• November 28, 2022 - "Fourth and Fifth Grade IM Bowling"

    Good Afternoon,

    If your student is currently participating in IM Bowling, please be aware of the following from our Intramural Coordinators, Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Vonada:

    • There is no bowling this Wednesday, November 30th
    • The last day for Fourth Grade bowling is next Wednesday, December 7th
    • The last day for Fifth Grade bowling is Wednesday, December 14th
    • Bowling money must be turned in on the Monday of the week your child bowls

    Thank you,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    November 21, 2022 - "Winter Community Closet"

    Good Morning,

    Please see below from the PTO.

    Have a great Thanksgiving, RP Families!

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Fellow RP Families,

    The PTO is creating a winter community closet for the lovely kiddos at RP.

    For the kid who doesn’t own snow boots, the one who left them by the front door in the chaos of morning, and the one who doesn’t even know they need them, we want a closet at the school that is filled with hats, gloves, snow pants, snow boots, and jackets that a teacher/paraprofessional can easily direct any of the kids mentioned above to either grab and keep or grab and borrow for the day. We want to be in a place where lack of winter gear is never the reason a kiddo can’t play at recess.

    Starting today (Monday), we will have a collection bin outside of RP for any “extras” or outgrown winter items. After we have an intial collection, the PTO will then purchase items to fill in the gaps.

    Radio Park PTO also has a PayPal donation page if this is an easier way for you to participate (paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3587447)


    November 18, 2022 - "November 18th Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Afternoon,

    I hope you all had a great week.  I ended mine getting slimed by a teacher and student.  Check out Facebook later today for photos of the MESSY and COLD Pride Stride celebration we had this afternoon.  Make sure to ask your student(s) about the goofy teacher competition we had, too!

    This will be my last Rauport before Thanksgiving Break.  My next communication will be coming your way on Friday, December 2nd.  Best wishes to all of you and your families for a special, fun, and relaxing time off.  In the spirit of the season, I want to express how thankful I am to work with your children and to serve all of your amazing families.

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    • If you (or someone you know) are looking for a part-time (2.0-2.5 hour) job and would like to join the team here at Radio Park, we are looking for a third Lunch Paraprofessional to help with supervising and assisting students in the cafeteria.  Please reply to this email and I can get your more information.

    Upcoming Dates

    • Wednesday, November 23rd to Friday, November 25th - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
    • Monday, December 12th - PTO Meeting (6:30-8:00 PM) in library or meet.google.com/wnq-zeek-ac
    • Friday, December 23rd to Monday, January 2nd - NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
    • Tuesday, January 3rd - School back in session

    November 17, 2022 - "National Parental Involvement Day Thank You"

    Dear Radio Park Parents, Guardians, and Families,

    In honor of National Parental Involvement Day, I wanted to reach out and thank you for all you do to support your student(s).  It takes a village and we're all in this together when it comes to raising and educating our chlidren.

    The Radio Park Family is a great one to be a part of and you all are a BIG part of that.

    Thanks again,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    November 11, 2022 - "RP Discovers Additional Information"

    Good Afternoon,

    Please see the attached email with additional information about RP Discovers this evening. 

    The event is for everyone in our school, even if you're not bringing in a science fair project.  Also, this is not a drop-off event and parents need to stay with their children throughout the evening.

    Thanks,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    November 11, 2022 - "November 11th Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Afternoon,

    It was great to be back with your students this week after a fun and special two weeks home with Meyer, my wife, and daughter.  Meyer's a great little guy and we're loving life as a family of four.  BIG thank you to Mrs. Bauer, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Smeal, and our wonderful faculty and staff for holding down the fort in my asbence.

    Below are updates for the start of November.  As always, please reach out with questions or concerns.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    • RP Discovers is TONIGHT!  Join us for a fun event for the entire family from 6:30-8:00 PM at the school where we will celebrate all things STEM.  Start the night out by visiting science fair projects some of our amazing Radio Park student-scientists have done.  Then explore super fun, hands-on activities with some special guests - learn the science of chocolate making, visit a robot petting zoo and an insect petting zoo, extract DNA from a strawberry, learn how diapers and orbeez are related, and much more!

    November 7, 2022 - "Fourth and Fifth Grade Universal Screener Follow-up"

    Fourth and Fifth Grade Families,

    Recently, your child (excluding requested exemptions) completed the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS) self-rating scale. It’s important to note that the BESS is not a comprehensive diagnostic assessment, rather a screening tool used to determine a student’s risk of developing emotional and/or behavior problems that may require interventions, if these have not already been identified. Here is a link to more information about the BESS rating scale: https://www.scasd.org/Page/27213

    These scores are accessible to parents/guardians and we are reaching out to you to provide directions on how to interpret and how to view your child’s BESS scores in ParentVUE 

     

    BESS Score Interpretation

    Below is a description of the BESS index scores, which are based on norms for students similar in age to your child.. Please know, scores can fall into one of three categories of risk: Normal Risk (green), Elevated Risk (yellow), Very Elevated Risk (red).

     

    Index/Sub-Index

    Description

    Total Score 

    Behavioral & Emotional Risk Index (BERI) - the BERI score can be elevated due to general behavioral and emotional dysfunction or due to dysfunction in a specific area, such as one of the subindexes.

    Internalizing Risk Index

    Social stress, anxiety, depression, atypicality, locus of control

    Self-Regulation Index

    Hyperactivity, attention problems

    Personal Adjustment Index

    Interpersonal relationships, relationship with parents, self-esteem, self-reliance

     

    Accessing BESS Scores in ParentVUE

    You can view your child’s scores by logging into ParentVUE and clicking on your child’s name then clicking on “Test History” on the left, then click the “Detail Button” to ON to see levels. Then Review360 is listed at the bottom. Help Guide and example screenshot below

    https://scasd.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/KB/pages/188023163/Navigating+the+ParentVue+Portal

     

    The school Multi-Tiered System of Support team reviews all scores following the screening, and considers whether additional supports may be needed. You will be contacted if your child may benefit from these supports. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like more information about the screening, please contact your child’s school counselor or the school psychologist

    Thank you for your help and support!

    ​​​​​​​Alex Raup, Principal


    October 23, 2022 - "October 23rd Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Evening,

    My apologies for not getting you all an email on Friday.  Late Thursday, my wife and I went to the hospital and Friday morning at 2:48 AM, we welcomed our second child, a son named Meyer Paul Raup.  We came home yesterday afternoon from the hospital and are loving settling into life as a family of four.  I've attached a picture if you'd like to show your students as I know many were excited to hear what my wife was having.

    I will be off the next two weeks to be home with my wife and our kids.  If you need anything, please reach out to the school during normal school hours.  Former Radio Park Principal and Interim Principal and current SCASD Curriculum Director, Mrs. Deirdre Bauer, will be covering RP in my absence.  It should go without saying that your students and the Radio Park team will be in GREAT hands during my absence.

    Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday and October and keep an eye out for my next Rauport coming your way on Friday, November 11th.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. This Wednesday is our annual Fall Celebration where we have classroom parties, a Halloween Parade, and a Harvest Festival (this year the festival will include a scavenger hunt).  Below is our schedule for that afternoon.  Please reference the email from Mrs. Linda Moore on Friday in regards to the Harvest Festival and please email her if your student(s) will be particiaping in that instead of the Halloween Parade.

    1:45-2:15 - Classroom Fall Parties

    2:15-2:25 - Students change into costumes (participating in parade) or report to cafeteria (participating in Harvest Festival)

    2:15-2:50 - Harvest Festival (scavenger hunt)

    2:25-2:45 - Halloween Parade

    2:45-2:55 - Clean up and costumes off and packed up

    2:50 - Harvest Festival students return to classrooms for dismissal

    Parents are welcome to attend the Halloween Parade (same spectator spots and parking as during the Pride Stride) or Harvest Festival scavenger hunt (report to the playground).  Please note that if there is bad weather on Wednesday, all activities will be held inside and the celebrations will be closed to parents.

    As you plan out costumes, please note that weapons, blood, and characters that may be scary for our youngest students should not be worn in school.  In addition, inflatable costumes will only be permitted to be worn outside.  Students who choose to dress for this occasion should bring their costumes to school in a bag marked clearly with their name. Only a brief amount of time will be allotted for changing, so please make sure the costume parts are not too difficult for them to manage independently.

    2. If you'd like to help with Apple Crunch Day (also on Wednesday), please click here to sign up to volunteer.

    3. Coming up on November 5th and 6th, Mount Nittany Elementary and Middle Schools will be hosting a free clothing drive at MNMS.  I used to help run this when I worked at MNMS and there is always a TON of good stuff.  Great for holiday shopping.  Flyer attached.


    Cafeteria Note

    Please send me an email with any note you want added to your child's account.  I have many kids saying they are allowed to buy all they want. I have let them buy two extras.  If you do not want your child to buy extras or if you want to limit extras, please let me know.  Please note that extras sides are $0.85 and an extra entree is $2.40.

    Char Ghaner, Cafeteria Supervisor

    cmg22@scasd.org


    Counseling Office Note

    Hello Radio Park Families, 

    My name is Allison Simpson and I am the new school counselor at Radio Park Elementary. I had previously covered as school counselor at Radio Park during May 2020 to August 2021. Since my time at RP, I worked as a school counselor at Keystone Central School District. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Radio Park family again and can't wait to work with you! 

    As I am getting caught up with the start of the school year, I wanted to share some information. Through Multi- Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), one way I will support all students is teaching classroom lessons. These topics will center around Second Step Bullying Prevention, career exploration, and Zone of Regulation. I have attached some parent resources on these topics. 

    Additionally, with everything that I do, I communicate with families regularly. We are a team in your students' success. One significant change is my email address. My new email is aps39@scasd.org

    If I can help support your student at school please feel free to reach out at any point with any questions or concerns. I am excited to be working with the families at Radio Park!

    Sincerely,

    Allison Simpson


    October 14, 2022 - "October 14th Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Afternoon,

    GREAT to see so many families out to support our students in the Pride Stride today.  More information to come next week but I can proudly announce we have passed our school goal of raising $20,000.  Amazing!  Guess this guy will be getting slimed.  If you took pictures at today's event, please refrain from posting them on social media as not all students have permission to have their picture posted online.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. More information to come in next week's Rauport but, for now, please plan on our annually Halloween Parade, Harvest Festival, and classroom parties for the end of the day Wednesday, October 26th.  Students will have an opportunity to participate in Fall Parties in their classroom before those who want to participate in the parade get suited up and those who would prefer to do the Harvest Festival begin that activity.  Weather permitting, families will be able to come and watch the parade or attend the Harvest Festival.  Again, more information coming next week.

    As you plan out costumes, please note that weapons, blood, and characters that may be scary for our youngest students should not be worn in school.  In addition, inflatable costumes will only be permitted to be worn outside.

    2. If you'd like to help with Apple Crunch Day on Wednesday, October 26th, please click here to sign up to volunteer.

    3. Beginning on Monday, we will be having all Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders sit with just their classes at lunch as we did prior to the pandemic.  While we had hopes for allowing students to mix with all of the other students in their grade, it's becoming hard to handle supervision and dismissal.  Students will have choice with who they sit with at their class' respective tables.

    4. We will have our Fall Severe Weather Drill on Monday morning.  Please reference my email from back on September 1st with details about what this drill will entail.

    5. Our School Counselor starts on Monday!  We're so excited to welcome Ms. Simpson (back) to Radio Park.  If you need anything from her, please reach out via email (aps39@scasd.org).  BIG thanks to interim counselor, Mrs. Kerry Wiessmann, for her help over the course of the past month doing observations and meeting with students.

    6. Coming up on November 5th and 6th, Mount Nittany Elementary and Middle Schools will be hosting a free clothing drive at MNMS.  I used to help run this when I worked at MNMS and there is always a TON of good stuff.  Flyer attached.


    October 13, 2022 - "RP Pride Stride FINAL Final Details"

    Good Morning,

    I should know better than to say something is the final...my apologies for another mid-week email.  As of today, we are at 83% of our goal.  Keep it up!

    Three additional details for tomorrow's Pride Stride:

    1. Weather forecast looks good but cool for tomorrow morning.  Please make sure your student is in comfortable, warm clothes that they can move in.

    2. Parking will only be available in our visitor lot.  Please do not park along Cherry Lane.  If the lot is full, you'll be directed down to Discovery Space.

    3. A few families have challenged me to see how far I can run over the course of the morning.  If you'd like to "sponsor" my running and pay a certain amount per laps I run, please reply to this email.  For your planning, I'll be running for 120 minutes.

    Looking forward to a fun day and seeing many of you tomorrow.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    October 12, 2022 - "RP Pride Stride Final Details"

    Good Evening,

    This is a reminder that our Pride Stride is this Friday, 10/14!

    Our goal is $20,000 and, as of today, the Radio Park Community has raised 64% of that goal!  We still have some work to do this week to hit our goal.   

    If you still need to register your student(s) for the Pride Stride, click here, to do so.  Every student that registers earns an entry into the drawing for a Scholastic gift card for their classroom library. (No donations required.)

    It’s not too late to donate, either.  Every penny counts.

    Online/Website Donations:

    1. Register or re-Login to your parent dashboard and complete your child’s student webpage with a picture.

    2. Families can link multiple students to a single webpage.  Donations made to the family webpage will be evenly distributed between the students.  Make an online donation using the red Donate button.

    3. Share with friends and family thru social media, email and texts!

     

    Paper Form Donations: Send in the paper attached to this email along with any check or cash donations to the school.

     

     

    Here are a few previously shared details for your reference...

     

    The Pride Stride will take place in the bus loop at the front of the building.

    • Parents and famiilies are welcome to come and cheer on their student(s).
    • No spectator vehicles will be permitted to park in the main parking lot that is typically reserved for our faculty and staff.  All parking should be contained to the Visitor and Parent lot.  I am working to get an overflow parking space confirmed and will share that out next week.
    • Each grade will run for 20 minutes (see schedule below).
    • Music will be provided by Nittany Entertainment.
    • All students should wear comfortable sneakers to school on Friday and should consider wearing Radio Park apparel or maroon, gray, or red.

    If you are interested in volunteering to help out with the Pride Stride on the day of the event, please click here.  We need a lot of hands to help supervise, support, and cheer on runners!

    Grade

    Start Time - Finish Time

    2

    8:30-9:00 AM

    5

    9:00-9:30 AM

    3

    9:30-10:00 AM

    1

    10:00-10:30 AM

    4

    10:30-11:00 AM

    K

    11:00-11:30 AM

    Alex Raup, Principal


    October 7, 2022 - "Mini Lion Pride Stride Further Details"

    Good Afternoon,

    In addition to the details I shared in yesterday's weekly Rauport, below are some additional specifics in regards to next Friday's Pride Stride at RP.  Compiled communications can be found here.

    Our TOTAL SCHOOL GOAL is $20,000.00!

    We need all parents to complete three easy steps!

    1. Register your child(ren) by visiting www.getmovinfundhub.com or the QR Code below. It's free, easy, and fast to register!  For School Identifier, use 5d7fdd2784cf3.  Please register your students even if not collecting online donations.

    2. Email and/ or Text your child's student fundraising webpage to 10-15 friends and family. Post on Facebook or Twitter - It’s super easy! Only two clicks of a button to post.

    3. Submit donations

    Credit Card: Online donations can be submitted through your student’s webpage

    Cash/Check: Fill out the PINK registration form sent home with students last week. Return the form (and any checks or cash, if collected) to the student’s classroom or school front office.

     


    October 6, 2022 - "October 6th Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Afternoon,

    As a reminder, there is no school for students tomorrow.  I hope you all enjoy the long weekend and that I'll see many of you at the State High Homecoming Parade this evening.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. For your help and reference, all emails that I send are now archived under "Site Shortcuts" on the main page of the Radio Park website.  Click on "Emails and Communications."

    2. Our Mini Lion Pride Stride is scheduled for next Friday, October 14th.  This is the biggest fundraiser for our school and helps to fund school supplies for every student in our school, field trips, mini-grants for teachers to expand educational resources in their classrooms, community building family fun nights, Enrichment Opportunity Grants for student clubs and outside the classroom opportunities, the Radio Park Garden, teacher care, and so much more.

    Here are a few important details about the Pride Stride:

    • The Pride Stride will take place in the bus loop at the front of the building.
    • Parents and famiilies are welcome to come and cheer on their student(s).
    • No spectator vehicles will be permitted to park in the main parking lot that is typically reserved for our faculty and staff.  All parking should be contained to the Visitor and Parent lot.  I am working to get an overflow parking space confirmed and will share that out next week.
    • Each grade will run for 20 minutes (see schedule below).
    • Music will be provided by Nittany Entertainment.
    • All students should wear comfortable sneakers to school on Friday and should consider wearing Radio Park apparel or maroon, gray, or red.

    If you are interested in volunteering to help out with the Pride Stride on the day of the event, please click here.  We need a lot of hands to help supervise, support, and cheer on runners!

    Grade

    Start Time - Finish Time

    2

    8:30-9:00 AM

    5

    9:00-9:30 AM

    3

    9:30-10:00 AM

    1

    10:00-10:30 AM

    4

    10:30-11:00 AM

    K

    11:00-11:30 AM

    3. As a reminder, parent volunteers need to be cleared prior to assisting in a classroom.  All clearances must be submitted and verified by the Community Education office and all information can be found here.  Questions can be directed to Bethany Horner (bdh25@scasd.org).

    There are three ways to submit clearances:
     - Drop off clearances in-person to their office (located at 240 Villa Crest Drive in Panorama Village building)
    - Mail clearances to their office (mailed clearances must be postmarked by October 21) using the following address:
    VIPS Supervisor
    240 Villa Crest Drive
    State College, PA 16801
    - Email completed clearances to volunteers@scasd.org

    4. If you are interested in joining Monday's PTO Meeting virtually, here is the link: meet.google.com/wnq-zeek-acq


    September 30, 2022 - "September 30th Radio Park Report"

    Good Afternoon,

    Lots of events coming up in October.  Please make sure keep up with these weekly Rauports and take note of the upcoming dates at the bottom of this email.

    Have a great weekend, RP Families!

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. For your help and reference, all emails that I send are now archived under "Site Shortcuts" on the main page of the Radio Park website.  Click on "Emails and Communications."

    2. The October virtual First Sunday Book Club is coming up this Sunday, October 2nd at 7 PM.  All Radio Park families are welcome to jump on and enjoy a quick story before we begin another fun week of school.  Link to join is below.

    3. Our Mini Lion Pride Stride is scheduled for Friday, October 14th.  More information will be coming out soon about how to support this HUGE fundraiser for our school and PTO.  In the meantime, please make note that families can come out and support their student(s) that morning.  Next week's Rauport will include specific grade level time slots.

    4. At the end of this month on Wednesday, October 26th, we will have our annual Halloween Parade, Halloween parties, and Harvest Festival.  More information will be coming out soon and I am pleased to announce that, if the weather cooperates, families will be able to come out and see all of the great costumes in our parade that afternoon around 2 PM.  Stay tuned for more.

    5. Third Grade Math Regrouping: At Radio Park and throughout the school district, we desire to have a flexible approach to responding to students’ needs in math and continually evaluate students and their placement.  Prior to the beginning of each unit, teachers will review available data and consider classroom observations as they plan and group students to teachers.

    In Third Grade, there will be an advanced math class for students who are ready for additional extensions of the core math program and the other two classes will be of mixed ability and based on students’ needs in the current unit of study.  Teachers will assess students on a regular basis through pre and post-assessments and make adjustments to instructional grouping as needed.  Parents/guardians will receive communication at the beginning of each unit from their student’s math teacher, which may change based on the unit.  Our first regrouping for math will begin next week.


    September 23, 2022  - "September 23rd Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Afternoon,

    Starting to feel like fall...my favorite time of the year!

    Have a great weekend, RP Families!

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. For your help and reference, all emails that I send are now archived under "Site Shortcuts" on the main page of the Radio Park website.  Click on "Emails and Communications."

    2. Next week wraps up our Fall Benchmarking Window.  During this time, students in Grades 2-5 took the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test in reading and math.  We will share out results just as soon as the testing window closes and we have access to the reports.

    In addition, over the course of the past few weeks, our new MTSS Interventionist (formerly referred to as Instructional Support Teacher), Ms. Potter, and our Title 1 Teacher, Mrs. Lichtig, have been giving Acadience fluency probes to all students in K-3. These assessments are administered individually to all students and take approximately five (5) minutes per student.  We will be in touch with you should any of the screeners indicate that your student may need additional help or intervention.


    Upcoming Dates


    September 22, 2022 - "RP Arrival and Dismissal Reminders"

    Good Afternoon,

    Please review the arrival and dismissal procedural reminders below.

    Thanks,

    Alex Raup, Principal

    Arrival/Parent Drop Off

    • Families should use only the "Visitor & Parent Drop Off" portion of our parking lot up until 8 AM.
    • Between 8:00-8:09 AM, parents can also use the bus lane (main parking lot) so we don't get too backed up.
    • If you are dropping off and getting out of your car to walk your student(s) up to the building, you must park your car in a spot, not in the carpool lane.
    • Please use the crosswalk to walk to and from the building.
    • If you are just dropping off, please remember to pull up in the carpool lane as far as you can.

    Dismissal/Parent Pick Up

    • Park in a spot in the "Visitor & Parent Drop Off" section and come up to the building to get your student OR
    • Pull the whole way up to the flagpole to ensure we don't get too backed up on West Cherry Lane.
    • All parents and cars at parent pick-up should have a sign with the student's first and last name largely displayed to help the team at dismissal to quickly connect the student with their family member.
    • Please use the crosswalk to walk to and from the building.

    September 19, 2022 - "Radio Park Lockdown Follow-up"

    Dear RP Community,

    Based on guidance from responding police officers and Central Office, we are no longer in lockdown (lifted at 11 a.m.). Police will still be on campus and checking in throughout the rest of the day and faculty and staff have been made aware of how to respond if they observe any concerns while outside with students. I want to reiterate that we have no indication that the earlier reported person of concern was ever on school grounds and we have no reason to believe that students were ever in danger.

    As was shared in my email communication to you all about “Safety Drills” back on September 1st, when we go into lockdown, we do the following:

    1. Lock and close classroom doors.

    2. Close all windows and blinds.

    3. Clear and evacuate all hallways.

    4. Step into the nearest classroom if you are out in the hallway.

    5. Take attendance and notify the Main Office if there is a student unaccounted for or an extra student in your care.

    6. Continue normal class activities.

    Because there was no observed immediate concern outside of the building and because we did not know how long we would be locked down, I did not require teachers to enforce #s 3, 4, and 5 above and students, faculty, and staff were allowed to move about the building as normal this morning. While we were locked down from 8:10-11:00 a.m., no outside visitors were allowed to enter the building beyond the vestibule.

    For your debrief with your student(s) this evening, please know that students were not made aware of the suspicious person on campus and that the only thing shared with them was that we were going into lockdown.

    All our students, faculty, and staff did a wonderful job today and should be commended on their care and attention to detail and direction.​​​​​​​

    Alex Raup, Principal


    September 19, 2022 - "Radio Park on Lockdown - All Students Safe"

    Dear RP Community:

    At approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning, a community member called police to report a suspicious person who possibly had a weapon near the intersection of Blue Course Drive and Martin Street. Police immediately responded to the area and contacted me because of the close proximity to the school. 

    Their initial investigation did not find any such individual in the area. Therefore, because of the increased police presence in the area, they determined it was safe for students to enter the building. However, out of an abundance of caution, the school is currently on lockdown while the police complete their investigation. 

    Right now we have no indication that this reported person was ever on school grounds, and we have no reason to believe that students were ever in danger. There will be an increased police presence in the area throughout the day. 

    I will give you further updates when I hear more from the police. 

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    September 16, 2022 - "September 16th Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Afternoon,

    It was a great week here at RP.  I hope you and your families all have a wonderful weekend.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. Please make note that our Safe Arrival at School number has changed due to all offices and classrooms getting new phones over the summer.  Our new number is 814-231-1011 ext. 4549

    2. From the Ferguson Township Police Department: Ferguson Township is looking to hire a Crossing Guard for the remainder of 2022-2023 School Year. This position would serve the students of Radio Park Elementary School. The guard will assist students and parents that need to cross at the intersection of Martin Street and Cherry Lane. Hours needed: 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM and 2:50 PM to 3:20 PM each day school is in session. If interested, please contact Sergeant Ryan Hendrick at rhendrick@twp.ferguson.pa.us.

    3. Dismissal Time Change: Beginning this coming Monday, we will be dismissing Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders a few minutes earlier than we have been so far this school year.  Second and Third Graders will now dismiss at 2:58 PM (as opposed to 3 PM) and Fourth and Fifth Graders will now dismiss at 3:01 PM (as opposed to 3:05 PM).

    4. We are asking all parents and guardians at parent pick-up to please hold up a sign with their student(s) first and last name(s) on it.  With a lot of new team members helping out at parent pick-up this school year, this will be extremely helpful to more quickly connect students with their family members.

    5. Fourth and Fifth Grade Families, please see the attached Universal Screener document for information about the first of three screeners your Fourth or Fifth Grader will have the opportunity to complete later this month.

    6. Please see attached for information about our Free Breakfast Program.

    7. We are looking for warm up pants (sizes S, M, and L), underwear, and socks for our Nurse's Office.  If you have any of these items, please send them in with your student and have them give them to Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Smeal in the Main Office.


    September 9, 2022 - "September 9th Radio Park Rauport"

    Good Afternoon,

    I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend!  For those of you who attend games or cheer on the Nittany Lions, have a great first home game weekend.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. Please make note that our Safe Arrival at School number has changed due to all offices and classrooms getting new phones over the summer.  Our new number is 814-231-1011 ext. 4549

    2. It was great to see so many of you at Hoss's and at RP Plays last night.  Big thanks to the PTO for providing a tasty treat for us on the playground.  Coming home today are $5.00 coupons courtesy of Hoss's as a way to wish all of our families a continued great start to the school year.  Enjoy that delicious salad bar!

    3. From the Ferguson Township Police Department: Ferguson Township is looking to hire a Crossing Guard for the remainder of 2022-2023 School Year. This position would serve the students of Radio Park Elementary School. The guard will assist students and parents that need to cross at the intersection of Martin Street and Cherry Lane. Hours needed: 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM and 2:50 PM to 3:20 PM each day school is in session. If interested, please contact Sergeant Ryan Hendrick at rhendrick@twp.ferguson.pa.us.

    4. Counselor Update: As was previously shared, our beloved Mrs. Barbrow is now working at Mount Nittany Middle School.  Her previous maternity leave substitute, Ms. Allison Simpson, will be rejoining our team soon in a permanent position but is still being held by her current school district.  I don't foresee her officially being on board here at RP until October but will share additional updates as they arise.  In the meantime, please let me know of anything you'd typically run through a counselor and I'll work with our awesome school psychologist, Dr. Sarah Rochette, to get you or your student the help you need.


    September 2, 2022 - "September 2nd Radio Park Report"

    Good Afternoon,

    Below is some information for you and your family as we continue to settle into this school year.

    Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. We have our first school fundraiser of the year at Hoss's Steak and Sea House (1450 North Atherton Street) and our annual PTO-sponsored RP Plays next Thursday, September 8th.  Dinner will be from approximately 5:00-6:30 PM and the playground here at school will be open for some evening fun from 6:00-7:30 PM.  Those attending dinner should say they are with Radio Park to ensure that a portion of their check goes back to the school and dessert will be provided by the PTO at Plays.  We hope you'll join us for a fun evening of eating and playing!

    2. Please make note that our Safe Arrival at School number has changed due to all offices and classrooms getting new phones over the summer.  Our new number is 814-231-1011 ext. 4549

    3. Our first First Sunday Book Club of the school year is scheduled for this Sunday, September 4th at 7 PM.  Interested families can join using the link provided in the "Upcoming Dates" section below and enjoy a read aloud read by yours truly!

    4. From the Ferguson Township Police Department: Ferguson Township is looking to hire a Crossing Guard for the remainder of 2022-2023 School Year. This position would serve the students of Radio Park Elementary School. The guard will assist students and parents that need to cross at the intersection of Martin Street and Cherry Lane. Hours needed: 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM and 2:50 PM to 3:20 PM each day school is in session. If interested, please contact Sergeant Ryan Hendrick at rhendrick@twp.ferguson.pa.us.


    September 1, 2022 - "RP School Safety Drills"

    Dear Parent/Guardian,

    In an effort to promote and sustain a safe school environment and adhere to state law, we conduct multiple school safety drills throughout the year.  The purpose of these drills is to prepare our faculty, staff, and students to respond accordingly in the event of an actual emergency at school.  As such, caution and concern for faculty, staff, and student well-being are exercised when conducting these drills.

    Our safety drills include:

    • Evacuation - prepares us for an incident (not person) that could cause harm or danger (i.e. fire, gas leak, loss of power, etc.).  During this drill, faculty, staff, and students evacuate the building using their room or office’s exit route and report to a designated outside area for attendance.  In the event of an actual emergency and if conditions were such that we could not return to the school building, we would most likely report to our Safe House (the Bus Garage) and, possibly, prepare students for an early dismissal or transport to another school building.  Our first Evacuation Drill will be tomorrow (Friday, September 2nd).  Attached to this email is a breakdown of what happens during an Evacuation Drill if you would like to review it and/or review it with your student(s).

    • Lockdown - prepares us for a dangerous person/situation outside of the school (no weapon present), any peril inside the school that will not require evacuation, or a medical emergency requiring hallways to be clear.  During this drill, classroom doors are locked and secured, movement throughout the building is restricted, and teaching and learning continue (“business as usual”) in classrooms.  Our first Lockdown Drill will be next Friday, September 9th.  Attached to this email is a script including what happens during a Lockdown Drill if you would like to review it and/or review it with your student(s).

    • Severe Weather -  prepares us for a severe weather event in which it would be dangerous for faculty, staff, and students to be on secondary floors, near windows, or outside of the building.  We conduct one of these drills in the fall and one in the spring.  Attached to this email is a script including what happens during a Severe Weather Drill if you would like to review it and/or review it with your student(s).

    • Bus Evacuation - prepares us for an emergency evacuation or situation that may occur while traveling to or from school on a bus.  Bus drivers lead those students who ride the bus through this drill two times each school year (fall and spring).

    You may find it helpful to discuss these safety drills at home with your student and to reinforce that the purpose of drills is to practice being safe.  Other elementary schools in the district have previously practiced running and hiding that would occur if there was an intruder and I plan to work with our building and district All Hazards Teams to discuss more about how this looked and how we, too, could do something to prepare at Radio Park.  Rest assured that I will provide significant information prior to us ever practicing this type of drill with our students.

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the drills or your student's participation, please contact me.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    August 31, 2022 - "RP Non-Emergency Neighborhood Concern"

    Good Afternoon,

    We just got a call from 911 that there will be ambulance and/or police presence on West Cherry Lane in the next minutes as they respond to a medical emergency in the area.  Please know that all is okay at Radio Park and that first responders will do all they can to address the situation before dismissal.  If there are still police cars or ambulances in sight at dismissal time, I will come over the intercom and let students know why they are near our campus.

    Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    August 26, 2022 - "August 26th Radio Park Report"

    Good Afternoon,

    It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night yesterday evening.  I hope that your students gave you a great tour and that you had a fun time meeting teachers and connecting with other RP families.  Below is my first official weekly update ("Radio Park Report").  I send these out, as needed, at the end of each week.  I hope that you'll find the information helpful for your scheduling and keeping up with all things RP.

    Have a great weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. Mark your calendars for a school fundraiser at Hoss's Steak and Sea House and our annual PTO-sponsored RP Plays on Thursday, September 8th.  Dinner will be from approximately 5:00-6:30 PM and the playground here at school will be open for some evening fun from 6:00-7:30 PM.  The RP Garden may also be open that evening for you to visit.  More information to come next week but, for now, mark your calendars!

    2. If you're using ParentVUE to submit an absence for your student, please make sure to provide a reason for the absence or our Attendance Secretary, Mrs. Smeal, will have to mark it as unexcused.  If you ever have any questions about attendance or an absence, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or Mrs. Smeal (tms18@scasd.org).

    3. The YMCA of Centre County's Backpack Program is back for this school year.  Please see the two attached documents for more information and have your student turn in completed registration forms to their classroom teacher or the Main Office.

    4. Our First Sunday Book Club is back and our first evening virtual evening read aloud is scheduled for next Sunday, September 4th at 7 PM.  Interested families can join using the link provided in the "Upcoming Dates" section below and enjoy a read aloud before heading to bed and resting up for another fun-filled week here at RP!


    August 23, 2022 - "First Day Follow-up and B2S Night Information"

    Good Afternoon,

    It was a great first day here at Radio Park!  I really enjoyed seeing so many smiling faces and excited students ready to learn, play, and grow.  If, as you're debriefing with your student(s) this evening, any questions or concerns are raised, please feel free to reply to this email and I'll do all I can to make their second day even better than their first.

    Also, as a reminder, THIS THURSDAY, August 25th is our Back to School Night.  Please click here to watch a welcome video and read below for some written information/details.  We hope to see you on Thursday!

    Have a great evening and rest up for Day 2!

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Back to School Night 2022

    Who: All Radio Park students and families

    What: Back to School Night

    Where: Radio Park Elementary School

    When: Thursday, August 25th

    Last name A-L - 6:00-6:45 PM

    Last name M-Z - 7:00-7:45 PM


    August 22, 2022 - "Atherton Street Construction"

    Good Morning,

    As you and your family put the finishing touches on back to school routines, I wanted to make you aware that Ferguson Township Police reached out to me to let me know that construction is resuming on Atherton Street and that we should expect delays at dropoff and pick-up times.  Please plan accordingly.  While the work will primarily be contained to downtown between Beaver and College Avenues (near The Graduate), they foresee traffic being impacted to the north and south of that area.

    Take it easy, put on some relaxing jazz music, sub out your coffee for some calming tea, avoid cursing PennDOT (at least while your kids are in the car), and have a nice drive in and drive out tomorrow.

    Alex Raup, Principal


    August 19, 2022 - "Final Back to School Reminders"

    Good Afternoon,

    In less than four days, the 2022-2023 School Year will officially be underway.  The team here at Radio Park can't wait to welcome students back next Tuesday.  It's going to be a great year!  Please review everything below in preparation for our first week.  Items in black text you have received before and items in maroon text are new.

    I will be emailing again on Tuesday to check in on the first day and to share information about next Thursday's Back to School Night.

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. Our first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd.  First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders will have a normal day that day (7:55 AM to 3:10 PM).  Kindergartners will report at different times depending on their teacher (Garlcki - 9:00-9:45 AM, Isola - 10:00-10:45 AM, and Zahuranec - 11:00-111:45 AM) and should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

    2. School supplies are provided for every student by our amazing PTO.  If a classroom teacher has a specific need or request, they will communicate that out to their families.

    3. Arrival: Our doors will open for family drop-off at 7:50 AM and buses will begin to unload at 7:55 AM.  Families should use only the "Visitor & Parent Drop Off" portion of our parking lot up until 8 AM.  Between 8:00-8:09 AM, parents can also use the bus lane (main parking lot) so we don't get too backed up.

    If you are dropping off and getting out of your car to walk your student(s) up to the building, you must park your car in a spot, not in the carpool lane.  In addition, please use the crosswalks to walk to and from the building.  If you are just dropping off, please remember to pull up in the carpool lane as far as you can.

    4. Dismissal:  Students should be picked up where they were dropped off with those doing the picking up parking in a spot in the "Visitor & Parent Drop Off" section and coming up to the building to get their student OR pulling the whole way up to the flagpole to ensure we don't get too backed up on West Cherry Lane.  Cars with a student's first and last name on a paper and held up in the window also help to make things run quickly and smoothly.

    If you are picking up and getting out of your car to walk up to the building to retrieve your student(s), you must park your car in a spot, not in the carpool lane.  In addition, please use the crosswalks to walk to and from the building.

    We'll dismiss at the following times:

    K/1 - 2:55 PM

    2/3 - 3:00 PM

    4/5 - 3:05 PM

    Buses will leave the parking lot beginning at 3:10 PM.

    5. Fourth Grade: I am excited to announce that Mrs. Patricia Pietraccini will be joining our Fourth Grade team this school year as our fourth teacher.  Please welcome her to our school community!

    6. Lunch: Please note that, beginning again this school year, families need to pay for lunch.  If you have questions, concerns, or a need in this area, please check out the district's Food Services page.

    7. We will begin the school year down one Lunch Paraprofessional.  If you or someone you know would like to work two hours during the day (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM), please let me know and I can talk through the position and requirements with you.  It really is a great job!

    8. Student Expected Behaviors Matrix: Please take the time to read and review the attached matrix with your student(s) this weekend.  All of our classroom teachers build their classroom expectations and rules around this documenet and it's very helpful when home and school are reinforcing the same things with students.


    August 11, 2022 - "Radio Park Back to School Information"

    Good Afternoon,

    I hope this email finds you and your family enjoying these last few weeks of summer vacation!  My girls (wife - Mackenzie, daughter - Lanie) and I have had a great summer and we are also looking forward to getting back into school year routines and enjoying all of the fun that fall in Happy Valley has to offer!

    It's hard to believe but, in less than two weeks, we'll have students back in school.  We have lots of new faces at RP this year on our team and I am excited for us all to welcome them just as we will welcome back all returning students and new students to our pride of Mini Lions.

    Below are some important notes for Back to School 2022.  As always, if you have any questions, please call the school (814-231-4115) or email me.  We're all in this together!

    Sincerely,

    Alex Raup, Principal


    Main Office Notes

    1. Our first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd.  First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders will have a normal day that day (7:55 AM to 3:10 PM).  Kindergartners will report at different times depending on their teacher (Garlcki - 9:00-9:45 AM, Isola - 10:00-10:45 AM, and Zahuranec - 11:00-111:45 AM) and should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

    2. School supplies are provided for every student by our amazing PTO.  If a classroom teacher has a specific need or request, they will communicate that out to their families.

    3. Arrival: Our doors will open for family drop-off at 7:50 AM and buses will begin to unload at 7:55 AM.  Families should use only the "Visitor & Parent Drop Off" portion of our parking lot up until 8 AM.  Between 8:00-8:09 AM, parents can also use the bus lane (main parking lot) so we don't get too backed up.

    If you are dropping off and getting out of your car to walk your student(s) up to the building, you must park your car in a spot, not in the carpool lane.  In addition, please use the crosswalks to walk to and from the building.  If you are just dropping off, please remember to pull up in the carpool lane as far as you can.

    4. Dismissal:  Students should be picked up where they were dropped off with those doing the picking up parking in a spot in the "Visitor & Parent Drop Off" section and coming up to the building to get their student OR pulling the whole way up to the flagpole to ensure we don't get too backed up on West Cherry Lane.  Cars with a student's first and last name on a paper and held up in the window also help to make things run quickly and smoothly.

    If you are picking up and getting out of your car to walk up to the building to retrieve your student(s), you must park your car in a spot, not in the carpool lane.  In addition, please use the crosswalks to walk to and from the building.

    We'll dismiss at the following times:

    K/1 - 2:55 PM

    2/3 - 3:00 PM

    4/5 - 3:05 PM

    Buses will leave the parking lot beginning at 3:10 PM.

    5. Class assigments will go live this coming Monday, August 15th.  You may be able to see an assignment now but nothing listed is official until next week.  Since assigning classes takes into consideration many variables to create balanced classes, I respectfully request that you refrain from making requests to change teachers at this close date to the start of the school year. Your teachers and counselor put a LOT of time into grouping students in the spring and I know that every teacher at RP will provide excellent experiences for your child.

    6. Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 25th and will be in person this year.  The evening will be an open house format with families with the last name A-L attending from 6:00-6:45 PM and families with the last name M-Z attending from 7:00-7:45 PM. I'll share a welcome video via email prior to the evening with more information about how the night will look.

    7. Lunch: All students will eat in the cafeteria this year with students in K-2 assigned to tables based on their teacher and students in 3-5 assigned to a section of the cafeteria to mingle with other students in their grade.

    As was the case last school year, we are not a peanut-free school but label ourselves, as directed by our nurse and Director of Food Services, as allergy aware.  That being said, we will have one nut free table in the cafeteria where students who have an allergy can choose to sit with students who buy lunch.

    Please note that parents/guardians will not be permitted to come in and eat with their student but can always check out their student during lunch to eat outside or to go off campus for a quick bite to eat.

    Also, please note that, beginning again this school year, families need to pay for lunch.  If you have questions, concerns, or a need in this area, please check out the district's Food Services page.

    8. We will begin the school year down one Lunch Paraprofessional.  If you or someone you know would like to work two hours during the day (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM), please let me know and I can talk through the position and requirements with you.  It really is a great job!

    9. Volunteering: As in the past, clearances will be required if volunteering in our school.  This information can be found on our district website or via this link.

    10. Social Emotional Learning: All classroom teachers will continue to use Second Step and the Zones of Regulation in their SEL work with students this school year.  Research suggests that even just 5-10 minutes a day of SEL work or one-on-one time with a student can have a huge impact on a student's development in this area.

    11. Safety: We'll be spending a lot of time as a faculty and staff talking about safety in our first few days back together next week.  For your reference, here are some key things we'll be stressing:

    - See something, say something

    - Be aware (esp. in parking lots, neighboring roads, and on playgrounds)

    - Wear badges at all times

    - Do not hold or prop doors

    - Ensure you have a walkie talkie or cell phone when outside or off campus with students

    I attended SCASD as a student and have been employed in the district my entire career (beginning my 14th year) and have always felt safe and secure.  I attribute that to the amazing adults that our district employs.  You have my word that I will do all that I can and speak with whoever I need to to create the same safe environment as was created for me from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

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