The Colonial Times

November 15, 2019

What's Happening at Log College

While we are a few weeks early, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving! This is a great time to pause and reflect on what we are all thankful for. The faculty and staff of Log College are thankful to work with your students each and every day, and hopefully we will make a positive and lasting impact on their lives!


This week's edition of the The Colonial Times is quite robust, featuring upcoming events, articles from our teachers, and, for the first time, student work! Take some time to read through and see, as Mr. McManus would say, the "good stuff" that is going on here at Log College.


Report cards were made available this Wednesday. If you have specific questions about your child's grades, please contact teachers individually. Over the course of the next few weeks, information regarding upcoming parent/teacher conferences will be coming out.


Our next edition of The Colonial Times will come out on or around December 6th.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Mr. Golderer and Mr. Drago


Upcoming Dates:


11/20- Screenagers Parent/Family Presentation- 7:00 PM @ LCMS Auditorium

*11/27- Screenagers Student Presentation- During School

11/27- MBIT permission slips due (8th grade only)

11/28- Schools and Offices Closed- Happy Thanksgiving!

11/29- Schools and Offices Closed

12/2 to 12/6- Conference Sign-up Window

12/6- Early Dismissal- Inservice


*- Indicates during school day, not open to parents.

Bucks County Tour of Honor Video

This is a video highlighting the events from the Log/Klinger Band's trip to Washington, D.C. early in October.

Bucks County String Day

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Lillian Kintzel and Ricky Ridpath represented Log College Middle School at the Bucks County Music Educators' Association's 32nd annual String Day that was hosted by the Council Rock School District. Lillian and Ricky spent the entire day sight-reading music, which is playing music for the first time without having prior practice with it. In the afternoon, they performed a concert for family, friends, and community members. The concert was very impressive!

Student Writing Corner

This week we are starting a new feature in The Colonial Times. We will now be showcasing some writing pieces that our students have been working on in their English classes. This week, we are featuring two poems written by 8th grader Lillie Petitta. Great work Lillie!


Bubbles



Bubbles, Bubbles

Everyone has their own bubble

All bubbles are unique in their own ways

However there are some bubbles that are more unique than other bubbles

Those bubbles are the ones who are left aside

Not spoken about

Sometimes forgotten

But those bubbles are the ones who you should be most afraid of

Because those bubbles are the special ones

The ones who will eventually change society as we know it

Those bubbles will be the ones who rise from the bottom

Obliterate the fires that people started

Because their fires are the fires that shine the brightest

They will tear down the borders that society put on them

Because now they know that they can’t be and will not be controlled by anyone

They will challenge the limits that anyone puts on them

Because now they know that their creativity has no limits

Those bubbles who were left aside by society because of their fear of change

Because of their fear of the unknown

Now those bubbles will reign strong and will not be feared

But will be admired for testing the limits of society



North Star



Traveling through the dark sea

All is lost

Nothing of familiarity to be seen

As everything seems to have vanished

A beacon of light glimmers in the distance

The light urges you to follow

As you follow the light, it immerses you in warmth and belonging

The light provides you with endless happiness

All the darkness has disappeared

And only the brightness that the light gives off remains

Now you are flourishing

All thanks to the light guiding you through the dark sea

Leading you through the hardship and bringing you to the place where you belong

Fall Sports

Our fall sports season has concluded with a final victory for our football team over Klinger, capping off an undefeated season. We are already rolling into our winter sports seasons with our girls and boys basketball teams, and wrestling team beginning tryouts in the coming weeks. Our cheerleading team continues into the winter season and will begin competitions in the coming months. Congratulations to all of our athletes on their hard work and dedication!

Screenagers

Technological advancements have created wonderful new connections and opportunities for the next generation. Recent studies, however, have shown an increase in anxiety and depression correlated with screen time in teenagers and adults alike. Our children are native to the digital age, but may still struggle with how to balance and appropriately use the technology that is available to them. Log College will be hosting a night dedicated to this topic through the documentary, Screenagers. The documentary takes a personal approach on the subject as physician, Dr. Ruston, explores concerns over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction in her own family.


Screenagers will be shown on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Log College Middle School Auditorium. This event is FREE of cost.


The LCMS students will have the opportunity to view the documentary in their classrooms the following week. Please contact the guidance department with any questions. "

8th Grade MBIT Trip

This is reminder that permission slips for 8th graders attending the MBIT trip on December 10th and 11th are due by Wednesday, November 27th.

Reading Olympics

The Log College Middle School Reading Olympics team has been busy preparing for this year's competition. A group of eighteen scholars will collectively read twenty-five novels, or about 50,000 pages. That's a lot of work, and fun! each year the selections include fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction, and biographical works of inspirational children or adult figures from American history. Of course, the funny stories are always appreciated and it's had to keep them on the shelf. In addition to spending many hours reading our students collaborate to help each study for a quiz-bowl style competition, held each year in April. We have a long streak of earning blue ribbons, because of the hard work put forth by our participants.

Art @ LCMS

The creativity is flowing in Art classes! 6th graders started out the semester learning about drawing using shapes and lines, how to separate out different values and render them with stippling (creating lights and darks using a sharpie marker and making small dots), and how to accurately match color using Prismacolor colored pencils. The results are spectacular! Their next unit is printmaking where they have already learned about the Ashanti culture and how they use symbols to communicate without words. At first, when asked if they would be able to remember all those symbols, they said, “no”, but after pointing out all of the symbols they are surrounded by every day in our culture, they came to understand how it could be done! After all, we have branding for so many products: apps, restaurants, cars, sports teams, etc.; and we see these symbols and know the meaning instantly!

7th grade finished up their still life drawings, where they drew a foreign object (rotary telephones from the 1940’s) and made them look three-dimensional on paper. They learned about proportion, composition, contrast and value. Their drawings are so realistic it feels like you could just reach into them and make a phone call - that is if they could figure out how to hit send! They are now moving on to their painting unit where we will focus on color and how color combinations affect a painting. We will concentrate on proper use and care of tools and materials, and the different skills and tricks there are to paint with accuracy. They will also learn how to mix colors to create custom colors that will be color matched to their photograph.

8th grade is finishing up their role model grid enlargement drawings. They were asked to think about what characteristics a role model has. Why do they inspire us to be better people? Then they used a clear, grid overlay to enlarge their photograph using a 1:2 ratio. They chose an art medium or two to best enhance who their role model is and they are transferring their grid drawing over to various background paper. They are looking phenomenal! I was really impressed by who my students chose as role models and hope that they continue to make as good of choices throughout their lives!

Game Growers

Click here for information on a truly unique opportunity for 8th grade female athletes, sponsored by Nike.

Thursday Morning Homework Club

Homework Club is facilitated and sponsored by the LCMS school counselors. The club meets every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. in the LCMS school library. The counselors are present as well as other staff members to assist students with academics. Students interested may bring breakfast and will need a ride into school. All are welcome to attend Thursday Morning Homework Club!

Attendance Procedures

Please be sure to turn in absence excuse notes within three (3) days of your child's return to school. Absences will remain unexcused until notes or turned in or if the three day window is exceeded. If your child has 10 or more cumulative days of absence, a doctor's note is required for all absences past 10 days.


Absence excuse notes can also be emailed to Log College at the following address:

lcattendance@centennialsd.org


For family trips during the school year, a Family Trip Request Form must be submitted to the Principal at least two weeks (10 school days) prior to your trip. All requests submitted less than 10 days prior will be denied.

From Our School Nurse

The state of Pennsylvania requires documentation of physical exams, dental exams and immunizations in School Health Records. The schedule for the mandated physical and dental exams is:

  • Physical Exam are required for all 6th graders; Please continue to send in.

  • Dental Exam are required for all 7th grade; Please continue to send in.


All 7th graders are required to have a Tdap & Meningococcal immunization. Please submit documentation by December 6th


Utilize the link below to view immunization requirements:

Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements for School-Aged Children


All Centennial School District Health Forms are available from the Nurse’s Office or at http://www.centennialsd.org/Page/1887 . . You may also download and print the necessary forms by going to the Log College website and click on the “Our School” tab; click on the “Nursing Services” tab; click on “Forms”.


WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK….

Early dismissal due to illness is handled by the Nurse’s Office. Once it is determined the student will need to be dismissed, the nurse will contact the parent/guardian. Please remind your student the use of cell phones to call or text in school is not permitted. The office phones are available to students with the permission of the office staff. Students may not use their cell phone to call or text home. Early dismissal for any other reason is handled through the front security desk with a parent note stating the reason for the early dismissal, date, and time.

If your child is ill and misses school, upon returning to school they must present a note written by you (parent/guardian) to the Guidance/Attendance secretary (Debbie Glover). Parents may also email an absence note to GlovDe@centennialsd.org. Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional information.


WHEN YOUR CHILD NEEDS MEDICATION AT SCHOOL…


With the exception of rescue inhalers or auto-injectable epinephrine, students are NOT permitted to carry medication (on their person, in their lunch or school bag).

Medication must be in the original container and hand delivered by a parent/guardian to the school nurse. A “Medication Permission Form” must also accompany the medication.

The may be obtained in the Nurse’s Office or by visiting the LC website at: http://www.centennialsd.org/Page/1887.


An Asthma or Allergy Action Plan must accompany rescue medication such as asthma inhalers or epinephrine. Failing to store prescribed medication in the nurse’s office is a violation of Centennial School District Policy 3.1.


WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS HEAD LICE…


Head lice do not pose a health hazard, are not responsible for the spread of disease, and are not a sign of un-cleanliness.


Check your child’s head for lice on a weekly basis. Because head lice are usually transmitted by head-to-head contact, parents should carefully check a child’s head before and after attending a sleepover or camp where children share sleeping quarters.


The first sign of lice is always itching. When you notice that your child is itching have them sit in a well-lit area and look for an oval shaped “nit” or egg along the hairline. Nits stick to the hair and are not easily removed. If you have any questions about what you are looking for please feel free to call the nurse’s office for guidance.


Remind children to never share hats, coats, combs, headphones, to play with each other’s hair or have any close head contact “SELFIES”.


As with all health issues, please keep the school nurse informed. Visit our website or call the Nurse’s Office for additional information, available resources, or individual questions.


As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.



Anne Curtin, RN, BSN, CSN

Certified School Nurse

Log College Middle School

215-441-6075 ex 14025

curtan@centennialsd.org

Winter Weather Procedures

While it is still Fall for a four more weeks, winter weather is a very real possibility from this point forward (as evidenced by the flakes that were flying on 11/12!). Please stay tuned to local news outlets, Centennial SD's social media accounts, and Log College's social media accounts for updates on delays and cancellations. In the event of a two or three hour delay, abbreviated schedules will be followed.