RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 1/19/21 at Richland Elementary School

SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR MLK DAY MONDAY

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Dear Richland Families,


"Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service...You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. School is closed on Monday, and I encourage your family to participate in virtual opportunitites to honor Dr. King's Day of Service shared below. We often say a sure way to lift our own spirits is to volunteer or do something kind for others.


We're in this together!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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On Monday, 1/18, we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., and there is no school for students.


Strayer National Junior Honor Society students will be serving on MLK Day. They have recorded various activities to share with QCSD's elementary students to use or watch on Monday, January 18th.


Please access Strayer's MLK Day of Service opportunities here.

DATE CHANGE FOR MEAL PICK UP THIS WEEK AND NEXT

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Since there is no school on Monday, 1/18 and Monday, 1/25, there will be a temporary schedule change for lunch pickup at Quakertown Community High School.


Lunch pickup for all students will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those two weeks.


The time, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and place, the bus loop in front of the high school, remain the same.


The regular schedule for food pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays returns on Monday, February 1st.

VIRTUAL FAMILY NIGHT TUESDAY

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SCENES FROM THIS WEEK!

AMAZING VIRTUAL ASSEMBLY! WATCH IT AGAIN!

Richland Elementary Virtual Assembly with Jared Campbell!
We loved welcoming Jared Campbell for the third year in a row! This year the assembly was virtual, and it brought us together in ways that it hadn't before. Together, families can experience Jared's message of kindness, friendship, and inner strength. Watch this live recording personalized for the Richland community over and over again! You can access the video on the image above or at this link. Learn more about Jared Campbell and find his music at www.jaredcampellmusic.com.

RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING OUR CHILDREN

Listed below are resources for you to use at your discretion about helping children cope with traumatic events.

Helping Children Cope With Frightening News

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Report to Parents: Helping Children Cope With Tragedy

HAPPIER JANUARY 2021!

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ELEMENTARY REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE UPDATES

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QCSD's Elementary Redistricting Committee is tackling several important issues in online meetings that began in late September. The parent-led committee is scheduled to make its recommendations to the School Board on late February 11.


The Board has charged the committee with the following tasks:

  • Develop options for the grade level configuration and redistricting of elementary (or K-6) students to be implemented at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
  • Evaluate those options based on impact on academic program, impact on students and families, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, impact on facilities (including the future use of Quakertown Elementary and the Sixth Grade Center), requirement for construction, renovations, or modular classrooms, impact on transportation, impact on personnel savings, and other criteria as the Committee deems appropriate.
  • Report its findings, decision matrix, and recommendations to the Board on February 11, 2021.


Redistricting Committee meetings are open to the public via Zoom with links and other information shared here.


Remaining Committee Meeting dates


1/20/21

1/27/21


If you would like to send a comment or question to the Committee, use this email address: Elemredistrict@qcsd.org.

A dedicated section of the website serves as a COVID-19 directory place for families to locate resources and see the impact of the pandemic on the district. It's located in the Community Section and titled COVID-19 directory.
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DAILY QUESTION OF THE DAY

Each day, we read a question of the day that stems from our work with Leader in Me. We encourage you to continue the conversations at home! Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate! Share your answers each day on Twitter @RichlandQCSD.


TUESDAY: What are you responsible for at school?

WEDNESDAY: What does it mean to “choose your own weather?"

THURSDAY: What does proactive language sound like?

FRIDAY: What does reactive language sound like?

OUR WORDS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Each school year, Richland staff adopts one word. This year called for two! We invite you to join us in supporting each other with courage and grace and explore what these words mean to you.

DISTRICT BOOSTS PAY FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

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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.


QCSD has several job openings that can be found by clicking here. They include substitute nurses, aides, and food service workers.


Click here for job openings in the Upper Bucks County Technical School.

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YELLOW ALERT MESSAGE FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS

As referenced in Dr. Harner’s recent blog, we will send you a Yellow Alert message the night before IF our school has a significant risk of not having enough adults present to safely open for students the next day. Think of the Yellow Alert like a winter storm warning or other weather alert to be prepared for possible closure.


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.

A great way to express gratitude. I share these weekly with staff. Keep the shout outs coming!

ALL SCHOOL YEAR FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS

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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

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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

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Attendance is mandatory for school age children, and the live portion of our school day is 9:00-2:00, with additional time allotted for work after these hours.


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 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. 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

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Thank you for your support in making the changes to this year's drop off and pick up run so smoothly! To accommodate more car riders, that location has been moved to the back of the school. Please enter in the morning and afternoon from 313 on Chestnut Street.


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.

Upcoming Events

MLK DAY/NO SCHOOL 1/18/21

ELEMENTARY REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE MEETING 1/20/21

via Zoom link to be shared here

NO SCHOOL/TEACHER INSERVICE 1/25/21