First Annual Palmyra District Math CompetitionWinners of the First Annual Palmyra District Math Competition have been announced:Fourth Grade Winners First Place - Aaron Rinehart -Mrs. Appleyard NorthsideSecond Place - Katie Hollen - Mrs. Appleyard NorthsideThird Place - Spencer Cassel - Mrs. Appleyard Northside
Fifth Grade Winners
First Place- Sarah Hollen - Miss Lama Northside
Second Place -Joey McInerney - Ms Kreider Forge Third Place - Vanessa hoffer - Miss Lama Northside
Congratulations to all students who participated!

International Walk to School Day -Northside Safety Walk

Northside held a Safety Walk on Wednesday April 6, 2011 with the help of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, FedEx Express, and the Palmyra Borough Police. It was designed to enhance safety for our students when walking to school or in their neighborhood. Since most pedestrian injuries happen to children 5 to 9 years of age, it is important to make them aware of ways to stay safe.
The entire school started the day by walking together in the neighborhood that surrounds our school. The walk was followed by Pedestrian Safety Activities for grades K-3. Grades 4 & 5 are writing essays pertaining to issues that may be a danger in their own neighborhoods.

WHTM-TV Channel 27 News was here to cover us and their story can be found through this link

Lebanon Daily News was also in attendance and ran a front page article about our Safety Walk in their Thursday April 7 edition! Pictures that were taken by their photographer can be seen on their web site

Students listen at one of the Safety Stations
Mrs. Garber & Mr. Chandler's classes begin their walk

Students inside the FedEx truck

1st grade beginning their walk

Artist in Residency: Starting on October 20th, Northside students began to create a tile mosaic in our lobby with the guidance of Justin Ayala, our artist in residency. This project involved all students working together to create a beautiful mosaic that represents the meaning of community to Northside students. A special Thank You to all parent volunteers and the PTO for their time and contributions.

Northside Mosaic
Mr. Justin is AWESOME!
Mr. Justin prepares the drawing
He drew the outline of our mosaic onto the wall. He is teaching us about Mosaic's and we are helping to put the tile pieces into the outline on the wall. Sometimes our fingers get messy, but it is fun!100_2412.JPG We can't wait to see what it will look like when all the tiles are put in. Thank you to all our parent volunteers for coming in and helping us! over several weeks we carefully placed the tiles on the wall and created Northside's mosaic. Stop by and check it out sometime! We think it's pretty Awesome!

Mosaic Dedication Ceremony
On December 2 we had a special ceremony to dedicate our mosaic. We presented Mr. Justin with several special tokens of our appreciation and to remember the time he spent with us here at Northside, including a poster signed by every Northside student!

Gabryella Corricelli and Kylie Early spoke as student representatives


Mr. Hale and Mr. Justin listen as Mrs. Huffman speaks

Author Alan St. Jean visited Northside Elementary on Friday November 5th.
We were excited to host Mr. St. Jean who has thus far penned Big Fella, Spooky Mooky, Alyssa and the Spider, and the Aidan of Oren series. Students were able to purchase books and have them autographed by Mr. St. Jean. Mr. St. Jean held two assemblies for our students as well as leading a small writers' workshop with our fifth grade classes. He also generously donated several of his books to our community! Thank you Mr. St. Jean!!

Northside in the News...literally:
Several Northside students participated in a Fox 43 news segment Neighborhood safety

Northside students participated in a Fox 43 segment on Bullying

The Sadecky's Puppet Show "A Little White Lie" was held at Northside on November 23 and enjoyed by the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes!

K-2 Pancake BreakfastMr. Hale and Mrs. Huffman invited all students in Kindergarten through Second grade to a Pancake Breakfast on December 9. Many students woke up early and came to school to enjoy breakfast prepared by their principals!

Even our District Superintendent Dr. Van Noord came to enjoy breakfast with our students!!

Mrs. Huffman and Mr. Hale prepared and served the pancakes to the students


December 23 the Northside staff members participated in "Crazy Christmas" by dressing in festive clothing. Points were awarded for Originality, Creativity, and Spirit. It was great to see so much "crazy spirit" in the hallways and classrooms!

3rd Place - Mrs. Stephens, 1st Place- Mrs. Seibert, 2nd Place - Mrs. Strano

Northside was treated to Christmas Carolers on December 23 as Miss Finney, Miss Peterson and Mrs. Funck's classes serenaded the hallways, classrooms and offices to add a festive spirit to our school.

Author Patricia Herber Visits NorthsideLocal poetry author Patricia Herber visited Northside on January 20 and held two assemblies. Mrs. Herber read and explaining her works of poetry and rhymes to our students, she is the author of "Butterflies, Bears and Other Poems for Children". Mrs. Herber is a retired elementary teacher who enjoyed rhymes as a child and wanted to share her love with young children. She will return to Northside on February 4, 2011 to sign her book for students that have purchased it.


VALENTINE'S DAY BREAKFASTPrior to the start of school on Valentine's Day the men of Northside made breakfast for the ladies of Northside to enjoy! We found out that these guys are all great cooks, and know how to treat their female co-workers right! They prepared Scambled Eggs, French Toast, Breakfast Casseroles, Donuts, Muffins, and plenty of coffee. It was a great way to start a special day!
Thank You Gentlemen!!

The ladies of Northside enjoy breakfast on Valentine's Day

Mr. Cope, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Brinser, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Hale prepare breakfast. Mr. Zimmerman was unavailable for the picture.

100th DAY OF SCHOOL!!100 days of school have been completed, and only 80 more to go! 100 is a big number, but even bigger is the 2,168 items totaling 2, 275.55 pounds of food that we collected and donated to the Caring Cupboard! Mr. Zimmerman's class brought in 196 items the highest number by an individual class, winning them recess with Mr. Hale & Mrs. Huffman! The entire 3rd grade brought in 675 items the highest number collectively by grade.
EVERYONE did an outstanding job celebrating 100 days and donating to the Caring Cupboard!!

Can goods stacked outside Mr. Kelly's room.
Mrs. Garber's class proudly displays their contribution, wearing their 100 day "glasses"!

Storyteller Bill Wood Entertained the K-1 grades on March 3!Storyteller Bill Wood came to Northside on March 3 to share his unique style of Storytelling with our Kindergarten and First grade classes. Everyone enjoyed the stories he told!


Read Across America!!

Northside students and staff all joined in the fun of kicking off Read Across America! Mr. Hale challenged the students to read 2,000 books a week, during the month of March. The crazyness got started on Monday Feb 28 with "Cougar Spirit Day", Tuesday March 1 was wear "Green Day", Wednesday March 2 was Dr. Seuss' birthday so we all wore "Crazy Hats" in honor of the Cat in the Hat, Thursday March 3 brought wacky "Mis-Match Day" and we all looked like we got dressed in the dark! Friday March 4 was "Comfy Day". The students did an excellent job and surpassed the first week goal and earned themselves a movie and Popcorn on Friday afternoon! Keep up the good work Northside!!

Mrs. Guelcher's class on Mis-Match Day

Mr. Chandler shows his "style" on Mis-Match Day!

Mr. Zimmerman cleaned out his tie rack for Mis-Match Day!
Miss Thompson's class dressed for the occasion