Lenape M. S. Smoke Signals
January 11, 2016
Happy New Year to our Lenape families
SNOW SPORTS CLUB
Due to the unusually warm weather in December, the management from Blue Mountain has requested that we postpone our first two trips so that they can improve conditions on the mountain and increase the amount of open terrain. To accommodate this request and to improve the experience for our students, we have changed our schedule to the following: 1/22, 1/29, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, and 3/4
Any student who cannot attend any scheduled trip will be able to make up the trip independently after 3/7. Please contact Mr. P if there are any questions.
Volunteers should complete all clearances before the date of the trip. Please visit http://www.cbsd.org/Page/355 for more information about clearances.
Central Bucks School District and Microsoft
Central Bucks School District has partnered with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office 365 to students in Grades 5-12. Office 365's productivity suite enables students and teachers to share documents, access Microsoft software applications online and work collaboratively. As the district increases both teacher and student access to educational technology, we wanted to remind you of a great opportunity.
Microsoft Office is available free for students in grades 5-12. Students may want to take the opportunity to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs, Macs or tablets for free. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Students can learn more about the process here: http://www.cbsd.org/365
Once downloaded, students can work with classmates online and see each other's changes in real time with Office Online, the full version of Office or OneDrive.
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Boy's Basketball Tryouts
Below is some information on how tryouts are going to work this season, how the teams are structured and what you can expect if your child makes either the 7th or 8th grade team. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. Since the Lenape Girls Basketball season has not concluded, we will be sharing the gym time. Many of the open gyms and tryouts will be held in the evening.
TRYOUT DATES AND TIMES
Monday, January 11th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, January 12th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM (Cuts will be made)
Monday, January 11th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 12th, - 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Cuts will be made)
PSSA and Algebra & Keystone Dates
Please be aware of the following dates for state mandated testing:
PSSA English Language Arts - 7th & 8th Grade April 12-20
PSSA Math - 7th & 8th Grade April 12-20
PSSA Science - 8th Grade - April 26 - 27
Keystone - Accelerated Algebra - May 17-18
Please may every attempt to have your child in attendance on these dates to take these assessments. Additional information will be provided the coming weeks.
The Program Planning process for course selection for 2016-17 has begun. Students will be attending grade level assemblies to learn detailed information about the process. They will meet with teachers and guidance counselors to review recommendations and course options. 9th grade students had an assembly on January 5th. 7th and 8th grade will begin process in late January, early February. All students will bring home verification sheets listing course requests so parents can review and discuss these choices with their child before anything is finalized.
Please contact your Guidance Office if you have any questions. Again, additional information will be provided for all grade levels in the coming weeks.
PARENT POSITIVE SERIES
Growing Healthy Together: Tips to Live Healthier as a Family - Featuring Jason Komasz, MD, pediatrician and medical director of Doylestown Health's Della Penna Pediatric Center. Learn small steps your family can take every day to live healthier. From how to get a good night's sleep to staying fit and active, each family will leave with practical advice on developing a healthy routine.
Please join us on Thursday, February 18th @ 7:00 PM at Lenape Middle School.
7th Grade Students & Immunizations
All students in Grade 7 are required to have documentation of a Meningitis Vaccine and Adult booster Tdap Vaccine. If you have not provided that documentation to the Nurse’s Office, please do so as soon as possible. If your child has not yet received these vaccines, please send in the date of the immunizations as soon as they are completed. You may check your child’s immunization status on the parent portal, under the “Health” tab. These are mandates of the State of Pennsylvania. Students who do not have these immunizations on file will be excluded on May 1, 2016. A reminder letter was sent home earlier this year and another one will be sent again after we return to school following the winter break.
Thank you, in advance, for providing the required documentation.
Amanda Merrill, RN, BSN
Certified School Nurse
Lenape Middle School (267-893-2840)
FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE
There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow or the fabric of your clothing.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
YES, Lenape collects Box Tops! Our life skills class uses Box top activities to reinforce skill development. Lenape earns money for every label collected.
Please send your Box Tops to school labeled "Lenape Guidance" or drop them in the box in the lobby adjacent to the main office. Please don't worry about cutting the labels, tearing them off is fine.
Important Upcoming Dates
January 14 - 8th Gr trip to Franklin Institute
January 18 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No school
January 21 - Parent Council
January 26 - Early Dismissal - End of 2nd marking period
January 29 - VH1 Concert - Holicong
For more details, please take a look at the calendar on the Lenape website.
January - #9 - Service to Others: Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.
The link to the nomination form is here:
The link to the Boomerang page:
All nominations must be completed by Friday, January 22nd, 3:00 PM
Thank you for your nominations.