Weekly Update: September 18, 2019
Erin Crew

Parent Toolkit, How to Talk About Vaping; Upcoming Fundraisers; Ram QUEST Supplies; and more!

REMINDER: No School September 30, 2019

Parent Toolkit: How to Talk about Vaping 
Recently, news reports have been circulating about the long-term health dangers related to the use of e-cigarettes, or vapes. The use of these vaping devices poses a significant and avoidable health risk to young people. Preventative information about vaping will be shared in upcoming Weekly Updates, so that parents are prepared to talk to their children about vaping. 

Answering Your Child’s Questions: Here are some questions and comments you might get from your teen about vapes and some ideas about how you can answer them.

Why don’t you want me to use vapes?

  • Science shows that vapes contain ingredients that are addictive and could harm different parts of your body.
  • Right now, your brain is still developing, which means you are more vulnerable to addiction. Many vapes contain nicotine, and using nicotine can change your brain to make you crave more nicotine. It can also affect your memory and concentration. I don’t want that for you!
  • Vapes contain chemicals that are harmful. When people use vapes, they breathe in tiny particles that can harm their lungs.
  • The cloud that people exhale from vapes can expose you to chemicals that are not safe to breathe.

What’s the big deal about nicotine? 

  • Your brain is still developing until about age 25. The Surgeon General reported that nicotine is addictive and can harm your brain development.
  • Using nicotine at your age may make it harder for you to concentrate, learn, or control your impulses.
  • Nicotine can even train your brain to be more easily addicted to other drugs.
  • I don’t say this to scare you, but I want you to have the facts because nothing is more important to me than your health and safety.

Aren’t vapes safer than conventional cigarettes? 

  • Because your brain is still developing, studies show that it isn’t safe for you to use any tobacco product that contains nicotine, including vapes.
  • Whether you get nicotine from an e-cigarette or a cigarette, it’s still risky.
  • Some e-cigarette batteries have even exploded and hurt people.

I thought vapes didn’t have nicotine – just water and flavoring?

  • I used to think that too. But many vapes have nicotine. There are also other chemicals in them that can be harmful.
  • Let’s look at the Surgeon General’s website on vapes (E-cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov) together so you can see for yourself.

I (or my friends) have tried vapes and it was no big deal. 

  • I appreciate your honesty. In the future, I hope you (or your friends) will stay away from vapes and other tobacco products, including cigarettes. Science shows that vapes contain ingredients that are addictive and could harm different parts of your body.
  • Next time we go to the doctor, let’s ask about the risks of nicotine, vapes, and other tobacco products.

You used tobacco, so why shouldn’t I?

  • If I could live my life over again, I never would have started smoking. I learned that people who smoke cigarettes are much more likely to develop, and die from, certain diseases than people who don’t smoke.
  • Quitting was really hard, and I don’t want you to go through that. The best thing is to not start at all.

Click here to visit the Vaping Toolkit section of the Parent Resource Page for more information.

Parent Speaker Series: Media, Messaging and Youth
Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW, a counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults, will discuss ways that our kids are being impacted by social media, the “misinformation highway,” the access to substances online, and more.

Well known for his insights about the real-world challenges facing adolescents and young adults, Mike will help us to navigate the over-exposure to media and technology, as well as encouraging a healthy balance.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Spring-Ford Area High School
RSVPClick here to register for this FREE event

Boys and Girls Golf: Applebee’s Breakfast Fundraiser: THIS WEEKEND! 
Craving pancakes? Join the Boys’ and Girls’ GolF Team for an Applebee’s Pancake Fundraiser on Saturday, September 21 from 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $7 per person, you can see a member of the team for a ticket or you can buy a ticket at the door.

WHEN: Saturday, September 21 from 8 to 10 a.m.
WHERE: Applebee’s in Royersford
DETAILS: Tickets are $7 a person, you can pre-order from the Golf Team or buy at the door.

Spring-Ford Boys Soccer California Tortilla Night: TONIGHT!
Why worry about dinner when you can eat out and give back!? The Spring-Ford Boys’ Soccer Team is holding a tasty California Tortilla Night Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 18. 

WHEN: Wednesday, September 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: California Tortilla in Royersford; 1836 Ridge Pike
DETAILS: Place your order and say “SOCCER!” 20% of all orders mentioning the secret word will be donated to the Spring-Ford Boys’ Soccer Team!

New Process: Entering Spring-Ford School and Buildings
Parents and students will notice a new procedure when entering a Spring-Ford school or building. Spring-Ford is now using the 2N video/phone system at main entrances. 2N is a school security technology system that is at the forefront of the growing demand for school security solutions focusing on video surveillance, visitor management and electronic access control. Using the new 2N system is easy:

  • Access to the building will be available at the main entrances only by pressing the 2N “PUSH” button located near the main doors.
  • Through the use of a video camera, a staff member in the office will greet you and ask you to identify yourself.
  • Once identified, the staff member will provide you with further direction and will “buzz” you into the vestibule where you may be asked again to provide your name.
  • There may be a slight delay in our ability to “buzz” visitors into the building as the office staff may be working with a student. As always, we appreciate your patience during this process.
  • As a reminder, visitors should never hold the door for another visitor.  

Please click here to watch a short video so that you may familiarize yourself with the system.

Save the Date: Homecoming Parade, Picnic and More! 
A festive weekend is in store for Spring-Ford students, families, alumni and community members who attend this year's Homecoming celebration. Spring-Ford students will continue a longstanding tradition of parading through the streets of downtown Royersford on October 12, 2019 at 12 p.m. Main Street will be closed to traffic during the parade. The parade will end with a community picnic, provided by the Spring-Ford Education Association (SFEA). Click here to learn more. 

WHEN: October 12, 2019 starting at 12 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Royersford and the 9th Grade Center

Save Your Shoe Boxes for Ram QUEST!  
Save your back-to-school shoe boxes for Ram QUEST classes! Basic recycled supplies needed for the upcoming school year 2019-2020:

  • Paper towel tubes
  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Empty cereal and cracker boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Masking tape

Please check with your Ram QUEST teacher for additional supplies.

RAM Quest is a class where students in grades 1-6 engage in authentic learning experiences in which they will have to think critically and creatively to solve problems, to inquire, and to explore. Students collaborate, communicate, present solutions and manage technology effectively. Twenty-first century skills will be developed as students design, implement, innovate, and reflect during their hands-on, minds-on experiences.

Click here to learn more about Ram QUEST.

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