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The Principal’s Pen

Volume 4, Issue 4 February 2014

Inspired Students. Inspired Excellence

STEM is Growing at EC

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

STEM at EC

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March Conferences

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Movie Night

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Grade 6 Information Night

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PTA News

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Recess Volunteers

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Mark Your Calendars! Febraury 14th and 17th—School in Session– Snow Make-up Days February 21st—ECPTA Pizza Bingo at 7PM February 28th—EC Movie Night at 6PM March 4th—ECPTA Meeting at 7PM March 5th and 6th— Parent-Teacher Conferences (Regular Days for students) March 21st—ECPTA 5th and 6th Grade Social

(Check out the “Events and Activities” tab on the EC website or click here for a complete list of the year’s

ccording to the White House website, “President Obama has made STEM education a key priority of his administration, with an ambitious agenda to move American students to the top of the pack internationally in science and math achievement over the next decade.” January saw several opportunities for students and parents to experience the importance EC puts on the STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. EC was privileged to have the Pennsylvania Mobile Science Agriculture Lab visit the school for an entire week. All students were able to learn about the importance that agriculture plays in our everyday lives. In addition, students completed science experiments or learned the origins of everyday food products. This experience allowed students to apply their understanding of the scientific inquiry-based method to a relevant topic. A special “thank you” goes to the Chester County Agriculture Bureau for helping to sponsor the visit. Next, we opened our doors on the chilly evening

of January 8th for the Family Last, on the evening of JanuScience Night. Over 150 stu- ary 15th, students in grade 46 had the chance to enter the science research competition. Under the leadership of Ms. Mary-Rita Bonner, over 150 projects were on display touching on many of the areas of science including chemistry, botany, behavioral sciences and engineering. In addition to displaying their projects, students were interviewed dents and parents attended. by an adult judge. Most Several grade-levels demon- judges were professionals strated different science ex- who currently work in the periences that were meant to science field. enhance the children’s Representing EC at the knowledge. Grade 6 teach- county competition in er, Mrs. Beth Nyce organized March, will be: the event. Experiences included exploring the 5 senses, Fourth Grade: Izzie Geist, making a new solution using Zain Hamdani, Colin Horgcorn starch and water, as- er, Sophia Winnick, Noah sembling an anemometer and Cain & Matt Taylor balancing various objects just Fifth Grade: Gavin Geist, to name a few. Ayanna Kakar, Marcus Spivey, Colin Taylor, Zoe Z a b r e n s k i PSSA Dates (REVISED) March 24—April 4: Grades 36 Reading/Math April 7-11 Grade 5 Writing April 29-2: Grade 4 Science Parents are asked to refrain from making appointments during the testing windows.

Sixth Grade: Andrew Fatula, Jackson Jenkins, Kalei Neel, Kurt Sayers, Stacia Subick At EC, we understand the importance of a STEM education. It is our hope to inspire many of our students to consider pursuing a STEM career.

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Grade 6 Information Night

It is Getting Cloudy at EC!

All parents and Guardians of current grade 6 students are encouraged to attend an information night at the middle school. Being held on February 13th at 7PM, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the course selection process and the middle school programs. The event is being held at the middle school auditorium and will feature administrators, teachers and guidance staff. No reservations are needed. For more information, contact the middle school at 610-469-5102.

Calling all movie fans! This is your chance to bring the blankets and chairs for an evening at the b i g screen. All families are encouraged to attend this FREE event in the EC All Purpose Room. D o o r s open at 6:00PM and the curtain will go up at 6:30 PM. FREE popcorn will be served and families will have the option of pre-ordering pizzas. This year, we will be showing Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

GIANT A + Rewards

If you have not yet registered your Giant Bonus Card and designated EC as one of the recipient schools, please do so. The deadline to submit card numbers is March 22, 2014. So far this year, EC has earned $1,100 have been raised so far. CLICK HERE to register your cards! Encourage your families and neighbors to give you their card numbers so you can register those as well. Thank you to those of you who already registered your cards. Every penny counts.

March ParentTeacher Conferences Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 5th and 6th. School will be in session for full days on March 5 and 6. These days were originally designated as ½ days with parent conferences. Conferences will be scheduled in the late afternoon and evening hours. Unfortunately, there will be fewer available appointments,. Conference forms will be sent home in mid February.

EC Celebrates Read Across OJR On February 28th, all schools in the OJR district will be dropping everything and reading. This event is connected with the National Education Association’s Read Across America celebration. The event coincides with Dr. Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Suess’s birthday.

In honor of Read Across OJR event, many teachers are decorating their classroom doors with a literature theme.

Called, “America’s largest reading party”, many classrooms will be finding other interesting ways of celebrating like eating green eggs and ham, sharing favorite Dr. Suess stories as well as many guest readers.

PTA NEWS BINGO! Yes, it is that time again for the ever-popular and always well attended PTA Pizza Bingo night. Friday, February the 21st beginning at 7PM is when Bingo comes to EC. In addition to the many games of bingo, raffle prizes and other exciting activities are being planned. Who will be the guest callers this year? You will need to come and see.

This year’s EC yearbook orders are now being taken. Visit the ECPTA website at www.eastcoventrypta.com for order information. The all-color book is only $20.00 using check. For an additional $1.00, there is an online payment option as well using PayPal. If you have been saving the Labels for Education, now is the time to send them in. The deadline for submission is February 19th.

Recess Volunteer Meeting If you are in interested in volunteering your time by assisting during recesses at East Coventry, please plan on attending one of two orientation sessions. On February 26th at 9AM and 1:30 PM, we will review the playground rules and your responsibilities. In order to volunteer, all clearances must be up-to-date and on file in the EC office. Please call Mrs. Swavely at 610-469-5706 if you have questions about your clearances. You must RSVP to attend one the orientation session and you must attend a session in order to volunteer on the playground. You can RSVP by calling 610469-5706.

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