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Pine Run Elementary School Newsletter DECEMBER 2015

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What Does "I CAN'T" Mean?

Has your child ever been uncomfortable receiving feedback from teachers, coaches, and/or you as a parent? Does he/she respond to expectatons with the statement, I can't?

Can't is a little word, that often means far more than it's literal definition. As an example, a friend shared this story about his kind, but formidable grandmother:

"Whenever she heard, I can't uttered in our household, she immediately followed-up with her favorite mantra, "Can't means won't." We always hated these words, as they meant we would have to stick with it and try again. Now, as a successful adult, I recognize the acute wisdom in my grandmother’s words. The truth is I accomplished a lot by not giving up. Over time I grew in confidence and ability!"

When children say, "I can't" what they are sometimes saying is, "I am unwilling to keep trying." In school, we see students who appear crushed if they don't get everything perfectly right the first time through. This fear of being wrong, or fear of failure, is the natural enemy of learning. It restricts children’s thinking, limits their growth, and reduces their overall confidence. Much like in the real world, success comes to those who make mistakes, pick themselves up, and keep going. Basically, when students don't give up, they really can't lose. Therefore, the fear of failure is something educators and parents work to extinguish!

You Can't.......................YET!

Dad, I can't do this math homework.

Mom, I can't find my soccer jersey.

Regardless of the context, we have all heard our kids use the word can't more often than we probably would like. The question do we respond? Mindset research suggests that our response to children's use of "can't" goes a long way towards helping them develop grit, perseverance, optimism, empowerment, and ultimately pride. The modern-day version of "Can't means won't" is "Can't means can't yet".

We hear..."I can't do these homework problems."

We respond..."Not yet, but once we practice some more together, you'll be able to."

We hear..."I can't kick the ball to the goal."

We respond..."You haven't learned how yet. Let's make that the next skill to practice."

We hear..."I can't read these words."

We respond..."No, you can't yet. You haven't learned how. Isn’t it great that you will know these words after you spend a few days practicing them. Now, let's get to work!"

By responding to “I can’t” statements with “You can’t yet…” phrasing, adults can promote continued thinking, continued work, and ultimately learning. Such language shifts the emphasis from what the child can or cannot do, to the effort required for him/her to get there!

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Dates That Rate: DECEMBER

11/16-12/4- Home & School Fall Clothing Drive

1- 7:45 AM Fifth/Sixth Grades Orchestra Rehearsal - Gym

1- 6:30 PM Pine Run/Butler/Kutz 6th Grade Bands Rehearsal for New Britain Tree Lighting- Gym

1- 7:00 PM School Board Reorganization & Business Meeting – Ed. Serv. Ctr.

2- 6:30 PM New Britain Tree Lighting – at Giant Shopping Ctr. (If inclement weather – Gym)

4- Spirit Day – Wear Pine Run Gear

4- 5:00-8:00 PM Holiday Shop

8- 7:45 AM Fifth/Sixth Grades Orchestra Rehearsal - Gym

9- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal - Gym

15- 7:45 AM Fifth/Sixth Grades Orchestra Rehearsal - Gym

16- 7:30 AM Before School Band Rehearsal - Gym

22- 7:45 AM Fifth/Sixth Grades Orchestra Rehearsal - Gym

22- 9:00 AM Holiday Sing

23- Fourth Grade Holiday Brunch/Talent Show

24-1/1/16- Winter Recess – No School

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Studies reveal that promoting a Growth Mindset in students helps lessen their fear of failure, as well as accelerates their learning! Each of the three clips below support these findings in different ways. They offer ways to encourage effort, leadership skills, and optimism. These characteristics support the "can do" attitude that leads to learning motivation, pride, and accomplishment.


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The Leader In Me!

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CLICK HERE to open our Pine Run 2015-2016 Directory. It is a password protected document. The password has been sent to PR families via our infinite Campus E-Mail Messenger.
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Check-out our Pine Run Parent Handbook on our school website. Click here for a direct link!

We need your help!!!!

You still have time to turn in your Bucket Brigade Volunteer Forms! We have so many activities and events that our students enjoy, but they require your support. If you need to download the form, you can do so at

In addition, we are still searching for a volunteer to be our 40 Assets Coordinator and work with the CB Cares Program. Only 10-12 hours of help is required for the whole school year. To learn more about this amazing program, visit

Whether you can help or not, we would like to thank all our amazingly positive and supportive parents. By coming together we all help to create special memories for our students at Pine Run!

The Pine Run HSA


Who Needs Clearances?

An individual who is responsible for the child’s welfare or has direct volunteer contact with children.

Direct Volunteer Contact – The care, supervision, guidance, or control of children and routine interaction with children

Routine Interaction – Regular and repeated contact that is integral to a person’s employment or volunteer responsibilities.

Person Responsible for Child’s Welfare – Person who provides permanent or temporary care, supervision, mental health diagnosis or treatment, training or control of a child in lieu of parental care, supervision and control. Includes any such person who has direct or regular contact with a child through any program, activity, or service sponsored by a school, for-profit organization or religious or other not for profit organization.

Additional Information:

· Effective August 25, 2015 volunteers having contact with children shall be required to obtain certifications every 60 months (5 years).

· A volunteer who was previously not required to have clearances shall be required to obtain the clearances required by law no later than July 1, 2016.

· If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015, and do not have certifications (because you previously were not required to obtain certifications) you have until July 1, 2016, to obtain your certifications.

· If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015, and you have certifications because your organization required one or all of them and your certifications are older than 60 months, you also have until July 1, 2016, to obtain your certifications.

· If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015, and you have certifications because your organization required one or all of them, and your certifications are less than 60 months, you have until 60 months from the date of your oldest certification to renew your certifications and to obtain any certifications now required that you may not have been previously required to obtain

· Students who volunteer are not required to obtain certifications as long as they meet all of the following requirements:

o the individual is currently enrolled in a school;

o the individual is not a person responsible for the child's welfare;

o the individual is volunteering for an event that occurs on school grounds;

o event is sponsored by the school in which the individual is enrolled as a student; and

o the event is not for children who are in the care of a child care service.

Food Services!!

  • Breakfast Meal-$1.65 - Reduced price $0.30
  • Lunch Meal-$2.60 - Reduced price $0.40
  • Milk $0.75

For more information regarding Aramark Food Services, including menus, please visit their web page.

CB Cares

The partnership between CBCEF and the Central Bucks School District is long-standing. Since its inception, CBCEF has been involved in promoting the 40 Developmental Assets in our local schools through programs and trainings, with the goal of fostering positive behaviors and values in our community’s youth. At the present time, there are many active school programs which represent the mission of CBCEF - serving as a community catalyst by engaging, empowering, and linking people, organizations and businesses in the community.

40 Assets- CB Cares


Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others

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