Groveland Elementary School

Paw Print Newsletter October 2014

News from the Administration Team

Thank you to all parents who were able to attend our Back to School Night sessions this year. We hope you enjoyed the visit with your child's teacher. We have a month of school in under our belts, and our students are continuing to learn and have fun. October brings with it some exciting schoolwide events which are highlighted in our newsletter.

As many of you know, our school has a "Great Grizzly Program", which is our school code of conduct. The program is based around the 4 tenets of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, COOPERATION & SPORTSMANSHIP. We believe and instill in our students that these character traits are vital to produce quality citizens not only in our school, but in the community and throughout our lives. Each month, our students are rewarded with an assembly if they are following the four themes. In addition, students can earn "Power Paws" for displaying these behaviors each and every day. Please talk to your children and encourage them to live these themes each and every day - for they are the foundation that make our Grizzlies....GREAT!

Back to School Picnic - A Success!

A big thank you to all who came to the Groveland Family Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 19th, and to those who organized this family fun event to tie into the CB Cares 40 Assets Program. Special thanks to Mrs. Karen Bennett in the main office, for coordinating all of the paperwork and hoagie orders, and to Mrs. Trish Jordan, and her daughters Jennifer and Emily, for their help organizing and serving our school community at the picnic. Your help and service are excellent examples of our Great Grizzly Themes.

Honorary Great Grizzly Recognized

On Tuesday, Septemer 30th, our school recognized Mr. Brian DuBree as our September Honorary Great Grizzly. Mr. DuBree is currently the Fire Chief at Plumsteadville Fire Company. He was selected as an Honorary Great Grizzly because he shows the 4 themes of respect, responsibilty, cooperation, and sportsmanship in his every day life. Mr. DuBree and his company, volunteered their time and efforts to make sure our school grounds were cleaned, mulched, and ready for the first day of school. His company cleaned the flower beds, trimmed the shrubs and mulched all of the areas around our school. Our school looked just perfect for our opening day thanks to Mr. DuBree and his lawn care company, Cutting Edge Total Lawn Care. Mr. DuBree is the father of 3rd grader, Jordan DuBree, who took part in the presentation, as well. Thank you, Mr. DuBree, for your community service and for being a great example of a Great Grizzly in our community.
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Harlem Wizards vs. Great Grizzlies

Mark your calendars for a family fun event as the Harlem Wizards take on the Groveland Staff on Friday, October 10th at CB West High School at 7 PM. Hope to see you all there!

Celebrate Education Week

Celebrate Education Week will be October 13-17, 2014 in Central Bucks. It is during this week that parents and community members are invited to school to see our students in action. A grade level specific schedule for classroom visitation will be coming home in the next week or so.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is scheduled for October 27-31, 2014. Students and staff will be participating in activities throughout the week to remind us to be “drug-free.” A flyer detailing all of the activities will be coming home in the next few weeks. In addition, students in all grade levels will follow the grade level specific curriculum for theTobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs lessons during this week, as well.


Halloween is right around the corner. Groveland will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 31st. The parade will be held at 1:30 PM outdoors (weather permitting). We hope you are able to join us for the Halloween Parade! All classroom parties will take place from 2:00-3:00 PM. There will be a limit to the number of parent volunteers for each homeroom for the parties (K & 1 maximum of 5 volunteers, grades 2-6, maximum of 3 volunteers). Parent volunteers will be notified if they are to stay for the party. A reminder that costumes must be "school appropriate" and "family friendly."

Groveland Giving Project

Every December, Groveland has historically come together as a community to make sure that the holidays are a wonderful time for all of our families. The Groveland community has been extremely generous in helping make this project a success, and we graciously thank you for that.

Information about the Giving Project will be coming home in early October. If your family needs help for the holidays, please complete the Giving Project forms that come home with your children and return them to the main office by November 3rd. If you do not receive a form, or would like more information about the project, please contact the main office at 267-893-4600. Please know that all information is confidential. This wonderful project does take time to coordinate and organize; therefore your promptness is necessary.

Please note that we will continue to provide food, gifts, and gift cards, but we are unable to provide assistance with utilities this year.

Thank you to the many people who give their time and resources to make the holidays a memorable time for everyone. We could never do this project without all of the support from the community!

Reporting Student Achievement

As we 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 district continues to provide information and resources for parents, teachers, and students regarding our new reporting system.

  • Please click HERE for newly added information and resources for parents including: Grade Level Subject Standards, and Standards Based Indicators for both Primary and Intermediate Grades.

  • In addition, if you have not signed up for a Parent Portal account, please do so, as this will be necessary to view your child's conference report in November. Please click HERE for information to create a log in. You must create a log in before November 19th.
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Quality Feedback in Our Classrooms

Throughout our school, many classroom lessons and activities have been enhanced as students are learning about the new reporting system, standards, and indicators. Teachers and students are analyzing student work and discussing expectations across the curriculum. Great conversations are happening as students are hearing and receiving quality feedback about their progress and learning.

Dates to Remember

October Dates to Remember

Mark your calendar for important dates for the month of October!

Classroom Updates

Mrs. McGovern's 4th Grade Class

To build classroom community, Mrs. McGovern’s fourth grade class learned that we are connected in many ways. Although our differences are what make us special, we found that we have many things in common. We used yarn to visualize all that ties us together!

Mrs. Daley's 1st Grade Class

Wednesday, September 17th, was Constitution Day. We listened to and sang The Preamble. We learned that the Constitution is an important document that helps run our country. We wrote our own Classroom Constitution to help run our classroom. The children all signed our constitution and it is hanging as you enter our room.

Art News from Mrs. Houser

Click HERE for the October Art Happenings including information on Square 1 Art, the Colorcyle program, and Art Volunteers.

News from the Nurse's Office

  • Kindergarten - Physical and Dental exams are due by October 15.
  • Third Grade - Dental exams are due by October 15.
  • Sixth Grade - Physical forms are due by October 15. Students without physical forms on file will not be allowed to go on the Ropes Course
  • Forms can be found on the CBSD website:

Medication policy: All medication, whether prescription of over-the-counter, must be kept in the health office. Medication must be sent in the original labeled container and must be accompanied by a Medication Dispensing Form signed by both the physician (or dentist) and the parent.

With parent permission indicated on the census verification report, acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be administered according to manufacturer’s suggested dosage. Your child should not come to school on narcotic medication for pain management as these medications may cause dizziness, light-headedness and sedation which make it difficult for your child to function safely and effectively in school.

Administration of specific nonprescription medications is available to all students under the guidelines of the district’s Medical Director. These medications include cough drops, throat spray, antacid tablets, and Neosporin ointment.

All controlled medications must be hand-delivered to the school nurse or the principal’s designee by a parent or guardian at which time it will be counted and signed for. Some examples of controlled medications include, but are not limited to: Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, Adderall and Ativan.

Free/ Reduced Lunch: If your child qualified to receive free or reduced lunch last school year, they can continue for the first 30 days of school. This gives you time to complete a new application. The quickest way to do this is online at

Please contact our office with any questions.

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics

Click HERE for information on upcoming Flu Shot Clinics throughout Bucks County.

Counselors' Corner

Boomerang Nominations October Asset #35

Asset #35: Resistance Skills - Young person is able to recognize risky or dangerous situations and make positive choices when faced with challenging events in their life. They are able to resist peer pressure.

If you know a student who exemplifies this quality, please nominate them for this month's Boomerang Award. Please send nominations by Monday, October 20th. Remember to include examples of how the student best demonstrates this month’s asset.

All nominations can be sent to our counselor, Alexis Mele, at

Groveland Home & School News

KidStuff Books

Click HERE for information on the KidStuff Book Sale going on now. This is a great fundraiser for our school as we receive 50% of book sales.

Box Tops & Library Dedications

From Billi Kunz - Box Tops

Welcome back everyone! It's time to start clipping those box tops and send them in to your child's teacher. Each of those little tabs are worth ten cents and it really adds up. Last year Groveland earned almost $4000! So keep on clipping and thank you!

From Jackie Monturano - Library Book Dedication

Just a reminder to everyone that the forms are online, as well as in the school office and it's a great way to honor students or even their teachers by purchasing a new book for the library – who desperately needs new books – and dedicating it to someone special.

Groveland Home & School Association

Visit the GHSA website for important information about GHSA sponsored events.

Groveland Elementary School

~Land of the Great Grizzlies~ Respect ~Responsibility~Cooperation~Sportsmanship