Principal’s Message 5-22-20

posted Apr 20, 2020, 7:29 AM by WGES Website   [ updated May 22, 2020, 12:08 PM ]

Principal’s Message 5-22-20

Greetings to the Willow Grove universe!, I want to thank all of you who took the time to fill out our survey regarding student personal items. We are working at the school to try and find those items and have them ready for pick-up on Friday May 29th. Here is the schedule for families to come to Willow Grove for those materials. Grade 6 families should come to Willow Grove on Friday. May 29th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Grade 5 families should plan to come to Willow Grove from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM. And Grade 4 families should plan to come to Willow Grove from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. When you arrive, our Security personnel will direct you to the proper location to retrieve your child’s personal items. You will not need to leave your car at any time. In addition, our school nurse, Mrs. Rozycki, will be here to return all medications that were stored in her office for this school year.

Finally, I hope you will take some time this Memorial Day weekend, especially this year, to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. They deserve our honor and respect. Have a great weekend.

¡Saludos al universo de Willow Grove !, quiero agradecerles a todos los que se tomaron el tiempo para completar nuestra encuesta sobre artículos personales de los estudiantes. Estamos trabajando en la escuela para tratar de encontrar esos artículos y tenerlos listos para recoger el viernes 29 de mayo. Aquí está el horario para que las familias vengan a Willow Grove para obtener esos materiales. Las familias de sexto grado deben venir a Willow Grove el viernes. 29 de mayo de 8:00 a.m. a 10:00 a.m. Las familias de quinto grado deben planear venir a Willow Grove de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 a.m. Y las familias de Grado 4 deben planear venir a Willow Grove de 1:00 p.m. a 3:00 p.m. Cuando llegue, nuestro personal de seguridad lo dirigirá a la ubicación adecuada para recuperar los artículos personales de su hijo. No necesitará dejar su automóvil en ningún momento. Además, nuestra enfermera escolar, la Sra. Rozycki, estará aquí para devolver todos los medicamentos que se almacenaron en su oficina para este año escolar.

Finalmente, espero que tomen un tiempo este fin de semana del Día de los Caídos, especialmente este año, para recordar a todos aquellos que hicieron el último sacrificio por nuestra libertad. Se merecen nuestro honor y respeto. Ten un excelente fin de semana.

Principal’s Message 5-19-20

Good afternoon to the Willow Grove universe! This is Principal Mike Roth with a message for all Willow Grove families. This email provides you a link to a survey for you  to give us specific information regarding any personal items that are still here at school. Parents, I ask that you take a few minutes to fill out this survey so that we can prepare these personal items for you to pick up on Friday May 29th. We will provide you with more information about the actual pick-up later this week. For now, please use the link to let us know what items you would like us to retrieve and have ready for you.

Thanks, and have a great evening!

Personal Items Survey - English

¡Buenas tardes al universo de Willow Grove! Este es el director Mike Roth con un mensaje para todas las familias de Willow Grove. Este correo electrónico le proporciona un enlace a una encuesta para que nos brinde información específica sobre cualquier artículo personal que todavía esté aquí en la escuela. Padres, les pido que tomen unos minutos para completar esta encuesta para que podamos preparar estos artículos personales para que los recojan el viernes 29 de mayo. Le proporcionaremos más información sobre la recogida real más adelante esta semana. Por ahora, utilice el enlace para hacernos saber qué artículos desea que recuperemos y que tengamos listos para usted.

¡Gracias y que tengan una gran noche!

Personal Items Survey - Spanish

Principal’s Message 5-11-20

Good Morning to all Willow Grove families!

As of today, we begin the  7th week of iLearning in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Much has happened in that time, and we would like to provide an opportunity for parents to have some direct interaction with our school. In that spirit, I invite all parents to join me for a live meeting on the internet we call  “WGES Parent Open Door”.  This online meeting is open to all parents and caregivers of our WGES students, and  will be held on Thursday, May 14th, at 7:00 PM. The Willow Grove Counseling staff of Willow Grove, Mrs. Ayala, and I will be available to share information and answer your questions.  Here is the link to the online meeting:

This link is also on our website.

I hope you can join us for this first-of-its-kind event.

Thanks, and have a good week!

My Love to All!

Mr. Roth

Buenos días a todas las familias de Willow Grove!

A partir de hoy, comenzamos la séptima semana de iLearning en respuesta a la pandemia de coronavirus. Mucho ha sucedido en ese tiempo, y nos gustaría brindar una oportunidad para que los padres tengan una interacción directa con nuestra escuela. En ese espíritu, invito a todos los padres a unirse a mí para una reunión en vivo en Internet que llamamos "Puerta Abierta de Padres WGES". Esta reunión en línea está abierta a todos los padres y cuidadores de nuestros estudiantes de WGES, y se llevará a cabo el jueves 14 de mayo a las 7:00 PM. El personal de asesoramiento de Willow Grove de Willow Grove, la Sra. Ayala, y yo estaremos disponibles para compartir información y responder sus preguntas. Aquí está el enlace a la reunión en línea:

Este enlace también se encuentra en nuestro sitio web.

Espero que puedan unirse a nosotros para este evento único en su tipo.

Gracias y que tengas una buena semana!

Mi amor a todos!

Señor roth

Principal’s Message 5-4-20

Good Morning to all Willow Grove families!

I hope you had a good weekend! I am happy to share with you that we will be scheduling specific times this week for families to pick up their child's  music instrument from the school. For our students who play an orchestra instrument, please plan to come to Willow Grove on Wednesday, May 6th, between the hours of 9:00 AM and noon to pick up their orchestra instrument. For students who play a band instrument, please plan to come to Willow Grove on Thursday, May 7th, again between the hours of 9:00 AM and noon, to pick up their band instrument. If in your family, children play in both music ensembles, please come to Willow Grove on the day, Wednesday or Thursday, that works best for your family. If there is no way for you to come to the school during these times, please email me and we will work out a separate schedule for you to retrieve your child’s instrument.

¡Espero que hayas tenido un buen fin de semana! Me complace compartir con ustedes que esta semana programaremos horarios específicos para que las familias recojan el instrumento musical de sus hijos de la escuela. Para nuestros estudiantes que tocan un instrumento de orquesta, planean venir a Willow Grove el miércoles 6 de mayo, entre las 9:00 AM y el mediodía para recoger su instrumento de orquesta. Para los estudiantes que tocan un instrumento de banda, planean venir a Willow Grove el jueves 7 de mayo, nuevamente entre las 9:00 AM y el mediodía, para recoger su instrumento de banda. Si en su familia, los niños tocan en ambos conjuntos de música, venga a Willow Grove el día, miércoles o jueves, que mejor funcione para su familia. Si no hay forma de que vengas a la escuela durante estos horarios, envíame un correo electrónico y elaboramos un horario separado para que puedas recuperar el instrumento de tu hijo.


My Love to All!

Mr. Roth

Principal’s Message 4-28-20

Happy Tuesday to all!

This past Saturday was a lovely day, and I hope that many of you had the chance to get outside, at least for a short time, and get some fresh air.

As we continue to learn about how to manage life during this pandemic, it is important to recognize how some people find ways to

serve us all. There are, of course, our wonderful health care and emergency personnel, who are on the front lines of the fight against the virus. We can’t thank them enough for what they do.

And there are others, whose contributions often go unnoticed, but who are also critical to this fight. I was struck by a story in the Washington Post last Thursday (see the link below). The article tells the story of a factory in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, where a product called polypropylene, which goes into protective masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), is manufactured. There, at the Braskem America factory, 43 workers decided they would live continuously for 28 days and produce as much polypropylene as they could. They worked, ate, and slept at the factory, converting offices into bedrooms so they could be sure not to get the virus. They worked 12-hour shifts for a month, just so they could make what was needed by others, to fight coronavirus.

This level of self-sacrifice and commitment to community is inspiring. We all need to remember to thank the people who serve for the rest of us. And we all can do our part, however small, to look out for each other. Check in (safely) on an elderly person who lives in your neighborhood. Wear face masks and gloves whenever venturing out. Help a younger sibling with their classwork. All of these small acts of kindness help us get through this tough time. We really are in this together!


My Love to All!

Mr. Roth

Principal’s Message 4-24-20

Happy Friday to all! 

I hope that everyone has had a good week, and have planned some fun activities while staying safe at home this weekend.

Today, I just want to remind parents that we will be having another Chromebook distribution on Monday, April 27, from 10AM  until noon. If you need a device for your child, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment for Monday. We have reached many families over the last couple of weeks, but we are still hoping to find a few more that need assistance.

A big thanks to all of the students who participated in the Earth Day activities we described here on the previous Principal’s Message! I enjoyed reading your thoughts about “Bash the Trash - Live!” which was presented by the American Museum of Natural History! Great job!! We all need to learn more about caring for our Earth.

I want to leave you this week by sharing a thought I saw in the New York Times on Tuesday. In the article, Thomas Friedman was discussing the “pause” we are now experiencing that being, this time where everything in our lives is somewhat on hold. He quoted Dov Seidman, the founder of the How Institute for Society, who said:

 “In the pause we have the opportunity to reflect on all that this tragic pandemic is 

revealing about ourselves and our society. A pause can lead to a new beginning, to a

                                                                                 reimagination of how we want to live differently — less unhealthily and less unequally — 

                                                                                   in the future.”

I hope that during this time we will find the strength to re-think, and plan for a better future a future full of promise for our wonderful children! They deserve it!


My Love to All!

Mr. Roth

Principal’s Message 4-22-20

Welcome to Wednesday in our fourth week of iLearning!

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day around the world. And it is an important time to be thinking about our planet during this time, given what we are all going through with the Coronavirus. Taking care of the Earth is something we all can be a part of, in ways that are simple and often easy to accomplish. 

Turning off the water while we brush our teeth. 

Looking for ways to reduce the garbage we create in our homes. 

Starting a garden in our backyard, if we have even a small open space. 

There are hundreds of ways to contribute to a cleaner, healthier Earth. And since we are all spending lots more time at home, we can really take some of that time to make small changes to our old habits that will make the Earth a better place for all of us!

Here’s one thing you can do today that might get your brain thinking. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is presenting a day-long series of activities about Earth Day. You can go to their website at for lots of ideas!

One presentation from the Museum that looks good starts at 3:00pm . It’s called Bash the Trash Live!. Here’s the link: to all,

If you do watch this show, please write to me and tell me what you learned. My email is I’d love to hear from you!

My Love to All!

Mr. Roth

Principal’s Message 4-20-20

As we begin the next week of iLearning, we continue to try and reach all of our families of Willow Grove students. Today’s message is an invitation to any and all parents of students who have not yet connected to their child’s teachers. We are here for anyone who needs help to make that connection. 

Please feel free to reach out through email to me with information about the best way to get connected to your family. Mrs. Ayala, our teachers, and our support staff join me in working to make sure every student is engaged with learning in these challenging times. Today, for instance, we are distributing more Chromebooks to families who have been identified by our teachers as needing a device to facilitate their child’s schoolwork. 

We want to help as best we can, and I hope you will communicate your needs to us. My email is: I’m anxious to hear from you!

Love to all,

Mr. Roth

Principal’s Message 4-15-20

Hello to all of our Willow Grove scholars!

We all are continuing to stay home during this terrible pandemic, and it is very hard for me to be away from you and the staff at Willow Grove. I was actually at school yesterday with Mrs. Ayala and our custodian, Mr. DeGroat! We were distributing Chromebooks for students who do not have a computer at home to complete the schoolwork our teachers are sending out to all. It was so strange to be at school for most of the day, and yet not see any classes happening, or music playing, or catch the smell of something cooking in our HACS rooms, or see students exercising in the gym. We are meant to be together at this time in the year. To be apart is frustrating. But, I hope that although we are not in school, all of our students have what they need to continue to learn and grow. If not, have your parents contact me so I can help you.

If you have not yet connected with your teacher in some way, please contact them today! If you are connected, but need help with your work, reach out! We are here for you and want you to remain excited about learning!!

This terrible virus will pass, and we will be back together. But keep working, keep practicing, keep exercising. And most of all, keep communicating with your teachers, counselors, and administrators. You can write me an email. My email address is: I promise to write back to you quickly. Let me know you are safe, and tell me what you are doing while you are at home. I really want to hear from you! 

And one more thing — help out at home. Your parents need your support just as you need theirs! Let’s all treat each other with love and respect. That is the secret to getting through this time: kindness. It is the best thing we can do for each other.

Be well, and I hope to hear from you soon!!

My love to all,

Mr. Roth