Davis Elementary School
March 2020 Newsletter
From The Principal
Dear Davis Families,
In case you haven't noticed, we have been experiencing unseasonably nice weather this winter. While I am sure there are many of us that love the change of seasons and the accompanying snow, we should make sure that we take advantage of the weather we are experiencing. The winter months can often lead to complacency for our students, physical inactivity, and their imagination shifting into low gear as the main form of play often becomes a screen.
It is an important part of a child's social, emotional, and mental development to be outside and engaging in creative or competitive play. This may be as simple as going for a walk with a family member or friend, a game of basketball at the park, playing on the playground, or anything else outdoors. Being outside will give a boost to a child's spirit as well as their mental health. There are also countless benefits to children learning the 'unwritten' rules of play with their peers and working through simple issues of conflict and difference of opinion. These are all in addition to the obvious benefits to a child's physical health of being outdoors and engaging in some sort of playful activities.
Take advantage of the days we are given, regardless of the season! Get out and enjoy the weather with your children. Who knows...it might just re-energize you as well!
Andrew J. Doster, Principal
From The Nurse
Cell phones- A perfect breeding ground for germs
Cell phones and hand-held devices are a daily part of life for us, but for many of our children, as well. They are used for hours upon hours, per day. Unfortunately, they provide an easy route for germs to get onto little hands and potentially cause illness.
According to Time Health (2017), “scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats!” Now that seems pretty drastic, but the fact is that we are constantly putting our phones down, picking them up, sometimes sharing them with others, and not thinking to stop and wash our hands before we eat, or touch our eyes, nose or mouth. Children especially do not stop to think about germs. They are everywhere, and of course we cannot avoid them. The good thing is that most germs do not make us sick, and for the ones that do, there are a few helpful tips you can do to try to avoid them.
- Remind your children to wash their hands before they eat, or touch their nose, eyes and mouth.
- Phone cases can trap dirt. Remove phone covers weekly and clean them with a disinfecting wipe. Allow the cover to dry completely before putting it back on your phone.
- Use a soft, damp lint-free cloth to wipe your phone, or check with the phone’s manufacturer for proper cleaning instructions.
- Remind your children NOT to take their phones or hand-held devices into the bathroom. The less these devices are exposed to additional germs that lurk in the bathroom, the better!
In conclusion, like anything else that is a part of our daily lives, periodic care and cleaning is important. If your child starts this routine now, they will be more likely to carry it into their teenage and adult lives, which will be a part of their “healthy living habits.”
Thank you and have a safe and happy winter!
Valerie Breiner, RN, BSN, M.Ed.
Certified School Nurse
Sharon Beyer, RN, Staff Nurse
215-364-5970 ext. 15025
The Counselor's Corner
Our fourth and fifth grade students in Splash Club were very busy in February. We spent our meeting times counting coins from our Pennies For Patients collection. The students counted over $1,000.00 during the month. Other coins were counted by teachers and other collections have come in via online donations. Thank you all so much for your support of this campaign which supports the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The Centennial School District proudly participates in this program each year.
In guidance lessons, the children will be learning the following:
- Kindergarten guidance students are learning about feelings and creating feelings posters. They are creating “I-Messages”, which are statements we can make about our feelings. Kindergarten lunch groups have just began and are going very well.
- First grade guidance lessons were completed in January.
- Second grade students are learning about using “i message” to communicate their feelings. They will also practice ways to deal with conflict between peers.
- Third grade students just completed their guidance lessons. During that time, the children practiced communication skills and identified the difference between giving passive, assertive and aggressive messages both through verbal and non-verbal communication. They also began a computer program called Smart Futures that helps promote career awareness.
- Fourth grade lessons will begin by the end of March. The children will learn about the concept of self value and self worth. Soon we’ll be discussing where conflicts occur and strategies for dealing with them. Watch for school communication regarding the boys and girls puberty lessons which our nurse, Mrs. Breiner, is scheduling in conjunction with the school counselors and the the health teacher, Mrs. Sudholz.
- Fifth grade guidance lessons were completed in January. Watch for school communication regarding the puberty lesson which will be scheduled soon by Mrs. Breiner in conjunction with the counselors and our Health teacher, Mrs. Sudholz.
Groups are up and running in all grade levels. The topics covered are: coping with strong feelings, social skills and developing friendships and FISH, Families in Separate Homes. If you feel that your child would benefit from participating, please reach out to your child’s counselor.
As always, we can help you with questions about your child’s growth and development, so please feel free to reach out.
Bob Immerman Grades K, 1, & 5
(215) 364-5970 x15031
Christi Ward Grades 2, 3, & 4
(215) 364-5970 x15030
Davis Elementary School held it’s Spelling Bee on Friday, February 7. The competition created exciting buzz around the building! We are proud of all of our students who participated; they were able to stand tall and show their spelling prowess to faculty, students, and families in the audience. Our students worked hard to fly through parts of words, origins, definitions, and spelling rules to gain insight to those lists of words they were able to work through. It was a swarm of suspense as words like charactonym and poseur were posed to our students. Out of 17 original competitors, Shaun D (winner) and Dillan S (second place winner ) fluttered back and forth for a true word hive-off. The face-off lasted 14 rounds with Shaun taking the lead with the word stapes as the final challenge word.
From The Cafeteria
The Food Service Department and Cafeteria welcome all to join us for breakfast and lunch daily. If your child has any specific needs or allergies, please make sure you contact Mrs. Nancy McElroy, Cafeteria Manager either at 215-441-6000 ext. 15045 or by email email@example.com and she will be glad to work with you one on one. Negative balance notifications will go out 3 times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can also check your child’s account through the parent portal of Skyward. Online payments through Skyward are made through PayK12. The cafeteria also accepts cash or checks on site. If you would like to apply for free or reduced-price meals, please visit the CSD home page under the Nutritional Services Department link and go to “Free and Reduced Cost Meals” to apply at www.schoolcafe.com. If you need assistance with placing money on your child’s account or applying for free/reduced programs, please contact the Food Service Office at 215-441-6000 ext. 11023. Thank you for your cooperation.
Reminder - Absences
While coming to school each and every day is important, it is equally important to monitor our children’s health. If a child is sick, please keep him/her home. Our teachers will work with students who have fallen ill to make sure they do not fall behind in the classroom.
If your child is absent from school, you will be notified via a voice message that will come to the primary phone number listed in Skyward. In addition, an email will be sent to the first email address listed in Skyward. Please be sure that your phone number and email address is updated in Skyward. If an automated call is made, and you believe it to be in error, please call the main office of the school. Automated calls and emails may still occur even if you’ve contacted the school regarding the absence. Absence notes will still be required. You can send a written note in with your child on the day that he or she returns to school. You can also email the excuse note to DAAttendance@centennialsd.org . This email address is dedicated to receiving these notes. If you have any questions regarding this change, please call the main office at (215) 441-6000 x 15010
Each week names are drawn from our Davis Dolphins container as a way to recognize and celebrate our students for demonstrating trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.Congratulations to: Jonathan C, AMelia F, Natalie M, Lorenzo D, Reese K, Elvin G, Emma S, Aiden Z, Youssef Z, Mallory G, Nikita P, Aleeza H, Timothy T, Regan G, Ella R, Sydney S, Giada C, Matt K, Bella K, Declan F, Dillan S, Zahin Q, Ariel K, Benjamin F, Luke S, Lucia S, Ava s, Maeve K, Azim D, Kaeleigh J, Elisa L, Evan G, Oscar S, Declan B, Johnny M, Jianna Y, Sophia S, Hannah Z, Michael H, Brandon L, Haven H, Luke D, Shaun D, Ace P, Makayla F, Ace P, Charles S, Addison G, Kendall K-T, Rick F, Sam P, Fadima R, Adrianna P, Joseph W, Gabrielle B, Joey N, Delaney C, Arielle B, Ryan K, Liza H, Brayden H, Ellie F, Nazar N, Sofia K, Izzy C, Erik M, Matt C, Emily M, Aly K, Arthur G, Olivia V, Grace H, Sophie T, Maddix C, Julia D, Violet G, Marie-Sopie A, Ava D,, Ryan F, Matt K, Keagan Q, Avery B, Maxim P, Kasey P, Cassidy K, Nazar N, Arthur G, Gianna L, Dominic D, Pablo L-R, Adrianna , Bobby S, Drew S.D, Jailen L-A. Great job boys and girls!
Each Wednesday, your child’s teacher will send home the Wednesday Express envelope. Please take a moment to remove, read, review the contents, and return the envelope to school the next day. Your signature on the outside of the envelope lets us know that you received it. We also recommend that everyone continue to check the eFolder on a regular basis.
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Teacher's Corner - Grade 2 - Mrs. Kressman
As part of Red Ribbon Week, we were so lucky and honored to have Mary Descenza Mohler (mother of Maggie) visit our classroom. Mary is a former competitive/professional swimmer who has competed internationally and whose many achievements include, but are not limited to:
- 4-time NCAA champion in the 200 yard butterfly
- American and World Record holder in the 200 meter butterfly
- 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials
The children loved hearing about Mrs. Mohler’s experiences and challenges in swimming. They especially enjoyed handling some of the many medals she’s won from world championship competitions.
Here are some highlights from Mrs. Mohler’s message:
- Set a small goal. When you achieve it, set another goal. Keep setting goals to keep yourself focused.
- You will have ups and downs. Work through them and learn from them.
- Stay healthy by eating good foods and exercising.
- Make good choices.
- Stay positive and encourage each other.
Thank you, Mrs. Mohler for taking the time to pass along such a powerful message!
Teacher's Corner - Grade 2- Mrs. Beecher
Second grade students at Davis Elementary school are busy building towers for science. We learned successful towers need a strong base. Some of the students in Mrs. Beecher's class had fun building their towers.