RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 6/1/21 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


Happy Memorial Day! We remember those who courageously gave their lives and honor our nation's heroes today.


It is hard to believe we are entering the first week of June! As we approach summer, I invite you to pause and reflect on the school year that is almost behind us. Together, we have not just gotten through it. I believe our students have thrived under incredible circumstances. This in large part is due to the amazing Richland staff and families. No doubt, this has been my toughest year, and I choose to focus on my personal and professional growth and what I have learned, and I know I am stronger for it. So, thank you for your partnership this year.


We have much to celebrate as we wind down this school year. See below for your opportunity to volunteer at Richland's field day. And students have another chance to shine in our virtual talent show! Details are below.


Families of students in grades 3-5, please read the PSSA information below for in-person and virtual students. Assessments will begin this Wednesday. Please note, any students who are opted out will stay at home and work asynchronously. Please reach out to nzuerblis@qcsd.org with questions.


Happy Memorial day and enjoy this first week of June!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

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THIS WEEK'S SPIRIT DAYS

MONDAY: Memorial Day, No School

TUESDAY: Tie Dye Tuesday!

WEDNESDAY: Favorite Book Day!

THURSDAY: Thankful Thursday!

FRIDAY: RES Spirit Day!

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PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5

STARTS THIS WEDNESDAY, 6/2

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will be administered online to students in grades 3-5 in early June. Scheduled dates for the PSSA are below.


*Please make sure your child comes to school with their device charged to use for assessments.


June 2-4: English Language Arts (ELA)

June 8-9: Math

June 10-11: Science (grade 4 only)


Students receiving in-person instruction will take online assessments at school on the morning of these dates.


Students learning virtually will take online assessments at school in the afternoon, after in-person students are dismissed. Please confirm your virtual student's attendance here.


Students in grades 3-5 who are scheduled to take the PSSA but opt-out will have required asynchronous learning at home on the testing dates.


Should you have any questions related to PSSA testing, please contact our school office.

MASKING MANDATE REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH JUNE

Masking remains a requirement in school. Students may unmask when eating, distanced 6 feet apart, or when engaged in physical activity outdoors.

RES LEADERS SERVE OUR COMMUNITY

Richland students collected and assembled 150 snack bags for residents of Grundy House. Students decorated the gifts with spring and Memorial Day themes. Bags included packets of crackers, cookies, oatmeal, granola bars, and chips. Teachers delivered the goodies.


Thank you to our staff and Richland student leaders for serving our community!

RES STUDENT TOUR GUIDES WELCOME NEW STUDENTS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

RES FIELD DAY 2021 VOLUNTEERS

Monday, June 14th is Richland Elementary School Field Day! Please join Mr. Kemmerer and the field day team in making this year’s field day a great experience for all by volunteering to help. Volunteers will help run field day activities, organize materials, and assist students in any way possible. The rain date for field day is Wednesday, June 16th.


If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this Google Form by June 7th, 2021. This is a firm deadline as we must confirm clearances and cannot accept volunteers after that date. Please be sure to indicate the time frame (AM, PM or all day) that you are available to help. AM Volunteers will run from 8:00-11:05. PM Volunteers will run from 11:30-1:30. Full day Volunteers will run from 8:00-1:30. Please also indicate if you are available to help with the rain date of June 16th (all times remain the same). After I receive your contact information and availability for the day, I will reach out to discuss the details of your activity for the day.


All volunteers must have their updated clearances on file with QCSD via APP-Garden. If ALL clearances are not approved in App Garden, you will not be able to volunteer. Please use the links below to view which clearances are needed to volunteer.


● Details on required clearances can be found here:

Volunteer Information

● The link to App-Garden where clearances must be uploaded can be found here:

App Garden

● Please fill out this Google Form if you are available to volunteer:

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RICHLAND'S GOT TALENT!

HABIT 8: FIND YOUR VOICE

Richland’s Got Talent is our virtual talent show! This year, it is open to ALL grade levels!


Let's showcase Habit #8-Find Your Voice!


If you would like to show off one of your wonderful talents, we would love for you to submit a video to Flipgrid. The time limit for your video is 90 seconds. The Flipgrid is divided into grade levels, so you will submit your talent in your grade level section.


Please note- you must use your school student email address to access Flipgrid and submit your entry. If you do not know your email, please contact your teacher.


Submissions for your videos will begin on June 1st, and the last day to submit your video is June 11th. Once you submit your video, a teacher will need to approve it first. Once it is approved, you will see your video on the grid for everyone else to view! Please make sure your video and song (if applicable) are appropriate for school.


Have fun! We can’t wait to see your video! Go to https://flipgrid.com/08f3f331 and “Join with Google” using your school email.


Find your grade level under “Topics.”


*There will be a Seesaw activity with the Flipgrid link in it as well!*

Thank you to the dozens of students who submitted projects for this year's Project PROUD. Please click on the image below to watch the digital compilation!


Richland is PROUD of this demonstration of student leadership!

A great way to express gratitude. I share these weekly with staff. Keep the shout outs coming!
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THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS

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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.


MONDAY: Memorial Day, No School

TUESDAY: What do you like to do on days you don’t go to school?

WEDNESDAY: How much quiet time do you like each day?

THURSDAY: How do you like to learn?

FRIDAY: How would your friends describe you?

JOYFUL JUNE

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This month's theme is all about finding the joy in life, even when things are difficult.


Research has shown that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally become more resilient to adversity. So let's train our brains to find the joy.

FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE

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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.

Please click here for the Free & Reduced Meal Program applications.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Reiss, Free & Reduced Lunch Program, at sreiss@qcsd.org or 215-529-2022.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 lmoyer@qcsd.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

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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

PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5

6/2-6/4 ELA

6/8-6/9 MATH

6/10-6/11 SCIENCE (grade 4 only)


Virtual students will come to Richland at 2:30.

FIELD DAY 6/14

5TH GRADE LUNCHEON & DRIVE UP PHOTOS 6/15

VIRTUAL SCIENCE ASSEMBLIES 6/17

KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION 6/18

5TH GRADE PROMOTION 6/18

Live streamed at 10:00

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL 6/21