East Leyden Parent Bulletin
January 22, 2021
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A Message from Dr. Manola
Good afternoon, and happy Friday!
We are grateful to join you on this sunny afternoon and hope that everyone is staying healthy and well! Today, we are eager to share some exciting information and updates related to our return to school plans that were communicated one week ago by Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak.
As you're likely aware, we have begun planning for our students' return to campus, and we wanted to make sure you had as much information as possible. A majority of this newsletter is focused on just this, but I wanted to share three key dates:
- Monday, February 1: Students who are in our EL 1 Program return to campus
- Monday, February 8: Freshmen students return to our twice a week hybrid schedule
- Tuesday, February 16: All students return to our twice a week hybrid schedule
Please see below for much more information on these dates and more. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to any of us right away:
Dr. Dominic Manola - Principal
Ms. Anita Huffman - Assistant Principal
Dr. Celestina Rivera - Assistant Principal
We are looking forward to having our students back on campus and sharing much more information in the coming days.
Dr. Dominic Manola, Principal
Monday, January 25 - Family Surveys:
On January 25, families will receive a survey that will provide more information and ask everyone to indicate if they plan to send students to in-person learning or opt to stay remote.
Tuesday, January 26 - Informational Town Hall Meetings:
Join us at any of the following meetings via Zoom as we discuss our reopening plans and answer any questions you may have. Links will be shared later this week:
Monday, February 1 - Special Education and English Learners Level 1 - 4 days a week
Special Education students and English Learners Level 1 will begin on campus. Students will have the opportunity to return to campus before all other groups of our students and will be here four days that week. Specific communication will be sent out to both groups of students separately.
Monday, February 8 - Freshmen Only On-Campus, Hybrid Schedule:
Freshmen will begin on campus in our hybrid learning model. Grade 9 students will have the opportunity to return to campus before the rest of our students. Students that have not opted into remote learning and have their medical records up-to-date will follow the House/Team schedules (A team or B team) and attend school in-person two days this week.
Tuesday, February 16 - All Students On-Campus, Hybrid Schedule:
All students will return to campus on our hybrid learning schedule. Students that have not opted into remote learning and have their medical records up-to-date will follow the House/Team schedules (A team or B team) and attend school in-person two days per week.
Free Virtual Tutoring
Leyden will offer free virtual tutoring for students who need additional academic support beyond the hours of the school day. Tutoring will be available for classes that are graduation requirements and provided by Leyden teachers.
Students may request an appointment for virtual tutoring provided by Leyden teachers on a date and time that is convenient, including evenings and weekends. Parents may also request a tutoring session on behalf of their students. Tutoring will be available for the subjects of English, Health, Math, Science, and Social Science.
Students and parents should request appointments using the online forms found below. These forms initiate communication and ensure a streamlined process. The tutoring program coordinator will schedule tutoring sessions within 48 hours of the request.
Students may click HERE to request tutoring for themselves.
Parents may Click HERE to request tutoring on behalf of their students.
Click HERE for the form in Spanish.
Check HERE for the form in Polish.
Cap & Gown Orders
Attention class of 2021 Jostens is still taking Cap & Gown Orders online at Jostens.com. Please follow the links below for more information on how to order.
**Pleae note that to participate in the graduation ceremony, you are only required to have a cap, gown, and tassel**
SAT Prep Course
Register today for the Leyden SAT Prep course. There are four different sections to choose from:
- Wednesdays from 3:15 pm -6:15 pm at East Leyden beginning February 10, 2021
- Wednesdays from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm at East Leyden beginning February 10, 2021
- Thursdays from 3:15 pm -6:15 pm at West Leyden beginning February 11, 2021
- Thursdays from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm at West Leyden beginning February 11, 2021
The cost is only $50.00, but students who complete 20 hours of Khan Academy practice on their own will receive a $25 refund. Students on either free or reduced lunch have a reduced cost.
We are using MySchoolBucks (the same system used for depositing money on your student's food service account) to handle the registrations and payments. Please create/log into your account on either the myschoolbucks.com website or in the mobile app (Android or iOS), visit the School Store, select the SAT Prep Course, and complete the registration.
Course Selection for School Year 2021-22
Sophomore Course Selection will conclude on 1/25/21. If your child did not schedule courses with his/her counselor, please contact your child’s counselor.
Freshman Course Selection will take place between 1/26 and 2/1/21. Please ensure that your child does the following:
Watch the Online Course Planner Instructions here
Review elective options here, as well as descriptions of classes in the course planning handbook.
Enter course selections in the online course planner in preparation for the meeting with their counselor.
Check their google calendar for their course selection appointment.
NEW!!! Social Work Office Hours
If your child could use the support or connection with one of our social workers, please encourage them to attend our new social work virtual office hours. Details here.
This month, Student Services is focusing on “Resiliency.” Please take a look at the information and tools available here. Consider reviewing this resource with your child.
Check out the latest for Test Prep Information, Career Workshops, Postsecondary Planning, and More...
Student Services: News You Can Use
The Nest - postsecondary planning resource
We are accepting selfies for the West Leyden 2021 yearbook. Please see our website for more information.
Do you need a quiet and safe place to study? Sign up for Open campus here!
Summer School 2021
To view information about Summer School 2021 & Behind-The-Wheel please click here
Summer School 2021
Registration Office: 847.451.3025
Dean's Office: 847.451.3032
Bilingual Office: 847.451.3063
Tech Support: 847.451.5591 or
Hot Spot Request or Email Update: 847.451.3025