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The Mustang Monthly March 2020 Edition

Please Note: The Mustang Monthly is Updated Throughout the Month - Last Update - 3.30.2020

Use the link on our website (under Quick Links) to check in before the next edition is posted!

March at a Glance - All Dates Postponed Until Further Notice

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Principal's Post

3.30 - Check out the link below for an update and our learning from day 1 of Schoology!

3.29 - Check out the link below for an update and Schoology directions!

3.24 - I want to take a second to say how proud I am of our teachers, families and students for everyone's efforts to make the first week a successful one. I know that our teachers have been diligently working, researching, recording, sharing activities and communicating encouraging messages for our students. Our teachers miss the students and would much rather be with them in their classrooms, but are doing an awesome job of testing out their newly acquired cyber-teaching skills. The next few weeks will be a challenge, but I know our team is up for it!

Parents - thank you for all the encouragement, photos and kind emails. It helps our staff to know that we have your support in these new efforts. I know that many of you are also trying to balance working and guiding your children through their daily lessons. Everything you are doing to support your kiddos makes a difference - thank you for that! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Students - you all rock. I am blown away by the challenges that you are tackling on a daily basis. I am continually impressed by the stories that teachers and parents are sharing with me about how you are learning while away from SM. While this is a tough situation, I'm excited to hear that many of you are taking your learning into your own hands and extending the information you are learning into different activities in and around your home. Keep working hard and being awesome, Mustangs!

Thank you to all who participated in the SM's first Virtual Spirit Week. Check out the pictures below! As a staff we are going to continue to find ways to connect with students and families. Keep an eye out in the new Staying Connected with Springton Manor section below. Stay well, Mustangs!

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3.16 - Thank you all for your flexibility and understanding in this very interesting time. Plans changed and then changed again very quickly last week and our Mustang Community did an amazing job of adapting! Our teachers will be providing lessons to help keep the students sharp over the next few weeks. Please look for emails from your child's homeroom teacher. They will provide math and ELA lessons on Nearpod and skills to practice on IXL. Some teachers may include other suggested activities, too. Homeroom teachers will link the encore area lessons in their communications. Most importantly, make sure to keep up with district communications. They will be communicating every step of the way! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

I often say that the greatest resource we have in education is time. While this is not an ideal situation for many of us, we have all been afforded time with our families. It is an excellent opportunity to sit down with your child and open a book, go through a NearPod activity or build with Legos (following a sequence of directions or making up a story are both awesome extension opportunities). Enjoy the time that you have with your family and don't forget to look for the educational connections that can be made in almost any activity!

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3.8 - The link below is the most recent update from the district regarding the Coronavirus. At Springton Manor, we have also added Hand Sanitizing Stations around the Multi-Purpose Room and at both entrances of the gym. We will be encouraging the following practices as outlined by the district update:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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3.7 - The last few weeks have been a very difficult time for Springton Manor. Ms. Debbie Flint was an amazing person that had a tremendous impact on our students and staff. For those who didn't know her well, she was known for going out of her way to share words of encouragement and connecting daily events together with lessons about health, self-care and a positive self-image. Although she is no longer with us, her impact will be felt for years to come. Our staff members have demonstrated resiliency and strength for our students. They remained flexible and worked hard to support our students in any way they needed it. I am so proud of our Mustang Team. Finally, I want to extend a thank you to our community and the families of Springton Manor. Your kind words, cards, food and support helped our staff to find comfort and support. We all truly appreciate what you did for us and the Flint family as even the tiniest act of kindness had a great impact.

DASD Instructional Vision
Looking forward to seeing you all again on April 14th!

Habits of Mind

Our team in currently working on updating our Mindful Mustangs program. While we develop our recognition system, we are continually focusing on four Habits of Mind.

Keep an eye out for evidence of these habits being demonstrated at home. Identifying when you see them and situations when they could be applied will help your child understand their importance. We look forward to a continued partnership on this Habits of Mind journey.

PSSA Assessment Dates - Cancelled

  • ELA (Grades 3,4,5) - April 20, 21 and 23 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • Math (Grades 3,4,5) - April 27 and 28 - Monday, Tuesday
  • Science (Grades 4) - April 30 and May 1 - Thursday, Friday

ESAR Access

Report Cards were posted on March 13th. Check out the directions below for a refresher on how to access the information.

DASD Virtual Community Bulletin Board

Please use this link to access our virtual community bulletin board. Here you will find information about programs and events that may be of interest to your family. Programs that were previously advertised in the schools are now posted to the virtual bulletin board.

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Kindergarten registration is now open!

Don't forget! Kindergarten Registration for the school year 2020 - 2021 is now open! Registration will be handled online this year. You can find registration information and start the online process by going to the link below.

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Out of an abundance of caution, the Wizards game scheduled for March 26th is postponed. We will get back to you soon with a new date. All tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event. Thank you for your support and understanding as we do our part to keep our school community safe and well!

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The start of the GOTR and STRIDE seasons are postponed. Please look for information from the team leaders.

Registration is now open for SM's Stride and Girls on the Run teams. The programs will run from early March until the end of May. The final 5k challenge is May 30th.

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Check out some of the DASD Parent Speaker offerings for this year!

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Downingtown West Boys Basketball is offering a camp this Summer! Work on fundamentals and advanced skills as well!

Camp will be held July 27 - July 30 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Downingtown West High School - Wagner Gym. Check out the link below for more details!

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Camp Success 2020 registration is now open! If you have any questions, please check out the link below. You can also reach out to Ms. Andi Ries or Ms. Nicole Heistand.

For registration questions, please call the Camp Hotline, (610)269-8460 ext. 6250.

Camp Success 2020 Location: Beaver Creek Elementary

Dates: July 6 – July 30 Times: Mon. – Thurs., 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

Counselor's Corner

Teacher Talk

Please be on the lookout for specific information from your child's teacher!

Nurses’ News

Use the link below to learn about the program, to sign up, or to check the schedule!

A huge thanks to our February WATCH D.O.G.S. for kicking off the program this year!

Home and School's Spot

Upcoming Events
Next General Meeting - TBD

Meeting Dates

  • General Meeting - 3.24.20 - 7 pm - Postponed
  • General Meeting - 5.18.20 - 7 pm

Events

  • Pizza Bingo - April 17 - Postponed
  • Spring Fair - May 8

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Mustang Moments

Our Mustangs Hard at Work
Mustang Talent Show
First Grade Wax Museum and Character Parade
Project Linus with Ms. Davis’ and Ms. Kwapinski’s Classes
Family Literacy Night
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Tweet us @dasd_sm and use the hashtags #SMMustangMoments and #DASDPride

DASD Mission - Proud of our tradition of excellence, the mission of the Downingtown Area School District is to educate all students to meet the rigorous challenges of a global society.

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