Lenape Smoke Signals

Week of January 18 - 22

View more Lenape artwork in this week's Virtual Art Gallery!

Upcoming Events

  • January 11-24 - Bucks County Free Library Card Drive
  • January 15 - Scheduling portal opens for 9th graders
  • January 15, 10:00-1:00 - Doylestown Borough Food Drive
  • January 17, 3:00-5:00 - Bucks & Montco Teen Peace & Social Justice Summit
  • January 18 - MLK Jr. Day; No School
  • January 20, 2:00-4:00 - Picture Retakes in Cafeteria
  • January 21, 9:00 - Parent Council Meeting
  • January 25, 26, & 28 - Spring Musical Auditions
  • January 29 - End of 2nd Marking Period; Early Dismissal at 10:45

Wednesday, January 20th

Due to a staff training event, periods 4-7 on Wednesday, January 20th will be asynchronous. Teachers will post assignments for students on their Canvas pages for these periods.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

"Make it a day on, not a day off."

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. If your student or family participates in any service projects, we would love to hear about them! E-mail a short description and a picture (if you have one) to ladowd@cbsd.org so we can feature your student in our next newsletter.

Instructional Mode Changes for MP3

As we approach the end of the first semester, we’d like to give you the opportunity to reevaluate your family’s instructional mode choice for the next marking period. Please contact GSAULLO@CBSD.ORG no later than Friday, January 22nd, 2021 if you would like to make a change in your child’s delivery mode. We will make changes to the extent possible while following our spacing and social distancing guidelines. Please note that we cannot make changes between hybrid modes (moving from H1 to H2); the changes are reserved for a move from virtual to hybrid, or vice-versa. Additionally, many families requested a move to virtual instruction during the holidays. You must contact us in order to switch your child back to a hybrid model. If you do not wish to make a change, there is no need to respond.

Spring Musical Auditions

The Lenape Players are proud to announce our spring musical, “Singing in the Rain.” Auditions for this year’s show are scheduled for Jan. 25, 26, and 28. To learn more about the audition process and our upcoming production, please join the “Singing in the Rain” CANVAS COURSE by clicking here.

Additional information is also available on Mrs. Rodgers' teacher site.

School Photos & Retakes

School photos are in! Photos and ID cards will be sent home with hybrid students over the next few school days. Students who are virtual can come to the main office vestibule Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 and 3:30 to pick up their photos.

Any student who may have missed picture day or who wishes to have their photo retaken may do so on Wednesday, January 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 in the cafeteria. Sign up for a timeslot here.

Bucks County Free Library Card Drive

The Lenape Library is excited to partner with the Bucks County Free Library to help students register for a library card. Our Virtual Library Card Drive will run from January 11 – 24.

All BCFL branches are open for in-person selection or curb-side pickup. BCFL’s digital resources are available anytime, anywhere, and are completely free with your library card.

Ready to register for a library card? Here's how:

  1. Click on this link between January 11 - 24 to go to the online library card application for students: https://buckslib.org/school-outreach-library-card-application/
  2. Enter the password: $choolyear2020
  3. Select Lenape Middle School from the dropdown list
  4. Complete the application with your information. If you are under age 14, please have your adult at home complete the application with you.
  5. After the drive has ended, your library card will be sent to school and delivered to your ELA teacher. If you are a virtual student, pickup dates will be communicated when the drive has ended.

We hope you enjoy the many resources the Bucks County Free Library has to offer!

MLK Jr. Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit

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Breakfast & Lunch Reminder

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Counselors' Corner

Program Planning for 2021-22

Program planning for 9th graders is officially underway. The journey between now and the first day at CB West is exciting. Last week, our 9th graders participated in a virtual kickoff assembly. A recording of this event is on the Lenape Schoolwide Canvas program planning site. This, and many other tools the students will need over the next couple of months, are on the Canvas site. It is important that students reference this site for all the tools they will need throughout this process. CB West curriculum Fair videos were released yesterday. The link to the videos can be found within the letter from Mr. Donovan sent in an email blast or by going right to West guidance page.

Your student’s Lenape counselor is available to support this process. It is important that students visit the Canvas page as their main point of reference. As far as what is important this week, please focus on watching and perhaps re-watching the videos including our kickoff. Students have until February 7th to enter their courses so there is no need to rush through decisions. Students should invest time in considering which electives they are most interested in.

NAMI Online Support Groups & Wellness Events

The Bucks County National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a wealth of support – please check out January’s highlights!

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Career & Community Spotlight Events

This week's Career and Community Spotlight speaker was Chris Spinner, who is co-founder and partner of Mad Icarus Media. Chris is an executive marketing consultant for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. He is a successful startup entrepreneur, business developing partner, and has an impressive range of experience in digital, traditional, and integrated marketing. The session was moderated by Lenape 7th grade student Kaitlyn Deeter. You can watch a recording of the spotlight here.

Live Events are Wednesdays at 3:00. Please contact Jodi Schmon with feedback/questions concerning the Career & Community Spotlights. Below is a list of past and upcoming events:

  • November 18: Det Ansinn, Brick Simple. STEM Career Cluster, facilitated by Jack Burleson
  • December 9: Ashley Heidler, Doylestown Hospital. Wellness/Connection to Community, facilitated by Alexandra O'Donnell
  • January 13: Chris Spinner, Mad Icarus Media. Marketing Career Cluster, facilitated by Kaitlin Deeter
  • February 3: Matt Metzger, Penn State Abington Admissions. Digital Footprint
  • February 24: Adam Assoian, Ally Psychological Services. Human Services Career Cluster

January Boomerang Nominations

January's Boomerang is Asset #33: Interpersonal Competence: Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills. If you know of any student who possesses this attribute, please consider nominating him/her. E-mail mblankenburg@cbsd.org with the student's name and the reason for the nomination. All nominations are due by Monday, January 25th.

News from the Nurse

Happy New Year from the Health Office!

This is a reminder to PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE STUDENT EMERGENCY FORMS THROUGH PARENT PORTAL IF YOU WISH YOUR CHILD TO RECEIVE ACETAMINOPHEN OR IBUPROFEN AT SCHOOL. You may also update your contact information, health conditions or emergency contact. Feel free to call us with any questions regarding this requirement.

Cold and Flu season is in full swing. Please remind your children to wash their hands often.

Please keep your child/children at home if they have any cold symptoms as they mimic those of COVID-19.

Prevent colds, flu, and COVID infections by getting kids to:

● Use soap and water. Washing their hands frequently will reduce the spread of germs.

● Wearing a mask in public. Cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing into the bend of their

elbows to help prevent spreading of germs.

● Get immunized. Keep vaccinations current, including the flu shot.

7th Grade Dental Screenings

Pennsylvania mandated dental screenings for 7th grade students were due by October 15, 2020. We are still missing screenings from some students. Please email our Certified School Nurse Maureen Burke at maburke@cbsd.org with the date of your child's last exam and name of the dentist, in lieu of the form if you prefer. If your child has not had a dental exam since 9/1/2019, and you would like them to have an exam by the school's dentist later this school year, please send an email to maburke@cbsd.org and we will place them on our list.

Sports & Extracurricular Information

Updated Sports Masking Letter

Updated Spectator Information

Lenape Sports This Week

Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King Day- No School

Tuesday, January 19

No contests scheduled

Wednesday, January 20

No contests scheduled

Thursday, January 21

Wrestling at Holicong (3:15)

Friday, January 22

8th Girls Basketball vs. Unami (3:15)

7th Girls Basketball at Unami (3:15)

Lenape Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular clubs and activities provide students with opportunities to explore interests, make connections with in-class learning, have fun, and make friends. Extracurricular activity meetings are announced in the daily Lenape Morning Announcements e-mails and the activity catalog can be viewed here. At this time, most extracurricular clubs and meetings are being held virtually.

Lenape & CB West Orchestra Winter Album

We are excited to present our first ever CB West and Lenape Orchestra winter album! The album includes 20 performances ranging from student composed solos, to small hybrid cohort ensembles, to larger virtual orchestra recording projects. The repertoire ranges from holiday and folk songs, to classical, to a student-arranged White Winter Hymnal by Pentatonix. You can view the 30-minute album here.

The featured performance of the album is the CB West Virtual Orchestra performing Post Malone's Sunflower from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. You can view it here.


Recursos Para Padres Hispanohablantes

Abajo se encuentran recursos en Español para padres y guardianos de los estudiantes de Central Bucks.

Recursos Para Padres Hispanohablantes

Free Breakfast & Lunch Each Day - Reminder

Please remind your child(ren) that all students are entitled to a free breakfast and lunch each day. Breakfast is available each morning until 7:30 in the cafeteria and outside of the auditorium. Grab and go lunches are available every day in the cafeteria during dismissal. It is our hope that all students take advantage of these nutritious (and free!) meals!

Attendance - Reminder

  • Hybrid Students - In Person Days: If a student should be physically present in the building and staying home, we do need this communication to come from the parents or guardians. Please email our attendance office at lenapeattendance@cbsd.org. It is important for us to be able to account for all students for safety reasons. If a student is not in school (but even attending online) the initial absence code will be “absent” until we have a communication from parents. The attendance code will be changed to VP (Virtual Present) once we have the communication from the parent/guardian. We do ask for the communication in advance of the absence so teachers are aware. It also ensures that parents and guardians are aware that the student is at home and has permission.
  • Online Students - Students all Virtual or Hybrid Students on Virtual Days: If a student does not attend class, the student will be marked absent unexcused until we receive communication from parents. If a student logs on but stops engaging in the class, their attendance code will be changed to VC (Virtual Cut).

For Your Information


Safe2Say is a valuable resource that has been set up by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide a method for anyone to report a concern about a student or group of students 24/7. Please note some important reminders about the use of Safe2Say:

  • If you put in a tip, please check back often for communications. The tip line is monitored 24/7 at the state level. The tip is sent to the school and/or police if it is deemed "Life Safety" immediately. It is sent in the morning if it is determined to be "Non-Life Safety."
  • It is important to include as much information as possible. If you have evidence of your concerns, please share that evidence via the tip or with us. You can attach pictures and videos in the Safe2Say system.

Please remember that Safe2Say is statewide system that is used in collaboration with the State Attorney's Office, emergency responders, and school officials. It is important to know that tips are reviewed on the state level before being passed to the local police and/or school authorities. Please consider the purpose of your tip - Is it to provide another person with a way to receive help? Is it preventing an act of violence? Is it something that needs to involve local and state authorities? While the system is anonymous, abuse of the system will not be tolerated and actions will be taken if it is determined that the system is being used inappropriately.

Guidance Sparks - Finding Your Spark

Wouldn’t it be great if we all knew what our “spark” was as a young child. For some that is the case, but for others, the time spent discovering their spark can be an adventure. As a parent, do you know your spark? When did you discover your spark? Understanding the concept of spark yourself is beneficial in discussing the idea with your child. Typically, 60% of children can identify their spark by the time they are 12 years old. This may or may not be the case for your child(ren). To encourage this discovery, find an opportunity when you and your child can have alone time to talk about it (e.g., driving in the car). Here are some helpful questions to start the conversation from the book Sparks by Peter L Benson, PhD (2008):

  • What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?
  • What makes you dread getting out of bed in the morning? (Eliminating ideas can be as important as discovery.)
  • What day is your favorite day of the week? Why?
  • If you could spend the whole day doing something you chose to do, what would that be?
  • What makes you really happy?
  • Who are your adult role models?

Among the most common sparks reported by children are the creative arts, athletics, and learning. Some children find their sparks in areas that are less common. It may be hard for some children, especially teenagers, to do something that few others do. It is important that we encourage our children to find their own spark and path.

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

Doylestown Borough Food Drive

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Library Information

The infographic below explains the process for using our Curbside Book Pickup system. (Click here to view the interactive version with audio and video instructions.)
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Technology Information and Resources

Health and Safety Resources

A friendly reminder: If your child is sick and is exhibiting any Covid-like symptoms, please reference the chart below to determine if it is safe for them to come to school. If you need guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the nurse's office for assistance.

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Masking Updates

Per the most recent update to the masking order, shields will no longer be an acceptable face covering option for staff or students as per updated regulations from the state and district. For more details, click here: https://www.cbsd.org/2020-21