Shamona Creek Elementary School

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  • SC Principal Update 5/24/17


    Art Show tonight 6:00-8:00 PM...thousands of pieces created by our own sharks! Pop in for a peek!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Romig who had a baby boy. Jaxon and mom are doing well. Mrs. Compher will finish out the school year for Mrs. Romig. Mrs. Compher has had several positions at SC and is a familiar face for the students.

    Mrs. Marx will go out soon to have her new bundle of joy. Mrs. Hogarth will take on this 3rd grade class for the remainder of the year.

    Giving Back from the Boosterthon Team…Thanks to the contributions of our families and those of other schools with the Fun Run fundraiser, the Boosterthon team made and donated over 5,000 meals for the needy. What a win-win!

    Last week…Awesome performance by our 3rd graders in their Regions Fair and our Spring concert was ‘knock your socks off” wonderful!

    Up next:

    Thursday May 25…Kindergarten Field Day

    Friday May 26…School is open/make up day for winter snow day/2nd grade walking trip

    Monday May 29…School closed

    Tuesday May 30…Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM

    Wednesday May 31…5th graders to visit MC 6th Grade Center/Iron Kid

    Thursday June 1…SC Move-Up Day**/Triathlon

    Friday June 2…Beginners’ Concert 9:30 AM

    Tuesday June 6…Goin Buggy

    Wednesday June 7…Last Day for Kindergarten/5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:30

    Thursday May 8…Last Student Day for grades 1-5/Dismissal at 11:30

    In addition, there are many picnics and end of the year celebrations. Be sure to read newsletters from your teachers.

    Mark your calendars now….Back to School Nights 6:15-7:15 for students and parents

    • Tuesday, August 22 for grades 3-5
    • Wednesday, August 23 for K-2

    **Move-up Day is a tradition at SC where students have the opportunity to visit teachers of the next grade to help with the transition for the fall. Please know that our enrollment has increased and we will be adding classes at several grade levels. This means there may be movement of my present teachers and I will be hiring new staff as well. (Again, this is why I do not take requests for specific teachers.) In addition, 5th grade teachers departmentalize, meaning that all students have a team of teachers because each individual teacher only teaches one or two subjects. As always, we have an incredible thing going on here at SC. I could not be prouder of our team.

    Funny for the day…As I roamed around the Spring Fair, a third grader approached me. He extended his hand quite formally and said, “Thank you, Mrs. Welsh.” I asked, “For what?” He held his hands up and circled once saying…”For all of this.” Now I don’t know if he meant just the fair or all of the wonderful things our school offers, but either way, I’ll take it. Thank you Holden…you happy my heart!

    Norma Jean

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  • SC Principal Update 5/12/17


    The Spring Fair is ON and promises to be a really fun night. Please remember that MC 6th Grade has a dance tonight so traffic/parking will be challenging. Local police officers will be here to help. We may use the top tier of parking at the 6th grade center, closest to SC.

    Tonight, we will have an opportunity for a win-win. SC has been working on creating a “maker Space” or “Innovation Time” over the last year. Our 1st and 2nd graders have really enjoyed using hands-on manipulatives to create and develop STEM skills. Next year, it will expand to grades 1-5.

    Our Home and School Association has decided to take on a sister school as part of our community outreach. The school selected is just outside of Philadelphia. They have about the same number of students in a K-6 elementary. Funding is limited and the families there are not able to raise money for the extras. In the past, we have helped to provide books for their library with the help of Miss Carroll. For the upcoming year, we want to help provide money so that they can create a Maker Space too.

    In order to do this, we will have a raffle to “NAME THE PRENT LOOP!” With a donation, you can put your name in for a drawing and if selected, a sign will designate the parent loop with your name.

    Ie: Welsh’s Way or Conway’s Course of Dennin Drive…So this is a win-win. Your family may win the parent loop name for the year and we can help another school community enjoy some of perks that we have.

    Thanks, as always, for your kindness and generosity.

    Norma Jean

    Upcoming events:

    Wednesday the 17th … Regions Fair for grade 3

    Thursday the 18th… Spring Concert

    Friday the 19th…Field Day for grades 1-5

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  • SC Principal Update 5/7/17


    Hello Parents…

    Thanks so much for making our school team feel so special all week. The baseball theme was a hit and we all enjoyed the treats.

    This Friday, we hold our annual Spring Fair. Yay! It is a big event and we expect a great turnout. Here is some pertinent information:

    1. All students must be accompanied by an adult.
    2. Students will be held to the same standards that we have during the day…Be Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind.
    3. Parking… MC is holding a dance on the same night from 6-8 PM. Our fair runs from 5-8 PM. Parking will be a challenge for both schools. We will have access to the MC upper parking lot nearest to SC. Please do not park in the spots closest to MC as they will need that space for drop off/pick up from the dance.
    4. This is one of our biggest fund raisers of the year and your support through attendance and volunteering is imperative to the success of this event.

    I look forward to seeing you at the Spring Fair…good times ahead!

    Norma Jean

    Upcoming Events:

    Wednesday, May 10…School Nurse’s Day!  Thank you to Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Houdachek

                                    Early dismissal at 1:30/Modified Kindergarten

                                    School Board Meeting…Retirees Recognition~Congrats to Mrs. Copeland, Mrs. Adams, Miss Carroll and

                                    Dr. Miller

    Wednesday, May 17…3rd Grade 3 Regions Fair/ Grade 2 to Crystal Caves

    Thursday, May 18…Spring Concert at 7:00 PM

    Wednesday, May 24…Art Show 6:00-8:00 PM


    Thank you to all those who donated items for the Teacher Appreciation events this past week!  We do have an ALL STAR TEAM here at Shamona Creek! WE NEED YOUR HELP...VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPRING FAIR.  CLICK IN THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP:

    NOTE: Pre-sale Food and Ticket Orders due:  Wednesday, May 10th

    Spring Fair Pre Sale Order Form.docx



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  • SC Principal Update 4/28/17


    The sun is out….Woot!

    PSSA progress report…ELA done! Boom! Math done! Boom! Two days of Science on Monday and Tuesday for 4th graders only. I am oh so impressed with your children. They have shown perseverance and determination throughout the testing process. When I announced that it was the last day for 3rd and 5th grade, they booed! I should also mention that our K-2 students were incredibly quiet and they travelled through the building allowing for a perfect testing environment! #lovemysharks

    The Art Show is coming up!  Wednesday, May 24th from 6pm-8pm!

    Parent volunteers are needed to help set up the show!

    Sign Up Here:

    or email Miss Willow directly at

    Students may still submit Artwork from HOME! Students should see Miss Willow ASAP for requirements, more information and submission slips! All at home Artwork is due: May 17th!


    There are new guidelines for immunizations for all students in 2017-18. Be sure to review the attached letter carefully as the timeline has been changed and students without proper immunizations will be excluded from school within 5 days. Questions, please call our nurses.

    17-18 Immunization Changes Letter.pdf

    You have probably received a letter from Dr. Chance regarding a change to our contract for OT, PT and Speech for 2017-18. DASD has contracted with PTS for the last several years, but after a comprehensive vetting process, it was decided to go with Austill’s. I am certain that there will be a continuum of quality services provided to our students in need of these support services, but we will surely miss our present therapists. As you know, SC is a family and we all work together to ensure the success of our students. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Granillo (Friedrich), Mrs. Best and Mrs. Dinan for an awesome year of growth.

    Speaking of next year…

    We will no longer have Rosetta Stone in grade 1-5. Students will have the opportunity to develop 21st century skills through a hands on exploration period. The district had a student competition to name the Encore and that will be announced soon. We have been building up our supplies of hands-on materials and the district will provide some staples as well. Here at SC, the first and second graders have been doing this for a while. They love it! The pendulum is swinging with education and we are now recognizing the power of play in laying the ground work for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

    The 4C’s of 21st Century Learners:

    Communication~ Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions

    Collaboration~ Working together to reach a goal-putting talent, expertise and smarts to work

    Critical Thinking~ Looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects and disciplines

    Creativity~ Trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation and invention


    Please note: It seems as though the new fad is “fidgets” to help students focus. To be honest with you, we have some students who do require specific tools to assist them with their learning. Many of the items being sent to school are more distracting than helpful. (I even saw some of these items offered in a Groupon.) Please do not send these items to school. If a SC staff member gives a student a fidget or tool, it is for a specific purpose. If you would like your child to use a fidget at home during homework, give it a try. In the instructional setting, we have not found this to be an asset for most children. Thanks for understanding.


    It has been a whirlwind, but I was recently reminded how much parents enjoy my funny stories. So I will get back on track with this… As Principal, I just never know what will come across my desk. A second grader recently proposed an idea to her teacher. Her teacher, knowing how busy I can be, suggested that she put it all in a letter to me. Here is an excerpt…

    Dear Mrs. Welsh,

    I’ve been thinking for a while and I think we should have a school election. It would be a good responsibility to have a president of the school. Also, even the students who are not running have the responsibility to vote for the president and being responsible is one of the shark rules!...Whoever is president gets to work a half-quarter of the school day in the office and choose the lunch menu. Here is the menu. Monday, spaghetti with butter, Tuesday, tacos my way…. This is my idea and I hope you like it.



    I LOVE how our kids think!

    Norma Jean

    Home and School News:

    1.  Last call for donations for Cradle to crayons.  Please drop all clothing donations in the lost and found bins.  


    1. Join Home and School in Celebrating our ALL STAR SHAMONA SHARK TEAM of Teacher's May 1-5, 2017.  Attached is a Schedule of events to cheer on our All Star Team and a form your kids to fill out for their teacher, "My Teacher is an All Star because…"

    Teacher Appreciation Info...Read me!.docx

    My teacher is an All Star Form...Open me!.docx


    1. The Spring Fair is right around the corner.  Please keep an eye out for a Sign-Up Genius where you will be able to volunteer to help with running games, selling game/raffle tickets or working the food sales.  Each class has been assigned a specific event to make it easy.  Once you sign up, you will be sent a detailed explanation of your game.  Pre-Sale Food and Game tickets will be sent home via email starting this week.  Thank you in advance as the Spring Fair committee cannot pull this off without your help.  Teamwork makes our school the success it is and will continue to be.
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  • SC Principal Update 4/21/17


    Hello again….

    I hope everyone enjoyed the spring break…nothing like family time!

    This week we held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new playground. Many thanks to all for supporting our Fall Fun Run. We hope to use a similar fundraiser next year to continue to expand our recess playground. #gosharks

    4th graders enjoyed a special presentation from the Great Valley Nature Center. (Way cool stuff!)

    Here is an important letter for parent of first graders regarding screening for gifted:

    1st Grade Parent Letter from Carrie Dickmann.docx

    A few reminders:

    Math PSSA for students in grades 3-5 on Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26.

    Thursday is Take Your Child to Work Day… I will approve all absences provided you fill out the attached paperwork and your child did not miss any PSSA testing sessions.

    Take Your Child to Work Day.doc

    Home & School Happenings: 

    April 18-28  Crayons to Crayons Collection:  Flyer attached all donations can be placed in the lost and found bins.

    Cradles to Crayons-Collection-Flyer_April 2017.pdf

    May 1-5:  Teacher & Staff Appreciation! We have ALL STAR's here at Shamona.  Look for Sign Up Genius to help make this a great week!

    May 12th Spring Fair 5-8: Food, Fun & Games for all! Pre-Sale Forms to come soon.

    May 18th:  Shamona Spring Concert 7pm & 

    Rita's Water Ice Dine Around Event 4-9

    May 30:  Last Home & School Meeting of the school year.  We meet in the Library at 7pm.



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