Schweitzer Newsletter October 31, 2022

Fall News & Updates

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Hello, Schweitzer families.

We are back in full swing, and it has been a busy month of October! I want to thank Mrs. Kelly Moyer, our school counselor, for leading us in celebration of UNITY DAY on October 19th. The entire building wore orange and messages were given throughout the week to stomp out bullying at Albert Schweitzer.

Thank you also to everyone that joined us for our Monster Mash and Trunk-or-Treat on October 21st. It was a great night with beautiful weather and SPOOK-tacular costumes in celebration of Halloween. Thank you to our PTO and staff for leading such a well-attended event!

Our Schweitzer Halloween Parade was also a wonderful event. We love having parents and family out front of the Schweitzer/Sandburg complex to support and cheer on our students. It was great to see students and families waving and smiling and enjoying our community parade. Thank you for joining us!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween Trick-or-Treating with friends and family.

Dr. Amy Orlando

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If you're interested in your child being a part of a lunch bunch group, please click the link below for a list of types of groups and the descriptions. Email Mrs. Kelly Moyer, our School Counselor, which groups you would like your child to be in.

There is also a Kindness Calendar attached below for students to follow for the month of November. It was also backpacked for students to bring home. Please encourage your child to participate in the Kindness Calendar challenge.

Mrs. Moyer's School Counselor Website

Unity Day-October 19th

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Unity Day was Wednesday, October 19th!! Unity Day is a day schools stand together against bullying and unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. On Wednesday, the 19th the students and staff at Albert Schweitzer will be wearing orange. In addition, all week long, the students will be learning about the types of bullying, the effects of bullying and how they can be an upstander. Please encourage your child to wear something orange to school.

Thanksgiving Help

This Thanksgiving season give the gift of giving! Some of our Schweitzer families could really use our help this year with providing them with a nice Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy. If you're interested in helping one of these families, please see the attached link for more details. Thank you so much for helping put a smile on these families' faces and giving them a nice dinner to enjoy!

Title I Parent and Family Engagement Survey

Our elementary school currently receives federal funding for Title I, and your input is valued at Albert Schweitzer Elementary School.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey below so that we can gather additional information to continuously improve the education and interventions for all children. This information will be used to help us plan parent & family engagement activities throughout the school year.

If you have any questions about Title I at Neshaminy SD, please contact your building representative, Kristen Casile or Robert Boffa, Federal Programs Coordinator. This year's NSD/Albert Schweitzer Title 1 Handbook, Home/School Compact, and parent & Family Engagement Policy for 22-23 are also attached.

Please complete the survey ASAP.
Thank you!

Monster Mash & Trunk-Or-Treat

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First Graders Search for Nonsense and Real Words

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Students in Mr. Wells's first grade classroom were working together in small groups doing differentiated literacy activities. In this group, students search for words in the classroom and sorted them based on real and nonsense words.

Second Grade Math Fun with Pumpkins!

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Second graders in Mrs. Burns's class spent time measuring pumpkins. They measured the height and width of their pumpkin using different types of measuring tools such as cubes and a tape measure. They also named their pumpkin and drew a picture of themselves with their pumpkin.


Regular school attendance is necessary for a successful school experience. Instructional

continuity is the valuable interaction which occurs between teachers, students and peers. When

a student is absent from school, tardy or dismissed early, he or she is missing valuable academic experiences along with social and emotional learning. Realizing that regular attendance in school is necessary for students to gain maximum benefits from public education, the Board urges all parents/guardians to stress punctuality and regular attendance habits with their children.

Excused Absence:

Any child who is absent from school must present a written excuse signed by the parent or

guardian. The excuse must clearly indicate the reason for the absence and must be presented to school staff within three school days from the child's return to school. Please note that a phone call does not excuse your child's attendance. The school will classify an absence as "excused" for one of the following reasons only:

  • Illness/Injury
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Quarantine
  • Exceptionally urgent reasons (will be used only in such unavoidable absences as affect the welfare of the child directly and not for the convenience of the parent)
  • Religious observances WITH prior approval
  • Family Emergency
  • Educational tours or trips WITH prior approval (not to exceed three days per year)
  • Non-school sponsored educational tours or trips (not to exceed five days per year)
  • Health care

Any absence that can be anticipated beforehand should be brought to the attention of the

building administration in advance of the absence.

A maximum of fifteen (15) days of cumulative lawful absences verified by parental notification shall be permitted during a school year. All absences beyond fifteen (15) cumulative days shall require an excuse from a licensed medical practitioner.

A student is considered truant when a student has been absent for three (3) days during the current school year without a lawful excuse. Any child accumulating six (6) or more days of unlawful absences will be considered habitually truant. Notices will be provided by the district to the person in parental relation who resides in the same household as the student after the third unexcused absence.

Attached is an Absence Excuse Form that can be completed following an absence. You can also email the Absence Excuse Form to Mrs. Dorie Beisel, our Attendance Clerk at

Chomebook Care

We have seen a rise in the amount of damage for student Chromebooks. Please remind your child to care for their Chromebooks. Simple steps to assist are:

  • Use two hands when holding or moving the device.
  • Use clean hands while using the laptop.
  • Use only the power adapter that came with the device.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to clean the screen.
  • Keep device stored in the provided case. This includes traveling through the hallways, on buses, or anytime the device is not being utilized.
  • Make sure nothing is on the keyboard, close the lid, and remove all cables if any are plugged into the laptop. Place laptop in your bag carefully.
  • Be careful when placing your case on the floor. Keep the device off the floor so screens do not get stepped on by others.

The Chromebook Student Pledge is attached as a reminder.

Albert Schweitzer PTO

Next PTO Meeting

Date: Tuesday, November 1st

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Albert Schweitzer Library

PTO Officers for 2022-2023

Co-Presidents-Amy Kaminski & Katie Doherty

Co-Vice Presidents-Alicia Good & Kristen Devlin

Treasurer-Jamie Gomba

Recording Secretary-Victoria Barnes Lee

Corresponding Secretary-Ashley Arnold

Parliamentarian-Melanie Jackson-Panichelle

PTO-Nothing Bundt Cake Fundraiser

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We will be selling vouchers for 8" Cakes and Bundtlets from

October 31st – November 14th.

All you do is fill out this order form that is attached to this paper and return. Just choose the type of voucher(s) and the amount you'd like to purchase. Then you can submit payment via

Venmo (@Albert-SchweitzerPTO) or Check (made out to ASPTO).

Vouchers will be delivered to students by November 18th

Vouchers can be used at any time as they do not expire.

You just need to call (215) 944-8491 to reserve your cake(s).

Volunteer Clearance Reminder

The school year brings back opportunities to volunteer in school. If you have not already done so, please click the button below to learn more about the process and requirements to volunteer in NSD. Parents need to submit all volunteer clearances via App Garden Volunteer Tracker, a contactless application and paperwork submission process. Sign-up is required for both new and returning volunteers.

Clearances expire five years after approval, so please check ahead of time to be sure yours are still current. Thank you for supporting our staff and students by volunteering your time!

Free & Reduced Meal Program

Neshaminy School District is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere! Learn more about our Free/Reduced Meal program in the Neshaminy School District here. Remember that families do need to reapply each year, so please be sure to complete the forms for the 2022-2023 school year. Handouts were provided for each child on Back-to-School Night, and there is also a flyer below.

Student Accident Insurance

Neshaminy School District does not carry medical/dental insurance for students, but we are pleased to offer the opportunity to enroll in a low-cost group supplemental insurance plan. Information about this plan can be found in the documents below. All applications now need to be completed online.

Phillies Spirit Day!! GO PHILLIES!!

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Schweitzer Halloween Parade & Celebrations

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Picture Retake day-November 15th

If you missed Picture Day or need to retake pictures,

that will take place on November 15th.

Bring your smiles!

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Important Dates

November 8th-Election Day (NO SCHOOL)
November 11th-Veteran's Day (NO SCHOOL)

November 15th-Picture Retake Day
November 23rd-Staff Professional Development (NO SCHOOL for Students)
November 24th & 25th-Thanksgiviing Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

Like our Albert Schweitzer Facebook Page

We are working hard to keep our Albert Schweitzer Facebook page updated with lots of photos from school events. Please be sure to visit our site often and 'Like' our page!