April 1, 2017
Your children are jumping for joy to finally enjoy outdoor recess once again, and so are the teachers. The wonderful warmer weather has been welcomed by all of us! As educators, we all know that students perform better academically with physical exercise providing a break in their learning. I will try to provide some extra time outside when the opportunity presents itself.
On the other hand, this is the month where we aim our focus on the state PSSA testing. I thank parents in advance, for not scheduling any extended educational field trips or days excused unless sick days that can’t be avoided. As a reminder, here are the testing dates. Others will be used for make-up, but these are the prime testing dates:
ELA 3,4,5 April 4,5,6,7
Math 3,4,5 April 25,26,27
Science 4 May 2,3
The first week of April will be highlighted by our annual BOGO Book Fair. Please consider shopping with your child during his/her itinerant library class, or the evening opportunity April 7, from 6 - 7:30. We have a surprise for fifth graders at the Fifth Grade Farewell, based on benefits of the Scholastic Book Fairs, so we thank you in advance for your participation. We also would like to thank our PTS!
April is Literacy Month as well. On Tuesday’s from 4:30-5:30, our Kindergarten teachers will be providing Literacy presentations to parents and their upcoming Kindergarten students. This is one of Hempfield’s Transition activities to help pre-K children adjust to starting Kindergarten.
Take Your Child to Work day is April 27th, but Dr. Wolicki has suggested an alternate day for April 19th, due to PSSA testing on the 27th. If you are planning on taking your child out of school for the day, please fill out an educational field trip form. We look forward to celebrating our volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, on April 20th. If you have volunteered in any way, please consider joining us for a great morning of great food and fun, in your honor.
We will be having two great assemblies this month: Science on the Road, Science Takes Flight sponsored by the Carnegie Science Center, and the Children’s Institute is presenting on different types of disabilities. These will occur on April 10th and 11th, respectively.
Due to our mild winter, we can all enjoy the entire Easter Break! Students and staff will have no school on April 13, 14, and 17th. I will be visiting my grand babies that week as well! YAY!
As always, thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns! Most sincerely,