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!!

Some Musical Holiday Cheer!

Thank you to Mr. Appiotti and our band students for sharing their musical talents the past few days. Several students had the opportunity to "carol" around the school spreading holiday cheer as they played some holiday tunes!

Groveland Giving Project 2013

Once again, the Groveland community has shown its generosity and caring for others during this holiday season. Thank you to the many families who have participated in our 2013 Giving Project. With the help of many hearts and hands, the holidays will be a bit brighter for so many of our families.

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!

Veterans Visit Our Classrooms

Some Veterans made special visits to some of our classrooms on Veteran's Day. Mr. Rechtmann visited the 1st grade classes and spoke about his service in the Middle East. Mr. Bannon visited some third grade classes and talked about his service in the Coast Guard.

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 or Christi Simon at

Mrs. Houser's Art Happenings

Visit the Doylestown Post Office during the month of January to see a display of artwork by Groveland Students!

Thank you for supporting the Square One Art program! Once again, it was a huge success!

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

SCRIP Update

From Mrs. Benson


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.



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

Planning Ahead

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