The Puma Pride

November 11, 2019

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Square 1 Art

Hello Parents!

Student packets went home on Friday. Don’t forget to order cool gifts for that special family member or hard-to-buy-for person. With over 40 unique and useful keepsakes ready to purchase during the Square 1 Art fundraiser, your child's artwork is the perfect gift for any occasion or celebration. Nothing says “you’re loved” like “I made this art keepsake just for you!”

It’s the final days of the fundraiser, so don’t delay. The school art department benefits from every order!

LAST DAY TO ORDER: 11/15/2019

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Early Dismissal- Teacher In-service Day

Monday, Nov. 11th, 11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

*Lunch will be served.

*No after school clubs.

Science Explorers and Fabulous Females clubs will resume the week of November 18.

Willow Dale American Education Week Parent Visitation Schedule

Join the Willow Dale Students and Staff in celebrating American Education Week. The following is the schedule. See the "Coffee with the Counselors" flyer and schedule posted in the newsletter.

More information will be coming home from your child's homeroom teacher.

November 12

  • Grade 2 -9:05-10:05 AM

November 13

  • Grade 1- 9:15- 10:15 AM

November 14

  • Kindergarten- 9:15-10:15 AM
  • Grade 3- 2:00-3:00 PM

November 15

  • Grade 4- 9:15-10:15 AM
  • Grade 5- 2:00-3:00 PM

We look forward to seeing our families!

Coffee with the Counselors

During visitation times for American Education Week, both of our school counselors will be available to answer general questions and provide resources for parents. Mrs. LaRose (K, 2, 4) and Mrs. Zemitis (1, 3, 5) will have a table located in the main hallway with some informational handouts. We will also have some of our favorite books, both children’s literature and parenting books available for you to preview. We will be there for approximately 15 minutes prior to each scheduled session and for about 15 minutes after each session so feel free to find a time that works best for your schedule.

A video of the presentation that recently took place at WTHS with Dr. Katherine Dahlsguard about childhood anxiety will be shared with parents. This will take place on Thursday, 11/14/19 - 12:45 - 1:45. We will be showing about an hour of the presentation. If you weren’t able to attend but would like to view this educational presentation, please feel free to participate in this showing of the presentation. You will need to sign in at the office and the video will be shown in Room 18.

We hope you will be able to stop by and look forward to seeing you!

Willow Dale Book Fair

Dear Willow Dale Families,

Willow Dale’s annual Book Fair will be held in the library NOVEMBER 18-25. We will again be showcasing books from The Doylestown Bookshop.

Parents are welcome all week long from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, and at our special Family Shopping Night on Thursday, November 21st, from 4:30-7:00 PM. You are welcome to bring your children that evening, or you might want to come alone to purchase some surprises.

Your child will visit the book fair during regularly scheduled library classes. If your child plans to purchase a book on that day, please send along an envelope with cash or a check (payable to “Willow Dale Home and School”) for the purchase amount or limit. Average book prices range from $5-$20. Please note the state of Pennsylvania requires us to charge sales tax, so you will need to calculate the additional 6% sales tax. We will also accept credit cards during the parent evening this year.

Please consider purchasing books through the Willow Dale Book Fair for your children. Proceeds from the book fair provide funding for the reading, library, and makerspace programs. Thank you for your support!

Questions? Please contact us by phone at (215) 441-6093 ext. 17056, or email

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Zucker

Mrs. Lauren Zucker

Library Media Specialist

November Rotation Calendar

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Picture Re-Take Day - November 15

All students who have not had their pictures taken or would like to have new pictures taken may do so on Friday, November 15th.

Please bring in your previous pictures to exchange for a new photo to be taken.

If you have not had your picture taken, please order online at Picture Day ID: LW419469Q1. Some forms are also still available in the office.

Willow Dale Craft and Vendor Show

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Mother/Son Competition Game Night

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FEAST (Feeding Everyone at Special Times) program for the holidays

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Register for the Science Explorers Club- October to May

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

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Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess

Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess

Below 60 degrees—Jacket or long sleeves

Below 50 degrees—Coat and long pants

Below 32 degrees—Gloves and hats to go outside

Below 20 degrees—Shortened recess (5-10 minutes)

Below 10 degrees—Indoor recess

All temperatures represent the “feels like” number

*If you are in need of coats, hats, gloves- Contact the School Counselors:

Ms. Hopkins:

Ms. LaRose:

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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