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  • SC Principal Update 11/09/17


    SC News 11-09-17

    It was great to see so many of your smiling faces in over the last few days for conferences. Our strong partnership with parents is one of the things that makes our school so successful!

    What an awesome evening we had for the Father/Daughter Dance. The girls were absolutely adorable and each dad just beamed. Thanks so much to the Home and School Association Dads and Moms who made this event possible. Definitely a new tradition!

    Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students)

    We have had our first volunteer Dads spend the day at SC. Comments: "The day flew by." "If there are spots open in the spring, can I sign up again?" "The kids are better behaved in the cafeteria when the Watch DOG is there!" We still have some spots open in the New Year and into spring if you would like to sign up. (We are booked through December!) If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your child feel oh so special!

    Here is the sign up link:

    Did you know?

    50 students from grades 1-3 will stay late Friday afternoon to decorate donated boxes of cereal. The artistic creations will go to a good cause…The Chester County Food Bank. I love that we work to show our children the importance of giving…not just money, but time!

    Friday will be extra cold…Be sure that your child dresses warmly!

    Happy Veteran’s Day…much appreciation to those who have served our country.

    Science Fair

    The Science Fair is right around the corner and before your child can start his/her experiment there is paperwork that needs to be filled out. We will be having a parent information meeting on Wednesday, November 15, from 5-5:30, in the multipurpose room, to guide you through the process. If you are unable to attend, and would like the information, please email

    We are looking forward to another successful fair!

    Gail Milano and Mandy Verbovszky

    Home and School News:

    November 6-19: Monkey Fish Toy Off: 10% of your purchase & 10% back to Shamona. See attached flyer.

    November 13 -24: Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Snap Pizza Dine Around. Shamona Creek Performance's as follows: Nov 13 Band & Chorus Nov 16 Orchestra See attached flyer.

    November 8-25: Spirit Wear Online sale: please click this link to do some shopping:

    See attached flyer

    November 17: You're Sweet as Pie & We are Thankful Teacher Appreciation: See attached flyer for your child to write a thankful note. Please send teacher notes to Kim Baggio in the office.

    Click here to donate items:

    November 28: Home & School General Meeting, 7pm Library.

    December 4: Shamona Night at the 76'ers. See attached flyer.

    Click here to buy tickets:

    December 6: Shamona Creek Winter Concert & Rita's Night. More information to come

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  • SC Principal Update 11/01/17

    SC News 11-01-17

    From Mrs. Welsh

    Wow…we could not have asked for a better fall day for the parade on Friday. Many thanks to our staff and all of the parent volunteers who made it such a fun afternoon. Note to self: Parking is at a premium for events like this. Always allow extra time to park and walk to the event.

    Got Candy????

    We are collecting leftover Halloween candy to be sent to the troops. Boxes will be provided in the lobby through Monday, Nov. 6th. Send in that excess candy for a good cause.

    Did you know?

    Students in grades 1-5 enjoy working with hands on materials during I-Design. This period is overseen by our Encore teachers who also introduce the 16 Habits of Mind. The “habits” are traits that lead to success in all walks of life. This month they are working on:

    • Listening and understanding with empathy
    • Creating, imagining and innovating

    Kudos to Mrs. Cunniffe (School Psychologist) and Mrs. Hoffmann (Counselor) who wrote and received a grant to teach the SC staff and students about mindfulness. There are many techniques that can be used to slow down, calm down and relax. The resources provided to teachers include a set of chimes, an informational book and children’s books that support mindfulness.

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    Friday is our Rockin Recess as a reward for hitting our goal at Fin’s Fantastic Fun Run. Let’s all wear our Fun Run t-shirts!!!!!

    Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students)

    We are so excited to welcome our first set of Watch dogs to SC next week. We have busy schedules for them and I know their kids will be thrilled to have their picture with their dad posted in the lobby in our Watch DOG Wall of Fame. If you have not yet signed up, it’s not too late. The open dates are in the link through May. Sign up soon though…we only have 75 spots total!

    Here’s the link:

    Friday is our first ever Father/Daughter Dance…Can’t wait!

    Upcoming Events:

    Thursday, Nov. 2…2nd grade field trip

    Friday, Nov. 3…Father/Daughter Dance

    Tuesday, November 7…No School for students. Parent/teacher conferences

    Wednesday, Nov. 8…Early dismissal for 1-5 at 1:30. No Kdg. classes this day!

    Conferences in the afternoon and evening.

    Friday, Nov. 10… Picture Retake Day

    Monday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 16…Barnes and Noble Book Fair

    Tuesday, Nov. 21…3rd grade field trip

    Wednesday, Nov. 22…No School for Students

    Thursday, Nov. 23…Happy Thanksgiving!

    Tuesday, Nov. 28…School reopens after Thanksgiving break.


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  • SC Principal Update 10/25/17



    Congratulations to our students and staff. The Pittsburgh Business Times released the top 100 Pennsylvania schools by grade based on the PSSA scores. Here’s how SC faired…

    3rd grade was number 21!

    4th grade was number 12!

    5th grade was number 69!

    This is impressive…to make it to the top 100 in all 3 grades is huge. We are still waiting to see where we land with our whole school score. Although we took a slight dip from the previous year, I recognize that this is just one piece of the overall picture. Our students are engaged, learning and love school. They are kind and giving and well rounded…I truly believe that our success is due to the positive climate at SC and our partnership with families.

    Citadel’s Heart of Learning Award:

    Speaking of awesome teachers at SC, will you take a few minutes to nominate your favorite teacher for this wonderful award? Each year, 15 finalists and 3 overall winners are selected for their outstanding contribution to the community through teaching. Although the winners receive prizes, the recognition of being nominated really resonates with our staff. In addition, the schools with the highest number of nominations can win money to help pay for special events or assemblies. C’mon parents…ask your child what they love most about their teacher and submit a nomination.

    Here’s the link: Scroll to the bottom and Nominate!

    We are all looking forward to our Fall parade and activities on Friday. The whole school parade will begin at 1:45. Parking is difficult, so please arrive early. You may park at the 6th Grade Center, but you must enter from their long drive. Please do not enter from the bus lanes…the gates will be closed. I have attached a map so you know where to stand for the best viewing. Gentle reminder: costumes must be appropriate for school. Nothing scary, no weapons, no masks and no additional props. (They only get lost and then the tears flow!)

    Watch DOGS:

    Many thanks to all of the Dads who came out for the informational meeting last week. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to serve as one of our DOGS (Dads of Great Students) feel free to email me and I can set you up to speak with one of our DOG Team dads. (Brian D’Amico, Mike MacNeal, Dave Heavens, Aditya Pendse, Ravi Balike, Andy Kennan) We have limited days open since this is our first year with this program. Each Dad may sign up for ONE date this year. The hours are 8:20-3:45, unless your child is in Kindergarten. (Half day arrangements can be made.) It will be a busy day, but well worth your time and effort. Once you sign up, we will send more information.

    Here is the link:

    Congratulations to the following students who won Fit Bits for Fin’s Fantastic Fun Run…

    Calista Crofford, Garrett Williams, Nick Capell, Aaryan Pandya…Woot!

    Science Fair

    Is your child in grade 3-5 and interested in the Science Fair? There will be a parent meeting on Wednesday, November 1st from 5:15pm-6pm in the Multi-Purpose Room to discuss important information and Chester County Science Fair requirements. We're thrilled to once again participate in this exciting event!


    Please make sure that your child arrives at school by 8:50. We have had a lot of students arriving late. Tardiness is documented and reported on the ESAR. We need our students present and ready to learn. Thank you!

    When chaperoning a field trip, please park at MC. We barely have enough spots for our staff and lack of parking often cause staff members to clock in late. Thanks for your consideration.

    Upcoming Events:

    Friday, Oct. 27…Fall Parade 1:45

    Thursday, Nov. 2…2nd grade field trip

    Friday, Nov. 3…Father/Daughter Dance

    Tuesday, November 7…No School for students. Parent/teacher conferences

    Wednesday, Nov. 8…Early dismissal for 1-5 at 1:30. NO Kdg. Conferences in the afternoon and evening.

    Friday, Nov. 10… Picture Retake Day

    Monday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 16…Barnes and Noble Book Fair

    Tuesday, Nov. 21…3rd grade field trip

    Wednesday, Nov. 22…No School for Students

    Thursday, Nov. 23…Happy Thanksgiving!

    Tuesday, Nov. 28…School reopens after Thanksgiving break.


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  • SC Principal Update 10/5/17

    Happy Fall everyone!!!

    News From Mrs. Welsh

    Fin’s Fantastic Fun Run will be held next Friday. We have a kick off assembly tomorrow afternoon. Students will bring home their pledge sheet. This year, we are not asking for pledges for each lap. It is sooo much easier to select a total amount to be donated. Everything you need to know is included with the pledge info. Let’s make this our best year yet…all proceeds go directly to our school!

    Dads of Great Students:

    Mark your calendars now! Watch DOGS is coming. On Tuesday, October 17, we will have an informational meeting at 6:30 PM in our cafeteria. The meeting will be short, but dads will learn about this awesome opportunity to volunteer in our school. We have a DOG team of a few fathers who are helping to spread the word. 5th grader Anna’s dad, Brain D’Amico, is our Top DOG.  Please join us on Tuesday the 17th to hear from a Dad who had the Watch DOG experience at West Bradford.

    Friday, Oct. 27…Fall Parade and Activities. Students and staff dress in appropriate costumes for a fun day. Students may not wear masks or bring any props. No weapons or scary outfits. Given the latest trend with scary movies, I must insist...No clowns. We do not serve food at our parties. Our students are excited to have a fun afternoon where food is not the focus. The parade will start at 1:45. Parents may line up outside to watch the whole school parade. Parking will be at a minimum, so plan to arrive early to park at the 6th Grade Center. All cars must be moved by 3:00 to allow for the buses to enter for dismissal. I hope you can join us!


    Let's All Wear Spirit Wear Tomorrow!


    From Mrs. Marsh and Ms. Keys/PE

    Check out the Health and PE Newsletter below...

    SC Sharks are Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind


    Upcoming Events

    Friday, Oct. 6…Fun Run Kick-Off

    Monday, Oct. 9…Schools closed…Yay!

    Tuesday, Oct. 10-13… Fin’s Fantastic Fun run Pledge week!

    Friday, Oct. 13…The Fun Run Event of the Year!

    Tuesday, Oct. 17…5th Grade Field Trip

    Wed. Oct. 18…Early dismissal at 1:30 with modified Kdg. hours

    Friday, Oct. 20…Kindergarten Field Trip

    Friday, Oct. 27…Fall Parade at 1:45



    Attachments: HPE_Newsletter_-_Oct_2017.pptx.pdf (247.1 KB)

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  • SC Principal Update 9/22/17


    Happy first fall weekend. Happy New Year to those who celebrate Rosh Hashana!

    Thanks for your support during days off so that our staff can receive the latest and greatest professional development. Yesterday was truly fabulous! Teachers across the district had the opportunity to select from hundreds of sessions to improve their practice and impact student learning. I love the individualized learning as teachers and administrators shared info on all kinds of topics. (Some of my favorite were: How to help students unpack math word problems, the anti-worksheet classroom, iDesign…what do kids learn from robotics, Aurasma..making learning come alive, How to use and organize your google drive and Breakout EDU! You literally have no idea how much education is changing to prepare students for 21st Century jobs. Incredible!!!!

    Thanks again for your support through donations to the Red Cross. We are sending $1,875 to help victims of the hurricanes.

    From Mrs. Dimino/Art

    Mrs. Dimino in the art room will be using shaving cream with first and second graders as well as rice with first graders. If any student has an allergy to these items, could you please contact her at


    From Ms. Marsh and Ms. Keys/PE

    Students may now sign up for additional sessions of Fitness Club and Intramurals. We have open spots. Email for the links if you need them.

    Other Club News:

    Math Olympiads and Planet Patrol:

    We are so happy that so many students want to participate in these two clubs!  Unfortunately, we have reached our capacity of students and are no longer accepting permission forms.  If you have already turned your permission form in, keep an eye out for an email from either Mrs. Fiske or Mrs. Verbovszky letting you know the first date we will be meeting.

    Upcoming Events:

    Tuesday, Sept. 26… Home and School Budget meeting in the library at 7:00

    Friday, Oct. 6…Fin’s Fantastic Fun Run Kick Off Assembly

    Monday, Oct. 9…School closed for Columbus Day

    Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 13…Fun Run pledges

    Thursday, Oct. 12…Kdg. visits with the fire comapny

    Friday, Oct. 13…Fin’s Fantastic Fun Run…Go Sharks!

    Tuesday, Oct. 17…5th grade Field Trip

    Wednesday, Oct. 18…Early dismissal at 1:30/Modified Kdg. hours

    Friday, Oct. 27…SC Annual Fall Parade at 1:45!

    Home and School:

    This year our major fundraiser will be our very own Fin’s Fantastic Fun Run. We are not contracting out this year, so all proceeds will go directly to our school. Look for more information to come soon.


    Fall is the time Explore, Create, Innovate

    DASD has been on the forefront of STEM focused initiatives at the secondary level for many years.  As a district, we are looking to expand our vision and continue enhancing our elementary curriculum with a dedicated STEAM infused focus of learning.   The DCEF After School “Experience” offers students a chance to explore, create and innovate through a hands-on, STEAM-focused approach to learning which will best stimulate their creative, critical thinking, and collaborative skills while showing mastering of a variety of content areas. 

     Fall session begins the week of Oct 16th and runs for seven weeks after school from 3:30-5:30pm.  We have developed a progression of courses using Finch robots for 1st & 2nd graders as well as a progression for Hummingbird robots for grades 3-5.  Any class listed as 2.0 requires participation in a 1.0 class prior. 

    *Not all classes are offered at every school.  Class offerings are based on teacher availability.  Classes are limited to 15 for grades 1&2 and 18 for grades 3-8.  For more information about Birdbrain Technologies and Finch and Hummingbird robotics:


    Grades 1&2

                  Finch 1.0 - Finch Tales at SC (Tues-3:30) All SPOTS FILLED.

    Grades 3-5

                  Cooking up Science at SC (Mon-3:30) Spots still available!

                  Hummingbird 1.0 - Robot Zoo at SC (Tues-3:30) Only a few spots left!

    Click this link to register your child for one of these fun and creative programs that are offered at your school..... 952401

    Fees:      $140 per program 

                   $70 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


    Community News:

    The Downingtown Library is seeking donations of gently used adult and children’s books, as well as CDs and DVDs, for our annual fall book sale. NO TEXTBOOKS OR DAMAGED BOOKS, PLEASE!  Donations will be accepted beginning TODAY through October 6th at the schools. Donations may be dropped off to the Downingtown Library through October 21st. 

    The Friends of the Library Book Sale will kick off the weekend of October 20-22.  For more info, go to  or call 610-269-2741.





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