The Gayman Gazette

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Lockdown Drill - January 17, 2013

The Central Bucks School District is committed to taking proactive steps to protect the safety of all students and staff members. As part of our building safety plan, the Plumsteadville Police Department and Gayman Elementary have developed contingency plans in the event of safety threats. Gayman will be practicing one of these plans, building lockdown, on Thursday, January 17th, 2013. In this drill the entire building is locked down within seconds. The children are moved to a designated location in their classroom and asked to be silent until the building is secured (approximately five minutes). There are more specifics to this drill, however, they are confidential in keeping with our internal security procedures. Thank you for your understanding.


In the interest of minimizing any anxiety the children may have, please have a conversation with your child in advance of Thursday's lockdown drill.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 18th – Spelling Bee
  • January 18th – Country Music Day
  • January 21st – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

SPOTLIGHT ON INQUIRY

Students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 participate in Inquiry Projects during reading. The Inquiry process is an open-ended approach used to help students conduct research within their literacy instruction. It allows students to do research that will result in the construction of deeper knowledge and to experience Inquiry as a recursive cycle. Mrs. Thompson's third grade class worked with Inquiry Projects this week.

Home & School Book Swap

Thursday, January 17th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Please join us for cookies, hot milk chocolate and books, books, books with a Special Guest Reader. You can start bringing your books in the week of January 14th. For sign-up information please click here.


All leftover books will be donated in conjunction with the 40 Assets Committee to PHILADELPHIA READS.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 21st is our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. All Gayman students are welcome from 9:30-11:00 as we provide services for local and Philadelphia organizations. Registration is necessary; forms are due by Friday, January 11th.

Philadelphia Reads Program

Starting Thursday, January 10th, 40 Assets will be collecting books for the Philadelphia Reads program. Books are for grades pre-K though 12th grade and can be new or gently used. Please no yellowed, ripped or drawn on books. A collection box will be outside the office.

Science Fair 2013

We are looking forward to this year's Science Fair on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. The Science Fair tab on Gayman’s website has been updated with helpful science fair information. Please click here to jump to the webpage.
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Winter Clubs 2013

Dear Parents,


Due to increased security the pick-up process for Winter Clubs will be approached differently this year. Parents will no longer be entering the school to collect their children. We have established a pick-up procedure much like end-of-the-day school dismissal. The pick-up locations will be the front of the school and the side of the school near the butterfly garden. A schedule has been created to indicate the end time of each club and pick-up location. Please click here to view the schedule.


Thank you for your support in keeping our children safe.




BOOMERANG AWARD

A partnership between CB Cares, Outback Steakhouse in Jamison, and the Bucks County Herald

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 (www.search-institute.org) 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.


January Asset: #9 Service to Others. Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.

Please contact Mr. Testani with any questions or concerns.

"For you to be the very best, you cannot allow yourself

to become complacent in your comfort zone."


- David Cottrell