Trailblazer Tribune


JUNE 17, 2015


Power Up & Read

Did you know that when kids don’t read over the summer they are likely to fall behind when they head back to school? These learning losses are often called the “Summer Slide,” and our school has made it a priority to keep our students’

skills sharp by encouraging them to read all summer long.

Our school has signed up to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program that invites children to log their reading minutes to help set a new world record for summer reading. Scholastic has created a username and password for your child. The goal this year for schools around the world is to break last year’s reading world record of 304,749,681 minutes! With your help, we can do it.

The fun began on May 4, 2015, and ends on September 4, 2015! The school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from a bestselling children’s book author and will be featured in The 2016 Scholastic Book of World Records.

Learn more about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at

Summer Building Use

Bridge Valley will be a busy place this summer as we are the primary elementary building for summer facility use. In addition to the annual Warwick Township Summer Camp, we will host the district's Extended School Year Program, Camp Benchmark, and many other district Staff Development Sessions.

Dr. Garvin, Mr. Cochran, Mrs. Loughlin and Mrs. Fuller are all working during the summer months, except for their summer vacation time(s). School summer office hours are Monday-Thursday from 7AM - 4:50PM. Phones may not be accessible during all of these hours due to supply check-ins, lunches, etc.

Dr. Garvin, Mr. Cochran, Mrs. Loughlin and Mrs. Fuller are also accessible by e-mail throughout the summer. Teachers are not required to check e-mail throughout the summer months.

Thanks and have a great summer!!!

Staff Changes for 2015-2016

BV will be experiencing some staffing changes for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to Dr. Garvin leaving to go to Kutz Elementary School, we will be saying goodbye to the following BV Staff:

  • Diana Chase - Moving to Florida
  • Janet Deiner - Special Education at Cold Spring
  • Gretchen Hakkinen - Retiring as BV Staff Nurse
  • Lore Salata - Retiring as BV Staff Nurse
  • Ruth Schubert - Art Teacher at Doyle & Mill Creek
  • Nicole Smith - QUEST Teacher at Barclay & Jamison
  • David VanZant - PEN Teacher at Butler & Pine Run
  • Brooke Vilbas - Reading Specialist at Kutz
  • Marci Walsh - Special Education at Cold Spring

Best Wishes to the following:

  • Amanda Hiltwine - Leaving to pursue teaching position
  • Laura Niland - Melissa Trouts returning to 3rd Grade
  • Lauren Malakoff - Adrienne Reilly returning to 3rd Grade
  • Aleisha Morosco - Amanda Lovell returning to Kindergarten
  • Lisa Tyler - Izabella Mazzenga returning to Art

The following folks will still be at BV but in different grade levels/assignments:

  • JoAnne Anderson - Moving from 4th Grade to 3rd Grade
  • Cameron Bergstresser - Moving from 1st Grade to 4th Grade
  • Lindsay Smith - Moving from 5th Grade to QUEST Teacher at BV


We would like to announce exciting news related to our Bridge Valley lunch and recess schedule for the 2015-2016 school year. After much consideration (two years to be precise) we have decided to move student recess before lunch. This means that students will play outside prior to entering the cafeteria to eat lunch.

There are benefits to having recess before lunch. Studies suggest that students who have recess before lunch tend to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables than kids who eat lunch first. Schools also report better behavior on the playground, in the lunchroom, and in the classroom. In addition, schools report a decrease in visits to the school nurse and more instructional time.

Other elementary schools in Central Bucks have moved to this model, and we have been communicating over the past two years to receive feedback about their experience. Each of these buildings has reported positive results, and more importantly, these buildings have decided to continue having recess before lunch in the future. Principals discovered that not only do students eat more and waste less food, but behavior improved and teachers gained instructional benefits.

Students will still have the same amount of time for lunch and the same amount of time for recess as they always have. The main impact has been on adjusting the master schedule to accommodate the recess and lunch switch without changing the time of day students eat their meal and without impacting core instructional blocks. On both accounts, we have successfully accomplished this goal.

For more information about the benefits of moving recess before lunch, click on these articles:


On June 10, 2015, Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks - Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf announced that fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children. Additionally, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants. These changes will take effect July 25, 2015.


Our BV H&S does so much for our school and we thank them for all of their efforts this year. The below "WORDLE" gives a visual representation of the many activities and events sponsored and/or supported by our H&S this year.


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BV Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 27th, 2-3pm

2280 Sugar Bottom Road

Furlong, PA

All incoming kindergarteners and their parents are invited to attend an orientation session at Bridge Valley. Meet the team of teachers and staff that will be working with your children, visit the classrooms, and take a practice bus ride.

BV OPEN HOUSE for All Students

Thursday, Aug. 27th, 3-4:30pm

2280 Sugar Bottom Road

Furlong, PA

Visit your classrooms and meet the teachers.

If you ordered a supply kit, they can also be picked up during this time.

All kits not picked up will be placed in classrooms for the start of the school year.

2015-2016 Back to School Nights

Mark Your Calendars!!

BV Grade Level BTSNs for 2015-2016 are as follows:

Tuesday, September 15th

  • 6:00PM – 1st Grade
  • 6:45PM – 3rd Grade
  • 7:30PM – 5th Grade

Thursday, September 24th

  • 6:00PM – 2nd Grade
  • 6:45PM – 4th Grade
  • 7:30PM – 6th Grade

Monday, September 28th

  • 6:15PM – Kindergarten & PEN


Sun Safety

We all need some sun exposure — it's the top source of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones.

But it doesn't take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need. And repeated unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer.

The sun radiates light to the earth, and part of that light consists of invisible UV rays. When these rays reach the skin, they cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage.

Most kids get much of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, so it's important for parents to teach them how to enjoy fun in the sun safely. Taking the right precautions can greatly reduce your child's chance of developing skin cancer


Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté

By Cooking Light


1 tablespoon canola oil Click to see savings

1/2 cup chopped green onions (about 4)

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup sliced fresh okra (about 4 ounces)

1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1) Click to see savings

1 finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper

1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears) Click to see savings

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained Click to see savings

1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add okra; sauté 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add bell pepper and jalapeño; cook 5 minutes. Add corn; cook 5 minutes. Stir in beans; cook 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro; sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Enjoy your sunmmer!
The Wellness Team


Dear CB Family,

9/11 Heroes Run registration is now open for this year’s race - to be held on September 27th, same time (1:45pm) and place (Fonthill Museum start/finish) and same beautiful course through our lovely Doylestown boro. It would be greatly appreciated if you could share this information with your community. We will be sharing the stories of our race committee members during the planning stages of the race, beginner 5K information and more on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you will consider joining us or join us again to honor the fallen by challenging the living at this wonderful community event.

2014 Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run


We want to thank everyone for the hard work, time, generosity and cooperation in completing the Amani Charter School "build a library" book drive. It was a huge success and culminated in a delivery of hundreds of books to the school! In addition, we were able to present them with a monetary donation, thanks to many of you, to help with the purchase of shelves for their currently empty library. We also got to see Gigi and her mom, who helped us unload the books, and were taken on a tour of the school, which was very inspiring. Please pass on our gratitude to anyone else who may have helped, and enjoy the pictures below!


"A special drawing will take place at the end of the school year to select two lucky winners who will be awarded a SUNsational prize to help usher in the 2015 Summer of Fun! Stay tuned and keep those Box Tops coming in! Listen to the morning announcements in early June to hear if your name is called! For every Box Tops sheet or baggie full of Box Tops you bring in, your name gets thrown into a hat. So, the more sheets or baggies you hand in, the more chances you have to win! And remember, you can't WIN it if you don't BRING it! And keep thinking BIG, because it isn't just YOU that wins, BRIDGE VALLEY wins too! Every BOX TOP gets your school closer to its fundraising goal!"

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