School Day 111/Remaining Days 69

School Day 111/Remaining Days 69

Pennbrook Middle School

Monday, February 29, 2016

“C” Day, Cycle 19

School Day 111/Remaining Days 69

Reading Olympics: 3:00-4:00pm

Dance Team Practice: 3:00-4:00pm

Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal: 7:00-9:00pm

Attention 8th & 9th Grade girls interested in Field Hockey:

NPHS Field Hockey Meeting

When: Monday February 29, 2016

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: NPHS – Room J013 (art pod near aux gym)

*The meeting is for current 8th and 9th grade athletes that are interested in trying out for the field hockey team in the fall. NPFH program information, spring and summer league, summer camps, and off season workouts will be discussed. Questions or can’t attend? E-mail Coach McCracken for information–

Dodgeball Tournament signups are currently open in the guidance office. 7th graders will play tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1st. 8th Graders will play on Thursday, March 3rd. 9th graders will play on Tuesday, March 8th. The top teams from each grade will play on Thursday, March 10th to determine a winner. Sign-ups are limited to the first 64 people in each grade. The last day to sign up is Friday, February 26th. You must turn in a blue emergency contact form to play. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Olinik or Miss Koffel.

A reminder that yearbook prices will go up tomorrow , so order yours now. See Mrs. Beard, Mrs. Behrens or Mr. Wright for order forms.

Student Council’s next full REP meeting is Wednesday, March 2 in the auditorium. Please be there no later than 11:20.

Come one! Come all! To the greatest HEALTH FAIR of all! Ask questions! Get informed! Meet great people! Enter to win a raffle prize! See you in the gym at lunch on Friday, March 4th!

Student Council is sponsoring a spirit day Friday, March 4! Wear your favorite Sports Team apparel: jerseys, t-shirts, hats, etc. and earn points for your team for RED & BLUE DAY!

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s school play, One Great Thing. Order forms are available from your homeroom teacher and the kiosk outside the office. You can also check the Pennbrook website. Get your tickets soon to see a great show featuring the talents of almost 100 Pennbrook students.

You’ve read the book. Now it’s time to meet the author of Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie, Jordan Sonnenblick! Mr. Sonnenblick will visit Pennbrook on Wednesday, March 9th and you can have a pizza lunch with him in the IMC. All you have to do is tell us what happens to the characters in Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie after the end of the book. That’s right; we want you to write the continuation of the story. All it takes is a paragraph or two (or more, if you want!). If you tell us what happens next, you will be invited to have a pizza lunch with Jordan Sonnenblick in the IMC on Wednesday, March 9th. Come to the IMC for more information.

Attention all hair stylists and make-up artists: The directors of this year’s school play, One Great Thing, are looking for a team of dedicated, talented, and responsible students to be our hair and make-up team. If you have a talent or interest in hair and make-up and would like to be an important part of our school play, please stop by Mrs. Behrens’ desk and pick up the necessary paperwork.

Volunteer Corps:

There is a Volunteer Corps opportunity for students available on Saturday, March 5.

The Helping Hands event will be held at Wissahickon Middle School from 10am-2pm on that day.

Online registration is required – the link can be found here:

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Clancy in the Guidance Office.

8th and 9th grade students looking to attend a Volunteer Corps trip to St. Joseph’s University Hand in Hand Carnival on Saturday, April 9th from 8am-3pm should see Mr. Clancy in the Guidance Office for a permission form.

Student Council is sponsoring a fundraiser at GRUB BURGER in the Montgomery Mall on Wednesday, March 30. Go to GRUB BURGER on March 30 and tell them you are there for PENNBROOK. Your participation will help earn funds for Pennbrook!


For the most up-to-date and complete Pennbrook sports information, please visit Pennbrook’s Athletic Welcome Page. This can be found under the “Our School” tab: “Pennbrook Athletics.”

For sports information/questions, please call 215-853-1603 or email Mrs.

Kohler at

7th & 8th Grade spring sports will start on Monday, March 21.

9th Grade Spring Sports will start on Monday, March 14.

High School Sports will start on Monday, March 7.

No High School or Pennbrook Sports this week.

Need help writing your paper?

Need help editing a paper?

Need help revising a paper you already wrote?

Come see Miss Senderling in the


Where?? - Room 90

When?? - Penn Time any day of the week!

Pass?? – Get a purple pass from your teacher

Bring a paper or writing assignment from ANY SUBJECT AREA

that you would like help with. Miss Senderling will be happy to work with

you to perfect your paper!

Math Support is available all students every morning at 7:40AM in the IMC-7. Please bring your books and handouts!

The Math Center is open during Penn Time in room 89.

All students are welcome.

Please get a purple pass from your HR teacher.

Mrs. Lyon and Mrs. DiLuigi

Please be aware that you can obtain information regarding the Jr. ROTC Program from the High School by clicking on the JROTC/teacher site below:

The Pennbrook IMC is open after school for student use, from 3:00-5:00pm on Thursdays.

Students are able to use the IMC for homework, research, projects, test preparation, and all related academic activities. The late bus is available on Thursdays as well.


Pennbrook Sports . . .Late Buses run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00pm.

High School Sports . . .Late Buses from North Penn run Mondays, Wednesdays& Thursdays.

There is a 3:00 pm Sports shuttle (BUS #29) from Pennbrook to the High School


To schedule an appointment with Mr. Galante, please call 215-853-1600 or email Mrs. McConaghy at

Student Absences:

All absences should be made by a phone call, note, email or fax. If you have reported the absence to attendance by anyone of these means, you DO NOT have to notify the school in any other way. If your student arrives late, they must present an excuse for tardiness at the attendance office. If a phone call, email, note or fax is not received by the attendance office, the absence will be unexcused.


(please note that you must have the underscore _ before the PBAttendance when emailing)

Fax: 215-699-0151 Attn: Attendance Office

Call: Attendance at 215-853-1602 or the main office at 215-699-9287

Days Absent: When a student is absent for three or more days a request can be made for missed assignments through Mrs. Behrens or by emailing You can also check your student’s teacher’s web page on Pennbrook’s website. Most teachers post their assignments on a regular basis.

Vacation: If going on vacation during the school year please make sure to send a note at least one week in advance to the Attendance Office. If your absence will exceed ten school days, you will need to contact Mrs. Amy Keller, Registrar, at 215-368-0400 to make an appointment to re-register before returning to school.

Student Pickup: For questions or information on picking up your child during the school day, please call 215-853-1601 or email Mrs. Behrens at

Lunch Accounts: Remember to put money into your child’s lunch account. It is very easy with the new program: and follow the on-screen instructions to create an account. There is also a toll free number (1-866-821-0306) that families can call to make payments and check their student’s account, if they do not have access to the internet. There is a charge of 4.75% each time a deposit is made through MyPaymentsPlus. Please note these fees do not go to NPSD, but is the cost of online transactions with MyPaymentsPlus. Families can benefit by this system because it allows you to: make payments using a credit card, debit card or check; check account balances online and via a toll free phone number; auto-pay a student’s account when it reaches a low balance; receive notifications when a student’s account balance is low; view a student account balance 24/7; monitor student purchases to what they are purchasing; inform the cafeteria staff about your child’s food allergies which will enable a computerized reminder system to prompt cashiers to review the student’s purchase for possible reactions.

Visitors: All visitors to Pennbrook are required to show their NPSD staff ID or a driver’s license at our reception desk. If you are coming to an IEP, Team or Teacher meeting or to volunteer, you must show your license and register with our new security system.

Student Illness/Nurse: Students should not be using cell phones to call home when they are ill. Students need to visit the Nurse and the Nurse should contact the parents to come and pick up their student. Please remind your children regarding this rule.

Id Cards are available from Mrs. Lancia in the Guidance Office for $3.00.

Late Bus: North Penn School District runs a late bus every Tuesday and Thursday. Students are picked up from Pennbrook at 5:15PM.

Bus Pass Reminder: In order to ride home with a friend on a different bus, a student must get a bus pass from the main office. Each student must have a note from a parent authorizing the bus pass and must include the names of all students involved, the date and a parent’s signature. If a note is forgotten, only then, can an email be sent in its place by no later than 10:00AM of that day. The email address is . Verbals over the phone are not acceptable. Also, all requests must be made by the end of Lunch Study; which is 11:53. Bus Passes will not be given out after this time. NO bus passes on early dismissal days per Transportation Department.

INFORMATION CHANGES: If the home address, home/cell phone number or guardianship of your child changes, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Lancia at or call 215-853-1610.

Parents Please Note: If you are withdrawing your student from Pennbrook due to a family move or changing to another school within the District or out of state – please email Mrs. Lancia, Guidance Secretary, , so records can be copied and sent. Mrs. Lancia will email you the forms necessary so she can withdraw your student.