The Warwick Weekly

Respect - Responsibility - Cooperation - Excellence

August, 2013

Celebrating The Seeds

We've talked a lot about the importance of hard work, determination, resiliency, and grit over the past several years. It's a message I don't feel like I can ever talk about enough, because hard work matters if we want to be successful in anything we choose to do. I can think of no greater life skill to instill in our students than the importance of working hard - particularly when things get really hard.


I think about this alot, even when visiting the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) we joined this year. Basically, we bought a "share" of a farm in Blooming Glen and head up there every Tuesday to pick up our share of the week's crop. We never know what we're going to get (and sometimes don't even know what we're picking - like kohlrabi), but with a little research and a little luck we turn the uknown into something delicious. Food never tasted so good!


It’s pretty amazing to walk the fields, pick the crops, and bring them home to cook with that very day, or within a few days of harvest. We're able to see the entire scope of the farm, from the crops we’re harvesting that day, to the tilling of a new field, to the watering of a recent planting which hasn’t even sprouted yet. And when I think about all of that food starting out as a tiny seed tucked away in darkness, I can't help but think about hard work; the miracle of the seed growing into the food we eat, and the farmers busting their backs from sun-up to sun-down. It's incredibly humbling, and reminds me so much of the hard work we each do (home and school) to support the students here at Warwick.


It’s not difficult to recognize the parallels between the work involved in teaching and learning and the work of planting, cultivating, and harvesting a garden. There’s something about planting that seed, and watering that seed, and nurturing that seed, and sometimes, and this is an important one, sometimes it’s important to just let the seed grow, and stay out of its way. Sometimes we just need to set the right conditions, and hard work takes care of the rest. It is with this spirit that we approach the 2013-2014 school year.


We have much to be proud of in our school community, and we look forward to working with you and your children to make the 2013-2014 school year the year where we once again celebrate hard work. Learning and growing IS hard work, and we DO hard work at Warwick Elementary School.

Class Placement Information

Thank you for celebrating your child’s classroom assignment with them this summer. The key to a successful year is open communication between the classroom teacher and home, along with two positive, supportive environments.


In the spring of this year, a letter was available online describing the process teachers and staff at Warwick used to determine classroom/teacher assignments for the 2013-2014 school year. They worked hard to follow the stated guidelines and to make the class placement recommendations they thought would benefit your child. Their experiences with your child, and your input if you chose to provide any, played a large role in this process.


I ask that you respect the work of our teachers and staff in making their assignments by not requesting a change. What may seem like a small change to you can significantly impact the composition of an entire classroom, and grade level.


If you have concerns about placement then I will ask Mrs. Sleicher, our School Counselor, to work with you, your child, and the assigned teacher to address your concerns.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Open House later in August. Until then, set a goal to make August the month you read the most out of the whole summer!


Reminder from our June newsletter:

Please be sure to check your Parent Portal account and password soon. You do not want to wait until I announce that the portal is open to try to find your password. If your password is lost, it takes between 7-10 business days to reset. Learning about placement will only occur through Parent Portal. We will not be sharing that information over the phone. Please be prepared.

If you are unsure about what Parent Portal is, please visit the cbsd.org website and look within the parent tab at the top. You will see Parent Portal inforamtion on the left side of the screen. This tool has limited features at the elementary level, but becoming familiar with it now will pay off as your children promote to the middle school and beyond where its uses become more relevant.

Summer Reading Calendars

Where is your summer reading calendar? The link below will take you to the Warwick website where the K-1, and 2-6 reading calendars are available (that were distributed with report cards).


Remember to use the "Must Read" Summer Book Lists you made in the Spring to help decide what books to read this summer. You can also check out the Warwick Library web page to find "Recommended Reading" lists, the Reading Olympics Book List and view excellent "Book Trailers" created by students at Warwick.


When school resumes in the fall, students should return their logs to their new classroom teacher by September 13th.


Thank you in advance for helping our Warwick students read consistently this summer!

Arrival / Dismissal Information

Student Drop Off: Between the hours of 8:45-9:05 and 3:30-4:15 all cars must enter the school by the Meetinghouse Road entrance. The entrance off of Almshouse is for Bus traffic only. This separation between bus and cars creates necessary safety.


Students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:45 a.m. Teachers have professional responsibilities each morning and are not available to supervise students dropped off before that time.


Security: All exterior doors are locked, except the front door which leads to the office buzzer. If you plan on entering the building beyond the office, please be sure you have been added to our visitor calendar (this usually occurs through the classroom teacher). If you are not on the visitor calendar, you will not be permitted in to the building.


Please remember to ALWAYS sign in at the office when visiting between the hours of 8:30-4:05. When you sign in, you will be given a “Visitor” pass with your name, the date, and the location you’ll be visiting. Please also be sure to sign out when your visit has ended.


Late Arrival: A student who arrives to school after 9:05 is late and cannot be dropped-off. A Parent must accompany the child into the office to be signed in and to receive a late slip for them to be admitted to class. This procedure is in place for your child’s safety.


Dismissal Reminder

If you have an early appointment, please be sure to take your child out of school prior to 3:30. If you arrive between 3:30 and 3:45, I ask that you use the parent pick-up line which moves very smoothly. We will not be dismissing students from classrooms after 3:30. Bus dismissal ends by 4:05, parent pick-up is almost always finished by 4:00.



Thank you for your support in helping us create a safe and orderly dismissal procedure.

Open House, Thursday, August 29th 11:00-12:00

Want to meet your teacher? Want to see the classroom you’ll be living and learning in this year? Want to see who else is in your class? Join us for our Open House! Our teacher in-service days are the entire week of of August 26th. We will be in meetings on each day with the exception of the Open House time. Prior to these days, teachers are setting up their classrooms and preparing for the start of school.


Due to time constraints, students and parents will not be permitted into the building outside of the open house time. I would encourage you to arrive at the open house time between 11:00 and 11:30 as the open house will end promptly at 12:00 due to a staff meeting.


We’re looking forward to seeing everyone! All staff will park on the playground so there should be plenty of parking. If the lots do fill please use the St. Cyril's parking lot for additional parking rather than parking illegally which creates an unsafe situation for us all.


Thank you!

Warwick Staff

Since announcing a staffing update in a June Warwick Weekly we've had a few more staff members join our school community. Please join me in welcoming (or welcoming back) the following staff:


1st grade: Mrs. Bartolacci

Music: Mrs. Kelly

Art: Mrs. Theis

P.E: Mr. Riley

Extended Day Kindergarten: Miss Tagye

Support Staff: Miss Bodkin


For a complete staff list, please visit the Warwick Website.

Lunch/Recess Times

6th / 5th

Lunch: 11:35 to 11:55

Recess: 11:55 to 12:35


4th

Lunch: 11:55 to 12:20

Recess: 12:20 to 12:55


3rd

Lunch: 12:20 to 12:40

Recess: 12:40 to 1:20


2nd

Lunch: 12:35 to 12:55

Recess: 12:55 to 1:35


1st

Lunch: 12:55 to 1:25

Recess: 1:25 to 1:55

Warwick By The Numbers

Number of students: 514

· Students receiving special education: 9.9%

· Students receiving learning support: 6.0%

· Students receiving autistic support: 3.9%


School Day:

-Arrival begins at 8:45 (it is very helpful for students to arrive with time to unpack, socialize a bit, and check-in with the teacher)

- Instructional Day Begins at 9:05

· Instructional Day Ends at 3:45

· Dismissal begins at 3:45

· Early Dismissal Days, Dismissal begins at 12:25

· Breakfast is $1.55, lunch is $2.45, milk is $0.70


Number of staff: 85


Average Class size at Warwick: 23 students

- Primary Class Size Average (K-2): 20.6 students

· Intermediate Class Size Average (3-6): 23.6 students


Unofficial PSSA Results (official results will come out in the fall)

-86% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Reading PSSA (grades 3-6)

· 92% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Math PSSA (grades 3-6)

· 98% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Science PSSA (grade 4)

· 85% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Writing PSSA (grade 5)


Attendance

Please use the sick line, send in a note, or send us an email if your child is absent from school.


Central Bucks School District has standard reporting procedures in all elementary schools for late arrivals and early departures. These guidelines are as follows:


Full Day Attendance: A student who is present for 5 hours or more.


Half-Day Attendance: A student who is in attendance between one (1) and five (5) hours .


Tardy: A student arrives up to 60 minutes after the official start of the school day.


No Attendance: A student who is in attendance less than one (1) hour. Please remember to send an absence note with your child the day he/she returns to school.


Thank you, Warwick PTO!

A new piece of playground equipment, an Infinity Crawler, was installed this summer thanks to the generosity of our PTO.


It is looking forward to getting lots of use in the coming years!

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Watters Family Summer in Pictures

Watters Family Summer in Pictures

No trip to Illinois for us this summer, but my parents did come for a visit in July to see us. This summer was filled with lot's of local trips enjoying all that South Eastern Pennsylvania has to offer. We just returned from a trip to Long Beach Island, and have one more "shore excursion" planned in mid-August when my sister-in-law gets married in Cape May (and all six of us are in the wedding!!).


Below are some pictures of our four children, Cailyn and Mackenzie (entering 2nd grade) and Jackson and Emma (entering Kindergarten).


I can't wait to welcome you all back for another incredible year at Warwick.

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Looking Way Ahead

August 14th, Summer Tours for new families, 9:00-10

August 29th, 11:00-12:00, Open House, all grades, additional parking available at St. Cyril's

September 3rd, 1st Day of School, all grades

September 3rd, BTSN, Grades 5/6 - 6:30 General Assembly, 7:00 Classrooms

September 5th, No School, Rosh Hashanah

September 9th & 10th, Gr. 6 Camp Adventure

September 9th, BTSN, Gr. 3/4 - 6:30 General Assembly, 7:00 Classrooms

September 17th, BTSN Gr. K, 1 and 2 - 6:30 General Assembly, 7:00 Classrooms

September 24th, Market Day p/u, Gym, 5:00-6:00

September 25th, PTO Meeting, Library, 7:00

September 30th, C & C Photos, Picture Day

October 11th, Family Fun Night, Ice Cream Social, 6:00-8:00

October 21st - 25th, Red Ribbon Week

10/23, 5th Grade Trip to Peace Valley

November 1st, Race for Education, Barbeque Lunch


Wanna Race?

THE 9/11 HEROES RUN UNITES COMMUNITIES INTERNATIONALLY WITH THE GOAL TO NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICES OF THE HEROES OF SEPTEMBER 11TH AND IN THE WARS SINCE: VETERAN, FIRST RESPONDER, CIVILIAN, AND MILITARY. JOIN US TO RAISE AWARENESS AND HONOR THE FALLEN.


Please join Central Bucks School District in supporting the 9/11 Heroes Run. Registration is now open for the September 15th event. Doylestown borough will once again host a 5k and 1 mile fun walk/run to raise support and awareness for all of the heroes of September 11th.




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First Day Notes

I want to bring to your attention that this year is the first year in many that all students are reporting to school on the first day (typcially upper classman do not report on day one). To help bus drivers, the district is providing them with an extra day to learn their routes. Regardless, for the first few days during arrival and dismissal it will take longer than it normally will. Thank you for your patience as we all work to provide a safe arrival and dismissal. Effieciency will come with time.

Welcome Back Everyone!!

Mission:

The Warwick community will promote a culture of academic and personal excellence through respect, responsibility, and cooperation.



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1340 Almshouse Road

Jamison, PA 18929

267-893-4050