QE Weekly Newsletter

October 2, 2022

Important Information

Student Assistance Program (NEW)

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of School Options and Safety in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to help students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance. While Student Assistance Programs exist in other areas of the country, the structure and operation of the program in Pennsylvania is a unique expression of an integrated model serving the needs of Pennsylvania families and their students.


SAP is a systemic process using techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community alcohol and drug and mental health agencies. SAP team members are trained to identify problems, determine whether or not the presenting problem lies within the responsibility of the school and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent. When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community. The student assistance team members do not diagnose, treat or refer to treatment; but they may refer for a screening or an assessment for treatment.


For more information about SAP, please visit the site below!

https://www.councilsepa.org/programs/PTE/education/publications/


Here is our September SAP Newsletter which is focused on suicide prevention.

Changing Families Group (NEW)

We are in the process of gathering interest/need for our Changing Families group. Please complete this form if you are interested in this group for your student.

Attendance (NEW)

We have noticed that over 10% of our students already have at least 3 absences for the school year. I wanted to provide you with the board policies on attendance since 3 and 10-day attendance letters will be going out this week. Here is the link to the board attendance policy and below are some quick bullets from the board policy that you should be aware of:



  • Students must provide an excuse note for absences no later than 3 days from when they return from an absence. Failure to do so results in the absences counting as unexcused.
  • 3 unexcused absences result in a 3-day letter
  • Between 3 and 10 days, Mrs. Bruchak and I will schedule a SAIP (student attendance improvement plan) meeting for students who continue to have many unexcused absences.
  • Once a student reaches 10 absences total, a 10-day letter is generated. Any absence after 10 days requires a doctor's note. Failure to do so could result in a citation and a meeting with the judge.

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.

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.

Upcoming Important Dates

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 (Setup 4-5:30, event is from 5:30-7:30) 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.