LENAPE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Calendar of Events
September 28 - CBSD Closed - No school
September 30 - Asynchronous Day for all Hybrid & Virtual students
September 30 - Virtual 7th Gr Orientation - 9:00 AM
October 1 - First day of school for Hybrid 2 students
October 5 - First day of school for Hybrid 1 students
October 15 - Virtual Parent Council Meeting - 9:00 AM
STUDENT EMERGENCY & INFORMATON FORM
It is time to update your children's "Student Emergency & Information Form". This must be done each year. The process will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will ensure we have current contact information for you and your family, which is even more critical as we begin the school year. All CBSD families (with the exception of those who are new registrants for 2020-2021 are required to complete this update on/before September 30, 2020.
The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:
- Demographic information
- Emergency Contacts
- Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
- Media Release Preferences
Visit the CBSD Infinite Campus parent portal at www.cbsd.org/parentportal and don't forget to hit submit at the end. You will receive an email verifying that your submission was received.
PARENT'S SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT AT SCHOOL
When you arrive at Lenape Middle School for a schedule appointment, please report to the Main Office with a PA License. While visiting, you are required to wear a face covering as outline in the Pa Department of Health's Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings announced July 1, 2020
You will be required to use a health self-screening tool. You will need to confirm completion of the screening with the building secretary who will then complete the sign in log for you and give you a visitor's sticker indicating the date, time, and your destination.
DISTRICT HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN - VIDEOS
As part of our District Health and Safety Plan, we are sharing with students and their families, guidelines for hygiene practices such as hand washing and hand sanitizing, the use of face coverings, social distancing, and staying home when sick. Created by the National Association of School Nurses, the following three videos cover those four topics, and they are available in both English and Spanish.
Picture Day - C & C Photo Studios
Picture day has been set for Monday, December 7th (students A-K) and Thursday, December 10th (students L-Z). C & C Photos is now open to the public following the CDC guidelines. Any parent/guardian that does not want to wait until December or will opt to have their child continue with 100% virtual learning can call C & C Photos at 215-345-1851 or email email@example.com to schedule their appointment. Once your appointment has been made, C & C Photo will email you the paperwork (Picture Order Form and Covid-19 Consent Form) needed to be filled out and brought in at the time of your appointment.
Should you wish to make an appointment for any other children that may attend High School or Elementary School, please feel free to do so. All scheduled appointments will be given ample time to provide the utmost customer service and the time allotted will be based on the number of students per family being photographed.
Please note that in- studio appointments will not be available for purchase online.
All questions will be answered directly from C & C Photos at 215-345-1851. For a copy of their Covid-19 Safety Protocol, please email C & C Photos and they will get back to you.
TRAFFIC FLOW FOR STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE REVISED 9-22-2020
From 7:00-7:30 and 2:30-3:00, traffic in and out of Lenape is ONE WAY. All traffic must enter from W. STATE STREET (202) and exit on to WEST STREET (back of building).
- Any student who rides a bus will enter the building through the doors next to the choir room (NO CHANGE)
- Any student who arrives PRIOR TO 7:30AM by car will enter through the cafeteria doors.
4. Car riders, please do not exit your car until you are along the backside of the building. Once you see a sidewalk, please exit the car and walk to the cafeteria doors.
**Please use the “roller coaster” approach to dropping off, which is that all cars pull up just past the 2nd set of cafeteria doors, and then every car in the designated area opens its doors and all kids disembark and walk in to the appropriate set of doors. The goal is to have 12-15 cars empty at a time rather than 3-4. Once all students have exited, the next wave of cars fill in and the process continues until all students have been dropped off.
**Cars must then exit on to West Street. PLEASE NO U-TURNS through the parking areas. Please be aware of ONE WAY SIGNS.
**Please do not use the church parking lot to drop students off. You are putting your child in danger by doing so. They will have to cross both bus and car traffic in order to enter the school building.
**Please do not drive through bus lanes that run parallel to West State Street (RT. 202).
5. CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS: In the afternoon, please use the same traffic pattern. Pull all the way around to the back of the school by the cafeteria to pick up your child. Do not stop at the main office or gym doors, please move all the way around to the back of the building!
Any adult who needs to enter the building, no matter the time, will need to use the main office door buzz-in system—even prior to 7:30AM. If you need to visit the office prior to 7:30AM, please park in the designated visitor parking spots to avoid holding up the traffic line. If you want to drop off an item, you may do so by leaving in the vestibule, labeled and on your child’s grade level cart/shelf. If you need to enter the building, you will be asked the standard COVID questions and sign a form before being admitted.
Any student who arrives after 7:30AM should enter through the main office door buzz-in system.
We appreciate your help and cooperation to make this procedure work in a safe and efficient manner. Please note: For safety reasons, please do not drop your child off in the doctor’s office lots or the church lots. This will create a situation where students will need to walk through staff parking lots or bus lanes in order to enter through the proper doors. Our goal is to keep all students safe and make the drop off time run more smoothly.
Please refer to the map.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSESSMENT AND GRADING PRACTICES
Middle School Assessment and Grading Practices
Central Bucks is committed to ensuring that our grading and assessment practices are aligned and grounded in best practice. Thus, you will notice some changes this year when looking at your student’s grades in Parent Portal. The two types of grades that you will often hear us refer to are formative assessments and summative assessments.
- Formative (Practice) Assessments can accurately be described as academic practice. This type of assessment takes place daily and in a variety of forms in the classroom. It is used as students learn new concepts, providing an opportunity for teachers to determine each student’s level of understanding of skills and concepts. It also allows teachers to provide feedback to students on their learning in relation to the learning goal or objective. Many formative assessments given will be recorded in the grade book, but they are not used to calculate a student’s grade. You will see these assignments labeled as “practice”. Completion of formative assessments is essential – they are the academic practice that is needed to learn the content and skills. Formative, or practice, assessments may include homework, classwork, practice quizzes, labs, journals, and more.
- Summative Assessments are assessments that are given after students have had time to practice and receive feedback (their own feedback and the teacher’s feedback) on skills and concepts learned. Summative assessments are the only assessments used when calculating a student’s grade. CB schools believe that grades should reflect what students have learned, not what they are learning. Summative assessments may include tests, papers, projects, core assessments, midterms, labs, quizzes, and more.
Our goal is for student grades to accurately reflect their achievement. While you may see other factors, such as participation, homework completion, and “practice” work in your student’s gradebook, these factors are not being used to calculate their grade and only serve to paint a picture of your student as a learner.
SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS
The Central Bucks School District and Aramark are committed to providing every student with the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious meals they can enjoy at no charge through December 31, 2020. No applications are needed!
Breakfast bags will be available for daily grab and go pick up before 1st period in both the hallway by the auditorium and the cafeteria. Grab a breakfast bag and start your day off by fueling your body or hold onto it and enjoy at the designated snack period.
Lunch will be available to grab and go from 1:15 -1:30 from the Cafeteria only.
Tuesdays (Hybrid1) and Fridays (Hybrid 2), students may take home Breakfast and Lunches for the 3 school days they are learning virtually from home.
Parents can also pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 at one of the 3 locations:
CB West Visitor Entrance
CB South Gymnasium Entrance
CB East Main Office Entrance
2021 LENAPE SNOW SPORTS CLUB
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
The Lenape Snow Sports Club is back!
What a great way to enjoy being active outside in the fresh air.
This is a popular, after school activity that will look very different this year. In the past, we made five trips to Blue Mountain Ski Area on Friday nights. We will once again have an opportunity to go to Blue Mountain. However, we will not be going on specified dates and we will not be going together on buses. The club is open to Lenape Middle School students of all grade levels. Skiers and boarders from beginners to experts are welcome. New this year, family and friends of Lenape students can take advantage of the rates offered to members of the club.
Highlights of the program are:
Student Season Pass: Monday – Fri all access, Sat & Sun after 3 PM (non-holiday) - $169
Student Season Pass with unlimited rentals, Skis or Snowboard, including helmet - $289
Group Lessons - $25 per lesson with no limit (group lessons are scheduled at designated times)
Parent of Student Season Pass: Monday – Fri all access, Sat & Sun after 3 PM (non-holiday) - $399
All-Access/Unlimited Season Pass for students or parents - $429 (best price, same as last year)
The price of the student season pass is only $10 more than the 5x pass that was offered last year and provides tremendous flexibility and opportunity for skiing and boarding. If it fits your schedule you could get 10 days or more in this season. Students and parents are not limited to specified dates as in the past and can go any non-holiday period. With an all-access/unlimited pass students and parents can go anytime, including weekends and holidays.
The price does not include transportation. Parents will need to provide transportation.
This may change if precautions and restrictions surrounding the Covid crisis are eased. In that event, a transportation option may be offered ($95). However, we are not offering transportation at this time.
Please note that there are also deeply discounted lift tickets available for parents who do not want a season pass. This will be highlighted at the meeting. Or, you can contact Mr. P.
Parents (guardians) and students must attend the mandatory meeting. The meeting will be held virtually, on Th. Oct. 1, 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The link to the meeting will be posted on the snow sports club page on Mr. Przybylowski’s teacher website. The meeting will also be recorded, then posted on the snow sports club website so that anyone who could not attend the live meeting will be able to get all the necessary information. Additionally, there will be live question and answer sessions Tue., Oct. 6, and Th. Oct. 8, from 7:30 to 8 PM.
Registration will be open after Oct. 1, and payments will be accepted any time in October. Since transportation is not included, there is no limit to the number of students that can participate. This is a unique opportunity for friends and family members who wish to participate as well. All payments will be made directly to Blue Mountain and are not refundable. Payment for the Blue Mountain program must be made online; the link to access the portal will be provided at the meetings. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 30.
PROCEDURE – To register, attend the virtual meeting, live or recorded, then complete the Lenape Snow Sports Club registration form. Make sure to sign all documents where necessary. Then go to the Blue Mountain website, choose the option you prefer, and register as a member of the Lenape Snow Sports Club. All payments will be made directly to Blue Mountain and are not refundable. Finally, e-mail your signed Lenape Snow Sports Club registration materials and proof of payment to Mr. Przybylowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRANDFAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP
Run by grandparents for grandparents and other relatives raising the children of loved ones. Build support, discuss topics related to challenges, celebrate successes, broaden areas of knowledge, and educate others through lived experience. Speakers to be announced.
Date: Every 1st & 3rd Friday September 18-November 19
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Lenape Valley Church
321 W. Butler Ave
New Britian, Pa 18901
Paying for laptop fees: To purchase a replacement charger or pen you will have to register on MyPaymentsPlus to purchase the technology accessory. The link to register and or pay for laptop fees or to purchase is https://mypaymentsplus.com/welcome.
If you need to set up an account, the parent is the USER of the account and the student/s should be ADD a STUDENT and you will need your student ID number. There is a laptop fee for all 7th grade students $75, $25 for 8th grade students, and $0 for 9th grade students. If you have not paid for your laptop fee, please do so. Payment history in MPP is a good source to check if you already made a payment.
CENTRAL BUCKS SCHOOL DISTRICT LINKS
Questions and Answers check frequently for updates - Return to School 2020-21 https://www.cbsd.org/help.
Return to School 2020 - the main hub for information and resources related to preparation for the 2020-21 school yr https://www.cbsd.org/2020-21.
Virtual Learning Objectives click here
ATTENDANCE - ONLINE & HYBRID
ONLINE Attendance will be taken during each class and students will be expected to follow the district's acceptable use policy guidelines and Teams call etiquette. We expect students to participate daily, just as they would if they were in school. Please email the attendance office at email@example.com if your student/s is sick, out for an appointment, vacation or has to log off for an appointment. When your student returns from the appointment the parent has to email firstname.lastname@example.org of the return time and the student must log back on.Your student will be marked absent if not in attendance for the period or day and therefore will be marked Unexcused absence for the day unless we receive an email from the parent stating the absence of the student.
ALL EMAILS TO lenapeattendance.cbsd.org MUST COME FROM A PARENT. EMAILS FROM STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
HYBRID/IN BUILDING: For students who are in building for any of the Blended Learning option, the same attendance procedure policy above applies. If your student is going to be absent or late to school, a parent email must be sent to email@example.com. When students arrive late to school, only the student will be allowed in the building. If you haven't emailed the attendance line the reason for your student being late, that lateness will be unexcused. No paper notes will be accepted, email only.
Student appointment: When a student leaves for an appointment, a parent must email the attendance line and include the time you will be picking up your student, if the student is returning or not and the reason why in the email. We will email the student a pass. The student will show the teacher their electronic pass, and the student will be sent to the front office to meet his/her parent in the front vestibule. There will be a sign out book on a cart in the vestibule for the parent to sign their student out.
2020 District Reading Letter
Thank you for your patience and support as we begin the 2020 school year. We are working around the clock to provide your children with a meaningful education. One of our goals for CB students is to develop lifelong reading habits. In the spring of 2016, our district welcomed Penny Kittle, author of Book Love and many other titles, to share her motivating teaching stories with our faculty. During her visit she provided teachers with advice, inspiration, and practical strategies on how to increase the volume and complexity of texts our students read, create a balance of student and teacher assigned texts, and build classroom libraries with themes that matter to 21st century students. Our teachers and students have had great success with applying her strategies!
Our goal is to have students reading on a regular basis because they want to. There are times during the year where reading independently will include a book the entire class is reading together. Other times, your child will be reading a book of their choice, either for their own pleasure or for an independent reading activity assigned to them. When this occurs, we encourage students to choose books of interest to them. When students do this, they are more motivated and engaged in the book, and they will find meaning in the text. We encourage your involvement as your child selects independent reading books. If you ever have a question about a book your child has selected for independent reading, please reach out to the classroom teacher or school librarian for assistance. Additionally, you can visit the following websites for information about a title:
· The School Library Journal http://www.slj.com/
· The American Library Association http://www.ala.org/
· Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Our priority is to foster a rich and enjoyable reading life for all. If you discover you are not comfortable with an independent reading selection your child has made, you can redirect your child to a book that better upholds the values that your family honors. Since we, as teachers, cannot read every book available to our students, you play a critical role. Thank you for supporting reading in your child’s life and helping to determine if a title is appropriate for your child.
Alyssa M. Walloff, Ed.D.
Supervisor of K-12 Language Arts, Secondary Gifted Services, and the Success Plan