Panther Press

October 2014

A Note from the Principal

It’s is hard to believe that we have completed our first month of school and fall has officially arrived. Teachers and students have established positive working relationships that you have encouraged at home. Our students are engaged in daily lessons that support our curriculum goals.

At the end of the 2013-14 school year, I asked our staff, parents, and students complete an end of the year survey to assist me in shaping our building goals for this school year. While I'm proud to say that the feedback was very positive and encouraging, there was a few areas that surfaced that helped shape our positive school culture and climate goal. Thank you again for providing this valuable feedback.

Please don't hesitate in reaching out to your teacher, if you have a question or concern. The staff at Seylar Elementary are more than willing to respond to questions and work with families to provide the best education and learning environment for your child. I look forward to seeing all of you in our upcoming Fall activities and events.

Best Regards,

Miles Roe

Parent Volunteers and Visitors

School safety is not a goal, but non-negotiable for our school. In order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, all visitors to Seylar MUST report to the main office, entering through the front doors of the school. Our visitors will then sign in and retrieve a Seylar badge or sticker, which is used to identify the grown-up as someone that has, in fact, been to the office. Finally, if you’re volunteering, please remember to be courteous to our teachers by not interrupting their instructional lessons that are delivered to your children.

Red Ribbon Week

Seylar will recognize and celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 20 - 24. During this week, tens of thousands of schools, government agencies, and social service organizations participate in activities to celebrate positive choices and a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Our school will be decorated with banners and pendants to remind everyone about the significance of this week.

We will also recognize this week by doing the following at Seylar Elementary School:

  • On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Friday, we will play a health-related trivia game over morning announcements. The classroom coming up with the answer the quickest (by emailing Mrs. Kunakorn) will win a special prize.
  • Tuesday, October 22: Wear Red Day

Fall Festival Parade and Parties

This year’s Fall Festival Parade and Parties will continue to be a fun-filled event for our students. However, due to the increased security measures, the following will be implemented:

  • The Fall Festival Parade and Parties will happen on Friday, October 31st.
  • The parade route will form in the school.
  • There will be one parade entry and exit point from the building for students/staff.
  • Parade observers will be asked to remain within the boundary areas. Homeroom parents and 2-4 additional volunteers will be allowed to assist teachers during the party. A sign-in table will be located in the main lobby.
  • Any parents dressing up are asked not to cover their face.
  • A more detailed letter will be distributed in the Wednesday Communication Folder in the coming weeks.

Parent Visitation Days

The Pennridge School District annually celebrates Parent Visitation Week by inviting parents into our schools. This year Parent Visitation at the Elementary Schools will occur on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 --> Grades 1-5, 9:15-10:30 AM

Monday, October 6, 2014 --> Kindergarten AM, 10:25-11:40 AM

Monday, October 6, 2014 --> DVK and Kindergarten PM, 2:05-3:20 PM

Thursday, October 9, 2014 --> Grades 1-5, 1:15-2:30 PM

Visiting your child’s classroom presents a wonderful opportunity to be directly involved in the educational process through direct observation and interaction within the instructional setting. In an effort to make this experience a safe and enriching one for you and your child, we are initiating specific guidelines to be followed during your visit:

  • Please check in at the designated sign-in area to obtain identification information.
  • Please do not bring food or drinks into the classroom, in respect for students with food allergies.
  • Please do not bring younger siblings to the visitation, as it is a distraction to the instructional process.
  • Please limit your visitation to one session per child so that we may comfortably accommodate all parents/guardians.
  • Please be a quiet, but active participant during your visit to your child’s classroom (i.e., refrain from unnecessary conversation and turn off/set on vibrate any communication devices).
  • Please do not take pictures or videos of the students as it violates student confidentiality.
  • In order to further secure our buildings, we have invited the local police to attend these sessions.

Congratulations to our New Recess Ambassadors

Recess Ambassadors are 5th graders who will be assisting with structured games for younger students during portions of recess time. The idea is to provide guidance for younger students in learning new games that are cooperative, inclusive, and simple. Recess ambassadors will be taught the game rules, provided with the necessary resources needed to carry out their responsibilities, and given support by the guidance counselor in problem solving. Children were nominated based on the following characteristics:

  • Will be able to communicate well with others.
  • Can understand simple game rules and teach them to others.
  • Will promote team building by including others.
  • Can lead games without being bossy.
  • Know how to solve simple problems.

Congratulations to the following students that have been nominated to be our recess ambassadors this school year:

Quinn Annan

Brenna Craig

William Ecklemeyer

Jared Hess

Allison Hoath

Gio Iodonisi

Izzy Leon

Corissa McDonald

Phillip Piccotti

Ava Ricca

Joey Roos

Samantha Stranix

Brian Thomson

Shane Velez

Congratulations to our New Safeties and Panther Partners

The program is designed to facilitate learning about the responsibilities and expectations associated with holding a job. It is also an opportunity for students to contribute to the success of our school community.

Congratulations to the following students that have been nominated to be our Safeties and Panther Partners this school year:

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Media Release Forms

If you haven't done so already, please complete the Media Release Form located on your child's parent portal. This form is required to be completed yearly. Please click here to access the parent portal. If you have any issues with logging in, or accessing the form, please contact our main office at 215-257-6272.

Outdoor Classroom Gets a Make-Over!

The outdoor classroom was built in the early seventies as part of the outdoor education science curriculum for fifth and sixth grades. The project was funded by our Home and School Association. The students and teachers designed it and maintained it each year. It was used by all the grades for various parts of the curriculum too. When the science curriculum changed, it fell into disrepair.

However, in August, a former Seylar student, AJ Skoufos, restored this learning environment to its original beauty as an Eagle Project. Thank you for doing such a marvelous job, and providing a great space for our students to learn.

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From Our Nurse


September's Silver Spoon Award Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Meiners' second grade classroom for winning September's Silver Spoon Award.

Congratulations Mrs. Stokes and Mrs. Henry!

  • The Stokes Family is celebrating the birth of their first child, Braylon Edward, on 9/24/14.
  • The Henry Family is celebrating the birth of their third child, Bradford Michael, on 8/23/14.