Week of 5/17/21 at Richland Elementary School
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Spring weather! As a reminder, there is no school on Election Day this Tuesday.
This is such an exciting time of the school year! We have many ways to involve students and families. Please see a message from our PTO below with an opportunity to join our PTO Board next year. Richland students continue to lead the way in service and school projects. Check out more information below. And don't miss highlights from a busy International Week!
Thank you for reading!
THIS WEEK'S SPIRIT DAYS
MONDAY: Hat Day -Wear your favorite hat!
TUESDAY: NO SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY: Workout Wednesday -Wear your workout gear!
THURSDAY: Crazy Hair Day -Show off crazy hair!
FRIDAY: RES Spirit Day -Wear Richland shirt or colors!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM INTERNATIONAL WEEK!
A MESSAGE FROM THE RICHLAND PTO
Hello Richland Families,
We hope you can join the virtual PTO Meeting on Wednesday May 26th at 7:30pm at this Google Meet link. We have a lot to discuss with the end of the school year approaching and we would love your input.
There are openings coming up for next year's PTO Board. All positions are important to fill to make our PTO successful and move forward. As a TEAM we work together with our Richland families to support the Richland staff and students. As always, our parent volunteers make such an impact helping the PTO so that we can accomplish all the fun activities at Richland and sometimes raise funds at the same time. This past year has been a little different but we hope for the best for the next school year.
We ask that you update your email with us at this time so you have a chance to receive all the update information the PTO has to pass on.
Email us at email@example.com to be added or deleted from our distribution list.
Make sure to follow us on Facebook @RichlandPTO and on the Richland website at https://res.qcsd.org/our_school/richland_pto
Thank you, Richland PTO
Kara Diliberto, Meredith Kessler, Jenn Reinbold, Chrissy Hensel, Alysha Day, and Shannon McLaughlin
STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM SERVICE PROJECT THROUGH 5/21
READING LEADERS BOOK DONATION DRIVE THROUGH 5/28
CLICK ON THE VIDEO FOR MORE INFORMATION
NEW SCHOOL VISITS FOR REDISTRICTED STUDENTS ON 5/25
If your child is redistricted to a different QCSD elementary school beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, they will visit their new school on a "field trip" chaperoned by school staff during the school day on May 25.
Students will have this first opportunity to see their new school and meet school staff to ease their transition. Each school will hold additional opportunities for new students this summer.
Virtual students are invited to join this field trip and may be brought to school at 9:00. Parents should return to school to pick up virtual students at 10:30.
Permission slips were sent home last to all redistricted students, and families of virtual students received electronic copies.
All QCSD elementary schools and staff are looking forward to fostering a smooth transition for all redistricted students!
REGISTER NOW FOR KINDERGARTEN, PRE-K AND HEAD START
The Quakertown Community School District has a wonderful kindergarten program.
Registration information can be found here. To be eligible for Kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year, a child must be five years of age on or before August 31. Registration needs to be completed by May 31st.
Please click here for information and an application about the Bucks County Pre-K Counts program.
Please click here for information about Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE
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. Please confirm your virtual student's attendance here.
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.
STAFF HABIT SPOTLIGHT!
MRS. D'AMICO, FOURTH GRADE TEACHER
Having a goal to work toward motivates us to think about our daily schedule and our family time in new ways. To keep ourselves on track, we log our hours on a coloring page, set mini-goals, and celebrate milestones along the way!
MRS. SHINSKIE, LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
MRS. LANDIS, AIDE
Habit 3, Put First Things First
Habit 7, Sharpen the Saw
Each morning, I Sharpen the Saw by exercising on my treadmill after I have eaten a healthy breakfast. I enjoy walking on my treadmill while I plan out my day.
I use Habit 3, Put First Things First by thinking about what I need to do after work that day. I think about the chores around the house that I will need to take care of or errands I may have to run. After my chores are finished in the evening, I can relax by reading, watching TV, or catching up with family and friends.
That is how I incorporate two of the 7 Habits into my daily routine.
THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS
MONDAY: How do you respond to people whose opinions are different from your own?
TUESDAY: No School
WEDNESDAY: How important is it to listen to other people’s ideas?
THURSDAY: What is it you did recently to celebrate another friend’s strength?
FRIDAY: How do you keep your mind sharp?
Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. So let's take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR 5/6-5/18
ELECTION DAY - NO SCHOOL 5/18
DIGITAL PROJECT PROUD 5/21
RES REDISTRICTED STUDENTS VISIT NEW SCHOOLS 5/25
MEMORIAL DAY- NO SCHOOL 5/31
PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5
6/10-6/11 SCIENCE (grade 4 only)
Virtual students will come to Richland at 2:30.