Keystone Central School District
Notes From the Principal
Hello Robb Families -
We are nearing the 100th day of school and it is going fast! Here are some updates for February.
"Coffee & Conversation": We have established a family impact group titled "Coffee and Conversation" and we meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:00 at Robb Elementary School. No RSVP required and all are welcome to attend. This is an opportunity for families to come in and talk directly to Mr. Barth, Mr. McCloskey and our school counselors and interventionists about any ideas, concerns or questions you may have that will help continue to create the best learning experience for all students at Robb. If you are unable to attend this meeting, we encourage you to attend our PTO Meeting the following evening at 6:30 in the Robb Library. Really cool things often start with a simple conversation. Hope to see you on the 15th or 16th.
PBIS: Mr. McCloskey, Mrs. Williams and our PBIS Team have been busy. Students are attending monthly meetings to review SWIS (school-wide information system) data and set goals for each other surrounding our 4-Be's of expected behaviors. Talk to your child and ask about our PBIS program and all the great things they have access to, especially praise from our staff for positive behavior. Ask your child about our "Power Hour" at Robb or the "Cat Coin Menu" or the "Principal's 100 Club". Our staff is committed to a 5-1 mindset, and we strive to acknowledge 5 positive actions before making any direct redirection of unexpected behavior.
Report Cards: Report cards for Q2 will be coming home on February 3rd. Be on the lookout and be sure to celebrate that success with your child.
Attendance: School attendance is critical and has a direct connection with how successful your child will be throughout their educational experience. We need your child here in order for them to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Attendance is the start of all success! If your child is absent please be sure to provide an appropriate excuse within 3 days of their return to school. You can submit excuses electronically to email@example.com. If you have any questions about attendance, please call Ms. Megan at 570-893-4900 ext 2703. Thank you for your support and setting your child up for success through having regular school attendance.
Kindness & Bullying Prevention: This month we are focusing on Kindness at Robb Elementary and spreading as much of it as we can! We are also making a strong effort to re-visit bullying prevention and awareness through daily announcements and lessons K-4 by our school counselors. Please see more information below in Counselor's Corner.
Community and Giving: We are so proud of our Robb Family. With your support we were able to donate over 1500 food drive items to St. Paul's Pantry. The pantry is located in the parking lot on Main Street where our Holiday Concert is held. The pantry is open 24-7 an available to all who need. The church reported that with our donation, they will be able to keep the pantry stocked for 4-5 months. Big shout out to Mrs. Veltri's class who brought in 195 food drive items. They were the top donation provider for the challenge this year.
Thank you for checking out our Newsletter and be sure to read on for more great information below. Please share your stories in our community that shed light on the great things that are happening at Robb Elementary. We are fortunate to have such an outstanding school in our community. Have a wonderful February!
February 3: Report cards go home
February 6-10: Robb KINDNESS spirit week (see schedule on Bloomz)
February 7: 100th day of school
February 14: Valentine's Day (celebrations in each homeroom) look for info from HR teacher
February 15: Coffee & Conversation @ 12:00 (Every third Wednesday at Robb)
February 16: Robb fun night @ 6:00-7:30 for grades 3/4 (dance fundraiser)
February 16: PTO meeting at 6:30 (Every third Thursday at Robb)
February 17 - No School
February 20 - President's Day - No School
February 24: PBIS school-wide event: NED's Kindness Adventure
Messages & Alerts
With winter weather upon us, there will be days when we may need to delay the start of the school day or have a remote learning day. Please be sure to sign up for Bloomz, our new messaging app, so you don't miss any important information.
February Federal Programs Updates
All elementary schools conducted full school assessment screenings of math and reading progress in January. Our intervention teams used this information to update WIN groups (What I Need), and from what we are seeing so far, our students are growing rapidly!
Report cards will be sent home on February 3rd.
At all school levels, we use Title IV federal funds to purchase incentives for PBIS (our positive school-wide behavior supports) rewards, and we emphasize the goal of following school rules in all schools.
Required documents for families:
Right to Request Qualifications of Teachers (see Annual Notices and Policy Review button above) - if you wish to request a paper copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Note: If your child is taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is instructing in a
content area for which they are not currently certified, the district must notify you. Four week
notification letters will be added here if that becomes necessary.
Non-Discrimination Statement (see Annual Notices and Policy Review button above) - if you wish to request a paper copy, please contact email@example.com.,pa.us
Title I District Parent Policy - Policy 918
Coaching Newsletter for Families - How We Teach Reading
Kindergarten Registration is HERE!!
The Literacy (LIT) Ladies are always looking for ways to teach families how they can help their student(s) at home. Be on the lookout for videos posted on Bloomz with tips and tricks on how to support your child with their reading and writing at home!
#KeystoneCares: February is for Family
The faculty and staff of KCSD encourage parents to send their student to school everyday in order to achieve academic success!
If your student is absent, all parent excuses or medical excuses must be received by the office within 3 days after they return. Excuses can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are concerned about your student's attendance, please reach out to your student's school counselor.
Second Step® Programs Support Families
As parents and caregivers, you are your child’s first and most important teachers, and play a vital role in their social, emotional, and academic development. Your child’s classroom teachers and school counselors are here to support you in this, and the Second Step® family of programs is one of the tools they’re using.
Second Step® programs combine discussions with fun activities and family resources. The programs help children learn social-emotional skills such as responsible decision-making, working together to solve problems, managing strong emotions, and getting along with others. These skills can help children succeed academically and socially.
Kindness Month: Second Step® Bullying Prevention Lessons
February is Kindness Month. At Robb, to promote kindness, Mrs. Harris & Mrs. Williams will be teaching Bullying Prevention Lessons in every classroom. Less bullying happens where children follow rules that make their school safe and respectful.
Second Step® Resources for Families
Here are some Second Step® activities for reviewing bullying prevention at home, called Home Links.
Kindergarten Home Links 3rd Grade Home Links
1st Grade Home Links 4th Grade Home Links
Family Focused February
Family and school partnerships are essential for helping students achieve at their maximum potential and while parent and community involvement has always been a cornerstone of public schools, greater recognition and support of these collaborative efforts is needed. Please click the image to the right for a PDF with more information.
Source: National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
If your family speaks a language other than English, the district has access to translators and interpreters that can accompany you in meetings with teachers and school members. If you would like to be connected with a translator or interpreter please reach out to your child’s teacher or the school guidance counselor. The accessibility features in the top right corner of this Smore allow you to translate this page.
Safety & Security
Officer Scott VanGorder - Central Mountain High School
Officer Cory Beaver - Bucktail High School & Renovo Elementary
Officer James Knarr - Central Mountain Middle School
Officer Mike Fetzer - Elementary district-wide and District Attendance Officer
Officer Todd Brian - District-wide
Keeping Up With Keystone
Career & Technical Center
Data & Performance
The ASVAB will be administered to all 10th grade students at BT and CMHS.
CMHS- February 7th and 8th at 8:30am
BT - TBA
Please contact your child's teacher for information and updates on your child's progress.
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