The Puma Pride

December 30, 2019

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Winter Concert 2019

Click here to view the recording.

Picture Gallery

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Decem-Beard Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

There is still time to donate! Students and visitors...bring in your spare change and vote for your favorite bearded teacher. This year, Decem-Beard will be the first fundraising event of two events raising funds to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Help Willow Dale be the top fundraising school in the district!
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School Store

Every Friday from 8:25-8:45 AM, students in All Grades have the opportunity to purchase items from our School Store. The school store this year, is located on the first floor right near the Art Room.
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After School Sports Club

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Girls Who Code Club (Grade 3 Girls)

Girls Who Code (GWC) club is an extracurricular program for 3rd grade girls that teach students about Computer Science (CS) in a fun and safe environment. This club serves as a place for girls to spend time together while learning about CS and building their confidence. This club will provide students with a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models, and an opportunity to use their skills to positively impact their community.

Service Project Opportunity, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for all Willow Dale students & families

Between now and January 20, 2020, our school will be holding our annual used children’s clothing and equipment drive for

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons is a local organization that provides, free of charge, the basic essentials that low-income and homeless children need to be safe, warm, valued, and ready to learn.

Here’s how you and your whole family can help:

  • Bring in gently used or new items (see list);

  • Come to WDES on Monday, 1/20/20, 9 – 12 noon, to sort and bag all the donations; and/or

  • Volunteer to drive to the C2C local site to drop off our school’s donations that same day.

We need to know who can help on MLK Day, (all children must be accompanied by an adult), and who is willing to drive to the drop-off site. If you would like to volunteer for either or both, please let Mrs. Kerber know at:

Sponsored by Willow Dale’s No Place for Hate Committee.

More Information

Sportsmanship Club (4th and 5th Grade Students)

This club is open to all fourth and fifth-grade boys and girls. The group is titled Sportsmanship Club and is designed to raise student’s self-awareness on working as a team on and off the field/court. Due to the weather conditions, we will start with football (5 sessions) and finish with basketball (5 sessions). Mr. Aninsman will be organizing this after-school group along with some special guests along the way. The Sportsmanship Club meets on Mondays from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. (11/25/2019- 3/9/2020; no session on 1/6/2020, 1/20/2020, 2/3/2020, and 2/17/2020).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Aninsman at

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Family Reading and Writing Ideas for School Breaks

Winter break means a well-deserved reprieve from homework and daily obligations. But before you know it, the holidays will be over and it will be back to the bus stop. To prepare for a smooth re-entry and a successful second semester, don't let school skills like reading, writing, and math slide completely during winter vacation. Try these family-friendly activities to keep skills sharp:

  • Read for pleasure. Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories like The Night Before Christmas or the newest installment from his favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to stash schoolbooks and read for fun. Encourage relatives to give books as holiday gifts or gather in front of the fire (big kids too!) to take turns reading from classic tales.

  • Cook up an easy lesson. Invite your child into the kitchen to help you whip up a special dish — from holiday cookies to potato pancakes. All of those half-tablespoon and quarter-cup measurements are great practice with fractions.

  • Write thank-you notes. Penning notes of appreciation to gift-givers teaches gratitude and helps polish writing and spelling skills. One final tip: a mug of hot cocoa can make this task feel more festive!

  • Make the most of car rides. Turn the drive to or from a holiday get-together into an opportunity to practice letters and numbers. You can look for license plates from different states, try to find the alphabet on the license plates, or count the number of red (or white or green) cars you see.

  • Maintain reasonable bedtimes. With no school to get up for in the morning, it can be tempting to let kids become night owls. A few days before school starts up again, ease back into the regular bedtime schedule so your child can start the year bright-eyed.

  • Have a family game night. Chances are many of your family's favorite board and card games reinforce skills such as counting, reading, and drawing. Gather the group to play games you usually don't have time for on school nights.

Below are some great electronic sites or apps that will reinforce what’s being instructed on in school. Your child’s teacher can supply you with passwords for any site that requires a login and password and he/she can’t remember!

Counselors Corner

Building Blocks of Communication

Parents often want to have good relationships with their children, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin. Life is busy and it is difficult to even find the time to think about improving your relationship with your children. What does a parent do? One of the biggest keys to a good relationship is spending time with your children. Sharing in fun brings people closer together. It is important, even in the busy world we live in, to set time aside for your children. Start today and make family night a regular occasion in your house. When kids are young there is nothing better than spending time with you, their parents.

Here are a few ideas on how to fit quality time in with your kids.

  • Homemade Pizza Night: This is fun for kids, parents can roll out the crust and each person in the family can put the toppings of his/her choice on a personal size pizza.

  • Game Night: Take one night a week or one night a month and make it game night. Kids love to play games and they learn sportsmanship at the same time.

  • Movie Night: Take one night a month and make it family movie night. Let a different person select the movie each night, pop some popcorn and hang out in the living room together.

  • Family Fun Bag: Sit down and make a list of all the fun things you want to do together. Write each one on a sheet of paper and place them in a bag. Draw one slip out each week or month and do what is on the slip-on family fun night/day.

January Rotation Calendar

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Thursday, Jan. 2nd 2020 at 8:45am-3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

5th Grade Spelling Bee

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 1:30-3pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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Form will be sent home shortly in Wednesday Folder

Candy Bar Bingo

Friday, Jan. 17th 2020 at 6:30-7:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

More information coming soon........

Cradles to Crayons

Monday, Jan. 20th 2020 at 9am-12pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

All Schools Closed - In-Service Day

Wednesday, Jan. 29th 2020 at 8:45am-3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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:

Ms. LaRose:

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


Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at 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:
  • 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.
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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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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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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.

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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.

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