Springton Lake Middle School

Every Student. Every Day. No Matter What.

December 11, 2020

It's the Holiday Season!

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope that you are all doing well and that you are excited for the weekend. Winter Break is approaching and students are starting to get excited. We definitely have some things planned over the next few weeks that we hope will preserve some of the fun, joy, and camaraderie of the season. Be sure to check out the information about our spirit days and the Gingerbread Decorating Contest. I am also going to be reminding the students of the importance of working hard, staying up-to-date with their work, and checking HAC. Once we return from Winter Break, there are just two weeks remaining in the 2nd marking period. So, hard work and consistent effort now, will allow kids to rest, relax, and completely enjoy themselves over the holiday break.

Despite the overall rise in COVID cases in Delaware County, our in-school safety plans and protocols continue to remain highly effective. The students and staff are simply doing a great job and we continue to reinforce the importance of masking-up, washing-up, and backing-up - just ask your kids. We will remain diligent and vigilant in the days and weeks ahead in an effort to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Just a reminder...

The end of the 2nd marking period is Friday, January 15, 2021. Prior to that time, I will be reaching out to the families of students enrolled in the fully-virtual cohort to provide the option for students to join one of the in-person hybrid cohorts for the 3rd marking period. Please look for this communication from me in early January. This decision will cover the period from January 19th thru the end of the 3rd marking period on Friday, March 26, 2021.

If you are concerned about the current COVID spike and would like to switch your child to the fully-virtual cohort for the remainder of the 2nd marking period, please email me and we will update our records. This will allow our teachers to plan appropriately for instruction. It will also stop the daily email that you receive with the symptom screener.

If you opt to keep your child in their in-person cohort, it is very important that you complete the daily symptom screener - even if they will be learning from home on a given day.

Have a great weekend!

Student Council's Joy Drive

Thank you to everyone who participated in Student's Council's annual Joy Drive. The final day to drop-off any gifts purchased will be this Monday - December 14th. Gifts may be placed under the tree in the Main Lobby. As always, support for the Joy Drive has been tremendous! The thoughtfulness and generosity of so many families will definitely brighten the holiday season for members of our school community!

Holiday Spirit Days and Activities

Student Council is sponsoring the following spirit days and activities to add some fun to the next few weeks:

Wednesday, 12/16 - Wear you holiday hats, scarves, and socks

Thursday, 12/17 - Wear your holiday t-shirts, sweatshirts, or colors

Stay tuned for details about ugly holiday sweater day and pajama day for the following week. Students who participate in the daily theme will be able to earn spirit points for their grade level and will also be entered into a raffle for gift card prizes.

A Gingerbread Decorating Contest will run through 8am on Monday, 12/21. Students (and families) may show off their skills and decorate a gingerbread house and submit a photo of themselves with their creation to Mrs. Gilroy. Once again, gift card prizes will be awarded.

Registration for Winter Intramural Basketball

We are currently making tentative plans to run an intramural basketball tournament for interested students starting in mid-January. In order for us to be able to plan appropriately, we are holding registration from December 11th thru December 21st. We will utilize this information to develop a plan that is both fun and safe. Our ability to move forward with our plan will be contingent upon any restrictions or guidance from the Chester County Health Department and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Health that are in place at that time. Please be aware of the following key points:

1. We will play indoors in the gymnasium.

2. Students will be masked at all times - even while playing.

3. We plan to keep the groups small. Therefore, the frequency in which students participate will depend upon the interest level.

Please complete this REGISTRATION FORM if your child would like to participate. Because our plans and schedule will be dictated by interest, it will not be possible to accept any additional registrations after December 21st. More specific information will be shared with registered students after Winter Break.

Save the Dates! Parent Workshops in 2021

In conjunction with F.A.R. E. (Family Alliance for Respect & Equity) and our PTG, we are pleased to be able to offer the following workshops for parents:

January 14, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm - Spotting Bias in Ourselves and Our Middle-Schoolers

March 24, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm - Using Media to Disrupt Racism with Middle-Schoolers

Both programs are being facilitated by Philly's Children's Movement and will be conducted online via Zoom. A link to register for the workshops will be provided in early January.

School Pictures & Identification Cards

School pictures and student identification cards from Lifetouch have arrived. For students who are fully-virtual, parents may stop by the Main Office from 7:30am until 4:00pm daily for pick-up. Picture re-take days will be January 6th and 7th. Any student who was not photographed in November will be able to have their picture taken in January. Students who ordered a photo package but are not satisfied, may return the photos for a re-take. More details about the schedule for January 6th and 7th will be provided as we get closer.

Traveling for the Holidays? What You Need to Know...

On November 25th, the PA Department of Health amended an Order on travel restrictions that they had issued on November 17th. The amended Order requires that travelers over the age of 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering, unless they receive a negative test result during the 14-day travel quarantine period.

The amended Order requires that students either quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania OR take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result. Students can test upon entering PA (the previous Order required a student to get a test 72 hours prior to entering PA). Students must remain home while awaiting test results. A rapid antigen test or a diagnostic PCR test may be used to meet the testing requirement. Upon receipt of a negative test result, the student can begin attending school. Parents who elect to not have their child tested must keep their child out of school for the full 14-day quarantine period which begins the day they returned to PA. Individuals who are returning to the Commonwealth after traveling outside the Commonwealth for less than 24 hours are exempt from this testing/quarantine requirement.

Yearbook Information - Never Too Soon...

June may seem a long way off, but production of this year's yearbook is already underway. Students and parents are invited to share photos of what life looks like for you - what learning looks like at home and how you are spending time together as a family. Eighth grade students will also have the opportunity to have a baby picture and personalized message included in this year's yearbook. Here are all of the important details...

Purchase this year's yearbook now - the pre-order cost through December 31st is $25. After that, the cost will be $30. Go to www.jostens.com and click on Yearbooks ---> Buy Your Yearbook and search for our school.

8th Grade Baby Pictures will be $10. Each section will be 1/8 of a page. You will be able to choose the format of your "ad" and include a photo and personalized message for your graduate. Again, go to www.jostens.com and search for Springton Lake Middle School. Click on Yearbook Recognition Ads. You'll then need to sign-in or create a new account. Follow the prompts to submit your ad. Please include your child's homeroom teacher's name.

To share photos for possible inclusion in the yearbook, click here. The user ID is 415963949. Be sure to include the grade level, names of students depicted, and a description of the photo. Submissions will be accepted through February 21, 2021.

Penncrest High School TOPS Shop - Now Open!

The Penncrest High School TOPS Shop is now open - and available ONLINE - just in time for the holiday season. The TOPS Shop is managed by the students in the Linking Learning to Life program. There are lots of great gift ideas - particularly for our 8th grade students who will be making the transition to Penncrest next year. Be sure to check it out!

COVID-19 Questions & Assistance

Parents & guardians who have COVID-related questions during the school day should contact our School Nurse, Ms. Hartner by email or phone - 610-627-6512. For COVID-related questions after school hours, you can reach a school district nurse. Contact information is located on the RTMSD website under District Reopening, After Hours-Covid Questions and Answers. There is a nurse available in the mornings before school from 5am to 7am, in the evenings during the week from 4pm to 10pm, and on Sunday evenings from 4pm to 10pm.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - Daily Student Symptom Screening

Parents & Guardians are required to complete an electronic symptom screening for each student. The screening will only be required for days that students are scheduled to attend school in-person. On these days, parents should look for an early morning email (check SPAM) from Rose Tree Media School District. While our overall completion rate is improving, I want to stress the IMPORTANCE of completing the daily screener BEFORE your child leaves for school.

Please make note of the following important items:

1. Please have handy your child's student ID # (lunch code) as this will be required in order to complete the screening.

2. For hybrid students, please complete the symptom screening on the days that your child should be attending in-person EVEN if they will be absent or have a need to work virtually on that day.

3. Please complete the screening PRIOR to 7:30am. A report is run at that time and students who have not submitted the screening are removed from the classroom until the response is received. I know that it is stressful and uncomfortable for students to be pulled from class.

The symptom screening is just one more way that we are working to keep students safe at school.

Technology Resources

Need to submit a HELP DESK ticket? Let our Technology Team help!

Need assistance with HAC or Schoology? Contact Mrs. Kelly in the Guidance Department.

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