Rolling Hills Elementary

Weekly Newsletter - September 6, 2019

Hello RHE families,

It has been wonderful having our students back this week! It was also fantastic meeting many of you at our Back to School Nights. Thank you for all of your support as we begin the adventure of this school year. I said it before...I am excited, thankful and proud to share another year with you!

Although the teachers and I routinely send messages with pertinent information, it's typical for parents to have questions about school policies and procedures. If you ever have a question, always feel free to call or email a teacher, the office staff, or me. However, the answers to many questions from families can be found in our . It covers so many areas including early dismissal, absences, family trips, classroom parties, special services, etc. You can find a link to the handbook HERE.

Enjoy the weekend!

Here’s what’s in store at RHE next week…

Monday 9/9

No Events Scheduled

Tuesday 9/10

Instrumental Recruitment Assembly – Grade 3 – Auditorium – 2:15-2:45

Instrumental Recruitment Assembly – Grades 4-6 - Auditorium – 2:45-3:15

Back to School Party – RHE Playground – 6:00-7:00

Wednesday 9/11

No Events Scheduled

Thursday 9/12

No Events Scheduled

Friday 9/13

No Events Scheduled

Back to School Party

Please join us as the RHHSA hosts a Back to School Party on Tuesday, September 10th: 6:00-7:00 pm. There will be dancing and music with a DJ. Hot dogs are available for purchase for $3.00. The price includes chips and water.

Please remember this is not a student drop off event. Students must be supervised by a parents/guardian at all times during the event and while students are in the cafeteria and on the playgrounds and fields.

We hope to see you there!

Back to School Party 9-10-19

Home Access Center Demographic Information Update

As a reminder, at the start of every school year, the Council Rock School District requires parents/guardians to verify their demographic information through Home Access Center (HAC).

Only one parent/guardian should complete a demographic form for each child.

District/School Notifications, Emergency Contacts, Medication Authorization information etc. are directly dependent upon your completion of this form.

Home and School Communication

Communicating about Routine Issues

Our teachers make every effort to respond to their e-mail and voicemail messages within 24 hours during the school week. During the school day, our teachers must devote their attention to their teaching, planning, and student support responsibilities. Therefore, during the school day, please refrain from sending e-mail or voicemail messages to your child’s teacher unless you can wait up to 24 hours for a response.

If you need a response sooner than 24 hours, please call the office (215-944-2000) and our office team will be happy to help you. This is the best approach with routine matters that require a same-day response, such as a change in dismissal plans for your child or items arriving after the school day starts. You can be assured that our office team will personally deliver any items brought in during the school day to the classroom as soon as possible after their arrival and your child’s teacher will be informed of dismissal plans or other necessary information affecting your child that day.

Communicating about Confidential Issues

Teachers can be of best service to your child when they are informed of your concerns or issues, especially those that may not be apparent during the school day. We are sensitive to the fact that issues affecting your child may be very upsetting to you. Our goal is always to fully understand your concerns and work toward a solution with you in a timely, complete, and collaborative manner.

To best achieve this goal, we suggest that you communicate any highly sensitive/confidential concerns in a brief written note, e-mail, or voicemail to your child’s teacher. In your message, try to limit your message to the essential information about the issue. We find that lengthy notes or e-mails on highly sensitive or upsetting matters can easily be misinterpreted and often distract from resolution of the issue.

E-mail is great for communicating information or addressing routine matters, but phone or in-person discussions are the best ways to resolve matters that are sensitive in nature. For this reason, our teachers are advised to avoid back and forth e-mail “conversations” on these matters. Instead, they will respond with a phone call or request a meeting with you so the issue can be fully expressed, explored, and resolved.

Chess Club

The fall session of the RHE Chess Club will begin on October 8th. Please see the link below for sign up information.

Chess Club Flyer Fall 2019

Cell Phones

Student cell phones are to be used for emergency purposes only. Cell phones are not to be used in school or on school busses. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in the students' backpacks. Please be advised that the school is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items.

In today's world, there are many reasons that students carry cellular telephones, but we have to collectively remind students about their appropriate use. Please see the Student-Parent Handbook for more information.

Arrival and Dismiss Procedures - Car Riders

  • Here are a few reminders about the arrival and dismissal of students:

    • Please be patient with our transportation department. It usually takes about two weeks to finalize bus routes. If you have any questions or concerns after the first couple few weeks of school, please contact the Council Rock Transportation Department at 215-944-1010.
    • Please do not drop your children off at school in the morning before 8:50 a.m. as there is no adult supervision available until that time.
    • During arrival and dismissal, children who are car riders should always exit on the passenger side of the vehicle to entirely avoid incoming traffic. In addition, parents are not permitted to pass another vehicle while children are attempting to exit.

    Below is a map of our parking lot. There may be adjustments to our procedures once we see everything goes.

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    Title 1 Applications for Free and Reduced Lunch

    Families must re-apply every school year before October 1st for the Title I Applications for Free and Reduced Lunches. The application does not roll over for any families that received this service last year. Online application access can be found at: 2019-2020 Free and Reduced Application Packet Packet. Please contact Sam Smith if more information is needed.

    Free and Reduced Lunch Application Packet

    Rolling Hills Home and School Assication - RHHSA

    We want and need your participation in the RHHSA. Please consider joining the RHHSA and volunteering – even if you only have a few hours to give. Contact the RHHSA Executive Board with questions. You can view information HERE.

    Fire Safety Contest

    The Fire Safety in the Home contest is open for any interested K-6 grade student. The deadline for the contest is Wednesday, October 16th. Last year, RHE had several prize winners and it would be great if that happened again.

    Fire Safety Contest 2019

    Important Dates

    • Back to School Party/Social: Tuesday, September 10 – 6:00-7:00
    • Monday, September 30th & Tuesday, October 1st - No School
    • Wednesday, October 9th - No School
    • Wednesday, October 16th - Early Dismissal (AM Kindergarten Attends)

    Chartwells - Lunch

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