The Gayman Gazette

"Every time we act, we send ripples into the world."

January 23, 2015

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Important Dates

  • January 27th - Spelling Bee @ 9:00 AM
  • January 27th - Early dimissal @ 11:55 AM; end of 2nd marking period
  • January 30th - Snow date for Spelling Bee
  • February 5th - HSA General Membership Meeting @ 9:00 AM
  • February 11th - Spotlight on Music; Grade 2 @ 6:00 PM; Grade 5 @ 7:00 PM
  • February 13th - No School
  • February 13th - 6th Grade Club Event @ Bear Creek
  • February 13th - Blood Drive @ Gayman from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • February 16th - Presidents' Day - No School
  • February 21st - Family Fun Night Committee @ Bucks County Ice Sports Center
  • February 26th - Science Fair

Dr. Weitzel Guest Speaker at Home & School Association Meeting

Dr. Weitzel will be the guest speaker at the next Home & School meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 5th at 9:00 AM. Please email Mr. Testani at with any questions you would like Dr. Weitzel to address at the meeting. Questions must be received no later than Friday, January 30th.

Please join the Home & School Executive Board and Dr. Weitzel for this important meeting.

Science Fair Is Coming

We are beginning our planning of the highly anticipated Science Fair - February 26th. Participating in the Science Fair gives all students the unique opportunity to observe and explore the wonderful world around them. Students get to investigate answers to questions, then design and create a project to display their discoveries using different intelligences.

For complete details and to sign-up click here.

Spotlight On Music

Please mark your calendars for this year's "Spotlight on Music" performances.

Wednesday, February 11th - Grade 2 at 6:00 PM; Grade 5 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 12th - Grade 1 at 6:00 PM; Grade 4 at 7:00 PM

Attendance Reminder

Next week is the end of the second marking period so please take a moment to check the Parent Portal for any unexcused absences that your child may have. Once we receive an excuse for each absence we will update your child’s attendance accordingly.

If there is no absent note on file your child will be marked unexcused though the end of the school year.

"I've Got The Winter Blues" Ice Skating Social

Please join the Family Fun Night Committee for a night of skating and fun!

When: Saturday, February 21st

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Bucks County Ice Sports Center, 1185 York Road, Warminster

Cost: $7.00 per person (includes skate rental)

For complete details and to sign-up please click here.

Pint-Size Hero Blood Drive

Gayman Elementary is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Friday, February 13th from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the cafeteria. Next week students will watch a powerpoint presentation entitled "Pint-Size Hero" program. The program is designed to teach elementary students facts about blood donation while hosting a blood drive as a school-wide community service project. While recognizing elementary students are too young to donate blood, they will be encouraged to invite eligible blood donors to donate on their behalf.

For more details and to sign-up for a blood donation appointment please click here.

January Boomerang Award

This year, Gayman will continue to accept nominations for the Boomerang Award, which is our way of honoring students who best demonstrate their own developmental assets. What are Developmental Assets? Students possessing a combination of “40 Assets” are typically most successful in school and in life. These assets have the power to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. For a complete listing of the 40 Developmental Assets and the Nomination form please click on the link below:

January: #9 Service to Others. Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions. Boomerang nominations may be emailed to Suzanne Vass at, or printed out and sent into the office .

Technology & Engineering Young Engineers' Night

You are cordially invited to attend the Second Annual CBSD Technology & Engineering "Young Engineers' Night"! This event is geared toward middle and elementary school students so it will be a "hands on" experience.

When: Thursday, January 29th

Where: CB East

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

For complete details please click here.

Something To Think About

As we begin to make our way towards the close of the second marking period, it is important to realize that we will be assessing your child on several standards within each content area. This is a good time to refocus on the fact that the use of the indicators (Exceeding, Meeting, Approaching, and Limited Progress) in reporting student progress is a monumental shift in thinking.

Please keep in the forefront of your mind that indicators and letter grades report learning differently. Letter grades give global information while indicators give more specific information regarding student achievement. For example an M does not at all indicate “average” or equate to a letter “C”. Meeting means that the learning goal was met. Central Bucks sets incredibly high goals and expectations for students. Meeting these goals takes hard work and is an accomplishment! At the same time, please keep in mind that an Approaching or Limited Progress means that a student has YET to meet the established goal. Students all learn at different rates. We will continue to provide the very best instruction and support in the classroom so that each student can reach his/her highest potential.

A Successful Day of Service

On Monday, January 19th we had a very successful Martin Luther King Day of Service. There were 40 Gayman students who worked on projects for the Bucks County Housing Group, The Synergy Project, Quilts for Kids and Philadelphia Reads.

CB Cares/40 Assets were also able to donate gift cards to The Synergy Project and money towards Quilts for Kids. Thanks to everyone that made the day so successful!

Friday, January 23rd, Morning Newscast

Friday's newscast is available for viewing below. Please click on the picture below.