Simmons Weekly Newsletter

November 20, 2019

At Simmons Elementary School, We're Better Together

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to express our gratitude for the support we receive from our school families every day! We are fortunate to have this partnership with you to benefit all the children at Simmons Elementary School. We are truly better together and we thank you for the many ways that you make our school community a great place to learn.
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I’m excited to tell you about a very special program I’m coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.

All around Simmons, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located around the school for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!


Miss Tara Grow and the 3rd Grade Learning Support Cass

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News from the Simmons Home and School Association

***Thanksgiving Baskets***

We are a week away from our 13th year of providing Thanksgiving Meals to our Simmons families! And we need your help! There are still items that we need to provide 25 complete Thanksgiving Meals including turkeys, side dishes and dessert!

Please see the links below to help us reach our goal in providing families with everything they need to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.

Please note if your child/children’s grade is completed you can still donate items as other classes are in need, again thank you so very much for your generosity:







Reminder: all items will be collected and packed for delivery or pickup on Tuesday November 26th. If you would like to help assembly the baskets next Tuesday morning at 9:15am in the Simmons Cafeteria please sign up on link below:

Thank you again for your overwhelming kindness in keeping this tradition going. Any questions please contact co-chairs Kimberly Brock Weinstein or Tina Marie Kinnear

***Simmons Holiday Shop***

The holidays are fast approaching and the Simmons Holiday Shop will be open soon! From December 4th – 10th, each homeroom will have the opportunity to “go shopping.” We will have a wide variety of items for students to purchase, ranging in price from $0.25 to $7.50. A letter with additional information and shopping envelopes for your child will be sent home the week of November 25th. Our Holiday Shop would not be possible without our awesome parent volunteers! A SignUp Genius to volunteer for the Holiday Shop will be sent next week.


For more information or questions, please contact co-chairs Pam Ward ( and Jessica Gross (

Upcoming Events


Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Baskets & Lochel's Pie Pick-Up

Nov. 27 - Early Dismissal for Students at 1 p.m.

Nov. 28 & 29, Dec. 2 - No School

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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: