Community Bulletin Board
The Community Bulletin Board is a place to promote community events, programs & activities that may be of interest to the UPSD community. To submit a flier for consideration, please follow the steps on our Flier Distribution Requests page. Any questions may be directed to Nikki Gum, Communication Specialist, 215-541-2475, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information posted here should not be interpreted as being sponsored by or endorsed by the district, but rather may be of interest to members of our community.
2020-21 School Year Postings
Community Resource: Seasonal Allergies vs. COVID-19
Please check out the following information from Montgomery County to help individuals determine if their symptoms are seasonal allergies or COVID-19. If your student has identified seasonal allergies, please consider that when completing the daily wellness screener. When in doubt about what is causing symptoms, please get tested for COVID-19. Additional details are available on this flier. Questions may be directed to Andrea J. Farina Ed.D, Assistant Superintendent via email email@example.com or by phone 215-679-7961 ext. 2466.
Community Resources: LVHN Offering Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccinations; Mass Vaccination Event at Dorney Park May 12
On Wednesday, May 5, LVHN began accepting walk-ins without an appointment for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for everyone 16 and older at all COVID-19 vaccine locations (anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). Those who already received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine will receive the second Moderna dose at these sites. COVID-19 vaccinations provided by LVHN are free. Pfizer vaccine has emergency use authorization (EUA) for people ages 16 and older, while Moderna has EUA for people ages 18 and older.
People looking to get vaccinated can visit one of these five convenient locations with or without an appointment:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Northampton Crossings
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Pocono
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Hazleton
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Schuylkill
- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–MacArthur Road
In addition to these vaccination clinics, LVHN will hold a mass vaccination drive-through event on Wednesday, May 12, at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown from 8am-4pm. On this date, LVHN expects to administer 5,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine for free to everyone 18 and older. Schedule your vaccine appointment through LVHN here.
Community Flier: Free QPR Suicide Prevention Training at the YMCA
Project Live UP is hosting QPR Gatekeeper Training sponsored by Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force on Monday, May 17 at 7pm. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, three simple steps that anyone can learn to save a life from suicide. This is a free in-person event held at the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA. It will be a socially distanced meeting in Gym B at the Y. Attendees will be required to wear a mask and asked to enter the side entrance directly into the gym. Check out this flier for more information, including how to register. To ask any questions please contact Ty Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Community Resource: May 2021 Student Assistance Program Newsletter
Please check out Creative Health Services’ May 2021 Student Assistance Program Newsletter for great information on area mental health services and tips for emotional well being.
Community Resource: St. Luke’s Healthy Kids Bright Futures
The St. Luke’s Healthy Kids Bright Futures Team is very excited to work with students virtually. They know that these are extremely challenging times for students, parents and school faculty and staff. In an effort to help enhance distance learning during these trying times, the Community Health and Preventive Medicine staff at St. Luke’s University Health Network have gathered resources together for you to share with your students and families! You will receive a packet of resources monthly. Find out more in the HKBF May packet.
UPEA Virtual Meet the Candidate Night on 5/11
UPEA will host a virtual conversation with the 2021 UPSD School Board candidates on May 11 at 7 p.m. Find out more on this flier.
Community Resources: Community Health & Dental Care Vaccine Clinic
Community Health & Dental Care (with locations in Barto & Pottstown) is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for anyone 18 years or older and will also be offering a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Pottstown on Sunday, May 2 from 9am-5pm. To register, please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment. Include full name and best phone number to reach you. If you are unable to email, please call 484-941-9991 and leave a message requesting an appointment.
Community Flier: Scouting Recruitment Event on 5/8
Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America will host a scouting recruitment event on Saturday, May 8 from 2-4:30pm near the Pirate Ship at Green Lane Park. There will be various activities for students in grades K-12. Families are invited to attend to learn more about scouting. Details on this flier.
Community Flier: Grand Opening of LV Martial Arts in East Greenville on 5/15
Lehigh Valley Martial Arts will host a Grand Opening event for its new East Greenville location on Saturday, May 15 from 11am-3pm. The event will include food trucks, carnival games, live music and more. Details on this flier.
Upcoming Parent Training on Autism and Resources from Previous IEP Session
On May 6, the district will offer two parent training sessions on the “Role of Autism Initiative.” You can register in advance from the noon-1pm session or the 5:30-6:30pm session. Find out more on this flier.
Additionally, the April session’s Understanding the IEP Process presentation is now available for review. You can stay up to date on parent training opportunities on the Parent Sessions page of the Special Education section of our website.
Community Resources: Student Support, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
We are all still experiencing unprecedented, challenging times. Given the conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and separation from loved ones, personal tragedies and struggles (which are always hugely impactful to one’s life) may be even more magnified. If a student is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic or a personal issue, please remember that the district has a number of resources in place to help, including the Student Assistance Program and Student Assistance Counselors. You can also review our compilation of Strategies for Supporting Students and Families.
Additionally, the state-wide Safe2Say Something (S2SS) anonymous reporting system is always available to our community. This program encourages individuals to say something to a trusted adult OR use the S2SS anonymous reporting system if they have a concern about a student’s well being or behavior. Specifically, the program educates participants to:
- Take every warning sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult OR
- Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website
- Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams
Our students, staff, families and community members are often aware of the problems our students face, especially during these challenging times. S2SS helps empower them to know the danger signs and gives them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. The S2SS website is also available via a link in several locations on the district website, including on one of the slider images at the top of the district homepage, and in the Parents menu.
Finally, the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force website also contains a lot of helpful information and resources.
Community Resources: COVID Vaccines for Ages 16+
Pennsylvania has recently opened up COVID-19 vaccination availability to all individuals 16+ who wish to receive the vaccine. Please see below for more information from St. Luke’s, LVHN and Montgomery County.
St. Luke’s is committed to helping schools and parents get our children safely back-to-school by offering easy access to hospital COVID-19 vaccine locations. Students who are age 16 years and older are able to receive the Pfizer vaccine (other brands are currently only approved for individuals 18+).
St. Luke’s is pleased to offer multiple ways for students and parents to schedule an appointment. Individuals who are 16 and older can:
- Log into or create a St. Luke’s MyChart account and self-schedule their vaccine appointment.
- Schedule through their primary care provider and/or pediatrician’s office.
- Call 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7
A couple of important points:
- All students ages 16-17 will be scheduled at a Pfizer dedicated location. A parent or guardian should accompany the student to their vaccination.
- St. Luke’s Pfizer locations include: Bethlehem, Anderson, Monroe, Upper Bucks, Geisinger St. Luke’s campuses
- Students will need to bring a photo ID (school or driver’s license) with them to their appointment.
- Other immunizations (ex. Flu, Meningitis, HPV, etc) should not be scheduled for a period of two weeks before the first or after the second COVID-19 vaccination. Consult with your pediatrician or primary care provider if you have questions.
- Tip: Save St. Luke’s to your contacts to know if you are receiving a call about the vaccine: 1-866-785-8537
In the coming weeks, St. Luke’s anticipates FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Pfizer for 12-15-year-olds. Phase Three clinical trials found the vaccine to be 100% safe and effective in the 2,260 children who were enrolled in the study. St. Luke’s will share more details once EUA is determined.
St. Luke’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information - If you have any questions about the vaccine as it relates to your medical condition or situation, please speak with your health care provider before scheduling a vaccine appointment.
American Academy of Pediatrics Resources from St. Luke’s:
- When can children receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination in Adolescents and Children
Lehigh Valley Health Network:
Everyone age 16 and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are required. Read the considerations and follow the prompts on LVHN’s website to schedule an appointment for your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Additional Vaccine Information from Montgomery County:
Please see below for a number of resources on COVID-19 vaccines shared by Montgomery County:
- All About COVID-19 Vaccines
- COVID-19 Tools
- Get the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines
- I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine Because...
Community Flier: Science Explorers Camps
This summer, Science Explorers (which has had a presence in UP elementary schools for years) is hosting small-group in-person camps at some locations in our area. One camp will be held at Green Lane Park the weeks of July 19 and August 2, and one at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles the weeks of July 6 and July 19.
Community Flier: Albright Basketball Day Camp
Albright College will host basketball day camps for students in grades K-9 during the following time periods: June 21-24, July 19-22 and August 2-5. Find out more on this flier.
Community Flier: PBS Family Engineering Night
PBS is offering a Family Engineering Night similar to the Coding night they offered earlier this year. Our local PA PBS stations will broadcast the program on May 13 at 7pm. Fing out more on this flier.
Community Flier: Registration for UP Indians Fall Football & Cheer
Registration is now open for UP Indians Football and Cheer for the fall season. Find out more on this flier.
Community Flier: TechGirlz Upcoming Workshops
TechGirlz runs free workshops for middle school girls (grades 5-8) on creating websites, games, apps, movies and robots. Check out TechGirlz’ upcoming workshops on this flier.