Groveland Elementary School

Paw Print Newsletter - January 2016

Happy New Year!

From The Main Office

Welcome to 2016! We hope your family enjoyed a nice holiday break celebrating with your family and friends. We have started the winter season off without a snow day in December for the first time in a few years, so I think it is safe to say the year is off to a good start! Gone are those spring-like temperatures we were used to having in December, as winter has finally arrived. Let's see what it has in store for us, now.

Gift Giving Project

The sense of community and giving back was evident during the month of December here at Groveland. Each year staff members, parents, and students help to make the gift giving project a huge success. One person, in particular, who spends countless hours organizing and coordinating this special event, is Mrs. Karen Bennett from the main office. Karen was honored in front of the entire staff and student body at the beginning of the Holiday Sing A Long in December. Thanks to Mrs. Bennett and to all of those who have donated time, gifts, and food to help brighten the holidays for others. As always, this event is a true example of how Groveland gives back to the community.

Winter Dress & Outdoor Recess

Please help your children plan accordingly for outdoor recess this winter. We follow guidelines, taking into consideration the air temperature and wind-chill factor to determine outdoor recess. At times, we may decide to do a split indoor/outdoor recess depending on the temperatures. Thank you for making sure students are wearing coats, hats, gloves, etc. to school and are dressing accordingly for the weather conditions.

Reporting Student Progress

Only a few weeks remain in the 2nd marking period, which ends on January 26th. Elementary Progress Reports will be available online though the Parent Portal on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:00 AM. A blast email will notify parents when the document is ready to view. We encourage parents to open and view the progress report on the Parent Portal, as paper copies are not sent home.

If you have not set up a Parent Portal account, please click HERE to set up an account in order to view the progress report for the 2nd marking period.

Bus Driver Appreciation Day - February 19th

We are in the process of planning our annual Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast. Donations, cards, small treats, etc. will be collected from February 8th- 19th. More information will be coming home in the next few weeks.

As we continue through the winter months, we wish you and your family a very happy, healthy, and peaceful new year.

Mr. Heineman & Mrs. Fantaskey

3rd Annual Young Engineers' Night

The 3rd Annual Young Engineers’ Night is scheduled to take place in the atrium at CB East on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM. While all are welcome, the activities and demonstrations are geared primarily towards elementary school students and offer insights into the worlds of robotics, TV production, aeronautics, engineering, and more! Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Classroom Updates

2nd Grade Experiences the Lenape Tribe

Our second grade classes participated in learning activities focusing on the Lenape Native Americans and their culture. The Churchville Nature Center visited Groveland providing the children with hands on experiences to better understand the Lenape.

Third Grade Is In Motion!

Third grade has been hard at work learning all about motion! We have been conducting experiments about collisions, friction and force. Next week, our scientists will be participating in our district assessment where we will be using motion sensors and laptops to create graphs. We look forward to scientific conversation, meaningful reflections, and authentic hands on learning!

Fifth Grade Cyber Bullying Presentation

Each year, 5th grade students across the district participate in a NOVA program focusing on Cyber Bullying. On January 14th, Groveland's 5th grade will participate in the NOVA presentation. Please click HERE for an informational handout for students.

In addition, an evening parent presentation about Cyber Bullying, presented by NOVA, will take place in early February here at Groveland. Stay tuned as more information will be sent out soon.

Dates to Remember

Please click on this month's Dates to Remember for upcoming school wide events and school holidays.

Counselor's Corner

Maintaining Enjoyable Routines

As parents, we understand the idea that children benefit from structure. Using daily routines can help your child be more ready to learn and ultimately, be more likely to succeed. Thanks to Resources for Educators, we can learn some helpful tips to maintain enjoyable routines with our children.

December Boomerang Winners

Congratulations to AMELIA ALFIERO/5th Grade-Mrs. Paone for winning our December Boomerang Award for Asset #22: School Engagement.

“Amelia Alfiero embodies Asset #22, School Engagement! As a fifth grader in Mrs. Paone’s class Amelia spends every morning helping the fourth graders in Mrs. Etter’s class with tutor sessions in Math, Science & Social Studies. Amelia developed the idea for this service and named it “Study Buddies.” She recruited additional fifth graders to work with her and now serves up to ten students per day. Additionally, Amelia spends one of her recess periods each week assisting the students at Groveland who use wheelchairs. Amelia spends time with the students guiding them with educational apps on their i-Pads, and makes sure that these students know they are included as friends in her peer group.

In August, Amelia auditioned for and was cast in the play “Miracle on 34th Street” which was produced by Town & Country Players in Buckingham, PA. Amelia attended every rehearsal and learned all the lines of the play, often assisting some of the other younger actors with their roles. Amelia made friends with all of the cast members and was regarded as a role model to the younger actors. Amelia was able to grow her leadership abilities through this experience by spending time with actors who were both younger and older than she.

These recent experiences, in addition to Amelia’s participation in Girl Scouts, and as a black belt in Karate, demonstrate to her family and friends her enthusiasm and love of learning as she constantly inspires others.”

Congratulations to all of our wonderful nominees for December:

  • James Gray (1st grade/Rantz)
  • Maddie Fuhrmeister (1st grade/Rantz)
  • Katie Seipp (4th grade/Etter)
  • Grace Craig (4th grade/Moran)
  • George Parker (6th grade/Moyer)

January Boomerang Nominations

Asset #9: Service to Others: Young person values service to others in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.

Please complete the nomination form to recognize a student who exhibits this asset. Remember to include specific examples of how the student best demonstrates the asset of school engagement. The nomination form is attached. All forms are due to Ms. Moss by Friday, January 22nd. In an effort to get everyone involved, don’t forget to encourage students to nominate other students.

Art News

CBSD Art Show T-Shirts

CBSD Art Show T-Shirts are available to order. The funds from the sale of these shirts are used to provide three art scholarships to a senior at each of the CBSD high schools. Please return the order form and check to Mrs. Houser by January 12th.

Make checks payable to: Central Bucks Art Scholarship fund c/o District Art Department

Library News

Bucks County Reading Olympics - 2016

From Mrs. Angstadt-Sullivan, Librarian

Get ready to READ! All 5th and 6th graders who are interested in participating in the Bucks County 2016 Reading Olympics should read on. This year’s Reading Olympics event will be held the week of April 4, 2016. Information/Permission slips are going home in this week’s Wednesday folder to all 5th and 6th graders. Permission slips are due back on Monday, January 11, 2016 and the first morning meeting for all students who have decided to participate, is Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in the Berenstain Bear School Library at 8:15 a.m. with Mrs. Angstadt-Sullivan.

What is Reading Olympics? “Reading Olympics inspires kids to become lifelong readers. Since 1993, Reading Olympics has been motivating students in Bucks County to read and discuss books. The purpose of the event is to encourage children to read more than they currently do, read a greater variety of books, and enjoy the excitement of reading and talking about books. The team format encourages students to share the challenge of reading the selection of books with their friends. Reading Olympics encourages students to read more, and have fun while their reading.”

If you enjoy reading, this is the team for you! It requires commitment and the Grizzly Responsibility to read at least 10 books, between now and April 4th. Grizzly Cooperation shines through when you work as a team to read all 45 books on the list. Good Sportsmanship is demonstrated at the event and at the weekly practices on Tuesday mornings in the library. You will show Great Grizzly Respect toward the library books by sharing them with your team and returning them on time.

If the Reading Olympics sounds like your kind of team, then make sure to return the permission slip into the library by Monday, January 11th and begin attending meetings on Tuesday, January 12th! The list of books is on the CB Website. Hope that you join Groveland’s 16th year in the Reading Olympics!

Library Book Donations

If you are looking for a special gift this year, consider donating a book to Groveland's library. The purpose of the book dedication program is to fill the library with new books that will enrich our school and students. A book can be dedicated to any child, teacher, mentor, friend, or family member. It can be dedicated for a variety of reasons - for example, to wish good luck, show your appreciation, or to celebrate a holiday or birthday. Make someone feel extra special by dedicating a book to them!

To dedicate a book, click HERE for a dedication form. Return the completed form, with a check for $16 made payable to GHSA (Groveland Home & School Association.) Your dedication will appear in the next month's newsletter, and the book will be presented to the recipient when it arrives.

Music News

Thank You!

Special thanks to Mr. Appiotti (Band) and Mrs. Telly (Orchestra) for their hard work and dedication to the instrumental music programs here at Groveland. Our school enjoyed listening to the holiday tunes that our student musicians prepared and played for the season. Many of us were entertained throughout the week before the holidays as the "traveling" musicians brightened the holiday spirit around our school. A special thanks to Mr. Reilley for helping to coordinate the annual Holiday Sing-A-Long for our students and staff. It is always a fun time enjoyed by all.

Celebration of the Arts Dates

The following dates are set for our grade level musical celebrations. Please mark your calendars! More information will be coming home from Mr. Reilley in the weeks prior to the events.

  • Thursday, February 25th - Grades 3 & 6
  • Thursday, March 10th - Grade 2 & 5
  • Thursday, March 31st - Grades 1 & 4

From the Health Room

Blood Drive

Please see below for information on this year's American Red Cross Blood Drive to be held here at Groveland on Wednesday, February 3rd.
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Student Recognition

If you would like to recognize your son or daughter for exemplifying the Great Grizzly themes of Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Sportsmanship, please complete the attached form below.
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Fall Box Top Winners

Congratulations to the Box Top Winners!

The following classes have earned the honor of the monthly Box Top Champions for collecting the most Box Tops for each month! Keep on clipping those Box Tops and send them to school with your children to help earn funds for our Home and School Association.

Explorers Clubs

This week kicks off the beginning of our Home and School sponsored "Explorers Clubs" for Grades 4-6. Thank you to Mrs. Colleen Penglase for coordinating these activities for our students. As a reminder, if your child is participating in an Explorers Club, parent pick up takes place at the main doors at 5:00 PM. Please be prompt in picking up your children from these events.

Spirit Wear Purchases

Groveland Spirit Wear

Something new this year –Spirit Wear items can now be purchased ANYTIME directly through Caldwell's in Doylestown. Many items are already printed and available in their store. There are also items available to order any time during the school year. Please click HERE to view some of the products offered; click HERE for an order form. If you have any questions, please email Gia Shore or Shelli Trimbur.

Groveland Elementary School

Land of the Great Grizzlies

Groveland Elementary School

Mr. David Heineman - Principal

Mrs. Kate Fantaskey - Assistant Principal