February news & updates
Volume 11 • Issue 2
Dear Community . . .
What a way to kick off February! I hope everyone was safe during the snow storm and our students and much of our staff were able to enjoy a well-deserved day of rest, play and recuperation. As always, we are extremely grateful to our facilities team for working around the clock to ensure that our grounds were clear for a safe return to our buildings as soon as possible. We also graciously acknowledge our teachers and staff for their continued flexibility in developing an online learning program that enables our students to access their education from home. I thank our families, students, staff and community for remaining #NorthPennStrong on behalf of the education for our young learners, no matter what new obstacle we face along the way.

And speaking of strength, we look forward to honoring such resilience and motivation in our local community members and beyond over the next few weeks as we celebrate Black History Month here at North Penn. Although many of our coveted live productions and events are unable to take place this year due to COVID-19, our cultural proficiency and equity team has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that Black History Month is celebrated throughout the North Penn School District (NPSD).

Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History,” felt it was important to recognize African Americans and ensure they had a presence in history. Since the first celebration in February 1926, the important contributions of African Americans have been remembered. Under the direction of Dr. D’Ana Waters, NPSD Director of Curriculum and Equity, we have an exciting new video series planned to be released this month to do just that.

Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the contributions of African-American members of the North Penn area who have been pioneers in the community. Our students will learn about these individuals in school and we will be sharing their stories with the community as well. Biographies of these individuals will be recounted by our own North Penn students and broadcast by North Penn Television (NPTV) for the entire district and community to see. We look forward to honoring those who have accomplished great things and have acted as role models right here in our backyard.

Classroom discussions, interactive presentations, service projects and more are taking place at every level of education in grades K through 12 at every school throughout North Penn. We also look forward to a virtual performance of the renowned Colors of Pride program put on by students in the African-American Awareness Club at North Penn High School (NPHS). More information including history, upcoming events, family resources and more about Black History Month can be found on our website here.

Here at North Penn, we strive to acknowledge, respect, understand and celebrate the dynamics of racial and cultural differences. I am excited and proud to partner with our students, staff and families to expand this goal throughout the month of February and beyond. Together, we are #NorthPennStrong and together, we can learn to appreciate and respect each other and where we all come from.



Sincerely,
Curtis R. Dietrich, Ed.D.
Superintendent, NPSD

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Important Information and Reminders Regarding COVID-19
We are excited to announce that we are working with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, supported by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), to provide rapid testing to staff. NPSD is proud to be selected for this pilot testing program. Details about this great opportunity can be found below.

To review additional important information, reminders and resources from North Penn regarding COVID-19 and our continued support for safety and compliance, please visit our website at the link above.
Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 School Year Beginning February 15
Spring Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begins on February 15, 2021. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 to enter Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 year. Our school policy does not allow exceptions to this cut off date.

All registration for new kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year will be done online only. If your child will be entering NPSD for the 2020-2021 or the 2021-2022 school year, please complete an online registration application using the information on the registration website. There are no in-person registration appointments until further notice. All registration is online only.
School Nutrition Services Serves 1 Millionth Free Meal to Students During Pandemic
On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, North Penn reached a milestone in its effort to keep all students nourished during the COVID-19 pandemic. The total number of free meals distributed by the SNS Department since last March officially climbed over 1,000,000.
NPSD Earns Meritorious Budget Award for Sixth Year in a Row
For the sixth year in a row, the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded the North Penn School District (NPSD) its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation during the 2020–2021 budget year.
NPSD Begins Assurance Testing of Staff Testing for COVID-19
NPSD is excited to announce that it is now offering rapid testing to all staff in its effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep staff and students healthy. This assurance testing is possible due to a partnership with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, supported by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

“I am extremely proud that North Penn is a partner in this assurance testing program,” said Dr. Curtis R. Dietrich, NPSD Superintendent. “Most importantly though, I am thrilled that North Penn can take this preventative measure in helping to keep everyone safe and healthy and our schools open.”
NPSD Educational Foundation Receives Generous Donation from Local Community Organization
Time and time again, the Foundation is humbled by the graciousness of our community on behalf of our students. Local community group Philadelphia Marathi Mandal recently presented the Foundation with a generous donation in support of the #NorthPennStrong campaign to provide internet access for students in need during virtual learning. Thank you to representative Aprana Date and the entire organization for this generous contribution on behalf of our students.