Week of 2/22/21 at Richland Elementary School
We've made it to the last week of February and are thinking spring! In March, we look forward to celebrating a nation of diverse readers with Read Across America the week of March 1. See below for spirit day details. We will also hold a virtual PTO meeting on the evening of March 4 and encourage everyone to join. We hope to see you there!
Check out a recording of a parent training session on supporting your children in virtual learning below. Don't miss Leader in Me highlights and resources like Habit Homework, and get to know three more staff members and how they live the 7 Habits with their families in this week's Staff Habit Spotlight.
Have a great week!
READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK IS ALMOST HERE!
MARCH 1 - MARCH 5
For parents who have had a child struggle with virtual learning, QCSD will have Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) hold separate training sessions for elementary, middle school and high school parents to provide you with suggestions and support.
These virtual meetings will include time for a Q&A.
- Middle School, 6:30 p.m. February 22nd with Bobby Slavin
- High School, 6:30 p.m. February 25th with Bobby Slavin
Click here for information on how to attend these sessions. The training will be recorded and posted on the website for those unable to attend.
RES HIGHLIGHTED IN PA LEADER IN ME NEWSLETTER!
STAFF HABIT SPOTLIGHT!
MRS. DISTEFANO, READING SPECIALIST/INSTRUCTIONAL COACH
MS. DEROSSI, HALF DAY KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Habit 4, Think Win-Win
My dogs are a big part of my life and they help me to think Win-Win each day! Life can get busy and it is easy to forget to take time for myself! One of my favorite things to do is to find some time every day to be active. However, it is usually last on my list of things “to do”. My dogs are very energetic and need some time to play and run. I utilize Habit #4: Think Win-Win by getting exercise while helping my dogs to use up all that extra energy! We do all kinds of things! Some things we like to do are take long walks, run together, and swim. I can even throw my dogs a ball while exercising in my basement. At the end of the day, I’ve had some time to do some of my favorite things and so have my dogs! Everyone wins!
MRS. JUSZYNSKI, INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Mrs. J. loves to see the Juszynski family use Habit 6, Synergize! There are five people in my family, and it’s always best when we work together. One of our favorite family activities is to hike and camp. Mr. J. is an organized planner and he likes to read maps and choose our trail. My oldest son Kevin likes to lead the way when we are hiking. John likes to use his skills from Scouts to plan our meals and snacks. My youngest son Daniel is a Scout too and he makes sure we all have our Camelbacks filled with fresh water. Mrs. J. likes to read about the area where we are hiking and share interesting facts with the family. One thing I always appreciate is that even though everyone can hike faster than I can they always make sure they stop and wait or circle back to make sure we all stay together. When we finish our hike we all enjoy a good meal around the campfire and end our day with s’mores. I’m grateful for our time in nature when our family can synergize and appreciate the strengths of each member of our family.
HABITS AT HOME
LOOK FOR THESE OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN SEESAW EACH WEEK!
DAILY QUESTION OF THE DAY
MONDAY: What do you really love to do at school?
TUESDAY: What do you really love to do outside of school?
WEDNESDAY: What makes you feel anxious?
THURSDAY: How do you stay organized?
FRIDAY: What is your biggest dream?
CONSIDER APPLYING FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
Currently, our district is providing ALL families with children up to the age of 18 with FREE breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year through funds from the US Department of Agriculture. However, if you do not have a current application on file for the 2020-2021 school year, you could miss benefits from the State, should it decide to provide the Pandemic EBT Benefits again.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Reiss, Free & Reduced Lunch Program, at email@example.com or 215-529-2022.
OUR WORDS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
DISTRICT BOOSTS PAY FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
Hoping to incentivize more people with a Bachelor’s degree to become substitute teachers, the Quakertown Community School District is significantly increasing pay for substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year.
The per diem rate is being raised from $105 to $120 per day. Long term per diem pay is being raised from $140 to $175 per day, highest in the area. The average per diem rate in Bucks County and surrounding districts is $109. The long term substitute rate is $125. Please click here for the story.
Click here for job openings in the Upper Bucks County Technical School.
YELLOW ALERT MESSAGE FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS
We will review our absence data again the next morning and consult with Dr. Harner. If we cannot open our school safely, you will be notified by 7:30 a.m., and our school will operate virtually for the day. Please note that the notification/closure will apply to the individual school building only and other buildings will operate normally.
We will do our best and exhaust all strategies to avoid having to close our school for lack of adequate staffing, but it may occur. This will be our system that provides you advance notice as soon as we can.
If the school becomes virtual for a day or a period of time, teachers will teach synchronously and will supply all information needed to students and families about daily schedules.
Thank you for your support.
ALL SCHOOL YEAR FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS
The free food program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended a nationwide waiver to allow the Quakertown Community School District to provide FREE meals to ALL students regardless of need. No qualification or identification is needed.
ALL students are eligible to receive FREE breakfast and FREE lunch through the end of the school year in June.
Breakfast will be served at Richland in our lunch room or classrooms from 8:45-9:00.
Lunch will have three selections daily: A sandwich/wrap/hot entree, a salad with a protein and roll, or a Grape/Peanut Butter Uncrustable. An assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables along with milk will be available daily. Students will order their lunches in the morning and will eat lunch in their classrooms. Lunches will be assembled by the cafeteria staff in bags, with aides delivering to rooms at the scheduled lunch times.
For Virtual Learners, free meal pickup is now held two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, students can receive meals for two days, and on Wednesdays for three days. Pickup remains at the Quakertown Community High School bus loop from 11:15 AM until 12:30 PM.
FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO QUARANTINE?
What should you or your child do if asked to quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19? After an exposure to Covid-19, it may take between 2-14 days for symptoms to appear. When ordered to quarantine, you must stay inside of your home until cleared by the Department of Health. Even if you have no symptoms, you or your child should not be outside of your home having close contact with friends and neighbors. If you become infected with the virus, with or without symptoms, interacting with others not in your household can cause community spread of the disease.
While in school, we require children and staff to be masked, wash their hands often, and socially distance to prevent our Richland community from becoming ill. Even if your child has been diagnosed with a common cold, please ensure they avoid contact with other children to prevent transmission and missed school days. Following these same good habits outside of school will prevent you, your children, and others from becoming sick, whether it be from Covid-19, Flu, or any number of common fall and winter illnesses.
For more information, please read QCSD Exclusion from and Return to School Requirements.
LIVE AND VIRTUAL DAILY ATTENDANCE
Every day Monday through Friday is a school day.
Please keep your child home if they show any symptoms and call to let us know. You will receive a follow up call from our school nurse. We will confirm if your child will become a virtual learner for a period of time so they are not marked absent from in person instruction while staying home with symptoms.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE PHYSICALLY IN THE BUILDING:
Attendance will be taken as in the past, and students will be marked absent if they are not physically present. *Please note, only students who need to quarantine or are approved by the principal or school nurse will learn virtually instead of in person.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE 100% VIRTUAL LEARNERS:
Attendance will be taken daily. All students are to complete their "check-in" activity as explained by their teachers by 2:00 daily. To allow for the completion of work asynchronously, students may complete other school activities after 2:00, but the check-in must be completed by 2:00 in order to be marked as present.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT:
You will receive an email at 3:00 on the day your child is marked absent. The school must receive an excuse from you within 3 days of the absence.
New this year, you may respond to the email with your absence reason. You can also email an excuse to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, you may send in an absence note to the office. All excuses must be received within 3 days of the absence.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
The live school day begins at 9:00 and ends at 2:00.
Please note AM Kindergarten pick up at 11:00 and PM drop off at 12:00 are in the front of the school.
All buses will drop off and pick up in the front of the school.