Bedminster Bobcat

February 2016

New Year.....New Year's Resolutions

At the beginning of each new year, many of us make New Year's resolutions. Now that the 2016 year is upon us, we are making the resolution to update the photo on the Bedminster homepage weekly. With the help of our 5th Grade Leadership students, we are confident we can make this happen. We'd like to encourage you to check our homepage each Monday to see if your child or child's classroom is in the "spotlight!"

Sincerely,
Mrs. DiPaolo
Bedminster Principal

Technology

We'd like to invite you to click on the attached link to view a brief video which demonstrates how Bedminster has incorporated 21st Century Learning Skills in our classrooms.


If you are prompted to sign in, you can use your child's or your personal Google account. If you don't have a Google account, you may use a Gmail account.

Digital Passport

Pennridge School District recently launched a Digital Citizenship program entitled Digital Passport within Pennridge Elementary Schools. Provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that provides educational content for students, parents and teachers related to making informed decisions online, Digital Passport includes a series of five "missions" that students complete for a virtual badge. The gamified aspect of this program has proven popular with young students at the elementary level. Each student in grade three through five received a letter with the username and password information in January, and can be working towards earning a Digital Passport Certificate of completion awarded to those that complete each module. Please visit the Pennridge Technology Integration page for more information about this program. https://sites.google.com/a/pennridge.us/pennridge-technology-integration/

Mr. Sadowsky's First Grade Class

In a connection with a first grade Reading Street story, "Animal Park," Mrs. DiPaolo and Mr. Sadowsky took the students in room 23 on a virtual African Safari adventure. Using Google Tour Builder, Mr. Sadowsky and Mrs. DiPaolo embedded actual pictures from Mrs. DiPaolo's trip to an African Safari in the summer of 2014. Also included in the presentation were maps and facts about the various places and animals she visited on her trip.


Pictured above - Alejandro, Conner, Mrs. DiPaolo, Hannah and Helen.

Mrs. Leatherman's Fourth Grade

Students in fourth grade have been thinking like historians. They asked family members about their ancestry. Students were able to tell about their country of origin, foods and traditions that they celebrate. They were also able to tell any interesting facts they learned about their ancestors. This all led up to a Social Studies lesson on the Peopling of the United States and the five ethnic groups that help make America what it is today.

Jump Rope for Heart


The kick off for collecting money for the American Heart Association starts February 1-19, 2016. To register online, go to www.heart.org/jump. Every student that collects at least $50.00 will get their name entered into a raffle for a Wing Flyer Bike. Thank you in advance for helping save lives through the American Heart Association.

Mrs. Cohen's Kindergarten Class

Mrs. Cohen's Kindergarten class celebrated Martin Luther King day by learning about kindness. They read several stories about the importance of being kind to everyone. The students also learned about differences by looking at a brown egg and a white egg. We talked about how although the two eggs looked different on the outside, they were exactly the same on the inside.

Miss Silvi's Third Grade Class

With the turn of the new year, third graders in Miss Silvi's class celebrated the arrival of 2016 by creating "New Year, New Me" hanging mobiles. We reflected on all of the great events that happened in 2015, as well as dreamed of many exciting things to come in 2016. After that, each student set academic and personal goals in order to make 2016 the best year yet! We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for us and achieve our new goals!

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Labels for Education


Which class will collecting the most labels in February? Mrs. May's class earned 10 minutes of extra recess for bringing in the most labels during the December collection. The winning class for January is Mrs. Kern's class. They will also receive an additional 10 minutes of recess time. Simply send in cut labels from participating Labels for Education products and Tyson chicken products in a plastic baggie. Label the bag with the name of your child's teacher. Extra recess will be awarded to the class that brings in the most labels. Please email any questions to Shannon DeMarco (shannon1424@yahoo.com).

LAST CALL FOR 5TH GRADE BABY PICTURES

The FINAL deadline to submit a baby/toddler photo of your 5th grade student for the yearbook is February 5th, 2016. If we do not have the picture by this date we cannot guarantee your students’ baby picture will make it into the yearbook. Email is preferred as the photograph being in a digital format is most conducive to its placement in the yearbook layout, but we understand that you may not have one. When emailing your photo, please put your child’s name in the subject line. If you want to scan a hard copy yourself, please make sure the resolution is at least 300 dpi. If sending in a hard copy of a photograph, please place it in an envelope labeled Yearbook. We’ll scan it for you and it will be returned to you. Please make sure it is clearly labeled with your name, your child’s name and their teacher. We appreciate your support and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at bedminsteryearbookstaff@gmail.com.

Spirit Wear

SPIRIT WEAR ORDERS ARE DUE ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016.
Show your Bedminster Bobcat Spirit with our t-shirts, sweats, tote bags and water bottles. You’ll look fantastic while showing your school pride. We even have Bedminster Bobcat car magnets this year! Return your order and payment to school marked, “PTG - Spirit Wear Sale.” Please contact Judy King (judyking48@gmail.com or 215-588-3321), or Tiffany Capo (tiffanylcapo@gmail.com) with any questions. Please note that the tie dye shirts run small. Examples of apparel are on display in the school lobby if you have questions regarding sizing.

Bedminster PTG Designer Bingo

Save the date for our Designer Bag Bingo! Friday, March 4th, 2016, in the Bedminster Elementary School gymnasium. Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. - Bingo Starts at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets: $25 - Tickets at the door: $30. Flyers will be sent home soon!

The Bedminster Fourth and Fifth Grade Presidential Ball

Friday, February 5th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Bring your “Special Someone” … a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle to share this fun evening of music, dancing, and games with! Wear your red, white, or blue colors to honor our nation’s Presidents! Wear all three to see if you can win a prize for the most patriotic “Bedminster Bobcat at our “Presidential Ball” The “Special Someones” are to remain at the dance with their child. Sorry but this is NOT a drop off event! The cost is $2.00 per admission or $5.00 per family. There will be a photo booth at the dance. CASH ONLY! $3.00 per picture or 2 pictures for $5.00 We hope to see all of our 4th and 5th grade students there!