The Gayman Gazette

What's Happening in and around Gayman Elementary School?

April 5, 2013

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Tuesday, April 9th - Tuesday, April 16th - PSSA Testing (Grades 3-6 Reading & Math)
  • Monday, April 22nd & Tuesday, April 23rd - PSSA Testing (Grade 4 Science ONLY)
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - Reading Olympics @ Mill Creek Elementary
  • Friday, April 26th - Staff vs. Staff Pillo Polo Fundraiser @ Tohickon Middle School
  • Friday, May 3rd - Spring Book Fair
  • Saturday, May 4th - Spring Carnival
  • Monday, May 6th - Spotlight on the Arts (Grade 1 @ 6:45 PM; Grade 5 @ 8:00 PM)
  • Thursday, May 9th - Seussical Jr. Performance @ 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 10th - Seussical Jr. Performance @ 7:00 PM
  • Monday, May 13th - Friday, May 17th - Home & School Clothing Drive
  • Thursday, May 23rd - Home & School Meeting @ 7:30 PM

PSSA Testing Begins Next Week

Students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will begin PSSA Testing next Tuesday, April 9th through Tuesday, April 16th. In order to help your child be well-prepared please see that he or she is well rested and has a nutrious breakfast.

Second Grade ROCKS!

Second Graders ROCKED the Plumstead Quarry this past Wednesday. Bryan Hughes and Tony Jeremias, representatives from the H and K Group, led the bus tour 150 feet down into the earth. We felt like we were on the Magic Schoolbus! We learned all about the quarrying process, from eye-witnessing them blasting the rock apart to crushing it into fine granules. Most of the rock quarried from Plumstead is used as aggregate in paving and concrete. In another 40 years or so, the quarry will be finished, and it will become a park with a pond! Mr. Hughes also led a presentation back in the classroom and answered all the children’s questions. What a special day!

The children also had a unique opportunity to watch an actual quarry blast! Please click on the video below to watch the event. The password is mustang.

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Mr. Testani introduced a new cafeteria incentive program to the Gayman students on April 1st. Classes will compete against each other in a monthly contest to earn a reward. Each class can earn a maximum of three points per day for:

  • keeping the noise level reduced,
  • appropriate behavior, and
  • keeping the the cafeteria clean.

The class to earn the most points will be announced as the winner on the last day of each month. The winning class, including their teachers, will be invited to dress formally and enjoy a formal dining experience. Mr. Testani, in formal attire, will greet each student at the door, present a flower, and seat them. The maître d' will then share the menu specials for the day and serve lunch to each Gala attendee.

The contest has gotten off to a great start. Behaviors have been more appropriate, noise level has been reduced, and the cafeteria has been markedly cleaner. Students from first through sixth have been excited about the contest.

Kindergarten Registration Update

Just a reminder that if you have not yet registered your kindergarten age-child for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact Central Registration at (267) 893-2111 to schedule your appointment. You may also contact Central Registration via the web site by clicking here.

We look forward to meeting you and your child at the kindergarten screenings that being in May.

Hat Day for a Cause

On Friday, April 12th the Gayman staff will participate in a "Casual for a Cause" benefiting the Holly Berry Huynh Memorial Fund. You may recall that Holly Berry Huynh was a student at Groveland Elementary. On November 21, 2012, the night before Thanksgiving, Holly's life was taken suddently in a car accident involving a speeding driver.

We hope to have a great deal of participation, so we are including Gayman students through "Hat Day for A Cause"; for a $1.00 donation students may wear a hat to school.

The goal of the Holly Berry Huynh Memorial Fund is to not let Holly's legacy be forgotten. Click here for further information.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about Autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

To help your child understand autism, as well as his or her acceptance of individuals with autism please click here.

Calling All Dads!!

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. is offering a free program for fathers who want to develop positive attitudes and skills for male nurturance.

The program starts Tuesday, April 16th. Space is limited, so if anyone is interested in attending the program, please contact Diane Catherwood at (215) 230-8218 ext. 3185

For complete details please click here.

please contact Mr. Testani with any questions or concerns.

"For you to be the very best, you cannot allow yourself

to become complacent in your comfort zone."

- David Cottrell