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Pine Run Elementary School Newsletter September 2015


PINE RUN TEACHERS: Helping Every Child Learn to Lead

THE LEADER IN ME, based on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, teaches students 21st century leadership and life skills. Its strategies reinforce a culture of student-empowerment and the knowledge that every child can grow to be a leader!
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Dates That Rate: SEPTEMBER

Dates That Rate: September

4- Spirit Day – Wear Pine Run Gear

7- School Holiday – Labor Day

8- 5:45 PM AM & PM Kindergarten Back-To-School Night

8- 6:00 PM PEN Back-To-School Night

8- 7:00 PM Grades 1 & 2 Back-To-School Night

8- 7:30 PM School Board Meeting – Ed. Serv. Ctr.

14- School Holiday – Rosh Hashanah

15- 5:45 PM Grades 3 & 4 Back-To-School Night

15- 7:00 PM Grades 5 & 6 Back-To-School Night

18- Spirit Day – Sports Team Jersey Day

18- Welcome Back Family Fun Night

21- 7:30 PM School Board Meeting – Ed. Serv. Ctr.

23- School Holiday – Yom Kippur

25- Picture Day

29,30- Sixth Grade Ropes Course


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Check-out our Pine Run Parent Handbook on our school website. Click here for a direct link!
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Who Needs Clearances?

An individual who is responsible for the child’s welfare or has direct volunteer contact with children.

Direct Volunteer Contact – The care, supervision, guidance, or control of children and routine interaction with children

Routine Interaction – Regular and repeated contact that is integral to a person’s employment or volunteer responsibilities.

Person Responsible for Child’s Welfare – Person who provides permanent or temporary care, supervision, mental health diagnosis or treatment, training or control of a child in lieu of parental care, supervision and control. Includes any such person who has direct or regular contact with a child through any program, activity, or service sponsored by a school, for-profit organization or religious or other not for profit organization.

Additional Information:

· Effective August 25, 2015 volunteers having contact with children shall be required to obtain certifications every 60 months (5 years).

· A volunteer who was previously not required to have clearances shall be required to obtain the clearances required by law no later than July 1, 2016.

· If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015, and do not have certifications (because you previously were not required to obtain certifications) you have until July 1, 2016, to obtain your certifications.

· If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015, and you have certifications because your organization required one or all of them and your certifications are older than 60 months, you also have until July 1, 2016, to obtain your certifications.

· If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015, and you have certifications because your organization required one or all of them, and your certifications are less than 60 months, you have until 60 months from the date of your oldest certification to renew your certifications and to obtain any certifications now required that you may not have been previously required to obtain

· Students who volunteer are not required to obtain certifications as long as they meet all of the following requirements:

o the individual is currently enrolled in a school;

o the individual is not a person responsible for the child's welfare;

o the individual is volunteering for an event that occurs on school grounds;

o event is sponsored by the school in which the individual is enrolled as a student; and

o the event is not for children who are in the care of a child care service.

Follow the link below for the CBSD School Calendar!


PINE RUN HSA- Our Families Make our School Great!!!

Welcome Pine Run Families! We hope you enjoyed the beautiful summer and are excited to kick off the new school year.

As many of you are aware, the Pine Run Home & School Association (HSA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that works together to create memorable events and activities for the students and families of Pine Run. In addition, our fundraising efforts assist with many school assemblies, technology, field trips, library books, and other academic tools and programs for our children.

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the HSA. Please consider helping out this year. Serve on the Home & School Board, Chair a Committee, and or volunteer for other activities and programs that you will learn more about through our Pine Run Bucket Brigade. (The flyer will be coming home the first week of school.) Whether you have a little or a lot of time to give, we’d love to have your help.

Have good communication and leadership skills? The Home and School Association Board of Directors has seats available!! Our casual quarterly meetings invite school families to learn more about our events, financial spending, and provide an opportunity to discuss new ideas for Pine Run Elementary.

The Home & School Association Meeting Schedule for the 2015 / 2016 year is as follows:

Wednesday, October 7 – 7 pm

Thursday, January 7 – 7 pm

Thursday, April 7 – 7 pm

Tuesday, June 7 – 7 pm

Through our programs and events, we strive to promote the social and emotional development of students, as well as foster a strong sense of community. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to contribute your skills and talents to this fabulous endeavor?

On behalf of the Home & School Association, we look forward to meeting many of our new Pine Run Families. We welcome your participation in any of our many wonderful programs! To participate, please secure your volunteer clearances. For more information about clearances, visit the CBSD website at Please forward comments and questions to Patricia Fuges at

The Pine Run Home & School Association

Food Services!!

Our lunch program will begin on Monday, August 31st. The prices for 2015-2016 are as follows:
  • Breakfast Meal-$1.65 - Reduced price $0.30
  • Lunch Meal-$2.60 - Reduced price $0.40
  • Milk $0.75

For more information regarding Aramark Food Services, including menus, please visit their web page.

LOVE AND LOGIC: A Checklist To Help Raise Great Kids!

1. Parents can't teach for teachers, and teachers can't parent for parents. Remember that teachers and parents can't learn for kids, no matter how much we love them.

2. Show the same amount of love for your children regardless of their success in school. Show sadness rather than anger when they have trouble at school.

3. Expect children to do their share of the chores at home.

4. Spend time each day talking with excitement about your work and your day. They will want to imitate you and will soon begin to talk about school and their day.

5. Take turns reading to each other every day, regardless of a child’s age.

6. Have your children teach you something they have learned at school. Do this once per week.

7. Encourage your children to do things that "charge their batteries." Encourage them to try many different activities as a way of discovering interests and talents. Remind them that they will build their careers around their talents, not around their weaknesses.

8. Provide a time and place for homework. Expect that they will study. Allow them to study either by writing the assignments or thinking hard about them for a reasonable amount of time.

•If they decide to study by thinking instead of writing or reading, have them think of a plan for explaining it to the teacher.

•Support the teacher in how they grade the assignment.

•Don't fight with children over the homework.

•Don't fight with the teachers over the grade or consequence.

•Tell your children that you will love them regardless of their grades.

9. Don't pay your children for good grades and don't punish for bad grades. Be excited about the good grades and sad for the children about their bad grades.

10. Review the papers your child brings home.

•Look at the right answers instead of the wrong ones.

•Don't correct the wrong answers—leave this for the teacher.

•Have your children explain the reasons for the answers being right. If they don't know, give them choices: You guessed? You tried hard? You are getting smarter in that subject?

11. Expect change to occur slowly over one year. Remember that children who have a hard time at school need to get away from it for a while each day. More homework and problems at home won't help.

12. Remember that highly successful people put most of their efforts into their talents and maintain minimal standards on everything else.

Adapted from Jim Fay Love and Logic One Year Plan

9/11 Hero's Run

It's not too late to register for the 9/11 Heroes Run! The 5K and 1 mile race is set for September 27th this year at the Fonthill Museum with a great course through beautiful Doylestown Borough. Please join Central Bucks School District as they support this very worthy event. Registration is simple and easy, and students, families, and friends can register as a team and compete together. Each team can manage their runners and their team from their very own "page." Just visit their site for additional information.
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CB Cares

The partnership between CBCEF and the Central Bucks School District is long-standing. Since its inception, CBCEF has been involved in promoting the 40 Developmental Assets in our local schools through programs and trainings, with the goal of fostering positive behaviors and values in our community’s youth. At the present time, there are many active school programs which represent the mission of CBCEF - serving as a community catalyst by engaging, empowering, and linking people, organizations and businesses in the community.

40 Assets- CB Cares

September: #26 CARING. Young person places high value on helping other people. He/she thinks about ways of helping others and is motivated to initiate kind and thoughtful acts

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