Miquon Matters 9.11.17

By Kristin Sanderson


  1. Help your child remember to turn in an optional pizza order by Thursday!
  2. Review the Calendar! Save the date for the All-School Work Party on Sept 16  and Back to School Night on Sept 28.
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  3. If you need childcare for the New Parents Dinner or Back to School Night, register now by emailing Tia Mathisen. Space is limited!
  4. Follow best practices when it comes to spending time in the woods; have your child wear long pants and socks, check your child for ticks daily.
    More from the CDC



The new online Parent Portal collects Student Information Forms and Household Information Forms. Many of you logged in and updated some of your information, but didn’t complete your Student Information Forms. Others still need to login for the first time.

Please log into your account and click the “Student Forms Online” button at the top left of your screen to complete the following forms:

  • Student Information Form
  • Family Information Form
  • Emergency Contact Information Form
  • Automated Emergency Announcements Form
Contact Andrea Myers if you need assistance.
Thanks to all who completed 2017-2018 forms already.

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Safety of children and adults is our first concern. Please adhere to these guidelines.

  • Children may never cross the parking lot alone.
  • Drive slowly on the campus, keeping to the right and observing the one-way circles (counter-clockwise) in the parking lot and at the bottom of the drive. Never drive around or in front of school buses or vans unless directed by a Miquon staff person. No three point turns, please.
  • Do not use the After Care Building or Art Room driveways except during evening meetings.
  • When parking on the driveway, park on the right side. Always use the dirt path to walk up.
  • Please avoid walking in the driveway or parking lot. Keep children close to you while walking back to your car. Hold hands.


The two 5th/6th grade classes sell lunch on Fridays as a fundraiser for special activities and trips. Diane and Mark’s class offers pizza, and Louis and Jeri’s class offers other lunch items on alternating weeks throughout the year. Order forms go home in back packs weekly; children should submit their forms and payment no later than 9:00 am on Thursdays.

Lunch sales will begin this Friday with pizza!


New Parents Dinner | Weds, Sept 13, 6:00 pm | Moore Building

New parents are treated to a welcome dinner hosted by board members. Meet other new families and several Miquon teachers, and even learn the school song! If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Tia Mathisen.

Childcare is provided for New Parents Dinner on a first come, first served basis for up to 20 children. The cost is $10 per child* and includes a pizza dinner. If you require evening childcare, please mention this in your RSVP.

*Please note, we can take non-Miquon student siblings at evening childcare, although we cannot accommodate children in diapers. Thanks.

Board Meeting |Weds, Sept 13, 7:00 pm | Louis and Jeri’s Room

Did you know all Miquon parents are invited to attend board meetings? Join us for the first meeting of the year, held immediately following the New Parents Dinner. Future meetings are typically held the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

September Agenda

All School Work Party | Sat, Sept 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Miquon Campus

All families are expected to come out for this event, rain or shine! This year we’ll have jobs ranging from organizing the library to washing windows to renovating the After Care Building. We’ll tackle the usual grounds work as well.

We’re still on if it rains!! There will be plenty of indoor work to accomplish. Come wearing old clothing, long sleeves, sneakers, gloves, pruners, shovels, and wheelbarrows.

We’ll stop work for a hot dog and veggie dog lunch; please feel free to BYO picnic food to supplement the fare.

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Back to School Night | Thurs, Sept 28, 6:00 pm | Your Child’s Classroom

Gather with other parents, meet teachers, and what’s planned for your child’s classroom this year.  The evening begins with a wine and cheese reception in the Moore Building at 6:00 pm; we’ll hear from Principal Susannah Wolf at 6:30.

Childcare is provided for Back to School Night on a first come, first served basis for up to 20 children. (As of today, we have 8 remaining openings.)

The cost for childcare is $10 per child* and includes a pizza dinner. If you require evening childcare, please telephone 610-828-1231 or email Tia Mathisen.

*Please note, we can take non-Miquon student siblings at evening childcare, although we cannot accommodate children in diapers. Thanks.



Destination Imagination | Mondays, starting Sept 18 | Grades 3-6

Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving team sport. Children work as a team to design, create, imagine and build solutions to artistic, scientific, structural, dramatic, technical and social action-oriented challenges. Work in DI must be 100% child initiated; adults are involved only as mentors and teachers. The team will tackle both a Central Challenge and many Instant Challenges.

The DI season concludes with the state tournament in March.

First Lego League (FLL) | Mondays, starting Sept 18 | Grades 4-6

First Lego League (FLL) is a robotics program that sets teams up to research a real-world problem and to work together to develop a solution. This year the challenge will be in the area of hydro-dynamics, and part of the solution requires that teams design, build, and program a robot using Lego Mindstorms® technology. Children develop critical thinking, team-building skills, and basic STEM applications. Participants present solutions to judges and have their robot compete on a table-top playing field.

The FLL season concludes with a tournament in December.

The cost for either program will be $50 for the season. Please do not let the cost be a barrier to your child’s participation; contact Susannah  to make other arrangements if necessary.

Register in advance
Interested kids should attend After Care on Mon, Sept 18 to learn more. Contact Tia Mathisen by Sept 22 to register.


The After Care Program is off to a great start this school year! Please drop in and say hi. We will be having a baseball class that’s open for all ages Sept 26-Oct 24. The class will run each Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 pm. During the class we will be playing fun games that work on different skills like hitting, pitching, and fielding the ball.

Please email DJ Giordano if you have any questions or comments.



How to Raise a Successful Child without Over Parenting | Weds, Sept 27, 7:00 pm
Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd, Bryn Athyn, PA

Julie Lythcott-Haims is a writer, knowledgeable speaker on parenting, former Stanford Dean of Freshmen, and New York Times best-selling author of How to Raise an Adult: Break free of the Over-parenting Trap and Prepare your Kid for Success.

Tickets are only $10, and can be purchased at www.mitchelcenter.info.

Call 267-502-2539 for more information.