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April 6, 2020
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
I hope everyone is doing well and settling into a routine. As a way to continue to build our routines and procedures outside of school, we wanted to get back into the swing of implementing our school-wide positive behavior support system of acknowledgments. Students will now be able to earn a RAMS Way ticket from staff at the virtual “Hance Elementary” and you as a parent or guardian can also nominate your child for a virtual ticket.  
 
Virtual RAMS Way Ticket for HES Families
 
Have you seen your Hance student go out of his or her way to meet the core values of RAMS (Respectful, Accountable, Motivated and Safe) at home? Just because we’re not physically at school does not mean that positive behavior should go unacknowledged. If you see an instance where your child has displayed our values at home, use the Google Form to issue a “virtual” RAMS Way” ticket. Submitted tickets will be added to our RAMS Way ticket total for the year and all virtual ticket recipients will be added into a raffle at the end of the year. All Hance Elementary staff members will be giving “virtual” tickets as well. Parent notification will also be sent when the teachers acknowledge your child for RAMS Way behavior virtually! Tickets for the week will be entered by Friday at 3:00 p.m. in order to send an acknowledgment to parents’ emails!
 
 
As a reminder, we are continuing to work toward a few common expectations as a school. Those include:
  • Email from your teacher with learning opportunities for the week by Monday at 11 a.m.
  • Specials lessons will be posted on the Hance website (See link here.) by Monday at 11 a.m. to streamline emails. Look at the links under Headlines and Features for the opportunities. 
  • Check-ins will continue with staff reaching out to parents to gauge the Goldilocks principle (too much, just right, not enough).
 
We continue to post our “morning announcements” to the Hance Elementary website daily. This is a great way for you to establish a daily routine with your child, even if you need to view them at a different time during the day due to your work schedule. 
 
As a way to further engage students and keep everyone immersed in learning, I have listed three Twitter challenges related to RAM time and RAMS Way. If you wish to take advantage of these additional enrichment opportunities, please post pictures and tag me @Hanceprincipal over the next few days as a way to stay connected and engaged.  
 
Tuesday Twitter Challenge - RAM Time - Since RAM stands for Reading and Math, we are going to stick with Math learning opportunities again this week. Take a picture of your child practicing math skills using RedBird or practicing math facts and tag me on Twitter @Hanceprincipal. 
 
 
 
Thursday Twitter Challenge - RAMS Way - “S” stands for safe in our RAMS Way acronym. We know at Pine-Richland that “learning happens inside and outside the classroom.” Students need to apply the skills they have learned through RAMS Way at home due to our current situation. Have your child snap a photo of something that they do to stay safe at home and tag me in the photo of his or her interpretation on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.
 
Fabulous Friday Twitter Challenge - RAM Power Hour - Have your child watch the video below about RAMS way expectations at assemblies. Have your child name his or her favorite assembly on a piece of paper over the past school year and take a photo of it. Tag me in a photo on Twitter @Hanceprincipal so I can share it with your child’s teacher.
 
Hance: RAMS Way Assembly Behavior
 
Prior to the school closure, we developed a video regarding assembly expectations. Please take a few minutes to review the video and discuss the expectations with your child at home. Some of these same expectations can apply to our Google Meet check-ins!
 
We also have a general list of reminders and useful information:
 
  • The request for student Chromebooks has been reactivated. Requests for students' devices can be completed using the form at the bottom of the PRrams.org page.
  • Pine-Richland School District has extended the closure of our six schools through at least Friday, May 1, 2020.  
 
 
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).  
 
In collaboration,
Ms. Greta Kuzilla
Hance Principal

March 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
I hope everyone is doing well and settling into a routine. Over the past week, I have been checking in with families to see how this period of adjustment is going. I have also been working diligently with the teachers to ensure that we consider everyone’s unique needs and levels of readiness without making big changes during this period of transition. There have been many celebrations and positives that have come from this situation. I hope that each of you are feeling a bit more comfortable as we settle into this new “norm.”
 
As a reminder, we are continuing to work toward a few common expectations as a school. Those include:
●     Email from your teacher with learning opportunities for the week by Monday at 11 am
●     Specials lessons will be posted on the Hance website (see link here) by Monday at 11 am to streamline emails. Look at the links under Headlines and Features for the opportunities.
●     Check-ins will continue with staff reaching out to parents to gauge the Goldilocks principle (too much, just right, not enough).
 
We continue to post our “morning announcements” to the Hance Elementary website daily. This is a great way for you to establish a daily routine with your child, even if you need to view them at a different time during the day due to your work schedule.
 
Next week, we will be expanding upon our RAMS Way initiative and opening a Google form for staff and parents to fill out for students demonstrating Respectful, Accountable, Motivated and Safe Behavior virtually and at home. We know that rewarding positive behavior is important when establishing routines and procedures both inside and outside the classroom. Look for the live links on Monday, April 6th.
 
As a way to further engage students and keep everyone immersed in learning, I have listed three Twitter challenges related to RAM time and RAMS Way. If you wish to take advantage of these additional enrichment opportunities, please post pictures and tag me @Hanceprincipal over the next few days as a way to stay connected and engaged.  
 
Tuesday Twitter Challenge - RAM Time - Since RAM stands for Reading and Math, we are going to switch over to Math learning opportunities Take a picture of your child practicing their math facts on Splash Math in grades 1-3 or practicing counting from 1 to 100 in Kindergarten and tag me on Twitter @Hanceprincipal. Feel free to add your own twist by practicing facts outside using sidewalk chalk or using magnetic numbers on the refrigerator.
 
Thursday Twitter Challenge - RAMS Way - “M” stands for motivated in our RAMS Way acronym. We know at Pine-Richland that “learning happens inside and outside the classroom.” Students need to apply the skills they have learned through RAMS Way at home due to our current situation. Have your child snap a photo of something that motivates them and tag me in the photo of their interpretation on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.
 
Fabulous Friday Twitter Challenge - RAM Power Hour - Have your child design a poster or write a message to a teacher they miss connecting with on the driveway using chalk. Tag me in a photo on Twitter @Hanceprincipal so I can share it with your child’s teacher.
 
We also have a general list of reminders and useful information:
 
●     Report cards will be released on April 1st, rather than March 27th.
●     The request for student Chromebooks has been reactivated. Requests for students' devices can be completed using the form at the bottom of the PRrams.org page.
●     Pine-Richland School District has extended the closure of our six schools through at least Friday, May 1, 2020. 
●     The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). 
 
The parent and staff survey results were reviewed last Friday. Thank you to those of you that participated. One area of focus for us is creating opportunities for our students to connect with his or her classmates. Through the spirit of continuous improvement, we brainstormed a few opportunities to connect students to one another this week and will continue to find ways to provide unique and diverse ways for our students during this period of social distancing. Below are just a few of the diverse opportunities that we are utilizing to provide virtual student connection:
 
  • 2nd grade developed a project led by Mrs. Spence to connect classmates by having students share a photo with a sign describing what they miss most about school. The collage was shared with all classmates.
  • 3rd grade is utilizing our reading curriculum, Wonders, to connect students with a focus on learning. Mrs. Beauseigneur is posting a topic and then allowing students to respond. Students are able to respond to their peers as well as to her questions and follow-ups.
  • One parent created a zoom meeting for an entire class. The class was able to log in and interact with their peers in a structured format. This idea is going to be replicated and shared with homeroom parents. Look for a zoom invite for a structured meet up sometime within the next week and a half from your classroom parent so that your child can connect with their peers.
  • Additional options are being explored. More updates to come! Stay tuned!
 
Throughout this period of closure, my goal is for our Hance team to stay connected to students and families. I will continue to communicate with you each Monday so we can stay connected for this period of closure. We will remain dedicated to our students throughout this difficult time as a staff. I will continue to send out Twitter challenges as a way to remain socially connected despite our physical social distancing. As always, I look forward to seeing everyone soon!
 
In collaboration,
Ms. Greta Kuzilla
Hance Principal

March 23, 2020

 
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
Be the faucetGive everyone a drip at a time.” Those are the words that I have been using with staff as they prepare to release learning opportunities for the week of March 23-27We want to make these learning opportunities be the “just right” fit using the Goldilocks principle.
As a district and school, we continue to focus on learning for every student every day. We also recognize that the level of readiness among each family to implement these learning opportunities may be different for different families. This weekwe will continue to introduce four days of new learning since Monday is still considered an in-service day. Our goal is to ensure that we find learning opportunities that are engaging, high quality, and meet your child’s needs. 
 
These are a few expectations we are working toward:
  • Email from your teacher with learning opportunities for the week by Monday at 11 am
  • Specials lessons will be posted on the Hance website (see link here) by Monday at 11 am to streamline emails. Look at the links under Headlines and Features for the opportunities
  • Check-ins will continue with staff reaching out to parents to gauge the Goldilocks principle (too much, just right, not enough).
 
Please continue to check your email and read all information in its entirety. We will continue to communicate regularly with the goal of not overwhelming you. A team approach is critical in situations such as theseWe appreciate your feedback and patience during this difficult timeWe hope to streamline your emails in order to keep you updated but also be understanding of each family's unique situation.
 
Last weekwe started posting “morning announcements to the Hance Elementary website. This is a great way for you to establish a daily routine with your child, even if you need to view them at a different time during the day due to your work schedule. Mrs. Liberati will be taking over taping these as a way to stay connected with our student body and continue the typical school routine.
 
As a way to further engage students and keep everyone immersed in learning, I have listed three Twitter challenges related to RAM time and RAMS Way as well as music in our schools. As a district we believe that “Learning happens differently for different people so flexibility and variation are needed in the approach.”  I believe that is true for all learners including adults and children. I will continue to send these opportunities but these may be considered enrichment activities. These are truly the highlight of my day as well as for many of the teachers as it allows us to see the students and continue to interact while maintaining our social distance. The Instructional Leadership Team is meeting this week to continue to plan engaging activities for our students. Look for more details next Monday! In the meantime, please post pictures and tag me @Hanceprincipal over the next few days as your child engages in these learning opportunities.  
 
Tuesday Twitter Challenge - RAM Time - One of our students’ independent activities during RAM time is called “read to someone.” Take a picture of your child reading to someone or something (ex: stuffed toy) or their book during a session of “read to someone” and tag me on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.
 
Thursday Twitter Challenge - RAMS Way - “A” stands for accountable in our RAMS Way acronym. We know at Pine-Richland that “learning happens inside and outside the classroom.” Students need to apply the skills they have learned through RAMS Way at home due to our current situation. Have your child draw a picture, act out, or write a sentence about one way they can demonstrate accountability at home and tag me in the photo of their interpretation on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.
 
Fabulous Friday Twitter Challenge - Music in our schools month continues - Tag a picture or video of your child either practicing their favorite instrument (might be a traditional instrument or something unconventional like pots and pans) or dancing to their favorite song on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.
 
Throughout this period of closure my goal is for our Hance team is to stay connected to students and families. We will remain dedicated to our students throughout this difficult time as a staff. I will continue to send out Twitter challenges as a way to remain socially connected despite our physical social distancing. I look forward to seeing everyone soon!.
 
In collaboration,
Ms. Greta Kuzilla
Hance Principal

March 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

“Focused on learning for every student every day.”  That’s our goal at Hance Elementary every day.  In times of difficulty, it’s important that we come together to meet the needs of our students to keep them healthy and engaged.  Last year, we came together to overcome a challenge, requiring us to relocate our “school” within another “school” (e.g. Hance @ Eden Hall).  This year, we will come together to deliver alternative programming for your child during this difficult time.  As always, we will demonstrate resiliency and innovation to ensure that our students continue to learn.  During this period of closure, I wanted to reach out to families to ensure that your child is supported and remains engaged and connected.

Your child may have received an envelope from their teacher with the label “Bridge Activities” last Friday.  Inside the envelope will include everything that your child will need from their teachers for two days of learning activities beginning on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18.  Most of the learning activities included are in hard copy form while other learning activities may direct you to our teacher’s online websites.  I would encourage you to check your child’s backpack to ensure this was received and reach out if you have questions. 

If your child was absent Friday or did not receive their Bridge Activities, these will be available in the Hance vestibule on Tuesday, March 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  There is no need to check in with the office or sign out these envelopes.  Simply use a grab and go procedure by locating your child’s teacher and then their envelope.  

Please continue to check your email and read all information in its entirety.  We will continue to communicate regularly. A team approach is critical in situations such as these.  We appreciate your feedback and patience during this difficult time.  I am confident we will continue to collaborate effectively and stay connected as a school community.  

Starting on Thursday, March 19th, we will be posting “morning announcements to the Hance Elementary website.  This is a great way for you to establish a daily routine with your child, even if you need to view them at a different time during the day due to your work schedule.  We felt as though this is just one more way we can stay connected with our students!

As a way to further engage students and keep everyone immersed in learning, I have listed two Twitter challenges related to RAM time and RAMS Way, which have been our focus and building goals during the 19-20 school year.  Please post pictures and tag me @Hanceprincipal over the next few days as your child engages in these learning activities.  

Day 1 Bridge Twitter Challenge  - RAM Time -  One of our students’ independent activities during RAM time is called “read to self.”  Take a picture of your child or their book during a session of “read to self” and tag me on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.

Day 2 Bridge Twitter Challenge - RAMS Way - “R” stands for respectful in our RAMS Way acronym.  We know at Pine-Richland that “learning happens inside and outside the classroom.”  Students need to apply the skills they have learned through RAMS Way at home due to our current situation.  Have your child draw a picture, act out, or write a sentence about one way they can demonstrate respect at home and tag me in the photo of their interpretation on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.

As we continue to work through this situation, I am confident that we will persevere and learn more about resiliency.  Our building theme for the 19-20 school year is “Climbing the Mountain.”  As we continue to “climb the mountain” together, I know we will rise above this situation and engage in continuous learning to improve the experience for our students and your children.  If you have questions, feel free to reach out to discuss.

In collaboration,
Ms. Greta Kuzilla
Hance Principal

 

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