Principal's Updates

  • SC News 1/10/19

    Tis the season…lots of bugs going around. Please be mindful and do not send your child to school if s/he is running a temperature or has thrown up in the last 24 hours. Know that our nurses are awesome and will only call you to pick up your child if it is necessary.

    January is the month of assessments for us. We will be giving our AIMSweb reading and math assessments as well as F and P to students who did not meet the benchmark in the fall. I just like to keep you in the loop that all of this data helps to inform instruction. We want to be sure that all children are being challenged appropriately…intervention, support, enrichment.

    Each year, 5th graders across the district collect canned goods for a local food pantry as part of their service project. At SC, we like to make it a school effort. We are collecting food throughout the month of January in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I encourage you to give your child a few dollars at the grocery store and allow him/her to choose the cans to be donated. It is a great way for them to earn about economics and to actually take part in the giving process.  Boxes are in the lobby waiting to be filled! We are asking each grade to provide cans of food for donation as follows:

    K and 1st…boxes of pasta

    2nd…beans/any kind

    3rd…tomatoes or tomato sauce

    4th…fruit or soup

    5th…all of the above!!!!

    Staff…canned meat: chicken, tuna, salmon

    Mrs. Hoffmann is an incredible counselor and provides lots of services to our students and their families. Please take a minute to read her newsletter for January. (Attached below.)

     

    The Health and PE teachers want to remind you that there are two informational meetings scheduled for parents of 4th and 5th graders regarding the Human Growth and Development curriculum.

    • Tonight at Springton Manor at 7:00 PM
    • Thursday, the 17th at Beaver Creek at 7:00 PM

    On Tuesday, Jan. 15th…several teachers will visit other schools to observe Greg Tang teach a math lesson. He really is incredible and we are all learning so much. The district is offering another Parent Night with Greg Tang that evening. See the attachment below…

    Important Dates: The PSSA window for testing is rather difficult this year since it falls around Spring Break. Please note: I cannot approve any requests for family trips for students in grade 3-5 during testing which includes: Tuesday, April 23 through May 3.   Thanks for understanding.

    Happy winter…

    Norma Jean

    Upcoming Events:

    Thurs. Jan. 10… 4th and 5th grade parent information meeting on Human Growth and Development unit at 7:00 PM  (Springton Manor Elementary or on Jan. 17 at Beaver Creek Elementary)

    Tues. Jan. 15...Parent Night with Greg Tang

    Wed. Jan. 16… Early dismissal at 1:30/ Modified kdg hours

    Wed., Jan. 23… Science Fair (Snow Date is the 30th)

    Mon. Jan. 28…5th grade Spelling Bee

    Home and School News:

    YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED! Hi Shark Parents!  Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school events or you and your friends just having fun, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.  Class parties, class field trips, Fall Festival, Winter Concert, Barnes & Noble.  Looking for student and teacher shots with smiling faces looking at you as they show up best in the yearbook. 

    You can email to: shamonacreekyearbook@gmail.com or 

    upload to:

    Here is how you can submit photos online:    • Go to: https://images.memoryebooks.com/login    • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username:       411923672    • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.    • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.    • Click "Save Details".

    It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 04/12/2019. Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year! Sincerely, Yearbook Adviser and the 2019 Yearbook Staff. *The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.*

     

    The SC Science Fair is coming...and parent volunteers are needed to serve as judges!

    The Science Fair is just around the corner (Jan 23, 5:30-7:30) and we need judges...Click here to sign up!  This is a great way to see what our budding science students have been up to...please come help us decide who will be advancing to represent Shamona Creek at the county level!  Parents: feel free to sign up your older siblings, Shamona alumni, and STEM students...this is great experience for them!

    Bonus: This is a great way to network among the other tech/pharma parents at Shamona ;)  Come have pizza and homemade desserts before the judging starts and don't forget your business cards!

     

     

     

    Attachments: Counselor's_Newsletter.pdf (267.6 KB) Greg_Tang_Parent_Night_.pdf (141.9 KB)

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  • SC News 12/14/18

    What an incredible Winter Concert! Great way to kick off the holiday season! Thanks to Mrs. Baer, Mr. Conroy and Mr. Gordon for pulling it all together!

        

                                                     

    The DASD Innovation Lab has arrived….All classes will visit the lab and teachers will have way cool follow up lessons. We are oh so fortunate to be in DASD!!!

                 

    As always, thank you for your on-going support…it’s what makes our school so great!!!!

    Norma Jean

    Homework Club sign-up…

    We are excited to announce the Winter/Spring Session sign up for Homework Help Club. The club meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 PM.  The Winter/Spring session will meet 10 times between January 8th and March 12th:  1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, and 3/12. 

    You can use the following link to sign up:  https://goo.gl/forms/5Re0h6BN0Sm0bgY72

    Or just fill in the form that will come home the week of December 17th and return it by Thursday, January 3rd.

    Club Sponsors:   Mrs. Mackel-mmackel@dasd.org, Ms. Alden-lalden@dasd.org, and

    Mrs. Maquire-jmaquire@dasd.org

    Upcoming Events:

    Fri. Dec 21…All school sing-along/Winter Break follows.

    Wed., Jan. 2…School reopens

    Tues. Jan. 8…Home and School Meeting in Library at 6:30 PM (All Welcome!)

    Thurs. Jan. 10… 4th and 5th grade parent information meeting on Human Growth and Development unit at 7:00 PM  (Springton Manor Elementary or on Jan. 17 at Beaver Creek Elementary)

    Wed. Jan. 16… Early dismissal at 1:30/ Modified kdg hours

    Wed., Jan. 23… Science Fair (Snow Date is the 30th)

     

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  • SC News 12-6-18

    BIG News…

    Although I do not think that test scores define a school, I could not be prouder of SC. Each year, all of the schools in the state of PA are ranked based on PSSA scores. According to Schooldigger, SC is ranked NUMBER 8 out of 1,530 Elementary schools in the state of PA!!!!!!

    We moved up 18 spots from the previous year…huge growth!!!! Notice, that I wrote “we.” That is because it takes the whole community…parents, grandparents, teachers, support staff and, of course, our wonderful children to make our school what it is. Congratulations and thank you to all. I always say…We have a good thing going here! And we DO!!!

    Here is the website if you wish to learn more…

    https://www.schooldigger.com/

    Please take a minute to check out the attached flyer “Building Readers for Life.” It is a wonderful resource for literacy written by DASD Literacy Specialists (Including Mrs. DiCecco).

    I loved seeing the band play at Barnes and Noble last night. What a great way to combine showcasing our students’ talents and fundraising money for our library. The choir sang on Tuesday and the orchestra will play tonight. If you are unable to get there for the musical shows, you can still help build our library collection. Two easy ways:

    1. In store shopping at B and N at Exton through Sunday the 9th. Just mention SC when you check out.
    2. On-line shopping runs through Friday, Dec. 14. Please use book fair ID# 12392023 at checkout.

    Happy Shopping!

    Norma Jean (Incredibly proud Principal!!!)

    Upcoming Events:

    Thurs. Dec. 6… Barnes and Noble Book Fair with Orchestra 6:30…

    Wed. Dec. 12…Early Dismissal at 1:30/Modified Kdg. hours  Winter Concert 6:30 PM

    • Allow time to park at MC 6th Grade Center and walk up the hill!

    Fri. Dec 21…All school sing-along/Winter Break follows.

    Wed., Jan. 2…School reopens

    Thurs. Jan. 10… 4th and 5th grade parent information meeting on Human Growth and Development unit at 7:00 PM  (Springton Manor Elementary or on Jan. 17 at Beaver Creek Elementary)

    Wed. Jan. 16… Early dismissal at 1:30/ Modified kdg hours

    Wed., Jan. 23… Science Fair (Snow Date is the 30th)

    From Home and School:

    Hello everyone! Here are a few things you need to know this week:

    1. The NotSo Silent Night Winter Fundraiser is this Saturday, December 8th! There are still tickets available, and they're only $30 - it's a great opportunity to get out of the house, hang out with friends and do some holiday shopping! Roddy family Shop in Our Store

    There has been so much interest in the auction and raffle items, and we know that many of you are unable to attend the Not So Silent Night Party, so we are going to bring them on the road! The Raffle Baskets are going to be at each of the Dine Around Restaurants during the Barnes and Noble Book Fair December 4-6 - Tuesday is Appetites on Main; Wednesday is Buddy's Burgers;  Thursday is California Tortilla - and…...we’ll be putting up a live auction website as well! The Raffle Baskets will also be at the Winter Concert on December 12 at Shamona. 

    1. LAST Call: The box is nearly empty!!! Let's try to help others.Planet Patrol Toy Drive:Interested in helping a child this holiday season? Planet Patrol will be collecting for Second Chance Toys, a nonprofit organization that rescues gently used toys for children in need. Bins will be placed in the Shamona Creek lobby for clean, plastic toys with no missing parts (batteries included, please!) If there are small pieces that go with the toy, place them in a plastic bag and tape it to the toy. We will be collecting fromDecember 3rd-December 7th. Thank you for your support!

    Have a great week! Meredith, Jacy, Gina & Kerri Shamona Families Facebook GroupHome and School Website

     

     

    Attachments: Building_Readers_for_Life_-_WINTER_2018_(2).pdf (408.9 KB)

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  • SC News 11-29-18

     

    SC News 11-29-18

    I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. (I was in Key West where I ran into 5th grader, Nikita and her family!!! Small world!)

    Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah begins on Sunday evening, Dec. 2. Hanukkah is one of the most highly anticipated and joyous Jewish celebrations of the year. The "festival of lights" is celebrated for 8 days with a nightly lighting of the menorah, special food and prayers.

    Dec. 3-9 marks Computer Science Education Week, also known as the Hour of Code! Tens of millions of students around the world participate in a one hour introduction to computer science and programming. I know the teachers at SC will be doing lots of great activities related to the Hour of Code. Check out the attachment below for some great resources to explore programming/coding at home! (Thanks to Mrs. Stulak, our fabulous Instructional Coach!)

    I hope you can pop into Barnes and Noble next week as we will have our Book Fair there Tuesday through Thursday. You can come early and dine at one of the restaurants noted and SC will get up to 25% back. SWEET! We will have a specialty drink at the B and N café named by one of our very own SC Sharks. You’ll have to go to find out which name was selected!

    Tuesday, Dec. 4…Appetites on Main and the Chorus sings at B and N at 6:30

    Wednesday, Dec. 5…Buddy Burger and the Band plays at B and N at 6:30

    Thursday, Dec. 6…California Tortilla and the Orchestra plays at B and N at 6:30

    Check out the latest news from our Counselor, Mrs. Hoffmann. (Attached below.)

    The Innovation Lab schedule has changed but we are excited to host this at SC starting Dec. 13th. I have friends in other districts and states who are incredibly jealous. Where else, but in DASD, would we find a renovated school bus with a specially trained teacher that travels school to school to promote science and technology???? Your tax dollars are being put to good use!

    As always…thanks for sharing your children with us. We have a great thing going here!

    Norma Jean

    Upcoming Events:

    Mon. through Wed. Dec. 4-6… Barnes and Noble Book Fair

    Wed. Dec. 12…Early Dismissal at 1:30/Modified Kdg. hours Winter Concert 6:30 PM

    Fri. Dec 21…All school sing-along/Winter Break follows.

    Wed., Jan. 2…School reopens

    Thurs. Jan. 10… 4th and 5th grade parent information meeting on Human Growth and Development unit at 7:00 PM (Springton Manor Elementary or on Jan. 17 at Beaver Creek Elem.)

    Wed. Jan. 16… Early dismissal at 1:30/ Modified kdg hours

    Home and School News:

    Thanks to all of the Shamona Parents that purchased tickets to the Winter Fundraiser Party - we can't wait to see you! But....

    Hey procrastinators! Last chance! We know it’s a crazy busy time of year, and you have a lot going on. We’ve heard that a lot of people are planning on going to the Not So Silent Night Fundraiser, but haven’t purchased tickets yet. Looking for holiday gifts? Here are some of the things that are available:

    - Lego Death Star - Hot Air Balloon Ride - Professional Sporting Events Tickets - Video Game Birthday Party - Signed Philadelphia Sports Memorabilia …..and lots more!

    Here’s where the money will go:

    - Field Trips - Classroom supplies - New filtered water bottle dispenser for the school - Picnic tables - Educational Assemblies ......and lots more!

    We’ve gotten feedback that the ticket price is prohibitive, so Happy Holidays! We’ve decided to lower it to $30 (we’ll refund the difference to current ticket holders, don’t worry) and extend the RSVP to this Friday, November 30th. You can either purchase tickets by sending a check to school, through the My School Anywhere Store or through PayPal . If for some reason you need to message us to reserve a ticket for you, please email shamonacreekhsa@gmail.com.

    It’s going to be a super fun night with good friends and good memories! We hope to see you there!

    Please please please as you are shopping on Amazon this holiday season (and all year long) set up your Amazon account as an Amazon Smile account. You pay no more, and Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to SCHSA (which comes right back to school). You can save the shortcut to your menu bar on your computer once you set it up. This is how I do it from the App on my phone/iPad:

    - Add everything to my cart on the App (because I get it, it's so much easier) - Save the shortcut to the AmazonSmile page on my home screen

    - When I'm ready to check out, I tap on that, it brings me right to my AmazonSmile with the items already in my cart. - Then I just check out from there. One tiny extra step that makes a big difference to our school!

    On deck - next week is the Barnes & Noble Book Fair! We have Dine Arounds Scheduled Tuesday, December 4th at Appetites on Main, Wednesday, December 5th at Buddy Burger and Thursday, December 6th at California Burrito. Take the flyers that we sent home to the restaurants when you dine - each restaurant will donate a portion of your tab back to Shamona Creek!

    Thanks!, Meredith, Jacy, Gina & Kerri

     

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  • SC News 11-14-18

    November is a month for thankfulness, but it is oh so hard to narrow down all of the things we are blessed to have. In our home, we celebrate blessings each week at Sunday dinner. Ever since my kids were old enough to speak, they were asked to identify a “good thing” during dinner conversation. There were 3 rules: You must listen to others, you must have a good thing and you can share one bad thing, if you choose. Over the years, we have learned a lot about our kids and this tradition continues now even though they are adults. As we approach Thanksgiving, my “good thing” is that I am blessed to be the principal of this incredible school. Our school climate is the best, bar none! Thanks for sharing your children with me. They make me proud each and every day!

    Wow, Wow, Wow! The Father/Daughter Dance was a delight. I love seeing the girls interact with their dads and they all seemed to be so proud.

                                       

    Thursday is a busy day at SC…We will host our second service project where students have signed up to decorate cereal boxes which will be donated to the local food bank.

    On Thursday, November 15th we are asking all staff and students to support National Children’s Grief Awareness Day by wearing BLUE.  This day is focused on bringing to mind the children all around us who have experienced the death of a loved one — children who typically feel very alone in the journey of grief they travel. Staff “jeans day” money will be donated to A Haven which is a grief support group for families, currently located in Eagleview. Some of our Shamona Creek families attend this group. Check out their website for more information www.ahaven.org. Students will also be given the opportunity to color butterflies which will be displayed on our “Tree of Hope” as a symbol that our grieving children are never forgotten and there is always hope. Mrs. Hoffmann will describe this day to students over broadcast on Wednesday. Mrs. Hoffmann and her practicum student, Ms. Wagner, will be available to students on Thursday if this day brings up sad or difficult emotions. If you have a child who is grieving and need more information please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Hoffmann and/or visit A Haven’s website for a compilation of excellent resources.  

    Our 5th graders picked 45 lbs. of lettuce, kale and chives from our very own SC gardens to be donated to the Food Bank. Wow! Way to go!

     

    Planet Patrol Toy Drive:​ Interested in helping a child this holiday season? Planet Patrol will be collecting for Second Chance Toys, a nonprofit organization that rescues gently used toys for children in need. Bins will be placed in the Shamona Creek lobby for clean, plastic toys with no missing parts (batteries included, please!) If there are small pieces that go with the toy, place them in a plastic bag and tape it to the toy. We will be collecting from December 3rd -December 7th. Thank you for your support!

     Happy Thanksgiving to you all...

    Norma Jean

    Home and School News:

    This time of year, I'm always more focused on how incredibly grateful I am for the amazing community that I am a part of, and all of the blessings and good fortune that I have. There are so many families that are less fortunate, and there is so much to do to help. Here are a few ideas for ways to give back in our community this week:

    1. Send ingently used coats for the 5thGrade Planet Patrol Coat Drive to help those in need during the winter. The coats will be donated to One Warm Coat. Their mission is simple: Provide any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge. 
    2. Send in Toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel size toiletries (mouthwash, sanitizer, deodorant, baby wipes, soap), razors, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, packaged food (granola bars, pudding/fruit cups, cookies, chips, crackers, tuna pouches, juice boxes), Ziploc bags, and brown paper lunch bagsas part of former Shamona Student Jake Lawler's service project to help homeless people from November 5-16. Read about his project and the items that you can send in - Jake Lawler's service project
    3. The Shamona Creek Beautification Committee is also looking for items that they can use to keep our school looking beautiful! Please click on the Sign Up Genius and sign up to donate (also a great excuse to clean out that shed or garage)!

    Have a great week! Meredith, Jacy, Gina & Kerri Shamona Families Facebook GroupHome and School Website

    Upcoming Events:

    Thurs. Nov. 15: Food Bank Service Project

    Tues., Nov. 20: Grade 3 Field Trip

    Wed. Nov. 21 through Monday, Nov. 26: No School for students for Prof Development and Thanksgiving break

    Tues., Nov. 27: School re-opens/Home and School Meeting 6:30 PM

    Mon. through Wed. Dec. 4-6… Barnes and Noble Book Fair

    Wed. Dec. 12…Early Dismissal at 1:30/Modified Kdg. hours  Winter Concert 6:30 PM

    Fri. Dec 21…All school sing-along/Winter Break follows.

    Tues., Jan. 2…School reopens

    Thurs. Jan. 10… 4th and 5th grade parent information meeting on Human Growth and Development unit at 7:00 PM  (Springton Manor Elementary or on Jan. 17 at Beaver Creek Elem.)

    Wed. Jan. 16… Early dismissal at 1:30/ Modified kdg hours

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