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There's a lot happening in our vibrant school district! From events taking place at school to public information notices, we’ve included all the latest events here on one page. Make it your first stop when you visit our website to ensure you are always aware of what’s happening at Lebanon Borough School.

March 27, 2020 Email Update to LBS Families
A Message from Mr. Arcurio
I would like to thank our staff and families for collaborating and cooperating in making distance instruction work during this difficult time. I understand that it is not ideal and definitely not the preferred method of attending school; however, the work that we are doing together to make the best of an imperfect situation is nothing short of amazing. The teachers and staff have been communicating with me about all of their communication with families and the ways that they are troubleshooting and adjusting to make things as functional and “do-able” as possible. I am proud of our community, and I want to make sure that everyone knows that what is happening for our children in Lebanon Borough is no small feat. 

School Closure
The pandemic situation has shown increased cases throughout New Jersey. This has led the governor to place additional restrictions on movement within the state last weekend. Our district is implementing plans to remain closed until we receive notification from state or county officials to do otherwise. The school will be closed for a period yet to be determined. The most recent announcement from Governor Murphy indicated that the earliest he would consider assessing the reopening schools is April 17, 2020; however, that depends on the information available at that time. You can read the governor’s Executive Order #104 here and Order #107 here. Both reference school closure.

Donated Medical Supplies
The state and county have requested that all schools inventory the personal protective equipment and medical supplies that they can donate to our medical professionals on the front lines of caring for people during this crisis. This week, Mrs. K inventoried our supplies, and Mr. Haag delivered the following to the county: N95 masks, thermometers, exam gloves, isolation kits, and personal protection gowns. This is just one more way that LBS is doing its part to support the efforts of the state to flatten the curve of this virus.

Acceptable Device Usage **VERY IMPORTANT**
We are getting reports of some inappropriate use of Chromebook devices that the district distributed to families from the school. Please note that the district’s acceptable usage policy still applies to these devices. We need to ask for parents’ help in monitoring the children’s activity on the Chromebooks and on their own devices. Please check your child’s browser history periodically and monitor their communication with others via email, messaging apps, and chat platforms. The devices are necessary for instruction, so we need to ask for your assistance if consequences for inappropriate use are necessary. This request is for your child’s safety online.  We are able to monitor their usage more closely when they are in school; however, our current situation presents unique issues. We also do not want to be in the position of figuring out how to investigate electronic Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) reports remotely. Again, we appreciate your assistance.

Student Support Services
This is a difficult time for everyone, and our students are hearing a great deal of information that they may have difficulty processing. Please note that our school social worker, Mrs. Heller, is available to provide school support as she does when we are in school.  If your child is struggling and needs to talk to someone please email her or have them email her. She can then set up a time for a phone call or video chat as appropriate. While the scope of what she does is generally school-related, she is able to provide resources as needed if you have questions or if any issues are outside what she is allowed to address.

State Testing

The governor of New Jersey has announced that the State of New Jersey is canceling all statewide student assessments for the spring 2020 testing window. This includes the upcoming administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), ACCESS for ELLs, and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment. Therefore, all testing dates scheduled in Lebanon Borough have been canceled.

Staff Car Parade
Next Friday, April 3, our staff will be driving through the town in a parade to wave and say hello to our students. We will be ending instruction next Friday at 11:00 a.m., and we will begin our parade at noon. Consider it a social distancing assembly, of sorts. We ask that the students come out on their porches or lawns so that the staff can wave and let them know we miss them. In keeping with safety protocols, we ask that no one approach the cars and, of course, the staff will not be getting out of the cars.

In closing, I want to thank our staff members, parents, students, and the board of education members for pulling together in making successful this new way of teaching and learning. Thank you, also, for your continued patience and goodwill as a caring, learning community. Be well, everyone.

Better Together,

Bruce Arcurio

From the Health Office (Mrs. K)
If you need help regarding Covid-19 questions, services, and information, the State of NJ has created the New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub website.

Thank you all for being good citizens by practicing social distancing. Please review this information about social distancing and why it is so important.

The PBS Kids website has a section for parents. The article "How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus" includes helpful information. Please also review this article on Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus and Social Distancing.

Links for Parents During School Closure

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration
If you are interested in registration for preschool and kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, please be sure to email Ms. Muia or visit the Registration page.

Census 2020
The 2020 Census will be or has been mailed to households in March. It is very important that every person is counted in the census as it is used to determine congressional and state legislative districts, the number of seats in the House of Representatives, and the allocation of over $675 billion in federal funding annually to states and communities, including to school districts. This time around, you can complete the census by mail, phone or online.

To learn more about the census, please visit the United States Census 2020 website.

Mark the date - April 1 is National Census Day! Why April 1? Because when you respond to the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020.

Thank you in advance for completing the 2020 Census.

Important Dates

  • April 1: National Census Day - Be sure to complete your census.
  • April 3: Staff car parade through town - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • April 23: BOE meeting, in-person or virtual - rescheduled from April
Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

Preschool and kindergarten registration for the 2020–2021 school year is now open. For more information, please check out our preschool and kindergarten registration flyer and our Registration page. We look forward to seeing you soon!

March 20, 2020, Email Regarding Distance Instruction

March 20, 2020

Dear LBS Families,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank our staff, students, families, and community for the flexibility and understanding that all have shown during the very quick transition to distance instruction that was necessitated by the call for social distancing due to the current public health crisis. Our students are engaging with their teachers each day, and it is my hope that this routine provides some level of normal to these very unusual circumstances.

I have been in contact with the staff throughout each day to try to troubleshoot issues and provide support. Please reach out to our teachers, aides, office staff, school nurse, school social worker, or me if you have questions or need assistance. 

We are all anxious to re-open the school as soon as we can, however, we need to take this one day at a time. By an executive order from Governor Murphy directing, "All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and remain closed as long as the order remains in effect". We are closely monitoring the situation and reassessing the duration of this closure. 

The district will continue to implement our virtual learning plan in order to provide student instruction during this executive order. At this point, the re-opening of school will be determined by Governor Murphy and in conjunction with our local Health Department.

Again, thank you for working with us as we transitioned to this new phase of distance instruction. Our goal is to maintain an educational program that will allow students to progress academically while school is closed. Your continued support will help us in those efforts.

Although we must observe social distance, I am reminded that our collective efforts to address this situation make us better together.


Bruce Arcurio

Public Notice of Rescheduled Board Meeting

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, notice is hereby given that the Lebanon Borough Board of Education will reschedule the regular April 2, 2020, meeting to April 23, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lebanon Borough School library. If the school has not re-opened by that date, we will advertise further information.

March 17, 2020 Email Regarding Day One of Distance Instruction

Dear LBS Families,

Today was our first day of distance learning. Thank you for helping us make this day successful. As I mentioned in yesterday’s email, there have been glitches that we have worked out, and some we continue to work through. Please keep in mind moving forward that we are looking for continued progress.

Two items that would be helpful:

  • Please help to get your child into the habit of logging in each day, communicating with their teacher(s), and understanding that while they may be at home, this is still “school.” A routine is a good thing. If there is no contact or work completed/submitted, we must mark the child absent for the day. The state still expects that we keep a form of attendance. Contact/work completion each day is our only way to do this accurately.
  • Keep lines of communication open with your teacher(s). We assure you that we know that, just like our staff, you are juggling many things. The work you have to do from home or elsewhere may not always align with things that your child must do; however, in order to work with you to make things as smooth as possible within our school-day hours, communication with teachers is imperative.

Thank you again for your support and flexibility. Overall, day one was quite successful. I look forward to our continued work together to ensure that the children of Lebanon Borough receive a valuable educational experience under these extraordinary circumstances.


Bruce Arcurio

March 16, 2020 Email Regarding Distance Instruction Beginning March 17, 2020

March 16, 2020

Dear LBS Families,

As you know the Lebanon Borough School building is closed. During Governor Murphy’s address this afternoon he closed all schools until further notices. Thank you for your support this morning as we organized the pick-up of Chromebooks and tried to work through this last day in the school building for staff planning. The staff spent the day together developing plans for how they will provide a meaningful educational experience for the children over the coming weeks.

 Please note the following informational items to prepare for distance learning beginning tomorrow, March 17, 2020.
  • This is new for everyone and the teachers want to be successful in this endeavor. Please be kind and flexible as we all adjust to this new way of doing things. Your teachers are some of the most dedicated and hard-working people I know and I believe that we are in a good place to make all of this happen. If you have issues or if things do not go smoothly in the beginning, please calmly communicate with your teachers to troubleshoot. Again this is new for all of us.
  • Teachers will send (or have sent) home communication to families today with an outline of their learning plan, methods of communication, etc. Please communicate directly with your teacher about questions specific to each grade level.
  • Teachers will email 2nd-trimester report cards to families tomorrow. Progress reports for students with IEPs have been placed in the US Mail.
  • The NJ Commissioner of Education has cited the statute for home instruction (N.J.A.C.6A:16-10.1) as our guideline. With this in mind, please note that teachers will be striving to provide at least 2 hours of instruction/work for students each day.  
  • Teachers will be available for “office hours” from 9:30 am -12:30 pm. This means that families can contact the teacher, through the means that the teacher outlines in their communication today, during those times and teachers will be available for a quick response. Your teacher may alter this timeframe to account for instruction times, if necessary.
  • Teachers may include face-to-face real-time instruction anytime between 9 am and 3 pm daily.  Teachers have been advised if they are going to do this they should try to make it a standard scheduled time so that families can plan.
  • Teachers will be monitoring students’ login to the various platforms that they will be using.
  • Services for students who receive related services (speech, OT, PT) will be paused and these services will be made up upon our return to in-person instruction.
  • Please be aware that for many online sites, pop-up blockers, and Flash may need to be disabled to work.
  • Any communication that you would normally have with the office (CSA, Business Office, Admin Assistant, Nurse) should continue to go to them through email
  • Please do not “opt-out” of calls/texts/emails in our OneCallNow system.  This is the method that I will send out whole school community announcements (like this one). You will generally get a call and text to tell you to check your email. This is so that no one misses the information. As always, if you are not getting information, please let me or Ms. Muia know.
  • Attendance: If your child is ill or unable to participate in remote learning, please email Mrs. Kosciolek and Ms. Muia or use the link on the website:
  • Please keep the nurse informed of any medical issues or health updates regarding your child that may occur while the school is closed.

More information will be forthcoming as things develop.  Again thank you for your patience as we roll this out.  This community is strong and will navigate this challenging situation successfully.


Bruce Arcurio

March 15, 2020 Email Re: Important Information Related to School Closing

Dear LBS Families,

As mentioned in my email yesterday, we will update you with more specifics about distance learning tomorrow after our planning day. Please read the March 13, 2020, letter that was sent home on Friday announcing the school closing and move to distance learning until March 20, 2020. Please note the following important information:

  • The YMCA Care for Monday (3/16/20) is canceled. The Y reached out to families.
  • Please contact your friends who have children in the school to make sure they are receiving emails. We have worked to keep our list updated, but can only have accurate contact information if families let us know.
  • Please do not send students to the school alone tomorrow between 9:00 a.m. and noon if a device is being signed-out.
  • The sign-out of devices will be facilitated by Mrs. Duell, Mrs. Muia, and our paraprofessionals in the vestibule of the school. 
  • If students forgot other items, please email your teacher so that we can try to have those things ready in the vestibule for you as well.
  • The teachers will be working throughout the day to plan and will not be available to meet with parents. If you have questions for them, please email them. They will respond as soon as possible. Our office staff and paraprofessionals will work to answer your questions as best they can.
  • From Yesterday’s Email:
    • Only If you feel you need a device and would like to pick one up on Monday, March 16, 2020, between 9:00 a.m. and noon, please complete this new survey which only asks for three pieces of information (Last Name, First Name, and Grade).  This will enable us to have devices ready for you in the office. Each student uses a Chromebook (iPad for preschool) in his or her homeroom class and we will provide you with the one that they generally use at school. Completing this survey by 8:30 a.m. on Monday will allow us to have devices ready for prompt pick-up.
    • You can access the survey by clicking the link below or pasting it into your browser.
    • Device Survey Take Two

Thank you for your continued flexibility, understanding, and support as we all adjust to this new experience. As with anything, we will continually monitor our progress and adjust accordingly. Please follow CDC recommendations and stay healthy.


Bruce Arcurio

Spring Hunterdon Parks Harbinger

Looking for a spring or early summer program? The spring version of the Hunterdon Parks Harbinger is now available. It lists park program information from March through July 2020. Programs may fill quickly so please register in advance!

Therapeutic Riding Social Skills Group

Registration is now open for the therapeutic riding social skills group. Spring classes begin on Monday, April 6. Riding with HEART provides individual and group equestrian instruction in a safe, supportive environment for your child. All lessons are taught by certified therapeutic riding instructors. Lessons are Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, please see our therapeutic riding social skills flyer.

Riding with HEART Social Skills Group

The Riding with HEART Social Skills Group aims to enhance social skills through interaction and group activities while working with and riding horses. Build language skills, core strength, teamwork, and self-confidence in a welcoming non-judgmental environment. This group is for children ages six through 12 on the Autism spectrum. Learn social skills and make new friends in a multi-sensory "stable" environment. This is a ten-week session beginning on April 9 running from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The fee is $500 with limited space. Please see the social skills flyer for more information.

Summer Programs and Camps

We have various summer camps and programs for you to check out! There is something for everyone. See for yourself! All sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration and deposit are due by May 31 for all of the camps.

  • BraveHEART's: July 13–17
    The BraveHEART's Equine Assisted Activities Summer Fun Program is for children of Military and first responders.
  • GirlPower! Summer Program: July 6–10
    GirlPower! is a fun and challenging program empowering girls ages eight to 13 to build self-confidence, learn to assert healthy boundaries, and manage obstacles and challenges through equine-assisted activities. Includes daily riding lesson.
  • Hunterdon Hoops Summer Basketball Camps: July 27–31 & August 10–14
    Specialized position, offensive, and fundamental camps. Boys and girls grades kindergarten through nine.
  • Kamp "Neigh"bor, Summer Horse Fun for Everyone: Week 1: August 3–7; Week 2: August 10–14
    This inclusive summer riding program brings together children with and without disabilities for a fun-filled week of horseback riding and more!
  • Pony Tales Horse Powered Reading Summer Program: July 20–24
    Help your struggling student become a better reader through equine-assisted learning. Build confidence while exploring basic reading skills (grades kindergarten through third). Includes daily riding lessons.
  • Social Skills Kamp: Week 1: August 5–9; Week 2: August 12–15
    The unique setting of the barn and working and riding horses teach, reinforce, and generalized social skills.

New Online Absence Reporting

We are happy to announce that you can now report your child’s absence online. To report an absence, select the Report an Absence button on the Home page or access the form from the Parent Quick Links. You can then fill out the form and submit. It is quick and easy and alleviates the need to call the school to report an absence. Check it out and give it a try the next time you report your child’s absence from school.

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