The Hoot

Pine Run Elementary School Newsletter

October 2016

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We are officially four weeks into our new school year!! Thank you so much for helping your child/children embrace the habits and routines that best support their success as learners. We are already very impressed with our students' focus on learning and kindness towards others.

Currently Pine Run teachers and staff are working toward two new goals to enhance the learning experience. They are:

1. Promoting a rich love of reading

  • Helping children fall in love with reading, as explained by author Penny Kittle, involves giving kids books they enjoy, on topics they are interested in, and lots and lots of time to read.

2. Promoting mindful habits for learning

  • Mindfulness is a state of attentiveness, where students are fully aware and present while they learn. Teaching mindful practices empowers children to be their best selves in all environments. For a fun overview on mindfulness check out Mindfulness In Schools.

As a learning community, we know many parents love to learn too, so keep a lookout for CB's Parent Positive Speaker Forums . The district is continuing this program which drew rave reviews last year. Click HERE for details on our first speaker, Christa Tinari, who will be speaking on Creating a Culture of Kindness.

As always, we appreciate all that you do to contribute to our school. Your warmth, commitment to kids, and contributions to our school really do make it, "A Great Place to Grow!"

With gratitude,

Amanda M. Mumford


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Thank you to our AMAZING HSA and Volunteer Parents!!!

Their work and efforts made for a wonderful evening for all!

Mindfulness..........and Sidewalk Flowers

Dr. Mumford presented to each grade level by reading and donating the book Sidewalk Flowers to each classroom. Sidewalk Flowers tells the story of a little girl and her father, as they walk home at the end of a typical day. The child is mindful, she is attentive, observant, aware, and interested in the world around her. But her father is distracted and distant. Their different mental states make for very different experiences. Although this book has no words, it's message can be heard loud and clear: Being mindful and fully present adds beauty and pleasure to our lives!
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THINK ABOUT IT......................................

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For the safe dismissal of students using the Walker/Car Rider Door (Door 7) at the end of each school day, we ask that the following regulations be followed:

Walkers and Bike Riders:

  • Parents on foot may wait for exiting children near the large oak tree (black X on diagram below).

  • Parents closely supervise students while crossing over the district parking area (white X on diagram). Students are not to cross this driveway or the main parking lot without direct supervision.

  • Students walking/biking down the Walkers’ Path towards Giant, may not wander onto or play in the Lenape Valley Church parking lot at any time during their travels.

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Car Riders:

  • Students being picked up by car must wait in the Loading Zone, where an adult is there to supervise (arrow on diagram above).

  • Car riders may not exit the Loading Zone to play on the playground.

We respectfully ask that parents whose children walk, bike, or are picked up by car at the end of the school day, read and discuss these Dismissal Regulations with their children.

Your help in ensuring the safety of all our children at dismissal is very much appreciated.


For supervision and safety reasons, students may not be dropped off at school before 8:15 a.m. If you are driving your student to school and arrive before 8:15 am, please remain in your car with your student until that time.

4th Grade 50's Night- Greasers and Pink Ladies

2016-17 District Calendar

Click here for one-page calendar and monthly calendar of events.

6th Grade Ropes Course- COOPERATION IS KEY!

Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year. If you are eligible, please apply now!

Required Immunizations

As a reminder, the current immunization requirements elementary school students in the 2016-2017 year continue as follows:

Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the following vaccines:

  • 4 doses DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • 3 doses Polio
  • 2 doses MMR – measles, mumps, rubella
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses Varicella (chicken pox)

To check the immunization status of your student, go to the Parent Portal and click on the Health tab. Please note, the Departments of Health and Education have not made any changes to the religious, philosophical, or medical exemptions currently provided in the regulations. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Corinne Sikora at 267.893.2021.

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Each year, the Central Bucks School District asks our families to fill out a Census Verification Form. This form ensures that all student information is accurate.

This year, we are asking that you complete your family’s Census Verification Form online ASAP.

The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information

  • Emergency Contacts

  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration

  • Media Release Preferences

Click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the Census Verification form.

Thank you for taking the time to update this important information.


For detailed information about this process, including a User Guide, please click here.

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one.

If you need support, please email

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In sync with several other CB Elementary Schools, Pine Run has adopted the Recess First PLAN. By scheduling recess before lunch, we hope to reap the many benefits found in research and in our own district.

Some of the highlighted benefits include:

  • Calmer cafeteria periods
  • More relaxed eaters
  • Students returning to classrooms more able and ready to learn
  • Students drinking more milk
  • Students eating more food and throwing away less
  • Students eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Fewer behavior challenges
  • Fewer visits to the school nurse

Of course sanitary practices are paramount in our Recess First Plan. During the first day of school students were instructed and supervised as they used the hand sanitizer provided. This practice will continue and be closely monitored going forward.

For more information on the benefits of Recess First, check out

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CB Mobile App!

The Central Bucks School District is pleased to announce its NEW, free mobile app!

The CBSD mobile app provides a convenient new way to connect with your school and access all the information you need – right on your mobile device. Parents can customize the app so they receive news and information from their children’s schools​ including easy access to lunch menus, a staff directory and notifications pushed directly to the app to alert you of important messages from the district or school.

View our video to learn about our new app and the great features that will help keep you up-to-date on the latest school activities, announcements, events and more!

Our NEW app is now available in both the Apple Store and Google Play and can be downloaded to mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android Phones, etc.

  • Go to the App Store or Google Play

  • Search "Central Bucks School District"

  • Select "Free" and then "Install"

  • You will need to know your Apple or Google account password

  • After it has installed select "Open"

Once you launch the app the first time, you will be prompted to select the schools you wish to follow. If you would like to follow additional schools or remove a school, you can do so under the Settings in the app. We hope you will try this convenient new way of us communicating with you!!

40 Assets- CB Cares

October: #30 RESPONSIBILITY – Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility for his/her behavior. They take responsibility for their actions and decisions at home, and/or at school, and/or in the community.

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.


Pennsylvania law requires all persons having direct contact with school children must obtain background checks and clearances by July 1, 2016. If you are planning on being in a Central Bucks school for any reason or are hoping to attend a class trip, you will need to go to Volunteer Required Paperwork, complete what is needed to obtain your Volunteer ID Card. You will need that and another piece of photo ID to volunteer at a CB school.

Upcoming Events Scroll Daily on our Pine Run Website!