News Flash

Florence Twp. School District - BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION #5

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WE DID IT!

Welcome back to school! Although this was a new way to launch a school year, we made it! It was so wonderful to see our students again, even from the virtual realm. Our first week of school brought its share of challenges and triumphs, but we persevere. As a district, we assure you that we will continue to improve and enhance every day to provide the best learning environment for your child during this unprecedented time!

We want to thank our AMAZING staff for their tireless efforts and resiliency this week! Our teachers have worked extremely hard to develop a connection with each child and launch meaningful instruction under these new circumstances. Through our partnership, school/student/family, this year will be a success! Please stay in touch with your child's teacher by asking questions or if you need clarification on any school day aspect. We will continue to provide updates through our newsletters and social media. Please check school building newsletters for more specific grade level information and keep up to date with our website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. We realize that it may be overwhelming for you as well, but please do not worry. You are doing just fine! Pat yourselves on the back and find a quiet corner this weekend and take a few breaths; you deserve it!

Lastly, hug your child(ren) tight and tell them how proud you are of the extra effort they are putting into this school year. Love, empathy, and compassion always win in the eyes of a child. As always, THANK YOU for your continued patience & support as we navigate this new norm!


Dr. Donna Ambrosius

Superintendent of Schools

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:

The FTSD will be hosting virtual back to school nights this year as follows:


  • September 15 -- Riverfront Back to School Night
  • September 16 -- Roebling Back to School Night
  • September 17 -- Florence Twp. Memorial H.S. Back to School Night


Details and links will be available next week. Be on the look out for more information on our newly renovated school website at www.florence.k12.nj.us or our district & school facebook pages.

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE:

Bus information has been updated on Genesis. Bus passes are now being finalized and will be going out as soon as possible. Some important things to know:

  • Students are required to wear a mas while on the bus at all times.
  • Students are required to scan both AM & PM on and off the bus.
  • New ID's are not yet available -- students should use their 2019/2020 ID's at this time.
  • Your child should use their student ID number which follows the child from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • If you are new to the district and do not have an ID the bus driver will check your child in/out with their attendance sheets.
  • Please download the HERE COMES THE BUS app (see below)
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REMOTE LEARNING GUIDANCE & EXPECTATIONS:

We are here to help you get started on our virtual/remote reopening! Please check out these helpful charts & videos on Genesis, Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and Google Apps. Please remember...FTSD classes will be live this year whether you are at home or in the classroom! Student attendance is mandatory. While your child is working remotely, please encourage them to be attentive and continually refer to the guidelines below created to highlight the FTSD expectations and recommendations for virtual learning.


Specifically:

  • Students should complete instructional activities assigned by teachers within the expected timelines.
  • Students should participate in check-ins, discussions, and other communication mechanisms as expected by the teacher.
  • Students should review teacher feedback and complete any follow-up activities as assigned by the teacher.
  • Students and families should proactively notify their teacher or a school administrator school with any concerns about progress or additional support needed.
  • Please support students in being successful by establishing routines and habits that support their success in remote learning.
  • Please ensure that students are adhering to their school’s contract for appropriate behavior on web enabled devices.

If at any time you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher and/or building administrator. Throughout the year we will continue to provide additional resources and helpful links as we look to work together to have a successful school year!


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSPznwN20jjmwoV-qzFPh5x1lIsnK4P6OfSOBEyYjqLY1yZkMpEbZvGhXgfQ8Z9m4OBTK9ReUKr57tL/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000


Lastly, the following information guide was created over the summer by the FTSD Tech Committee to provide you with easy access to our services in regards to your child's chromebook. Check it out at https://www.smore.com/n2fcs

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BREAKFAST & LUNCH IS SERVED:

Don’t forget.... our FTSD is again offering a free meal program for our families during our virtual dates (Sept 8 -18). In order to participate, all families need to do is complete the form and come daily or bulk pick up! See below for more details or click here to sign up!

bit.ly/FTSD_LunchOptions

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ATTENTION 6TH GRADE PARENTS:


Pursuant to NJ Administrative Code (8:57 - 4), all students born after January 1, 1997, and entering grade 6 are required to have one booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) and one dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (Menactra).



Please forward a copy of your child's immunization record to the Riverfront School Nurse immediately. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Riverfront School Main Office (609) 499-4647.

DON'T MISS EMP/EDP REGISTRATION:

As you are aware, the Florence Township School District will launch the hybrid/virtual schedule on September 21st, 2020.

This is your last chance to register your child for EMP/EDP (before & after care services) before our hybrid learning begins on September 21st! There are limited spots available this year for our FTSD students in grades K-6.

Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once all slots are full, we will create a waitlist.

Fill out the google form below to register!

2020/21 EMP/EDP REGISTRATION APPLICATION:

https://forms.gle/Fa9XdCp3Wt149gxP9

FALL SPORTS STARTS ON 9/14...ARE YOU READY?

Fall Sports Overview

Parents of fall sports athletes are asked to please review the attached presentation provided by our new Athletic Director, Kyle Kaminskas in the event you missed the team meeting. This includes very important information. Fall sports begin on 9/14!

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SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULES (9/8-9/18):

The FTSD is entering week 2 of our all-remote schedule which runs from September 8-18. See below for building schedules. NEW schedules will be released later this week as we begin our hybrid learning on Monday, September 21st.
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IT'S OK TO NOT BE OK!

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Each week this month, the FTSD will provide information and tips on how to prevent suicide from occurring in our community.

Many people may not realize that suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school-aged students, as reported by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Research shows that four out of five teens who attempted to end their lives have given clear warning signs to those around them which means that in about 80% of cases there is an opportunity to save a child's life.


Where do I begin?

  • Be a good model and share ways you take care of your own mental health such as eating healthy or exercising, talking to someone and asking for help, and speaking honestly about your emotions.

  • Be open and honest about your about mental health! Be straightforward and explain it's ok to feel down. Let your children know they can talk to you about their feelings. Be a good listener and leave the door open for future conversations.

  • Contact us if you need help with your child. The FTSD has a website page dedicated to providing mental health assistance. Check it out at https://www.florence.k12.nj.us/parent-information/mental-health

THANKS AMAZON!

Thank you to our community partner, Amazon, for the very generous donation of disposable face masks! The safety and healthy return of our students and staff is a priority! Thank you for your support!