Week of 9/8/21 at Richland Elementary School
NO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, 9/7
I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Labor Day weekend! I know that some of our families were greatly affected by last week's storm. Please reach out to me in any way we can assist. There are many who have asked how they can help. As a community, we support you.
As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow, Tuesday, 9/7. It has been wonderful to see our students return last week, and you can see highlights below. Every weekend, you will receive this Richland Reflections newsletter. Please keep reading for important links and information each week.
I want to thank all of our Richland families for your support at the start of this school year. You have received a number of messages from me about positive COVID cases at Richland. As you know, when we return on Wednesday, the mask mandate will be in place. Please reference Dr. Harner's message on Sunday with protocol and forms to be used.
We are a proud Leader in Me school, and we emphasize seeking to understand and working together. I have always appreciated our partnership and shared values with families. This is important now more than ever as we model for our young leaders. I greatly appreciate your cooperation in following our Health and Safety protocols so we can continue to bring out the best in our students.
We look forward to a short, wonderful week!
Together we THRIVE!
OUR WORD FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Please explore what thrive means to you!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK!
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
Thank you for your support in making this year's drop off and pick up run so smoothly!
The live school day begins at 9:10 and ends at 3:40.
Doors open at 8:55 for drop off.
Please note: a bell will ring at 9:07, indicating school is about to start, followed by the starting bell at 9:10. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring your child is in their classroom ready to start school at 9:10. If your child needs breakfast, please drop them off by 9:00.
All buses will drop off and pick up at the back of the school, from Chestnut Street off 313.
USE "SAFE ARRIVAL" SYSTEM
At Richland Elementary, the most important part to the start of our school day is
ensuring that all of our students arrive safely at school.
In looking for a way to increase our efficiency in this process, we are implementing a new student attendance system called SafeArrival. We believe this new system will make it easy for families to report their child’s absence, reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance each day, and enhance the tracking of unverified student absences.
It is important to understand that SafeArrival works in tandem with the School Messenger system. The school-wide emails you receive from our school come to you through the School Messenger system. Both of these systems operate under PowerSchool. Long story short - this attendance process is fully integrated into our school and district-wide systems and will be easy and efficient for you. This app will allow you to report absences AND see and receive all the messages the school sends out through School Messenger. (You will still receive the emails too.)
With SafeArrival, families can report their child’s absence using any of these 3
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. This is helpful, and eliminates the need to search through your emails for messages previously sent.
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. We recommend using the app. This is the easiest way to report your child’s absence. We also suggest that you save the toll-free number (1-833-834-4911) as a “SafeArrival” contact in your phone. Doing this serves two purposes - First, you will have the toll free number on hand for you to easily report an absence if you are not using the app. Second, it is helpful to see “SafeArrival” as a contact if the school is calling you to verify an unreported absence. Please answer that call, or you will continue to receive additional calls.
If you do not report your child’s absence, we will use the SchoolMessenger automated notification system (formerly called Connect Ed) to contact parents/guardians whose
child is absent but the absence was not reported in advance. Previously, you received
an attendance phone call from the Richland office. Now, the automated notification
system will contact parents by both phone call and email until a reason is submitted
for the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, someone in the Richland office will follow up with an additional phone call.
If you report your child’s absence in advance using the SafeArrival mobile app,
website, or toll-free number, you will NOT receive multiple phone calls from the SchoolMessenger notifications.
SafeArrival is up and running for Richland Elementary. Parents/guardians can use
this program immediately.
PTO MEETING WEDNESDAY, 9/22 @ 4:00
A MESSAGE FROM THE RICHLAND PTO
FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS
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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Reiss, Free & Reduced Lunch Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-529-2022.
STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-5:
LEARN A MUSIC INSTRUMENT!
THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS
Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate!
MONDAY: No School
TUESDAY: No School
WEDNESDAY: What is one of your most helpful habits?
THURSDAY: What is one habit you wish you could break?
FRIDAY: What simple change in your life would have the biggest positive impact?