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What’s coming up
School resumes from Spring Break Pennell’s first SPRING FEST 12 – 4 pm
3rd, 4th, 5th Grade PSSA Math and Reading Assessment
PTL Meeting 6:30 pm / Library
23rd Reading Olympics
Competition Marple-Newtown H.S. 7:00 pm
24th and 25th
4th Grade PSSA Science Assessment
26th May 2nd
1:15 Early Dismissal / Teacher In-service
Spring Art Fest and Chorus Concert 7 pm / gymnasium
PENNELL IN PRINT APRIL 2013
3300 RICHARD ROAD * ASTON, PA 19014 * 610.497.6300 x 7500
PENNELL ELEMENTARY NEWSLETTER
Happy April Parents!
The 2013 Jump-a-thon was a HUGE Success! Pennell physical education teacher, Mr.
Clark organized another tremendous Jump-a-thon that resulted in an equally
tremendous donation to the American Heart Association! Thanks to the Pennell
community, Pennell Elementary raised $7,000! Combined with the other district
elementary schools, Penn-Delco donated over $20,000 to the American Heart
Association! Way to go!
The results of the Jump-a-thon further demonstrate the incredible generosity of the
Pennell community, and our drive to support health and wellness within Pennell’s
academic program. Our “Fit 2 Learn” theme has produced some wonderful results so
far. In fact, Mr. Clark was recently notified that the American Heart Association is
recognizing Pennell Elementary as a “Fit Friendly” work place!
Thank you for your continued efforts to support Pennell Elementary!
Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz, Pennell Principal
Pictured left to right: 1st Grader, Megan Sarosy, Aston/Coebourn Phys. Ed. Teacher, Mrs.
Johnston, American Heart Association Representative, Pennell/Parkside Phys. Ed. Teacher,
Mr. Clark, 1st Grader, Sammy Ziviello.
The Pennell JUMP-A-THON was a Success!
Led by our Physical Education
teacher, Mr. Clark, Pennell
students participated in another
successful Jump-a-thon event!
Pictured below, students
participate in Mr. Clark’s Jump-a-
CONGRATULATIONS TO MARCH’S CORE ESSENTIAL OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS!
The following students were recognized for showing the core value of HONESTY!
KINDERGARTEN - 1ST GRADE RECIPIENTS
Justin Celentino 101
Jordan Hand 101
Jack Leiby 103
Bruce O’Donnell 103
Oseiga Iyobhebhe 107
Arianna English 107
Katie Kuehl 107
Mikya Jackson 101
Delaney Kilgore 101
Luke Novak 108
Sarah Kunze 108
Luke Novak 108
Patrick Willey 109
Juliana Valente 109
2ND GRADE RECIPIENTS
Amanda Southern 210
Andrea DeSantis 210
Jason Papotto 211
Emma Parkhill 211
Sean Blake 212
Samantha Westenberger 212
Gianna Zivello 211
Sam Park 210
3RD GRADE RECIPIENTS Bridget Nearey 206
Hannah McGroary 206
Joe Holloman 208
Hailey Twardowski 208
Joyce Cardwell 209
Jakob Steffy 209
Erin Kelly 206
Marqus Dorazio 206
4TH GRADE RECIPIENTS
Patrick Gill 203
Madison Schaefer 203
Mitchell Resnick 204
Grace Pena 204
Alyssa Shockley 205
Ryan Nearey 205
Tyler Davidson 203
Brandon Cairy 203
5TH GRADE RECIPIENTS
Gabbie Lobb 200
Randy Marker 200
Destin Pagan 201
Jessica Hastings 201
Kassidy Lambert 202
Josh Gindle 202
Zach Seddon 200
Jalyn Slaughter 201
WHAT’S ON THE FRIDGE THIS MONTH?
Each month, Pennell focuses on a core value/essential that we hope students will practice and apply in their daily lives. We recognize students who exemplify our core essentials by giving them “team tickets”. Team tickets are awarded to students and then displayed in our lobby. At the end of the month, students who received a team ticket are chosen randomly to have lunch with the Principal, Mr. Dutkiewicz.
APRIL’S MONTHLY VALUE: FRIENDSHIP Spending time with someone you trust and enjoy.
JUST FOR FUN: What was your favorite toy when you were
DISCUSSION STARTER: In the movie Toy Story, all the toys
in Andy’s room look up to the boy’s favorite cowboy,
Woody. Then, on Andy’s birthday Andy gets a new toy—a
spaceman called Buzz Lightyear. When Woody sees what
Buzz can do, he gets jealous. He’s afraid that Andy has
forgotten him. But after a series of events that leads both
toys to work together through dangers and mishaps, Woody
comes to realize there is enough room for both of them in
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you have a “best friend?” Has there ever been a time when you thought they suddenly liked someone else better than you?
How did you feel or what did you do when that happened? What can you do to prevent jealousy from ruining a good friendship? What are some things you can do with others to help make your friendship grow stronger?
K-2: Enemy Pie by: Derek Munson; It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the
house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to
get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the
3-5: The Faithful Friend by: Robert D. San Souci; On the lush tropical island of Martinique lives Clement
and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte
agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose marriage. But when Pauline accepts Clement’s
proposal, it enrages her uncle Monsieur Zabocat—reputed to be a quimboiseur, a wizard. To prevent the
wedding, the old wizard lures Hippolyte into a deadly trap, forcing him to choose between his friend’s
safety and his own.
Experience – The friends your child chooses are critical influences in their lives. Ask your child what qualities he
or she looks for in a friend and why it is important to have friends you can trust. After talking about true friends,
plan a weekend this month to host a fun slumber party with the friends your child most trusts and enjoys. Plan
the party together with your child, then sit back and enjoy watching him or her grow healthy relationships!
CORE ESSENTIALS: VALUE OF THE MONTH
With Scholastic Reading Counts your child participates in an independent reading
program that tracks their success on the books they read, in and out of school. This
technology-based program creates a personalized and engaging learning environment
that ensures independent reading accountability.
This year, our school-wide Reading Counts goal is 113,000,000!
As of March 22nd 2013: Congrats to the students who have read at least 950,000 words!
Students Total Words Read
Jalyn Slaughter 3,535,194
Darren Panusky 3,258,840
Sara Chodak 2,655,461
Chelsea Hendrix 2.509,998
Colin Bradley 2,357,360
Nicole Buscaglia 2,000,060
Kelsey Celestino 1,911,793
Christian Hansen 1,747,073
Devin Widmaier 1,743,114
Shannon Purfield 1,477,831
Randy Marker 1,249,413
Jenna Ford 1,303,671
Ryley Marker 1,240,903
Sophia Pantuliano 1,237,674
Shalane Buck 1,149,319
Luke Rice 1,147,218
Abigail Otsyina 1,106,672
Zachary Seddon 1,087,320
Jacqueline Oldham 1,086,109
Justin Hassel 1,082,259
Nicholas Maiale 1,068,657
Ava Ruggieri 1,066,292
Brett Michaels 1,001,571
Emmanuel Otsyina 959,210
Erin Kelly 903,869
Teaching and Learning
By Barbara Hagerty, Instructional Technology Coordinator
Online learning has become an important aspect to education. Higher education has been using online tools
for a number of years to share content and have students collaborate on projects. Having the ability to do so
in the K-12 environment will better prepare our students for college. As higher education has continued to
utilize online learning, a number of businesses have also incorporated it to train their employees. In
addition to training, businesses can work globally through the use of online collaboration.
In Penn-Delco School District, we use My Big Campus. My Big
Campus is a safe, social networking site that allows students and
teachers to share information and work together. My Big Campus
allows for online file storage, submission of schoolwork to the
teacher, collaboration among peers, and is monitored for use and
language. If you have access to the Internet, you have access to My
Big Campus. Links to access the website are listed below in the
Home/School Connection. In addition to the website, there are
mobile apps available for both Android and iOS devices that can be
downloaded for free.
A new feature to My Big Campus is the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal allows you to view the groups that
your student(s) are a part of, view their schoolwork, and their online activity. To sign up for a free Parent
Portal account, visit our parent resource page at http://www.pdsd.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=4445.
We welcome you to be part of the My Big Campus online community as we continue to prepare our students
for college and career readiness.
My Big Campus App available through Android and iTunes Market for free
My Big Campus website for student access: http://www.mybigcampus.com/
My Big Campus website for parent access: http://parents.mybigcampus.com/
Penn-Delco School District Digital Citizenship page:
SPOTLIGHT ON CURRICULUMhttp://www.pdsd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=4445http://www.mybigcampus.com/http://parents.mybigcampus.com/http://www.pdsd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=4444