Scenic Cougar Paws

December 2, 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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Spirit Days: Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4, are Pajama Day Spirit Days! Our staff will be making donations to CHOP as part of their annual Say Yay to Pajama Day Fundraiser! Students are invited to join in the fun by wearing their PJs!

MAP testing in reading continues on Thursday and Friday for 4th and 5th grades, and 3rd grade will test next week. Students will test on their days in school. We are asking students to bring their district-issued Chromebooks to school for testing; please make sure they are charged up!

Turkey Fund: Springfield School District's Annual Turkey Fund is here! The Turkey Fund was started more than 40 years ago to support families of Springfield and Morton in need of some extra help during the holiday season. The Turkey Fund is made possible because of the efforts of our students, staff, parents, and community volunteers. At Scenic, we support the Turkey Fund by making a cash donation. We ask our students to do extra chores and donate the money they earn to the Turkey Fund, and we set a goal for each homeroom to earn $20. Thank you for your generous support.

Arrivals: Students may enter the building at 8:50 a.m. Students should arrive by 9:10 so they can be in their classrooms, unpacked and ready for announcements, by 9:15.

Item Pick-Up: If you need to pick up items from school for your child, please contact the homeroom teacher to arrange at date/time. In addition, if you selected the virtual option up until Dec. 18, your child's teacher may be contacting you to pick up materials needed for class. The items will be placed on the table in the vestibule to collect at your convenience.

Headphones: All students should have headphones for use in school. Please place the headphones in a bag or small container labeled with the student's name. If students do not have headphones, we have some available for purchase for $3. Students should also have headphones for their class zoom meetings on at-home learning days.

Attendance: Please read the information below regarding students absences during hybrid learning. If you have any questions regarding student attendance, please contact me.

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.

  • Remember that traveling out of state may require a 14-day quarantine prior to returning to in-person instruction. Review the PA’s “Covid-19 Information for Travelers” website: for the latest states on the list. Although PA recommends a 14-day quarantine, the district’s approved Health & Safety Plan requires that families that travel to one of the listed states must begin a 14-day quarantine before returning to in-person instruction.

  • Parents, if you have Covid-like symptoms, or were exposed to a Covid+ individual, or were in contact with an individual that may have Covid, 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.

My goal is to share pictures on Twitter every week to give families the opportunity to see what hybrid learning looks like. Follow me on Twitter @Madeleine_ODowd.

Have a great week!!

Annual Turkey fund collection

Turkey Fund Announcement.pdf
Turkey fund letter.pdf

Reminder from the Art Room!!

Students need to bring the following supplies to art class, in a pencil case or container. We cannot share materials this year, so each student must have their own:

  • Sharpened Pencils

  • Pink Pearl eraser

  • Glue stick (s) (may need to be replenished)

  • Crayons

  • Scissors

  • Sharpie marker – fine

  • Sharpie marker – fat tip

  • Set of 8 markers

  • Set of colored pencils

Thank you!!

december Calendar, Lunch Menu, Cycle Day Calendar, AND 2020-21 DISTRICT CALENDAR

December Calendar_2020.pdf
ELE. Dec. 2020.pdf

2020.2021 07.27.20 COVID HYBRIDCalendarRev9-17-20.pdf



10-15 Scenic Hybrid Information.pdf
Covid-19 Attendance Procedures Parent Notice.docx.pdf
October 14 Family Letter.pdf


STELLA & DOT... just in time for the holiday season!

Your order will be delivered directly to your door...100% of commissions earned will be donated right back to Scenic's Home and School!!

H&S winter Holiday Raffle!

Here is the link to the H&S holiday raffles. All info and directions can be found here!

stay connected.pdf
home and school fundraiser.pdf

ECOLOGY CENTER Do you love nature? Want to help out at Scenic Hills? 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. Hopefully we will do a fall and spring cleanup event. Please contact Dr. O'Dowd ( 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

Scenic Hills Home and School Association

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

Reminder! Students must use their first and last names when joining a class on Zoom. We ask that students stay muted unless instructed by the teacher, and please keep the video on. Please take a moment to review the Elementary Remote Learning Expectations, below. Thank you!

Elementary Remote Learning Expectations_2.pdf


Half Sheet withn links.pdf
Immunizations Start of School(Non-Year Specific).pdf
Household Letter 2020-21.pdf
Dental Letter (Non-Year Specific).pdf

Chartwells: Account information; Free and Reduced Lunch Info

2019-2020 Free and Reduced Letter to Housholds.pdf

Information on Home Access Center (HAC), Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), FERPA, dental exams, 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

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