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Pine Run Elementary School Newsletter

Pine Run Elementary - Making a Difference in Quito, Ecuador!!

Making a Difference

During October 2014, Pine Run students, parents, and staff collected baking ingredients, cooking utensils, and fabric for the Dunamis Foundation. Students showed how they cared for others by donating these items to help less fortunate families learn a trade and earn money. Over 400 articles were collected and shipped to Quito, Ecuador. Read below to hear from a former Pine Run family regarding our donations!

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Important Kindergarten Date Change!!!

Due to our loss of four AM kindergarten sessions to 2-hour delays, the March 20 half day will be held for AM students only. PM kindergarten students will not come to school that day.

Dates That Rate: March

2- 9:00 AM Gr. K-6 Joseph Keppel’s Magical Reading Program “Turn off the TV and Read” Assembly

6- Spirit Day – Wear Pine Run Gear

9- 7:00 PM Middle School Orientation for Sixth Grade Parents - Tohickon

10- 9:00 AM Gr. 4-6 Assembly; 10:15 AM Gr. 2-3, AM K Assembly; 12:30 PM Book Signing; 2:00 PM Gr. 1, PM K Assembly with Author/Illustrator– Peter Catalanotto

10- 9:00 AM Home & School Executive Board Meeting

10- 7:30 PM School Board Meeting – Ed. Serv. Ctr.

11- United Way of Bucks County – Operation Helping Hand Food Drive

13- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal – gym/stage

13- Gr. 2 Trip to Lost River Caverns

13- 1:15 PM Sixth Grade Study Island Luncheon

18- 7:00 PM Home & School General Meeting – Library

19- 6:00 PM Grade 2 Family Fun Night – Bowling at Happy Tymes

20- Spirit Day – Western Day

20- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal – gym/stage

20- 11:55 AM Early Dismissal Day

20- 7:00 PM Me & My Gal

24- AM –“Kids on Broadway: A Musical Revue” (by 5th/6th Grades) Assembly

24- 5:45 PM Reading Olympics – Mill Creek

24- 7:30 PM School Board Meeting – Ed. Serv. Ctr.

25- “Kids on Broadway: A Musical Revue”: 6:15 PM for 5th Grade Families; 7:45 PM for 6th Grade Families

26- Gr. 5 Trip to Valley Forge

27- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal – gym/stage

27- 9:00 AM Gr. 4-6 The Sound of Science Assembly

27- 10:00 AM Gr. K-3 The Sound of Science Assembly

30- Home & School Clothing Drive begins & runs through April 15th

Dates That Rate: APRIL

3/30-4/15- Home & School Clothing Drive

1-2- NO Kindergarten – Kindergarten Parent Conferences

2-7- NO School – Spring Recess for all Students

2-7- Professional Development/Parent Conferences

7-8- No Kindergarten – Kindergarten Parent Conferences8- Pre-PSSA Family Night at Go Bananas10- Full Day – End of Third Marking Period

10- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal – gym/stage

10- Spirit Day – Crazy Hair Day

14- 7:30 PM School Board Meeting – Ed. Serv. Ctr.

13-16- PSSA English/Language Arts – Gr. 3-6 9:15-11:15 AM

17- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal – gym/stage

20-22- PSSA Math – Gr. 3-6 9:15-11:15 AM

24- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal – gym/

25- 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Spring Fair

27-28- PSSA Science – Gr. 4 9:30-11:00 AM

28- 7:30 PM School Board Meeting – Ed. Serv. Ctr.

Author/Illustrator Peter Catalanotto Is Visiting Pine Run!!

Pine Run 4th Graders Introduce Peter Catalanotto!

On Tuesday, March 3rd, our fabulous 4th graders visited each classroom at Pine Run to introduce this year’s visiting author, Peter Catalanotto. The students presented information gained through their in-class research. Using a PowerPoint they created during their library time, presenters enthusiastically offered a brief introduction of our visiting author/illustrator, who will be visiting our school on March 10th. See below for just a few of the wonderful titles written or illustrated by Peter Catalanotto!

Thank you and bravo 4th Graders!!

PSSA INFORMATION: Please take note!

Please refrain from taking your children out of school during these times.

Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 English Language Arts April 13 - 17, 2015

Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 Mathematics April 20 - 24, 2015

Grade 4 Science April 27 - May 1, 2015

For more Information go to - Curriculum - Assessment

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Pine Run Staff- HEROS AMONG US!!

Congratulations go out to Pine Run Teachers and Staff!

With the help of Mr. Lu Reed, Pine Run educators made a greater percentage of personal monetary contributions to the United Way than the other elementary schools in the Central Bucks School District.

United Way Representatives will be presenting a check for $350 to our Pine Run Staff at an upcoming faculty meeting. These funds will be used for an approved assembly or guest speaker in the months ahead.

As their principal, I am so very proud and inspired by the generosity demonstrated by our PINE RUN TEAM!!

Battling Bullying

Tips for talking about bullying with your child:

* Listen to your child

* Try to keep your emotions in check

* Remind your child that no one deserves to be mistreated

* Discuss non-aggressive solutions

* Identify an adult at school your child trusts to go to if they feel unsafe or need to talk

* Document all incidents to include where, when and who

* Help your child develop new friendships

* Be a role-model for positive, healthy relationships

* Work with teachers, counselors and principals to provide your child with a safe learning environment

* Seek help if your child talks about suicide or seems unusually upset

For more information on bullying go to:

Center for Safe Schools:

Federal Stopbullying:


Pine Run Editorial Cartoon Contest Winners!!!


  • CBSD PEN Editorial Cartooning Contest


  • All CB PEN 5th and 6th grade students


  • After choosing a current event and an intended perspective, students used cartooning techniques from their PEN class to create original works. Judges included CB Curriculum Supervisors and Staff Developers.

Congratulation to Skyler Koba, who took 1st place district-wide for 5th grade!!

Bravo to Jeffrey Fountain, who took 3rd place district-wide for 6th Grade!!

Follow the links below for CBSD School Calendars!

“Once Upon a Mattress G2K" by the Tohickon Players

The Tohickon Players Proudly Present this year’s musical: “Once Upon a Mattress G2K.” This comedy is loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” where the Minstrel and Jester humorously narrate the “true” story of this fairytale favorite. In this musical, an overprotective queen finds every princess unsuitable as a bride for her son, Prince Dauntless, and devises impossible tests for the princesses to pass. Come be entertained as we meet a spunky Princess Winnifred, a character you are not soon to forget!

Performances will be March 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7:00PM with an additional performance on Saturday, March 14th at 2:30. Tickets can be purchased through this link or at the door on a first come first serve basis. If you are purchasing Tickets at the door, Children 12 and under that come dressed as a prince or princess will only cost $5!

CONGRATULATIONS STEPHANI THOMAS: A finalist for the Bucks County Teacher of the Year!

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Pine Run's own Stephani Thomas is a finalist for the Bucks County Teacher of the Year!! From here, a select committee will review the remaining three applicants. All we do is send Mrs. Thomas our good thoughts and wishes!

Regardless of the outcome, Mrs. Thomas is a winner in our eyes!!!

LOVE AND LOGIC: Mistakes Made On-Line: Affordable or Not?

“Hope every day that your kids make plenty of mistakes when they are young…when the “price tags” are affordable.”

Since the 1970’s, we’ve repeated this statement thousands of times. Why? Simply because children allowed to learn by making affordable mistakes are less likely to make life and death ones later on. We learn most of the important lessons in life, not by being lectured, but by experiencing the consequences of our decisions.

Yet, wise parents yank their children back onto the sidewalk when they begin to dart into traffic. Likewise, they do whatever they can to prevent their kids from making unaffordable mistakes with technology.

One of the most challenging aspects of parenting is striking a balance between over-protection and allowing children to make healthy mistakes. Further complicating matters is the fact that we can’t completely ensure that our kids won’t get sneaky and make unaffordable ones.

We can up the odds of success by doing the following:

  • Humbly admit to kids that we can't always watch them and keep them from messing up THEIR OWN lives. This allows them to understand that rebelling hurts THEM.
  • Consistently use sincere empathy, show children that they can talk to us about their mistakes, temptations, etc. Don't force them to keep secrets.
  • Allow kids to have their computer, tablet, phone, etc. as long as they don't hibernate in their rooms with them, as long as they place them in a basket next to our bed at night, and as long as they don't argue about these and other limits we set.
  • Remind yourself that setting these limits doesn't guarantee success, but it does show our kids that we love them enough to keep them safe.
  • Dr. Charles Fay

    CB Cares--February Backpack Newsflash

    The partnership between CBCEF and the Central Bucks School District is long-standing. Since its inception, CBCEF has been involved in promoting the 40 Developmental Assets in our local schools through programs and trainings, with the goal of fostering positive behaviors and values in our community’s youth. At the present time, there are many active school programs which represent the mission of CBCEF - serving as a community catalyst by engaging, empowering, and linking people, organizations and businesses in the community. Click here for the March Backpack Newsflash.

    40 Assets- CB Cares

    March: #28– Integrity

    Young person acts on his/her convictions and stands up for his/her beliefs.

    April: #25 - Reading for Pleasure

    Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.

    See more at:

    Central Bucks School District Twitter now available...

    Follow Central Bucks School District @CBSDInfo for up-to-the-minute notifications of school delays, closures and emergencies.

    School Weather Related News

    Click here to keep updated on all CB weather related information, including delays and closings.


    To help promote National Nutrition Month, ARAMARK Education is sponsoring a poster contest for students of the Central Bucks School District. Students are asked to choose one of the nutritional themes listed below and create their own artwork. The top elementary, middle, and high school artwork will be chosen by a panel of judges.

    Each winner will receive a $100 gift card. Click here to get full contest details.

    Theme Options:

    Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

    Nutrition From the Ground Up

    Make Your Plate/Tray a Rainbow

    Power Up with Breakfast


    Central Bucks School District is always looking for ways to enhance communication. Adding a Facebook page is another way we hope to share “good news” and information with our community. Click here to visit our page.

    Upcoming Events Scroll Daily on our Pine Run Website!