Trailblazer Tribune

Bridge Valley's Newsletter

August 30, 2013

Welcome Back BV Families

We are very excited to begin another school year at Bridge Valley as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary!!! It is hard to believe that it is now ten years ago that we opened our doors for the very first time. This year will be an exciting one as we celebrate this major event!

While it was shorter than most, we hope that you have had a wonderful summer and are ready for another great year. Remember to check the Bridge Valley website and the News & Notes on the 15th of the month, along with our newsletter at the end of each month. There is always a LOT of information to share so that we may keep you informed of all that is happening at Bridge Valley.

We look forward to seeing you at Back To School Nights and our Family Fun Events too.


Dr. Garvin & Mr. Cochran

BV Back to School Night Schedule 2013-2014

What's happening in your cafeteria this year?

Breakfast - $1.55

Don’t forget to stop by the breakfast cart in the morning to power up with a delicious meal!

We offer a variety of entrees including french toast sticks and breakfast sandwiches.

Sept 23: Buy breakfast for a buck!

Lunch - $2.45

Check your lunch menu for special promotions such as:

  • Sept 4: French Fry Wednesday
  • Sept 11: Bagged Lunch and Sherbet for Dessert
  • Sept 18: BBQ Day, Special Fresh Fruit: Watermelon
  • Sept 25: Lemonade Day

Fruit and Veggie Bar

Complete your meal by selecting from a variety of fruits and vegetables.

CB Uncrustables are back!

Each is served with a cheese stick and animal crackers. Select a fruit or vegetable to complete your meal.

2013 Fall Book Fair

The 2013 Fall Book Fair will be held from October 7th-11th. We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up and cashiers during the Fair. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up by clicking the link below. If you have any questions, please email Kari LeFever at, or Ellen Rackas at

To Volunteer (1 shift only please), click here

To see when your child's class is visiting the Book Fair, please go to the Bridge Valley website and click on the link under Book Fair.


It is official, summer is over, but don’t worry, this is when the real fun begins. I’m looking forward to a great year teaching your children art again!

The objective of my class is to appreciate, critique, create, read, and write about many types of art. The students will walk away from art class with a lot of valuable information, a portfolio of creative artwork, many fun memories, and a deeper appreciation for the arts.

In order to ensure that your child is prepared for each art class, I ask you to please be aware of the day on which your child has art. I recommend that your child not wear their best clothing on that day. Students will sometimes be involved in messy projects in the art room.

I believe the person who coined the phrase ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ may have had art teachers in mind. Any clean, recycled goods listed below are greatly appreciated. Please send them in with your child to bring into art class or drop them off in the office.


1. Cereal boxes

2. Empty Water bottles

3. Maps

4. Styrofoam or plastic egg cartons

5. White thin wire hangers

6. Buttons

7. Large clear plastic spinach containers

8. Ziploc bags

9. Yogurt containers

10. Tissue boxes

Since I am teaching at two schools this year, the best way to contact me with any questions or comments is through email: You can also visit my teacher site at to see more details about art class this year.

If you are interested in helping out with the art shows, please contact the office or me so we can discuss it further. I’m really looking forward to another great year at Bridge Valley and seeing all of the wonderful students again. Let’s have a terrific school year!

Izabella (Khachaturyan) Mazzenga, M.Ed.
CBSD Art Educator K-12
Bridge Valley Elementary


We will be converting the Bridge Valley Cafeteria into the largest coffee house in Bucks County for one Family Fun Night - Friday, January 31, 2014.

For more information click here.

Young Rembrandts

Bridge Valley will be host to Young Rembrandt's Drawing Classes for Kids again this year. Classes will be held on Wednesday's after school.

For more information click here.


Our officers for the 2013-2014 School Year are as follows:


Vice-President/Assistant Treasurer



Professional Staff Representative

Support Staff Representative


If you are interested in becoming a classroom photographer or a yearbook photographer please click here

Back to School BINGO!!!

Presented by:

The Bridge Valley Home and School Association

Please join us for a fun night of BINGO on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7:00pm

There will be lots of great prizes and snacks!

The event is free to all Bridge Valley Families!

You will enter through the green doors and check in at the cafeteria!

To RSVP please send in the form below by September 13, 2013:

Family Bingo Night 2013

Family Name: __________________________________________

No. Attending: _______________

If you are interested in volunteering to help with Family Fun Bingo Night, please follow the link to sign up:

If you are interested in becoming more involved with Family Fun Nights, our committee is looking for members! Please contact Brigid Shaffer at

Market Day Orders

Market Day orders are due online 9/5 by 11:00pm

Our school account number is 20969, just log onto

Any questions? Please email Kimberly Leff at

KidStuff Books

GREAT NEWS...We will be selling the valuable, family-friendly 2013-2014 KidStuff Coupon Books!

Families quickly and easily save more than the $25 cost of the KidStuff book...
especially if they keep books in their cars! Our school earns at least a 50% profit per book!

KidStuff Coupon Books help save hundreds of dollars on clothing, shoes, toys, books, electronics, sporting goods, activities, food and more! Most coupons are valid immediately and offer savings through December 31, 2014. Also, your family earns one FREE book worth $25 for every 5 books you sell!

Look for our 2013-2014 KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser...
We would greatly appreciate your participation!

Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, H&M, Sears, Acme, Bed Bath & Beyond, Children’s Place, Payless, Ulta Beauty, Loft, Disney Store, Michaels, Burlington Coat Factory, Superfresh, Pathmark, Francesca’s, Famous Footwear, Sports Authority, Claire’s, Modell’s, Office Depot, Five Below, Weis Markets, New York & Company, Party City, Stein Mart, A.C. Moore, Fresh Market, Men’s Wearhouse, Sally Beauty Supply, H.H. Gregg, Dots, Eddie Bauer, Yankee Candle, Skechers, Catherines, Golf Galaxy, Delia’s, Eastern Mountain Sports, Lego Store, Buckman’s, Sherwin-Williams, Thriftway, Shop n Bag, Olly Shoes, Rainbow, Jos. A. Bank, Clark’s Shoes, Regal Cinemas, Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, Six Flags, Sesame Place, Franklin Institute, Disney on Ice, Academy of Natural Sciences, Please Touch Museum, Adventure Aquarium, Southampton Sports Zone, Arnold’s Family Fun Center, Applebee’s, McDonald’s, Turkey Hill, Philly Pretzel Factory, Domino’s Pizza, Boston Market, Sonic, Wendy’s, Subway, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Popeyes, Cold Stone Creamery, Papa John’s, Texas Roadhouse, Dunkin’ Donuts, Rita’s, and many more!!!


Bridge Valley 06472

Dear Parents:

Welcome to the start of a new school year and a year of A+ School Rewards. Beginning October 6, 2013 through March 22, 2014_____Bridge Valley 06472_______ will have the opportunity to earn cash through the Giant A+ School Rewards Program.

All you have to do is:

Log on to to designate our school online using your Giant BonusCard


Return this form to school with your child and include your Giant BONUSCARD Number, Last Name and telephone number

________________________(11-digit BONUSCARD)

_________________________ Last Name

________________________ Telephone

After you register your card, each shopping trip at Giant using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at Our school will receive a check at the end of the program and the money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.

Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for our school to receive credit. Registration is easy and makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit Bridge Valley using ID # 06472. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean more Cash for our school!

Please contact Ellen Rackas at or 215-794-3976 with any questions.

Box Tops for Education

The Box Tops Committee hopes that you had a great summer and were collecting many, many box tops.

We will hold a Welcome Back 2 School! Drawing on October 1, 2013 for two $25 Book Fair Gift Certificates. 2 Winners, 2 Chances! Deadline for box top sheet submission is September 27, 2013.

Please glue or tape box tops for education onto the submission sheet, 10 per sheet, and don’t forget to include your student’s name and teacher. A list of participating products and other ways to earn box tops can be found at

Questions? Please call Ellen Rackas at 215-794-3976 or email



It’s the official start of the 2013 – 2014 year and we couldn’t be more excited! Bridge Valley Elementary’s Home and School Association (BVE HSA) would like to extend a warm welcome back to school and a special welcome to our new families joining our Trailblazer Community!

As we all prepare for the new school year, here are a few reminders as well as some plans for the year ahead:

New to BVE?

Whether you are new to our school as the parent of a Kindergartner or a 6th grader, starting a new school can be a daunting prospect for both the parents & children! To help you get your bearings, BVE’s HSA is pleased to feature a comprehensive Welcome Packet, easily accessible on the Home & School area of the BVE website or at New Family Welcome. New families are also invited to contact Welcome Committee members Meredith Eater or Patrice Mollick to get started with the help you need to feel at home at BVE!!


Our HSA provides information and resources through email, newsletters, classroom coordinators, and our General Membership meetings. Our school’s monthly newsletter, the BV Tribune, features an HSA page dedicated to what is happening and reminders will also be sent via our twice monthly e-mail “Blasts”. Please also check out the Home and School tab on the BVE website for forms, flyers, committee volunteer contact information and much more!


The best way to receive information and become involved is to join us at our HSA meetings. This year’s theme for our Parent Topic will be technology. Each meeting will feature a different facet of how technology is used to enhance our children’s educational experience. We invite you to mark your calendars for the Thursday, September 26, 2013 meeting at 9:30am. Parent Topic will be the new CBSD & BVE website and Sign Up Genius, our free online volunteer management tool.


BVE appreciates the time our BVE community members give to the school and the children, be it classroom time or school wide events. To learn more about the many committees or to join a committee, please visit the Committee Page under Parent/Students/Home and School/Committees or BVE Committees.

SignUp Genius

This free web-based volunteer management tool will be our primary volunteer resource for school-wide HSA events. SignUp Genius links will be on the website, in the BV blasts & sent via Classroom Coordinators (CCs).

Upcoming SignUp Genius BVE Sign Ups:

· Family Fun Night – Bingo

· Fall Fest

BVE’s Annual Membership Drive

BVE’s only major fundraising event will be held in September. This event consists of joining your family as a member of BVE HSA; which is proud to be an active partner in the outstanding instructional, cultural and enrichment programs at BVE and we appreciate your support! Forms may be found under Home and School forms on the BVE website.

Coming soon in 2013 – 2014 - BV Ambassadors Program! To learn more about this exciting new program, please contact Meredith Eater or Patrice Mollick

We need your ideas and energy! Becoming active is really easy - and it really makes a difference! We look forward to a successful year. Feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions. Together, we can make a difference at our school!

Best wishes for a wonderful 2013-2014 School Year!

Members of BVE HSA

Dr. Garvin, Mr. Cochran, Mrs. Tate, Mrs. Lanza

Mrs. Eater, Mrs. Vlasblom, Mrs. Duffy, Mrs. Snyder, Mrs. Landis

Upcoming HSA Dates to Remember!!

  • KidStuff Book Sale – September 20 – October 4, 2013
  • Home & School General Meeting – Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:30am - LGI
  • Family Fun Night – Bingo – September 27, 2013
  • Fall Fest – October 12, 2013
  • Market Day September Order (online) – 11pm Thursday, September 5

Fundraising (ongoing)

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! We look forward to a great year with awesome parents who help our Home and School by their volunteer efforts. One way you can help is to purchase Market Day products.

Bridge Valley is continuing to participate in Market Day, our monthly fundraising program. Thank you to all of you who have purchased these foods and/or volunteered their time and energy last year.

Each month, as a participating Market Day school, restaurant quality food products from the same vendors that supply many upscale restaurants will be available for purchase. We choose Market Day because:

  • It offers high-quality and nutritious food at affordable prices on a monthly basis.
  • By doing your grocery shopping with Market Day, you will be feeding your family while enhancing your child’s education. In fact, we’ll earn a minimum of 10% on every purchase you make.

  • Market Day offers a 100% quality guarantee on all products.

Participating in Market Day provides a service to you and our Home and School. The profits raised will help fund classroom and building technology, field trips, assemblies and other important educational needs.

Please consider purchasing Market Day for your family by going online for easy ordering at Our school account number is 20969, and along with a password of your choosing you can create your own account. The September 2013 order may be placed online by 11pm Thursday, September 5.

If you have any questions please call Kimberly Leff at 215-794-3075 or email

Target rebates- Use your Target charge card and Bridge Valley HSA will receive 1% of your Target purchases. Please designate Bridge Valley Home and School as the school of your choice when you apply for your card. If you already have a Target card, go to the customer service desk and complete the paperwork to designate our group.

My Coke Rewards - My Coke Rewards for Schools is a way for parents, friends, and others in the community to support local K-12 schools by donating My Coke Rewards points which can be earned from hundreds of participating Coca-Cola products. Schools can turn donated points into a variety of rewards that support students. Donate your My Coke Rewards points and empower students to do, learn and discover more every day. Your points can provide our school with things like athletic equipment, books, classroom supplies and more.