Scenic Cougar Paws

June 15, 2022

Please scroll through to find information for our Scenic community. The site is updated each week on Wednesday, and I will send out the link through School Messenger for easy access. The information will be available on the website all week. Information to be included in Cougar Paws should be submitted by Friday each week.

Thanks for all you do to make Scenic Hills the world's best elementary school!

--Dr. O'Dowd

Follow me on Twitter @Madeleine_ODowd -- I try to share what is happening at Scenic Hills on a weekly basis.

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  • We wish all of our Scenic families a safe and happy summer! Best of luck to our 5th graders and all students who are moving on from Scenic. We wish you well!! To all of our returning students, we will see you on August 30!!

  • Our Field of Dreams Field Day was so much fun! Thanks so much to Mr. Patella and all of the staff and volunteers who organized the day! And a HUGE thank you to Home and School for our field day shirts, water ice, and soft pretzels! The weather was perfect, and we LOVED seeing so many parents and guardians on the field! Here's a link to a slide show! Field of Dreams Day 2022

  • Please be a good neighbor!! When dropping off or picking up your child at Scenic, please do not block the driveways of our neighbors, especially on Valleyview and Hillview.

  • Supplies for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Thank you -- the Scenic families are the best and I so appreciate all you do to make Scenic the world's best elementary school!

We loved meeting our incoming 2nd graders and their parents/guardians this week!! Here is the PowerPoint I shared at the Parent Night Tuesday!

Chromebook collection 2022.pdf

2022-2023 Supply Lists!

Scenic HIlls 2nd Grade Supply List 2022 - 2023.pdf
Scenic HIlls 3rd Grade Supply List 2022-2023.pdf
Scenic HIlls 4th Grade Supply List 2022-2023.pdf
Scenic HIlls 5th Grade Supply List 2022-23.pdf

Students are selected from each grade by the classroom teachers, and one student is selected from each grade by the Special Area teachers. Selection is based on the following criteria:

    • Excellent character

    • Outstanding behavior

    • Positive attitude towards others and towards learning

    • Good citizenship

    • Personal responsibility

    • Respect toward peers and teachers

    • Follows classroom and school rules and expectations.

Congratulations to the June Students of the Month!

Grade 2: Maria Riviello, Brody Mundy

Grade 3: Allison Musser, Nathan Koons

Grade 4: Lillyana Eden, Jacob Brooks

Grade 5: Belle Januseiewicz, Collin Becker,

Brielle Smith

Special Areas:

Gr. 5: Maura Myro

Gr. 4: Allison Swider

Gr. 3: Rocco Mattie

Gr. 2: Minji Folkomer

2022 Science Fair!

The 2022 Science Fair was held on May 25, and this year's entries were the best ever! Thank you to Ms. Gilbert and Ms. Schwalbe, who organized the event; all of our judges; Mr. Yancey, our custodian; and of course, congratulations to all of the participants! Scenic's scientists know how to celebrate science!

Congratulations to the 2022 Science Fair winners:

Grade 3

First Place: Isabella Amadio and Shea-Lynn Craig (What Effect Does Food Coloring Have on Celery?)

Second Place: Jordan Hightower (Do You Want Fries With That?)

Third Place: Casey Fraatz (The Egg Drop)

Honorable Mention: Matthew Martin and Aiden Sigismonti (Germ Testing)

Grade 4

First Place: Martin Pot and Chase Turturici (FerroFluid)

Second Place: Amelia Gobbi and Frankie Marinelli (Lemon Batteries)

Third Place: Teagan Baxter and Olivia Bruzek (Tooth Buster)

Honorable Mention: Leah Smith and Gabriella Pantalone ( Nailed It!)

Grade 5

First Place: Elyse Finnegan, Danielle Kobb, and Maeve Bradley (How Does the Sun and Water Affect Plant Growth?)

Second Place: Natalie Laitala and Ida Persiani (Softball VS Baseball Physics)

Third Place: Isabella Charlton, Grayson Charlton, and Bridget Dawson ( Sugar Shack)

Honorable Mention: Samantha Cassidy, Mia DaBundo, and Mary Kate McGinnis (Plant Erosion)

Ryann Davis (Soil Erosion)


In compliance with our Health and Safety plan, students may choose to continue to wear masks; however, we will no longer be handing them out simply upon request. Masks/PPE are available in the nurse’s office for students who are feeling ill / or under the weather. Student who are not ill but choose to wear a mask should provide their own masks for use in school.


Scenic Hills Transportation and Safety Information (Drop Off).pdf
Safe Snack Letter_2018.docx

In case of inclement weather this winter, we may be using Virtual Learning Days. Please refer to the attached letter for details.

Parent Virtual Learning Days (2022 1-13-22)2.pdf

Springfield Elementary Schools Student Handbook

Springfield Elementary Schools Student Handbook_Updated_1-3-22.pdf


Immunizations Start of School(Non-Year Specific).pdf
4.HAC Update Notice 2019-2020.pdf
Dental Letter (Non-Year Specific).pdf


Attendance: To report a student's absence,

  1. Telephone the attendance hotline (610-938-6610), OR

  2. Email each morning of your child’s absence, OR

  3. Use the link on the Scenic website to submit attendance. (Go to the Scenic page, click on Parents in the upper right-hand corner; select Attendance from the dropdown list, and in the middle of the page you will find a link to submit an email to

  4. NOTE: School district policy and PA law require a written note or email to excuse an absence within three days of the absence. If you call the attendance hotline, please send in a note on your child's return to school. If you email Scenic Attendance, it is not necessary to send in another note.

      • Absences becomes Unexcused (UA) if a note is not received within 3 days of the absence. If your child has three Unexcused Absences (UA), you will receive a letter regarding the absences. Unresolved unexcused absences may result in attendance improvement conferences or truancy proceedings.

Attendance Policy.pdf

Please Note:

  • A doctor’s note is required to excuse absences of three or more days, unless the absence is related to Covid. Please communicate with the nurse's office.

  • Five days of absence may be requested for family vacations. This absence must be requested and approved in advance, or it is coded as unexcused. Forms are available in the main office, online, or from your child’s teacher.

  • Please check your child's attendance in HAC. Any questions, please call Dr. O'Dowd or Mrs. Speakes.

  • If your child is marked absent, you will receive a phone call and email to your contacts in HAC. This confirms the absence and serves as a reminder to send in a written absence note if you have not already done so.

REMINDERS: Our goal is to keep everyone safe! Please continue to monitor student symptoms every morning using the district’s “Student Daily Symptom Checker” found on this website: Students with Covid-like symptoms are placed in isolation at school and sent home. Please contact me or Mrs. Stewart, our school nurse, if you have any questions.

  • Continue to emphasize proper hygiene and handwashing/sanitizing at home – we will do the same here in school.

  • Continue to reinforce proper usage of face-coverings both inside and outside, throughout the entire school day – we will do this often throughout the day.

  • Follow the building start times. Please don’t drop students off too early, before staff arrive, as we can no longer group students during arrival and hold them for a large dismissal to class. Student start times are in place to allow students to enter the building in a timely manner and go directly to their first classroom of the day where staff will be present.

  • Parents, if you have Covid-like symptoms, please contact the building nurse before sending your children to school. We will need to process the information to determine if your child should quarantine, or not, based on the information.

  • If your child is isolating or quarantining, the classroom teacher will assign classwork.

Springfield School District Information

Technology issues? If your child is experiencing technology problems or difficulty accessing Canvas, please submit a help desk ticket with our tech department:

2019-2020 Free and Reduced Letter to Housholds.pdf
HAC Phone-Email Update v31 08202014.pdf
SSD Publicity and Photo Release.pdf
PennDOT - Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law.pdf
SPR Summer 2022 Reg Good.pdf


Scenic Hills Home and School 2021-2022 Executive Board:

President: Dana Borrelli-

Vice President: Suzy Szafran-

Treasurer: Melissa Steinhauer-

Secretary: Sarah Henry-

FACEBOOK PAGE Stay up to date with events and Scenic happenings on our Facebook page – search Scenic Hills Home & School Association. We kindly ask that you keep your posts and comments positive and only related to Home & School events and Scenic Hills. Posts specific to teachers, homework and classroom events should be directed to the teacher or Homeroom parents. Questions related to non-school sports, events and activities should be posted on your personal facebook page. You MUST answer the security questions about your child’s name and grade – for the safety of our families we cannot add you to the group if you do not answer them. Thank you.

Scenic Hills Home and School Association

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