Weekly Updates

Absences: Contact by 9am

Absentee Hotline: 610-351-5900 Extension 27711

Absentee Email: KVATTENDANCE@parklandsd.org


Principal's Message - This first week of e-learning was a new experience for students, parents, and teachers.  I have been impressed with the connections, conversations, and completed assignments, which led to a successful first week.

I was invited by a teacher and had the chance to "zoom" into a classroom this week.  It was great seeing the students and teacher in their new e-classroom. 

During these unprecedented times with students around the world learning from home, the demands on education technology have shifted significantly — almost overnight. With this spike in technology demand came some unfortunate outages this week, and I understand this can be frustrating. Thank you for understanding and know that the district's information systems team is working hard to resolve technology issues. This continues to be a top priority

Thank you for your help and support this week with our elementary students.  Just as teaching is different for our teachers, your role changed too.  Overall, this first week was a GREAT first step for us to build on.  Have a nice weekend.

Best in health,

Mr. G


Technical Support - Parkland has a support ticket system that students can use to let our technology department know of any login or device issues. The direct link to this support ticket system is http://support.parklandsd.org. This will be the fastest and most efficient way for parents and students to receive resolutions to technical issues moving forward.

If you don’t know your child’s ID# and password, please email psdtechhelp@parklandsd.org.  

Self-service is also an option! The digital parent portal includes steps for resolving frequently encountered issues, especially with Chromebooks.


Counselor's Corner - Information from Mrs. Gross

Counseling Help - Our school's guidance counselor is also available for any student or family during this pandemic.  The emotions and wellness of our students is also very important. Feelings can be complex and scary for our students during this time. If anyone needs to touch base with Mrs. Gross, contact her at grossk@parklandsd.org

Please provide your name, a phone number, child’s name, and grade. Remember to answer the phone, even if you do not recognize the number.  If you believe your child is in serious crisis please dial 911 for emergency services. 


Nurse's Nook - During this difficult time for all of us, I’d like to remain positive and say, Happy Spring Kernsville! As we are all trying to get used to a new state of normalcy, remember you are not alone!  I, along with everyone at Kernsville, am here for you and your children. As we navigate through each new day, it is important to look for the positive and do all we can to keep ourselves healthy.

Though this is something that has been repeatedly stated, please be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds- use hand sanitizer if you are not able to use soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home – follow CDC directives for social distancing – isolate if sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

As the school nurse, health promotion is as important as the day-to-day illness, injury, and maintenance care I provide. Though it is extremely important currently for everyone to use social distancing, it remains important to exercise and get outside, when possible. Physical inactivity is among the leading health risk behaviors in young people and adults. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories. Regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles. Physical inactivity can lead to children becoming overweight, which will increase their risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.    Besides…being active is fun! I see this as a win-win situation. 

I miss everyone and think of you all daily!  Though we can’t be together I am available for you via email. My email address is badelitam@parklandsd.org.  I look forward to being together soon.

Wishing you all good health! Enjoy this family time together.

Mrs. Badelita, School Nurse


FAQS DURING Coronavirus Closure

Updates and resources, including guidance counseling and food assistance, can be found on the District's COVID-19 response website at www.parklandsd.org/coronavirus.


Set up a comfortable space in your home for learning. While school closure for COVID-19 is temporary situation, it is likely that it may be extended as needed to keep people safe.

  • Choose a non-distracting space in your home to set up a learning space. Some of our students need a quiet area in their room, while others need oversight and frequent assistance.
  • Remember that it is not necessary for your child to sit at a table in order to learn. Pillows, a floor space, lying on the couch, or even a yoga ball might provide additional comfort for your child while learning. Students with sensory needs can be supported in this way. Frequent changes in setting can help the students stay focused for longer amounts of time.
  • Think about what your child will need in order to learn and plan around those needs. Once you have a space, gather supplies such as notebooks, pencils, calculators, or any type of supportive or assistive devices your child needs, and make sure they are nearby. Be proactive and anticipate how they may look to avoid doing non-preferred tasks.


Tips for Families in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in a "Virtual World"

First, remember that your role is a parental one. Your child needs family.

  • Teachers are still teaching, just in a virtual format, and with a different schedule. It can be confusing for students if families try to assume the role of teacher. If you have been a "home school" family before the COVID-19 outbreak, you will still pose significant challenges as outside meetings will likely become virtual ones or not existent at all.
  • Explain to your child that their teacher is still their teacher, and that you are in communication with the teacher to help them learn at home. While you may feel more pressure with your child at home, try to think of it as a different way of helping your child with learning.

Limit distractions. Siblings, gaming devices, tablets, television shows, or other distractions are likely to take your child’s attention away from schoolwork.

  • Try to limit distractors to scheduled break times. Set a timer to signal the end of a break.
  • Try playing music with 50-80 beats per minute in the background, such as classical music, (if your child does not find it distracting) nature sounds, or video game music (without the visuals, of course). Music has been found to have a positive impact on productivity and concentration. You might find that music helps you focus more and be productive, too!

Staff Messages to our Coyotes


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Monday, March 9th

Field Trip for I.U. Classes


Tuesday, March 10th

PTO Meeting - 9 am - State of the District Presentation by District Administrators including Mr. Sniscak

Girls on the Run - 3:30 - 5:00 pm


Wednesday, March 11th

Elementary World Language Experience - 3:45 - 4:45 pm


Thursday, March 12th

Kindergarten Registration for incoming Kindergarten students

No School for current Kindergarten students

Girls on the Run - 3:30 - 5:00 pm


Friday, March 13th

NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day for Staff


Coat of Arms Shield

 

Build Your Armour, an after school program that provides children with information regarding nutrition and exercise, starts soon.  Students choosing to participate must complete the Registration Form and return with payment by Thursday, March 12th. Visit this link for complete details.


3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Students will be participating in PSSA's starting April  20th.  Please review each of the following communications in regards to this testing:

PSSA Parent Letter

PSSA Code of Conduct

PSSA Information for Parents

PSSA Technology Letter for Parents


Note for current Kindergarten Parents:  There will be no school for our current Kindergarten students on March 12th.


5th Grade Parents - Save the Date - DARE Graduation will be Tuesday, March 31st at 2 pm


Report to Parents - The Rewards of Reading


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KV PTO MESSAGES

Original Works fundraiser kicks off today! Keep an eye on backpack mail for order forms and magnets.

Our next PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday, Mach 10 at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Movie Night featuring The Adams Family (PG) will be held Friday, March 20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. $1 admission includes popcorn. Additional concessions available for purchase.

Walking Club makes its return in April!  If you'd like to sign up to help students log laps and hand out rewards, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084fa8af2aa3f94-walking1. Clearances required.  No younger siblings, please.

 

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Monday, March 2nd

Read Across America Day


Wednesday, March 4th

Elementary World Language Experience - 3:45 - 4:45 pm


Friday, March 6th

Original Artwork sale begins

KV Night at the Phantoms

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The Well "e" mentary Build Your Armour Program starts in March.  Please visit this link for complete details and the registration form.


Note for current Kindergarten Parents:  There will be no school for our current Kindergarten students on March 12th.


5th Grade Parents - Save the Date - DARE Graduation will be Tuesday, March 31st at 2 pm


Phantoms Ticket Orders - If you ordered tickets for KV Night at the Phantoms we will be sending the tickets home with your student on Monday.  Please check your child's backpack.


Girls on the Run  - Registrations now being accepted - Complete details here


KV PTO MESSAGES

Original Works fundraiser kicks off Friday, March 6. Keep an eye on backpack mail for order forms and magnets.

Our next PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 10 at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Save the date for Movie Night featuring The Adams Family (PG): Friday, March 20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. $1 admission includes popcorn. Additional concessions available for purchase.

 

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Wednesday, February 26th

Elementary World Language Experience - 3:45 - 4:45 pm


Friday, February 28th

Assembly by Author Nancy Viau sponsored by KV PTO


Note for current Kindergarten Parents:  There will be no school for our current Kindergarten students on March 12th.


5th Grade Parents - Save the Date - DARE Graduation will be Tuesday, March 31st at 2 pm


Message to Parents from Mrs. Gross, our Guidance Counselor 

Guidance & Library team up to talk about interests & careers in grades 1 - 5…..Mrs. Newhard and Mrs. Gross have been getting kids thinking about their interests, strengths, skills and abilities during library/guidance class.   Students have explored what interests them, answered interest surveys and explored what kinds of jobs/careers they think they’d like to do in the future.  The students in grades 2 – 5 will also be exploring websites to learn more in the coming weeks. 


Girls on the Run  - Registrations now being accepted - Complete details here


Home and School Connection

Reading Connection

KV PTO MESSAGES

Read-A-Thon end today Friday, February 21.  This year’s theme is “Reading is an Adventure”.  Remind your child to record their minutes in their reading log.  Reading logs and donations are due Tuesday, February 25.

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Monday, February 17th

School Closed


Tuesday, February 18th

3rd Grade Field Trip - PM


Wednesday, February 19th

Elementary World Language Experience - 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Life Begins Parent Presentation for 5th Gr Parents at Fogelsville Elem - 6:30 pm


Thursday, February 20th

Community Advisory Council Meeting - Administration Building - 7 pm


Friday, February 21st 

Read-A-Thon ends


KV Night at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms -  

              Limited number of tickets left  - Tuesday, 2/18 final day for orders.

Our 5th Grade Students will be on the ice to perform God Bless America before the game on March 6th. The order form and complete details available on this link.


Give your child a great start to a bright future...visit this link for more information on the Pre-K Counts for preschoolers program.


Girls on the Run  - Registrations now being accepted - Complete details here


Kindergarten Registration for 2020/2021

Does your Coyote have a sibling coming to Kindergarten next year?  Please call the School Office at 610-351-5840 as soon as possible to make an appointment for Kindergarten Registration Day on March 12th.  Tell your friends and neighbors about it too! 

To register for Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age or older by September 1, 2020.

For additional information about kindergarten registration, please click on the following link:  https://www.parklandsd.org/schools/registration-info/kindergarten1st-grade-registration



Note for current Kindergarten Parents:  There will be no school for our current Kindergarten students on March 12th.


KV PTO MESSAGES

Read-A-Thon runs through Friday, February 21.  This year’s theme is “Reading is an Adventure”.  Remind your child to record their minutes in their reading log.  Reading logs and donations are due Tuesday, February 25.

 

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