RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 9/19/22 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend!


We are looking forward to seeing you Monday night at 6:00 for Back to School Night. The event starts in our multi-purpose room for the first live opening of Back to School Night in three years. You'll meet staff, learn about The Leader in Me, and hear from our amazing PTO. Then you can choose from two sessions to visit your children's classrooms beginning at 6:30. It's going to be a wonderful night and we can't wait to share with you!


See highlights below from our first leaderboard winners. Dozens of tickets filled our leaderboard and the first of our leaders this year spun the prize wheel. Students consistently display the 7 habits, and truly live our motto of Lead Myself, Lead Together, Lead with Balance! On Friday we will recognize leaders of the month from each class at our monthly leadership assembly.


The Richland Spirit Wear Store closes Monday, 9/19 at midnight. See below for ordering information.


Keep reading to see which specialists and support personnel are highlighted in this week's newsletter!


See you soon for Back to School Night!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

MONDAY NIGHT, 9/19 @ 6:00-7:30

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Back to School Night

Monday, Sep. 19th, 6-7:30pm

Richland Elementary School

This night is for parents/guardians in all grades K-5.

Meet your child's teacher(s) and hear more about grade level experiences and curriculum.


6:00-6:20 Welcome and Learn about The Leader in Me!


6:30-6:55 Session 1

7:05-7:30 Session 2


Join either session as teachers will present the same content for each.

WEAR RICHLAND COLORS FOR FRIDAY'S LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY!

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Richland's PTO is creating an OPTIONAL school-wide directory this year!

If you would like to participate, please visit this link to complete the form.



A separate form must be completed for each child. Please submit forms by Friday, September 30 so that the completed directory can be sent out to participating families in October!

PTO MEETING 9/27 @ 6:30

Meetings are held every month in the library. Kids are welcome!


Come out and join us!

NO SCHOOL ON 9/26

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LOOK AT THESE LEADERS!

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HOMEWORK TIPS FROM MRS. DISTEFANO

Homework is important, but helping children with homework isn’t always easy. Here are some ways you can make homework easier for everyone!


Study the same things in different ways and places. Help your child learn about new words or content in a variety of ways. Talk about new vocabulary words several times over the course of the week, in different settings. This will help enrich your child’s understanding of the word.


Mix up the study time. If your child prefers to do a little math, a little reading, a little word study, and then back to math, that’s okay! Mixing up the practice time may leave a greater impression on your learner. Space out the learning. If your child has a big test coming up next week, help them study a little bit each day rather than cramming it in the night before. An hour or so every other day, spacing out the learning, is a better way to really learn the material.


Help your child pick out a special homework notebook or folder, and make sure your child has homework supplies, such as: • pencils • pens • writing paper • a dictionary.


Show your child that you think homework is important. Ask your child about their homework each day, and check to see that it is completed. Tell your child that you are proud of the work they are doing.


Help your child without doing the homework. It's important to answer questions if you can – but remember that homework is supposed to help children learn and that doing your child’s homework does not help in the long run.


Talk with your child’s teacher. Find out what the teacher’s homework rules are. If your child has a problem completing or understanding homework, call or e-mail the teacher to talk about the issue.


Mrs. DiStefano

Reading and Math Interventionist and Coach

PURCHASING BREAKFAST OR LUNCH AT SCHOOL

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QCSD wants to remind families that the federal program to waive the cost of meals for all students has expired. Families can make online payments for student meals at SchoolCafe. Lunch accounts for students at the Upper Bucks County Technical School are separate and may be paid at My Payments Plus.


In addition, we’re asking that QCSD families fill out 2022-2023 Free & Reduced Meal Applications. Households must submit a new application each school year unless they receive a Direct Certification letter, which was mailed by the district in mid-August.


A situation has arisen for families with students on Free and Reduced Meals where your child may be charged for not taking enough items to qualify as a reimbursable meal. This is a federal regulation. Here’s information on what a meal consists of. Please speak with your student(s) to avoid this issue.


Click here to access all information about Free & Reduced meals in QCSD.

If you have questions, please email sreiss@qcsd.org or call 215-529-2012.


Here is a video on 2022-2023 school meal changes.

BREAKFAST WILL BE FREE BEGINNING IN OCTOBER

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FREE BREAKFAST STARTING IN OCTOBER

Governor Wolf has announced free breakfast for all students starting in October and continuing through the rest of the 2022-2023 school year. No one needs to pay for breakfast. You may still put money in your child's account to purchase lunch.

OPEN SLOTS FOR PRE-K COUNTS AT RICHLAND AND PFAFF FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR

APPLICATIONS ARE BELOW

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MUSIC WITH MRS. WEINLEIN

WELCOME TO MUSIC CLASS!

We learn about music through 4 main areas: Rhythm, Pitch, Expression, and Timbre. Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade use the First Steps in Music Curriculum which consists of singing, movement for form and expression, and beat motions. Our Second through Fifth Graders use the Conversational Solfege program and focus on three main parts of each music class: Music Literacy, About Music, and Making Music. Students have a lot of fun in music classes playing games, singing, playing instruments, and learning about what makes music.


Also working in our music room September through October is Miss Turner. She is a student teacher from West Chester University. Welcome to Richland Miss Turner!


Chorus:


Sign Ups are currently being held for our 4th and 5th Grade Chorus. Students interested in singing with our chorus can pick up a sign up sheet at the music room. 4th Graders will meet on Day 2 at 11:40am. 5th Graders will meet on Day 3 at 12:20pm. We start on September 23rd! Can’t wait to sing together!


Questions about music classes or chorus, please contact Mrs. Weinlein: eweinlein@qcsd.org

FRIDAY, 9/30 IS PICTURE DAY!

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Let’s Jump into Fall! An Opportunity to exercise and have fun with friends while supporting your school!


Funds raised will be used to directly benefit each Student’s experience at RES by providing classroom funds for our teachers and staff! Please consider donating here.

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WHAT IS LEADER IN ME?

Leader in Me is a philosophy used at our school to promote leadership qualities in our students! Students learn about and practice our 7 habits daily. Those habits are as follows:

  1. Be proactive

  2. Begin with the end in mind

  3. Put first things first

  4. Think win-win

  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood

  6. Synergize

  7. Sharpen the Saw


What will my child gain from Leader in Me?

Each day at Richland, students are encouraged to show the 7 habits. Students receive lessons focused on showing these habits in all areas of our school. Lessons include teaching students what these ideas look like in each area and practicing what those behaviors look like. Students will continue to receive these types of lessons throughout the year.


What is the Leaderboard?

Each day, adults in the school building have tickets to give to any student they see exhibiting one of the 7 habits. Once a student receives a Leader Ticket, he or she will go to the office to sign our school Leader Book, pick a number at random for the placement of their ticket on the Leaderboard, and will bring home a postcard to show you so that you may share in their good news! Once the student has a ticket on the board, he or she is eligible to receive the "mystery motivator". When ten tickets in a row are up on the board, those students will spin a wheel to receive a mystery motivator prize. Examples of motivators are extra recess, lunch with Mrs. Zuerblis, and many more.


How can I help from home?

We encourage you to discuss the program with your child at home. The characteristics of the 7 habits encourage responsibility and ownership of one's actions, as well as other leadership qualities. Ask your child to use the ideas shared at school when at home and in the neighborhood, and routinely check in with your child on how he or she is demonstrating these characteristics at school.

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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: How would you describe yourself in five words or less?

TUESDAY: What words would you use to describe school?

WEDNESDAY: What is something you wonder about?

THURSDAY: Would you rather be the boss or the employee?

FRIDAY: If you could give every person in the world a gift, what would it be?

SELF CARE SEPTEMBER

HAPPIER, KINDER, TOGETHER!

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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UPCOMING EVENTS

9/19 BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT FOR PARENTS @ 6:00-7:30

6:00-6:20 Welcome and Learn about The Leader in Me!


6:30-6:55 Session 1

7:05-7:30 Session 2


Join either session as teachers will present the same content for each.

9/26 NO SCHOOL

9/27 PTO MEETING @ 6:30

9/30 PICTURE DAY

10/5 NO SCHOOL

10/14 JUMP ROPE DAY

10/25 PTO MEETING @ 4:30

10/28 HALLOWEEN PARADE @ 2:30

11/4 FAMILY FUN NIGHT