The Cub's Tale Newsletter

March 2019

Principal’s Message

It is unbelievable how quickly the month of February has passed. The last week of February ended with our annual celebration of Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss, and his work. Each day of the week between February 25th and March 1st, we focused on one of his many books with a theme. The week began with ambassadors from GMS coming to share their love of reading with a few select classrooms in our preschool and Kindergarten and then welcomed guest readers into our school for every class on the actual Dr. Seuss Day, March 1st. It was wonderful to see so many people giving up their time to pass along their love of reading during this special event. Once again, I urge you as parents to continue to pass along your love of reading by reading with your child each night. Put down the video games and pick up a good book.

CSS is once again participating in Pennies for Patients. This is the only fundraising activity that we participate in for an outside agency. Students will participate in a kick off assembly on Monday, March 4th with collections continuing through March 19th. Later that same week, students in K-3 will be treated to the ever popular Brain Wash Game Show.

Throughout this school year, I have been addressing many of the new initiatives in our school and our district. We, as educators, are proud of the recent strides and successes we have seen with these initiatives. At this point in time, you should have received an evite from your child’s teacher regarding our upcoming VIP Days. The purpose of these special days is to invite parents or a very significant someone in for a classroom visit. While there, you will be provided an opportunity to observe and participate in our new curriculums and technology. Each class is assigned a special day and time. If you have not heard, please contact your child’s teacher.

“Honesty” is the positive character trait for the month of March. At the end of each month, our teachers recognize the student in their class who most demonstrated the character trait of the month. Our Spirit Day is March 15th when we encourage all to wear their green as we prepare for the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day!

Our first Parent Involvement evening for parents and students in grades 1-3 is in the planning stages. The theme for this evening is S.T.E.A.M. Night. Students, along with their parents can participate in their choice of several different activities. Sign up in advance is required as space and materials are limited. An evite will be sent out with a specific date and time.

Just a friendly reminder that students are NOT to be dropped off before the designated arrival time and left unattended. Students should remain in their cars until doors open. No outside supervision is available before this time. Breakfast doors open at 7:55 AM each day in the rear of the building and at the playground doors.

As always, you may continue to stay updated on school events via the web site.

Until next month -

Character Trait of the Month of March

Alison and Sierra Interview Mrs. Kearney

St. Patrick's Day interview with mrs. gallagher


Our Pennies for Patients Collection to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will run from March 4th -March 19th. All individual boxes should be returned by the 19th and should include the student's name and total in the box. You may also donate on-line by accessing our school web page.

To access the pages, go to your school fundraising page (, type “your teacher's last name” in the classroom search bar and click the “search” button, and then click on the teacher page you wish to access. Be sure to include the student's name with each donation. If you have any questions please email Ms. Kumpel at

Dr. Seuss Week Highlights video
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Ms. Gurcsik's News

As we swing into spring, Preschool and kindergarten children are excited to be getting back outside to play. We have several special activities coming up this month.

Preschool students had a Dental Health presentation on February 21st where student learned about oral hygiene and healthy practices. On the same day, kindergarten students had a visit from our favorite nursery rhyme character, Mother Goose. During the week of March 4th, our Gloucester City librarian, Ms. Labree will be visiting all preschool students to read book and do a fun literacy activity. She will also be taking the students on a virtual tour of the library using technology.

The kindergarten parent involvement activity, “Game Day” will be on March 28th. Parents are invited to their child’s classroom to play literacy and math games their child has learned this year. All kindergarten students will be visiting the Philadelphia Zoo on April 16th. More specific information will be sent home by the classroom teacher for permission slips and chaperones. Our next preschool parent involvement activity, “ECC Cub Carnival” will be on April 30th and May 1st. This activity will be similar to our Fall Festival but with Spring themed games and activities.

Please note that we are now registering preschool students for the '19-'20 school year online. Must be a resident of Gloucester City. Please the information below.

You can register online from home or come to our GCSD Registration Round Up:

April 30th and May 1st from 9:30 am -3:00 pm

physical available on May 1st

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming activities. Hopefully the spring weather will come soon!

Norell Gurcsik

EC Director/Assistant Principal

Now registering for preschool!!

We are now accepting PreK Registrations for the '19-'20 school year. Our registration is available online on our district website Please see flyers below for details. It is available in English and Spanish. If you know any Gloucester City residents that have a child that will be 3 or 4 years old by October 1st, please let them know about our full day preschool program. We will also be having a Registration Round Up April 30th and May 1st from 9:30 am-3:00 pm in the Early Childhood Center. Physicals will be available on May 1st.
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PTO Team members

Nicole Krumenacker - President

Mike Hopkins - Vice President

Paula & Jay Huhn - Treasurer

Lori Seedes - Secretary

Victoria Hopkins - Secretary

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