Cougar Courier Times
Kutz Elementary School's Bimonthly Newsletter
December 23, 2015
Happy Holidays from Kutz!!!
With the holiday season upon us, it is certainly the time of year where we sit back and reflect on all the reasons we are thankful and happy about the things in our lives.
Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply the winter season, we want to wish each of you a peaceful and enjoyable winter break.
It is at this time of year that we especially realize how fortunate we are to have a wonderful school community like Kutz. We are a community that cares about others. This is evidenced by the families we were able to assist with gifts, food and more for the holidays, the giving tree donations, and the toys donated to Toys for Tots.
As you reflect on 2015 and prepare for 2016, consider the following passage:
Time for New Beginnings
- Taylor Addison, Blue Mountain Arts, 1989
"This is a time for reflection as well as celebration. As you look back on the past year and all that has taken place in your life.
Remember each experience for the good that has come of it and for the knowledge you have gained.
Remember the efforts you have made and the goals you have reached.
Remember the love you have shared and the happiness you have brought.
Remember the laughter, the joy, the hard work, and the tears.
And as you reflect on the past year, also be thinking of the new one to come.
Because most importantly, this is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of life."
Here’s hoping you enjoy the holiday season and that you and your families have a happy and healthy welcome to the new year!!
-Happy Holidays from The Kutz Elementary Staff
Student Council Door Decorating Contest
Their classes were rewarded with a hot chocolate and candy cane treat!
Great job to all who participated. Everyone received an award to acknowledge their efforts.
See some of our doors below:
Mrs. Abato's 4th Grade Class
Mr. Peterson's 5th Grade Class
Kutz Cougars4ACause Needs Your Help!
On January 4th, the Kutz C4AC Club will kick off a school-wide party supply drive to support our first Martin Luther King Day of Service benefitting Operation Birthday Box. On MLK Day students from the C4AC Club will be filling party bags and making birthday cards for the recipients.
We are asking the Kutz community for donations of party supplies (sets of paper plates, cups, napkins) and other items (birthday cake mix, foil pans, frosting, candles, balloons, and gift bags) to support our efforts. In the interest of accommodating a variety of birthdays, we are asking each grade to donate specifically to their age level. Suggested grade level donations:
Kindergarten: party supplies*, balloons & birthday candles
1st grade: party supplies*, balloons & birthday candles
2nd grade: party supplies*, birthday cake mix & tubs of frosting
3rd grade: party supplies*, birthday cake mix & tubs of frosting
4th grade: party supplies*, medium sized gift bags & foil cake pans
5th grade: party supplies*, medium sized gift bags & foil cake pans
6th grade: party supplies*, birthday cake mix & tubs of frosting
*Party Supplies - Sets of paper plates, cups, napkins in age appropriate themes for boys and girls.
Donations will be accepted January 4th-Janaury 15th, 2016. Please contact April Masterson firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Operation Birthday Box is working hard to brighten birthdays for children living in local homeless and emergency housing shelters. We match sponsors in the community with children in our local shelters. The sponsors “adopt” the children for their birthday, providing birthday party supplies and gifts from the children’s wish lists.
Kutz Home & School Association
Kutz Home & School Association
To help streamline communication between school and home, we will be putting all important Kutz information in Dr. Garvin’s Kutz Cougar Times. This means enotes will no longer be published weekly and the information will now be found in Dr. Garvin’s Kutz Cougar Times. The Cougar Times is sent out on the 15th and 30th/31st of each month. All email address updates and/or additions will be done through the parent portal.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Next Home and School Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 10th 2016 at 9am
1950 Turk Road
Mark your calendars for 2016 Kutz Elementary Science Fair!
When: Monday, March 21st
Where: Kutz Gym
Who: All Kutz students grades K – 6 are encouraged to participate!!
The idea of a science fair is to make science interesting, accessible and real for each student. Students participate at their own level and choose a topic of interest to them. Here is some basic information about the science fair:
1. Participation is optional.
2. There will be no judging.
3. Students can do an experiment, a collection or a demonstration.
4. Students will be given all the information they need to participate from how to conduct an experiment (if that is what they want to do), how to set up their display boards and where to get project ideas.
5. Students can do individual, family or group projects.
6. The fair will take place at night for families and during the day for classroom visits.
More information regarding registration will be coming in January. Mark your calendars and start thinking about ideas! To get a head start students can go to the “Topic Selection Wizard” at www.sciencebuddies.org where they can enter their grade and interests and get a list of project ideas just for them.
Students can also visit the Kutz web page www.cbsd.org/kutz and review the information posted about the science fair. Use the Our School menu tab to select Activities from the drop down list, then click the Science Fair link on the left menu bar.
Let’s make science fun for Kutz students!!
School Board Briefs - December 1, 2015
At the December 1, 2015 School Board meeting the Central Bucks School District School Board:
Recognized and congratulated the CB East Boys Soccer Team and PA State Champions
New Board Members were sworn in by the Honorable Jeffrey L. Finley, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County:
- Sharon Collopy
- Beth Darcy
- Glenn Schloeffel
- Karen Smith
- Dennis Weldon
Elected a President and Vice President:
- President Beth Darcy
- Vice President John H. Gamble
Approved the minutes of the November 10, 2015 school board meeting.
Heard the Superintendent’s Report: This Month in Central Bucks video; 2016-2017 Proposed Preliminary Budget; Superintendent’s Budget Recommendations
Received the Finance Committee and Operations Committee notes, and the MBIT Executive Council minutes.
Approved the Treasurer’s Report and Summary of Fund Disbursements for the month of October 2015.
Approved the November 15, 2015 and November 24, 2015 General Fund check disbursements; the November 13, 2015 Capital Fund check disbursements; and the November 12, 2015 Food Service check disbursements.
Approved the Final Budgetary Transfers for fiscal year 2014-2015.
Approved the posting of the Proposed Preliminary 2016-2017 Budget for public inspection.
Approved various construction contracts and service agreements as follows:
- Contract to The Wire Guys – Avigilon to provide and install security cameras at all three stadiums in the amount of $76,599.35. These cameras are available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #008-346.
- Contract to The Wire Guys – Avigilon to provide and install replacement security cameras in the amount of $239,976.50. These cameras are available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #008-346.
- Contract to IBM for 6 new servers in the amount of $39,930.
- Contract to IBM to increase the capacity of storage area network (SAN) for the District’s security system in the amount of $83,581.96.
- Contract to Tozour Trane to rebuild the chiller at Tohickon Middle School in the amount of $88,667. This service is available on the US Communities cooperative purchasing contract.
- Purchase 2 Ford T350 maintenance vans from Fred Beans in the amount of $30,600 each. These vehicles are available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #025-013.
- Purchase a RAM 4500 dump truck from Hondru Dodge in the amount of $71,290. This vehicle is available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #025-013.
Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and the Central Bucks School District for matters of litigation as it pertains to special education students.
Approved the school boundary assignments for new housing developments in Warwick and Buckingham Townships.
- The administration is recommending the attendance boundaries for Jamison Elementary, Tamanend Middle School, and Central Bucks High School – South be amended to include the Woodlands Development, located near Meetinghouse Road and York Road (Route 263). This development is currently in the Warwick Elementary, Holicong Middle School, and Central Bucks High School – East attendance boundaries.
- The administration is recommending the attendance boundary for Cold Spring Elementary be amended to include the Feeney Development, located near Mechanicsville Road and Durham Road (Route 413). This development is currently in the Buckingham Elementary attendance Boundary.
Adopted the 2016 School Board Calendar.
Approved the vendor change to Penn Behavioral Health as an Employee Assistance Provider at an annual cost of $32,730.
Approved various personnel items and student trips.
Received a Sabbatical Leave of Absence as an information item.