LPS Update

January 2021

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happy, healthy New Year!

Processing Recent Events at the U.S. Capitol

Please find a statement below in response to the events on Wednesday from the district and the LPS Equity and Diversity Committee. Below are some resources for both families and educators as we all process the recent events at the U.S. Capitol:


LPS Statement:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EOhYj0RpHiHrh59rAtMxfo9LRmFv2gRhd73fSLbdTBU/edit?usp=sharing


NASP - Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Educators with Companion Resource


Facing History And Ourselves


Teaching Tolerance



Thank you to our School Adjustment Counselors for compiling these additional resources

as well.

Preschool / Child Find Screenings

The Lynnfield Public Schools sponsors free Child Find screenings for children ages 3 through 5. Parents who suspect their children may have a disability or may not be developing skills at age-appropriate times may wish to have them screened at the Child Find Screening. Specialists screen children’s overall development, including speech and language, motor skills and learning. Results are shared with parents and are confidential.


Screenings will be held by appointment only on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Lynnfield Preschool located at Summer Street School, 262 Summer Street. For more information, or to

schedule an appointment, please contact Mrs. Roberto at (781) 334-5830 or email robertok@lynnfield.k12.ma.us.

Lynnfield Preschool Information Night

Lynnfield’s Integrated Preschool Program will host an information night on Thursday,

January 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. There is a Zoom link on the Preschool website. An overview of the Integrated Preschool Program will be presented along with an outline of the registration procedures for the 2021-2022 School Year. We will be accepting registrations for students who will be 3 years old by September 1, 2021 as well as spots for our 4 year old classes.


Lynnfield’s Integrated Preschool Program offers a language based, multi-sensory approach to academic and social readiness skills, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy activities are embedded into classrooms and are available for individual and small group therapy as determined by students’ individualized education programs. Lynnfield’s Integrated Preschool Program has a curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks with play as an essential vehicle for learning. Students participate in hands-on learning opportunities to develop social, behavioral, and academic skills necessary for kindergarten readiness.


For additional information, please visit the Lynnfield Preschool website. Forms will be made available on January 14, 2021 on our website. Please call the Summer Street School with any questions at (781) 334-5830.

Upcoming Calendar Dates

January

13 Preschool / Child Find Screenings

14 Lynnfield Preschool Information Night 6:30 PM via Zoom

14 Healthy Lynnfield Diversity SeriesWaking Up White

6:30-8:00 PM www.ahealthylynnfield.org/events

15 Term I Ends for Elmentary Schools

18 No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

19 School Committee Meeting 6:00 PM via Zoom

22 LHS Quarter 2 Ends

26 LHS PSAT Tests for Juniors

27 Stress, Resiliency, Self-Care While Parenting in a Pandemic

Program for Parents 6:30-8:00 PM www.ahealthylynnfield.org

29 SSS Report Cards Available


February

2 School Committee Meeting 6:00 PM via Zoom

3 LHS Coffee House 7:00-8:30 PM Virtual

4 LHS Junior Planning Night 6:30-8:00 PM Virtual

5 LHS Report Cards Available

5 LHS Breakfast w/Guidance SAT/ACT: Testing Options 9:30-10:30 AM Virtual

11 Healthy Lynnfield Diversity Series Implicit Bias, Hollaback!

6:30-8:00 PM www.ahealthylynnfield.org/events

15-19 No School - Winter Break

23 School Committee Meeting 6:00 PM via Zoom

25 Self Regulation Strategies Grades K-12

Program for Parents 6:30-8:00 PM www.ahealthylynnfield.org

Hybrid to Full Remote Students

If a parent requests their child(ren) move from hybrid to full remote, for whatever the reason, the child(ren) will be required to remain in remote for one month. This includes if you move your child(ren) to remote for a vacation, outside of February vacation. The only exception is if your child(ren) are full remote due to a temporary quarantine that was a result of a COVID exposure or a family emergency. Please reach out to your building principals if you have questions about your circumstances.


Also, teachers have at least 48 hours to provide work for your child(ren) if you make the decision to go from hybrid to full remote. This decision is in the best interest of the continuity of learning for all students in the classroom.

February Vacation

If you plan to travel during February vacation, we ask that you inform your building principal and Toni Rebelo (rebelot@lynnfield.k12.ma.us)of your plans. You will be required to follow our travel policy which states that the children must be tested 5 days after return. We are requiring that your child be remote the full week after February vacation to protect the health and safety of our school community and maintain the continuity of teaching and learning. Your child may participate in remote learning that week however teachers are not obligated nor required to provide remote materials for your child that week.

Vacation Reminder

Please be reminded of our district vacation policy which states that teachers are not obligated to provide students with work during their vacation and LPS does not support families taking vacations while school is in session.


Policy JHE: https://z2policy.ctspublish.com/masc/browse/lynnfieldset/lynnfield/JHE/z2Code_JHE

Important: Attestation Expectation

To date we have not received a signed attestation from a number of our families. If you have already submitted your form, thank you for your time and effort. It is our expectation that all families follow the protocols in the attestation. As a result, if you have not signed and returned the form, we will assume that you agree and are following the protocols in the attestation. If you do not agree, please contact me to discuss.


K-12 Student Attestation


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Travel Policy Reminder

Please note the change to our Travel Policy effective October 23, 2020. It is imperative that all families follow this travel policy:


Travel Policy: If a student/staff member travels outside of the approved lower-risk states by the Commonwealth of Massachuesetts, either of the following two conditions must be met before a student/staff member can return to the school building:


1. Produce a negative COVID-19 test result from a test that is administered at least 5 days after arrival back into the state of Massachusetts. The result of this test must be given to the COVID liaison before returning to the building.


2. Quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival back into the state of Massachusetts.

Curriculum At A Glance

In response to the Pandemic and our new educational landscape, we felt it would be helpful to share our curriculum overview for our grade levels and courses of study. Please note this is a framework and not a prescription, especially considering our new normal. This overview is available for most courses of study. We will continue to update this site as more maps are ready for release as curriculum development is continually evolving. This information, including links to the DESE learning Standards, may also be accessed within our Curriculum and Instruction section under the Families tab from our district web site.

In Partnership With A Healthy Lynnfield, Lynnfield SEPAC, and Lynnfield Community Schools

We appreciate our ongoing partnership with A Healthy Lynnfield. Thank you for supporting so many of our educational programs within our school community!


Parenting In A Pandemic - Upcoming Virtual Worshop Series

Stress, Resiliency, Self-Care - Wednesday, January 27 - 6:30-8:00 PM (Zoom)

We are pleased to have Windi Bowditch, Director of Clinical Training and Consultation, LMHC at the Northshore Education Consortium, present to our parent community. Our educators had an opportunity to listen to Windi as part of our professional development program earlier this month.


Join us as we learn about the many factors of our current world that can contribute to toxic stress and the impact it can have on our brains and overall functioning. Additionally, we will focus on resilience strategies and the importance of self-care in navigating through these difficult times. The challenges of parenting in a pandemic and an otherwise stressful world will also be discussed.


Stress, Resiliency, Self-Care Flyer


REGISTRATION LINK (also accessible from A Healthy Lynnfield's home page)

Lynnfield Public Schools Mission Statement

The Mission of the Lynnfield Public Schools is to support and challenge all students to meet their full potential as individuals and as citizens of the global community.