Jonestown Elementary Newsletter

November 2019


Dear Vikings!

We are nearing the end of Trimester I and look forward to a great turnout of parents at conferences. This is a great opportunity to sit down with your teacher and discuss progress thus far in the year. As you may know, your child's report card will look different as we are transitioned to a standards based reporting system. Remember that it is appropriate to see scores of a 2 or even a 1 at this point of the year. This may simply mean that your student is progressing toward the state learning target or taking more time to meet the standard. You may also see an "X", which means that your child has not been assessed on that specific standard. Take the opportunity to ask questions about the differences in scores and what they mean when you come in for your conference!

Below in this newsletter is a link to sign up online for your child's conference if you haven't done so already. If you have difficulty signing up or have any questions, please call the office and speak to Mrs. Bixler.


Mr. Rizzo

Twitter: @JonestownElem @coachrizzo33


Contact Information

Main Office Contacts

Mr. Rizzo-Principal

Mrs. Bixler-Secretary

Mrs. Anspach-Attendance

Mrs. Kline-Nurse

Mrs. Herman-Guidance


November 11: Veterans Day Lunch

November 19: Title 1 Night

November 19: End of Semester 1

November 25: VIKES Reward

November 26-December 2: No School

November 25&26: Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Lunch Room Message

Attention lunch room visitors: Please note we now have a visitors table all visitors must sit at with the child they are eating with. No exceptions will be made.

Thank you for understanding!

2nd Grade Apple Orchard Trip!

2nd grade had the opportunity to visit Gray’s Apple Orchard in Jonestown. Students were able to pick their own apples and pumpkins. Other attractions included visiting the cows, touring the pumpkin patch and orchard, and learning about gardening. The kids had a blast! A huge thank you goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Gray for having us!
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Playground safety tip

GAGA Ball pit on the blacktop makes for quite a few skinned knuckles. One solution for this is to use baseball or football gloves while playing. The leather protects the skin of your hands.

Athletic shoes that tie or Velcro securely will protect feet and toes when running and jumping in the mulch, grass, and on the blacktop.

Cold weather wear as the days are getting shorter the weather is turning colder please dress accordingly. Students are out for recess as long as there is no rain and temperatures are above 20 degrees with wind chill.

Physical Exams and Dental Exams

Kindergarten/1st grade students are required by the state to have exams submitted the first year they are attending school. Deadline to submit those are December 20, 2019. School exams for physicals will be in January of 2020, dental exams will be in February of 2020 for students who have not provided a form by their Pediatrician or Family Medical/Dental Provider.

3rd grade students are required by the state to have a dental exam. Deadline to submit them are December of 2019. School exams for 3rd grade dentals will be in February of 2020.

Also, any students in other grades that are missing any exams they are due by December 2020.

Medical Tips

Please remember it is recommended that students be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness.

It is required upon return from an absence to have an excuse note describing why student was absent.

If a student is out for 3 or more days, it is required to have an excuse note from their medical provider.

An absence without an excuse note will be considered unlawful.

Thank you, Nurse Kline

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Pumpkin Day

First grade had so much fun on Pumpkin Day. We made predictions, measured, investigated, counted the seeds, and decorated them. We learned different pumpkin facts and about their lifecycle. We even ate a yummy pumpkin treat. A special thank you to Sallada’s Produce for donating the pumpkins.
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Jonestown Running Club

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades met every Tuesday and Thursday in October for the Running Club. Students used their competitive edge to run laps around the baseball field for charms on their necklace. Charms were given for running 1, 5, and 10 miles. Some students even ran a half marathon! This club helps build confidence, perseverance, and new friendships. Great job to all who participated!
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3rd Grade in the MakerSpace!

Third grade spent Friday afternoon working with individuals outside of their classrooms. They we able to explore the different areas in Makerspace and collaborated in small groups to create something new.

2nd Grade Ingram & Daugherty Orthodontics Visit!

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Car Rider Reminders

To ensure the car rider line is most efficient in the morning, please pull up all the way up along the curb. If your child requires help exiting the vehicle, please pull into a parking space and walk your child up to the building.

If you do not have a car tag visible at 3:20 dismissal, you will be asked to park and sign your child out in the office. NO exceptions will be made.

Please do not park in Handicapped Reserved spots unless you have a Handicapped tag.

Gifted STEAM Trip!

On October 10th the Northern Lebanon elementary gifted students took part in the STEAM on the rails event at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strausberg PA. This was the first annual event designed for grades K-6 to learn about the role of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in the railroad industry, past and present. The students participated in live demonstrations and activities including discovering how steam engines work, constructing sections of railroad track, shoveling coal, walking on board the Woodmobile and watching a blacksmith in action.

The student also toured world class railroad cars and were impressed with the dining car of yesteryear. The kids and I agree it was a wonderful way to spend a learning day.

Pizza Hut Book IT Principal's Reading Challenge!

On November 7, Mr. Rizzo participated in the annual "Read Your Heart Out" Principal's Challenge sponsored by Pizza Hut. Starting at Jonestown and finishing at Fredericksburg, he read to all students in both buildings dressed as a shark, followed up with a contest to dunk him in the "Shark Tank". Students who successfully hit the target won a book and a pizza party! It was a chilly day but a great day of reading!
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