Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week Mr. Rizzo talks about:
- The end of the 3rd marking period
- Paraprofessional Day
- Raise in COVID numbers
Mark Your Calendar
- April 13 – Last day of 3rd Marking Period
- April 14 – First day of 4th Marking Period
- April 23 – Report cards will be available on Skyward after 4 p.m.
April 7th is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day! Today we honor our paraprofessional educators, who we may also know as paras, instructional assistants, or teacher's aides. Paraprofessionals perform a variety of teacher-related tasks, often assist in classrooms, or work with students with special needs. Thank you to all of our "paras" who make a difference in our schools!
National Library Week
The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services.
National Assistant Principals Week
April 5-9 is National Assistant Principals Week! Assistant Principals play key roles in our schools, grades 5-12, by supporting positive school culture while engaging with our students, families, and faculty/staff. Help us honor our assistant principals:
- Dr. Kathie Kotch, 5th Grade
- Mr. Philip Leddy, 6th Grade
- Mr. Jerry Rogers, 7th Grade
- Dr. Jennifer Rinehimer, 8th Grade
- Mr. Doug Reigner, 9th Grade
- Dr. Elaine Ruppert, 10th Grade
- Mr. Dave Krakower, 11th Grade
- Dr. Jeff Kollar, 12th Grade
Spring-Ford is a Best Communities for Music Education Honoree… Again!
For the 5th year in a row, the Spring-Ford Area School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education!
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Spring-Ford answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
Special thanks to the students, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members who have worked so hard to make the K-12 Spring-Ford music program a success! Thanks to your support, every child can learn and grow with music.
PARENTS OF GRADES K-7: Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College
For many families, the high cost of higher education is a daunting proposition. Parents lie awake at night trying to figure out how to afford sending their children to college and still have enough of their hard-earned money to be able to retire one day. Some families have children attending college next year and others have 12 years to plan; but the fears of tackling these monumental and rising costs are the same. The College Funding Coach® is here to help families figure out HOW to pay for it!
WHEN: April 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
DETAILS: Click here to learn more and reserve your virtual seat.
Vote for Spring-Ford!
It is that time of year to vote for Miss PA Basketball 2021 and Spring-Ford is fortunate to have two nominees: Lucy Olsen and Emily Tiffan. Vote now and vote often to help our two players be selected to the Tremendous Twenty-Five. Vote by April 9th as the Twenty-five will be announced April 10.
- Tremendous Twenty-Five Selected: April 10, 2021
- Terrific Ten Selected: April 20, 2021
- Finalists Selected: May 5, 2021
- Winners voting deadline: May 15, 2021
- Awards Ceremony: May 23, 2021
Click here to vote: http://www.pabball.com/vote-now
From Your School Nurse: Knowing the Difference Between Allergies and COVID-19
It’s official, allergy season is here. Unfortunately, many allergy symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, and cough are also symptoms of COVID-19. If your child with allergies comes to school with these symptoms, it will be tough for our school nurses to determine the cause. The CDC notes that a person can have symptoms of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies at the same time, thus nurses may be required to send symptomatic students home. A negative COVID test or 10 days of isolation could be required before returning to school.
If your child takes daily allergy medications, please make sure that they continue to take these at home each day. This is their best defense against allergy symptoms and being sent home by their nurse. Click here to learn more.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Click here to view upcoming agendas, board documents, and board minutes.
- April 12, 7:30 p.m. – School Board Meeting
- April 13, 6:30 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting
- April 13, 7:30 p.m. – Property Committee Meeting
- April 19, 6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting
- April 19, 7:30 p.m. – Extracurricular Committee Meeting
- April 26, 7:30 p.m. – School Board Meeting
Montgomery County Testing Sites
Montgomery County COVID testing sites are now open and have appointments each day. Appointments must be may each morning for same-day testing. Test results are being sent within 48 hours.
The Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are by appointment only and are self-administered tests. These sites are outdoors and are subject to closure on short notice due to bad weather. Only same-day appointments are available.
Montgomery and Chester County COVID Dashboard Trends: Montgomery and Chester County officials are committed to the health and safety of all of the county residents. The Counties have compiled data pertaining to COVID-19 into easy to use dashboards. On these dashboards, you can explore a collection of maps, data and charts that show the number of cases related to COVID-19. There is also information on age, gender and race. The information only pertains to those individuals that have been verified as county residents and received a positive test.