Simmons Weekly Newsletter

October 23, 2019

At Simmons Elementary School, We're Better Together

Be sure to mark your calendar for our annual STREAM Family Night which features science, technology, reading, art, and math activities for all ages! STREAM night this year is Thursday, November 7th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. More information will be coming soon!

Our first grade classes took a field trip to the apple orchard this week. They enjoyed a hayride and learned about growing apples. Each student was able to pick apples to take home and share with their families.

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Remembering Shekkie

Many in our school community have fond memories of Shekkie, second grade teacher Anne Reynolds' faithful companion since 2008. Shekkie was raised here at Simmons as a canine companion and throughout his eleven years, he regularly visited Anne's classroom and provided love and support to many students. We are remembering his life and legacy with a beautiful tree in the back of the school, where students can visit to remember him and enjoy the outdoors. We will be decorating the base of Shekkie's tree with rocks painted with kind words and memories. Ms. Reynolds will have rocks and paint available for students to create the rocks.

If you would like make a donation to offset the cost of Shekkie's tree, checks can be made payable to the Simmons Home and School Association. Thank you for remembering Shekkie by showing kindness to others.

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Halloween Festivities

On Thursday, October 31, Simmons Elementary School students will be having Halloween activities and parties in their classrooms. Your child’s teacher will send home more specific information about their class activities. We want to share the timeframe for the day’s activities and important information about security procedures on October 31st.

As I have communicated in our weekly newsletters since September, only adults with Hatboro-Horsham School District volunteer credentials will be admitted to the school for the Halloween parties. All adult visitors must wear the photo i.d. issued with the volunteer credentials. In the interest of everyone’s safety, no exceptions will be made to this policy.

Timeline for Halloween Parties

2 p.m. Preschool Parade in the gym, followed by parties

2:15 p.m. Kindergarten and Grade 1 Parade in the gym, followed by parties

2:30 p.m. Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 class parties

Preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 families will be admitted through the exterior gym door. Adults may view the parade from the bleachers in the gym. No adults will be permitted to enter the school building following the parade unless they have their volunteer clearances.

Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 families will be admitted through the lobby entrance.

Room parents who are setting up for the party will be allowed to go to the classrooms 15 minutes prior to the start of the party. All other visitors will be allowed in at the start time listed above.


The parking lot gets very crowded on party days. Please allow extra time to park safely in a legal spot. No cars may park in the school driveways as that will block the entrances for school buses.


Please remember that all costumes need to be appropriate for an elementary school setting. No face paint, hair dye or weapons should be brought to school as part of a costume. Thank you for helping us make this event fun and safe for everyone.

News from the Simmons Home and School Association

***Fall into Fitness 5K – Thank You!***

A huge thank you to all who participated Sunday at the Simmons 5K and 1-Mile event! It was wonderful to see many current students, alumni, parents, teachers and staff running the streets and trails in our community!

Special thanks to our sponsors and prize donors, Horsham Police and Chats, Liberty Urgent Care - EMS, Simmons Facilities Management, volunteers and the parent/ student volunteers on course and in the cafeteria. And of course, thank you to the participants. None of this is possible without you!

We would like to hear your feedback on the event! Below is a link to a short survey:

If you have any questions please contact Tina Marie Kinnear at

We are grateful for our Fall into Fitness Committee and the HSA who organized and supported the walk-a-thon and 5K, both of which supported health and wellness and benefited our school and community. Through all the generous donations and fundraising efforts from our Simmons families, we are able to support activities at our school in the upcoming year!

***Simmons School Directory***

You should have received an email from Simmons Elementary Home and School Association with a unique link and password to set up your account. The information that will be used for the directory was provided from PowerSchool. If you do have changes to make, you will still be able to make changes to your account as soon as you access it and all throughout the year. If you have not received an email, please check your spam folder ASAP as we will be live this week! If you did not receive an email granting access to the directory or you have any questions, please contact Janet Fryer at

***All for Books Coin Drive***

October 21st – 25th

Send in your loose change for our 11th annual All for Books Coin Drive. The classes collecting the most will earn a pretzel party!!! Money collected lets teachers buy books for their classrooms at the Book Fair and Scholastic matches our funds by donating books to needy schools and literacy programs.

For questions or more information, please contact Heather North or Janine Carey

***Box Tops Collection***

Box Tops sheets were handed out to students and are due back to school no later than Thursday, October 24th. The class that submits the most Box Tops wins a pretzel party!

Box Tops is updating their collection method to digital and asking that consumers download an app and take pictures of their receipts as they phase out the Box Tops that get clipped out. Here is a link to the Box Tops site for more info on this:

There are still some companies printing the Box Tops for now, so please continue to collect them! More info will be posted on the HSA Facebook page soon regarding use of the app.

For questions or more information, please contact Contact Sarah Conaway or Briana O'Connell

***Arctic Adventure Book Fair***

October 31st – November 8th

The Simmons Arctic Adventure Book Fair is coming soon! Help us foster a culture of reading in your children and raise funds for our school. Look for student flyers coming home soon.

Also, did you know that you do not have to send your student with cash! Now you can pay with EWALLET online. Check out our homepage:

If you are able to volunteer for the Book Fair please click the Sign-Up Genius link and find a time that works for your schedule. We can’t do it without YOU!

For questions or more information, please contact Heather North or Janine Carey

***Lochel's Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser***

November 13th- Orders due

November 26th- Pick Up

Back by popular demand! Let Lochel's Bakery do the work for you. Order their delicious pies and serve them at Thanksgiving or bring them to a family member or friend. Flyers went home with your oldest child this week. Order forms will be coming home soon. Please complete the form and send back with CASH or CHECK payable to "Simmons HSA" for the total amount due, in an envelope labeled "Pie Fundrasier" by Wednesday, November 13th. Pick-up for the pies will be in the Simmons Cafeteria on Tuesday, November 26th from 5-7pm. Simmons will receive a percentage of all pies ordered. Thank you for your support!!

Any questions, please contact Amy Tagliaferi at

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Upcoming Events

October 21 - 25 - All for Books Coin Drive

October 25 - Kohler Farm Spirit Day

October 31 - Book Fair Begins & Class Halloween Parties

November 7 - STREAM Family Night

November 13 - Lochel's Pie Orders Due

November 17 - Urban Air Spirit Event

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Join the HHEF for an exciting evening event open to children ages 5-12! On Monday, November 25 at 6pm, students and teachers from Hatboro-Horsham High School's Manufacturing Lab will host an opportunity for kids to tour their lab and see its amazing machinery, to watch the high school students craft a winter-inspired ornament, and for the kids to paint one of the ornaments while enjoying snacks and sips! The HHEF has invested over $25,000 to integrate the latest engineering and manufacturing equipment into the Lab, and we hope the children will be inspired by the incredible opportunities awaiting them in their high school years. This is also a fantastic opportunity for kids to make the perfect, personalized holiday gift for a special person in his or her life. Registration is $15.

Registration link:

Volunteer Information

Any adult who will be in the classrooms (for any reason) or for field trips are required to have a volunteer photo i.d. badge issued by the Hatboro-Horsham School District. The required clearances are free and any adult (including parents, grandparents and other family members) can complete the process. The volunteer credentials are good for five years. We appreciate the time and commitment that our volunteers offer to enhance our school! Here's the link to the district website which includes all the information about volunteer clearances: