April 2013 Newsletter

Wizards Family Fun Night

Thank you to all who came out and supported our GHSA at the Wizards Game on March 23rd! It was an entertaining event for all. The students and families enjoyed seeing their teachers display their basketball skills on the court! A special thanks to Carol Benson and her committe for organizing such a fun night for family and friends.

Mrs. Etter's Fan Club!

Great Grizzly 5k - Another Successful Run!

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in the Great Grizzly 5k on March 10, 2013. It was a great day for family and friends to support our school community. A special thank you to all of our sponsors and to Chrissy Grube and her committee for coordinating a great event. Many of our Grizzlies participated in the "Finish Before Fantaskey" contest....and 68 Great Grizzlies did just that! Students were recognized on morning announcements and given a badge to wear at school. Below is a picture of all who "Finished Before Fantaskey!!"

Paw Print Favorites

Student Scoop, Box Top Winners, Art News, & Classroom Updates

Click on the link below to find some of our Paw Print Favorites. Student Scoop featured author for this month is Alex King - Click to read the news happening around Groveland.

PSSA Updates

The 5th Grade Writing PSSA has been completed. Next week begins the Reading & Math PSSA for Grades 3-6. Testing will take place during the mornings of April 8th-15th. Please make sure to have students in school You can help assure their success with adequate sleep and a nutritious breakfast.

Testing Dates

Grade 3-6 Reading & Math - April 8th-15th

Grade 4 Science - April 22nd & 23rd

Electronic Device/Cell Phone Policy

Please know that cell phones or other electronic devices (Kindles, Nooks, iPods, iPads, other electronic devices, etc.) are not permitted to be in students' possession during PSSA times. We are asking for your full cooperation with this matter. If a child brings a cell phone or electronic device to school, it will be collected and placed in a plastic bag during the assessment. This is a state mandated policy that will be in effect during the PSSA testing times.

Announcing - Grab & Go Breakfast

Starting Friday, April 5th, Aramark will offer a hot "Grab & Go" breakfast cart in the lobby each morning. The menu items include: daily hot entrees, breakfast sandwiches, cereal, whole grain muffins, bagels, or yogurt available each day. Cost for the grab & go breakfast is $1.45 or $0.30 reduced price. All meals include juice and milk!

Random Acts of Kindness Continue at Groveland

Counselors Corner

Students Color Our World with Kindness

Many Groveland students helped to brighten our hallways and remind us the meaning of kindness by creating outstanding artwork during Kindness Week! While it was hard to pick “winners”, we did select one student per each grade whose art work symbolized our theme “Color Your World with Kindness.” These winners received a free pass to the Michener Art Museum AND a trip to our own treasure chest!

Kindergarten – Conner Wells

1st grade – Megan Blue

2nd grade – Shayne LeRae

3rd grade – Caroline Funseth

4th grade – Kayla Hollis

5th grade – Marisa Plack

6th grade – Genevieve Craig

If you haven’t had a chance, please look at the artwork display hung outside the cafeteria.

Great Grizzlies Give Back

As we are all rejoicing the return of the warmer weather, it's also time to celebrate the "warmth" that Groveland Elementary School has shown to its community over the last few months. In conjunction with “Random Acts of Kindness Week,” many classrooms worked independently or partnered with their buddy class to demonstrate kindness and “give back.” Below is just a sampling of the many ways Groveland students are proving they are indeed Great Grizzlies with great big hearts.

2nd Grade:

The students in Mrs. Bannon, Ms. Gealer, Mrs. Schaab, and Mrs. Strychowski’s classes all participated in a kindness project for the PICU at Hershey Medical Center. The children brought in gently used toys, books and clothing.

Mrs. Bannon’s class made blankets for those in need, bookmarkers for the local libraries, and Valentine’s Day cards for the children at CHOP and for the veterans in the VA hospital.

Mrs. Jaworski’s class is collecting items (books, toys, clothing, blankets, etc) to donate to CHOP!

3rd Grade:

All of the third grade Great Grizzlies created pictures, books, games, songs, and jokes for the residents at Luther Woods Nursing Home in Warminster, PA.

Mrs. Shelly’s class wrote letters and cards to their bus drivers.

4th Grade:

Mrs. Reppa’s class has been collecting school supplies to be delivered to one of the inner city Philadelphia schools.

Mrs. Etter’s class made cards for Vets and cards for residents of Doylestown Nursing Home.

5th Grade:

Mr. Alderfer’s class collected and donated a grand total of $81.72 and donated it to the CHOP foundation for cancer research.

Mrs. Frantz’s class is creating a mural and a large card to be taken to CHOP!

6th Grade:

Mrs. Turner’s class made activity booklets for the kids at CHOP.

Mrs. Wambold’s class created activity packets that included word games (word searches, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, etc.) pertaining to Valentine’s Day and/or Kindness which were delivered to the Sunrise Retirement Home (Abington, PA) the day before Valentine’s Day for members of assisted living to be able to enjoy.

Multi-grade Buddy Actvities:

4th grade - Mrs. Hierholzer’s class & Kindergarten – Mrs. Kline’s class teamed up to collect food donations for shelters through the Buck Up Bucks County movement. Each child was encouraged to do a kind act for their own family to earn an item to bring in for the collection.

1st Grade – Mrs. Marshall’s class & 4th grade - Miss Swartley’s class teamed up to make Valentines for kids at CHOP.

2nd Grade – Mrs. Schaab’s class & 5th grade - Mrs. Paone’s class made “cupcakes” out of washcloths to donate to CHOP to be distributed to children who are in the hospital over their birthday.

3rd Grade – Mrs. Rantz’s class & 6th grade - Mrs. Masciantonio’s class read the Crayon Box story and had kids write letters of kindness and appreciation to other staff members in the building (previous teachers, aides, specialists, etc.).

Pennies for Patients Raises $3,125 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

As part of our Random Acts of Kindness week, Groveland once again participated in the “Pennies for Patients” program! Last year, we raised a little over $1000 for the important cause and the society was extremely grateful. This year, however, the students were given a more personal connection to the cause as they learned about Justin, the nephew of Mrs. Turner (6th grade teacher). Mrs. Turner’s sister Christi Wichner, visited our school to speak about her three and a half year old son, who is a survivor of Leukemia. She presented an emotional and inspiring video of his journey which moved many students and staff members and obviously motivated the students to be extremely generous.

While the entire school did a tremendous job, we have to recognize the classes that were exceptionally generous. The following classes raised more than $100 and will be receiving a bronze pennant from the Leukemia society –

4th grade – Michener, Etter, Reppa

6th grade – Brevic, Wambold, Turner, Guelzow

2nd grade – Gealer

3rd grade - Wells

1st grade – Marshall & Daley

Kindergarten – Rodgers

One class will receive a silver pennant from the Leukemia Society for showing the most generosity – raising $228.82. Coincidentally, this teacher’s class was also the most generous last year! A big applause for Mrs. Frantz’s 5th graders for their spirit of giving!

Thank you once again to all of our families for supporting this cause and teaching our students the importance of giving to others.


Be a Good Cookie. Get a Good Cookie.

Groveland Elementary School Blood Drive

When: Friday, April 5th, 2013

Time: 3:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: School Gym

Click on the link for more information.

Healthy Lifestyles for Healthy Families! KidShape 2.0

Eat Well...Move More...Have Fun Doing It!

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time: 6:15 - 8:30 PM

Where: Titus Elementary School

Click on the link for more information.

  • The school district denitist will be visiting Groveland on Friday, April 19th and the school district physician will be visiting on Friday, April 26. If your child is still in need of one of the PA Department of Health mandated exams, you will receive permission slips for them to be seen at school. Physical exams are required for Kindergarten (or any grade if new to a PA school) and 6th grade; Dental exams are required for Kindergarten (or any grade if new to a PA school) and 3rd grade.

  • The provisional period for immunizations will expire on May 1. If you have received notifications from the health office throughout this school year regarding missing immunizations, these must be updated and on file in the health office by May 1 in order for your child to remain in school.

Celebration of the Arts by Brendan Hartnett

The second graders delighted the packed gymnasium with songs from the classic movie, The Sound of Music. From the Lonely Goat Herd to Edelweiss they reminded us how the Sound of Music was about a family coming together through a celebration of music and song. But, before that they had songs in an American spirit like This Land is Your Land and more. The Celebration of the Arts for second grade was a true success. With soloists like Ava Longo and many others leading the rest of them, the COA was a true team success.

The fourth grade Celebration of the Arts was rocking around the clock the whole time. From spitting out the Fifty States as fast as they could to Let Freedom Ring, the Forth Grade COA was amazing. Soloists were said to be great! With rock songs like Rockin' Robin, Yakety Yak, and Splish Splash the Groveland gym was Rockin’ and Rollin’ late into the night.

School-Wide B-I-N-G-O!

For our March Great Grizzly Day, students enjoyed school-wide BINGO on March 27th!

Dates to Remember

Click on the link below for upcoming events and dates to remember!

Operation Helping Hand April 10, 2013

You can make a difference in Bucks County! Bring a food item to school on April 10th to support the Bucks County United Way. Click on the link below for the event flyer.


Reading Olympics has been rescheduled to Monday, April 29th at 6:00 PM at New Hope Solebury Upper.

Central Bucks District Art Show


Please click on the link below for updated information from the School Board.

The Artmobile is coming to Groveland

The Artmobile is visiting Groveland this month! On April 2nd – 9th, students will visit Bucks County Community College’s traveling art museum to view the exhibit “Tree to Form.” The Artmobile is parked on our playground and each class has been scheduled for a 40 minute tour. Square One Art Funds helped to make the visit possible.