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Wellsville Elementary School

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We are proud of our Polar Bear Cubs nominated for exhibiting our #ProfileOfAGraduate "C" of focus, Conscientiousness!

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Face Covering Update

This week the State issued an update regarding the face coverings accepted in public spaces. Please note that students who choose to use a face shield, must have the type that attaches around the forehead snuggly, without a gap at the top. Thank you for your help in meeting these guidelines to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

Backpacks Are Now Optional

Beginning on Monday, November 9 for the start of Marking Period 2 we will give students the option to bring a backpack to school. If your student is in need of a backpack, please contact Miss Perry at arperry@northernyork.org. The Friday Folder will now become a daily take-home folder. Even though we are making this shift, we encourage students and families to utilize the backpack for essential items only, limiting the number of things brought to school - take-home folder, lunch box, hat/gloves needed for recess. We continue to supply the students with personal supplies for the classroom.

Profile of a Graduate - Character Reading

Each month we focus on one of the 8 C's from Northern's Profile of a Graduate. These traits are ones that we strive to instill in the students - competence, creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, contributing, conscientious, and courage. During the month of December we'll be focused on courage. Mrs. Permenter will share the mentor text The Girl With a Mind For Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca to help illustrate courage in action.

Accessing Class Link & See Saw at Home

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How to Report Your Student Absent

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Bible Adventure

To parents and all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at Wellsville Elementary School:

Activity: Bible Adventure Program

Under the umbrella of JoyEl Ministries from Greencastle, PA, local Christian volunteers teach your children Bible stories and verses in living their lives the way that God would want them to live – with love and forgiveness in their hearts. All volunteers possess current clearances for working with children.


By state law children may be excused from school for one hour each week with the written permission of their parents. This program has been offered to students from the Wellsville Elementary School for over 30 years! It was formerly known as the Released Time Bible Program and was most recently taught on Thursdays over the lunch hour at Grace United Methodist Church.


Due to COVID19, in an effort to not cause more conflict and interruption in the school day and in the interest of safety, the staff has decided not to hold the program in person during the school day time frame. But we still desire to teach your children about God’s amazing love and plan for their lives. Thus we are willing to teach them with a weekly video that will be sent by email to each of your homes. The video will be a maximum of 30 minutes in length. You are welcome to view it along with your children. It will be followed by a phone call from their listener who will guide them in answering questions about the lesson and in listening to their recitation of their weekly Bible verses. The decision on the designated time that this weekly phone call will take place will be established between the parent and listener. Once again parents are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this event.

Our Need for This to Happen

With the guideline of having less paperwork handled, we cannot distribute permission forms through the school this year. The school is assisting us by sending this letter and our permission form. Please complete the form and either scan and email or mail to Rosemary Firestone at the address provided. We will need your email address to send you the video weekly however. Rosemary Firestone at firestonefunfarm@gmail.com


Rosemary Firestone

617 Chestnut Grove Road

Dillsburg, PA 17019


If you would like to have more information about this program, please do not hesitate to contact our School Coordinator, Sue Deardorff, at 717-292-1170, or email at glen.deardorff@comcast.net

We have a lot of details to be worked out yet, but cannot get started with those until we have your student’s information and permission form. So please contact us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Our target starting date will be Thursday, October 1st.

Car Riders for 2020-2021

Families: If you are planning to have your child as a regular car rider for the upcoming school year, we kindly ask that you complete this online form to register. We will provide car rider tags for those who complete this form. Thank you!
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WES Virtual Open House

2020 Wellsville's Virtual Open House

The Use of Face Masks

Students must have a face covering (mask or shield). School buses have disposable masks for students to put on as they board the bus, if needed. Should a student's mask become soiled during the school day, teachers and our school nurse have disposable masks to provide the students.

Families, NYCSD Health Services created a video for elementary students to understand the use of face masks when going out to community areas. Wearing face masks can be scary and intimidating for young children and we hope this video will help ease their concerns. Watch the video here.

NYCSD Back to School Information

NYCSD Virtual Open House

Storytime with our Librarian, Ms. Cimino

Masked Ninja CIMINO
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Back to School Communications

August NYCSD Elementary Family Communication
August 13 Elementary Parent Communication


During the school year we challenge the students to set a goal to read 25 books by the end of May. Along the way we will offer encouragement and rewards for those who are tracking toward meeting the end-of-year goal. As students finish reading a book, they can record their progress at this link. Research shows that reading does amazing things for our brains, especially for children. Let's purpose together to read this year!

Wondering when to keep your student home?

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2020-2021 School Calendar

Attached is the July 28th approved calendar for school

*NOTE: At the November 24, 2020 the NYCSD School Board voted to amend the calendar. The following early dismissals have been added:

December 11

January 29

February 12

February 26

March 26

April 16

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Health & Safety Plan

The Northern York County School District has developed a Health & Safety Plan to guide us in the upcoming year. Click the attachment to learn more.

Families: Face Coverings While Visiting School

Dear Families,

Please know that as a public governmental K-12 entity, we are required to comply with the governor's mask mandate. When visiting our school, a face covering is required. We will provide one for you, if needed. If you are unable to comply, we would be pleased to accommodate a meeting with you in one of the following ways: we can offer a virtual meeting, or we can arrange a conference telephone call.

Wash Hands

One of the helpful things we can all do to stay healthy is to wash our hands. Here is a link to a video that was shown on WE-TV. Perhaps you'd like to watch it as a family and review these great tips!

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Box Tops for Education

Wellsville Elementary collects Box Tops. We have a box in our lobby for the Box Tops all year long. During the months of October and February, our PTO organizes Box Top Drives where students can earn prizes for the greatest amount of Box Tops collected. WES PTO is able to "cash in" these Box Tops for playground balls, jump ropes, and other items to support our students at recess.

Boxtops for Education is now offering an app that allows you to scan your receipt and have the products purchased credited to Wellsville Elementary. No clipping box tops is needed. If you download the app, search for Wellsville Elementary and select our school to receive credit for your purchased products.

Amazon Smiles and WES

Did you know that you can help WES PTO every time you shop at Amazon? Through their Amazon Smiles program you can designate WES PTO to receive a percentage of your Amazon sales. This is super easy and does not impact any of your sale prices or discounts. Next time you shop Amazon, consider supporting WES as well!

Rutters Rewards for Schools

Rutters offers that you can link your rewards card to a school and a percentage of the sales you make will be donated to that school. This does not impact the price of gas or any rewards you may accrue. Please consider going online, through the app, or in the store to select Wellsville Elementary as your school of choice and help donate to Wellsville as you shop! The selection of school is only good for a quarter of the year. It's time to log back in and re-allocate your support for Wellsville!!

Directions to Set Up Sapphire Parent Portal Account

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Meals at School

Students may bring a packed lunch or select to purchase a school prepared lunch. Monthly lunch menus and purchasing information can be found on the Food Service section of our Northern York County website. Please consider using the Meal Pay Plan (MyPayments Plus), which permits for online payments and balance alerts.

Location: Students will eat at their assigned learning space with hand-washing practices taking place before and after eating. The adult facilitator will follow disinfectant routines to ensure learning spaces remain clean.

School Lunches: Lunches purchased through the school will be boxed and delivered to each learning space.

Food Allergies: Please contact the school immediately with any food allergies that may require increased safe planning for your child. Although students will have their safe space for eating (6 feet separation), we wish to fully prepare to support your child.

Sanitizing procedure: An adult will sanitize the students’ desk before and after students eat lunch.

Birthday Treats/Snacks: Classroom activities or events will not include shared snacks; we recommend non-edible items for celebrations.

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Nov. 25-30 -- Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4 -- Spirit Day: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Dec. 11 -- Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon

Dec. 18 -- Spirit Day: Wear your New Year's Eve Best

Dec. 21 -- Spirit Day: Candy Cane Day - Wear Red and White

Dec. 22 -- Spirit Day: Twas the Tuesday before Christmas Break - Wear holiday PJ's

Dec. 23 -- Spirit Day: Jingle Day - Wear bells

Dec. 23 -- Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon

Dec. 24 - Jan. 3 -- Holiday Break

Jan. 4 -- School Resumes

January 15 -- Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon

January 18 -- No School

January 29 -- Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon

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Monday, 11/30 -- No School

Tuesday, 12/1 (Day 2) -- Ravioli OR Tuna Fish on Roll, Broccoli, Diced Peaces

Wednesday, 12/2 (Day 3) -- Grilled Cheese OR Tuna Fish on Roll, Romano Blend Veggies, Mandarin Oranges

Thursday, 12/3 (Day 4) -- Steakum w/Cheese OR Tuna Fish on Roll, Refried Beans, Fruit

Friday, 12/4 (Day 5) -- 4x6 Pizza OR Tuna Fish on Roll, Fresh Carrot Sticks with Dip, Fresh Apple

The US Department of Agriculture announced it will be extending free meals for all students, tentatively through the end of the school year. All NYCSD students will receive a breakfast and lunch each day at no charge. Click the link above for more information.

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Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Contact your PTO at PTOwellsville@gmail.com

Or check them out on Facebook

Visit their electronic newsletter on Smore

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