November 3

Book Adventure Contest

We are so proud of the many students who have been reading and participating in Book Adventure. Now, your child can participate in a contest through Book Adventure. It is the Walking with Dinosaurs Reading Contest. Here are more details!


NEW Walking with Dinosaurs Reading Contest

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

Help children discover that reading can be fun!

From November 1 – December 20, read  books offline and then quiz online to earn points and enter for a chance to win prizes!

3 Grand Prize Winners each win:
4 movie tickets and a set of all official movie companion books

5 First Prize Winners each win:4 movie tickets

5 Second Prize Winners each win:
Select official movie companion books

25 Third Prize Winners each win:
Official movie posters


Let’s see how many Brecknock students can be winners in this contest!

February 1

PSSA English Language Arts Field Test

During February, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 across Pennsylvania will be participating in a field test of items for a new version of the
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). In the past, the PSSA Writing test has only been given to students in grades 5, 8, and 11. In 2014, The PSSA test will reflect the Common Core Standards which will combine Reading and Writing into one English Language Arts (ELA) test. The purpose of this Writing Field Test is to validate new questions for next year’s ELA PSSA. We will not receive back individual or school score reports from this test. Our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the assessment on the morning of February 12th. Please help your child prepare for this day by getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy breakfast the morning of the test. We also request that you stress the importance of your child doing his or her best on this assessment. If you have any questions or would like to review the assessment, please contact the school.

September 6

The Morning Mile Club is coming to Brecknock!

Our physical education teacher, Mrs. Epler, will be coordinating a morning exercise program for Brecknock students during the 2012-13 school year: the Morning Mile Club! We will start the year offering the program to students in grades 3-6.

Breakfast students will be dismissed from the buses at 8:40 AM as usual. We will continue to encourage students who are in need of breakfast to attend breakfast each day. After breakfast students have cleared the buses, bus drivers will dismiss the Morning Milers. They will enter through the main lobby doors and walk through the center hallway to meet Mrs. Epler on the playground.

Starting Monday, September 10, the following groups of students will be invited to join in the “Morning Mile Club” according to the schedule below for the first week of the program:

Monday, September 10 – Grade 6

Tuesday, September 11 – Grade 5

Wednesday, September 12 – Grade 4

Thursday, September 13 – Grade 3

Friday, September 14- Since this is an EVEN day (14th), Grades 4 and 6 will participate in the Morning Mile club.

Monday, September 17 – Since this is an ODD day (15th), Grades 3 and 5 will participate in the Morning Mile club.
Students who join in the fun will be shown the Morning Mile track and be encouraged to walk, run, or jog laps until 8:55 AM, after which they will report directly to homerooms.

Continuing for the rest of the year after September 17, Grades 4 and 6 will report to MMC on even-days, and Grades 3 and 5 will report to MMC on odd-days. We may look to add grades 1 and 2 during the second semester. Stay tuned!

If your child is a car rider and wishes to attend Morning Mile club, please have your child walk to the car drop-off doors and inform Mrs. Hogan that they need entry to the building in order to walk to the playground to meet Mrs. Epler. They should follow the same even/odd days schedule as listed above.

Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity to develop physical fitness and start the day off right!

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Hilt and/or Mrs. Epler with any questions or concerns!