Neidig Chalkboard

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October 25, 2020

Principal's Message

As we head into our 6th week of school, I would like to take some time discuss the parameters of our school day. This message is predominantly for students who attend class in-person, but this does impact virtual learners as well. Specifically, I want to share the expecatations with the ending time of our school day.

Due to the pandemic, all QCSD students have an adjusted schedule. At the elementary level, we dismiss 2:00 PM. However, the school day does not end at 2:00. The expectation is learning continues at home for approximately one hour after that 2:00 PM dismissal. The QCSD curriculum is rigorous and requires students to demonstrate a great deal of learning. The shortened school day presents a challenge to that demonstration of learning, so we do have the expectation that learning continues at home. Yes, this is challenging with young learners.


When students leave Neidig, their work falls into different catergories:


New Learning for All

Sometimes, teachers offer synchronous (Google Meets) lessons for new learning for the whole class. Or, students participate in structured lessons (Zearn, Imagine Learning, iReady,...) to solidify their understanding of new concepts.


Individual or Small Group Work

Sometimes, students participate in one on one or small group work sessions. This might be with one of their teachers or with a teaching assistant.


Asynchronous Work

Sometimes, students use the after school time to practice or catch up on work that was not completed earlier in the day. This work occurs on a computer or with physical materials.


Reading

Children learn to read by reading, and the after school time can be a time to curl up with a good book.


We know this school year is different, and we know everyone is working tirelessly to meet our learners' needs. Thank you! Please continue to ask questions, make suggestions, and provide feedback. We are all learning, and together we are making great progress.


Scott D. Godshalk, Neidig Principal

Neidig's Back to School Night

Our annual Back to School Night will take place Thursday, October 29, 2020. This will be a virtual event utilizing the Google Meet platform. Links for this night will be shared later this week. There will be two identical presentations from your child's teacher(s), and you can choose which one to attend. The first presentation will take place from 5:30 - 6:00 PM, and an identical presentation takes place from 6:15 - 6:45 PM. This event will help you get to know your child's teacher, your child's instructional program, and the protocols used in your child's classroom(s). Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we cannot hold this event live. We are looking forward to the day families will be able to see our beautiful new building!

Neidig Parent / Guardian Conference Dates!

Conferences for Neidig families will take place after school on 11/10, 11/12, and 11/17. This year's conferences will be virtual. Information about signing up for a conference time is coming soon!

Neidig Construction Update

The building is ours! The WHOLE building, that is. Previously, the cafeteria, gym, library, music rooms, and art room were not open to us because that area of the building was not finished. Last week, the code inspector extended the certificate of occupancy to include these areas. We are excited to have access to this beautiful new area of Neidig!

There is still ongoing work at our school. Due to pandemic related issues, there are some materials that have not arrived at our school. Two quick examples - We are waiting for materials to complete the Learning Stairs in the lobby area, and we are waiting for audio / visual equipment for the gym and cafeteria.

2020 - 2021 Attendance Procedures

There are many questions about attendance this year. Attendance procedures are based on your child's instructional environment. (Live or virtual.) Please review this information to gain a greater understanding of the attendance procedures.

Live / In-Person Learning

If your child physically attends school at Neidig, attendance is 100% based on whether or not he or she comes to the building that day. If the child is in class, that child is marked present. If the child is not in class, the child marked absent. The most popular question:


"IF MY CHILD IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN CLASS, BUT IS HOME SICK TODAY, CAN SHE COMPLETE THE SEE SAW ACTIVITIES AND BE MARKED PRESENT?"


Answer - - No


Attendance for in-person learners is based on physical attendance at school. If your child is feeling well enough to complete learning activities, yes, your child can keep up with the work and complete the learning activities posted online. However, if they are not physically present in school, they will be marked absent. Parents / guardians must provide an excuse note for each absence.


There is an exception here for live, in-person learners. If your child has been placed on quarantine, and is required to stay home for a period of time, that student shifts from in-person attendance to virtual attendance. (See below.) The reason for this is the school required the child to be out of school. Only Mrs. Gol, our school nurse, can officially place students in the quarantine status.


Virtual Learners

Virtual learners must complete an attendance check-in every day. There are two ways to do this. First, if your child attends the homeroom teacher's Google Meet that day, the student is marked present. Sometimes, virtual learners cannot attend that synchronous Google Meet. In that case, the virtual learner has another option. Each teacher also has an asynchronous attendance check-in. This option is found on the teacher's schedule in See Saw. This is typically a Google Form or a See Saw Activity. If you are not sure about your virtual learner's attendance check-in options, please contact your child's teacher.

Storybook Character Spirit Day!

This coming Friday, October 30, 2020, all Neidig students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a special spirit day. The Neidig community is encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from a favorite book. As expressed in an earlier email, here are the rules and expectations for this fun spirit day:



  • Students will be in their book character outfit all day. They should come to school in their storybook character outfit, and they will go home in their book character outfit. There is not a time to change.
  • No Masks, other than students' approved face covering. Any masks other than an approved face covering will have to be taken off.
  • No weapons or violent themes.
  • No full face paint. Pretend freckles (away from their face covering) and such are okay. The understanding is students cannot have full face paint.
  • Students need to be comfortable for the full day and cannot distract other students with the book character outfit.
  • Students should bring a copy of the book featuring their storybook character.
  • Due to the pandemic, we cannot have a traditional classroom party that includes food items. Students and families will not bring in food items on this day. Teachers may elect to have their students participate in appropriately themed activities, but there will not be a traditional classroom party involving food this year.

Again, we ask for your understanding and cooperation. We are doing our best to make the most of a challenging situation. We want our students to have fun and enjoy the day, and we ask for your thoughtfulness and understanding when selecting your child's storybook character outfit. If you have questions, please ask your child's teacher, or feel free to contact me. 215-529-2362, or at sgodshalk@qcsd.org.

Head Start Classroom at Neidig!

Neidig is proud to announce that we now have a Head Start classroom. This class is run through the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.


Our Early Childhood Programs promote school readiness by enhancing the

child’s thinking, learning, social, and emotional development. In a positive

learning environment, we are able to offer a variety of services and programs in

support of early learning, health and nutrition, and family well-being.


• For children 3 - 5 years of age

• Monday through Friday class schedule

(August-June)

• Class sizes are 15-20 students

• Interactive learning environments

• Nutritional snacks and meals

• Family Engagement


Would you like your 3 - 5 year old enrolled in this program? Apply below to check eligibility!

Apply Now!

215 - 348 - 2940 Ext. 8800

www.BucksIU.org/HS-PreK-Application

AM Arrival Time - Car Rider Line

Please review Mr. Godshalk's email about car rider drop-off and pick-up procedures. Students must be in school by 9:00 AM or they will be marked late. Also, please work with your child so s/he can independently get in and out of the car on the right side of the vehicle.

IS YOUR FAMILY IN NEED OF HELP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

Does your family need assistance during the upcoming holiday season? Please see the information below:


SHOP WITH A COP

December 10th, 2020 at Quakertown Walmart

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Must be from the Quakertown School District or referred to the program by a partnering Police Department

  • Children must be 5-13 years of age

  • Families have been faced with a life challenge such as homelessness, loss of job, military deployment, etc


To Apply: Please fill out the application that can be found HERE

For more information: Quakertown.org/SWAC


Applications must be submitted to Borough Hall (35 N. Third Street, Quakertown, Attn: Ashton Rosenberger). Or emailed to arosenberger@quakertown.org

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 20th


QUAKERTOWN COMMUNITY OUTREACH & QUAKERTOWN CARES

Providing gifts to those in need through community donations

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • QCSD residents only

  • Free or Reduced lunch eligible (or case by case special circumstances)


DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 10th (on a First come, first served basis)


To Apply: Please fill out the form that can be found HERE

Any questions can be directed to quakertownoutreach@gmail.com


PAL Pumpkin Event!

Your videos of your pumpkins are FANTASTIC! Keep them coming!


Here are the Flipgrid links again:

Traditional Pumpkins Flipgrid

Neidig Pumpkins Flipgrid

Sports Pumpkins Flipgrid

Pop Culture Pumpkins Flipgrid

Super Hero Pumpkins Flipgrid

From Mrs. Gol - School Nurse

Keeping your Child(ren) Home From School

Each morning your child is attending in-person school, please screen them for COVID-19 symptoms listed below. If they have one symptom in Group A or two symptoms in Group B please keep them home and contact their doctor.

Are you/is the student experiencing any of the following?

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In order to return to school, you must follow the guidance found in our Exclusion From and Return to School Guidelines https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zGaLntPUmbBa2MpStHtxaUzAzXaxlrG6jvGU20_ho58/edit

If you have any questions, please contact the High School Nurse’s Office at 215-529-2075

Technology Problems?

If you have a technology issue which requires a device repair or swap in person, please complete the Sign Up Genius at the link below. We have appointment slots for Tuesdays through 10/20/20 between 1 and 3:30 pm. This will take place at the district office, 100 Commerce Dr, Quakertown, PA 18951, at the loading dock on the side of the building opposite of 663.

TECHNOLOGY SIGN-UP GENIUS


If you have a technology issue which could be handled virtually or over the phone (ie. login information, Clever badge, PowerSchool related questions, etc.), please call 267-371-1262 or fill out the form at the following link:

TECH WORK ORDER FORM


Thank you!

QCSD Technology Team

QCSD Student and Family Support Page

The Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) put together this Parent and Family website. The site provides an overview of a variety of instructional models, resources to support social emotional learning at home, technology support resources, and answers to frequently asked questions. Please take a look around for many supports to help you through this year of education.

UPDATE! FREE Meals All Year!

Previously, this program lasted until December. We are pleased to announce that 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 through the entire 2020 - 2021 school year! No qualification or identification is needed.



Please see here for the communication regarding the details of the plan.

New Social Media Pages!

Have you followed our new Neidig Facebook page?


HERE is the Neidig PAL page. Please follow both!


Check out the Neidig PAL Instagram page HERE!

The Neidig Playground is OPEN!!

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