Monday Memo

Week of May 9, 2016


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School Announcements & Updates

Open Enrollment Meeting

Please sign up in the office if you are interested in attending the Open Enrollment Meeting on May 16 at 3:30 pm.

Carnival Help-from Mr. Wissler

Your help is needed to help make our carnival a success! This is also another opportunity for OAA hours! Sign up using the link:

Music Updates

Monday 5/23: Lancaster Symphony will be returning to McCaskey to put on a performance for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. I will send out more details on this in another email.

Have a wonderful day! Once again, please let me know if you are able to attend/help with the concert as soon as you can. Thank you!

Tyler Hart

END OF YEAR 1:1 Meetings

Please use the link to schedule your End of the Year Meeting with Mrs. Mercado. If you have any questions please contact the office. All staff members should sign up for a time. More details will be forthcoming.


  • OSE-DIFFERENTIATED SUPERVISION-ensure you finalize documents in iobservation by Thursday May, 12, 2016
  • Ensure you have all relevant data
  • Analyze year long data and be preapared to discuss
  • SLO documentation must be completed and submitted via schoology by Thursday May 19th.
  • Be ready to discuss reflections of the school year and professional growth goal and plans.

Mentor Program Update

1. The school year is coming to a close. Please remember to work with the student you are mentoring one last time and close out your mentorship.

2. Thank you to everyone that participated in the program this year. These relationships and efforts throughout the year go a long way to making a difference in these children’s lives.

Monthly Celebration Update

To help keep students motivated with Dojo points through the end of the year, we are planning to have one last assembly in June to reveal the big prize for each assembly.

There will be two different monthly celebration activities this month:

K4-2nd grade will be watching the Reading Rainbow video of the book, Tar Beach, in the auditorium (given our technology works) . After the video and a quick talk, students will head outside and draw their dreams, aspirations and hopes for their future in chalk! If it is raining, students can draw their dreams, aspirations and hopes in chalk using black construction paper in their classrooms.

3rd-5th grade will be participating in different active stations outside. There will be enough stations so that only one class is at a station at a time. Rather than supporting an individual class, support teachers will be manning a set station. The stations are: Yoga, Tic Tac Toe Relay, Monkey's Run, Landmines, Sleeping Lions and Steal the Bacon (third grade will only have three stations to choose from). Classes are not expected to attend ALL stations--consider participating in two or three stations with a mix of the low key and active stations. There will be additional supports available to step in if students are not exemplifying PBIS behaviors during the stations and need redirection from you.

If you have any questions, please let Sefcik know!

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Each team is asked to visit the "Science Lab" area and clean up any items that may be out of place. Please keep in mind the area is a part of the K4 daily learning environment.
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Morning Meeting Focus: RESPECTFUL in Cafeteria

District Updates & Announcements

AIU Informational Meeting – Blended Model for the ESL Program Specialist Certification Program

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s K-12 ESL Department would like to invite interested participants to an informational meeting regarding the blended model for the ESL Program Specialist Certification. The new cohort for the K-12 ESL Program Specialist Certification will begin in June. This meeting will review the requirements for the program, certification requirements, costs, field experience, as well as the blended model of online and in-person instruction. It is an opportunity to meet the course instructors and to ask questions. All participants that are considering the program are encouraged to attend prior to starting the program. This informational meeting will be held on Monday, May 9th, at 5:30 pm at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (Sullivan Room) located at 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120. Questions & RSVP’s can be sent via email to K-12 ESL Program Director, Kelly Noyes at

Lancaster Science Factory Summer Camp Scholarships

The Lancaster Science Factory has full scholarships available to students with an economic need to attend STEM Summer camps. There are a limited number of scholarships available per camp. Campers may request up to two scholarships. Camper needs to be interested in the topic, as well as fit into the age grade requirement. Parent would be required to bring and pick up the child based on the hours of the camp. These scholarships are made possible by the Russo Family. In order for the scholarship form to be accepted, a parent needs to fill in the necessary information. The child needs to find a teacher that would recommend them for the scholarship and the child needs to answer a brief question. The sooner the documents are returned to the Lancaster Science Factory, the faster the scholarship positions can be filled and the child can be placed into the camp of their choose. The position in the camp is subject to availability. These camps are on a variety of topics. The camp entry is based on a grade complete criteria. A brief description and weekly offering is shown below. Attached are the necessary documents. Questions may be addressed to Rachel Cahill of the Lancaster Science Factory at 509-6363 extension 105.

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See someone going above and addition to the paper version of the Staff Spotlight found in the main office here is a link that can also be used to celebrate each other…it can be completely anonymous and there is also a spot for choice on how you feel the celebration should be shared.

Staff Spotlight

A monthly drawing will happen for spotlighted staff to win a PRIZE!

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For having fun, working together as a team!
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For all of her help in making Hollywood "Appreciation" Week a "two thumbs up" event!
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Want to start tweeting...not sure how?!? Contact Ms. Mercado or Mr. Lipisko for help.
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Food For Thought...


MONDAY 5/9/16

  • Black Top/Playground Only Recess

TUESDAY 5/10/16

  • 5th Grade Career Fair


  • Monthly Celebration
  • Early Release Day PD

THURSDAY 5/12/16

  • 5th Grade Field Trip

FRIDAY 5/13/16

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip


May 16- 5th Grade Lincoln Middle School Orientation

May 19th 1st Grade Field Trip

May 20th- Wellness Run

May 23- Lancaster Symphony Orchestra-3rd-5th

May 24- Kindergarten Hands On House

May 26-3rd Grade Trip to Musser Park

May 27th- Wickersham Family Carnival

May 31-5th Grade-County Park

June 3rd- Tentative Field Day

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Johnson- 5/12

Morgan- 5/23

N. Miller- 5/25

Lipisko- 5/29

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