RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 3/21/22 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


Happy first day of Spring! There are many highlights from our week and many more to come this Spring. All upcoming dates are listed at the end of each newsletter. Keep reading each week!


We've had a wonderful response to register for this Spring's Color Fun Run. Registration is due this Monday, 3/21. Catch all of the details below. We are excited to have many amazing raffle baskets, as well as food trucks, face painting, and more!


Five years ago, we began our Leader in Me journey at Richland. It has become the lens through which we view leadership, culture, and academics. Essentially all that we think and do! We will celebrate in school with our monthly leadership assembly and recognize student leaders of the month, as well as staff that students want to recognize. Our newly created Richland Spirit Squad will make its debut at the assembly, and we will dress in Richland colors for a spirit day on Monday. We thank Richland families for being part of our journey!



Happy Spring!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

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5 YEARS OF LEADER IN ME!

Five years ago, we began our Leader in Me journey at Richland. It has become the lens through which we view leadership, culture, and academics. Essentially all that we think and do! We will celebrate in school with our monthly leadership assembly and recognize student leaders of the month, as well as staff that students want to recognize. Our newly created Richland Spirit Squad will make their debut at the assembly, and we encourage all students to wear their Richland t-shirts. We thank Richland families for being part of our journey. Richland spirit day on Monday!

RICHLAND COLORS SPIRIT DAY MONDAY!

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Time is running out!


Don't forget to register for the Color Run and come see all the amazing raffle baskets!


Deadline to sign up is March 21st!


Register here: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/richland-color-fun-run-2022


Complete flyer details are here.

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THANK YOU PTO FOR OUR SURPRISE STAFF LUNCH!

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As part of our Leader in Me view of everything we do, students have opportunities to apply for jobs at Richland. One job is being a morning announcer. When students are "hired" they work for the entire week as a team to coordinate and read morning announcements.


Each week on Wednesday and Friday, morning announcements are live via Google Meet, and all classrooms watch live and even participate on Fit Fridays. Roles include news readers, weather reporters, special reporters, and producers who manage slides presented.


Now, parents and families can join the Google Meet too! It is the same link every Wednesday and Friday. Applying for jobs, creating clubs, and suggesting new ideas are ways that students share their voices and have ownership in their learning to support them academically, socially, and emotionally. We are happy to give you a window into our student leadership experiences.

REPORT CARDS

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Classroom teachers will email individual report cards to parents this Wednesday. If you are in need of a physical copy, please contact your child's teacher.

WILD ABOUT BOOKS!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 @ 4:30-6:30

RSVP BY WEDNESDAY

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BOOK FAIR MARCH 28-30

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The Book Fair is almost here! Students will have an opportunity to purchase books during their scheduled library classes on March 28, 29, and 30. A flyer will come home with your child so you can preview the book titles and discuss an appropriate spending allowance. If making a purchase, please provide your child with a list of titles and/or an appropriate form of payment (preferably in a zip lock bag or envelope for safe keeping) on the day of their scheduled Book Fair. Look for more details in the book fair flyer coming home this week.

FEDERAL PROGRAMS PARENT SURVEY

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Please join us to learn about Federal Programs in QCSD!

We’re holding a Google Meet Thursday, March 31 at noon. Here’s the link: meet.google.com/iwu-vupq-mej

Your input is important to us!


Families with students at Quakertown, Neidig, and Richland elementary schools, please complete this survey to evaluate our Title 1 programming.


All parents, staff, students, and community members: Please complete this survey to provide input on district spending of federal program funds.

HIGHLIGHTS OF LEADERS AT WORK AND PLAY!

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HABITS AT HOME

"LEAD MYSELF"

THIS WEEK: HABIT 3 - PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST

What does this habit look like?


I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Key Concepts:

- Most important tasks firsT

- Make a schedule

How can I learn more about this habit?


Please watch these videos with your child to learn a little more about habit 3 and the importance of doing the “big rocks” first.

Big Rocks

Weekly Planning


How can we be leaders at home and practice this habit?


Discuss with your family the important tasks that need to be done first in your home. Then, make a schedule and post it in a visible place.

SAVING FOR POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION PRESENTATION

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PRESENTATION HELD AT QCSD HIGH SCHOOL

FOR ALL ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS

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Parents and guardians are invited to this meeting to learn about the PA529 College Savings program from 7:00-7:30. Superintendent Dr. Harner will offer opening comments. QCHS School Counselor, Eric Gozzard, will discuss the current landscape of college expenses with Karen Carr, of the PA Treasury Department, covering saving options. Hope to see you and answer your questions at this special event! Email Eric Gozzard at egozzard@qcsd.org if you have questions prior to April 19th.

CREATE A PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT AND ACCESS GRADES AND SCORES

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A MESSAGE FROM QCSD OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

Currently, 2021-2022 benchmark and DIBELS data from the winter is now available, as well as PSSA scores, if that applies to your child/children. We would welcome you to view your child/children’s data.


For parents/guardians of previously enrolled students:

Please login to your Parent Portal account, using your email address and your self-selected password, assuming you previously set up an account.


If you know you previously set up an account but do not remember the password, please click the Parent Portal account link and under the login area select “lost password.” There you will enter your email address and will be sent a link to reset your password.


If you do not believe you have an account and your child(ren) are not newly registered in our district, or if you are missing students from your account once logged in, please submit a response to QCSD via this form.


For parents/guardians of new students/kindergarteners:

You will receive an email directly from LinkIt! to set up your account in the next 24 hours. The email address on file in Powerschool is the email address used to create the new parent portal account. Please check your SPAM/junk if you do not receive it.


QCSD will support initial setup, but password support is done directly through the LinkIt! website. Once you successfully login, you will be able to access your student’s data and scores. Information about the LinkIt! Parent Portal can be found on the QCSD website.


Once you successfully register for your account, you will use https://qcsd.linkit.com/parent to access your student(s) LinkIt! Reports.


To learn more about LinkIt!, please use a few of the resources found below.


Additional Supports in Exploring Your Child/Children’s Data:


Thank you for your continued partnership with our students!

The Office for Teaching and Learning and QCSD Technology Teams

PSSA TESTING DATES FOR GRADES 3-5

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ELA PSSA 4/26 - 4/28

MATH PSSA 5/3 - 5/4

SCIENCE PSSA 5/5 - 5/6 * 4TH GRADE ONLY


One section per day will take place each morning.

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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!


MONDAY: What is your favorite way to exercise?

TUESDAY: What is your least favorite way to exercise?

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

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

FRIDAY: How do you like to learn?

PRE-K COUNTS REGISTRATION

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Bucks County has seven Pre-K Counts grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The grants allow families, who meet the required criteria, with children (who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1st) to enroll in an approved high quality, preschool program at no cost to the family. There may be a few openings now, and they are taking applications now for 2022-2023!


Please see the Bucks County Pre-K Counts application for the 2022-2023 school year.

FAB LAB CENTER OPPORTUNITIES

FREE FARMERS MARKET

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On the first and third Tuesday each month, from 2-4 p.m., anyone may stop by the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center (21 N. Main Street in Quakertown) for free produce and other items. (Bring your own bags if possible!) Upcoming dates are March 1 and 15. If you don’t have transportation or have any other questions, contact Amy Stank of Quakertown Community Outreach at amystank@gmail.com.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE ALUMINUM TAB RECYLING PROGRAM

Little things can make a big difference. You can help support the Ronald McDonald House and others affected by childhood cancer or anyone else who needs the help from the Ronald McDonald House by collecting the little tabs you pull to open soda, soup or any other aluminum cans. The funds generated from recycling these aluminum tabs help offset The Ronald McDonald House expenses. Send in your tabs to Richland.


There is a drop off spot right in front of the office.


We are donating our tabs in honor of Rhiley who is a cancer survivor.

He is a 4th grader at Richland.

PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Would you like to express your gratitude to staff members? Click on the Shout Outs image to let us know! I will share messages with staff weekly.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2022-2023

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Save the Date for our Spring Color Run! Aril 22nd (Raindate 5/6)


Our next PTO Meeting Date: 4/25 @ 6:30 at Richland's library and via Google Meet

Kids are welcome!


Contact us with any questions, ideas or concerns... richlandtpo@gmail.com


Co-Presidents- Alysha Day/Utpal Bhatt

Co-VPs- Kim Lynch and Danielle Schultz

Treasurer- Jackie Toro

Co-Secretaries- Brittany Eagan and Vicky Mullen

HS Student Volunteer Liaison- Hannah Hensel

MINDFUL MARCH

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Let's pause, breathe and notice, so we can respond more mindfully.

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WHAT ARE HABIT TICKETS?


Each day, adults in the school building have tickets to give to any student they see exhibiting one of the 7 habits. Once a student receives a Leader Ticket, he or she will go to the office to sign our school Leader Book, pick a number at random for the placement of their ticket on the Leaderboard, and will bring home a postcard to show you so that you may share in their good news! Once the student has a ticket on the board, he or she is eligible to receive the "mystery motivator". When ten tickets in a row are up on the board, those students will spin a wheel to receive a mystery motivator prize. Examples of motivators are extra recess, lunch with Mrs. Zuerblis, and many more.


HOW CAN I HELP AT HOME?


We encourage you to discuss Leader in Me with your child at home. The characteristics of the 7 habits encourage responsibility and ownership of one's actions, as well as other leadership qualities. Ask your child to use the ideas shared at school when at home and in the neighborhood, and routinely check in with your child on how he or she is demonstrating these characteristics in different settings.

OUR WORD FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

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Each school year, Richland staff adopts one word. We invite you to join us in supporting each other with what our children and we need to thrive this year.


TOGETHER WE THRIVE!

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ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

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USE "SAFE ARRIVAL" SYSTEM

With SafeArrival, families can report their child’s absence using any of these 3

convenient methods:


1.Using a mobile device; download and install the free SchoolMessenger app from the
Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.com). Please note that the first time you use the app,
you will need to select Sign Up to create your account. To enter an absence, select Attendance, then Report an Absence.

  • In addition to attendance information, in the app you will also see all of the School Messenger messages the school has sent throughout the year.


2. Use the SafeArrival website; https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use
the website, you will need to select Sign Up to create your account. Then, select Attendance and finally, Report an Absence.


3. Call the toll-free number; 1-833-834-4911 and report an absence using the automated phone system. To use this system, you must use or enter the phone number you
provided as your district contact number. Using or entering that phone number will link you to your child(ren).


These options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS

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CONSIDER COMPLETING AN APPLICATION

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. There are no conditions to qualify. However, if you do not have a current application on file for the 2021-2022 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/28-3/30 BOOK FAIR

3/30 WILD ABOUT BOOKS NIGHT @ 4:30-6:30

4/14 - 4/18 NO SCHOOL

4/21 READING OLYMPICS COMPETITION

3:45-4:30

4/22 COLOR FUN RUN @ 5:00

4/25-4/27 ELA PSSA TESTING

Grades 3-5

5/3-5/4 MATH PSSA TESTING

Grades 3-5

5/5-5/6 SCIENCE PSSA

Grade 4 only

5/18 BAND, ORCHESTRA, CHORUS CONCERT @ STRAYER 6:30

6/1 SECOND GRADE CONCERT @6:30

6/2 FIELD DAY