QE Weekly Newsletter

September 11, 2022

Important Information

Title 1

Quakertown Elementary School is a Title I school. Title 1 is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Title I provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.


Please see here for the Right to Know Letter! This letter outlines all of the information you are entitled to know since your child attends QE.

Family Services - School Based Counseling

Some children experience significant emotional or behavioral difficulties at school, and many families have difficulties attending a traditional outpatient clinic. Through school-based counseling, children receive services directly in the school they attend each day.


Family Service clinicians meet with teachers and other support staff to effectively coordinate care and maximize the benefits of counseling. Parents are required to be a part of treatment planning, and family counseling is encouraged.


Please check out this flyer on school-based counseling and reach out to Eileen Bruchak at ebruchak@qcsd.org if interested.

Bean Bag Food Program

Your child is invited to participate in the Bean Bag Food Program (BBFP) if you qualify for the free lunch program and there is a need. This program provides students with food for the weekend that is placed in a bag and delivered to your school and sent home with your student every Friday. There is no cost to the participant’s family for the food. If you are interested in having your child participate in the BBFP, please complete the registration form (one per child) in English or Spanish. Feel free to contact Mrs. Bruchak, School Counselor, at ebruchak@qcsd.org.

2nd Step Program

We want your child to be successful in school and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, children also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, manage strong emotions, and get along with others.


This week, we’ll begin Second Step® Elementary, a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units will cover the following:


Growth Mindset & Goal-Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions,

develop a growth mindset, and apply goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.


Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion-

management strategies—including stress management for older students—to calm strong feelings.


Empathy & Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly, have empathy for others and take others’ perspectives, and recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.


Problem-Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process:


S: Say the problem

T: Think of solutions

E: Explore the outcomes

P: Pick a solution


You’ll receive weekly communications from your child’s teacher to help you reinforce Second Step language, skills, and goals at home. If you have any questions about Second Step Elementary, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher for more information.


Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be taking place on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00-7:30. See below for the agenda for the night!



6:00-6:25—Introduction of Specialists/Brief Remarks by Dr. Lesher in the Cafenasium


6:30-6:55 —*Classroom Visit - Session #1


7:00-7:25 — *Classroom Visit - Session #2


*Please note that these sessions are designed to provide an overview of each teacher’s systems, routines, and expectations, in addition to their curriculum and assessments. Since these are general overview sessions, we ask that you hold any questions or concerns that are specific to your child and request a time to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss them.


**Due to limited seating, we are asking that only parents/guardians attend.


Quakertown Community Outreach Closet

Quakertown Community Outreach Closet is a free clothing thrift store (adult and children). It is located at 15 S 14th Street and is open on Wednesdays from 12-3pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm. Please take advantage of the services this organization provides.

Buck's IU Fab Lab Center

The Bucks IU’s Fab Lab Center has an exciting lineup of after-school clubs and Saturday programs. Please check out this flyer to take advantage of these opportunities. Please also note that scholarships are available; families can reach out anytime to FabLab@BucksIU.org to request a scholarship to any program.

QE PRIDE T-Shirt Order Form

If interested in purchasing a QE PRIDE T-Shirt, please download and print this order form! All orders must be placed by Friday, September 16.


As a reminder, ALL NEW students (including Kindergarten) will be provided with a QE PRIDE T-shirt at no cost!

QE Trunk or Treat

Date: October 22, 2022

Time: Setup 4-5:30


Event 5:30-7:30 or until candy is gone.


Location: Parking lot on Park Avenue, across from Quakertown Community High


School.


$50 for businesses (can hand out advertisements)

$25 for families (no advertising)


You may arrive as early as 4pm to set up. Please make sure your trunk will be

completely set up and ready for start time at 5:30. We ask that the only/adult stay with

the vehicle at all times. We ask that you please keep your trunk decorations kid

friendly, not to scary, and no political trunks. If you are having them play a game at your

trunk please keep that short and kid friendly too. Along with candy you can also pass

out flyers if you would like to advertise your business. When selecting treats for

“Trick-or-Treaters”, candy (pre-wrapped & sealed) is certainly an obvious choice but

other favorite treats include pencils, pens, erasers, glow sticks, bracelets, bookmarks,

stickers, notepads, bouncy balls, and fake tattoos. We Thank You so much for coming

out and helping to support our school and give kids a safe and friendly night out. If you

have any other questions or concerns you can contact:


Tera Remick: 267-374-0440 President.qes.pie@gmail.com

Kristy Hutt: 610-573-3799 Secretary.qes.pie@gmail.com

PIE Meeting

Due to another conflict with schedules, our PIE Meeting will be taking place directly after our Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 21 from 7:30-8:30 in the cafeteria.

Mums

If you ordered mums, pick-up will take place on September 21 and 22. Times to be provided next week!

Student Directory

Our PIE Team is in the process of working on a student directory for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in providing your information for a student directory, please select the link below!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DstQyo7iJJOUgHkaHYDA8nYe3Roaf9BwuFm6fVT-PdM/edit

Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, September 21 - Back to School Night (6:00-7:30 pm)


Wednesday, September 21 - PIE Meeting (7:30-8:30)


Monday, September 26 - No School


Tuesday, October 4 - Picture Day


Wednesday, October 5 - No School


Thursday, October 6 - Weather Preparedness Drill


Friday, October 7 - PRIDE Assembly


Friday, October 14 - PRIDE Award Winner Breakfast


Saturday, October 22 - Trunk or Treat (4-5:30) at Park Avenue Parking Lot

About Us

At QE, we challenge our students academically and behaviorally through our state-recognized Positive Behavior Support Program, P.R.I.D.E. Every QE student is taught to presevere, show respect, be in control, show dependability, and effort in all school and life endeavors.

The children are our most cherished possessions. Please know that we will do everything in our power to make sure your child feels respected, safe, happy, and successful at Quakertown Elementary School. When we are working together; parents, teachers, staff, and students, we will come together to help each child reach their fullest learning potential.