LPS Spotlight

News for the Livingston Public Schools Community

December 22, 2021

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The Heritage Middle School Student Council and Builder's Club have been collecting new toys to donate to Toys for Tots. The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute them to children in need during the holidays. Go Jr. Lancers!

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  • Superintendent's Video Message: Dec. 22, 2021
  • Schools/Offices to Close for Winter Break
  • Board of Ed. Reorganization Meeting: Jan. 4, 2022
  • Uploading Student Vaccination Cards
  • PARENT PROGRAM: The Student Athlete Experience, Jan. 13, 2022
  • Reporting Absent Students
  • Get Your Lancer Gear!
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Dr. Block's Video Message 12.22.21
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Calendar Reminders!

December 23, 2021: Partial day for staff and students

December 24-31, 2021: Holiday break; all schools and offices closed


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Uploading Student Vaccination Cards

Some parents have asked how they can upload their child’s vaccination card to our Genesis System, since vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine as often as those who are unvaccinated. Although vaccination or proof of vaccination is not required to attend Livingston Public Schools, if your student is vaccinated, it is helpful to have vaccination cards uploaded into the Genesis Parent Portal. We can use the information on the card for contact tracing and quarantining purposes.

If you would like to upload a copy of your child’s vaccination card for Covid-19, please take the following steps:

Enter the Genesis Parent Portal here or by clicking on the Genesis Parent Portal icon on the homepage of our website, www.livingston.org.

Once in the portal:

  • Click on the “Forms” tab.

  • Click on the “COVID statement/vaccination card upload” form.

  • Scroll down to “Vaccination Statement.”

  • Click the "Choose File" box.

  • Choose the file to upload. A PDF of the card is preferred.

  • Choose "Upload File."

Thank you for your continued partnership!

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REMINDER: Report Absent Students in Genesis

In order to ensure the safety of our students, parents should report their child's absence or tardy in the Genesis Parent Portal before their child's school starts for the day. This system has replaced the "Call For Safety" procedure. PLEASE NOTE: The "Call For Safety" phone lines are no longer functioning.

  • Click HERE to log onto the Genesis Parent Portal.
  • Click HERE for instruction on how to report a child absent or tardy.
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PARENT PROGRAM: January 13, 2022


On Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7PM, clinicians Kate Martino and Ramona Tranculov of Inspire Wellness will present "The Student Athlete Experience" to parents of students in grades 7-12. They will discuss the mental health and substance abuse concerns among student athletes, their unique challenges and demands, and strategies and resources for promoting wellness. Inspire Wellness in Bergen County offers services for all ages and for a large range of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, performance anxiety and substance abuse, to name a few. The Zoom link will be posted HERE on the day of the program.
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LPS Equity Team


The LPS Equity Team has been working with the LPS community to create "affinity groups." Affinity groups are defined as “a group of people sharing a common interest or goal, or acting together for a specific purpose.” At this time, members of our school community and equity teams have made specific requests for an LGBTQIA+ group, an AAPI group, and a BIPOC group. We welcome additional affinity groups as part of our work in equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

These groups, which will meet approximately three times per year, will serve as an advisory group to the District Equity Team by offering their experiences, their voices, their interest in collaborating with us and their resources. To indicate your interest in participating in one of our affinity groups, please add your name and contact information to one of the forms that can be found HERE. Should additional Affinity Groups be requested, we will include sign-up information in the Spotlight newsletter and on the district website.

If you have a suggestion or a desire to partner with the district equity team in creating any additional affinity groups, please contact Lisa Steiger at lsteiger@livingston.org or your building principal.

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Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to LPS staff, students and families every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from BacktoWork Solutions.

Click here to register for a quick Telemed Evaluation. Following the Telemed Evaluation you will be invited to schedule your COVID test, which takes place at the Riker Hill Media Center.

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Reorganization Meeting: January 4, 2022 at 7 p.m.

The Livingston Board of Education will hold its annual Reorganization Meeting at 7PM on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. This meeting will include the swearing in of the Board members who were elected in November (Pam Chirls and Jenissa Arnette) and the election of the president and vice-president of the Board.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format during which participants will have the ability to ask questions and make comments either in person or via the webinar. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the district's Facebook page, @LivSchools.

  • The link to register to attend in person will be posted at www.livingston.org on December 23, 2021. Space is limited. Those who register after we reach capacity will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if space becomes available. Individuals will be notified of their registration status via email.
  • The link for the webinar will be posted at www.livingston.org on the day of the meeting.
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Students in Livingston High School's Peanut Butter and Jelly Club get together throughout the year to make lunches for people in need. They recently made more than 100 sandwiches for St. Anne's Soup Kitchen in Newark!
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District String Day & District Band Day

Recently, our elementary school musicians got to celebrate District String Day and District Band Day by meeting and working with the music teachers from the Middle and High Schools, giving them a peek into what their future musical journey holds for them. Students watched videos about the music program in the upper grades, performed some pieces for the teachers and received letters written to them by their High School musician counterparts. A great experience was had by all!
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College Counseling Corner

Follow me on Twitter (@LivHS_College) and Instagram (@livhs_college). The LHS College Counseling Website is another important place to find information, see updates, and contact me.

TIP OF THE WEEK: SENIORS! Some of your last deadlines are approaching! Finish everything this week and hit submit to avoid any technical issues and be able to fully enjoy the break! Happy Holidays Lancers!

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Orders are due by Friday, January 14, 2022.

The cost is $25 plus shipping.

Order using the following link: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/lhs-class-of-2022-sweatshirt

All proceeds will go towards the Class of 2022's Senior Prom!

Contact ppeklo@livingston.org and ygillman@livingston.org with any questions/concerns.

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Donate to Tornado Victims

Livingston Senior, Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS) is accepting and coordinating donations for victims of the devastating tornado in Kentucky. Items needed include bottled water, plastic totes, extension cords, all toiletries, dog/cat food, moving boxes, cleaning supplies, plastic gloves and plastic take-out containers.

All donations can be dropped off at the SYLS office (204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston). The deadline to donate is January 1, 2022.


The Livingston Public Library has something for everyone! Visit its website to learn more about library news, departments, programs and services!

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LPS Spotlight

2021-2022 School Year / No. 7

Michelle Bent

Communications & Community Outreach Coordinator

Livingston Public Schools

(973) 535-8000 ext. 8036

Email: mbent@livingston.org


LPS Spotlight is the official e-newsletter of the Livingston Public Schools.