Time off for Act 80, MLK Day


First Posted: 1/6/2013

District News

• January Act 80 Day/Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Friday, Jan. 18, is an Act 80 Day.

District students will be dismissed according to the following schedule:

High School – 12:30 p.m.

Middle School – 1 p.m.

Intermediate, Primary, & Kindergarten Centers – 1:30 p.m.

The Pittston Area School District will then be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

District schools will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to the regular schedule.

• Parenting with Pizzazz!

On Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Linda Burns will share stories, insights and strategies to help you be the best parent you can be.

Parents can learn how to identify their child’s learning styles, create a literacy rich environment at home, nurture communication and language skills, as well as develop their child’s crucial thinking skills.

This program will be held for students and parents in grades K-5 at the Primary Center, located at 210 Rock St.

Snow date is Thursday, Jan. 10.

Middle School News:

• Math Club / MATHCOUNTS

There will be a very important meeting of the Math Club on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 3-3:45 p.m. in room 243 with Dr. Keska.

The In-school MATHCOUNTS competition will be given at this meeting, and all members MUST attend in order to be considered for placement on the Middle School MATHCOUNTS team.

The local MATHCOUNTS Competition will be held in February.

Students must provide their own transportation home, and rides must be at the front of the middle school no later than 3:45 p.m.

• Spelling Bee Practice

The next practice for the spelling bee will be held Monday, Jan. 7 after school in Mrs. Brady’s room. Students are responsible for their own transportation home.

Please see Mrs. Brady or Mrs. Noone if you are unable to attend.

The in-school spelling bee will be held on Monday, Jan. 28.

• Science Olympiad

There will be a Science Olympiad meeting Thursday, Jan. 3 after school from 3-4 p.m. in room 145 with Ms. Quinn.

Students are responsible for their own transportation home, and all rides must be in front of the middle school no later than 4 p.m.

Please note this meeting is for members of the Science Olympiad only and not members of the Science Club.

• Builder’s Club

The next meeting of the Builder’s Club will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, after school in room 206 with Ms. Donahue and Mrs. Martin. Students are responsible for their own transportation home.

Kindergarten Center

In the days leading up to the Holiday Break, the students in the Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center were very busy.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Pittston Area PTO, sponsored a Breakfast with Santa.

Each child received pancakes, sausage, juice and milk. While they ate, Santa made a special appearance and visited with each table of students.

After breakfast, each student had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa and he gave them a Patriots Magnet as a gift.

The cafeteria was decorated beautifully and the students looked great wearing Santa/Elf hats given to them by their teachers.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the students of the Kindergarten Center had their annual Polar Express day!

The students, teachers and staff came to school dressed in their favorite pajamas and each classroom watched the movie The Polar Express using the classroom SMART boards.

The teachers treated their students to special snacks of hot cocoa, chocolate milk, cookies, and marshmallows.

In the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 20, the classrooms were all abuzz with Holiday Spirit as the students had their Holiday parties.

Treats, snacks and drinks were provided by the families of the students.

The students listened to holiday music and played games. Everyone had a great time.

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