Weekly Trumbauersville Times
Keeping us connected during the COVID-19 School Closure
Dear Trumbauersville Families,
As we continue to move through these turbulent times, I am grateful for the connections throughout our school community. While we can not be in the physical space of our school building, we can still maintain our connections. In fact, maintaining our social distancing is the best we can help to do our part to work to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Health Department has a helpful slogan - Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe.
That being said, I am very proud of our Trumbauersville school staff as their professionalism is shining through as they connect with students and families! As Dr. Harner has clarified, the current days that we are closed are not school days and there is no new instruction for our students. However, many of our teachers continue to share a variety of activities to help our students to be connected to our school community. This has included daily Seesaw messages, challenging extension activities, book read-a-loud videos, literature discussions, etc. For more options on learning potential learning activities, please see the At Home Learning Opportunities for Students and Families. (Please note that teachers will not be conducting live video chats with students.)
The main platform for our school’s communication with families is via teacher’s Seesaw pages. This platform has proven to be user friendly and interactive. This is especially true on mobile devices. In addition to Seesaw, we will be updating our school website regularly and will be using our school’s Facebook page and Twitter page to share our pertinent information. We will also send home a weekly version of our Trumbauersville Times each Thursday.
While we are not all at 101 Woodview Dr. each day, we are together in our spirit and in our collective daily displays of Compassion, Perseverance, and Respect. Along the lines of CPR and maintaining our school connections, we welcome everyone to participate in our 3/20/20 spirit day: Rock Your Socks at Home for World Down Syndrome Day.
My best to you and your family.
-Adam G. Schmucker
QCSD Technical Support for Students and Staff
I want to first thank all the parents and students who came out today to swap out there devices in order to provide learning opportunities online for our students. Our community is great and it truly shows in these unfortunate times. In an effort to continue to support our students and their District provided technology, we have established a process to limit social interaction and still maintain our devices. We will begin to offer technical support hours at the Senior High School based on an appointment which we will schedule with you after you submit the following technical support form. We ask that when you arrive for your appointment, you pull up to the digital sign in front of the high school main entrance on Park Ave. and we will come to you. Curbside support will limit everyone's exposure to others. We will limit the number of people who arrive for support to ensure we follow our social distancing efforts. The planned hours will be 10:30a-12:00pm with today being our first successful day. Based on current needs, we have decided our next day of support will be on Tuesday. Please ensure you submit the form below. We do not want any walk-ups as we are doing our best to enforce our social distancing efforts and keep an organized workflow for everyone. We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we all work through this unfortunate time together. You may also reach out to me directly via email for any specific questions you may have.
Technology Support Request Form: https://forms.gle/sRs2Fjp8yCYGtdVu8
Director of Technology
Instructional Resources for All Grades
Instructional Resources for All Grades
Our Office of Teaching and Learning has put together a fantastic list of resources by grade level. Be sure to review the list with your child!
COMCAST ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE COVID-19 RESPONSE TO HELP KEEP AMERICANS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET
Company Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Unlimited Data for Free, Confirms Its Commitment to Connecting Low-Income Families
PHILADELPHIA – March 13, 2020 – On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service to 25/3 Mbps, Comcast today announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.
“During this extraordinary time, it is vital that as many Americans as possible stay connected to the internet – for education, work, and personal health reasons,” said Dave Watson, Comcast Cable Chief Executive Officer. “Our employees also live and work in virtually every community we serve, and we all share the same belief that it’s our Company’s responsibility to step up and help out.”
Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
- Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
- No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
- News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus. Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
- 24x7 Network Monitoring: Underpinning all of these efforts, Comcast’s technology and engineering teams will continue to work tirelessly to support our network operations. We engineer our network capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns, and continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure they are ready to support customer usage. Our engineers and technicians staff our network operations centers 24/7 to ensure network performance and reliability. We are monitoring network usage and watching the load on the network both nationally and locally, and to date it is performing well.
For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
Bucks County Free Library Coronavirus Action Plan
Bucks County Free Library has been closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and is actively taking steps to help protect our staff and library users and reduce the spread of the virus.
All Bucks County Free Library branches will be CLOSED beginning Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 22. At that time, we will evaluate whether we can reopen. In the interim, due dates will be adjusted accordingly and fine accrual will be suspended.
In addition, all library-sponsored programs and meeting room bookings are canceled through Saturday, April 4. This includes group events and individual technology help appointments. Any group that cancels a meeting room booking will be fully refunded.
The library will continue to follow the guidance of local, county, and state governments and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). When the time comes, we will provide updates through our website and social media.
In the meantime, there are a myriad of ways that you can access the library from home:
- Use our e-library to borrow ebooks, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines and stream music and videos.
- Keep up with the news by reading The New York Times or use NewsBank to access news from publications around the world.
- Learn something new, sharpen your skills, or get tips on working from home with online courses from Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning).
- Take advantage of our other online educational resources: Brainfuse (study help and live online tutoring) and LearningExpress (test prep and tutorials).
Thank you for your understanding as well as your patience during this unprecedented time. For the most up-to-date information on Bucks County Free Library's status, please visit our website at www.buckslib.org. For the latest on how the coronavirus is affecting our area, you can monitor www.buckscounty.org.
From Ms. Gordon
Hello Trumbauersvillle Families! During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and fear, the increase in "unknowns" is likely to be extremely stressful for our children (and for us as well)! We likely find ourselves faced with a barrage of “what-if’s” both internally and from our children that can lead to a spiral of anxiety that is difficult to deal with. Although we may be unable to answer many of these questions at this time, providing our children with concise, clear and factual information as to what we do know is key during this time of crisis. Check out the links below for some guidance on how to talk to your children about COVID-19. Also included are a social story that may help to explain the virus to young children, and a link to the book “Wilma Jean the Worry Machine” by Julia Cook read aloud, a story that can help children deal with and process the inevitable “what-if’s” along with the fear of things we cannot control.
Please do not hesitate to reach out during this time with any questions, or for additional resources on how to help our children cope during this stressful time. Stay safe!
PE- Kevin Filoon
> Target- bowl, basket, etc.
> Balls- soft, roll up some socks
Video 1: Choose varying distances an set points
Video 2: Search & Toss
> hide the balls in the room
> you can time it for speed
This Week's Virtual Spirit Week Below
Decorate your sock at home and send them to email@example.com
Message From Quakertown Borough Parks and Recreation
Get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air! Today, we challenge you to pick up as much trash as you can around the community. Share on Twitter how much trash you picked up with the hashtag #cleanupquakertown
As long as you are social distancing, and not social isolating, you can go outside. Please allow a distance of 6ft with others, and avoid contact with others. When you return home, be sure to wash your hands!