Winter 2013 Newsletter
Groveland Elementary School
Holiday Greetings from Groveland!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The administration, faculty, and staff of Groveland Elementary wish all of our families a peaceful and fun-filled holiday season. We hope you find time to enjoy your families and friends. Make sure to create some memories that are merry and bright! Don't Forget... School resumes on Thursday, January 2, 2014!!
Groveland Giving Project 2013
Grizzlies Giving Back
By: Mrs. Keri Rybny
On Tuesday, November 26th, the 6th graders teamed up with their younger 2nd and 3rd grade buddies to spread some holiday cheer to the patients at CHOP. Our Grizzlies made over 500 rainbow loom bracelets, decorated cards with funny sayings and happy holiday messages, and constructed crafts to decorate the hospital hallways. Over 300 children participated in this event! Way to go Grizzlies for giving back!
Groveland Honors Our Veterans
Groveland's Wall of Honor
Our Groveland students honored veterans from their families on our Wall of Honor. Many families participated in the display in which they shared stories of how the veterans used the Grizzly Thems of Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation and Sportsmanship throughout their miliary service. To all of our veterans, we say Thank You, not just on Veterans Day, but every day!
6th Grade Club News
By: Mary Jean Bartchak
I just wanted to take the time to thank all of the 6th graders and their families for the most generous support of the Operation Holiday Child Project. There were many layers to this project. It started in October at bake sale, moved to the collection of items in early November, and ended finally at the packing party on November 15th. We were able to pack 65 boxes and pay for the shipment overseas. Thanks to your donations, the boxes that the students' packed were filled to the brim and I am sure will bring great joy to the children who receive them. The 65 students that attended the packing party showed so much excitement, maturity, and character that Friday was a pleasure.
I also want to thank Dominick's Pizza for giving a generous discount on the pizzas, allowing for us to pay for more boxes to be shipped.
Revisions to our Elementary Report Card and Portfolio Conferences
Communication between school and home about a child’s academic progress and personal growth should occur throughout the school year. However, the formal opportunities for teachers to share progress towards a student’s learning goals takes place quarterly. These formal opportunities include a report card three times a year and a spring portfolio conference. We are working to revise our current system to take effect in the 2014-2015 school year.
In the spring of this year, a group of teachers, principals, and staff development facilitators came together to begin the process of revising a reporting system that requires a fresh look, one more closely aligned with Pennsylvania and Central Bucks academic standards. Please click here to visit the Groveland Website. There you will find the letter and brochure explaining our approach to creating a Standards-Based Progress Reporting System. We will also post updates on this work over the next several months. This is an opportunity for all of us to focus our attention on learning goals and student progress.
Dressing for Winter Weather
Please make sure to have students dressed appropriately to go outside for recess during the winter months. We do follow guidelines for temperatures and wind chills to determine indoor and outdoor recess. Please make sure students have hats, gloves, and coats to wear outside.
Explorers Clubs Coming Soon!
The Explorers Clubs for grades 4, 5 & 6 will begin the week of January 6th. Clubs begin at 3:45 PM and end at 4:55 PM. All children must be picked up on time after the club. If you have any questions about Explorers Clubs, please contact Maria Lande at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christi Simon at email@example.com.
Mrs. Houser's Art Happenings
CBSD Text Alert System
Central Bucks School District will send text messages emergency school closings, delayed openings, early dismissals, and bus transportation issues. Parents must sign up and register to receive the messages. Please click HERE to sign up!
REMINDER: Latex-Free School
We want to remind parents that Groveland is a Latex-Free school. Latex products are not permitted at school including balloons, party favors, etc. Thank you so much for your cooperation in helping to keep our school latex-free.
GHSA News Briefs
From Mrs. Benson
TIRED OF TISSUES? WIPED OUT FROM WIPES?
Starting in January, participating in the Scrip program could help your child’s classroom WIN a gift card for supplies!!
Beginning with our January 10 Order, the 2 classrooms (one in grades K-3 and another in grades 4-6) with the highest participation in ordering Scrip cards will receive an Amazon, Michael’s or Staples gift card so they can buy classroom supplies!!
At the end of the month (after 2 orders), GHSA will determine which classes had the highest amount of participation (number of families participating determines percentage; NOT dollar amount of cards purchased!) and those classes will win the gift card!! If you have multiple students at Groveland, your purchases will count as participating in each child’s class.
And even if your child’s class doesn’t win, you are still earning money for all the things that GHSA supports: Assemblies, Library Book Purchases, Recess Equipment, Technology, Young Author’s Day, Classroom Supplies…and much more.
IT IS THAT SIMPLE!!
HELP YOU CHILD’S CLASSROOM WIN SOME ROOM SUPPLIES!!
Box Top Winners
A big shout out to Mrs. Etter's 4th grade class for turning in the most box tops for November with 868! That's huge! We couldn't get a picture with the snow delay and school closing, but congratulations are in order. Great Job!
Keep turning in those box tops, with November's submission we will hit $1300 raised for our school. Great job Groveland, keep up the good work!
Dates To Remember
January 1st School Holiday - New Year’s Day – No School
January 2nd Second Grade – Churchville Nature Center Visiting Groveland
January 3rd School Spirit Day – Favorite Sweat Pant/ Sweat Shirt Day
January 6th – 14th Art Goes To School
January 14th Second Grade PEN Detective Science Trip – Titus Elementary
January 15th Author Visit – Floyd Cooper
January 17th School Spirit Day – Slipper Day
January 20th School Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
January 23rd Celebration of the Arts – Grades 3 & 6 - GYM
Grade 3 – 6:00 PM
Grade 6 – 7:45 PM
January 28th Market Day