Monday, January 23, 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians and LCBMS students:
Happy New Year! We would like to officially welcome you all back to school and hope that you had a wonderful and restful holiday break. As we begin 2017, we will continue to build upon the goals that we have set for ourselves and our students and how we can continue to improve on being the best that we can be.
We continue to be very proud of all of our students who demonstrate their commitment to their academics. They are working hard and achieving great results! As you know, the second quarter will end on Friday, January 27th. Report Cards will be available in Home Access Center beginning on Tuesday, February 7th. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s academic progress or need access to Home Access Center, please contact your child’s Guidance Office. As you may know, half the battle to succeed in school begins with being present and available to learn. That being said, we need our students in school. I know that we have had a rough winter in terms of illness, but let’s hope that this is behind us and that our attendance increases. If you have specific concerns regarding your child’s attendance or need any assistance from us, please reach out to our Guidance Offices so that we can assist.
Once again, as we place added emphasis on the safety of our students, please be reminded of arrival and pick-up procedures. Please do not drop off your child earlier than they should be, especially for our winter activities, as students need to be properly supervised at all times and are not, if they are here early. Next, please make sure that students are dressing appropriately. They should wear coats, and we encourage hats and gloves as the days grow colder. We also ask that students not wear shorts when the temperature is extremely cold. It can get cold quickly outside as they wait for the 4:30 or 5:30 buses, and we want to continue to ensure the health and wellness of our students.
Finally, as we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the month of January, let us be inspired by his quote below as we continue to educate our children and prepare them to be caring and giving members of society: “The time is always right to do what is right”.
Robert S. Bergmann
Jan. 25 Blood Drive LCBMS
Feb. 7 PTA Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20, 21 President’s Day Weekend SCHOOL CLOSED
*With barely two weeks left in the quarter, Mrs. Moran’s 8th grade art classes are working on creating Relief Prints and Surreal Art Collages. Sixth grade students are working on Linear Perspective and Watercolor Composition.
*Ms. Peters’ 6th grade classes have been reading “Why are the Wales Vanishing?” and learning about what we can do to help protect endangered species of whales. Students have written letters to various organizations to learn more about the issue, such as The World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace Foundation, and The White House. The class also has symbolically adopted a Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) from the World Wildlife Fund and is helping to protect its natural environment. The students are very excited with their new “class pet” and enjoyed learning many interesting facts about whales.
*Ms. McMorris’ Computer Applications classes are coding in full swing in the 6th and 7th grades. As we approach the end of the quarter, students are putting their finishing touches on their coding projects that they have created. Please ask your child to share their projects online with you! It is hard to believe that the third quarter will be starting shortly, and we will be looking forward to meeting our new students at that time! All students will continue to have full access to Tynker, the district-provided coding program, at the end of their computer classes. Students can continue to log on outside of school to work on coding projects with various computer programming languages, if they are interested. In addition to Tynker, students can also continue to work on their typing skills via Typing Agent. Please contact your child’s computer teacher if you have any questions. In addition to coding activities that are going on within the classrooms, the 6-7-8 Coding Clubs that are being held after school are a huge hit with students! The 6th grade club is working on creating music with animation activities using Scratch computer programming, and the 7th/8th grade club is working with Mr. Henkels using Lego Mindstorm Projects. Be sure to monitor the school Weekly Bulletin (on the school website) to see when each club is meeting. New members are always welcome!
*The Midnight Run Project will be making lunches for the homeless on Thursday, January 26th. Students will be meeting in Cafeteria A after school. Students who are interested in participating must sign up at the front desk. Thank you for your support!
*The FBLA will be attending the Spring Conference at LHS on Thursday, February 9th, with a snow date of February 10th, in case of inclement weather. Any member interested in attending must send in their dues, permission slip and money for the conference by February 3rd.
*The Spring Tag Sale will be in April—more info. to follow. Anyone interested in renting a table may contact Maria Jeffery.
*Students in Ms. Graessle’s art classes have been finishing up their last project and will be sure to finish their “extended project” by January 25th. Students are allowed to finish this one project at home. Sixth graders are finishing their linear perspective forms after completing a “colorful chameleon” project. Seventh graders embarked on a “personal peace” mandala artwork that is created by printing on rubber. They completed an assignment in Google Classroom and planned a design based on what brings them joy and peace. They learned how to use linoleum cutters and created a stamp from their design. During the last week of art, students will team up with each other and print their designs, creating a personal work of art that inspires creativity, peace and joy! Ms. Graessle is looking forward to meeting her new third quarter students!
Yearbook Ordering Information
Order your 2016-2017 Copper Beech Yearbook on-line now! Yearbooks can be purchased and personalized through the site. Hold onto your confirmation as proof of purchase, and in June, you will have a wonderful yearbook to document memories from the middle school. Prices will increase in February, so buy now and save! Personalization can ONLY be done through the website, so order now with Jostens! You may order on-line at www.jostensyearbooks.com. We look forward to your orders! Additional order forms are available in each grade level office, as well as in the Main Office.
Attention parents, family and friends of Copper Beech students! This is your chance to put your thoughts, well wishes and feelings into words and pictures. Yearbook recognition ads are a great way to commemorate student achievement and important milestones. You can now place an ad on-line at www.gradad.com to be put into the Copper Beech yearbook. All information needs to be put directly into the website and must be done and paid for in full by February 1, 2017.
*Scoliosis Screening: New York State mandates all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending public school be screened for scoliosis. Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, and if left untreated, can cause future health problems. If your child had a physical exam with their Health Care provider, an exam may be submitted to the Nurse's office, and this will be acceptable if Scoliosis is marked on the exam.
Reminder to all athletes, if you would like to play a sport for school then a current physical exam is required to be on file in the Nurse's office. Keep in mind, a physical exam is valid for one year from the date listed on the exam. Blood Pressure, vision and hearing are mandated requirements for sports participation. Should your child need screening please have them check with the Nurse's office. Spring Sports offered at Copper Beech Middle School include Boys Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, and Girls Softball.
Online registration for Middle School Sports opens Monday, March 6, 2017, and closes on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. If you do not register your child online by March 16, 2017, this may jeopardize your child’s sport participation. On March 6, 2017, a link to the form will be available on the Lakeland Central School District website.
Exceptional student athletes interested in a high school Spring sport must see our Athletic Director, Sharon Sarsen as soon as possible. She can be reached at: 914-245-1885 x229, for further information pertaining to the Athletic Placement Process (APP). These APP students will then complete the online sports registration form for the high school they would be playing for. Parents, please remember that you will need to pay attention to the high school registration dates since they are different than middle school sports registration. Online registration for Lakeland High School and Walter Panas High School opens on Friday, February 24, 2017 and closes on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. If you do not register your child online by March 6, 2017, this may jeopardize your child’s sports participation. On February 24, 2017, a link to the sports form will be posted on the district’s website.
*On October 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 401 of the laws of 2015 which amended New York State (NYS) Public Health Law (PHL) section 2164 to require children entering or attending Seventh and Twelfth grade, on or after September 1, 2016, to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against Meningococcal Disease, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Students will need this vaccine in order to begin 7th grade in September, 2017. Please contact your health care provider for an appointment and for further details. Once your child has received this vaccine, please be sure to provide the Nurse’s Office with a copy of the immunization record.
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