March 27, 2017
Dear Neff Families,
Welcome to spring! My hope is that it starts to feel like spring soon. We certainly had an interesting end to winter with our March snowstorm, a snow day, and delayed starts. Hopefully you and your family got to enjoy playing in the snow, then warming up with some hot chocolate!
We will soon be in our last marking period of the school year, which means there is a lot that will be happening at school! Keep checking your child’s folders, teacher’s websites, and/or teacher newsletters to stay informed. This time also includes a lot of fun activities sponsored by our PTO. Remember that things like the Spring Family Fun Fest can’t happen without your help. If you haven’t signed up yet, please sign up for a volunteer shift at this great event. Was there something you enjoyed this year that was sponsored by the PTO? If so, consider helping to coordinate the event next year! Check the PTO eblasts for volunteer opportunities.
Starting in April our third and fourth graders will be taking the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment). This is not something a child needs to, nor should study for. For those of you with kids in third and fourth grade, thank you for helping your child maintain a positive attitude and to try his or her best! Third and fourth graders will have the English Language Arts assessments on April 4, 5, 6, and 7. They have math assessments on April 25, 26, and 27. Fourth graders have science assessments on May 2 and 3. On these testing days it is very important for kids to get enough rest, have a healthy breakfast, and to get to school on time. Look for more information from your child’s classroom teacher.
Congratulations to Grant Horn, William Royer, Oliver Forsythe, Abigail Marinaro, Quyn Walthall, Mackenzie Osika, Eliza Murphy, Ella Watson, Kaydin Iverson, Kaleb Radmore, Jomar Rodriguez, Lauren Weeks, Mollie Greer, Rose Montogomery, and Gillian Sullivan who were January’s students of the month! These students did a great job of demonstrating the PRIDE trait of being excellent.
Starting in February we are recognizing students who show certain characteristics associated with being a “gritty kid.” Congratulations to Sasza Foster, Calvin Rothacker, Sarah Abbas, Ava Rozick, Jayden Mentzer, Sophia Johnson, Patrick Schilling, John Ramos, Genesis Ruiz, Noah Fox, Emyis Rodriguez, Luke Wagner, Catherine Raab, Parker Grown, and Elizabeth O’Gorman for showing persistence. Gritty kids show persistence when they practice, practice, practice to get better!
Travis C. Bash