EEHSP End of Year Report – 2016-17

EEHSP 2016-17 Year-End Report

Each year, the EEHSP is proud to support and expand on the outstanding work of our schools’ teachers and staff by organizing and funding a wide range of curriculum-related programs and community-building events.

The programs are made possible by the donations of time and funds by our incredible community. In the 2016-17 school year, your contributions helped us raise nearly $50,000, through programs such as:

AmazonSmile, Book Fair, Box Tops, Carnival, Direct Donations, Directory Sales, Flapjack Fundraisers, Harlem Wizards, Spartan Fest, KidStuff Books, Pretzel Sales, Square 1 Art, and Spirit Wear Sales

Here’s how we spent that time and money:

  • Artists in Residence ($7,000)
    Artists share their skills and perspectives with the students
    Enfield: Jenna Price of HoneyBadger Woodworks helped each class design and build a birdhouse
    Erdenheim: Dance group Hip Hop Fundamentals led breakdancing workshops promoting teamwork and self-confidence
  • Author/Illustrator (Supported by the Debbie MacFarland-Corrigan Fund) ($4,500)
    Author/illustrators discuss their work and autograph books for the kids
    Thanks to a generous grant from the Debbie MacFarland-Corrigan Fund, author/illustrator Matt Phelan presented and signed books at Enfield and Erdenheim
  • Financial Assistance ($500)
    Financial aid is provided to children for school-related expenses
  • Gardening ($1,000)
    Both schools receive aesthetically pleasing plantings, decorations and upkeep
  • Grade-Level Events ($12,000)
    Fun events are planned and implemented across both elementary schools

    • K: “American pride” laser light show
    • 1: Franklin Institute presentation, slime-making and pizza truck
    • 2: African bazaar
    • 3: “Tour of the USA”
    • 4: SPACEtacular laser light show and telescope viewing
    • 5: Flash Back Party; Pool Party; End-of-Year Picnic at Camp America (partial funding)
    • K-5: Roller Skating Party at the Palace Roller Rink
    • Various assemblies at both schools
  • Mini-Grants ($6,000)
    Educational programming and other special requests are funded

    • K: Trip Around the World
    • 1: Uncle Sam’s Comedy Jam assembly
    • 2: Chick embryology unit
    • 3: Wissahickon Environmental Center field trip
    • 4: Woodmere Art Museum Kids Care project
    • 5: Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show: The Human Body; and colonial storyteller Bill Wood
    • Erdenheim: Service Week pep rally with laser light show
    • K-5: In addition, made available $8,000 ($170/teacher) in classroom funds for teachers
  • Playgrounds ($1,500)
    Equipment such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and parachutes are provided
  • Publishing Center ($200)
    Books authored and illustrated by third-graders are produced and assembled in hardcover format
  • Talent Show ($100)
    A two-night talent show is produced for Enfield and Erdenheim students
  • Teacher Appreciation ($1,800)
    Teachers and staff are honored with luncheons, gifts and cards from the kids

Thanks and So Long!
It’s with immense gratitude that we recognize the many volunteers who helped make these programs possible and say goodbye to those whose fifth-graders are graduating. Thank you also to the board members and committee leaders who are stepping down — your dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of our kids have been greatly appreciated.

Pitch In for 2017-18
A variety of our programs are in danger of being shut down unless new committee chairs are found. Our programs generally aren’t difficult to execute — but they do require the time and attention of people who are dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of our kids. In most cases, outgoing chairs will walk new leaders through each process. The following committees are in need of new leadership. To help, please contact us at volunteers@eehsp.org.

  • Carnival
    Our largest event of the year, acting as both a fundraiser and fun event, this K-5 community function requires hundreds of volunteers. Committee members will help organize, plan and coordinate the event. Volunteers are needed to fill the following chair positions: co-chair, food, face painting and sponsorship/raffle. This is truly an amazing institution at the schools, and tremendous fun.
  • Community Partnerships
    New committee. Will establish longer-term relationships between our schools and the community, and ongoing service opportunities for our students. The goal will be the adoption of particular organizations by some sub-unit of the school (school, grade, class etc.), allowing the students to work in an ongoing and meaningful way throughout the year with that organization. Tasks may include coordination with teachers and community organizations, publicity, school advertising, collection/delivery of donations, and more.
  • Fall Fun Fest (2018-19)
    This committee plans, organizes and implements a one-day community celebration, which also will serve as a small fundraiser. It will celebrate the fall, and include a community flea market, apple recipe contest, live music from a local Erdenheim parent’s band, and other musicians she arranges, and philanthropic opportunities, as well as various activities and fun events for kids and adults alike. Committee members will work with the chair to craft and organize the event, including collecting donations from local businesses, coordinating publicity for it and staffing it.
  • Family Fun Nights
    This committee plans, organizes and implements fun events across both elementary schools that provide opportunities for full-family interaction.
  • Fundraising Support 
    Assist with Square 1 Art, Mixed Bags and KidStuff Coupon Books and various other fundraisers. This includes administrative support counting, sorting or entering orders, collecting artwork and orders, displaying samples and/or distributing orders.
  • Garden Committee
    This committee works with both schools to provide aesthetically pleasing plantings for both schools and to maintain their health. Work may include garden maintenance, coordination with teachers and others for co-purposed educational plantings, etc.
  • Newsletter
    Committee creates periodic newsletter advertising EEHSP-sponsored events and activities, and updating families on information of interest.
  • Philanthropy
    Help organize and implement short-term community service projects, which may include a holiday community gift program, food drives, etc. Tasks may include community publicity, school advertising, collection/delivery of donations, and more.
  • Playground
    This committee is responsible for inspecting and making recommended improvements to the playgrounds (repainting lines, etc.) and their associated equipment. As necessary, the committee purchases and updates recess toys, balls and games for use with recess classes, and works with school staff to determine what is needed.
  • Sustainability Committee
    The EEHSP Green Team is a school-wide effort to provide educational information on “green” issues and to integrate “green” principles into school-sponsored events and classroom curriculum. The Green Team’s goal is to inspire all members of our school community to want to take care of the planet. Three focus areas: Reducing Waste; Education; and Grounds & Greening.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
    The committee plans events and activities honoring teachers and staff at both schools and administration. Activities may include a luncheon, favors/gifts, cards from children, etc.

Keep in Touch!
To subscribe to the EEHSP mailing list, please visit http://eehsp.org/eblasts/.


5th Grade Pool Party – June 9th


EEHSP Carnival Bake Sale and Cake Walk

Donations accepted Saturday, May 20 after 9am in the Enfield cafeteria
or with co-chairs in the days prior to event.

Questions? Contact Gina Bailey at ginanoel@comcast.net
or Karen McGlinchey at Karen.mcglinchey@foxroach.com

Assistance is needed! Click Here to Volunteer via Sign-up Genius


EEHSP Carnival: Pre-Sale Tickets, and Volunteers Needed!

We need your help to run this year’s EEHSP Carnival!
Click here to sign up!

You can also pre-buy your tickets!
Click on the flyer below to download the form
and return via backpack mail, or
Click here to purchase online



EEHSP Carnival Pre-Sale Tickets are Available


Author/ Illustrator Matt Phelan is Coming!

Author/ Illustrator Matt PhelanAuthor/ Illustrator Matt Phelan is Coming
Enfield and Erdenheim Elementary Schools!

Erdenheim: May 3, 2017
Enfield: May 4, 2017

Thanks to a generous grant from the Debbie MacFarland Corrigan Memorial Fund, acclaimed author/illustrator Matt Phelan will be visiting Erdenheim Elementary School on Wednesday, May 3rd and Enfield Elementary School on Thursday, May 4th to present to the students and sign his books.


Matt Phelan will be visiting both elementary schools, but each form only contains the books available at each school.

Please click here to download the form for ERDENHEIM ORDERS ONLY
Please click here to download the form for ENFIELD ORDERS ONLY

You will need to return the completed form to your child’s teacher with your payment by Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Checks should be made payable to EEHSP.

For more information, please contact Tracy Diehl at tracysdiehl@aol.com.


Kindergarten Family Fun Night – Friday, April 7


Phillies Family Day – April 23


Birdhouse Design/ Build Challenge: Volunteers Needed!

Birdhouse Design/ Build Challenge:
Not to put too fine a point on it…
Volunteers Needed!

Enfield welcomes Artist in Residence, Jenna Price,
a woodworker leading a Birdhouse Design/Build Challenge.

Students designed birdhouses during art last week
and now we need helping hands for the building stage!

Please click on the link below to sign up
to help during your child’s art class 
on either
Monday March 13, Tuesday March 14
Wednesday March 15,
Thursday March 16 or Friday March 24.


Design/ Build Birdhouse



EEHSP Spring Carnival – 5/20 – Mark Your Calendars


Erdenheim – Artist In Residence Program

If your child had gym last Tuesday you may have heard about this year’s artist-in-residence, the dance group Hip Hop Fundamentals.

They will be coming back Feb 2, 3, 13, and 15 during gym classes so that all students can take part in Breakdancing workshops designed to explore this unique American art form while building confidence and teamwork.

As the dancer told the kids last week “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it!” Stay tuned for photos and videos of the kids expressing themselves through dance!

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