Lyons Mill Elementary Explorer

January 2021

Happy New Year!

Another new year begins-Welcome 2021. I hope everyone has had a chance to relax and enjoy some quality time with family and friends over the holiday season. The start of school, after winter break, always provides a good opportunity to reestablish a focus on learning. The new year has brought a renewed sense of energy and dedication. The staff and students have come back from their holiday break excited and rejuvenated.

Parent Teacher Conference Day is Wednesday, January 13

If you haven't already done so please reach out to your child's teacher to sign up for a conference.

PTA Membership Drive

Greetings Lyons Mill Families,


Happy New Year! To kick off our New Year the PTA is having a “Membership Drive”, and the class that has the most memberships will receive a prize. To purchase a membership for $10.85 please go to our link on memberhub at https://lymielsc.new.memberhub.store/store.

The monies that are donated will be used for teacher appreciation events, and to help sponsor the fifth-grade graduation.


Just a reminder membership is open for parents, teachers, as well as family and friends of the Lyons Mill Community. Good luck and have fun! If you have any questions or concerns email the PTA at lyonsmillpta@gmail.com.

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All BCPS Issued Windows Based Computers Need to be Reimaged

Due to the cyber-attack all LMES students with a. Windows based laptop computer (not Chromebooks) will now have their device reimaged AFTER to winter break, in January 2021. More information to follow, soon.

A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear BCPS Community,

As we head into the 2021 school year, I wanted to provide an update on the ransomware attack we sustained in November. I’m pleased to inform you that the third-party experts with whom we’ve been working have confirmed that there is no evidence that any data was accessed or stolen.

While we have shared that information before, the fact that trusted outside investigators who do this work full-time have come to that same conclusion should give us all added comfort.

In terms of our restoration efforts, while there is still work to be done, I have more good news to share. We were able to gain access to our first quarter grades from Schoology – which means that report cards will be issued on time and transcripts can be generated for college applicants and transfer candidates as usual. I know that, for many parents and students in our community, this has been a real concern – but rest assured that if your child is applying to college, transferring schools, or just otherwise advancing their education, we will be able to support and serve you just as we were prior to this attack. I’m hopeful this news can make 2021 at least somewhat less stressful than the past year has been.

Equally important for those with students in our special needs community, our IEP system is fully functional as it was on November 1st, so all IEPs saved prior to November 1st have also been restored. In simple terms, this will ensure that we can continue to provide quality education and care to our students with special needs without further disruption.

As we look towards 2021, I know the security of our systems and data is an ongoing concern for many in our community. Allow me to share some words of encouragement on that front as well: we have taken the important step of deploying state-of-the-art endpoint detection monitoring to protect against these types of threats in the future. While the security landscape is often-changing, I am confident that, like many other organizations that have been through this kind of crisis, we will emerge from it more resilient with hardened cybersecurity defenses and infrastructure.

I would like to close this message on a note of gratitude and optimism. No doubt, 2020 has tested our collective resolve. But the resilience of our students, teachers, and school-based staff is clear. This incident has put a strain on our entire community, and I want to personally thank all of you for your patience and understanding as we have worked to put this behind us.

As we re-engage in virtual learning this week, I have every confidence that our future – and the future of our students – is bright, and that whatever challenges 2021 may bring, we will overcome them together.

Thank you,

Darryl L. Williams, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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Our Technology Help Desk is OPEN!

Our tech support help desk is now open from Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. through 4:15 p.m. The phone number is 443-809-4672.

BCPS ReOpening Plan Updates

When it is safe to do so, BCPS will implement a hybrid-instructional approach. This hybrid approach will prioritize bringing identified and targeted students back for in-person instruction for a few days a week on a rotating basis while still offering parents the choice of a full-time virtual learning approach. This plan prioritizes the health, welfare, and safety of students and staff while maximizing learning for students given the prevalence of COVID-19 in Baltimore County. In order to promote continuous improvement, at the end of each marking period BCPS will survey stakeholders regarding the virtual instruction approach. Details on the window of parent choice and identified students will follow.


At this time, students are not scheduled to return to school buildings. When invited to do so, families of identified students may choose through an online questionnaire to begin hybrid learning or to continue virtual learning.


For more information on the BCPS Re-Opening Plan please visit our BCPS website:

https://scs.bcps.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=66754865


We are looking forward to seeing our students again soon!!

Lyons Mill Elementary School Vision

We are in the process of reviewing and revising our school vision statement and we need your input! If you haven't already done so, please complete the short survey to share your thoughts and ideas!


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LMES Explorers are Simply Amazing!

Our student attendance rate is 97%

Our staff attendance rate is 98%

On average more than 80% of our students are completing their assignments on-time!

On average almost every student is on-line and engaged all day long!

Almost every student is attending and/or participating in our asynchronous Wednesdays!

Turn Your Camera ON! We Miss You and We Love Seeing You! Use the New Background Blur Feature to Add Privacy and to Help Everyone to Focus

Background Blur in Google Meet is here!

School Counseling Program

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As part of our School Counseling Program, your child’s class will have the opportunity to engage in counseling core curriculum lessons.


In January your child’s class will be participating in a counseling core curriculum lesson on personal safety and decision-making. The lessons are based on Baltimore County Public Schools’ Personal Safety Program K-5: Making Healthy Decisions curriculum. This program includes age appropriate information on body safety and neglect and abuse prevention strategies and highlights the importance of telling a trusted adult about uncomfortable situations. Our goal is to help children be better able to handle the issues of personal safety should they arise.


Keeping your child safe is a priority to all of us at Lyons Mill Elementary. It is our hope that these lessons will help to reinforce the information and strategies that you have already given your children, and that your family can discuss together the important information presented in these lessons.


We hope that you can help your child reflect on these lessons by discussing their content together. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the program. The school counselors can be reached via phone at 443-809-1719 or via email at darrington@bcps.org for Ms. Arrington or bmenikheim@bcps.org for Mr. Menikheim.



Sincerely,


Ms. Arrington- School Counselor Grade 1, 3 & 5

Mr. Menikheim- School Counselor Grades K, 2, &4

BCPS Attendance Guidelines During Remote Learning

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