Lenape Smoke Signals
September 25, 2023
- October 9 - Boo Gram Sale Begins
- October 12 - MBIT 9th Grade Presentation
- October 13 - Evacuation Drill
- October 19, Virtual, 9:00 am - Parent Council Meeting
- October 25 - School Picture Retakes
- October 31, 10:45 am - Early Dismissal
- November 6 - End of First Marking Period, Early Dismissal @ 10:45 am
- November 7 - No School for Students (Offices Open)
- November 15, 8:00 am - Grades Available on the Parent Portal
- November 22 - No School for Students (Offices Open)
- November 23 & 24 - CBSD Closed for Thanksgiving Break
- November 30 - Choir Concert
Click Here to View the 2023 - 2024 CB District Calendar
What's Happening at Lenape
Ms. Adamek's students learned about the consistency of dish soap by blowing bubbles on different surfaces. They learned that if the surface is wet, a bubble will form! Some students mixed other dish soap into their original container to see if their bubble could get bigger. Bubble measurements were taken, and a variety of challenges were held!
Lenape Activities Guide 2023-2024
Click Here to view the activities and extracurriculars that are offered at Lenape this year. Check back often, as the list will be updated as new activities are added!
Lenape Winter Sports
Winter Sports Registration opens up on October 1. Registration details are found on the Lenape athletic website under the Family ID/Registration tab.
There will be a Lenape Wrestling informational meeting during I&E in the Main Gym on Wednesday, October 25. Any 7th or 8th grade student that would like to try out for wrestling must attend this meeting and sign up under Mrs. Tyburski/Mr. Kriney's I&E session for October 25. Click here for a video regarding our wrestling program!
There will be a Lenape Girls' Basketball informational meeting during I&E in the Main Gym on Tuesday, October 17. Any 7th or 8th grade girl that would like to try out for basketball must attend this meeting and sign up under Mrs. Tyburski/Mr. Kriney's I&E session for this day.
Meet Some of Our New Staff
Subject and Team: Orchestra; Exploratory Music--Music Dept
Fun Fact About Me: A parent of a former violin student got me into succulent plants 35 years ago. Now I'm a plant mom of over 50 plants-- I love to propagate and share them.
Favorite Thing about Teaching: I love seeing my students fall in love with music--whether playing, listening, or attending concerts!
Subject and Team: Special Education/Quest
Fun Fact About Me: I was born and raised in California but moved to Pennsylvania when I was 16. I’m a proud CB West graduate 😊
Favorite Thing about Teaching: Building relationships with students and watching them grow academically and personally.
Casey DiFranceisco (Mr. Di, Mr. DiFran, Mr. Casey)
Subject/Team: Special Education, Wonder (Primary Team)
Fun Fact: I am an architect by education, and I’ve designed several buildings and renovations to residences in the Berks County area (approximately an hour north of here).
Favorite Thing about Working with Children: I feel like I have a direct, hands-on impact on students (at such a pivotal age), where I can share a wealth of real-life experiences and the big picture, life lessons learned.
All 8th graders will be involved in taking the PAYS survey on Friday, October 20 during their scheduled I &E class.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
The use of cell phones/electronic devices during the school day is prohibited, unless directed by a teacher for academic purposes. All cell phones/electronic devices should be in the “power off” position and kept out of sight from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. It is recommended that they stay in the students' lockers. The use of electronic imaging devices associated with cell phones/electronic devices or any similar type of communications technology is strictly prohibited at all times.
If a message needs to be given to your child, please call the office and we will get the message to them as soon as possible. If your child is ill or has another issue, they may ask to see the nurse or guidance counselor at any time. If a student calls or texts a parent to pick them up, that is a cell phone violation.
The inappropriate use of cell phones/electronic devices or cell technology features will be addressed through disciplinary procedures, as follows:
1st Offense – Electronic device placed in envelope and held in the Main Office for pick up at the end of the day.
2nd Offense – Electronic device placed in an envelope and held in the Main Office for pick up at the end of the day. A detention is issued.
3rd Offense – Electronic device placed in envelope and held in the Main Office for pick up at the end of the day. A Saturday detention is issued.
After 3rd offense, students will be asked to leave their phone in the Main Office upon arrival to school for a set period of days.
Important Attendance Information
As we begin the 2023-2024 school year, we want to remind you of the specific procedures regarding attendance.
Parent/Guardian Alert About Student Absences: When your child is not in school, you will receive both text message and email notification. The purpose of this is to ensure that you are aware that your child is not in school on a given day(s).
Excused Absence: Parent/guardian must notify the attendance office by 10:30am for elementary and 9:00am for secondary via Parent Portal. Emails are not accepted. Absences submitted through the Parent Portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. For extenuating circumstances in which a parent/guardian does not have internet access and must excuse their student by phone, within 3 days after returning to school, the student must present a written excuse note signed by the parent/guardian, clearly indicating the reasons for the absence.
Consistent with state attendance law, the school will classify an absence as “excused” for one of the following reasons only:
· Death in the immediate family
· Exceptionally urgent reasons
· Religious observances with prior approval
· Tutorial work
· Educational tours or trips with prior approval (not to exceed five days per year)
· Health care (must present a doctor’s note for the absence to be medically excused)
Any absence that can be anticipated beforehand should be brought to the attention of the building principal well in advance of the absence.
Secondary students who are absent more than twenty days from any year-long course may be denied academic credit for that course. Credit for semester courses may be denied if ten days of absence are exceeded. In addition, students who are absent for more than twenty days may be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities and/or compete in PIAA sports. Special consideration will be given to those students who are seriously ill.
Religious Observation: For full or part-time absence of a student to observe a religious holiday, it is necessary that the request be put in through the Parent Portal prior to the religious holiday(s).
Educational Tours or Trips: Requests by parents/guardians for permission to have children absent from school for educational tours or trips must be made to and processed by the principal or his/her designee. The request must be received by the principal at least ten (10) days prior to the anticipated absence. The total number of approved days of absence shall not exceed five (5) days in a given school year. Days exceeding these guidelines shall be considered unlawful and/or unexcused. The student shall be held responsible for making up missed assignments.
Unexcused or Unlawful Absences: All absences for reasons other than those cited above will be considered as “unexcused.” All “unexcused” absences for students under the age of eighteen are also recorded as “unlawful.” When a student accumulates three days of unlawful absence in a school year, the principal shall send an official “first notice” to the parent/guardian. In addition, a “School Attendance Improvement Plan” will be developed to improve student attendance. For each incident of unlawful absence after the sixth unlawful absence, the principal or designee shall do one or more of the following: refer the child to an attendance improvement program, refer to Children and Youth or file a truancy citation with the District Magistrate. Importantly, for students aged 18 and older, absenteeism may result in credit denial as outlined in sections above.
Cumulative Absences: Whenever a student accumulates ten (10) or more absences in a school year, the parent guardian will receive an official letter stating that every absence thereafter must be medically excused by a doctor. Failure to do so will then result in unexcused absences and potential truancy proceedings.
Consecutive Absences: Whenever a student has ten (10) consecutive absences and there is no evidence that these absences are “excused”, the district will begin the process to remove the student from its active membership roll.
Tardiness and Early Dismissal: Whenever students arrive late or depart prior to the end of the school day, parents must enter that information into the Parent Portal. These incidents are recorded as “excused” or “unexcused” applying the same criteria as those for full-day absences. Students arriving after the midpoint of the morning or departing before the midpoint of the school day will be recorded as ½ day absent. At the secondary level, this will affect the student’s ability to participate on the day of an extracurricular activity. Minutes accumulated due to tardiness or early dismissal will count towards overall attendance accounting. If significant minutes are missed, this will result in truancy proceedings and, at the secondary level, may impact the awarding of credit for a particular course missed.
CB West Spectator Decorum
Many of our students enjoy supporting our CB West teams. The CB West administration expects the following from spectators at their sporting events:
- Bags and backpacks are NOT permitted into the stadium during athletic events. Small purses or clutch bags are acceptable but are subject to search. Spectators will not be admitted with a bag or backpack.
- Middle school aged students (7th & 8th grade) must be accompanied by a parent. 9th grade students must bring their student ID.
- Outside food and drink is prohibited. Bottled drinks and food should be discarded prior to entering the stadium.
- No glass bottles, open containers or coolers allowed in stadium without authorization by the athletic director or game manager. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate during cold contest will be permitted.
- No artificial noise makers, whistles or sound producing devices (horns, cow bells, etc.).
- Taunting will not be tolerated by demonstrating / celebrating or running by opposing teams' bleachers upon a big play or touchdown.
- No banners, pictures or hand-held signs carried into the contest. All signs need prior approval from the athletic director and need to be fixed or attached to fencing in a designed spot prior to the start of the contest.
- No foul language or indecent gesture will be tolerated, especially towards players, coaches, and officials.
- Tailgating is prohibited without prior approval from the athletic director.
- No throwing confetti, toilet paper rolls or other objects in the stands, stadium or on the field.
- No menacing actions or gestures by groups towards opposing players, coaches, or officials.
- The use or throwing of balls inside the stadium is prohibited.
- No one can run onto the field or to play ball during halftime or after the game. Exceptions: ball boys for extra points, field goal kicks, etc.
- At no time, before, during or after a contest should spectators be permitted to enter the competition area.
- Access to the competition area is limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, and game personnel.
We have seen a rise in the amount of screen breaks for student laptops. Our policy covers for 2 broken screens per device. If your child’s laptop screen breaks 3 times, we will be required to send you an invoice for the repair and labor. The current cost for this is $200. Please remind your child to care for their laptops. Some simple steps to assist are:
- Use two hands when holding or moving the device.
- Use clean hands while using the laptop or iPad.
- Use only the provided digital pen or finger on the screen.
- Use only the power adapter that came with the device.
- Use a microfiber cloth to clean the screen.
- Keep device stored in the provided case. This includes traveling through the hallways, on buses, or anytime the device is not being utilized.
- Make sure nothing is on the keyboard, close the lid, and remove all cables if any are plugged into the laptop. Place laptop in your bag carefully.
- Be careful when placing your case on the floor. Keep the device off the floor so screens do not get stepped on by others.
Who Do I Ask?
- Main office - 267-893-2800
- Mrs. Loudenslager & Mrs. Hackman will answer your question or direct you to the correct person.
Student-specific inquiries (scheduling, transition questions, support, etc.):