RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 11/21/22 at Richland Elementary School

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NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY, 11/23 - MONDAY, 11/28

Dear Richland Families,


Happy Thanksgiving! At Thanksgiving, we make a special effort to appreciate the good things in our life. There is much to be thankful for! Out of everything I am so very thankful for this Thanksgiving season, our partnership with such a supportive community of families is near the top of the list. I am also thankful for an amazing staff dedicated to supporting students' academic, social, and emotional growth. I encourage you to take a moment to share your appreciation with a staff member at the Shout-Outs image below.


Service to our community is a large part of who we are at Richland. I am proud of Richland's commitment to service. As a community, we donated nearly 1,000 pounds of food to the Quakertown Food Pantry in November. Our December focuses are our Ronald McDonald House aluminum tab collection for Childhood Cancer and our CHOP Pajama Donation Day. Thank you for your support.


As a reminder, there is no school from this Wednesday, 11/23 through Monday, 11/28.

Enjoy this time with family and friends.


May your Thanksgiving be full of peace, love, and joy!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

THANKSGIVING SPIRIT DAY ON TUESDAY!

WEAR FALL COLORS!

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Richland is having a Pajama Day on

Friday, December 2, 2022 to help the kids at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

If you can donate to this cause,

please click this link.

You can also send a check to school

made payable to: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

by December 2.

The donations are tax-deductible.

ALL CHILDREN MAY WEAR PJs ON PAJAMA DAY!


Thank you for helping others!

TAB COLLECTION CONTEST TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD CANCER ENDS 12/2

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WE DONATED NEARLY 1,000 POUNDS OF FOOD TO QUAKERTOWN FOOD PANTRY!

The Richland staff and student service learning leadership team organized a November food drive, and Richland students and families collected 987 pounds of food! Fourth-grade students helped load all donations into parent volunteers' cars to deliver to the Quakertown Food Pantry. Thank you for your generosity in providing for our community!

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

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NOVEMBER MENU

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NEW WAYS NOVEMBER

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PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Would you like to express your gratitude to staff members? Click on the Shout Outs image to let us know! I will share messages with staff weekly.
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WHATS HAPPENING IN MUSIC CLASS WITH MRS. WEINLEIN

MUSIC UPDATE!

In the primary grades, we begin the year with focus on singing with our head voice using Pitch Exploration (a vocal warmup activity), Song Fragments (singing echo songs and call/response songs), and singing Simple Songs. We also use a variety of songs and games for movement and beat. Here are some songs we have learned:


  • Kindergarten: No More Pie, Wise Old Owl, I Met a Bear, Frog in the Meadow, Pitter Patter

  • First Grade: In the Woods, Hang About, Peep Squirrel, Au Clair De La Lune

  • Second Grade: Miss Mary Mack, There Was an Old Woman, Did You Feed My Cow, Go Round the Mountain, Ridin’ in a Buggy


In grades 3-5, we further develop pitch through music literacy in addition to our singing. The focus of our music literacy in pitch begins with Do, Re, Mi patterns and songs. Here are songs we have used and will begin to use:


  • Grade 3: Closet Key, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Down Came the Leaves, Sailor Sailor, Snail Snail

  • Grade 4: Closet Key, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Fall is Here, Sailor Sailor, Snail Snail

  • Grade 5: Closet Key, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, We Are Back, Sailor Sailor, Fais Do Do


4TH AND 5TH GRADE CHORUS


Our chorus continues rehearsing on Day 2 (grade 4) and Day 3 (grade 5) to prepare for our first performance at the school’s sing along in December. Chorus members check our Seesaw class for a schedule and lyrics to our songs.

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TIPS AND TOOLS FOR PARENTS FROM MRS. D.

WHAT TO KNOW & HOW TO DEVELOP FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Finger and Hand Strength


Fine motor skills involve the use of the fingers, hands, and arms for reaching, grasping, and manipulating objects. Fine motor skills are used when a child plays, engages in many leisure activities, performs daily self-help tasks, writes, or participates at school as a student.


Try some of these activities to build finger and hand strength at home:


*Play dough & Clay – mold, squeeze, roll, tear, and pinch


*Resistive tools – given help as needed, art projects using a hole punch, basting tool, eye droppers


*Fine motor flicking games – use index finger to flick a marble cottons, small pom poms, coins, or balls of paper at a target. Use your imagination!


*Use Legos, Duplo, K’Nex, Tinker toys, or similar building blocks


*Clothespins – squeeze onto the edge of a can or clothesline

IS YOUR FAMILY IN NEED OF HELP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

Hello Richland Families!


The holidays are quickly approaching! The Quakertown Community has a few ways to support our families. Please see the flyers below and reach out with any questions.


Mrs. Schmolk

School Counselor

dschmolk@qcsd.org

215-529-2456

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THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS

Each day, we read a question of the day. We encourage you to continue the conversations at home. Be sure to watch this week's question of the day video coming soon!


Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate!


MONDAY: What are you afraid of?

TUESDAY: How will you know you’ve had a great day?

WEDNESDAY: No School

THURSDAY: Happy Thanksgiving!

FRIDAY: No School

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UPCOMING EVENTS

11/23-11/28 NO SCHOOL

11/29 PTO MEETING @ 6:30

12/2 CHOP PAJAMA DAY

12/2-12/7 BOOK FAIR

12/8 NED KINDNESS ASSEMBLY

12/16 REINDEER RUN

12/20 VARSITY SINGERS ASSEMBLY

12/22 HOLIDAY SING ASSEMBLY

12/26-1/2/23 NO SCHOOL