Summer Message #2 - August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017

Dear Middle School Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at LFCMS!  We are eager and excited to start another school year with renewed goals, inquiring spirits and the hope for much academic, social and emotional growth.  The summer always provides the time to reflect on the challenges of the previous school year and improve our practices.  I hope you and your family had the opportunity to spend some quality time together and take advantage of some time off.  

There are some important items that we must take care of before the start of the school year.  All parents and guardians are now asked to enter the Genesis Parent Portal in order to read, sign and submit all required forms.  All of this can be done digitally through your computer’s Internet connection.  No paperwork will be sent home unless specifically requested.  All of these required forms must be signed and submitted in Genesis prior to your child’s schedule being released next Wednesday, August 30th.  Since the mandatory forms include Internet and Chromebook agreements, 7th graders and new 8th graders will also not be issued a Chromebook until all forms are signed and submitted.  I also encourage you to update any contact information such as phone numbers or e-mail addresses.  Please contact our school’s main office if you have any questions or concerns. 

Chromebooks will be distributed to all 7th graders and new 8th graders on Friday, September 1 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the middle school’s media center.  Strict time-frames have been established by last name and a schedule of pick-up times is attached on a separate page below.  A parent or guardian must be present for the Chromebook to be
issued.  If you are unable to make the September 1st distribution date, Chromebooks will be given to your child on September 5th and September 6th.  The most important component of the Chromebook initiative is the insurance option in case the device is broken or lost.  Insurance is optional and information will be made available to all parents and guardians when you arrive to pick up the device.  Please remind your child that Chromebooks are the property of the Fort Lee Board of Education and follow all guidelines of our school district’s firewall security software even when the device is not in our building or not connected to our school’s network.

7
th grade orientation will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5th in our school’s gymnasium where they will have the opportunity to meet all of our support staff, which includes administrators, counselors, secretaries and our school nurse.  They will then be escorted to homeroom with their homeroom teachers and practice following their schedules in order to meet all of their teachers and become familiar with our building.  Students should come with a printed copy of their schedule.  This event will end at approximately 11:00 a.m. and no lunch will be served.  New 8th grade students are also welcome to attend; however, they should report to the main office and not the gymnasium at 9:30 a.m.  The parent/guardian orientation and open house will be the same day at 7:00 p.m.  Parents and guardians can enter our building through the main office on Stillwell Avenue and will be guided to the gymnasium by our Student Ambassadors.   

The first official day of school is Wednesday, September 6th.  This is a full day of school and all students are expected to be in homeroom at 8:32 a.m.  The middle school’s dismissal time is 2:42 p.m.  Please check the LFCMS website for all school supply information and other important information related to the 2017-2018 school year.  

Once again, welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year and we look forward to daily growth and instilling the love for learning and discovery in your child.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any suggestions, questions or concerns.  I look forward to a great year!

Robert Daniello
Principal
Lewis F. Cole Middle School


CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

LAST NAME

PICK-UP TIME

A-G

9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

H-L

10:30 – 11:30 A.M.

M-S

12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

T-Z

1:30 – 2:30 P.M.

MISSED PICK-UP

2:30 – 3:30 P.M.

                             

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE TIMES WILL BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO IN ORDER TO PREVENT CONFUSION.  NO CHROMEBOOK WILL BE DISTRIBUTED WITHOUT ALL MANDATORY FORMS BEING READ, SIGNED AND SUBMITTED IN THE GENESIS PARENT PORTAL.  A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE THE DEVICE AND ALL OPTIONAL INSURANCE INFORMATION.