Wilkes-Barre Area School District 730 South Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711-0376
Dr. David W. Kistler Elementary News
Kistler's Summer Picnic at the Pool Family Math and Literacy Event
Fun, Food, Swimming, and Learning!
June 20, July 25, and August 10

Please see the attached flier for more information. We hope to see everyone at these fun summer events.
 
Dr. Kistler Elementary Awards Day 2017
On June 6, Kistler Elementary celebrated our annual Awards Day for students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Awards were presented in the following categories: academic, perfect attendance, student council, safety patrols, and athletic/field day. Congratulations to all of our winners. We are all so very proud of you!  
Meyers 2017 Graduation March
On June 5, Dr. Kistler celebrated our second annual Meyers Graduation March. All of the new graduates marched throughout our school, as every student and faculty member cheered them on. The graduates provide great inspiration to our younger students. Congratulations to all of the members of the Class of 2017!  
International Buffet in 2-2 Mrs. Doyle's Class
In Mrs. Doyle's Social Studies Class we learned about World Cultures and different customs, clothing, languages, and foods. We finished up the unit with our INTERNATIONAL BUFFET! Bon Appetit! 
Dr. David W. Kistler Elementary 6th Grade 2017 Award Winners
Dr. David W. Kistler Scholarship Award Winners

The Dr. Kistler Scholarship is awarded to two students this year who have shown to be highly academic, have good citizenship in the school and community, and will represent our school as the recepient of this prestigious award of our school.


Nufsat Tasmin
Yeidyveth Santana

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY AWARD

These students have scored in the 95th percentile and higher on the PSSA in Reading and/or Math. These students can take advantage of many programs that the Johns Hopkins University offer at many satellite locations.

Julius Banaszek
Rocco Bellio
Raven Brink
Andrew Marshallsay
Ethan Paulino
Samir Pridgen
Naveah Ramirez
Anya Roberts
Autsin Smith

PRESIDENTIAL AWARD OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Awarded to students who scored High Advanced on the PSSA and maintained a B+ average in Grades 4, 5 and the first semester of sixth grade. 

Raven Brink
Andrew Marshallsay
Ethan Paulino
Naveah Ramirez
Anya Roberts
 
Gifted Support Classes Awarded Grant to Attend Field Trip to Frances Slocum State Park

The Gifted Support classes recently visited Frances Slocum State Park to learn about our local ecosystems and release brook trout as part of the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom Program. Pennsylvania’s statewide TIC program is made possible through a unique partnership between Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The 6th grade GS classes released the trout and conducted water quality studies by collecting, observing, and recording macro-invertebrates from the lake. The 4th and 5th grade GS classes learned about animal survival with the park’s environmentalist Kathy Kelchner. The students also hiked a park trail to observe wildlife like turtles sunning themselves on the turtle docks. This trip was paid for through a grant from Target Corporation that was awarded to our Gifted Support program at Kistler.
 

Fun and Food in the Park
ATTENTION - ALL WILKES-BARRE KIDS!
Have fun, stay active, keep learning and enjoy yummy, FREE lunches and snacks all summer long. We will be “Serving up summer” at 7 locations throughout the city beginning on Monday, June 19, 2017.
 
Kistler Fun Day 2017 Makes the Headlines!
Please visit Times Leader Fun Day Article to see a great account of our Fun Day festivities that were held on May 23.  
Third Grade Letters to Veterans Program
The third grade classes at Dr. David W. Kistler Elementary were recognized for their participation in a Letters to Veterans program organized by Mrs. Carannante. A letter of appreciation, certificate, and a United States flag was presented to Kistler Elementary School. The flag was flown over the 111th Attack Wing, Horsham, PA, in their honor on April 12, 2017.  
Kistler Spring Concert 2017
The Kistler Elementary School Spring Concert was held on Thursday, May 18. This year's concert was the best yet! The concert was upbeat and entertaining. It also featured a mix of musical genres across decades. Congratulations and outstanding job Ms. Kellar and Mrs. Galassi. Our music program at Kistler is more than singing a song or playing an instrument. Our music teachers showed our students what teamwork is--while teaching self responsibility to be successful. Great job everyone showing off your many talents.  
Wilkes Barre Area Students Participate in WEBS
Wilkes-Barre Area School District participated in Wilkes University’s Women Empowered By Science (WEBS) program with 16- female students in sixth-grade from Dodson, Dan Flood, Heights-Murray, Dr. Kistler and Solomon-Plains elementary schools participating. 
6th Annual Science Fair and STEM Involvement Night
On May 16, Kistler had a huge turnout for our 6th Annual Science Fair. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students submitted projects that included exciting research, creative boards, and some surprising results! Thank you to Mr. McHenry for planning this educational and fun-filled event. We also were treated to a "STEM Involvement Area" that was planned by Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Mikiewicz. Many of our students were showing off their STEM skills to our parents and guests who visited the Sciene Fair. 

The winners of this year's Science Fair are listed below.

4th GRADE

1st place Envylove Mcneill 4-3

2nd place Robert Ashford 4-5

3rd place Michael Gruner 4-1

5TH GRADE

1st place Jude Langan 5-5

2nd place Aiden Fellerman 5-5

3rd place Cecelia Pugh 5-2

6TH GRADE

1st place Connor Wilson 6-4

2nd place Nufsat Tasin 6-2

3
rd place Raven Lea Brink 6-4 

Camp Kresge Field Trips
Many of our students in grades two through six attended full day field trips at Camp Kresge over the past few weeks. Students participated in many adventures such as team building, climbing, nature hikes, and lake studies. Spending a day in nature is a great way for our students to learn and grow while having a blast! 
WBRE's "Stefano at School" at Kistler for Earth Day
Click to see a video clip from WBRE about Meterologist Stefano DiPietro's visit to Kistler Elementary on May 4, 2017. Thanks so much for visiting us Stefano! 
Earth Day at Kistler 2017!
On Thursday, May 4 the entire Kistler Elementary family celebrated our biggest Earth Day ever. A full day of activties was planned for every grade level. Some of our visitors and volunteers included Stefano Di Pietro from WBRE, Dr. Rachel Leskosky, Folk's Butterfly Farm, Shealyn Marino, Charlene Wildes, Penn State University, Young's Funny Farm, CDE Exotics, and Hillside Farms. There was also a visit by the Lehigh Valley Zoo who brought several animals to our school, including a penguin! Special thanks to Ms. Lewis and the wonderful student volunteers from Meyers High School. Thanks to the many administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers who worked so hard to make this such a special day for us all, especially our organizer Mr. McHenry! Check out some photos from our event. 
Kindergarten Registration
Please see the attached flyer for information regarding Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  
Law Day - May 1, 2017
Patrick Doyle,Esq. of Anzalone Law Firm in Wilkes Barre, visited the Second Grade Classes at Kistler Elementary School. He taught the students about following rules and laws, and had a mock trial with students acting as judge, jury and lawyers. Fun was had by all, along with a lot of learning! 
RIF Book Distribution for First Grade
On Friday, April 21 the 1st grade students were able to enjoy their 2nd RIF distribution of the school year. Through the generosity of our friends at UGI, students were able to listen to a story and choose a free book to add to their home library.  
Mrs. Doyle's Second Grade Chicks
Mrs. Doyle, who taught First and now Second Grade for the past 21 years, has a tradition of hatching baby chicks. This year's hatch was especially interesting because of the different feather colors. We learned that the different color eggs hatched different color markings on the chicks. We named the chicks and cared for them for a few weeks and then returned them to the farmer. Until next year! Signing off from Kistler Second Grade! 
WBASD Partners with Building Blocks Learning Center to Offer "Camp Leo"
WBASD and Building Blocks Learning Center are partnering and running a interactive fun summer camp at Solomon Elementary!

The program runs Monday through Friday 6:30am and 6:00pm, and all students are eligible to enroll from Kindergarten through 6th grade.
 
2017 PSSA Testing at Kistler
PSSA Testing Dates for Kistler Elementary are as follows:

April 4, 5, 6, & 7 - English Language Arts (4 sections) Grades 3-6
April 25, 26, & 27 - Mathematics (3 sections) Grades 3-6
May 2 & 3 - Science (2 sections) Grade 4 only

PA Dept. of Education PSSA Information Page- This website is the main source of PSSA information. Included on this page are links to Item and Scoring Samplers for each grade level and subject area. Scoring guidelines for each grade and subject area are also included.
 
Study Island PSSA Math Review for Grades 3-6
A PSSA MATH REVIEW has been added to Study Island for each student's menu in grades 3 through 6. This math review is available to sign in at home and can be used to practice for the upcoming PSSA math assessment on Tuesday, April 25th, Students are encouraged to log in and practice over the Easter/Spring Break! Log into Study Island at www.edmentum.com 
School Vaccination Requirements 2017-18 School Year
Please click the "Read more" link to see the attached documents regarding changes to the vaccination requirements for school students for the 2017-2018 school year. More information is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Health 
Power Scholars Academy
The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, BELL (Building Educated Leaders or Life) and the Wilkes-Barre Area School District would like to invite your student to participate in the YMCA POWER SCHOLARS ACADEMY™, (PSA) this summer. Power Scholars is a 6 week, summer learning program designed to help advance students’ academic achievement through a full-day of challenging math and reading instruction; fun arts, science, technology, and engineering enrichment activities; community and career exploration; field trips; and a healthy breakfast, snack and lunch. 
PSSA - Kick Off Pep Rally!
As part of our school wide effort to create a positive testing environment for the upcoming Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, the administration and staff of Dr. Kistler Elementary School held a PSSA Kick Off Pep Rally. The pep rally was held on March 30 and 31st for students in grades 3,4,5, and 6. The pep rally featured the "Swing Big for the PSSA Proficiency Fence" kick off breakfast for all students and activities focused on raising awareness for the importance of this assessment. All students were encouraged to participate (K-6th) and show their support by wearing their favorite baseball team t-shirt, jersey, hat, or uniform to school. Check out some pictures from our awesome event! 
Read Across America Week at Kistler 2017
Read Across America Week at Kistler Elementary was celebrated the week of February 27. A full week of reading and Seuss-filled activties took place for all of our Kistler community. Monday was "Oh, The Places You'll Go" Day. Students celebrated by wearing their favorite college, vacation, or team sport shirt. A special "One Fish, Two Fish" Event was held for our younger students. On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss's Birthday was celebrated when many celebrity readers joined our classrooms for a huge celebration of reading. Wednesday was "Wacky Wednesday." We celebrated this day by having Wacky Wednesday Bingo, which was so much fun for all of us! Thursday was Crazy Socks Day. "Green Eggs and Ham Day" was held on Friday. 

In addition to our daily activties, our school had some other school-wide events. "Dr. Seuss's Battle of the Books" allowed our students to vote on their favorite Suess titles. The students' favorite stations were our "Hop on Pop Popcorn" station and "Thing 1 and Thing 2 Cotton Candy Hair" station. "Read Across Kistler" was a huge hit in every grade. Many of our teachers shared videos of Seuss book read-alouds for the whole school to enjoy. 
 
Meteorologist Josh Hodell Visits Kistler for Read Across America Week
On March 6, 2017 Kistler Kindergarten welcomed WBRE Eyewitness Chief Meteorologist Josh Hodell to share his love of reading with our students for "Read Across America." He shared some weather tips with the students and read "Whoosh Went the Wind" and "March Comes In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb." 

Thanks for joining us Mr. Hodell! 
 
Video Clip - Josh Hodell WBRE Reads to Kindergarten
Attached is a news clip of Josh Hodell reading to our Kindergarten students for Read Across America Week.  
Robotics Challenge in 6th Grade Stem Class
Mrs. Mikiewicz's  sixth grade STEM class is learning about robotics with the help of the platform "Project Lead the Way." They have been researching and building robots for several weeks. They will be participating in a challenge whereby groups will design, model, and test a robot that can remove hazardous materials (represented by blocks) from a disaster site. The robots have color sensors on them and the disaster site has red and blue areas that represent hazards and water spots that must be avoided. Groups will have two minutes to remove the hazardous materials. The group that removes the most materials, while avoiding the red and blue zones, during the two minute time period, will be the winner. Attached you will see some pictures of the groups building and practicing on the "disaster site." 
Happy Camper Book Fair at Kistler March 7-10
Please visit this link for more information about our Scholastic Book Fair at Kistler. The Book Fair will be held from March 7 through March 10. 

Kistler Book Fair
 
Wilkes-Barre Area Celebrates Read Across America
The Wilkes- Barre Area School district appreciates what educators, parents, and community members have done to celebrate the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America to encourage children to pick up a book and read. Check out some photos from events throughout the school district!
 
SPCA of Luzerne County Visits Kistler

On Friday, February 24, 2017 the SPCA of Luzerne County came to Kistler Elementary to present their "Bite Prevention" program to grades K, 1 and 2.

Kistler School was able to donate over 100 "wish list" items from their 100th day of school SPCA collection and teachers had a Dress Down day where they donated 170.00.  
Read Across America at Kistler Elementary
Attached is a link to an article posted by the Citizen's Voice on their Facebook page. Included is footage of some of our Read Across America Festivities. 

Read Across America at Kistler Elementary
 
Read Across America Week at Dr. Kistler - Seuss-ify Yourself!
Read Across America Week at Kistler is being celebrated the week of February 27, 2017. We have so many special events and activities planned for each day of the week. Get ready to celebrate! Please see the attached document to see what is in store for all of our students.  
Math Week at Kistler
"Math Week" was celebrated at Kistler Elementary School the week of February 13. Each day of the week was filled with math activties for all of our students that related to a special theme. Many students and teachers were chosen each day to win special prizes in our " Flex Your Math Muscle" drawings. Our special math themes were:
  • Money Monday
  • Time Telling Tuesday
  • Wacky Shape Wednesday
  • Critical Thinking Thursday
  • Fraction Friday
Check out photos of our students engaged and having fun while learning different math concepts. You can see that we all really love math at Kistler!
 
Please Join us for the Annual Family Math & Reading Workshops
The Wilkes-Barre Area School District would like to invite you to participate in our Family Math and Reading Workshops on March 4, 2017. The workshop program will focus on mathematics and reading skills. All students in grades 3 through 7, accompanied by a parent, are invited to participate. Reserve your seats by calling 570-826-7111 extension 1122.  
Mrs. Sullivan's Classroom Play 1-5
First grade was studying the genre "drama" in Reading class. After reading the play " Where Are My Animals Friends?" we chose parts, made masks, created scenery, and rehearsed our parts. The students took turns with the different parts and learned how to be not only a good performer, but also a good audience member. This class project was also done to help us get ready for our field trip where we will attend a performance at the Kirby Center.  
Kistler's 100th Day of School
On February 6, Kistler celebrated the 100th Day of School! We had a full day of educational and fun activities for our entire student body. Some of our activities included:
  • 100th Day Bingo
  • Biscuit's 100th Day of School Literacy Activities
    • Biscuit's 100 Bones of Facts
    • Biscuit's Jars of Treats ( estimation)
    • Compare Biscuit's paw prints to your own (measurement)
    • Biscuit's CVC Challenge
    • Biscuit's Math Challenge
  • Whole School 100th Day Challenge - 100 Donations for the SPCA
  • Estimation Alley
  • Stack a Cup
  • 100th Day of School Headband
  • I'm a 100 Days Smarter Sticker and Treat
  • Sum Dog Math Challenge
In addition, other grade-level activities were held in our classrooms. Our 100th Day of School was a blast!
 
Kistler Activities Slideshow - It's Been a Busy and FUN Year So Far!
Check out how busy we have been having fun and learning this school year!  
Wilkes University Panamanian Teachers 2nd Kistler Visit
On Friday February 3, Kistler was visited by a group of about 20 teachers who are a part of the Wilkes University MEDUCA Bilingual Panama Program. This is the second time this school year that our new friends were able to spend the entire school day with us. Our guests spent time in ESL, special education, STEM, intervention, and regular education classrooms to see a wide variety of what a public elementary school in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District features. We all had a great time learning from each other and look forward to working with our Wilkes friends in the future! 
Kistler Cares Community Outreach Project - Faculty / Staff Family Chorus Caroling
The Kistler Cares Faculty & Staff Family Chorus bundled up and decked the halls on Monday, December 19. Our holiday wagon was decorated for the season and led by the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department. Music could be heard throughout the streets of Wilkes-Barre as our singers shared many holiday tunes. We were lucky enough to have Santa join us as we sang our favorite songs. We made six different stops in the neighborhood and shared hot chocolate and cookies to keep everyone warm. Thanks to Ms. Kellar for planning our music and leading our chorus in song. It may have been cold outside, but our hearts were warm as we shared the holiday spirit with the Kistler community.  
Kistler 6th Grade Holiday Concert
On December 20th and 21st our sixth grade presented another festive holiday concert. Ms. Kellar led the sixth grade strings and band. She also led the entire sixth grade student body in presenting a holiday sing-along with the whole school. Thanks to all the performers and Ms. Kellar for another amazing performance.  
S'more Writing in Ms. Pstrak's 5th Grade Learning Support Class
Ms. Pstrak's 5th Grade Learning Support Class is stepping up their game when it comes to Writing! While learning about Time Order Words and Sequencing, students were able to make their own delicious S'mores! Students worked as a group to come up with the steps needed to make a s'mores treat. Students then worked on making sure they were using complete sentences, capitalization, and punctuation. Each student came up with different descriptive adjectives that come to mind when they think about a s'mores smell and taste. When all was said and done, the students followed these steps to make their yummy snack. Enjoy! 
Holiday Baking in Ms. Pstrak and Mrs. Gravine's Classrooms
Ms. Pstrak and Mrs. Gravine's 5th & 6th Grade Learning Support Classrooms took part in some holiday baking! The students learned about measurement and also learned how to follow a recipe. The students worked in groups and used the recipe provided to make their cookie dough. After letting the cookie dough sit refrigerated overnight, the students were able to roll out their dough and make their cut out cookies! After the cookies were baked they were able to take some home to share with their families. 
Math and Literacy Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch
The Kistler community held their Math and Literacy Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch on Saturday, December 10. Over 400 parents and students attended this fun-filled and educational event. A free, delicious breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, juice, coffee, and milk were served to all of our guests. There were special visits with Santa and the Grinch. Santa even had some holiday treats for the children! Students relaxed with Santa during story time while he shared classic tales. Whoville events included: The Grinch'y Tree, Grinchy Green Food Graph, Grinchy Green Estimation Station, Grinch Dust, Grinch Giving Wreath and Card Station, the Whoville Word Hunt and Sum It Up math game, Pin the Heart on the Grinch, and the Grinch Book Raffle Station. Many thanks to the countless volunteers who made this community event such a fun day for all!  
Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch - Saturday December 10
The Kistler Family is invited to join us at our annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10. This year the Grinch will be joining in on the fun!. Please see the attached document for all of the details. This event is free to attend. Hope to see everyone there!  
Kistler's Annual Door Decorating Contest 2016
Kistler held their annual door decorating contest in honor of American Education Week. Attached are photos of our creative and talented displays! Congratulations to the following winners:

Overall Grand Winner: Mrs. Stanoriski & Ms. McGettigan "Under the Sea World"
Grand Primary Winner: Mrs. Augello Kuhl "Disney Dream Builders"
Grand Intermediate Winner: Mrs. Gravine "Horrible Terrible Day"
2016 Student Favorite: Ms. Pstrak "Trolls"
Honorable Mention: LIU "Santa in the Chimney"

 
First RIF Distribution for 1st Grade for 2016-2017 School Year
Monday November 7th was the first RIF distribution for all students in 1st grade. Thanks to the generous partnership and donations from UGI our students are able to hear a story, choose a free book, and build their love of reading! RIF takes place 3 times a year for our students....Thanks UGI! 
"Duck for President!" Kistler Kids Vote
Today we shared the process of an election and everyone's right to cast a vote. We shared the story "Duck for President" complete with candidates, a debate, and voting on iPads for Farmer Brown or Duck. We taught our students a quacktastic lesson on American politics and the workings of government. We also shared the importance of teamwork and the ability to make a difference, even on the farm. Results showed that Duck won our election with 57% of the vote. Thanks to Farmer Brown and Duck for bringing current events and government to life for our Kistler students! 
Kistler Faculty Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Kistler held a pumpkin decorating contest. Attached are some photos of the amazing pumpkins that were decorated. The winners for our contest are:

Prettiest Pumpkin - Mrs. Doyle
Funniest Pumpkin- Mrs. Henry
Fanciest Pumpkin- Mrs. Macko
Most Original Pumpkin- Mrs. Gavlick
Spookiest Pumpkin- Mrs. Canavan
Cutest Pumpkin- Mrs. Fisher  
Kistler's Spooktacular Hayride and Pumpkin Patch
The week of October 24 was a very busy week at Kistler! Thanks to the hard work of so many people, especially our very own Farmer Serafini, our students had the opportunity to participate in Kistler's Spooktacular Hayride and "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" Literacy Maze. This event included a hayride, corn maze, pumpkin painting, literacy, math, and STEM activities. There was even a pumpkin themed snack and apple cider treat. The older students experienced a slightly more spooky event with hot chocolate and cookies. The entire event was centered around our October anti-bullying theme. Check out some photos of all of the fun and learning that we experienced. 
STEM Pumpkin Lesson in 5th Grade Gifted Support
Students in the 5th Grade Gifted Support class got into the Halloween spirit by applying math, science, and language arts skills to predict and test pumpkins of various sizes using properties of mass, height, width, and the number of seeds per pumpkin. The students were challenged to discover if there is relationship between the size of pumpkins and the number of seeds they contain and construct a statement based on their observations and data from the activity. The students also wrote a detailed summary of their analysis, carved the pumpkins, and enjoyed eating the baked seeds.  
Wilkes University Panamanian Teachers Visit Kistler
On Friday, October 21, Kistler was visited by a group of 20 teachers who are a part of the Wilkes University MEDUCA Bilingual Panama Program. Our new friends spent the entire school  day with us. They spent time in ESL, special education, gifted, STEM, intervention, and regular education classrooms to see a wide variety of what a public elementary school in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District features. We all had a great time learning from each other!  
All For Books Coin Challenge
Kistler's All for Books Coin / Cash Challenge will run from October 13th to October 27th. This event will help raise money for children who otherwise may not be able to purchase a book at our upcoming book fair. The grade levels will compete against each other to raise the most money in coins and dollars. Students will be randomly chosen per grade level to win a free book at the book fair. Coins will be collected during homeroom every morning.  
STEM at Kistler!
Our Kistler faculty and students are always hard at work. If you spend any time in our school, you will notice lots of STEM activities in our classrooms. Kids and adult are highly engaged in some fun-filled and educational activities. STEM = Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Check out some photos of us doing what we do best: having fun while learning!  
Kistler Cares Carnival 2016 a Huge Success!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our 3rd annual Kistler Cares Carnival on Saturday, September 24. We appreciate your support and commitment to the students, school, and community. Thank you to all of our volunteers, parents, and for all of our generous donations. 
Kistler Book Fair - October 20-27
Please join us for our Scholastic Book Fair from October 20 to 27. See the following website for more information:

Kistler Book Fair
 
Join us for our Kistler Cares Carnival on Saturday, September 24
We are so excited to be planning our Kistler Cares Carnival which will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 12-4 P.M. Please see the attached document for more information.  
Back to School Movie Night!
Back to School Movie Night was a huge hit! On September 15 we viewed the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on our huge inflatable movie screen. We featured Willy's walking tacos, math and reading activities, and Wonka's chocolate bar graph. Thank you to everyone who came out to participate, volunteer, and support the Kistler Cares community. Check out some photos from our fun-filled event!  
*Rescheduled* Title 1 Family Movie Night Featuring "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
Movie Night has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 15.

Please see the attached document inviting the Kistler family to attend our Title 1 Movie Night Featuring Willy Wonka.
 
Kistler Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 13
Kistler's Annual Back to School Night for grades 1-6 will be held on Tuesday, September 13 from 6-7 P.M. Please click to see attached document with more information. Hope to see you there!  
Transportation Updates
Please be sure to check out the updated bus schedules for your child's school. 
Secondary: Coughlin,  G.A.R., Meyers,  Solomon/Plains Junior High
Elementary: Dodson, Flood, Heights, Kistler, Solomon/Plains Elementary, Bear Creek Charter
 
Prevent the Summer Slide 2016
On July 21, Kistler held a pirate themed evening event to enrich learning by providing students with books, summer sacks, and activities to encourage math and literacy skills over the summer.  The event was held in cooperation with the Commission for Economic Opportunity (CEO) children's produce market which provides local families with various staple food items. The students also enjoyed a giant pirate slide! Click to see photos from this event. 
Teachers from Panama Visit Kistler!
On June 7, teachers candidates and educators from Panama made a visit to our school to take a tour and interact with our students. This program was in collaboration with Wilkes University and Dr. Kimberly Niezgoda. Our visitors were able to observe several programs and activities that Kistler offers, including lessons in STEM, ELA, and Mathematics. 
Meyers 2016 Graduation Walk
On June 6, Kistler started a very inspirational tradition. All of the graduates of the Meyers Class of 2016 marched throughout the halls of Kistler Elementary. Every student in the school lined the halls to cheer them on as they marched to the sounds of the Meyers band. This event was so much fun for both our students and the new graduates. Congratulations to all of the members of the Class of 2016! 
Outdoor Movie Night - "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"
Attached is a clip from WBRE weather featuring Josh Hodell. He was a special guest for our Family Literacy Event on June 2 featuring the movie "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Students were treated to some interactive literacy games. Family members enjoyed a special meal featuring meatball hoagies. Our student council members and many faculty and staff members helped to organize and plan this special event. 
Final RIF Distribution for First Grade

On June 2, 2016, our final RIF book distribution of the school year was held for our 1st Grade students. Once again, the books were donated and presented by our generous sponsors from UGI. Students listened to a story and were able to choose a book. Thanks again UGI for the wonderful literacy event!
 
Outdoor Movie Night June 2 - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!"
Please see the attached invitation to our June Outdoor Movie Night featuring the film "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." This event will take place on June 2 with doors opening at 7:15. More details can be found on the attachment. Hope to see you there! 
2016 Dr. Kistler Scholarship Award Recipients
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Dr. Kistler Scholarship: Odesia Griffith and Saul Woodworth. Attached are photos of Saul and Odesia. They are seated with Mr. Kistler, who is the son of our school's namesake Dr. David W. Kistler.

The Dr. David Kistler Scholarship Award is announced annually for a student(s) graduating from the sixth grade at the Kistler Elementary School, Wilkes-Barre, who shows academic achievement, good citizenship, and personal accomplishments. The actual scholarship is awarded at the successful completion of high school. Dr. Kistler’s vision has been instrumental in motivating and inspiring young students to strive for a college education.
 
Dr. Kistler 2015-2016 Academic Award Winners
Attached is a list of our students in 6th grade who won the following academic awards: Johns Hopkins University Talent Search and the Presidential Award of Academic Excellence. Congratulations to all! 
Dr. Kistler Science Fair
Our annual Science Fair was held on May 16 and was a huge success. Click to see photos of some of the winners of our event. Thanks to Mr. McHenry for planning this fun-filled and educational experience.

Here are the winning entries:
4th Grade
1st place - Cecelia Pugh
2nd place- Emily Raub
3rd place - Shane Cesare

5th Grade
1st place - Ayanna Benjamin
2nd place- Eric Washick
3rd place- John Barker

6th Grade
1st place- Samantha Ashford
2nd place- Brad McNulty
3rd place - Sarah Newman
 
Dr. Kistler Spring Art Show
Attached are some of the winners of our annual Spring Art Show which was held on May 12. Our students have amazing artistic talent! Many thanks to our art teacher, Mrs. Kozicki, for planning this event. Great job by all of our budding artists! 
Student Council Field Trip to Washington, D.C.
On May 17, our Student Council members were lucky enough to visit Washington, D.C. Thank you to Ms. Craig for planning this amazing opportunity for our council members. Many sights and monuments were toured including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Air Force Memorial, WWII Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial, and Roosevelt Memorial Park. Students toured the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and had the opportunity to ride the flight simulator. Check out some photos from our day in the nation's capital. 
6th Grade G.S. Trout in the Classroom Project
   Sixth Grade Students from Mr. McHenry’s Gifted Support Science class recently release Brook Trout at Frances Slocum Lake near the spillway to Abrahams Creek as part of TIC (Trout in the Classroom) Project. This project is made possible through a partnership between Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The students raised the trout from eggs that arrived at Kistler Elementary last November. While at the park, the students conducted water quality studies which included chemistry tests and collecting and studying macro-invertebrates from the lake.  
Spring Concert
Attached is a movie clip of the strings portion of our amazing Spring Concert. Thanks to Ms. Kellar, strings instructor, for sharing this beautiful clip. Enjoy! 
Kistler McTeacher's Night
Check out some photos of our faculty and administration working at McDonald's McTeacher's Night on May 11. 
Earth Day 2016
Earth Day was celebrated at Kistler on Friday, May 6. Despite the rainy weather, we had a very successful event. Many thanks to Mr. McHenry for all of his planning and preparation for this fun and educational day.  Also, we can't thank all of our presenters and volunteers enough! Thank you to everyone who took so much time out of their day to offer such amazing knowledge and expertise to our Kistler students. We learned so much, and had a blast! Click to see some pictures of our Kistler Family enjoying our Earth Day celebration. 
Field Trips to Camp Kresge
Check out photos of some of our third and sixth grade classes on their field trip to Camp Kresge! 
Kistler Elementary School Teachers Create Program That Uses Imagination to Transport Children to the Future
Team Kistler has achieved another win and is celebrating.

Reading specialist Sandy Atherton was named runner-up in the “Educator of the Year” contest through the Magic Tree House Teachers Club. To read the full article from the Times Leader, click here. 
 
Kistler Elementary School Students Build a Foundation for Science with New iPads
You put the water bottle cap in a plastic cup, wrap it in a blue handkerchief that you tape shut, and tape it all to another cup that’s taped to the (empty) water bottle, and what have you got? To read the full article from the Times Leader, click here.  
Kistler Teachers Participate in Readiness Training for Project Lead the Way
Twenty-eight teachers at Dr. David W. Kistler Elementary recently completed the Launch Building Level Readiness Training for Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Through PLTW Launch, elementary students have the opportunity to experience rigorous and relevant STEM learning. The curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards.  
Eyewitness News Gears Up for a Friendly Game of Basketball
Click here to check out the broadcast from WBRE/WYOU about the Wilkes-Barre Area School District 17th Annual Charity Basketball Game Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00PM at the Solomon/Plains Educational Complex.  
PSSA Bonfire
On Friday, April 8 our entire Kistler community participated in our first ever PSSA bonfire! The theme of this exciting event was "Burning Up Your PSSA Fears." Students in grades three through six wrote their fears on pieces of wood that were thrown into our bonfire. Students in grades K, 1, and 2  cheered on the older grades as they entered the event. Lots of encouraging words were given to our students. Prizes were awarded to all of the students who answered their "smartie" questions correctly. Thanks to the many people who helped us plan this fun and inspirational event!  
PSSA Pep Rally Breakfast
Grades three through six had a great time at our annual PSSA Pep Rally Breakfast on April 6th and 7th. Students were served a delicious healthy breakfast while listening to some encouraging words about the upcoming PSSA tests. The highlight of the day for each grade was playing "Are You Smarter Than Your Teacher?" Lots of fun and encouragement was had by everyone involved! 
Wilkes-Barre Area Charity Basketball Game
On Friday April 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Solomon/Plains Jr High School, 43 Abbott Street, Plains, members of the faculty, staff, and administration of Solomon Plains Educational Complex, GAR, Meyers, Kistler, Flood, Dodson, Heights, Coughlin & Administration will play in a basketball tournament. At 7:30 p.m. the Wilkes-Barre Area School District All Stars will play against The Channel WBRE/WYOU 22/28 All Stars.  Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and The Wilkes-Barre Area Educational Foundation.  
2016 PSSA Information
Attached is information about PSSA preparation and testing at Kistler Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.

PSSA Testing Dates for Kistler Elementary are as follows:

April 12, 13, 14, & 15 - English Language Arts (4 sections) Grades 3-8
April 19, 20, & 21 - Mathematics (3 sections) Grades 3-8
April 26 & 27 - Science (2 sections) Grades 4 and 8
May 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 - Make-Ups 
 
Read Across America Week at Kistler
Read Across America Week was also Spirit Week this week at Kistler. All of our events were a huge success! Countless hours went into planning special activities for every day this week. We celebrated our love of reading in a big way!

Check out some of our pictures to see how much fun we all had. 
 
100th Day of School Celebration
The Kistler family celebrated the 100th day of school on Friday, February 5 in a huge way! Math-themed activities were planned that included every grade in the school. Some of the activities for all of the students included: 100th Day Bingo, Estimation Alley, Mystery Box, Problem Solving Bazaar, Take Your Lick Station, and Mohawk Headdress activities. Grades 3 through 6 participated in Math Olympics that included Tangram Test, Dicey Bar Graphs, Mystery Code Race, and Math is a Puzzle. Students in grades K through 2 participated in the surprise Return of Jack and Annie and the Magic Tree House. Jack and Annie took the students back in time to the Olympic Games in Greece and explored the number 100 by doing events from the Olympics, finding books about 100, and welcoming Zero Hero to the celebration!! Students also enjoyed a special 100th day snack as they left.....a pretzel rod for the number 1 and two mini doughnuts for the zeros. 
DIBELS Pep Rally and Parade
On Tuesday, January 25 the Meyers High School Band brought excitement to Kistler by leading the K, 1 and 2 students through the halls of our school with a special parade.    Teachers, personnel and students in the upper grades lined the hallways while drums and music echoed with excitement in celebration of their hard work and excellent scores on the recent DIBELS test.   The parade ended in the multi-purpose room for a celebration pep rally. The band played exciting songs, many teachers gave pep talks and Ms. Serafini praised students and teachers for their hard work! Thanks to the Meyers Band and Karen John for making our DIBELS celebration a success!!!  
Dr. Kistler's First Annual Breakfast with Santa
December 12 was a very busy day for the Dr. Kistler family. Our first annual Breakfast with Santa was a huge success! Highlights of this day included a hot breakfast, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts around the world, and music featuring members of the Meyers chorus. The day was topped off by a bus ride to the F.M. Kirby center for a screening of the Minions movie. Santa and his elves worked extra hard to make this such a special day for everyone. 
Christmas Concert 2015

Dr. Kistler Elementary School students decked the halls in the annual Christmas concert this year. The school performance was held on December 15, while the parent performance was held on December 16. The student body, faculty, staff, administration, and families enjoyed the festive atmosphere and even sang along to some of the familiar tunes.

     Sixth grade strings, band, and chorus each performed several holiday songs. The strings, led by Ms. Kellar, performed "Jolly Old St. Nicholas," "Deck the Halls", "The Ukranian Bell Carol," "Jingle Bells," and "Playing in the Snow." The band, led by Mr. James, performed "Jolly Old. St Nicholas," "Jingle Bells," and  "Good King Wenceslas." Finally the chorus, led by Mrs. Stork, performed "Feliz Navidad," "Jingle Bell Rock," and "Meli Kalikmaka."   
December RIF Program for First Grade

The 1st grade students at Kistler Elementary School participate in the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program 3 times a year. We are very lucky to have our local UGI Utilities company to partner with RIF and provide 100% funding for these books. Volunteers from UGI will came today to share their love of reading with our students and help them pick a book to keep. Thanks to our readers Thomas Scappaticci and Joe Bilski for joining us today!  

6th Grade String Orchestra Concert at the Courthouse
On Friday, December 11, the 6th grade String Orchestra presented a concert at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Attached are some photos of our students performing at this festive location. 
Holiday Around the World Celebration and Breakfast with Santa!
You are invited to join us for a special Holiday Around the World Celebration that includes a free Breakfast with Santa. This event takes place on Saturday, December 12. All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please click to view your invitation.  
Free Showing of the Minions Movie at the Kirby Center
Click to view the invitation to attend a free showing of the Minions Movie at the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, December 12. Bus transportation leaves Kistler parking lot at 11:00 A.M. (immediately following Breakfast with Santa) and departs the Kirby Center immediately after the movie. All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 
Kistler Cares: Tree of Thanksgiving
Kistler Cares: Our students are truly thankful...every leaf is a personal note of thankfulness written by each Kistler student. Lesson of the week "Be kind to those who feel different and afraid." Our tree is a symbol of kindness and support for our fellow students. Every leaf is different but all together make something beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving from Kistler's Family.   
Thanksgiving on Thursday Presentation
All of the students at Kistler attended our literature-based Thanksgiving presentation on November 20 and November 23. The students joined the characters Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House series in the story "Thanksgiving on Thursday." The presentation was an immersive experience that explored a day in the life of a Pilgrim child. Story elements were discussed, along with new content-area vocabulary, and comparing and contrasting Pilgrim life with life today. The PTO helped to provide a special treat to the students at the end of the presentation. Thanks to all of the teachers who helped with this amazing and educational show, especially Mrs. Atherton and Mr. Correll for playing the lead roles of Jack and Annie!  
Kistler 200 Math Challenge Motivational Video
Click to watch the amazing video our administrators and teachers made to motivate our students in our Kistler 200 Math Challenge. Great job by all! Kistler students: On your marks, get set, go!  
Kistler 200 Math Challenge
Start your engines! The Kistler 200 Math Challenge began on November 19. In an effort to improve our problem solving and critical thinking skills, all students will have the opportunity to participate in this interactive math activity. Students will solve a math "problem of the day" and the first class to reach 200 correct will win a pizza party. As always, our goal at Kistler is to help all of our students to grow academically. The challenge was kicked off this morning with an exciting visit from a real Pocono race car! 
Kistler Door Decorating Contest 2015
Take a look at the amazing literature-themed doors the Kistler faculty designed for American Education Week. Everyone really outdid themselves this year. Amazing job by all! 

This year's winners:

Grand Prize and Student Favorite - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Mrs. Atherton and Mrs. Nilon

2nd Place Overall: Minions Math by Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Marinko

Primary Favorite: Candyland by Mrs. Kalinary's Class, L.I.U, and Section 1-4 Mrs. AK

Intermediate Favorite: Mrs. Fellerman's Class - Saving the Rainforest

 
The Mad Scientist Visits Kistler
The Mad Scientist made an amazing return visit to Kistler for three days in October. The students were truly wowed  by the show that was presented to every grade level. Experiments were performed that showed the difference between physical and chemical reactions. A crowd favorite was when the LGI room was completely filled with fog after an experiment with liquid nitrogen. With the help of Mrs. Atherton, spooky and fun stories were read that tied in reading skills such as alliteration and onomatopoeia. The Headless Horseman made a visit to the older students. Thanks to the many people who donated so much time to make this activity so special. Check out some of the photos of this special day!  
Outdoor Movie Night 2015
On Wednesday, October 21,  Kistler held "Outdoor Movie Night" behind the school near the undercover play area. Hundreds of students and families participated in this anti-bullying program and movie. Hotdogs, popcorn, and drinks were provided to everyone in attendance. Mrs. Atherton shared the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as part of our anti-bullying message of "Be a Buddy and Not a Bully!" We all watched How to Eat Fried Worms on our new giant movie screen. Thanks to all of our volunteers for helping make our first movie night a huge success.   
Johnny Appleseed Visits Kistler!
On Wednesday, September 23,  the Kindergarten students at Kistler celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday. They enjoyed a variety of cross-curricular activities using this theme such as syllables, 5 senses, seeds, counting, and a special visit from Johnny himself. Johnny read "10 Apples up on Top" and acted out the story with the students. Students got to taste test 3 types of apples and vote for their favorite!  
"It's Booktime" with Ronald McDonald
Students of K, 1 and 2 enjoyed the "It's Booktime" Ronald McDonald program today, September 16th, 2015 in celebration of National Library Month. Students learned the importance of how reading is fun and how it will help them succeed in school and each day! All students will be able to apply for a library card with our local Osterhout Free Library. 
McDonald's "Readers are Leaders"
All students in grades K to 6 at Kistler are participating in the McDonald's "Readers Are Leaders" book challenge to celebrate National Library Month. Students are encouraged to read ten books and get their bookmark signed by their teacher in return for a Happy Meal.  
Kistler Cares Carnival 2015!
Our second annual Kistler Cares Carnival was a huge success. Our school community had a blast on this fun-filled and educational day. Many thanks to the large number of volunteers for all of their hard work. Click to see some pictures of this great day. Go Team Kistler!!!  
"DIBEL YOUR HEART OUT" Pep Rally
On Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11 our 1st and 2nd grade students enjoyed a "DIBEL YOUR HEART OUT" pep rally. Students enjoyed a breakfast, a variety of reading games, a story and appearances by Ms. Serafini, Serafini Smartie, Mr. Mooney, DIBELS cheerleader and Mr. Correll, Senor DIBELS. Students enjoyed practicing skills and getting pumped up for our Beginning of the Year DIBELS testing.  
Kistler Cares Carnival - September 12, 2015
Kistler Elementary School will be holding our 2nd Annual Kistler Cares Carnival on Saturday, September 12, 2015, beginning at 12:00 p.m. The primary goal of this carnival is to promote literacy, encourage family involvement in our school wide activities, and help identify resources available within our community. The carnival will feature games, literacy activities, dress code clothing sale, food, and basket raffles. We will also feature community informational booths that focus on assisting families with a variety of resources available. We cordially extend our invitation to all students, parents, and the community to participate and support Kistler Elementary School as we continue to strive for enhancing opportunities of knowledge, pride, and success.  
Kistler Brings STEM to their Students this School Year!
Recently, Ms. Serafini along with three teachers attended the University of Maryland at Baltimore County to participate in Project Lead the Way. They became certified Lead Teachers to help implement an elementary STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program called LAUNCH. Kistler Elementary School will introduce a STEM module to all students this year in grades K to 6. 
Kistler Fiesta Family Literacy Night
On July 23, 2015 Kistler families of students in grades K through 6 were invited to a Fiesta themed Family Literacy Night. They enjoyed making maracas, tissue paper flowers, walking tacos, and playing fiesta literacy games. All students enjoyed listening to fiesta stories and chose a book to take home.  
Kistler Wild West Family Literacy Night
On July 19, 2015 Kistler families in grades K through 6 were invited to Wild West Family Literacy Night. They enjoyed a night of stories, crafts, food, and fun. All students took home a variety of literacy activities along with a grade level book.  
Dress Code Revisions Approved
Revisions to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Dress Code were approved at the School Board Meeting held on July 20, 2015. These updates will be implemented for the start of the 2015-16 school year. Click on READ MORE to download a copy of the revised Dress Code.  
Students Earn AAA School Safety Patrols of the Year Award
AAA Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education recently presented its 2015 Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrols of the Year Awards at the Holiday Inn, Wilkes-Barre.To read the full article from The Citizens' Voice, click here 
Summer Family Reading and Craft Nights!
Please click to see information regarding Kistler's Summer Family Reading and Craft Nights.  
Summer Slide Book Bags at Kistler
The Kindergarten through 6th grade students at Kistler Elementary School recently received book bags on the last week of school to help prevent the "Summer Slide." The book bags included two books (fiction and nonfiction) along with tips for parents to prevent the summer slide and accelerate reading growth, comprehension questions, and a guide for parents and students on how to choose an appropriate level book.  
Awards Day 2015
Congratulations to all of our academic and athletic award winners! Awards were presented on June 3 to students in grades 4,5, and 6 to celebrate and honor their outstanding performance this school year. Awards were presented in the following categories:

Dr. David W. Kistler Scholarship Award
Johns Hopkins University Award
Presidential Award of Academic Excellence
Highest Honors
High Honors
Honors
Perfect Attendance
Field Day Athletic Awards
 
Dr. David W. Kistler Scholarship Award Winners
The Dr. Kistler Scholarship is awarded to three students this year who have shown to be highly academic , have good citizenship in the school and community, and will represent our school as the recipient of this prestigious award of our school. This year's winners are:

Brooke E. Fisher
Patrick R. Franckiewicz
Michael Deutsch-Jones

Pictured are Patrick R. Franckiewicz and Brooke E. Fisher. Not pictured is Michael Deutsch-Jones  
Kistler Fun Day!
Kistler Fun Day was held on May 27 for all of our students. So much fun was had by our entire school community. Click to see some pictures of this awesome day.  
Reading is Fundamental RIF Program

The 1st grade students at Kistler Elementary School participate in the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program 3 times a year. We are very lucky to have our local UGI Utilities company to partner with RIF and provide 100% funding for these books. Volunteers from UGI will come and share their love of reading with our students and help them pick a book to keep. These pictures are from our last RIF visit of the school year. We were lucky enough to be visited by the Reading Wizard!  

Field Trips to Camp Kresge
Many different classes went on field trips to Camp Kresge this May. Click to see some pictures of some of our fifth graders at Camp Kresge. Some of the activities they participated in included a study of Beaver Lake, a discovery hike in the forest, and a giant climbing tower! 
Student Council Trip to the Big Apple!
Our Student Council members in fifth and sixth grade had the pleasure of visiting New York City on May 14. Students toured the 9/11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty. They also went on a guided walking tour of Battery Park, Wall Street, and rode the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. The day was ended with a great dinner at Applebee's in Times Square. Chaperones were Ms. Serafini, Miss Craig, Mrs. Jackson, and Mrs. Henry. The students had an amazing time on the educational and fun-filled day. 
Kistler's Trout in the Classroom Program
The sixth grade gifted support science class participated in the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program this year. Pennsylvania TIC is an interdisciplinary program during which the students learn about cold water conservation while raising brook trout from eggs in a classroom aquarium. The students raised the brook trout from eggs received back in October and released them on May 15. Once the young trout were released, water quality studies were conducted. The first picture shows the students conducting chemistry tests on the water. The second picture shows the students entering the water to use kick seines, which are nets used to collect macro-invertebrates. The students took pictures of the macro-invertebrates to help study and document them which also helps to assess the quality of the water. All organisms are returned safely to the water so that our studies have a minimal impact on the environment. The students enjoyed learning ecology, science, and math both in the classroom and in the field.  
Dr. Kistler Science Fair 2015
Dr. Kistler Elementary School held it's annual Science Fair on May 12, 2015. Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade participated in this event. We want to congratulate all of the students who participated. Their hard work and talent helped to make the fair a great success! Listed below are the winning entries by grade. 

4th Grade
First place - Aiden Fitzgibbon
Second place-Eric Washick
Third place- Connor Wilson

5th Grade
First place-Jacob Koval
Second place-Logan Schneikart
Third place-Joseph Flynn

6th Grade
First place-Nadia Jones
Second place-Patrick Franckiewicz
Third place-Brandon Magee
 
Spring Concert 2015
Dr. Kistler held our annual Spring Concert on May 13. Performances were given by fourth grade recorders, fifth and sixth grade strings, fifth and sixth grade chorus, and fifth and sixth grade band. Our students, faculty, staff, and parents had a memorable time listening to all of our talented musicians. 
Kistler Art Show 2015
Dr. Kistler showcased our talented artists at the Kistler Art Show on May 12. Click to see some of the amazing work by our students. Great job artists!  
Earth Day 2015
Click to see pictures from our day-long Earth Day celebration that was held on Thursday, May 7. A special thanks to Mr. McHenry for helping to plan this educational and fun day.  We had so many different presenters and guests visit us for this amazing event. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Earth Day!  
Earth Day T-Shirt Contest Winner
Congratulations to Hanane Aoun in 4-3! Her Earth Day artwork was the winning design that was chosen to be printed on all of our 2015 Earth Day t-shirts. Great job Hanane! Our shirts look amazing.  
McTeacher's Night
McTeacher's Night is held to help local schools generate funds for their students and school. On Wednesday, May 6, Kistler held their McTeacher's night at the McDonald's on the Sans Souci Parkway. Our PTO, students, teachers, and administrators had a great time raising money for our school.  
Birds of Prey Presentation
On May 4, Dr. Kistler Elementary was visited by an amazing presentation called "Close Encounters with Birds of Prey." This great program was sponsored by our PTO.  An educator from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center brought a hawk, raptor, falcon, eagle, and owls to our school. He talked about predator/prey relationships, wildlife rehabilitation, specific adaptations of the birds present, and various issues facing wildlife today. The show was amazing!  
WEBS Program at Wilkes University
Dr. Kistler Elementary School participated in the Women Empowered By Science  (WEBS) program at Wilkes University. WEBS is designed for sixth grade girls who show an interest in science, have the potential for a career in the sciences, and wish to further develop that interest at the middle school level. The students worked at the Stark Learning Center on the Wilkes campus. During labs from January through April students had the opportunity to conduct several experiments in various scientific fields, interacted with faculty, staff, and students at Wilkes, and became familiar with academic life on a college campus. Students were supervised at this after school activity by Mr. McHenry, gifted support science teacher.

Pictured from left to right are: Yadhira Cotto-Santana, Aubrey Brown, Brooke Fisher, and Elizabeth Livingston
 
Giving Back with Ronald McDonald
On Thursday, April 16, 2015 Ronald McDonald joined our K, 1, and 2 students in the multi-purpose room to present his newest show called "Giving Back with Ronald McDonald." This program helps our children realize that they can become heroes in simple ways....lending a helpful hand, stepping up for what's right, and giving back to friends, their school, and community.  
RIF - Reading is Fundamental
The 1st grade students at Kistler Elementary School participate in the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program 3 times a year. We are very lucky to have our local UGI Utilities company to partner with RIF and provide 100% funding for these books. Volunteers from UGI will come and share their love of reading with our students and help them pick a book to keep. Our 1st grade students are super excited about the program and love seeing our volunteers from UGI!  
Lunch with the Principal - Pizza Hut Book It Reading Program

The students in K to 3 at Kistler Elementary School participate in the National Pizza Hut Book-It reading program from October through March. Each month, students have the opportunity to receive a free pizza if they reach the required goal of reading 8 books. A tracking chart is kept for each class to watch student progress. Students that reach their goal for all 6 months receive "Lunch with the Principal" pizza party, certificate, and a free book. Congratulations to our 13 students who reached their goal!  

The Brain Show
Kistler was lucky enough to be visited by The Brain Show on April 8. The Brain Show is an authentic educational trivia game with the look and feel of a real live TV show. Two performances were done during the school day. Teams of students in grades three through six participated by answering questions to help prepare for the upcoming P.S.S.A. tests. Some of our teachers even got up on stage and showed off their best dance moves. That evening, a  performance was held for all of our Kistler families. Nearly 300 people were in attendance and had a great time answering lots of fun trivia questions. We are not sure who had more fun dancing, learning, and laughing....the kids or the parents!  
PSSA Pep Rally!
 Kistler grades 3 through 6 had a blast getting pumped up for the PSSA tests! On April 7 and 8, students were treated to a special breakfast and pep rally. The students got a chance to brush up their math and reading skills. They answered questions and joined one of three special teams: Correll's Candies, Grebeck's Gushers, or Serafini's Smarties. Mr. Mercadante pumped up the crowd with lots of great music. A student favorite was watching an amazing video performance to "Uptown Funk" that all of the faculty and staff created to motivate the kids. Check out the pictures of this great event to see how much fun we had.  
Embryology through the Penn State 4-H Extension
The 5th Grade Learning Support Classroom at Kistler Elementary participated in the Penn State Extension 4-H school enrichment Embryology program. The students  learned about the different parts of an egg and the different chicken breeds.  They discovered the incubation process of chicks and documented their findings.  They experienced the technique of candling to see the growth inside the eggs.  Once the chicks hatched, the students practiced "Chick Safety" and how to feed  and handle the newborn chicks.  
Mrs. Doyle's Baby Chicks Class of 2015
For the 19th year, Mrs. Doyle has hatched baby chick eggs. This year we incubated them 11 days in addition to the 10 that were incubated by the farmer.  We turned and cared for them every day until they hatched on March 19th.  We separated the weaker ones in smaller crates so that they wouldn't get edged out by the stronger ones. "Survival of the Fittest!" We color coded them and each student, with a partner, was able to name his or her chick.  It was a fun time had by all.   
Kistler Cares - Renal Race
On March 13, 2015 Kistler Cares Colors for a Cause donated to locally run charity The Renal Race. The Renal Race raises money for kidney cancer research and advocacy programs.  
Read Across America 2015 B.E.A.R. Project
B.E.A.R. Project - Be Excited About Reading!

To celebrate this special day, each class had to think of a special storybook character from a book that they like to read. A teddy bear had to be dressed up as that character. Look at how creative our teachers were!

Winners:
First Floor- Mrs. Kroll, K-6 Clark the Shark
Second Floor- Mrs. Mras, 3-4 Frozen
Third Floor- Mrs. Macko, Primary Gifted Support The Enormous Carrot
 
Dr. Kistler Elementary School Basketball Team
Pictured are the members of our 2015 Dr. David W. Kistler Elementary School Basketball Team.  
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. ~Dr. Suess

Read Across America Day was celebrated in a big way at Dr. Kistler on March 3, 2015. Our celebrity readers ranged from former teachers and administrators to local newscasters and school board members. We had green eggs and ham for lunch in honor of the Dr. Suess book. Dr. Suess trivia and story of the day were just a few of the activities that kept all of the students entertained and engaged in learning on this special day.
 
Fox in Socks Community Project
Our school-wide Fox in Socks community project is taking place this March. Our Dr. Kistler school family has been hanging new pairs on socks on our Fox in Socks tree in our main stairwell. These socks will be donated to those in need.  
Getting Ready for Read Across America Week
 Everyone has been so busy getting ready to celebrate Read Across America Week.  Check out some pictures of Kistler and see how amazing our school looks!  
Pizza Fractions
More math fun at Kistler! Mrs. Atherton presented fractions to the students using the story "Gator Pie." Then the students enjoyed preparing a delicious pizza for a fellow classmate using their knowledge of fractions.  
Pancake Fractions!
Math month continued this week when a special friend  visited Kistler on February 25 to read his favorite book Curious George Makes Pancakes with Ms. Serafini. This fun day focused on fractions was topped off with ..............pancakes, of course!  
Colors for a Cause
On February 20, 2015, Kistler wore blue and white to support childhood cancer.  
Kistler's Second Quarter Honor Roll

The attached document lists the students who have been named to the honor roll for the second marking period of the 2014-2015 school year at Dr. David W. Kistler Elementary School in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.  

Kistler Celebrates the 100th Day of School!
Here are some of the many fun and educational activities we did to celebrate our 100th day of school on February 11, 2015.  
The Presidents Visit Kistler
Click to see pictures of some famous United States Presidents who stopped to visit our students in honor of Presidents' Day.  
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Visit Dr. Kistler
On February 5, Dr. Kistler Elementary School was visited by some special guests from the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Hockey Team.    
Colors for A Cause Paints Pittston Pink
The Kistler Cares Committee sponsored a “Colors for a Cause” day which raised $300 in donations that went directly to Paint Pittston Pink, an organization that strives to contribute toward the fight against breast cancer.  
Dr. Kistler Students Deck the Hall
Dr. Kistler Elementary School students decked the halls in the annual Christmas
concert this year.
 
C.E.O. Mobile Food Pantry at Dr. Kistler
The Commission on Economic Opportunity's Weinberg Regional Food Bank announced in the 2013-2014 school year that it would use a grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its Mobile School Pantry Program.  
Kistler Cares Donates and Commits to Helping the Community
Dr. David W. Kistler Elementary School faculty and staff continued their commitment to build and maintain a positive relationship with their students, families, and community during the holiday season.  
Kistler Principal Serafini Reads From Rooftop
To read the entire article from the Times Leader, click here.  
The Mad Scientist Delivers a Cross-Curricular Lesson to Kistler Students
Throughout the week of October 20th- October 24th, Kistler Elementary School held a "Mad Scientist Laboratory" to promote...  
Johnny Appleseed Tells His Story
On September 26, 2014, students at Kistler Elementary School celebrated the birthday of an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to a greater part of Pennsylvania, Johnny Appleseed.  
Kistler Cares Carnival
On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Dr. David Kistler Elementary School held its first "Kistler Cares Carnival". The goal...  
Ronald McDonald Visits Kistler with a "BookTime" Message
Ronald McDonald visited Kistler Elementary grades K, 1, and 2 to encourage...  
Kistler Elementary Celebrates Earth Day
Click to see more pictures from our Earth Day Celebration.  
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