ETR Cougar Tracks
March 22, 2017
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See the Final Trimester Newsletter from the Guidance Office.
Barksdale School Potraits Flyer
Please see the flyer on the right side for all the details regarding the spring pictures.
PSSA Testing Information
- PSSA Testing Parent Letter
- PSSA Calculator Policy
- PSSA Frequently Asked Questions
- May 1st - Run through - 8:00-9:55 AM for 6th and 7th Grade Chorus
- May 9th - 1:03-1:48 PM for 8th Grade Chorus
- May 16th - 8:05-9:07 AM for 7th Grade Chorus
- May 16th 11:49-12:33 PM for 6th Grade Chorus
Good evening, Springfield Families.
I hope you can join us on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM for the Springfield High School Master Plan Update Meeting. We are at a very important and exciting time for our district, and we want to keep you apprised of developments and engaged in this process. Please note that the meeting will be held in the Springfield High School Auditorium due to a scheduling conflict at ETR.
The district has been working diligently with the township and our neighbors to understand and address the questions raised at the first Planning Commission meeting regarding the Master Plan. From this mutual effort, we have been able to secure a newly designed schematic, which we have labeled as Plan B.1.
At the meeting on March 28th, the district will provide a brief update on the process and present some of the details and changes outlined in Plan B.1. Please submit any questions you may have in advance of the meeting by visiting ssdcougars.org/masterplan/ask. Question cards will also be available at the meeting; they can be filled out and returned that evening to have your questions answered directly.
We look forward to your involvement in this process, and we strongly urge you to support this plan; it truly is a symbol of our community coming together in a collaborative effort to build a better tomorrow.
Thank you, as always, for your enthusiasm and support, and we’ll see you on March 28th!
Immunization Information from the School Nurse.
Middle School Ice Hockey Players
The SHS Ice Hockey program invites YOU to come out for a "Meet and Skate" with the Varsity Ice Hockey Team. Come join us for a skate and the chance to meet the players and coaches.
- DATE: Monday, April 3rd
- TIME: 6:45 PM - On the Ice! 8:30 PM Meeting
- PLACE: Ice Works (Rink 3)
- Address: 3100 Dutton Mill Road in Aston
- See the Flyer to the right for all the details.
Second Trimester Essay Contest Winners
Congratulations to all our winners!
8th Grade Winners
1st Place: Matthew Debany
2nd Place: Caroline Reis
3rd Place: Nicky Artmont
7th Grade Winners
1st Place: Hunter Grant
2nd Place: Aya Laassel
3rd Place: Mia Graci
6th Grade Winners
1st Place: Bianca Brown
2nd Place: Luke Kennedy
3rd Place: Ava Shaner
Lost and Found
ETR's Lost and Found is overflowing with items. On Friday, March 31st all items will be donated to a Homeless Shelter in the city.
The 2017 PEAK Trip
This year's PEAK trip is scheduled for May 10, 11 and 12. There are three very important forms that need to be returned to ETR in order for your child to attend the trip:
- Field Trip Permission Slip
- Permission to Medicate Form
- Pick-up Confirmation Form
All three forms need to be returned by Friday, March 24. Any medication that your child will require while at PEAK must be submitted to the nurse by Friday, April 21.
Need to be returned by Friday,
Attention 7th Grade Students
NOT Attending PEAK
Students staying back from PEAK will be able to attend a similar one-day experience at Sauders Woods in Gladwyne. Please see the letter from Mr. Tracy about this one-day trip and the Field Trip Permission Form for this trip for Thursday, May 11.
Return Permission Form by March 22.
6th Grade Physical Information
Please see the very important information from the school nurse regarding the 6th Grade Physical. Must be completed and returned by Monday, March 27th.
The free school physical on Tuesday, March 14th (snow day) has been moved to Tuesday, March 21 or submit a physical form from your personal physician.
ETR Red Cross Blood Drive
Please consider donating blood at our upcoming Annual ETR Red Cross Blood Drive, in memory of, Pete Mele, Sr. It’s Monday, April 24th, 3:00-8 PM, ETR Café. You can sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org, search for site by zip code (19064) or sponsor code (etr). You may also sign up with Sharon Kistler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, in advance, for saving lives!!
ETR Home and School Board News
ETR Home and School Board is looking to fill two positions on the board for the 2017-2018 school year. Please reach out to Melissa Chiarlone at email@example.com if you are interested or have any questions.
Home and School is also looking to fill Fundraising (Panera Nights) and Spirit Wear Coordinator for next year. If you are interested, please reach out to Melissa Chairlone at firstname.lastname@example.org for any information.
Home & School Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Spring
2017 Student Essay Contest
Sponsored by TD Bank.
Challenging hate and standing up for what you believe have always been a part of the Anti-Defamation League’s mission and the theme of No Place for Hate. The Spring 2017 Essay Contest is asking students to write a personal essay with this prompt:
Think about a time when you, or someone you know, was excluded or treated badly because of your race, religion or some other reason. Discuss how that made you feel and what you could have done to resolve the situation.
The essay contest is open to students in grades 6-8 in No Place for Hate schools. All students will respond to the same writing prompt, and the essays will be judged in two divisions: students in grades 5-6 in Division I and students in grades 7-8 in Division II.
All essays must be turned in to Ivy Harris in Guidance by April 3, 2017, and prizes will be awarded at the No Place for Hate Designation Celebration on the morning of June 6, 2017. Students do not need to be present at the Designation Celebration in order to win. More information may be found in the attached flyer.
Prizes will be awarded in the following ways:
• 2 Grand Prizes ($250 TD Bank VISA® Gift Card) - One in each Division
• 2 Runner-Up Prizes ($50 TD Bank VISA® Gift Card) - One in each Division.
For more information, contact Ivy Harris email@example.com
8th Grade Hershey Park Trip Information
- Wednesday, June 7th
- Hershey Park Amusement and Water Park
- 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
- Annual celebration trip for 8th Grade Graduation and PSSA success!
Dental Care Information
ETR Spring Sports
Welcome to the 2017 Spring Athletic Season!
- All athletes will need a completed PIAA Physical completed after June 1, 2016. If you already turned in a PIAA Physical Form for another sport this year, you will need to submit a PIAA Section #7 page. This states that they have not had an injury since their last sport or since the date that they received their physical. You can get this on our website or in the main office area. Section #7 page is just filled out by the parent not the doctor.
- The official start date is Monday, March 13th for all spring sports.
- This week coaches will have meetings for signups, usually in the cafeteria during lunches. It will be announced in the morning announcements when coaches will meet with students who are interested in playing a spring sport.
- Please see the updated finalized Spring Sports Schedule.
Boys' Track and Field Information from the Coaches
Please see the document to the left for all the information for Boys' Track and Field.
6th Grade Annapolis Trip to the Naval Academy
The Sixth Grade will be headed to Annapolis on the following dates:
- Golden Rams Team – Tuesday, March 28
- Pride Team – Wednesday, March 29
- Knights Team – Thursday, March 30
Students must arrive at ETR by 6:45 AM, so that the buses can leave promptly at 7:00 AM. Lunch is included in the cost of the trip. Students should arrive back to ETR between 6:15-7:00 PM.
Panera Bread Fundraiser for Home & School
E.T. Richardson Home & School Association is excited to host another Panera Fundraiser on Thursday, April 20 from 4:00-8:00 PM, at the Springfield Panera Bread (located at 1022 Baltimore Pike in Springfield). Please download, print and/or show the attached flyer for credit. The process has changed as representatives from the Home & School will not be present, but you do need to show printed flyer or flyer from your phone. Also, in order to get credit for the fundraiser, those ordering online will not be given credit – you need to be present with flyer when paying at the register in the restaurant!! Thank you for supporting our Home & School! Any questions, please contact Sharon Kistler @ firstname.lastname@example.org! Please share with friends and family!
Summer Recreation Program
Student Council News
Next Student Council Meeting for HR Reps is Wednesday, April 5 at 7:25 AM in
7th Grade will be going to Camp Canadensis on May 10, 11, and 12 this year. Pocono Education and Adventure Kamp (PEAK)
Please click on the link to get all of the details about this year’s PEAK trip:
PEAK 2017 – Camp Canadensis Student Permission Form
Please click on the link to get the Camp Candensis Student Permission Form and the Parent Volunteer Form:
Reading Olympics will be meeting every Monday after school in Room 102 with Ms. Polsky until 3:15 PM. The next meeting will be Monday, March 27.
This year’s 2016-2017 Student Directory has been downloaded to the Home & School webpage. Follow the steps below to access the Home & School webpage:
- Go to Springfield School District website: http://www.ssdcougars.org/
- Select E. T. Richardson Middle School under the Schools menu
- Find Home and School under the Parents menu
- To get the Student Directory you will need a password: etr1617
Or click on the link below: ETR HOME & SCHOOL
Letter from the Principal regarding Chromebooks
Please click on the link to view the letter about Chromebooks.
Cougar Paw Print Club
Students that signed up for the Cougar Paw Print will meet on Tuesdays after school until 3:30 PM.
Please see Mr. Irvine or Ms. Naismith if you have any questions.
Cougar Collective Magazine
The Cougar Collective is beginning their second edition, and are now taking submissions around the following topics:
Any and all classes are encouraged in participating in submitting work to the magazine; again, we accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and photography.
Students from all grade levels and learning abilities have been published on the website, and find great pride in seeing their writing publicly showcased. Please celebrate our new Writing Center focus by weaving your written work into our publication!
The Cougar Collective members will be meeting every week on Thursdays now and the next meeting is Thursday, March 23 in Room 121 right after school until 3:30 PM.
For all of the details, click on the link below: http://cougarcollective.weebly.com/
Homework Club started but it is never too late to sign up:
- It is offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
- On Mondays and Thursdays it will be held in Room 140 with Ms. DiGregorio.
- On Tuesdays in Room 139 with Ms. Ishak.
Permission Slips are needed to attend Homework Club. Please click on the link:
To sign up for the Homework Club, please click on the link: SIGN UP FORM
Information about Security Clearances for Volunteers
If you handed in your Security Clearances last year to any of our schools in the Springfield School District, we would have this information in our system and it is good for five years. There is no need for you to give us another copy.
If you have any questions about this information that is needed you can click below to go directly to our SSD Website: SSDCougars.org > Parents > Security Clearances
Three clearances are needed to be a chaperone or volunteer:
- Affidavit if you lived in PA more than 10 years. The affidavit takes the place of getting your fingerprinting clearance. PA has waived the cost to do your fingerprinting if you lived in PA for more than 10 years.
Donations for the Nurse’s Office
The nurse is asking for donations for the nurse’s office of water bottles, healthy snacks and breakfast bars.
These donations can be dropped off at the main office.
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Field Trips
Please click on the documents below for information on this year's field trips:
Swiss Farms Flyer
Swiss Farms is offering rewards. Please click on the link to view the details:
ETR Food in Classroom Guidelines
To protect our students with multiple food allergies, there is a list of allowable snacks allowed to bring into the classroom. Please click on the link to view all of the information:
ETR Calendar Events
23 7th Grade Award Assembly during Advisory
24 8th Grade Award Assembly during Advisory
27 6th Grade Award Assembly during Advisory
27 6th Grade Physical Deadline
27 Reading Olympics Meeting after school until 3:15 PM Room 102
28 6th Grade Golden Rams to Naval Academy
29 5/6 Band Fest to Garnet Valley High School
29 6th Grade Pride Team to Naval Academy
29 Reading Olympic Competition at Springton Lake Middle School
30 6th Grade Knights Team to Naval Academy
3-7 ELA – PSSA Testing
5 Home & School Meeting @ 7:00 PM in the LMC
5 Student Council Meeting in Room 115 at 7:25 AM
10-14 Spring Break
17 Staff Development – No School for Students
17 7th Grade Immunization Deadline
19 Fire Drill @ 1:15 PM
21 Pajama Day and Pretzel Day
23-May 23 Music Program will be using the auditorium all day
24-28 Math PSSA Testing
24 ETR Blood Drive in the cafeteria 3:00-8:00 PM
26 Teacher Extended Day