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EDITOR: CARLA VIDMAR

Table of Contents 2 News 3 Fifth Grade 4 Teachers Week 5 Committee List 6 Art Fair 7 JA 8 Shop N Save 9 Box Top 10 Box Top 11 Box Top 12 Box Top 13 Photos

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May/June 2013 ISSUE 7

Have you seen Donaldson's new Bling?    Donaldson Elementary just received an Achievement Recogni on  from the Pennsylvania Department of Educa on for our students  successfully achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)  for the  2011‐2012 school year.  (Please note that tes ng for the 2012‐ 2013 school year was completed just a few months ago and re‐ sults are not known at this  me.)      "Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), as part of the federal No Child  Le  Behind Act (NCLB), holds districts/LEAs accountable to stu‐ dents, their parents, teachers, and the community."  [h p:// paayp.emetric.net/Home/About#q1]    Donaldson students have been successful in mee ng the state  criteria for AYP nine years in a row !!!!!    Congratula ons to Donaldson Teachers, Staff and Students !!   


MARKET DAY Thank you for your continued participation in the Market Day Fundraiser. We raised $2,271 this year.

PHOTOS Attention Mom (and Dad) photographers! We are looking for parents from each grade to help to take pictures throughout the school year for the yearbook. You will obtain pictures of students in candid settings (classroom, school parties and events, sports events & field trips). We need a group of people to make this a success! We will also be accepting pictures throughout the year from all parents- feel free to email any events as you get them. Clearances are needed! Please contact Jessica Marshall with any questions or pictures at jessicamarshall777@gmail.com

WEB SITE Be sure to log onto Donaldson website for all the following:        

School calendar Forms (Bus change, health forms, etc.) School news Important telephone numbers Lunch menu Edline link Classroom information Photos and videos

http://www.westasd.org/Donaldson.cfm OR the PTA for events: http://www.westasd.org/webpages/dpta/ 2


GOOD LUCK TO OUR FIFTH GRADERS

Thank you to the following companies for their donations to the 5th grade picnic: Cinemark—Popcorn Kings—Brownies, cutlery & ice Shop N Save— gift card Janoski’s Farm—Watermelons McDonald’s—Orange drink & cups

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TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Monday – Bananas for the staff - We are Bananas for our Teachers Tuesday – Cookies and candy - How Sweet it is to work at Donaldson Wednesday – Luncheon with pop/soda, extra cookies and cake Thursday – Hershey Bars – Best Teacher Bar None Friday – Water Bottles (Track & Field Day)

Thank you to Michelle Giacomino, Kim Morton and Jessica Marshall for all of their hard work this week in recognizing and thanking the Donaldson Staff.

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ART FAIR This years art fair ,that was held in April ,was another huge success. The theme was "Celebrate the Heart of America". Students enjoyed patriotic themed arts and crafts. Student artwork was displayed through the halls. There was also a table to make postcards for our troops. The postcards were hand delivered to the 911th air-wing in Moon Township. Volunteers from Kohl's were available to assist at the tables. I wanted to say thank you to all that participated in making this event successful. A special thanks to the Donaldson PTA for sponsoring the event. Thank you to the staff, parents and students for attending. Also, if it weren't for Mrs. March and Ms. Turici, the art fair would not be possible. So, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the arts!! Have a great summer!

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Lisa Pichi, Art Fair Chair


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT Junior Achievement is an organization that helps students better understand how their families, neighborhoods, communities, and their country work and how they can participate and help to make each one a better place to live. They learn about money, citizenship and community. They are taught appropriate lessons for each grade kindergarten through 5th. Each classroom is taught by a JA volunteer (May until the end of schoolafter PSSA). Each volunteer is given a preassembled packet of lesson plans and required materials for 5 mini lessons of ½ hour each. I ask each volunteer to commit to either ½ the lessons (2 or 3 lessons) for their child’s classroom or if possible all 5 lessons. The kids love to see their parents volunteer in their classroom. The lessons are self-explanatory and VERY EASY to teach. CLEARANCES ARE A MUST FOR THIS COMMITTEE. JUNIOR ACHIEVEMNT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Junior Achievement is looking for classroom volunteers!!! If you love to be in the classroom with your child, this is your perfect opportunity. These 5 preplanned lessons require very little preplanning. Each lesson can be taught within the 30 to 45 minute range. Teachers are very flexible and are willing to work with you and your schedule. If you would like to volunteer or for more information, please contact Barb McElhany at 724-6950385 or mcelhany5@comcast.net.

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We just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe summer vacation! While you are off don't forget to keep clipping your box tops and Campbell labels, that way we can start the 2013-2014 school year off with a bang!!! Thank you, Vicki Danzik & Michelle Hollyfield, Box top/label co-chairs.

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END OF YEAR PHOTOS

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The PTA would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe summer!

We can’t wait for the students to come back in the fall. The PTA has new events and new ideas that we can’t wait to share! Look for membership information in September. We have open spots for committee chairs (see our committee list for openings).

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