Springfield Elementary

SEPTA Newsletter -- January 8, 2015

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For the safety of our children, PLEASE do not share this newsletter on any of the social media sites. Thank you.

Superintendent's Message

Thank you SEPTA for inviting me to write this month’s welcome message. As I have mentioned several times to the SEPTA officers, I enjoy reading this newsletter each month and seeing all of the exciting activities that are occurring at Springfield Elementary School.

As superintendent, I strive to visit each of our five school buildings and Upper Bucks County Technical School on a regular basis. During these visits, I always look forward to seeing students engaged in the classroom and enthusiastically sharing their work with me. Prior to becoming an administrator, I was an English, social studies and gifted education teacher at Palisades High School. These classroom visits continue to be one the best parts of my job.

Several district level highlights from the beginning of this school year include: completion of the comprehensive plan which will guide our work as a district for the next three years, my attendance at the White House last month to showcase the work of the Palisades School District in the area of technology integration, and regularly celebrating student accomplishments at our Board meetings. For more information on any of these events please refer to the Palisades School District website. I also post a blog on various topics throughout the year at http://suptoconnell.blogspot.com/ . My most recent entry is a timely one, providing information about how I make the often difficult decision to cancel school due to inclement weather. If there are topics that you would like me to address in an upcoming blog, please let me know.

Happy New Year!

Bridget O’Connell


Upcoming Events

1/8- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing

1/11- Respect assembly, 10am

1/11- SEPTA Meeting, 11:45am, Springfield Library &


1/11- Deadline for Mother Son Bowling Event registration

1/12- After school bird feeder activity sponsored by Springfield Garden Club, 3:30-4:45pm. Permission slip

1/13- EPS Meeting, 7p, PHS Audion. Agenda to include: Full-day kindergarten report & principals presenting their school improvement plans.

1/15- Panther Pride Assembly, 2:30pm, Springfield Gym. Parents welcome.

1/15- Movie Night, Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, 7pm, Springfield Gym. Doors open at 6:45pm. Flier. Free, open to Springfield families. Concessions & Pantherwear available for purchase. This is not a drop-off event.

1/18- Student Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

1/20- Fiscal Oversight Committee, 6:30pm, PHS Library. Followed by:

1/20- School Board Meeting, 7:30p, PHS Library

1/22- School Store open lunch/recess. Item list & pricing

1/22- End of Second Marking Period

1/22- Mother Son Bowling Event, 5-7pm, Earl Bowl. Reservations required. Flier

1/25- Student Holiday: Turnaround day

1/29- Elementary Choral Festival, Upper Moreland

2/3- School Board Meeting, 7:30p, PHS Library

Upcoming Sports / Activities

1/9- Ice Cream Wars 8.0, Da Vinci Science Center, 10:30am-3pm. Visitors taste the flavors and choose their favorite, determining the Champion. Info

1/15- Tickets sales for PALMS production of Lion King open to public.

1/16- Bucks County Summer Camp Expo, 12-3p. Free. Flier

1/18- Multimedia Lego Castle Adventure, last day, Mercer Museum. Details

1/21- Getting Ready for Kindergarten, 6:15-7:15pm, DurNox Library. Free. Flier

1/21- Rep. Quinn's Annual Art Show Opening, Doylestown office, 5:30-7pm

1/28, 29 & 30- PALMS musical, Lion King. 7pm on 28th & 29th; 2pm on 30th. Flier

Did You Know?

  • The district is now using a new security system called Raptor. Effective immediately, when you enter the office, you will be required to scan your valid driver’s license into system.

  • Teacher In-Service: On 11/3: Grades K- 2 teachers reviewed curriculum-based data to determine student progress, discussed the use of the color- coded chart used for writing, & explored supplementary materials to support skills not covered in the new Everyday Math program. Grades 3 – 5 teachers attended a training on Text Dependent Analysis. On 11/30: all elementary teachers were trained in Restorative Practices, Part 1. Part 2 is scheduled for 1/18,

  • The District has created a "Day Number" Calendar--subscribe so your personal Google, Outlook or iCal calendar will show the "day" in our 6-day cycle! This calendar will be updated to reflect snow days, though not until we return to school after the snow day. Subscribe here.

  • The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. Register your home or mobile phone for free: www.donotcall.gov

  • Parents can join their children for lunch in the cafeteria. Just bring your lunch & stop in at the office to sign in! 1st-3rd grades eat from 11:45-12:15pm; 4th & 5th grades eat from 12:15-12:45pm.

  • Meet the Standards Club will run 2/9 – 3/31 for students who will benefit from additional practice in math and/or English Language Arts.

Live-streamed SEPTA Meetings

Virtual attendees can follow along with the conversation & type in questions. Make your voice heard in the important decisions for our children & school. Just follow this link on January 11th at 11:45am: January SEPTA meeting. Listen in and watch presentations, then type your comments or questions to take part in the discussions. Decisions that affect your children are made at SEPTA meetings.

Share your thoughts, make your voice heard.

Thank you!

  • Thank you to Mrs Reed for putting together the Chorus Winter Concert this year. Thank you to Mrs Muck for handling sound & lights, To Mrs. Williams for piano accompaniment, to all participating students for sharing your voices & to their families for attending.

  • Thank you to Stacey Beatty for organizing the Santa Shop this year! Thank you to all of her elves--many of whom helped on more than one day: Melissa Hoffman, Cheryl Stevens, Barbara McAnally, Lynn Gammello, Valerie Hughes, Jen Keller, Michele Carson, Matt Carson, Helen Zaleski, Mario Sclama, Jennifer Bauman, Jocelyn Kilhefner, Suzanne Hershey, Alice Cressman, Lynda Ivory, Heather Eller & Kim Reilly. A special thanks to Joy Shearer who was there ALL 3 days, and even helped with clean up! Thank you to our custodians for their help & cleanup, Mrs Burns for handling the influx of volunteers, Mrs McNichol for the use of the art room & Lyla Cookson for the constant reimbursing & question answering.

  • Thank you to Jen Keller for planning Barnes & Noble Night this year along with: Peggy Oehler, Heather Eller, Emily French, Penny Neeld, Tessa Palmer, Maredith Cook, Jackie Smith, Daphne Pavlinsky, Mrs. Cuff, Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Williams, all of the homeroom teachers & Mrs. Burns. This year's event raised $478.66. Thank you to everyone who attended & who made purchases (either in person or online!) to benefit our children!

  • To the 4th grade for collecting PJs for the Pajama Drive--65 pairs of pjs were collected and matched to books which were then distributed to children in need. Thank you to all who donated pajamas!

  • Thank you to Michele & Matt Carson for planning the always popular December Drop-off Movie Night. Thank you to Palisades NHS students that helped supervise the kids: Makayla Michner, Robert Musantry, Trey Adams, Lukas Meyer, Colin Jones, Zack Boyd, Alex Pentecost, Axel Kreiger, Victor Marczyk, Nate O’Brien, Ali Hubner, Abby Klein, Joy Detweiler AND parent volunteers Joy Shearer, Danika Shearer, Jennifer & Tony Maguire, Penny & Doug Neeld, and Brenda Yost. Also a big thank you to Mr. Davis and custodians Bill & Jim for making the night a great success. We had a wonderful turn out!

  • Thank you to Mrs Kolb & Mrs Mannherz for the band & orchestra Winter Concert and to all the young musicians for their preparation. Thank you to all the parents who attended.

  • Thank you to Mrs Reed for preparing & leading our Holiday Sing-Along and to Mrs Gehman & Mrs Cuff for helping out.

  • Thank you to the volunteers who helped "plant" the newest Bottlecap Flowers in front of school: Mr. Marino, Heather Eller, Moira Hower & Lyla Cookson
  • Thank you to our custodians, Dale, Bill & Jimmy, for all the help they give at each of our events and for cleaning up all the crumbs, glitter and holiday messiness!

Mother & Son Bowling Night!

Grab that special little guy in your life and enjoy an afternoon of bowling. Snacks, drinks, shoes & 2 hours of bowling are included in the registration fee of $10/person!

Send in your registration soon! Deadline Jan 11th.

Bowling Date: January 22nd at Earl Bowl Lanes, Quakertown.

See flier for more details.

This event is open to male students and a significant female adult in their lives to accompany them – aunt, grandma, etc.

January Movie Night

Join us to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! This FREE movie for all Springfield Elementary families will be shown on January 15th at 7pm, doors open at 6:45pm in the Springfield Gym! Concessions will be available for purchase including hot dogs, popcorn, juice boxes, fruit, baked goods & drinks. Pantherwear will be available for purchase. This is NOT a drop-off event. Flier

Highlights from 12/14 SEPTA meeting

1. Source4Teachers, our substitute staffing service, spoke to us about the statewide shortage of substitutes--teachers, aides, custodians, & lunch staff. For more info contact Maria McDermott

2. New Staff Directory is located on the Springfield website with a listing for each staff member & their position. Springfield Staff Directory.

3. New Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports System coming next year.

4. Principals will present their School Improvement Plans at EPS (Education Programs and Services) meeting on January 13th, 7pm in HS Audion.

5. Emily French, Community Mobilizer for PACT (Partners in Action for Community Togetherness), updated us on PACT news including the Free Strengthening Family program that will begin in March. For more info contact Emily French.

6. A School Science Fair is being discussed as a possibility in our school.

And much more! The minutes for all SEPTA meetings are available online. They are posted after they are approved.

Please join us at our next meeting on 1/11 @ 11:45am!

Barnes & Noble Night, Dec 11

THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their time to help with this fundraiser: Jen Keller, Peggy Oehler, Heather Eller, Emily French, Penny Neeld, Tessa Palmer, Maredith Cook, Jackie Smith,Daphne Pavlinsky, Mrs. Cuff, Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Williams, all of the homeroom teachers & Mrs. Burns. The Springfield Chorus was amazing! The PHS Madrigals were wonderful too. Thank you to all parents & students who came out to have some fun and get involved in the spirit of Christmas. We had a scavenger hunt competition in two areas, the children's area only (Molly L won) & the whole store (Lucy S won). We also had a Name the Drink Contest (Devon L won, with "Frostbite Delight") Each winner was awarded a $5 gift card to B&N. We raised $478.66 from this fundraiser from in-store purchases, online purchases, & donations. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this really fun and festive event. See photos below:

Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive

Thank you to the 4th grade for planning & promoting the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive and thank you to everyone who contributed--65 pairs of pajamas were collected at Springfield Elementary & were connected to Scholastic books before being distributed to children in need for Christmas. According to Scholastic, this 7th-Annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive broke all the previous records with the collection of 92.893 pairs! As a result, Scholastic donated two books for every pair of pajamas collected instead of one! Thank you everyone! See photos below:

Kathy Miller - Author Assembly

Kathy Miller is a teacher, cellist, author and nature photographer. Kathy's multi-media nature program has been presented to numerous libraries and schools across North America. Highly engaging and interactive, it includes aural and visual components about backyard nature. It includes tips on photography, video clips and a hands-on burrow building simulation. Kathy presented an assembly for Springfield on Dec 14th--ask your children about it! See photos below:

Chorus Winter Concert, Dec 4th

Band & Orchestra Winter Concert, Dec 21st

Rep. Quinn's Annual Art Show

Two students from each grade in our elementary school are participating in Rep. Marguerite Quinn’s Annual Art Show at her district office in Doylestown. She is a huge supporter of the Arts & understands the importance of art in school.

Rep. Quinn is holding a special celebration for the students & their families on Jan 21, 5:30-7pm.

Participating students from Springfield are:

First Grade: Cora U & Julianna H

Second Grade: Lallie M & Brandon P

Third Grade: Karlye T & Jonathan S

Fourth Grade: Alena H & Jaden K

Fifth Grade: Shawnna K & David P

Ugly Sweater Day, Dec 18

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day was started in 2011 by ugly Christmas sweater lovers as a way to lighten up the busy holidays and to show off their absurdly ugly sweaters. The day has grown in popularity and is now celebrated worldwide on the 3rd Friday of December. Below is a photo of our teachers & staff sporting theirs!
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50 must-try winter activities

Just because there's less sunlight in the winter doesn't mean that you have to hibernate until the spring. Take advantage of the colder months to spend some quality time as a family. Check out this article for lots of ideas!

Student Directory Ads

Our Student Directory typically reaches our Springfield families near the beginning of October each year, but a new data collection method delayed the data. As a result, the Student Directory will reach our families in mid-January. To thank our Student Directory patrons for advertising with us & to apologize for the lost advertising time, we will be including their ads here as well. Please take a look and thank our community supporters with your business! Thank you.
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Comments, Thoughts, Ideas

Are you new to our school? Do you have questions about any SEPTA (Springfield Elementary Parent Teacher Alliance) or school-related topic? Do you have some information you'd like to share? Did anything in this newsletter make you say "Huh?" or "What's that all about?" Please contact us and we'll follow up with more information. Just click on the green "Contact Lyla Cookson" or email SEPTAnewsletter@gmail.com.

For the safety of our children, PLEASE do not share this newsletter on any of the social media sites.