Simmons Weekly Newsletter

January 8, 2020

At Simmons Elementary School, We're Better Together

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - January 17th

Simmons Elementary School will work with the Giving Tree organization for the third year as part of our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17th. We will create sock rolls to accompany Gifts of Hope packages which will be distributed to displaced individuals in Philadelphia. The Gifts of Hope packages our students will assemble will include a pair of socks, a granola bar, a packet of crackers, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. These packages will be distributed by the Giving Tree organization to shelters in Philadelphia including the Hub of Hope located in Suburban Street Station which functions as a day center for individuals who made need a place to shower and get further assistance.

We are asking each grade level to bring in items to help us prepare for our project. All items will be collected from January 2- January 13th.

K- Instant Oatmeal Packets

1st – Crackers (Individually wrapped)

2nd – Boxes of Granola Bars

3rd and 4th – Toothbrush and Toothpaste

5th – Tube Socks (New)

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Toy Donations

Students in Mrs. Hrabyk and Mrs. Rappaport’s group at Simmons Elementary are asking for your support. They have been working hard to create a new play room experience for all children here at school. With the holidays quickly approaching, what better way to make room for the new than to donate your gently used toys to this great cause? From 12-5-19 to 1-24-19 you can drop off any new or gently used toy, board game, or indoor sports equipment that is appropriate for preschool through 5th grade, in the front lobby. Look for a box labeled TOY DONATIONS. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Hrabyk ( or Ashley Rappaport ( Thank you!

News from the Simmons Home and School Association

*** Spring Fair ***

Please join us Tuesday January 14th at 7 pm for a Spring Fair Meeting. The Spring Fair Committee is seeking Simmons family members for additional volunteers. We need you to help run this fun event! We will be meeting in the Simmons Cafeteria.

*** HSA General Meeting ***

Please join us on January 15th at 7 pm for the HSA General meeting. We will meet in the CROC, which is in the back half of the cafeteria.

*** Simmons Annual Family Dance ***

Save the Date for our annual Family Dance, Friday January 24th from 7-9 pm! Lots of fun for the kids, a DJ, dancing and more. This year our theme will be Star Wars! We are looking forward to seeing our Simmons families. More info coming soon!

*** 1st and 2nd Grade Talent Show ***

1st and 2nd Grade Talent Show is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th. Please look out for flyers coming soon. We are looking for a co-chair and volunteers. If you can help, please contact Jamelfrey Pachece at or Gretchen Kaufmann at

***Discovery Time***

Discovery Time paperwork was sent home with children in grades 1-5 this week. All paperwork and information including a full list of class descriptions and costs can also be found here:

As in past years, we are accepting Early Registrations from families with an HHSD Volunteer badge who agree to work as a volunteer for one day of the program. In-person registration (without a volunteer obligation) will be held in the cafeteria from 6-7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 15th.

We are actively looking for people to run this committee for the 2020- 21 school year. Please contact Shelby Pagano for more information at

Upcoming Events


14 - Spring Fair Meeting

15 – HSA Meeting & Discovery Time In-person Sign-up

24 – Family Dance - Star Wars Theme

30 –1st & 2nd Grade Talent Show

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Volunteer Information

Any adult who will be in the classrooms (for any reason) or for field trips are required to have a volunteer photo i.d. badge issued by the Hatboro-Horsham School District. The required clearances are free and any adult (including parents, grandparents and other family members) can complete the process. The volunteer credentials are good for five years. We appreciate the time and commitment that our volunteers offer to enhance our school! Here's the link to the district website which includes all the information about volunteer clearances: