• Principal, John Reid (


    Office Hours:
    8:00am - 4:30pm 

    Student hours: 

    gr. 1-5 9:00-3:30

    a.m. K  9:00-11:35

    p.m. K 12:50-3:30


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E-News on the Lane

  • E-News on the Lane

    Highlights from the week at Indian Lane

    Family at Breakfast

    April Bobcat Pride Breakfast


    April 25-29, 2016


    Message from our Principal

    We have concluded another great week at Indian Lane.  On Tuesday, we celebrated all our April birthdays with a monthly Birthday Bash.  On Wednesday, we sent three teams of fifth graders who worked with Mr. Woods to the Enviro Challenge.  Our teams took 5 of the 15 available ribbons and one team, the Flying Purple Snails, took the overall silver medal.  


    Thursday was another busy day.  We started the morning off with the Bobcat Pride Breakfast.  Many students and their parents joined us for a lite breakfast and got to have their pictures taken with the Bobcat.  We capped off Thursday with Indian Lane presenting at the school board meeting.  Members of the Lion King cast performed five scenes from our upcoming musical and received a standing ovation from the audience.  Congratulations to all the students and thank you to Mrs. Battavio and all the parents who made the performance so successful.  With all that being said, next week will be even more action packed.  We look forward to seeing many of you at the events next week.


    From our Classrooms


    In Reading Workshop the children learned some ways to solve tricky words. They start by asking themselves “What makes sense?” Then they check the pictures, think what the book is mostly about, and then think “What do I already know about the topic?”

    We started learning about numbers in the teens and how to compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19. The children now have a better understanding of ten frames and how helpful they are.


    First Grade

    To the first graders’ dismay, this week was our last week of Book Clubs during Reading Workshop.  Our mini-lessons and book club meetings all focused on “Having Cross-Series Conversations.”  Even as I type that title, I’m amazed that this is happening in first grade!!!  We created an anchor chart to help us stay focused on these types of high-level conversations.  Our anchor chart includes these topics:

    • Characters: Similarities and differences in how they act, feel,   think, and things they like/dislike
    • Setting
    • Mood/Theme
    • Making connections from text-to-text and from series-to-series

    We really believe that this conversation experience will serve as a strong foundation for your child’s reading skills in the future.


    Second Grade

    In Reading Workshop, we read many books by Robert Munsch.  We found his style to be full of silliness and noise! He also used onomatopoeia to express the fun and chaos going on in many of his books. In Math, we focused on subtracting three-digit numbers, both with and without regrouping. In Writing Workshop, we read and wrote several Haiku poems. These short poems originated in Japan and are about nature. They follow the rule of 3 lines, with the first and third line having 5 syllables each. The middle line has 7 syllables. We also took some time to write about our wonderful mothers! We are using this opportunity to exercise our paragraph writing skills. In Social Studies, we began our Mother’s Day preparations and created drawings to communicate messages like the Native Americans of the Plains did in the past.


    Third Grade

    This was an egg-citing week in third grade! Our eggs arrived! Students learned about parts of the egg, stages of development and were able to candle the eggs. We are looking forward to seeing the chicks hatch early next week!

    In Reading, we are working on our biography presentations. In Writing, we are focused on poetry in order to write our own poems for Poetry Cafe in May! In math, we wrapped up Topic 10 so students know understand how to multiply multiples of ten.

    Fourth Grade

    That big sigh of relief you heard from fourth grade students and teachers was from the completion of the Science PSSAs.  After several weeks of reviewing science topics that students had studied over the past five years, students were tested on their science knowledge over two days during this week.  Results will be available sometime over the summer.

    Students will finally be returning to their pre-PSSA schedules; it will take a few days for them to get back into the familiar routine.  In Reading, students will be starting a unit of study on “learning through reading”.  Over the next several weeks, students will be reading, researching, and writing about various non-fiction topics.  They will learn about the best note taking structure for them, what actually is most important to jot down, becoming an expert on a topic by reading numerous sources, and summarizing what they know about a topic.


    Fifth Grade

    Fifth grade has many exciting things coming up this next week. On Monday after school the Reading Olympics team will be traveling to Radnor High School for our competition.  Chuck N’ Duck is Tuesday after school for all of the students that have signed up for the event. Fifth grade has play rehearsals scheduled in the afternoon prior to the big event on Thursday, May 5th.

    In reading we have begun reading a unit on fantasy. Focusing on the settings and characters development in fantasy novels.


    From our Specialists:


    First graders created birds of a feather from model magic, wire and tissue. Second graders worked with mixed textiles to render images from The Legend of the Bluebonnet book. Third graders painted Mona Lisa portraits using watercolor in honor of the Renaissance period. Fourth graders used repetition to illustrate motion with their figure drawings. Fifth graders explored a digital sketchbook application on the ipad entitled Paper53.



    All students are getting ready and practicing field day events!



    EXCITING NEWS!   We are very excited to announce that Brian Lies, New York Times bestselling author & illustrator, will be visiting Indian Lane's first and second graders on Wednesday, May 11th at 9:30 a.m.

    Brian Lies is well-known for his bat books: Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band.  His latest book, Gator Dad, will be released on May 3rd.  To read more about Brian Lies, visit his website.  Mrs. Hatton would like to thank everyone who ordered one of Brian Lies books.  They will be given to students on the morning of the assembly signed by the author.  


    BOGO Book Fair Info:

    Mark your calendars for the Scholastic “Feelin’ Groovy” Buy One Get One FREE Book Fair.  The BOGO book fair starts this Friday, May 6th and runs through Friday, May 13th.  This is a great opportunity to purchase quality books at a great price.  Get some books for summer reading while supporting ILES.

    Mrs. Hatton could still use some help with setting up on Thursday, May 5th.  Please come around 3:30 p.m. if you are available.  


    Poetry Cafe:

    Poetry Cafe dates are Friday, May 20th through Friday, May 27th.  Specific class dates and updated times are posted on Mrs. Hatton’s website.



    Bravo to our “Lion King Kids” stage cast!  They gave an amazing performance for our School Board Thursday night.  We can’t wait until both casts perform this Thursday, May 5th at 2:00PM and 7:30 PM.  Fifth grade parents should have received a final memo by now containing important information about those performances.

    I’ll need to know how many family members will be attending the evening performance by Monday, May 2nd. The students are working extremely hard to make it a memorable night for everyone!


    From our Student Council

    The student council sponsored Chuck N’ Duck games will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd right after school.


    Ice Works Skate Night is Wednesday, May 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The cost if $5 at the door.  Bring a canned good for the Media Food Bank and receive a free juice box and pretzel.


    We will sponsor a Canned Food Drive for the Media Food Bank in May.  The collection will take place during the week of May 9th through the 13th.


    From our PTG

    Wanted: Photos for the yearbook.  A link with directions for how to upload your photos for the yearbook can be found on the website under “Site Shortcuts.”  


    You may now order your 2015-16 ILES Yearbooks online for $15. Orders must be placed by May 1st. For all the details, click here.  If you have questions, please email


    ILES Spirit Wear Swap-a-Thon is Tuesday, May 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the playground area.


    Run the Lane registration is now open!  For more information and to register, visit


    The next PTG meeting is Tuesday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m.


    Parent Website of the Week
    Click on the link below to learn more about catfishing apps:

    Catfishing Apps Let Kids Fake Everything from Texts to Tweets


    Upcoming Events and Reminders

    • Saturday, 4/30 - Laxapalooza, Penncrest High School
    • Sunday, 5/1 - Last day to order 2015-16 Yearbooks
    • Monday, 5/2 - Reading Olympics Competition, 6 p.m., Radnor High School
    • Tuesday, 5/3 - Chuck-N-Duck, 3:30 p.m., Gym
    • Thursday, 5/5 - Second Grade Mother’s Day Tea, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Classrooms
    • Thursday, 5/5 - Fifth Grade Musical The Lion King Kids, Cafeteria, 2:00 p.m. all-school assembly and 7:30 p.m. performance for families
    • Friday, 5/6 to Friday, 5/13 - Scholastic Buy One Get One Free Book Fair
    • Friday, 5/6 - Featured Artist Breakfast, 8:15 a.m., Main Office
    • Friday, 5/6 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Science Lab
    • Monday, 5/9 to Friday, 5/13 - Canned Food Drive for Media Food Bank
    • Tuesday, 5/10 - ILES Spirit Wear Swap-a-Thon, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Playground Area
    • Tuesday, 5/10 - PTG Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 5/11 - Author/Illustrator Brian Lies visits first and second graders, 9:30 a.m., Cafeteria


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