For Your Information (FYI)
2.18 - Student Services Parent Series: Stress-Reduction Techniques, Zoom, 7-8 p.m.
3. 3 - Merion HSA meeting, 7-8 p.m.
3.3 - LGBTQ+ Students, Isolation and Belonging, Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m.
3.8-3.12 - Parent-teacher conferences 3.17 - Merion Picture Day
Spring Conference Sign-Ups
Parent/guardian conferences will be held the week of March 8. The scheduling site will be accessible on Friday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. The deadline to register for your child's conference is noon Friday, March 5. Each teacher has a different code. If you have any questions, please call the main office at 610-645-1470 and Bev will be happy to assist you. See Dr. Albanese’s letter for more information about registering.
Place Your Pre-Orders for Picture Day
Picture Day is coming to Merion on Wednesday, March 17. Parents must pre-order. Please read the safety flyer, as it has important safety procedures they will be following. (See more info.)
Poem of the Week
"Little seed" by Lucy (4DP)
I planted a little seed one day
It is very safe to say
My seed grew up to the sky
Makes me think that I can fly
My little seed touched the moon
That's where I want to go soon
My seed is a story brave and true
I just figured out that my little seed is now a weed
2021 Virtual ISC Art Show: Submissions Due 2/21
This year's Interschool Council Art Show will be online and featuring student-submitted artwork from across the Lower Merion School District. The submission deadline is Friday, February 19, 2021 and is limited to one piece of artwork per student. Students interested in participating can upload an image of a recent piece of art. See flyer here.
Supporting Students With Behaviors That Challenge Us (Feb. 24, 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom)
The PA Inclusion Collective presents the fourth and final session in a series aimed to enhance the region’s growth toward more inclusive educational opportunities for educators and families. This is FREE and ALL are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6-7:30 p.m., via Zoom
See flyer here.
LGBTQ+ Students, Isolation and Belonging (March 3, 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom)
ISC/LMSD Health Services Parent Education Series Presents: "Working to Reduce Isolation & Create a Sense of Belonging for LGBTQ+ Students in our District." The ISC/LMSD Health Services Parent Education Series and Welsh Valley HSA invite the LMSD community to a conversation about LGBTQ+ students and isolation facilitated by psychologist Dr. Jeanne Stanley.
Wednesday, March 3, 7-8:30 p.m., via Zoom (register here)
2021-2022 LMSD Kindergarten & First Grade Registration
Lower Merion School District kindergarten and 1st grade registration is open! You must be a current resident of LMSD. For children who will be entering an LMSD school for the first time in the fall of 2021 as a 1st grader, the child must be 6 years of age on or before Sept. 15, 2021. Students currently enrolled in a LMSD Kindergarten program do not need to register again for 1st grade. (Click here to register). See flyer here.
ISC Board Call for Nominations
The Interschool Council (ISC) is seeking nominations for its 2021-2022 board. The ISC is a parent/guardian volunteer organization that connects the District’s 10 Home & School Associations (HSAs) and, among other activities, hosts Parent Ed evening events and Hot Topics every second Tuesday morning of the month for our entire community. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Nominations close March 15.
Important Information From the Merion School Nurses
Health and Well-being Resources Currently Available to everyone:
Montgomery County Flu shots are free but appointments are needed. Click here
COVID-19 testing per County COVID-19 testing is free but appointments are needed. Montgomery County: Website
Chester County: Website
Delaware County: Website
Philadelphia County: Website
LMSD Nutritional Services
All Students are eligible for free breakfast meals and free lunch meals for the school year 2020- 2021
Family gatherings and holiday celebrations create challenges during a pandemic. Research is showing that most transmission occurs outside of school, from various gatherings of family and friends. Attached is the CDCs recommendations for celebrating various holidays this year.
Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through objects and surfaces, like doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, toys, etc. Current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Close contact with a person within 6 feet for 15 minutes continues to be the most common transmission. More information here
Daily student screening: Student screening information here
The LMSD COVID-19 Dashboard
Presentation slides from "Inclusion and Special Education" Summer camp scholarships (Deadline: 3/26)
Updates & Reminders
Box tops: It's easier than ever to submit Box Tops and earn money for Merion Elementary. To learn how to download the app and scan your receipts, click here.
Directory: Families can access the Merion online directory here. If you have not updated or included your current contact information, please do so when you sign in!
LMSD social accounts:
Merion Home and School Association, 549 S. Bowman Ave, Merion, PA 19066
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