Good evening Spring-Ford

We’re just three days into our Summer Break, and already, the district is buzzing with activity. This summer, Oaks and Brooke elementary schools will both receive a mini-makeover in the form of new classroom paint, Brooke is scheduled for new playground equipment, SFAHS will see updates to the generator and fire pump, our AV Team will install over 140 new SmartPanels throughout the district, principals and school counselors will be preparing to turnover grade-levels, our Curriculum Department will hold summer professional development sessions; to name a few summer projects. As we look towards the next few months, we’re also looking ahead to the future of the Spring-Ford Area School District.

I delivered a “State of the School District” style presentation on Saturday to our School Board. You can click here to watch the entire meeting on RCTV’s YouTube. During our meeting, we reviewed Spring-Ford’s long-range planning process, our demographics and enrollment projections, and discussed four options to be evaluated as we look toward the future of Spring-Ford. This activity included evaluating long-range grade-level planning and discussing various options to serve our community best. Our goal is to continue to explore and discuss strategies to support the evolving needs of our students and families. Some of the key areas we are evaluating include: 

  • Facility Utilization: Assessing the current usage of our school buildings and identifying opportunities for optimizing our facilities to enhance the learning environment.
  • Grade Configuration: Exploring different models of grade level configuration to determine what best supports student learning and development.
  • Program Expansion: Consider introducing new educational programs or expanding existing ones to provide our students with a broader range of opportunities.
  • Community Input: Ensuring we gather comprehensive feedback from parents, students, and staff to understand their perspectives and priorities.

The options that were of most interest to the board, which they asked my team to investigate further, were:

  • Option 3A: Close the current 8th Grade Center, convert the Flex building to a 6-8 grade Middle School, and make alterations at potentially two elementary schools to maintain half-day day Kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Option 3B: Close the current 8th Grade Center, convert the Flex building to a 6-8 grade Middle School, and make additions at potentially two elementary schools for full-day day Kindergarten through 5th grade

I want to emphasize that this planning process will take multiple years. We are currently in the early stages of evaluating Options 3A and 3B, where we’re discussing ideas and not making any final decisions or voting. I used the analogy of running a marathon during the meeting, and we’ve just started running.

We are committed to maintaining regular communication throughout this process. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our school district. Together, we can build a brighter future for our students and community.

Bob Rizzo
Superintendent

Spring-Ford is Moving to ParentSquare
After over 15 years with Skylert, Spring-Ford has found a new home for our mass communications! ParentSquare is a tool that helps school districts easily communicate with parents, staff, and community. ParentSquare offers a host of tools that allows users to more effectively communicate and engage with families and students. Some features include:

  • Mass notifications and Urgent Alerts
  • Mobile application for all users (iOS and Android)
  • Remind App Direct Messaging with two-way translation
  • Calendar and event RSVP
  • StudentSquare 
  • And so much more!

Mid-June, staff and parents will be invited to activate their ParentSquare accounts. Those who do not activate in June will still receive text, email, and phone notifications based on information provided in Skyward, so there should be no lapse in receiving information from the district over the summer as we transition from Skylert to ParentSquare.

NOTE: Skylert is NOT Skyward. Skylert is the communication tool we use for mass emails and phone calls.

SFAHS Football Team Youth Camp
Registration for 2024 Spring-Ford Youth Football Camp is now Live! Camps will be held June 24 - 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Coach McNelly Stadium.

Royersford Free Public Library Summer Reading Events
A summer full of adventure is waiting for you at the Royersford Free Public Library! Read, play games, attend shows, and participate in exciting activities with us at the library. Their program will run from June 10th through August 17th this year with events happening at the library and around the community all summer long.

Just like last year, they will be using the Beanstack app as a hub for summer reading activities. On Beanstack, you can track reading minutes, activities, and book reviews, as well as earn virtual raffle tickets and enter to win prizes, all in one place. Starting the first week of June, they will have packets available in the library that will be a map to guide you on your summer adventures. It will provide you with program details, instructions, and calendars for all the fun we have planned. Click here to learn more.

Food Service Refunds

REFUNDS FOR SENIOR STUDENTS: If your senior has a balance of $5 or greater there are two ways the Food Service balance will be refunded at the end of the year:

  • Senior’s balance will be automatically transferred to their sibling who attends Spring-Ford
  • Senior’s balance will be refunded to the parent in Family 1
  • If your Senior does not have a sibling attending Spring-Ford, you will receive an email with instructions on setting up an ACH deposit for the refund. 

REFUNDS FOR STUDENTS WITHDRAWN STUDENTS: Students who have withdrawn from Spring-Ford with a balance of $5.00 or greater:

  • Student’s withdrawn, who have a sibling still attending Spring-Ford will have their remaining balance transferred to the sibling attending Spring-Ford.
  • Student’s who have withdrawn and do not have a sibling attending Spring-Ford,  parents will receive an email with instructions on setting up an ACH deposit for refund.

TRANSFERING FUNDS BETWEEN STUDENTS: Parents can request to have funds transferred between siblings.  If you need funds transferred, please email Tracy Bogucki.

  • Please include in the email the following information:
  • Name of student the funds are being transferred from
  • Name of the student the funds are being transferred to
  • Amount to be transferred

Any questions regarding refunds can be directed to Tracy Bogucki at tbogu@spring-ford.net.

SUN Bucks Program
A new program called Summer EBT, or “SUN Bucks,” has been authorized by a bipartisan U.S. Congress to provide food dollars to low-income families with school-aged children over the summer months. The program is proven to reduce food insecurity and improve children's nutrition during summer break. Governor Shapiro’s administration announced that the Commonwealth would participate in this program beginning in the summer of 2024. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) coordinates the benefit issuance in Pennsylvania.

Who is Eligible:

  • A student is automatically eligible for 2024 Summer EBT/SUN Bucks if they are enrolled at a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP), AND they qualify for free or reduced-price school meals for any of these reasons:
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or
  • Medical Assistance with income that qualifies them for the NSLP/SBP, or
  • Household meal application with income that qualifies, or
  • Are homeless, runaway, migrant, foster, or in Head Start

If your child is automatically eligible for Summer EBT/SUN Bucks, you do not need to do anything else to receive the benefit. If you believe your income qualifies (185% or less of the federal poverty level), you can still apply for free or reduced meals through the school (unless your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision* (CEP) school) or apply for the Summer EBT/SUN Bucks through DHS. See “Summer EBT/SUN Bucks Application” below for details.

Click here to learn more.

Past Weekly Updates

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All Weekly Updates are sent via Skylert. Please send an email to ecrew@spring-ford.net if you are not receiving the Weekly Update via email.

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June 12, 2024

This Weekly Update includes an important update from Mr. Rizzo, Free Summer Reading Programs from Royersford Public Library, and a ParentSquare update.

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June 5, 2024

This Weekly Update includes Last Day of School signs, graduation update, important end of year dates, band and strings registration, upcoming Public Board Workshop, and more!

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May 22, 2024

This Weekly Update includes information about moving to ParentSquare, the 15th Annual Film Festival, Student Spotlight, and more.

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May 15, 2024

This Weekly Update includes the 15th Annual Film Fest, what we're watching on RCTV, Clearing the Air Vape Prevention Workshop, and more!

Read More about May 15, 2024