The LBE Newsletter

February 2021

Happy Retirement to Bonnie Marsh and Janet Mautz!!!

Ms. Bonnie Marsh has retired after 26 1/2 years of teaching in the Liverpool School District. Ms. Marsh started teaching at LBE in 1994 and was the building reading specialist for 9 years before returning to the classroom as a 2nd grade teacher where she and Mrs. Mautz have been teammates for several years. Prior to teaching in Liverpool, she taught 1st and 3rd grade in Tacoma, Washington for four years. She is retiring from teaching after 31 1/2 years in education.

Mrs. Janet Mautz has also retired after 31 years of teaching in the Liverpool School District. Mrs. Mautz started her career in Liverpool at Soule Road Elementary where she taught 1st grade. After that, she taught kindergarten and third grade at Liverpool Elementary. She has been teaching at Long Branch Elementary since 1993. During her time at Long Branch, Mrs. Mautz taught first grade, first/second grade multiage, as well as fifth grade, but spent most of her years at Long Branch in second grade.


Celebrate Black History Month

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February Events!

Love Your Community! A Contact Community Services Virtual Event!

Friday, Feb. 12th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Throughout the Zoom event, there will be gift card giveaways!

WIN The Grand Prize! A Valentine's Day GIFT BASKET! How? In the Zoom event, write your name in the chat message area to be entered into the Gift Basket giveaway!

Fun Virtual Events Happening Over February Break!

Mark Your Calendars for this Exciting Event in March!

Virtual Science Fair!

Wednesday, March 24th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Grade Level Projects & News

Spotlight on 3rd Grade!

Third Grade has been learning about weather and climate! Students having been learning about different weather tools meteorologists use to gather data and predict the weather. Students have been able to go outside and use some of these tools to gather weather data around our school. They have even built their own anemometers and tested the wind speed!

3rd Grade Student Videos

Click the links below to watch some 3rd grade students share some of their favorite school activities and their positivity character traits!

More 5th Grade Class Project Photos


This month in PE, grades 4-6th have been competing for steps using pedometers and we've started our floor hockey unit.

Don't forget to turn in your monthly fitness challenge, "Start the year off 'write.' The challenge for February has been posted in your google classrooms!

Students who completed the December Fitness Challenge are:

Ri'Niya Simmons, Joey Lisi, Jaylin Pope and Janelle Lesperance!

"Check Out" an eBook or Audiobook Using our Online Library Today!

Students log in with their google username and password.

Students and Teachers can also access the Liverpool Public Library Online Collection with an Onondaga Public Library System library card!

Free Lunches For All!

The wonderful people in the LCSD Food Service Department would like you to know that right now, lunch is FREE for ALL students! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Food Service Office at 315-622-7172.

A Message from Our Nurse

Physical exam and immunization requirements remain in effect for both hybrid and virtual students. Physical exams are required for all students entering grade K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 and all students new to the district.

Any physical exam completed within one year prior to the first day of school will meet this requirement. Please send a hard copy, email or fax the updated paperwork to the LBE Health Office.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exception. Please contact your physician's office to schedule the vaccine for your family.

~ Mary Anne Lesperance

LBE Health Office

4035 Long Branch Road

Liverpool, NY 13090

Phone (315) 453-0261

Fax (315) 453-0269

Stories with Mrs. Nicholas (our Teaching Assistant with Technology Speciality)!

Tech Tips & Virtual Learning Strategies

Self-Care, Mental Health, and Support

Matthew Barnes, the LBE School Counselor, is here for you!


Is your child nervous about the COVID testing? Click HERE to view a google slide with COVID test picture cues and a social story to help prepare your child.

Althea Narine and Myles Montgomery of Contact Community Services are the Prevention Specialists (formerly known as Youth Development Specialists) for LBE, and assist students with academic, social-emotional, and behavioral support. Althea's email is and Myles' email is

To reach the free Contact Hotline 24-hours a day, call 315-251-0600. To get information and referral for health or human service agencies, dial 2-1-1. Visit for more information.

Self Care Tips - Habits

Habits can be powerful, in both positive and not so positive ways. Some habits serve us well because they free up mental space by not requiring us to think to think about every step. I brush my teeth, shower, and make coffee most mornings without any true thought involved and once I'm home I automatically begin packing lunches for the next day and throw a load of laundry in the wash. These are mundane habits but I do them so regularly that I don't even have to think about them.

It's also important to identify the habits that aren't so healthy. We all have a few habits that we'd like to change but the key is looking deeper at the cues or triggers that set off those habits; it might be a certain time of day, place, person, or emotional state. From there routines take over and the habit often leads us to a reward that solidifies it even further.

For example, if you are trying to cut back on dessert but you find it harder to resist temptation when you socialize you will need to change the routine so you feel rewarded in another way. The cue doesn't change, you'll still want to socialize, but maybe you can prep a healthy treat, like fresh mixed berries or frozen yogurt at home for you to look forward to when you get home. This simple step can change your routine and give you a reward to look forward to at the end of the evening.

Here are 5 ways you can focus on changing one habit over the next week:

Monday -Identify a habit that isn't serving you well. Don't beat yourself up about it, just pick one thing that you'd like to take some steps toward changing.

Tuesday -Identify the trigger or cue and the reward. What is it that sets your habit in motion and what is the reward that you're getting out of this habit? Is it comfort, stress release, or something else?

Wednesday -Change your routine. Now that you know the cue and the reward try to find ways you can change your routine and achieve the reward in a way that serves you better. Plan ahead with this new routine so you know what to do when your cue is set off.

Thursday & Friday -Keep trying. This isn't magic that will break your habit in one short week. Habits take time to change, so acknowledge the steps you're taking, forgive yourself when you slip up, and recommit to trying again.

~Thank you to Jessica Stever and Matthew Barnes, LCSD School Counselors!