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The Puma Press April 2018 Edition

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook Club hard at work creating pages!

Yearbook 2017-2018 is still on sale! The Yearbook Club has been working hard to produce another fabulous memory book for Asa Packer students and their families. Don't miss out on Asa Packer 2017-2018 memories.

Asa Packer Scholarship

The Asa Packer faculty and staff are proud to offer one $500 scholarship each school year to a graduating senior from Freedom High School or Liberty High School. Specific scholarship criteria and detailed information can be found on the application located on The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District website. Completed applications and accompanying documentation must be received at Asa Packer Elementary School by the last day in April.

PTA Updates

Book Fair Finds!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped out with the book fair!

Join the PTA on April 12th from 6-8 pm at PJ Whelihan’s in Bethlehem for Meet & Munch. See flyer below!

Keep informed of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved in the Asa Packer PTA. “Like” our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter (@AsaPackerPTA), and visit our website (http://asapackerpta.digitalpto.com). The Asa Packer PTA appreciates the time and talent given by our wonderful volunteers.

Kindergarten Welcome Day

May 2nd is Kindergarten Welcoming Day for all incoming Kindergarten students. Please note that there are NO KINDERGARTEN classes on this day.

PSSA Testing Information

On April 10th-12th (Grades 3, 4 and 5 - ELA), April 17th - April 18th (Grades 3, 4 and 5 - Mathematics), and April 24th - April 25th (Grade 4 - Science), students will be taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). As you know, this assessment impacts our school in numerous ways. Many course selections for Grade 5 students’ placement in Middle School are based on their individual performances on the assessment. Since scores are typically available prior to July, this permits administrators and counselors to utilize students' results, among other factors, for their placement in the coming year.

PSSA School Spirit Days

PSSA Pep Rally

By: Leyna J.

“You’re gonna ace the P-S-S-As!” While students may not be super excited for the tests themselves, everyone can get excited when they hear that song! At our PSSA “pep rally”, we sang and encouraged the students taking the PSSAs to work hard and do their best. We also watched APTV's video recap of all the fun events that have happened since the new year began. This assembly's goal is to unite the students in one “PSSA team”, as Miss Murphy calls it. Great job to the APTV team led by Mrs. Weber for getting the "Pumas PSSA Pumped!" Good luck to all the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!

In addition to our “pep rally”, students who take the PSSAs get to participate in zumba and other afternoon activities on some of the testing days. (Zumba is a fun exercise/dance to music.) It’s a very fun way to relieve stress! We all look forward to it!

Muffins With Mom

We hope all the Mom's had a fabulous time!

By: Addison G. and Ella S.

Muffins with Mom is a fun event we had at Asa Packer on March 15th and March 23rd. Students can come to school early with their mom or another special adult to eat muffins of all types. We all sit in the cafeteria to enjoy muffins until the bell rings to start school. You can talk to your friends, or just to your adult. It is fun and the muffins are yummy! We have juice, tea, and coffee, too. We all had a lot of fun this year and anyone who was there can tell you they had an amazing time!

Twin Day

Upcoming Events

By: Mckinzie L.

Asa's Got Talent

Asa Packer’s talent show happens every year in April. Anybody can enter to perform an act in the talent show. If you’re afraid to enter because you don’t want to be judged, well, you’re in luck because there is no judging! It's a great time, because people can show off their talents and have fun. Don’t forget to be here Friday, April 13th at 5:45 for the show!

Drama Club Performance

Join us for the 4th and 5th grade drama club performance on Thursday, April 19th at 6pm. These students have been practicing very hard and would love to have your support at the show!

Family Game Night

Mark your calendars, Game Night is back! On Thursday, April 26th at 6pm, bring your family and your favorite board game to play against other families. A flyer will be sent home in the upcoming weeks.

K'NEX Club Competes

By: Gianna B.

On March 23rd, Asa’s K’nex club went to a K’nex competition. At 7:30 am, they all hopped on a bus with club members from other schools to get to NACC's Monroe Campus, where they competed with many other students. They needed to use teamwork to create and design a unique home item that was environmentally friendly. The teams needed to have their creation, share their presentations they had been working on, as well as visible blueprints, and any other items they may have worked on with their teams. In the end, Asa Packer did not have the top design, but they enjoyed a great day! Congratulations to all of the teams!!!

Kellyn Foundation

The Kellyn Foundation is back at Asa and has been busy! Students from multiple grade levels are planting a variety of vegetables and are watching them grow in their classrooms and in the school's garden beds. They will be returning in a few weeks to help students pick anything they've grown and prep the gardens for summer!

Students have also been introduced to "The Veggie Challenge" - a challenge where students must eat a vegetable they do not like, once a week, for 10 weeks. They can take notes about how it tastes each time. Hopefully, your student(s) tried something new and are beginning to enjoy it!

Future Chef's Competition

By: Brady F. and Blake J.

Did you hear? The PBS39 and Sodexo hosted the Future Chefs' competition on April 3rd at Northeast Middle School (It was rescheduled after we had a snow day!). A few great chefs from different elementary schools competed to see who could make the best dish. Let’s meet Asa Packer's finalist, Murtaza A.

Q: What did you cook and why?

A: I made a veggie taco with tofu and teriyaki sauce because contest asked us to create an "Asian Fusion" dish.

Q : What is your favorite part of cooking?

A: I like adding the different ingredients and stirring it all together.

Q: What do like to cook the most?

A: Before this, I really didn't cook that much. So I really like to make my veggie tacos.

Q : Were you nervous?

A: Yes! There were a lot of people there and the TV cameras were taping!

Q: How did you become a future chef and why?

A: It's kind of like a tradition in my family. Both of my older brothers did it! My mom persuaded my to apply and I was the winner from Asa Packer.

Q: Did you enjoy competing?

A: Yes! I like cooking and eating all the food.

Guidance Goings

Wow! I can’t believe the 3rd quarter went by so fast! This is the time of year that we need to keep on top of children so they finish the year strong. It is important to make sure homework, class assignments, and projects are still being turned in on time.

As always if you have academic or social concerns about your child, please reach out to me either at abirster@basdschools.org or 610-865-0660. You may not know this, but your child can also reach out to me personally here at school. I have a small mailbox located outside the library entrance and students can put notes in for me to read!

During March, I was able to get into Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades to do guidance lessons. In Kindergarten, we learned how to deal with bullies in our classroom in Lucy and the Bully, by Claire Alexander. Second graders figured out how to turn an enemy into a best friend in Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson. The 4th graders thought about bragging and how it affects others in Better Than You, by Trudy Ludwig.

In April, our students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be taking the PSSA tests. Please help them get rest and eat a good breakfast!

I hope you all have opportunity to enjoy Spring! Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children everyday!

Leader in Me - Habit 3

By: Nurbanu C. and Rebecca D.

Put First things First

The third habit is "Put First Things First". Put first things first means to work first, then play. For example, if you have a project due in 2 days, you should go home and begin it before you play. Otherwise, you won't have time to start your project and you might not get it done. A way you can put first things first at home is to do your chores before you watch TV or take a nap. If you didn't, there may not be any more time to do it. Another example is to do homework before playing with your friends. That is what Put First Things First means. We hope you make the effort to do the important stuff right away in April!

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