Erin Crew

Weekly Update: Vaping Resources, upcoming fundraisers and more.

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-cigerattes, 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. 

What is “vaping?” Vaping involves inhaling a vapor produced by an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette, which heats a liquid to generate an aerosol. The vapor can contain nicotine, marijuana oil or other unknown substances. The liquid concentrates that are vaporized, often called vape juices, come in many flavors and are often sweet, causing vapor to smell fruity.

What does a vape look like? Vaporizers, e-cigarettes or Juuls come in many different shapes. Common styles look like a thick pen, a tablet stylus, a flash drive, or a small flask with a round chimney. Devices are typically small and can easily be hidden. Like cigarettes, stores cannot sell vaping items to people under age 18. However, they are available on the internet. Click here to see examples of a vape device. 

Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: Know the Facts

  • Get credible information about e-cigarettes and young people form
  • Be patient and ready to listen, avoid criticism, and encourage an open dialogue.
  • Remember, your goal is to have a conversation, not to deliver a lecture. 
  • It’s OK for your conversation to take place over time, in bits and pieces.

How to Start the Conversation: A more natural discussion will increase the likelihood that your teen will listen. Rather than saying “we need to talk,” you might ask your child what he or she thinks about a situation you witness together, such as: 

  • Seeing someone use a vape in person or in a video.
  • Passing a vape shop when you are walking or driving.
  • Seeing a vape advertisement in a store or magazine or on the internet.
  • Click here for more talking points.  

Not sure where to begin? Ask for Support!

  • Ask your health care provider to talk to your child about the risks of e-cigarettes and vapes.
  • You might also suggest that your child talk with other trusted adults, such as relatives, teachers, faith leaders, coaches, or counselors whom you know are aware of the risks of e-cigarettes. 
  • These supportive adults can help reinforce your message as a parent. 

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
RSVP: Click here to register for this FREE event

Football Apparal Fundraiser 
The Spring-Ford Football Fanzone shop is OPEN! Click here to order your football fan gear before September 16, 2019.

Boys and Girls Golf: Applebee’s Breakfast Fundraiser 
Craving pancakes? Join the Boys’ and Girls’ Gold 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 either 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
Why worry about dinner when you can take 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: Please your order and say “SOCCER!” 20% of all orders mentioning the secret word will be donated to the Spring-Ford Boys’ Soccer Team!

Welcome to Clever!
The Spring-Ford Area School District is making logging into online resources and textbooks easier with the use of the single sign on program, Clever.

What is the Clever? Clever is a single sign on website that provides access to a variety of web-based learning applications, like web-based textbooks. Many of the links provide instant access to an application without having to fumble with multiple login credentials.

How do we log in? Students logging in at home on their personal computer, will click here. If prompted to do so, choose “Log in with Active Directory.” A login prompt will then appear. Enter credentials as follows:

  • Username = School email address which follows the pattern of your child's first FIVE letters of their last name, first THREE letters of their first name and typically 000. Example:
  • Password = School password, your child should already be using their default assigned password.

Parents do not have individual Clever accounts. To access a specific Clever account, please log in with your student(s) login information.

Click here to watch a short tutorial video.

Reminder: Parking Update the Spring-Ford School Police
Moving forward, there should be no parking on any field access roads including access roads to McNelly Stadium. In addition, there should be no parking within McNelly Stadium for members of the band or band volunteers, coaches, or athletes. The only exception includes the RCTV Mobile Production Trailer, Maintenance and Operations Department, and Spring-Ford School Police. As well, there should be no parking under the new High School Expansion Overhang. Please keep in mind that parking is never allowed in marked Fire Lanes or Bus Lanes.

Violation of these parking rules can include code of conduct, traffic citation, vehicle booting and possible towing from the property.

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