Schaeffer Gator Newsletter
Dear Schaeffer Families,
It is hard to believe that another month has come to a close. September was a busy month here at our school. Our students reviewed previously learned material and now are beginning to explore new concepts and ideas. The routines and procedures in their classrooms are clearly established and transitioning from activity to activity is seamless.
Our third graders have been exploring their iPads and how they can be a resource to help them learn. Each teacher is investigating ways to integrate technology as a tool toward helping our students understand and grow as learners.
How long can you make a paper chain? This question was asked to several grade levels of students as they used collaboration and problem solving skills. How about filtering dirty water into cleaner water? If you know a fourth grader at Schaeffer, ask them what this was all about and how it worked. Full STEAM ahead!
Our PTO has been busy organizing our Race For Education Fundraiser. This is our big fundraiser and it occurs every other year. Proceeds from this event will cover the cost of field trips for all of our students. In addition, we will use proceeds to purchase more materials that students can use for coding and technology. Thank you for your support. I must admit that I am a little nervous to become a human sundae. I know the students are excited to help make this happen, and I am sure there will be a loud roar coming from our gym when that day arrives.
In addition to the Race For Education, our PTO is organizing our annual Fall Harvest Festival parade. The route is set, and we are ready to walk in our costumes through our Grandview Neighborhood as part of this yearly tradition. Come in costume and stop by the photo booth and bake sale. We look forward to seeing you on October 27th.
Thank you for your support during these first weeks of the school year.
Christopher M. Zander
Thursday, October 12th – Kindergarten Helper Workshop Parent Training
Friday, October 20th – Race for Education
Tuesday, October 24th – Manheim Township Fire Department Program
Friday, October 27th – Fall Harvest Festival
Thursday, November 2nd – End of the First Marking Period
Race for Education
The PTO has created a blog to make it easy to donate. Click here if you are interested.
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. As part of this month, each classroom will have a lesson on the topic of bullying. These lessons will continue once per month for the next few months and will include additional topics such as respect and empathy. Many of these lessons will include a Home Link for you to be able to see what your child learned and to be able to reinforce the topics with your child.
As another way of participating in National Bullying Prevention Awareness month, we will be having a spirit week the week of October 23rd. This spirit week is also in recognition of Red Ribbon Week. The theme for each day is listed below.
Monday, October 23rd
Kick off for Red Ribbon Week – Wear all Red
Tuesday, October 24th
My Future is too bright for drugs – Wear neon/bright colored clothing
Wednesday, October 25th
Team Up Against Drugs and Bullying – Wear a sports team logo
Thursday, October 26th
Hats Off to Being Bully and Drug Free – Wear a hat
Friday, October 27th
Schaeffer STRONG against Bullying and Drugs – Wear your Schaeffer Gator Gear
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Thank you!
Message from the Nurse
Vision and learning are intimately related. In fact, experts say that roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. Good vision is essential for students of all ages to reach their full academic potential. Although, our vision screening does not replace an exam by a vision specialist, it does help us to determine if an exam by a specialist is indicated. If your child did not pass the vision screening, a letter was sent home with your child. In addition, your child’s vision results can be found in the sapphire portal under Medical Services/Student Notifications. Another letter will be mailed home with a list of possible resources to assist families if needed. Please return the vision exam form to the health room so we can update your child’s record. You may also contact the health room and we will be happy to assist you. Thank you for your cooperation.
Educational Trip Forms
Please remember Educational Trip forms MUST be received at least 5 days BEFORE the trip. Forms are available in the office or on the MTSD website.
Plant the Seed of Learning
Plant the Seed of Learning is an early childhood education initiative that supports the foundation of learning for children ages birth to two. By age three, 85 percent of a child’s core brain structure is formed, driving the need to support a child’s education from birth. Click here to connect to the Schaeffer page of the MTSD website for more information on the classes being offered.
Student Wellness Policy
Manheim Township School District recently revised School Board Policy #246, Student Wellness. Please click here to find a summary of the policy.
Message from Food Service
The cafeteria is now offering a sunbutter and jelly sandwich as a lunch option. The sunbutter will be in clearly marked containers and will be separate from the peanut butter.