Bedminster Bobcat

January 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:
It is my hope that you had a most enjoyable Holiday Season! With the 2016 Year upon us, I'd like to share a favorite and well known quote from Helen Keller, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." At Bedminster, we have so many wonderful students and staff engaging in great activities each and every day, and we want share those things with you. It is our hope that this new formatted newsletter will provide a more effective means of communication between home and school. On behalf of the students and staff at Bedminster Elementary School, please enjoy the first edition of the "New and Improved" Bedminster Bobcat Newsletter.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE REMINDER

With the holiday season just passed, many students probably received wonderful electronic gadgets. We ask all parents to remind their child(ren) not to bring them into school per PSD Elementary Student Handbook page 7.

DRESS FOR WINTER WEATHER

Now that winter is upon us, please take time to prepare your children with the appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. Always prepare for outdoor recess and for standing outside waiting for the bus. Children are outside at recess approximately 30 minutes each day. Getting fresh air, especially during the winter months is important. When your children get dressed in the morning, keep in mind that they are not inside a warm building all day.

CLOSING DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

It is that time of year to provide information in the event of a school closing. Also included is the modified kindergarten schedule should a late opening be announced. Please know that any decision to close school is made by the Superintendent and not by the individual schools. The decision to close early will only be made when faced with extreme weather conditions. When the decision to close or delay the opening of school is made, there are multiples ways you can be informed:
School Closing Number 757: KYW News Radio 1060 and others (Refer to district calendar for a complete list of radio and television stations that will announce our school closings.
Pennridge Web Site: http://www.pennridge.org click on “Cancellations”
You will receive a message from Blackboard Alert Message.

START TIMES FOR ONE & TWO HOUR DELAYS
One hour delay – Grades 1-5: Students report to school beginning at 9:35 a.m.. The school day starts at 9:50 a.m.
Two hour delay – Grades 1-5: Students report to school beginning at 10:35 a.m. The school day starts at 10:50 a.m.
MODIFIED KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULE
One hour delay
A.M. 10:00 – 11:40
P.M. 12:40 – 3:20
Two hour delay
A.M. 11:00 – 12:40
P.M. 1:40 – 3:20
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SPIRIT COMMITTEE

Spirit Committee members help with the Bedminster Giving Tree! Kendall, John, Adria, Madison and Jack volunteered their time during recess to help with decorating the Giving Tree, making bells and sorting gifts. Thank you to our parents and staff making the holidays brighter for 10 Bedminster families this year!
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FIRST GRADE

First grade students read a story titled, Tacky the Penguin written by Helen Lester. The students wrote thank you notes to Tacky from the point of view of another character in the book. Each student created a penguin to accompany his/her writing. By completing this project, students practiced many curricular skills, including; completing the steps of the writing process, writing in the letter writing genre, and responding to literature.
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MRS. NOLAN'S SOCIAL STUDIES CLASS

Mrs. Nolan's Social Studies classes had a fun and creative time doing Explorer research. They shared information about the explorer of their choice through skits, news interviews, raps, slideshows, posters and song. They learned a lot and had a terrific time doing it!
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JUMP ROPE FOR HEART


Collecting donations for the American Heart Association will officially start on February 1-16, 2016. If any student wishes to get a "jump" start on collecting donations online only, please go to www.heart.org/jump and register. Every student who gets $150 online by February 1, 2016 will get a "Toby Top Dog" at our kick-off assembly.
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VISITING AUTHOR—Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Thanks to the Berdinka family, author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen visited Bedminster Elementary on November 19, 2015. Sudipta’s presentations blended storytelling and language arts with her personal experiences. Her humorous presentations focused on the joys and challenges of writing. She was very impressed with our children who truly seemed to enjoy her and her books.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to all our Bedminster Elementary families that generously donated food to the Pennridge Fish Organization during our food drive in December. The donations of food were overwhelming. Thank you to Megan McCluskey and her husband Richard Chiappetta for picking up and delivering the food to Pennridge Fish every day.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

The Pennridge School District is currently in the process of planning Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year. Information will be posted on the district website (Pennridge.org) the first week of February for any resident with a child who will reach the age of 5 on or before August 31, 2016. If you, or someone you know, has a child that meets the age requirement, please direct them to the district website to complete the online registration process.

PTG Updates

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SCRIP CARD FUNDRAISER!

We had 34 students' families and faculty members purchase Scrip gift cards during our December fundraiser, which helped us raise $456 to be used towards providing activities, programs and school equipment for our students. Some examples of how $456 could be used by the PTG would be to pay for things such as Skate Night and our Fall Hay Ride, or to cover approximately 5% of the annual cost of our Class Trips. We received lots of wonderful feedback about this fundraiser, and we hope to repeat it in the future! Thank you again, and we hope you have fun giving, or spending, those gift cards!


DINNER WAS GREAT!

We’re so glad that so many of you could join us for dinner at our Fundraiser at Panera Bread on December 7th, 2015. Bedminster students were so excited to hang out and have dinner with Mr. and Mrs. DiPaolo, and some of their teachers. We got to meet the lovely families of Mrs. Godfrey and Mrs. White. Mr. Sadowsky was there; and Mrs. Kern and Mrs. May both stopped in for take out! The fantastic dinner conversation ranged from ice hockey, to kid sized high heeled shoes, to how to train your cat, and everyone had a great time while enjoying a yummy dinner. The estimated total dollar amount of meals purchased was $700, so at a 20% donation, Bedminster Elementary will earn approximately $140 from this fun fundraiser.


OTHER FUNDRAISING NEWS:

Our BARNES & NOBLE fundraiser ended on December 12th, 2015, and our FIVE AND BELOW fundraiser ended on December 23rd, 2015. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We will announce the totals raised from these fundraisers when that information is available from the retailers.


COMING IN 2016… DESIGNER BAG BINGO! Stay tuned, more details to follow.
BE A PART OF MAKING MEMORIES

If you've got great photos of the school and community events, we’d love to see them. The Yearbook Committee invites parents, teachers and staff to submit photos for the yearbook to Josten’s, who will be creating Bedminster Elementary’s Yearbook for 2016. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have. You can submit your photos online, or download the free app right to your phone.

To submit photos online (at School Annual by Josten’s):

- Go to: https://images.schoolannualonline.com/403783591
- Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
- Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the yearbook committee needs additional information.
- Click "Save Details.”

To submit photos via Josten’s free “Replay It” App:

- Download app or use “Replay It” online. Go to: http://www.replayit.com/r/
- Select: REGISTER
- Search: Bedminster Elementary, Perkasie; CONTINUE
- Agree to Terms of Use; CONTINUE
- Create User Name & Password for your “Replay It” account.

It's that easy! Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year!

Sincerely,

2016 Yearbook Staff.

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.
TIME TO SHOW YOUR BEDMINSTER SPIRIT!

Our Bedminster Spirit Wear sale will take place in January, 2016. Look for an order form to come home with your child. T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatpants will be available for sale; and new this year we will have car magnets and totes! Based on customer demand we may also run a late Spring sale, which would include additional items such as shorts and caps.