Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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  • SAT

    Fall Registration Is Open

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    Dear Colleague,We're working to ensure that students will have opportunities to take the SAT® to make up for this spring's lost administrations. Today we're sharing with you that registration is now open for the fall SAT test administrations.All students can register for the November or December SAT administration at this time.To accommodate students who were impacted by recent cancellations, we're offering a weeklong priority registration for August, September, and October administrations to the following groups:
    Students who registered for June SAT or SAT Subject Tests™ and didn't cancel their registrations
    Students in the class of 2021 without a test score
    Students in the class of 2020 without a test score
    Registration for August, September, and October administrations will open for all students on June 3 at 8 p.m., ET.For students who were registered for the June SAT or SAT Subject Test administrations only: Students can simply transfer their registration to any of the upcoming SAT dates. They won't be charged a change fee if they transfer their registration before July 31. When they log in to My SAT, they should select the option to change their registration. Then, they should follow the rest of the required steps until they get to the order confirmation.For students who are eligible for a fee waiver: As always, eligible students will be able to take the SAT with a fee waiver. To learn more about weekend fee waivers, visit our SAT fee waiver page.Adding Capacity Throughout the Summer
    Together with our members and local communities we're working hard throughout the summer to add more test centers and available seats, so please encourage your students who haven't yet had an opportunity to test to keep checking back. We'll also provide updates periodically via email and social media when we add new test center capacity. We may have limited capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions, so if students can’t find a nearby test center with availability, they should be sure to check other dates.If your school is interested in becoming a test center, please visit our webpage.
     Supporting Students Through the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note that as the covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we will monitor the situation and will let you know if circumstances change closer to the test dates. We will regularly update our webpage with more information.Thank you for your partnership. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.Sincerely,College Board.

 

Greetings from PHEAA’s Pennsylvania School Services

  • Financial Aid Webinar – PA School Services staff conducted a statewide financial aid webinar on April 30. The webinar included an overview of how to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), which is required to determine eligibility for most student aid programs, such as the PA State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional offers, and federal student and parent loans. If you or your students and families missed this event, you can access the recording online.
  • Financial Aide Seminar

 

  • The Prevention Network and Class Academy are striving to provide the latest information and resources to our students and the community regarding the COVID-19 procedures.We understand that the ever changing and evolving situation is a challenge for everyone. Together we will overcome this challenge one day at a time.

  • Click the link below to find out more information about what The Prevention Network and CLASS Academy are providing during this time, and any inquires on concerns you may have at this time. 

COVID 19 RESOURCE BOOKLET

 

  • Hope Note Week 5 1 Page 1

Hope Note Week 5 1 Page 2

  • Warm Line Flyer 4
  • Brought to you by the Ambridge Connection 

 

Ambridge Connection , Last update 4/8/20, 10:30 pm 

Youth Grab and Go Meals: 
1.  Ambridge Area School District has designated lunch only meal services in three locations throughout the district. This service will run from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will be operating daily until further notice in the following locations:

  • Ambridge High School:   11:00  am – 11:30 am in the High School parking lot.
  • State Street Elementary:  11:15 am – 11:45 am at the Main Entrance.
  • Economy Elementary:  11:30 am – 12:00 noon at the Kindergarten Entrance.
  • 2 meals to be distributed on Thursday, April 9 - One meal is for Good Friday.
  • There will be no meal service on Easter Monday, April 13th.

2. Good Samaritan Church: 
Daily Meal Distribution – the Beaver County YMCA is supplying us with 75 dinners each day. They are grab and go dinners for all youth 18 and under. We will be passing them out from 11 – 1. The reason that we chose this time is because that is when the Schools give out Breakfast and Lunch. This way the kids/or parents are only leaving the house once a day and getting all 3 meals. Starting Monday we will be offering this 7 days a week.


Food For Families: 
1.  Good Samaritan Church / St. Vincent De Paul 724-266-6565 call for appointment Emergency food pantry - we will offer families 3 days worth of food as needed. It will be by appointment at this time. This may change as the need changes. Open to anyone in need. n addition, anyone that receives food will be called once a week for a well care check. 

2. ( VOLUNTEERS NEEDED) Help needed at Good Samaritan Church: Drivers/Shoppers – Although we haven’t had any requests for this yet, I am expecting those requests to start rolling in next week. All parishioners are getting a postcard in the mail letting them know we are offering this service.

3. Monday 5:30-6:30pmThe Ladle at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at 1320 Church St. (Old Economy), Ambridge 
4. Ambridge Alliance Church , 901 Merchant St.   For those that are in need of assistance:Give us a call at 724.266.2329  Let us know what your need/s are, and if we don’t have what you are in need of, we’ll try our best to get it for you.  Also, if you are not able to leave your home (self-quarantined for health reasons; I.e., sick or elderly) and need someone to pick up groceries or meds, we will be happy to pick them up for you. You may also call If you are in need of prayer or spiritual guidance in these trying times.
5. ( VOLUNTEERS NEEDED)     Ambridge Alliance Church , 901 Merchant St , You can drop your non perishable off on either Tuesday & Friday  10:00 AM til 1:00 PM  724.266.2329

6. ​Center for Hope: 
Grab and Go dinners every Thursdays at 5 pm in parking lot 

 Starting Monday, March 30, they will be open Monday-Thur Noon til 3 pm  food distribution for those in need.

​7.   Attention State Street Families: 
Beginning Monday, April 6th, Dinner and a Snack will be provided for families to pick up at St. John's in Baden from 11:00-12:00 Monday-Friday.  
Any families picking up Lunch at State Street can go directly to the church for their Dinner and Snack. A reminder that State Street Lunch pickup is Monday-Friday 11:15-11:45.
Any family needing any additional items, please tell Cindy at pickup at the church.
The State Street Staff is thinking of all of you during this difficult time and hope that you are all safe and healthy.
 State Street would like to thank Good Samaritan, St, John's in Baden, and Our Lady of Peace for providing staples to our families.
Sincerely,   Mrs. Hoover  Ms. Roppa

8.  New Hope Community Church: 
Grab and go - curbside perishable food pick up  - no information needed. 

9. First Baptist church : 
a hot lunch giveaway again  Friday from 12-3 again in our church parking lot at First Baptist

10.  Need a Mask  (home made)? 
Lisa Gonzalez - Sew It All  contact via facebook 
​Wendy Ewell   Contact via Facebook

Housing and Utilities  

1. Evictions Halted: The PA Supreme Court has halted all non-essential functions until April 4th thereby halting evictions until that time.  

2. Duquesne Light offers a variety of programs to customers who are on a limited or fixed income and are in need of assistance with their utility bill, including CAP (Customer Assistance Program), Smart Comfort, and CARES (Customer Assistance and Referral Evaluation Service). Please contact your utility directly to receive more information about the programs for which you may be eligible.1-888-393-7600    www.duquesnelight.com
Duquesne Light Expands Payment Assistance to Support Customers in Need

Mental Health


1.  all Crisis Intervention Services at 724.371.8060 

2. I'm anxious about COVID-19. Where can I get help?
​Reach out to the Crisis Text Line. Text PA to 741-741 to get help 24/7

3.24 hr Help Line for addiction and mental health: 1.800.662.4357

4.  AA/NA meetings are held on-line.
https://www.aaonlinemeeting.net/

 

A MESSAGE FROM WPPC/POSITIVE STEPS

To all of our Positive Steps families,

We hope that all of you are well and adjusting ok to the “new normal”. This such a difficult time to keep both physically and mentally healthy. Please know that we are available to help. Although the Positive Steps therapists can no longer have face to face sessions with our clients and their families, we are able to do sessions via the phone or Telehealth (video chat) for any of our clients who would like to do this. The regulations around this have been relaxed during this crisis which means we can provided services for any of our clients in this way. Although we have a few therapist who are very limited in the hours they can work due to their own childcare, etc., most of our therapists are working from home and available to have sessions at the convenience of the family. If you do not choose to have sessions during this time, that is fine. Please know that we will be making weekly phone calls to do check-ins if you are not having sessions. This is best practice and has been encouraged by all of the insurance companies who recognize that the stress levels will continue to increase as the regulations around staying home drag on.

For anyone who has any questions, comments or is seeking services, please call the Positive Steps office 724-266-2833 extension 7254. We will be picking up messages remotely on a daily basis. Thanks all and hang in there!

Sue Ann Fultz, MA

Positive Steps Ambridge District Supervisor


Financial Help: 
1.  Financial Assistance for people facing challenges due to the Coronavirus
-Hebrew Free Loan Association: Call 412.422.8868 or visit:
http://hflapgh.org/coronavirusloan/

2. Unemployment & Worker’s Compensation: Unemployment may be able to waive the waiting period during this pandemic.   Call: 1.888.313.7284

3. Small Business Administration:  They are making loans available to small business owners. For assistance contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 412.396.1633

4. Pittsburgh's LGBTQIA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

5. PGH Artists Emergency Fund 

6. Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources



United Way 211 Program 
 Dial 211 
211 for information and support—whether financial, domestic, health or disaster-related. 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You’ll find information about: 

  • supplemental food and nutrition programs
  • shelter and housing options and utilities assistance
  • emergency information and disaster relief
  • employment and education opportunities
  • services for veterans
  • health care, vaccination and health epidemic information
  • addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
  • reentry help for ex-offenders
  • support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
  • a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse


Other

  • Mental Health & Well-Being Apps
  • Mindshift
  • Teaches relaxation skills, develops new thinking, and suggests healthy activities. New features for sleep and “riding out intense emotions.” For IOS and Android
  • What’s Up-A Mental Health App
  • Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy techniques. Includes a grounding game containing over 100 fun questions to help you stay present when stress is taking over. For Android and IOS
  • MoodMission
  • Learn new and better ways of coping with stress, low mood, and anxiety. Tell it how you are feeling and it will give you a tailored list of 5 missions that can help you feel better. For Android and IOS
  • Mindfulness Coach
  • Mindfulness Coach was developed for people who may be experiencing emotional distress and those wanting to maintain healthy coping practices. Audio-guided mindfulness practice. For IOS and Android
  • Stop, Breath, and Think (Kids version as well)
  • A mindfulness and meditation tool. Check in to how you are thinking and feeling. Guides you to recommended mediations, yoga, or acupressure videos. For Android and IOS
  • Headspace: Meditation
  • Teaches you how to breath, meditate, and live mindfully. Exercises on managing anxiety, stress, breathing, sleep, happiness, calm, and focus. For Android and IOS
  • Self Help For Anxiety Management (SAM)
  • Offers a range of self-help methods to manage anxiety. For Android and IOS
  • Calm Harm
  • Provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. For Android and IOS
  • Calm
  • Meditation and sleep stories. For Android and IOS
  • Oak
  • Guided meditation app that uses audio and nature sounds to meditate, breath, and assist with sleep. For Android and IOS
  • Uplift
  • For anxiety and depression. Uses CBT to guide users through 12 sessions and offers a toolkit. For IOS and Android.

 

 

Prevention Network Information

270 Ohio River Blvd.

Baden, PA 15005

(724)-869-2222 ext. 227 www.thepreventionnetwork.org

STUDENTS AND PARENTS- CHECK US OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA- We have informative, and entertaining information to keep you going during this difficult time. Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness, Story Time, Tips and Activities to keep families busy, Smile of the Day, Word of The Day…..and more

TikTok: @theprevnet

Prevention Network https://www.tiktok.com/@theprevnet

Instagram: theprevnet https://www.instagram.com/theprevnet/?hl=en

YouTube: The Prevention Network https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1zxbGwMmpYSqABbAkcDxkw

FaceBook: The Prevention Network & CLASS Academy

(@ThePreventionNetwork) https://www.facebook.com/ThePreventionNetwork/

REACH OUT AND CONTACT US IF YOU NEED US

Lisa Polidora

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Ambridge High School

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Ambridge State Street Elementary

Ambridge Middle School

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Ambridge Area Highland Elementary

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April 7, 2020: 

 

Please note the School Guidance Office will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date resources at this time! If you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out via e-mail to the School Counselors at any time.  Please also see the attached document for your use! 

 

Tutoring: Assistance: Getting Academic Assistance with Education:

Khan Academy is in Collaboration with Collegeboard.org

Please have the student sign-up as learner, and remember their username and password.  This will allow for students to practice various subjects and areas.  Parents can also create an account for assistance! 

https://www.khanacademy.org/signup

https://www.collegeboard.org/

 

Responding to Change and Loss

National Alliance for Grieving Children

https://indd.adobe.com/view/924b5436-fca0-4a15-901a-9233134766e4

 

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

 

Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe (The emotional impact of Social Distancing and how to cope)

American Psychological Association

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing  emotional impact of social distancing APA

 

Talking to Children About COVID-19:  A Parent Resource

National Association of School Psychologists

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?fbclid=IwAR1GQl4pxVlvpupqRNEYaZOc0kZXSBRM05kDAB5c4hoUcZWfPcbCthTE3Kw

 

Creative Activities to Do With Kids At Home

 Art With Heart

https://mailchi.mp/artwithheart.org/creative-activities-to-do-with-kids-at-home?fbclid=IwAR2sjjq-zGVGGhdB0zeZHBvefzDkF730pqMJOi8Nys5oJvNxbE_SZUXvUAk

 

 

Hope Note Week 4 Page 2

 

 

April 7, 2020: 

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented and difficult times. The Ambridge Area School District School Counseling office will continue to work together to provide Social/Emotional, College/Career and Academic Remote Learning Opportunities for our students during the school closure as part of the District’s Continuity of Education Plan. These Remote Learning Opportunities will follow the American School Counselors Guidelines (2020) to implement an Ethical and Supportive School Counseling Program in a virtual setting. This program is set to begin on Monday, April 7, 2020 and will continue throughout the District shutdown.

As per the School Counseling team and District Plan, Counselors will be available via e-mail for any questions or concerns you or your student may have from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Monday through Thursday. Please know, your questions and concerns are of our utmost importance, and we will work diligently to answer all your questions in a timely manner. Please allow time to ensure we are addressing all your questions in collaboration with administration and teacher personal if applicable.

In addition to providing supports via e-mail, the School Counselors will also be available for remote and virtual academic meetings via the on-line platform Zoom. If requesting to speak with a School Counselor directly via a conference call, please reach out via-email to your students School Counselor to set up a time and date for a virtual meeting to take place in order to address the needs of you and your student during the above timeframe. Please again allow for several days of planning prior to the virtual Zoom meeting to ensure collaboration of team members can take place if applicable.

In the continuity of care, we will also be sharing all information we receive from the American School Counselors Association (2020) and various educational and social/emotional resources on our School Counseling Guidance website at www.ambridge.k12.pa.us – Guidance. The website will include valuable resources on handling anxiety and stress, academic learning and college and career guides through on-line resources and videos. Individual counselors will also have separate tabs for communication for their specific grade level under this website. Please be sure to check our guidance page for uploaded videos and references, and frequently asked questions during this time of change. There will also be an open forum for Middle and High School Students via Schoology for students and parents to ask academic or college/career planning questions as a whole for which will be addressed in a timely manner.

As always, your safety and health is of our top priority during these times. In the case that you or someone you know is experiencing an immediate crises, please call the UPMC Crises Center at 724-371-8060 or 1-800-400-6180. This service is provided free of charge 24 hours of the day to all Beaver County residents. You may also report any social/emotional or safety concerns via the SafetoSay Application on our district website at any time.  

At this time, please know we are thinking of all of you! As always, please stay safe and take care of each other! We will all pull through this together as a district and community, and know we will support you with our district every step of the way!

With warmest regards,

Ms. Genifer Scaletta – 6th – 8th Middle School Counselor – e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms. Chelsea Benedict – 9th and 10th Grade High School Counselor – e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs. Noel Santini – 11th and 12th Grade High School Counselor – e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.