Vol. 7, Issue 27; March 27, 2020
COVID-19 Situation Updates
- Due to the Governor’s Stay-at-home order, school offices will not be regularly staffed. For now, email is the best way to reach faculty, staff, and administration at LPMSHS and LPES. You can also feel free to call us at the following numbers:
- District office: 518-637-2535
- Middle & High School: 518-524-2474
- Elementary School:518-637-2856
- Free internet access available to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. More information HERE.
- Bored? Here is a list of creative ideas and exciting activities you can use with the children at home to stay engaged.
The Lake Placid School District would like to thank EVERYONE for their generous donations to our backpack food program. Our first delivery of groceries went out last Thursday and included all of the food donated by members of our community, as well as fresh produce that was donated by The Breakfast Club, The Crowne Plaza, and Northwood School. Our lunch and breakfast deliveries are now starting to include donated gift cards to our local grocery stores.
If you would still like to donate, we are accepting gift cards to Hannaford, Price Chopper and Aldi in any denomination. This will allow families to grab other items like diapers, baby food, meats, produce and needed cleaning supplies.
Again, THANK YOU for supporting our students and for your understanding as we navigate these challenging times.
Childcare for "Essential Workers"
We know that the COVID-19 crisis and closing of school has caused many disruptions for our families, particularly related to finding adequate childcare. We are currently working with the FEH BOCES to assist families of essential health care workers and first responders to find open childcare placements with local county and current licensed daycare providers. Essential health care workers may include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, nurse assistants, or lab personnel. First responders may include paramedics, EMTs, police officers, and firefighters. If you are an essential health care worker or first responder and need assistance with childcare, please call 518-483-6420 option 9, or send an email to email@example.com
Dr. Miller's PsychNotes
The Need to Belong
Everybody knows about our basic human needs like food, water, and shelter, but there is another need that has suddenly become a challenge to meet given our responsibility to isolate due to COVID-19. That need is to belong, sometimes known as the affiliation need. Human beings evolved in groups and being part of a social group is essential to our mental health and well-being. Being socially isolated is painful. In fact, brain research suggests that the emotional pain that results from social exclusion involves the same systems in the brain as physical pain. So, just like we take care of our bodies by eating and drinking, we need to make a focused effort to meet our need for belonging. If we don’t meet our need for belonging, we risk increased psychological pain, anxiety, and depressed mood. Under normal circumstances, we are often trying to decrease screen time, but now we need to depend on our devices to maintain social connections. So connect away! At school, we have been using Zoom and Google Hangouts as well as other platforms and apps to connect with students. They can also be used to connect socially with family and friends. Try it, it can really help. Get a group of friends or family together for a Zoom meeting. Engage in these social platforms in a positive way; try to lift spirits and enjoy the company of others. The closer your app or platform is to face to face social interaction, the better. Parents, encourage your children to connect electronically (never thought I would advise that). Students, reach out electronically to your fellow students, especially if you know someone who is isolated. Let’s look out for one another and bring everybody into the community group, electronically. Then, when this isolation is lifted we will be a stronger community. And maybe, then, we will get together in person and have great celebrations! Stay safe.
Check out Dr. Miller's coping support page here. His site has information and links to pages to help with general coping strategies and tips on managing stress and worry.
At Home Learning
At home learning information for the Middle/High School can be found here. Please don't forget if your student has any questions or concerns on a specific subject, please email their teacher directly.
Check out a great article here written by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, featuring senior Anne Smith regarding distance learning.
Transcending Social Distance: LPMHS Art Gallery
Mr. Robinson has set up an online art gallery where LPMHS students and staff can share artwork created while we are away from school during this difficult time. Although we are all separated, we can still share in our creativity and personal expression, staying connected as a community that learns together!
The gallery is at Artsonia, an online collection of student art that started back in 2000. If your child creates any artwork during this time away from school, you can email an image of that artwork to Mr. Robinson, and you will then receive an official email from Artsonia allowing you to grant permission for your child's artwork to be displayed there.
For more information and the link to the online gallery, visit Mr. Robinson's teacher page HERE.
Painting by J. Marvin
7th Graders make the cover of the Adk Daily Enterprise!
Please email Mrs. McConvey at firstname.lastname@example.org in the library for any upcoming opportunities.
**Please note Community Service forms are now available online on the school's website. Check it out at the link below.**
Information from your friendly school nurse Cora
Student Log In Assistance Sheet
Board of Education News
The Lake Placid Central School District announces the polling hours for the budget vote will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 19, 2020. The time change from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is necessitated due to the Essex County voting machines not being available for the Annual School District Meeting and Election.
It is anticipated that the Board of Education will adopt the final budget on March 31, 2020 or April 20, 2020.
Community members may submit questions they would like the Board to address during their work sessions by email to email@example.com or during the regular Board of Education meetings during the Good of the Cause. The Board of Education meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Dates 2019-20
The LPCSD Board of Education meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the District Office unless otherwise noted.
Board meetings have been and will continue to be streamed live. Executive Order 202.1 – Article 7 of the Public Officers Law allows for the school board to meet without permitting in public in-person access to meetings. As such, any comments slated for the Good of the Cause can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be read during the portion of the Good of the Cause.
Our Board meetings are streamed live at: http://www.lpcsd.org/ Click on “live stream”
Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:
March 31, 2020
April 21, 2020- BOCES Budget Vote
May 5, 2020- Budget Hearing Wilmington
May 12, 2020-Budget Hearing Lake Placid
May 19, 2020-Budget Vote
June 2, 2020
June 16, 2020
July 7, 2020