QE Weekly Newsletter

September 25, 2022

Important Information

Free Breakfast Program Launching Oct. 1

On September 9th, Governor Wolf announced a universal free school breakfast program for all Pennsylvania K-12 students for the 2022-2023 school year. Starting on Monday, October 3, all students will be eligible for a free breakfast at school for the duration of the 22-23 School Year. A breakfast meal consists of an entrée item, fruit and/or fruit juice, and milk. A fruit or juice must be taken for breakfast to be free of charge

  • One free breakfast meal per enrolled student per school day
  • Second breakfast meals can be purchased after the first breakfast is received free of charge. Students must have money in their lunch account for second breakfast meals, but the first is still free.

This new program will not affect school lunches. Free and reduced lunch status will continue to depend on individual family eligibility.

Picture Day - Tuesday, October 4

Picture Day will take place on October 4, 2022 at QE and a make-up date will be scheduled for early November. Students will be bringing home flyers for picture day this week, if they haven't already.


To prepay for your order go to: ORDERS.CHRISTMASCITYSTUDIO.COM

and enter your School Code: QUAKERES22


Prepay expires at midnight on Picture Day.

QE Fall Festival - Friday, October 7

QE's Annual Fall Festival will take place next Friday, October 7 from 5:30-8:30 PM at Hausman's Fruit Farm located at 2824 Limeport Pike in Coopersburg. Students brought home flyers last Tuesday so please connect with your homeroom teachers if you haven't received them yet!

Mind Your Mind Presenatation

Strayer Middle School will be hosting a Parent Presentation from Minding Your Mind in the Strayer Auditorium on November 30, 2022 (7:00 - 8:30 pm). Please see this digital flyer for more information.

School Clearances for Volunteers

Clearances Needed to Volunteer:


Make a volunteer account with AppGarden to upload your completed clearances. All volunteers are required to obtain the following clearances prior to volunteering. Once approved, clearances only need to be renewed once every 5 years. Visit our FAQ Page to answer questions you may have.

  • Act 114 - FBI Federal Criminal History Report
    • Not more than 1 year old
    • Online registration through IdentoGo.
      • Service Code 1KG6Y3 for volunteers
    • Must be through the Department of Education. We cannot accept any other type of FBI Fingerprints.
  • Act 24 - Arrest / Conviction Report
    • Please print and complete
    • A volunteer has the affirmative obligation to notify the QCSD Human Resources Manager if they are arrested or convicted of a crime after clearances have been initially submitted.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test results
    • Only needed if volunteering for ten (10) or more hours per week.
      • Should you require a TB test:
        • Not more than 1 year old prior to volunteering.
        • Once completed, the TB test is valid for as long as you continue to volunteer unless you suspect possible exposure.

Additional Requirement:

Volunteers who are arrested or convicted of an offense that would constitute grounds for denying employment to school employees or who have been named as a perpetrator in an indicated or founded report of child abuse must notify the school entity in which they volunteer. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor of the third degree.

PIE Website

Please use this link to access our PIE Team's website!


www.qepie.org

FREE School Supplies

We have a volume of additional (and free) school supplies that are available, including backpacks. If you are in need, please reach out to me (glesher@qcsd.org) or Eileen Bruchak (ebruchak@qcsd.org) with your requests.

Body Safety Lessons by NOVA

Quakertown Elementary is proud to offer body safety lessons presented by NOVA.


NOVA’s personal safety programs build safe body boundaries.

In uncomfortable situations, children learn to listen to their feelings, say “no”, if they can, get away and always tell their trusted adult.


Programs will be offered to K, 1st, 4th, and 5th on October 19, 2022.


2nd and 3rd grades will receive their program on October 20, 2022.


If you have any questions about the lessons, please reach out to Eileen Bruchak at ebruchak@qcsd.org.

State of the Community

Please join us for the St. Luke’s Quakertown and Upper Bucks State of the Community 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) findings.


This event will take place at Strayer Middle School on October 11, 2022 at 3 pm. The event is free, however, registration is required.

Please click here to register: https://go.activecalendar.com/sluhn/event/state-of-the-community--2022-community-health-needs-assessment-findings-meeting/


Please feel free to forward this invite to additional partners and community members to register.

QE Trunk or Treat

Date: October 22, 2022

Time: Setup 4-5:30


Event 5:30-7:30 or until candy is gone.


Location: Parking lot on Park Avenue, across from Quakertown Community High


School.


We decided there would be no fee for families to host a trunk and wanted to extend that to staff members (unless you have a business that you wanted to advertise for, and wanted to hand out information about your business, then the fee would be $50).


You may arrive as early as 4pm to set up. Please make sure your trunk will be

completely set up and ready for start time at 5:30. We ask that the only/adult stay with

the vehicle at all times. We ask that you please keep your trunk decorations kid

friendly, not to scary, and no political trunks. If you are having them play a game at your

trunk please keep that short and kid friendly too. Along with candy you can also pass

out flyers if you would like to advertise your business. When selecting treats for

“Trick-or-Treaters”, candy (pre-wrapped & sealed) is certainly an obvious choice but

other favorite treats include pencils, pens, erasers, glow sticks, bracelets, bookmarks,

stickers, notepads, bouncy balls, and fake tattoos. We Thank You so much for coming

out and helping to support our school and give kids a safe and friendly night out. If you

have any other questions or concerns you can contact:


Tera Remick: 267-374-0440 President.qes.pie@gmail.com

Kristy Hutt: 610-573-3799 Secretary.qes.pie@gmail.com


If you plan on hosting a trunk please fill out this form:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfusJZJ9Oxru_NVENs0SlBWtI-lN5VtlZ2lCz5Y8Ce2zUQb-g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Grandparent Support Group

Run by grandparents for grandparents and other relatives raising the children of loved ones.


Build support, discuss topics related to challenges, celebrate successes, broaden knowledge,

and educate others through lived experience and resources offered. We serve beyond Bucks County.


Fall Dates: October 7, October 21, November 4, and November 18


Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Location: Lenape Valley Church (321 W. Butler Avenue, Doylestown, PA. 18901)


*Dinner and refreshments will be provided to all. Childcare is offered to all potty-trained children up to age 12 at no cost.


**Registration is required at least 2 days in advance of a meeting. Please email BCGrandFamilies@gmail.com.

Family Services - School Based Counseling

Some children experience significant emotional or behavioral difficulties at school, and many families have difficulties attending a traditional outpatient clinic. Through school-based counseling, children receive services directly in the school they attend each day.


Family Service clinicians meet with teachers and other support staff to effectively coordinate care and maximize the benefits of counseling. Parents are required to be a part of treatment planning, and family counseling is encouraged.


Please check out this flyer on school-based counseling and reach out to Eileen Bruchak at ebruchak@qcsd.org if interested.

Bean Bag Food Program

Your child is invited to participate in the Bean Bag Food Program (BBFP) if you qualify for the free lunch program and there is a need. This program provides students with food for the weekend that is placed in a bag and delivered to your school and sent home with your student every Friday. There is no cost to the participant’s family for the food. If you are interested in having your child participate in the BBFP, please complete the registration form (one per child) in English or Spanish. Feel free to contact Mrs. Bruchak, School Counselor, at ebruchak@qcsd.org.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, September 26 - No School


Tuesday, October 4 - Picture Day


Wednesday, October 5 - No School


Thursday, October 6 - Weather Preparedness Drill


Friday, October 7 - PRIDE Assembly


Friday, October 7 - Fall Festival at Haussman's Farm


Friday, October 14 - PRIDE Award Winner Breakfast


Saturday, October 22 - Trunk or Treat (4-5:30) at Park Avenue Parking Lot

About Us

At QE, we challenge our students academically and behaviorally through our state-recognized Positive Behavior Support Program, P.R.I.D.E. Every QE student is taught to presevere, show respect, be in control, show dependability, and effort in all school and life endeavors.

The children are our most cherished possessions. Please know that we will do everything in our power to make sure your child feels respected, safe, happy, and successful at Quakertown Elementary School. When we are working together; parents, teachers, staff, and students, we will come together to help each child reach their fullest learning potential.