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It's Back-to-School Time for Teachers and Staff!
It's Back-to-School Time for Teachers and Staff!

Students don't head back to class in the Lower Merion School District until Tuesday, September 6, 2022, but it's already back-to-school time for teachers and other District staff.

The week of August 22, 2022, new teachers and professionals took part in four days of training and orientation, where they learned about the District's policies and priorities, set up their technology accounts, took bus tours of the District and engaged in team-building activities.

Starting August 29, 2022, they were joined by returning staff members, who will be working on professional development, setting up their classrooms, and preparing for the implementation of our new K-4 and 5-8 curricula along with the opening of Black Rock Middle School.

Transportation staff, including bus drivers and bus aides, also had a day of training and professional development. They've also been out on the roads, driving students to non-public schools that have started already and practicing their LMSD routes.

On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, staff will take part in the annual Convocation -- in person for the first time since September 2019 -- where Superintendent Dr. Mumin, will share his vision for the upcoming year and emphasize the important roles that all of the adults in our District have in inspiring students and creating a sense of belonging.

It's an exciting time, but the real excitement comes after Labor Day, when some 8700+ students return to fill our buildings with their excitement and enthusiasm for learning, growing and making new friends.

Click below for a slide show of some of our new and returning staff. And don't forget to print our our #LMSD1stDay photo cards to share the start of the school year on social media.

NTAP Slideshow


Convocation Slideshow

It's Sign Up Time for Free and Reduced Meals

Important Information about signing up for free and reduced lunches for the 2022-2023 school year.

The USDA's universal free meal program, which was put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, will not be available for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. To receive free or reduced-price meals during the upcoming school year, qualified families will need to go through the application process, which is NOW OPEN. To ensure that qualified students can receive their meals at the start of the year, I urge you begin the process now. The steps and important links are provided below, and on the Nutritional Services page of the District website.

See if your family qualifies for the program:

  • Visit www.schoolcafe.com to see if you qualify. Only one application needs to be submitted per household, even if your children attend more than one school in LMSD.
  • The application must be filled out completely to certify your children for free or reduced-price school meals.
  • Please follow the step-by-step instructions online.

If your family qualifies:

  • In addition to the application, a Sharing of Information Waiver must be signed to share your status of Free or Reduced with other departments in the District that may waive certain fees for your participation in the lunch program.
  • Click here to print out the waiver
  • Indicate yes or no for sharing
  • Sign and return to:

Lower Merion Nutritional Services
301 E. Montgomery Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

Notice of Direct Certification

  • If you have received a Notice of Direct Certification for free meals, do not complete the application.
  • But do let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received.

For additional information on qualifying and applying, please see the Frequently Asked Questions available here. If you are unable to apply online or do not have access to a computer, please contact Nutritional Services at 610-645-1990 or email pinardk@lmsd.org for assistance with applying for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

We look forward to welcoming our students in September and to offering them delicious and nutritious meals. Enjoy the rest of the summer!