Shamona Creek Elementary School

Principal's Updates

  • 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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  • SC Principal Update 4/10/17


    Happy Passover, Happy Spring, Happy Easter…

    Spring Break starts on Wednesday and we return on Tuesday, April 18. Perfect timing with the arrival of warm weather.

    Students in grades 3-5 completed the ELA PSSAs with total focus. Honestly, many of them told me that they love testing days. (Extra recess, treats, no homework….Life is good!) We will pick up again with Math on April 24-26 and Science on May 1 and 2. (For 4th grade only)

    On Tuesday, we will hold our Jump Rope Assembly…fancy foot work and cool ways to stay active! Kindergartners will be on their field trip.

    Did you see the Daily Local today??? We made the front page! #GoSharks

    From Planet Patrol: During the week of April 18th-21st, Planet Patrol will be collecting the following items to be recycled for Earth Week.  Collections will be in the lobby from 8:25-9:00. 

    • Tuesday: Batteries (Not hearing aid batteries please)
    • Wednesday: Sneakers
    • Thursday: Pens/markers
    • Friday:  Plastic bottle caps/aluminum can tabs

    A few words from our Newspaper Club:

    SC Newspaper March.pdf

    Looking for ways to keep your child engaged over the summer? Check out this attachment from the Downingtown Library...

    Downingtown Library Summer Reading Events.docx

    Big ticket calendar events: (You should probably print this one out!)

    Wednesday, April 19 is an early dismissal day at 1:30 with modified Kindergarten

    Friday, April 28…4th Grade Watershed program and Kdg. Fort Building Party

    Wednesday, May 10… Early dismissal at 1:30 with Modified Kdg hours.

    Thursday, May 11…1st Grade Field Trip

    Friday, May 12…Spring Fair! 5:00-8:00 PM

    Wednesday, May 17… 3rd Grade Regions Fair 2:15-3 PM

    Thursday, May 18…Spring Concert 7:00 PM

    Friday, May 19…Field Day for grades 1-5 (Rain date: May 24)

    Tuesday, May 23…5th Grade Field Trip

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

    Thursday, May 25… Kdg. Field Day

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

    Wednesday, May 31…5th to 6th Grade Move Up Day and Iron Kid 3:50 PM

    Thursday, June 1…SC Move Up Day and Triathlon  3:50 PM

    Friday, June 2…Beginners Concert 9:30 and 5th Grade EOY party and 3rd Beach Party

    Tuesday, June 6… Goin Buggy 2:00 PM

    Wednesday, June 7… 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:30-10:30 AM

    • Last day for Kindergarten Classes

    Thursday, June 8… Last school day for grades 1-5 at 11:30 AM (No lunch periods)


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  • SC Update part 2 3/26/17


    See…this is what happens when I send out an email blast on Sunday instead of Friday!?

    Stuff I forgot! L

    You can still purchase books on-line from the Scholastic Book Fair. Maybe there was a book your child really wanted and we were out of stock. No worries. You can still order and it will still benefit our school library!

    • Online Book Fair continues through Friday, 3/31.


    • All orders shipped free to the school and delivered to child’s classroom


    • Expanded selection of books for all ages, from preschool to adult


    • Accessible all hours from your home or device

   Put in zip code 19335 and then select Shamona Creek.


    Thank so much to all who contributed to Lexi’s family. A note from her mother:

    I want to thank the staff, teachers, parents and students of the Shamona Creek family for their outpouring of support when Lexi's father passed away two weeks ago. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for the sympathy and generosity of complete strangers to us as well as teachers and staff.  If there is any bright side to this sad time it is that we have been showered with love and concern and we will be eternally grateful for this gift.

    Here is the spring edition of Building Readers for Life. (Really good tips!)


    Building Readers for Life - Spring.pdf

    I had the opportunity to attend the Art Gala last week at Dane Furniture. I loved seeing our students’ art work displayed. I can’t wait for our Art Show on May 24th!

    Robotics is really taking off. If your child didn’t get in on the previous action, here’s another chance!

    Spring is the time to Bloom - Explore, Create, Innovate

    Due to the huge interest in the Winter session of Finch Tales and Robot Zoo, a 6 week Spring session that begins April 18th is being offered. Don’t miss out – class size is limited.

    Shamona Creek:

    Robot Zoo - What dances, eats, and lights up? Robot animals created by you and your friends for the Downingtown Robot Petting Zoo! Design, build, and program your own animal robot using art materials and Hummingbird robotics.               Mondays from 3:30-5:30pm        For Grades 3-5


    Click this link register to your child for one of these fun and creative programs.....


    Fees:      $120 per program 

                   $60 per program for students eligible or participating in Free & Reduced Lunch program

    *Additional financial assistance available upon request.  DCEF wants to ensure that all children have the opportunity to participate. Contact Jackie Fenn






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  • 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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