RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 9/20/21 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


Richland had a special visitor this week! Check out highlights from Richie, the Richland Panther's visit with our students. Student leaders also performed a skit for students and staff to share about 7 habits tickets. Keep reading for highlights and more information.


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather! We officially welcome fall this week and are excited to look ahead. Our first PTO meeting is on Wednesday in the library. It will also be streamed via Google Meet. Please see details below. All parents and kids are welcome!


Our first service project of the year is collecting cleaning supplies for those families affected by recent storm damage. Thank you for helping our community. Together we THRIVE!


Enjoy your week!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

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All parents and students are welcome!


Anyone attending the meeting in the library must wear a mask.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE RICHLAND PTO

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Visit this website for directions on submitting clearances to AppGarden.


Ready to volunteer? Complete this form!

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK!

A VISIT FROM RICHIE THE RICHLAND PANTHER!

PICTURE DAY IS OCTOBER 1

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5TH GRADE STUDENT LEADERS SHARE HABIT TICKETS!

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WHAT ARE HABIT TICKETS?


Each day, adults in the school building have tickets to give to any student they see exhibiting one of the 7 habits. Once a student receives a Leader Ticket, he or she will go to the office to sign our school Leader Book, pick a number at random for the placement of their ticket on the Leaderboard, and will bring home a postcard to show you so that you may share in their good news! Once the student has a ticket on the board, he or she is eligible to receive the "mystery motivator". When ten tickets in a row are up on the board, those students will spin a wheel to receive a mystery motivator prize. Examples of motivators are extra recess, lunch with Mrs. Zuerblis, and many more.


HOW CAN I HELP AT HOME?


We encourage you to discuss the program with your child at home. The characteristics of the 7 habits encourage responsibility and ownership of one's actions, as well as other leadership qualities. Ask your child to use the ideas shared at school when at home and in the neighborhood, and routinely check in with your child on how he or she is demonstrating these characteristics in different settings.

LEADERBOARD

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WHAT IS LEADER IN ME?


Leader in Me is a philosophy used at our school to promote leadership qualities in our students! Students learn about and practice our 7 habits daily. Those habits are as follows:

  1. Be proactive

  2. Begin with the end in mind

  3. Put first things first

  4. Think win-win

  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood

  6. Synergize

  7. Sharpen the Saw


WHAT WILL MY CHILD GAIN FROM LEADER IN ME?


Each day at Richland, students are encouraged to show the 7 habits. Students receive lessons focused on showing these habits in all areas of our school. Lessons include teaching students what these ideas look like in each area and practicing what those behaviors look like. Students will continue to receive these types of lessons throughout the year.


Richland is a proud Leader in Me school! For more information on the 7 habits, how we live them at school, and how you can live them at home, please visit our website here!

THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS

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Each day, we read a question of the day that stems from our work with Leader in Me. We encourage you to continue the conversations at home!


Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate!


MONDAY: Who is the person you admire the most?

TUESDAY: What’s the story of your name?

WEDNESDAY: What’s your favorite movie ending?

THURSDAY: What’s your favorite quote?

FRIDAY: What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned from your family?

QUAKERTOWN OUTREACH

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To our Richland Community,


As you know, many families were affected in one way or another by the recent storm. Our Richland Elementary community would like to help out and give back! We will be collecting cleaning supplies, paper towels, and trash bags for the Quakertown Outreach program until October 1st.


Thank you in advance for your contributions!

OUR WORD FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

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Each school year, Richland staff adopts one word. We invite you to join us in supporting each other with what our children and we need to thrive this year.


TOGETHER WE THRIVE!

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

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Our car rider line is now at the front of the school.

Thank you for your support in making this year's drop off and pick up run so smoothly!


The live school day begins at 9:10 and ends at 3:40.

Doors open at 8:55 for drop off.


Please note: a bell will ring at 9:07, indicating school is about to start, followed by the starting bell at 9:10. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring your child is in their classroom ready to start school at 9:10. If your child needs breakfast, please drop them off by 9:00.


All buses will drop off and pick up at the back of the school, from Chestnut Street off 313.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

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USE "SAFE ARRIVAL" SYSTEM

At Richland Elementary, the most important part to the start of our school day is
ensuring that all of our students arrive safely at school.


In looking for a way to increase our efficiency in this process, we are implementing a new student attendance system called SafeArrival. We believe this new system will make it easy for families to report their child’s absence, reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance each day, and enhance the tracking of unverified student absences.


It is important to understand that SafeArrival works in tandem with the School Messenger system. The school-wide emails you receive from our school come to you through the School Messenger system. Both of these systems operate under PowerSchool. Long story short - this attendance process is fully integrated into our school and district-wide systems and will be easy and efficient for you. This app will allow you to report absences AND see and receive all the messages the school sends out through School Messenger. (You will still receive the emails too.)


With SafeArrival, families can report their child’s absence using any of these 3
convenient methods:


1.Using a mobile device; download and install the free SchoolMessenger app from the
Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.com). Please note that the first time you use the app,
you will need to select Sign Up to create your account. To enter an absence, select Attendance, then Report an Absence.

  • In addition to attendance information, in the app you will also see all of the School Messenger messages the school has sent throughout the year. This is helpful, and eliminates the need to search through your emails for messages previously sent.


2. Use the SafeArrival website; https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use
the website, you will need to select Sign Up to create your account. Then, select Attendance and finally, Report an Absence.


3. Call the toll-free number; 1-833-834-4911 and report an absence using the automated phone system. To use this system, you must use or enter the phone number you
provided as your district contact number. Using or entering that phone number will link you to your child(ren).


These options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time. We recommend using the app. This is the easiest way to report your child’s absence. We also suggest that you save the toll-free number (1-833-834-4911) as a “SafeArrival” contact in your phone. Doing this serves two purposes - First, you will have the toll free number on hand for you to easily report an absence if you are not using the app. Second, it is helpful to see “SafeArrival” as a contact if the school is calling you to verify an unreported absence. Please answer that call, or you will continue to receive additional calls.


If you do not report your child’s absence, we will use the SchoolMessenger automated notification system (formerly called Connect Ed) to contact parents/guardians whose
child is absent but the absence was not reported in advance. Previously, you received
an attendance phone call from the Richland office. Now, the automated notification
system will contact parents by both phone call and email until a reason is submitted
for the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, someone in the Richland office will follow up with an additional phone call.


If you report your child’s absence in advance using the SafeArrival mobile app,
website, or toll-free number, you will NOT receive multiple phone calls from the SchoolMessenger notifications.


SafeArrival is up and running for Richland Elementary. Parents/guardians can use
this program immediately.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL QCSD STUDENTS

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CONSIDER COMPLETING AN APPLICATION

Currently, our district is providing ALL families with children up to the age of 18 with FREE breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year through funds from the US Department of Agriculture. There are no conditions to qualify. However, if you do not have a current application on file for the 2021-2022 school year, you could miss benefits from the State, should it decide to provide the Pandemic EBT Benefits again.


Please click here for the Free & Reduced Meal Program applications.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Reiss, Free & Reduced Lunch Program, at sreiss@qcsd.org or 215-529-2022.

STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-5:

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LEARN A MUSIC INSTRUMENT!

For more information on options and how to sign up your child, check out QCSD Music Department here!

PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Would you like to express your gratitude to staff members? Click on the Shout Outs image to let us know! I will share messages with staff weekly.

SELF CARE SEPTEMBER

Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential.

No-one's perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people's outsides. This month we're encouraging everyone to be kinder to themselves (as well as others), especially when things go wrong. Self-care increases our resilience and helps us get more out of life. It also helps us accept others as they are too.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PTO MEETING 9/22

4:00 in RES library, also streamed via Google Meet.

PICTURE DAY 10/1

PTO MEETING 10/27

6:30 in RES library, also streamed via Google Meet.