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What’s coming up
Spring Art Festival and Chorus Concert - 7:00 pm
NMS 6th Grade Parent Orientation
Math Night for Parents – Aston Elem. 6:30 pm
Spring Book Fair During library
Teacher Appreciation Week
Spring MAP Testing
5th Grade Shadow Day at NMS
FINAL PTL Meeting 6:30 pm / Library
17th Field Day
“A” Band Spring Concert 7:00 pm / SVHS
“B” Band Spring Concert 7:00 pm / SVHS
1:15 pm Early Dismissal
Memorial Day No School
PENNELL IN PRINT MAY 2013
3300 RICHARD ROAD * ASTON, PA 19014 * 610.497.6300 x 7500
PENNELL ELEMENTARY NEWSLETTER
Happy May Parents!
Although PSSA testing consumed most of the month of April, we had some wonderful
things to celebrate here at Pennell!
On Monday, April 22nd, we formally re-dedicated and opened our outdoor classroom.
The ceremony included special guests from the past and present, and between our
student body and guests, over 500 people were in attendance. More information and
pictures can be found on the Pennell and P.D.S.D. Facebook pages, and page 2 of this
Pennell also had two special visitors on Friday, April 26th. Dr. Jerry Joyce and Dr. Gregg
Amore from DeSales University spent several hours at Pennell, touring our school and
presenting us with the PA School of Character banner shown in the picture. Our next
challenge...to earn National School of Character honors!
Pictured left to
Dr. Jerry Joyce,
Mrs. Fran Im,
Dr. Gregg Amore,
As mentioned, PSSA testing consumed a great deal of our time in April. I want to thank
our parents and students again for their focus and efforts on this very important annual
state assessment. We are confident that the hard work will once again bring very
positive results that we can share at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz, Pennell Principal
On Earth Day, Monday,
April 22nd, Pennell
formally re-dedicated and
opened our outdoor
The classroom has been a
in every sense of the
word! Over the last five
years, we have been very
thankful for the
generosity, time, and
energy that the Pennell
PTL and community has
put into this wonderful
The ceremony included some special
guests including: Mr. John Monaghan,
previous Pennell Principal, Pennell
retirees, Mrs. Jackie Abrams and Mrs.
Molly Klein, family members of the
people in which the classroom was
dedicated (Jason Voss, Cooper Hall,
Stewart Smith, and Tom Calvecchio),
P.D.S.D. Superintendent, Dr. Steinhoff,
Assistant Superintendent, Dr. McGloin,
HR Director, Mrs. Albence, and School
Board President, Mrs. Kim Robinson.
We are very grateful for their time and
THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM IS OPEN!
CONGRATULATIONS TO APRIL’S CORE ESSENTIAL OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS!
The following students were recognized for showing the core value of Friendship!
KINDERGARTEN - 1ST GRADE RECIPIENTS
Dino DiEmidio 103
Molly Ann Mucklow 103
Sean Nolan 101
Christian Durkee 101
Mikya Jackson 101
Seamus McGroary 107
Nathan Panusky 107
Riley Johnston 108
Octavius Slaughter 108
Delaney Kilgore 101
Landon Stafford 109
Nick Pellegrino 108
Justin Hickman 109
Matthew Gartland 108
2ND GRADE RECIPIENTS
Sophia Esposito 210
Justin Maiorine 210
Janay Kennon 211
Tyler Digan 211
John Nolek 212
Sophia Possenti 212
Andrew Parker 211
Ava Calvecchio 211
3RD GRADE RECIPIENTS Alex Volturo 206
Kathryn Gricco 206
Madison Reilley 208
Dora Sy 208
Catherine Taylor 209
Jaimy Johnston 209
Darren Panusky 206
Patricia Young 209
4TH GRADE RECIPIENTS
Brandon Cairy 203
Kristine Guenther 203
Brenden Howley 204
Julia McGehean 204
Ethan Papa 205
Kaylie Hunt 205
Patrick Gill 203
Tyler Thornton 204
5TH GRADE RECIPIENTS
Gabbie Lobb 200
Jared Kosierowski 200
Riley Price 200
Jaimee Higgins 201
Ryley Marker 201
Makaila Carter 202
Breanna Kalb 202
Jenna Ford 201
WHAT’S ON THE FRIDGE THIS MONTH?
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our
Young Author Winners!
Darren Panusky – Ms. Raucci – "The Big Fish and the Three Sharks"
Sarah Gartland – Mr. Zebley - "The Fight"
Caitlin McShane – Mr. Gorniok - "My Trip on the RMS Titanic"
Randy Marker – Mrs. McDougall – “Inside the Park"
Alyssa Michael – Mrs. Wood - "The Dark Tunnel"
Patrick Gill – Mrs. Nielsen - "My Magic Potion"
Sarah Kunze – Mrs. Lindsey - "Snowman Secrets"
HUGE CONGRATS to the Woman’s Club of Aston –
Student Literature Contest Winners!
2nd Place – Jackson Nagle – Mrs. Lindsey – “Red”
3rd Place – Matthew Garland – Mrs. Lindsey – “Black”
1st Place – Ryan McKenna – Mrs. Lumley – “All About Me”
2nd Place – Emily Zarmanian – Mrs. Lumley – “This is Why I Love April”
Short Story Division
1st Place – Vincent Hanobeck – Mr. Sciecinski – “The Beach”
2nd Place – Abby Carr – Mr. Sciecinski – “Sea Isle City”
3rd Place – Cayden Price – Mr. Sciecinski – “When I Am A Spy” Grade 2
1st Place – Cole Postlewait – Mrs. Rosset – “My Pop Pop’s Boat”
2nd Place – Lindsay Nearey – Mrs. Rosset – “The House”
3rd Place – Catherine Diamond – Mrs. Rosset – “The Black-Headed Dragon” Grade 5
1st Place – Emma Robinson – Mrs. McDougall –
“My Cheerleading Competition”
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.
MAY’S MONTHLY VALUE:
PATIENCE - waiting until later for what you want now
Open Wide – JUST FOR FUN: What is your favorite food?
Did you know that a spider is one of the most patient creatures?
While other animals rely on their strength and speed to capture
their food, a spider must rely on her ability to spin a web. The more
time she spends weaving an elaborate, complex web, the more
attractive it will be to her next meal. Once the web is spun, a spider
must wait patiently for her meal to fly into her delicately-woven
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does a spider show patience?
What are some things that you have to wait for?
What is hard about waiting?
Can you think of one reason why patience is important?
K-2: Horton Hatches the Egg by: Dr. Seuss; Poor Horton. The kindly elephant is persuaded to sit on an egg while its
mother, the good-for-nothing bird Lazy Mayzie, takes a break. Little does Horton know, Mayzie is setting off for a
permanent vacation in Palm Springs. He waits, and waits, never leaving his precarious branch, even through a
freezing winter and a spring that's punctuated by the insults of his friends. Further indignities await, but Horton’s
patience is rewarded in the end by the surprise birth of... an elephant-bird.
3-5: A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 by: Kathryn Lasky; A
Pilgrim girl makes the dangerous journey on the Mayflower to a new world filled with promise and unexpected
EXPERIENCE: We all have things we want. And we want them NOW. But rarely, are we able to get what we want
as soon as we want it. Whether it’s a new skateboard, video game, or pool float, we all have to learn to wait until
later for what