Trailblazer Tribune


December 30, 2015

Bridge Valley's Giving Spirit

Bridge Valley Holiday Gift Drive

As part of our ongoing Bridge Valley Blazer Blessings, our building displayed two trees inside the main entrance with branches filled with gift tags. A communication was sent to families, and with parents’ permission, students took tags home to shop for the gift indicated on the tag. In addition, students donated food items that were collected within each grade level. After students returned their gifts to the trees and brought in food, our school nurse, Mrs. Horvath, led an effort to organize and distribute the food and gifts to families in our community.

Blazer Blessings

Bridge Valley’s Blazer Blessings provides confidential support to those in need of assistance throughout the holidays as well as the entire school year. When our school is made aware of families who are struggling due to health issues, financial burden, or other difficult circumstances, assistance is provided. This support includes providing meals delivered to families, meal gift cards, and assistance in other ways.

Toys for Tots

Bridge Valley also supports Toys for Tots by housing bins for toy collection. This year we filled over eight bins with toys for children.

Other December Happenings:

Counselor's Corner

The Bridge Valley October Boomerang Winner for Asset #31 Restraint (A young person who controls their behaviors and emotions in healthy ways) was Mia Dean from Mrs. McLaughlin’s third grade class. Mia was nominated by Mrs. Schmoyer, her second grade teacher.

Mia was nominated for the Boomerang Award for making healthy choices on a regular basis. She learned relaxation techniques when she was in second grade, and practices them regularly at home. She uses meditation apps and practices restorative yoga every night before she goes to bed to help her get a good night’s sleep. She participated in the Just Run program and plays outside almost every day to exercise. Mia wears her bike helmet to ensure her safety while riding her bike. Her favorite food is bananas, and she strives to eat fruits and vegetables every day.

The Bridge Valley November Boomer Winner for Asset #40 Positive View of Personal Future (A young person who is optimistic about their own future and strives to meet their goals) was Ellie Kuhnle from Mrs. Herman’s sixth grade class. She was nominated by Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Danko, her school librarian.

Ellie Kuhnle is a goal-oriented and enthusiastic young girl! Ellie has had a passion for cooking since she was very young. This past summer Ellie had a chance of a lifetime to compete on the Food Network television show, Chopped Junior. She went on several interviews and was selected as one of four contestants to compete in front of professional chefs and celebrities. It was an experience where she displayed effort, critical thinking skills and determination. During a tense and nerve racking atmosphere, she planned and cooked a three course delicious meal. Ellie used her fast thinking skills and cooking talents to create an appetizer, entree and dessert. Throughout the entire process, Ellie showed energy and originality. She was awarded as the top aspiring chef and received a $10,000 prize. Ellie plans to give some of her winnings to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She plans to take what she learned from this opportunity and apply it to her future endeavors. Ellie demonstrated commitment and dedication to reaching her goals, while displaying enthusiasm and kindness. She inspires us all to reach for our dreams!

Boomerang Award

This youth recognition award was created to recognize students in the Central Bucks School District for living by one of the 40 Assets, designated monthly. The 40 Developmental Assets are positive experiences, behaviors, and personal qualities that all youth need to possess, in order to be responsible, caring, and strong in the face of peer pressures and other life challenges. Each year, over 1,000 elementary, middle, and high school students are nominated and recognized for their assets.

#22 SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others. If you’d like to nominate a student, please complete a nomination form and email it to

Youth Art

Mrs. Mazzenga is proud to announce that Lauren Copeland in fourth grade won the Elementary Division National Art Flag Drawing Contest for YOUTH ART MONTH 2016! The theme of the flag contest was "The Power of Art"! There will be a formal reception and prizes for the winner in Harrisburg in March. Go Lauren!

Blazer Blessings Thank You!

Dear Bridge Valley Families and Staff,

On behalf of the families who benefited from our Holiday Program, I want to thank you for your generosity. I am grateful to all who contributed to make our Holiday Program such a huge success. In addition, a heartfelt “thank you” goes to all parent and student volunteers who created the snowflakes and decorated the lobby. This program could not be a success without the help of our teachers who monitor the food collection and gift tags.

I wish you could experience the joy of seeing the faces and hearing the words of thanks from the families we help. It is truly heartwarming!

The kindness and generosity our Bridge Valley Community demonstrates at this time of year is truly overwhelming and greatly appreciated.

With Gratitude,

Mary Horvath

Certified School Nurse

Fun Family Night Out!

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Home & School Fundraiser at Uno Pizzeria & Grill

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Kindergarten and New Student Registration

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Volunteering at BVE

BVE values 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.

Fundraising (Passive)

Please register your Giant Rewards Card for free money for our school.

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!

Labels for Education

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 UPCs 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.
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