A week in November is designated as American Education Week, and Governor Mifflin sets aside several days on which parents and grandparents are invited to visit their student’s classrooms to observe the learning environment in school.
This night is one of the most important events of the school year. It is so critical that we have restructured the evening to occur before the first day and to include students and parents in a short meeting with their new teacher in their new classroom. Following are the details for your Back-to-School experience.
Students will meet their teacher, see their classroom and take a bus ride with the principal and specials teacher. When we return, kindergarteners will enjoy a snack in the cafeteria. Parents will meet briefly with PTO officers, followed by time spent with your kindergarten teacher in your child’s new classroom.
Parents and students come to school together in a drop in format.
The Birthday Books program allows a parent to donate a book to the Cumru Library in honor of a student’s birthday. An invitation to participate is sent home the first week of school. The librarian matches a book to the birthday child and then presents it in a memorable way. A bookplate permanently acknowledges your family’s gift to the library collection.
If you have any questions concerning the Cumru library, please call the school and ask to be connected to the library. We are happy to assist you.
In the spring, students participate in a day of activities to demonstrate physical skills and sportsmanship. Keep an eye out for information to come home regarding upcoming school year dates and times.
As an extension of the classroom, educational field trips are planned throughout the year. Teachers provide information to the parents when field trips are scheduled. Parent chaperones, when needed, are selected by the teacher from those parents who have indicated interest. All parent chaperones must have their volunteer clearances. Please be aware that not all parents are selected for these trips as we are typically limited in the number of people who may attend.
Every year, our Halloween celebration and parade occur in the month of October. Our costumed students parade around our grounds and conclude with classroom parties. Please note, as you plan your child’s costume, the following rules: Costumes must adhere to strict guidelines that meet standards that are appropriate for young children. Students may not wear violent themes or costumes representing bloody body parts and/or mutilation of human beings or animals, including “Scream” masks. By following these guidelines, we assure our community of a fun and safe celebration for everyone.
In the spring of each year, parents are invited to attend this evening event, which features a number of special activities including an Art Show. The open house provides us the opportunity to showcase your child’s accomplishments throughout the school year. Parents may visit their child’s classroom and touch base with their grade level teacher.
The official school photo of each student is taken in the fall of the school year. You are welcome to purchase the photo packages offered. All purchases must be prepaid. The sale of school photos benefits the PTO.
Note: We are required to take individual pictures of students once each year.
Morning announcements start our school day. Students are selected as members of a weekly news team. In addition to the announcements, the news team members lead the Pledge of Allegiance, the weather, and a patriotic song. The news program is broadcasted in each classroom. Parents of news team members are invited to come to school to view the program.
This program encourages the support of parents in developing the love of reading in their children by asking them to read together for at least 15 minutes each day of the month.
PARP calendars will be issued on a monthly basis from October through March. You are asked to either sign off or have your child draw a small picture on the calendar for each day that this goal is accomplished.
At the end of each month, send it back to school for volunteers to stamp and return. Each month, the one classroom at each grade level that returns the most calendars will be named the monthly winners.
Children who successfully complete this six-month project will receive a certificate at the end of the year. The one classroom at each grade level that has returned the most calendars for the entire period will win a special prize.
One of the greatest joys a child can have is the love of reading. First grade students are fortunate to be able to participate in this program through the generosity of the UGI Corporation and the PTO.
Three book giveaways occur during the course of the year. Each giveaway revolves around a theme. Before the giveaway, children participate in several lessons that instill the love of reading. As a culminating activity, each first-grade class participates in a special library lesson.
At the end of the lesson, each student selects a gift book provided from RIF grant money. In order to promote parental involvement, a brief follow-up activity is included for the parent and child to complete together. These activities provide motivation, spark interest, and help make reading an exciting adventure.