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Week of February 8 - 12

Upcoming Events

  • February 12 - Early Dismissal at 10:45; Teacher In-Service
  • February 15 - No School; Presidents' Day
  • February 24 - Last day of Pennies for Patients drive
  • March 10, 3:00-8:00 - Lenape Blood Drive

School Counseling Week

This week was National School Counseling Week, and here at Lenape, we are extremely fortunate to have three fantastic school counselors: Mrs. Schmon, Mrs. Nolan, and Mrs. Blankenburg. These three ladies work tirelessly for our students, families, and staff. Thank you for all that you do for Lenape!


If you'd like to drop them a note of appreciation, they can be reached at jchmon@cbsd.org, cnolan@cbsd.org, and mblankenburg@cbsd.org.

2nd Semester Classes

This is a reminder that the 2nd semester began on Monday, February 1st. This means that students have finished their 1st semester elective courses and the new ones have begun. Student schedules can be accessed through Parent Portal. Please reach out to your student's counselor with any questions!

LLS Hero Squad Program

Every hero needs a squad! Families, we are excited to announce that our school officially kicked off our Hero Squad program this week! Your student will receive information sent virtually that explains the program and the exciting Hero Gear that can be earned!


Join our Squad by working together with your student by visiting HeroSquad.org, find our school, and select “Join Your Classroom Team” (RESOURCE TEACHER) and start getting support from friends and family from all over. By raising money, students will earn fun Hero Gear at various fundraising level, such as a super cool Mystery Mini, Hero Squad Tee and a plush friend with special powers, Champ. Parents and guardians, you can even link your child’s fundraising page to Facebook - this is the easiest way parents and guardians can support your student’s fundraising efforts!


To learn more about what joining the Hero Squad means, check out this virtual assembly.

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Teacher Snack Bar Food Collection

The Parent Council Liaisons are collecting snacks for a sweet and salty snack bar for the teachers in February. If you would like to contribute an item, please sign up here.

School Photos

School photos are available to be picked up in the main office vestibule. Photos can be picked up from Monday through Friday between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

Breakfast & Lunch Reminder

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Counselors' Corner

Program Planning Update

This is a busy time for counselors and students as we plan for next year. It is important that students and families pay attention to the timelines and procedures. All student resources are on the Lenape Schoolwide Canvas Course.


Critical this upcoming week:

Grade 7 – your ELA teacher will enter student’s world language choice or their reading or study skills course (instead of world language) as recommended for some students

Grade 8 – students will enter their electives in the portal with guidance counselors on Monday or Tuesday during a resource Live Event; be ready with your selections and your Elective Selection Worksheet

Grade 9 – this is the last week for students to enter their West choices before counselors review them with students or follow-up when needed


Please reach out to your student’s counselor with any questions. Refer to the Program Planning page on the Lenape Guidance website for timelines and other helpful resources.


Your student’s Lenape counselor is available to support this process. It is important that students visit the Canvas page as their main point of reference.

MBIT Virtual Tours

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) offers virtual tour experiences in all of our twenty-two programs. Students that reside in and attend school in our four participating school districts, Central Bucks, Centennial, Council Rock, and New Hope-Solebury, are welcome to attend MBIT. If your student has completed 8th grade and resides in one of our participating districts, you are welcome to request a virtual tour of a MBIT program they are considering attending.


Our School Counselor or MBIT staff will take you on a virtual tour of the labs and classrooms of interest. During this experience, the students will observe a typical day in the classroom, LIVE!


If interested in virtual tour of a program at MBIT, please complete the online request form. We will contact you to schedule the live virtual tour experience.

Career & Community Spotlight Events

How important is it with social media and are our teens these days to consider their DIGITAL FOOTPRINT? Our next speaker will cover his career journey and also talk about how our students' online behavior may affect their career and college choices in the future!


Matt Metzger comes to us from Penn State Abington’s Admission Office. Matt Metzger is the Director of First-Year Admission at Penn State Abington. In addition to his role as the Director of First-Year Admission, he is currently completing his master's in clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rider University. Prior to joining Penn State last November, he spent 8 years in the Office of Admission at Rider as an admissions counselor and the Associate Director of Admission. He graduated from Rider in 2010 with a degree in Radio & Television communications and worked as the play-by-play announcer and media relations coordinator for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, before transitioning to a career in higher education.


Join Keren Buchanan, our 7th grade moderator, and Matt Metzger on Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:00 for this Live Event. Students who attend for the duration of the Live Teams Event will earn an entry in an end of year drawing for 3 Lenape Spirit Baskets.

News from the Nurse

PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE STUDENT EMERGENCY FORMS THROUGH PARENT PORTAL IF YOU WISH YOUR CHILD TO RECEIVE ACETAMINOPHEN OR IBUPROFEN AT SCHOOL. You may also update your contact information, health conditions or emergency contact. Feel free to call us with any questions regarding this requirement.

7th Grade Dental Screenings

Pennsylvania mandated dental screenings for 7th grade students were due by October 15, 2020. We are still missing screenings from some students. Please email our Certified School Nurse Maureen Burke at maburke@cbsd.org with the date of your child's last exam and name of the dentist, in lieu of the form if you prefer. If your child has not had a dental exam since 9/1/2019, and you would like them to have an exam by the school's dentist later this school year, please send an email to maburke@cbsd.org and we will place them on our list.
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FYI - Covid 19 Vaccine Information

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Sports & Extracurricular Information

Updated Sports Masking Letter

Updated Spectator Information

Lenape Sports This Week

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Lenape Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular clubs and activities provide students with opportunities to explore interests, make connections with in-class learning, have fun, and make friends. Extracurricular activity meetings are announced in the daily Lenape Morning Announcements e-mails and the activity catalog can be viewed here. At this time, most extracurricular clubs and meetings are being held virtually.

Reminders

Recursos Para Padres Hispanohablantes

Abajo se encuentran recursos en Español para padres y guardianos de los estudiantes de Central Bucks.


Recursos Para Padres Hispanohablantes

Attendance Notifications

The district has turned on attendance notifications. If you've opted in via Parent Portal, you will be notified any time your child is not in class. Please assist us in keeping accurate attendance records by notifying the attendance line if your child will be virtually present or will be missing school for any reason by emailing lenapeattendance@cbsd.org.


Easily monitor your child's attendance by downloading the Campus Parent app.

Attendance - Reminder


  • Hybrid Students - In Person Days: If a student should be physically present in the building and staying home, we do need this communication to come from the parents or guardians. Please email our attendance office at lenapeattendance@cbsd.org. It is important for us to be able to account for all students for safety reasons. If a student is not in school (but even attending online) the initial absence code will be “absent” until we have a communication from parents. The attendance code will be changed to VP (Virtual Present) once we have the communication from the parent/guardian. We do ask for the communication in advance of the absence so teachers are aware. It also ensures that parents and guardians are aware that the student is at home and has permission.
  • Online Students - Students all Virtual or Hybrid Students on Virtual Days: If a student does not attend class, the student will be marked absent unexcused until we receive communication from parents. If a student logs on but stops engaging in the class, their attendance code will be changed to VC (Virtual Cut).

For Your Information

Request for Family Travel

Families are required to submit a request for family travel form whenever there will be a planned absence from school. The updated travel form can be found here.


PLEASE NOTE: Per the guidelines listed in the district’s health and safety plan, students returning from states/countries listed on the commonwealth’s "COVID-19 Information for Travelers" web page may not attend school in-person or participate in school-sponsored activities in person for 10 days from the date on which they return from travel. (Students will participate in classes online during this time period). Upon day 5 of quarantine, a student may obtain a COVID-19 test and, if it is negative, they are permitted to return after 7 days of quarantine (return to school on day 8). School administrators reserve the right to enforce this procedure in the event that students return in-person in violation of this directive.

Safe2Say

Safe2Say is a valuable resource that has been set up by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide a method for anyone to report a concern about a student or group of students 24/7. Please note some important reminders about the use of Safe2Say:


  • If you put in a tip, please check back often for communications. The tip line is monitored 24/7 at the state level. The tip is sent to the school and/or police if it is deemed "Life Safety" immediately. It is sent in the morning if it is determined to be "Non-Life Safety."
  • It is important to include as much information as possible. If you have evidence of your concerns, please share that evidence via the tip or with us. You can attach pictures and videos in the Safe2Say system.


Please remember that Safe2Say is statewide system that is used in collaboration with the State Attorney's Office, emergency responders, and school officials. It is important to know that tips are reviewed on the state level before being passed to the local police and/or school authorities. Please consider the purpose of your tip - Is it to provide another person with a way to receive help? Is it preventing an act of violence? Is it something that needs to involve local and state authorities? While the system is anonymous, abuse of the system will not be tolerated and actions will be taken if it is determined that the system is being used inappropriately.

Guidance Sparks - Inspirational Videos

One of the first steps to selecting a career is to become aware of the many options available. In Central Bucks schools, our students begin that process through the Career Readiness related curriculum in elementary buildings (QUEST, Economics Project in Social Studies) and secondary buildings (Success Plan, Information Technology classes).

Here are two videos which might inspire that search for just the right career. Watch them with your children and listen to what they say about what they see in their future.


For younger students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9TLZBZ3eo8&feature=youtu.be


For older students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP89iBasyCE


For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

Library Information

The infographic below explains the process for using our Curbside Book Pickup system. (Click here to view the interactive version with audio and video instructions.)
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Technology Information and Resources

Health and Safety Resources

A friendly reminder: If your child is sick and is exhibiting any Covid-like symptoms, please reference the chart below to determine if it is safe for them to come to school. If you need guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the nurse's office for assistance.

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Masking Updates

Per the most recent update to the masking order, shields will no longer be an acceptable face covering option for staff or students as per updated regulations from the state and district. For more details, click here: https://www.cbsd.org/2020-21

Community Information

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