Wilkes-Barre Area School District 730 South Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711-0376
Solomon-Plains Elementary News
Congratulation Anshul Dadayyapally!
Anshul Dadayyapally, a sixth grader at Solomon-Plains Elementary School, recently received the Wilkes-Barre Youth Excellence Award.  Dr. Costello, W-B Area Superintendent, presented Anshul with the award.   
Pictured are- Sean Flynn-Principal, Anshul, and his parents- Mr. & Mrs. Dadayyapally
 
June Kindness Students
Students from Solomon/Plains Elementary School were recently awarded certificates for displaying random “Acts of Kindness” during the month of
June while at school. Teachers nominated these students who demonstrated a kind act towards another student or faculty member.
Students pictured are:
1st row: Parker Cave, Rylee Parry, Jordan Prushinski, Taylor Kuhl, Kolton Styczen, Carlo Salinas, Sam McCloe and Angelina Rosario.
2nd row: Ryan Wielgosz, Keenan Fernandas, Anthony Vissotski, John Mendola and Deriel Hernandez.
 
May Kindness Board

Students from Solomon/Plains Elementary School were recently awarded certificates for displaying random “Acts of Kindness” during the month of May while at school. Teachers nominated these students who demonstrated a kind act towards another student or faculty member. 
Students pictured are:
1st row: Sophia Emanuel, Ronald Faatz, Landen Kennedy, Riley Williams, Ella Mahmoud and Damien Petrowski.
2nd row: Onaliya Mosegi, Ryan Kopiak, Caleb Pickett, Ethan Hockenberry, Michael Trombly and McKenzie Novak. 

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.
 
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. 
Teaming Up for a Game of Vocabulary Bingo
Mrs. Leighton's 6-4 Reading Intervention class teamed up with Mrs. Bukeavich's first grade class to play a game of vocabulary bingo.  The older students helped the younger students to identify some of the harder vocabulary words.  A lot of learning and fun was had by everyone and prizes were awarded.  

Pictured- Siblings Megan and Joshua Giomboni having fun
 
Kindergarten Registration
Please see the attached flyer for information regarding Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  
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.
 
Solomon-Plains Elementary PSSA Testing Dates
This year Solomon-Plains Elementary will be administering the PSSA tests on the following dates.

ELA - April 4th - April 7th (Grades 3 to 6)

Math - April 25th - 28th (Grades 3 to 6)

Science - May 2nd - 3rd (4th grade only)
 
Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority Earth Day Coloring Contest Winners
Leo E. Solomon Elementary School second grade students participated in the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority annual Earth Day coloring contest. Two winners were chosen from each homeroom. Winners were awarded Barnes and Noble gift cards and a box of crayons. Entries were judged on creativity and neatness. All students of Solomon Elementary will celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.
 
March "Acts of Kindness" Students
Students from Solomon/Plains Elementary School were recently awarded
certificates for displaying random “Acts of Kindness” during the month of March while at school. Teachers nominated these students who demonstrated a kind act towards another student or faculty member.

 
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 
Science Fair Rescheduled
Solomon-Plains Complex 12th Annual Science Fair has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM.   
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. 
Solomon Literacy Night Rescheduled
Solomon-Plains Literacy Night is rescheduled for Wednesday, March 29th from 5:30 to 7:30.  Come and enjoy fun math and reading activities.  Parents will have an information session on the upcoming PSSA testing.  Join us for: pizza, refreshments, games, activities, and giveaways.  Pizza will be served at 5:30 and activites begin promptly at 6:00 PM.   
Random Acts of Kindness
Students from Solomon/Plains Elementary School were recently awarded certificates for displaying random “Acts of Kindness” during the month of February while at school. Teachers nominated these students who demonstrated a kind act towards another student or faculty member.


 
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!
 
Read Across America Week - School Spirit Activities
Monday, February 27th- "Leap Into Crazy Sock Day!"
   Wear your wacky and wild socks.  Clothing must be dress code approved.  
   School wide sock collection in conjunction with "Fox in Socks"

Tuesday- February 28th -  "Team Up with a Good Book and Friend!"   
   Wear an article of clothing with your favorite sports team on it.  
   ** This is the only day students will not adhere to the district dress code policy for shirts only.  
   Pants must still follow the policy.  
   Intermediate students will partner with primary students and read together.  

Wednesday, March 1st - "Hysterical Hat Day!"
   Students are permitted to wear a silly/funny hat.  
   Clothing must be dress code approved.  

Thursday, March 2nd - Dr. Seuss Day at Solomon- Plains Elementary!
   Wear red and black clothing in honor of Dr. Seuss.  Clothing must be dress code approved.  
   Each homeroom will have a guest "Celebrity" reader from the community.  
   Dr. Seuss costume characters will be present.  Green eggs and ham school breakfast.  

Friday, March 3rd - "Solomon-Plains Mismatch Day!"   
   Example-unlike socks, shoes, earrings (Clothing must be dress code approved!)
 
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.  
100th Day of School
The administration, faculty, staff and students at Solomon-Plains Elementary School celebrated the 100th Day of school on Monday, February 6, by participating in many math,writing,and reading activities centering around the 100th day theme. Students also created T-shirts decorated with 100 items, participated in a guessing game by trying to identify which container held 100 items, and shared their collections of 100 items. A community service project was also held in which students donated well over 100 books to a local Head Start agency. Certificates were given to all students who were present in school for all 100 days. Pictured are some of the kindergarten students displaying their personally created T-shirts.  
January "Acts of Kindness" Students
Students from Solomon/Plains Elementary School were recently awarded certificates for displaying random “Acts of Kindness” during the month of January while at school. Teachers nominated these students who demonstrated a kind act towards another student or faculty member.
 
Ms. Galella's Class Learns the True Meaning of the Holidays
Ms Galella’s fifth grade class gives back to those who are less fortunate than themselves every year. There is a very special family who makes a donation to Ms. Galella’s classroom each year. Ms. Galella explains to her class how important it is to give back to those who are less fortunate. Her students then have a big decision what charity or group to donate to. This year her class decided to give toys to children in foster care and hats and gloves to the homeless. Ms. Galella is definitely teaching her class the true meaning of the holiday season. 
Come to Winter Wonderland December 16th
The Solomon Family is invited to Winter Wonderland on Friday, December 16th from 5-8 PM. Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa, Mrs. Clause, and Santa's Elves.  There will be ornament decorating, letter writing to Santa, games, and prizes.  Food and snacks will be available to purchase. Basket raffles and 50/50 tickets will be sold.  Many local vendors will be selling clothes, jewelery, crafts, and more.  Come dance with the DJ to Christmas music! Admission is $2.00 per person.   
Third Graders Decorate Christmas Tree at Administration Office
Each third grade class made a unique ornament to decorate the Administration Building's Christmas Tree.  The students recently decorate the tree while singing holiday favorite songs like Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman.  A special treat of cookies and milk was given to the students after their hard work. 
Kindergarten student organizes awareness event for rare disease she has
Assume the largest organ in your body was on the fritz from birth. What do you think would be the most obvious problem?

“Her feet,” Amy Spinelli said when asked about her daughter’s ongoing struggle with epidermolysis bullosa. “Shopping for shoes used to be fun. With Ayla, it can be a difficult choice.” To read the full article from The Times Leader, click here
 
Congratulations to Ms. Szafran, 98.5 KRZ's October Rockstar Teacher
Rocky & Lissa surprised another teacher in NEPA that goes above & beyond for her students. Meet Kindergarten teacher Katie Szafran from Solomon Plains Elementary. Katie always has a smile on her face and always puts her students first. To see the full story from 98.5 KRZ, click here.  
Epidermolysis Awareness
The students from Ms. Unice's Kindergarten class learned about Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) during its awareness week – October 24-28th. EB is a rare genetic skin disorder. People that have EB have extremely fragile skin that sometimes blisters or tears from trauma. It is not contagious. They call it the "butterfly" disorder because their skin is as fragile as a butterflies wing. There currently is no cure for EB, but hopefully by raising awareness we will soon!
Kindergarten read children's books describing this special condition and were given a special treat, lollipops and cupcakes in the shape of a butterfly. The lessons stressed was how it is okay to be different from one another, and how important it is to treat every person with respect.
 
After School STEM Program a Gigantic Success
Over 70 of our fourth graders are participating in an 8 week long STEM program. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The program is taking place after school and includes all hands-on activities for the students. Our kids are learning in a fun, engaging environment.

Jacob Kerrick and David Abbey enjoy building their STEM projects.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif  

10th Annual Kindergarten Grandparents/Special Friend Breakfast
The Kindergarten students from Leo. E. Solomon-Plains Elementary, along with the instrumental help from Mr. McLaughlin, worked hard to put on our 10th Annual Grandparents/Special Friends breakfast and sing-a-long. Around 200 grandparents and students attended the special event. Many grandparents commented how the breakfast was delicious and the entertainment was fantastic.

From Left – Jacob Noriega, Grandma Mollie (Mollie Osmanski), Kalib Fox, Shane Gillispie
 
Stop, Drop, & Roll
Members of the Plains Fire Dept. recently visited all First Grade Classes to discuss fire safety and fire prevention. Firefighter Paul dressed in full gear to show the children they should never be afraid of a firefighter. All children also demonstrated STOP, DROP and ROLL.

Left to Right
Tyler Daugherty, Sean Cook, Chase Penn, Gavin Regan
 
First Graders Enjoy Roba's Tree Farm
First grade students went to Roba's Tree Farm in Dalton. The weather was beautiful! The first graders enjoyed a hayride, pig races, corn maze, and live animal petting area. They even chose a pumpkin to bring home!  When they got back to school, they learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin! .
Picture #1 Carmen Gottshall and Adyson Hallinan enjoying their field trip.  
Spaghetti Dinner a Huge Success
Solomon-Plains PTA sponsored a spaghetti dinner on September 21st.  It was a huge success! There were theme baskets and 50/50 chances to win.  Music was provided by DJ Mikie Mike.  The students and their families had a great time dancing the night away.  The best part of the evening was when 5th grade student, Dominic Rodzinak, won the privilege of throwing a pie in Mr. Flynn's face!  
Designer Purse BINGO Sunday, November 6th
Everyone is invited to attend Designer Purse BINGO on Sunday, November 6th.  (Coach, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors) Doors open at 11:30. Bingo starts at 1 PM.  Tickets are $25.00 in advance, this includes 20 regular games of BINGO.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced by October 14th.  All tickets are non-refundable.  Any questions please call Lisa Giovannini at 570-826-7222 or Brian Fischer at 570-826-7224.  Make checks payable to Solomon/Plains Complex.   
NEW BUS POLICY
As per District policy, we will no longer be issuing bus passes.  Students are to ride their own bus and get off at their regular stop.  Phone calls to the office to change your child's transportation will not be accepted.  Please call the office before noon with any requests for student homework.   
New Dismissal Times
The school day begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 3:15 PM.  No students should arrive prior to 8:30 AM.  Bus students will be dismissed at 3:10 PM.  Walker dismissal will be at 3:15 PM.  

Early dismissal time will be 12:05 PM for bus riders and 12:08 PM for walkers.  
 
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
 
Puff Mobile Contest
Fourth graders competed in the 4th annual Puff Mobile contest. Students had to build their puff mobile using only 4 life savers, 2 paper clips, 1 sheet of paper, 3 straws and tape. Students competed in their homeroom classes before moving onto the final round of 16 students.   
Contact
Leo E. Solomon-Plains Memorial ES
41 Abbott Street
Plains, PA 18705
Main Office: 570-826-7222
Office Fax: 570-819-5075 
 
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