Park Hills Elementary

137 W. Granger Street Hanover, Pa. 17331 Phone 717-633-4880 Fax – 717-633-1262 Office Hours – 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
PARK HILLS BELIEF STATEMENT At Park Hills we believe that every child can be a life-long learner. In a safe and caring environment, parents, students, and educators must work as a team to build a strong foundation in academics and character.

Dear Parents/Guardians: Hello there and welcome to May! During the 2009-2010 school year, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with Mary Kay Kelly as an administrative intern. Getting to know the Park Hills students and families during this time has helped me understand and appreciate the importance of connecting the daily work of school with families and the larger school community. Thank you to Mrs. Kelly, Park Hills staff, students and families. It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is only 6 weeks away! As easy as it is to get caught up in the warmer weather and spring activities, it is essential that we continue to encourage the children to keep learning as the number one priority. Thank you in advance for your partnership in the efforts to focus on the important learning activities taking place in our classrooms each day throughout the month of May and early June. Be sure to post the calendar of events in a handy place to be aware of the events that will be taking place at Park Hills in May. Mark your calendar for the PTA Family Block Party on Tuesday, May 18, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Please remember this is a night for the entire family to enjoy together. We look forward to seeing you all there! Looking for a summer activity? The Guthrie Memorial Library’s (Hanover Public Library) Summer Reading Program is a great opportunity to combine reading and fun activities! The program encourages continued reading while participating in exciting events at the library. Let’s see if Park Hills can have the most minutes read of all the area schools! Visit to learn the details. Registration begins June 1st. It has been a wonderful year at Park Hills! I know Mrs. Kelly joins me in expressing a sincere “Thank YOU” to every person who has impacted our student’s lives in some way. Teachers, Support Staff Members, Parents, Community Members, the PTA, and our students work together to make Park Hills an incredible school. Keep in touch with updates from Park Hills this summer by visiting the school blog site at Respectfully, Michelle M. Krill Administrative Intern

Art and Project Fair
Please remember our Art and Project Fair night will be held on May 4, 2010 starting at 6:00 p.m. In addition to a fantastic art display, Mrs. Henson and her fifth grade chorus will perform to energize us and get us in the mood for appreciating all kinds of art.

GymIt’s Gym-O-Ree Time!
Just a reminder that the Gym-O-Ree will be held on Friday, May 21. Mark your calendar for the 9:00 AM start time on Friday, May 21. Good luck to our fourth and fifth grade students! Remember the importance of respecting others. Have lots of fun!

Reminder Car Rider Reminder
Parents, we need your help! Please use the car rider circle for both arrival and dismissal times. To ensure a safe and smooth transition for our students, please stay in the circle, and the first car in a set should always pull up to the painted white line at the top of the circle. Unless permission has been granted to park in the side lot, please wait in line with all the car rider parents. Thank you very much for your help. It is truly appreciated!

Proper Dress Reminder
As we start having these beautiful summer-like days, it is important to remind your child of proper dress while at school. All clothing should be appropriate for our school setting, such as appropriate length shorts, Capri pants, short sleeve or sleeveless shirts, or sneakers. Please avoid tank tops, belly shirts, spaghetti straps, short shorts, or other clothing that may interfere with learning in the classrooms. Also, be advised that if your child chooses to wear sandals or flip flops to school, they can be hazardous while on the playground. This type of footwear is strongly discouraged in the school setting to help avoid injury to our students. Don’t forget to check the daily forecast, as well. Jackets may be needed due to chilly mornings. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Kelly. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Grandparents Day – May 14, 2010
Park Hills students and staff are excited to welcome grandparents to our building on Friday, May 14th. Just a reminder ……..visitation hours are: 8:30 - 10:00 - Morning Kindergarten, All Day Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 12:45 – 2:15 - Afternoon Kindergarten, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 Please note: these are the correct times for visiting hours.

Last Day of School
Thursday, June 10th, is the last day of school for students. All elementary students will be dismissed from school at 12:30 PM on this day. Kindergarten AM 7:45-9:45 AM and PM 10:307:4510:3012:30 PM


Band and Strings Concert
The following are important dates and times to remember for our band and string concerts and rehearsals: 5th grade rehearsal at EHMIS on Saturday, May 8 Strings 8:30-9:30 am Band 10:00-11:00 am 5th grade concert at EHMIS on Monday, May 10 starting at 6:30 pm. - 6:00 pm report time. 4th grade rehearsal at South Western High School on Saturday, May 15 Strings 8:30-9:30 am Band 10:00-11:00 am 4th grade concert at South Western High School on Monday, May 17 starting at 6:30 pm -6:00 pm report time.

Come and enjoy a wonderful performance!

2010/201 10/20 Kindergarten – 2010/2011
If you haven’t registered your child for Kindergarten yet, please call the Park Hills office as soon as possible and make an appointment. Please remind friends and neighbors in the community, as well. Thanks for your help!

2010 Student Appreciation Block Party 2010
The Student Appreciation Block Party will be held on Tuesday, May 18th, with a rain date of Tuesday, May 25th. Games and activities will be from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Food will be served from 6:00-7:30 pm. For a minimal cost, parents and siblings will be able to purchase food for dinner, in the All-Purpose Room. Menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, drinks, and ice cream. This year we are adding the opportunity to purchase shaved ice and funnel cakes from a local vendor. Students will be given a card, which must be brought to the block party. This card is their ticket to all the events and food. At each event the card will be marked for completion. The card will have a rubber band attached to it. This will enable the student to wear the card around their wrist, or attach it to a button, belt loop, etc., allowing the student’s hands to be free to participate in the activities. This card will come home with the student on the day of the party. We hope to see everyone for an enjoyable evening.

Love and Logic
Don't Spoil Them Rotten! Tips for Raising Kids Who Love You More Than Your Money

* Love and Logic Institute
Throughout my new book, Parenting Kids To Become the People Employers Really Want and America Desperately Needs!, I provide a variety of tips for helping kids become responsible adults who succeed in the competitive workforce of tomorrow. Here are just a few examples: selfRemember that struggle builds self-esteem. Requiring our kids to earn some of the things they want is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. Set limits by saying "yes" instead of "no." Saying, "Yes, you may have those sneakers if you pay for half of them" is far more effective than,

"I am not buying those for you! Do you think that money grows on trees?" Show them that arguing and manipulation don't work. Experiment with calmly repeating, "I love you too much to argue" regardless of what they say. They'll be madder in the short-term yet happier in the long-term. Expect them to do chores without being paid. Experiment with saying, "I'll be happy to ______________ when your chores are done." Let them see you say "no" to yourself. When our kids see us resisting the urge to buy everything we want, they are far more likely to develop humility and responsibility. After learning about Love and Logic, one couple commented, "When we were kids, nobody in our community had designer clothes, sports cars, or cell phones. It was a lot easier to be a kid and to be a parent. Your book gave us the courage to do what we already knew was right. Now our kids have the most old-fashioned parents on the block!" Thanks for reading! Dr. Charles Fay

Love and Logic® Institute, Inc. 2207 Jackson St. Golden, Colorado 80401 (800) 338-4065 • (303) 278-7552
The book, Parenting Kids To Become the People Employers Really Want and America Desperately Needs! can be checked out of the Park Hills Family Resource Library. Remember to check out the LOVE and LOGIC resources in the Park Hills Family Resource Library. Library Thanks to a generous grant from the South Western Center for Professional Development and continued funding from the Park Hills PTA, the Family Resource Library is available to the families of students who attend Park Hills Elementary School. Housed within the school library, be sure to visit to find books, CDs, videotapes and DVDs about a variety of topics relevant to raising today’s child. Ask any of your child’s teachers for more details or learn more at the school library’s website @

News from the Nurse
Camp Green Zone Brings Out The Best!
To help children with asthma live full lives without limitations, WellSpan Health is proud to offer Camp Green Zone. Designed to teach children ages 6 through 12 how to prevent and control their asthma in a relaxed setting, the camp includes lots of fun activities, along with daily classroom instruction. CGZ is staffed by a team of health professions with experience in the care of children with asthma. Dr. Michelle Klinek is camp Medical Director. Parents will have a chance to meet the instructors and learn more about camp activities at a parent orientation meeting. This informative meeting will be held two weeks before camp. Camp activities include swimming, arts and crafts, sports, science show, and surprises.

Ages 6-12 (must be 6 years old and have completed 1st grade to be eligible for camp) Dates: June 21 through June 25 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location: CGZ will be held on the campus of York College – Country Club Road in York, Pa. Registration Policy: Fee of $75.00 per camper All registrations must be received by May 4th. Registrations will be processed on a lottery basis for first time campers. Late registrations and returning campers’ forms will be processed on a first come first served basis if space is abailable. Confirmations will be mailed by May 7th. Cancellations with a refund will be granted until June 5th. For more information, call Women and Children Services at 717-851-4485 or visit on the web

Camp Information: Information

With PSSA testing now finished, May becomes a busy month for the PTA! We have several events for you to enjoy before we close out the school year! SKATING SKATING PARTY: First, let me back track for a moment to April! Despite having to postpone the skating party for weeks, it was a great success! We enjoyed watching the Park Hills students rolling skating and having fun with their friends! PROJECT FAIR: It is on Tuesday May 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the 5th grade chorus performing at 7:00 p.m. MEETING: Our board meeting is Tuesday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. GRANDPARENTS DAY: This takes place on Friday May 14th. BLOCK PARTY: This end-of-the-year fun family event is on Tuesday, May 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m at Park Hills! The rain date is the following week on Tuesday, May 25th. YEARBOOK: For those who ordered yearbooks, delivery will be at the end of this month. If you have not ordered a yearbook, we may have extras available for you to purchase. Please contact us at if you are interested.

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon
Park Hills has done a fantastic job using our math skills to help raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. During the month of January, 76 Park Hills students in grade K-5 Kearned $2788.04 for St. Jude's. Students solved math problems and collected donations that are and being used to support research and treatment for children with all types of cancer. THANK YOU to ALL students and parents who helped us support St Jude's!

2010 May 2010 Kitchen Tidbit
Just a reminder as the end of the school year approaches that the all meal account balances should be paid in full. As in previous years a notice will be sent home prior to Memorial Day as to the amount your student will need for lunches until the end of the year. For those fifth grade students moving on to the sixth grade, please be aware that the borrowing restrictions are stricter and you will start having restricted meals when you reach negative $5.00 at the middle school.

York County Elementary Choral Festival
The following students represented Park Hills at the York County Elementary Choral Festival at Central York High School on March 27, 2010: Devon Keller, Erin McCabe, Barbie Crist and Jocelyn Peter. Congratulations on a job well done! We are proud of you!

Math Madness Tournament
The following students represented Park Hills at Spring Grove’s Math Madness tournament in late April. Derek Eline, Carter Sniffen, Arianna Werner, and Megan Wolf competed against other third graders from across Pennsylvaniain an all day math tournament held at YorkCollege. Congratulations, Math Whizzes, on a successful day at YorkCollege!

Park Hills Dates to Remember May
May 4 May 5 May 7 May 10-14 May 14 May 18 May 20 May 21 May 31 Art and Project Fair – 6:30 p.m. Seminar Gallery Night at Park Hills – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Project Harmony T-Shirt Day (or black & white day) National Children’s Book Week Grandparents’ Day PTA Block Party – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Grade 3 Field Trip to Indian Echo Caverns Gym-O-Ree – Grade 4 & 5 – 9:00 a.m. Memorial Day – School Closed

June 1 June 1 June 3 June 10 PTA Board Meeting No School for Current Kindergarten Students Grade 1 Walking Field Trip to Library Last Day of School – Early Dismissal 12:30 p.m.

Guthrie Get Ready for Kindergarten at Guthrie Memorial Library
South Western 4-year-olds and their parents are invited to attend Kindergarten Countdown, a year-long monthly activity program at the library held the year prior to entering school. The activities and themes are designed to help families get to know each other before the start of school and to provide an opportunity for the children to gain experience through group learning activities with future classmates. Please call the Guthrie Memorial Library at 632-5183, ext 304 to register your child. Classes for the 2010 academic year run through August 2010. Kindergartners entering school in 2011 will begin their sessions in September 2010.

Join our FREE Hanover Library
There’s fun for everyone – from babies to school-age to teens & adults! Online registration begins, Tuesday, June 1. Each child needs his own library card. On Jun e 14, visit the Summer Reading Club table at the Library and pick up your packet of summer activities. Great Books – Story Times – Crafts – Entertainment – Prizes. Visit the website at or call 632-5183 for further information.

Library Lingo
Since 1919, National Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes -- any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related events. During National Children's Book Week (May 10th – 14th) at Park Hills, students will be celebrating books and reading during library class with a BOOK SWAP During the 2009-2010 school year, SWAP. the elementary library team has been hosting a variety of events for the students and faculty at each elementary school as well reaching out to the greater South Western community as we reduce – reuse – recycle – and rethink the uses of our resources. The idea behind the BOOK SWAP is simple: bring a book, get a book. Gently used children's books can be turned in to trade for a "new to you" book for each child. Students are encouraged to select books from their personal home collection to donate (up to three books) that may be enjoyed by others that are free of rips, tears or scribbles. Books may be fiction or nonfiction; picture books or chapter books. (PLEASE NOTE: no board books will be accepted.) Books should be of interest to students your child’s same grade level (for example, Kindergarteners donate books of interest to Kindergarten peers and so forth...) In the spirit of community building within our school, each student will be able to select one book regardless of the amount of books that were donated. Any additional books that remain after the swap will be donated to local health care providers for use in waiting rooms and children areas. Thank you for your support as we Get Our GREEN On @ Our Library Library!

Talking About Careers
Modified from:
Why It's Important to Start Early Children may do better in school if they can see how education is connected to a successful future. You can help your child: • • • • Discover the variety of jobs available to him or her; Connect what he or she is learning in school to real-world situations; Begin viewing himself or herself in an occupation; and Develop work-readiness skills such as working in teams, making decisions, solving problems and being a leader.

Help your child learn about a broad range of careers and show him or her how education is connected to those careers. For example: • • • A veterinarian uses math skills to calculate the amount of medicine a cat will need; A reporter needs writing skills to compose newspaper articles; and A marine biologist relies on his or her knowledge of science to study aquatic life.

Career Awareness Activities for You and Your Child Show your child how school skills relate to everyday chores such as: • • • • • • paying bills; buying groceries; sending birthday cards and letters; getting appliances repaired; shopping for clothing; and organizing family activities. Would you prefer to work alone or in a group? Would you rather work inside or outside? Would you prefer working during the day or during the night? Would you mind wearing a uniform? Would you like to make things or to sell things? Would you rather travel or stay close to home? Would you like to work with your hands?

Ask your child the following questions: • • • • • • •

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