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Rush School Weekly Update for February 27, 2023
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Week of February 27, 2023
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DECORATE TO COMMEMORATE DOOR DECORATING CONTEST - Rush School 2023
Check out our awesome doors that were researched and decorated by all of our students at Rush School as part of our Black History Month celebration! All students toured the halls to view and vote on their favorites! The winners were Michael Jackson by Mrs. Giordano's class, Alfred L. Cralle by Ms. Howley's class, and John Kelly by Ms. K. Kelly's class... but we believe you will agree that it was a job well done by all!
KIDS' HEART CHALLENGE
12 Days LEFT in our 2023 Kids' Heart Challenge
Has your child signed up for the KHC this year? It's not too late!
We are looking to have 300 students sign up so that we can meet our Principal's Challenge and win an extra $500 in recess/PE equipment! We are about halfway there... Check out our school stats using the link below.
Congrats to our top fundraisers so far!
Cinnaminson SEPAG Meeting Notice
Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)
Please join parents, guardians, administrators, and other community members for a presentation by the NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education titled, "Inclusion 101" on Tuesday, March 7, in Room 120 at the Cinnaminson Middle School.
Lace Up Against Stigma 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk
Prevention Plus of Burlington County is hosting the first annual Lace Up Against Stigma 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk to promote the commitment to being stigma-free against mental health disorders, substance use disorder, and more! Proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit Burlington County community members and residents by helping fund prevention education programs that are delivered throughout the county.
Students and staff in Burlington County schools can use a discount code for 10% off of their registration. For staff, please use code BCSTAFF10. For students, please use code BCSTUDENT10. Early registration has been extended to February 28th. This includes a cheaper registration price and a free t-shirt.
On the website https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/EastamptonTownship/StridesAgainstStigma, you will find the tab for volunteers. Students and staff are welcome to sign up as a volunteer if they do not wish to participate in the run or walk but still want to be involved. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt as well.
YEARBOOK SALES BEGINNING NOW THROUGH APRIL 24th!
5th Grade students will each receive a FREE yearbook, courtesy of the Cinnaminson Elementary Home and School Association!
Yearbooks may be ordered online or by paper form, which can be found in the ERS Main Office.
Use this link to view the flyer and for directions to order.
5 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month with Kids
by AnnaLiese Burich (mommynearest.com)
Who runs the world? GIRLS. And given that March is Women’s History Month, let’s make sure that everyone knows it—especially your kids. We don’t need to tell you that the last few years have been (extra) harrowing for women, so it’s (extra) important to teach your boys and girls the importance of women in the past, present and future. Read on for five of our favorite ways to celebrate this all-important month that will be fun for both you and your little feminists.
1. Read a book about historical female figures
Besides some of our favorite classic children’s books with strong female characters (shout-out to Matilda!), there has recently been a spate of picture books devoted to teaching kids about often-overlooked women in history. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, for example, profiles women who managed to be fearless trailblazers in a world that didn’t accept them, while Women in Science—50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World features the women in science who have been criminally forgotten. Other favorites of ours include: Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History... and Our Future! (that remixes your boiler-plate A-Z book), Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? (part of a series of what women can be), Fantastically Great Women Who Made History (cute and informational!), Little Feminist Board Book Set (for the smallest and mightiest of feminists) and Spectacular Sisters (amazing stories of sisters from around the world).
2. Learn about women in history at a local museum
Researching this has made us realize that there should be at least one museum about women in every city in America, but that’s a battle for another day. For now, there are select museums across the nation that do the job—and they do it pretty darn well. Look for in-person events honoring Women's History Month at the National Constitution Center in Philly, Children's Museum of Manhattan in NYC and other local institutions. Won’t be in any of those cities during March? No worries. There’s an all-online museum, the National Women’s History Museum, that offers a host of online exhibits and activities.
RELATED: 10 Spots to Learn About Women's History in the U.S.
3. Make a craft or play a game
For more hands-on kids, you can use craft time to teach them about cool historical women. Make an astronaut helmet to honor Mae C. Jemison (the site says Sally Ride, but why pass up an opportunity to teach your kid about the first black female in space, too!). Create paper airplanes for Amelia Earhart, a corn husk doll for Laura Ingalls Wilder or draw self-portraits in honor of Frida Kahlo. If those sound too labor-intensive, there are plenty of coloring books that feature strong women. Another option: Play a round of Bold Made—a modern remake of the Old Maid game that features famous woman including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman and Isabel Allende.
4. Volunteer at a women's shelter or organization
It’s never too early to teach your kid about community-mindedness. Women’s shelters are often the only opportunity women have to escape situations of domestic violence, so it’s paramount that they remain open and thriving. Find one near you and bring your kid to volunteer (make sure they’ll allow children to volunteer first!). If they don’t allow kids, you can always set up a food or clothing drive to help remotely. Many programs are dedicated to helping both mothers and their children—your child might find it extra enriching to emotionally connect with a peer, thereby encouraging a lifetime of empathy.
5. Send thank you notes to the strong women in your life
With this one, kids get to practice gratitude, feminism, manners, penmanship and mailing skills all in one go! Plus, the woman on the receiving end is likely to treasure the note forever. It’s a win-win-win. Sit down with your kids and write a list of the strong women in their lives; then write out the qualities that make them strong. If your kids are having a hard time, try suggesting adjectives—the idea is to get them thinking about why they love women (or, if they’re too little for all that, a simple “thank you" will do). Then get them set up with paper, cards, crayons, etc. and let them have at the thank you note-ing!
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INFORMATION FROM PAST NEWSLETTERS
Morning Drop-Off REMINDERS
For the safety of our students...
- If you are in the car line, do not allow your child to exit the car until there is a staff member on duty in the parking lot. Staff report on duty at 8:25AM.
- If you do not want to wait in the car line, you may drop your child off at the corner of Wynwood & Buttonwood Drives, with the crossing guard on duty. Students will then walk down the sidewalk to the front entrance.
- Children should not be dropped off before 8:20AM.
- Due to limited parking for our staff, please do not park in the lot if you are waiting to drop off your child.
- Lastly, unless directed by a staff member, never pull around another car dropping off a child.
We thank you for following our procedures as they truly are to keep our students safe as they arrive to school each morning.
Technology can be a wonderful resource for learning and entertainment, but it also can serve as a distraction and vehicle for negative behavior. We ask that you remain partners with us to educate our children in responsible, safe uses for these valuable devices.
Please remind your students that all personal technology (cell phones, smart watches, etc.) must remain in their backpacks, or at home, during the school day. Students are not permitted to use their devices when in school.
We understand that there are times when you must get a message to your child. Please call the main office to relay the information. Texting or calling your child's phone or smartwatch is disruptive and distracting to the classroom environment.
Students who choose to disregard the expectations and use their personal technology during the day will have said devices removed from their possession until the end of the day. If the student repeatedly is found to use their personal device, it will be confiscated and held securely until a parent can pick it up at school.
Additionally, we ask that you remind your students to keep their phones away on the busses. There are times when a student is choosing to watch something inappropriate/offensive on the bus and is sharing the video with other students, some willingly and others unwillingly who may be sitting nearby. There are also situations in which students are recording other students without permission. These will be treated accordingly as conduct infractions.
Thank you for continuing to be a supportive partner in your child's education!
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE RESOURCE
If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by Cinnaminson Township School District.
Care Solace's team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
- Call 888-515-0595 (available 24/7/365)
- Search on your own OR click 'Book Appointment' for assistance by video chat, email or phone via https://caresolace.com/cinnaminson
Disclaimer: Information on individual treatment providers was gathered by Care Solace based on criteria such as geographic proximity, whether the provider accepts the authorized user's insurance and whether the provider is accepting new patients. The school district does not recommend, endorse, promote or refer to any of the individual treatment providers.