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KUTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S NEWSLETTER
October 23, 2020
Dates to Remember
Monday, October 26- Wear red for Red Ribbon Week!
Next Week- Official Elementary Mode Change forms will be released
Friday, October 30- Student Emergency and Information Form Due (see info below)
Friday, October 30- Wear Halloween colors! (see info below)
Saturday, October 31- Submit pictures of pumpkins for contest (see info below)
Tuesday, November 3- Election Day- no in-person instruction, but online instruction for all students
Monday, November 9- Monday, November 23- Online Book Fair (more information forthcoming)
Thursday, November 12- General Membership Virtual Home and School Meeting at 12 PM- Eat your lunch and chat with us! (link and agenda will be forthcoming)
Friday, December 11- Blood Drive from 2 to 7 PM at Doylestown Township Building (more information forthcoming)
STUDENT EMERGENCY AND INFORMATION FORM- DUE 10/30
Each year, the Central Bucks School District asks our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form. The due date was extended to October 30th. The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:
- Demographic Information
- Emergency Contacts
- Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
- Media Release Preferences
Click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the form. Thank you for taking the time to update this important information.
Updated Travel Request Form
Here is the new family travel request form to act as a reminder to families when returning from a state or country on the commonwealth’s travel advisory list: https://www.cbsd.org/cms/lib/PA01916442/Centricity/Domain/386/CB328_familytravel_writable_PDF_Oct%202020.pdf
PLEASE NOTE: Per the guidelines listed in the district’s health and safety plan, students returning from states/countries listed on the commonwealth’s "COVID-19 Information for Travelers" web page may not attend school in-person or participate in school-sponsored activities in person for 14 days from the date on which they return from travel. (Students will participate in classes online during this time period.) School administrators reserve the right to enforce this procedure in the event that students return in-person in violation of this directive.
In accordance with our district Health and Safety plan, we will not be holding a Halloween parade or parties this school year, unfortunately. You are not permitted to send in food items for the class. In addition we ask that students do not wear or bring costumes on Friday, October 30th. This is a district wide decision and impacts all elementary buildings.
On Friday, October 30th we will participate in Halloween themed activities, on a whole school level and individual classroom level. Students are encouraged to show their Halloween spirit by wearing Halloween themed clothing or clothing that is orange, black, green, or purple. No costumes please.
Please submit Halloween photographs or videos as a family- https://flipgrid.com/58f3ae6e. We will then create a video to share with students, staff, and families the week of November 2.
Participate in our virtual pumpkin contest! Send pictures of your pumpkins with your child's name, grade level, and teacher to Kutzpumpkins@gmail.com More information is included below.
We will have school wide bingo and teachers have some other fun activities planned!
I know our students will have a great day. Our teachers and staff are looking forward to celebrating in new ways. Thank you for your continued support. Happy Halloween!
Home and School Newsletter
A Note from the Board
It’s been an interesting year so far, with so many changes and unknowns. But in our sweet little community of Kutz Elementary, you would never know it. Our amazing teachers have gone above and beyond each and every day to make school a safe, happy and secure place for our children. As a Home and School Association, we feel we can do our part by supporting our extraordinary teachers as well as finding creative ways to bring fun and joy to the Kutz community at large. Stay tuned. Please click the file below for the full Home and School Newsletter.
Home & School Board 2020
Courtney England: Co- President
Heather Laphen: Co- President
Jennifer Springer: Secretary
Deb Dee: Co- Treasurer
Laura Murray: Co- Treasurer
GRADE LEVEL PARENT COODINATORS NEEDED
This year, instead of Homeroom Parents specific to each classroom, we are looking for 4-5 parent coordinators for each grade level. Since only essential personnel are permitted on school grounds, our roles will look quite different this year. As a parent coordinator, you will be asked to collaborate with the other grade level coordinators, collect any parent donations for teacher gifts and appreciation throughout the school year and assist in collecting pictures for our yearbook. As the year continues and new needs arise, these roles will most likely evolve so flexibility is the key! If you are interested and/or have any ideas for this role, please email Heather Laphen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kutz Yearbook 2020-2021
Dear Kutz Parents,
This year’s Kutz Yearbook will be a memorable one for us all! Although it might be a unique challenge to capture the stories of the year and the students of our school, we are excited to get started. One thing is certain: This year, we need your help to create it.
Below are some ways you can help guarantee your student is featured in the yearbook. Photos can be submitted to https://images.memoryebooks.com/415468037 or follow the directions on the REPLAYIT flyer.
• Capture candid (not posed) and posed moments of your student, learning virtually or headed off to school.
• Take photos of anything that happens in your home that connects back to our school. (whether virtually or in-person) An example could be the upcoming virtual pumpkin decorating.
This is our chance, collectively as a school and community, to create a book that our students deserve! The Yearbook Committee is also looking for volunteers who have creative ideas to contribute or just want to help. To be on the committee please send me your email address. Thank you in advance for all your help! Any questions please contact me.
CB Cares - October Boomerang
CB Cares is kicking off this year’s monthly Boomerang awards with the asset SAFETY.
Do you know a student who feels safe at home, school & in the neighborhood?
Please nominate them by emailing Michele Putnam at email@example.com. Please include your child's name, grade level, teacher, and a little blurb about how they champion this asset by October 26th.
All nominees will be recognized and will receive a CB Cares car magnet. Our school winner will also receive a certificate and have the opportunity to be considered for the monthly district award.
These are the dates each class will need the art supplies by:
- Monday, October 26- First day of art for Mrs. Kallelis, Mrs. Engel, Mrs. Zakuto, Mrs. Lere, Mrs. Jeffers, Mr. Geist, and Mrs. K. Carroll.
- Friday, November 6- First day of art for Mrs. Fuhrmeister, Mrs. Matthews, Ms. MacNeill, and Mrs. Abato
Students are to bring their fully charged laptop or iPad to and from school each day. Please make sure that students are charging their devices at night in order to bring to school the next day. Students who did not receive a device bag will receive one in the coming weeks.
Some families have been asking about purchasing additional items such as pens, pen tips, chargers, and bags. These items are available through My Payments Plus. You are welcome to purchase the item, print the receipt and then, complete a Help Desk Ticket to arrange a pick up time at school.
Click here for more information about this process: Technology Accessories.
Children are expected to attend all elements of the school day in whatever mode you selected, unless they have an excused absence (i.e. illness, appointment). It is important to understand that attendance is mandatory for all students per the compulsory attendance laws of Pennsylvania. Attendance will be taken each school day. Students that are not in class or not logged on at the start of class will be marked absent or tardy if they arrive late to their physical or virtual class.
If your child will not be able to attend school, in person or virtually, or needs to miss part of the day for an appointment, parents need to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is strongly preferred but if you are unable to email the school, please call the school attendance line at 267-893-3900.
Online and hybrid students need to be present and actively participating in their learning. Having the camera on and being visible to the teacher allows the teacher to note their attendance as present. Students who turn off their camera for extended periods of time and are not engaging in the lesson, or leave the class early will be marked absent.
News from the Nurse
Health Check Reminder
1. Please monitor your child daily for fever and/or other signs of COVID-19. Be sure to keep students home if they have one of the following symptoms –cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new lack of smell or taste; or two of the following symptoms – fever, sore throat, runny nose/congestion, chills, muscle pain, nausea or vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and fatigue.
2. Students with fever/symptoms/with no known COVID-19 exposure may return to school when asymptomatic and fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; or confirmation of alternative diagnosis by health care provider.
3. Families are required to report confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 to the School Nurse.
4. Students who exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be placed in isolation and masked until arrangements are made for dismissal.
5. Students with positive COVID-19 test may return to school after 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and being fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. The student will need to produce the Isolation Release Letter from the Bucks County Department of Health.
6. Students returning after COVID-19 infection will be checked by the School Nurse prior to returning to the classroom.
7. If a student is exposed to a person with a positive COVID- 19 test, the student will have to quarantine for 14 days. If the student becomes symptomatic, they will be treated as a positive COVID-19 case and will need to isolate at home for 10 days from the date that the symptoms began.
I want to remind everyone that flu season is just around the corner. I am asking that families consider getting a flu vaccine. We want to keep everyone as healthy as possible this year. Some of the symptoms for flu and COVID are the same and we do not want anyone to have to take extra steps in order to return to in person instruction. Children are typically out of school for a week with the flu. Please ask your doctor if you have concerns about getting the vaccine. Putting a reminder on your phone or calendar is a good way to remember to prioritize your health.
We are hearing from some parents that their children have seasonal allergy symptoms. In an effort to keep from having symptoms on the COVID Daily Checklist, please consider keeping their allergies under control by giving daily allergy medication. If you have concerns about this please consult your child's pediatrician about other options.
Please refer to the COVID - 19 Allergies vs. Flu Spreadsheet below.
Jennifer L. Donovan RN, BSN, CSN Certified School Nurse
Titus Elementary (T,W,F) Phone (267) 893-4515 Fax (267) 893-5814
Kutz Elementary (M,Th) Phone (267) 893-3915 Fax (267) 893-5810
District Health and Safety Plan
Daily School Hours
Elementary School B (Kutz)
- Grades 1-6: 8:50 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- AM Kindergarten: 8:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
- PM Kindergarten: 12:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DAILY SCHEDULE – ONLINE-ONLY
The daily schedule for ALL CBSD elementary schools (A/B/C schools) will be as follows. This schedule is in effect only for those students enrolled in the online-only program model. (This schedule is similar to the “Virtual Learning Schedules” distributed to families on Friday, September 11.)
- Grades 1-6: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Student Directory 2019-2020
Kutz Student/Parent Handbook
Below is the Kutz Parent and Student Handbook. This handbook provides a comprehensive summary of school and district policies and programs for students and their families. We hope you will find this to be a valuable resource.
*We are in the process of updating the handbook for the 2020-2021 school year. This will be shared soon.
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