Issue 2 - October 2016
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Dear Friendship Family,

Happy Fall!  I love this season and can't wait for autumn to show its true colors of brilliant red, orange, and yellow.  
 One of the focuses for this year is the integration of 21st Century Skills into the classroom.  This is the collective name for the essential skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity (the four C's) that students will need in order to be successful in the information age.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of our students will be employed in jobs that have not yet been invented.  No matter what career students will choose, the four C's will be useful throughout their formal educational experiences and in their chosen career fields.  Development and growth of these skills are an important part of classroom instruction that is constantly changing and improving to meet the changing needs of our students.  We are committed to the current and future success of each child, one Warrior at a time!

As parents we sometimes see our children feeling a bit overwhelmed with the new challenges a new grade level may present.  A gentle reminder we can give to them is that in order to grow, learn, and become better we all need to stretch ourselves to reach our fullest potential.  The excitement of being in education is having the opportunity to watch students rise to the challenge and feel the satisfaction of success when they reach a goal.  

Our students are earning concert tickets left and right for their “U ROCK” great behavior!  We look forward to spending tickets at our first Rock Shop at Fall Festival. 
It’s hard to believe that October 28, 2016 marks the end of the first marking period and report cards will be coming home November 3, 2016.  Please continue to encourage your child to do his/her best.  By supporting his/her efforts with schoolwork, homework, and studying skills, you are demonstrating how much you care about his/her education.
Attendance is another important factor to help our children succeed in school.  As parents, we realize that our children may need to stay home for illnesses.  This cannot be avoided.  But we can avoid certain absences such as appointments during the school day or family vacations.  By modeling to our children the importance of attending school and scheduling appointments and travel during days off of school, we emphasize the value of an education.  Please see the link that shares the importance of school attendance.
It has been wonderful to see so many new faces volunteering in school and for PTO committees. I hope many of you will be able to attend our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the PTO room 107.  Thank you for your continued support.

Beth M. Koontz


Oct. 7   Be a Gold Medal Friend - wear gold or yellow
Oct. 10 School Closed - Teacher In-service
Oct. 12 Fire Prevention Day
Oct. 14 Fall Festival
Oct. 18 PTO Meeting - all welcome - 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 PTO Bingo - 7 p.m. -
             doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 Chick fil A Spirit Night
Oct. 26 October Fun Night at SHS - 6-8 p.m.
Oct. 28 First Marking Period ends
             Early Dismissal - 12:30 p.m.
             Be a Hero, Wear Your favorite Super
             Hero Clothing!  
View District Calendar

Lil’ Aevidum Comes to FES

        This year Friendship Elementary welcomes the Lil’ Aevidum program.  Aevidum is a national program with a slogan of  “I’ve got your back”.  What that looks like at the elementary level is an Aevidum group led by fifth and sixth grade students (two students from each classroom)  and facilitated by Kelly Miller, our School Counselor.  The purpose of this group is to teach and put into action kindness and  anti-bullying with the four components of accepting, appreciating, caring and valuing others.  The children in the Aevidum group will speak on TV announcements, create and distribute visuals to encourage others and develop videos and lessons about acceptance.      Stay tuned for more information about Lil’ Aevidum!

 Spirit Wear flyers have been sent home.  Orders are due by Friday, October 21st. Let's show some school spirit!  FES WARRIORS!! 

 Box tops are being collected for the fall drive until Friday, October 14th.           
  Please join us on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 pm in the PTO room (room 107) for the next regularly scheduled PTO meeting.  

Join us for our second FES Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A.

 October 20th - BINGO! - join us at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and silent auction! Then at 7:00 p.m. the fun begins and we start calling the first #! 

 As always, feel free to reach out via email to our PTO President, Stacy Guess at -

Though 86 percent of families say attendance plays a big role in helping their child graduate, nearly half believe missing three or more days of school per month won't have a significant impact on academic performance. This report, Make Every Day Count:  Boost School Attendance, will help families ensure their children don't miss school and lose precious instructional time.  


FES Fall Day
October 14th

Please contact Brandi Otto if
you are willing to help on this
fun-filled day!
Friendship Elementary School :: 3457 Sticks Rd. :: Glen Rock, PA 17327 :: Ph 717-235-4811 :: Fax 717-235-0302
Mrs. Beth M. Koontz, Principal -
Mrs. Lisa A. Boyer, Assistant Principal -


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