Dear Community,

During the month of February, students and staff throughout the North Penn School District have the opportunity to participate in the NPSD Educational Foundation's third annual Foundation February.
 
Each year, staff representatives from our schools volunteer as Foundation February campaign coordinators to organize fundraising spirit days and events to be held at their school throughout the month of February. Last year, more than $5,000 was raised during Foundation February with 12 schools participating. This year, the Foundation is hoping for participation from all of NPSD's 18 schools. Some of the exciting events planned include Twisted Day, Character Day, Patriotic Day, school-wide coin wars, pencil grams and more!
 
Not only does Foundation February help raise funds for innovative programs in NPSD schools, it also raises awareness of this wonderful organization. Since 1988, the NPSD Educational Foundation has funded more than $1 million worth of programs in NPSD schools. This year alone, the Foundation is distributing nearly $40,000 throughout the school district at every level and has donated $18,000 toward the district's Digital Age Teaching and Learning Initiative to provide internet access to NPSD families in need.
 
I encourage you to help our schools celebrate Foundation February in whatever means which you are able. The Foundation provides innovative learning opportunities for the students at North Penn every single day and couldn't do it without the support of our staff, students, families and community.

 
 
Sincerely,
       
Curtis R. Dietrich, Ed.D.  
Superintendent, NPSD
dietricr@npenn.org  

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NPSD Now Accepting Applications for
2017 Class of Knights of Honor


The NPSD is now accepting applications for the 2017 class of North Penn Knights of Honor and the deadline, March 1, 2017 is swiftly approaching!

During the 2015-2016 school year as part of the North Penn School District's 50th Anniversary Celebration, the district introduced the Knights of Honor Program. The purpose of this newly formed "Hall of Fame" is to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school district, community and/or their chosen career, and therefore bring great honor to the NPSD. The program is designed to recognize notable North Penn community members, former staff members and alumni who have brought honor and outstanding service to the district. The goal is to pay tribute to these important people and their contributions, but to also inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

On Wednesday, November 23 in the North Penn High School Auditorium, five outstanding individuals were inducted into the NPSD's inaugural class of the North Penn Knights of Honor.

The five inductees include June Browne, Jim Finnemeyer, Steve Frederick, Dr. Davis Giersch and Dr. Michael Haynie.

The NPSD is now in search of our next class of honorees for the 2017 class. For information, guidelines and nomination application, please visit www.npenn.org/knightsofhonor. Nominations are due by March 1, 2017.
 
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Kindergarten Registration: March 22 - April 4
NOW IS THE TIME TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT!
 
Centralized Kindergarten Registration for students entering Kindergarten in September 2017 will be held March 22 through April 4 and slots are filling up fast! Now is the time to book your appointment. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017. Our school policy does not allow exceptions to this date.

The following MUST be brought to your appointment or you will need to reschedule, no exceptions:
  • Your child
  • Completed registration packet
  • Proof of child's age
  • Proof of residency
  • Child's immunization records
  • Additional forms may be required depending on your individual situation, please see link below for details
For more information about the documents above and to make an appointment, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact the district registrar's office at 215-853-1086 or registration@npenn.org.
  
Inglewood Hosts Annual Helping Hands Day
Students at Inglewood Elementary School had a blast at their annual "Helping Hands Day" held on Wednesday, January 18 in the gym.
This school-wide program is run each year by the Inglewood Home and School Association, staff and parent volunteers. Families were encouraged to donate items to this charitable cause from January 9th to January 18th to help students gain an understanding of the importance of giving back to their community.
Students in each grade had an opportunity to package items, craft cards, sign banners and assemble and decorate care packages for local nonprofit organizations including Manna on Main Street, Stray Cat Blues, Home at Last Dog Rescue, Schwenckfeld Manor, the Lansdale Boys and Girls Club and the Towamencin Police and Fire Stations.
 
On behalf of the North Penn School District, we'd like to thank the students, staff, Home and School Association and families at Inglewood Elementary for coordinating this selfless act of charity for our local nonprofit organizations.

 
Bridle Path Elementary Participates in Annual MLK Day of Service Project
 

In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 16th, students at Bridle Path Elementary School participated in a day of service on Friday, January 13 by decorating and delivering "breakfast bags" for those in need.
 
Beginning at 8:40 a.m. and lasting for about an hour, the entire student body was busy decorating bags full of breakfast goodies including granola bars, fruit, etc., which were generously donated by the Bridle Path Home & School Association. Once the bags were finished, they were loaded onto buses to be transported to the Mitzvah Circle Foundation.
 
On behalf of the North Penn School District, we'd like to thank the students, staff and Home & School Association of Bridle Path Elementary School for their participation in this wonderful event.

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Montgomery Elementary Hosts
4th Annual Mini-THON Event

 
 
Students, families and staff at Montgomery Elementary School hosted the 4th Annual Mini-THON to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund on Saturday, February 6th at the Montgomery Township Community and Recreation Center.

The Mini-THON is based on the Penn State Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the nation where dancers and organizations raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund offsets the cost of treatments for children battling pediatric cancer which is not covered by insurance. It also helps with emergency expenses and supports the medical team that cares for children with pediatric cancer at the Hershey Medical Center. It funds research through the Four Diamonds Center for Pediatric Cancer Research and Pediatric Cancer Experimental Therapeutic Programs. 
 
Montgomery Elementary was overjoyed to announce that they raised a total of $38,561.49 for the Four Diamonds Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research and Pediatric Cancer Experimental Therapeutic Programs!

 
NPSD Hosts 13th Annual Reading Super Bowl Event
 

More than 70 NPHS football players participated in the 13th Annual North Penn Reading Super Bowl Event on held districtwide on Wednesday, February 1st.
 
This event is held in conjunction with the date of the NFL Super Bowl LI 2017. These readers visited all 13 NPSD elementary schools and read to more than 5,900 children in 247 classrooms across the district as part of the reading incentive program. Reading specialists at the elementary schools chose age-appropriate books for the football players to read to the students. This program fosters an interest in reading in the elementary students and allows the high school students to act as role models for literacy.

NPSD Hosts 26th Annual
Bux-Mont Honors Band Festival


More than 100 of the finest seventh and eighth grade student musicians from the North Penn, Pennridge, Souderton and Quakertown School Districts have been rehearsing together since early January in preparation for the 26th Annual Bux-Mont Intermediate Honors Band Festival held at Pennbrook Middle School on Friday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m.

The festival included outstanding student musicians from 10 middle schools who were selected to participate by their school band director. A band director from each of the participating schools directed a piece during the program. The festival ended with a concert on Friday, January 27 at Pennbrook Middle School beginning at 7:30 p.m.

NPSD Administrator Dr. Jenna Rufo Honored by Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group

The North Penn School District is proud to recognize Dr. Jenna Rufo, Director of Special Education and Student Services, for being honored by the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group (MCDSIG) in December of 2016 on behalf of her work for students with disabilities.
 
The MCDSIG is a nonprofit group that supports individuals with Down Syndrome along with their families and friends. Through mutual support and guidance, their goal is to assist in increase social understanding and acceptance of Trisomy 21.
 
Dr. Rufo was invited to be a special guest at MCDSIG's annual Breakfast With Santa on December 11 in Blue Bell, PA where she was presented with artwork and recognized by the group for her true dedication and genuine passion for helping students with disabilities.
 
The NPSD would like to congratulate Dr. Rufo on this well-deserved honor and thank her for going above and beyond as an educator and administrator of the North Penn School District.
 
NPSD Partners with the Drexel University Society of Women Engineers to Host Engineering Night for Girls

The North Penn School District in partnership with the Drexel University Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted Engineering Night Girls on February 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at NPHS.
 
This innovative program offered NPSD students an opportunity to hear from five ambitious and well-accomplished female students in the Drexel Engineering Program. More than 70 female students in graded seven through nine participated in hands-on activities and small group discussions while learning about six different types of engineering including biomedical, civil, materials, chemical, electrical and mechanical.

Pennbrook Honors Black History Month with Key Arts Productions Assembly Program
In celebration of Black History Month, Pennbrook Middle school welcomed back Key Arts Productions on Thursday, February 2 for an innovative, educational program entitled "Spirit of a Woman."
 
The program was presented by The Key Arts Productions, a group which performs a live, multimedia assembly program that truly engages, educates and inspires students. The live commentary and musical performance combines with captivating video images in an inspiring multimedia performance that tells the compelling story of the achievements of remarkable African American women who, by overcoming enormous odds, reached the pinnacle of success in the areas of social reform, the arts and sciences, women's rights, athletics and politics.
 
The students and staff at Pennbrook Middle School enjoyed an educational and interactive program and would like to thank Key Arts Productions for another wonderful assembly.
 
PA Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab Visits General Nash Elementary

The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, a division of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB), brought agriculture education to General Nash Elementary School the week of Tuesday, January 17 to Friday, January 20.
 
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab creates an opportunity for students to learn about agriculture (Pennsylvania's number one industry) in a fun and hands-on way.

Community Conversations with Dr. Curt Dietrich
 
The NPSD is excited to once again offer its families and community members the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Superintendent Dr. Curtis Dietrich. Community Conversations, a series of informal meetings with the district's superintendent, gives attendees the opportunity to talk freely about the important issues involving NPSD schools.

The next session is scheduled for Thursday, February 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, located at 401 E. Hancock St. in Lansdale.
 
All North Penn community members are invited to attend these interesting and informative discussions. Space is limited so email  andreykm@npenn.org or call 215-853-1032 to reserve your spot today.  

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