Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa
To our friends who celebrate, we wish you a warm and merry Christmas on December 25th. To our friends who celebrate Kwanzaa on December 26th, may peace, love, and unity bring a joyous Kwanzaa to you and your family.
All schools and offices will be closed for Winter Break from December 26 to January 2, with students returning to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Weekly Update will resume on January 4, 2023. Happy New Year!
School Spotlight: 5/6 Grade Center
The 5/6 Grade Center celebrated a Month of Giving! In addition to student gift card donations and money collected from the annual Turkiest Teacher, staff came together this month to raise money for Spring-Ford Project Outreach.
For every donation, an ornament was added to a Tree of Giving, representing each donation. More than 50 ornaments - donations - filled the tree this year. Many Spring-Ford families will be able to be supported through these donations.
Thanks to Jessica Noecker for organizing the project this year!
About Spring-Ford Project Outreach: Spring-Ford Project Outreach provides community outreach, emergency assistance services, and other programs for those in need in the Spring-Ford area. Two weekly food distribution sites and a wide range of service programs are available to aid and assist our residents in need. Project Outreach is staffed primarily by volunteers and supported by 25 local churches. Click here to learn more.
22 Days of RAMdom Kindness in 2022
The end of the year can be stressful, and if there was ever a time to be kind, it’s right now! Below, we’ve rounded up 22 Days of feel-good ideas to inspire your whole family for the last 22 days of 2022. Start on December 10th to finish just in time for the New Year! Click here for a printable list.
2022 Battle of the Doors
The 5/6/7 Grade Center door decorating contest, Battle of the Doors, is back!
VOTE DAILY ON INSTAGRAM: Starting December 24, door designs will go head-to-head and Instagram followers will vote for their favorite. The competition is bracket-style and will go on for 3 or 4 rounds. Feel free to follow along and vote in the daily Stories. Click here for Spring-Ford's Instagram page.
FACEBOOK VOTING: Look for a special album on December 24 with all the door designs. You'll be able to vote for as many as you like by liking the picture. The winning door with the most likes will be announced in the new year.
Something to Tell A Friend
Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond? The Citadel Heart of Learning Award recognizes teachers throughout Greater Philadelphia who make a difference in our community, support students beyond the call of duty, and encourage full potential.
Cold and Flu Season
Cold and flu season is here, and our School Nurses are seeing a significant increase in students with illnesses at school. This is just a reminder that if your child is ill for any reason, they should stay home from school. If you are unsure if you child is well enough for school, refer to the guidance below:
- Fever: A temperature of 100.4 or higher is an indication that your child could be contagious. Giving a child Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) will bring the temperature down and make them more comfortable, but it will not prevent the potential spread of illness to others. Please keep your student with a fever home until fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Vomiting: If your child has vomited within the past 24 hours, please keep them home.
- Diarrhea: If your child has had three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if your child acts or looks ill, it is recommended that they do not come to school.
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Because of the extremely contagious nature of Bacterial Pink Eye, we ask you to consult your doctor before sending your child to school with the following symptoms: thick mucus or pus draining from eye, if eye is red, puffy, itchy or painful.
- Rash: A child with an unidentified body rash should be kept home until you have consulted a doctor.
- Appearance/Discomfort: If your child appears unusually tired, irritable, pale or has an unusual lack of appetite please keep student home for rest and surveillance.
STS and SFASD Guest Teacher Program
Substitute Teacher Service (STS) is proud to offer the Guest Teacher Program at Spring-Ford. This program allows those who have a four-year degree to take an online training program that would prepare them for teaching in the classroom as a day to day substitute teacher. This program is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and is exclusive to STS. The program will enhance the abilities of guest teachers to assure the education and well-being of the children is our top priority.
As a substitute teacher, you will be responsible for carrying out the lesson plans of the regularly appointed teacher for whom you would be substituting. Your goal will be to adhere to the learning environment that would exist if the regular teacher were in the classroom.
Click here to learn more about Guest Teaching at Spring-Ford.
Spring-Ford SNAP Raffle
SNAP is holding one last raffle for 2022! This raffle is for the hard to find X Series Xbox. Tickets can be purchased online. Click here to learn more. The drawing for the Xbox will be this Friday, December 23.
It’s almost time to open the Prom Boutique for Prom Season. If you have any formal wear (dresses, suits, tuxedos) SNAP will be happy to accept them. We also take donations of jewelry, purses, dress shoes, ties, dress shirts- any type of formal wear. These donations can be dropped off at the main office of the High School during business hours or contact Heidi at Sfsnap.firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be looking for assistance to staff our Prom Boutique. Watch for more information!
Cold Weather is Coming, Know the Plan!
This year, Spring-Ford Area School District built one Emergency Day into the calendar and plans to utilize Virtual or Flexible Instruction Days (FID) in case of an emergency closure. A Virtual Day or FID will be used for an unplanned school closure and will eliminate the need for a make-up days at the end of the year. On a weather related Virtual Day, students will follow a modified schedule with virtual lessons via Zoom or Teams synchronously for a portion of each period. If there is a need to call a Snow Day, the first Snow Day of the year will be a “traditional” Snow Day and April 5, 2023 will change to an In-Person school day.
Click here to watch a helpful video to review the quickest ways to get up-to-date information on delays and closures. Quick Tips:
- Login to Skyward to make changes to your phone number or add additional phone numbers, email addresses, and cell numbers for SMS Text Messages.
- Follow Spring-Ford on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
- Download the Spring-Ford app for push notifications
Athletic Department - Join the Booster Club!
Do you have a current or incoming Student Athlete? Join the Booster Club! The next general membership meeting is Monday, January 9 at the HS in room 169/170 at 7 PM. Please consider coming to the meeting and getting involved. There are several board positions that are up for election before the end of the school year, along with many smaller opportunities for involvement! All parents of students involved in athletics for grades 7-12 are welcome to attend.
The Lifeline and 988
When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
Click here to learn more.