Tiger Times

Welcome Back Edition - August 2014

Titus Highlights:

Upcoming Events . . .

August 27th:

  • Open House Grades 1 - 6 - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

August 28th:

  • PEN Open House 3:00 - 4:00
  • Kindergarten Kick-Off Program
  • AM Students - 1:00 - 3:15 PM
  • PM Students - 2:15 - 4:30 PM

September 1st:

  • Labor Day

September 2nd:

  • First Day of School

September 4th:

  • Back to School Night - Grades 5 & 6 - Times vary

September 5th:

  • Home & School Assoc. Welcome Back Family Evening Picnic - more information to follow

September 9th:

  • Back To School Night - Grades 1 & 2 - 7:00 PM

September 11th:

  • Back To School Night - Grades 3 & 4 - 7:00 PM

September 16th & 17th:

  • Tamanend MS - Back To School NIghts

September 18th:

  • CB South Back To School Night

September 19th:

  • Picture Day

Parent Portal . . .

The Central Bucks School district uses Infinite Campus as its student information system. The Parent Portal allows parents/guardians to view schedules, attendance, immunizations, and assessment information. Parents can also update demographic information for their family. The Parent Portal is now open. For more information on the parent portal please visit the CBSD web site, or contact Mrs. Daily at 267.893.4500.

Effective with the 2014-2015 school year, elementary school parents will also be able to view, print, and/or save their child’s progress report directly from the Parent Portal.

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Report Cards are now "Progress Reports" & "Reporting Conferences"

As was shared throughout last year, Central Bucks has revised the elementary curriculum over the past years to better reflect state and district standards. Thus, a standards-based reporting system is the final step in creating a fully unified and interconnected educational system. In addition, a standards-based reporting system gives more specific information than traditional letter grades, and reports how well students are progressing towards achieving the standards expected at each grade level.

The CBSD Standards-Based Report is one document which holds two templates. The first of those is the Conference Report which is completed after the 1st and 3rd quarters. This report offers achievement information and fosters quality conversations about learning for parents, teachers, and students.

The second template is the Progress Report which is completed by teachers at the end of the 2nd and 4th quarters. The Progress Report communicates specific mastery levels, as well as student strengths and goals for continued growth. Please CLICK HERE to view a short video highlighting the Conference Form and Progress Report. For additional information and resources please visit our web site.

Supply Lists . . .

As summer rolls on, don't forget about supplies for the 2014-2015 school year. All supply lists can be found through the Titus Elementary web site.

School Hours . . .

School will begin after Labor Day this year on Tuesday, September 2nd. We will remain an “A” or early school, and our hours are 8:35 AM through 3:15 PM. The morning kindergarten session hours are 8:35 AM through 11:10 AM and the afternoon session will run from 12:40 PM through 3:15 PM.

For our Younger Friends . . .

On the first day of school, for younger children who might be unable to remember their room and teacher assignment, you may wish to pin an index card on their clothing or book bag indicating their name, classroom and teacher. Teachers will be stationed throughout the building to assist students as they arrive.

Peanut/Nut Safe Classrooms

As in years past, many Titus classrooms have students with severe peanut/nut allergies and those classrooms will be identified as peanut/nut safe classrooms. Please keep an eye out for additonal information from your child's teacher regarding the imapct of being a part of a peanut/nut safe classroom. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our certified school nurse, Mrs. Wesolowich at 267.893.4515 or myself.

From the Nurse . . .

As we return to school this fall, please take the time to check your children’s heads for lice. Often children return form summer camp and sports experiences with lice and they don’t even know it! Please take the time to check before school starts and treat. Stay vigilant with routine checks throughout the year. Please take a moment to review the CBSD Board Lice policy and report any active case to our Certified School Nurse: Valerie Wendell-Wesolowich 267-893-4515

Student Directory . . .

On the first day of school you will receive a census verification form. The form contains information that will be published in the directory for your child including parent/guardian name, address and phone number, unless you indicate that you do not wish to have it published (and/or shared with Titus’ Home and School Association). Kindly return this form with any corrections, additions or deletions the next day – September 3rd. Unless you return this form indicating changes or information you do not want printed, the 2014-2015 directory will include the information as it is shown, and the Home and School Association will be provided your e-mail address to be used as a means to keep you in the loop of upcoming activities and happenings of the Titus Home and School Association.

Bus Stops . . .

Bus transportation will also begin on the first day of school. You can find specific information about your child’s transportation arrangements after August 18th by logging on to the Transportation Department's website and entering your street address. If you have questions regarding school district transportation, you may contact the bus garage directly at 267-893-4000.

In the interest of establishing an orderly dismissal system, we proceed through dismissal more slowly than usual during the first week of school. Please do not be alarmed if your child(ren)’s bus is not at their bus stop at the stated time during the initial week of school.

Before & After School Care . . .

If you require childcare before 8:15 or after dismissal, school-age childcare is available through the school district for Titus students through our own Community Before and After School Programs which are housed in our dining room. These services are available from 7:00-8:20 a.m. and 3:20- 6:00 p.m. each school day. Information packets with registration forms are available online, where you can instantly access the registration materials.

Car Rider Drop Off . . .

Please be aware that the school day begins at 8:35 in the classroom. It is my recommendation that children are dropped off no later than 8:30 in order to get to their classrooms for the start of the school day at 8:35. If a student arrives in their classroom beyond 8:35 they are considered tardy. The adults supervising the car-rider drop-off line will be on duty until 8:32. Students dropped off after 8:32 will more than likely not be able to make it to their classrooms on time for the start of the school day at 8:35.

Also, for safety reasons, students arriving to school prior to 8:15, need to be supervised by their parent/caregiver. We ask that they wait with their family member in a parking space until 8:15.

Walkers & Bike-Riders . . .

Walkers coming from Oakfield, Chatfield and streets to our south will cross at the crosswalk and enter through the front entrance. Walkers and bicyclists from north and west of the school will cross Barness at the end of the bicycle path at the crosswalk and will proceed on the school side of Lower Barness, entering the school through the cafeteria entrance. The sidewalk comes straight back to the cafeteria entrance so that students can remain removed from the bus loop entirely. Bicycle racks are available adjacent to that entrance. All bicyclists must wear safety helmets.

At the end of the day, walkers and bicyclists will be dismissed first so that they can exit the building in advance of bus and vehicular traffic. Walkers will initial a sign out sheet in their classroom prior to exiting from their room. To ensure that classroom teachers have a complete list, we ask that you advise your teacher now if your child is going to be a walker at any time during the year so that their name will be included on the list.

Parent Pick-Up . . .

Parents or adults who pick up students at the end of the day are asked to park in the parking lot adjacent to the main entrance of the school. Students who are being picked up by their parents will wait for them in the rotunda. Each child must be signed out by his or her parent or the adult assigned to pick up the child. All adults picking up students should be prepared to show ID.

Changing Dismissal . . .

If it is necessary to change your normal pick-up routine at the end of the day, i.e., a different adult, bus rather than car, car rather than bus, a change in child care arrangements, etc., a written note must be presented to the classroom teacher, who will share the information with the office.

Any phone calls regarding a change in end-of-day plans must be directed to the office before 2:30 PM through a phone (267 893-4500, dial zero for the office) or via e-mail (mdaily@cbsd.org & rglasgow@cbsd.org) and not directly to the classroom teacher, as they do not pick up phone calls or messages during the instructional day.

Food Services . . .

Our lunch program will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd. The prices for 2014-2015 are as follows:

  • Breakfast Meal-$1.65 - Reduced price $0.30
  • Lunch Meal-$2.55 - Reduced price $0.40
  • Milk $0.75

For more information regarding Aramark Food Services, including menus, please visit their web page.

9/11 Heroes Run . . .

It's not too late to register for the 9/11 Heroes Run! The 5K and 1 mile race is set for September 7th this year at the Fonthill Museum with a great course through beautiful Doylestown Borough. Please join Central Bucks School District as they support this very worthy event. Registration is simple and easy, and students, families, and friends can register as a team and compete together. Each team can manage their runners and their team from their very own "page." Just visit their site for additional information.

Home & School Association:

Race for Education . . .

Be sure to keep an eye out for your Race for Education packets during the open house on August 27th (August 28th for Kindergarten families). Titus's Race for Education is our Home & School's major fundraiser, and together we can make it a huge success!