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Idle Hour Elementary School

Principal's Message



Idle Hour Mission Statement

Idle Hour strives to create a safe, secure and supportive family environment, based on mutual respect, whose goal is to motivate our children to discover their inner potential and flourish as members of our democratic society.


Dear Parents, Guardians and Website Visitors,

Welcome to a new and exciting year at Idle Hour Elementary School.  I am so proud to have the privilege to be the principal at Idle Hour Elementary School.  Idle Hour has approximately 200 students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade.  We are a caring community comprised of dedicated teachers, parents and students. Our goal is to provide our students with a positive and nurturing learning environment to promote academic success. The dedicated staff of Idle Hour Elementary School works tirelessly to provide students with activities that will enable them to reach their individual potential, both academically and socially.

The theme this year is "Together We Can Make a Difference." In the spirit of working together, I cordially invite you to join us to create a challenging learning environment for your child for the 2017 - 2018 school year. All of us at the Idle Hour School strongly believe that the education of children is a partnership between home and school. It is a partnership that involves a tremendous effort in time, cooperation and determination. The following story reflects that sentiment:


"A small boy was running along a beach after a great storm, which had washed up thousands upon thousands of starfish. He picked up one by one, as many as he could, throwing them back into the sea to save their lives. An old man, watching this, waited until the boy was close enough and then asked, "What are you doing?" "I'm putting the starfish back," replied the boy, "or they will die." "Why bother?" said the man, "The few you manage to save out of so many cannot possibly make much difference." The boy looked at the man as only a child can, stooped down, and picked up another starfish and threw it purposefully into the sea. "It will make a difference to that one," he said."

One important factor of our students' success is largely due to the excellent home school partnership at Idle Hour.  The parents in our community are very active in their children's education and continually support the school's initiatives.  We encourage you to join committees, attend PTA and SEPTA meetings, volunteer for classroom activities and maintain frequent communication with your child's teachers. Together, we can provide our children with rewarding and successful educational experiences.

On behalf of the staff of Idle Hour Elementary School, I welcome you and look forward to our working together as we meet new and exciting challenges. Please feel free to contact us anytime at 244-2306.

Mrs. Sandra Rubin

"Sometimes what we call "failure" is really just that necessary struggle called learning."