April Newsletter 2017
Dear Arrowhead Families,
Spring has arrived! April will be another busy month at Arrowhead. As
a follow up reminder: The 2017 PSSA Assessment will begin this month for students in grades 3 and 4.
The testing window will begin the
week of April 3, 2017
on May 12, 2017
. This time frame allows for testing make ups. The PSSA ELA or English Language Arts
Assessment will occur the week of April 3rd. The PSSA
Mathematics Assessment will occur the week of April 24th
. Students in grades 3 and 4 will participate
in both ELA and Math. Lastly, the PSSA Science Assessment will
occur the week of May 1st.
**Students in grade 4 will participate in the PSSA Science.
Please make every effort to ensure that
students are present for testing sessions.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Click
here for the PSSA Schedule.
Here are some tips for making test day easier:
- Don’t overemphasize the importance of the test. Just encourage your child to do his or
- Let your child know that you love him or her
unconditionally; no test score can change that.
- Think of the things at which your child excels. Let him or her know that you’re aware of
- Talk with your child’s teacher and ask for strategies
or suggestions for test day (For example:
Relax. Read the questions
carefully. Think about your
answer. Answer the easiest
questions first, and go back to the harder ones later.)
- Begin establishing a pattern of appropriate rest at
least a week or two before the test.
If we’ve let an appropriate bedtime slide, testing time is the time
to get it back on track.
With the advent of Spring comes
warmer weather, I am sure that many families and children are looking forward
to the beautiful weather. I hope you are taking the opportunity to spend time
outside. As such, I want to remind
students and parents of appropriate school attire expectations. The following information can be found in the Elementary Student Handbook:
STUDENT DRESS CODE (Board Policy 221: Dress and Grooming)
Students wearing inappropriate school clothes will be sent to the office. Parents will be contacted to request that a change
of clothes be brought from home; otherwise, if possible, clothes will be provided for the day from our limited collection in
the Health Room. Methacton requests the continued understanding and cooperation of each family in monitoring the
appropriateness of school dress.
JEWELRY - Sending your child to school with valuable items such as jewelry will be the sole responsibility of the
parent(s). These items may be lost or need to be removed for gym class. The potential for a young child to misplace or
loose such an item is great. For the safety of these personal effects, we strongly recommend that these items remain at
GYM CLASS ATTIRE
Sneakers are required for gym class. Jewelry, dangling earrings, rings, and necklaces are not to be worn in gym class for
Please dress appropriately for
school and the weather. If you are not
sure, then please refrain from wearing the item. As always, we thank you for all of your
support and cooperation.
This school year has gone by very
quickly. The end of the year will be
here before you know it. Thank you for
working collaboratively with the Arrowhead staff in serving the needs of all