Issue 6 - March 1, 2017

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Information, News, and Knowledge from Shrewsbury Elementary
    March is here at Shrewsbury Elementary and we love it!  March brings one of our favorite times of year - warmer spring weather!  We love the outside recesses where our kids can get some fresh air and exercise.  We also need to keep reminding our children that they have reached the time in the school year where they are becoming more independent learners.  Homework, reading, and studying math facts are still daily responsibilities.
     Miss Reedich and the Elementary Art Department will be collaboratively working with SES, FES, and SHES students, families and faculty to create a large collaborative mural in the SYCSD Administration Building. This mural will be inspired by the book "Only One You". The focus of this mural will celebrate the unique and beautiful qualities of our amazing Southern Family. Everyone
K-6 will create a special clay fish that will permanently be displayed in the Administration Building.
     This project is in need of some donated supplies if you have any of the following laying around at home! We will be collecting a variety of colored plastic bottle caps, and a variety of plywood pieces. Thank you for your donations and being a huge help in making this project come alive!
    We hope to see you at the PTO Family Science Night on Friday!  I hope you all have a Marvelous March!
Warm wishes,
Mary W. Dankosky

March 2 - School wide Buddy Reading
March 3 - 6:00 p.m. -PTO Family Science Night
March 10 - Spirit Day, wear red and white
March 10 - 12:30 Early Dismissal
March 16 - PTO Spirit Night at Chick Fil A
March 21 6:30 p.m. - PTO Meeting
March 24 - Third Marking Period Ends
March 31 - 12:30 Early Dismissal
March 31 - Report Card Distribution

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Thanks to all of our Shrewsbury Sharks fans who came out to support our team at the 2017 Battle of the Buildings!  We had a great time and raised money for a wonderful cause.

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Mateo Ramirez-Snell, pictured center, a sixth grader at Shrewsbury Elementary, has qualified for the 2017 Pennsylvania State Geography Bee at the end of this month.  We are so proud of Mateo and will be rooting for him!
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Hello Shrewsbury Elementary Families! Our Faces of Honesty for last month were the following students; Aubrey Baldwin, Ava Fleetwood, Jacob Mott, Aidan Hall, Chloe Hunker, and Brayden Heaps. This month we will be pulling new winners for being “Responsible”; whether it’s completing homework, cleaning up after yourself, telling the truth, coming to school on time, helping others in need, etc.
            Our Lil’ Aevidum “Shout Out” Box is in full effect and some of the completed forms were read on the morning announcements and are being hung up around the school for others to see. It’s so important to treat each other with respect and to say and do positive things for our peers. These qualities are proving to be contagious. February was a wonderful month full of caring, compassion and many acts of kindness! Way to go Shrewsbury!

Spotlight on Specialists! 

My name is Jeni Ullery and I have the pleasure of being a reading specialist in the afternoons here at Shrewsbury Elementary.  I have three children, 2 girls and a boy, all of whom attended Shrewsbury. During my free time I like to cook, garden, attend plays and travel.  Thus far I have traveled to 38 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and my goal is to one day be able to say I have been to all 50 states. My absolute favorite activity is to read on my deck.  I enjoy many different genres but my two favorites are realistic fiction and mysteries.
My day is split between Shrewsbury and Southern Elementary.  I spend the mornings at Southern and then the afternoons here at Shrewsbury.  While at Shrewsbury I work with students in kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grade.  When working with the younger students I concentrate on early literacy skills such as concepts of print, phonemic awareness and phonics.  With the older students most of our activities revolve around comprehension, fluency and writing. I enjoy working with all the grade levels and I especially like the challenge of working with such a wide range of students.
Another aspect of my job is to foster a love of reading in the students.   Mrs. Enck, the other reading specialist, and I try to encourage reading by not only teaching the students how to read but also by modeling good reading behaviors.  We go into the rooms and teach whole class lessons on all aspects of reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.  We also try to encourage a love of reading by organizing reading incentives such as Boomer’s Book Club and Buck a Book. Once a year, with the help of the Rotary and the PTO, we make sure every student in grades K – 6 has an opportunity to pick a free book through the RIF program.
It is a real pleasure to work here at Shrewsbury Elementary.  I love walking through the doors and hearing the students and teachers laughter floating down the halls. I enjoy seeing the smiles on the students’ faces as they discover a new author, genre or book series. Shrewsbury is a great place to work and I enjoy helping the students discover the world around them through reading.



Spring is so close and that means lots of PTO activities are being planned, especially in the month of May. If you would like to help, please get in touch via our Facebook page or email Here's the calendar for March:

Family Science Night - Friday, March 3rd 6-8pm - One of the most loved events for the kids! If you haven't turned in your form but plan to attend, please notify us on Facebook or via email so that we have enough supplies.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Thursday, March 16th 5-8pm - This may be our last spirit night of the school year. The winning class receives free ice cream at lunch. 

PTO Meeting - Tuesday, March 21st @ 6:30pm - Babysitting will be provided in the gym.

We also have a few reminders:

** Yearbooks can still be ordered at or contacting Liz at
** The Hershey Park discount ticket program is available now. Order deadline is April 3rd. Contact Michelle at for a form.
** The Artist in Residence program will likely be in April so stay tuned for requests for volunteers.

We also wanted to share some good news - the climbing wall has been ordered and should arrive before the end of the school year! We'll share installation details and timing when those plans are finalized. Your support was instrumental in making this happen for our kids - thank you!!

Interested in volunteering in our school?  Click on our volunteer application for more information:
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Schedules are so busy in the spring, but just 20 minutes of reading a day can really help build a foundation for our students!
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Shrewsbury Elementary
331 South Main Street
Shrewsbury, PA 17361
P 717-235-4811 :: F 717-227-2294
Mrs. Mary Dankosky, Principal -
Mr. Robert Van Vorst, Assistant Principal -