RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 6/14/21 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


June 21st is our last day of school, and this will be our last edition of Richland Reflections for the 2020-2021 school year. Words that overwhelmingly come to mind are grace, courage, and gratitude. I am proud to be part of a community that demonstrated understanding as we all navigated uncharted waters, showed courage in adapting to situations, and expressed thanks for each other. A special THANK YOU shout out to all Richland teachers and staff who sacrificed daily to be there for our students.


Field day is scheduled for tomorrow, and the weather forecast calls for possible rain. We will make a decision by 7:00 AM on holding field day. If postponed, you will receive email and text notifications, and field day will be held on our rain date this Wednesday, 6/16. Please see below for information on how to help students prepare for this memorable day!


As we end the 2020-2021 school year, I want to thank you for your patience, your support, and your willingness to navigate this year together. Through your partnership, we have a sense of closure on a historic year. We have a renewed sense of purpose, and we look forward with hope to next year with students!


Have a wonderful, safe summer!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

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FIELD DAY IS THIS WEEK!

We will keep an eye on the weather forecast for Monday and will notify families via email and text by 7:00 AM Monday morning if field day will be postponed until Wednesday.


Thank you for volunteering! We look forward to an amazing time!

TUNE IN TO OUR VIRTUAL 5TH GRADE PROMOTION!

RICHLAND READING LEADERS DONATED OVER 30 BOXES OF BOOKS!

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THIS WEEK'S SPIRIT DAYS

MONDAY: Field Day Team Colors!

TUESDAY: Create Day- Make something!

WEDNESDAY: Hawaiian Day!

THURSDAY: Dress Like Your Teacher Day!

FRIDAY: Dress Your Best Day!


MONDAY 6/21: Beach Day!

PLEASE RETURN ALL LIBRARY BOOKS TO SCHOOL THIS WEEK

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VIRTUAL SCIENCE ASSEMBLIES ON THURSDAY!

We will have 3 different virtual assemblies on Thursday!


All can be accessed from the same Zoom link here: https://zoom.us/j/98680454205


The times for each assembly are below.


Grades 2-3: Mixing Matter @ 9:15-10:15

Grades K-1: Mixing Matter @ 10:45-11:45

Grades 4-5: Use the Forces @ 1:00-2:00

FREE SUMMER MEALS

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All summer long, the Quakertown Community School District will be serving breakfast and lunch to anyone up to the age of 18 in the community, while continuing all of the strict COVID safety protocols we have followed throughout the year.

We want to make sure that everyone knows that Quakertown Community’s summer meal program does not require registration or identification – all students need to do is come by to receive a happy and healthy meal. Some favorite menu items we’ll be featuring throughout the summer include:

• Tyson Chicken Tenders
• Twisted Stuffed Breadsticks
• Cinnamon Glazed French Toast Sticks

From June 29 through August 19 youngsters 18 and younger may visit the Quakertown Senior High School bus loop to pick-up meals. Breakfasts and lunches will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. untill 1 p.m.

If you aren’t already using Nutrislice, I encourage you to download the app or visit Quakertown’s Nutrislice site. Through Nutrislice, you can view what’s on our summer menus, including nutrition information, allergens, and photos. The app is free and available from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and you can search for your menus or find them on the web at www.quakertown.nutrislice.

We are committed to making sure that meals aren’t something that any child or family should be concerned about this summer, and can’t wait to feed the kids in our community! Please feel free to pass the information on to others. This summer we’re able to serve anyone 18 years old and younger throughout Quakertown and not just those who attend Quakertown Community School District.

SIGN UP FOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FOR 2021-2022

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Attention families of current 2nd-5th grade students!


You can now sign your child up to play an instrument in the band or orchestra for the 2021-22 school year!


In school, students viewed virtual instrument performances and had a live Q&A session with the instrumental music teachers this past week in order to learn more about the program and their instrument choices. (Virtual students, please view all the instrument performances as shared by your homeroom teacher, and submit any questions to your homeroom teachers, so a music teacher can get back to you.)


How to enroll or get more information:

Step 1: Review music instrument choices on our department website: www.qcsd.org/music


Step 2: REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Register now to make sure your child is ready for the start of school.


If renting an instrument is not a financially viable option for your family, please reach out and let us know. There are scholarships and solutions available to get an instrument for your child.


Please also feel free to contact the music teachers directly:

Ms. Edinger- Orchestra Director- mkedinger@qcsd.org

Mrs. Cifelli- Band Director- lcifelli@qcsd.org

KEEP READING AND LEARNING THIS SUMMER!

We hope that you have an opportunity to access the summer reading and learning resources found at this link. Reading over the summer is one way for students to engage in self-care as well as continue to grow as learners. If you have any questions about the summer reading list, please reach out to your child's teacher(s).

MASKING MANDATE REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH JUNE

Masking remains a requirement in school. Students may unmask when eating, distanced 6 feet apart, and when engaged in physical activity outdoors.

RICHLAND'S GOT TALENT!

HABIT 8: FIND YOUR VOICE

Richland’s Got Talent is our virtual talent show! This year, it is open to ALL grade levels!


Let's showcase Habit #8-Find Your Voice! Check out submitted videos!


Have fun! We can’t wait to see your video! Go to https://flipgrid.com/08f3f331 and “Join with Google” using your school email.


Find your grade level under “Topics.”

A great way to express gratitude. I share these weekly with staff. Keep the shout outs coming!
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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! Share your answers each day on Twitter @RichlandQCSD.


MONDAY: What is one thing you like to do every day?

TUESDAY: If you could be a character in any book who would you be and why?

WEDNESDAY: If you really knew me you would know…...

THURSDAY: I am very good at….

FRIDAY: What is your favorite family tradition?


MONDAY, 6/21: What makes you feel proud?

JOYFUL JUNE

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This month's theme is all about finding the joy in life, even when things are difficult.


Research has shown that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally become more resilient to adversity. So let's train our brains to find the joy.

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.

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.

A dedicated section of the website serves as a COVID-19 directory place for families to locate resources and see the impact of the pandemic on the district. It's located in the Community Section and titled COVID-19 directory.

OUR WORDS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Each school year, Richland staff adopts one word. This year called for two! We invite you to join us in supporting each other with courage and grace and explore what these words mean to you.

DISTRICT BOOSTS PAY FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

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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.


QCSD has several job openings that can be found by clicking here. They include substitute nurses, aides, and food service workers.


Click here for job openings in the Upper Bucks County Technical School.

UPCOMING EVENTS

FIELD DAY 6/14

5TH GRADE LUNCHEON & DRIVE UP PHOTOS 6/15

VIRTUAL SCIENCE ASSEMBLIES 6/17

KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION 6/18

5TH GRADE PROMOTION 6/18

Live streamed at 10:00

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL 6/21