Week of 3/29/21 at Richland Elementary School
On Friday, Richland students and staff recognized international SEL Day!
SEL stands for social-emotional learning and is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. See more information here.
We are dedicated to daily class meetings each morning to foster the tenets of SEL, and Leader in Me is an important component. Friday's events focused on positive relationships and having fun. Check out the inspirational messages students chalked on our walkways. We spent the day telling students and colleagues how much they matter.
That includes you, families! We know how this year has been for you too, and we want to remind you that we appreciate you. You are making a difference in the lives of others every day.
As a reminder, there is no school this Friday, 4/2, or Monday, 4/5. Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all those celebrating. Enjoy this last week of March!
RES STUDENT LED FOOD DRIVE
COLLECTED OVER 488 POUNDS OF FOOD FOR THE QUAKERTOWN FOOD PANTRY!
PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5
SAVE THE DATES
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.
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. Parents will be contacted with details closer to the PSSA dates.
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.
DIGITAL PROJECT PROUD!
ENTRY FORMS DUE WEDNESDAY
Digital Project Guidelines
Each participant may enter only one exhibit.
Projects should be the student's work, however parental guidance is permitted.
Students should gain parent permission and complete a Google entry form by Wednesday, March 31, 2021 with your plan/ideas.
Creativity is encouraged (posters, models, dioramas, interactive displays, and/or videos).
Each project should be clearly introduced with the student's name, teacher and grade in video presentation on ONE google slide. After submitting an entry form, students will receive a template to add their Project Proud presentation. (ONE SLIDE PER STUDENT ONLY)
Students who have submitted an entry form should plan on sharing their google slide video presentation with Mrs. Robison (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 15.
A complete Project PROUD video with all submissions will be ready for viewing on May 21.
STAFF HABIT SPOTLIGHT!
MRS. KETTERER, FIRST GRADE TEACHER
Hi! I’m Mrs. Ketterer, and I teach first grade at Richland. My family and I enjoy being outside on nice days. One activity we can all do together is drawing murals with sidewalk chalk. We first talk about our plan (Habit #2: Begin with the end in mind). We decide what each person will draw. Then, we work together to create a pretty picture. Working together is Habit #6: Synergize. When we work together, we can use each other’s strengths to make something pretty neat! We also learn from each other. It’s a fun family activity. Here is a picture of our ocean habitat!
MRS. HARRIS, LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
Habit 6, Synergize
In the Harris household, we believe that together is better! My husband and I understand each other's strengths and we learn from each other! We are even learning from our son Jack! To do this, we try to maintain an open mind and we work together to come up with solutions to a problem. To synergize, we must have good communication with each other and solve problems together! We both are also honest about our areas of need and work together to get better at them.
MR. KEMMERER, PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Habit 7, Sharpen the Saw
Habit 7, Sharpen the Saw, has been a habit I have always tried to incorporate into my daily life. Exercising and eating a healthy diet are important to me. For me, exercising at the gym is something I enjoy doing, but when the Spring weather arrives, I like to go outside and enjoy fresh air on a hike or a walk. I try to teach my students the same thing - to find an active hobby that you will enjoy participating in for the rest of your life! Spending time with those that are important to me also helps me sharpen the saw. For me, that includes spending time with friends and family - including my two sisters and five-year-old niece. Watching her sharpen the saw by participating in softball and flag football is always a fun event for my family.
LOOK FOR OPTIONAL FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN SEESAW EACH WEEK!
DAILY QUESTION OF THE DAY
MONDAY: What is your favorite chore?
TUESDAY: What is your least favorite chore?
WEDNESDAY: What is one way you show other people you care about them?
THURSDAY: What will you do to make someone smile today?
MARCH RESOURCE ACTIVITIES
Let's reap the benefits of getting our bodies moving and breathing more deeply as a result of exercising, laughing, and even singing! We don't all need to run marathons - there are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies - for example unplugging from technology, getting outside, and - importantly - making sure we get enough sleep!
Learn more at actionforhappiness.org!
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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Reiss, Free & Reduced Lunch Program, at email@example.com or 215-529-2022.
OUR WORDS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
DISTRICT BOOSTS PAY FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
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.
Click here for job openings in the Upper Bucks County Technical School.
ALL SCHOOL YEAR FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS
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.
FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO QUARANTINE?
What should you or your child do if asked to quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19? After an exposure to Covid-19, it may take between 2-14 days for symptoms to appear. When ordered to quarantine, you must stay inside of your home until cleared by the Department of Health. Even if you have no symptoms, you or your child should not be outside of your home having close contact with friends and neighbors. If you become infected with the virus, with or without symptoms, interacting with others not in your household can cause community spread of the disease.
While in school, we require children and staff to be masked, wash their hands often, and socially distance to prevent our Richland community from becoming ill. Even if your child has been diagnosed with a common cold, please ensure they avoid contact with other children to prevent transmission and missed school days. Following these same good habits outside of school will prevent you, your children, and others from becoming sick, whether it be from Covid-19, Flu, or any number of common fall and winter illnesses.
For more information, please read QCSD Exclusion from and Return to School Requirements.
LIVE AND VIRTUAL DAILY ATTENDANCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.