Vol. 7, Issue 32; May 1, 2020
Remote Learning Information for the Remainder of the School Year
As we continue our remote learning for the remainder of the school year, the following links will help you and your student(s) with our remote learning structure:
Feel free to email questions to your building principal. Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org
High School: email@example.com
- Reminder! 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.
Parent Tech Hour on Tuesdays
We know how tough it is to take on the task of helping and monitoring your child’s online learning, especially with learning the technology that comes with it. We hope to ease some of your burdens by offering a Parent Tech Hour on Tuesdays from 11:00 – 12:00 on Zoom with Ms. Lindsay, MS Principal, and Ms. Patenaude, MHS Librarian, where you can ask any questions you may have. Anything from how to turn in an assignment to learning how to navigate a new website, we are here for you. If you're not available during this time, feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.
Zoom link - Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88003666187?pwd=eEFTQnR3U2xsUFNLVHF4cWxwVTR2Zz09 Meeting ID: 880 0366 6187 Password: 087086
Breakfast and Lunch??? We Can Add Your Child To Our Weekly Deliveries!
Dr. Miller's Psych Notes
Finessing the Power Struggle
There is a scene in the oldie but goodie sitcom M*A*S*H, where an angry Colonel Potter (might have been Colonel Blake, not sure) calls Hawkeye into his office. Anyway, the Colonel yells at Hawkeye to sit down. Hawkeye responds by saying, “You are forcing me to stand.” This is a classic power struggle; one person is insisting and the other person is resisting. The power struggle remains in this steady-state unless one of the strugglers does something different. In this case, the Colonel took a deep breath then asked Hawkeye politely to sit. The power struggle was broken and they could get down to business. Power struggles are bad for everybody involved, but it is easy to get caught in one. Emergency remote learning is a perfect recipe for power struggles to take place at home over schoolwork. You may have experienced one yourself, whether you are a parent or a student. The power struggle is usually around completing school work with the parent insisting and the student resisting. It will stay in this steady-state unless someone, student or parent, does something different. The key in this situation is to remember that you probably both want the same thing. Students generally want to succeed and parents want their children to succeed. You are both on the same team and you are both striving for the same goals. So, parents, instead of insisting, and students, instead of resisting, cooperate with each other to find out what is getting in the way of school work. Then build a plan together to succeed. This might be something as simple as agreeing that distractions (phones, Youtube, video games, etc.) are put away until work is completed. Of course, this is easier said than done, but why let a power struggle derail what you both want? Try to finesse it, and see if you can get better results. We are all in a tough situation. As a parent, it is often hard to know what to do. Fortunately, there is lots of information available online. Just google parenting teens. Here is an article to get you started. Discipline strategies for teens
Help out with a Senior Project!
Senior Ben Dupree, working with the Adirondack Foundation, has begun collecting shoes for his senior project and will continue to collect them through May 4th. Totes have been placed at the ramp of the high school for anyone that would like to donate shoes. No open-toed shoes or heels, please. Only sneakers and boots can be collected.
LPMHS Virtual Library
Lunchtime Live at The Wild Center
Lunchtime Live is bringing The Wild Center to families every Monday – Friday at 12pm. Wild Center educators and animal care staff will be sharing animal encounters, behind-the-scenes looks, projects, and activities you can do in your own backyard. Lunchtime Live can be viewed live on The Wild Center Facebook Page or on our website (https://www.wildcenter.org/digital/lunchtimelive/). Even if families can’t tune in live, archived episodes can be found on the site, to view anytime. More digital content, including a Virtual Visit (https://www.wildcenter.org/virtual-visit), which allows users to “walk” from exhibit to exhibit, and the Wild Content Hub (https://www.wildcenter.org/wild-content-hub/) are also available for those looking for a digital Wild Center experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Transcending Social Distance: LPMHS Art Gallery
Don't forget! Students and staff can still share their creativity and personal expression by emailing any artwork to Mr. Robinson for the online art gallery found here.
Once the artwork is uploaded, you will receive an Artsonia permission request via email. The artwork will not be viewable unless permission is granted.
Please email Mrs. McConvey at email@example.com in the library for any upcoming opportunities.
---See flyer below for a volunteer opportunity---
**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
Special Enrollment Period for NYS Health Insurance
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the New York State of Health has made a Special Enrollment Period available to New Yorkers during which eligible individuals will be able to enroll in insurance coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan Marketplace, and directly through insurers. The Special Enrollment Period is open from March 16 to May 15, 2020. Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round.
The Fidelis Care team is ready to assist you by phone. Call 1-866-435-9521 (TTY: 711) or you can contact your local Fidelis Care Representative, Katelyn Smart 518-593-5341 or Matthew Davis 518-429-8224.
Student Log In Assistance Sheet
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:
May 5 – Regular meeting to be held via Zoom
May 12 –Meeting is cancelled
June 2, 2020
June 16, 2020
July 7, 2020