Groveland Elementary School

Paw Print Newsletter - February 2016

Reminders From the Main Office

No School for Students on Thursday & Friday, February 4th & 5th:

A reminder that this Thursday & Friday, February 4th & 5th, there will be no school for students. The teachers will be participating in staff development sessions on these days. Enjoy the extra long weekend!

Reporting Student Progress

As the 2nd marking period has come to a close, Elementary Progress Reports will be available online though the Parent Portal on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:00 AM. A blast email will notify parents when the document is ready to view. this is a great opportunity to gain feedback on your child's strength and goal areas. We encourage parents to open and view the progress report on the Parent Portal. If you have not set up a Parent Portal account, please click HERE to set up an account.

Parking Lot Safety:

We have heard several concerns of unsafe driving in our parking lots during student drop off and dismissal. Please be mindful of safe driving habits and drive slowly and cautiously on our school grounds.

Winter Dress & Outdoor Recess

Please help your children plan accordingly for outdoor recess this winter. We follow guidelines, taking into consideration the air temperature and wind-chill factor to determine outdoor recess. At times, we may decide to do a split indoor/outdoor recess depending on the temperatures. Thank you for making sure students are wearing coats, hats, gloves, etc. to school and are dressing accordingly for the weather conditions.

Attention 6th Grade Parents: Middle School Orientation for Parents

  • Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00 PM
  • Tohickon Middle School

More information will be coming home with your children prior to the orientation date.

PSSA Dates Set for Groveland:

PSSA Dates have been set for Groveland for later this spring.

  • April 11th-14th - English/Language Arts - Grades 3-6 ( Monday - Thursday)
  • April 18th-20th - Mathematics - Grades 3-6 (Monday-Wednesday)
  • April 25th & 26th - Science - Grade 4 ( Monday & Tuesday)

Please mark you calendars, as it is important for students to be in attendance during the attendance sessions.

Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast

In order to show our bus drivers that we appreciate their commitment to the children here at Groveland, we will be celebrating Bus Driver Appreciation Day on Friday, February 19th.

Starting February 8th to February 18th, there will be baskets in the main hallway with bus numbers on them for students to bring in small tokens of appreciation for their bus driver. Some suggestions of items you could contribute to the baskets include: a hand drawn picture or card

  • A note or poem
  • Baked treats

  • Small box of nuts or chocolates

  • Flowers

We will deliver these baskets to our bus drivers on February 19th at a special buffet breakfast. We hope you will join us in honoring these wonderful people and show them how much they are truly appreciated.

Dates to Remember

February Dates to Remember are now available. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

Kindergarten Registration

Registration for 2016-2017 School Year

If you or someone you know will be have a child who is eligible for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, please visit the Kindergarten Registration page on the CBSD website. It is important to register early to help us plan for projected enrollment for next year.

All registrations are by appointment only

  • The preferred method is to schedule your appointment on-line, click HERE .
  • Or call for an appointment at 267-893-2111 (Please leave a message. Your call will be returned within 1 to 2 business days.)
  • All registrations are conducted at the Educational Services Center.
  • 2016-2017 age eligibility cut off date. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2016.
  • You may E-mail any questions to

Classroom Updates

Third Grade Inquiry Projects

How has cruise line entertainment changed since the Titanic?

Third graders have been busy learning and applying the steps of the inquiry process. We brainstormed questions and formulated a conjecture. Children learned how to identify reliable and unreliable sources. We took notes, organized our research through the use of a t-chart and presented our findings in creative ways. Way to go Grizzlies!

From A Great Grizzly to A Nittany Lion Linebacker

Jake Cooper, a former Groveland student and now a freshman linebacker for the Penn State University football team, visited Groveland in early January. Jake spoke to some students about how he continues to live by the Groveland themes of Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Sportsmanship. Jake enjoyed visiting some of his former teachers, as well. We wish Jake continued success at PSU.

From Mrs. Michelle Rhodes

Who Borrowed Mr. Bear?

PEN students from 1st and 2nd grade worked to solve this mystery using their new detective skills.

Counselor's Corner

Random Acts of Kindness Week to be Celebrated February 8th-12th

Groveland will celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week during the week of February 8th - 12th this school year. This year’s theme for Random Acts of Kindness week is a simple one- Keep Calm and Be Kind! Each day of the week, our school will participate in RAK activities. We look forward to showing the Groveland community what it truly means to "Keep Calm and Be Kind."

Groveland 5th and 6th graders…

Do you like to make videos?

Do you know how to use iMovie or Movie Maker?

Do you know what it means to be KIND?

For Random Acts of Kindness Week, Ms. Mele & Ms. Moss are holding a Kindness Video Contest!! Three lucky winners will be chosen to have their video played on the Groveland News Network before morning announcements to show how to display random acts of kindness. Winners will also be featured on Groveland’s website!!! Get creative and help show Groveland and our community how simple and easy it is to be kind! Grab your camera, some friends, and a computer, and create a 1 minute video showing Groveland how to BE KIND! All videos must be made at home and must be submitted no later than February 8th! Please submit a flash drive with your name on it with the video saved as RAK Video and the flash drive will be returned to you. ANY QUESTIONS- PLEASE CONTACT MS.MELE! (Example:


1) You must have permission from your parents to use electronics needed to create the videos

2) Videos must be made at home

3) Must be appropriate for school

4) Must be 1 minute long

5) Must be saved as a .wmv or .mp4

6) Don’t forget to add your name to the video

Good luck, have fun and BE KIND!!

Congratulations to ALEXIS NELSON (1st Grade - Mrs. Rantz) for winning our January Boomerang Award for Asset #9: Service to Others

“Alexis Nelson embodies Groveland’s Asset #9, Service to Others, in her service to her family, school, and community.

At home, Alexis attends to her younger brother with care and compassion that is beyond her years. Her younger brother is 1 year old and her patience, graciousness, and eagerness for caring for him is boundless. She never complains and is invaluable in helping the family run smoothly.

At school, she is a kind and accepting friend to many. For example, she has a close friend who suffers with anxiety often at school and Alexis, more often than not, waits patiently at the entrance to the school or classroom for her friend to help facilitate her friend’s separation from her parent. During the current school year and much of last year, Alexis supports her friend with such kindness and generosity, and has greatly helped her friend’s ability to enter and participate in school. On a larger scale, Alexis often seeks ways to include others at recess, and her friendly and easy going nature have fostered kindness and inclusion in and out of the classroom.

In the community, Alexis takes pride in helping others as a supportive and compassionate force. She often helps walk a fellow student home from the bus stop when his parent is not there, ensuring he arrives home safely. At karate, she is one of the youngest kids at her belt rank (nearly green), and often leads the class in material to learn, as well as helping teach younger kids who struggle during class.

For a first grader, Alexis displays an immeasurably genuine desire to help and serve others, and does so with grace and patience, and therefore I could not imagine one more deserving of this Boomerang Award.”

Congratulations to all of the January Nominees:

Alex Miller, Evelyn Rudich,

Girl Scout Troop #2144: Dakota Reed, Abby Wheatley, Cece Funseth, Hannah Donsky, Frankie Chichilitti, Melissa Beadling, Madelyn Hill, Sofia Asaro, Erica Madden, Bella Myslinski, Emma Muensch, Stella Tubinas, Molly Jones, Sydney Phillips, Ava Kanter

The Boomerang Award Asset for the month of FEBRUARY is:

Asset # 27: Equality and Social Justice: “Young person places a high value on assisting those who may need a helping hand. Equality-equal rights for all people.”

Please send nominations in by Friday February 19th, 2016 to Miss Moss. Please include specific examples of how the student best demonstrates this month’s (February) asset of “Equality and Social Justice.” I have also attached the nomination form for you!

In an effort to get everyone involved, don’t forget to encourage students to nominate other students!
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NOVA Cyberbullying Presentation - February 10th - 7:00 PM

NOVA (Network of Victim's Assistance) will be holding a parent information session on cyberbulling Feb 10th, at 7:00 PM at Groveland Elementary School. NOVA is a valuable resource for our school district and the community, offering resources and personal safety education programs for almost 20 years. This program is open to the public for all parents and guardians of elementary grade levels students. The snow date is Thursday, March 3rd.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of the NOVA cyberbullying prevention program (presented to 5th grade students)
  • Current trends in Social Media, free message Apps, and online gaming
  • Examples, tips for parents, and Q& A with Detective Sergeant Dante Montella, Warwick Township Police Department

Art News

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Music News

Celebration of the Arts Music Show

Celebration of the Arts Dates

The following dates are set for our grade level musical celebrations. Please mark your calendars! More information will be coming home from Mr. Reilley in the weeks prior to the events.

  • Thursday, February 25th:
  • Grade 3 ~ 6:30 PM Grade 6 ~ 7:45 PM

  • Thursday, March 10th:
  • Grade 2 ~ 6:30 PM Grade 5 ~ 7:45 PM

  • Thursday, March 31st:
  • Grade 1 ~ 6:30 PM Grade 4 ~ 7:45 PM

Student Recognition

Swimming Grizzlies

Grizzlies can swim!!! Sixth-grader, Anya Suko, and fifth-grader, Caroline Suko, are members of the Central Bucks Aquatic Club (CBAC). Fifth-grader, Kaitlyn Dougherty is a member of the South West Aquatics Club (SWAC). The girls have been swimming for their respective teams for five years and all qualified for league championships! All girls are also members of the Central Bucks Bandits USA Swimming team. Congratulations!

Through their participation with CBAC and SWAC, Anya, Caroline and Kaitlyn honor the Great Grizzly values of Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Sportsmanship. Respect for their coaches and fellow athletes; responsibility to give their best; cooperation with teammates, and sportsmanship with a positive attitude.

Swim teams are a great way to build confidence, instill discipline, foster team spirit and inspire friendships and fun that last a lifetime!

Groveland Brownie and Girl Scout Troops make major impact on MLK!

Taking to heart that MLK is a day “on” rather than a day off, Girls Scout Troop 21850 and Brownie Troop 2144 spent the day collecting food donations from the community, delivering them to the Doylestown Food Pantry and shorting and organizing the donations with the food pantry staff. Through their efforts, this third annual drive collected an astounding 2,131lbs of food for our neighbor’s and friends. The Groveland community is very proud of these young ladies. Also, thanks to many in the Groveland community who donated to this very worthwhile effort!

Student Recognition Nominations

If you would like to recognize your son or daughter for exemplifying the Great Grizzly themes of Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Sportsmanship, please complete the attached form below. Submissions and photos can be sent to Mrs. Fantaskey at

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Groveland Home & School Association News

General Membership Meeting - February 11th

GHSA General Meeting, Feb. 11th at 9:30 AM

Please mark your calendars for our next GHSA General Meeting, Thursday Feb. 11th at 9:30 am. During our meeting, we will provide an overview of the Home & School activities and events planned for the remainder of the year and will welcome Jason Jaffe, Supervisor of Educational Technology for Central Bucks School District, who will share with us information about the technology being used in our students' classrooms and curriculum. Please join us!

News from the Garden Club

Garden update: Although we still have snow on the ground, the Groveland Garden Committee has been hard at work planning for another bountiful season in our beautiful garden! We have selected crops for both the spring and summer planting sessions and if the weather cooperates, have tentatively planned to start planting the end of March. Specific information will be passed along to each grade level as we get closer.

Our vision for the school garden is to be a living laboratory that engages students in the growing and harvesting of crops. With the help of the administration, we will be having our first “Kids go green for the Garden” spirit day in April! The garden donated over 250 lbs. of fresh produce to local food banks last year and hope to increase that amount in 2016.

Groveland Elementary School


Groveland Elementary School

Mr. David Heineman, Principal

Mrs. Kate Fantaskey, Assistant Principal