THE WEDNESDAY MESSAGE!

The Official Weekly of Salford Hills Elementary School

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Race Tracker Update

We have finished counting all the generous sponsorship donations that have been returned to the school and are excited to announce the total! We are so grateful to have reached and exceeded our goal! We have now received $34,866 in race sponsorships which will directly benefit our students!

It is not too late to participate in this fundraiser or to make a general end-of-year gift. Donations are still arriving at the school. Every dollar is gratefully received, deeply appreciated, and wisely used to directly support our Salford Hills Community.

If you are interested in who sponsored your child in order to personally thank them, please reach out! Just send an email to: donations@salford hillshsa.org hsao with your student’s name and classroom number and we will send you their sponsors’ names.

Thank you for supporting your student and their Salford Hills experience.

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Race for Education PayPal link

Looking for the link to donate to the Race for Education? Here it is! Please ensure all donations are sent "for friends and family" and add your racer(s)'s name(s) to the note/message section.
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Mark your calendars: Holiday Gift Shop: Wed Dec 1 and Thu Dec 2

Mark Your Calendars for the Holiday Gift Shop!
The gift shop will be held during the school day Wednesday December 1 and Thursday December 2.
*We are in need of a few more volunteers*
Sign up today: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054ba9ad29a1fc1-shholiday

This is an opportunity for students to spend up to 25 minutes doing a little holiday shopping with their class.
There will be a variety of gift items ranging in price from $0.25 to $10.00, with a majority under $5.00.
We encourage you to begin talking with your students about their list and budget now.
Look for our letter, labels and money envelopes that will be sent home on Monday November 29!
Email holidayshop@salfordhillshsa.org with any questions or concerns.

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Student Quarantine Clarifications

As we see a rise in COVID cases recently, it's helpful to understand the rules the district uses when quarantining students who are close contacts.


Using the Health Department Guidelines below, students are classified as close contacts when:


  • Either student is unmasked and the exposure is less than 6ft for longer than 15 minutes
  • Either student fails to wear their mask properly or the mask is loose fitting and the exposure is less than 6ft for longer than 15 minutes
  • Either student is wearing their masks properly but the exposure is within 3ft for longer than 15 minutes
  • If a student is vaccinated (2 weeks beyond their 2nd dose) and experiencing no symptoms, the child is not classified as a close contact.


The goal of quarantining students is to reduce infectious spread and keep students safe. If you have a question, please contact our school nurse, Linda Bealer, or Dave Purnell, Principal.
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Third Grade Landscapes with Fore, Middle, and Background

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Setting Goals at Home

Click below to access the latest resource from the National Association of Elem. School Principals. This edition examines how to help children set and achieve goals. Perfect timing for the end fo the first trimester and beginning of a new calendar year. Enjoy!
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Conferences November 22-24th

From the National Association of Elementary School Principals, click the photo to access an information report and tip sheet.
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Enjoy These Latest Additions to the Kindness Bulletin Board

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Problems Solved This Year!

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We're excited to continue a long standing Salford Hills tradition of honoring Distinguished Readers, a program where students have read the equivalent of 25 books independently. Once a child's book log totals 25, the classroom teacher submits names to the office and Mrs. Connery announces the list of names every Wednesday during morning announcements. In addition, students receive a Distinguish Reader tag.


This week, we're proud to share our first group of Distinguished Readers. Congratulations!

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Dear SASD Parent/Guardian,


I want to provide an update on monitoring and response to COVID-19 cases in our school community. We are aware that parents have been turning to social media for answers. For accurate answers to questions regarding COVID in the District, please refer to District communications and the District Web site, or contact the District Administrative Offices at 215-723-6061.


Incidence and positivity rates in our district and across our county have been on the rise since shortly after Halloween. In particular, Indian Valley Middle School has seen more cases than other schools in the district. Most of the cases reported to us have originated outside of school. We are in daily communication with officials from the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) and continue with mitigation efforts at the school.


Quarantining students is required. We realize such quarantines are not ideal, but doing so keeps our school community safer. Parents often ask how we identify students as being “close contacts” or how we determine the length of quarantine for exposed students. Most often, we learn of a positive case through a parent phone call after a student has tested positive. As an example, we may be contacted on a Monday by a family with a student who tested positive over the weekend. In this scenario we are required by OPH to conduct contact tracing for the student in question and consider contacts from the previous week of school. We review seating charts and talk with staff and students to develop a list of close contacts for two days prior to the onset of symptoms of the positive student. Each student on this close contact list is then required to quarantine for at least seven days from the date of exposure.


We understand how disruptive quarantine is for families and have been working with local health officials on ways to minimize it. As a result, after the Thanksgiving break, we will be introducing a new program offered in partnership with the OPH called Test to Stay. The goal of the Test to Stay program is to reduce the need to quarantine healthy students. The Test to Stay program permits school districts to offer free, voluntary rapid antigen tests to students who have been identified as close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case. Information regarding the Test to Stay program protocols will be shared soon.


As always, parents are asked to remain vigilant in keeping their child(ren) home if they are sick. We ask parents to review the District's Illness Indicators/Sick Day Guidelines, particularly as they relate to COVID-19. Students should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms, have had a positive COVID-19 test, or are awaiting results of a test. They should also stay home if a parent, guardian, sibling, or other household contact is sick and has had a positive COVID-19 test.


Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through these challenges.

Sincerely,

Dr. Gallagher

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Dear SASD Parent/Guardian,


With cold weather approaching, parents are asked to remain vigilant in keeping their child(ren) home if they are sick. Please be reminded of the District's Illness Indicators / Sick Day Guidelines, particularly as they relate to COVID-19. Students should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms; if they have had a Positive COVID-19 Test, or are awaiting results of a test; and if a parent, guardian, sibling, or other household contact is sick and has had a Positive COVID-19 Test.


To help support vaccination of students against COVID-19, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health is now scheduling appointments for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine following FDA and CDC recommendation. Appointments are open to children who live or go to school in Montgomery County, PA. Vaccine appointments can be made online at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19vaccine or by calling 833-875-3967 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Please see the additional COVID-19 resources below:


Please visit the COVID-19 Health & Safety for the 2021-2022 School Year Web site for more information.


*NOTE: If you have questions about your child’s quarantine, please call your school’s nurse before sending your child back to school.

Thank you,
Souderton Area School District ALL SCHOOLS PARENT Information

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Montgomery County Health Dept. has expanded COVID-19 testing throughout the County. Beginning Monday, October 11th, they are going to reopen the Green Lane test site and increase the hours of operation at all locations. We are planning to reopen the Lansdale site in the near future. The new schedule is as follows:
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Click Link Below

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Salford Hills Website

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Want to volunteer?

If you are not receiving emails regarding volunteer opportunities at Salford Hills, maybe you missed the Volunteer Registration Form. (Here is it!) If you did fill it out, but you still aren't seeing emails in your inbox, email volunteer@salfordhillshsa.org, and we will investigate.

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Home and School Events Calendar

Holiday Gift Shop............. Wed/Thu Dec 1/2

STEM Night.................................... Fri Jan 21

Prime Time Reading....................... Fri Feb 4

BINGO Night.................................. Fri Mar 18

Lip Sync............................................. Fri Apr 1

Family Breakfast................ Tue/Wed Apr 5/6

Book Fair..................................... Thu May 19

Field Day snacks.......................... Fri May 20

Ice Cream Social........................ Thu May 26

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Home and School Meetings: 6PM


As a parent or guardian of a Salford Hills student, you are automatically a member of Salford Hills Home & School Association. We invite and welcome you to attend the monthly meetings, usually held on the second Tuesday evening each month. (Babysitting is provided free of charge.) These meetings keep you informed about activities at Salford Hills and HSA activities. All meetings are at 6PM, either outside by the Outdoor Classroom or in the cafeteria, depending on the weather/sunset time. At indoor meetings masks and social distancing are required.


Meetings for 2021-2022

Tuesday, January 11

Tuesday, February 8

Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday, April 26

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Questions for Home and School?

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can reach out via board@salfordhillshsa.org to contact all four board members: president (Danielle Moyer), vice-president (Lisa James), secretary (Anam Ashraf), treasurer (Trish May).

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Use Amazon Smile to support Salford Hills Home and School Association

Need help setting up your Amazon Smile acccount? Follow the directions below.
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2021-2022 School Calendar

Click THIS LINK to access the Salford Hills School Calendar which shares district dates and events as well as Salford Hills planned events. Many of these events are conditional at this point and subject to change. All changes are communicated either through e-mail or the Wednesday Message.
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Salford Hills Elementary School

Fundamentally committed to each other, we at Salford Hills are a caring community of learners who value each individual’s intrinsic worth and potential.


In our supportive environment, learners are encouraged to achieve high standards by developing responsibility for their learning through authentic experiences that require hard work, critical thinking and reflection.


Learning is a process that positively impacts the future.

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