Smithfield Elementary News

January 2021

Letter from the Principal

Dear Smithfield Families,


Happy New Year!! I hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe. Attached is our January newsletter which now includes two new sections. The first is our Counselor Corner. The second section is The Reading Nook. Both the guidance and reading departments will be including special resources for enriching your child's learning and school experience. We hope you like the new additions!


Sincerely,

Kristin Lord

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Calendar of Events

Dec 21st - Hat Day (wear your favorite hat to class Meets)


Dec 22nd - Pajama Day (wear your favorite school-appropriate PJ's to class Meets)


Dec 23rd - Favorite Color Day (wear your favorite color to class Meets)


Dec 24th - Jan 1st Winter Recess - School Closed - Enjoy!


Jan 18th - Schools Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)


Jan 20th - Annual Title I Parent Meeting (see flyer and link in the Reading Nook below)


Jan 22nd: No School (K-12 Teacher Inservice Day)

Virtual Instruction Continues

The East Stroudsburg Area School District Board of Education, at it regular meeting on November 16th, voted to activate the "Red" (or substantial spread) phase of our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan effective December 1, 2020. Therefore, after Thanksgiving Break, students will receive virtual instruction by their current teachers beginning December 1 until the end of the second marking period on January 15, 2021. Winter sports will also be postponed during this time.

Please attend monthly school board meetings every third Monday at 7pm (see main district website for more information), and check our Class DoJo announcements for updates.

Counselor Corner

Our guidance counselors are ready to assist!


Laura Osmun: laura-osmun@esasd.net (Grades K-1)

Lauren Rovi: lauren-rovi@esasd.net (Grades 2-5)

Letters from our Smithfield Counselors

A LETTER FROM MRS. OSMUN:


Hi! My name is Laura Osmun and I am so excited to be the K & 1 Counselor at Middle Smithfield and the new addition to Smithfield Elementary School, for K & 1 students.


~ Middle: Tuesdays, Fridays, and every other Wednesday

~ Smithfield: Monday, Thursday, and every other Wednesday


As your School Counselor. I am here to help ALL students be successful academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally so they may access their education without barriers.


During our long-term closure, I have set office hours that students and parents/guardians can pop into. The times and link are below. Additionally, there is a link to complete if you or your child would like to schedule an appointment.


Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday @ 11:00 am -11:30 am

Use the following Link: Office Hours Google Meet Link (* When you click on join meet, I will accept you into the meet as long as I am not with another student.)


Request to See the Counselor:

Smithfield and Middle School Counselor K & 1st Referral Link


Email:

Laura-Osmun@esasd.net


~ Mrs. Osmun


A LETTER FROM MRS. ROVI:


Hello! My name is Lauren Rovi, and I am the school counselor at Smithfield Elementary for grades 2-5. I am excited to be working with my Smithfield family again this year!


I am available to assist students academically, socially, and behaviorally to help them be successful in school. I am also part of the Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is available to students should they experience barriers to learning. Parents and teachers can make referrals to the program. An electronic SAP referral can be found on the Smithfield homepage.


During the long term closure, I have set office hours for students or parents to stop in. There is also a link available that can be completed, in order to schedule an appointment.


Office Hours:

Monday 12:00-12:30pm

Tuesday 12:00-12:30pm

Wednesday 12:00-12:30pm

Thursday 12:00-12:30pm

Friday 12:00-12:30pm


Office Hour Meet Link:

Office Hours Google Meet Link

(* When you click on join meet, I will accept you into the meet as long as I am not with another student.)


Request to See the Counselor Link:

Smithfield Grades 2-5 Referral Link


Email:

lauren-rovi@esasd.net


Sincerely,

Lauren Rovi

The Reading Nook

Smithfield Elementary’s Title I Parent Meeting

Please join us via Zoom on


Wednesday, January 20, 2021


for our Annual Title I Parent Meeting


from 10:00 am to 10:45 am


Mrs. Jennifer Agolino, Title I Reading Specialist, Mrs. Stacey Brescancine, Title I Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Margaret Wagner, MTSS Coordinator, will be our guest speakers providing an informative presentation on Smithfield Elementary’s Title I Program.


In addition to attending the event, your name will be entered in a drawing for special door prizes that will be awarded at the conclusion of this event.

Please fill out the Google form (below) by Wednesday, January 13, 2021 if you would like to attend this event.


Click Here to Register

Looking for children's book resources? The following link has a list to get you started.

https://www.readingrockets.org/article/finding-children-s-books-pandemic

Robotic Club Now Available During After School Hours!

The Robotic Club is now being offered. Please contact Ms. Struhala or Ms. Locke for more information. jennifer-struhala@esasd.net and gina-locke@esasd.net


Due to the pandemic, many after school clubs and activities are not occurring at this time. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes.

CHANGE: Grab and Go Meals Available In The Evenings at High School South and Middle Smithfield Elementary School

When: 3:00 - 6:00pm

Where: South High School and Middle Smithfield Elementary School

How: Drive up to the curb in the front of the building and the meals will be brought to the vehicle. Look for the "Free Meal" sign.

Who: Anyone 18 and under. No identification required.

Meal Delivery via School Buses Continues

Bus delivery of meals is following the same schedule as was done during Spring/ Summer 2020. For more information, contact the food service office at (570) 424-8500 Ext: 10506 or 10505.

Resources For Families


Pennsylvanians who have lost health coverage or are currently uninsured and need coverage for themselves or their children may qualify for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Medicaid and CHIP provide coverage for routine and emergency health services, tests and screenings, and prescriptions. COVID-19 testing and treatment are also covered by both Medicaid and CHIP.

Medicaid and CHIP enroll individuals throughout the year and do not have a limited or special enrollment time, so people needing health coverage can apply for these programs at any time. There are income limits for Medicaid, but all children qualify for coverage through CHIP regardless of family income. Families can apply for Medicaid or CHIP at www.compass.state.pa.us.Opens In A New Window


Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has improved the nutrition and health of families in Pennsylvania since 1974 by providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods. Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and young children learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy.

WIC serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women for up to one year postpartum, women up to six months postpartum who are not breastfeeding, and infants and children under 5 years old. Furthermore, these individuals must also meet WIC income guidelinesOpens In A New Window and a medical or nutritional risk, which is determined at the WIC certification appointment. To apply for WIC, call the toll-free WIC Hotline 1-800-WIC-WINSOpens In A New Window to be connected to WIC office staff who will answer your questions and schedule your appointment, or get started online.Opens In A New Window


ChildLine 1-800-932-0313

Email for Attendance Notes

For your convenience, an email address has been created for sending absence notes. Notes may be sent to smi-attendance@esasd.net

Join Smithfield's Class Dojo for Updates

All grade levels at Smithfield Elementary will be using Class DoJo for communication with families this year. Use the following link to join our building DoJo. https://www.classdojo.com/invite/?s=561eb8f6c46521bf68fdd2aa

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