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    eNews: May 10, 2017



    We are certainly keeping busy here at Glenwood with so many activities!  Our 3rd grade students had a fantastic performance and impressed the audience at Friday’s Talent Show.  Our 5th graders will take the stage tomorrow for their final choral concert at Glenwood, with one performance for the entire student body during the day, then families are invited to the 7pm performance.  We have some upcoming field trips, educational assemblies made possible by the generosity of our PTG, and next week we will wrap up with Field Day on Thursday May 18th then our PTG sponsored Basket Bingo night at Penncrest High School.   


    The district calendar has been updated, our last day of school will be June 19th.  Students will have a half-day Friday June 16th as well as Monday June 19th.  Elementary schools will dismiss at 12pm, there will be NO PM kindergarten and NO LUNCHES will be served.


    National School Nurse Day is today, Wednesday, May 10, and it’s the perfect time to express your gratitude for all that Mrs. Lenton does to help keep our students safe and healthy.




    The A.M. kindergarten classes went to Bear Country Credit Union at the FMFCU in Lawrence park. The children got to act as tellers and managers.  It was a really fun experience.

    The first graders are preparing for the upcoming Mother’s Day Tea on Monday May 15th.  The students are so excited to show their mothers how much they are loved.  We are looking forward to seeing our first grade moms on Monday!!

    Second graders will have a math test on Topic 13 this week. They have learned to use number lines to add and subtract measurements. They have also used addition to find total distance and subtraction to compare lengths. Our next topic focuses on collecting, representing, and interpreting data.

    If you haven't returned the permission slip for the upcoming field trips, please send it in this week.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Each third grade class has welcomed some new members this week! They are fuzzy, cute, and have wings! Our chicks hatched on Monday morning. Each class had a very successful hatch.  The students have become experts on the life cycle of a chicken and embryology. They know all of the parts of the egg such as the shell, inner and outer membranes, albumen, chalazae, blastodisc, air cell, and yolk. In addition, they are also well-versed on the parts of a grown chicken. In addition, the students are very busy researching for their "Living History Museum" on Friday. The 3rd grade teachers are super impressed by their hard work and dedication to this project. We look forward to seeing parents and guardians on Friday in the cafeteria at 9:30 AM!

    The fourth grade is on the move!  We are very excited about starting our new uinit on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  We will be learning about points of interest, agriculture, industry, and people who have made a difference.  We will culminate the unit by visiting Pennsylvania in on Flag Day in June!  Be sure to ask your child what they have learned in the coming weeks.

    On May 11th, we will be visiting the Bellevue State Park to learn about ecosystems and the level of the forest.  They will be walking through meadows, digging under dead barks and skimming the ponds.   Please allow your child to wear a green shirt and to bring a completely disposable lunch. This is a rescheduled trip.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

    As we push through the month of May, all three 5th grade classes continue to strive for excellence. In Reader’s Workshop, for example, Mr. Dieter’s class continues to work on the reading of fantasy books. Also, as part of our reading program, all three 5th grade classes are taking a look at the various forms of propaganda that are at play in American culture. In math, Ms. Pinsley and Mr. Dieter’s classes continue to take a quick look and review of customary measurement, metric measurement, line plots, ordered pairs and properties of geometric figures. In Writer’s Workshop, the fifth grade classes continue to look at best practices in the writing of memoirs. In social studies, Mr. Dieter’s class is examining the creation of the Bill of Rights, which is a crucial part of the Constitution. With that in mind, all three classes are looking forward to their trip next Tuesday to the new Museum of the American Revolution, which is located in Philadelphia. Finally, all 5th graders continue to work on their science fair projects.

    Middletown Township will be celebrating their annual Community Day/Sunset Festival at Penn State Brandywine on Saturday, May 13th, from 3 pm to 7 pm.  Fourth graders helped out by drawing pictures of "My Favorite Animal."

    Inside Out Art in Media, PA
    Once again the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting an “Inside/Out Program” by displaying 13 reproductions of famous works of art throughout the town of Media from May through August, 2017.

    The Junior Optimists created a "wall of optimism" in the lobby of our building. Members of the Junior Optimist Club searched for quotes that had positive meanings and re-created them for the wall. One of the favorites: "I realized that my blood type is 'Be Positive'." Please take a look next time you are in the Glenwood Lobby!

    The Student Ambassadors are excited to add a twist to Field Day Week. We are asking the students on the Green Team to bring in a jar of peanut butter and the students on the White Team to bring in a jar of jelly. All proceeds will go to the Media Food Bank. The winning team, with the most amount of their item, will be announced at the end of the week! Go Glenwood Go!!

    This week, Woody’s Warehouse WILL BE OPEN DRING LUNCHES ON FRIDAY May 12th.  Items include pencils, erasers, etc. and prices begin at 25 cents.  We will also be selling spirit wear, order form attached. Orders will be filled the following week at the school store.

    Mrs. Yepremian and Miss Mazzella are so impressed by how hard the "yogis" have come! The students are so well-versed in the yoga poses, that they have started to make their own sequences for their peers. The students can do several poses such as downward dog, tree, warrior series, butterfly, happy baby, seal, cobra, and many more!

    Keep up to date with Glenwood Events & Happenings. For more information, visit and follow us  @GlenwoodPTG

    Join us for Glenwood's 9th Annual Family Basket Bingo Night on Friday, May 19th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Penncrest Cafeteria.  Admission is $5 per person ($20.00 max per family) if pre-registered or $7 for each person at the door, with unlimited Bingo Cards.  Buy raffle tickets for your chance to win a Bingo Basket. More information is on the registration form:  For questions email Nicole Backerman or Blaise Kearney

    We are pleased to announce Glenwood's Annual Book Swap.  This is an easy way for our students to stock up on great books for summer reading.  And it is free!  Please drop off books beginning May 8th through May 19th.
    ·       Duffer's Tavern Route 352 will be hosting "Glenwood Night" Wednesday May 31st.  Bring your friends and family out for dinner... Duffer's will donate 20% of your bill to Glenwood PTG. Sponsored by our 5th grade Committee, this event will be used to "pay it forward".  All money raised will be ear marked for next year's 5th grade end-of-year activities.  5th grade will be returning from Washington, DC – so a perfect way to end the day…this night is also a Family Night, so NO HOMEWORK!!!

    Wherever you go, show your school spirit! Visit the PTG web site to print out your order form for $5 Glenwood Car Magnets and Spirit Wear. Please contact, if you have questions.
    The PTG thanks you for your support:


    Thank you for our donors/discounts for Teacher Appreciation gifts, staff luncheon and Special Friends: Dunkin Donuts (Lima), Chipotle (Glen Mills), Chick-fil-A (Lima), Wolff's, Acme (Granite Run), Wegmans (Glen Mills), Wawa (Aston), CVS (Media), California Tortilla, Home Depot (Glen Mills), and our extremely generous GW parents!


    The 2016-2017 PTG slideshows would not be possible without the following parent photographers.  Thank you for sharing your pictures:


    Michele Durkee                       Lynda Colucci                                     Elizabeth Doyle

    Coleen Fickes                         Alexander Brock                                 Kim Wolff

    Jagrup Bhogal                         Jamie Mosteller                                   Lauren Bacigalupi

    Michelle Asalone                     Jaclyn Chaga                                      Jessica Savko

    MaryAnne Troy


    Fifth Grade Families: FINAL CALL FOR ALL PICTURES!!!

    We are looking specifically for small group shots, maybe from classroom parties or field trips, etc.  Please refrain from sending pictures of activities outside of school and shots of individual students.


    A shared Fifth Grade Recognition 2016-2017 folder has been set up in Google.  By clicking on the blue link below, you will arrive at this folder and be able to open it and view the six folders inside for Kindergarten through Fifth grade.  Just open the grade level folder you need, and drag and drop or upload pictures from your computer directly to the folder.  No need to save; Google automatically saves for you!  Thank you so much for assisting with this important part of the fifth grade recognition!

    PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PICTURES BY MAY 12th.  Click here to access - Shared Google Folder:


    5th grade can use volunteers & donations for our end of year activities, we are especially looking for help with decorations but have other openings and appreciate any assistance you can offer!!!

    Dear Parent or Guardian,
    The children are eagerly anticipating Field Day 2017 and we would like to make it a fun morning for everyone. Many of you have already volunteered a great deal of time to Glenwood activities, but we really need your help to make Field Day a success!

    If you are able to volunteer, we will need help in the following areas:

                1) Setting up equipment prior to the start of Field Day
                            - Any time you can spare between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. would be most helpful!

                2) Acting as a place judge for the dashes*

    * If you are willing to assist in this area, you will be sharing the responsibility with another volunteer and will be able to spend the rest of the time as a spectator.

    Event volunteers are expected to report to the upper field behind the school by 8:45 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, May 18th. You will be notified of your assignment at that time. The event will last until approximately 11:45 a.m.

    All volunteers must have their clearances. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Foster at  Thank you for your continued support of Glenwood School activities.

    Mrs. Jackson and Mr. Leahan
    Physical Education Instructors

    Message from Mr. Bucci:
    Parents, grandparents and siblings are invited to attend our Physical Education Field Day for children in grades 1-5 on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

    The activities will take place beginning at 9:15 A.M. If you are a Field Day volunteer, please remember that we would like you to report by 8:45 A.M.

    All visitors must sign in at the welcome table and obtain their Glenwood visitor badge before viewing field day events. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.

    We ask that you ensure that children are equipped with hats and sunscreen for the day. We recommend cotton T-shirts rather than tank tops since there will be less exposure to the sun. Most students try to wear their team color-green or white. Water will be available, but children may bring their own if they wish. We recommend disposable bottles that won’t be missed if lost. Please, no sweet drinks since these attract bees!

    In the event of inclement weather, Field Day activities will be postponed until Thursday, May 24, 2017. An e-alert and global connect (phone message) will be used if we need to cancel Field Day.

    In addition, we would like to remind you that each event has specific rules that are familiar to the students and to the staff member in charge of the event. A parent’s desire to see a child or team succeed is understandable, but we request that you allow the staff member to manage and score the activity as he/she sees fit. Suggestions from spectators may confuse the children. In the spirit of sportsmanship, let us all applaud the effort rather than the result.

    We hope you can join us! We are going to have a great time.

    Eric Bucci



    Rose Tree Media School District enthusiastically offers a variety of summer program options for our students.  From June 26 through to August 10, students from grades K-12 have the option to participate in 25+ enrichment programs and original and remedial credit courses.


    Based on your feedback from summer 2016, we offer many new camps for summer 2017 including full day options for our younger campers.  Check out the 25+ camps we have for students entering kindergarten all the way up through twelfth grade.  We have many new enrichment offerings for our elementary students!


    View our 2017 RTMSD Summer Programs Brochure for a comprehensive list of our course offerings by visiting:


    Like last year, we're excited to provide fast, easy, and secure online registration and payment. You can pay online with a credit card.

    The 2017 Summer Program brochure, registration and payment link will be active on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. on the 2017 RTMSD Summer Programs page.  *Grade levels refer to the grade students will be going into for the 2017-2018 school year, not their current grade level.


    Summer Programs

    Rose Tree Media School District offers a supportive summer literacy program for students who are entering grades 1-5.  Taught by our very own classroom teachers and reading specialists, Reading Rockets is a program designed to provide additional support for students who could benefit from reinforcement in reading skills over the summer. Reading Rockets will help minimize the regression in skills that sometimes occurs over summer vacation. Through this program, students will experience a rich variety of materials that will provide strong links to students’ reading curriculum. Financial need-based scholarships may be available. Bus transportation for an 8:30 arrival and an 11:30 dismissal may be provided to and from centralized locations throughout the district. You will indicate transportation needs during the online registration process. NEW REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 12.  Visit to register and pay.

    Summer Enrichment / Welcome - Rose Tree Media School

    Program offerings range from original credit courses at the high school level to enrichment camps and sports camp to our very own summer musical theatre camp.

    Dates: July 10-August 4
    Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    Location: Media Elementary School

    Cost: $125/week or $450/four weeks


    Students will engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor games, crafts, and more. Students and staff will take a daily 30-minute lunch break. Students must supply their own lunches, drinks, and snacks.

    Dates: July 10-August 4
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Media Elementary School
    Cost: $125/week or $450/four weeks




    Glenwood’s 2017 Book Swap

    Book Donations May 8th – May 19th

    Please send us gently used Picture Books, Easy Readers and Chapter Books which your child has enjoyed and is ready to pass along to another.

    Simply send to school with your child any books you would like to donate. Volunteers will collect them from your child’s classroom on a daily basis. We are especially in need of Easy Readers and books at the 3rd through 6th grade reading level. Please do not send in baby board books or magazines.

    The students will visit the Book Swap during their regularly scheduled Library class from May 31st through June 5th. Every student will have the opportunity to select at least one book to begin their Summer Reading. The students may have the opportunity to select more than one book depending on how many books are initially collected. The more we collect, the more they can select!

    If you have all your clearances in place and would like to volunteer your time to sort/organize books or help the students in their selection of reading material during the Book Swap, please contact Barbara DiSipio at 610-566-3533 or email

    Start going through those bookshelves and see what books are calling out for a new home!  Thank you for your support.











    The Food Service Department offers a "Bag Lunch to Go" for field trips.  Return the form to the cafeteria no later than three days before a trip.  (also available on the website)



    Join the Rose Tree Media Elementary School Counselors for a presentation on:

    Social Media, Online Safety, and the Elementary School Child

    When: 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 30th

    Where: Glenwood Elementary Large Group Room

    ·   Guidelines for parents to help children become ethical and responsible citizens when using social media

    ·   Suggestions for ways to keep your kids safe as they navigate the cyber-world

    ·   A brief overview of the cyber-safety lessons delivered in grades second through fifth                                       


    First Aid: Tick Bites

    Most tick bites are harmless and don't need medical treatment. But some ticks (like the deer tick, wood tick, and others) can carry harmful germs that cause diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. The deer tick is tiny, no larger than a pencil point. Other ticks are larger and easier to find on the skin.


    How Do I Remove a Tick?

    It's important to remove a tick as soon as possible. Follow these steps:

    Use tweezers to grasp the tick firmly at its head or mouth, next to the skin.
    Pull firmly and steadily until the tick lets go of the skin. Do not twist the tick or rock it from side to side. If part of the tick stays in the skin, don't worry. It will eventually come out on its own.
    Release the
    Release the tick into a jar or zip-locked bag in case you want to have it identified later on.

    Wash your hands and the site of the bite with soap and water.
    Swab the bite site with alcohol.
    Never use petroleum jelly or a hot match to kill and remove a tick. These methods don't get the tick off the skin, and can cause it to burrow deeper and release more saliva (which increases the chances of disease transmission).

    What Are the Signs of Tick-Related Diseases?

    Watch out for:

    a red bump ringed by an expanding red rash, which looks like a bull's-eye (Lyme disease)
    red dots on the ankles and wrists (Rocky Mountain spotted fever)
    flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting, and muscle and joint aches
    When Should I Get Medical Care?

    Call your health care provider if:

    The tick might have been on the skin for more than 24 hours.
    Part of the tick remains in the skin after attempted removal.
    A rash of any kind develops (especially a red-ringed bull's-eye rash or red dots on wrists and ankles).
    The bite area looks infected (increasing warmth, swelling, pain, or oozing pus).
    Symptoms like fever, headache, tiredness, stiff neck or back, or muscle or joint aches develop.
    How Can I Protect My Kids from Ticks?

    After kids play outside, check their skin and hair — especially the scalp, behind the ears, around the neck, and under the arms.
    When playing in wooded areas, kids should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and tuck pant legs into their socks.
    Use an insect repellent with at least 10% to 30% DEET for protection against bites and stings in kids older than 2 years, always carefully following the directions for application.
    Avoid tick-infested areas.

    5th grade Parents/Guardians – Message from SLMS Nurse:
    It’s time to start thinking about getting ready for 6th grade!


    Pennsylvania School Health Law requires physical examinations for children in 6th grade.  For entry into 7th grade, students are required to have a Tdap booster and a meningitis vaccination. These are usually given at the 6th grade physical.


    Physical exam forms are due to the school nurse at Springton Lake by Friday September 8, 2017.  The physical exam should be one that has been performed within a year prior to the start of 6th grade. 


    If your student has a current physical examination, please hand it in to your school nurse and it will be entered into the record for the 6th grade physical.  I also recommend keeping a copy for your own records.


    Please contact me if you have questions.  I look forward to having your child here at Springton Lake Middle School next year.


     Warm regards,

     Kristin Hartner RN, MEd.

    Certified School Nurse

    Springton Lake Middle School

    (Phone) 610-627-6512 (Fax) 610-627-6531