Dear Keystone Families,
We hope that everyone is having a marvelous school year, as we begin to enter the fourth week of school!
This past week consisted of school wide assemblies to review our school's code of conduct and SWPBIS program. In addition students in grades first through fifth grade visited various stations around the building to listen to explanations of the school rules for each of the following areas; bus, playground, cafeteria, all purpose room, steps for dismissal for car riders, library for walker dismissal, and bathroom.
We will continue to celebrate our "Student of the Month" with monthly character traits. The character trait for the month of October will be respect. Teachers and staff members will be on the look out for students displaying good manners, treating others with kindness, and being considerate of other people's feelings.
As always, thank you for your continued support, kindness, and dedication to continuing to make Keystone Elementary a great place to be! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We hope everyone enjoys the last week of September!
School Principal: Mr. Mark Wilicki
Assistant Principal: Crystal Smith-Herman
Special Education Supervisor: Jessica Kelch
Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Marianne Mensinger
Assistant Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Donna Meehan
School phone: 267-599-2470
School fax: 215-788-1041
Important Dates to Remember
September 25th, 2023- No School/Offices Open
Palace Skating Rink - 11586 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19116
September 28th- Grades K, 1, 2
September 29th- Grades 3, 4, 5
Early Dismissal for Students/Professional Development in PM for Staff
October 4th- 1:15pm dismissal
October 13th and 16th- No School/Offices Open
🎃Trunk or Treat👻
Wednesday, October 18th- 6:00-8:00pm
Rain Date: Wednesday, October 25th
October 26th- 4:30pm
📚Fall Book Fair📚
November 6th-November 14th
November 9th- Nighttime Book Fair
November 30th- 4:30pm
PSSA Testing Window- Grades 3-8
English Language Arts-
April 22-26th- Grades 3-8
Mathematics, Science, and Makeups
April 29th-May 3rd- Grades 3-8
Thursday, June 6th- AM- K/1
Thursday, June 6th- PM- 2/3
Friday, June 7th- AM- 4/5
Rain Dates: June 10th and/or 11th
Shady Brook Farm Fall Fundraiser
SAVE 10% off your fall fun tickets at Shady Brook Farm and help Keystone raise money for positive behavior initiatives and SWPBIS!
Keystone Newsletter Naming Contest
We received many awesome suggestions as to what we should name our newsletter. The winning submission will be announced next week! Thank you to everyone who submitted names to be considered for our Keystone Newsletter.
Below is a list of the names that were submitted to be considered;
Fun Times @ Keystone Elementary
"The Keystone Tiger Paw Print"
Learning lens or knowledge chronicles
KeyNotes, KeyNews, KeyNotes Weekly
The thrilling tigers, lioness weekly
The Roaring Times
Keystone express, Keystone connection,
Tiger Talk , the tiger times , It’s Tiger Times , Tiger Time , Keystone Roars , Pawsome News , The Weekly Roar
Tiger Team News
The Tigers Corner
Keystone Connection or Keystone Konnection
Keystone Weekly or Keystone Communicator or Keystone Kommunicator or Elementary Times
The Keystone Gazette
The Keystone weekly digest
Keystones Key Talks
Extra extra Keystone is all about it
The Tiger Times
The Tiger Tales
Unlock the KEYstone News
The PawSome Keystone News!
The Keystone Kerplunk, Keystone Messenger, Keystone Kites, Keystone Korner, Keystonian, The Key Information
Keepin' up with Keystone
Snack and Birthday Celebration Policy
To ensure the safety and well being of our students, as per the District Wellness Policy, no outside foods may be brought in by students for classroom parties or birthday celebrations. Shared snacks are not permitted in district schools.
If you would like to send something in to celebrate your child's birthday or for a classroom party, you may send in non food items such as stickers, pencils, play dough etc.
Protect Your School Device
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
This week Keystone started the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The students in grades K-5 were able to sample specialty grapes, cucumbers, and cantaloupes.
Next week, the students will have the opportunity to sample zucchini, honeydews, and yellow squash.
Many thanks to the students and staff in room A208 for providing the delivery of the fresh fruits and vegetables to the classrooms at Keystone Elementary School.
Ms. Nober's Class- First Grade
My class celebrated DOT DAY on September 15 inspired by the author Peter H. Reynolds.
We had a fabulous DOT DAY! We read the story The Dot, talked about how we can make our mark in the world, did q-tip painting, dot a dot, tie dye filters, group posters and each taking a piece of a dot to make a giant dot!!
After lunch, we practiced math with a yummy treat! We used M&Ms to sort by color, find out greater/than less, and add!
Elementary Anti-Bullying/School Climate Specialist
At its September 18 meeting, the Bristol Township School Board of Director approved three new elementary Anti-Bullying/School Climate Specialists, who will now begin their duties for the district.
These staff members will move into these new grant-funded positions and will focus on putting practices and approaches in place that prevent bullying and build positive relationships for the district’s youngest students.
Steve Pierce will be the Anti-Bullying/School Climate Specialist at Keystone. Pierce comes to Keystone from Armstrong, where he was a Technology Teacher and highly involved in the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program. Pierce earned his Bachelor’s of Science at Temple and a Master’s in School Counseling from Gwynedd Mercy University.
The main role of the Anti-Bullying/School Culture Specialists is to lead the investigation of incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying in each school; and to act as the primary school staff member responsible for preventing, identifying, and addressing incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the school.
They are also responsible for coordinating and strengthening the school’s policies to prevent, identify, and address harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students, and help establish a positive school culture.
Social Emotional Learning Tip of the Week
4 Things to Do When Your Child Is Worried
The anxiety that children experience in most cases is normal and common. Even so, worry can be confusing and scary for young children. When kids feel worried, adults may want to distract them from or fix these hard feelings. But understanding and coping with worry are important skills for children to learn — and as grown-ups, we can help them.
The worries of childhood can pop up in many situations. A child can feel nervous when joining a new sports team, when left with a babysitter, when they don't know what to expect in their day, or at a particular time of day such as bedtime.
Parents can think of themselves as "emotion coaches," suggested Alyssa Caldbeck, a licensed social worker and play therapist who helps kids and parents manage anxiety. Caldbeck said our job is to help kids feel safe when they worry by helping them understand their feelings and think through what to do next.
When your child feels worried, you can help them uncover their worries, too. Here are four things you can do to help your child understand and work through worries:
1.Name the feeling.
Helping your child identify and name the feeling is the first step in helping your child work through their worries.
Caldbeck suggested helping your child name the feeling by using “you” statements. When you sense that your child is feeling worried or scared, try saying something like, “you are having trouble sleeping,” or “you have a lot of wiggles in your body right now.” You can also just say, “you seem worried.”
2.Explain and explore the feeling.
Everyone feels worried sometimes! You can let your child know that it’s okay to feel worried. Worry can be a confusing feeling, but talking about what it can help! For toddlers and preschoolers, Caldbeck suggested focusing on how worry feels for them. You might say, “worry is making your tummy feel funny.” You can also read books or tell stories to help young children understand their big feelings.
For elementary-age kids, you can add more information to conversation, Caldback said. You may say, “a worry is when you don’t want something to happen, and you think about it a lot.”
Worry often happens with other feelings, like sadness, fear, or anger. When you and your child talk about worry, it’s also a good idea to talk about these other feelings. When we notice and care for other hard feelings, it can also help with the worry, Caldbeck noted.
3. Find the source
To help kids with anxiety, we need to know where it’s coming from. Caldbeck challenges parents not to assume why their child is worried.
Once you know the source of the worry, you can comfort your child. Their worry may not seem reasonable to you, but remember that it probably feels very real to them. Continue asking questions, listening, and reminding them that they’re safe.
4.Manage the worry.
Sometimes, all your child needs to overcome their anxieties is to name their worry and talk about it. Other times, they may need some more ways to cope. Focus on coping with — not fixing — your child’s distress, said Caldbeck.
Try different strategies to find what works to help your child. (They can even come up with their own ideas!) For example, if your child feels worried about going somewhere new, talk through your plans together.
Most anxiety will get better when kids learn to work through their worries with loving grown-ups. If worries get in the way of daily activities or nothing seems to help, reach out for help from a professional.
Information above was shared from the pbs.org website;
Keystone Family Spotlight
Social Skill of the Week: Working Through Worries
Keystone Families, we would love to include you in our weekly newsletters! Each week we will share a weekly Social Emotional Tip of the Week. We would love to receive a photo of your child(ren) practicing or applying the social skill of the week, along with a brief summary of the activity. Please send all submissions to KeystoneNewsletter@bristoltwpsd.org for a chance to be selected for our Keystone Family Spotlight!
Skill of the Week: using a coping strategy to work through the worry, identifying emotions, reading a book about worries or emotions
Meet Our Title 1 Teachers
Ms. Cooke and Ms. Ramos
What is Title I?
Title I is a project funded by the federal government under the Every Child Succeeds Act. The purpose of this Act is to provide all children with fair and equitable opportunity to succeed and close achievement gaps. Money is allocated by the federal government and distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to the Bristol Township School. District.
Title I funding is based on a complex formula. These funds are allocated to the states who in turn allocate a portion of that money to the individual school districts within each state. The school district’s share is based on the economic need within a school area, that is, by the number of low income families living there. In our district the number of free and reduced lunch students is used to determine the economic need of a particular school.
Anti-Bullying Policy and Form
Pennsylvania State Testing
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessments
Bristol Township School District students will be taking the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments, also known as the PSSAs, in the spring. What are the PSSAs used for and why should your child participate in the assessment?
What are the PSSAs used for?
The Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA, requires students to take state tests in reading and math every year in third through eighth grade and once in high school. In Pennsylvania, students in third through eighth grade take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in English language arts and math. Students in fourth and eighth grade also take a test in science. High school students take end-of-course tests known as the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, English, Biology/Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, Civics and Government.
Why should my child take the PSSAs?
The PSSAs focus on grade level material aligned to the state standards. It gives parents, teachers, and school district leaders information to make decisions that affect student achievements.
- Parents and students see how well their student performed at grade level
- Teachers make informed decisions regarding instruction.
- District Leaders can make decisions about student learning and achievement.
- State leaders can determine which schools require more resources and/or additional funding.
Spring 2024 PSSA Testing Window
English Language Arts- April 22-26th- Grades 3-8
Mathematics, Science, and Makeups- April 29th-May 3rd- Grades 3-8
Coming Soon! Keystone Staff Member Spotlight
Helpful Links and Resources
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Infinite Campus Parent Portal Login Instructions- First Time Instructions
Infinite Campus Parent Portal Login
If you already have an account please visit https://bristolpa.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/bristol.jsp.
How to Update Parent/Guardian Contact Information in Parent Portal
Parents/Guardians – Please verify the accuracy of your email addresses and phone numbers for each upcoming school year on the parent portal.
- Log on to the Infinite Campus Portal (If you are having trouble logging in, please contact your child’s school.)
- Select “More” on the right side of the menu bar.
- Select “Family Information.”
- Click the “Update” button for each of the PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY and edit the phone numbers and/or email address fields.
- Click the blue “Update” button to save changes.
- Please DO NOT update any student information.
What is SWPBIS?
School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (SWPBIS) is a systems approach to discipline that emphasizes prevention, instruction on social and life skills, and data-based decision-making to both reduce problem behavior and improve academic performance. It is designed to be proactive and support success for ALL students.
Using the most current best practices, strategic teams are trained to positively impact behavior at three key behavioral tiers: Universal or primary (whole school); Secondary (individual child or group of at-risk children); and Tertiary or intensive (children with complex needs and behaviors that severely impact the child, school and/or community functioning).
Breakfast and Lunch Menu- September
*FREE MEALS to continue for the 2022-2023 school year!*