Groveland Elementary School

Paw Print Newsletter - March 2015

Administrative Message

Spring is REALLY just around the corner!

To say that March has arrived like a lion, would be quite the understatement-what a week it has been. Looking ahead to next week, we should truly feel like spring has sprung with temperatures forecasted to be in the 40s. Fingers are crossed! We hope this newsletter finds you well, and getting ready for a spring full of activities in and around school.

Great Grizzly 5k is On!!

The Great Grizzly 5k is still on for tomorrow (Saturday, March 7th). For those who are running, please see the email sent from the Great Grizzly Committee regarding special considerations. A special thank you to all of the volunteers on the Great Grizzly Committee, and to Mrs. Grube and Mrs. Williamson for all of their help with this fun event.

Bus Driver Appreciation

Thank you to all who helped with the Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast last month. Mrs. Jordan, Mrs. Bennett, and Mrs. Malone have worked very hard over the past several years to make sure this event is special for our bus and van drivers. A special thank you to them for volunteering to chair this event. Thank you to some of our 6th grade Ambassadors who volunteered their time to help out with this event. We would also like to say thank you to our morning and afternoon kindergarten students and teachers for providing entertainment to the drivers. Everyone enjoyed the students' song and reasons why they "love" their bus drivers! The bus drivers really enjoyed their gift baskets and treats from the students.

Explorers Clubs

Our Explorers Clubs are wrapping up this week. We had a number of volunteers share their time and talents with our students, and we very much appreciate all of the volunteers. A special thank you to Mrs. Penglase for being the chair for the Explorers Clubs. A lot of time and energy goes into organizing these events for the students, so thank you, Mrs. Penglase for all of your help!

Dress Code

Looking ahead, as spring is arriving, please remember to have your children dressed appropriately for outdoor recess. Coats, hats, gloves, etc. are necessary with some of the unpredictable weather we may encounter. We like to have the students go outside as much as possible, weather permitting.

3rd Marking Period Portfolios and Conferences

It is that time of year for the spring portfolio conferences to take place. The students will be bringing home their portfolios on Monday, March 16th. Parents will have the opportunity to look through the portfolio, provide reflections, and return it to school by Thursday, March 19th. During the 3rd marking period conference, you will have the opportunity to sit down with your student and the teacher to take a look at your child's growth and progress over time. The goal areas set in the 1st marking period will be revisited and progress noted. This is a time to celebrate your child's successes and to redefine goal areas for the remainder of the school year. We look forward to seeing you at conference time.

March 20th - AM Kindergarten Reports to School

With the number of 2 hour delays and AM kindergarten missing class, the calendar has been changed for the AM Kindergarten. Please note that on March 20th, AM kindergarten reports to school. There will be no PM kindergarten because it is an early dismissal day.

Reading Olympics - March 25th - Warwick Elementary School

Our Reading Olympic teams have been working hard reading many books and preparing for the annual Bucks County Reading Olympics. On Wednesday, March 25th, our students will head to Warwick Elementary for the competition. More details will be coming home soon if your child is part of a Reading Olympic team. Thanks to our many staff members who volunteer their time to make sure the children are able to participate in this great event.

A Random Act of Kindness

Please see the email below sharing a small act of kindness from Mrs. Strychowski's 2nd grade class.

I would like to acknowledge Mrs. Stychowski and her 2nd grade class for an exceptional act of kindness. We have a family member who will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Sunday. Due to circumstances the family will not be able to celebrate in person with her. Mrs. Strychowski's class made beautiful cards to send to help brighten her day. The generosity of these students, with the amazing leadership of their teacher, will make grandma Fay's birthday amazing.


Amy Stinson

Cheerleading Explorer's Club

Some of our Great Grizzlies attended the Cheerleading Explorer's Club taught by our student support counselors, Mrs. Albanese and Ms. Mele. Below are some pictures highlighting some of the fun!

Middle School Orientation Rescheduled

The Middle School Orientation for 6th grade parents has been rescheduled for Monday, March 9th at each of the 5 middle schools.

District Calendar Changes

Please cross out the following extraneous dates from your paper school calendar. Sorry for any confusion. Thank you.


  • March 7- SAT testing
  • March 23-27 testing window
  • April 14 & 15 No Kindergarten- Conferences

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Kindergarten Registration for 2015-16

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2015? If so, Central Registration is open for families who need to enroll their children for next school year.

Please click HERE for information on how to register your child for kindergarten. If you know of any neighbors or friends who have students who will be age 5 on or before August 31, 2015, please remind them to register their child. The sooner the students are registered, the more effective we can be with enrollment projections and number of sections for next year.

PSSA Information for Parents

Click HERE for parent information regarding PSSA for Spring 2015.

Groveland PSSA Dates are as follows:

  • April 13-17, 2015 - English and Language Arts - Grades 3-6
  • April 20-24, 2015 - Mathematics - Grades 3-6
  • April 27-May 1, 2015 - Science - Grade 4

Student attendance during the testing window is extremely important. Please note that family vacations or extended student absences during this time will not be approved by administration.

United Way Food Drive

See below for the United Way Food Drive on March 11, 2015.
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Classroom Updates

Miss Nahas - 6th Grade News

Miss Nahas’ 6th grade is participating in an “Earn to Give” service project, with the help of Mrs. Amy Griffiths (Rachel’s mom). They are participating in small service opportunities (shoveling the driveway, extra chores, helping a neighbor) to earn money to give to the Pearl S. Buck International Foundation- With our classroom’s eventual donation, we will be able to purchase jump ropes, shoes, food, and other items for other children globally.

A representative from the Pearl S. Buck Foundation will visit Miss Nahas’ classroom at the end of April to talk to the students about the Foundation, and accept our donation.

Kindergarten Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday

The Kindergarten classes celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday! They had fun reading Dr. Seuss stories and practicing rhyming word families

First Grade News

Mrs. Daley and Mrs. Bannon’s First Grade classes have been learning about weather. We learned about how water, in its many forms, plays a role in the weather. Our favorite part was conducting experiments to learn about how water changes- freezes, melts, evaporates, and condenses. We can’t wait to learn even more about weather and precipitation other than SNOW!!!!

Blanket Making in 1st Grade

February has been kindness month here at Groveland. Over the past few weeks we read stories about kindness and acts of kindness. We recorded acts of kindness we did or witnessed on paper gumballs, which we hung in the hall in a giant gumball machine to show the many ways we “Stick It To Kindness”. We watched skits where people were not being kind performed by 6th grade friends, and discussed kind choices the characters could have made. We played a kindness game and learned a kindness song. Last week, Groveland’s first grade classes worked together, in our culminating kindness activity, to make 30 blankets for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For some children at CHOP, the blankets provide needed warmth. For others, comfort. Thank you very much first grade families for the generous donations, which made this project possible! Below are some pictures from our Blanket Making Day.

Mrs. Palilonis - 5th Grade News

Calling all socks! Mrs. Palilonis’s class participated in a fundraiser for The Strong Families Care Center in Ethiopia. This organization takes care of children while their parents are working, and they are in great need of socks. We collected many sizes from infant to 4T, as well as, adult women sizes for the care providers. This was a great fundraiser to embark upon for Random Acts of Kindness Week. Thank you to the Burleigh family, for leading such a great endeavor and delivering the socks to the children and care providers in March.

Counselor Updates

March Boomerang Nominations

March Asset #28 Integrity -

Young person acts on his/her convictions and stands up for his/her beliefs.

Young person talks openly about what he/she believes in and values: they “talk the talk and walk the walk.”

A great way to explain integrity to kids is by using this statement: “doing the right thing when nobody is watching.”

Please send nominations in by Monday, March 23rd. Please include specific examples of how the student best demonstrates this month’s asset. Nominations can be sent to Ms. Mele, school counselor, at

Do not forget to encourage students to nominate other students! Forms can be found on the boomerang bulletin board outside of the cafeteria.

Health Room Updates

A Successful Blood Drive

A total of 55 donations were made which included 4 double red cell donors. Groveland’s blood drive came at an important time after the recent snow and flu season. As soon as I receive the prizes for the students from the RedCross, I will hand them out to the students who helped to sign their parents up. Thanks so much for giving hope to hospital patients and their families.

Health Screenings

With a few exceptions, all state mandated health screenings have been completed on the students at Groveland. These include height/weight and vision. The BMI information is available on Parent Portal. If your child did not pass the vision screening, a referral was sent home with the student. Please keep in mind that these are screenings and are not substitutes for routine examinations by your health care provider and eye care specialist.

School Dentist & Doctor to Visit Groveland

Dr. Riesenberger, our school district dentist and Dr. Werner, our school district doctor will be coming to Groveland on Friday, March 27th. All students in Kindergarten (or new entry) and 3rd grade are required by the PA Department of Health to have a dental exam on file. And, all students in Kindergarten (or new entry) and 6th grade are required by the PA Department of Health to have a physical exam on file. Many notices have been sent if your child is missing either of these forms. Students without these mandated exams will not be permitted on any field trips.

It is preferred that your child have these exams by your family dentist and doctor as they are aware of your child’s dental and medical history and will be able to provide any necessary treatment or follow-up. However, if your family is in need of this community resource, your child can be examined by the school district doctors. You will receive permission forms for your signature. You are welcome to be present at the time of these exams.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Stacey Hickmott, Certified School Nurse.

Medication Policy

All medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be kept in the health office. Medication must be sent in the original labeled container and must be accompanied by a Medication Dispensing Form signed by both the physician (or dentist) and the parent.

With parent permission indicated on the census verification report, acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be administered according to manufacturer’s suggested dosage. Your child should not come to school on narcotic medication for pain management as these medications may cause dizziness, light-headedness and sedation which make it difficult for your child to function safely and effectively in school.

Administration of specific nonprescription medications is available to all students under the guidelines of the district’s Medical Director. These medications include cough drops, throat spray, antacid tablets, and Neosporin ointment.

All controlled medications must be hand-delivered to the school nurse or the principal’s designee by a parent or guardian at which time it will be counted and signed for. Some examples of controlled medications include, but are not limited to: Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ativan and narcotics.

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Should your child come to school?

Central Bucks also reserves the right to exclude children from school based on the following criteria:

  • Illness that prevents the child from participating in activities.
  • Fever (100° or higher). Students may not return to school until free of fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Student may not return to
    school until appetite has returned to normal.
  • Rash with a fever.
  • Other conditions deemed appropriate after assessment by the certified school nurse or staff nurse

Library News

Groveland will be welcoming Brian Lies, author/illustrator, to our school on Monday, March 30, 2015. He is the author/illustrator of a series of "Bat" Books, such as: Bats at the Ballgame, Bats in the Library, etc. He also illustrated an older series of books called Flatfoot Fox by Eth Clifford.

As always, students have the opportunity to purchase books autographed by the author/illustrator. Please click HERE for the order form. If you would like to learn more about the author, check out his website at

All book orders are due by March 12, 2015.

Art News

You're Invited to the Groveland Art Show

Welcome To Groveland’s Art Show

March 16 – April 17, 2015

Please tour the displays throughout Groveland’s hallways with your child when you visit our school during your portfolio conference! Each Groveland student in grades 1 – 6 has artwork on display.

Thank you,

Mrs. Houser, Art Teacher

From Mrs. Houser

Click HERE for the latest Art Happenings.

Art Mobile Scheduled for Groveland

The Art Mobile will be visiting Groveland during the week of March 17th - 25th. Please click HERE for the schedule.

Music News

Celebration of the Arts

Congratulations to the 3rd and 6th grade students on their great performances during the February Celebration of the Arts.

Our final performances will be held on Thursday, March 19th for Grades 1 and 5. More information will be coming home soon.

Home & School Updates

Mother & Son Event - March 28th

The annual Mother & Son Event is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at 10:30 AM. Please click HERE for the information flyer and order form.

January Box Top Winners

Ms. Frantz's 1st grade class started the year off strong, collecting the most Box Tops for the month of January! Great job and keep on clipping! Remember every one of those little box tops adds up to cash for your school!

Swim Lessons Offered

Click HERE for swim lessons offered through the Central Bucks Community School.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Please mark your calendar for the following upcoming events.

  • March 7th - Great Grizzly 5k & Fun Run
  • March 9th - 6th grade Parent Middle School Orientation
  • March 11th - 6th Grade Author Visit - Pam Munoz Ryan
  • March 11th - United Way Food Drive
  • March 16th - Portfolios Sent Home
  • March 16 to April 17th - Groveland's Art Show
  • March 17th-25th - Art Mobile
  • March 19th - Portfolios Returned
  • March 19th -Celebration of the Arts - Grade 1 & 5
  • March 20th - Early Dismissal - AM Kindergarten Attends in the AM
  • March 17th to 25th - Art Mobile
  • March 16th to April 17th - Groveland's Art Show
  • March 25th - Reading Olympics
  • March 27th - Doctor & Dentist Visits
  • March 28th - Mother/Son GHSA Event
  • March 30th - All School Author's Day - Brian Lies

Central Bucks School Board Briefs

Please click HERE for the latest Board Briefs from recent School Board meetings.
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