Linden Leopard Growl

Here at Linden we are ONE! --- April 29, 2020 Edition

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Over the next several weeks, we will begin the process of assigning students to an appropriate class for next year. In putting together the classes, we will take into consideration many factors. Our goal is to ensure that each child is in a class that has an appropriate balance of students, teaching style, and to ensure for a smooth and successful transition to next school year. We assess each child's individual needs based upon input from the present classroom teacher, student support counselor, reading specialist, principal and other pertinent staff.

Class placement is made after reviewing a considerable amount of data. If you feel confident your child’s needs are understood by his or her current teacher, and you expect the teacher will keep the placement team informed of his/her needs as appropriate, you do not need to submit your feedback. If you feel the school placement team would benefit from additional information, you are welcome to submit your feedback electronically here by Monday, May 4th. You should not name a specific teacher.

We want what is best for your child and that involves them having a wide variety of educational experiences. Parent feedback submitted after May 4th will not be considered.

Thank you for beginning this important process with us.

Mike Testani

Now is the Time to Register for the 2020-2021 School Year

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Dear Linden families,

Please join us for “The Leopard Monday Morning Show.” Produced by our very own, Mrs. Jacqui Swales, the program will include yoga with Mrs. Williams, book reviews/recommendations, cooking videos, jokes, pictures of pets, and many other areas of interest. In conjunction with the Monday Morning Show, Linden’s Spirit Committee will be highlighting a “Weekly Theme.” The theme for this week is National Karaoke Week – Get your singing hat on and share a video of you singing your heart out! You can upload your video to The Linden Karaoke Video Padlet. Submissions must be made by 8:00 AM each Friday to be considered for the following week's show.

If Karaoke isn’t your thing, you are all invited to upload a submission to possibly appear in a future Morning Show. Share a joke, a book review, a cooking video, a picture of you and your pet - Just about ANY area of interest. All submissions can be uploaded to The Leopard Monday Morning Show Padlet Wall for future consideration. PLEASE NOTE: Submissions to this wall will not be made public unless the submission is published in one of the weekly programs.

Special thanks to Mrs. Swales, Mrs. Coyle and the rest of our Linden Leopard Spirit Committee for making this all possible! Here are the Weekly Themes for the next four weeks:

  • Week of May 4th: Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week – Show your love for our teachers and nurses!
  • Week of May 11th: National Reading is Fun Week – Show us a picture of you with your favorite book or reading in your favorite spot.
  • Week of May 18th: International New Friends Old Friends Week – Give a shout out to a friend you miss! Take a picture of yourself with a message of friendship!
  • Week of May 25th: National Backyard Games Week – Show us a picture of you enjoying your time outside with your family.

I hope you enjoy this late preview of what Linden's new Leopard Monday Morning Show will look like each week. Let’s all have some fun and stay connected!

Mr. Testani

Virtual Paw Deadline Approaching

Parents, please consider submitting a virtual PAW with a picture/description of your Leopard(s) demonstrating one or more of our Linden Core Values: Citizenship, Respect, Responsibility, and Cooperation. Just click on the Virtual PAW Padlet and post your submission.

We will celebrate our PAW recipients every other week, as we have in the past, by publishing your submissions in the Linden Leopard Growl. The next PAW celebration will be published in the May 6th Edition. Please make your submission by Wednesday, May 6th. We also look forward to recognizing our PAW recipients with their Padlet submission next year on our Linden Core Values Wall!

Boomerang Youth Recognition Award

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a district-wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of the chosen Developmental Assets® for the school year.

May's Boomerang Asset is Personal Power- Young person feels they have control over "things happening to me".

Nomination forms can be found online.

Please email your Boomerang nominations to by Friday, May 15th.

CBSD Farmers Market

Please help us share food with families and children throughout the Central Bucks School District during this crisis! Click HERE to support our Go Fund Me.

The CBSD Farmers Market at Barclay was started a year ago by a small group of principals and teachers, collectively known as The Friends of John Barclay, with a mission to address food insecurity for children in the Central Bucks School District. Through the generosity of local organizations, including Bucks County Opportunities Council (BCOC), Philabundance, and Rolling Harvest, we distributed thousands of pounds of fresh produce to families and children at our monthly markets.

A week after the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we were able to quickly expand our operation, and we now distribute food every week on Wednesdays at 4:00 at Barclay Elementary School. We believe that in a community as well resourced as ours, no child should ever be hungry. We also believe that at some point in time, we all might need a little extra support, and we should feel confident in the compassion and empathy of our friends and neighbors.

The Friends of John Barclay, and our small group of employee volunteers, are very grateful for even the smallest donations. Please consider supporting families and children throughout the district who need a little help during this difficult time. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Acknowledging Our Reading Olympics Participants

Reading Olympics scheduled for March 30 was cancelled but Mrs. Free would like to recognize all of her team members for doing such a fantastic job of reading. Please check out the below Sway presentation of our Linden Reading Olympics Teams members.


Tip of the Week from Dr. McIntyre & Dr. Graz

Parenting Tip of the Week - The Importance of Self-Care

Washing your hands and practicing social distancing are great practical ways to take care of your physical health during this time. However, it is also important to take care of our mental health. Here are some tips for practicing good self-care during this challenging time:

  1. Stay Calm – using techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and breading deeply can be helpful. Check out this 1-minute mediation from Calm for a quick recharge:
  2. Be kind and gentle with yourself (and with others) – it is ok if you cry in the shower, if you overeat, or are short with a loved one. Forgive yourself for the times you might not be at your best. We are all just doing our best.
  3. Limit your social media and Covid 19 news coverage intake
  4. Try to stick to a routine and remember to include fun activities that bring you joy
  5. Reach out (virtually) to your support networks
  6. Focus on controlling the things you can – and let everything else go
  7. Stick to (or create new) healthy habits – exercise, nutritious food, and sleep are key for both mental and physical health
  8. Try to get outside at least once a day
  9. Practice gratitude – find one thing to feel positive or grateful about every day and write it down or create a family gratitude jar (
  10. Remember, this is a new normal, but it is a temporary normal.

For additional self-care tips, please click on the below link to watch a helpful video from The Child Mind Institute.

Stay healthy and stay safe.

Dr. McIntyre & Dr. Graz

A Weekly Word from Dr. Graz

Hello, everyone!

This week we will tackle boredom. As if being stuck in the house isn't hard enough, April showers have been making it harder! Let's explore what boredom really is and some ways to deal with it. One of the things you will see in this week's video is a strategy of making a bucket list. I would love to see a picture of you with your bucket list!

Please see below for the two boredom videos - Primary & Intermediate.

Feel free to share your picture to

Stay safe, happy and healthy!

Dr. Graz

Tackling Boredom - PRIMARY Students
Boredom pp grades 4-6
"My Hero Is You" Children's Story

A story written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dear Parents,

"My Hero is You” is a book written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“

"My Hero is You” should be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children. It is not encouraged for children to read this book independently without the support of a parent, caregiver or teacher. The supple-mentary guide called “Actions for Heroes” (to be published later) offers support for addressing topics related to COVID-19, helping children manage feelings and emotions, as well as supplementary activities for children to do based on the book.

I have recorded a reading of the book below for those of you who are interested in listening to the story with your child.


Mrs. Free

Linden Librarian

My Hero is You Storybook for Children on COVID-19_PP

Workout With Mrs. Williams


How to Play: Set a timer or keep an eye on the clock. Shuffle your cards and pull the first card from the deck. Perform the designated exercise for the assigned number of repetitions, then immediately pull another card from the deck. Continue drawing cards and performing exercises until your time expires.
Exercise per Suit in Deck: (to enrich create your own exercises per suit)


Know your Numbers: the number or number equivalent of the card you draw from the deck is the number of reps you'll perform.

  • Ace = 1 rep
  • 2 = 2 reps
  • 3 = 3 reps
  • 4 = 4 reps
  • 5 = 5 reps
  • 6 = 6 reps
  • 7 = 7 reps
  • 8 = 8 reps
  • 9 = 9 reps
  • 10 = 10 reps
  • Jack = 11 reps
  • Queen = 12 reps
  • King = 13 reps or player's choice!

Know your Numbers: the number or number equivalent of the card you draw from the deck is the number of reps you'll perform.
  • Ace = 1 rep
  • 2 = 2 reps
  • 3 = 3 reps
  • 4 = 4 reps
  • 5 = 5 reps
  • 6 = 6 reps
  • 7 = 7 reps
  • 8 = 8 reps
  • 9 = 9 reps
  • 10 = 10 reps
  • Jack = 11 reps
  • Queen = 12 reps
  • King = 13 reps or player's choice!

As you make time to participate safely in family activities, I would like to invite you to join "Story Time with Linden." To view the stories, PLEASE CLICK THIS BUTTON. You can use this link each to access the new read-aloud of the day.

iRun4Life Update

We are currently handling the registration fees for iRun4Life. Kathy Bareuther sent an email to those families that registered for this spring's iRun4Life program regarding options for reimbursement of registration fees.

These options are as follows:

__________________ Student(s) Name

1. ______ Please refund my registration fee via check. The check should be made out to _______________ and mailed to _________________. (This may be slightly delayed due to social distancing)
2. _______ Please apply my payment towards next year's iRun4Life registration fee.
3. _______ Please keep my payment as a donation towards the Linden iRun4Life general fund to be used for future incentives and equipment for the kids.

If you have not yet responded, please take the time to communicate your preference to either Jill Walton at or Claire Ramamurthy at

Thank you!

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A Call to Action Over Anxiety

Parent Positive Facebook LIVE Event with Dr. Katherine DahlsgaardWorking cooperatively with The CB Cares Educational Foundation, the Central Bucks School District invites our entire community to take part in a very special Parent Positive Facebook LIVE event hosted by Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard on Thursday, May 7th at 4 p.m. Presented courtesy of Dr. Dahlsgaard, the event entitled “The Second Greatest Generation? A Call to Action Over Anxiety,” will feature a 30-minute LIVE presentation by Dr. Dahlsgaard followed by a 20-minute public question and answer session. During the event, Dr. Dahlsgaard, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, will discuss strategies for psychological survival during the once-in-a-generation pandemic of Covid-19. She hopes to inspire our community to manage our fears and build resilience for our future. A long-standing supporter and friend to CBSD, Katherine Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., ABPP, is Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We hope to “see” you live. Visit beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. You DO NOT need a Facebook account to watch the LIVE event

CBSD Summer Camp

Registration is now open for CBSD Community School summer programs. Please click here for more information.
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