Thank you to all of the William Penn Elementary Teachers and Staff for a great school year!  Have a great summer!  See you in the Fall!  


Welcome New PTO Board Members!

We would like to welcome Kathy Marshall and Kate Schaffer to the PTO Board for the 2017/2018 & 2018/2019 school years.  Kathy and Kate will be the new Co-Vice Presidents of the WIlliam Penn PTO Board.


Camp Invention is Returning to Bethel Park!

Camp Invention will be returning to William Penn Elementary School this summer!  This five-day camp will run the week of July 17-21 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade.  Students will be able to participate in numerous STEM activities, including creating their own ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box by upcycling everyday machines; designing duct tape products and pitching them to mock investors; exploring a new exoplanet and designing inventions to create the next Earth; and launching water rockets, building bubble blasters and engineering giant castles.  Families are encouraged to register early as space is limited.  Go to http://campinvention.org/ to learn more about Camp Invention and click on the green “registration” tab in the top right hand corner.  If you are a returning Camp Invention participant, please use promo code WelcomeBack to save $35 for registrations made by February 10.  If you are a first time Camp Invention participant, please use the promo code DISCOVER25 to receive $25 off registrations made by March 20.  Flyers will be distributed to BPSD elementary students soon so please be on the look-out for them!  There will also be a Camp Invention at IMS this summer for older children.  Details to follow!


Changes to Payforit.net

Effective November 28, there will be changes to enhance the security of logging into PayForIt.net for your cafeteria purchases. On November 28, there will be a new login screen on the home page. All usernames will be changed to email addresses. Parents will see a message on the login page prompting them to use their email address instead of their user name. To learn more, please go to: http://www.bpsd.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GPIGGI&dasi=2I0. If you have any questions, please call the Food Service Department at 412-854-8754.


William Penn Character Trait Program

What is the “Character Counts” Character Education Program?

William Penn Elementary School will be implementing its “Character Counts” character education program this school year.    The goal of this program is to teach children about important character traits and help them build “soft skills”.  Throughout the month, as teachers reinforce the importance of this trait, students will be given that animal cutout when they are caught demonstrating this trait. Then, the students will be invited to add their animals to the “Wild About Character” wall in the hallway. In addition, we will hold a Character Trait Day each month when students are encouraged to wear that specific color to school to highlight the importance of showing character. The featured word will be displayed on our school’s marquee and on classroom posters. Mrs. Carter will add to the excitement as she reads a Character Tip of the Day each morning on our school announcements. This provides students with a different, child-friendly example of how they can show/practice this trait during their day.  As a school community, it is our goal to help our students to understand and to demonstrate that their character really does count.


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