Keeping us connected during the COVID-19 School Closure
Talking with our Students and Partnering with our Families.
The purpose of schools is to create a community that supports students as they explore the wonders of the world; a place where students are physically and emotionally safe to learn and expand. Working as a part of a school is a most rewarding job. It is also a challenging job. Especially when the exploration unveils some of the dangers of the world…such as school shootings, global pandemics, and systemic racism.
As Dr. Harner mentioned in his most recent blog post, “The death of a black man in police custody in Minnesota, as well as several other recent incidents, have unleashed tremendous pain, anguish, and calls for increased justice and equity in our society.” These emotions and questions and the overarching systemic racism affect our students at the elementary level, as well.
At our school, we work persistently to support our students’ understanding of each other and to combat racism and harmful stereotypes. Often this work occurs through discussions related to books and age-appropriate conversations with small groups of students.
As Trumbauersville staff, we know we do not have all of the answers. Our school’s vision and mission focuses on the continued learning and growth for both the students and the adults. We are committed to knowing our students as individuals and to drawing on the diverse resources of our community. We are committed to our on-going learning through self-reflection and we are committed to supporting every one of our students and their families.
In an effort to assist families in their conversations with their children, I am sharing this article, by Alia E Dastigir. It is an interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum and Erlanger Turner that speaks to the importance of talking to our children about what happened to George Floyd and about our country’s on-going struggle with institutional racism. It recently appeared in the USA Today, as well as other news outlets. In addition, I am sharing this article by Howard Stevens, a clinical psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. This is an article that we are recently reading and reflecting on, as a school staff.
Our overarching goal of helping students to read the world and to move through it continues. Moreover, it continues in partnership with all of you. Please take some time to talk with your children and reinforce our school’s core ideals of Compassion and Respect for all. And of Perseverance…especially in the most troubling of times.
Adam G. Schmucker,
For 5th Grade Parents: Opportunities for your and your upcoming 6th Grader
As we near the end of your child's fifth grade year, we wanted to provide opportunities for you and your child to learn about the Sixth Grade Center (SGC). On Monday, June 8th at 9:30 am, Trum fifth graders are invited to a virtual session with current SGC students and staff members. Links and numbers to join the session are available below.
PIN: 697 517 283#
On Friday, June 12th at 2pm, Trum fifth grade parents are invited to a "Coffee and Conversation" session with SGC principal, Eric Thompson. This session will include a brief presentation by Mr. Thompson followed by a question-and-answer session. Please use this link to submit questions prior to the meeting. Links and numbers to join the session are available below.
PIN: 139 515 266#
From the nurse
Health topic of the week: The mind/body connection
Physical and mental health are interrelated and dependent on one another for developing one’s sense of peace and wellbeing. Many times, we go about our day without having to think about striking a balance between the two. However, during this stay-at-home moment in our lives, the mental piece is what often comes out as most challenging. There is no single cure, everyone responds differently to stress. Moreover, our needs are fluid and change every day. Nevertheless, parents can arm themselves with a toolbox of ideas that might aid themselves and their children get through this pandemic. Try to create a daily or weekly schedule that has a few virtual (online) and real world tasks spaced throughout the day. This balance can be challenging, but in the end, it will help adults and children cope with the temporary “cabin fever” situation. To help with this, I would like to share what a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Clifford Sussman, presented yesterday to the group Operation Parent. Here are some of his ideas on fostering a healthy balance between screen time and other activities by introducing what he names “low dopamine” activities.
Below is the video that was put together with all the art work that was submitted back in March for St. Luke's Hospital and COVID-19 patients
Thinking about joining Band or Orchestra? Read the information below for a great opportunity!
This announcement is for families of current 2nd-5th grade students.
There is a special opportunity coming to Trumbauersville! The QCSD instrumental music teachers will be demonstrating and talking about musical instruments that you can learn to play in the band or orchestra next year.
Students entering 3rd grade in the fall of 2020 can sign up for a string instrument, and students entering 4th, 5th and 6th grade can sign up for an instrument in the orchestra or band.
This live demonstration will occur virtually on 6/10 at 10:30-11:30 AM so mark your calendars. If you cannot make this time, there will be another live meeting in the evening on June 10 from 6-7 PM. If you cannot make either live presentation opportunity, families can view the presentations later in the week after the evening performance on the Welcome page at www.qcsd.org/music. Students and families must use the QCSD student account login to visit meet.google.com. Without this account, families will not be permitted to enter the Meeting and will be able to view the music instrument presentation resources on the music web pages. Join the live meeting by using the nickname qcsdmusic as seen in the attached picture.