Week of 11/23/20 at Richland Elementary School
NO SCHOOL THURSDAY, 11/26 - MONDAY, 11/30
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for our community. The staff luncheon held this past week was so wonderful and thoughtful, and greatly appreciated! Thank you for all that you do to support our amazing staff as we work together to support your children. We are grateful for you!
Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We look forward to continuting to create memories for students during this holiday season.
YELLOW ALERT MESSAGE FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS
We will review our absence data again the next morning and consult with Dr. Harner. If we cannot open our school safely, you will be notified by 7:30 a.m., and our school will operate virtually for the day. Please note that the notification/closure will apply to the individual school building only and other buildings will operate normally.
We will do our best and exhaust all strategies to avoid having to close our school for lack of adequate staffing, but it may occur. This will be our system that provides you advance notice as soon as we can.
If the school becomes virtual for a day or a period of time, teachers will teach synchronously and will supply all information needed to students and families about daily schedules.
Thank you for your support.
VIRTUAL PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD DRIVE ENDS SOON!
NEED A LIBRARY CARD?
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK
Picture retakes for in person and virtual students will be December 3.
DECEMBER 4 CHOP DONATIONS
Pajama Day is a chance for our school to spend the day in our most comfortable jammies, all while supporting kids who rely on Children’s Hospital for care, cures and hope.
Giving back and creating a sense of community is important to our school. Pajama Day is a fun and easy way to support the kids at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
We will be celebrating with CHOP on December 4.
If you would like to send a monetary donation to CHOP, you may send any amount into Richland in an envelope marked "PJ Day." Here is a web site for direct donations.
Your child does not need to donate to wear pajamas.
DAILY QUESTION OF THE DAY
MONDAY: What words would you use to describe your school?
TUESDAY: What is something you wonder about?
WEDNESDAY: Would you rather be the boss or the employee?
STUDENT LEADER TICKETS AND A VIRTUAL LEADERBOARD
November also begins leaders of the month in each grade level. Look for students recognized this month in a future newsletter!
VISIT LEADER IN ME HABIT ROOMS!
Learn more about the 5 core paradigms, or beliefs, of Leader in Me in this family letter!
THIS WEEK'S FIT FRIDAY WITH MR. KEMMERER!
IS YOUR FAMILY IN NEED OF HELP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
SHOP WITH A COP
December 10th, 2020 at Quakertown Walmart
Eligibility criteria includes:
★ Must be from the Quakertown School District or referred to the program by a partnering Police Department
★ Children must be 5-13 years of age
★ Families have been faced with a life challenge such as homelessness, loss of job, military deployment, etc
To Apply: Please fill out the application that can be found HERE
For more information: Quakertown.org/SWAC
Applications must be submitted to Borough Hall (35 N. Third Street, Quakertown, Attn: Ashton Rosenberger). Or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 20th
DO GOOD DECEMBER!
ALL SCHOOL YEAR FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS
The free food program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended a nationwide waiver to allow the Quakertown Community School District to provide FREE meals to ALL students regardless of need. No qualification or identification is needed.
ALL students are eligible to receive FREE breakfast and FREE lunch through the end of the school year in June.
Breakfast will be served at Richland in our lunch room or classrooms from 8:45-9:00.
Lunch will have three selections daily: A sandwich/wrap/hot entree, a salad with a protein and roll, or a Grape/Peanut Butter Uncrustable. An assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables along with milk will be available daily. Students will order their lunches in the morning and will eat lunch in their classrooms. Lunches will be assembled by the cafeteria staff in bags, with aides delivering to rooms at the scheduled lunch times.
For Virtual Learners, free meal pickup is now held two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, students can receive meals for two days, and on Wednesdays for three days. Pickup remains at the Quakertown Community High School bus loop from 11:15 AM until 12:30 PM.
DEVICE TECH SUPPORT
If you have a technology issue that requires a device repair or swap in person, please click here for the Sign Up Genius. There are appointment slots for Tuesdays through October 20th between 1 and 3:30 pm. This will take place at the district office, 100 Commerce Drive, Quakertown, at the loading dock on the side of the building opposite of Route 663.
If you have a technology issue that can be handled virtually (ie. login information, Clever badge, PowerSchool related questions, etc.), fill out the form by clicking here.
FROM MRS. STAUFFER, OUR SCHOOL NURSE
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO QUARANTINE?
What should you or your child do if asked to quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19? After an exposure to Covid-19, it may take between 2-14 days for symptoms to appear. When ordered to quarantine, you must stay inside of your home until cleared by the Department of Health. Even if you have no symptoms, you or your child should not be outside of your home having close contact with friends and neighbors. If you become infected with the virus, with or without symptoms, interacting with others not in your household can cause community spread of the disease.
While in school, we require children and staff to be masked, wash their hands often, and socially distance to prevent our Richland community from becoming ill. Even if your child has been diagnosed with a common cold, please ensure they avoid contact with other children to prevent transmission and missed school days. Following these same good habits outside of school will prevent you, your children, and others from becoming sick, whether it be from Covid-19, Flu, or any number of common fall and winter illnesses.
For more information, please read QCSD Exclusion from and Return to School Requirements.
LIVE AND VIRTUAL DAILY ATTENDANCE
Every day Monday through Friday is a school day.
Please keep your child home if they show any symptoms and call to let us know. You will receive a follow up call from our school nurse. We will confirm if your child will become a virtual learner for a period of time so they are not marked absent from in person instruction while staying home with symptoms.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE PHYSICALLY IN THE BUILDING:
Attendance will be taken as in the past, and students will be marked absent if they are not physically present. *Please note, only students who need to quarantine or are approved by the school nurse will learn virtually instead of in person.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE 100% VIRTUAL LEARNERS:
Attendance will be taken daily. All students are to complete their "check-in" activity as explained by their teachers by 2:00 daily. To allow for the completion of work asynchronously, students may complete other school activities after 2:00, but the check-in must be completed by 2:00 in order to be marked as present.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT:
You will receive an email at 3:00 on the day your child is marked absent. The school must receive an excuse from you within 3 days of the absence.
New this year, you may respond to the email with your absence reason. If you prefer, you may send in an absence note to the office. All excuses must be received within 3 days of the absence.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
The live school day begins at 9:00 and ends at 2:00.
Please note AM Kindergarten pick up at 11:00 and PM drop off at 12:00 are in the front of the school.
All buses will drop off and pick up in the front of the school.