Trailblazer Tribune


JUNE 2, 2015

BV Field Day 2015

Staff, students and parent volunteers participated in another successful BV Field Day on Friday, May 29th. Thanks to Mrs. Tyburski's careful coordination and her 2:30AM arrival for setup, the day went off without a hitch. Congratulations to the TAN team for winning this year's competition by a very narrow margin. The proudest points for all were those earned for good sportsmanship.

It was an awesome event where students were safe and had fun!

Thanks to everyone for your help!

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Move-Up Day 2015

On Wednesday, June 17th, students will participate in "Move-Up Day." Students will "move" with their current class to a teacher at the next grade level to learn a little about what they will study next year.

Please remember this does not mean that will be their teacher next year. Teacher assignments will be available to parents and students on Friday, August 1, 2015.


Our H&S will hold its final general membership meeting on June 11th at 9:30AM in the LGI. At this meeting, we will elect our officers for the 2015-2017 school years. The H&S By-Laws state the elections need to take place at the last general membership meeting; therefore, members must be present to vote. The officer candidates' names, positions and bios follow.


My name is Tonya Hawkins. My son Darryl Hawkins, Jr. is a fourth grader at Bridge Valley Elementary. My husband and I moved to Pennsylvania in 2013 from Tampa, Florida. As a former Substitute Teacher for Polk County, Florida school district and an Etiquette Trainer, I've developed a passion for both our youth and community outreach. This passion has lead me to becoming a new business owner of Graceful Generations Etiquette Institute in which I teach character education for the youth and business etiquette for college students and businesses.

It is my belief that our youth are our future and I want to help groom graceful generations. It is also my belief that education partnered with good character are key ingredients to our children's true success academically and professionally. It is my duty to help Bridge Valley Elementary students become their best authentic selves that they'll prosper in every aspect of their lives.

It is my privilege and honor to serve Bridge Valley Elementary school in this capacity.


As a working mom of two children, I feel the second most important thing in a child's life is their school family and the experiences they have while at school.

I have loved my family's time at Bridge Valley and my husband and I made every effort possible when looking for a new home so that we stayed in the Bridge Valley family. During my 4 yrs at Bridge Valley I have been classroom coordinator for 3 yrs, 2 yrs on the Science Alive committee and this last year took over the position of chair for the passive fundraising committee. I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in chemistry. For the past 10 yrs I have worked for a chemical manufacturer doing Marketing and Communications. I have also served as a board member for our development.


My name is Nafisa Jane Patel, and I am a mom, wife, pharmacist, business owner, and entrepreneur. The last few years have been quite a journey for me and my family and in that time I’ve discovered a joy in helping other families and people. I want to foster a change in our children’s way of life, promoting activities to help them grow to be well-rounded individuals. I firmly believe that our Elementary Schools help lay the foundations, outside of just the school curriculum, and the HSA here at our school helps do exactly that.

I have been a part of the Bridge Valley Community since my family moved here from Center City Philadelphia in 2008. I have 3 boys who are currently in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade here at Bridge Valley. They are in all sorts of activities and are very talented yet different in their own way. We experienced the efforts of the HSA over the past few years when I saw how it helped families of all different backgrounds come together at various events. Children are made to feel welcome and the families are helped and given a sense community.

I currently own the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Warminster, Pennsylvania where we service retail, Hospice, Long Term Care, and Compounded Medication patients. I am a two-year breast cancer survivor and am looking to pay it forward to the school that helped my children and I these last 2 years.

I have experience in various positions including class officer in high school and college, and being on the board of our condo association when we lived in Philadelphia. In addition, as the owner and operator of Retail pharmacy, I have experience as an Employee, HR Manager, CEO, COO, and CFO. It has also given me experience in Accounting, Bookkeeping, Marketing, Advertising, Sales, and even Janitorial and Housekeeping services. You name it, I’ve done it!

I currently stay at home with my children and have spent the last few years volunteering at the school for different events such as the book fair, classroom activities, and I currently am a coach for the 5th graders “Just Run for Life” program. I want to give back to the school that helped us through a difficult situation so that I can help others and give back to my community.


My husband and I lived in the Northern VA/Washington DC Metro area for 18 years before we moved to Furlong PA with our three children, Maya (6th grade), Jasmine (4th) and Quinn (K). We have now been members of the Bridge Valley family for two years and from the beginning our experience has been wonderful, as the community has embraced our family in such a kind way. Prior to our move, my career included working as an Auditor at a public accounting firm and lastly as a Federal government Consultant supporting Oracle Accounting systems. Now in PA, I take care of our family and have been able to volunteer more this year at Bridge Valley which included working on the Flea Market fundraiser, being a class photographer, a coach with Just Running, and other volunteer efforts for my children’s classes. I look forward to continuing to volunteer at BVE and to be able to use my accounting background to assist the Home and School Association with the Treasurer position so we may support the teachers and staff with their needs to provide our students with a successful educational experience.


Mrs. Tate is the current professional staff representative for the H&S and has volunteered to extend her position for another term. Mrs. Tate is currently a first grade teacher at Bridge Valley. She has also taught Kindergarten.


There will be a Voluntary Orientation Program for the incoming 7th Graders for Fall 2015.

This event will take place on August 20th - from 8am-2pm. Students can pick up their schedules, walk the halls, see their lockers, etc.

This is for incoming 7th Grade students, as well as students who are new to the District.

Any questions about this event can be directed to Greg Striano;


Classes earn a point by following one of our three cafeteria rules; eat quietly, keep a clean space, and listen to directions. The class with the most points at the end of each month earns the “Golden Spoon” award. May's golden spoon award winning classes were…

First Grade - Mrs. Ledwith, Second Grade - Mrs. Kardohely, Third Grade - Mrs. Niland , Fourth Grade - Mrs. Hall, Fifth Grade - Mrs. Kelly, Sixth Grade - Mrs. Foreman.


All library books, per the district, are due back by June 5th. Any books that were checked out this week have a one week due date, regardless of the grade level.


Bike Safety

1. Always wear a properly fitted helmet.

2. Use a bike that is an appropriate size and not too big.

3. Wear bright clothes so others can see you.

4. Always ride on the right side of the road (same direction as cars)

5. Obey traffic laws.

6. Ride predictably, in a straight line, not in and out of traffic.

7. Learn and follow the rules of the road.


What is your favorite family recipe? If you have any recipes you would like to share, please send them to

Your recipe could be featured in the next Tribune.

Stuffed Tomatoes with Peaches, Corn, Cucumbers, and Basil

From Martha Stewart


· 8 ripe medium beefsteak tomatoes

· 2 ripe peaches pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)

· 3 Kirby cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 1/3 cups)

· Kernels from 2 ears corn (1 1/2 cups)

· 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

· 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

· 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more to taste

· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste

· 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish


1. Slice off tops of tomatoes (about 1/2 inch). Scoop out the seeds and ribs, and coarsely chop. Stir together chopped tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, corn, oil, 1 tablespoon lime juice, salt, and pepper. Let stand for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust for acidity, adding up to 1 tablespoon more lime juice. Stir in basil.

2. Season inside of tomato shells with salt and pepper. Fill tomatoes with tomato mixture, and garnish with basil sprigs. Serve immediately.

The Wellness Team


Thank you for volunteering at our annual field day. The time and effort you put into running the stations makes it fun and safe for the students. You are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support to help make field day a success.


Thank you for all the generous donations to the American Heart Association.

The students had a beautiful day to jump rope and keep their loved ones close to their heart. Thank you for all the support. Together we raised $13,582.99.


The April Boomerang Winner for Asset #25 Reading for Pleasure was SeJin Lee. She was nominated by Mrs. Danko.

“SeJin Lee is an avid reader at Bridge Valley Elementary School. Each year during Reading Olympics, SeJin reads the whole list of books. Yes ~ that’s 45 books. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. SeJin easily visits the library 4 ~ 5 times a week. She thoughtfully discusses all the books she has read and anxiously awaits the new books to the library. We have taken to keeping a stack of books separated just for her to look over, as she often has read all of our suggestions. SeJin’s classmates often defer to her for book recommendations. SeJin is already a life-long reader which makes her a life-long learner.”

Our Honorary Trailblazer for April was Ms Leslie Fuller. Ms Fuller was nominated for her dedication to fostering dogs. Ms Fuller has been taking in foster dogs from the Beagle Rescue League and American Bulldog Rescue since 2004. She gives the dog a caring place to stay and lets the dog socialize with people and other dogs so they’ll be good candidates for adoption. Ms Fuller was given our Honorary Trailblazer award for showing respect to pets in need, collaborating with dog rescues, and demonstrating great citizenship by helping dogs in our community.

The May Boomerang Winner for Asset #37 Personal Power was Mikayla Hornick. She was nominated by Mrs. Horvath.

“I would like to recognize Mikayla Hornick, a third grader at Bridge Valley Elementary School for the Personal Power Boomerang Award.

This year, Mikayla was diagnosed with a brain tumor and has required 7-8 months of inpatient treatments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She continues to return to CHOP for occasional outpatient follow-up. What she endured would make most of us curl up in a ball and give up, but NOT MIKAYLA! Upon her return to school (wearing sparkly hats), she has brought a smile to her face, an enthusiasm in her step, and an infectious spirit.

Learning after receiving chemotherapy is a very challenging endeavor. She has struggled, but always with a fighting spirit. Mikayla has shown great resiliency in bouncing back to day to day life. She is a little spark plug at our school.

Mikayla Hornick is most deserving of this award because she has shown incredible personal power in the face of one of life’s most adverse situation. Her resilience and brave spirit has empowered not just her classmates, but the entire Bridge Valley Community.”

The Honorary Trailblazer Award for May was presented to the Crecca Family. The Crecca’s organized a book donation for Amani Charter School in New York to create a library. They started the Bridge Valley Builds a Library Project and collected hundreds of books. The books are being delivered to the school next week. The plan is to set up the library over the summer and have it ready for the beginning of next school year.


The tradition of playing the math game of 24 is going strong at Bridge Valley. This year’s 24 Math Challenge took place on Saturday, May 9th at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. Once again this year, Bridge Valley was proud to have 6 Trailblazers representing our school at the tournament.

The game of 24 was invented in 1988 by Robert Sun. Each card is double sided with each side containing four numbers. The object of the game is for the student to state a pattern to make the number 24 from the four numbers on the face of the card. This is accomplished by using all four numbers once and by applying any of the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. By playing this game, the students are able to strengthen their math skills, build upon their recall of basic facts, and deepen their understanding of number relationships.

Students are introduced to the playing of this game in the spring of third grade, just around the time they start learning their multiplication facts. Each year in mid-April, playoffs are held in each of the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms to identify the top player in each homeroom. Playoffs continue until the two top players per grade-level have been determined. These six players move on to represent Bridge Valley at the 24 Math Challenge Tournament.

Liam Sharkey and Paree Pasi represented Bridge Valley on behalf of 4th grade.

Representing 5th grade were Billy Loughnane and Connor McPartland. This was Connor’s second year participating in the 24 tournament and he earned second place in the 5th grade level.

The 6th grade representatives were Chris Poon and Sajan Shah. This was the second year that both of these students participated in this tournament. Sajan earned first place in the 6th grade level.

Way to go, Trailblazers!


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7th Grade Summer Orientation Program

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  • Please go onto the Giant Website and register your bonus card so that Bridge Valley can receive money when you shop.
  • Show your school spirit and purchase a magnet to place on your car. We may just catch you around town with one and have a special surprise for you!!!
  • Thank you to everyone that turned in Box Tops. Please keep saving them.

Box Top$ For Education

Please collect Box Top$ for Education! This is a huge potential for free money for our school. Ask your family and neighbors to save too! Look for your information letter and Box Top$ sheet.


Labels for Education is a fun and easy program where families and members of the community work together to “Earn Free Stuff” for their school! Simply collect and bring in the UPC's from over 2,500 participating products. Let's help Bridge Valley start checking items off the wish list. To view list of participating products click here.


Previously, Bridge Valley had been collecting used markers and highlighters to recycle through Crayola’s ColorCycle program. While this initiative was certainly eco-friendly, we can now protect our environment and make some money doing it. We have joined Terracycle’s Writing Instrument Brigade. The accepted items for recycling are: pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils and markers (please, no colored or wooden pencils). Bridge Valley will earn $0.02 for each qualified piece of waste we send to Terracycle. All used writing instruments can be dropped off in the Pen Pail located in the school’s lobby area. Please encourage your child to recycle all their used writing instruments – especially at the end of this school year. Also, check out to see all the fun and innovative products our waste can create.

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