L.B. Clarke Middle School

September 18, 2020

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School Pictures and Fall Fundraiser This Week

Happy Friday Everyone!


The two big events at L.B. Clarke this week are school pictures and the fall fundraiser. You will find information about both below.


We are already moving into the third week of school! The kids have been amazing in adjusting to our new normal. They have been great both on their days at school and at home in participating, asking questions, and contacting their teachers.


I want to recognize our staff as well. Just like any other profession during these times, they have had to learn how to operate successfully in a new format. Each class period involves managing the class in the room and through a Google Meet or Zoom, using the camera or document projector to share their screen with the class, facilitating discussions, group work, and questions between the students at school and at home, and monitoring what the students are doing on their Chromebooks using another platform called Device Console. They have been absolutely outstanding in managing all of this and conducting a successful class. Please send them some love when you have a spare moment. They are working hard for our kids, families, school, and community.


Finally, I'd like to recognize and thank you for being the great parents and partners in education that you are. We realize that especially with the technology aspect, there has been a learning curve for the students and for you. We are all learning together and we appreciate how cooperative and supportive you have been. Our families and community are the best!


If you have any questions, you can email me or call the middle school office at 794-1614.


#WeAreTR #LBCistheplacetobe

Specifics On Attendance...

In-School Days

  • Students must attend in school days AT SCHOOL unless they are ill and have been called in by a parent/guardian.
  • Students MAY NOT stay home for any other reason than illness or a situation worked out between the school and parents.


eLearning Days

  • Students must attend classes according to their daily classroom schedule.
  • Students are marked absent unless called in by a parent for illness or a situation worked out between the school and parents.


Fridays

  • ALL STUDENTS MUST ATTEND CLASSES ONLINE BETWEEN 9:15-11:30 AM ON FRIDAYS.
  • This is a required part of the school week.

School Picture Days- This Week!

We will be running picture day on two separate days this year in order to allow for physical distancing and additional time.


Purple Cohort- Tuesday, September 22nd

Gold Cohort- Wednesday, September 23rd

eLearners Only- Wednesday, September 23rd (12-1 pm)


It is important that all students have their picture taken for safety purposes and for the yearbook.


Picture orders will be done online this year. Please see the web site below or use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code. Picture orders can be made the Harmann's website.

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L.B. Clarke Fall Fundraiser- Runs Through October 2nd!

Our annual fall fundraiser b runs through Friday, October 2nd. We are running the fundraiser completely online this year. You can click this link and follow the instructions to get started.


Even though we are not going on any trips this year, we can still provide our families with the opportunity to raise money for their trip accounts. Student trip accounts can be used for end of year grade level trips and the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip. Many students have paid for their entire 8th-grade trip through fundraising over the years.


The school makes ZERO DOLLARS from this fundraiser. All proceeds from each student's sales go directly into their own trip account. This fundraiser is for students and families to pay for trips, nothing else. 8th graders can still fundraise this year, and due to the COVID-19 circumstances, we will transfer your trip account funds to the high school next year.


If you have any questions please ask! We will kick-off the fundraiser at school this week.

LBC Fall Fundraiser

Purple/Gold Cohorts- NORMAL WEEK

PURPLE COHORT

Monday/Tuesday- attend at school in-person

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday- attend online through Google Meet


GOLD COHORT

Monday/Tuesday/Friday- attend online through Google Meet

Wednesday/Thursday- attend at school in-person


FRIDAYS

All students will attend core subject classes on Friday mornings through Google Meet or Zoom. Friday mornings will be used to wrap up learning for the week, foreshadow learning for the next week, and to provide support or extension learning for students. This is a required part of the school week.


Here is a sample student schedule:

  • Science- 9:15-9:45
  • Math- 9:50-10:20

  • Integrated Studies- 10:25-10:55

  • Integrated Studies- 11:00-11:30 (Integrated Studies is a two-period class)


Afternoons on Friday are for students to finish up on any work for the week, start any assignments that have been given for the next week, or for getting extra help from a teacher.


Teachers will help students prepare for the first Friday of the school year.

ATTENDANCE

While our return to school looks very different this year, attendance law and expectations remain the same. Whether in school or at home, students must follow their schedules and attend classes. When students are at home, they must log in at the beginning of each class to attend through Google Meet. In each Google Classroom, there is a link at the top of the page to join the class.


Reporting an absence:

  • Whether it is a day they are attending school in-person or at home eLearning, a parent/guardian must call the middle school office, or email shannon.zarn@trschools.k12.wi.us, by 9 am and report the absence. If the school doesn't receive a call we will call you at home or work. For your child's safety, it is important that we make sure you know they are not attending school.
  • If you leave a message, please provide your child's name, your name, the reason for absence, and if they are ill, what symptoms they are experiencing, and a phone number to return the call if necessary.


If your child is sick and cannot attend school in-person:

  • If he or she feels well enough, they can attend online instead. However, we still need you to call the school to confirm that they are not attending in-person.
  • If they are ill and do not feel well enough to attend class, please have them rest and take care.


If your child is sick and cannot attend school online:

  • If they are ill and do not feel well enough to attend class, please have them rest and take care. However, we still need you to call the school to confirm that they are not attending online.


***We understand that students may be at home on their own or with older siblings as their caretakers during the day. This is an added challenge for eLearning days. Many teachers and staff are working parents who will have the same situation at home. One of the reasons for this structure is so kids have a schedule to follow at home and will be an active part of the class. If you or your child struggle with eLearning routines, please contact your child's advisor. We are here to help.

Lunch Pick-up Days and Times

Below are lunch pick up times and locations for eLearning:

  • Mondays- 10:30-11 am
  • Wednesdays- 10:30-11 am
  • Fridays- 11 am-1pm


Lunches can be picked up at both Koenig and Magee.

Please use the same location consistently.

Cross Country Sign-Up Grades (5-8)

Parents: This form includes all of the emergency information you will need to provide.

Soccer Sign-Up (Grades 5-8)

Parents: This form includes all of the emergency information you will need to provide.

Volleyball Sign-Up (Grades 7-8)

Parents: This form includes all of the emergency information you will need to provide.

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