The Puma Pride

December 9, 2019

Principal's Message

Hello, Willow Dale Families!


December is flying by! As principal, I could not be more proud of our teachers and students. As I visit classrooms, students are working diligently to meet the goals they set for themselves in the first trimester. Their creativity and energy are evident throughout the special’s classes, as well. Since the beginning of the year, our teachers have participated in a variety of professional development sessions in social/emotional learning, math, and literacy to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. Report cards will be sent home in the December 11 Wednesday Express envelopes.


Congratulations to our Silver Spoons winners for November. The “Pawsome” students in Mr. Soncini’s and Mrs. Sobczak’s classes displayed exemplary behavior in the cafeteria this month. The Home & School Association along with Mr. Julius will provide a special dining experience for the winning classrooms. The Playground Pride award goes to grades one and four. Their playground etiquette resulted in extra recess time. Keep up the fantastic "Pawsome" behavior!


Thank you to our families who participated in the Giving Tree project. If you plan to join in, the last day to send gift cards is Friday, December 13. Mr. Julius and I are looking forward to seeing you at our Chick-Fil-a Night on Tuesday, December 10. Check out the upcoming school events and important dates below.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week!



Sincerely,


Dr. Perkins

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Last Week to Participate in the Giving Tree Project

What is Happening in Kindergarten?

Kindergarten has been really busy since the beginning of the year. Our kindergarteners have completed all of the lower case letters in the alphabet and are now using them to read and write three-letter words. In math, kindergartners are arranging and analyzing quantities of 1 more. This week, the students started exploring the different December holidays. There has been quite a bit of academic growth since the beginning of the school year!


A big "Thank You" to our families for their support in helping us grow.

Kindergarten Students Prepare Packages for Troops

Mrs. Mahaffey's class partnered with the WT Alumni to prepare care packages that would be sent to our troops. Parents and teachers gathered various food and hygiene items to fill the boxes. Students added a personal touch by coloring pictures and making hats and journals, that were purchased with a grant given by the Centennial Education Foundation. These boxes were sent to troops overseas and should reach the soldiers in time for the holidays.

What's Happening in First Grade?

The first-grade classrooms are bustling with energy. The students continue to work on their literacy and math skills. In Language Arts, students are blending words and improving their reading frequency along with their comprehension skills. The classes are practicing their narrative writing skills. Be sure to ask them to share some of their stories. In math, the students are collecting, sorting and organizing data. They are also refining how they solve word problems.


One highlight this week was a visit from the fifth-grade buddies! Fifth-grade student, John Stanker shared his experience.


This week the entire 5th grade went up to first grade to help them wrap their presents that they bought at the holiday gift shop. I enjoyed seeing all the smiles on their faces as we walked. Helping them was so fun as we wrapped the gifts. They were so happy when we finished wrapping.

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Winter Concert

It is time to “Save the Date” for our Winter Concert! This year’s choral

event is slated for Wednesday, December 18th, at 7:00 PM in the Willow Dale Elementary Alta S. Leary All-Purpose Room. The concert will feature our 5th-grade band, 5th-grade orchestra, handbells, combined 4th, and 5th-grade chorus. It is certain to be a wonderful

evening; one that should not be missed.


We hope to see you there!

Sportsmanship Club (4th and 5th Grade Students)

This club is open to all fourth and fifth-grade boys and girls. The group is titled Sportsmanship Club and is designed to raise student’s self-awareness on working as a team on and off the field/court. Due to the weather conditions, we will start with football (5 sessions) and finish with basketball (5 sessions). Mr. Aninsman will be organizing this after-school group along with some special guests along the way. The Sportsmanship Club meets on Mondays from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. (11/25/2019- 3/9/2020; no session on 1/6/2020, 1/20/2020, 2/3/2020, and 2/17/2020).


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Aninsman at Aninni@centennialsd.org

Counselors Corner

With the holidays right around the corner, here are some ways to reduce holiday stress.


The holidays are a time of great joy and excitement for children and their families. But they can also sometimes bring with them the added stress of trying to deliver the best holiday celebration ever. Children's Hospital Boston psychiatrist Stuart Goldman, MD, offers the following tips and advice to help children and parents enjoy healthy, happy holidays.


School Vacation

Add a little structure to your child's school vacation. Plan activities, such as playing board games, going to the movies or sledding outside. Consider scheduling activities the whole family can participate in together.


Get Outdoors

Keep children active. The winter brings less daylight, which can lead to more inside time and less physical

activity. Try to get outdoors, even if only for a little while.


Bedtime

Make sure children get plenty of sleep. Holiday time often begets later bedtimes. Make sure you get your child gets back on his regular sleep schedule before going back to school.


Talk

Be mindful of past events, like the death of a loved one or a divorce in the family, that may resurface around the holidays. Address these changes in advance, explaining that the holidays will be different and that it's okay to express feelings about it.


Information taken from: http://www.childrenshospital.org/patientsfamilies

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December Rotation Calendar

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Art Goes to School

Monday, Dec. 9th, 9am to Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 9am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

  • Check with your child's teacher for the schedule.
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Chick Fil-A Night @ Warrington Location

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 4-8pm

160 Easton Road

Warrington, PA

Elementary Report Card Distribution

Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 3pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Winter Concert School Performance

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 9:30-10:30am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Winter Concert Evening Performance

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 7-8pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Sing-a-long and Pajama Day/ Early Dismissal

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 11:45am

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

All Schools Closed

Monday, Dec. 23rd, 9am to Tuesday, Dec. 31st, 3:45pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

ALL SCHOOLS OPEN - CYCLE DAY 1

Thursday, Jan. 2nd 2020 at 8:45am-3:30pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

Service Project Opportunity, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for all Willow Dale students & families

Between now and January 20, 2020, our school will be holding our annual used children’s clothing and equipment drive for


Cradles to Crayons


Cradles to Crayons is a local organization that provides, free of charge, the basic essentials that low-income and homeless children need to be safe, warm, valued, and ready to learn.


Here’s how you and your whole family can help:


  • Bring in gently used or new items (see list);

  • Come to WDES on Monday, 1/20/20, 9 – 12 noon, to sort and bag all the donations; and/or

  • Volunteer to drive to the C2C local site to drop off our school’s donations that same day.



We need to know who can help on MLK Day, (all children must be accompanied by an adult), and who is willing to drive to the drop-off site. If you would like to volunteer for either or both, please let Mrs. Kerber know at: kerbha@centennialsd.org.


Sponsored by Willow Dale’s No Place for Hate Committee.

More Information

Cradles to Crayons

Monday, Jan. 20th 2020 at 9am-12pm

720 North Norristown Road

Warminster, PA

FEAST (Feeding Everyone at Special Times) program for the holidays

Reporting Absences

SUBMITTING ABSENCE NOTES


Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at WDAttendance@centennialsd.org. Please know you will still receive automated phone calls (to the primary phone listed in Skyward) if you have not submitted an absence note via email on the days your child is absent from school.


**Absence notes must be submitted within 3 days of the student's absence, otherwise, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.



E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • Parents with children in Willow Dale may e-mail attendance notifications/notes to the following address: WDAttendance@centennialsd.org
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.
  • When sending an absence notification please include the following information:


  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Grade
  3. Child's Homeroom Teacher
  4. Date(s) of Absence
  5. Reason for Absence
  6. Contact Phone # for Parent/Guardian
  7. Other Pertinent Information


  • While you may still continue to call the school on the day of absence, a follow-up e-mail or a written note is still required for the absence to be excused.
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Register for the Science Explorers Club- October to May

Science Explorers, an outside organization, will be offering a variety of science experiences for Willow Dale K-5 students. Click here for more information.

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Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess


Cold Weather Guidelines for Recess



Below 60 degrees—Jacket or long sleeves


Below 50 degrees—Coat and long pants


Below 32 degrees—Gloves and hats to go outside


Below 20 degrees—Shortened recess (5-10 minutes)


Below 10 degrees—Indoor recess


All temperatures represent the “feels like” number. Sometimes the windchill or windspeed may necessitate an indoor recess.


*If you are in need of coats, hats, gloves- Contact the School Counselors:


Ms. Zemitis: zemile@centennialsd.org

Ms. LaRose: laroka@centennialsd.org

From the Nurse's Office

The cold weather and the start of the flu season are upon us! Please consider having your child receive the flu vaccine. Check with his or her pediatrician regarding receiving a flu shot or flu mist. Your child’s physician will be able to guide you in making the best decision. Also, you may always contact the Bucks County Department of Health for more information on flu shot clinics throughout the year at (215) 345-3318.


Remember, GOOD HANDWASHING is key to preventing the spread of germs. Remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of their hands, between their fingers, and under their fingernails, with a good amount of friction. Make it fun for them and sing songs to make sure they are doing a good job! Encourage them to try not to touch their faces, especially their eyes, nose, and mouth unless their hands are clean. Stress the importance of this to your children in order to keep them healthy and able to learn!


The Willow Dale Nurse’s office does not keep cold and cough medicine in stock. If your child requires over the counter medicine, we advise they take it prior to the school day. Please be careful when administering any medication that may make your child drowsy.

If your child is having any fever or vomiting, they should stay home until fever/symptom-free for 24 hours. We are trying to keep all of our students happy and healthy during this time of year!



Health screenings started in the nurse’s office last month. For elementary schools, this includes a vision exam assessing near and distance vision and height and weight checks for all grades, kindergarten through 5. Also, under the Pennsylvania state mandates, hearing screenings are performed for kindergarten through grade 3. Yearly hearing screenings are only performed for grades 4 and 5 under special circumstances or concerns regarding a child’s hearing expressed by a parent and/or teacher. If there is a concern with your child’s vision, hearing, or growth during the school health screening, a letter will be sent home to notify a parent of the concerns and to recommend follow-up with a doctor. If necessary, notification of a parent via a phone call will be made. More information about health screenings can be found at the PA Department of Health website.


Please do not hesitate to call the nurse’s office for questions or concerns.


Mrs. Salita, RN, BSN, CSN

Mrs. Kleinschmidt, RN, BSN

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SAFETY & SECURITY

SCHOOL VISITORS


Visitors to the school must enter the school’s front foyer (white doors) and ring the bell, located next to the door that leads to the main office. Once buzzed in, our fantastic staff will be happy to serve you!



  1. Visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office.
  2. All visitors to the building will have his/her photo identification card scanned through the Raptor system to ensure everyone’s safety. Please make sure you have your driver's license or state photo ID card available upon entrance. The system was upgraded this year, therefore ALL visitors must present their driver's license when they enter the building.
  3. Visitors or parents may be escorted to their room where their business or volunteer work is being conducted.
  4. Students are requested not to bring guests to school unless permission is granted in advance by the principal.
  5. Forgotten books, lunch money, lunches, etc. should be left in the office. We will see that they are delivered to the student.
  6. If a parent or designated adult is picking a student up from school early, photo identification is required to release the student.



Thank you very much for helping us maintain a safe school for our students and staff!

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Attendance

Children who attend school regularly make the best academic progress, graduate, and go on to successful post-secondary education and/or careers.


Students, who arrive late (after 8:45 am), must report to the office for a late slip. Parents should accompany tardy students to the office to sign in the student.


If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school to let us know.

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SCHOOL SAFETY DRILLS

Over the course of the school year, schools are required to conduct monthly safety drills.


We will practice fire, lock-in, lock-out, and weather emergency drills. These drills may or may not be announced. Unannounced drills more accurately indicate the preparedness of the school and the effectiveness of safety procedures. Your child's teacher will review the exercises and procedures with their classes. Please make the teacher aware of any concerns regarding your child's participation in the safety drills.


The Warminster Director of Emergency Management Services and the Warminster Police Department will be invited to observe our drills and provided feedback for improvement.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

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Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year

Dear Centennial Families;


The Centennial School District Board of School Directors approved Policy 204.1, Family Trips Scheduled During School Year.


Although the scheduling of family trips during the instructional year is not encouraged, the Centennial School Board recognizes that students may benefit educationally by accompanying their parent(s)/guardian(s) on trips. The revision to the policy will allow the schools to approve up to five (5) days instead of three (3). Any trip beyond five (5) days will need the approval of the Superintendent.


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) who are requesting approval for a family trip need to complete and submit the attached form to their building principal at least two (2) weeks before the trip.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Perkins or Mr. Julius.

Willow Dale Elementary School

Willow Dale Elementary School creates a safe and caring atmosphere focusing on growth through innovation, risk-taking, and character development in order to foster the success of all students