Archive for February, 2017

Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School Kindergarten registration

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION                                               

Claysburg-Kimmel  Elementary School has scheduled kindergarten registration for Thursday, March 23rd, & Friday, March 24th, 2017.

To be eligible for the 2017-2018 kindergarten class, a child must be five years oldbefore July 1, 2017.  If you have a child who is eligible for registration and do notreceive our registration information by February 28th, please call the school at 239-5144.

Please pass this information to your relatives, friends, and neighbors. We are depending on your help to locate all possible registration applicants.

Kindergarten registration for Pike County

It’s time for Kindergarten Registration!

Shohola – March 1  (registration and screening)

DDPS – March 13 and 16     Student screening:  May 15, 17, 19

DVES – May 9 (registration and screening)


Home Visiting Program Helps Family Plan Their Future

February 16th, 2017
Mercer County, Stories

The following is a family’s impact from an early learning program, as told by Bette Green, a long time Parent Educator in a Mercer County Family Center.  It truly speaks to the strength of the Parents As Teachers home visiting program.  It allows parents to gain knowledge regarding child development, as well as, supporting families in building their family strengths and supports. 

A family was referred to the Mercer County Family Center through Children and Youth Services.  (more…)

Williamsburg Community School District kindergarten registration

Williamsburg Community School District will conduct its annual Kindergarten registration on Friday, March 17, 2017. Any child living in the district that will be five years old on or before June 30, 2017 is eligible to enroll.

Registration is by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the elementary school office at 832-2125, ext. 3123. Registration packets are available for pick-up in the elementary office.

A state birth certificate (original), social security card, current immunization record, and proof of residency are required for admission to school and should be presented with the completed registration papers by March 3, 2017.

Hollidaysburg Area School District Kindergarten registration

2017 Kindergarten Registration Schedule

Foot of Ten Elementary School – February 14 & 15, 2017

Frankstown Elementary School – February 22 & 23, 2017

C.W. Longer Elementary School – February 28 & March 1, 2017

For more info, visit the school’s website.

Kindergarten registration for Bloomsburg Area School District

This year, the Bloomsburg Area School District will be registering kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year during the week of February 27, by appointment only. To be eligible for admittance to kindergarten in the Bloomsburg Area School District, a child must be five years of age before 1 September 2017.

Registration for all children will be in the attendance area in which they reside. Those living in the Town of Bloomsburg and Wonderview will register at Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School (570-784-7885); Hemlock and Montour Townships at W. W. Evans Elementary School (570-784-3167); and Beaver and Main Townships at Beaver-Main Elementary School (570-784-0309). Parents should call their child’s school no later than February 15 in order to schedule their registration appointment.

Parents must call the school their child will be attending to make an appointment to register their child. When parents go to the school to register their child for kindergarten, the child will also participate in the kindergarten screening process. This screening provides staff with information about a child’s readiness for kindergarten and will determine if the child would benefit from a pre-kindergarten summer program. A kindergarten orientation will be conducted at each elementary school in August. Parents will receive more information about this at a later date.

Dates for kindergarten registration and screening will be conducted as indicated below:

  • Memorial Elementary School – Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28
  • W.W. Evans Elementary School – Thursday, March 2
  • Beaver-Main Elementary School – Friday, March 3

To complete the registration process, parents or legal guardians must bring their child’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of child’s date of birth, immunization record, and proof of residency. Parents or legal guardians must submit ONE of the following documents as proof of residency: Real estate tax bill, signed lease, or mortgage document or payment book/coupon; OR TWO of the following documents: Gas/electric bill, voter registration card, phone bill (landline only), food stamp card, vehicle registration, bank statement, homeowner/rental insurance, water bill, cable bill, public aid/Medicaid card, credit card statement, paycheck stub, city sticker receipt, or driver’s license/state identification card.

District Office Hours

The district office of the Bloomsburg Area School District is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday except when offices are closed, as indicated on the school calendar.

Johnstown Area Students and Teachers Invited to Take Part in Bookmark Design Contest

February 13th, 2017
2017 MOYC, Cambria County, News

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story focused around our theme of “READ, ROCK & ROLL.” Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 9th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, which takes place April 1-2, 2017.

“The bookmark contest has been a staple of the Children’s Book Festival since we started in 2008,” said Ingrid Kloss, Development Director at The Learning Lamp. “Last year, we received over 600 entries from local students and this year we hope to receive even more! Plus, the kids love the friendly competition and always turn in great work.”

The bookmark design contest is divided into four age brackets:

  • preschool and kindergarten
  • 1st and 2nd grade
  • 3rd and 4th grade, and
  • 5th and 6th grade.

Book festival attendees each get one vote per age bracket. Each division winner receives a prize package that includes a personal library of books.

Teachers can enter to win a classroom set of books by submitting their students’ bookmarks together. Rules and entry forms have been delivered to area schools. Any child from preschool to sixth grade can take part, even if their school is not participating in the contest. Only one bookmark entry per child. Visit for a printable entry form. Completed bookmarks can be sent to The Learning Lamp at 2025 Bedford St., Johnstown PA, 15904. The deadline to submit is March 18, 2017 by 5 p.m.

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is sponsored by The Learning Lamp and is held at BOTTLE WORKS. Its goal is to provide quality, interactive literary experiences that inspire children to read and encourage families to read together. Featured artists in 2017 include: Victoria Jamieson (author/illustrator of the Newbery Honor Award and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl), Micha Archer (author of the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem), Stacy Innerst (illustrator of The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)) and more! Attendees can also take part in writing and illustrating workshops for kids, live entertainment, arts and crafts and a giant children’s new and used book sale. Every child who comes to the Children’s Book Festival walks away with a free book from First Book.

For more information on the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, call 814-262-0732 extension 242 or visit or like and follow our Facebook page at

Win a 2017 PA One Book!

Daniel Finds a Poem coverThe 2017 PA One Book; Every Young Child has finally arrived!  This year’s selection, Daniel Finds a Poem, written and illustrated by Micha Archer, is a story about a boy who goes on an adventure through a park trying to find answers to his question, “What is poetry?”

To help promote reading early and often to children in homes and early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania, one winner was selected at random EVERY DAY from March 19 to April 30, 2017 .

Are you a winner? Check below!

March 19: Barb B. of Dillsburg, PA
March 20: Michelle C. of Dallas, PA
March 21: Karen L. of Bristol, PA
March 22: Evie C. of West Chester, PA
March 23: Jada A. of Bethlehem, PA
March 24: Dina H. of Chalfont, PA
March 25: Linda A. of Glen Lyon, PA
March 26: Samantha K. of Annville, PA
March 27: Stacey Y. of Pittsburgh, PA
March 28: Gina D. of Reading, PA
March 29: Tara L. of Stillwater, PA
March 30: Kim M. of Pittsburgh, PA
March 31: Jennifer M. of Harrisburg, PA
April 1: Nancy D. of Erie, PA
April 2: Linda R. of Duquesne, PA
April 3: Jean W. of Ford City, PA
April 4: Rose S. of Pittsburgh, PA
April 5: Mia M. of Braddock, PA
April 6: Liane U.S. of Ligonier, PA
April 7: Kensie H. of Hatfield, PA
April 8: April G. of Tidioute, PA
April 9: Tia M. of Aliquippa, PA
April 10: Katie S. of Glenshaw, PA
April 11: Jennifer K. of Warren Center, PA
April 12: Natalie L. of Archbald, PA
April 13: Linda K. of Mount Carmel, PA
April 14: Kathleen R. of Rockledge, PA
April 15: Sonya B. of Telford, PA
April 16: Fabi D. of Rydal, PA
April 17: Mary W. of North East, PA
April 18: Kay L. of Stroudsburg, PA
April 19: Diane G. of Philadelphia, PA
April 20: Lauren C. of Tannersville, PA
April 21: Suzette M. of Warminister, PA
April 22: Krista B. of Williamsport, PA
April 23: Mary Y. of Philadelphia, PA
April 24: Heidi A. of Emporium, PA
April 25: Carmen M. of Yeadon, PA
April 26: Chris G. of Henryville, PA
April 27: Janis L. of Danville, PA
April 28: Rae T. of Mount Bethel, PA
April 29: Catherine G. of York, PA
April 30: Nancy S. of Pennsburg, PA

My son has found his voice in PA Pre-K Counts

February 9th, 2017
Allegheny County, Stories

Through this PA Pre-K Counts program my son has not only made friends, he has found his voice. Before coming to Ms. Kim’s room, he said almost nothing. After just a few short months, he has such a large vocabulary and is learning more words every day!

We will forever be grateful for this program and the teachers.

Peggie & Nicholas P.

Aubree is more confident because of PA Pre-K Counts

February 9th, 2017
Allegheny County, Stories

The program helped my daughter, Aubree, be more confident about learning. She comes home every day and loves to tell me all the new things she has learned and about all her friends.