Week of 10/24/22 at Richland Elementary School
Please enjoy some of this week’s highlights below. We have an exciting week coming up! Jared Campbell, our favorite presenter, kicks off Red Ribbon week with his musical messages of kindness and anti-bullying. Wear red on Monday and keep reading for the rest of this week’s spirit days.
We hope you will join us for this month’s PTO meeting on Tuesday at 4:30. Our week ends with our Halloween Parade on Friday. Please note, costumes should not be worn to school and must be school appropriate. Families may watch the parade outside. More information is below. In the event of rain, the parade will be live-streamed from indoors.
Be sure to read this week’s spotlights from music class and how multilingualism matters. Happy Diwali to those celebreating.
Have a fantastic week!
PTO MEETING THIS TUESDAY AT 4:30
The meeting will be in the library and you can also join virtually via the Google Meet link below.
Tuesday, Oct 25 · 4:30–5:30 PM
Google Meet joining info:
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/vhj-nxjf-svd
Or dial: +1 218-301-8567 PIN: 880481446
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/vhj-nxjf-svd?pin=4929209774873
CORRECTION TO SPIRIT DAYS
THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
SECOND GRADE OLYMPIANS!
HALLOWEEN PARADE FRIDAY @ 2:30
Richland Elementary will have a Halloween Parade this year! Students are invited to dress in costumes and parade with their classes in the back of the school on the blacktop beginning at 2:30pm (weather permitting). Family members may view the parade in designated areas.
Students should not wear costumes to school. They should bring costumes with their name and teacher’s name clearly marked.
Costumes depicting any violence or horror as seen in the movies, on the news, or in comics, are not permitted.
Weapons of any kind, including metal, plastic, wood, and cardboard are not permitted.
Costumes should reflect age appropriate characters.
Students should not wear costumes to school. They will be provided classroom time to dress in costumes in preparation for the parade.
If you do not wish to have your child participate in the parade or the classroom activities that follow, please let your child’s classroom teacher know. Your child will be provided with an alternate activity not related to this event.
In order to help ensure the safety and well-being of all our students and staff members, the following procedures will be followed:
● Parents/Guardians can watch the parade in the back of the school. Visitors will not be permitted in classrooms before or after the parade.
● The parade will begin promptly at 2:30pm and students will walk with their grade level.
● Fall classroom celebrations will occur after the parade. Only those parents who are assisting with classroom celebrations will be permitted into the building. Teachers will notify those parents and provide the office a list of parents who are assisting with classroom celebrations.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these procedures. We hope this is an enjoyable day for everyone!
TAB COLLECTION CONTEST TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD CANCER
MUSIC CLASS WITH MRS. WEINLEIN
WHAT DOES RHYTHM LOOK LIKE IN MUSIC CLASS?
One of our main areas of music class is rhythm. Rhythm is defined in music class as long sounds, short sounds, and silences. In Kindergarten and First Grade, we focus on the basis of rhythm: the steady beat. Through activities in our First Steps in Music Curriculum, students have experiences with the steady beat. Through singing, movement activities (such as fingerplays, action songs, circle games) and beat motion activities (such as action songs, circle games, instrument playing experiences), students are exposed to many experiences to feel the pulse of music. Ask your child about some of these songs and activities we have used in music class:
Kindergarten: Chop Chop Chippity Chop, The Wheels on the Bus, Listen Listen (using the drum), and Engine Engine (using the sandblocks)
First Grade: Wake Up Your Lazy Bones, Williams He Had 7 Sons, Johnny Works with 1 Hammer, All ‘Round the Brickyard
Second Grade is our transition year. We start our year using the First Steps in Music Curriculum, then transition into rhythm units. In Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades we learn to decode, read, and write rhythm. The focus of rhythm starts with quarter notes and paired eighth notes and progresses by adding more notes and rhythm patterns as the children move through the years. Ask your child about some of these songs and rhymes we have used in music class:
Second Grade: My Little Puppy, Alice the Camel, Great Big House, Obwisana, All ‘Round the Brickyard
Third Grade: Miss White, Closet Key, 2 4 6 8, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Seven Jumps
Fourth Grade: Miss White, Closet Key, 2 4 6 8, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Alabama Gal
Fifth Grade: Miss White, Closet Key, 2 4 6 8, Here Comes a Bluebird, Sasha
Our 4th and 5th Grade chorus is off to a great start! Our 4th Graders are rehearsing on Day 2 while our 5th graders are rehearsing on Day 3. If any 4th or 5th graders are still interested in joining, they should attend a rehearsal and ask to sign up.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FROM MRS. COYLE
We are thrilled to have many multilingual families who are part of the Richland community. Parents who speak a language other than English sometimes ask teachers, “Is it okay for me to speak our native language at home?” The answer to that is YES. In fact, use of the home language benefits children in many ways:
Talking to your child lays the foundation for their language and literacy development. If you as the parent or caregiver are most comfortable with your native language, you will be better able to communicate your feelings and ideas in that language and help your child express theirs.
Helping your child learn about words and sounds in your native language, such as through poems and songs, helps them develop important early reading skills.
By speaking to your child in your native language, you also teach them about their culture and identity.
Check out other benefits of multilingualism in this infographic from the United States Department of Education.
FAMILY BINGO NIGHT 11/4
FROM OUR AMAZING PTO!
If you are able to bring an item, please sign up here. Label it PTO. Also, please have food dropped off no later then Nov. 7th at 9:30am. If you need your item picked up please contact me at 267-981-0086 and we can set something up.
**If you are looking to help but just don't have the time we can accept Venmo donations to help with the items not purchased.
VENMO is @richlandPTO18951 please indicate- teacher luncheon
Thank you for your continued support this school year!
OCTOBER IS BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
DWARFISM AWARENESS DAY 10/25
WEAR GREEN TO SUPPORT OUR FRIEND JULIANNA!
PURCHASING LUNCH AT SCHOOL
QCSD wants to remind families that the federal program to waive the cost of meals for all students has expired. Families can make online payments for student meals at SchoolCafe. Lunch accounts for students at the Upper Bucks County Technical School are separate and may be paid at My Payments Plus.
In addition, we’re asking that QCSD families fill out 2022-2023 Free & Reduced Meal Applications. Households must submit a new application each school year unless they receive a Direct Certification letter, which was mailed by the district in mid-August.
A situation has arisen for families with students on Free and Reduced Meals where your child may be charged for not taking enough items to qualify as a reimbursable meal. This is a federal regulation. Here’s information on what a meal consists of. Please speak with your student(s) to avoid this issue.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-529-2012.
BREAKFAST IS NOW FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS
FREE BREAKFAST STARTING IN OCTOBER
THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS
Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate!
MONDAY: How do you feel today?
TUESDAY: What are you responsible for at home?
WEDNESDAY: What are you responsible for at school?
THURSDAY: What does it mean to “choose your own weather”?
FRIDAY: What does proactive language sound like?