GROVELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
February 2013 Newsletter
As we move into the second half of the school year, we want to focus our attention on helping others. Most people think this means giving items to those in need, and they are correct. The type of help I am talking about has to do with stopping incidents of bullying!
Our counselors, teachers, and all adults here at Groveland have been discussing ways in which we can empower everyone to make a difference. Bullying comes in many forms such as teasing, physical bullying, cyber-bullying, and exclusion. We are one community and we need to continue to find a way to pick each other up instead of knocking others down.
We ask you to continue to speak to your son/daughter about bullying and what they can do when they witness or experience it. Just remember... a bully is only a bully if he/she is given the power. Let's work with our children to find the strength to take that power away so everyone can feel valued.
Random Acts of Kindness Week: February 14th - 22nd
- Our theme this year is "Color Your World with Kindness"
- More information from our guidance counselors will be sent home soon!
From the Dean, Mrs. Fantaskey
We hope this newsletter finds you staying warm and healthy during these winter months. Its surely has been a rough one for many viruses this year! Hopefully the recent cold temperatures will help to banish those germs! On the bright side, for those that pay attention to the groundhog's prediction, we are supposed to be in for an early spring! Let's see if that prediction holds true.
Thank you to our school community for your patience as we transition to the online version of our school newsletter. We have worked together to keep the many of the important components of our traditional paper "Paw Print" in this new online version. Newsletters will be "published" at the beginning of each month using this format.
Our Great Grizzlies have been very busy since the winter break! Our 6th grade students have started the 6th grade assessment process. A few classes have already completed the assessment, and the other homerooms will complete the assessment over the next several weeks. This is a chance for the children to bring together all of the skills they have learned over the years in elementary school. The students have worked very hard and produced high quality assessment products.
A special shout-out to our 3rd and 6th grade students for two outstanding performances during this year's first Celebration of the Arts. The soloists, readers, and all singers provided all of us with a great night of entertainment. Special thanks to the parents, special guests, teachers and staff who attended, as well as to Mr. Reilly and Mrs. Telly for providing the children the opportunity to showcase their talents.
Something New & Exciting
The Groveland Peace Team
Bus Driver Appreciation Day - February 15, 2013
Cafeteria News Update
BREAKFAST - THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY!
No child should miss breakfast because they do not have time, so please take advantage of the opportunity we provide to make sure that your child has a healthy meal to start his/her day!
Attached you will find a link for the February breakfast menu.
Student Scoop, Student Recognition, Library Dedications, Classroom Activities, & Healthy Recipes
Please follow the link below to read the news articles about Groveland events written by our talented 6th Grade Student Scoop Journalists. This month our featured journalists are Luke Nitschke and Alex King. In addition, included in this link are some of our traditional "Paw Print" favorites: Student Recognition, Classroom Activities, Library Dedications & Healthy Recipes.
Great Grizzly 5k Registration
On your mark...Get set...Go!
Come out to support our GHSA and the Great Grizzly 5k on March 10, 2013. Students are encouraged to participate in the "Finish Before Fantaskey" contest. Mrs. Fantaskey is predicting that there will be PLENTY of winners in this contest!
Race information can be found on the GHSA website. Click on the link below for the registration form.
Dates to Remember
PSSA Dates for Groveland Elementary School
- PSSA Grade 5 Writing Assessment - March 11-14, 2013
- PSSA Grades 3-6 Reading & Math Assessment - April 8-15, 2013
- PSSA Grade 4 Science Assessment - April 22 & 23, 2013
Attendance is very important on these dates. Please refrain from scheduling days off for your children during the PSSA windows. We appreciate your efforts to make sure your children are well-rested and have a healthy breakfast each day.