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LCCS in Winter 2021

LCCS in Winter 2021
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LCCS is open Monday - Fridays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m.) 

Jan. 25, 2021 

Dear LCCS
 Families, 

I’m reaching out to share some important information as we enter the 3rd marking period. 

A few key takeaways: 

  • We remain on Distance Learning for the 3rd marking period. 
  • We continue to monitor vaccine distribution and the new COVID variant, but we are looking strongly at the possibility of whether we can re-open for some in-person learning in April. We are not sure what grades yet, or what the schedule would be. 
  • We will not be able to share whether teachers or fellow students are vaccinated. 
  • If we are able to resume in-person instruction there will be an option for students to continue in Distance Learning. It is the state that determines whether Distance Learning is an option that schools may offer, and we will provide it as long as it’s allowed by the state. 
  • We are planning to have in-person, socially-distanced events for 5th Grade Moving Up and 8th Grade Graduation, and potentially other spring school events.  
  • We will be keeping to our previously set schedule for the one week break in February (Feb. 15-19) and Spring Break (April 5-9.) 
  • We are looking at likely offering an optional in-person program in the summer for all grades. 
  • We strongly believe that Fall 2021 will open with the option for in-person instruction for all grades. 

What’s coming in the 3rd Marking period to help you and your student 

  • We are forming a new planning committee to re-evaluate our hybrid learning plan and there will be updates on that progress at monthly board and PTO meetings. 
  • We have created the role of Distance Learning specialist - Ms. Antczak who will be holding Zoom parent sessions to offer help and is also available via email for specific questions on how to help your student succeed. She can be reached at tantczak@lccsnj.org.
  • We will soon be introducing social groups for lower school students led by middle school students. 
  • We will also be introducing a program that will group Middle School students with an LCCS administrator to help with goal setting, improving organizational skills, and academic progress.

Thank you so much for your continued patience and support as we work to do all we can for your students. 

Sincerely, 

Colin Hogan, Head of School 



Oct. 30:

 



Dear LCCS Families,


We made it through the first marking period! Congratulations and thank you for your support. 


We continue to evaluate our approach by marking period and will remain on a distance learning schedule through the 2nd marking period which ends at the beginning of January. The rising COVID-19 cases in New Jersey and nationwide along with increased risks for wider infection linked to the holiday season are primary drivers for this decision. 


While no one is happy about the situation, we are trying to focus on the things that we can make better. Thanks so much to all of you for participating in the recent survey. 

Your voice is important and you are helping us improve. 


Starting Nov. 9 we are going to implement a series of schedule changes to the school day. There will be no changes to the time that school starts and ends, but we have optimized and reorganized the day based on what we have learned so far. 


Some of the improvements your students will see are: 

  • Standardized break times to reduce the sporadic or random breaks in the day. 

  • A common lunch hour so everyone has the same down time. Families can eat together and parents can better manage one meal time.  

  • Shifted times for independent work and clubs to the afternoon to ensure that students get their lunch time free and away from screens.  

  • Time for small group instruction and guided special groups in the afternoons. Creating more space for meaningful student teacher communication is critical. 

  • More time for homework during the day. We do not want our students spending their nights doing homework.

  • More time for teachers to assist students in need. We are increasing office hours (1:1 student teacher interaction) from one hour per week to three hours per week. 

  • Middle School Wingspan Fridays will now be Wingspan Studio Fridays with optional time for students to attend for enrichment lessons in arts and technology with their instructors. 


Thank you again for your incredible support, patience, and flexibility. LCCS would not be the incredible school that it is without families like all of you.


Sincerely,

Colin Hogan

Head of School



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