The Gayman Gazette

"What Is Your Gift"

January 19, 2016

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 21st - PEN Robotics Day
  • January 21st - Domino's Pizza Day
  • January 26th - Spelling Bee
  • January 26th - Early Dismissal @ 11:55 AM; NO PM KINDERGARTEN
  • January 26th - End of 2nd Marking Period
  • January 28th - After School Event for Grades 1 & 2 in the library @ 3:30 PM
  • February 2nd - Young Author Event for Grades 2 & 3 @ 5:30 PM
  • February 4th & 5th - No School
  • February 4th - 6th Grade Club to Bear Creek @ 10:00 AM
  • February 5th - Blood Drive in All-Purpose Room from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • February 11th - HSA General Membership Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • February 15th - Presidents' Day - No School

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most frequently asked questions by Gayman parents? If you want to know how arrival and dismissal work, how to contact the school, what to do if your child is absent from school and much more we have the answers!

Click here to view the Most Frequently Asked Questions By Gayman Parents.

Attendance Reminder

The second marking period will be ending next week, so please take a moment to check the Parent Portal for any unexcused absences that your child may have. Once we receive an excuse for each absence we will update your child’s attendance accordingly.

If there is no absent note on file your child will be marked unexcused though the end of the school year.

Second Spirit Assembly - A Great Time for All

The second spirit assembly was held on Tuesday, January 12th. Our first game was the “Stuffed Animal Relay”. Using only their elbows held together in front of them, two teams raced back and forth with their stuffed cow and teddy bear to pass back and forth between them. It was a close race, but team 1 was victorious!

The second game was the “cup relay”. A tall stack of cups with one being a different color, were stacked together. The first person to bring their cup from the top all the way to the bottom was the winner. Our final game was the marshmallow toss. Congratulations to grade 6 who caught the most in their cups!

Ms. Vass and Mr. Testani recognized the November and December boomerang winners - Emmerson Mirsky for November and Jack Tompson for December. Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Thomas announced the book dedications to the library for the last marking period. Mr. I shared some thank you notes from the CB East Girls and Boys soccer teams, as the children at Gayman wrote “good luck letters” to the students as they competed in the state championships.

A great time was had by all!

Library News and Important Upcoming Events

Bucks County’s own Peter Catalanotto is coming soon to visit Gayman 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader students!

Peter is a wonderful author/illustrator who not only will be presenting to our students about the writing and illustration process, but who will also be working with our 2nd graders in a writing workshop. His warm personality and depth of knowledge makes him one of Mrs. Thomas’ favorite presenters. We are working in partnership with the Doylestown Bookshop to offer the opportunity to order Peter’s books at a discount in advance of his visit. All books ordered through the school program will be signed by the author when he visits on Feb. 19th. Orders forms were sent home last week.

Please click here for the order form or contact the library if you would like additional material. All orders are due on Monday, January 25th!

****Upcoming library events for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Students and Families****

After School Event Just for Grades 1 and 2 on Thursday, Jan 28 from 3:30-4:30.

Ivan the Terrier—We will read the book Ivan the Terrier and create dogs and illustrations to go with the book. For more information on this event click here (the flyer was sent home last week). All response forms are due FRIDAY! Special thanks to Tohickon’s National Junior Honor Society students for supporting this event!

Evening Parent-Child Event Just for Grades 2 and 3 on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 5:30-6:30PM

Monkey and Robot—Join us as we read Monkey and Robot and then work as families or teams to create our own robot companions for our adventures. Click here for more information. All response forms are due FRIDAY!

Third Grade Class Wins November Gala

Mr. Pisch's class was the worthy recipient of the November Gayman Gala. Dining to music by candlelight gave way to an enjoyable experience for all. Congratulations to the boys and girls in Mr. Pisch's class on a job well done! Keep up the great work in the cafeteria!!
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It's Reading Olympics Time!!!!

Reading Olympics is a reading competition open to 5th and 6th grade students. This year, we will compete at Mill Creek on April 7 from 6:00-8:15pm. We will be taking a bus to the event this year!!!!! Teams will be finalized BY FRIDAY. Please click here to see the Welcome to Reading Olympics letter, or contact Mrs. Thomas at for more information. To see the list of important dates click here.

Domino's Pizza Day

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Harlem Globetrotters Are Coming

The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the Sun National Bank Center on March 5th at 2:00 PM. Discounted tickets are available as part of the GHSA Bullying Prevention Program.

For complete details click here.

Gayman Elementary Players Present The Little Mermaid Jr.

The Gayman Elementary Players are proud to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. on February 25th, 26th, and 27th. The directors, cast, crew and parent volunteers are working hard to bring you a spectacular presentation. Seating is limited, so don’t miss out.

For complete details click here. You won’t want to miss this amazing performance of a beloved Disney classic!

CB Cares Backpack Newsflast - January

CB Cares Educational Foundation, in partnership with Doylestown Hospital, the Central Bucks School District, local businesses, and the community, is dedicated to enriching the experience of students through learning grants and 40 Assets-based programs which promote responsible and resilient youth.

The January issue of CB Cares Backpack Newsflash contains:

  • Boomerang Youth Recognition Award Winners For December
  • Innovative Learning Grants Winners Check Presentation
  • February 18th at Lenape MS - Parent Positive Speaker Dr. Jason Komasz @ 7:00 PM

Please click here to view the January issue.

Cyberbullying Prevention Presentation for Parents

Network of Victim’s Assistance, or NOVA, is a valuable resource for our school district and the community, offering resources and personal safety education programs. They have presented to our students for almost 20 years. NOVA will once again be bringing their cyberbullying prevention program to all Central Bucks 5th grade students this January and February.

Please join us for a parent informational session on cyberbullying on Wednesday, February 10th, at 7:00 pm at Groveland Elementary School, 100 North Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Parents and guardians of students in all elementary grade levels are invited. The snow date is Thursday, March 3rd.

Topics will include:

· An overview of the NOVA cyberbullying prevention program presented to 5th graders

· 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

We hope you will join us for this important presentation.

Young Engineers' Night

The Young Engineers’ Night is scheduled to take place in the atrium at CB East on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM. While all are welcome, the activities and demonstrations are geared primarily towards elementary school students and offer insights into the worlds of robotics, TV production, aeronautics, engineering, and more!!

For complete details click here.

Boomerang Award

This year, Gayman 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.

January #9. Service To Others. Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions. Boomerang nominations may be emailed to Suzanne Vass at, or printed out and sent into the office.

News From The Kitchen

Aramark is looking for healthy, tasty and creative flatbread recipes (sandwich, melt, pizza style, etc). It can be a family favorite or your own creation. Crazy and whacky recipes accepted! The winning contestant will have their recipe featured on the March lunch menu. The winner will also receive a free lunch that day in addition to a culinary prize!

For complete details click here.

Outdoor/Indoor Recess

The decision to go out or remain indoors for recess is made by Mr. Testani, in concert with our medical staff, based on weather conditions. The goal is to allow the children to play outside whenever the weather conditions permit. The wind-chill factor is the primary factor. The children remain outside for the full recess period provided the wind-chill is above 15 degrees. A wind-chill of between 10 and 15 degrees will result in an abbreviated outdoor recess. The children will have indoor recess in the event of rain, snow, or wind chills below 10 degrees.

January 15th, 2016 Friday Morning Newscast