Friday, May 26, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - May 26, 2017

IRON PIGS SAFETY PATROL NIGHT
Thank you to all of our fifth grade students that have served as our safety patrol throughout the 2016-17 school year. From monitoring the hallways to helping our kindergarteners to the bus each day, you help us keep our school safe, respectful and responsible. On Wednesday, May 24th, as a small token of our gratitude. These fifth graders participated in the Iron Pigs' Safety Patrol Night!




GRADE LEVEL AWARDS SEASON IS HERE
This week our specialist and grades 1 & 2 teachers recognized the hard work of their students. Follow the student calendar to find your child's scheduled assembly.

          
 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - May 19, 2017

ROCK N ROLL READING NIGHT 2017
In celebration of our amazing readers, Rock N Roll Reading Night 2017 was a huge success. In total 317 students brought their families along for a night of fun activities at Hereford Elementary School. We would like to thank the following organizations and community leaders for helping us make this a great celebration!
  • Hereford Fire Police
  • Hereford Volunteer Fire Company
  • East Greenville Volunteer Fire Company
  • PA State Police - Reading Barrack - Trooper Megan Richards
  • DJ and Master of Ceremonies Mike Elliott
  • Girl Scouts - Brittany Sedler
  • Boy Scouts - Adam Smith
  • United Tae Kwon Do of Pennsburg
  • Christmas City Studios
  • Upper Perkiomen YMCA
  • Mohawk Football & Cheerleaders
  • Animal Express Traveling Animal Show - Allison Ueland
  • Upper Perkiomen Swim Team
  • Hereford PTFS


BUDDY BENCH CONNECTS FRIENDS
When Mrs. Bonnie Lauton retired at the culmination of the 2015-2016 school year, she wanted to leave something behind to honor the students she worked with for so many years. Bonnie, our longtime school psychologist, initiated an effort to include a new "buddy bench" on our playground. On Wednesday, we celebrated the inclusion of the new bench on our playground. No child should be alone at recess. Read more about the "buddy bench" concept by clicking here!

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - May 12, 2017

ROCK & ROLL READING NIGHT

Twitter & Facebook Users: submit your photos of the night using #R&RRN2017

A few reminders:
·         Vendor registration begins at 5:00 p.m. on the playground
·         Family registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on the playground - BYO dinner
·         Activities begin at 6:00 p.m.
·         A parent or guardian is required to attend with their child
·         No siblings or children should attend other than those that have earned an invitation
·         The event will conclude at 7:30 p.m.


LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION
Organized Mrs. Kulp and the fourth grade team, State Trooper Megan Richards came to Hereford Elementary School to present a safety program. As a token of appreciation for all that our local law enforcement do for our community, the students presented Trooper Richards with gifts of appreciation .

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UPSD ARTS FEST 2017

It started with a power outage and the cancellation of the band concert on Tuesday.  However, by Thursday evening, the festival was in full swing.  Here are a few pictures of the events.  Thanks to Mrs. Learch and Ms. Holman for everything they do for our elementary students. Don't forget that they band concert has been rescheduled for Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the UPHS auditorium.

    

Friday, May 5, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - May 5, 2017

HEREFORD SUMMER LIBRARY



“CHARACTER MATTERS” IN SECOND GRADE

  
 
The crowd gathered… and the children were amazing!  Thank you, Mrs. Hodges.  This was an outstanding all-around experience for our second graders.  We are so Hereford Proud!


CAMP BOOK FAIR

 
Mrs. Hill took the Book Fair theme of “camping” to the next level on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Here are a few pictures of some happy campers!

FROM SEED TO SOLD












Mrs. Rice’s class planted and cultivated garden vegetables throughout the early spring using our greenhouse.  On Tuesday night, they sold them making almost $150.00 to be donated to charity.

BUS 8 IS GREAT!


On Wednesday, students from bus 8 were treated to extra recess for overall great behavior on the school bus. Their bus driver asked us to celebrate them and we happily accepted the request!

Friday, April 28, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - April 28, 2017

New Traffic Pattern

In the near future, a new traffic pattern will be put in place as cars exit our north parking lot between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. daily.  Exiting traffic may only make a right hand turn onto route 29 during this time frame.  Thank you for observing this new pattern for safety of the Hereford community.

  


Spring Book Fair

Please see the link below for information on our upcoming book fair!  Thanks to Mrs. Beth LaSalle and her volunteer team.  We are currently in need of additional volunteers.  Consider donating a few hours of your time to help us get more books in our children's hands.  Contact Mrs. LaSalle for further information: balasalle001@gmail.com

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May 2017 Student Calendar



Screen-Agers: Growing Up In The Digital Age


Thursday, April 20, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - April 21, 2017

Fourth Grade Jump Rope Contest

The annual contest will be held April 21, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parents of fourth graders are welcome to attend. We ask that you park on our playground and enter through cafeteria ramp entrance. Doors open at 8:30. Since school is in session and student safety is of utmost importance, you are reminded to stay in the gym and cafeteria at all times.


Hereford Students Compete In Reading Olympics

On Wednesday, April 19th, three Hereford teams of 12 students each competed against 60 other teams from our surrounding school districts. The "Hereford Justice League" placed third while the "Hereford Reading Avengers" and the "Hereford Reading Tribe" tied for second overall! Congratulations to our student participants. Thank you to Mrs. Steuer, Ms. Stanek and Mrs. Rice and several other adult volunteers for making this program such a success.

     


End of Year Half-Day Kindergarten Schedule

The end of the school year is quickly approaching.  Our full-day kindergarten through fifth grade classes will be running on a 8:25 -11:45 a.m. schedule on Wednesday, June 7, Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9.  The half-day kindergarten classes will be operating on the following abbreviated schedule on Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8.  There will be no half-day kindergarten sessions on Friday, June 9 :

Thursday, June 8 - PM Kindergarten Only
Wednesday, June 7 - AM Kindergarten Only

Further information will follow soon!

Spring Book Fair

Please see the link for information on our upcoming book fair!  Thanks to Mrs. Beth LaSalle and her volunteer team.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - April 14, 2017

Dessert for Teacher Appreciation

Our PTFS is in need of Desserts for Teacher Appreciation Day. Please comment with what you will be making. Desserts can be dropped off in the Hereford Main Office on Friday, April 21 by 9:00 a.m.  Please sign up here! 

2016-2017 Hereford Elementary Year Book

This year's book includes all color pages that vibrantly capture school memories, a sturdy soft cover and an original cover design that reflects our Hereford pride.  The order deadline is April 28, 2017.  Order online by going to:


Use Yearbook ID Code: 11109117

Thursday, April 6, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - April 7, 2017

Hereford Recognizes Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Want to learn more about autism? See the Autism Society website.

  

April PTFS Meeting

April's PTFS meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Hereford Elementary cafeteria. Parents attending may park on the playground lot. Once you park, you and your Hereford student should enter through the ramp door. We hope to see you as we plan for Rock 'n' Roll Reading Night and many other upcoming end-of-year events.

Get Set for Kindergarten 2017

We have about 120 kindergarten students registered out of an expected 150 for the 2017-2018 school year. The Hereford kindergarten teachers held the first session of "Get Set for Kindergarten" on Monday, April 3rd. Parents learned about protocols, routines and procedures for the upcoming kindergarten year. At the same time, our soon-to-be kindergarteners took part in classroom activities led by our classroom teachers and specialists. Don't miss the next and final session scheduled for Monday, April 10th beginning at 4:30 p.m!



  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - March 30, 2017 Second Edition!


April 12th Early Dismissal Day

The district has used a total of four inclement/emergency days.  Since we only have three days built into the district calendar, we must add another day.  Therefore, school will be in session on Wednesday, April 12th.  This day will be a two hour early dismissal in place of the two hour early dismissal that was canceled on our last snow day.  



Rock 'n' Roll Reading Night 2017 - A New Format Begins!


Rock 'n' Roll Reading night is one of those events that makes Hereford Elementary School a special place to learn and grow.  This year, the format has changed with the input of our PTFS and our grades three, four and five student councils.  

Why do we do Rock 'n' Roll Reading Night?  We want to:
  • Celebrate the Hereford Elementary students that have worked hard to complete their fall and winter reading logs by creating an evening of fun activities with our local businesses and student organizations; 
  • Provide an opportunity for our local businesses and student organizations to develop and support relationships with our families; and
  • Showcase community-based opportunities available to our students so they may become involved with structured activities beyond the normal school day.

Who comes to Rock 'n' Roll Reading Night?
Only eligible Hereford K-5 students who complete their fall and winter reading logs will receive an invitation.  Those children must bring an adult to participate in the evening.  Siblings or other family members cannot attend unless they have completed their logs and have received an invitation.


What will happen at Rock 'n' Roll Reading night?
Invitees and their adult chaperone are welcome to bring their own dinner to start the evening.  The meal will be held in our cafeteria.  As dinner winds down, the real fun begins!  We will have a DJ, a photo booth and a petting zoo to name a few of the exciting activities.  Most activities will be located outside on the playground area to provide a carnival-like atmosphere.


Elementary Song Festival


The PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 11 Elementary Song Festival was held on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Upper Perkiomen High School. Upper Perk’s elementary choir director, Mrs. Margaret Lerch, hosted this exciting event. 200 fifth and sixth grade chorus students from schools in Montgomery and Bucks Counties came together on stage for the day-long rehearsal and evening concert.

Row 1 - Kaitlyn Markiewicz, Elsie Grourke, Lauren Donahue, Erin Runkle, Emily Ahern, Dakota Mowbray, Isabella Herrick, Sabriena Black & Amanda Fadil. Row 2 - Maeve Busedu, Logan Watkins, Claudia Knowles, Stella Miller, Brianna Maglio, Leo Cavallaro-Kraft, Landon Zeiler, Bryce Shanafelt & Daniel Gibson.Row 3 - Olivia Brown, Taylor Whitenight, Lacey Dunn, Haley Howe, Morgan Deibler, Ashley Kulp, Jacki Shive & Josie Kinsler.Row 4 - Jazmine Williams, Alea Ramos-Belton, Allison Miani, Stella Feenstra & Erin Weber.


The PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Education Association) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians.  The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning, and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities The PMEA has created festival events to provide a strong musical experience for children beyond those in a typical school setting.  The goal is to establish an abiding love for the art of music through a positive, musically rewarding format.

Friday, March 24, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - March 30, 2017

April Student Calendar




Bus Driver Recognition Day

This past week, thanks to our PTFS, Hereford Elementary School recognized our amazing bus drivers. We appreciate everything our drivers do to ensure our children are safe as they are transported to and from school each day. Please take some time to thank your child's bus driver today!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - March 17, 2017

The Reading Fightin Phils Ticket Book Sale

Each year, our PTFS sells these books to benefit our students.  Click here for further information on how the program works.  Contact Sue Hetrick at shetrick@upsd.org if you are interested in purchasing the book for your family or as a gift for a friend.  The sale has been extended to March 24th!   

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Second Trimester Report Cards

Your child's report card will be arriving home with them on Friday afternoon. This can be a stressful time for teachers, students and parents alike. The article below by Skila Brown from education.com may help put everything in perspective.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hereford Elementary Weekly Blog - March 10, 2017

Winter Reading Log Reward - Book Bingo!

On Thursday and Friday of this week, students who completed their winter reading logs at each grade level had the chance to take a break from class to play bingo with Mr. Fries and Mrs. Zavadel. Our younger grades were supported by third, fourth and fifth grade Student Leadership Council representatives. Besides having a great time, winners selected from a variety of gently used books to take home. The following classes had 100% participation: Mrs. Horchak, Mrs. Greco, Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Wood and Ms. Kulp. Keep reading and make sure to fill out those logs!























A Note of Thanks from the Joint UPSD PTFS

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s Harlem Wizards’ event a rousing success!   Whether you played on the All-Stars team, worked the event, or attended the game, we are grateful for your support.

Nearly 1,400 community members attended the Wizards’ games, and the Joint PTFS earned approximately $12,000, all of which will directly benefit our elementary and middle school students.  An event of this size truly cannot take place without individuals such as you, and the time and effort you offered is greatly appreciated.


2017 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

A hard copy of the letter below was distributed to all third, fourth and fifth grade student on Wednesday, March 8th. In case you missed it, please review this letter. Note that Educational Trip Request forms submitted for students in grades 3-5 that include the testing dates listed below cannot be approved.

Friday, February 24, 2017

HFD Weekly Blog - March 3, 2017

Read Across America Week!

Thank you for participating in all of this week's events. Check out some photos!

Monday - Crazy Socks

Tuesday - Pajamas

Wednesday - Wacky Hair

Thursday - Future Career


Free Breakfast Next Week!

During the week of March 6th, all students are welcome to enjoy free breakfast in the Hereford cafeteria.  Grade levels will report directly to the cafeteria and meet their classroom teacher on their given day.

Monday: Kindergarten & First Grade

  • Pillsbury Strawberry Pancakes, applesauce and milk choice

Tuesday: Second Grade

  • Asst. Muffins, whole fruit, and milk choice

Wednesday: Third Grade

  • Blueberry Waffles, raisins, fruit, and milk choice

Thursday: Fourth Grade

  • Jimmy Dean Egg and Cheese on English muffin, fruit juice, and milk choice

Friday: Fifth Grade
  • Asst. Cereal Bar, yogurt, fruit, and milk choice


2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration is Next Week

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HFD Weekly Update for February 27, 2017


Hereford Health Room

Our school nurse, Mrs. Laura Wismer's website contains a wealth of information.

  • How can my child properly take medication at school?
  • When can my child attend school after a fever has ended?
  • How do I handle school sick days?
  • Where can I find excuse blanks?

Please click the link to learn more.

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Read Across America Week

The week of February 27 - March 3

In honor of Dr. Seuss, students are encouraged to dress up each day.  Keep an eye on Twitter for some of the best each day!

  • Monday - crazy socks (Fox and Socks)
  • Tuesday - pajama day (Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book)
  • Wednesday - wacky hair day (Wacky Wednesday)
  • Thursday - dress up as your future career (Oh the Places You’ll Go)
  • Friday - hat day (The Cat in the Hat)

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No Dogs Allowed At Parent Pick-Up

We love dogs! In fact, over the last several years, we have partnered with an amazing community volunteer group named "Reading With The Dogs". Each week, emergent readers are paired with therapy dogs and their handlers to read together.  

We realize that dogs are a true member of many of our families. They go with us everywhere. However, for reasons of safety and security, please do not bring your dog into the school or allow them out of your car at any time. We have received several concerns about dogs coming to parent pick-up each afternoon. If they make they trip with you to the building, please leave your dog in the car.

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UPSD Elementary Square Dance

On Friday, February 17th, the annual Fifth Grade Square Dance was held at Hereford Elementary School. 

Why do we do the Square Dance? - "Learn To Listen, so you can Listen To Learn" - Mr. Robert Clark

  • Meet PA Standards Dance Requirement 
  • Learn Left and Right 
  • Team Work 
  • Cooperation 
  • Overcoming Adversity 
  • Exercise
  • Fun
  • Tradition - We have been doing Country Style dancing for over 40 years in the Upper Perkiomen School District!