Yearbook Photos Needed!

It’s that time of year again!  The Yearbook Committee is looking for pictures for the following:

Welcome Back Picnic
1st Day of School
Fall Festival
Halloween Parade
Cookies with Santa
100th Day of School
Science Fair
Classroom Parties
Field Trips
Band & Strings
Girl/Boy Scouts
Y Princesses/Guides

Please email all pictures to wpennyearbook@gmail.com


Spring Sarris Candy Order Pick Up

Sarris candy orders will be available for pick up Thursday, March 22nd from 3:30-5:30 PM at the school.  If you are unable to pick up your order at the scheduled time, please let Kate Shaffer (Katelin.m.shaffer@gmail.com) know so that other arrangements can be made.  Thank you for your support.


PTO Board Members Needed for 2018/19

Thank you to all William Penn families, teachers & staff for making this year a great success for our kids!  We appreciate all of the help and we are currently looking for parent/guardian volunteers to join the PTO board for the 2018/19 school year.

Positions Include:  President, Secretary, and Treasurer – President & Secretary can have two members.  We are also looking for a Calendar Party Chair for next year.  Please let a current PTO Board member know if you are interested!!  It is a great way to get involved and meet great people.

Thank you again for supporting the WPPTO!


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 http://campinvention.org/ 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.


Upcoming Election Days

The information below was sent from Mr. Lenosky via email to all William Penn parents & guardians on Tuesday, February 6th:

Dear Parents and Guardians of William Penn Elementary School Students:

I am writing today to inform you of our plan for the operation of our school on the upcoming scheduled election days:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

As you may be aware, many of the schools in Bethel Park serve as polling locations on election days, including William Penn. At William Penn, the polling area will be located in the Conference Room.  With that in mind, we have established the following plan in order to safely and efficiently operate our school on the above-referenced election days.

  • During student arrival and dismissal between 8:45-9:30 AM and 3:15-4:00 PM, the students and parents will use the side entrance.  Two bus proctors and three paras will direct student traffic.

  • At no time will students have to cross traffic.  They will remain on the sidewalk until boarding the busses.  Students will not be intermixed with the voting public.

  • Students will have access to the Nurse’s Office and access to the Main Office via the Instructional Aides’ Office.

  • There will be an enhanced security presence in the building, so as to assist in monitoring the lobby area and insure no voters exit the lobby to other areas of the building.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I can be reached by phone at 412.854.8521 or email at lenosky.brian@bphawks.org.


Brian Lenosky



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: http://www.bpsd.org/Downloads/2017-201852.pdf.

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:http://www.bpsd.org/Downloads/2018-20192.pdf.


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.

http://achd.net/lead/pubs/pdf/ BLL-Lead-Testing-Record- fillable.pdf


Kids of Steel

Training will begin Thursday, January 11 and continue through Thursday, April 26th.  During training, the kids will stay active from 3:30-4:30.  Every 15 minutes of consecutive activity equals one mile of training!  All participants will need to be picked up promptly at 4:30 by a designated individual.  We are also looking for volunteers to help supervise the kids and keep everyone training focused!  ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE THEIR CLEARANCES!  If you have any questions about KOS, please contact our Kids of Steel Parent Coordinator –Diana Alberter at wmpennpacers@gmail.com or call 412-980-5925.



The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised its list of required vaccinations for school age students.  You can see that information online at: http://www.bpsd.org/Downloads/NewSchoolVaccination_parents_required%20vaccinations.pdf.  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



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