Scenic Cougar Paws

May 12, 2021

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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Thank you!! Teacher Appreciation Week was fabulous! Thank you so much for the treats, cards, and all the thank yous we received!!

Reminder: No school for students on Tuesday, May 18 -- this is a teacher professional development day while we host primary voting in the school. Wednesday, May 19 will be our regular virtual day, and students will be back in the building on Thursday, May 20.


We are excited to be able to have “Bump-Up Day” again! Our first grade students are invited for a visit at their future elementary school. First grade SLC students will travel to their 2021-2022 schools to meet the second grade teachers and learn more about their second grade year. Students who will attend Sabold will be visiting on June 1. Students headed to Scenic Hills in the fall will visit on June 3.

Students will take the bus from the SLC at approximately 9:15. They will travel to Sabold or Scenic Hills respectively. The students will tour the building and meet the second grade teachers before returning to the SLC. At the same time, our 5th grade students will travel by bus to ETR to meet the administration and the 6th grade teachers, and will tour the building. On June 3, the Scenic 5th grade will leave at approximately 9:30 and will return at approximately 10:30.

**Both of these events are for students only.

IMPORTANT! If you drop off or pick up your child in the car line, please read the information below carefully. Note:

  • Please do not make a left turn into the front driveway off Hillview Drive. You must join the car line on Valley View Road.

  • Please try not to block the driveways of our neighbors on Valley View or Hillview!

  • Morning drop off/afternoon pick up at the front of the building is ONLY via the car line. PLEASE do not park out front and have your child cross the parking lot/driveway. This is dangerous.

  • Students MUST cross at the crosswalk with the crossing guard.

  • If you drive up Scenic Road, continue past Hillview, make a right onto Norwinden, and another right onto Valley View to join the car line.

Thank you for your patience!

Reminder: Our school day begins at 9:15. Students should be in their seats, ready to begin the day, at that time. Arriving between 8:45 and 9:05 gives students ample time to get to their rooms, unpack, and socialize a bit with their friends.


  • MASKS: Students are required to wear masks on school property. Please send a spare in your child's bookbag!

  • HEAPHONES: All students should have headphones for use in school and for when they are virtual. 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.

  • WATER BOTTLES: Please be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students may not drink from the water fountain, but they can refill their bottles. (Please make sure your child's name and HR are on the bottle!)

Tech Issues: If you are experiencing problems with your district-issued Chromebook, please email Scenic's Chromebook Support -- Please include:

  • Student’s name, grade and school

  • A description of the issue you are experiencing

Just a reminder: When students are attending school in a virtual format (on Wednesdays or while quarantined), at home or in another location, they are still attending school. Our expectations are that students are working in an area free of distractions and are behaving as they would behave in the building -- not lying in bed or playing with toys or watching TV during instruction, for example. Cameras should be on during instruction, and the microphone should be muted until directed to unmute by the teacher. We appreciate your support in helping your child manage their virtual classroom!

Item Pick-Up: If you need to pick up items from school for your child, please contact the homeroom teacher to arrange a date/time. The items will be placed on the table in the vestibule to collect at your convenience. The vestibule is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Thanks, and have a great week!!

Happy Birthday to:

May 1 Natalie Laitala, Sean Wilkins

May 3 Julianna Murdock, Liam Davis, Nathan Chapple

May 4 William McKeown, Franck Clay

May 5 Navami Radhesh, Harley Leji

May 6 Jack Palmer, Robert Valletti

May 7 Danielle Kobb, Seamus Harne, Amelia Gobbi, Tori Kilgore

May 8 Isabella Masterson, Mason Florentino

May 9 Kieran Peoples

May 10 Jadyn Powers, Allison Swider

May 12 Henry Dunn, Ryan Novik , Ninoslav Zivkovic , Hiyab Tekleab

May 13 Kayla DealMay 14 Connor Wilkins

May 15 Shawn Clark

My 16 Luke Melino

May 17 Aryaan Ammar, Camille Daws, Emily Kelly, Lillianna Seccia

May 20 Sean Flaherty, Leah Smith

May 21 Quinn Rorabaugh, Charley Cooke, Dominic Sposato

May 22 William Toland, Nathan Jones

May 23 Aubrey Barksdale, Jeffrey Lewis, Lucas Campo

May 24 James Brady, Luke McCallum, Farrah Daly, Blake Avila

May 25 Luciano Bono, Alida Hughes

May 26 Derek Holahan, Shane Shonleber, Olivia Seng

May 27 Tamiem Mosley, Seth McMenamin

May 29 Lydia Leddy, Dominic Price

May 30 Averie DeBerardinis, Gianna McCollian, Joseph McCollian, Francis Baldassarre

May 31 Aurora Dunfee

Camp Invention 2021 Flyer.pdf
News from the Nurse - appropriate student dress.pdf

May Calendar, lunch menu,


May Calendar.docx.pdf
Copy of ELE. May.Jun. 2021.pdf
2020.2021 07.27.20 COVID HYBRIDCalendarRev9-17-20.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

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 Notification: When you send an email reporting a child’s absence to the Scenic Attendance Hotline (, you will receive a link to an Attendance Form. This is an effort to streamline our procedures during the pandemic in determining if an absence is excused or if a follow-up call is necessary. We ask that you complete and submit this form before 9 a.m. on the date of absence.

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.

QUARANTINE: If a student is required to quarantine, the classroom teacher will contact you with the Zoom link. Assignments will be posted on Canvas. Students must be present on Zoom AND complete the required assignments to be counted as present for the day.

Attendance Policy.pdf

Springfield School District Information

Instructions for Schools - Symptomatic 10.20.20_202010201111515303.pdf
SSD Plan for Reopening Schools March-2021-Final.pdf

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!


April Home and School Meeting

Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m.

Topic: Review of the Year and Election of Officers for the 2021-2022 School Year.

This meeting will be held via Zoom.

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 be able to hold a spring cleanup event, pending restrictions due to COVID-19. 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.

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Scenic Hills Home and School Association

Join our Facebook Group:

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.