Scenic Cougar Paws

March 29, 2017

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Please scroll through to find information of interest from Scenic, the school district, the community, and from Home and School. 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!

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I try to share about special events at Scenic Hills on a weekly basis.

Important Dates.pdf

State Assessments

The testing window for state assessments (PSSA) begins next week. Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the English-Language Arts assessment the week of April 3rd , and the Math assessment the week of April 24th. Students in Grade 4 will take the Science assessment the week of May 1. Please see the Parent Information flyers from the PA Department of Education, below, covering the electronics policy and some FAQs.

We do ask that students eat a healthy breakfast each morning of testing, and get a good night's sleep the night before each test! Home and School is providing specials snacks as well as gum and candy treats, and you might want to send in a snack and water bottle as well on testing days. Students should also bring #2 pencils, erasers, and books to read when they complete testing.

As a reward for their hard work on the state assessments, we are working with Home and School to plan a super fun celebration for all Scenic students on May 5th!

Also... we need volunteer hall monitors during the PSSA testing. These helpers are stationed in the hallway and escort children to the restrooms and generally monitor movement in the hallways during testing (9 a.m. to noon). Please sign up at the following link: PSSA HALL MONITOR VOLUNTEERS . Thanks!!

PSSA Spirit!!

We will be getting in the mood for PSSAs with some fun spirit days, starting with a PSSA Pajama Day on Friday, March 24 to show we are resting up for the test! On Monday, March 27, wear red to show we are READY. On Tuesday, March 28, wear polka dots to show we are filling in the bubbles! On Wednesday, March 29, wear a baseball cap (your thinking cap!) On Thursday, March 30, show your Scenic Spirit and wear blue and gold!!! Finally, on Friday, March 31, wear jeans because we are all geniuses! We hope all of the students will join in the fun!

Internet Safety!

At the Home and School Meeting on April 5, Ameer Blackmon on the PA District Attorney's Office will be speaking on internet safety. This is an important topic and Mr. Blackmon is a wonderful source of information for us! His talk begins at 6:30 in the LMC. Please see the flyer below for details. In addition, parents who attend this talk will receive a homework pass per each of their Scenic students.

Camp Invention is Coming to Scenic!

We are excited to announce that Springfield School District is sponsoring Camp Invention, a week-long camp designed to inspire innovation, creativity, team work and problem solving! The camp will be held at Scenic the week of July 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is open to all Springfield School District students entering grades 1 through 6! Registration is limited! Check out the information on Camp Invention included below!

Lost and Found

There many articles of clothing (jackets, sweatshirts, hats, and more) in our Lost and Found on the table in the main lobby. If your child is missing something, please have them check the table by April 7th! After that, all items in the Lost and Found will be washed, bagged, and donated to the Earth Day Clothing Drive.

Wish Upon a Scenic Star

Home and School is very generously requesting students to tell them what THEY want at school. Home & School will review the requests and grant a few “wishes” before the end of the year. Wishes are due by March 31st – See the flyer below for more details.

School Vaccination Requirements

Please review the new School Vaccination Requirements, below, recently released by the Department of Education.


Students may arrive at school at 8:30 a.m. At that time, staff is on duty to monitor the main hallway. If you need to drop your children off at school prior to 8:30 a.m., please enroll them in the YMCA program.

Science Fair! Grades 3, 4, 5!!

This year's Science Fair is on Tuesday, May 16. Please see the details on the flyer and entry form, below. All entry forms are due by Friday, April 7th.

Internet Safety Parent Prog Info.pdf
Science Fair!.pdf

PSSA Information

PSSA - parent letter.pdf

Nominations for Sun East's Best Teacher Under the Sun are due by April 15. Please consider nominating your child's teacher for this prestigious award!

Best Teacher Under the Sun Contest_B&W.pdf


The Scenic Community Service Club is having a Flea Market/Craft Fair on: Saturday, May 13 in the side parking lot at Scenic Hills. Spaces are available (2 parking spots) for $25.00

We would love to have you participate. If you have a special talent and would be willing to share it with us we would love it. Or, if you would just like to get rid of some things out of your home, that would be wonderful also. If it rains we will move inside Scenic. There will be food, some games, and Mother’s Day crafts to make. If you have any questions please contact Pam Gurenlian at 610-938-6620. Send checks (payable to Scenic Hills or cash) to the office at Scenic. Make sure you have a contact # and a description of your item with your deposit.

Springfield Elementary Schools Student Handbook_Updated_8-7-16.pdf

The Elementary Handbook includes a great deal of information pertinent to you and your child’s school experience. Please check it out!

Bus Riders:

  • For the safety of our bus students, you must send a note to the office if you are permitting your child to get off the bus at a stop different from the one assigned, for example, to play with another child after school.
  • Students who are not designated bus riders are not permitted to ride a bus to another student’s house.
MM_Elem Menu-mar17.pdf
MM_Elem Menu-apr17.pdf


PA state law regarding school attendance has changed.

  • For reasons of safety, telephone the attendance hotline or email each morning of your child’s absence.
  • PA State law and school district policy require students to submit a note or email to excuse an absence within three days of the absence.
  • A doctor’s note is required to excuse absences of three or more days.
  • Until the note is received, the absence is coded as Unexcused. If your child has three Unexcused Absences, you will receive a letter regarding the absences. Unresolved unexcused absences may result in attendance improvement conferences or truancy proceedings.
  • 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, or from your child’s teacher.
Immunization Info for Weekly Bulletin.docx


What's new with Home and School? Click on the flyers below...

At the next meeting on April 5 at 6:30 p.m., Ameer Blackmon of the PA District Attorney's Office will talk about internet safety. We will also vote for next year's executive board. Check out the information on Scenic Night at the Union game on May 20th. Scenic Night at Chick-fil-A is April 5th. At Scenic, we are observing Earth Day with a clothing drive and an Earth Day Art Contest. Wish Upon a Scenic Star! continues. Students and staff have made requests, and Home and School has begun to grant wishes! Skating Night is coming up on April 7th. Be sure to order a yearbook - it is sure to be a wonderful memento of the 2016-17 school year for all students! Shopping for Spring Sports? Be sure to use the Modell's coupon, below! And don't forget to stop by Rita's in Media! We would love to win free water ice for Field Day!!!

Informational flyer for meeting 4 5 17 (002).pdf
ChickFilA book marks.pdf
ChickFilASpiritNight Scenic Hills Flyer.pdf

YEARBOOKS – Order Now!!

The Scenic Hills 2016/17 Yearbook is now available for you to purchase and you will definitely want to get one, it's going to be AWESOME!! Orders are only being taken online this year – there will not be any extras for sale at the end of the year, the only way to get one is to order online J ID CODE 11195317 Order online at

Second annual Skating Night at the ice rink at Springfield Country Club on April 7! Skating is from 7-8:30pm. Admission is $5, skate rental costs $2. Flyer attached here.

Skating Flyer 2017.pdf

Help us win free water ice for Field Day! Each Scenic student was given two special Rita's coupons last week. Please bring the coupons to Rita's in Media (each one is for $2 off purchases of $10 or more) and Scenic earns a chance to win! Please do not duplicate the coupon - only original coupons are accepted. Offer good March 5-April 2. Thanks!!

EARTH DAY Art contest 2017.pdf
Wish Upon A Scenic Star - Form.pdf
Union School Fundraiser - Scenic Hills Elementary School.pdf