Issue 5 - January 2017
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Happy New Year!  It is truly a blessing to have a job that you look forward to coming back to after a relaxing break!  As I have said in the past, being in school gives us the unique opportunity to have many fresh starts.  The first of a new year gives us the opportunity to make a resolution to begin anew, try something different, or work harder at a goal.

 Speaking of beginnings, we will begin the third marking period January 19, 2017.  Now is the time we expect students to really start showing us their independent work skills.  While teachers continue to guide, support, and teach our students, we challenge our students with added responsibilities and higher expectations.  As parents you can encourage your child by believing in them and their abilities.  Often times it was so much easier to do a task for my child, rather than take the time to guide them through it or let them accomplish it independently.  Yet, when I took the time to support rather than do, or let them work on their own, I found the end result added to my daughters'developing into wiser, stronger, more assured young women.
Report cards for the second marking period will be coming home Friday, January 27, 2017. 
Thank you for your continued support.  I have no doubt that 2017 will be a continuation of everyone at Friendship doing our best to help our children experience academic, social, and emotional growth.  Our partnership in educating our children is one that serves as a model for many communities. 
Beth M. Koontz


Jan. 6  Geography Bee - Final Round
Jan. 13  PTO Game Night - 6-8 pm
Jan. 16  School Closed - Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 17  PTO Meeting - 7 pm - all welcome to attend!
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Click on link below for all information and requirements to volunteer at FES.
Volunteer Information

       Resources from the School Counselor

    Listed on our school website at Friendship’s page, under “Student Services”, “Guidance” and “Parent Resources” are excellent links to topics like helping your child cope with different life changes  such as, death, divorce and bullying.   Helping students cope with changes in their lives is a skill that develops resiliency. Change is going to happen, so being prepared is important, these resources will help you with that.

                                 Returning to School After the Long Break

Some students have some signs of anxiety and worry when returning to school after a long holiday break.   One way to help your child get back into school smoothly is continue routines during the break, especially things like bed-time routines.  If your child is saying they do not want to go back to school, encourage them by being empathetic and identifying what they are feeling, while also pointing out that there are things we don’t want to do, but we do them anyway. They will be okay.  Use your own examples to help them understand this concept.  You can call the office to ask Mrs. Miller, our school counselor, to talk to your child to encourage them as well.  Most of the time, once your child gets to school, they calm down and are fine for the rest of the day.  

Congratulations to 1st grade! The 'Golden Knob' Award winners! (See photo, 1st grade is the big gingerbread man!) Student Council cannot thank everyone enough for their participation in our first event of the year. We had many participants and are happy to announce that we were able to raise about $350 for student council and $418.25 for Zach Myers and his family. Student Council is looking planning new events and activities for the remainder of the school year. Stay tuned for our upcoming events!
The PTO thanks everyone that came to the Pixie workshop this year. It is one of our favorite events of the year!
Our next spirit night is a Family Game Night, Friday, January 13th, 6-8PM, in the FES Cafeteria. Come out for some fun, family competition!
Please join us on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 pm in the PTO room (room 107) for the next regularly scheduled PTO meeting.  

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

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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