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LaBrae News

2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year, for children living in the LaBrae School District, will be held on February 11th, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. We will then take a short break and resume that night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is the only day that evening hours will be offered for registration.

If you are unavailable on February 11th, we will also be having registration every Thursday and Friday in March and April from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and then from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you need a specific time please contact the Bascom Office (330) 898-3041 to set an individual appointment. School hours are from 8:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and appointments will be scheduled between those times. No evening appointments will be scheduled. Also, all children must be 5 years old by August 1, 2016.

See the following PDF for more information:

Check Medication Expiration Date

Thinking ahead to spring, I am sending home notices to students who have an expired inhaler or EpiPen® in the clinic.   Please look for these in book bags & folders.  If your child carries his/her own medication please check the expiration date & replace accordingly.  It seems like the bees show up earlier every year so please get those Epi Pens to school by March 1st.  Thank You, Mrs. Harper.

Things You Should Know About Charter Schools

The charter school industry siphons approximately $1 billion a year from the traditional public schools across the State of Ohio; traditional public schools that are far superior in their academic performance on Ohio's School Report Card.  Do you value the public education your children receive?  Do you expect your tax dollars to be used prudently?  Should LaBrae taxpayers continue to subsidize the poorly performing charter industry?  Want to become more informed on this issue?  Review the attachment below and visit the following link for more information:  Charter Schools: A Failed Experiment!

Preschool Registration for 2016-2017 School Year

Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Bascom Elementary Library from 9:00-11:30 A.M. and 1:00-2:30 P.M.  The following documents are needed: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Immunization record, 2 proofs of residency, and your 2015 W-2.  In the event that all the openings are not filled in this registration, we will hold a second registration on Friday, April 29th.  Contact the office to inquire if there will be a 2nd registration after April 15thCHANGE TO THE PRESCHOOL FUNDING: ONLY four year old children are permitted to register and attend LaBrae's grant-funded preschool beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. 

Indoor Winter Walking

Bascom Elementary will be open for indoor winter walking beginning Tuesday January 19th through Thursday April 7th from 4pm-7pm on Tues., Wed., & Thurs.  The building is open for district residents only.  Please adhere to the following rules:

  • You walk at your own risk
  • No unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 are allowed in the building without adult supervision
  • Confine your walking to the hallways only.  Remember custodians are working during these hours
  • The building is not open during scheduled days off or calamity days

Stomach Issues

Parents, we are starting to see an uptick in the number of students K-6 reporting off with stomach issues. If your child has had vomiting, diarrhea, or fever the 24 hours prior to the school day please keep them home until they are symptom free for a full 24 hours. The same applies if your child is sent home from school with the above symptoms. If your child sees the doctor follow the doctor's orders regarding any medications as well as when they are allowed to return to school. Remember to bring a Doctor's note for attendance purposes. Thank you!

Sharron Harper MSN, RN
School Nurse

Critical Information on LaBrae's 2-Hour Delay and Calendar Adjustments

While N.E. Ohio is currently experience more mild weather than this region's climate typically dictates, this school year LaBrae Local Schools will plan on using a two hour delay schedule for classes when weather conditions warrant the delayed start.   We encourage families to make advance preparations for transportation and child care for those days when a delayed start is announced.  Two hour delay announcements and school cancellations will be announced via the school district's phone messaging system, the District Twitter account and Viking Nation.  Also, please remember that the LaBrae Board of Education has declared Monday, March 28th and Tuesday, March 29th as days for making up missed hours of instruction.  Should LaBrae cancel more than five days of school prior to these dates, the aforementioned dates, which are currently included in the Easter holiday recess, will be used as make up dates.

Moreover, LaBrae wants to inform our families of two upcoming calendar adjustments that will occur in February 2016.  An early release has been added to Thursday, February 11, 2016, which is the scheduled day for parent-teacher conferences.  For the winter parent conferences, LaBrae is returning to conferences in all buildings being held on the same evening.  Further, LaBrae will be adding an additional day of professional development for teachers on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, which was originally scheduled as a student day of attendance.  Thus, classes will not be in session on Friday, February 12th, and classes will resume on Wednesday, February 17th.   

2016 Seniors & Parents

Please don't forget to get your senior pictures taken this fall.  Senior Pictures and Senior Recognition Ads are due to Mrs. Aldridge before Christmas Break (December 18).  Information will be sent home with Seniors the week of August 31st and also posted on Viking Nation.

H.S./M.S. Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up Instructions Focus on Student Safety

In an effort to improve safety during the times when M.S./H.S. students are dropped off at school in the morning, we are requiring that parents use the driving lane directly along the M.S./H.S. entrance, or the designated drop-off locations on the west side of the LaBrae Complex.  Students are not to be dropped off in the main drive of the Complex.  Doing so creates an unsafe environment where students then have to cross traffic in the main drive and/or the visitor parking lot in front of the Complex. 

In order to prevent students from crossing through traffic, we ask that parents do not park along the main drive for student pick up.  Parents picking up their M.S./H.S. child are to use the driving lane adjacent to the school, or the parking lot in front of the Board of Education, which is directly behind the bus loading zone. Vehicles are prohibited from being in the bus loading zone during student drop-off/pick-up times.

It is important to eliminate any practices where students have to cross traffic as they enter or exit the building. Therefore, we kindly request that our parents join us in helping to make the morning/afternoon traffic environment at LaBrae a safe place for students.  Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated!

Please refer to the map below for the designated areas referred to above.

Map of acceptable and unacceptable drop-off and pick-up locations for MS and HS students.

Student Drug Testing

The 2015-2016 school year marks the implementation of LaBrae's student drug testing program.  Throughout the previous school year, the LaBrae Board of Education engaged in ongoing discussion about the value of a student drug testing program for LaBrae Local Schools.  Once the Board committed to moving forward with passing a policy permitting the drug testing of students, the administration was charged with developing a testing program.  Research on drug testing programs included analyzing programs currently implemented in other schools throughout the Mahoning Valley.  Additionally, the administration evaluated drug testing vendors, and Great Lakes BioMedical was approved recently by the Board of Education as the authorized provider of drug testing services.  

LaBrae's drug testing program is designed to support students and encourage good decision making.  Students who participate on an athletic team in grades 7-12, and student drivers comprise the portion of the student body that will be subject to drug testing.  Student-athletes will be required to take one baseline test each year.  This test is conducted in the pre-season of the sport in which they first participate in the year.  Random tests will be conducted multiple times during the year.  Moreover, when the random drug screenings are administered, student drivers are added to the pool of students who are subject to testing.  Parents of students who are not participating in a sport, or who do not drive to school, can choose to have their child opt into the random pool.  When a parent chooses to opt-in their child, the parent bears the cost of the test if their child is selected for testing.  All students and parents are required to complete consent forms for testing. 

See the PDF attachment below for greater detail regarding LaBrae's student drug testing program.  Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mr. Jeff Starkey, High School Principal, or Mr. Todd Rowe, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director.


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