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Seasonal Cheer

In LPS weekly news, scenes of seasonal goodwill in our schools.

The tech lab at Heritage Middle School looks a bit like a North Pole workshop with seventh graders building homemade toys for less fortunate children. At Mt. Pleasant Middle, a holiday band caroled in the hallways. And at Harrison, noisemakers rang in the New Year.

Similar scenes of seasonal goodwill are being played out in Livingston Public Schools, from the songs for winter nights performed by musicians at Livingston High School and Heritage, to the toys donated for tots.

Artists from LHS decorated the Neonatal wing at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Hillside bakers exchanged dozens of cookies. Riker Hill first graders decorated gingerbread houses. A fifth-grader organized holiday gifts for children hospitalized this time of year.

Our student councils led the toy drives. At Collins, this lesson in giving was also one for learning, as kindergartners practiced their sorting and graphing skills with the dozens of toys they collected for children in need.  And the Mount Pleasant Middle School Student Council designed greeting cards for staff and the homebound in Livingston promoting caring and respect.

Volunteers with ties to Burnet Hill remind us that the need for hope is universal and Livingston is no exception. Once again, their H.O.P.E. luminary fundraising campaign will benefit local residents in need of assistance. Meanwhile, community giving continues for our Stuff the Bus for Sandy as it continues to shuttle toys to South Jersey.

These reminders of the spirit of the season are a welcome respite from the senseless loss in Newtown, Conn. With a swift response from Livingston Public Schools, our children were reassured that our schools are a safe place for learning.  On this winter solstice, best wishes for the season. Let our children be reminders to share the light, hope, and meaning of this winter season and New Year. 

IN OUR SCHOOLS 

Tech Tools in Toyland: Season of giving: Heritage students donate homemade toys.

Mt. Pleasant's Holiday Band Goes Caroling in the Hallways. 

LHS Artists Paint a Peanuts Gallery at Hospital: National Art Society lend talents to Neonatal wing at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Lessons from the Wrappers Kids Leave Behind: Lunch trash becomes a forum to promote healthy eating.  

After Newtown: An Update on School Safety and Security 

PARENT RESOURCES 

Kindergarten Registration: Getting Ready for the 1st Day of Kindergarten Starts Now.
 
Special Education-Parent Advisory Committee: Frequently Asked Questions. 

School Safety & Security: Livingston is committed to providing a safe environment for students.   

Resources to Help Children Cope: As you consider your own child's needs in the days ahead, these guidelines might be of assistance. 

CALENDAR

Schools will close for the Winter Recess and New Year’s. Classes resume Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

The Board of Education Reorganization Meeting is 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 7, 2013 at the LHS Media Center.
 
COMMUNITY NEWS 

H.O.P.E. Arrives in Livingston 

LivingstonAbilities Expo  

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