Lenape M. S. Smoke Signals

December 14, 2015

Happy Holildays to our Lenape families. Many wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2016 year

Special Persons' Day

On Friday, December 18, Lenape will continue the tradition of welcoming local senior citizens to our middle school. Lenape students will perform a concert for our guests and then serve them lunch and join them for conversation. Lenape is very proud of this tradition and we encourage all students to “dress up” on this day so we can look our best for those visiting our school.

Winter Break

Lenape's offices will be closed between December 24 and January 3. School resumes on January 4, 2016. Our school office will be open on Monday, December 28th and Tuesday, December 29th. Thank you for your support and a successful 2015. We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and all the best in 2016.

SNOW SPORTS CLUB

It may not seem like it now, but winter is fast approaching and that means the snow sports club will be back in action. The first trip to Blue Mountain is Friday, January 8. That is the first Friday after we return from the winter vacation. There will be meetings in school, during resource for all members of the snow sports club on Monday, 12/14, and Monday, 1/4/16. Additionally, there will be a meeting for all parent chaperones, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, 12/15 in Room 340 at Lenape. Please plan to attend. Please contact Mr. P. at rprzybylowski@cbsd.org if you have any questions about the program.


Volunteers should complete all clearances before the date of the trip. Please visit http://www.cbsd.org/Page/355 for more information about clearances.


Friday, January 8

Friday, January 15

Friday, January 22

Friday, January 29

Friday, February 19

Friday, February 26

Alternate Date – Friday, March 4

Art Scholarship Fundraiser

Central Bucks School District Art Scholarship fundraiser has begun. Tee shirts are $10. To view the order form please click here. You can return the form with cash or check to your child's art teacher by January 12th. Make checks payable to Central bucks Art Scholarship Fund c/o District Art Department.

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.


Open Gym DATES and TIMES:

8th grade:

Tuesday, December 15th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 5th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM


7th grade:

Monday, December 21, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, January 6th, - 4:30 - 6:00 PM


TRYOUT DATES AND TIMES

8th grade:

Monday, January 11th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 12th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM (Cuts will be made)


7th grade:

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.

Program Planning

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. Current 9th and 7th grade students will be involved in this process during the month of January. For 8th grade, the process does not begin until 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.


A few important dates to be aware of for 9th grade:


January 5th -9th grade students are introduced to the high school schedule and program planning process during as assembly in school.


January 6th - MBIT Open House for parents and students 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.


January 7th, 6:30 PM - Curriculum Fair at CB West for current 9th grade students and their parents.


Please contact your Guidance Office if you have any questions. Again, additional information will be provided for all grade levels in the coming weeks.

7th Grade Students & Immunizations

Dear Parents and Guardians of 7th Grade Students,


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.

BOX TOPS

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


December 15 - 7th Gr Field Trip - A Christmas Carol

December 16 - Lenape Activity Night

December 17 - Parent Council

December 18 - Special Persons Day

December 24 - January 3 - Winter Break - Lenape Offices Closed

January 4 - School resumes

January 14 - Parent Council

January 18 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No school

January 26 - End of 2nd marking period


For more details, please take a look at the calendar on the Lenape website.

December Boomerang

December: #22 - School Engagement. Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others.


The link to the nomination form is here:

http://www.quia.com/sv/715306.html.



All nominations must be completed by Friday, December 18th, 3:00 PM


Thank you for your nominations.

CB CARES BACKPACK NEWSFLASH

The December edition of CB Cares Newsletter is now available. You can read it here.