RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 10/17/22 at Richland Elementary School

FIRE SAFETY WEEK

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Dear Richland Families,


I hope you have been enjoying the fall weather and a Phillies win!


Highlights in this newsletter include a visit from the Quakertown Fire Company for the 100th Fire Safety Week and spotlights from the library and occupational therapy. Keep reading for information about Red Ribbon Week spirit days and our Halloween Parade.


Richland fourth graders brightened the day of Florida fourth graders impacted by Hurricane Ian. More on how they thought win-win is below!


Thank you for your donations to our Jump Rope Day fundraiser! We appreciate your generosity. Look for an update soon from PTO on funds raised and a Bingo Family Fun Night coming in November.


Have a wonderful week!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

FIRE SAFETY VISIT

TAB COLLECTION CONTEST TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD CANCER

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LIBRARY UPDATE FROM MR. NAGLE

IN THE LIBRARY...

Students are setting themselves up for success in the library, beginning the year with a focus on the learning target, Locate Resources!


This learning target is one of many on our journey through the research process. We’ve introduced, and reviewed for some, the organizational structure of a library; helping students to “locate resources.” Ask your children how they select materials in the library, how books are categorized or what resource information is provided in Destiny, our online database of library materials.


Let the reading and research begin!

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FROM MRS. DEJONGE

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FROM MRS. D.

How can Occupational Therapy (OT) help my child?


Occupational Therapy Practitioners are highly trained healthcare professionals that evaluate and assist children that are having difficulty participating in meaningful activities or “occupations” that are needed to conduct their daily routines and live their life to the fullest.


For a child this may include the development of life skills such as learning at school, playing, completing self-care tasks, relating to others, and fulfilling their role as a family member.


In the schools, Occupational Therapy Practitioners address the needs of the students experiencing delays, disabilities, or health challenges through therapeutic intervention to promote skill advancement, the use of compensatory strategies, adaptations to the child’s equipment and environment, and/or modifying the curriculum or activity.


Occupational Therapy Practitioners also collaborate with teachers, parents, and others to identify and modify barriers that restrict a child’s success and model strategies for others to use that will extend the benefits of direct intervention.


Why would my child be referred to OT?


*Fine Motor Difficulties: Holding crayons, pencils, small objects, using clothing fasteners


*Eye-hand Coordination Difficulties: Scissor use, puzzles, ball skills


*Visual Motor Delays: Printing, drawing, forming shapes, coloring


*Visual Perceptual Delays: Sorting, matching, figure ground, scanning, letter reversals


*Self-Care Delays: Dressing, feeding, using utensils, tying, grooming


*Sensory Processing Difficulties: Delays in adaptive responses to sights, sounds, taste, touch, and movement.


*Decreased Strength: Manipulating resistive materials, moving against gravity, sustaining body positions


*Decrease Range of Motion: Limits in moving arms, fingers, legs, head, or other body parts


*Social Difficulties: Interacting with others, following routines

REACHING OUT TO FLORIDA FOURTH GRADERS

FOURTH GRADE THINKS WIN-WIN!

Fourth graders had an opportunity to shine as leaders and “Think-Win-Win.” A teacher in Florida reached out to several fourth grade teachers around the country asking for a favor. Due to Hurricane Ian, she and her students had been out of school for three weeks. She wanted to brighten her students’ day with pictures or cards from fourth graders around the country.


Fourth grade at Richland made a joke book!

CORRECTION TO SPIRIT DAYS

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HALLOWEEN PARADE, FRIDAY 10/28 @ 2:30

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HALLOWEEN PARADE!

Richland Elementary will have a Halloween Parade this year! Students are invited to dress in costumes and parade with their classes in the back of the school on the blacktop beginning at 2:30pm (weather permitting). Family members may view the parade in designated areas.


Please note:

  • Students should not wear costumes to school. They should bring costumes with their name and teacher’s name clearly marked.

  • Costumes depicting any violence or horror as seen in the movies, on the news, or in comics, are not permitted.

  • Weapons of any kind, including metal, plastic, wood, and cardboard are not permitted.

  • Costumes should reflect age appropriate characters.


Students should not wear costumes to school. They will be provided classroom time to dress in costumes in preparation for the parade.


If you do not wish to have your child participate in the parade or the classroom activities that follow, please let your child’s classroom teacher know. Your child will be provided with an alternate activity not related to this event.


In order to help ensure the safety and well-being of all our students and staff members, the following procedures will be followed:


● Parents/Guardians can watch the parade in the back of the school. Visitors will not be permitted in classrooms before or after the parade.


● The parade will begin promptly at 2:30pm and students will walk with their grade level.


● Fall classroom celebrations will occur after the parade. Only those parents who are assisting with classroom celebrations will be permitted into the building. Teachers will notify those parents and provide the office a list of parents who are assisting with classroom celebrations.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these procedures. We hope this is an enjoyable day for everyone!

OCTOBER IS BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)

Please read this newsletter dedicated to many resources for bullying prevention. Mrs. Bocklet is our SAP counselor at Richland. Remind your children they can always talk to Mrs. Schmolk, Mrs. Bocklet, Mrs. Zuerblis, and any of their teachers if they need help.

DWARFISM AWARENESS DAY 10/25

WEAR GREEN TO SUPPORT OUR FRIEND JULIANNA!

October is Dwarfism Awareness Month, and every year on October 25, International Dwarfism Awareness Day celebrates little people. The day also spreads awareness for achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder that causes dwarfism.Wear green to support our kindergarten friend, Julianna!
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PURCHASING LUNCH AT SCHOOL

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QCSD wants to remind families that the federal program to waive the cost of meals for all students has expired. Families can make online payments for student meals at SchoolCafe. Lunch accounts for students at the Upper Bucks County Technical School are separate and may be paid at My Payments Plus.


In addition, we’re asking that QCSD families fill out 2022-2023 Free & Reduced Meal Applications. Households must submit a new application each school year unless they receive a Direct Certification letter, which was mailed by the district in mid-August.


A situation has arisen for families with students on Free and Reduced Meals where your child may be charged for not taking enough items to qualify as a reimbursable meal. This is a federal regulation. Here’s information on what a meal consists of. Please speak with your student(s) to avoid this issue.


Click here to access all information about Free & Reduced meals in QCSD.

If you have questions, please email sreiss@qcsd.org or call 215-529-2012.


Here is a video on 2022-2023 school meal changes.

BREAKFAST IS NOW FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS

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FREE BREAKFAST STARTING IN OCTOBER

Governor Wolf has announced free breakfast for all students starting in October and continuing through the rest of the 2022-2023 school year. No one needs to pay for breakfast. You may still put money in your child's account to purchase lunch.
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THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS

Each day, we read a question of the day. We encourage you to continue the conversations at home. Be sure to watch this week's question of the day video coming soon!


Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate!


MONDAY: What book have you re-read more than any others?

TUESDAY: How do you create space when you’re frustrated?

WEDNESDAY: How do you “press pause” when you feel upset or angry?

THURSDAY: Think of a time when you felt frustrated, and you “pressed pause.” How did you feel?

FRIDAY: What do you do to feel better when you’re sad?

PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Would you like to express your gratitude to staff members? Click on the Shout Outs image to let us know! I will share messages with staff weekly.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

OCTOBER ANTI-BULLYING MONTH

10/24-10/28 RED RIBBON WEEK

Anti-bullying and anti-drugs

10/24 JARED CAMPBELL KINDNESS/ANTI-BULLYING ASSEMBLY

10/25 PTO MEETING @ 4:30

10/25 DWARFISM AWARENESS DAY

10/28 HALLOWEEN PARADE @ 2:30

11/3, 11/7, 11/10 PARENT CONFERENCES

4:00-8:00

11/4 BINGO FAMILY FUN NIGHT & KING DEDICATION

11/8 NO SCHOOL

11/11 VETERANS' DAY

11/11 PICTURE MAKE UP DAY

11/23-11/28 NO SCHOOL

11/29 PTO MEETING @ 6:30