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Week of January 25 - 29

Upcoming Events

  • January 25, 26, & 28 - Spring Musical Auditions
  • January 28 - 7th & 8th Grade Program Planning Assemblies
  • January 29 - End of 2nd Marking Period; Early Dismissal at 10:45
  • February 12 - Early Dismissal at 10:45; Teacher In-Service
  • February 15 - No School; Presidents' Day

Secondary Program Enrollment Survey

The Central Bucks School District is preparing to transition to a five-day in-person instructional option OR a five-day per week live-streamed option for all secondary students (grades 7-12). Families will be asked to choose one of the two options available.

If you haven't done so already, please complete the enrollment form ONCE for each child in grades 7-12 before 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26. The form may be found at https://www.cbsd.org/secondaryenrollment.

Attendance Notifications

The district has turned on attendance notifications as of this week. If you've opted in via Parent Portal, you will be notified any time your child is not in class. Please assist us in keeping accurate attendance records by notifying the attendance line if your child will be virtually present or will be missing school for any reason by emailing lenapeattendance@cbsd.org.

Easily monitor your child's attendance by downloading the Campus Parent app.

Teacher Snack Bar Food Collection

The Parent Council Liaisons are collecting snacks for a sweet and salty snack bar for the teachers in February. If you would like to contribute an item, please sign up here.

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

School photos are available to be picked up in the main office vestibule. Photos can be picked up from Monday through Friday between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

Breakfast & Lunch Reminder

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Counselors' Corner

Program Planning Update

9th graders are in the process of entering their courses in the portal which are due by February 7th. Following that, counselors will communicate with students if there any questions or concerns about the courses that were entered.

7th and 8th graders will have their kickoff assemblies next week. Please continue to check as an observer on the Lenape Schoolwide Canvas Course for student information and on the Lenape Guidance Website for parent information. These sites will be updated as information becomes available.

Please reach out to your student’s counselor with any questions. Refer to the Program Planning page on the Lenape Guidance website for timelines and other helpful resources.

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.

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

Lenape's Career and Community Spotlight events are held monthly and allow our students to explore various career pathways by hearing from people who are working in those fields.

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

Rising 9th Grade Soccer

CB West Boys Soccer is holding a 2021 season new player/parent meeting on Sunday, January 31st at 7:00. This meeting is for current 8th graders who are interested in trying out for CB West Boys Soccer for the 2021 season. Click here to join the meeting.

Updated Sports Masking Letter

Updated Spectator Information

Lenape Sports This Week


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.


Recursos Para Padres Hispanohablantes

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

Recursos Para Padres Hispanohablantes

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.

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