Laurel Springs School Update

October 2020

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Dear Laurel Springs Families,

I would like to thank our entire school community for all of your efforts in adhering to the guidelines put in place and for the support you are providing to your children each day as we have completed our first month back to school. Our students are doing an amazing job wearing their masks and socially distancing. Our reopening has truly been a community effort and we are making it work together. There is a special buzz in our building when children are present and we are loving having our students back. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher with any questions you may have.


Thank you!


Mr. Mahlman

Principal

Returning to Laurel Springs School

If you opted to start the year as full-remote (working entirely from home) and wish to change your student to the hybrid group (A and B scheduled cohorts) please send Mr. Mahlman an email at rmahlman@laurelspringschool.org stating your intentions. Students will be eligible to return for the 2nd marking period, which begins on Thursday, November 12th (B Day). I need to receive your email/letter 2 weeks prior to the end of the first marking period. The deadline to notify us of your intention to switch is October 28th. As previously mentioned, students are able to return at the beginning of each marking period. These dates are listed on the school calendar below. If you have questions please call the office.

Election Day November 3rd

Our building is closed on Tuesday, November 3rd. ALL students will work from home. A Cohort students will operate on the remote schedule. B Cohort students will Google Meet with their teachers in the morning as scheduled below. (B GROUP students only) Classroom teachers will provide you with the specifics of each session as the date approaches.


Google Meet B Group Schedule for 11-3-20


PK-3rd

9-10:05- Session 1

BREAK 10:05-10:20

10:15-11:25- Session 2

4th-6th (This will follow the typical in-person rotation)

9-9:30- Session 1

9:35-10:05- Session 2

BREAK 10:05-10:20

10:20-10:50- Session 3

10:55-11:25-Session 4

Message From the Nurse- Mrs. Corrigan

Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday preparations have started! Those in need of assistance and those who wish to help are asked to call or email me at this time.

Thank you,

Lisa Corrigan

School Nurse

856-783-1086 ext 1

lcorrigan@laurelspringschool.org

Recess Runners

Laurel Springs School was set to uncover a brand new initiative for the 2020-21 school year. A program we have named "Recess Runners" was set to allow our students a fun way to exercise during lunch recess by either walking or jogging during that period. Walking and running have both proven to release stress and promote a healthy lifestyle. We have decided to push forward with our initiative and we are going to start the program in school during PE breaks, socially distanced, and remotely at home! Each student will receive a lanyard and will earn badges for completion of walking/running aerobic exercise. I think this will help our students to feel more energized while spurring a sense of self confidence and revitalizing mental health. Students will be receiving a form so that they may log their mileage. They will earn badges for their lanyard based on their completion of mileage. Their form should live in a folder in their backpack so that they always have the chance to log mileage whether it be in school or at home. Lanyards and Mileage Forms will go out next week. If your student is full-remote, please call the office to make an appointment to pick up your materials.

Respect Week October 5th-9th

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The Great Pumpkin Painting Contest- A Message From the HSC

Decorate your pumpkin however you want. i.e. paint, carve, stickers

Pumpkin pick up for Cohort A-10/13 after school on the blacktop

Pumpkin pick up for Cohort B-10/15 after school on the blacktop


If your student is full-remote you can pick up on their assigned A/B cohort day listed above.


When you have completed your masterpiece, please take a picture and email it to laurelspringshsc@gmail.com or submit to our Facebook page. Deadline for submission is Wednesday 10/28. Winners will be announced late Friday 10/30 and prizes will go out on Halloween. Since we are adding a contest this year, only LSS students may participate. There will be one winner per grade.

Halloween

This year Halloween will look slightly different, but I feel it is important to safely keep our school traditions alive. Please see the following guidelines.


1. Because we have 2 cohorts, Halloween will occur twice. The tentative dates are October 28th for A group and October 30th for B group. Alternate dates will be considered should weather become an issue.


2. Students will wear their costumes to school. No one will be changing at school. Students MUST still wear face coverings.


3. Our amazing HSC has stepped up to provide individually pre-packaged snacks and waters for our students in their classrooms during a socially distanced class party event. No other outside food will be coming in this year.


4. Our parade will occur on our school grounds this year. Parents MUST remain outside of the fence line. You must socially distance and wear a face covering.

Virtual Back to School Night

Laurel Springs School will be hosting a Virtual Back to School Night on Tuesday October 20th. Each teacher is in the process of producing a special video that will outline their classroom procedures and curriculum. They will be released on our website at 6pm for your viewing pleasure. Use the link below! If you have any follow up questions afterward, please contact your classroom teacher for clarification.

Attendance

How is attendance recorded?


Students who are in-person are recorded traditionally as present or absent. Latenesses are also recorded as they have been in the past.


Students who are remote are recorded for attending their afternoon Google Meets. Please make every effort to be on time! Students who do not attend are marked absent for that particular class period.


Students who are full-remote will be recorded for attending their Google Meets with their full-remote teacher on their in-person days, and for attending their afternoon Google Meets with their classroom teacher on their remote days. It should be understood that families opting for full-remote learning are supporting their students by ensuring they are logged on for their Google Meets and making sure they are completing their assignments daily, as well as maintaining a line of communication with the student's full-remote teacher.


We are here to work with you and support you in any way possible. If you are running into issues with attendance, please call Mr. Mahlman so that we may discuss possible solutions. If you know your child will be out, please call Mrs. Corrigan to let her know what the situation is at (856) 783-1086 (ext 112)

2020-21 State Testing

September 2020

Dear Parents and Partners in Learning,

Please be advised that the Laurel Springs School District will be participating in the NJ Student Learning Assessments in math, English language arts, and science during the course of the 2020-2021 school year, if mandated by the State of New Jersey.

Grades 3-6 will begin NJSLA testing after the spring break in April and conclude in May. The students will be assessed in Math and English Language Arts. Our students will take ONE unit per day, averaging one hour per day, for approximately 5 days. ELA will be administered first, followed by Math. The Science assessment will be administered to grade 5 sometime in May.

Assessments will be administered via computer, but pencil/paper option is available to students who have a medical issue that would not allow him/her to take the assessment on the computer. Other accommodations and accessibility features are available based on IEP/504 plans. Please contact Debbie McLaughlin, our Special Education Coordinator for more information.

More information on NJSLA testing, including practice questions and parent resources, may be found at https://nj.digitalitemlibrary.com/home

NWEA MAP testing is an internal assessment tool that we use to determine student needs in math, reading, and language. We also assess science in 4th & 5th grades. These are given three times a year via computer. IEP/504 plans are followed for accommodations. The initial assessment is in September, mid-year in January, and end of year in May. There is no time limit on these assessments.

If you have any questions regarding NJSLA or MAP, please feel free to contact me at jcybulski@laurelspringschool.org or (856) 783-1086 ext. 303.

Thank You.

Janet Cybulski

Laurel Springs Testing Coordinator

Travel Advisory

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. For more in formation visit the link below.

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

Google Meet Guidelines/ Expectations

The guidelines outlined below MUST be followed when students are on Google Meet meetings with their teachers. They allow for a better learning experience, and promote healthy habits for our students. Students who do not adhere to the guidelines will lose participation points for that particular class/assignment.
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1. Be on time and ready to learn

2. Make sure you dress appropriately-as you would for school.

3. Be prepared.

4. Make sure your camera is turned on.

5. Find a quiet space to work.

6. Use the "Raise your hand" tool to speak.

7. Make sure your mic is muted.

8. No playing with toys during your meeting.

9. No eating during the meeting.

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Chromebook Usage

Please be reminded that school issued chromebooks should only be used for school assigned activities.