The Warwick Weekly

Respect - Responsibility - Cooperation - Excellence

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August, 2014

Just Lucky . . . . . .

Recently my daughter asked me if I believed in luck.

I told her a story about being trapped in an airplane, on the tarmac, waiting for take-off, years ago, during a snow-storm, and (at the fresh age of 21) found myself sitting in 1st class, compliments of my older brother who was traveling for work. It was on that snowy night that I learned a bit about what luck means.

As irony would have it, I sat next to an Irishman, a much older, much wiser, and highly successful Irishman, and somehow (among first-class amenities) we got to talking about luck. I remember his explanation vividly:

Luck, as I believe it, he said, is the intersection of preparation and location.

Of course I later learned that this thinking about luck originated with the ancient Roman Philosopher, Seneca, not my new Irishman friend, but in no way was that profound moment in my life diminished from so many years ago.

Needless to say my daughters (and son for that matter) didn’t feel like I had really answered their question. . . . . . . . I suppose they were looking for a simple yes or no rather than a 5-minute story which included a brief side-note about ancient philosophers . . . . . .

But it did get me thinking. Let’s assume it’s true. Let’s assume that there really is no such thing as luck and that success depends on preparation and location (or opportunity as Seneca thought). Let’s also assume that we have a growth-mindset, and understand and value hard work (determination, resiliency). What then is the key to maximizing our preparation?


Honest, goal-referenced, ongoing, timely, user-friendly, feedback.

Feedback is at the heart of HOW we continue to learn and grow and improve, and its effect spans all settings: home and school and work and marriage and life.

Whether it’s feedback our students give to each other:

  • That is distracting me from my work, please stop
  • Thanks for sharing how you solved that part of the problem, I get how to add those columns now

Feedback our parents give to us:

  • The weekly smore that is sent out helps me quickly get a pulse on what’s happening at school. I would love having that upcoming events section included again.

Feedback I give to staff:

  • Our parents consistently share how welcoming our school is, from the moment they walk into the office, to the relationships you form with them at the class-level.

Feedback I give to students:

  • Thank you for walking in the halls and upholding our four themes everywhere in our school.

Feedback I give to parents:

  • Hello Mr/Mrs. DeHaven. This is Chad Watters at Warwick, and everything is fine with your child. I wanted to share some feedback about what happened in school today and the conversation I had with your child about . . . . . .

Or the daily, timely, ongoing, goal-oriented, actionable feedback teachers provide students all day, everyday - feedback is what fuels the teaching/learning cycle and supports our continued growth as learners and people.

We have a new reporting student progress system (formerly known as report card) specifically designed to offer the kind of feedback referenced above. We’re spending time as a staff examining feedback we give to our students (AKA: Formative Assessment), feedback students offer each other, feedback staff offers to each other, feedback I offer staff, and so on. Feedback is the key to continuing our conversations around GRIT and Growth Mindset, about transitioning us in to a successful and meaningful new reporting system, and further reflecting and improving the art and science of teaching and learning.

It is with this spirit that we open the 2014-2015 school year at Warwick Elementary. I can't wait to welcome you all back to school on September 2nd, 2014.

Mr. Watters

Power Paw Pride Begins With YOU!

Mrs. Alderfer has been hard at work on a new mural above our gym, where we gather each quarter to celebrate our Power Paw Pride during our Spirit Assemblies!!
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Class Placement Information

The portal will open this Thursday, August 7th, so you can review class placements for the 2014-2015 school year.

Thank you for celebrating your child’s classroom assignment with them this summer. The key to a successful year is open communication between the classroom teacher and home, along with two positive, supportive environments.

In the spring of this year, a letter was available online describing the process teachers and staff at Warwick used to determine classroom/teacher assignments for the 2014-2015 school year. They worked hard to follow the stated guidelines and to make the class placement recommendations they thought would benefit your child. Their experiences with your child, and your input if you chose to provide any, played a large role in this process.

I ask that you respect the work of our teachers and staff in making their assignments by not requesting a change. What may seem like a small change to you can significantly impact the composition of an entire classroom and grade level.

If you have concerns about placement then I will ask Mrs. Sleicher, our School Counselor, to work with you, your child, and the assigned teacher to address your concerns.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Open House. Until then, set a goal to make August the month you read the most out of the whole summer!

Reminder from our June newsletter:

Please be sure to check your Parent Portal account and password soon. You do not want to wait until I announce that the portal is open to try to find your password. If your password is lost, it takes between 7-10 business days to reset. Learning about placement will only occur through Parent Portal. We will not be sharing that information over the phone. Please be prepared.

If you are unsure about what Parent Portal is, please visit the website and look within the parent tab at the top. You will see Parent Portal information on the left side of the screen. This tool has increased importance as the elementary report card will now be available through the portal. Becoming familiar with the Portal now will pay off as your children move through the school, and it plays a more prominate role in the middle school and beyond.

Summer Reading Calendars: Have you found Your FLOW??

Where is your summer reading calendar? The link below will take you to the Warwick website where the K-1 and 2-6 reading calendars are available (that were distributed with report cards).

Remember to use the "Must Read" Summer Book Lists you made in the Spring to help decide what books to read this summer. You can also check out the Warwick Library web page to find "Recommended Reading" lists, the Reading Olympics Book List and view excellent "Book Trailers" created by students at Warwick.

When school resumes in the fall, students should return their logs to their new classroom teacher by September 12th.

Thank you in advance for helping our Warwick students read consistently this summer!

Arrival / Dismissal Information

Student Drop Off: Between the hours of 8:45-9:05 and 3:30-4:15 all cars must enter the school by the Meetinghouse Road entrance. The entrance off of Almshouse is for Bus traffic only. This separation between bus and cars creates necessary safety.

Students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:45 a.m. Teachers have professional responsibilities each morning and are not available to supervise students dropped off before that time.

Security: All exterior doors are locked, except the front door which leads to the office buzzer. If you plan on entering the building beyond the office, please be sure you have been added to our visitor calendar (this usually occurs through the classroom teacher). If you are not on the visitor calendar, you will not be permitted in to the building.

Please remember to ALWAYS sign in at the office when visiting between the hours of 8:30-4:05. When you sign in, you will be given a “Visitor” pass with your name, the date, and the location you’ll be visiting. Please also be sure to sign out when your visit has ended.

Late Arrival: A student who arrives to school after 9:05 is late and cannot be dropped-off. A Parent must accompany the child into the office to be signed in and to receive a late slip for them to be admitted to class. This procedure is in place for your child’s safety.

Dismissal Reminder

If you have an early appointment, please be sure to take your child out of school prior to 3:30. If you arrive between 3:30 and 3:45, I ask that you use the parent pick-up line which moves very smoothly. We will not be dismissing students from classrooms after 3:30. Bus dismissal ends by 4:05, parent pick-up is almost always finished by 4:00.

Thank you for your support in helping us create a safe and orderly dismissal procedure.

Open House, Thursday, August 28th 11:00-12:00

Want to meet your teacher? Want to see the classroom you’ll be living and learning in this year? Want to see who else is in your class? Join us for our Open House! Our teacher in-service days are the entire week of of August 26th. We will be in meetings on each day with the exception of the Open House time. Prior to these days, teachers are setting up their classrooms and preparing for the start of school.

Due to time constraints, students and parents will not be permitted into the building outside of the open house time (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM). I would encourage you to arrive at the open house some time between 11:00 and 11:30 as the open house will end promptly at 12:00 due to a staff meeting.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone! All staff will park on the playground so there should be plenty of parking. If the lots do fill please use the St. Cyril's parking lot for additional parking rather than parking illegally which creates an unsafe situation for us all.

Thank you!

Warwick Staff

Since announcing a staffing update in the June Warwick Weekly (still available on the Warwick Website) we've had a few more staff members join our school community. Please join me in welcoming (or welcoming back) the following staff:

6th Grade: Miss Tagye

(Mrs. Jaxheimer resigned in July and took a middle school math position much closer to her home. I know you join me in wishing Mrs. Jaxheimer well in her new position, and welcoming Miss Tagye back to the Warwick staff!).

School Pscyhologist: Mrs. Marshall

Art: Mrs. Van Houten

For a complete staff list, please visit the Warwick Website.

Lunch/Recess Times

6th / 4th

Lunch: 11:30 to 11:55

Recess: 11:55 to 12:30


Lunch: 11:55 to 12:15

Recess: 12:15 to 12:55


Lunch: 12:20 to 12:45

Recess: 12:45 to 1:20


Lunch: 12:35 to 1:00

Recess: 1:00 to 1:35


Lunch: 1:00 to 1:25

Recess: 1:25 to 2:00

Warwick By The Numbers

Number of students: 542 (we keep growing!)

  • Students receiving special education: 11.2%
  • Students receiving learning support: 7.7%
  • Students receiving autistic support: 3.5%

School Day:

  • Arrival begins at 8:45 (it is very helpful for students to arrive with time to unpack, socialize a bit, and check-in with the teacher)
  • Instructional Day Begins at 9:05
  • Instructional Day Ends at 3:45
  • Dismissal begins at 3:45
  • Early Dismissal Days, Dismissal begins at 12:25

Food Services:

  • Breakfast is $1.65, reduced breakfast is $0.30
  • Lunch is $2.45, reduced lunch price is $0.40,
  • Milk is $0.70

Number of staff: 85

Average Class size at Warwick: 22 students

  • Primary Class Size Average (K-2): 23 students
  • Intermediate Class Size Average (3-6): 23.5 students

Unofficial 2013-2014 PSSA Results (official results will come out in the fall - individual student reports came home with the report card):

  • 87% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Reading PSSA (grades 3-6)
  • 90% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Math PSSA (grades 3-6)
  • 91% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Science PSSA (grade 4)
  • 84% of our students scored proficient or advanced on Writing PSSA (grade 5 - this is the last time this test will be reported seperately, in the future writing will be included in the ELA (English/Language Arts) PSSA which will include reading and writing)


Please use the sick line, send in a note, or send us an email if your child is absent from school.

Central Bucks School District has standard reporting procedures in all elementary schools for late arrivals and early departures. These guidelines are as follows:

Full Day Attendance: A student who is present for 5 hours or more.

Half-Day Attendance: A student who is in attendance between one (1) and five (5) hours .

Tardy: A student arrives up to 60 minutes after the official start of the school day.

No Attendance: A student who is in attendance less than one (1) hour. Please remember to send an absence note with your child the day he/she returns to school.

Thank you, Warwick PTO!

At the very end of the school year, the PTO gained approval for some new banners to adorn our atrium area and a new sign out front on Almshouse Rd. Thank you to the Warwick PTO for their continued and ongoing support to keep Warwick looking its best! And thank you for supporting Warwick's PTO!

Watters Family Summer in Pictures

5 states, 2,000+ miles, 10 days, 4 kids, 1 mini-van, 4 lake houses, and surprisingly, only a few movies watched along the way. That about sums up the start of July for the Watters family. We made the mid-west road trip as soon as school let out to visit my family in Michigan (cousin), Illinois (my parents), and Wisconsin (my two older brothers). Oddly enough, each house we stayed in was on a lake which afforded us the opportunity to do a lot of fishing (and catching), swimming, tubing, water skiing, and I even did some knee-boarding (not very well - and I think I'm still sore!). It had been two years since I had seen my brothers or my five nieces so needless to say all the miles were worth it, particularly to see my kids playing with their cousins.

We just returned from our annual LBI trip where we swam, ate ice cream, boogie boarded and body surfed, walked the beach and collected shells, went to Fantasy Island, ate more ice cream, and got burnt!

Below are some pictures of our four children, Cailyn and Mackenzie (entering 3rd grade) and Jackson and Emma (entering 1st grade).

I can't wait to welcome you all back for another incredible year at Warwick.

Mr. Watters

Looking Ahead

August 14th, Summer Tours for new families, 9:00-10:30

August 28th, 11:00-12:00, Open House, all grades, additional parking available at St. Cyril's

September 2nd, 1st Day of School, all grades

September 3rd, BTSN, Grades 5/6 - 5:30-6:15, Gr. 3/4 - 6:30-7:15

September 8th, 6th Grade Camp Adventure

September 8th, BTSN, Grades KA, 6:00-6:45, Gr. KP, 7:00-7:45, Grades 1 & 2, 6:30-7:15 September 9th, 6th Grade Camp Adventure

September 23rd, Market Day p/u, 5:00-6:00, Gym

September 25th, School Holiday, Rosh Hashannah

September 30th, Picture Day

Wanna Race? Two Race Opportunities Below!


Please join Central Bucks School District in supporting the 9/11 Heroes Run. Registration is now open for the September 15th event. Doylestown borough will once again host a 5k and 1 mile fun walk/run to raise support and awareness for all of the heroes of September 11th.

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Miles for Music 5K and 1 mile race

Like to run? Want to support local music programs?

Sign up here for the first ever Miles for Music 5k and 1 mile race organized by Mrs. Griffin!!

October 26th 2014 at Tyler State Park

Welcome Back Everyone!!


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Warwick Elementary School

1340 Almshouse Road

Jamison, PA 18929