RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 4/19/22 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


I hope you spent some extra family time together on this long holiday weekend! Both of my girls were home from college, so our house was busy and our hearts were full.


Richland's Spring Color Run is here! We can't wait for this FRIDAY night. Anyone can attend this family fun night and watch the Color Run without registration. Registered runners will participate in the Color Run. Keep reading to check out other activities and raffle baskets that will be available!


Please read the important PSSA information below that was sent to families.


Below is information on how students can participate in our Project PROUD Knowledge Fair, and save the date for a Leader in Me Family Breakfast on 5/20!


Have a wonderful week!

Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

COLOR RUN IS THIS FRIDAY @ 5:00 AT RICHLAND!

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Please Note: Anyone can attend this Family Fun Night without registration.

**Only Registered Runners are allowed to participate in the actual Color Run.


**Other activities included during the Color Fun Run:**


- Face Painting

- Photo Booth/Selfie Station

- DJ

-RAFFLE BASKETS!!!


Raffle Ticket prices:

-1 for $1.00


-6 for $5.00


-15 for $10.00


- Food Truck: Hangover Cafe: please remember to bring cash or Venmo for payment if you preordered


There will be 2 separate Football and Baseball themed raffle baskets in memory of the King boys. All proceeds of these baskets will be shared between the King Family Foundation and items(TBD)purchased in remembrance of the King boys at Richland Elementary School!

Raffle tickets will be $3 each


See you on April 22nd at 5 PM!!!

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Our next PTO Meeting Date: 5/25 @ 6:30 at Richland's library and via Google Meet

Kids are welcome!


Contact us with any questions, ideas or concerns... richlandtpo@gmail.com


Co-Presidents- Alysha Day/Utpal Bhatt

Co-VPs- Kim Lynch and Danielle Schultz

Treasurer- Jackie Toro

Co-Secretaries- Brittany Eagan and Vicky Mullen

HS Student Volunteer Liaison- Hannah Hensel

ELA PSSA 4/25 - 4/27 GRADES 3-5

MATH PSSA 5/3 - 5/4 GRADES 3-5

SCIENCE PSSA 5/5 - 5/6 * 4TH GRADE ONLY


One section per day will take place each morning.


Click here for information sent to families.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR LEADER IN ME FAMILY BREAKFAST 4/20 @ 8:30

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PROJECT PROUD KNOWLEDGE FAIR!

MAY 19 @ 4:30-6:30 & MAY 20 @8:30 LIM FAMILY BREAKFAST

The Project Proud Fair is an opportunity for your child to develop a project that reflects his/her special interests and abilities. Projects can be in any of the following subjects: Math, Social Studies, Reading, Arts, Music, or Science.


All students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in this fair. All you need is permission from a parent, an idea, and some creativity!

Project Guidelines


  • Each participant may enter only one exhibit. Please fill out this entry form and return the entry slip by April 30th.


  • Students should complete projects at home. Parental guidance is permitted, but projects should be the students’ work.


  • Creativity is encouraged (posters, models, dioramas, interactive displays). Posters need to be able to stand up on a table.


  • Each project should be clearly labeled with the student's name, teacher and grade.


  • Projects should be brought to your classroom on the morning of May 18th unless otherwise directed and taken home after the fair on the 20th.

INTERNATIONAL WEEK FAMILY INPUT NEEDED

PLEASE TAKE THE QUICK SURVEY BELOW!

Take Your Child to Work Day is Thursday, April 28, 2022. This is NOT a PSSA testing date at Richland. Per the district, parents may take their child(ren) to work and it will be considered an excused absence.


If you are planning to have your child attend work with you, please complete this form and it will count as their excuse note. Also, knowing how many students will be present on the 28th helps guide instruction for the day.


Thank you, and have a fun and productive day at work!


Official Take Your Child to Work website: http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/

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Join us at these local libraries to learn more about
mental health and why it's important.


May 2, 2022 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Presenter: Stuart Karve, Mental Health Case Manager

Upper Perk Valley Library | 350 Main Street, Red Hill

May 9, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Lisa Dembrosky, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist

Indian Valley Public Library | 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford

May 16, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Lynsey Reiss, Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist

Bucks County Free Library | 100 W. Mill Street, Quakertown


You will learn about:

  • What mental health is and why it's important
  • Tips and tools for supporting mental wellness
  • Ways you can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness
  • Available resources


Throughout May, mental health books, information, and resources will be on display at these library locations as well as at the Bucks County Free Library in Perkasie
(491 Arthur Avenue). For questions, email PennFoundationQuest@sluhn.org.

BUS 239 IS CANCELED THIS WEEK

Please prepare alternate arrangements.
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HABITS AT HOME

"LEAD WITH BALANCE”

THIS WEEK: HABIT 7 - SHARPEN THE SAW

What does this habit look like?


I eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. I learn in a lot of ways and in many places, not just at school. I spend time with my family and friends. I take time to find meaningful ways to help people. I balance all four parts of myself.

Key Concepts:

- Balance all 4 parts of yourself

- Always learning how to become a better person

How can I learn more about this habit?


Please watch these videos to learn a little more about habit 7 and how to sharpen the saw.

Balance is Best

Finding Renewal

How can we be leaders at home and practice this habit?


Discuss some ways that your child and family can sharpen your body, mind, heart, and soul.

JOIN US EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY FOR LIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Use this Google Meet link each time.


As part of our Leader in Me view of everything we do, students have opportunities to apply for jobs at Richland. One job is being a morning announcer. When students are "hired" they work for the entire week as a team to coordinate and read morning announcements.


Each week on Wednesday and Friday, morning announcements are live via Google Meet, and all classrooms watch live and even participate on Fit Fridays. Roles include news readers, weather reporters, special reporters, and producers who manage slides presented.


Now, parents and families can join the Google Meet too! It is the same link every Wednesday and Friday. Applying for jobs, creating clubs, and suggesting new ideas are ways that students share their voices and have ownership in their learning to support them academically, socially, and emotionally. We are happy to give you a window into our student leadership experiences.

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. Be sure to watch this week's question of the day video too!


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


MONDAY: No School

TUESDAY: If you had $100 to spend right now, what would you do with it?

WEDNESDAY: If you could grow up to be famous, what would you be famous for?

THURSDAY: Would you rather be a famous inventor or a famous writer?

FRIDAY: Who do you look up to and why?

QUESTION OF THE DAY VIDEO

Mr. Kemmerer often poses the question of the day to students and staff at Richland. Watch last week's video reflecting on the question, "If you could travel back in time, where would you go and what would you do?"
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RICHLAND IS LOOKING FOR SUBS

One of the greatest challenges of this school year has been staffing. In his recent blogs, Dr. Harner talked about sub shortages and the very real possibility of Yellow Alerts in the coming weeks. On many days there are unfilled positions at Richland. This means an employee at our school is out for the day (sick day, personal day, bereavement,...) and there is not a substitute teacher to fill this position. We are fortunate to have an amazing team, and we work through these daily challenges to supervise students and maintain a safe environment. However, having unfilled positions presents a significant strain on our team and limits instructional opportunities for students.


You may be able to help us! If you have a bachelor's degree, you can sub! We are asking you to please consider becoming a substitute so you can help us here at Richland. This would be a tremendous help for our school community. If you are able and willing to help, please CLICK HERE (scroll toward bottom of link) or contact me at nzuerblis@qcsd.org to learn more about becoming a sub with ESS. Thank you!

ACTIVE APRIL!

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FREE FAMILY NIGHT 4/19 at QUAKERTOWN ELEMENTARY @6:30

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SAVING FOR POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION PRESENTATION

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PRESENTATION HELD AT QCSD HIGH SCHOOL

FOR ALL ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS

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Parents and guardians are invited to this meeting to learn about the PA529 College Savings program from 7:00-7:30. Superintendent Dr. Harner will offer opening comments. QCHS School Counselor, Eric Gozzard, will discuss the current landscape of college expenses with Karen Carr, of the PA Treasury Department, covering saving options. Hope to see you and answer your questions at this special event! Email Eric Gozzard at egozzard@qcsd.org if you have questions prior to April 19th.
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PRE-K COUNTS REGISTRATION

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Bucks County has seven Pre-K Counts grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The grants allow families, who meet the required criteria, with children (who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1st) to enroll in an approved high quality, preschool program at no cost to the family. There may be a few openings now, and they are taking applications now for 2022-2023!


Please see the Bucks County Pre-K Counts application for the 2022-2023 school year.

FAB LAB CENTER OPPORTUNITIES

FREE FARMERS MARKET

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On the first and third Tuesday each month, from 2-4 p.m., anyone may stop by the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center (21 N. Main Street in Quakertown) for free produce and other items. (Bring your own bags if possible!) Upcoming dates are March 1 and 15. If you don’t have transportation or have any other questions, contact Amy Stank of Quakertown Community Outreach at amystank@gmail.com.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE ALUMINUM TAB RECYLING PROGRAM

Little things can make a big difference. You can help support the Ronald McDonald House and others affected by childhood cancer or anyone else who needs the help from the Ronald McDonald House by collecting the little tabs you pull to open soda, soup or any other aluminum cans. The funds generated from recycling these aluminum tabs help offset The Ronald McDonald House expenses. Send in your tabs to Richland.


There is a drop off spot right in front of the office.


We are donating our tabs in honor of Rhiley who is a cancer survivor.

He is a 4th grader at Richland.

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.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2022-2023

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OUR WORD FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

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Each school year, Richland staff adopts one word. We invite you to join us in supporting each other with what our children and we need to thrive this year.


TOGETHER WE THRIVE!

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

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USE "SAFE ARRIVAL" SYSTEM

With SafeArrival, families can report their child’s absence using any of these 3

convenient methods:


1.Using a mobile device; download and install the free SchoolMessenger app from the
Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.com). Please note that the first time you use the app,
you will need to select Sign Up to create your account. To enter an absence, select Attendance, then Report an Absence.

  • In addition to attendance information, in the app you will also see all of the School Messenger messages the school has sent throughout the year.


2. Use the SafeArrival website; https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use
the website, you will need to select Sign Up to create your account. Then, select Attendance and finally, Report an Absence.


3. Call the toll-free number; 1-833-834-4911 and report an absence using the automated phone system. To use this system, you must use or enter the phone number you
provided as your district contact number. Using or entering that phone number will link you to your child(ren).


These options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS

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CONSIDER COMPLETING AN APPLICATION

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. There are no conditions to qualify. However, if you do not have a current application on file for the 2021-2022 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

4/21 READING OLYMPICS COMPETITION

3:45-4:30

4/22 COLOR FUN RUN @ 5:00

4/25-4/27 ELA PSSA TESTING

Grades 3-5

4/28 TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY

5/2-5/6 TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

5/3-5/4 MATH PSSA TESTING

Grades 3-5

5/5-5/6 SCIENCE PSSA

Grade 4 only

5/9-5/13 INTERNATIONAL WEEK

5/17 NO SCHOOL ELECTION DAY

5/18 BAND, ORCHESTRA, CHORUS CONCERT @ STRAYER 6:30

5/19 PROJECT PROUD

4:30-6:30

5/20 LIM FAMILY BREAKFAST

8:30 AM

5/25 PTO MEETING @ 6:30

5/30 NO SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY

6/1 SECOND GRADE CONCERT @6:30

6/2 FIELD DAY

6/9 FIFTH GRADE LUNCHEON

6/10 FIFTH GRADE PROMOTION @ 10:00

6/13 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL