Shamona Creek Elementary School

Principal's Updates

  • Principal's Update 3/26/17


    March has been a crazy busy, but fun month….

    The annual SC Variety Show was incredible. I love seeing our students in a different light and they love shining on our stage. Many thanks to our Home and School parents for organizing this wonderful event.

    And of course, we had a snow day. We will now have a make-up day on Friday, May 26th.

    Last Tuesday night, we hosted our very first Literacy Night. Kudos to Mrs. DiCecco and Mrs. Saska, along with the rest of our staff for putting together a fun and informative night. Students and parents rotated to stations to learn fun ways to develop confident readers. Afterward, they had the opportunity to shop at the book fair with Miss Carroll. This was a great event that I look forward to growing next year.

    As we prepare for the start of state testing for students in grades 3-5, I want you to know how very proud I am of our school and the hard work of our students and staff. The PSSA is just one measure and does not define success, in my opinion. I recognize the need for accountability and time and after time, our staff has shown their dedication to creating a warm and inviting learning environment with high quality instruction. The partnership we have with our parents and the community is absolutely the best, bar none. Having said all of that, I cannot lie. It was incredibly rewarding to be recognized as the #1 Elementary in the four Philadelphia suburban counties (Montgomery, Berks, Chester and Delaware) and #7 in the state. I know that we will continue to teach your children with our heart and soul and that they will always make me proud.

    General Reminders:

    School starts at 8:50. We have had a lot of late arrivals recently. It is important that children arrive on time and follow the morning routine to get their day started off on the right foot.

    Please slow down in the parking lot. I know everyone has places to go, but safety must come first.

    Upcoming events:

    Monday 3/27…Kindergarten Preview. (I can’t wait to meet my newest sharks!)

    • Parent Book Club with Dr. Mussoline at the STEM Academy

    Wednesday 3/29…Home and School Meeting in the café at 9:30 AM

    Friday 3/31…Spring Picture Day

    Monday 4/3 through 4/6…ELA PSSAs

    Wednesday 4/12 through Monday 4/17..School closed for Spring Break

    Wednesday, 4/19 Early Dismissal at 1:30/Modified Kindergarten

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  • Principal Update 3/17/17


    Top o the morning…

    Please note: Due to the snow day, ESARs will be sent home on Monday.

    Tuesday, March 21… Literacy Night in conjunction with our school book fair. I can’t wait. Hope you signed up!

    Monday, March 27…Kindergarten Preview for our newest sharks and their parents.

    Friday, March 31… Picture Day

    April 3-6…ELA PSSA testing grades 3-5

    April 24-26…Math PSSA testing grades 3-5

    May 1 and 2… Science PSSA testing grade 4 only

    Please know that I cannot excuse any absences in grades 3-5 during state testing. That being said, Take Your Child to Work Day falls on April 27th.  I can excuse absence for this day for all students provided:

    1. You submit the attached form.
    2. Students in grades 3-5 have not missed any PSSA testing dates up to this date.

    Take Your Child to Work Day.doc

    As we move forward through the final months of school, I have my eye on the 2017-18 school year. My Teachers. Literacy Specialists and Counselor are instrumental in developing class lists that take into consideration the academic and social/emotional needs of our students. Although I value your partnership, please know that I will not honor requests for specific teachers. As reflected in our reputation of excellence, I hold each and every one of my teachers in high esteem and I respect their professionalism. If you feel strongly that you need to write a letter to me about a specific style of teaching, you may certainly do that. All letters are due to me by April 15th. Just know that our teachers follow the DASD curriculum and are all held to the same standards. (You know that I love our school and I will only have the brightest and the best working with our sharks!)

    Norma Jean

    Congratulations to all of the kids who participated in the Chester County Science Fair at Valley Forge College.

    In fifth grade: Vamsi, Caden, Amber, Ashima, Niyoosha, Ishi, and Suhaana

    Vamsi and Caden received a distinguished honor award, Ishi and Nysoosha received a high honors award, and Ashima earned an honors award.

    In fourth grade congrats to:

    Shreyes, Jake, Anwita, Praniel, Vivek,

    Shreyes received an honors award in chemistry

    Praniel won an excellence in physics award, along with a distinguished honors award.


    All of the students worked hard and we are proud that they represented Shamona Creek!


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  • Principal Update 2/2/17


    Today we held the 5th grade Spelling Bee. Wow! Hard words…tough competition. Great work!

    Congrats to all of participants.

    Julia Murray

    Maverick Baranger

    Emma Meise

    Jacob Halka

    Siddharth Pendse

    Connor Berkeihiser

    Ananya Paladugu (Will represent SC at the County Bee!)

    Jack Sheldon


    One addition to The Science Fair participants moving on to the County Fair. Please congratulate Ishi Bhattacharya who worked with Niyoosha on acidic vs. neutral drinks.

    Valentine’s Day is coming…yay! Each of our classes will celebrate in different ways, but food will not be a part of the activities. Thank you for not sending candy in with your cards. We will not distribute any sweets in accordance with our Wellness Policy.

    Checkout the January School Newsletter written by SC Sharks! Sooo cute!

    January SC Newspaper.pdf

    Mascot Madness…Hope that everyone is logging in their hours. C’mon…kids are definitely active for an hour a day. On PE days they have 45 minutes plus recess. Boom…an hour! We are presently in second place across the district. Let’s get hopping!!!!!!

    Here is the link!

    From our PE Teachers:

    Attention:  All Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents-

    There are openings still available for Session 2 Winter Intramurals.

    Here are the dates:

    Tuesdays-2/14, 2/24, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21

    Thursdays-2/16, 2/23, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

    Go to Sign up genius link:


    Have you contributed to the Souper Bowl collection for 5th grade? Remember all donations of non-perishable food will be sent to the Lord’s Pantry. For my Martin Luther King Day service project, I put together a dozen birthday bags with cake mix, icing, decorated paper plates and napkins, candles…. When I dropped them off the volunteers could not have been more appreciative. DASD has many families who live in the borough and rely on this resource to supplement their monthly food budgets. 5th Grade is collecting until Friday Feb. 10. Please pick up a few extra cans and send them in. We have 706 students and staff at SC. Just imagine if each one brought in two items!

    My favorite Friendly Friday note last week…”Dear Mrs. Welsh…thank you for keeping our school safe and kind.” Thank you Camryn…I would say those are two of the most important parts of my job! J

    Norma Jean Welsh

    Upcoming events:

    Feb. 6-17…Box Top Competition. Start to clip those little pink boxes now!

    Tuesday, Feb. 7…Home and School meeting in the library 7:00 PM. Please join us!

    Wednesday, Feb. 15…Early Dismissal at 1:30 and Fit Fest at 6:00 PM

    FitFestforEveryBODY-Flyer (1).pdf

    Thursday, Feb. 23…Michael Dooling Author Visit

    BOOK ORDER FORM - Michael Dooley.pdf

    Friday, Feb. 24…Pizza Bingo    Pizza Bingo Flyer 2017 (2).pdf

    Thursday, March 2…Early dismissal at 1:30/No Kindergarten classes for conferences

    Friday, March 3…School closed for Staff Professional Development

    From Home and School:

    Thank you to all those who contributed to the "Souper" Bowl Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  Your generosity is a touchdown for our school community!  

    All Michael Dooling book orders & Fit Fest registration forms are due Friday, February 3rd.

    Shamona Creek 2016-2017 Yearbooks are on sale now!  Click the link below on print the attached flyer for directions.  2017 Yearbook pay on line.docx

    Variety Show 2017!  Look for registration forms in the next week! Save the date for March 11th.  

    Variety Show flyer final.pdf

    Thank you to Nicole Naggy for heading up the Spring Fair.  Anyone interested in helping please email Nicole at: 

    Book Collection…We will not have a used book table at this year’s Spring Fair. Sooo….

    The Downingtown Library is seeking donations of gently used adult and children’s books, as well as CDs and DVDs, for our spring book sale.  NO TEXTBOOKS OR DAMAGED BOOKS, PLEASE!  Donations will be accepted beginning Feb. 6 through March 18th and may be dropped off in your school lobby or at the library at 122 Wallace Avenue, Downingtown.

    The book sale will begin March 24-26.  For more info, go to  or call 610-269-2741. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

    From DASD Human Resources Department:

    Lunchroom Monitors and Special Education Aides Needed

    The Downingtown Area School District is looking to hire Lunchroom Monitors and Special Education Aides.  These positions are ideal for individuals looking to work during the school day when students are in attendance.  Lunchroom Monitors work 2 – 3 hours per day and supervise students while directing them to and from outdoor play, lunchroom, and classroom in a safe and organized manner. Special Education Aides provide individual and/or small group support and assist in the development and preparation of instructional materials and adaptive strategies under the guidance of the classroom teacher.  Lunchroom Monitors and Special Education Aides promote and model positive social relationships and interactions between students.  Interested applicants should apply through our website at





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  • Principal Update 1/27/17


    Congratulations to our 3rd through 5th graders who participated in the Science Fair! Our kids are innovative and definitely think outside the box. A SC shout out to the following students who will represent our school at the County Science Fair:

    4th graders- Shreyes Shivappa, Jake Lawler, Praneil Balike, Aarya Ganesan, Advaith Nair and Vivek Athipatla

    5th graders-Amber Singh, Anwita Thimmaiah, Suhanna Jadia, Caden Walsh, Vamsi Nandamuri, Ashima Parnerkar, Niyoosha Singhal

    Way to go Sharks!

    Today we had our first Fun Friendly Friday…In addition to giving words of kindness to others, we had a moment of JUMP. For 30 seconds everyone stopped working and danced, moved jumped to music. We will do this on the last Friday of each month. No better way to wake up your mind and body! Give it a try! J

    Calling ALL students and Staff…Can we do this a 4th time????? I SAY YES!

    Monday starts Mascot Madness!  Everyone will get their new HAL Club in PE class!  The directions for logging into Mascot Madness are on HAL!  The following link will go live on Monday morning, 1/30 through Feb 17, also to be found on our homepage!

    First student and staff member to log in wins a prize! 

    From our school website…Click on the link:

                   User name: graduation yr., first initial, last name              Ex: 24cchandler

                   Password:  first name (capitalize first letter)                      Ex: Chelsea

    • Participate in physical activity or exercise for up to an hour a day. 

          What counts?  Sports, PE class, Intramurals, Jump Rope Club, Recess, Play, Chores, etc.

    • Enter results in the Scorecard daily, weekly, or all at once. However, complete the survey only once for each day. 

    We’re in it to win it!

    Every Shamona Creek student and staff member counts!  Let’s keep the trophy at Shamona Creek!

    New Playground…We are all sooooo excited about the new equipment at SC thanks to our Home and School and you! The funds from our Boosterthon are being put to great use…new swings, a slide, a funnel ball hoop and it looks like there is more to come. YAY! Thanks also to DASD Facilities for delivering lots of fresh mulch which Ms. Marque and her team spread out.

    Upcoming Events:

    Friday Feb. 3…Staff Appreciation Souper Bowl Luncheon (Thanks Parents!)

    Tuesday, Feb. 7…Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM

    Wednesday, Feb. 15…Fit Fest. Limited spots available…see attachment!

    FitFestforEveryBODY-Flyer (1).pdf

    Thursday, Feb. 23…Author visit! Michael Dooling

    Friday, Feb. 24… Pizza Bingo!

    Friday, Feb. 24-Wednesday, March 1…Jump Rope For Heart! (See attachment.)

    Jump Rope for Heart 2017.doc

    HELP Needed…Safety First!

    Students need to be dressed appropriately for the weather. They must wear a coat in order to go out on cold days. We go out provided the wind chill is above 25. Soooo, shorts are not acceptable through the winter months. Teachers will be instructed that students not dressed appropriately need to be kept in at recess. L Please do not make us the clothing police!

    Drop off…Parents are required to use the Parent Loop to drop off students. Do NOT pull into the parking lot and allow your child to walk across the Parent Loop. Plan accordingly to allow enough time for your child to enter school safely. This is especially true on rainy days when we have larger numbers of families using the Parent Loop.

    One more….If your child is arriving to school late, you must walk your child into the office to sign him/her in. The front doors are locked immediately following arrival and we need an adult to safely help the children enter the building.

    Please and thank you!

    Norma Jean

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  • Principal Update: 1/21/17


    Happy Saturday…

    Please join our 5th grade in providing much needed canned food to be donated to the Lord’s Pantry in Downingtown. We will collect through Feb. 10. Please support this great service project by sending in a few cans.

    Tuesday night, we will hold our Science Fair. Yay! Here’s the timing…

    Check in is between 4:45-5:30

    Actual fair is from 5:30-7:30

    Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Fahnestock back to Kindergarten. This mommy is ready to get back into the classroom! We all loved having Mrs. D’Antonio and we hope to see her in the building as a daily sub.

    Speaking of Kindergarten…Please call now to set up a registration appointment for Kindergarten. Call Mrs. Conway or Mrs. Templin in the office at 610-458-8703. You also may want to mark your calendar for Kindergarten 101. Monday, March 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, District Kindergarten teachers will share info about the curriculum for parents only. This will be held at Downingtown West High School auditorium. SC will host our own K intro later in the spring. Students and parents come for a visit. More soon…

    Technology…I am continuously amazed at the way technology has changed education. Kudos to my teachers and our Instructional Coach for integrating totally engaging apps with the iPads. At all grade levels, kids are researching, creating and learning in new ways. Waaaaayyyy cool stuff. Second grade uses a resource called Osmos. I just bought some for first grade and we are all waiting for the order to come in. If you get a chance, google it.

    As much as we all love technology, I am still a firm believer that eyeball to eyeball instruction is the ticket to meaningful learning. During guided reading and math groups, not only are teachers instructing students, but our Instructional Assistants are equally as important. We are blessed with incredible aides, many who are certified teachers. They help to provide targeted instruction that challenges students at all readiness levels. Add to that, the support of our Literacy Specialists and the teacher of the gifted and we have a whole lot of great stuff going on.

    Parents often ask what they can do at home to help their child. My answer is always the same, read, practice math facts, encourage physical activity and have fun. Play games that support reading and math! Our wonderful Literacy Specialists and teachers are putting together a Literacy Night on Tuesday, March 21st to coincide with the SC Book Fair. Put a note on your calendar for a fun and informative night. Details later…

    Okay….enough said. I have no funny for the week…I was really busy!

    Norma Jean Welsh


    From Home and School:

    Ready, Set, Open!!   Mark your calendars with the following fun Shamona Fun!  Please take the time to read the below event calendar and open the flyers to sign up for the many fun events that will be taking place at Shamona Creek!  Please print the forms and turn in by the due dates.

           BREAKING NEWS we have found a VARIETY SHOW CHAIR!!!!!  The chair will need some help, so if you can help with this after school, one weekend event please contact Maria Dennin at and your name will be passed onto the chair!  Keep your eyes peeled for information later in the month.


    SHAMONA ASSEMBLIES:  MICHAEL DOOLING BOOK ORDER FORM:  Author & Illustrator of Children's Books.  All book order's are due by FEBRUARY 3rd.  Click the button below to get an order form.  Contact Megan Murray at with any questions.

    BOOK ORDER FORM - Michael Dooley.pdf

    January 30:  Mascot Madness Starts..... Here We Go, Here We Go, Here We Go Again!!! Go Sharks get Moving!

    February 3:  Staff Appreciation Luncheon:  Please click on the link below to sign up and bring in a yummy soup or bread!

    February 6-17 BOX TOP COMPETITION:  What Homeroom will win???? Start collecting box tops!

    February 15, 2017 Fit Fest for EveryBODY!!! Let's move, stretch and learn some new healthy habits.  Please send in your sign up sheet by FEBRUARY 3, 2017.  Limited to 140 students so first come first serve.  Contact Santina Stutzman at

    FitFestforEveryBODY-Flyer (1).pdf

    February 24, 2017:  Pizza Bingo.  Details and sign-up sheet coming soon…

    WE ARE IN NEED OF SPRING FAIR COMMITTEE CHAIRS!!!  Boosterthon has replaced other small fundraisers in our school, but we still need to have the SPRING FAIR to keep our budget at its current level.  Having the Spring Fair allows us to continue to purchase new playground equipment and offset the cost of field trip transportation. Please contact any Home and School Board member about volunteering for the Spring Fair or any other committee.


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