PRINCIPAL NEWS AND NOTES

JUNE, 2021

WE'RE ON THE COUNTDOWN!

Like me, I'm sure you can't believe the end of the school year is near! This has been a school year and experience like no other!!! Remote learning, Cyber program, hybrid/cohorts, four days in and finally, five days in person for those who chose that. Teaching and learning in masks, social distancing in classrooms, cafeteria and recess. Contact tracing resulting in staff, students and classrooms needing to quarantine. IT WAS A LOT!!! It was stressful on everyone. But, here we are, at the end of the school year and we MADE IT! Yes, we made it. How? With Patience, Flexibility and Grace.


Our students never cease to amaze me. They adjusted and gave it their personal best in spite of the things they were asked to do. The kids are always more resilient than the adults. I'm so proud of all of them.


I sincerely hope our new families, this year, had a great experience as a part of our Exton community although some were never physically in the building. I hope you were able to feel connected through my newsletters. Looking forward to seeing any of you returning next year.


On behalf of the Exton staff and myself, I wish everyone a great summer. Thank you for your support and sending your children to us everyday. Enjoy the break and be safe!

TO OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES LEAVING US

Accepting the fact that so many of our students and families are leaving us has been hard. It was not easy seeing the list when it came out. So many of you have been here for quite some time.


I want to thank each and every one of our families leaving us, for having been a wonderful part of our Exton community. I wish each and every one of you well and anticipate great experiences for you as you move to Fernhill or East Goshen. You are going to great schools and your Exton team will be here for you to lend any support you need with the transition. Remember, you were Exton Eagles FIRST!!! Once an Exton Eagle always an Exton Eagle. We will miss you.

STUDENT IPADS

All students will be bringing their IPads home with them. For those students being redistricted, their IPads will be reconfigured at the new school when school starts.

FROM THE NURSE - EXAMS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR


Kindergarten- Immunizations must be compliant with state law by September 8, 2021. Dental and physical exams are due by October 30, 2021.

Current 2nd Graders- Your child is required to have a dental exam in his/her 3rd grade school year (2021-2022). This is not a new requirement, but WCASD now has a provisional period of 60 days from the start of school. This means your child’s dental exam report is due on or before October 30, 2021. This deadline is a long time off, but the nurse can accept upcoming or recent dental reports any time and update your child’s health record now. Exams must have been after 8/30/2020.

Current 5th Graders- Your child is required to have a physical exam in his/her 6th grade school year (2021-2022). This is not a new requirement, but WCASD now has a provisional period of 60 days from the start of school. This means your child’s physical exam report is due on or before October 30, 2021. This deadline is a long time off, but I can accept upcoming or recent physical reports any time and update your child’s health record now, before I forward it. Exams must have been after 8/30/2020.

STAFFING CHANGES FOR 2021-2022

There are a number of changes for next school year. Some are due to being overstaffed due to redistricting and some the result of the opening of Greystone Elementary.


Moving to Greystone - Mr. Miller (PE), Mrs. Wright (1st), Ms. McGoldrick (K), Mrs. Brower (K) and Mrs. McGlinchey (K). They all will be teaching their current grades at Greystone.


Moving to other buildings - Mrs. Sam (to 1st at East Bradford), Mrs. McGaughey (to 4th at Starkweather), Ms. Thompson (to 3rd at Penn Wood), Ms. McAllister (to 5th at East Bradford), Kyle Burns (Day Custodian to Facilities), Earl Warren (Night Custodian to Greystone)


We wish all of the staff moving to new schools the best of luck. Thank you for having been part of the Exton community and having touched the lives of the many students you taught here. You will be missed.


New to Exton - Diane Horan (.5 ELD), Nina Opio (Day Custodian)

Welcome to new staff joining us. I hope you are looking forward to being part of the Exton School community.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLY ELECTED PTO BOARD FOR 2021-2022

Elections were held May 27 with the following results:

President - Kimberly Kenworthy

President-elect: Rebecca Eberly

Vice President: Kelli McHugh

Vice President-elect: Josh Margolis

Treasurer: Elisha Heebner

Treasurer -elect: Open position

Secretary: Rebekah Shultz

Secretary-elect: Kristina Higgins

PTOC Rep: Stephanie Anderson


We are looking forward to the great things the Board will do for Exton. A special thank you to the Board members leaving the Board for your commitment and time. Your service is greatly appreciated.

THE PTO NEEDS YOU!!!! - VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Our PTO works hard to provide the school with activities and fund raisers to support Exton. The Board cannot do all of the planning, nor should they. To that end, there are open committee positions that need chairs and volunteers. Please consider volunteering for a committee or two.

Committees: Assemblies, Adult Social, Bingo Night, Eagle's Nest (New Families Ambassador Program), Eagle's Pride Walk-A-Thon, Movie Night, Red Tree Press, Spirit Wear, Spring Fair, Teacher Meals, Trunk-or-Treat, Yearbook. If you have questions, email ExtonPTO@gmail.com.

*You should have received an email from the PTO.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Do you STILL need to register your child for school? Please do so sooner than later.


Parents MUST complete registration online https://www.wcasd.net/Page/12419 first.


Parents can upload documents by scanning them or taking a picture of document and uploading to the registration portal. If parents are unable to do that, parents should email the documents to Terry Spranger (TSpranger@wcasd.net). She can upload the documents in the system if parents are unable to upload them directly online. After completion of information and uploads on the district web site, please email or call Mrs. Spranger to complete your registration virtually. Students must be five years of age before September 1st to enter Kindergarten.

When school resumes, parents will need to provide the hard copy documentation.

EXPRESSIONS OF EQUITY - WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or none of these versions could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln's authority over the rebellious states was in question. Whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."

The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former 'masters' - attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom. North was a logical destination and for many it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove some into Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America. Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territories. The celebration of June 19th was coined "Juneteenth" and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIFTH GRADERS!

We wish all of you well as you leave the Eagle's Nest and begin your new journey to middle school, wherever you may attend. We hope you leave with fond memories of Exton. You will always be Exton Eagles! You all will be missed. SOAR high!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • June 1 & 2 - Math PSSAs, 3-5
  • June 3 & 4 - Science PSSAs, 4th only
  • June 5 - Exton 5th grade picnic
  • June 9, 10, 11 - Half days for students
  • June 10 - 5th grade Car parade
  • June 11- Last student day
  • June 11 - Report cards available online
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