Last Day of School is Tuesday, June 4

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The Last Day of School for all Bethel Park students is Tuesday, June 4.

Here is some important information you will need to know about this day:

  • ONLY AM Kindergarten students will attend school on June 14.  PM Kindergarten students will NOT attend school on June 14.
  • Bethel Park High School and Independence Middle School students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM.
  • Neil Armstrong Middle School and AM Kindergarten students will be dismissed at Noon.
  • Elementary students (Grades 1-4) will be dismissed at 1 PM.
  • Breakfast will be served in all schools.  Lunch will be served in all schools EXCEPT Bethel Park High School and Independence Middle School.
  • The District WILL pick up and drop off at Daycare Centers on June 4.


Mom Prom


Chick-Fil-a Spirit Night

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Don’t feel like cooking?  Come support William Penn and have dinner out. Just tell them you are with William Penn when you order, it’s as easy as that.

Hope to see you all there!


Jersey Mikes Subs Spirit Night

Monday, February 25, 2019


Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties Thursday, February 14th

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The Valentine’s Day party will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14th.  To keep things simple, the William Penn Staff has asked parents/guardians to send paper only Valentine’s Cards with nothing attached to the card to distribute to classmates.   Please do not send food with your student(s).  Also, please do not attach baggies filled with food or other items with the Valentine.

Thank you for your cooperation.


100th Day of School – Thursday, January 31

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The 100th day of school is on Thursday, January 31.   We have a lot of fun activities planned throughout the day for the students.

In preparation, we are asking that each student create a shirt at home  with “100” things/items  on it.

Some ideas to help you “create” –  100 buttons , 100 pins, 100 dots—but PLEASE—no candy or food.

Be creative and have fun!


Santa Shop

Santa Shop

Wednesday, December 12th


Fall Festival

William Penn Fall Festival

      November 2, 2018 from 5-7 pm


Character Trait Day

Character Trait for September

“Self Control”

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PTO Meeting

Come and join us for our first PTO meeting of the year.

Thursday, September 13,2018

Meet and Greet starts and 6:30. followed by our meeting at 7pm

Learn what is going on at William Penn and how to get involved

One lucky person who attends will receive a $50 gift card for Pirata

We hope to see you there!


Open House

 Wednesday, September 12, 2018

6:30-8:00 pm


First Day of School

First Day of School is Tuesday, August 21, 2018. 

Hope everyone has a great day!




Read-A-Thon Fundraiser

William Penn PTO will be holding our 7​th Annual​ Read-A-Thon fundraiser. We will be combining with The Wild Things 2019 Reading Club again to promote our children’s love of reading. This fundraiser is always a huge success for our school, as 100% of the money collected goes directly to our PTO.

Our game date is May 23rd. at 6:0 5pm against Florence Freedom. The Reading Club Parade  will begin at 5:30 pm.

Please make checks payable to Washington Wild Things.

Read a thon forms

Check out our WP PTO Facebook Page for more info!

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Gaefke at


2018/19 PTO Board Members

PTO is excited to announce the PTO Board for 2018-19 School Year:
President: Kathy Marshall & Erika Schuster
Vice President: Celina Gastgeb
Secretary: Jennifer Garfold & Denise Stutzman
Treasurer: Wendy Gaefke


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


2019 Science & Art Fair


William Penn STEAM Show

Science +Art = STEAM

WHEN: Thursday March 7, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE: William Penn Elementary School

William Penn’s Annual Steam show is coming! It’s going to be a fun -filled night. The show will feature interactive tables with activities provided by: Camp Invention, Duquesne University, AND THE Art Institute of Pittsburgh, creation labs, and the PTO.

  • Creation Labs will provide a 3D puzzle piece for every student at William PENN! once assembled, the 3-foot hawk mascot will be on display at the school.
  • The Art institute will have several hands on activities demonstrating both Art and technology.
  • Duquesne university will provide a chemistry activity
  • huth and camp invention will have activities in the multi-purpose room
  • Student art work will be on display throughout the school, courtesy of Eckert-Graffam.

Entering a science or Art project is not mandatory. But remember, projects need not be elaborate or complex. All students are encouraged to come out and enjoy the activities and support classmates who enter. Participants may enter a project individually or in groups of up to 3 students. Additionally, students may submit an independent piece of artwork for the show. no wet paint or glue please!

All entry forms are due by:  3/1/19





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.


William Penn’s Halloween Party


Halloween parties will be on Wednesday, October 31

  • The Halloween parade will begin at approximately 10:45 for AM kindergarten and  2:15 PM for the rest of the school
  • The parties will be immediately following the parade

Please do not send candy or treat bags of any kind into school.  In order for our student’s to enjoy a safe, fun-filled day, please follow these guidelines:

  • Children are to dress in age-appropriate costumes. We do NOT permit look-alike weapons (i.e. toy guns, knives, spears, etc.) as part of a costume.
  • Because of the ages of our students ranging from 5-10 together with many toddler visitors that day, we discourage costumes with a violent or extremely scary theme.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation .
  • Parents are reminded to sign-in, wear a Bethel Park ID badge, and remain recognizable to the school staff at all times.  Visitors’ faces cannot be covered with a mask or costume of any kind.
  • If you wish to take your child home with you that afternoon, please send a note in the morning to let us know and also sign your child out on the blue dismissal sheet in the school lobby.  As always, your patience is greatly appreciated during the dismissal process.


2018/19 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. Mason 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 2018 – Self Control/ Wear Lime Green

October 2018 – Respect/ Wear Orange

November 20178- Gratitude/ Wear Gold

December 2018 – Patience/ Wear Dark Purple

January 2019 – Independence/ Wear Blue

February 2019 – Compassion/ Wear Red

March 2019 – Dependability/ Wear Dark Green

April 2019 – Perseverance/ Wear Pink

May 2019 – Cooperation/ Wear Purple



Picture Day


Picture Day for all students is on Wednesday,October 3rd.

Remember to bring your smile!