A message from Mr. Dryden

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September/October, 2014

R. Elisabeth Maclary Elementary 300 St. Regis Dr. Newark, DE 19711 302-454-2142

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A Message from Mr. Dryden

It is with the utmost excitement that I welcome our entire community back for another outstanding year at Maclary Elementary School. The 2014 – 2015 year promises to be a year full of rigorous, challenging, and engaging learning opportunities. Together we will embody the school’s mission and vision: academic excellence for all students in a setting that maximizes engagement while utilizing structures of support that enable all students to experience academic, social , and emotional growth. The entire Maclary staff is ready to meet the established high academic expectations and goals while providing supports for students and families that will ensure success.

Building bridges and keeping communication ongoing between school and home is a hallmark of successful schools. I encourage parents and guardians to be involved in school activities and your child’s education. Maclary has an outstanding tradition of adult support for all Maclary students. I would like to encourage every adult to be involved and supportive of the work we do on a daily basis. The parent-staff-student-community partnership that exists will define Maclary’s success.

There are several changes that will be in effect for this school year. Detailed below are the new policies and procedures.

  • The addition of required intervention classes will create daily supports for students to meet and exceed learning expectations in both math and reading/literacy. This makes our daily schedule at all grades very full. The student instructional day is now maximized to meet all subject or class time requirements. The instructional day is 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with morning work starting at 8:20 a.m. Dismissal by waves will begin at 3:05 p.m. No early dismissals after 2:50 p.m. will occur. School buses will depart the premises by 3:15 p.m.

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Dates to Remember…

open house

Thurs. Sept. 18th

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Parent Advisory Council (PaC) Meeting

Tues. Sept. 23rd 6:00 p.m.

PTA MeetingS

*Tues. Sept. 23rd

*Wed. Oct. 15th

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Babysitting provided

UpComing Days: School Closed

*Thurs. Sept. 25th

*Fri. Oct. 3rd

*Tues. Nov. 4th

Maclary wear order deadline

Fri. Sept. 26th

BJ’s fundraiser

Mon. Sept. 22nd – Mon. Sept. 29th

school picture day

Thurs. Oct. 2nd

Yankee candle fall fundraiser

Tues. Oct. 7th – Mon. Oct. 27th

christina district day of kindness

Fri., Oct. 24th

fall festival

Fri., Oct. 24th

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Mcdonalds night

Tues. Oct. 28th



Maclary Web Site


The school calendar, PTA information, copies of the Maclarion, and much more!

A Message from Mr. Dryden (cont.)

  • Students will be permitted to go to homeroom starting at 8:15 a.m. This is a change from last year. The cafeteria will open at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast. Bus riders will arrive at 8:15 a.m. Those wanting to have breakfast will go directly to the cafeteria, and those who do not want breakfast will report directly to homeroom at 8:15 a.m. The same policy is in effect for students who walk to school or get dropped off each day. Please remember that no cars are permitted on school grounds during these established times: 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. This is to ensure the safety of our students during arrival and dismissal from school. The need to be concise and efficient with arrival and dismissal procedures is clear.

  • This year only sealed, packaged, and clearly labeled items with a list of ingredients will be permitted in classes for celebration events. There are several students in the building who have severe allergies to a myriad of foods. This is also a time to revisit what types of foods are present during celebrations. Please be mindful that as a school community we should provide more healthful snacks and foods for our students.

  • Beginning Monday, September 22, 2014, parents and guardians will no longer be able to walk students to their classes or eat breakfast with students in the morning. Students will either go directly to the cafeteria or to their homeroom. Parents who need to see a teacher in the morning may do so from the main office. This new policy is directly related to maintaining efficiency during morning routines and ensuring that our building is safe and secure at all times.

  • There will also be new guidelines for eating lunch with students. Parents may only bring in lunch for their child. The student may invite one friend to lunch, and this will occur at the back table in the cafeteria.

Please understand that Maclary staff and teachers value parent and guardian support and volunteerism. Any scheduled volunteer activity may begin at 8:30 a.m. after student arrival and instruction begins for the day. These changes may appear to be quite different from past practices, but they will enhance instruction and school safety/climate for all students and staff.

On behalf of the entire Maclary staff, I welcome our Maclary family back for the start of the 2014 - 2015 year. At Maclary Elementary, we embody our school mantra: “Today is a wonderful day to be a part of the Maclary family!”

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, service provider, or office staff for assistance at any time.


Bart Dryden, Principal

Maclary Elementary School


PTA Information

Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 school year at Maclary Elementary School!

The Maclary PTA works hard to enhance the school environment, encourage school spirit, support our hard working teachers and staff and most of all enrich the overall educational experience for our children. We look forward to having another wonderful and rewarding year and to seeing you at our family events!

Please attend our PTA meetings; they are the most effective way to stay informed about what is going on in the school. These meetings are open to everyone, not just PTA members. We look forward to seeing you at our PTA meetings!

A calendar of scheduled PTA meetings and events is provided on page 9 of this issue.

The 2014 – 2015 PTA Board Members are here to help you. We look forward to seeing you at school events, and please feel free say hello when you see us around the school!

President: Susan Reazor

Vice- President: Karla Coleman

Secretary: Marea Kessler

Treasurer: Terri Welsh

Financial Record Keeper – Catherine Hill

Fundraiser Coordinator: Jennifer Haslam

Memberships: Dina Bovankovich

We are all fortunate to be part of the Maclary Community. It is a unique school because of our devoted parents, families, teachers, staff and the BEST students! The PTA looks forward to all our planned events and activities. We know that without your help and cooperation we cannot achieve all our goals. Thank you in advance for your support and volunteer time.

The Maclary PTA Officers
First PTA meeting

You are invited to attend the first PTA Meeting of the school year:

Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Maclary library. Babysitting will be provided.

Please join us to learn more about the budget, upcoming events and an update from the Principal. Light refreshments will be served.

Also: Please join us before this meeting at 6:00 p.m. for a Parent Advisory Council meeting.


Maclary Open House

Thursday, Sept. 18th is the Maclary Open House. Parents are invited to come to school and meet the teachers and visit your child’s classroom. The PTA will also have a membership table. We encourage you to stop by to meet our officers and sign to become a member!



Thank you to the 108 families and staff members who have already joined Maclary PTA this year!

Last year our PTA was able to fund field trips, assemblies and enrichment programs. We paid for classroom supplies, educational magazines, books, recess equipment, and more. Plus we sponsored lots of fun family events such as Fall Festival, International Night, Movie Nights, Family Block Parties, and Shamrock Hop.

Please show your support for the children of Maclary by joining the PTA! Members receive free tickets for Maclary's Fall Festival, Shamrock Hop goody tickets, and automatic entry into members’ only raffles throughout the year. And you don't have to attend meetings or volunteer your time. We welcome volunteers, but it is NOT required.
Raffle Winners

Congratulations to our "Back to School Social" PTA raffle winners. Dana Davis & Siu Anderson each won a $25 Outback gift card!


Maclary Yearbook News

Welcome back to school, Maclary friends. We are excited to announce that Mrs. Hall, Maclary School Librarian, is the yearbook coordinator this year!

The yearbook can be so much fun with your help! We would love to receive your photos throughout the school year, and we'd like to start with Back to School pictures!

If you took photos of your kids at the front door or the bus stop on the first day of school, please send them to maclaryphotos@gmail.com to be included in the yearbook. Photos taken with regular cameras work best, but this year we will accept cell phone pictures too!

For more information please email maclaryphotos@gmail.com.


A Message from your Box Tops Coordinator, Karla Coleman:

Welcome back to school! Box Tops is such an easy way for parents to get involved in their child’s education. Just by purchasing Box Tops products, clipping the coupons and sending them into school, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need. You can find Box Tops on thousands of your favorite products, from Big G cereals to Avery office supplies to Hanes T-shirts to Boise printer paper.

We can earn cash for our school online, too! There are two ways. One, you can shop online through the Box Tops website and earn eBoxTops credits on all your purchases. Just click the “earn” section at the top of the BTFE.com homepage and scroll down to “shop marketplace.”

Two, you can take part in any of the activities on the eBoxTops “Click & Earn” page. Again, click the “earn” section at the top of the homepage, then scroll down to “click & earn.” Any eBoxTops you earn will be automatically credited to our school. Each eBoxTop is worth 10¢, just like a regular Box Top.

If have any questions about earning eBoxTops, just let me know. You can contact me at Karlacoleman30@gmail.com . I’m always happy to help you earn more cash for our school!



Friends of Christina School District

Focused on excellent schools for EVERY child.
First meeting: Monday, Sept. 29th 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School

Who are we? FOCSD is a network of parents and community members who advocate for excellent district schools.

What do we do? We ally with teachers, legislators and district staff to address issues that affect all Christina students. Our goal is to ensure a high-quality education for every child.

Join us! Meeting information is posted at www.focsd.org.

* For more frequent news and information, follow Friends of Christina School District on Facebook.

* To be added to our email list, send your contact information to focsd14@gmail.com


community day

Sunday, September 21st

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On the University of Delaware Green from Memorial Hall to Main Street

Invest – In - A – Kid

(a Maclary PTA Fundraiser)
The Maclary PTA is offering the ‘Invest–In-A-Kid’ program to parents/caregivers as an option to make donations that will directly fund our many activities and sponsorships instead of purchasing items from our Fall fundraising brochure.

  • This fundraiser is simple and easy! Nothing to buy or sell!

  • We are simply accepting contributions from our Maclary families in lieu of selling/buying from the fundraiser brochures.

  • Your tax-deductible donation will support the MACLARY PTA 100%! (purchases from the brochures have a 35-40% profit to the PTA)

  • Any contribution amount is greatly appreciated. It is all up to you!

  • Co-Workers, friends and family can also make donations.

  • ‘Invest-In-A-Kid’ will run along with the brochure fundraiser. Please return your donation with the form below by

October 27, 2014.
Please remember we are offering this program along with the Fall fundraiser brochure. Families who choose to donate to the Maclary PTA may do so directly through the ‘Invest–In-A-Kid’ program OR by participating in selling/purchasing from one of the fundraiser brochures.


Invest – In – A - Kid’ Fundraiser
Enclose this portion of the form in a sealed envelope addressed to Maclary PTA.

All checks and money orders should be made out to Maclary PTA.

Child’s name _______________________________ Room# _______ Grade _______

Parent’s name ________________________________________________

A tax donation form will be sent to you with in the next 4 – 6 weeks.

Thank you for contributing to the Maclary PTA

Invest-In-A-Kid Fundraiser!
All donations will be used to run or support these PTA sponsored

events and activities:
Monthly issues of the Maclarion school newsletter

Meet the Teacher Night

Fall Festival

Scholastic Book Fairs

Doughnuts for Dads

Muffins for Moms

Lego Family Block Parties

Reflections Art Program

International Festival

Movie Nights


Field Trip Funding Assistance

Indoor/Outdoor Recess Activities

Shamrock Hop

Library, Gym, Art, Music Resources

Classroom and Departmental Resources

PBS Activities

Holiday Shop

Event Registrations: Odyssey of the Mind

Field Day


Teacher and Staff Appreciation

Box Tops for Education

Campbell’s Labels

5th Grade Recognition

Thank you again for your support!

Maclary Fall Festival 2014

Friday, October 24th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Are you looking to have fun as a family? Come on out to Maclary on Friday, October 24th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and we’ll show you a hauntingly good time!

There will be games (lots of them!), crafts, face painting, a Cake Walk, a Food Court, a Tag Auction and prizes galore! Everyone always has a lot of fun.

Below is a form you can fill out to volunteer – this means you can do as little or as much as you want. However, to make this event a success we need many volunteers to help run the games, Tag Auction, Crafts and Haunted House. We have decided to run the games until 8:00 p.m. and then start the Tag Auction in the cafeteria. Our ‘time commitment’ from each volunteer to run games/crafts is a 45 minute session (early, middle, late).

We also need good ‘bakers’ (or buyers!) to bring in baked goods for the Cake Walk (full cake, pan of brownies, box of donuts, plate of cupcakes) or individually wrapped snacks for our Food Court.

Please fill out the form below and return it to school with your child, as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Karla Coleman at Karlacoleman30@gmail.com. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this event.


2014 Fall Festival Volunteer Form

Please send this form back to school with your child as soon as possible.
Yes, I/we would like to volunteer to help with an event.
NAME ______________________________ Session (circle one): Early Middle Late (we will attempt to accommodate)
PHONE &/or e-mail __________________________________________
Child’s Name & room # ______________________________________
I would like to bake a cake (or other baked good) for the Cake Walk or send in individually wrapped goodies for the Food Court.
Name ______________________________ Item______________________
Food Court ____ Cake Walk ____

Maclary Fall Festival 2014

Friday, October 24th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fall Festival Ticket Pre-order Form
Yes, I’d like to save by pre-ordering my Fall Festival Tickets at 20 cents each. Tickets WILL be available on the night of the event; however, the price will be 25 cents each (Example – 40 tickets for $8, pre-sale. Night of event, 40 tickets for $10). If you have any questions, please contact Karla Coleman at Karlacoleman30@gmail.com.

Student’s Name ____________________________________________

Teacher’s Name ____________________________ Room # _______

Number of Tickets ___________ Amount enclosed __________

Cash or checks (made payable to Maclary PTA) should be sent with the request in a sealed envelope, addressed: Fall Festival

Maclary Fall Festival Ticket

Pre-order Info
You may pre-order your tickets (at a lower cost) now through Friday, October 1th by sending a check made out to Maclary PTA. PLEASE include your child’s name and room number so tickets can be returned home within 2-3 school days. (Tickets will be for sale on the night of the event at a higher cost.)
To help you in deciding the number of tickets you wish to purchase, we are including a partial list of ticket item ‘prices’. ALL games, food and activities accept tickets only.

  • Food prices will be 2 – 4 tickets each. We will have Pizza, hotdogs, assorted drinks, water (large & small) and homemade goodies.

  • Most games will cost 4 tickets,

  • Crafts - 4 tickets,

  • Haunted House – 4 tickets,

  • Cake Walk – 3 tickets

  • we will be selling ‘glow’ products & yo-yo balls for 3-8 tickets each, and

  • of course 1 ticket for each chance on any Tag Auction item, including the popular Classroom Baskets (approx 20)!

Some of the Tag Auction items include: restaurant gift certificates, bowling, ice & roller skating, Thirty-One bags, Salon certificates, movie passes, just to name a few – there will be OVER 60 items to bid on!

P.S. – if you are a member of the PTA or join the evening of the Festival we will be giving you 5 free tickets for each adult member! Stop by the PTA table to pick them up!

2014 - 2015 Maclary PTA Calendar
  1. Please mark these dates on your calendar!

August 20th Meet the Teacher Night 4:00 – 6:00
September 18th Open House 6:30-8:00 p.m.

15th – 26th Spirit Wear sale

22nd – 29th BJ’s Fundraiser

23rd PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

October 7th – 27th Fall Fundraiser – Yankee Candle

15th PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

24th Fall Festival

28th McDonalds Restaurant Night

November 3rd – 10th Fall Book fair 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

5th Donuts for Dads 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.

7th Movie Night 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

10th – 14th Original Works Fundraiser

20th PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
December TBA Yankee Candle orders delivered

8th – 12th Holiday Shop

TBA Family Event - Lego Block Party 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

TBA Original Works artwork delivered

January 13th PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

21st Family Night – Fitness Fun Night 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TBA Reflections Ceremony
February 12th Valentine Flowers

19th PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TBA Family Event - Lego Block Party 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TBA International Festival

March 12th Shamrock Hop 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

18th PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

April 16th PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

20th – 24th Penny Race 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

TBA Family Event
May 4th – 8th Staff Appreciation Week

19th PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

11Th - 15th Spring Buy 1 Get 1 Book Fair 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

12th Muffins for Moms 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.

15th Paws for Reading or Movie Night 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
June 3rd PTA meeting (babysitting provided) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TBA Field Day

TBA Fun in the Sun

TBA Fifth Grade Recognition

9th Last Day of School

In the front office

Mrs. Cassidy is the school Secretary and has been at Maclary for the past three years. She is originally from Phila., PA. She has lived in Delaware for the last 26 years and just celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary. She has two sons, Larry Jr. (24) and Patrick (22) and they are her world.

Mr. Dryden: I am starting my 19th year in education, all of which have been spent serving the Christina community. I am proudly starting my first full year as the principal of Maclary ES! Prior to coming to Maclary, I was a social studies teacher at Shue-Medill for 11 years, an instructional coach for 3 years, and I served as an administrator at Christiana HS and Bayard MS. I earned bachelor degrees in economics and history education from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in finance from the University of Alabama, and a School Leader certification from Wilmington University and the University of Delaware. I look forward to an outstanding year and working with the entire Maclary community.

Greetings Maclary family from Mrs. Tylisha Saunders! My current position at Maclary is Academic Dean. I am in my 15th year of education. I have been with Christina School District since 2010. I am a Christina School District alum; Go Glasgow Dragons! On a personal note, I am married and am a mother of 2 energetic boys.


My name is Lethia Asare. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in Early Childhood Education and my Master’s Degree from Wilmington University in Leadership and Instruction. This is my fourth year to teach Kindergarteners at Maclary Elementary School (such a joy). I have one son and he is a junior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I enjoy life, singing and spending time with family and friends.

Rachel Copeland is excited to be returning to Maclary and co-teaching with Ms. Stucky in kindergarten! This is her 8th year with the Delaware Autism Program, her 4th year of teaching. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters of Special Education. She loves spending her time with her 7 month old son Caden, going to the beach, and going for walks with her two dogs!

My name is Ms. Henry. I teach kindergarten at Maclary. I have three children, Collin, Carter, and Catelyn. I also have two dogs Lincoln and Callie. My favorite thing to do in my spare time is read books.

My name is Daniel Herrero Escalona. I was born and raised in Spain, a country far from here in Europe. We speak Spanish there, but I always liked English and studied really hard. I made some good friends from all around the world and travelled a lot. The experience was awesome and I thought that everybody should travel and learn from other people in other parts of the world. That is the reason I decided to become an English teacher. I worked in Spanish schools for a few years teaching Spanish, English, Math, Science, etc. One day, I found out that there was a program for Spanish teachers in the US and decided to apply. Living in another country sounded very good to me. And here I am! I have been here three years, made great friends and, met my wife. So... it totally looks like I am going to be here for a little while.

Ms. Seamans is thrilled to begin her 12th year of teaching, and her 11th year at Maclary! She loves teaching kindergarten, and is looking forward to a fun and exciting year of learning with her new friends in Room 7. Ms. Seamans has two daughters and two cats, all of whom keep her very busy and entertained. When she is not teaching, Ms. Seamans likes to watch baseball, bake, run, drink coffee, and spend time with her amazing friends and family.

Tiffany Stucky is excited to return to kindergarten again this year, and enter into her 8th year of teaching! You can find her hiding in Dr.Seuss’ The Lorax forest, and the Cat in the Hat themed room. Speaking of hats, she wears many of them! She is Mommy to four year old Angelina, and her two cats, Minnie & Daisy. Ms. Stucky is also a scholar, and very excited to complete her graduate degree in Economics Education & Entrepreneurship from UD this winter! In her spare time (ha!) she serves as the ELA chair for Maclary, and also the Bank at School Coordinator. And if she’s not too worn out from all of that, she enjoys running her Thirty-One business, with her daughter by her side. Her passion is educating children and families of the importance of personal finance, entrepreneurship and economics!

1st Grade

My name is Carrie Borden and this year I am teaching first grade! This is my 13th year in the Christina School District and my third year here at Maclary! I had taken off three years to raise my three children Declan (7), Ryann (5) and Madeline (3). My husband, Eric and my three children are my rock and inspire me every day. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends, going to Bethany Beach, and running outside! I became a teacher to create the love of learning and to show students that learning never stops! I know this year will be anotherrewarding year filled with many adventures!

My name is Ms. Coyne, and I have been teaching in the Christina School District since 2003. This is my third year teaching at Maclary. I am a native New Yorker who has lived in Delaware since 1989. I have three daughters who are 27, 22, and 19, and I will have a wonderful new son-in-law when my eldest daughter gets married next July. As my former students know, in addition to teaching and my children and friends, two of my favorite things are chocolate and spending time at the beach. I am looking forward to a wonderful year teaching first grade at Maclary.

My name is Kendra DiOrio. I have been teaching at Maclary for six years; this year I am the Special Education teacher for First and Second Grades. My son James is a third grader here at Maclary and my daughter Emily is a seventh grader at Aspira Academy. I love to read, knit and cook in my spare time and popcorn and cake are the only foods I refuse to share.

I am Tami Fisher, the first grade teacher in room 19. This is my 4th year teaching first grade at Maclary and before that I taught Kindergarten for one year and was also the Reading Specialist here. My family and I live in Townsend with our turtle, Shelly, a tank full of fish, and a coop full of chickens and turkeys! I have one son, David, who is in 4th grade, and one daughter, Lauren, who is in 2nd grade. In my free time I love to read, listen to music, play piano, and go for bike rides. I am really looking forward to this school year and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year at Maclary!

Hello, my name is Kim Georgette. My family and I reside in Southern Chester County. I have two children. My son’s name is Anthony; he is 12 and is in 7th grade. My daughter’s name is Gianna; she turns eight in September and is in the 2nd grade. I love spending time with my husband attending Anthony’s baseball tournaments and Gianna’s soccer games. I enjoy hiking and swimming in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. I graduated from Wilmington College with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education in 2005. I was hired by the Christina School District following my graduation. I am very excited to once again be teaching first grade here at Maclary Elementary!

2nd Grade

Stacy Abrams is a 2nd grade teacher at Maclary. She has 3 children. When she is not in school she likes to spend time with her family, read, work in her garden and go swimming.

Hi! My name is Dianne Litzinger. I am a 2nd grade teacher with the Delaware Autism Program. I have been teaching students with Autism for 28 years. Most of my teaching career has been at Maclary (20 years). My college years were at The University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. I grew up in Johnstown, which is a small town in western Pennsylvania. My husband Bob and I moved to Delaware in the early 80’s. We have one son named Chris. The things I like to do in my spare time are walking, reading and spending time with family and friends. I have 3 mottos in my class: I love 2nd grade, 2nd grade is Fun! Fun! Fun! and I can! I can! I can! I look forward to a wonderful 2014-2015 school year.

My name is Rob Lynch and I am a second grade teacher here at Maclary Elementary. I have been teaching in Christina School District for thirteen years and have been at Maclary for the past 6 years. I graduated from Wilmington University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. In 2007 I earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education. I have been an Adjunct Faculty Member at Wilmington University since 2009 and teach Education classes to young men and women wishing to become teachers themselves

Hello Maclary! I am Miss McManus. I have been teaching at Maclary for 15 years. I am very excited to be working with my second grade students in room 10. There are many things that I really enjoy, but going to my family’s beach houses in Sea Isle City, NJ and Wildwood top the list. I also love to run and visit with my niece and nephew. I'm looking forward to another wonderful year at Maclary!

Sharon Todd… I am thinking about my own school days. I went to Bakerfield Elementary, Aberdeen Jr. High and Aberdeen Sr. High School, University of Illinois, University of Delaware, and McDaniel College. My favorite memories about all of these schools are the friends I made, the most challenging classes, and the instructors that cared about their students' ideas and feelings. I hope I bring all of that into my classroom this year!

3rd Grade

Mrs. Carew lives in Newark with her husband and daughter. She attended the University of Delaware. Go Hens! Her family has 1 cat, two fish and two frogs as pets. Mrs. Carew loves going to the pool and the beach in the summer. In the winter, she enjoys skiing and hopefully will learn how to snowboard this year. In her free time, Mrs. Carew likes to try new recipes and cook for her family.

Miss Cooney is excited about beginning her fourth year of teaching at Maclary! During her seven years in the profession, Miss Cooney has taught a variety of grades, from Kindergarten to fifth grade, regular education and special education. When she is not teaching, Miss Cooney enjoys spending time with her fabulous friends and family, taking her dog Harley to the beach, listening to country music, and planning her upcoming wedding.

Mr. Purzycki: I am the proud father of two beautiful young ladies, Alison (23) and Jaclyn (20). Alison graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013, and also recently completed a Para-Legal certificate program at Wilmington University. Jaclyn, a sophomore at Salisbury University, is majoring in Business and minoring in short trips to the beach in Ocean City, MD. This summer I enjoyed some surf fishing and a fabulous Keith Urban concert at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington. I also enjoyed some time at the pool and even found time to catch up on some reading. It’s great to be back at Maclary. It’s a FINE, FINE School! 

Hello, I am Mrs. Scott and am so happy to be joining Maclary this school year as part of the third grade team. I live nearby in Newark with my husband and three daughters who are 12, 15, and 17. My oldest just started her first year at The University of Delaware. When I am not at school you will probably find me at one of the girls’ soccer or volleyball games. I enjoy reading, music, coffee and laughing. I am also a huge fan of the soccer team FC Barcelona. I am looking forward to a great year!

Ms.Toone is currently in her ninth year of teaching. Seven of those years have been with the Christina School District (and five at Maclary!). Her favorite grade to teach is 3rd grade because she likes to teach reading strategies and multiplication. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being crafty, eating chocolate, and hanging out with her best buddies Jenn and Aiden. On a personal level, she is the owner of the best (and naughtiest) cat in the world – Vance! She loves to show off his picture, so come visit room 12 to sneak a peek at her handsome boy.
4th Grade

Hello! My name is Mrs. Beyer and I teach 4th grade at Maclary. I have been teaching for 5 years and have been at Maclary for a total of 4 years. When I’m not busy at school, I like to watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates with my two year old son. I am very excited to be part of the 4th grade team and am looking forward to a fun filled and exciting year!

Hello! My name is Mrs. Luloff. This is my 10th year teaching and my 5th year at Maclary. I have taught Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade. I am currently teaching 4th. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my two children who are 5 and 2 years old. Together we enjoy doing activities outdoors such as; biking, taking walks to the playground, playing baseball and soccer. Our favorite activities would be spending time at the beach and boating.

5th Grade

Hello from Room 23. My name is Joanne Gardner. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to Delaware when I got married. Some of my favorite things are chocolate, coffee, and the beach. My favorite color is green and my favorite season of the year is fall. I enjoy watching baseball, football, hockey, and sometimes basketball (March Madness). I am a fan of all the Philadelphia sport teams even when they aren’t very good. I have been teaching 5th grade at Maclary for the past seven years. It is a privilege to teach at Maclary and to work with all the great students.

My name is Elaine Lewis. I am a fifth grade teacher at Maclary Elementary. I have taught in the Christina School District for 23 years. I am looking forward to the 2014 to 2015 school year.

My name is Glenn Norton, and I would like to tell you a little about myself. I have been teaching for seven years, six as a Special Education teacher. I come from Pittsburgh and yes I’m a Steeler fan (any Pittsburgh sport). I am a retired Navy person who just can’t stay out of the water. I have a degree in Psychology as a Behavioral Specialist and a Master’s Degree in education with a concentration on behavioral disorders. I have been at Maclary since April 2011 and hope to be here for a very long time.

Hello, my name is Mrs. Pelino. I have been teaching at Maclary for 17 years at every grade level from K-5. I currently teach in the 4/5 Specialized Support Setting and love working with all students. My free time is given to my work preparing for my students at Maclary and taking care of my 4 year old daughter Carys. She keeps me on my toes and is my most precious gift! I look forward to a great 2014-2015 School Year at Maclary!


My name is Mary Kay Hall, I have been a librarian for Christina for 15 years. My favorite time is spent at Maclary with staff, students, parents, reading, traveling and being with my family.


Ms. Wendy Dobroski is a native Delawarean and a product of the Christina School District (Newark Special School District). She enjoyed being a Music major at the University of Delaware and still goes back some years to play in the Alumni Marching Band for the UD Homecoming game. Believing in the strength of our district, all five of her children are also products of the Christina District. Seventeen of her teaching years were spent at her alma mater, Christiana High School, but she has especially enjoyed the last five years as a part of the wonderful friends, family and staff of Maclary Elementary!


My name is Mary Beth Nobbs. I grew up in Ohio and went to college there. I have been married for 27 years and have 3 children. My favorite season is summer. We make several beach day trips during the summer. And I also like to sail and hope to retire to a lake front home someday. Although I love many areas in art my favorite medium is clay. I have a potter’s wheel and kiln at home. My husband and I teach an ESL class at our church.


Maggi McNutt is excited to join Maclary as an Enrichment Teacher. Ms. McNutt enjoys word games, math puzzles, reading, gardening, exploring nature trails, and all kinds of arts and crafts projects. An unusual fact is that she has a pet angora rabbit named "Woozle" whose fur she spins into knitting yarn on a spinning wheel.


Rosemarie Metcalfe is looking forward to a great year!! She is entering her 16th year as a school nurse and 35th year of nursing. She is a Nationally Certified School Nurse and also has her Master's Degree in Nursing Education. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Neumann University. She has been married for 32 years, and has 3 children- Maria, James (who is also a teacher), and Elizabeth as well as Princess- her 16-year-old cat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and working on cross stitch projects. She enjoys working with children of all ages, but working with elementary age children is her passion.


My name is Suzanne Simmers and I am back as the school counselor for Maclary Elementary School. This will be my fourth year acting as the counselor for the Maclary students. For families new to Maclary, the kids call me Mrs. Simmers. I am so happy to be back and have already shared some laughs and heart to hearts with some students.

I have worked as a child and adolescent counselor for almost 14 years. For the first 10 years, I worked at New Point Behavioral Healthcare in Sewell, NJ. I have worked in the school setting for almost four years now. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Scranton and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I worked part time at New Point after my son was born. During that time, I went back to school at Wilmington University and obtained a Master of Education in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling.

I love working with kids and love my job more than ever this year (thanks to Mr. Dryden opening my schedule up a bit to be more available for one on one and small group counseling). Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have one son who turned 10 in June. He is the joy of my life! In the summer, my favorite times are with my family at the Jersey shore in Ocean City or at the pool. I am looking forward to a great year!

School Psychologist

Ken Guerino: Hello! I’ve been a school psychologist with the Christina School District since 2004. This is my first year assigned to Maclary ES and I couldn’t be happier! It’s wonderful to be part of the Maclary family. My wife Susan and I have two beautiful Chihuahuas, Sugar and Spike, that we take everywhere. We enjoy travelling and skydiving…not with the dogs! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

English as a Second Language

Mrs. Larsen is thrilled to embark on her 5th year of teaching ESL and to be back at Maclary for another year! In her spare time she loves run, do yoga, work in her garden, travel, read, write, practice her German, and spend time with both Mr. Larsen and her black cat, Gimli Son of Gloin (a.k.a., Jimi). Mrs. Larsen has studied at the Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen in Tuebingen, Germany, taught English in Salzburg, Austria as a Fulbright EFL Teaching Assistant, and served as an International Research Fellow at the International Youth Library/Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich, Germany. She is currently an Ed.D. Candidate in Reading/Writing/Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is a Teacher Consultant with both the Philadelphia Writing Project and the Northern Virginia Writing Project.

Educational Diagnositician

Cara Shelton - I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading. I am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and a teaching consultant for the Delaware Writing Project. I have been teaching in the Christina School District for 19 years. This is my 6th year at Maclary Elementary. My husband is the principal at Kirk Middle School and my 3 wonderful children attend Maclary. My daughter is in 4th grade and my twins sons are in kindergarten. I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, pool and on our boat. I am looking forward to another fantastic year at Maclary!

Speech-Language Pathology

My name is Meredith Bailey-Orr and I’m new to Delaware and new to the Christina School District but not new to the profession of Speech-Language Pathology. I completed my training in the Mid-West at University of Minnesota (Go Golden Gophers!) and have worked in various settings: pediatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, early intervention, and even skilled nursing facilities! Most recently, my family and I relocated to Delaware from Long Island, NY where I worked in a school setting for almost 7 years. My husband Bruce and I have two children; Harris aged 10 and Amelia, aged 6 (going on 36!!!) and have settled in Middletown. When we’re not at work or school our family likes to go camping, traveling (4 continents and counting!), biking, fishing, and spending time with extended family. I’m so excited to be a part of the Maclary family! Please stop by and say hello—I look forward to meeting you all soon!


Ms. Gibson considers Maclary her second home. She has worked with students for Christina School District for thirty-nine years, in every grade level. Ms. Gibson performs many duties outside of her classroom paraprofessional duties, including picking out the birthday books for the students at Maclary.

Hi, I'm Dean Moore and I work in the 4th grade with Mrs. Luloff in room 21. Last year was my first year at Maclary where I worked with Miss Toone and the rest of the 3rd grade team. Before that I worked at the Christina Early Education Center for 2 years as a Para- professional and Physical Education Teacher. I also worked for 21 years as a Physical Education teacher for Corpus Christi School (Prek-8th grade) in Elsmere. My wife's name is Karen and we have 2 great kids. I have a daughter named Casey who is 17 years old and attends Cab Calloway High School and loves cross/country and track and field. I have a son named Carson who attends Newark Charter High School and plays hockey for the Delaware Blue Hens and baseball for Newark National and Holy Angels. I'm the Manager of Maple Valley Pool and love to play hockey and tennis. Thank You! See you around the Maclary Campus.

My name is Cynthia Pierce. I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Dance. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. I have two children: Cameron (14) and Clarissa (21). My favorite past time activities are karaoke and bowling.

My name is Melissa Ryan. I have 2 and 1/2 grandchildren. I live with my husband, Mike, in West Grove, PA. Our youngest daughter is a junior at Salisbury Univ. I have worked as a paraprofessional in Avon Grove and Christina School Districts. I love to walk, especially at Goddard Park or Longwood Gardens.

Mary Ellen Sharkey has worked in the Christina School District for twenty years. She is married, and has a daughter who is twenty-one years old. Mrs. Sharkey has a great love for children, and truly enjoys being a part of their successes. She loves all animals, large and small, except for snakes and spiders.

This looks like a very promising year! I am looking forward to working with the students at Maclary to create beautiful art! I will communicate through the Maclarion when I am collecting items for projects. I appreciate all the support I get from the Maclary community.

I have applied for a Red Apple Fund award and hope to take our third graders on a field trip to the Delaware Art Museum.

The fifth grade art club met for the first time this past Tuesday. The students have chosen a clay wall pocket as our first project. I will display them in the show case when they are finished.


Library Read Alouds

We have a variety of ways to present literature to the Kindergarteners and First Graders in order to keep their interest and instill a life long love of reading. They include reading aloud to students, pop-up books, books on CD tapes with character voices and music also books on DVD’s that are shown on the SMART Board, The DVD’s are copies of the exact page from the book with the words highlighted in blue so students can read along. We also use Storyline Online a website by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation online.

Library Curriculum (Common Core Standards reinforcement)

    • OPAC (Online catalog)

    • Dewey Decimal (overview)

    • Nonfiction call numbers

    • Fiction filing

    • Special holiday readings/activities

Enrichment Wednesday

During our Enrichment classes on Wednesday, we will further the Common Core Standards lesson with emphasis on STEM plus, start teaching keyboarding to our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Students are going to need keyboarding skills for testing this year. A favorite and tested program which students may use to at home to improve their skills is Dance Mat. It has awesome, clear tutorials that students follow. picture

Rocky Bluewinkle Reading Challenge

We have just applied for the Rocky’s Reading Challenge for Maclary! Our start up package should arrive in a week or so. The challenge includes bookmarks for every student. “The Blue Rocks continue their partnership with DSEA (Delaware State Education Association) to bring you the immensely successful Rocky’s Reading Challenge. This program is designed to show kids that reading can be both fun and rewarding. Students are encouraged to read ten (10) books, and if they do so, they receive two (2) free tickets to a Blue Rocks game! “

Library Grading

Satisfactory – completes all library assignments

Outstanding – completes all library assignments PLUS one (1) of the following

  • Participates in classroom ‘special projects’, i.e., like Read Across America

  • Submits two (2) book reports on any book they have read during the marking period.

  • Is one of the ‘Top Ten Patrons’ in their classroom

Please return to Maclary in an envelope labelled “PTA – BJs Fundraiser.” For questions, contact Jen Haslam at 302 229 9719 or mybabyluv24@aol.com

Maclary Pledge

Everyday, I am proud to be a scholar the Maclary way! I accept all challenges, exceed expectations, and work to my fullest potential by Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being my Best!

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