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So far we have had a busy start to the new school year. School pictures, Grandparents’ Breakfast, Book Fair, PTO, Parent Advisory Board meetings, 4Sight, Go-Math and DIBELS assessments have all been accomplished. Whew... I don’t think that I have forgotten anything!
Looking toward future events, picture make-up day, 5th grade banquet committee meeting, Fall Festival and of course the Holiday HOOPLA are right around the corner. Those of you wishing to donate, make a basket or decorate a tree for Hoopla are encouraged to contact the school office. I would like to let everyone know that because of past Hoopla funds, a large new section of playground equipment has been ordered. It should make its way here by the end of November (let us all cross our fingers and toes for mild fall weather to allow for installation).
A big thank you goes out to everyone that has reached out to me in some way or another to welcome me back to Smithfield. I am super excited to be a part of this wonderful school once again. It’s been great to see some familiar faces and meet some great new families. If I haven’t had the opportunity to meet you, please feel free to come in for a visit.
Parent involvement is vital to the success of our school and your child. I encourage you to take an active role in all school activities. Our Parent Advisory Board met on September 11th to adopt our Parent Involvement Policy and School Compact. A special “thank you” goes to all in attendance. Any parent wishing to volunteer for field trips is required by the District to obtain a “Criminal Background Check” from the PA State Police and a “Child Abuse History Clearance” from the Department of Public Welfare. Forms for these clearances can be obtained in the school office or on-line via our school website. Parents are required to have these clearances to volunteer for Fall Festival or Fun Day.
October is Fire Prevention Month. Each month a fire drill is conducted at Smithfield Elementary. This precautionary measure is taken to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Teaching children what to do in the event of an emergency is time well spent. Every child needs planned escape routes at home. Please take time to develop a fire safety plan at home with your child(ren). Check existing fire extinguishers. The preventative steps you take now are vital to the safety of your child.
Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Fire Prevention program for grades K-2 and 3-5 on October 6th. If you see a volunteer fireman, please tell them thank you!
Lost and Found
Please check your child’s closet. We already have some coats in our lost and found area. All clothing items found are placed in the school cafeteria. If your child is missing an item please have them check the bin.
We are asking that you park in actual spaces and not make your own during dismissal time. This creates a congested situation that can be dangerous for all involved. At no time are you to park in front of the dumpster or near the end of the building. This area must remain open to allow for proper traffic flow. Thank you for your understanding in advance.
Trunk, Treat and Read
If you haven’t already done so, turn in the reservation forms for this event. Reservations MUST be made. If you do not have a wrist band, you will not be able to participate. Advance reservations are necessary to plan accordingly. No late reservations will be made. Reservations and fee are due no later than OCTOBER 4TH.
The Smithfield Student Council will be representing Smithfield Elementary in the Albert Gallatin Homecoming Parade on October 6th this year. The parade has a 6:30 start time for those who would like to attend. Student Council will receive more detailed information regarding reporting times.