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Here at Linden we are ONE! --- May 20th, 2020 Edition
Specials are Required!
As you are aware, we have moved into mandatory participation in our distance learning plan. Please be reminded that our specialists post lessons for students weekly as well. In the interest of communication, proficiency marks on the end-of 3rd trimester reporting document will be blank for students who have not made an effort to attend specials. If you are uncertain whether or not your child has completed specialists activities, please check your child's journal on Seesaw. If you have specific questions regarding specials, please reach out to our specialist teachers regarding your child and their mandatory participation.
6th Grade Service Project Follow-up
Thanks to all who donated items for the 6th grade service project back in March before we had to close. Most of the items have been successfully distributed or have a designated location. All food items were sent out to The Vine with Liz Heinley and distributed appropriately. Over $40 in quarters were collected to provide laundry money for the homeless youth. Over 40 bags of mixed food and clothing items and gift cards were given to those in desperate need. Laundry detergent and cleaning products were handed out also during this time of great need and when the supply chain was stretched. Warm clothing was distributed as the cooler temperatures lingered. 4 large grocery bags of donated stuffed animals will be given to Glad Dog Nations in Langhorne where they will be recycled and repurposed into dog toys. The play dough will be given to the Simple Gifts Project organization to give to kids who are hospitalized. Thanks to everyone who contributed. While the 6th graders were unable to physically get together, your contributions made a difference for our community.
May Boomerang Nomination Deadline Extended
The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a district-wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of the chosen Developmental Assets® for the school year.
May's Boomerang Asset is Personal Power- Young person feels they have control over "things happening to me".
Please email your Boomerang nominations to email@example.com by Friday, May 29th.
Accessing Specials for Distance Learning
As you are aware, we have moved into mandatory participation in our distance learning plan. Please be reminded that our specialists post lessons for students weekly as well. If you are uncertain whether or not your child has completed specialists activities, please check your child's journal on Seesaw. If you have specific questions regarding specials, please reach out to our specialist teachers regarding your child and their mandatory participation.
To view this week's Monday Morning Show, please click May 18th - Leopard Monday Morning Show.
This week, our theme will focus on celebrating International New Friends-Old Friends Week. Ms. Perez invites you to participate this week on our International New Friends-Old Friends Padlet Wall. Join the fun and post your picture(s)! See this week’s Monday Morning Show for details.
YES - We're still recording awesome children's stories!! As you make time to participate safely in family activities, PLEASE CLICK THIS BUTTON. You can use this link every day to access the new read-aloud.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
Tip of the Week from Dr. McIntyre & Dr. Graz
Parenting Tip of the Week – Look for Silver Linings
The common expression "every cloud has a silver lining" means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect. Though hard to find at times, every difficult situation has a more positive aspect. Maintaining a hopeful, “silver-linings” mindset can be a powerful coping strategy in the midst of challenging times. While we cannot change our current situation of living with Covid, we can change our perspective and in doing so, help decrease our stress and improve our emotional well-being.
For more tips on finding silver-linings during Covid 19, check out this short video from the Child Mind Institute:
Stay healthy and stay safe.
Dr. McIntyre & Dr. Graz
This week the Central Bucks elementary counselors have a very special treat! Check out our amazing performance. Then, take some time to explore Bill Withers' "Lean on Me." Scroll through the lesson, watch the videos, and then choose one of the activities at the end in the Be Creative, Be Mindful, Be Curious section. I hope you enjoy this activity. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Please reference the following resource this week:
You can also find these weekly wellness resources on my website.
Stay safe, happy and healthy!
Workout With Mrs. Williams
LHSA Board 2020/2021 School Year Plan
LHSA General Meeting - May 21st @ 2PM
Sharing Our Strength
Dear Central Bucks families,
As we do in each edition of our Sharing Our Strength newsletter, we're shining a light on the amazing spirit of Central Bucks. In an effort to help us focus firmly on the continued good work taking place, you will read about student performances, distance learning activities and creative work, and news to keep you informed.
Read the most recent edition at https://www.cbsd.org/strength.
Also included is a link to watch a recent Parent Positive online event offered courtesy of our friend, Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard. Dr. Dahlsgaard has presented to our families, our teachers, and our wider community many times. Her words are always inspiring, and well worth anyone's time.
As this crisis continues, we are all becoming fatigued by the challenge of social distancing, helping our children participate in distance learning, and maintain a positive outlook despite the news we are constantly bombarded with. Like you, many of us are parents who feel tired and overwhelmed by it all. We feel anxious and worried, and concerned about our children, our loved ones, and our community.
During her talk last week, Dr. Dahlsgaard shared, "3 Small Strategies to Maintain Psychological Health During Extended Times of Adversity." (More details below and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/braveisbetter/.)
- Bravery is functioning despite fear.
- Start grading yourself on a curve.
- Notice, savor, and amplify small moments of joy.
These are important reminders of the importance of self-awareness and self-care that are critical to our well-being as we manage the daily difficulties that present themselves during this journey toward a new normal.
I hope you'll find time to watch the recorded session included in the newsletter weren't able to make the time last week. Take care of one another, and stay safe.
John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
CBSD Farmers Market @ Barclay ES
Wednesday, June 3rd, 4pm
2015 Palomino Drive
The CBSD Farmers Market is open! A week after the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we began distributing food every week on Wednesdays at 4:00 at Barclay Elementary School. We believe that in a community as well resourced as ours, no child should ever be hungry. If you find yourself in need, please stop by.
If you find yourself in a position of giving, consider supporting this initiative. Please help us share food with families and children throughout the Central Bucks School District during this crisis! Click HERE to support our Go Fund Me. Thank you for your generosity!
There are more ways than one to support! Check out the list of item donations needed in the flyer below!
Now is the Time to Register for the 2020-2021 School Year
Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER ~ Watch On- Demand May 15th - 29th
CB Cares and CBSD Present an Online Parent Positive Event - Watch On-Demand May 15-May 29
With COVID-19 giving many of us downtime at home with our families, we invite the Central Bucks community to take this opportunity to watch SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER:
Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. This special edition includes a brief introduction by the filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston, plus a pre-recorded Q&A with her after the film, where she responds to some of the most frequently asked questions about the topics covered in the film. Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.
We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.
IMPORTANT REMINDER from CB Transportation: Alternate Bus Stop Requests
If you would like to request a different bus and/or bus stop, please submit the alternate bus stop request form and forward to our transportation department. Please be advised that bus stop exceptions will not be automatically transferred to a new school year but have to be requested every year again!