Lenape Smoke Signals
Week of February 8 - 12
School Counseling Week
2nd Semester Classes
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.
Teacher Snack Bar Food Collection
Breakfast & Lunch Reminder
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
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
FYI - Covid 19 Vaccine Information
Sports & Extracurricular Information
Updated Sports Masking Letter
Updated Spectator Information
Lenape Sports This Week
Lenape Extracurricular Activities
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 email@example.com. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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