The Willow Dale Nurse’s office does not keep cold and cough medicine in stock. If your child requires over the counter medicine, we advise they take it prior to the school day. Please be careful when administering any medication that may make your child drowsy.

If your child is having any fever or vomiting, they should stay home until fever/symptom-free for 24 hours. We are trying to keep all of our students happy and healthy during this time of year!



Health screenings started in the nurse’s office last month. For elementary schools, this includes a vision exam assessing near and distance vision and height and weight checks for all grades, kindergarten through 5. Also, under the Pennsylvania state mandates, hearing screenings are performed for kindergarten through grade 3. Yearly hearing screenings are only performed for grades 4 and 5 under special circumstances or concerns regarding a child’s hearing expressed by a parent and/or teacher. If there is a concern with your child’s vision, hearing, or growth during the school health screening, a letter will be sent home to notify a parent of the concerns and to recommend follow-up with a doctor. If necessary, notification of a parent via a phone call will be made. More information about health screenings can be found at the PA Department of Health website.


Please do not hesitate to call the nurse’s office for questions or concerns.


Mrs. Salita, RN, BSN, CSN

Mrs. Kleinschmidt, RN, BSN

Reporting Absences

SUBMITTING ABSENCE NOTES


Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at WDAttendance@centennialsd.org. Please know you will still receive automated phone calls (to the primary phone listed in Skyward) if you have not submitted an absence note via email on the days your child is absent from school.


**Absence notes must be submitted within 3 days of the student's absence, otherwise, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.



E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address: WDAttendance@centennialsd.org
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.
  • When sending an absence notification please include the following information:


  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Grade
  3. Child's Homeroom Teacher
  4. Date(s) of Absence
  5. Reason for Absence
  6. Contact Phone # for Parent/Guardian
  7. Other Pertinent Information


  • While you may still continue to call the school on the day of absence, a follow-up e-mail or a written note is still required for the absence to be excused.

Bus Change Request Procedures


If on a single occasion your child must ride a different bus at dismissal due to an emergency/childcare purposes, the following must be done to facilitate the change:


  • Requesting parent must send written notice (email or note) to the student’s teacher with the following information:

  1. Identify the bus (by number) in which the student will need to ride that day
  2. The reason for the request
  3. Name and address of the childcare provider


The childcare provider/parent must also send written notice to the student’s teacher advising of the childcare arrangement for that day.


The notes will be reviewed and signed by the principal and forwarded to Transportation to put the temporary bus change in effect.


Childcare Arrangements forms are only required for the following needs:


  • Any ongoing childcare needs that follow a specific schedule
  • Late arrival and early dismissal arrangements



Thank you for your continued support in following these procedures!

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Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year

Dear Centennial Families;


The Centennial School District Board of School Directors approved Policy 204.1, Family Trips Scheduled During School Year.


Although the scheduling of family trips during the instructional year is not encouraged, the Centennial School Board recognizes that students may benefit educationally by accompanying their parent(s)/guardian(s) on trips. The revision to the policy will allow the schools to approve up to five (5) days instead of three (3). Any trip beyond five (5) days will need the approval of the Superintendent.


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) who are requesting approval for a family trip need to complete and submit the attached form to their building principal at least two (2) weeks before the trip.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

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SAFETY & SECURITY

SCHOOL VISITORS


Visitors to the school must enter the school’s front foyer (white doors) and ring the bell, located next to the door that leads to the main office. Once buzzed in, our fantastic staff will be happy to serve you!



  1. Visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office.
  2. All visitors to the building will have his/her photo identification card scanned through the Raptor system to ensure everyone’s safety. Please make sure you have your driver's license or state photo ID card available upon entrance. The system was upgraded this year, therefore ALL visitors must present their driver's license when they enter the building.
  3. Visitors or parents may be escorted to their room where their business or volunteer work is being conducted.
  4. Students are requested not to bring guests to school unless permission is granted in advance by the principal.
  5. Forgotten books, lunch money, lunches, etc. should be left in the office. We will see that they are delivered to the student.
  6. If a parent or designated adult is picking a student up from school early, photo identification is required to release the student.



Thank you very much for helping us maintain a safe school for our students and staff!

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Attendance

Children who attend school regularly make the best academic progress, graduate, and go on to successful post-secondary education and/or careers.


Students, who arrive late (after 8:45 am), must report to the office for a late slip. Parents should accompany tardy students to the office to sign in the student.


If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school to let us know.

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SCHOOL SAFETY DRILLS

Over the course of the school year, schools are required to conduct monthly safety drills.


We will practice fire, lock-in, lock-out, and weather emergency drills. These drills may or may not be announced. Unannounced drills more accurately indicate the preparedness of the school and the effectiveness of safety procedures. Your child's teacher will review the exercises and procedures with their classes. Please make the teacher aware of any concerns regarding your child's participation in the safety drills.


The Warminster Director of Emergency Management Services and the Warminster Police Department will be invited to observe our drills and provided feedback for improvement.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

Willow Dale Elementary School

Willow Dale Elementary School creates a safe and caring atmosphere focusing on growth through innovation, risk-taking, and character development in order to foster the success of all students