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May, 2018

Dear Switlik Families,

Spring has finally sprung!  The days are longer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, the grass is growing and the warmer weather is arriving.   With warm weather upon us, for some, that means allergies.  Please make sure our nurse, Mrs. Kossmann, knows of any allergies your child may suffer from.  We also keep an eye on asthma concerns since the children will spend more time outdoors running and playing hard.  Please be mindful of the district’s dress code policy and items that are not permitted (flip flops, tank tops, etc.) to ensure safety and compliance.  Please refer to the Switlik Handbook for any additional information.

Second Grade Students visit the OCC Planetarium – The Second Grade classes were fortunate to be able to take a class trip to the Robert Novins Planetarium.  Our students had a wonderful time learning about our solar system.  They learned all about the planets including special characteristics of each as well and their order from the sun.  Our students learned how important the sun is, as it is our source of light and heat.  Seeing how other stars form patterns called constellations was exciting.  They also learned how the Earth spins causing day and night and has a moon that takes almost a month to orbit around.  The second grade truly enjoyed this special trip!  Thank you to our extremely generous PTN!

Kindergarten Visits Jenkinson’s Aquarium:  The consensus from all the kindergarten teachers who attended the Jenkinson's Aquarium seems to be a very positive one.  Not only did everyone have a good time, also observed the students being actively engaged especially during the times the tour guides allowed interaction with the sea creatures. There were many priceless moments as we observed the kids' expressions and excitement throughout the day.   Topping it all off was hearing them exclaim, “This is the best day ever!”   Thank you again to our wonderful Switlik PTN for this great field trip and to all the parents who support the PTN fundraising events!

Special Education Advisory Committee:  Please join us on Monday, May 7th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School IMC for presentations on Transition Dialogues and Whole Brain Child.  Free child care will be provided during this event.  For further information, please visit the Special Education page.

PTN Meeting:  Please join us on Tuesday, May 15th at 12:30 p.m. in our IMC for our final PTN meeting of the year!

Box Tops – Please continue to clip those box tops and earn cash for the Switlik PTN.  Our goal this is year is to raise $5,000.00 by just cutting Box Tops!  The class that collects the most each month wins a munchkin and juice party!  For a list of participating Box Top products, visit 

Switlik Art Museum:  Our building will be transformed into an amazing showcase of your children’s talent.  We hope you will have the opportunity to tour this magnificent display of work of art on Wednesday, May 30th.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Game Days:  Our Game Days are quickly approaching.  Your child(ren) should bring a towel, cold drinks (no soda, please), healthy snacks, a hat…and be sure to put sunscreen on at home, as teachers are not permitted to do so on your behalf.  Please be sure your child wears sneakers and keep all jewelry at home on Game Days!  We are looking forward to action packed days!  Please see the schedule:

Kindergarten:                         Wednesday, June 6th   

Grade 1:                                  Thursday, June 7th   

Grade 2:                                  Monday, June 11th   

Grade 3:                                  Tuesday, June 12th   

Grade 5:                                  Wednesday, June 13th   

Grade 4:                                  Thursday, June 14th   


The PTN is once again providing a free pizza lunch from a local pizzeria for all students on the day their grade participates in Game Day.  Each student will be given two slices of pizza and a bottle of water at no charge.  If your child(ren)does not wish to participate, (s)he can either purchase lunch in the cafeteria or bring in lunch from home, as usual.  The PTN hopes that his adds to the fun and excitement of the Game Day Experience.  Your child’s COMPLIMENTARY GAME DAY SHIRT have been sent home.  Please have your child(ren) wear his/her shirt on their grade level’s Game Day. 

5th Grade Health Talk:  On Tuesday, June 5th , 5th grade students will be participating in a health talk.  These classes deal with Human Growth and Development, and are separated by gender.  Our Physical Education Teachers will talk to the boys and girls separately.  Letters with more information will be sent home on Tuesday, May 15th along with a posting on our website

Attention Parents – Reading Festival News!!  The date is set, the “Switlik Reading Festival” has been scheduled for Friday, June 8th and many volunteers are needed to make this day a true success.  Switlik students were committed to the challenge of being life-long readers. There will be obstacle courses, games, popcorn and a DJ. There will also be a special Dunk Tank for the top ten students with the highest reading steps in each class. At the event, the students will find out who is in the dunk tank –who will it be- the principal, vice- principal or your child’s teacher?  We are in need of volunteers to assist with and monitor the games and obstacle courses. If you are able to help, it would be greatly appreciated.  Sign-up genius will be posted soon!

Save the Date!  Moving Up Ceremony – The day is quickly approaching where our 5th Grade students will celebrate their moving up to Middle School.  The celebration will begin promptly at 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20th.  Further information will be posted on our website in the upcoming weeks.


May 8th:  Grade 5 Parents Coffee with the Principal/10:00 a.m. – Goetz Middle School  DATE & TIME CHANGE:  JUNE 13TH at 9:00 A.M.

May 9th:  Grade 5 Class Trip to the Philadelphia Zoo

May 9th:  Grade 2 Aquarium Day – Gym

May 9th:  School Store (during lunch periods)

May 10th:  PTN Appreciation Breakfast

May 11th:  PTN Plant Sale – Gym Lobby

May 12th:  PTN Clothing Drive

May 14th:  Blue Claws Night

May 15th & 16th:  Grade 3 Class Trip to Great Adventure Safari

May 15th:  PTN Meeting/12:30 p.m. – IMC

May 18th:  Grade 4 Class Trip to Washington’s Crossing

May 24th:  Grade 5 BBQ at Black Bear Lake

May 24th:  Kindergarten Show

May 25th:  Shortened Day

May 25th:  School Spirit Day – Wear Red, White & Blue

May 28th:  School Closed

May 30th:  Switlik Art Museum

School will operate on a shortened day on Friday, May 25th and will be closed on May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.  Enjoy the holiday with family and friends.


Kathleen McKiernan