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Week of February 1 - 5

To view more student artwork, click here to visit our latest Virtual Art Gallery!

Upcoming Events

  • January 29 - End of 2nd Marking Period; Early Dismissal at 10:45
  • February 1 - Pennies for Patients/Hero Squad begins
  • February 3, 3:00 - Career & Community Spotlight Event
  • 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

Secondary Program Enrollment

As you are aware, the district is in the process of evaluating the viability of a five-day return to instruction. If you have not yet done so, please take the time to complete the secondary enrollment form below. If you have already completed the form, we thank you. For those who have not, the form will remain open until 12 p.m. on Friday, January 29.

Complete the form at www.cbsd.org/secondaryenrollment.

Student Spotlight: Grace Folkins

Grace Folkins, 9th grader, and her girl scout troop 21638 donated 1-2 casseroles each to the organization Saint John’s Hospice, where donated casseroles are served to hundreds of poor and homeless each day. The Casserole Program at SJH began in 2009 and served over 150,000 meals over the past year alone. Grace made 2 Breakfast Strata casseroles that were donated along with 15 more various dishes from her fellow troop members to contribute to feeding those in need.

If your child has done something positive, email ladowd@cbsd.org so we can celebrate them!

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LLS Hero Squad Program

Heroes are never alone, they band together! Our school has decided to take on blood cancer and our mission is to help find a cure. Be on the lookout for more information as we kick-off our Hero Squad program on Monday, Feb. 1st.

Get started early by visiting HeroSquad.org, finding our school and joining your student’s classroom-RESOURCE TEACHER. Every hero needs a squad!

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.

FYI - Covid 19 Vaccine Information

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Sports & Extracurricular Information

Rising 9th Grade Soccer

CB West Boys Soccer is holding a 2021 season new player/parent meeting on Sunday, January 31st at 7:00. This meeting is for current 8th graders who are interested in trying out for CB West Boys Soccer for the 2021 season. Click here to join the meeting.

Updated Sports Masking Letter

Updated Spectator Information

Lenape Sports This Week


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.


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


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 - Finding Your Spark

Wouldn’t it be great if we all knew what our “spark” was as a young child. For some that is the case, but for others, the time spent discovering their spark can be an adventure. As a parent, do you know your spark? When did you discover your spark? Understanding the concept of spark yourself is beneficial in discussing the idea with your child. Typically, 60% of children can identify their spark by the time they are 12 years old. This may or may not be the case for your child(ren). To encourage this discovery, find an opportunity when you and your child can have alone time to talk about it (e.g., driving in the car). Here are some helpful questions to start the conversation from the book Sparks by Peter L Benson, PhD (2008):

  • What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?
  • What makes you dread getting out of bed in the morning? (Eliminating ideas can be as important as discovery.)
  • What day is your favorite day of the week? Why?
  • If you could spend the whole day doing something you chose to do, what would that be?
  • What makes you really happy?
  • Who are your adult role models?

Among the most common sparks reported by children are the creative arts, athletics, and learning. Some children find their sparks in areas that are less common. It may be hard for some children, especially teenagers, to do something that few others do. It is important that we encourage our children to find their own spark and path.

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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