Schweitzer Newsletter July 2022

Important Dates

August 17th-Homeroom Assignments Available in Home Access

August 30th-Kindergarten Orientation & Open House Grades 1-4
August 31-First Day of School for Kindergarten
September 1st-ALL STUDENTS Return
September 5th-DISTRICT CLOSED (Labor Day)
September 22nd-Schweitzer Back-to-School Night 7:00 pm
September 26th & 27th-SCHOOLS CLOSED (Rosh Hashanah)

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Hello, Schweitzer families.

Happy Summer! We are working hard to gear up for the 2022-2023 school year! Floors are being cleaned and waxed, classrooms are being wiped down from top to bottom, and teachers and staff are getting some much needed rest to gear up for the start of the new school year!

This newsletter is to check-in with families and remind you of important things to think about while you are enjoying time off this summer.

  1. Summer Learning
    My biggest advice is to have your child(ren) participate in the Summer Canvas Course, complete minutes on iReady in math and reading, and to participate in our Summer Reading Challenge. These activities will not only help your child(ren) be more successful in the coming school year, but they will help engage your child over the summer and encourage the love of reading! Remember that children can earn badges and rewards for completing modules in the summer Canvas course. All the information for the Summer Reading Challenge, Book lists, and math practice are below as a reminder.
  2. Teacher Assignments
    I know students and parents are eagerly anticipating teachers for the 22-23 school year. Homeroom assignments will be available on August 17th in Home Access. Parents, this is a good time to check to make sure your contact information is accurate in the system. If you need to update any information, please contact Mrs. Belinda Halikias at 215-809-6380 or
  3. School Supply Lists
    School supply lists are available on our website, so be sure to click the Grade-Level Supply List button below and take advantage of summer Back-to-School sales that are already starting.
  4. Free/Reduced Meal Application
    The link for the application for Free/Reduced meals is below, so please complete that. This year lunch and breakfast will not be free to students as it has been in the past. It's important that you complete the application to ensure your student is set up for this on the first day of school.
  5. K Orientation & Open House Grades 1-4
    Please take note that our Kindergarten Orientation and Open House will take place on August 30th. Times will be posted soon. We hope you can join us!

Continue to have a safe, healthy, and eventful summer!
Read, read, read!!

See you soon!
Dr. Amy Orlando

Summer Reading Challenge

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Summer is here, and our Neshaminy Reading and Math Specialists have prepared some awesome lists and activities to keep our students engaged as they enjoy their break. The District Reading Specialists have posted suggested reading lists for every grade with an emphasis on choice giving students the opportunity to find enjoyable reading material that their matched their interest and reading style.

The summer math units are designed to build grade-level proficiency and remediate learning gaps. Students in Grades K-6 can complete weekly lessons online using iReady My Path as well as complete optional math packets designed to introduce them to concepts they will be learning in each grade level.

LINK: Summer Reading Lists & Learning Opportunities

LINK: Summer Math Learning Resources & Packets

In addition, our elementary reading and math specialists have prepared the following resources for parents to help them navigate the Summer Learning Program:

LINK: Elementary Summer Math Practice Newsletter
LINK: Kick-Of Webinar Archive for Elementary Summer Reading Program

Be sure to support your child in our district-wide Summer Reading Challenge. Be sure to access the Summer Reading Canvas course to get a copy of the Summer Reading Challenge gameboard if you lost yours. The interactive .pdf document below of the Summer Elementary Reading Lists allows your children to click on books and interact with books online through the app SORA. They can earn badges and will find it fun and engaging. Most importantly, it will help students be prepared for learning in the fall. The interactive reading lists and 1st time Log-in directions for SORA are attached. Please encourage your child(ren) to join in the fun!

Albert Schweitzer Elementary School General Information

Arrival 8:50 am-9:10 am
School Day 9:10 am-3:35 pm
Dismissal 3:35 pm-3:50 pm

School Phone: 215-809-6380
Dr. Amy D. Orlando, Principal

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Free & Reduced Meal Program

Neshaminy School District is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere! Learn more about our Free/Reduced Meal program in the Neshaminy School District here.

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Download the current Newsletter below to find out more ways and resources
to help your child related to their social/emotional well-being.

Mrs. Moyer's School Counselor Website

Albert Schweitzer PTO

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PTO Officers for 2022-2023

Co-Presidents-Amy Kaminski & Katie Doherty

Co-Vice Presidents-Alicia Good & Kristen Devlin

Treasurer-Jamie Gomba

Recording Secretary-Victoria Barnes Lee

Corresponding Secretary-Ashley Arnold

Parliamentarian-Melanie Jackson-Panichelle

Volunteer Clearance Reminder

The school year brings back opportunities to volunteer in school. If you have not already done so, please click the button below to learn more about the process and requirements to volunteer in NSD. Parents need to submit all volunteer clearances via App Garden Volunteer Tracker, a contactless application and paperwork submission process. Sign-up is required for both new and returning volunteers.

Clearances expire five years after approval, so please check ahead of time to be sure yours are still current. Thank you for supporting our staff and students by volunteering your time!

Home Access Information

Each school year, it is critical for guardians to update their demographic information in Home Access for the 2022-2023 school year. The information includes home address and contact information, and it is linked to school communication through our school Lions Den newsletters and email updates of important information from the principal. Please log on to HOME ACCESS and verify that the contact information for your child(ren) is accurate prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

Summer Chromebook Repair

Chromebooks may be kept over the summer for any supplemental/enrichment activities that may be provided by the district. If your device is in need of repair over the summer you may have it repaired or replaced with a loaner by appointment only.

All repairs will be at the Neshaminy High School starting June 20th. Please follow the signs when entering the High School drive and proceed to door 37 (Bus Port Parking Lot). This is the only location that will be available for any device issue during the summer. Please scroll down to Chromebook Help on the District Webpage to make your appointment for any repairs. A loaner will be provided during the repair.

PLEASE make sure that any repairs that are needed are addressed over the summer so that your device will be ready for the start of the new school year.

New Student Registration

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Families are encouraged to register their new students as early as possible to ensure they are able to attend their neighborhood school. The registration process can be started online by visiting A member of the Central Registration staff will contact you to make an appointment to complete the process in person.

Neshaminy Kids Club (Before/After Care Program)

Looking for more information on our Before and After School Programs? Click here to learn how to register your child.

Pre-K Counts Registration

Registration for Pre-K Counts program at Neshaminy is now open. If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 by September 1st and meet the eligibility requirements, you can enroll in this FREE quality program hosted in two of our Neshaminy schools and the Lower Southampton Learning Center. Pre-K Counts is a PA grant-funded program with generous eligibility guidelines (household income as high as $83,250 for a family of four based on 2021 tax returns).

Visit to find out more and register.

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