RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 11/22/21 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


Happy Thanksgiving! During this month of gratitude, we thank the Richland community once again for your generosity. We collected over 437.5 pounds of food to donate to the Quakertown Food Pantry! This will truly make a difference to families in need this holiday.


Keep scrolling! There are many student leadership highlights in this newsletter, including our recognition of our November student leaders of the month, a video of student morning announcements, and our first-ever student-created podcast club. We thank families and staff for their part in supporting student leadership.


As a reminder, school is closed from this Wednesday, 11/24 through Monday, 11/29. Please accept our gratitude over this Thanksgiving holiday as we know we are truly fortunate to have such a supportive community and work with such amazing students. Enjoy this break appreciating those around you.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

NOVEMBER FOOD DRIVE

OVER 437.5 POUNDS OF FOOD COLLECTED!

Wow! Richland collected over 437.5 pounds of food to donate to the Quakertown Food Pantry. Students, staff, and parents helped deliver this food during this much needed time. We are proud of our students to learn what an impact they can make in our community.


Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

NO SCHOOL 11/24-11/29

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NOVEMBER STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH!

THANK YOU PARENTS FOR THE THOUGHTFUL LUNCH FOR OUR STAFF!

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VIRTUAL LIBRARY CARD DRIVE ENDS SUNDAY

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NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY MONTH!

Are you or your child in need of a library card? This week, we begin a virtual library card drive!

It's your chance to celebrate reading together.


Click here to complete an online application for a library card. Cards will be delivered directly to Richland, and students can take them home.


Go to this website: https://buckslib.org/school-outreach-library-card-application/


Select Richland Elementary School from the dropdown menu.


Use this password to complete the application: $choolYear2021

STUDENT PODCAST CLUB

STUDENT NEWSPAPER CLUB

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Third graders began a newspaper club this fall because they wanted everyone to know what happens at Richland. Catch the very first edition below!
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Great news! Our school has partnered with Smile Programs…the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care. Sign up your child today at www.myschooldentist.com.


Even better, dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including
Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.


Convenient and Comfortable

Our in-school dental program saves you time and provides a safe and comfortable
place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed local professionals.
Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants
when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.


Dental Care for a Healthy Life

Children who see a dentist regularly may have fewer health issues like:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development


Help keep your child healthy, in school and learning.


Simply go to www.myschooldentist.com.


The online sign-up for Richland Elementary can be directly accessed at https://www.myschooldentist.com/REQCPA_sch

WEEKLY STUDENT VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENTS

Students share announcements daily at Richland, and on Wednesdays they host live video announcements, streamed into classrooms. Check out this week's broadcast!

CHOP PAJAMA DAY 12/3

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CHOP is having a pajama party … and Richland is invited!


Pajama Day is a chance for schools to spend the day in their most comfortable jammies while supporting kids who rely on Children’s Hospital for care, cures, and hope.


We know that giving back and creating a sense of community are important. Pajama Day is a fun and easy way to support the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


On December 3, all students and staff are invited to wear pajamas to school!


If you are able to donate, donations will be accepted via check to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and directly through a website here. The donations are tax-deductible.


Thank you for helping others!

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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!


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


MONDAY: When do you feel sad?

TUESDAY: What are three things that make you truly happy?

WEDNESDAY: NO SCHOOL

THURSDAY: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

FRIDAY: NO SCHOOL

NEW WAYS NOVEMBER

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This month, we're encouraging you to try something new! Learning something new or getting involved in an activity that really absorbs and interests us is great for our wellbeing. Keeping our brains active is not only good for us physically but it can help you feel you are flourishing as you see yourself make progress with a new skill, or just make you smile as you make a mess and decide to start again. :) Being playful and trying new things is important, as is remembering that it's OK not to get it right first time - change "I can't do it", into "I can't do it...yet!" This month's calendar is full of ideas to help you decide what to try next.

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.

Ronald McDonald House Aluminum Tab Recycling Program

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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.


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

He is a 4th grader at Richland.

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WHAT ARE HABIT TICKETS?


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 AT HOME?


We encourage you to discuss Leader in Me 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 in different settings.

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!

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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

NO SCHOOL 11/24-11/29

CHOP PAJAMA DAY 12/3