SCHOOL CLOSURE - Red Mill Elementary School
Due to the current number of active COVID-19 cases at Red Mill Elementary School, the school will be closed for in-person instruction April 20-25, 2021. Click here for more details.

Principal's Message

Mr. Ryan Deveney, Principal

April Update

Hello, Red Mill!

Welcome to April! We would be remiss if we failed to highlight some of the big events that took place throughout the month of March. What a month it was... To kick it off, our 4th grade Academic Bowl team brought home first place! After a first round defeat, the team went on to win all of their remaining matches in the double elimination tournament. Congratulations to all of our participants & coaches and thank you for making us Red Mill proud!!!
Team Members:
  • Isaiah Clements
  • Lily Hazzard
  • Mira Heiman
  • Daxx Hower
  • Ben Schussler
  • Mr. Markle
  • Mrs. Deb Smith
We held a formal attire day and also celebrated our first-ever “Detective Day”. Long story short, we will most definitely be planning another Detective Day in school years to come! It was a BIG hit. Similarly, our Masked Reader 2.0 event was highly successful! Thank you to everyone who participated. We were certainly provided with some Broadway-level excitement and entertainment (Mrs. Saar!!!).
On a final note, our very own Bryanna Hart was recognized for her artistic abilities as she received the prestigious Youth Month Art Featured Artist Award! You may have seen her work presented on local billboards throughout the greater Harrisburg area! Congratulations, Bry! 
Important April Dates
Friday, April 2                No School for Staff or Students
Monday, April 5              No School for Staff or Students
Wednesday, April 7        Spring Pictures (DL students will come from-- 2:30-4:00 PM)
Monday, April 12            6:30 PM- PTO Meeting (see info. below)
Wednesday, April 14      Report cards made available electronically for review 
Thursday, April 15          6:00 PM- K-2 Book Bash (see info. below)
Monday, April 19            Book Fair Begins (will be done online)
Friday, April 23              Book Fair ends
Friday, April 30              No School for Staff or Students
PSSA Dates (students in grades 3-5, only):
May 3-5: English Language Arts
May 10 & 11: Math
May 12 & 13: Science (4th grade only)
Upcoming Events/Activities
Please mark your calendars! We have two school events planned to raise money for the West Shore Foundation in conjunction with the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! The West Shore Foundation is a HUGE supporter of our students and staff! You can find more information on what WSF entails here: 
Pencil Grams- You will receive information the week of April 6th on how to order pencil grams for your child. The pencil and encouraging note will be distributed to the students during the week of April 19. Students in grades K-2 can also receive pencil grams acknowledging all the hard work they do every day!
Week of May 17- Students will be encouraged to dress-up for our theme days!
Monday-60's Day, Tuesday-Hawaiin Day, Wednesday-80's Day, Thursday-Disney Day, Friday-PJ Day on ZOOM. 
Mango, Abuela, and Me Book Bash:  Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Literacy Event
On April 15 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., we will be hosting a Virtual Book Bash on Zoom for Grades K-2 (along with 4 other West Shore elementary schools). The book we will be celebrating is Mango, Abuela, and Me.
K-2 families should have received one bag with the Mango, Abuela, and Me book and book activities on 3/30. Please enjoy this book and activities together as a family. The book and activities are yours to keep regardless of whether you attend the event or not!  
If you are interested in participating in the event, please follow the registration directions below. A zoom link will be shared with you once you are registered for the event.     

If you would like to attend this event, please register by Thursday, April 8, using this digital form link:

Student Drop-off and Pick-Up
It is important that all parents/guardians follow posted traffic patterns during drop-off and pick-up.  The patterns are designed to ensure student, staff, and family safety during these busy times.
March Madness Free Throw Shooting Contest
The March Madness free throw shooting contest is underway! We’re currently in the 3rd round where teachers and staff make as many foul shots as they can in 1 minute. The next round will be the Final Four. That round will be broadcast live to students in their classrooms and also to our DL students like a virtual assembly. It will be an awesome opportunity to celebrate together as a school while keeping safe at a distance. We’ll tweet out the results once we have a winner! Be sure to follow us on twitter @RMDolphins    
Below is a “time to sign up” link for parents who wish to donate snacks for PSSAs. All items are due by 4/21. Thank you for your consideration!
Yearbook orders must be placed by April 5th. Please go to and select the menu "order pictures" and then "yearbooks". Use the code 8620121.
Next Meeting:
Our next meeting is April 12 at 6:30.  
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 814 8301 0075
Passcode: 926341

  • Be on the lookout for PTO Board Nominations for the 2021/2022 school year to be sent out in April.  This allows us time to reach out to nominees and hold a vote if necessary.
Happy Spring!
Ryan Deveney, Principal
Matt Wensel, Assistant Principal
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