LaBrae Parent-Teacher Conferences & Early Release

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2020.  School is in session on October 8th, but LaBrae will use an early release schedule on this day to facilitate parent conferences.  Please contact your building secretary to schedule conferences with teachers as applicable.  Please refer to the information below. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Early Release Schedule:

M.S./H.S.: 12:00 p.m.

Bascom/L.I.S.: 1:00 p.m.

Conferences can be scheduled between 2:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. in all buildings

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair Time Machine

The book fair is coming!!!  This year’s Scholastic Book Fair, “Time Machine: Reading Can Take You Anywhere”, will be held entirely online from October 5th to October 18th.  To take advantage of the opportunity to purchase quality reading material for your child, please use one of the following links, depending on which school your child attends:

Bascom

LaBrae Intermediate

LaBrae MS and HS

Remember, your purchases will be shipped directly to your home, or to whatever address you choose.  In addition, your child’s library will earn Scholastic Dollars to use for purchasing new books/materials for the school library---if you use the appropriate school link to shop.

LaBrae School Lunch Pick Up Registration

Starting Monday, September 14, 2020, LaBrae Local Schools will provide school lunches available for pick up for students in the Scarlet and Gray cohorts on their remote learning days and for students enrolled in the eLearning/Virtual Learning program.  All school meals are free through December 31, 2020.  Parents who desire to pick up meals for their child/children need to complete the registration form, which is accessible using the hyperlink below.  School lunches will be available for pick up at the Event Entrance of the LaBrae Complex between 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

LaBrae's School Lunch Pick Up Registration Form

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

This year LaBrae is foregoing the printing and mailing of our community newsletter in an effort to reduce expenses.  Please access the newsletter as a PDF below.  Should you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the Superintendent's Office.

LaBrae 2020-2021 Restart Plan

Please click on the link below to access LaBrae Local Schools' restart plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  Under the current circumstances, LaBrae intends to start the year in a blended learning model.  To provide some additional time to finalize preparations for the start of school, LaBrae will be delaying the student first day of school to August 31, 2020

Scarlet Cohort: August 31st, First Day of School

Gray Cohort: September 1st, First Day of School

Please note, that the opening of schools and the framework of the plan are always subject to change as circumstances continually evolve.  LaBrae continues its planning efforts and in the coming days anticipates providing a frequently asked questions document, virtual learning registration forms, student cohort lists, and transportation adjustments. 

A list of frequently asked questions is below.  The document name will add the date at the end so that parents can determine the most recent update to the FAQ's PDF.

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

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. 

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