Schweitzer Newsletter August 2022

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Important Dates

August 17th-Homeroom Assignments Available in Home Access
August 22nd-Transportation Available in Home Access

August 30th-Kindergarten Orientation & Open House Grades 1-4
August 31-First Day of School for Kindergarten
September 1st-ALL STUDENTS Return
September 5th-DISTRICT CLOSED (Labor Day)
September 22nd-Schweitzer Back-to-School Night 7:00 pm
September 26th & 27th-SCHOOLS CLOSED (Rosh Hashanah)

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

Hello, Schweitzer families.

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! We have been working hard to gear up for the school year. Floors are cleaned and waxed, classrooms are wiped down from top to bottom, and teachers and staff are gearing up to head back to the classrooms after some much needed rest and relaxation.

This newsletter includes important information for you to prepare for a successful 2022-2023 school year. Please read through carefully!

  1. Summer Learning
    Please have your child(ren) participate in the Summer Canvas Course, complete minutes on iReady in math and reading, and participate in our Summer Reading Challenge
    . These activities will not only help your child(ren) be more successful in the coming school year, but they will help engage your child over the remaining days of summer and encourage the love of reading! Remember that children can earn badges and rewards for completing modules in the summer Canvas course. All the information for the Summer Reading Challenge, Book lists, and math practice are below as a reminder.
  2. Teacher Assignments
    Students and parents are eagerly waiting to here who their homeroom teacher is for the 22-23 school year. Homeroom assignments will be available August 17th in Home Access. Parents, this is a good time to check to make sure your contact information is accurate in the system. If you need to update any information, please contact Mrs. Belinda Halikias at 215-809-6380 or
  3. School Supply Lists
    School supply lists are available on our website, so be sure to click the Grade-Level Supply List button below and take advantage of summer Back-to-School sales that are happening. There is also a link below.
  4. Free/Reduced Meal Application
    The link for the application for Free/Reduced meals is below, so please complete that. This year lunch and breakfast will not be free to students as it has been in the past. It's important that you complete the application to ensure your student is set up for this on the first day of school.
  5. K Orientation & Open House Grades 1-4
    Please take note that our Kindergarten Orientation and Open House will take place on August 30th. Kindergarten Orientation will be 9:30-11:00. Open House for Grades 1-4 will be 1:30-2:30. We hope you can join us!

Some pics from some of my summer memories are at the bottom of this newsletter!

See you soon!
Dr. Amy Orlando

Summer Reading Challenge

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Summer is here, and our Neshaminy Reading and Math Specialists have prepared some awesome lists and activities to keep our students engaged as they enjoy their break. The District Reading Specialists have posted suggested reading lists for every grade with an emphasis on choice giving students the opportunity to find enjoyable reading material that their matched their interest and reading style.

The summer math units are designed to build grade-level proficiency and remediate learning gaps. Students in Grades K-6 can complete weekly lessons online using iReady My Path as well as complete optional math packets designed to introduce them to concepts they will be learning in each grade level.

LINK: Summer Reading Lists & Learning Opportunities

LINK: Summer Math Learning Resources & Packets

In addition, our elementary reading and math specialists have prepared the following resources for parents to help them navigate the Summer Learning Program:

LINK: Elementary Summer Math Practice Newsletter
LINK: Kick-Of Webinar Archive for Elementary Summer Reading Program

Be sure to support your child in our district-wide Summer Reading Challenge. Be sure to access the Summer Reading Canvas course to get a copy of the Summer Reading Challenge gameboard if you lost yours. The interactive .pdf document below of the Summer Elementary Reading Lists allows your children to click on books and interact with books online through the app SORA. They can earn badges and will find it fun and engaging. Most importantly, it will help students be prepared for learning in the fall. The interactive reading lists and 1st time Log-in directions for SORA are attached. Please encourage your child(ren) to join in the fun!

Albert Schweitzer Elementary School General Information

Student Arrival 8:50 am-9:10 am
School Day 9:10 am-3:35 pm
Dismissal 3:35 pm-3:50 pm

School Phone: 215-809-6380
Dr. Amy D. Orlando, Principal

Mrs. Belinda Halikias, Secretary to the Principal

Ms. Dorie Beisel, Clerk Typist (Attendance)

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Free & Reduced Meal Program

Neshaminy School District is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere! Learn more about our Free/Reduced Meal program in the Neshaminy School District here.

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Download the current Newsletter below to find out more ways and resources
to help your child related to their social/emotional well-being.

Mrs. Moyer's School Counselor Website

Albert Schweitzer PTO

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PTO Officers for 2022-2023

Co-Presidents-Amy Kaminski & Katie Doherty

Co-Vice Presidents-Alicia Good & Kristen Devlin

Treasurer-Jamie Gomba

Recording Secretary-Victoria Barnes Lee

Corresponding Secretary-Ashley Arnold

Parliamentarian-Melanie Jackson-Panichelle

Volunteer Clearance Reminder

The school year brings back opportunities to volunteer in school. If you have not already done so, please click the button below to learn more about the process and requirements to volunteer in NSD. Parents need to submit all volunteer clearances via App Garden Volunteer Tracker, a contactless application and paperwork submission process. Sign-up is required for both new and returning volunteers.

Clearances expire five years after approval, so please check ahead of time to be sure yours are still current. Thank you for supporting our staff and students by volunteering your time!

Home Access Information

Each school year, it is critical for guardians to update their demographic information in Home Access for the 2022-2023 school year. The information includes home address and contact information, and it is linked to school communication through our school Lions Den newsletters and email updates of important information from the principal. Please log on to HOME ACCESS and verify that the contact information for your child(ren) is accurate prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

Bussing Information

Monday, August 22-Tranpsortation Information will open in Home Access. Be sure to access your child's transportation information prior to the start of the school for bus number and bus stop information.

*Any student that registers after 8/22 will receive a phone call from Transportation with bus assignment/information.

Neshaminy Kids Club (Before/After Care Program)

Looking for more information on our Before and After School Programs? Click here to learn how to register your child.

Important information from Schweitzer's Neshaminy Kids Club:

  • AM drop off is in the circle near the playground. We will go to the cafeteria at 8:20am. If you drop off after 8:20am, please call our cell phone at 267-229-3335. A NKC staff will then check in your child.
  • Pick up is in the PM is in the same circle. You can ring the buzzer at the door or call 267-229-3335. A NKC staff will bring your child out to you.
  • Please have your driver's license with you for pick-up. Our staff will ID you until we all get to know you. This is for your child's safety.
  • To start 9/1/2022 with NKC, you will need to register by Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

Summer Chromebook Repair

Chromebooks may be kept over the summer for any supplemental/enrichment activities that may be provided by the district. If your device is in need of repair over the summer you may have it repaired or replaced with a loaner by appointment only.

All repairs will be at the Neshaminy High School starting June 20th. Please follow the signs when entering the High School drive and proceed to door 37 (Bus Port Parking Lot). This is the only location that will be available for any device issue during the summer. Please scroll down to Chromebook Help on the District Webpage to make your appointment for any repairs. A loaner will be provided during the repair.

PLEASE make sure that any repairs that are needed are addressed over the summer so that your device will be ready for the start of the new school year.

New Student Registration

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Families are encouraged to register their new students as early as possible to ensure they are able to attend their neighborhood school. The registration process can be started online by visiting A member of the Central Registration staff will contact you to make an appointment to complete the process in person.

Pre-K Counts Registration

Registration for Pre-K Counts program at Neshaminy is now open. If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 by September 1st and meet the eligibility requirements, you can enroll in this FREE quality program hosted in two of our Neshaminy schools and the Lower Southampton Learning Center. Pre-K Counts is a PA grant-funded program with generous eligibility guidelines (household income as high as $83,250 for a family of four based on 2021 tax returns).

Visit to find out more and register.

Student Accident Insurance

Neshaminy School District does not carry medical/dental insurance for students, but we are pleased to offer the opportunity to enroll in a low-cost group supplemental insurance plan. Information about this plan can be found in the documents below. All applications now need to be completed online.

Enrollment opens on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Ms. Supowitz Meets Her Kindergarten Students at Dairy Delight!

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Help Your Child Make New Friends

For children, fostering friendships post-pandemic carries its own set of challenges. Kids might find themselves overwhelmed and intimidated by returning to in-person activities or just thinking about the start of coming back to school with new faces and new routines, and this can cause anxiety. As kids head back to school, families can use these recommendations to help kids reconnect and socialize. Read more by clicking the document below.

AHERA Notice

Neshaminy School District has engaged Eagle Industrial Hygiene Assoc., Inc., to fulfill the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E. This law requires that each Local Education Authority (LEA) engage EPA accredited individuals to initially inspect and subsequently reinspect every three years all student and staff accessed areas for the presence of both friable and non-friable asbestos containing materials (ACM) and to develop an Asbestos Management Plan from the information developed from the building inspections. All areas of our facilities were inspected for asbestos containing materials.

The Management Plan provides a description of the amount, type, location and condition of all ACM found in these areas. The Plan also contains a detailed schedule of responses and activities for handling the ACM. The Management Plan is available for review by interested parents, faculty and staff in all school offices during business hours.

Donald B. Irwin, Jr.

Business Administrator

Summer Memories from Dr. Orlando

As I shared on the front sign of the building, "I hope you're having fun creating summer memories!" Below are some pics of my favorite memories from this summer from the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica!
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