Week of 5/10/21 at Richland Elementary School
Thank you to those families who have already completed our Leader in Me Measurable Results Assessment Survey. We value your input and use survey results to help us determine areas of strength for Richland and areas for growth. Please complete the survey at the link below by Friday. Thank you for your participation!
International Week is here! Students will participate in spirit days and activities, including a virtual Rainforest Adventure assembly and a virtual visit from the Bucks County Children's librarian. Information and links to assemblies are below.
Our student reading leaders have organized a book donation drive! Read on to see how families can contribute!
We are pleased to share that any Richland students redistricted to another school beginning next school year will visit their new schools as a “field trip,” chaperoned by our school staff, on May 25. Students will have this first opportunity to see their new school and meet school staff to ease their transition. More information is below.
Have a Happy Mother's Day, and I hope you enjoy time with family!
Our school is participating in the Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) through our Leader in Me platform. The MRA is a set of surveys that provides our school with insights on the growth of our school and the areas we may need additional focus on.
One survey is for students in grades 4 and 5. In-person students will take the survey in school, and virtual students will receive a link to complete the survey from home.
The MRA includes a survey for parents/guardians. Please take a few moments to complete the survey during the open window. With your responses, we are hoping to learn how we can continue to make our school a great place for students and their families. We will share results with families when they are available.
- The online survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete.
- The questions are about you and your child’s experiences with our school.
- Your answers will be confidential and anonymous. You will not be asked to share your name or other identifying information.
- You can take the survey from any computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access.
Thank you for your participation!
IT'S INTERNATIONAL WEEK!
Get ready for a week of spirit days and activities!
STUDENT LED BOOK DONATION DRIVE 5/10-5/28
HIGHLIGHTS FROM VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISITS
NEW SCHOOL VISITS FOR REDISTRICTED STUDENTS ON 5/25
If your child is redistricted to a different QCSD elementary school beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, they will visit their new school on a "field trip" chaperoned by school staff during the school day on May 25.
Students will have this first opportunity to see their new school and meet school staff to ease their transition. Each school will hold additional opportunities for new students this summer.
Virtual students are invited to join this field trip and may be brought to school at 9:00. Parents should return to school to pick up virtual students at 10:30.
Permission slips will be sent home on Monday to all redistricted students, and families of virtual students will receive electronic copies.
All QCSD elementary schools and staff are looking forward to fostering a smooth transition for all redistricted students!
REGISTER NOW FOR KINDERGARTEN, PRE-K AND HEAD START
The Quakertown Community School District has a wonderful kindergarten program.
Registration information can be found here. To be eligible for Kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year, a child must be five years of age on or before August 31. Registration needs to be completed by May 31st.
Please click here for information and an application about the Bucks County Pre-K Counts program.
Please click here for information about Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE
PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5
SAVE THE DATES
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.
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. Parents will be contacted with details closer to the PSSA dates.
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.
STAFF HABIT SPOTLIGHT!
MRS. D'AMICO, FOURTH GRADE TEACHER
Having a goal to work toward motivates us to think about our daily schedule and our family time in new ways. To keep ourselves on track, we log our hours on a coloring page, set mini-goals, and celebrate milestones along the way!
MRS. SHINSKIE, LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
MRS. MCCAULEY, FIRST GRADE TEACHER
Hello, Richland family and friends! My name is Mrs. McCauley, and I live with my husband Mr. McCauley, and our daughters Ella (3) and Anna (1). Every day is busy and fun, and we always make time to follow the seven habits so that we can be productive and enjoy our time together.
One habit we follow is Habit 1: Be Proactive. We are responsible for our actions, attitudes, and moods. And, we try our best to always lead with kindness and take care of ourselves, take care of others, and take care of the environment. We also try to plan ahead. At night, we make sure our lunches and backpacks are packed with everything we need for school the next day.
Another habit we follow is Habit 3: Put First Things First. We do the most important things first! For example, when we are eating a meal, we always eat the healthiest and most important foods first. At bedtime, we brush our teeth, take a bath, put on our pajamas, and get our clothes ready for the next day before we read books. We just love reading books before bed!
Finally, we follow Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. We do our best to take care of our bodies by eating healthily, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep at night. Having fun with family and friends is also very important to us. We love to go swimming, ride bikes, play at the playground, go to the zoo, have picnics, have dance parties, and cook together. And, we are always looking for ways to help others.
Thank you for being such an amazing community of leaders! I love being a teacher at Richland Elementary School!
THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS
MONDAY: If you could have an adventure in a different country, where would you go? Why?
TUESDAY: What is one book you’ve read that is set in a different country or culture?
WEDNESDAY: If you could go to school in a different country for one year, where would you go and why?
THURSDAY: What are some of the differences among the people in our classroom and school? What are some of our similarities?
FRIDAY: What is a special cultural tradition to you and your family? Why is it special?
Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. So let's take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again.
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.
VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR 5/6-5/18
INTERNATIONAL WEEK 5/10-5/14
VIRTUAL RAINFOREST ASSEMBLY 5/10
ELECTION DAY - NO SCHOOL 5/18
DIGITAL PROJECT PROUD 5/21
RES REDISTRICTED STUDENTS VISIT NEW SCHOOLS 5/25
MEMORIAL DAY- NO SCHOOL 5/31
PSSA TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5
6/10-6/11 SCIENCE (grade 4 only)
Virtual students will come to Richland at 2:30.