South Hamilton Elementary School

Welcome to South Hamilton Elementary

Mr. Richard Snyder, Regional Principal

Mrs. Ginger Keller, Head Teacher

Miss Natalie Saunders, Head Teacher   

Halloween Safety Tips
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Stay on Sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.
  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
  • Someone in the group should carry a cell phone to call home or 911.
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they're going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater.
  • Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.


Homeless Awareness Week, October 27th-31st.This is an unfortunate truth that affects many families everywhere, and is a reality for many of our CASD students and families as well. On Monday October 27th we are asking everyone in the district to wear RED. This is a small gesture that we as a district can do to show that we are aware and support what kids and families experience when they have no stable home to go to. Imagine our students being afraid  each day because  they don’t know where they are going to sleep that night…for most of us that is unimaginable and yet it’s a fact they deal with daily. So please encourage everyone (students and faculty) to wear RED on Monday October 27, 2014.


In addition, I am also asking for food donations at this time. We have a food pantry located at the Administrative building and we are in need of restocking our shelves. This food is given to CASD families in need throughout the year.Please bring in a non-perishable food item to the South Hamilton Elementary School Office next week.  We will make sure that your donations reach the Administration building.  

~Mary Shull-Lambert

CASD Social Worker


CASD “National School Bus Safety Week” Art Contest
Sponsored by the CASD Foundation
Contest Guidelines:

Students in K– 5th grade are encouraged to participate!

  • Draw and color a picture depicting a specific school bus safety rule. (Be sure to write the rule on your picture.)

  • Print your school ID, school, and grade on the back.

  • Turn your picture into your school office no later than October 31st, 2014.

3 winners will be selected and prizes will be given.  

1st Place - $50 gift certificate  2nd Place - $25 gift certificate 3rd Place - $15 gift certificate

Student art will be displayed at
the CASD Administration Building and
winners will be recognized at a future
Chambersburg Area School District
School Board Meeting.