Letter to the Editor

Not that long ago, my son joined Cub Scout Pack 5, which meets at North and Southampton Reformed Church in Churchville, and he loves the program!

There are always things to do that are engaging and great for his development. From sleeping near dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences to racing his Pinewood Derby car, he always enjoys it! Afterwards, he has left so excited about Scouting.

At pack meetings, he’s recognized for achievements that require time and effort, but are fun to attain. He’s also impacted his community by collecting food for a local pantry and raking leaves at Tamanend Park.

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Children Learn Science in the Summer

by June Portnoy

Brandon Tetreault, of Richboro, focused his microscope to see the cells inside a leaf. Breanne Dymek, of Ivyland, looked at the petals and reproductive parts of a flower under her microscope. While these scenarios might sound like a science class at school, these children were actually participating in GSK Science in the Summer™ at the Northampton Library in Richboro during the week of July 13th.

The program is a free, fun science enrichment program for elementary school children entering second through sixth grade. It is sponsored by GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), administered by the Franklin Institute, and held in local libraries. The program was launched 29 years ago, and has grown every year throughout Philadelphia, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Each year the curriculum changes, focusing on a different area of science. This year’s theme in Bucks County was “Bioscience.”

“This program has become so successful in Bucks County that registration was full for nearly every class in this county this summer, said spokesperson Christine Killian.

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Meet Council Rock School District’s new Superintendent: Dr. Robert Fraser

by June Portnoy

On July 1st, Dr. Robert Fraser officially became Council Rock School District’s new Superintendent, and he plans to be here for a very long time.

“My goal is to be here for the rest of my career, and that’s more than my goal; that’s my intent,” said Dr. Fraser. “From a personal standpoint, it made a lot more sense for me not to make the move to Bucks County,” where he now lives with his wife in Furlong.

“However, this is such an outstanding school district and this was such an outstanding opportunity that the professional pull and the people living in this community were enough of a pull to overcome those personal challenges to make this move and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be here.”

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Last of summer at the Northampton Library

Allan Heller, an accomplished photographer, leads a photographic journey through Philadelphia in “Monuments and Memorials of Philadelphia” on Saturday, August 8th at 2:00pm. From Rittenhouse Square to Independence Mall and everything in between, the audience learns Philadelphia’s history through its architectural monuments and remembrances. No registration is necessary.

Don’t know the first thing about home repair? On Thursday, August 20th at 7:00pm, Beth Allen of “HIP Chicks,” is back for an encore of “Home Repair Made Easy.” This workshop is geared to ladies taking on home improvement projects (but guys are welcome to learn too). Beth will give advice on how to shop for materials, ask the right questions and tackle those home repairs on your own! No registration is necessary.

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Consider a mouth guard to prevent sports-related injuries

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

It’s back to school time, which means that the kids are running back onto the soccer and football fields in droves. Other sports are also getting into gear, so it is a time to revisit the idea of protective mouth guards.

The mouth guard is a wonderful tool to help avoid sports-related dental injuries. It is an essential piece of equipment for all people who play contact sports.

Protective mouth guards are also recommended patients who skateboard and participate in other activities that involve risk. The custom fitted mouth guard is individually designed and fitted in the dental office, using an impression made of the teeth.

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Spring Mill Dance Academy: Developing dancers and confident individuals

Spring Mill Dance Academy (SMDA) is excited to begin its fifth year in Ivyland. The studio prides itself in educating children in the art of dance as well as instilling in them the importance of believing in themselves.

All of their teachers have a dance education background and emphasize individual attention to all of the students in the class. At SMDA, it is very important to make sure that every student feels like they belong and that they have a place where they can express themselves creatively.

They pride themselves on being mentors for their children and helping them grow not only as dancers, but as well-rounded, responsible and confident individuals.

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God’s Window Preschool: Focusing on the whole child

God’s Window Preschool is the area’s finest Christian Preschool, serving the community since 1993. At God’s Window the focus is on the whole child: physical, spiritual, emotional, social and academic. This calls for a schedule filled with a variety of activities and special events.

The Experiential Learning Program (ELP) offers children gross motor lessons through Gymnastics classes provided by Ricochet Gymnastics; Music Discovery through the Doylestown Music Conservatory; Hands-On Science and experiments with Miss Mary Crum and CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Healthy Child) Nutrition and Healthy Cooking with St. Mary Medical Center.

Students also participate in a visit from the Franklin Institute Mobile Preschool Learning Program.

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Rainbow Academy: Designed specifically with children in mind

Idyllically set on a charming five-acre farm, Rainbow Academy offers the finest programs for young children with both a property and facility designed specifically with children in mind.

Candy the pony, and her donkey friend, Rosalina, meander in a split-railed paddock. A small petting area, with sheep, chickens, and miniature goats is close by. Gardens, created by the children, are abundant.

Children giggle as they walk through a Melody Garden, created for exploring and expressing nature. There are four playgrounds, trike courts, basketball nets, tennis and soccer, and fields for ball sports. Swimming pools are nestled among large trees.

Upon entering the building, one is immediately impressed with cheerful art creations. Classrooms surround a large indoor learning center area. Children play, imagine, create and explore.

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Elite Dance Academy dancers achieve national triumph with hard work

In July, 85 hardworking members of the Elite Dance Academy competition team traveled to Wildwood, NJ, for the Dance Xplosion National Finals competition. The team ended their 2015 competitive season on a high note, taking home a multitude of awards and placing numerous times among the top five highest scoring numbers across several age divisions.

This year’s Nationals was quite possibly the most successful in the team’s history. Two Elite dancers earned National Titles: Ava Camarero was crowned as Junior Miss Dance Xplosion, and Nick Camarero brought home the title of Teen Mister Dance Xplosion.

In addition, the highlight of the week was Elite’s earning a studio record of six invitations to the competition’s finals event, the Xtreme Challenge, where top groups in each division are handpicked to compete in a final showdown.

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The Dance Academy: Instilling the love of dance in students

The mission of The Dance Academy is to offer professional dance training with a personal touch. Their goal is to instill the love of dance in all of the students and families who pass through their studio doors.  They believe that the art of dance should be both an educational and inspirational experience. They strive to teach their students a sense of hard work, discipline and creativity. Through these acquired traits, their stars will not only become proficient dancers, but well-rounded individuals both on and off the stage.

Since its opening in 1987, The Dance Academy has secured its place among the finest dance schools in the tri-state area. Under the direction of Miss Donnajean Kline (BFA in Dance, Temple University) and staffed by a group of highly trained instructors, The Dance Academy has acquired countless awards and accolades each year.

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