Lenape Smoke Signals
Week of December 14 - December 18
Spotlight: InC Student Videos
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised their recommendations around the length of time that an individual should quarantine after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. The district integrated these changes into our Health and Safety Plan. These changes will dictate the time that students are unable to attend school in-person and participate in school-sponsored activities and athletics following exposure and/or travel outside of Pennsylvania.
- Students must remain at home for 10 days—7 days with evidence of a negative COVID-19 test—from the date of last close personal contact with a positive individual. The COVID-19 test must have been administered at least 5 days after the exposure.
- The commonwealth has revised their travel restrictions to reflect the CDC’s new guidance. Pennsylvanians who are returning home after travel are required to either quarantine for 10 days without testing, or to quarantine for 7 days with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine. Please note, out of an abundance of caution, our health and safety plan protocols require all students and employees to refrain from in-person instruction and school-sponsored athletics and activities during the commonwealth’s travel quarantine period regardless of age.
Below is a revised flow chart that contains this new guidance for your reference. If we continue to stay home when we are sick, wear face coverings consistently and appropriately, wash hands regularly, and stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible, we will all do our part to help one another stay healthy.
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
CB West Curriculum Fair - Reminder
It is hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about course selection for the 21-22 school year! Our kick off for 9th graders will be the week we return from winter break starting with an information session for students. CB West's Curriculum Fair is Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m. This is very important for students, and those who support them at home, as plans for 10th grade are being considered. More information about Program Planning will be available to parents on the Lenape Guidance Website in January.
Career & Community Spotlight
Our second Career and Community Spotlight was Wednesday. Ashley Heidler, MSN, RN, CPN, Doylestown Hospital's Pediatric Outreach Manager, gave an energetic presentation on the twists and turns of her career journey and her role supporting positive health behaviors in community children and families, hosted by Lenape student Allie O'Donnell. Missed it? View the recording here!
Our Next Career & Community Spotlight speaker is Chris Spinner, Co-Founder and CMO of Mad Icarus Media, Inc. Chris will represent the Marketing Career Cluster. Chris is a multi-startup entrepreneur and successful business development partner with over a decade of digital, traditional, and integrated marketing experience. Chris helps businesses realize their true growth potential by implementing their patented Authentic Marketing Ecosystem™ (AME) strategy. We’re excited for Chris to share his career journey which led him to his very successful company. Tune in to the live event at 3:00 on Wednesday January 13, 2021. For more information on Career Clusters visit this page. Each Career & Community Spotlight students participate in will earn them a chance to win a Lenape spirit wear prize basket at the end of the year!
Success Plan - Reminder
All secondary students are required to complete components of their Success Plan each marking period grades 7-12. Success Plan credit is required for graduation. Details about Success Plan can be found here. To learn more about what your student’s components, have them login to Naviance and show you what they have done. There are many other functions of Naviance students and families are welcome to explore.
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Support Groups & Wellness Events
December Boomerang Award Nominations
Sports & Extracurricular Information
Lenape Extracurricular Activities
Free Breakfast & Lunch Each Day - Reminder
Please remind your child(ren) that all students are entitled to a free breakfast and lunch each day. Breakfast is available each morning until 7:30 in the cafeteria and outside of the auditorium. Grab and go lunches are available every day in the cafeteria during dismissal. It is our hope that all students take advantage of these nutritious (and free!) meals!
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
PennDOT Innovations Challenge
The 4th Annual PennDOT Innovations Challenge is open to students in grades 9-12, regardless of learning model. Students are asked to solve real-world transportation challenges using creativity, strategic-thinking, and problem-solving skills.
This year’s Innovations Challenge asks students to develop an innovative and implementable solution that helps address Pennsylvania’s transportation revenue shortfall by identifying potential new funding streams, aside from additional gas taxes, tolls or mileage-based user fees, to help ensure adequate transportation funding for the future.
The Transportation Policy and Education Foundation, an educational arm of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), the American Council of Engineering Companies of PA (ACEC/PA) and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) are providing a combined total award of $5,500 to be divided among the first, second and third place statewide winning teams. In addition, Regional Innovations Challenge winners will be selected and invited to compete for the state championship.
For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit www.penndot.gov/innovation. The deadline for submission is December 18, 2020.
“The greatest gift parents can give their children is to help them discover their purpose and passion”, states Peter Benson a leading authority on childhood and adolescence and the author of Sparks. This can be an overwhelming challenge in today’s difficult world. Over the past 2 years, school counselors from all building levels in CBSD have developed a K-12 Guidance Plan. Brainstorming, stake-holder involvement, creative planning, goal setting and implementation continue to be part of this. The Plan includes what is currently part of our academic, social/emotional guidance curriculum and in this evolving process we will try to meet the variety of needs of our students and school community. We invite you to share in our continued learning on how to inspire passion and purpose. Articles, videos, and documents will be shared in your school newsletter on a regular basis. Look for the SPARKS picture like the one above. We hope you find this information beneficial to you and your family. We appreciate your time and involvement in the education of all our students.
For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenape Valley Foundation Workshops
Lenape Valley Foundation is offering two free virtual workshops for caregivers of children and teens. The workshops will be led by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Each session will also include a presentation from a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist and Q&A for attendees. Participants must register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting link & information. Parents, grandparents, caregivers, loved ones, professionals and more are invited to attend.
Click here for the dates and topics.
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.