Cardinal Nation News

October 2020

Reminder: No School

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, September 28, 2020 because of the observance of Yom Kippur. When school reopens on September 29, 2020 it will be the start of a white day rotation for the week. White day classes will meet prior to lunch. Following lunch, extended learning will take place for red day classes.
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Material Pick Up

If you were unable to visit campus during the week of September 21, 2020 to pick up your materials, there will be a make up day on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 between 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. If you are planning to come to school that day, please call the main office in the morning so that the office staff can collect the materials. Students should come to Door #1 to retrieve the items.

PTO NEWS

PTO Virtual Meeting


The first PTO meeting of the year will take place on Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. Please use the links below to join us!



Join with Google Meet:

meet.google.com/wkg-wuzc-adz


Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78938727908?pwd=YXlYdVp5R09GZXJ1MklacGREbldTUT09

Meeting ID: 789 3872 7908
Passcode: Gp35pQ


PTO CHECK DRIVE


The LMS/LHS PTO starts each school year with a fundraising "check" drive. Instead of doing traditional fundraisers (many of which can't be done this year under current restrictions) we ask students and their families if they would like to make a one-time donation of $25 to help support the many wonderful things that we do for staff and students throughout the year. If you would like to donate, you can follow this link to PAYPAL, click "send money," select a value, and send it to LMSLHSPTO@gmail.com. (You can use a Paypal balance or a debit/credit card.) Or you can make out a check out to LMS/LHS PTO in any denomination and mail it to 2455 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.


Your donations help support:

  • Special Programs
  • Workshops & Assemblies
  • Project Graduation
  • Teacher Appreciation treats
  • Senior awards / scholarships
  • Support student groups, clubs and activities
  • And more as requested!


We thank you in advance for your support!

In case you missed Back to School Night...

A virtual Back to School Night was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. In case you missed it, or did not have time to view each of your child's classes, the teacher's videos have been recorded. They will continue to be posted on Genesis teacher's course pages for two weeks. Please take a moment to view the videos and learn more about your child's classes...the staff has done an excellent job presenting valuable information and expectations to parents/guardians.


Below is the welcome video recorded by Ms. Milavsky and Mr. Merrill.


Welcome Back Video


In addition, linked below is the welcome message from the school counselors. It contains information about contacting the counselors, their role at LMS, and resources available to students and families. If there is an issue at home or at school, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's school counselor.


Ms. Bobb Nicholas Draco, Orion A-L

Ms. Guarini Phoenix, Orion M-Z


School Counselor Message

Night Off from Homework

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to have a night off from homework, have fun with family, support local restaurants and our school. On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 please come out and participate in our Annual Night Off from Homework. In the past, families have been encouraged to visit the restaurants and enjoy a "dining in" experience with their family. However, this year, social distancing guidelines suggest that meals be purchased for take out to be enjoyed at home. This scenario still continues to support LMS and the local restaurants.


Attached below is a flyer for the "Night Off" from Homework. Simply present the flyer to any of the three restaurants listed below on October 21, 2020 and they will donate 20% of the proceeds to Lawrence Middle School!


Amalfi's Restaurant

(146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ)


Limoncello's

(2495 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Shopping Center)


Captain Paul's

(2230 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ)

Family Book Night

The Fall Family Book Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The virtual discussion will take place via Zoom and will focus on the historical fiction novel, Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park. The novel complements the work that is being done within the district with equity and inclusion. Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers. A sign -up form will be emailed as the date gets closer.

Send us Your Pictures!

* Do you have a favorite selfie picture taken during remote learning? Please send in your pictures to lmsyearbook@ltps.info. Pictures will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the 2020-2021 yearbook.


* Order forms and information about the upcoming yearbook will be emailed shortly.


* School pictures are tentatively scheduled for January. Details will be forthcoming.


* Any student who is interested in joining the Yearbook Club should reach out to Ms. Quarry, Advisor, at lquarry@ltps.org. Please let her know you want to participate in this activity!

Free and Reduced Lunch

During the beginning phases of re-opening our schools, we will offer breakfast and lunch to our students. Until we return to unrestricted operations, our Transportation Department will distribute meal bags for the week (Wednesday - Tuesdays) to homes on Wednesdays via contactless delivery. Food will not be provided for days that school is not in session.


How do I order meals?


If you want meals, you must request service via e-mail: lunch@ltps.org and/or breakfast@ltps.org. Requests for breakfast and lunch must be made separately. Meals will only be delivered to students who have contacted us through these email addresses. You only need to email us once unless you want to make changes. Only students who are enrolled in Lawrence Township Public Schools are eligible for this program.


What information should I include in the email? What’s included in the meal?


When ordering, please include the ID number for each student that wishes to receive the meals and the school he or she attends. Also, verify your current address in the email.


Each meal will include a low-fat milk serving as well as storage and preparation instructions. The meal will comply with all Department of Agriculture regulations for child nutrition. We will offer vegetarian and non-vegetarian weekly meal bags. If you wish to receive vegetarian meals, please specify this in your email when ordering.


How do I pay for meals and what are the prices?


Students who normally pay for meals will have their accounts debited for the appropriate price for their grade level. To minimize contact, we will not accept payments at the school buildings. Account deposits must be made through the website at www.myschoolbucks.com.


This year, reduced meals will not be charged at the usual $0.40 per meal fee. Lunch prices are as follows:


Lawrence High School…………..….$3.45

Lawrence Middle School……….…..$3.35

Lawrence Intermediate and all Elementary

Schools (Grades PK-6)……………..$3.10

Breakfast all grades……………..…..$1.95


Please contact Dining Supervisor Marybeth DiLorenzo at mdilorenzo@ltps.org with any questions.


The process is easy. Parents/guardians can log into the parent portal and then go to the Forms tab. Please select the Free and Reduced Lunch Application link. After completing the application, click on the submit button. The application is then pending and available to be reviewed by the district official who determines eligibility. Once the application is reviewed, the eligibility status will be indicated in the parent portal. Please allow a day or two for the decision to be posted.


Paper applications are also available on the district website and in the main office of each school. Questions can be directed to Jill Poszluzny at 609-671-5435 or hposzluzny@ltps.org.

Lunch prices for this year are $3.35. Menus are available at https://ltps.nutrislice.com.


A new free or reduced lunch application must be filled out each year. The application can now be completed online by using the Genesis Parent Portal. Only one application per household is required.


Students who are currently on the lunch program from last school year will continue to receive free or reduced lunch until OCTOBER 20, 2020. If a new lunch application is not received by this date, the child will no longer be eligible to continue to receive free or reduced lunch as of October 21, 2020. Please keep in mind that families who fail to submit a new application before the deadline will be responsible for all lunch charges incurred until the new lunch application is received and approved. Questions? Call Jill Poszulzny, (609) 671-5435.

Tech Support

Students who are in need of tech support can put in a help ticket at this link:


https://www.ltps.org/techsupport


Our IT professionals are working hard to address your concerns as quickly as possible, so we appreciate your patience as we navigate through some of the bumps in the technological road!


We know many of you have been struggling with Zoom issues over the first couple of weeks of school, but a number of improvements have been, or are about to be rolled out to improve the Zoom experience for students.


A couple of updates have dropped over the last week to improve Chromebook performance when using Zoom:


  1. The newest Chrome operating system (OS 85) has been pushed out to all district Chromebooks. This update has added a volume slider for their microphone, to allow students the ability to turn up the sensitivity of their microphone. This seems to address many of the issues with students not being able to be heard in Zoom meetings.

  2. A new version of Zoom was released earlier this week. This version has lowered the resolution and framerate of the video feed, which has significantly improved performance. This will hopefully fix the issues of students getting booted from Zoom meetings, video being choppy and audio sounding robotic.


Below is a google slideshow, created by our Tech Department, to show how to adjust the microphone level, as well as how to make sure the students are on the right version of the Chrome OS and the Zoom App. That slideshow can be found at:


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qb11NKlOd05lVCnUu9pIoeKm0fWYV9OpyGuIUjrPqxo/edit?usp=sharing