Sabold Cougar Paws
January 13, 2020
Welcome to Sabold... The Greatest School on Earth!
Reminders from Dr. brigg
It is great to have our students back! We missed them!
Thursday & Friday are Spirit Days! Let's get off to a fresh start this year- wear some fresh new clothes; style your hair a fresh new way. Let's have a great 2021!
Picture Retakes are 1/25 7 1/26. Students can get a retake, or have their picture taken if they did not have their picture taken on our scheduled days earlier in the year.
Car Line Dismissal- Second grade students and their siblings are dismissed at 3:20; All other students are dismissed at their regular times- 3:27-3:30. Please do not arrive earlier than your scheduled time. More details are included below.
We believe that recess and the socialization that takes place at recess is more important than ever. We try to get our students outside any day that we can. Please be sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather.
Our car line is staffed at 8:45AM for student drop-off.
Students of the Month- January
Grade 5- Victoria Rosini
"Victoria is a model student. She is always trying her best, focused on learning, and willing to help others. Victoria works well with others and acts at a leader engaging other students in the conversation. She is always listening to the teacher and her peers, and raising her hand to participate. Victoria's hard work and perseverance when tasks get difficult make her the perfect student of the month. Great job, Victoria!" -Dr. Cirucci
Grade 4- Aiden Rosen
"From day one of virtual learning, Aiden has displayed a positive attitude, a growth mindset and a willingness to help others. Aiden always shows that he is ready and eager to learn. His contagious smile and palpable enthusiasm inspire others to work hard and do their best, myself included. Aiden takes advantage of extra help opportunities both in the classroom and on Zoom in order to make sure that he is doing his best work and meeting the classroom expectations. He is always willing to go back and revise his work to improve it, and he works hard to learn from his mistakes. Aiden is a frequent participant both in and out of the classroom. I admire the way he takes risks with his responses, shares his writing with his peers and offers a response, even when he is not sure if his answer is right. Most of all, Aiden is friendly and gracious to all, especially to the Sabold teachers and staff. We are lucky to have Aiden's positive attitude and kind spirit in Room 18!" -Ms. O'Neill
grade 3- Inad Saleh
"Inad is a wonderful, bright, and motivated student in our class. He always tries his best and sets an example for others by showing effort in all settings, across all subjects. His math and reading skills continue to grow because of all of his hard work. We also LOVE his sense of humor. Room 4 is proud to have him as a classmate and friend." -Mrs. D'Amico
Grade 2- Violet taraborelli
"Violet has exemplified everything it means to “Work hard and be nice,” here at Sabold. Each day, Violet comes in with a smile, says good morning to everyone she sees, and she is ready to tackle anything that comes her way. She is always asking questions and eager to learn more and grow every day. If someone needs help, whether she knows you or not, you can always count on her to be the first one to help, whatever the challenge may be. Keep up the great work, Violet!" -Ms. Hummel
Picture Retakes- 1/25 & 1/26
parents/ Guardians of fifth grade students
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am contacting you today to start the process of transitioning your 5th grade students to E.T. Richardson Middle School (ETR). The first step in the process is our parent meeting to review the scheduling process. At this meeting, we will review the options for English Language Arts and Math as well as our cycle classes. The Sabold meetings are scheduled for January 20 or 21 at 6:00 p.m. Please sign up by selecting the link for the date you prefer.
Sabold - Jan 20
Sabold - Jan 21
Daniel Tracy, Ed.D.
hour of code
Sabold Elementary School is excited to be official participants in the Hour of Code for the fifth year! The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science and was designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. It has become a celebration of computer science around the world! Sabold Students will complete their Hour of Code during CBL classes in the month of January as a kick off to our computer programming unit. If you are interested in learning more about the Hour of Code you can visit- https://hourofcode.com/us.
1/1 Caelyn C
1/1 Tessa O
1/2 Amelia S
1/3 Ryan D
1/3 Ava G
1/6 Joshua E
1/8 Emma J
1/8 Ethan M
1/9 Arianna B
1/9 Jake J
1/10 Mason H
1/10 Joshua H
1/11 Ava H
1/11 Liam H
1/12 Frannie Z
1/13 Joseph J
1/13 Maliha J
1/14 Sena A
1/14 Ava E
1/14 Brendan H
1/14 Reagan K
1/14 James M
1/14 Kayla P
1/14 Jack Z
1/15 Maeve H
1/15 Zachary R
1/16 Kate S
1/16 Daniel W
1/18 Evan P
1/18 Kaleigh T
1/18 Keira T
1/18 Cecilia W
1/19 Harvey A
1/19 Rosemary C
1/19 Wing H
1/19 Rikki L
1/20 Colton C
1/21 Heidi H
1/23 Kylie K
1/23 Carmen R
1/25 Jordan B
1/25 Catherine G
1/25 Isabella H
1/26 Demitrios B
1/26 Emma W
1/27 Dahmeir C
1/27 Dasir C
1/27 Zoey J
1/27 Anh T
1/28 Emily C
1/30 William D
1/30 Parker G
1/30 Luna R
1/30 Inad S
1/31 Laniyah H
1/31 Lincoln L
Dismissal Change at Sabold Elementary
This year, we have more cars in our car line than any previous year (even with approximately half of the students in school each day). This has created extensive carlines on E. Thomson Avenue, and as a result, it has caused dangerous traffic circumstances. The Springfield Police Department has asked us to make changes to our dismissal, including staggering our dismissal times, in order to create a safer situation for our community.
A bulk of the traffic concerns can be eliminated if we can refrain from arriving prior to dismissal and waiting in line along E. Thomson Ave. We need your help. We want our students and residents to be safe, and we are pleading with you not to arrive prior to dismissal.
Beginning Monday, November 30, all second grade students (and their siblings) who are going home by car will be dismissed at 3:20. We ask that only parents of second grade students arrive at 3:20. All other grade levels, walkers, and bus students will be dismissed at their usual times- approximately 3:30. Again, please do not arrive earlier than your scheduled time for dismissal. Please note that students in grades 3-5 will not be released from their classrooms until 3:30 therefore if you are in the carline prior to your scheduled dismissal time, you will be asked to exit the car line and get back in the car line. These measures are to keep our community safe, and to avoid more drastic measures being taken by the township. Additionally, we do not want to impact student learning time any further.
In summation, beginning Monday, November 30:
Second grade students and their siblings who are being picked up by car will be dismissed at 3:20.
No changes to walkers, bus passengers, or carline for grades 3-5.
Do NOT arrive earlier than your scheduled dismissal time. Do not wait/ park on E. Thomson Ave. waiting for dismissal.
We appreciate your support in keeping our community safe, and thank you in advance for your assistance with dismissal. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Winter Clubs Update
We are going to move our Winter Clubs to Spring Clubs for this year. Our hope is to have more club options outside to ensure we are doing our best to follow our social distancing guidelines.
Be on the lookout for club descriptions and sign-ups after winter break. Clubs will begin in March.
• Continue to monitor student symptoms every morning using the district’s “Student Daily Symptom Checker” found on this website https://www.ssdcougars.org/reopening-schools. Students with Covid-like symptoms are placed in isolation at the school and sent home.
• Continue to emphasize proper hygiene and handwashing/sanitizing at home – we will do the same here in school.
• Continue to reinforce proper usage of face-coverings both inside and outside, throughout the entire school day – we will do this often throughout the day.
• Follow the building start times. Please don’t drop students off too early, before staff arrive, as we can no longer group students during arrival and hold them for a large dismissal to class. Student start times are in place to allow students to enter the building in a timely manner and go directly to their first classroom of the day where staff will be present.
• Remember, that traveling out of state may require a 14-day quarantine prior to returning to in-person instruction. Review the PA’s “Covid-19 Information for Travelers” website: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/pages/travelers.aspxfor the latest states on the list. Although PA recommends a 14-day quarantine, the district’s approved Health & Safety Plan requires that families that travel to one of the listed states must begin a 14-day quarantine before returning to in-person instruction.
Contact your building principal or nurse if you have any questions.
• Parents, if you have Covid-like symptoms, or were exposed to a Covid+ individual, or were in contact with an individual that may have Covid, please contact the building nurse before sending your children to school. We will need to process the information to determine if your child should quarantine, or not, based on the information.
Notes from the Nurse
Allergy/Asthma/Seizure Action Plans and Medications
All students requiring medications in school are required to bring the appropriate forms, along with the medication to school for administration. All forms, per SSD policy, are required at the start of every new school year. All forms can be found on the SSD website under Parents drop down-Health Room Services-District-District Forms and Letter. Forms must be completed and signed by parents and physician. (Your physician may give you their own Asthma/Allergy Action Plan as developed by their practice).
All medications, including Over-the-Counter, require a physician’s order to be administered in school. The exception to this is Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and TUMS.
3rd Grade Dental Forms
Please have your child’s dentist complete a dental exam form and return it to the nurse as soon as possible. If your child needs to be seen by the district dentist please complete the request form these forms are located in the forms section of the Health Room Services.
Please continue to use the Daily Symptom Checker prior to sending your child to school each day.
COVID-19 Information for Travelers (last updated: 11/13/2020) Additions for the week are in bold
If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, it is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days upon return:
• Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
In addition to the states in which it is recommended that people stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania, and recommended that individuals from these states do not travel to Pennsylvania, we also have several neighboring states that meet the travel advisory criteria.
Those states are: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia
Instructions for Symptomatic Individuals
Symptomatic students sent home to isolate *Updated
January 14 & 15 Spirit Days- A Fresh New Year- Sometimes a fresh start is exactly what we need, and let's hope 2021 is that fresh start. Look FRESH today; wear some fresh clothing (do kids still say that, or am I just old?), or show off some fresh hair styling for your friends!
January 18- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School for Students
January 25 & 26- Picture Retake Days
February 4 & 5- Spirit Days- Celebrating Black History Month- All students will receive Black History Month bracelets
February 15- Presidents' Day- No School for Students
Cycle Day Calendar HYBRID Model 2021
Dismissal Car Line Procedures
Despite having approximately half of the students on a given day, we have more cars than ever in our carline. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we try to be as safe and efficient as possible, but we need your help. Please read through the procedures, and be sure to follow them. Things like trying to make a left-hand turn into the queue cause a gridlock for our dismissal; not having car signs may delay the carline. Your adherence to the procedures will make things safer and more efficient.
no left turns into the queue!
The past few days we have run into some challenges maintaining an efficient carline for our morning drop-off. This occurs most often when cars try to make left-hand turns into the queue for drop-off. We experience gridlock that extends past our exit lane and even to Baltimore Pike. Cars are unable to enter or exit the property when this happens. Turning left out of our exit lane onto E. Thomson Ave can cause delays; however, the main reason for the gridlock and congestion is making a left into the queue from E. Thomson Ave. Please help us maintain a safe and efficient carline by avoiding left-hand turns into the queue during morning drop-off (as well as dismissal) when there is a line that extends onto E. Thomson Ave. If you are turning onto E. Thomson Ave. from Baltimore Pike, please go down to Granite Terrace, Barker Rd., etc. and turn around so that you can make a right-hand turn into our queue. Thank you!
Need Technical Support?
Check out the resources page on the district website. We have many resources to assist you with logging into Canvas, the Home Access Center, etc. If you don't find what you are looking for, or something still is not right, our technology department is here to help!
information from our counselor, mrs. tate
HOME & SCHOOL information
Are you using home access center yet?
If you need to change a phone number or email, sign up for text alerts, check your child's attendance, or check report card grades, you will want to use the Home Access Center.
You can also check the Home Access Center for any outstanding unexcused absences. Remember, all absences require a written note. That can be done via email by emailing email@example.com, or a hand-written note can be sent to the main office. A phone call to our attendance hotline still requires a written note for the absence to be excused (as required by law). An email works well for us, and hopefully that makes it easier on you.
You can visit the HAC website here: http://ssdcougars.org/HAC. You can submit a contact form to obtain login credentials. If you need assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to report an absence via email, please send the email using this link: sabattendance
Additionally, there is a link to submit attendance on the school website. If you go to Sabold’s page, use your mouse to hover over “Parents” in the upper right-hand corner. Select “Attendance” from the dropdown list. In the middle of the page you will find a link to submit an email to email@example.com An added bonus to the hotline email is that it will serve as written notice of your child’s absence. You will not need to send an additional note to school so that the absence will be marked as excused. We will retain the email as your absence note.
You can visit- https://www.ssdcougars.org/parents/attendance for more information.
district & Community information
SSD Publicity & Photo
School Safety and Security Web page
Learn more about the Springfield School District measures to maintain safe and healthy learning environments for our students on the school district website. You can access the page by visiting this site- https://www.ssdcougars.org/parents/school-safety-security
We thank you for all that you do to support the health, safety, and welfare of our children.