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September 8, 2015

Back to School Night

Dear Lenape Parent/Guardian:

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Lenape Middle School, I would like to invite you to join us for our annual Back-To-School Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015, beginning at 6:50 P.M. This night is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and visit their classrooms.

The Back-To-School Night schedule does not provide for individual parent-teacher conferences. However, if you wish to meet with a staff member at some later date, our Guidance Department would be happy to arrange a conference at a time that is convenient. TEAM conferences are also possible.

As you follow your child’s schedule, please understand that you will not be seeing all of the classes that your son or daughter will be taking this year at Lenape. Some courses are scheduled on alternate days and some during other marking periods.

At 6:50 P.M., we ask that you be in your child’s homeroom for any last minute announcements about the evening or to get information from your child’s team. (Please be sure to ask your son or daughter their homeroom number before coming to Back to School Night. You will receive a copy of their schedule in homeroom.)

I look forward to meeting you and to a successful school year. Thank you for your support and contributions to our school community.

Note: Parking on Back-To-School Night will utilize the lots at the Doylestown Baptist Church and the two doctors’ offices adjacent to Lenape. You can also park at Doyle Elementary and walk to Lenape on the paved bike path. Additional parking is also available at CB West. If possible, we would encourage you to carpool from your neighborhood.


Timothy P. Donovan


School Picture Day - September 9th

Barksdale Photos will be at Lenape on Wednesday, September 9th, to take photos of all Lenape students. (All students will be photographed for school records and will receive a photo ID whether or not they purchase a photo package.) Photo package information was sent home with students on Thursday, September 3rd. (Students should give the photographer the form with exact change or a check made payable to Barksdale School Portraits.)

Lenape School Fundraiser Kickoff - September 17th

Lenape has only one school-wide fundraiser and that is a magazine/cookie dough campaign. Profits from this campaign offset some field trip costs, pay for the Agenda Plan Books, and provide other operating funds for the Parent Council and Student Government. The kick-off assembly for this fundraiser is Thursday, September 17th. Students will be given explicit instructions to not go into the neighborhood for door-to-door selling. This is a family, relatives, and friend’s sale. Please support this important fundraising activity.

A few parent volunteers are needed and critical to the success of this fundraiser. Volunteers count money and process orders on our “collection days”. No experience is necessary! It is actually fun. If you can help out, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054bafac2ca0f85-magazine. It is a quick and short-term way to volunteer your help to the school. We look forward to hearing from you!


For the safety of students and staff, please be aware of our school policy concerning entering our building. All exterior doors are locked and all visitors must enter through the main office doors. Please be prepared to buzz in - state your name, reason for visit and to show a picture ID.

We understand this may take a few extra minutes during your visit, but we feel the time is important for the safety of all. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Tom Thelen, author of Victimproof, is one of America's top youth motivational speakers and coming to Central Bucks. He has spoken at over 500 schools, colleges and youth organizations. Rather than the typical "Don't be a bully!" message, Tom shows students how to make a positive impact on their school culture. His message captivates students with stories that touch the heart and make them laugh. Tom ends the speech with a challenge for every student to BE THE CHANGE! Tom will speak to all CBSD Middle School 7th Grade students on Wednesday, September 30th. Also, Lenape is hosting a special presentation for all CBSD parents that evening at 6:30 PM. Tom's visit was made possible with funding from the Innovative Learning Grant from CB Cares Educational Foundation. We hope you can attend on September 30th at 6:30 PM.

Traffic Flow - Very Important!

Please see the traffic flow information and map on our website for details.

Between the hours of 7:00-8:00 A.M. and 2:00-3:00 P.M. all traffic should enter off Rt. 202 (W. State St.) and exit onto West Street. This traffic procedure was established for the protection of students. Please help us make this a safe procedure. The police help to enforce this traffic flow.


It's not too late to register for the 9/11 Heroes Run! The 5K and 1 mile race is set for September 27th this year at the Fonthill Museum with a great course through beautiful Doylestown Borough. Please join Central Bucks School District as they support this very worthy event. Registration is simple and easy, and students, families, and friends can register as a team and compete together. Each team can manage their runners and their team from their very own "page." Just visit their site for additional information.

Morning Arrival Procedure

All students arriving prior to 7:20 A.M. (parent drop-off, walkers, or bus students) MUST enter the specific doors noted on the map and report directly to their designated area until 7:20 A.M. (This includes students with musical instruments and/or sports equipment.)

CHORAL ROOM DOORS – Bus students are dropped off at these doors.

GYMNASIUM DOORS – Students walking to school or being dropped off by car should

should enter here.

At 7:20 A.M. all students will be dismissed from their designated areas to their lockers and homeroom to get ready for the school day. Breakfast items are available for sale during this time as well. Homeroom begins promptly at 7:30 A.M.

Online Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Central Bucks has a streamlined meal application procedure. Parents may complete and submit meal applications online. This process is totally anonymous and very easy to complete. Click here to access the online application. Parents wishing to complete a paper application may request one from the food services office at 267-893-5758.

Online Student Meal Payments

Your online school meal account has been successfully upgraded to mySchoolBucks. This site offers more information, improved features and increased security. You may have already visited mySchoolBucks.com and experienced all that it has to offer. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the site, we encourage you to begin using this new site immediately, with the same login information from MyNutrikids.com. Please click here for login and payment information. Parents can view student balances and receive automatic low balance information via email.

On the first day of school, all students will receive a card with their new 5 digit lunch account ID number on it. Students will need to use this number or school ID to pay for prepaid lunches in the cafeteria.

Athletic Information

Students should listen to the morning announcements regarding athletic team tryouts. Information will also be posted on Lenape's website under Announcements.

Students should have signed up for Fall Sports on the Family ID link https://www.familyid.com/organizations/lenape-middle-school. Students only need Section 6 of the PIAA physical form to be handed into Guidance.

Snow Make Up Days - from Dr. Weitzel's Welcome Back letter to Parents

New snow make-up policy in advance of this year's winter weather. In an effort to help families and staff better anticipate changes to our calendar, Dr. Weitzel created a matrix illustrating what the district's strategy will be in the eventuality of snow days this school year.

Snow Day Make-up Day

1st - Wednesday, June 15th

2nd - Thursday, June 16th

3rd - Friday, June 17th

4th - Monday, March 28th Decided by March 4th

5th - Friday, April 22nd Decided by March 31st

6th and beyond - Beginning June 20th

Important Upcoming Dates

September 9 - Student Picture Day

September 10 - Back to School Night

September 14 - Rosh Hashanah - No School

September 17 - Parent Council Meeting

September 23 - Yom Kippur - No School

September 30 - Tom Thelen - AntiBullying Speaker Event for Parents

For more details, please take a look at the calendar on the Lenape website.