November 25, 2013
News from the Nest
Mitten Project 2013
Staff and students of Doyle Elementary School will be participating in a “Giving Project” again this year. Our goal is to provide food and gifts for Doyle families who need extra support.
Starting today, there will be a display of colorful mittens on the wall inside the main entrance of Doyle. Each mitten describes a special gift for a child or adult who is a recipient of the project.
If your family would like to purchase a gift for this project, please stop in and visit Doyle to select a mitten. After you take a mitten, you should buy the gift item listed, wrap it, and attach the mitten to the gift, so that it can be distributed properly.
All gifts need to be brought to Doyle by
Thursday, December 12, 2013.
If your family would rather donate a monetary gift, please make checks payable to the Doyle Elementary School Activity Account. This money will be used to purchase extra food items or other gifts, as needed.
Thank you for your support in making an effort to help members of our Doyle community.
If you have any questions, please call Tracy Kowalchick at 267-893-4335.
Renowned illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser, visited with Doyle Elementary School students on November 22nd. Glasser, winner of the prestigious Children’s Book Council Illustrator of the Year Award for 2013, is most famous for her colorful creation, Fancy Nancy, the feisty, irrepressible star of the Fancy Nancy and Nancy Clancy series. Glasser’s first book in the series was on the New York Times Best Seller List for 100 weeks. Doyle students were spellbound listening to Glasser explain how Fancy Nancy’s image evolved, modeled on how Glasser herself dressed her troll doll when she was a child. Glasser shared the story of her professional development, dancing as a soloist in the Pennsylvania Ballet when at the age of 30, a career-ending injury spurred her enrollment in the Rhode Island School of Design. Her message to Doyle students was clear - “Practice, practice, practice and you can achieve anything!” The program concluded with a question and answer period. Fancily dressed children in grades 1-4, bid Glasser a sad farewell, having had a fabulous time! Doyle can’t thank Ellen Mager of Booktender’s Secret Garden Bookstore enough for providing them with an opportunity to meet this amazing and entertaining celebrity illustrator! Booktenders Secret Garden has been bringing world famous authors and illustrators to Central Bucks schools for the past two decades, often at no charge to the school district. Some of the notable visitors on a very long list include Mary Pope Osbourne, David Shannon, Eric Kimmel, Jean Marzollo, Pam Munoz Ryan, Dan Gutman, Bob San Souci and Richard Peck. Thank you Booktenders, for facilitating this memorable occasion!
Study warns televisions, computers and mobile phones in children's bedrooms can cause anxiety and prevent sleep
British newspaper The Telegraph reported about a study suggesting that computers and phones in children's bedrooms can cause anxiety and sleep loss. Parents have been urged to take televisions, computers and mobile phones out of children’s bedrooms as they cause anxiety and prevent sleep which ruins school performance.
Researchers have found that having televisions and games consoles in the bedroom teaches the brain to see the room as an entertainment zone rather than a place for quiet and rest.
While playing violent video games in the bedroom sets up to the brain to see it as a place of danger and where it should be on edge.
It comes a year after a study by consumer watchdog Ofcom found teenagers sent an average of 193 texts every week, more than double the number they sent in 2011.
It also found than 70 per cent of teenagers have television sets in their rooms.
Media Waiver Information
The district takes photos and video of students for district publications, the website, community displays and the district television station CBTV, which may or may not use the students’ names. The photographs or video are not released to any other group and are not used for commercial purposes.
The district may also release information to the news media, when it is in the best interest of the student. Typical examples would be a photo and names of the students participating in a program or classroom activity, or announcements of student achievements and honors.
If you do not wish to have the photograph, video, or name of your child used in this way, please inform Community Relations, at 20 Welden Drive in Doylestown and your child’s principal in writing.
Philly Brick Fest LEGO Fan Festival
For many, the fascination with the little plastic blocks known as LEGO begins in childhood and endures into adulthood. The custom creations and constructions merely increase in size along with the person. Philly Brick Fest provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate their mutual affection, build new creations, and see some truly awesome LEGO sculptures. Replicas of Navy battleships sail across a bed of blue bricks, while entire cities bustle with hundreds of mini figures, each dressed appropriately for his or her mini career. Come see how these little plastic bricks open up a world of learning, imagination, and creativity.
December 12, 2013 - Mitten Project endsDecember 18 - Winter Concert/Avenue of the Arts for Grades 5 & 6 (7:00 PM)
December 23 - January 1, 2014 - No School - Winter Recess