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February Newsletter


The monthly newsletter that celebrates our community.

* * * STAFF SPOTLIGHT * * *


Mike Shammas

Food Service Instructor

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Can you explain what you do at LPS?


I strive every day to teach students new skills that students can use in their daily lives, their school day and their professional career. Even if it’s not culinary related I hope they can use the skill or concept as a work tool.


Where were you before you came to LPS?


Directly before I was working full-time at Tomasso Trattoria. My last teaching assignment was at Bay Path Vocational and before that at Putnam Vocational in Springfield. I’ve also taught Adult Education classes at Keefe Tech and Assabet Vocational. As a chef, we are teaching our staff daily.


What do you love the most about your role within LPS?


I get to work with the great population here at LPS and feed them good food as well.


Why did you get into education?


I wanted to transfer my skill set from a daily grind to...


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* * * PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT * * *


Summer Program


Pretty soon after the Near Year, parents everywhere are starting to think, “Okay, what is my child going to do this summer?” For roughly a third of LPS students, they will attend our annual 3 week Summer Program which is held every July. And new this year, we are thrilled to open up the program to the public!


The LPS Summer Program (EYP) is designed to maintain progress and prevent substantial regression through structured educational and social experiences. The students benefit from the appropriate academic instruction, teacher directed interactive academic lessons, strategies and accommodations responding to students’ learning styles, skill reinforcement and social skills training through their classes.


For all students the program consists of reading, math, writing, essential speech and OT, social activities, electives and weekly field trips. Middle schools students additionally have social skills groups, and organizational support; while High School students develop transitional /independent living skills development via a volunteer-based work experience, twice a week.


This year, the LPS Summer Program will operate from...


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IMPORTANT DATES


Tuesday, February 8: Free Speaker Series event, 6:00-7:15 PM


Friday, February 11: All School Sports Day


Friday, February 11: PIE Virtual Bingo Night! 7-8 PM


Monday, February 14: All School Wear Red Day


Thursday, February 17: Parent Advisory Group (PAG) meeting, 9:00 AM


Monday, February 21 - Friday, February 25: February Vacation


Wednesday, March 9 & Thursday, March 10: MCAS ELA retest


Friday, March 11: All School Pajama Day


Tuesday, March 15 & Wednesday, March 16: MCAS Math retest

* * * LEADERSHIP BLOG * * *


10 tips for supporting your child with learning disabilities


By: Korina Martin, Director of Admissions

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As the Director of Admissions, I talk to a lot of parents. Via email, phone and Zoom, many of my hours are spent listening to and talking with concerned mothers, inquisitive fathers, upset grandparents - all trying to understand why their child is struggling. As a parent, sometimes you just feel helpless. You don’t know what you don’t know, and while you may have all the right tools in place, most of the time, sometimes you can’t help but feel like you want to do more. 


As parents, the place we have the most control is usually at home. The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a fantastic resource for families whose children learn differently. They share strategies that can be used at home for children with learning disabilities. They describe trying to find a balance - of providing some, but not too much support. What is that balance? The truth is, it’s likely changing all the time. With time, maturity and new skills being acquired regularly, it’s a moving target. But the LDA has some suggestions you can use to help find that balance: 

 

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Announcements & Reminders

Family Bingo Night


A virtual event for the whole family!


Students will receive Bingo cards at school on Thursday, 2/10 to bring home*. 


Marla Jacobs will be our host, and gift card prizes will be given to the winners on Monday at school!


PIE would appreciate gift card donations to support this event.


Please contact Gretchen Petersen at gpetersen@learningprep.org with any questions.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81952483040

You pick our menu!


In the month of March, Food Service will use menu ideas from students and staff to create the menu. If your menu idea is selected you will have your name featured on the menu and get to be first in line that day! If you would like to participate-please fill the google form sent out by Lindsay by 2/8. Any questions please see Lindsay or Mike.

Updated Covid Protocols


The 2021-22 Covid Protocols have been updated. You can find them on our website under Current Students/Covid-19 or attached here.


You can also see this updated flowchart from the Department of Education on what to do when identified as a close contact or testing positive for Covid.

Speaker Series event


Sensory Processing: What is it and how might it impact my child?


Tuesday, 2/8

6:00 - 7:15 PM


Virtual Event via Zoom


By: Katie Dabdoub, OTD, MPA, OTR/L & Mandy Nardone, MS, OTR/L


CLICK HERE TO RSVP


Get involved


The Parent Advisory Group (PAG) & the Partners In Education (PIE) are two parent organizations that families can participate. For more information about each group's goals and the meeting dates, click here.


The next meeting is:

PAG: Thursday, 2/17 9:00am


Zoom link for all meetings:


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83490769413

MCAS Dates


Please see the schedule below for MCAS dates the spring. More info to come.


March 9 & 10 - ELA retest

March 15 & 16 - Math retest

March 22 & 23 - 10th grade ELA

April 5 & 6 - 5th/6th grade ELA

April 7 & 8 - 7th/8th grade ELA

April 26 & 27 - 5th/8th grade Science

May 10 & 11 - 5th/6th grade Math

May12 & 13 - 7th/8th grade Math

May17 & 18 - 10th grade Math

June 7 & 8 - Biology - 9th grade & retest

High School Yearbook


Pre-order your 2021-22 High School Yearbook! A full color book documenting this extraordinary school year! Order today on JostensYearbooks.com

Grade Level Parents


Grade representatives for the 2021-22 school year:


12th: Debbie Berechman


11th: Stacey Suckerman


10th: Roslyn Michelson


9th: (available)


8th: Lori Day


5th-7th: Christina Chatalian


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Attention 9th grade parents and guardians! We are looking for a volunteer to be a Grade Parent for the 9th grade. If interested in learning more, please contact Amy Davis at adavis@learningprep.org.

2021-22 Calendar


You can download the 2021-22 School Year Calendar here.

(updated 7/12/21)


Also, check out learningprep.org/calendar for a full list of events.

Family Directory


Is available via DIRECTORYSPOT. To access:


  1. Download DirectorySpot from the app store.
  2. Enter your email address as the username.
  3. Click RESET PASSWORD

Lunch Menu


To review the lunch menu, click here.


Parent Facebook Group


Join our private Facebook group just parents and guardians called:


LPS Panther Parents & Families Group.


Click this link to join!



https://www.facebook.com/groups/803852983897093

Get your LPS Gear!


Here's a great way to show your LPS Panther Pride!


Check out the School Store today!

Know someone who would benefit from LPS?


If you know someone who may be looking for a place like LPS, tell them about our weekly, Virtual Information Sessions and to reach out to:


Korina Martin, Director of Admissions at kmartin@learningprep.org

Contact Info

Main:

1507 Washington Street

West Newton, MA 02465

Phone: (617) 965-0764

Main Fax: (617) 527-1514


Nursing:

Jenna Wilson

jwilson@learningprep.org

617-965-0764 ext. x 1014

Nurses Fax: (617) 244-1921


Transportation:

All transportation changes and early dismissals to:


HS: dhurley@learningprep.org

MS: ccaruso@learningprep.org

Amy Davis, Principal

adavis@learningprep.org

617-965-0764 ext. x 1221


Amy Plante, Assistant Principal

aplante@learningprep.org

617-965-0764 ext. x 1322


Vanessa Craveiro, Chief Financial Officer

vcraveiro@learningprep.org

617-965-0764 ext. x 1317


Korina Martin, Director of Admissions

kmartin@learningprep.org 

617-965-0764 ext. x 1202

Kurt Moellering, Executive Director

kmoellering@learningprep.org

617-965-0764 ext. x 1201


Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer

gpetersen@learningprep.org

617-965-0764 ext. x 1208


Dee Lane, Director of Development & Alumni Relations

dlane@learningprep.org

617-965-0764 ext. x 1206

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