Smithfield Elementary News

February 2021

Letter from the Principal

Dear Smithfield Families,


As we enter the month of February, and our children are seeing images in the news that make them afraid, I think of the following quote from Fred Rogers:


"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother

would tell me to look for the helpers, you will always find people who

are helping."


My wish is for us to not only remember to look for the positive, but to be the positive (the helpers) during a time that can be VERY scary for our children.


Sincerely,

Kristin Lord

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Calendar of Events

January

22nd: No School (K-12 Teacher Inservice Day)


February

3rd - Picture Re-takes. Please call the main office to schedule an appointment.

15th - Presidents’ Holiday - No School

17th - Pajama Day

18th - Super Hero T-Shirt Day

19th - Favorite Sports Team T-Shirt Day

22nd -Tie or Tye Dye T-Shirt Day

School Board meeting @ 7pm (visit esasd.net for the meeting link)

23rd - Wear Your School Colors Day


March

1st - Progress reports made available to families on Sapphire or sent home

1st - 5th - Dr. Seuss Read Across America Week.

Kindness Spirit Week At Smithfield

February 17th-23rd is Kindness Week at Smithfield Elementary!


This week is dedicated to showing kindness and taking steps to brighten someone’s day. We will be celebrating Kindness Week at Smithfield Elementary. There will be activities to promote kindness in our building. Here are some websites about Kindness Week if you would like to learn more.


**Optional Kindness Calendar Challenge


Great Kindness Challenge Activities for Kindness


Wednesday, February 17
Don’t sweat it, be kind!
Pajama Day!

Thursday, February 18
Powered By Kindness!
Super Hero T-Shirt Day!

Friday, February 19
Nothing Beats Team Kindness!
Favorite Sports Team T-Shirt Day!

Monday, February 22
Tied Together With Kindness!
Tie or Tye Dye T- Shirt Day!

Tuesday, February 23
Share the Spirit of Kindness!
Wear Your School Colors!

The Reading Nook

We hope you find the following resources helpful when fostering a love of reading with your child.

Counselor Corner

Our guidance counselors are ready to assist!


Laura Osmun: laura-osmun@esasd.net (Grades K-1)

Lauren Rovi: lauren-rovi@esasd.net (Grades 2-5)

Resources For Families (Finance and Insurance)


Pennsylvanians who have lost health coverage or are currently uninsured and need coverage for themselves or their children may qualify for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Medicaid and CHIP provide coverage for routine and emergency health services, tests and screenings, and prescriptions. COVID-19 testing and treatment are also covered by both Medicaid and CHIP.

Medicaid and CHIP enroll individuals throughout the year and do not have a limited or special enrollment time, so people needing health coverage can apply for these programs at any time. There are income limits for Medicaid, but all children qualify for coverage through CHIP regardless of family income. Families can apply for Medicaid or CHIP at www.compass.state.pa.us.Opens In A New Window


Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has improved the nutrition and health of families in Pennsylvania since 1974 by providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods. Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and young children learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy.

WIC serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women for up to one year postpartum, women up to six months postpartum who are not breastfeeding, and infants and children under 5 years old. Furthermore, these individuals must also meet WIC income guidelinesOpens In A New Window and a medical or nutritional risk, which is determined at the WIC certification appointment. To apply for WIC, call the toll-free WIC Hotline 1-800-WIC-WINSOpens In A New Window to be connected to WIC office staff who will answer your questions and schedule your appointment, or get started online.Opens In A New Window


ChildLine 1-800-932-0313

Email for Attendance Notes

For your convenience, an email address has been created for sending absence notes. Notes may be sent to smi-attendance@esasd.net

Join Smithfield's Class Dojo for Updates

All grade levels at Smithfield Elementary will be using Class DoJo for communication with families this year. Use the following link to join our building DoJo. https://www.classdojo.com/invite/?s=561eb8f6c46521bf68fdd2aa

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