July 30, 2018
Dear Schaeffer Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! My name is Elizabeth Edwards. I am the new principal at Schaeffer Elementary School. I am really excited to join the Schaeffer community and look forward to a great year! I believe we can all work together as a team to ensure success for all of our students!
I grew up in the small town of Danville, PA with a great emphasis on learning, community, and school spirit. I attended Elizabethtown College from 2000-2004. After graduation, I spent one year teaching in a private school, and then the following year earned a position at… Schaeffer Elementary School! I later moved to Brecht for a short time and then began teaching at Nitrauer. Throughout my twelve years of teaching, I have taught Kindergarten, third grade, and fourth grade. I earned my first Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Literacy in 2011 and a principal certification and second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2018.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband, Jackson, and I are very involved in our son’s education and sports (football and baseball). My son, Seiler, just graduated high school and will attend Lebanon Valley College in the fall. There, he will work hard in class and on the baseball field. We spend a lot of time outdoors and working on small projects around the house.
Enough about me! Let’s see what is going on at Schaeffer!
What’s New at Schaeffer?
Over the summer, the teachers and staff have been preparing for the first day of school on August 27. The building’s floors are shiny and new. The classrooms are being organized and set up. Everything will be ready for your arrival in August.
Last year, our district invested in technology for our students. The initiative began with the arrival of iPads for our third-grade students. Later in the year, iPads arrived for all of our students. Training sessions on integrating technology as part of instruction occurred again this summer for all of our staff. I am excited to announce that the PTO has purchased Osmo Kits for every classroom this year. Each Osmo Kit has four stands and mirrors that are used in cooperation with the student iPads. The students can use letter tiles to practice spelling and phonics, number tiles to practice basic math facts, and tangrams to practice problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The use of technology in addition to our quality teaching will help nurture success for all students.
This year Schaeffer along with the rest of the elementary schools have adopted a 6-day cycle. This will only impact your child with regard to “specials” (Art, Music, P.E., Library). For example, rather than having art on Mondays, your child may have art on Day 3. This is extremely helpful when we miss days of school. If we do not have school on Monday of a certain week (due to holidays, snow days, etc.), the cycle days will resume once we are back in school, and your child will not miss an art day. The school district website (www.mtwp.net) will always post which cycle day it is. At the building level, the cycle days will be posted in the office, shared during morning announcements, and posted in all of the classrooms.
On the first day of school, you will receive a packet of materials to review and quite a few to sign. Thank you in advance for reading all of that paperwork and returning all the necessary forms at the beginning of the school year. One document that will be included is the Elementary Handbook. As a district, we have compiled important information into this valuable resource. Please be sure to review the information specifically related to attendance. There are many questions related to attendance and this document will help to answer those for you. However, if you have a specific question or cannot find the answer to your question as it relates to attendance, please call our school so we can provide you with accurate information. Please note that vacation is NOT a legal excuse and that educational trips MUST be approved one week prior the educational trip. We know there is a direct connection between students’ attendance and their achievement.
One last important piece of information relates to dismissal on the first day of school. Please make sure you send in a note with your child on the first day of school if his or her dismissal is going to be different from what is assigned by the school district. It is imperative that we know the correct dismissal procedure for each child starting with the first day. Thank you for your help with this request.
As always, please feel free to contact me if I can do anything to help you or your child. I am looking forward to a great school year.
Elizabeth L. Edwards