March 4 - March 8, 2013
From the Principal's Desk
Portfolio Preview - A Celebration of Student Work
Portfolios will be sent home within the next week to give you an opportunity to join your child for a guided tour of his/her student portfolio that you will discuss with his/her teacher at Portfolio Conferences. This is a special time for you and your child to share the work you find in this portfolio, to discuss your child's perceptions of th progress he/she made throughout the school year and to celebrate the accomplishments you see. Your child will also explain the use of rubrics and his/her own self-reflections during the preview.
With the portfolio, you will receive a reflection sheet for you and your child to complete. This information will help your child's teacher to prepare for the conference. Please check with your child's teacher for the return date of the portfolio.
Thank you for taking the time to celebrate the growth your child has made over the past year.
This Week's Events
National School Breakfast Week: March 4 - 8, 2013
Middle School Transition meeting for all parents: March 5, 2013
Young Rembrandts Spring Class begins: March 7, 2013
2nd grade Field Trip: March 8, 2013 (Lost River Caverns)
News From the Nest
Family Fitness Night
Doyle’s Dunking 3-on-3 Tournament
Doyle is having a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at Doyle Elementary on March 15 from 6 to 9 PM. Each team will have four players and the players will substitute every minute of a five-minute game. The fee for a team to enter the tournament will be 12 dollars per team. There will be two games going at once - one on each half of the basketball court in the Doyle gym. The tournament will be two-out elimination. The first time a team loses they will go to the losers bracket, and if they lose there they are out. At the tournament there will also be a snack stand selling pretzels and water. Please register your team by March 6. (By Will Deschaine)
Wizard of Oz
Don’t miss Lenape’s Wizard of Oz performance March 14th, 15th and 16th at 7:00 PM. Many of our former Soaring Eagles will be starring in the production. See you there! Amazing!
Kindergarten Turn Around Day
March 22 and June 19 are Kindergarten Turn-Around days. On these two early dismissal days, AM Kindergarten students are off and PM Kindergarten students come in the AM.
Morning Kindergarten starts at 8:35 AM and ends at 11:10. Bus service to school will be provided (please check on the CB website in the transporation department section for pick up times and locations).
Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:10 through the bus entrance doors (not office doors). If you have any questions, please contact the office at 267-893-4300.
PSSA - Grades 3 - 6
Pennsylvanias' State Assessment System measures the academic performance of students using the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) at the elementary level. All students are included in this testing, with exclusions for only a very few students. The PSSA assessment provides schools with valuable information about student achievement and program quality.
This year the testing will occur during the following testing windows.
Please keep this chart for reference for all of this year’s tests.
Writing: ---Grade 5 ---March 11 - 13, 2013
Reading and Math: ---Grades 3, 4, 5, 6 --- April 9 - 12, 2013
Science: ---Grade 4 ---April 23, 2013
Please see the Information for Parents handout from the Pennsylvania Department of Education posted on the Parent Resources section of the Central Bucks website. This flyer and other information about the test and about test security can be found under Curriculum & Assessment and provides more detailed information about each test adn overall testing procedures.
Parents can help by encouraging their children to take these tests seriously. It is also important to make sure that children get plenty of rest during the testing weeks and have a healthy breakfast. As always, we ask your support in helping your child do his/her best on this test.
Should you have any questions about the testing, do not hesitate to contact me.
Home and School
National School Breakfast Week: March 4 - 8, 2013
Middle School Transition meeting for all 6th grade parents: March 5, 2013
Young Rembrandts Spring Classes begin: March 7, 2013
Family Fitness Night: March 12, 2013
Used Book Drop Off Date: March 12, 2013
Dining for Doyle: March 13 (Duck Deli)
Doyle 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament: March 15, 2013 (6 - 9PM)
Reading Olympics: March 18, 2013 (Mill Creek)
CB Cares presents Dr. Barry Ginsberg: March 19, 2013 (7:00 PM CB South)
Avenue of the Arts, Grades 1 & 2: March 20, 2013 (6:30 PM - Grade 1, 7:30 PM - Grade 2)
Parent Workshop: Stop Cyberbullying: March 21, 2013 (7:00 PM - Linden Elementary)
Early Dismissal - End of 3rd MP: March 22, 2013 (11:55AM)
Kindergarten Turn-Around Day: March 22, 2013 No AM Kindergarten, PM comes in the AM
Used Book Drop Off Date: March 26, 2013
Used Book Sale: March 27 & 28, 2013
Jeff The Framer: March 28, 2013 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
No School (Conferences & Good Friday): March 28 & 29, 2013
School Board Briefs
At the February 26, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:
1. Heard the Jazz West performance before the school board meeting.
2. Heard the Academic Spotlight about the Naviance Report from Michael Curtis, Counselor at CB West, and Taryn Barrett, Counselor at CB South.
3. Heard the Superintendent’s Report and Curriculum, Finance, Human Resources, and MBIT Committee Reports.
4. Approved School Board Minutes.
5. Approved Treasurer’s Report.
6. Approved contract with Public Financial Management (PFM) for Financial Advisor Services as the District looks to restructure its debt.
7. Tabled School Board Policy 806 – Child Student Abuse so that proposed policy can be posted on-line and discussed at appropriate committee meetings.
8. Approved various personnel items, student trips, and staff workshops.
9. Received the Semi-Annual Rating of Elementary and Secondary Temporary Professional Employees