Week of 6/7/21 at Richland Elementary School
We are entering the last couple of weeks of the school year! We are fortunate to end this school year with celebrations such as a virtual stream of our 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony and a traditional field day. Be sure to take some time to reflect on this school year and how far we've come. Thank you for all of your support.
Have a wonderful week!
THIS WEEK'S SPIRIT DAYS
MONDAY: Mix it Up Monday!
TUESDAY: Green and Clean Day!
WEDNESDAY: Favorite Tee from a Place Day!
THURSDAY: Thankful Thursday!
FRIDAY: RES Spirit Day!
PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5 CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will be administered online to students in grades 3-5 in early June. Scheduled dates for the PSSA are below.
*Please make sure your child comes to school with their device charged to use for assessments.
June 2-4: English Language Arts (ELA)
June 8-9: Math
June 10-11: Science (grade 4 only)
Students receiving in-person instruction will take online assessments at school on the morning of these dates.
Students learning virtually will take online assessments at school in the afternoon after in-person students are dismissed.
Students in grades 3-5 who are scheduled to take the PSSA but opt-out will have required asynchronous learning at home on the testing dates.
Should you have any questions related to PSSA testing, please contact our school office.
RES FIELD DAY 2021 VOLUNTEERS
Monday, June 14th is Richland Elementary School Field Day! Please join Mr. Kemmerer and the field day team in making this year’s field day a great experience for all by volunteering to help. Volunteers will help run field day activities, organize materials, and assist students in any way possible. The rain date for field day is Wednesday, June 16th.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this Google Form by June 7th, 2021. This is a firm deadline as we must confirm clearances and cannot accept volunteers after that date. Please be sure to indicate the time frame (AM, PM or all day) that you are available to help. AM Volunteers will run from 8:00-11:05. PM Volunteers will run from 11:30-1:30. Full day Volunteers will run from 8:00-1:30. Please also indicate if you are available to help with the rain date of June 16th (all times remain the same). After I receive your contact information and availability for the day, I will reach out to discuss the details of your activity for the day.
All volunteers must have their updated clearances on file with QCSD via APP-Garden. If ALL clearances are not approved in App Garden, you will not be able to volunteer. Please use the links below to view which clearances are needed to volunteer.
● Details on required clearances can be found here:
● The link to App-Garden where clearances must be uploaded can be found here:
● Please fill out this Google Form if you are available to volunteer:
RICHLAND'S GOT TALENT!
HABIT 8: FIND YOUR VOICE
Let's showcase Habit #8-Find Your Voice!
If you would like to show off one of your wonderful talents, we would love for you to submit a video to Flipgrid. The time limit for your video is 90 seconds. The Flipgrid is divided into grade levels, so you will submit your talent in your grade level section.
Please note- you must use your school student email address to access Flipgrid and submit your entry. If you do not know your email, please contact your teacher.
Submissions for your videos will begin on June 1st, and the last day to submit your video is June 11th. Once you submit your video, a teacher will need to approve it first. Once it is approved, you will see your video on the grid for everyone else to view! Please make sure your video and song (if applicable) are appropriate for school.
Have fun! We can’t wait to see your video! Go to https://flipgrid.com/08f3f331 and “Join with Google” using your school email.
Find your grade level under “Topics.”
*There will be a Seesaw activity with the Flipgrid link in it as well!*
5TH GRADE PROMOTION 6/18 @ 10:00
THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS
MONDAY: What are your unique gifts and talents?
TUESDAY: What is your favorite place to spend time in our community?
WEDNESDAY: Who is your hero?
THURSDAY: If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
FRIDAY: Where would you like to travel to?
Research has shown that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally become more resilient to adversity. So let's train our brains to find the joy.
FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE
CONSIDER APPLYING FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
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. However, if you do not have a current application on file for the 2020-2021 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 email@example.com or 215-529-2022.
OUR WORDS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
DISTRICT BOOSTS PAY FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
Hoping to incentivize more people with a Bachelor’s degree to become substitute teachers, the Quakertown Community School District is significantly increasing pay for substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year.
The per diem rate is being raised from $105 to $120 per day. Long term per diem pay is being raised from $140 to $175 per day, highest in the area. The average per diem rate in Bucks County and surrounding districts is $109. The long term substitute rate is $125. Please click here for the story.
Click here for job openings in the Upper Bucks County Technical School.
ALL SCHOOL YEAR FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS
The free food program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended a nationwide waiver to allow the Quakertown Community School District to provide FREE meals to ALL students regardless of need. No qualification or identification is needed.
ALL students are eligible to receive FREE breakfast and FREE lunch through the end of the school year in June.
Breakfast will be served at Richland in our lunch room or classrooms from 8:45-9:00.
Lunch will have three selections daily: A sandwich/wrap/hot entree, a salad with a protein and roll, or a Grape/Peanut Butter Uncrustable. An assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables along with milk will be available daily. Students will order their lunches in the morning and will eat lunch in their classrooms. Lunches will be assembled by the cafeteria staff in bags, with aides delivering to rooms at the scheduled lunch times.
For Virtual Learners, free meal pickup is now held two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, students can receive meals for two days, and on Wednesdays for three days. Pickup remains at the Quakertown Community High School bus loop from 11:15 AM until 12:30 PM.
LIVE AND VIRTUAL DAILY ATTENDANCE
Every day Monday through Friday is a school day.
Please keep your child home if they show any symptoms and call to let us know. You will receive a follow up call from our school nurse. We will confirm if your child will become a virtual learner for a period of time so they are not marked absent from in person instruction while staying home with symptoms.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE PHYSICALLY IN THE BUILDING:
Attendance will be taken as in the past, and students will be marked absent if they are not physically present. *Please note, only students who need to quarantine or are approved by the principal or school nurse will learn virtually instead of in person.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE 100% VIRTUAL LEARNERS:
Attendance will be taken daily. All students are to complete their "check-in" activity as explained by their teachers by 2:00 daily. To allow for the completion of work asynchronously, students may complete other school activities after 2:00, but the check-in must be completed by 2:00 in order to be marked as present.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT:
You will receive an email at 3:00 on the day your child is marked absent. The school must receive an excuse from you within 3 days of the absence.
New this year, you may respond to the email with your absence reason. You can also email an excuse to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, you may send in an absence note to the office. All excuses must be received within 3 days of the absence.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
The live school day begins at 9:00 and ends at 2:00.
Please note AM Kindergarten pick up at 11:00 and PM drop off at 12:00 are in the front of the school.
All buses will drop off and pick up in the front of the school.
PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5
6/10-6/11 SCIENCE (grade 4 only)
Virtual students will come to Richland at 2:20.