February 22, 2016
Read Across America - Share Your Favorite Book
In celebration of “Read Across America Day”, Doyle is asking each child to donate 1 book (new or gently used, hard cover or paperback) for the H. A. Brown Elementary School of Philadelphia.
Please ask your child to share one of his/her favorite books with our buddy school in Philadelphia from February 17-24th.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Popma at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support for this worthwhile project!
Operation Helping Hand - Adopt-A-Pantry Food Drive
- Fruit Juice (100%)
- Breakfast Cereal
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Chicken
- Applesauce (no sugar added)
- Canned Fruit (no sugar added)
- Canned Vegetables (low sodium)
- Canned Tuna
- Beans (dried or canned)
- Canned Salmon
- Canned Pasta
No time to shop? No problem! Financial contributions are welcome. Just $10.00 can feed a family of four. Checks should be made payable to United Way of Bucks County, memo line: Operation Helping Hand/Doyle.
Mark Your Calendars
From Home and School
Jeff the Framer
Jeff the Framer will be at Doyle on Thursday, March 24, from 9:00am – 7:00pm.
He is taking appointment through this SignUpGenius, and walk-ins are most welcome!
IRun4Life is Back!
- IRun4Life registrations and payment will be accepted until March 1 at www.iRun4Life.com.
- $20 fee per child ($10.00 for students enrolled in the Community School After Care program). Make checks payable to DHSA and send to school.
- IRun4Life is open to K through 6th grades
- Practice on Tuesdays, starting March 22, through May 10th - Rain or Shine!
BonTon Community Booklets Are Here
The Community Day booklet is filled with great savings coupons and exclusive offers including a $10.00 coupon off a regular or sale price item of $10.00 or more.
Exclusions apply; see booklet for details. 100% of booklet sales benefit Doyle Elementary School! Booklets are available in the office. Thank you for your support.
Parent Positive Presentation: Resilient Kids: Building A Stress-Busting Toolkit
Saturday, March 12, 2016
at the CB Family YMCA
2500 Lower State Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Kids, Grades 1 - 6:
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Students will engage in fun, creative activities designed to help them take back control when things don't go their way. Parents are not required to stay.
1:00 - 2:30 PM at the Teen Center
Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to join us for a panel discussion on the same topic.
Pre-registration is required at www.cbfymca.org/register-online.
CB Cares Backpack 2015
News From the Community
Spanish Classes for Elementary School Students
BC World Language Academy is offering before and after school program for students in grades 1 - 6 who are interested in learning Spanish. If you are interested, please complete the survey, please print out and return it to the office or call the office to have a copy sent home (267-893-4300).
2nd Grade Swim Initiative
In 2015, the YMCA transitioned their ‘Learning to Swim’ program to become more focused on water safety skills, creating a new ‘Safety Around Water’ program. The goal of this new program is to reduce children’s risk of drowning by teaching them basic water safety skills. To support this nationwide movement, the Central Bucks Family YMCA developed a new pathway to support our community: the 2nd Grade Swim Initiative. According to statistics, drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for children ages 5-14. Furthermore, 60% of children who drown are within 10 feet of safety. These statistics are not only alarming, but show that we need to put a large focus on teaching children how to get themselves to safety. The CBF YMCA is taking a stand to help change these statistics and save our youth through the creation of this new pathway. Therefore, it is our goal to ensure that all children have the tools and skills they need to reduce the risk of drowning by the time they leave 2nd grade. In order to successfully reach this population and make this impact, we need the support of the school district.
Why 2nd Graders?
As is with many other activities, we identified 2nd graders (ages 7-9 typically) as a key age group who start to become more independent in and around water. At the Y for example, 7 years of age marks the youngest age where swimmers can ben in the pool by themselves given they pass a certain test. Their motor skills and strength starts to develop beyond the basics that have been covered throughout kindergarten and 1st grade. It is shown that the age of 7 starts children in the third cognitive development stage, which allows for children to start gaining organized and logical thought. In addition they are able to start developing concrete problem-solving skills. If a child falls into deep water, they need to be able to determine the problem and then drawing from their memory, remember the order of tasks that will solve the current challenge. At earlier ages, while a child can learn specific skills, it may be hard for them to understand the logic behind the ‘when’ and ‘how’ to apply those skills.
What does the program consist of?
The 2nd Grade Initiative begins with a free water safety evaluation, which is open to all 2nd graders in the community. If the child does not pass the evaluation, they qualify for 4 free water safety lessons. In addition, all youth who qualify for these lessons will also receive a free youth membership for the duration of the program to encourage families to help support their child(ren) and practice those skills learned in the lessons.
What is the cost for the program?
This program, including all components, is completely free upon qualification.
When will the evaluation take place?
We will be hosting 2 options for the evaluation: Sunday, April 10th 6-7 pm OR Saturday, April 16th 12:30-1:30 pm. We are asking families to pre-register either online or at the Y.
If the child qualifies, when will the water safety lesson take place?
The lessons will be held on Sundays from 6-7 pm on the following dates: 5/1/16, 5/8/16, 5/15/16 and 5/22/16; they are scheduled to finish right before Memorial Day weekend, when pools start to open up and the ‘summer swim season’ officially begins.
The youth membership will run for the whole month of May.
Why we need your support:
The Y did a ‘soft run’ of the program in Spring 2015, which had huge success with those who participated. We served 9 students in the free lessons, all of whom were able to complete the tasks by the end of the water safety lessons that they were unable to do so 5 weeks prior at the evaluation. Their success proved the impact we could have on 2nd graders in the community. We are asking that the school district help in making this impact by spreading the word and pushing the importance of this initiative to the parents and guardians of the 2nd grade population. Our goal for the end of the 2016 season is that any child who would benefit from this initiative is able to do so.
For more information, parents and/or school staff can contact Ashley Coticchio, Associate Director of Aquatics, at215-34-8131 x1409 or email@example.com
Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendar
March 1: Last Day for Irun4Life Registrations
March 1: Drop Off for Used Books
March 8: Drop Off for Used Books
March 9: Operation Helping Hand
March 9: K'Nex Competition for grades 4 & 5 at BCIU
March 10: K'Nex Competition for grade 6 at BCIU
March 11: Early Dismissal at 11:55 AM
March 11: Family Fun Night at YMCA
March 12: Parent Positive Presentation: Resilient Kids at YMCA
March 15: Drop off for Used Books
March 18: Doyle March Madness (5:45 PM - 8:00 PM)
March 21: Drop off for Used Books
March 22: Kindergarten Report Cards
March 23 - 29: No Kindergarten (conferences and Easter break)
March 24: Red Cross Blood Drive (Gym)
March 24: Jeff The Framer (Library)
March 24: Used Book and Toy Sale (Cafeteria)
March 24, 25 & 28: No School
March 31: Human Growth & Development, Grade 4