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The following is a listing of non-profit, community-based programs/events in Lower Merion and Narberth that have been approved for posting by Lower Merion School District. To submit your non-profit, community-based program/event for consideration, please email the LMSD Communications Office at info@lmsd.org.

Sleep & School Start Times Talks
Sleep & School Start Times Talks

In support of the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep Awareness Week (March 11-17), the Interschool Council is promoting two events open to all LMSD parents and guardians!

In support of the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep Awareness Week (March 11-17), the Interschool Council is promoting two events open to all LMSD parents and guardians!

Snooze or Lose: Promoting Sleep Health in Adolescents with national sleep expert Dr. Wendy Troxel will take place on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Radnor High School. This event is open to the public, but RSVPs are suggested as space is limited. To RSVP for this event, click here.

  • Dr. Troxel is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense as well as private foundations and corporations. Troxel's work has been widely cited by the media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR and BBC. Dr.Troxel was also one of the featured sleep experts in the National Geographic documentary "Sleepless in America." Troxel's TED talk on the impact of school start times on adolescent sleep has received more than 1.4 million views. This event is free and open to the public.

ISC March Hot Topic: Sleep Zzz – Who Needs It? Join the Healthy Start Times Discussion is set to take place on Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the District Administration Building (Room 264).

  • Have you heard the discussions about the health benefits of later start times for high school students? Are you pro or con later start times with the potential logistical hurdles? Do you have younger children but are concerned how these start times will affect your family? We want to hear from you!
  • The Interschool Council encourages parents and guardians with students of all ages to go beyond social media and join us on March 13th to include your voice in the healthy start time discussion. LMSD's Dr. Kristina Ayers Paul will provide us with an update on both her sleep research and where the district is in the process. She will then facilitate an interactive, workshop-style session to gather your input around key issues. Mark your calendar now for a chance to voice your opinion and have an impact! Dr. Paul is Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Program Evaluation and Chair of the Adolescent Sleep and School Start Time Committee. Read the committee's report to learn more.

Questions? Contact ISCInfoNow@gmail.com.

Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees
Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees

This year's recipients will be honored at a special ceremony at The Radnor Hotel on October 12, 2018

The Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association is proud to announce the following alumni have been chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018! They will be honored at a luncheon at The Radnor Hotel on Friday, October 18, 2018. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact lmhalumni@gmail.com.

Harriton High School

Robert Brodsky – Class of 1981

David Crane – Class of 1975

Michael Goldfarb – Class of 1968

Lynda Harris Resnick – Class of 1960

Alon Shaya – Class of 1997

Arn Tellem – Class of 1972

Farnoosh Torabi – Class of 1998

Lower Merion High School

David Amado – Class of 1986

Elizabeth Schussheim Brater – Class of 1969

Lewish R. First – Class of 1973

Kenneth Hill – Class of 1955

J. Russell Peltz – Class of 1964

Alan Poul – Class of 1976

Jon A. Reynolds – Class of 1955

Herman Shelanski – Class of 1974

Jay Sigel – Class of 1961

James Vance – Class of 1959

"SpeakUp!" set to return to Lower Merion High School
"SpeakUp!" set to return to Lower Merion High School

Bringing youth, educators and parents together for open, honest conversations about tough topics on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Lower Merion High School

Raising a teen is hard, but some might argue that being a teen is even harder. The key to success is communication.

Please join us on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. as Lower Merion High School welcomes SpeakUp!, an innovative local organization dedicated to helping teens develop supportive relationships with the adults in their lives. Parents and teens can choose from four round table topics for open conversation guided by a SpeakUp! facilitator.

SpeakUp! focuses on the fact that no matter what the problem is – stress, drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety, suicide, relationships, social media or others – the solution always begins with realizing you are not alone and having the courage to speak up and ask for help. All teens benefit from learning how to have courageous conversations with important adults in their lives. All parents benefit by hearing what is of concern to local teens and how to best support open communication in their own family.

For more information on SpeakUp! and to register for our LMHS event, please visit www.speakup.org and click on the link for "Upcoming SpeakUp! Events" under the "Programs" tab to find the LMHS event registration.

Registration is now open! SpeakUp! only works if members of the community come out to discuss these important topics. Non-Lower Merion adults and students are welcome to attend as well.

In addition, any Lower Merion student who would like to be part of the planning committee is encouraged to attend this Friday, February 23 during the second half of Lunch and Learn. Please see Ms. Tompkins in Guidance for details.

We hope you will join our community on March 8 for this important evening with our students!

Celebrate the Arts at the Annual ISC Art Show
Celebrate the Arts at the Annual ISC Art Show

More than 300 pieces of artwork from all ten schools will be on exhibit from February 24-March 4 at the Main Line Art Center

The Interschool Council (ISC) of Lower Merion School District is proud to sponsor their annual Art Show featuring an array of more than 300 pieces of artwork from all ten schools from February 24 - March 4 at the Main Line Art Center (located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford.

ISC Art Show Hours

  • Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The ISC will also be collecting art supplies at the show for Lucy Belle's Rainbow, which provides art materials to children receiving cancer treatment at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Items needed include new boxes of 64 crayons, 9x12" sketch books, markers, colored pencils, watercolor sets, model magic, and glue sticks.

LMSD Health Topics Series for Parents & Guardians
LMSD Health Topics Series for Parents & Guardians

Series continues with "LMSD & Lower Merion Police Department: Community and School Collaborations" on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Cynwyd Elementary School

Lower Merion School District's Department of Student Services and the Interschool Council (ISC), in collaboration with the Home & School Associations, have organized a series of informational events and programs covering many important health-related topics throughout the 2017-18 school year.

Programs marked with an asterisk are brought to you through a collaboration of the Student Services Department, the Interschool Council and the HSA of the hosting school. We encourage parents/guardians to attend these informative evening programs, including those held in schools other than where your child attends. Your presence is welcome at all schools!

February 2018

  • *LMSD and Lower Merion Police Department: Community and School Collaborations – Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Cynwyd Elementary School

Please join us to learn about the Lower Merion Police Department and their role in the community and our schools. Participants will discuss ways in which the LMPD can engage with students particularly at the elementary school level.

March 2018

  • *Teens and Sexuality: An Evening with Educator Al Vernacchio – Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Harriton High School

Al Vernacchio, an educator, author and national speaker will discuss teens and sexuality. He has an amazing ability to put people at ease and offer a glimpse into how teens think and act around issues of sexuality. Learn how to help teens approach sexuality in a responsible and well-informed manner.

  • Wellness Council Meeting – Monday, March 12 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the District Administration Building

Meet parents/guardians and staff leaders and share wellness events and happenings throughout the District. If you have an interest in Wellness especially around nutrition and fitness, please join us.

April 2018

  • *Beyond 13 Reasons Why: Recognizing and Responding to the Warning Signs of Depression & Suicide – Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Welsh Valley Middle School

The very popular TV series "13 Reasons Why" has kids and adults talking about suicide. Come join us for an informative presentation on the topic. Dr. Matthew Wintersteen from Thomas Jefferson University (and Co-Chair of PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative) will help parents recognize children in distress and warning signs of depression and suicide. Dr. Wintersteen has presented on this topic to national professional groups and to school districts throughout Pennsylvania including LMSD.

May 2018

  • Wellness Council Meeting – Monday, May 7 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the District Administration Building

Meet parents/guardians and staff leaders and share wellness events and happenings throughout the district. If you have an interest in Wellness especially around nutrition and fitness, please join us.

  • *Bullying: What Families Need to Know – Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Penn Valley Elementary School

Many parents/guardians have their own painful memories of bullying. What does bullying look like in today's world? How can parents and schools prevent bullying and what can be done to intervene? This panel discussion will include the timely topic of cyberbullying.

June 2018

  • Community Health Fair – Date/Time TBD

Health information and activities will be presented in interactive forums by Lower Merion School District's Health Staff and other community agencies/providers.

9th Annual Mr. Lower Merion: "We Could Be Heroes"
9th Annual Mr. Lower Merion: "We Could Be Heroes"

Ten upperclassmen will take the stage and compete for the crown - all for a good cause - on Monday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the LMHS auditorium!

This year's Mr. LM contestants are unleashing their inner superhero to save LM! The fun-filled production features ten of LM's finest upperclassmen, including seniors Charlie Altman, Justin Do, Bethany Eldridge, Henry Finch, Jake Gurevitch, Joel Herbert, Will Savastani and Zack Slogoff; and juniors Davon Collins and Sam Fogel.

The contestants will participate in a "super power" catwalk, hip-hop dance, Q & A session, talent portion, and a partner dance. LM's A Cappella groups and the LM Dance Team will also be performing throughout the evening. The event will be emceed by the inimitable trio of Principal Sean Hughes and seniors Karl Meyer and Eric Ruffin. Along with their pride, each contestant is competing for a charity of their choice, so each person in attendance will be supporting great causes. Mr. LM is sponsored by the Class of 2018 and tickets are $10 at the door. This event has sold out the last three years – come be a part of the fun. See you all there!

Mr. Lower Merion 2018 on Crowdrise

LMSD's 2nd Annual Vertical Band Showcase
LMSD's 2nd Annual Vertical Band Showcase

In celebration of the outstanding bands at Gladwyne, Penn Valley, Belmont Hills, Welsh Valley and Harriton on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Harriton High School

In celebration of the outstanding band programs at Gladwyne, Penn Valley, Belmont Hills, Welsh Valley, and Harriton, the music departments have planned their 2nd Annual Vertical Band Concert Showcase! The audience will hear performances from the bands of Belmont Hills, Welsh Valley and Harriton, as well as a grand finale featuring the combined groups! This is an opportunity for the music community, that includes young musicians, prospective instrumentalists in 3rd grade, and parents from elementary through high school, to hear and see first-hand how the program evolves.

The concert, which will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harriton High School auditorium, is for 3rd grade families of students considering playing a band instrument next year and families of students in grades 4-12 already playing in their school's band program.

The Lower Merion community has always had a strong commitment to their acclaimed music programs, and this is a chance to see the band program as a whole. Students, parents and teachers are all an integral part of this evening, and an essential element of the rich music culture for which Lower Merion is known. The audience and performers will witness, in one special night, the wide spectrum of talent and level of participation we have in the music program across all grade levels. Please spread the word and join us in celebrating the spirit of our Music Community!

11th Annual LMHS Co-Ed Youth Football Clinic
11th Annual LMHS Co-Ed Youth Football Clinic

Sunday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Arnold Field

Lower Merion High School is set to host the 11th Annual Co-Ed Youth Football Clinic in memoriam of Dr. Joseph W. Foote. The clinic will take place on Sunday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Arnold Field at Lower Merion High School.

The clinic is for players in grades 3-8, and will include a Wayne Sporting Goods "Footeball" Clinic t-shirt, water and snacks. All proceeds benefit the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Joseph W. Foote Award. For more information, please email Mary Brown mbrown@sju.edu. Please send completed form and a check made payable to "Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund", c/o Mary Brown, 916 Cedar Grove Road, Wynnewood, PA, 19096.

LMHS Girls Lacrosse Clinic Fundraiser

Sunday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Bryant Gym at LMHS

Lower Merion High School Girls Lacrosse team is holding a lacrosse clinic for students in grades 5-8 in the Bryant Gymnasium at LMHS on Sunday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The clinic is a fundraiser for the LMHS Girls Lacrosse team in the hopes of introducing and deepening the love of the game! All skill levels welcome, regardless of experience! Contact Zoe Gingold at gingoldz@yahoo.com to register or pay at the door. Cost is $20.

LMSD Junior First Lego League (Jr. FLL) Expo
LMSD Junior First Lego League (Jr. FLL) Expo

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Penn Wynne Elementary School. Learn more and register today!

LMSD is set to host the annual Junior First Lego League (JrFLL) Expo – a fun learning opportunity for children in grades K-3 (ages 6-9) – on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – noon at Penn Wynne Elementary School.

Jr. FLL is one of the four FIRST Robotics Programs that allows students to explore STEM by using Legos. Through participation in the Jr. FLL expo, students will gain valuable skills in problem solving, creativity, design, and building that will help them develop a strong foundation in STEM.

To view a PDF flyer for this event with more detailed information, click here. It is recommended that teams register by January 6 in order to have enough time to complete the challenge.

To learn more, please see our newly designed website: lowermerionjrfll.org or contact event coordinator Julian Ginzburg at julianginzburg19@students.lmsd.org