Kutz Cougar Chronicles

An update on what's happening in and around Kutz Elementary

Perfect Penmanship and Pleasant Surprises!

The faculty, staff, and students at Kutz Elementary have been diligent in emphasizing penmanship. Teachers have been given handwriting materials and even one of those utensils for drawing handwriting lines on a White Board - remember our teachers used to fill them with chalk in the old days? Teachers are actually teaching letter formation and fluidity of the penmanship process. The residual effects of all this ????? Neater handwriting, more organized notes, easier to read tests and papers! Wow! Good penmanship really does have an effect on the brain. Much thanks to you as parents for supporting our efforts!

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New Buzzer System at Kutz

In order to enhance our security procedures, Kutz will soon have a buzz-in intercom system at our front entrance. Please be prepared to show your I.D. if requested.

Award Winning Authors visit Kutz

On December 4th, the Kutz students had the pleasure of meeting, greeting and listening to the very entertaining author Eric A. Kimmel. Eric Kimmel is best known for his Caldecott award-winning book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. Through the generous support of the Home and School Association, Ellen Mager at Booktenders in Doylestown was able to arrange for Eric to be at Kutz for the entire day. The day’s festivities included four separate presentations for different grade levels, a meet-and-greet in the morning during which teachers and student library volunteers were able to share light refreshments, a short video-taped interview led by PEN students, lunch with staff members and book signing during the afternoon. P.M. Kindergarteners were treated to their own storytelling session in the cozy confines of the library.



On January 9th fifth and sixth grade students were delighted to hear Newbery award-winning author Clare Vanderpool speak about her newest book Navigating Early as well as the book for which she won the Newbery award- Moon over Manifest. Students had been listening to her first book in their classrooms prior to the visit and were able to show their knowledge by asking great questions of the author. This fabulous opportunity was made possible by the Doylestown Bookstore.


Visits by two such well-known, well-respected authors in one school year….how fortunate we are! Happy reading!



Kid Stuff Books

Kutz Home & School raised $3,375.00 with the Kid Stuff Books fundraiser.

Operation Gratitude

Lee & Meyrowitz Orthodontics gave Kutz $1.00 for every pound of Halloween candy brought in by our students. They then sent the candy to Operation Gratitude along with cards to let the troops know how thankful we are for their sacrifices. Kutz students brought in 316 pounds of candy.

Jammin for Jammies

The students of our 2nd grade collected 79 pairs of pajamas for for the Salvation Army!!! Thanks for all your efforts and for paying it forward.

A Great Big Thanks to All of You!

Thank you so very much for your donations to the US Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots Drive and for the Kutz Holiday Food Drive! Together, the Kutz community helped make a memorable holiday for many families and children.


Snow Days and Delays

Please note that should the school district call a snow day - students are off on that day. When school is delayed - students may not be dropped off until the appropriate time e.g. -

1 hour delay 9:30 AM 2 hour delay - 10:30 AM

Unless your child is signed up for the Before School Program he/she may not come to school earlier.

Brrr.....It's Winter

It's winter folks and it's cold. Some students come to school with no gloves, no scarves and sometimes, no jacket. Unless the temperature is dangerously low. ALL children are to go outside for recess. Even on very cold days, we believe children benefit from five or ten minutes outside to get fresh air. Please make sure your child comes to school properly dressed to brave the winter weather.

Diamond Ridge Camp Scholarship

Would you like your child to have a chance to attend camp for two weeks for FREE? Diamond Ridge Camps, located in Jamison, is offering a two week Campership. To be considered for this Campership, parents or students should write a letter to Dr. Kahley explaining why they should be awarded this honor. Please adhere to the following guidelines:


- Campership is for students ages 4 to 13


- In 100 words or less explain why you are deserving of a Campership (include any accomplishments or hardships that may be pertinent).


- Letter due to Dr. Kahley by January 31, 2013


A panel will review these letters and award the Campership to the student deemed most worthy.


The cost of tuition includes camp transportation, lunch, snacks and all activities. The value of the campership is $1365. You may check out this camp at www.diamondridgecamps.com

Boomerang Award


This year, Kutz will continue to 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.


February: #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.


A LOOK AHEAD

JANUARY

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/SCHOOL HOLIDAY

25 Crazy Hat Day!


FEBRUARY

1 Staff Development Day/EARLY DISMISSAL 12:10 PM, No PM K

8 Kutz Spirit Day-Blue/White or Kutz Gear

8 Report Cards Distributed

13 H&S Meeting, 7pm

18 President’s Day/SCHOOL HOLIDAY

22 Switch-a-Roo Day! (Teachers dress like students & students dress like teachers)


MARCH

8 Kutz Spirit Day-Blue/White or Kutz Gear

22 Flyers Day!

22 EARLY DISMISSAL 12:10PM, No AM-K, PM-K attends in AM

28 Staff Development/Conferences/NO SCHOOL

29 Good Friday/SCHOOL HOLIDAY