April 15 - 19, 2013
News From the Nest
Gene Barretta coming to Doyle
Multi-talented author and illustrator Gene Barretta will entertain the students of Doyle Elementary School on May 10, 2013. Mr. Barretta has also worked in TV and film for The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Street and Between the Lions. Mr. Barretta’s book Zoola Palooza was featured as an Amazon best book of the month, and his other books have won awards that are too numerous to mention. Many of Mr. Barretta’s books are unique in that they make historical figures and English grammar come alive. His brightly colored whimsical illustrations and informative text have students chuckling over homophones and marveling over Franklin’s, Edison’s and Da Vinci’s many inventions and accomplishments. Once again, we would like to thank the Doyle Home and School and Ellen Mager of Booktender’s Secret Garden for bringing Mr. Barretta to Doyle.
If you would like to order a signed and personalized copy of Mr. Barretta's books, please submit the order form by April 22 to the Doyle library.
Pre-K Counts - Apply Now!
In the past, Bucks Country has received Pre-K Counts grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Those grants allow families with children (ages three and four years old) to apply for entry in a high quality, half-day or full-day pre-school program at no cost to the family. The belief is that early education will make children more ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.
Residents of Bucks County who meet eligibility criteria can submit an application for this five days-a-week pre-school program. Families must meet the financial income guidelines. For more information contact Dr. Patty Smallacombe at 215-949-1660 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Website Design
Central Bucks School District would like to give you a preview of its new website scheduled to go-live the first week in May. Go to www.cbsd.org to access a link for the sneak peek. Schools have been working to update their sites which will provide a succinct calendar system, featured news stories, and other important information. The new websites will be "mobile-device friendly" so school phone numbers, school menus and other information will be easily accessed. Throughout the summer months, staff will receive training on their own teacher/department-sites. We hope you will be as excited as we are with our new “look”!
Art Scholarship Fundraiser
Art Displays at Yogurtree & BCIU
Doyle is showcasing student artwork at the Yogurtree (Barn Plaza) and the lobby of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU - Shady Retreat Road).
Displays at Yogurtree are by the following students: Mary Baltes, Alena Lenox, Molly Clark, Alexa Vail, Connor D'Arcy, Ellie Galt, Griffin Smith and Jessica Kuo.
Displayed at the BCIU are the Abstract African masks of Colin Lenox, Sara Hicks, Maddie Streicher, Bailey Weinhold, Harry Jones and Kristina Gordon.
Home and School
Doyle Day Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Doyle Day is coming on May2!
Each year, as part of the Doyle Day festivities, the Home and School Association sponsors a Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon. This is an opportunity for Doyle families to show gratitude for the work and dedication of the Doyle teachers and support staff. If you are willing to provide a main course (poultry, meat, or vegetarian), vegetable side dish, dessert, or anything else for this important event, please email Wendy Maraska at email@example.com All food contributions should be dropped off at the office between 8 and 9 AM on Thursday, May 2. Any questions, please contact Wendy at the email above or (267) 884-2005. Thank you in advance for helping to make this event special for the Doyle staff.
Integrity: Young person acts on his/her convictions and stands up for his/her beliefs
Aaron Evans: Aaron went to the community basketball court to throw hoops on his own when he came across some highschool boys who offered him beer. He said "No thanks" and one of the boys threw a beer can at him. Aaron walked away, went home and told his parents. We are proud of Aaron standing up for his convictions.
PSSA Science, Grade 4: April 23, 2013
Reading Olympics: April 23, 2013 (make-up from March 18)
5th Grade Ecology Fieldtrip: April 25, 2013 (Peace Valley)
Market Day: April 26, 2013 (4:30 - 5:30 PM)
Doyle Day: May 2, 2013
Dining for Doyle @ Swedes Frozen Yoghurt: May 7 - 9 , 2013
DHSA Meeting: Elections and Fundraising: May 9, 2013
Author Day - Gene Barretta: May 10, 2013
Scholastic Book Fair (BOGO): May 14 & 15, 2013
Dining for Doyle @ Go Bananas Frozen Yoghurt: May 16, 2013
6th grade Middle School Orientation: May 23, 2013
No School - Memorial Day: May 27, 2013
Field Day: May 30, 2013
CBSD School Board Briefs
April 10, 2013
At the April 9, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:
1. Heard the Lenape Jazz Ensemble performance before the school board meeting and via video, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Egan’s 4th grade Warwick class.
2. Heard the Academic Spotlight about Google Science Fair which is a new way for students to showcase their work for a global audience. Dr. George Mehler presented the program and showcased some student work.
3. Heard the Superintendent’s Report, Communications, Curriculum, Finance, Operations, IU Board, and MBIT Committee Reports. Also, an After School World Language Program report from Mr. Brian Caughie and Ms. Stacy Gray.
4. Approved School Board Minutes – March 12 and 19, 2013.
5. Approved the 403(b) and 457(b) Investment Program, construction contracts for Unami renovations, and the MBIT 2013-2014 General Fund Budget.
6. Tabled School Board Policy 902-1 – Cable Television so that proposed policy can be posted on the CBSD website.
7. Approved various personnel items, student trips, tuition students, and staff workshops.
8. Discussed the 2013-2014 budget. Mr. Matyas provided the Board with an update of the 2013-2014 budget process since the preliminary budget was adopted in January. He highlighted several proposed adjustments which would eliminate the need for a millage increase for the 2013-2014 school year. The proposed adjustments would not affect the normal CB program.
9. Discussed the proposed CB East Stadium project. Dr. Green stated that approximately 500 people attended the March 19 public hearing to hear about the proposed CB East Stadium project. Thirty-five community members spoke during the public hearing. The project will cost between $5.1M to $5.6M. The design of the proposed stadium will take approximately six months and will take approximately twelve months to complete. Board members talked about the particulars of the proposed stadium. The CB East Stadium project will be discussed at the next Operations Committee meeting.
10. Received Sabbatical Leaves of Absence and the Board Calendar as information items.