Scenic Cougar Paws

February 26, 2020

Please scroll through to find information of interest 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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  • Poster Contest! Calling all artists! Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is sponsoring their 32nd annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awareness Poster Contest. All entries are due in the main office by March 2nd! Please see the flyers below for details and directions.
  • Please note: In order to be compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), SSD employs GoGuardian to filter and monitor student activity on district-issued Chromebooks. CIPA requires the Internet to be filtered to protect minors from harmful website content. When students are logged into their account, at school or at home, the GoGuardian content filters and activity monitors are active, in accordance with the SSD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Student accounts are monitored and should not be used for anything other than school-related computer work. If a student is flagged for being on an inappropriate site, consequences can include restrictions on using Chromebooks at school. To review information about Scenic’s Electronic Device Program and the AUP, click here.
  • It's time to purchase your 2020 Yearbook! Details are below. NOTE: If your child earned a yearbook in the Walkathon, you do not have to order a book - that will be done for you!
  • Reminder from the cafeteria - If your child is purchasing lunch or snacks in the cafeteria, they must put the money on their lunch account in the morning before announcements. Students may not pay in cash in the lunch line. Thanks!
  • Student safety:
    • Car line pick up at dismissal is only at the main entrance. Please do not pick up students in the side parking lot. It is not safe.
    • For drop-off and pick-up in the car line, please do not pull out of the line to pass cars that are still unloading students. Wait until the line moves forward to exit the school property. This also applies to early drop off for band, orchestra, or chorus.
  • Reminder: all students need headphones or earbuds. They do not need to be fancy - they can be purchased at the Dollar Store or $5 Below. Please put them in a ziplock bag or small container marked with your child's name and homeroom. we do have a limited supply of earbuds available for $3 each. To purchase, send in $3 in an envelope marked with your child's name and homeroom number.
  • Please be aware that our students go outside for recess every day, weather permitting. This allows them to run around, connect with friends in other homerooms, and enjoy a little free time. We use the Child Care Weather Watch to guide the decision for outdoor recess. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather!
February 2020 Calendar.pdf
Be A Part of an Amazing Community Event (1).pdf
Holcomb Calendar Contest.pdf

Congratulations to all participants in the Scenic Science Fair! The competition was tough! Congrats to the winners:

Third Grade:

1st Joshua Rutledge “How Does Water Temperature Effect Plants?”

2nd Mia Dabundo, Mary Kate McGinnis, Sam Cassidy “Big Bubble Bouncing”

3rd Jack Palmer “Swimming Spices”

Fourth Grade:

1st James Brady “Earth Friendly Ways to Melt Ice”

2nd Nora Dale, Ciara Campo, Kayla Masterson “Testing Mood Rings”

3rd Faolan Mathis “The Oscillating Clock”

Fifth Grade:

1st Skylar Bohne and Ariana Mosley “Purifying Perfection”

2nd Leah Venditto “Cookie Science”

3rd Jason Hydeck “7 Layer Density Column”


Thanks to the outstanding committee and all of our wonderful volunteers -- parents, staff, SHS students -- for a wonderful day!



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*Students who qualified for a free yearbook because of Walkathon Fundraising do not need to order a yearbook. Those students should have received a certificate from the Walkathon committee**

3rd grade dental reminder.pdf
SPR Summer 2020 Reg.pdf


Phillies All-Star Teacher Contest!

The Phillies will honor great educators in the region who are making a difference on May 1, 2020, during the 20th annual Teacher Appreciation Night powered by Constellation. Each year, the Phillies select 10 area teachers, nominated by current and former students, parents and peers, to honor as All-Star Teachers. Now through March 13, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. ET, you can nominate a teacher, past or present, who has positively impacted your life.

Please feel free to e-mail with any questions regarding the program. Click the link below to complete your nomination!

Full Details

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Sun East.pdf

You can access iReady at home by following these easy steps!


Chartwells: Monthly menu and account information; Free and Reduced Lunch Info

Copy of ELE. Feb. 2020.pdf
2019-2020 Free and Reduced Letter to Housholds.pdf


Information on Home Access Center (HAC), Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), FERPA, dental exams, field trips, CHIP, school safety, and attendance procedures.

4.HAC Update Notice 2019-2020.pdf
HAC Phone-Email Update v31 08202014.pdf
SSD Publicity and Photo Release.pdf
PennDOT - Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law.pdf
Field Trip Notice Letter 2019-updated.pdf

School Safety and Security

Web Page

Springfield School District is taking measures to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all of our students. Learn about this on the school district website:

Thank you for your support in ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of our students.



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

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.

  • A doctor’s note is required to excuse absences of three or more days.
  • The absence 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note: 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.
Attendance Policy.pdf


Students should not arrive at school before 8:30 a.m. At that time, there is staff on duty to monitor students in the halls. If you need to drop your child off earlier, please consider the YMCA before school program. Thanks!!

Birthday celebrations, chaperoning field trips, bus changes, and the handbook link.

Birthday snacks.pdf


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


If you are interested in chaperoning a field trip or volunteering for events in the classrooms, please make sure we have valid security clearances on file in the main office. The forms and information can be found at: Please note that these clearances are valid for five years.


  • 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.


February 28: Bowling Night

March 3: Author Day

March 4: Home and School Meeting

March 13: Bingo Night

  • Sproul Lanes Family Bowling Night! Attn Scenic Families: Scenic Hill Home and School Assoc will be hosting bowling this Friday, Feb 28th, from 6-8 p.m. at Sproul Lanes. Cost will be 20pp, include 2 hours of bowling, and shoes. We will sell out at 84 tickets!!

Sign Up HERE!!

You can also send your ticket money into school with your child's name, grade and home room teacher.

Please write attn: Angel Celona C/o Julia Celona room 10 on the envelope!!!

  • Spring Spirit Wear Sale!! Orders will be taken until March 8 at midnight and delivery will be the week of 3/30. Click Here to Place Your Order!
  • The next Home & School Meeting will be held on Wednesday March 4th at 7:30pm. Childcare will be provided. Officer Vaughn will be giving a presentation!
  • Don't miss BINGO NIGHT!! Friday, March 13th!

Session 1 : 6pm to 7pm; Session 2: 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Cash and Carry Spirit Sale

We are still selling cash and carry spirit wear items!!

Water Bottles - $15

Magnets - $3

Backpack - $15

Lanyward - $5

Dri-Fit Tees - $10

Click HERE for order form!

Cougar Pride Spirit Streamers


ONLY $5 each!!

Handmade by Buttons and Bows.

Click HERE to preorder

Sproul Lanes Family Bowling Night

Scenic Hill Home and School Assoc will be hosting bowling on

Friday Feb 28th from 6-8 at Sproul Lanes.

Cost is 20pp, include 2 hours of bowling, and shoes.

Link for tickets: -OR-

You can also send your ticket money into school with your child's name, grade and home room teacher. Please write attn: Angel Celona c/o Julia Celona room 10 on the envelope

Will sell out at 84 tickets!

coupon_04-14-20-GIVE20_MED_Iron Hill.pdf
Morey's Pier.pdf

Morey's Pier Fundraiser


Save money on ticket prices, and support Home and School

Tickets on Sale until May 1

Scenic Hills Tuesday event.pdf
Scenic HIlls-Saturday event.pdf
Scenic Hills Home & School-BOTH DAYS-with pictures.pdf


ECOLOGY CENTER Do you love nature? Want to help out at Scenic Hills on a flexible schedule? Then come volunteer at the Ecology Center! Spend some time visiting the creatures that call the Ecology Center home and help us to maintain a very cool environment for all the kids to learn and explore at school. Shelly the tortoise is hard to miss, but you might also spot some box turtles and a family of ducks. We will be doing a fall and spring cleanup event, as well as another Driven to Give test-drive fundraising event this spring. Please contact Barb at if you are interested in getting involved!!

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.

REGISTER YOUR GIANT CARD! Register your Giant shopper card today, choose Scenic Hills as your school to support and help us earn FREE MONEY! Login in to your account, our school number is 23812 - do it NOW before you forget!!;jsessionid=nlgvZLTGht5RCMPhcJlbPrWdXZB1mtXKsk0dvB6b1hQTT5MSLnJb!676292376?_requestid=3936220

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