The Puma Pride

September 16, 2019

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Author Chris Van Dusen Visits Willow Dale Elementary

Monday, Sep. 16th, 9am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Chris Van Dusen Biography

Chris Van Dusen was born in Portland, Maine on St. Patrick's Day in 1960. As a child, he and his brothers would spend hours drawing pictures (no video games or computers back then!). Van Dusen's specialty was aliens, robots, and monsters. He has always been inspired by Dr. Seuss and Robert McCloskey — by the musical rhythm of Dr. Seuss' words and the meticulous detail of Robert McCloskey's illustrations.

After high school, Van Dusen studied fine art at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and graduated with a BFA. It took him a while to figure out what he wanted to do. He was offered a part-time job at a magazine for teenagers and eventually started drawing cartoons and illustrations for the magazine — and his career as an illustrator was born. For more than 10 years he worked as a freelance illustrator specializing in art for kids. His illustrations appeared in magazines like Nickelodeon and Disney Adventures.

One day, Van Dusen started thinking about drawing a picture of a boat stuck high up in a tree. At the same time, a refrain kept running through his head — "Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee/ Hopped in the car and drove down to the sea". The combination of these two things eventually became my first book, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee which was published in 2000. He's been busy writing and illustrating children's books ever since.

Van Dusen lives and works in a beautiful little town on the coast of Maine with his wife, two sons, and a yellow lab named Pearl. [adapted from the Chris Van Dusen official website.]

Register for the Science Explorers Club

Science Explorers, an outside organization, will be offering a variety of science experiences for Willow Dale K-5 students. Click here for more information.

Home and School Meeting

Monday, Sep. 16th, 6:15pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Join the Home & School parents for the first meeting of the year!

Contact the WDH&SA

Back to School Family Movie & Ice Cream Night

Friday, Sep. 20th, 6:30-8:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Back to School FamilyMovie Night - Event Friday, September 20th

**During the event, students MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian, who will remain on site to provide care and supervision for their own child. While Willow Dale Home and School is in charge of hosting the event, they are not responsible for providing child care.

NWEA MAP Assessments Begin

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 8:45am to Friday, Oct. 4th, 3:45pm

Willow Dale K-5 Classrooms

Dear Centennial Parents/Guardians,

Please take time to read the attached letter about the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth assessments. The first of the assessments will take place during the weeks of September 23 - October 4.

MAP Parent Letter

En español

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No School on the following Days in September

  • September 30- Holiday: Rosh Hashana

Happy Holidays to our families celebrating!

Willow Dale Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 4pm

160 Easton Road

Warrington, PA

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Willow Dale School Picture Day

Monday, Oct. 7th, 8:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Willow Dale First Annual Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 18th, 6:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

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Mr. Regosch, our Instrumental Music Teacher, spent the week visiting 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade classrooms to talk about our Band and Orchestra programs. Third and Fourth Graders received papers that went home. Participating Fifth Graders received their lesson schedules and will begin next week. If you are the parent of a 3rd/4th/5th grader interested in learning an instrument, please click this link to Mr. Regosch's website to find information and sign up for your grade level's program.

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Visitors to the school must enter the school’s front foyer (white doors) and ring the bell, located next to the door that leads to the main office. Once buzzed in, our fantastic staff will be happy to serve you!

  1. Visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office.
  2. All visitors to the building will have his/her photo identification card scanned through the Raptor system to ensure everyone’s safety. Please make sure you have your driver's license or state photo ID card available upon entrance. The system was upgraded this year, therefore ALL visitors must present their driver's license when they enter the building.
  3. Visitors or parents may be escorted to their room where their business or volunteer work is being conducted.
  4. Students are requested not to bring guests to school unless permission is granted in advance by the principal.
  5. Forgotten books, lunch money, lunches, etc. should be left in the office. We will see that they are delivered to the student.
  6. If a parent or designated adult is picking a student up from school early, photo identification is required to release the student.

Thank you very much for helping us maintain a safe school for our students and staff!

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Children who attend school regularly make the best academic progress, graduate, and go on to successful post-secondary education and/or careers.

Students, who arrive late (after 8:45 am), must report to the office for a late slip. Parents should accompany tardy students to the office to sign in the student.

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school to let us know.

Reporting Absences


Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at Please know you will still receive automated phone calls (to the primary phone listed in Skyward) if you have not submitted an absence note via email on the days your child is absent from school.

**Absence notes must be submitted within 3 days of the student's absence, otherwise, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.

E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address:
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.
  • When sending an absence notification please include the following information:

  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Grade
  3. Child's Homeroom Teacher
  4. Date(s) of Absence
  5. Reason for Absence
  6. Contact Phone # for Parent/Guardian
  7. Other Pertinent Information

  • While you may still continue to call the school on the day of absence, a follow-up e-mail or a written note is still required for the absence to be excused.
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Over the course of the school year, schools are required to conduct monthly safety drills.

We will practice fire, lock-in, lock-out, and weather emergency drills. These drills may or may not be announced. Unannounced drills more accurately indicate the preparedness of the school and the effectiveness of safety procedures. Your child's teacher will review the exercises and procedures with their classes. Please make the teacher aware of any concerns regarding your child's participation in the safety drills.

The Warminster Director of Emergency Management Services and the Warminster Police Department will be invited to observe our drills and provided feedback for improvement.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

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Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year

Dear Centennial Families;

The Centennial School District Board of School Directors approved Policy 204.1, Family Trips Scheduled During School Year.

Although the scheduling of family trips during the instructional year is not encouraged, the Centennial School Board recognizes that students may benefit educationally by accompanying their parent(s)/guardian(s) on trips. The revision to the policy will allow the schools to approve up to five (5) days instead of three (3). Any trip beyond five (5) days will need the approval of the Superintendent.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) who are requesting approval for a family trip need to complete and submit the attached form to their building principal at least two (2) weeks before the trip.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

Willow Dale Elementary School

Willow Dale Elementary School creates a safe and caring atmosphere focusing on growth through innovation, risk-taking, and character development in order to foster the success of all students