William Penn Days – May 7th – 11th

The week of May 7th will be William Penn Days. Each day will have a theme for students to dress-up. In coordination with William Penn Days, a National Honor Society (NHS) Bethel Park High School student will be conducting a Community Service Project. NHS Student, Jordan Rogers, will be raising money for the Washington County Humane Society. Each classroom will have a container for students to donate money. The class with the most funds raised will get extra time during William Penn Fun Day. Students do not have to pay money to participate in the William Penn Days. The Humane Society fundraiser is voluntary.

Monday, May 7th – Decade Day
Tuesday, May 8th – Sports Day
Wednesday, May 9th – Rainbow Day
Thursday, May 10th – Crazy Hair/Hat Day
Friday, May 11th – Mix Match/Backwards Day

William Penn Days Handout


2018/19 PTO Board Members

Thank you to all the PTO Members that attended our last PTO Meeting! Thank you also to all Committee Chairs and PTO Volunteers who have helped this year be successful!!

We truly appreciate the time and effort volunteered to make William Penn such a fun place!

PTO is excited to announce the new PTO Board for 2018-19 School Year:
President: Kathy Marshall
(Still in need to Co-President)
Vice President: Kate Schaffer & Celina Gastgeb
Secretary: Jennifer Garfold & Denise Stutzman
Treasurer: Wendy Gaefke


Camp Invention – July 23-27, 2018

Registrations are being accepted for Camp Invention, which will be held at Neil Armstrong Middle School July 23-27 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM for students entering grades K-6 in 2018-2019.  You can receive $25 off your $225 registration if you register by March 23, 2018 using promo code IDEAS25.  Register at or call1-800-968-4332.  Extended Camp Hours are 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and will cost an additional $80.  If you are interested in the Extended Camp, please select “Extended Camp” option during checkout.  Activities at this year’s Camp Invention include self-driving cars, inventing a vehicle of the future, designing a futuristic dream home with smart furniture and smart energy, and building a personalized robotic dog and constructing a one-of-a-kind dog park.  William Penn Teacher Laura Huth will be the Camp Director.


Revisions to 2017-18 School Calendar

At the Tuesday, January 23, 2018 School Board Meeting, the following changes were made to the Bethel Park School District’s 2017-2018 School Calendar:

  • February 19March 29April 2 and May 15 are now full days of school for all Bethel Park students.
  • The Last Day of School has moved from Thursday, May 31 to Friday, June 1.
  • The Two Hour Delays for March 12 and April 3 have been CANCELLED.
  • The June 1 Teacher Records Day has changed to Monday, June 4.
  • The May 15 Teacher Inservice Day has changed to Tuesday, June 5.

Graduation for the Bethel Park Class of 2018 remains UNCHANGED.  It is still Saturday, June 2, 2018.  You can see the revised calendar online at:

At the Tuesday, January 23, 2018 School Board Meeting, the Board adopted the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.  You can see this calendar online at:


Lead Testing for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Attached is a link to a document from the Allegheny County Health Department. It is for lead testing verification of the incoming students who are registering for kindergarten. BLL-Lead-Testing-Record- fillable.pdf



The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised its list of required vaccinations for school age students.  You can see that information online at:  Please make sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccinations by the first day of school.  By law, the District can exclude children from school who are not current with their vaccinations.  Thank you for ensuring that your students’ vaccinations are current, to not only keep your children healthy this school year, but the other students in the Bethel Park School District as well.


2017/18 William Penn Character Trait Program

What is the “Character Counts” Character Education Program?

William Penn Elementary School launched its “Character Counts” character education program during the 2016/17 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.

September 2017 – “Self Control” – Wear the color “Lime Green” on Friday, September 1

October 2017 – “Respect” – Wear the color “Orange” on Friday, October 6

November 2017 – “Gratitude” – Wear  the color “Yellow” on Friday, November 3

December 2017 – “Patience” – Wear the color “Purple”on Friday, December 1

January 2018 – “Independence” – Wear the color “Blue” on Friday, January 5

February 2018 – “Compassion” – Wear the color ” Red” on Friday, February 2

March 2018 – “Dependability” – Wear the color ” Green” on Friday, March 9

April 2018 – ” Perseverance” – Wear the color “Pink” on Friday, April 6

May 2018 – “Cooperation” – Wear the color “Light Purple” on Friday, May 4