Kutz Chronicles March/April 2014

Kutz where students care to learn and students learn to care

What do you think?

As we head into the final semester of school, I decided to ask your children to give me their thoughts on the new Recess BEFORE Lunch Schedule that we implemented this year. I asked students, teachers, support staff and parents what they thought. I collected this data and analyzed it fo make an informed decision for next year.


Some of the information I have received caused me to chuckle! Here are some of the children's comments:

~When you have lunch before recess you get a bellyache at recess

~Kids burn off energy so they are not as crazy at lunch

~There are no sweaty boys by the time we get back to the classroom

~Less chance of vomiting


I love hearing how the children think and I also want them to get practice in making a decision based upon information that is gathered from a variety of sources!

Irun4Life is a HUGE Success!

IRun4Life is an afterschool running program that is open to all 2nd - 6th grade students at Kutz. It is a very popular activity that currently has 217 runners and over 40 volunteers, including 12 teachers. iRun4Life is a non-profit organization that started in Central Bucks and currently serves 26 elementary schools and over 2200 students. Kutz joined iRun4Life in 2010. Would you believe that Kutz Elementary School has the largest running club of all the schools? Would you believe that Kutz has the most Teacher Volunteers to help with this program? The following are the teachers participating this year: Tammy Zakuto, Stacey Cohen, Lucy Heacock, Michelle Blair, Zandy Zucchero, Julie Redling, Brittany Wilson, Christie Patterson, Christie Corcoran, John Waldron, Michele Engel, Alex McIlvaine, Stacey Cunningham.

Come See Our Celebrity Scoopers at Sweet Pea in Doylestown

Come join me and some of your favorite staff members................Mr. Fulmer, Ms. Virgulti, Ms. Moss, Mrs. Zuerblis, lots of teachers and more!!


We will be serving up generous portions of ice cream at Sweet Pea in Doylestown on May 29th. It's sure to be fun! You scream! I Scream! We all scream for Ice Cream!!! More information will be forthcoming.

Love and Logic in Action!

I asked the office staff to phone parents who were behind on their Aramark Lunch Accounts. Fortunately, we have very few. One of the parents said it would be some time before the account was up to date as her son was in the process of earning the money to pay back Aramark. Evidently, her son was forgetting his lunch many days of the week and then buying lunch at school. Mom knew that just paying it would not make quite the point. She let him realize the natural consequences! He had to earn the money he had spent.


Isn't that a great life lesson? Imagine what he would have missed if Mom just paid the bill! This is Love and Logic in action!

PLEASE TAKE NOTE! PSSA INFO


PSSA Science (Grade 4 only)

Tuesday, April 29th and Wednesday April 30


For more Information go to CBSD.org - Curriculum - Assessment


Please refrain from taking your children out of school during this time.

Welcome Ms. Moss to Kutz

Dear Kutz Parents,


As many of you know, I will be going on maternity leave beginning on April 4th. I will be returning at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. We are fortunate enough to have a wonderful long-term substitute to fill in for me while I am out, Ms. Amy Moss. She has experience in school counseling in Centennial School District and will be a wonderful addition to the Kutz faculty. She has already been working closely with me to begin the transition process. Ms. Moss will be here five days a week for the remainder of the school year. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Moss to Kutz !


Thank you,


Lauren Meekins

Student Support Counselor


Amy Moss

Long-term Substitute Counselor

Kutz Science Fair

A crowd of over 400 showed up for the Kutz Science Fair. Excitement was in the air! Where else could you go to see a volcano erupt? How else could you find out the distance a dog's sense of smell would remain acute? Where else could you touch the inside of a computer that was built from scratch?


A great big thanks to Mrs. Safron and her committee for bringing out the scientist in so many of our students. Students worked individually, in pairs, in small groups or with their parents to create real-life learning! Over half of our Kutz students did a project! All students benefited as each class had a chance to learn from the scientists in their homeroom!

Pictured here are Kanen and Rysa Patel who concluded that some colors do absorb more heat.

Kutz Students Excel in Our Science Fair

Winner of the Diamond Ridge Camp Scholarship

We had several entries for our Diamond Ridge Camp Scholarship! It was a difficult choice but Belle Wilkins surfaced as the winner. Belle is a fourth grader in Ms. Cunningham's Classroom. She is very excited about this opportunity!


Camp Diamond Ridge is an amazing day camp located in Jamison, PA. The camp offers sports, woodworking, robotics, photography, ceramics, boating, swimming, GaGa, Rock Climbing and much more! Plus they have a full cafeteria for lunch and snacks that are provided along with the program. If you are looking for Summer Camps for your children, please check this one out!

Website:

www.diamondridgecamps.com.


Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery hosts 2nd Annual Kutz Kapers Art Show

The Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery recently hosted the 2nd Annual Kutz Kapers art show, featuring the works of several Kutz Elementary School students. The students, ranging in age from 7-13, participated in an Acrylic Painting class offered at the school through their Kutz Kapers program. The show was held on Friday, March 28, 2014.


The grandparent of a Kutz student, Mr. Timmons offers his gallery to display the children’s artwork and give them the experience of a real gallery opening just as a professional artist would have.


“We are happy to open up our gallery and be a part of this unique opportunity for the students of Kutz,” said Timmons. “It is exciting to watch children discover their talent and experience art in a whole new way.”


Kutz Kapers, a six week enrichment program, is offered to students in January each year. Classes are taught by parents and local volunteers and allow students to experience a wide variety of activities. Students participating in the acrylic painting class created three paintings: an inspiration piece using pointillism, a self-portrait exploring their own style and technique, and a collaborative piece made on small canvases while exploring Kandinsky.


Kutz students display their artwork at the 2nd Annual Kutz Kapers art show. (L-R) Dylan Isley, Skye O’Donnell, Ava Ogden, Will Thibodeau, Dylan Masterson, Brendan Dundas, Declan McCormack and Grant Nalty.

Kindergarten Registration

Register your child for Kindergarten or First Grade
2014 – 2015 School Year

In order to ensure Kutz is granted the appropriate number of Kindergarten sections next year, it is important that we have everyone that can/will attend Kindergarten to register as soon as possible. If you have Kindergarten-aged children (or can encourage neighbors that you know do), please contact Central Registration and begin the registration process. Central Registration can be reached at 267-893-2111.


Educational Services Center
16 Welden Drive
Doylestown, PA. 18901


To make an appointment:
Central Registration Number: 267-893-2111
(Please leave a message. Your call will be returned within 1 to 2 business days.)

Central Registration Email: CentralRegistration@cbsd.org

2014-2015 AGE ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year,
a child must be five years of age before September 1st, 2014

Elementary Report Card Revision Parent Information Night

Be sure to check out the POW TOON videos available through the below link to learn more about the proposed elementary report card revisions.

The West Cluster (for Kutz, Doyle and Linden and Pine Run) is offering a Parent Information Night on Wednesday, April 23rd at Pine Run Elementary School at 7:00 PM.



Elementary Report Card / Overview www.cbsd.org

Congratulations to All of Our Reading Olympics Participants!

Kutz had four teams that participated in the Reading Olympics.

A Blue Ribbon went to the Cougar Crusaders.

Two Red Ribbons went to the Rambunctious Readers and the Word Nerds.

The Pink Panthers won a Red Ribbon.


The following Kutz students participated:

Sierra Safran, Ruby Scupp, Prudhivi Jandhyala, Kendall Hogenauer, Nicole Linder,

Tyler Fasti, Arwen Haegle, Savannah Stewart, Ellie Loosmann, Max Greenberg,

Olivia Farrow, Colbe Creech, Drew Shiffler, Garrett Fitzgerald, Simone Sweeney,

Emma Meglio, Morgan Salmon, Amanda George, Cole Farrington, Lauren Molenari, Catherine Duan, Chris Strickland, Dylan Isley, Taylor Lee, Kaitlyn Paley, Claire Engebreth, Rachel Brill, Sophia Evangelista, Joshua Kim, Riya Keshri, Keara Brand, Alex Hartin,

Caleb Rufe, Luke Laatsch, Bret Hatzinger, Dominic Hernandez, Shaun Linder


The following Faculty and Staff helped with Reading Olympics: Mrs. Zuerblis, Mr. Peterson, Mrs. Collen Carroll, Ms. Zakuto, Mrs. Shockley, Ms. Moss, Mrs Jones, Ms. Lere, Mrs. Zielinski, Mrs. Zuccherro, Ms. Mcilvaine and Mrs. Robinson!


Don't we have wonderful Faculty and Staff who give so freely of their time? These folks came to coach students at early morning meetings and then gave of their time to help with the actual nighttime event. A great big thanks to all!

Keeping Your Kids Safe at Kutz - Safety Tip

On March 19th we conducted a Shelter in Place Drill. This is a drill where we all go to a specific place in the building (the gymnasium) in order to simulate some outside environmental threat that may be harmful to us. We do this by immediately turning off the air circulating system. We also cover any doors in the gym with plastic. We try to do what we can to make for a safer area.


I make sure the children know this is a drill and that the main purpose is to practice and have with-it-ness. We cannot plan for every emergency but we can help our children to remain calm and to think logically in the event that something happens.


You can do that, too! Ask your children, "What would you do if. . . ?

- You got lost in the grocery store?

- You felt like someone was following you as you walked home from school?

- Someone you didn't know wanted to drive you somewhere?


The more we help our children to think about remaining calm but being smart in a challenging situation - the better we protect them.



Also - We'd ask that EVERY car in the Car Pick-up Lane - have a placard with the family name on it. We will make one for you. You can make one yourself with a piece of paper and a marker. Please help us to help you get your children safely and efficiently.

CBSD Recognized as Best Community For Music Education

For the second year in a row, the Central Bucks School District has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. This doesn’t happen without the continued support of all of the stakeholders, including parents, other community members, students, teachers, administrators, and school board members. Thank you to everyone for your continued support for music in the Central Bucks School District, for the benefit of our students!

REMINDER...........new pick-up procedures!

From April 1st on - we will institute a NO-CHILD PICK UP rule between 3:15 and 3:30.



If you arrive during those times and ask that your child be called down to the office for dismissal - we will kindly ask you to get in the Car Pick-Up Line. All parents/guardians who pick up their children in the pick-up line must have a window placard with the family name. We want all our children to be safe at Kutz and our parents, too! We know that late day pick-ups make for more people travelling through the parking lot during dismissal. This is not safe. We know that late-day pickups create distraction in the office at one of our busiest times of day. We also know that parents who sit and wait in line or those who arrive 20 minutes early to sit in line waiting so they can leave quickly after dismissal, are not very happy with those who come in and can get their children within minutes.



So from April 1st on - Either pick up before 3:15 or we'll see you in the car line - NO FOOLING!

THE CENTRAL BUCKS DISTRICT ART SHOW

The Central Bucks Art Dept. is looking for support for the Central Bucks Art Scholarship Fund. For a donation of $20.00 your business card will be advertised in the Central Bucks District Art Show Program. All proceeds go directly to the fund. For further details, please see attached information.


Please forward/share this with family, friends, and businesses in the community who would like to contribute and take advantage of this advertising opportunity as a supporter of the visual arts program in Central Bucks School District. The Central Bucks District art Show runs May 30th through June 1st.

Boomerang Award

Every month we accept nominations for the Boomerang Award, which is our way of honoring students who best demonstrate their own developmental assets. What are Developmental Assets? Students possessing a combination of “40 Assets” are typically most successful in school and in life. These assets have the power to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. For a complete listing of the 40 Developmental Assets visit: www. Search-institute.org.

April: #25 Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.

May: #32 Planning and Decision-Making. Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices. They are pro-active about getting started, and they follow through to the end. If working in a group, he/she helps the group achieve its goals

News You Can Use

~ Next year we will maintain our RECESS before LUNCH schedule as the data we collected showed more positive results from this new schedule than from our old schedule. We will reevaluate this change again, at the end of next year.


~ Effective next school year, the only classes that will be departmentalized are 5th grade accelerated math and 6th grade pre-algebra in all elementary schools.


~The new District Calendar for the School Year - 2014-15 can be found at www.cbsd.org - look under Our District and then District Calendar.

A LOOK AHEAD

APRIL

15-16 No Kindergarten, Additional Kindergarten Conferences

17 Early Dismissal 12:10 PM, No PM Kindergarten

18 School Holiday/No School

23

25 Grade 5, Field Trip to Peace Valley

25 Favorite Slippers Day!

4/29-4/30 PSSA Testing, Grade 4 Science


MAY

1 Grade 6, PEN Field Trip to Court House

9 Kutz Spirit Day-Blue/White or Kutz Gear

9 Grade 4, Field Trip to DaVinci Center

16 Family Fun Movie Night

19 DARE Graduation, 6:30PM

20 Grade 3, Field Trip to Franklin Institute

23 Phillies Day!

26 Memorial Day/SCHOOL HOLIDAY

27 Field Day (Rain Date June 3)

28 Kutz Spring Concert at Lenape, 7:00PM

29 Grade 3, PEN Field Trip to Doylestown

29 Kutz Fundraiser at Sweet Pea Ice Cream 4:00PM - 8:00PM


JUNE

2 Grade 5, Field Trip to Philadelphia

3 Rain date for Field Day

5 Kindergarten Orientation

5 Grade 5, PEN Field Trip to Robotics Tournment

6 Grade 2, Field Trip to Churchville Nature Center

6 Kutz Spirit Day-Blue/White or Kutz Gear

9 Grade 1, Field Trip to Elmwood ParK Zoo

11 H&S Meeting

13 Kindergarten, AM & PM, Field Trip to Merrymead Farm

19 Grade 6, Celebratory Assembly 12:30PM

20 Last Day for students, EARLY DISMISSAL 12:10PM

AM-K attends, NO PM-K, End of 4th MP

Report Cards Distributed

Upcoming Events are always scrolling on the Kutz Website