EPE Express

East Pennsboro Elementary School Newsletter

September Update

Principal's Message

Greetings EPE Families,

It has been a fantastic first full week of school! We love seeing our students in our classrooms engaged with their teacher and learning tasks! We hope to see you at our Back to School Nights on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 30 - Grades 3 and 5 BTS Night 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 31 - Grades 1, 2, and 4 BTS Night 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Both events will be open for parents to visit their child's classroom and teacher. Mr. T. and Mr. Etter will present an optional informational session in the Large Group Instruction room both evenings at 6:30 PM. A link to our informational session can be found at the button below. We are looking forward to meeting with you and answering any questions you may have about our school!

A few reminders about the parent drop off and pick up loop:

After the first day, our process has become smoother with each subsequent day. We are just about in mid-season form!

If utilizing the drop off loop in the morning, please remember the following:

  • School begins at 8:50 AM. Arrival after this time is considered late.
  • Do not pass cars waiting in line coming up the hill.
  • Please leave the area with "No Parking" signage clear
  • Do not park in the lot and walk your student to the door. This bypasses our procedures and creates unsafe conditions.
  • Do not exit your vehicle.
  • If you need to open a door, please pull to the right of the cones to let other cars pass.
  • Pull all the way to the stop sign at the start of the loop.
  • Be patient

If Utilizing the pick up loop in the afternoon, please remember the following:

  • Dismissal begins at 3:20 and goes until 3:40.
  • Do not pass cars waiting in line coming up the hill.
  • Please leave the area with "No Parking" signage clear. This allows district vans to move about as needed, and in the spring, softball traffic to get to the fields.
  • Do not park in the lot and walk to the office to pick up your student. By this point in the day, your student is either on the bus or in the pick up loop queue.
  • Do not exit your vehicle.
  • If you need to open a door, please pull to the right of the cones.
  • Pull all the way to the stop sign at the start of the loop.
  • At times, Mr. T. will pull cars to the side if we are waiting longer for your child and the cars behind you are loaded.
  • Please be patient. We get more efficient each day as we get to know everyone.
  • If there are any changes in procedures, please communicate with the EPE office and your child's classroom teacher well in advance of that day's dismissal time.

As always, if there is ever a question or concern, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Mr. Etter here at EPE.


Rich Tysarczyk, Principal


Dan Etter, Assistant Principal



4th Grade Teacher, Lauren Emick, earned her Doctorate!

Dr. Emick has been working on her doctorate degree for several years in the area of Curriculum and Instruction. We are very proud of Lauren's accomplishment and look to gain from her expertise in this area. Lauren earned her D.Ed. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania earlier this summer! Congratulations, Dr. Emick!
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Nominate an EPE Staff Member With Our "Panther Spotlight" Form

If you have something amazing to share about an EPE staff member, please consider doing so using the following short form:


We appreciate the feedback and may share it in future newsletters.

First through Fifth Grades Prepare for the i-Ready Assessments

Students in grades 1-5 attended a seminar this week with our reading and math specialists to talk about the upcoming i-Ready Reading and Math assessments. At EP, we take this assessment three times during the year, in addition to the Acadience Reading and Math assessments. These assessments give our teachers and school staff great information about what each student's strengths and weaknesses are so that we can tailor their instruction in the classroom. We will begin the Acadience assessments on Monday, August 29th. The i-Ready assessments will begin on Wednesday, August 31st. All students in grades 1-5 will complete the i-Ready and Acadience assessments by September 16th.
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First Week Photos!

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Calling All Future Band Students!

Please see the flyer below if your 4th or 5th grade student would be interested in trying an instrument.
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Become a Substitute Teacher at East Pennsboro!

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Now Hiring: School Lunch/Recess Monitor

Do you want to work with EPE students on a daily basis for just a few hours each day? If so, an opportunity is available! See the flyer below for details:
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EPASD Elementary PTO

See the flyer below for our meeting dates:
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Junior Achievement Lessons

We sincerely appreciate our community and parent volunteers who take their time to come into our school to teach the Junior Achievement program in our classrooms. If you may be interested in becoming a JA volunteer, please take a look at the link below find out what each grade level program covers at the elementary level:


If you are interested in becoming a JA volunteer at EPE, please contact Tammy Meisenhelter at tmeisenehlter@jascpa.org.

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Weis4School Program Information

Please link your Weis Shoppers Club Card to EPE to help us fund supplies for our school. See the informational flyer below.
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General EPE Information:

Lunch Menus

EPASD Lunch Menus can be accessed here.

My School Bucks Website (School Lunch Payments)

School Lunches are $2.70 this school year. The federal grant has not been reissued for free school lunches for the 2022-2023 school year. For any families that meet Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) requirements, an application form will need completed.

EPE Facebook Page

Please stay connected to EPE at our official Facebook Page. Our most up to date information is posted here, first!

Change in Routine Procedures

The classroom teachers follow routine dismissal procedures daily. Changes in those routines

should be for urgent reasons and must be accompanied by a Change of Routine Notice or a

written parental notice requesting such a change. All student verbal requests for such changes will be denied without written notice or a phone call from a parent/guardian. Seesaw messages, text messages, and emails will not be accepted during the school day of a change of routine. Please have these requests into the school ahead of time so we can ensure students are where they need to be for a safe and secure dismissal.

EPASD Change in Routine Form

The EPASD Change of Routine Notice can be found at this link.

EPASD Attendance Procedures

EPE accepts attendance notifications (excuse cards, absence notes, etc.) via email. Parents can email epesattendance@epasd.org as a means of reporting your child’s absence. Paper notes will still be accepted as well. Reminder that all excuse notifications are required to be submitted within three school days of your child’s absences.

Excused Absences:

When a child is enrolled in the district’s educational program, the student is subject to the

Pennsylvania State Attendance Laws. The Board considers the following conditions to constitute an excused absence from school:

1. Illness

2. Quarantine

3. Student required court attendance

4. Prearranged doctor and dentist appointment for time of appointment and appropriate travel time only

5. Authorized school activities

6. Pre-approved educational tours and trips, not school sponsored

7. Other urgent reasons, including funerals, that apply to the child and approved by the building administrator

Parents/guardians are expected to telephone the school when students are absent for any reason. In addition, a written excuse from a parent/guardian is required for each absence.

Unexcused Absences:

An unexcused absence shall be defined as:

• Absence from school with parent/guardian consent for reasons other than those considered


• Leaving school during school hours without permission from the administrator.

• Absence from school without knowledge/permission of parent/guardian (truancy).

• Absence from school without knowledge/permission of school authorities.

• Absences from school without written parental excuse submitted within 3 school days of the absence.

Please refer to the Elementary Student Handbook to review more specific information about our attendance policies. Contact our school office if you have any questions about our attendance policies or procedures.

Automated Absence Alert:

The Automated Absence Alert system was implemented to inform parents when their students are absent from school. If/when your student is absent or does not report to their classroom they are recorded as absent. When the daily attendance is submitted electronically, an automated message will be sent to a phone identified by the parent/guardian. This call will normally occur by approximately 10:00 am. Should you have questions or concerns you may contact the attendance secretary by calling: East Pennsboro Elementary School (EPE), (717) 732-0441.

Car Rider Procedures

School Buses:

School buses will queue at the rear of the school building, behind the new addition for arrival and departure.

Car Riders:

Cars for parent drop off and pick up will queue in front of the school. Please pull up to the stop sign rather than stopping midway through the loop to unload. In the afternoon, parents must have their name hanger tags visible for student pickup. Students may only be dropped off or picked up within the “loading zone” that will be marked in the front of the school - approximately the first ten cars at a time. Parents may not park in the parking lot and walk up to the loop attendant. Please stay in your car at all times. Please review the map below of the car rider loop.

For any family that chooses to utilize the EPE Drop-Off and Pick-Up loop, please follow the specific instructions below. In order for this process to run smoothly, it takes each family to do their part by doing the following:

A) Have your name hanger visible on the rearview mirror

B) Stay all the way to the right on the hill coming up from Panther Parkway (This allows school vans, staff vehicles, and buses to move freely as needed)

C) Stay to the left of the cones in the loop area

D) Pull all the way to the Stop sign where the "Parent drop off/pick up" sign is located

E) Stay in your car at all times

F) Be Patient - We get quicker as we get to know the students and families

G) Morning Drop off runs from 8:25 - 8:50 AM

H) Parent Pick up runs from 3:20 - 3:40 PM

I) Do not bypass the drop off/pick up loop by parking in the parking lot and letting your child in or out from the parking lot.

J) Do not pass other cars waiting in the car rider line.

School Vans:

School vans will utilize the small loop near the baseball fields for arrival and dismissal. No cars should be in this loop.


Parent drop-off begins at 8:25 AM. Students must be in the building by 8:50 AM.

Bus Dismissal and Parent pick up times run from 3:20-3:40 PM.

We certainly appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we ensure a safe and orderly process for each student. We continue to recommend that you send your EPE students to and from school on our school buses.

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Create a Sapphire Parent Portal!

Please create a Sapphire Parent Portal account. There are several benefits to creating a parent portal account:

  • You can access your child's report cards when they are published
  • You can keep track of your child's attendance
  • You will be able to receive important notifications about your child

To create a parent portal account:

  • Go to our website www.epasd.org
  • Hover over the "Students" tab
  • Click "Sapphire Community Web Portal"
  • Click "Create a Web Portal Account"
  • Follow the remaining on screen instructions to enter your information.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wadlinger at pwadlinger@epasd.org. She would be happy to help!

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2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Click the link below for the 2022-2023 School Year Calendar:


Important Dates


30 - Grades 3 and 5 BTS Night 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

31 - Grades 1, 2, and 4 BTS Night 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


1 - School Board Meeting at EPE 7:00 PM

2 - School Closed - Labor Day Weekend

5 - School Closed - Labor Day

13 - EPASD Elementary PTO Meeting at WCH 7:00 PM

15 - School Board Meeting at EPE 7:00 PM

16 - 1:20 PM Elementary Dismissal

22 - Fall Picture Day

Please see our previous newsletters: