Happy 2018 Schaeffer Gators!
We hope that you had an enjoyable break with your family and friends. It was a great time to rest, relax, and recharge to get ready for a busy January filled with new learning. It is hard to believe the second marking period concludes in just a few short weeks and we will be halfway through the school year. Where did that time go?
Each January, we often set new goals or resolutions so we can improve and grow. At the beginning of the school year, our teachers spoke to our students about having a growth mindset, which is the ability to change our thinking to see challenges as opportunities. We have seen this thinking in action in our classrooms. Our STEAM activities (build/design and BreakOut boxes) challenge each of our students to not give up.
I am excited to share that a team of stakeholders, parents and staff members, will begin meeting this month to develop new goals for our school. This comprehensive planning team will look at current data, trends, current practices and procedures, and engage in a dialogue to set goals for Schaeffer Elementary School. This will help chart the direction for our school over the next few years.
Our PTO meets each month to discuss upcoming events and ways to support our school. The January PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Schaeffer library. If you are looking for ways to give your time and to support our students, please consider coming to our PTO meetings to share your ideas and input. You may hear about an upcoming event that you would like to volunteer to support or even be interested in becoming a future chairperson!
With the weather turning colder, this is a good time to remind you that our students go outside for recess, as much as possible. With that in mind, please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for school. Layers are generally helpful as the building temperature fluctuates from room to room. It is also important to label all of your child’s clothing with his or her name, so if something is left behind we can return the item to your child. Our lost and found is currently filled with unmarked clothing.
This is also a good time to remind you to please review the attendance policy guidelines in the Elementary Handbook, which you would have received on the first day of school. A parent note regarding an absence may only be accepted within three days of the absence. Any parent note received after three days will not be excused, resulting in an unlawful absence. Educational trip paperwork must be submitted a week in advance of any trip. Manheim Township School District is required to adhere to attendance requirements that are established by the state of Pennsylvania.
I look forward to continuing our partnership in education during 2018. It will be a great year of growth, learning, and fun.
Tuesday, January 9th – PTO Meeting in the Library at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, January 15th – No School
Thursday, January 25th – Talent Show Rehearsal at Manheim Township High School in Convocation Hall
Friday, January 26th – Talent Show at Manheim Township High School in Convocation Hall
Tuesday, January 30th – Early Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.
Happy New Year! I hope you were able to spend time with family and friends over the break.
I enjoyed my time with family and also watching some football (even though Clemson lost!).
I would like to remind you of the Power Packs Program that we offer. This program is designed to help families stretch their grocery budget and provide nutritious meals over the weekends. Power Packs are available for pick-up on Thursday afternoons from 3:15-3:45; and each week, families receive a recipe along with the ingredients. 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.
Classroom guidance lessons will resume this month. Each classroom will have the third out of four bullying prevention lessons. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade will have a lesson focusing on refusing bullying. 4th grade will have a lesson discussing bystander power. Please watch for the Home Link related to these topics to come home with your child.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.
Message from the Cafeteria
“Feeding our future, one student at a time”
Did you know that we serve breakfast in the cafeteria between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.? Each breakfast includes a grain item (there are two items to choose from each day), milk, juice and fruit. Breakfast menus are available on the Manheim Township School District website or in the office.
The cost of breakfast is $1.35. It is FREE for those students who already receive free and reduced lunch.