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Read Principal's April 15 Message

Dear Hance Families,

Earth Day Dress Themes!
In celebration of Earth Day (April 22), we will have the following spirit day dress themes:
 
April 20 - Wear colors of the rainbow. “Color our world!”
April 21 - Wear your favorite team shirt. “Let’s team up to make our Earth a better place.”
April 22 - Wear neon colors. “Be bright and turn out the lights to help our Earth!”
 
We will also be celebrating National Arbor Day on April 29 during recess. Students will be planting silky dogwood seedlings donated to us from the Pennsylvania Game Commission with parent volunteers. While we know the silky dogwood is a shrub, not a tree, we want to encourage our students to get into the habit of planting greenery. To celebrate with a Spirit Day dress theme on April 29, students should wear all green so they can “Think green. Go green. Live green.” Visit this link for silky dogwood care instructions. Happy planting!
 
Autism Awareness and Acceptance Spirit Week
April 25-29
 
Neurodiversity Monday - to celebrate the beauty in the diverse spectrum of the human mind, wear rainbow and/or tie-dyed clothes to school!
 
Sensory Friendly Tuesday - Autistic people often have a variety of sensory sensitivities. Dress up today in your most comfy clothes (including school-appropriate pjs), use as much natural light in your classroom instead of the overhead lights as possible. 
 
Autism Acceptance Wednesday - Love and acceptance go a long way. Wear red or gold to show your support and acceptance of autistic individuals!
 
Magnificent Mind Thursday - Autism is a neurological variation, which means the brains of autistic people work differently than the brains of people who are not autistic – and that’s amazing! Celebrate how amazing it is that all our minds work in different, wonderful ways by wearing a fun hat.
 
Volunteer for Lunch
Hance Elementary is offering a daily opportunity for volunteers to come to the school between 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to help out in the cafeteria. Visit this link to sign up.
Green School Initiatives and Upcycling Opportunity
  • Donate your old T-shirts: T-shirts can be any size and any color; however, they should be free of large 3D decorations and embellishments and should be cleaned. Please send them in with your students labeled "T-Shirt Donation" or drop them in the box in the school entry. 
  • Can you help? Interested in a behind-the-scene volunteer opportunities? Volunteers are needed to take these donated t-shirts to cut them into strips. This can be done at school or home. Interested? Contact klaslavic@pinerichland.org.
Bam the Ram - Home & School Connection
In order to encourage family involvement at school with our RAMS Way initiative, I wanted to offer the opportunity for parents and guardians again to submit tickets for positive behavior at home. As a way to create a home school connection, I have introduced Bam the RAM to students. Bam visits on Monday mornings to drop off RAMS Way glitter stickers as a special acknowledgement. Please utilize this online form to submit a positive referral to me so that Bam can leave an acknowledgement for your child on Monday mornings through the end of the school year.  
 
Recycle & Upcycle Fashion Walk
We will be celebrating Earth Day during the month of April through the beginning of May. The Recycle and Upcycle Fashion Walk will be held on May 9, 2022.
 
This is a voluntary activity related to our green schools initiatives for the 2021-2022 school year. Students may work with parents at home to create a recycled fashion piece or take old clothing and "upcycle" it to feature in our environmentally friendly Fashion Walk on May 9. Clothing must be made at home and brought in to wear over top of clothing. If the clothing is upcycled, this may not be necessary (Ex: jeans with patches). The fashion show will be recorded and released for viewing at home with your child(ren)! Thank you for helping to support our sustainability! 
 
Sign up here for your child to participate. The deadline to sign up for the Fashion Walk will be Friday, May 6, 2022.
 
Respectfully,
 
Greta Kuzilla, Principal