Springfield Elementary

SEPTA Newsletter -- February 5, 2016

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Principal's Message

For the past thirteen years, I have been a part of Palisades School District. Prior to becoming principal at Springfield, I was principal at Tinicum and started my career at Palisades as the Assistant Principal at PALMS. I still continue to DJ for private parties.

As the chairperson of the Climate/Culture Committee under the district’s Comprehensive Plan, one of my goals is to train all staff in Restorative Practices & inform our parents and other community members about this philosophy.

Restorative Practices is a social science that studies how to build social capital & achieve social discipline through participatory learning & decision making. The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict & tensions by repairing harm & restoring relationships.

The fundamental hypothesis of this practice is that human beings are happier, more cooperative & productive, and more likely to make positive changes in their behavior when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

I look forward to sharing more information about Restorative Practices with you soon.

Thank you,

Scott Davis

Springfield Elementary Principal

Upcoming Events

2/5- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing

2/8- SEPTA Meeting, 7pm, Springfield Library & Live-streamed. Agenda includes: Restorative Practices introduction

2/10- EPS Meeting, 7p, PHS Audion. Agenda to include: Medical Career Pathways Enhancements & Dropout Prevention Update.

2/11- Classroom Valentine's Day parties, teachers schedule individually

2/11- Bingo -- Basket donation deadline. Flier

2/12- Student Holiday

2/15- Student Holiday

2/15- Fiscal Oversight Committee, 9am, District Office

2/16- Bingo Night Family 4 Pack -- order deadline. Flier

2/17- School Board Meeting, 7:30p, PHS Library

2/18- Cuddle Up with a Good Book Day, classrooms; teachers schedule individually

2/19- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing

2/19- Movie Night, Sports Movie Night Kids Choice, 7pm, Springfield Gym. Doors open at 6:45pm. Flier. Free, open to Springfield families. Concessions available for purchase. Not a drop-off event.

2/22- Deadline for Boxtops & Labels for Education

2/25- Magic of Math assembly, 9:30am (K-2) & 10:30am (3-5), Gym. Parents welcome.

2/26- Bingo Night, doors open @ 6pm, games run 6:30-8:30pm, Springfield Gym. Bingo cards & refreshments available for purchase. Flier

2/26- Jump Rope for Heart deadline for donations. Flier

3/2- Read Across America Day, wear red, white & black

3/3- Crazy Sock Day

3/4- Dress up like your favorite book character Day

Upcoming Sports / Activities

1/31-3/25- Girls on the Run online registration. Limit: 15 girls, 3rd-5th grade. Flier & contact for more info. Program begins March 14, M & W, 3:45-5pm, $150 fee.

2/11, 18, 25 & 3/3- Girls Fastpitch Softball Pitching Clinics. Age 10+ Registration required. $10 fee. Contact for more info.

2/12-15- Great Backyard Bird Count, National Audubon Society. More info & Flier

2/13- Science Saturdays, 10-11:30am, Peace Valley Nature Center. $5 fee. Flier

2/14- last day for Palisades Area Girls Softball League spring registration. Website & online registration

Silver Creek Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball Spring online registration

2/15- I Heart My Heart Day, Da Vinci Science Center, 10am-5pm. Visitors explore giant inflatable heart, learn hands-only CPR & meet heart doctors. Info

2/22- Getting Ready for Kindergarten, 6:15-7:15pm, DurNox Library. Free. Flier

2/28- Kids & Social Media presentation, 6-8pm, Trinity UCC (next to school). Free. Open to public including children 10+.

2/29- Strengthening Families Program registration deadline. Age 10-14. Free. Flier

3/4-6- PHS Musical The King & I. Tickets on sale to public beginning the week before. Contact

Kindergarten Registration 2016-17, PALMS, registration forms online or contact Ann Berger. Flier. Screening appointments available in April.

Did You Know?

  • The 2016-17 School Calendar has been approved! Link. Note that the first day of school is 8/29 & that Back to School Nights are scheduled for the week before the first day of school.

  • LIHEAP--Low Income Heat Energy Assistance Program is available thru April 1st. Flier

  • PSSAs (Pennsylvania System of Schools Assessment) are coming in April...no educational trips or vacations will be approved during these dates for grades 3, 4 & 5: 4/11-15 & 4/18-22 and for grade 4: 4/27-28.

  • The District has created a "Day Number" Calendar--subscribe so your personal Google, Outlook or iCal calendar will show the "day" in our 6-day cycle! This calendar will be updated to reflect snow days, though not until we return to school after the snow day. Subscribe here.

  • So far this year we've earned $440 from collecting Boxtops! Send in those clippings for our second collection date 2/22! Last year we earned $539 & our school has a lifetime earning of $9,463! All from just collecting those Boxtops! Keep collecting & sending them in to school!

  • Tuesday, 2/9 is Fasnacht Day! Don't forget to get your donuts to celebrate the Pennsylvania Dutch version of Fat Tuesday!

  • Monday, 2/8 is Chinese New Year--the year of the Monkey begins

Live-streamed SEPTA Meetings

Virtual attendees can follow along with the conversation & type in questions. Make your voice heard in the important decisions for our children & school. Just follow this link on February 8th at 7pm: February SEPTA meeting. Listen in and watch presentations, then type your comments or questions to take part in the discussions. Decisions that affect your children are made at SEPTA meetings.

Share your thoughts, make your voice heard.

Thank you!

  • Thank you to Michele & Matt Carson for planning the January Movie Night. Thank you to the following volunteers, bakers and others who graciously donated some of their time to make January Movie Night another great success: Penny & Doug Neeld, Brenda Yost, Joy & Danika Shearer, Amy Knecht, Tony Maguire, Jen Bauman, Kim Reilly, Moira Hower, Sarah Gappa, Lyla Cookson, Scott Davis, and our wonderful custodians-Dale, Bill and Jim.

  • Thank you to everyone (we're all part of SEPTA!) for fundraising efforts which, among many things, support amazing assemblies for our children. So far this year we've had Dr. Gustafson with The Science of Magic assembly, Kathy Miller (a Children's Author), a Respect Program from JP Mascaro & this month is the Magic of Math assembly. In May we look forward to Cliff Sunflower's Bee program.

  • Thank you to Tessa Palmer for heading up the committee for the Mother Son Bowling Event on 1/22 at Earl Bowl. Thank you to everyone who joined us & hope everyone had a wonderful time! Thank you to volunteers Lynne Macort, Laura Troxell & Shawna Liberg for helping all the way through from planning to clean up. Earl Bowl Lanes were a wonderful host and went above & beyond. Thank you to the SEPTA officers for their help in making this event possible.

  • Thank you to the Garden Club for organizing an after-school bird feeder activity & to all the children who attended!

  • Thank you to Mrs. Reed for preparing our chorus for the Elementary Choral Festival in Upper Moreland & to our chorus for working hard!

  • Thank you to Mr. Hogan for organizing the Spelling Bee on 2/3.

  • Thank you to Lynne Macort & Lyla Cookson for putting our Student Directory together. Thank you to all the advertisers who contributed.

  • Thank you to Ms. Borzok & Mr. Hogan for running the 5th grade Gym Club.

  • Thank you to all the families who supported the 5th Grade Fundraising activities and purchased soft pretzels each Friday--they've met their goal of covering the bus costs to Maryland in spring!

Outdoor Recess Guidelines

  • If the real feel (which includes the wind chill) temp is between 15 - 25 degrees, students will have an abbreviated outdoor recess anywhere between 5 - 15 minutes at the discretion of the teaching assistants
  • If the real feel (including the wind chill) temp is 25 degrees or higher, students will have regular outdoor recess
  • However, if the blacktop has snow/ice on it, students will not be able to go out.
  • Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the cold weather (i.e. jacket, hat, gloves, etc.)
  • Snow pants and snow boots are required for children to leave the blacktop to play in the snow

Bingo Night - Feb 26

Come enjoy a night of BINGO with family, friends, food & prizes! Doors open @ 6pm, games run 6:30-8:30pm.

Family 4 Packs (4 bingo cards with 6 games/card, 4 hot dogs or mac & cheese, 4 drinks & 4 bags of chips for $30) available for pre-order (deadline 2/16). Form

Six-game BINGO cards availble for $5 each on Bingo night, along with refreshments (including hot dogs, mac & cheese, pretzels, baked goods & drinks).

Donations to theme basket prizes are needed. See flier for more info.

February Movie Night

This month will be a Sports Movie Night--Kids Choice! Children will vote at school to determine which movie will be shown. This FREE movie night for all Springfield Elementary families will be February 19th at 7pm, doors open at 6:45pm in the Springfield Gym! Concessions will be available for purchase including hot dogs, popcorn, juice boxes, fruit, baked goods & drinks. Plan to come and enjoy this event with your child or chat with other parents over coffee! Flier

5 Things to Know from the Jan SEPTA meeting

  1. Volunteer 5th graders gave the 3 new School Board members a tour of Springfield Elementary on 1/11.
  2. Lots of things coming up in Jan & Feb: EPS meeting with Principal's Building Improvement Plans, Panther Pride assembly, End of 2nd marking period, Mother/Son Bowling, Movie Nights, Bingo Night & more....
  3. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Box Tops, BJ's and Barnes & Noble fundraisers. We had great responses & raised more money than we expected!
  4. Bingo Night is being planned. It will be held on Feb 26th, more details to come.
  5. Our 5th graders participated in the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. DARE is an international substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior by teaching children how to Define, Assess, Respond, & Evaluate situations. We are the only school in the district who offers this program.

And much more! The minutes for all SEPTA meetings are available online. They are posted after they are approved.

Please join us at our next meeting on 2/8 @ 7pm!

SEPTA Elections

SEPTA officers (President, VP, Treasurer & Secretary) are elected for the following school year at the April SEPTA meeting. All who are interested in running for a position will be named at the March SEPTA meeting. Please see the online by-laws for a description of each position, or contact Jill Triani for more information. Those interested in running for a position should email Mr. Davis by March 10 & state which position they are interested in. Thank you!

Education Programs & Services (EPS) Meeting Update 1/13

Principals presented their School Improvement Plans which were developed by teams in each building and based on multiple assessment measures. There was time for the audience to meet with each Principal & ask questions. Copies of each building’s full plan & executive summary available here.

Elementary Principals and Dr. Kieres presented a Full-Day Kindergarten Feasibility Report for Palisades Elementary Schools. This topic will be explored when more research and information is available. Report & presentation here.

Read Across America Day -- Celebrate Dr Seuss' Birthday!

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day at school with these fun activities:

Wednesday, March 2--National Read Across America Day-

  • Wear red, white and black! (Cat in the Hat)
  • Guest Readers in all classrooms

Thursday, March 3--Crazy Sock Day (Fox in Socks)

Friday, March 4--Book Character Day (Dress up like your favorite book character)

Rep. Quinn's Annual Art Show

Many Springfield families, including Brandon P & his family, attended a special celebration for the participating students & their families on Jan 21, 5:30-7pm at Rep. Marguerite Quinn’s Annual Art Show at her district office in Doylestown. Each student artist was presented with a House citation during the celebration. Congratulations everyone!

Participating students from Springfield are:

First Grade: Cora U & Julianna H

Second Grade: Lallie M & Brandon P

Third Grade: Karlye T & Jonathan S

Fourth Grade: Alena H & Jaden K

Fifth Grade: Shawnna K & David P

Mother-Son Bowling Event

A big thank you to all the moms & sons who attended our first Mother-Son Bowling event! 73 attendees knocked down pins on 12 lanes at Earl Bowl on the eve of our recent blizzard! Reports were that there was much fun and tasty food to be had! Below are a few photos from the event. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!

Respect Assembly

All students from grades K-5 attended the Respect Program given by JP Mascaro at Springfield on 1/11. Their Respect Program reinforces the concept of respect through the Golden Rule: treat others the way you would like to be treated. Students discovered that when they follow the Golden Rule they not only show respect, but earn respect as well.

The Respect Program educates students on why it is important to respect the world around them. Students were taught simple ways they can respect the earth each day--from turning off electronics to saving water.

Lastly, students learned about where their trash goes after it is picked up, as well as the many benefits of recycling.

Song Fest

Our Springfield Elementary Chorus traveled to Upper Moreland Middle School for the Elementary Choral Festival on 1/29. The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Elementary Song Fest invites the top 5th and 6th grade choral musicians from school districts (including public & private schools) in Bucks County & Montgomery County to a one-day festival & concert. This year’s guest conductor was Mr. Vincent Metallo from the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.

Kudos from the Jan Panther Pride Assembly

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PAWS Recipients - December & January

Above are the PAWS (Panthers Are Worthy Students) recipients from Dec & Jan.

From left to right: Devon L, Milla M, John L, Olivia D, Sadie C & Austin M

Recipients not pictured are: Amanda A & Madison B

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100-Step Challenge & Beyond

Above are the students who achieve their 100-step challenge in December & January. Names follow below.


100: Wyatt D, Tatiana G, Dakoda U, Shane S, Tyee G, Adrianna R, Brianna R, Carter K, Addison C, Stormer N & Saxton (class fish) :)

200: Julianna H, Gavin J & Colton G


100: Lizzy B, Gabrielle B, Lily C, Caleb D, Noah D, Collett J, Layne L, Ryan M, & Gavin O


100: Taylor K, Gianna N, Matthew M, & Megan R

200: Megan R & Wesley D


100: Nora F, William Z, Louden H, Nathan F, & Jack F

200: Lucy S


100: Samantha M, Rhiley P, Austin R, Summer Y, Kathleen A, & Johonna S

200: Ben F & Olivia O


100: Molly L, Aubrey B, Emma C, Melanie-Rose W, & Annaliese L

200: Dallas B & Gavin Y


100: Peyton B, Kyle C, Josue D, Harrison K, Jaden K, Rachelle N, Summer R, & Joseph V

200: Ailish K, Chase M, Emma U

300: Reese K

400: Ella B

500: Andrew K

800: Chantel L, Katelyn M, & Riley S


100: William J, William S, Kaitlyn C, Amelia S, Giada S & Brynn C


100: Seamus F, Amanda A, Melody W, Camryn I, Sebastian B, Michael Z, Joseph Z, Lincoln H, Hannah M, Blake E

300: Hailey S


100: Wyatt H, Tollan A, Shawnna K

200: Riley F, John M

300: William C, Jordan M, Samantha N

400: Brianna H

500: Aidan M, Jayden G & David P

600: Laci G & Katie H

800: Melissa R

Below are the students who achieved 200-steps and beyond!

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Math Ribbons

See photo below...

Grade 4

Met the Division challenge 50 problems in less than 3 minutes : Andrew K & Riley S

Achieved Multiplication facts in 3 minutes: Logan D, Rex E, Kaylei G, Josh H & William J

Achieved Multiplication facts in 1.5 minutes: Kaitlyn C, Brynn C, Taylor D, Olivia K, William S, Delia P, Xander R & Peter R

Grade 5

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, & Division: Melissa R, John M, Hailey S, Melody W & Ethan W

See photo of Math Ribbon recipients below:

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Spelling Bee 2/3

Three members of each 4th & 5th grade class competed in Springfield Elementary's 2016 Spelling Bee. Congratulations to winner, Riley S, who will represent Springfield at the Regional Spelling Bee at Pennridge Central MS on March12. Congratulations!

Pictured at right (l to r): 1st place: Riley S, 2nd place: Amelia S & 3rd place: Lincoln H

Spelling Bee Competitors (see photo below):

Lampa: Brynn C, Amelia S, Giada S

Hogan: Josue D, Genevieve F, Riley S

Garr: Wyatt H, Aidan M, Melissa R

Butler: Amanda A, Seamus F, Lincoln H & Hailey S (defending champion)

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5 Ways to Become more Creative

Everyone can benefit from injecting a little more creativity into their lives. Creativity is a skill that needs practice--try the 5 tips in this article to let your inner creativity thrive.

Comments, Thoughts, Ideas

Are you new to our school? Do you have questions about any SEPTA (Springfield Elementary Parent Teacher Alliance) or school-related topic? Do you have some information you'd like to share? Did anything in this newsletter make you say "Huh?" or "What's that all about?" Please contact us and we'll follow up with more information. Just click on the green "Contact Lyla Cookson" or email SEPTAnewsletter@gmail.com.

For the safety of our children, PLEASE do not share this newsletter on any of the social media sites. Please DO share it with your children, though--they're sure to be interested to share what they've been up to at school!