Schaeffer Gator Newsletter
Dear Schaeffer Families,
Welcome to September! The Labor Day weekend has come and gone. Here at Schaeffer, we are ready to begin sailing full speed ahead! During the first few weeks of the school year, your child will be learning and practicing ways to meet the expectations at Schaeffer. This learning, part of our school-wide positive behavior support plan, is designed using explicit instruction and opportunities to practice. We are pleased at how well our students are doing with meeting the expectations they have already learned.
There are many new opportunities for our school this year. Our computer lab will be converted into a STEAM lab by the end of September. In our STEAM lab, students will learn how to work collaboratively to solve real world problems while they apply science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to achieve their solutions. In addition, STEAM lessons help foster perseverance as well as finding ways to grow through mistakes. Our goal as a school is to promote a growth mindset in each child. This will occur in our STEAM lab as well as in each classroom. A second new opportunity for our students will focus on the integration of technology. This year, all Schaeffer third graders will have access to an individual iPad in their classroom, with a goal toward using technology to enhance student learning. This will create greater access to other sources of technology (laptops and our iPad cart) for all the other students in our building. We are excited to integrate technology, and you will be seeing and hearing more about this in the future.
Thank you for reviewing the information that was sent home as part of the first day packet and returning the paperwork in a timely fashion. As part of the first day packet, you received a copy of the student handbook. I encourage you to reference this handbook throughout the year, notably reviewing the Code of Conduct and attendance policy. If you have any questions about any information in the handbook, please let me know.
Communication is a goal for our district this year. Moving forward, a monthly Schaeffer newsletter will be distributed electronically to highlight the great things happening at our school as well as upcoming events. Hardcopies will be available upon request. In addition, you will begin to receive automated phone calls providing updates and reminders. It is my hope that we keep you updated and informed using these resources.
I look forward to partnering with you this school year. As a team, we will work together to help your child grow. We will nurture and challenge him or her to be successful. I am excited to be on this journey with you.
Christopher M. Zander
PTO Meeting: Monday, September 11, 2017 in the Library
Picture Day: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Early Dismissal: Thursday, October 5, 2017
No School: Friday, October 6, 2017
No School: Monday, October 9, 2017
Race for Education: Friday, October 20, 2017
Fall Harvest Festival: Friday, October 27, 2017
Reminder Regarding Birthday Treats
In order to maintain a safe and inclusive school environment, edible birthday treats such as cupcakes, candy or other baked goods are NOT permitted. If you choose to celebrate your child’s birthday at school please feel free to send in small items such as pencils, stickers, a book for the classroom library or a game for the classroom, etc. This policy is the same for all Manheim Township elementary schools.
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am excited for another great year at Schaeffer. I will be beginning my classroom lessons this month by introducing the students to my job as the school counselor. I like the students to be able to remember my job as being a helper and a friend. This is an easy way for them to have an understanding of what I can do for them. It is very important to me that the students know I want to listen to them and that I care about each one of them!
Your child should have brought home a blue flyer regarding a program titled Power Packs. This program is designed to help families stretch their grocery budget and provide nutritious meals over the weekends. If your family qualifies for free and reduced-price school lunches, and you are interested in participating in this program, please contact me for an application.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Thank you!
Message from the Library
Welcome Back! I am excited that classroom book exchanges began again this week! Library books are due on the day your child is scheduled for library book exchange; however, books can be returned on the cart outside of the library anytime before that day.
Mrs. Lonna Hoffman
Message from the Nurse
We attempt to discourage administrating medication in the schools. However, if your medical provider decides it is necessary for your child to receive a medication during the school day, her/his approval and specific directions must be provided to the school.
Medication, both prescription and over the counter, should be provided to the school in a container appropriately labeled by a pharmacist or physician. Labels should include: name of student, name of medication, time to be given, dosage and physician’s name. In compliance with School Board Policy No 210, all medication must be brought to the nurse’s office or the main office by the parent/guardian or by another designated adult. To protect your child and other students, the student may not keep medication with them unless they have permission to self-carry emergency medications. Students are expected to come to the Health Room at the appropriate time to take their medication.
A parent/guardian must come to school to pick up any medication that is being returned. Both parent and physician signatures are required to permit the nurse to administer the medication. Signatures are NOT required for acetaminophen (Tylenol), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).
Cathy Roth & Walter Huss
Hip Hip Hooray!
This summer our pond was transformed into an outdoor education area and stream habitat. The dedicated adults who gave their time and talents have created a user-friendly space for our students. THANK YOU to the High Foundation, Insitu Design Landscapes & Gardens, Grandview Landscape, Inc., Sarah Phillips, April High, Christian Huss, Staci Jasin, Debbie Kold, Damien Mscisz, and Luis Toledo.
Thank you to all of those who gave their time to make this possible!
As in the past, Schaeffer would like to continue our traditional Breakfast with Dads/Moms Program. Throughout the year, we tentatively have scheduled two Breakfast with Dads and one Breakfast with Moms. In order for us to continue this tradition, sponsors are needed. If you or your company would like to sponsor a portion or the entire event, please contact our school office at 717-392-6797. Thank you for your consideration of supporting this beneficial program.
Attendance Reminder – Educational Trips
What is an Educational Trip?
Being in school every day is critical to the success of your child, even in the youngest grades.
The school district encourages parents to schedule trips or activities during the summer months or during school breaks to avoid missing important instructional time. However, we know there may be a day(s) when your child may miss school due to a special activity (a museum visit, the Farm Show) or a family trip. These absences can be excused if there is an educational purpose or value to the trip. Educational Trips are limited to no more than 5 days per school year.
If your child is going to be absent from school due to an educational trip, the Educational Trip Request Form must be submitted to the school office at least one full week prior to the start of the absence. Forms that are submitted late will not be considered excused. This form is available on the district website, as well as in the school office.
If you have questions about the policy or the form, please contact the Schaeffer office at 717-392-6797.