Cougar Courier Times
Kutz Elementary School's Bimonthly Newsletter
December 15, 2015
- H&S Fundraiser - TONIGHT @ Uno Chicago Grill in Warrington
- Kutz Holiday Sing - December 23rd @ 1:30PM in the Gym
- Kutz Holiday Parties - December 23rd (Times determined by classroom teacher)
- CBSD Winter Break - Thursday, December 24th - Sunday, January 3rd
- Students Back to School - Monday, January 4th
Kutz Holiday Sing & Concert
Holiday parties held on the 23rd as well. Check with your classroom teachers for times and/or party needs, etc. If you are assigned to volunteer for a PM party and wish to take your child(ren) home with you, please sign them out in their classroom(s) before you leave.
Enjoy this festive day!!!
Winter Weather & Recess
Winter weather will soon be upon us and that means it will be cold at recess.
The National Nurses’ Association has established the following guidelines for outdoor recess during the winter months:
*Feels like 25 degrees and above (considers wind chill factor) - Outdoor recess
*Feels like 16 - 25 degrees (considers wind chill factor) – Abbreviated Outdoor Recess to 10 - 15 minutes
*Feels like 15 degrees or below (considers wind chill factor) - Inside recess
Please remember to send your children to school each day with coats, hats, and gloves. Older students may think a sweatshirt will keep them warm, but over a thirty minute recess, a sweatshirt does not provide the insulation needed to keep children comfortable.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Counselor’s Corner: Cyberbullying and Internet Safety
Hello Kutz Families,
Cyberbullying and internet safety are increasing concerns for elementary school students as children younger and younger have access to cell phones, online video games and the internet. Basic internet safety rules do help to avoid problems. Below are some tips for parents to follow:
- Follow minimum age requirements for social media accounts (usually 13 years old).
- Know what your child is doing online. Many students have multiple social media accounts for the same site. Be sure to look into how many accounts your child has and monitor each one.
- Speak to your child about the information they share on social media and set privacy settings for them.
- Discuss the repercussions of cyberbullying. It is against the law and could be reported to the police.
At Kutz, we help keep students safe by teaching cyber-safety in 5th and 6th grades. Our discussions on internet safety begin even earlier. The Network for Victim’s Assistance (NOVA) will be presenting to our fifth grade students on cyberbullying and to our sixth grade students on their digital footprint.
Resources for parents can be found on the Guidance/School Psychology page of the district’s website (http://www.cbsd.org/Page/11675). A very helpful parent handout from NOVA is below:
Thank you for your time,
CBSD Sponsored MLK Event
Kutz Home & School Association
Kutz Home & School Association
To help streamline communication between school and home, we will be putting all important Kutz information in Dr. Garvin’s Kutz Cougar Times. This means enotes will no longer be published weekly and the information will now be found in Dr. Garvin’s Kutz Cougar Times. The Cougar Times is sent out on the 15th and 30th/31st of each month. All email address updates and/or additions will be done through the parent portal.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Next Home and School Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 10th 2016 at 9am
1950 Turk Road
Uno Fundraiser - TONIGHT!!!
Take a night off from cooking and support Kutz at the same time!!
Uno® will donate up to 20% of your check directly to Kutz!!
- Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
- Location: 1661 Easton Rd Warrington PA
This is for Dine In or Take Out
Certificates are being sent home in Thursday folders. Please present the certificate at the time of payment to have up to 20% of your check’s value, excluding tax and tip.
Mark your calendars for 2016 Kutz Elementary Science Fair!
When: Monday, March 21st
Where: Kutz Gym
Who: All Kutz students grades K – 6 are encouraged to participate!!
The idea of a science fair is to make science interesting, accessible and real for each student. Students participate at their own level and choose a topic of interest to them. Here is some basic information about the science fair:
1. Participation is optional.
2. There will be no judging.
3. Students can do an experiment, a collection or a demonstration.
4. Students will be given all the information they need to participate from how to conduct an experiment (if that is what they want to do), how to set up their display boards and where to get project ideas.
5. Students can do individual, family or group projects.
6. The fair will take place at night for families and during the day for classroom visits.
More information regarding registration will be coming in January. Mark your calendars and start thinking about ideas! To get a head start students can go to the “Topic Selection Wizard” at www.sciencebuddies.org where they can enter their grade and interests and get a list of project ideas just for them.
Students can also visit the Kutz web page www.cbsd.org/kutz and review the information posted about the science fair. Use the Our School menu tab to select Activities from the drop down list, then click the Science Fair link on the left menu bar.
Let’s make science fun for Kutz students!!
School Board Briefs - December 1, 2015
At the December 1, 2015 School Board meeting the Central Bucks School District School Board:
Recognized and congratulated the CB East Boys Soccer Team and PA State Champions
New Board Members were sworn in by the Honorable Jeffrey L. Finley, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County:
- Sharon Collopy
- Beth Darcy
- Glenn Schloeffel
- Karen Smith
- Dennis Weldon
Elected a President and Vice President:
- President Beth Darcy
- Vice President John H. Gamble
Approved the minutes of the November 10, 2015 school board meeting.
Heard the Superintendent’s Report: This Month in Central Bucks video; 2016-2017 Proposed Preliminary Budget; Superintendent’s Budget Recommendations
Received the Finance Committee and Operations Committee notes, and the MBIT Executive Council minutes.
Approved the Treasurer’s Report and Summary of Fund Disbursements for the month of October 2015.
Approved the November 15, 2015 and November 24, 2015 General Fund check disbursements; the November 13, 2015 Capital Fund check disbursements; and the November 12, 2015 Food Service check disbursements.
Approved the Final Budgetary Transfers for fiscal year 2014-2015.
Approved the posting of the Proposed Preliminary 2016-2017 Budget for public inspection.
Approved various construction contracts and service agreements as follows:
- Contract to The Wire Guys – Avigilon to provide and install security cameras at all three stadiums in the amount of $76,599.35. These cameras are available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #008-346.
- Contract to The Wire Guys – Avigilon to provide and install replacement security cameras in the amount of $239,976.50. These cameras are available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #008-346.
- Contract to IBM for 6 new servers in the amount of $39,930.
- Contract to IBM to increase the capacity of storage area network (SAN) for the District’s security system in the amount of $83,581.96.
- Contract to Tozour Trane to rebuild the chiller at Tohickon Middle School in the amount of $88,667. This service is available on the US Communities cooperative purchasing contract.
- Purchase 2 Ford T350 maintenance vans from Fred Beans in the amount of $30,600 each. These vehicles are available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #025-013.
- Purchase a RAM 4500 dump truck from Hondru Dodge in the amount of $71,290. This vehicle is available on the Co-Stars cooperative purchasing contract #025-013.
Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and the Central Bucks School District for matters of litigation as it pertains to special education students.
Approved the school boundary assignments for new housing developments in Warwick and Buckingham Townships.
- The administration is recommending the attendance boundaries for Jamison Elementary, Tamanend Middle School, and Central Bucks High School – South be amended to include the Woodlands Development, located near Meetinghouse Road and York Road (Route 263). This development is currently in the Warwick Elementary, Holicong Middle School, and Central Bucks High School – East attendance boundaries.
- The administration is recommending the attendance boundary for Cold Spring Elementary be amended to include the Feeney Development, located near Mechanicsville Road and Durham Road (Route 413). This development is currently in the Buckingham Elementary attendance Boundary.
Adopted the 2016 School Board Calendar.
Approved the vendor change to Penn Behavioral Health as an Employee Assistance Provider at an annual cost of $32,730.
Approved various personnel items and student trips.
Received a Sabbatical Leave of Absence as an information item.