LaBrae FREE Summer Food Distribution

LaBrae School District is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide food for those in need in our community.

3rd Wednesday of each month
June 17
July 15
August 19
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Food will be distributed in the parking lot between Bascom Elementary School and LaBrae Intermediate School

No ID or proof of income is required. All food distributed is FREE!

Immunizations Required for School

As we prepare for the coming school year, parents need to keep the following information in mind regarding immunization requirements for school attendance.

  • Students entering grades K, 7, & 12, as well as students in any other grade who are newly enrolled at LaBrae, have immunization requirements.
  • We do not know yet what school will look like in the fall but we must continue to prepare.
  • Students entering 7th grade must show proof of a Tdap & Menigitis vaccination
  • Students entering 12th grade must show proof of a second Meningitis vaccine. * If the student is older than 16 & has not had the first Menigitis vaccine they will only need one. Please discuss your child’s vaccination status with his/her healthcare provider.
  • Due to COVID-19 many routine doctor appointments were postponed or cancelled, thus it is important that parents contact their child's primary care physician to schedule vaccination appointments.
  • Shot records are due in the clinic by October 12, 2020.  If you are unable to schedule an appointment until after October 12th due to COVID-19, please let the nurse know what date your student has an appointment. They will be listed as “ in process”  until vaccine verification is received
  • Shot records may be mailed to school, faxed to 330-898-7808 ( grades 3-12), or 330- 898-1448 (grades K-2), or emailed to Mrs. Harper, the school nurse, at Sharron [dot] harperatlabrae [dot] school

Camp Invention will be a hands-on, at home experience

Camp Invention will be a hands-on, at home experience this summer with enhancements and support by LaBrae teachers. More information will be provided for those that have already signed up, and those wishing to. If you have any questions please contact director Stephanie Walton.

Love Is Respect

Know! Love Is Respect

Dating relationships can be tricky at any age, but especially for young people navigating uncharted waters. Have you talked to your students about what positive, healthy dating relationships look like? There’s no time like the present as February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
 
We like to think of young love as innocent and sweet. But unfortunately, teen dating violence is much more common than most people realize. According to loveisrespect.org, one in three teens will experience physical abuse, sexual abuse, or both. Therefore, it’s critical to have ongoing conversations with students on the subject. 
 
“Dating violence is preventable, especially if education about healthy relationships starts early,” said William Wubbenhorst, Associate Commissioner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families. “This month and beyond we want educators, youth, and community leaders to join along with middle, high school and college students, to creatively promote messages about dating violence prevention, and raise awareness of the differences between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.”
 
HEALTHY relationships are based on respect, communication, trust, honesty, and equality.
 
UNHEALTHY relationships include breaks in communication, pressure, dishonesty, struggles for control, or inconsiderate behavior. 
 
ABUSIVE relationships involve accusations, blame shifting, isolation, pressure, or manipulation. 
 
As you talk to students about their romantic interests, whether present or future, we want to encourage them to… 
 
LOOK FOR SOMEONE WHO:
  • Treats you with respect. 
  • Doesn’t make fun of things you like or want to do. 
  • Never puts you down. 
  • Doesn’t get angry if you spend time with your friends or family. 
  • Listens to your ideas and can compromise with you. 
  • Isn’t excessively negative. 
  • Shares some of your interests and supports you in pursuing what you love. 
  • Shares their thoughts and feelings. 
  • Is comfortable around your friends and family. 
  • Is proud of your accomplishments and successes.
  • Respects your boundaries and doesn’t abuse technology to violate your boundaries. 
  • Doesn’t require you to “check in” or need to know where you are all the time. 
  • Is caring and honest. 
  • Doesn’t pressure you to do things that you don’t want to do. 
  • Doesn’t constantly accuse you of cheating or being unfaithful. 
  • Encourages you to do well in school. 
  • Doesn’t threaten you or make you feel scared. 
  • Understands the importance of healthy relationships.
 
When it comes to any relationship, mutual respect is key—plain and simple—but relationships can be complex. While some things (like physical or sexual violence) are clearly wrong and unacceptable, others may fall into an unclear, gray area for the students in your life. You can help your students make sense of this gray area and help them understand the relationship spectrum from healthy to abusive.
 
Whether or not your students are presently in “dating” relationships, this topic is relevant. Your decision to have ongoing conversations with students in your classroom on the subject is monumental. Knowing what to look for in a dating partner, as well as having high expectations from him or her, will serve your students well in dating relationships during their youth and into their adulthood.
 
In the tip to follow, the focus on Teen Dating Violence Prevention will continue as we highlight the importance of Setting Boundaries in a Relationship.
 
For more information, visit loveisrespect.org
 

Sportsmanship

KNOW! To Practice Good Sportsmanship

The benefits of participating in sports are vast. Sports help build character, boost self-confidence, strengthen perseverance, promote discipline, enhance physical and emotional health, develop teamwork skills, and promote healthy competition. Sports also provide children with additional supervision and additional mentors to help guide them as they grow, which is monumental. In fact, a study by Big Brothers Big Sisters shows that youth are 52% less likely to skip school and 46% less likely to use drugs when they have a caring adult mentor in their lives. Sports also give young people a focus, and another reason to say “no” to substance use and other risky behaviors.
 
As parents, we should recognize the importance of athletics, and show appreciation for our team coaches and sports officials, who are most likely out there not only because they enjoy the sport, but because they care about our young people.
 
Yet, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), sports leaders are not feeling the love. When over 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a national survey what they liked least about their job, 62% said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.” Sports officials agreed, with nearly 80% having quit their job after the first two years - due primarily to unruly parents.
 
Because of this, there is a growing shortage of high school officials. No officials would mean no more games, which would be tragic for so many youth. For this reason, the OHSAA issued a stern warning to parents and fans in a recent press release. Though it is geared toward high school athletics, it can be a lesson applied to parents of various age groups.
 
If you are a parent attending a high school athletic event this year, you can help by following these six guidelines:
 
Act Your Age. You are, after all, an adult. Act in a way that makes your family and school proud.
 
Don’t Live Your Life Vicariously Through Your Children. High school sports are for them, not you. Your family’s reputation is not determined by how well your children perform on the field of play.
 
Let Your Children Talk to the Coach Instead of You Doing It for Them. High school athletes learn how to become more confident, independent and capable—but only when their parents don’t jump in and solve their problems for them.
 
Stay in Your Own Lane. No coaching or officiating from the sidelines. Your role is to be a responsible, supportive parent—not a coach or official.
 
Remember, Participating in a High School Sport Is Not About Getting a College Scholarship. According to the NCAA, only about 2% of all high school athletes are awarded a sports scholarship, and the total value of the scholarship is only about $18,000.
 
Make Sure Your Children Know You Love Watching Them Play. Do not critique your child’s performance on the car ride home. Participating in high school sports is about character development, learning and having fun—not winning and losing.
 
In closing, the OHSAA reminds parents and other fans that purchasing a ticket to an athletic event does not give them the right to be rude, disrespectful or verbally abusive. Instead, all fans are encouraged to cheer loud and proud, while being responsible and respectful, and to keep in mind that the future of sports - and the well-being of many of our children - depend on it. 

LaBrae's 2019 Ohio Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education has released the 2019 school report cards, reflecting academic performance for the 2018-2019 school year.  When you access LaBrae's district report card, or the report card of one of our buildings, you will notice that we receive grades in categories labeled Student Achievement, Student Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy, and College/Career Readiness, which is identified with the label "Prepared for Success".  

Many successes are evident in LaBrae's 2019 report cards, and our performance in many areas continues to rank high in comparison to other Trumbull County schools.  While LaBrae is proud of the many positives on the report card, it also acknowledges those categories on the report card that represent opportunities for improvement.  Our challenge continues to be maintaining areas of academic excellence while diligently addressing those improvement opportunities.  Furthermore, while LaBrae is proud of its success on Ohio's report card, the report card is not our only measure of success.  There are numerous examples of excellence and commitment to students throughout our District, that when coupled with our achievement, serve as evidence of the good being done for our students and families.  In essence, LaBrae works hard everyday to create a learning environment that is safe, nurturing and educates the whole child.  All of our successes are a testament to the hard work of our students and staff, and are achieved with the help of a strong and supportive community. Our staff is honored to serve this community and this is a report card of which the entire LaBrae educational community can be proud.   Should you have questions regarding LaBrae's report card(s), please contact the Office of the Superintendent at 330.898.1393.

Lastly, LaBrae Local Schools has also provided a PDF attachment below comparing all of the grades earned by the 20 public school districts in Trumbull County.  In addition to this year's County rankings, a ranking of Trumbull County Schools from the previous year is also provided for comparison purposes. 

(Note: The report card links below will direct you to the Ohio Department of Education's website and provide excellent interactivity, allowing the viewer access to greater detail in each component accessible through embedded hyperlinks.)

LaBrae Local Schools' 2019 Ohio Report Card

LaBrae High School's 2019 Ohio Report Card

LaBrae Middle School's 2019 Ohio Report Card

LaBrae Intermediate School's 2019 Ohio Report Card

Bascom Elementary School's 2019 Ohio Report  Card  

{Bascom's Report Card will only provide K-2 literacy data on the percentage of students who are on track in reading.  Bascom Elementary does not administer Ohio assessments in grades K-2, therefore, the building does not receive a grade in many report card components.}

Cafeteria Accounts/Fee Payments

PaySchools Central for Online Payments

Pay Schools Central

LaBrae Local Schools is excited to announce that we now offer a new online payment system called PaySchools Central. PaySchools Central provides all parents in our district with an easy way to pay for student fees and lunch accounts in one place. This can all be done in the convenience of your own home through an easy-to-use online portal: payschoolscentral.com.

The PaySchools Central parent portal is easily accessible and will always be available on the home page of our website. Also, you can access PaySchools Central by clicking on the graphic above.  You can also access PaySchools Central with the convenience of a mobile app, called PaySchools Mobile, which is available in your respective app store.  However, PaySchools strongly recommends that parents register using an Internet browser on a p.c. or phone rather than using the app, as the app is not mobile friendly for registration.

Creating a PaySchools Central account is easy, quick and free! Simply add your child to the system using their student ID number and some other basic information. Next, the system will take you through a step-by-step registration process. Once your account is created, you will find a variety of features that will make the management of your student’s fees easier.  Please refer to the supporting documentation below for assistance.

Fees paid online will incur an Internet convenience fee. The ACH fee per transaction when using an electronic check is $1.75.  When using a debit or credit card the transaction fee is 3.9% of the transaction amount.

Lunch transactions will incur the following fees: The ACH fee per transaction when using an electronic check is $1.75.  For transactions less than $50, the fee for using a debit or credit card is $1.65.  For transactions of $50 or more, the fee is 3.9% of the transaction amount.

We are pleased to offer our parents a streamlined online payment system that will provide you with a faster, easier, and more convenient option for paying school fees for your entire family. For further questions regarding PaySchools Central, contact the treasurer's office at 330.898.2408.  

Also, please access the following tutorial video for your assistance: PaySchools Central Tutorial Video.

 

QuikApps Program for Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Pay Schools QuikApps

LaBrae Local Schools also makes QuikApps, an online free and reduced meal application system, for the families in our district.  QuikApps is now integrated with PaysSchools Central.  If you don't have a PaySchools Central account, you will need to register for an account.  QuikApps offers families a private and secure method of submitting free or reduced lunch applications. QuikApps makes it easy for parents to apply for free or reduced meal status for their children using a simple, secure, step-by-step online form. Applications can be signed electronically, and eligibility for meal benefits is efficiently reviewed and meal status is typically determined within 24 hours of application submission.  Moreover, parents are encouraged to permit email notifications in their account settings so that application determinations are automatically sent upon review and approval or denial. You can access QuikApps by clicking on the graphic above, or this link QuikApps. Please see the QuikApps guide below for step-by-step instructions on creating an account within your PaySchools Central account.  Additionally, a tutorial video is available to assist you with QuikApps.  The video is available using the following link: QuikApps Tutorial Video.  If you have further questions regarding the QuikApps program, please contact sally [dot] deehratlabrae [dot] school (Sally Deehr), LaBrae's Food Service Director, at 330.898.5863.

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

In an effort to improve safety and limit the number of building entry points during the morning M.S./H.S. drop off, LaBrae is making adjustments to our morning drop off locations. Students are not permitted to enter the M.S./H.S. at the doors located on the west side of the Complex as permitted in prior years.  The three points of entry for all students will be the main high school entrance, the middle school entrance adjacent to the bus loading zone, and the main Event Entrance. When dropping off your middle school or high school student(s), we are requiring that parents use the driving lane directly along the M.S./H.S. entrance, if you enter the school campus from N. Leavitt, or the newly designated drop-off location in front of the Board of Education Office, if you are entering the school campus from Eagle Creek Dr.  Also, all student drivers must use the M.S. entrance or the Event Entrance.  

The drop off zones will be marked with cones, and we encourage multiple vehicles drop off students at one time in the designated zones.  This should help expedite the drop off process and move the traffic through more efficiently.  Additionally, students are not to be dropped off in the main drive of the Complex or in the visitor/staff parking lot in front of the high school.  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 Office, 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, as practical as possible, 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.

LaBrae Community Newsletter 2019

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