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Upcoming Community Events & Programs

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.

14th Annual Dr. Joseph Foote Memorial Youth Football Clinic

The 14th Annual Dr. Joseph Foote Memorial Youth Football Clinic will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Lower Merion High School's Arnold Field. The clinic is open to ALL children in grades 3-8. Participants will learn basic football skills. Pads and helmets will NOT be needed.

The fee is $15 per child. All proceeds benefit the LM Township Scholarship Fund. Click here to register!

Harriton set to host Best Buddies Friendship #WalkForChange

Harriton High School will be hosting the Best Buddies Friendship #WalkForChange on Saturday, May 21st from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Harriton Track (located at 600 N. Ithan Avenue in Rosemont). The goal of this event is to support inclusion and friendship within our community and in the world-at-large! Students and families from all of our LMSD schools are invited to participate in this year's event!

T-shirts for each school to represent themselves are being sold for $10 with orders being due by April 8th!

Please fill out this form to order your shirt today!

If you have any questions, please email s015719@students.lmsd.org.

Harriton & LM Football's Second Annual Tailgate Throwdown Fundraiser

The Harriton & Lower Merion football programs will be hosting the Second Annual Tailgate Throwdown Fundraiser at McShea's Pub in Narberth on Saturday, May 21 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This event supports both high school football programs. There will be live music, raffles, a silent auction, games and coaches from both teams will serve as bartenders! Dress in your favorite team's high school gear and/or colors!

Summertime Screen Time: Strategies to Keep Children Healthy & Safe

Summertime Screen Time: Strategies for Parents to Help Keep their Children Healthy & Safe is a program where parents and guardians will have an opportunity to hear from experts, discuss what works with other parents and explore available resources.

This event is sponsored by area local League of Women Voters, school districts and parent groups. The program will take place on Thursday, May 19 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

To register for this event, click here.

Affordable Internet Connectivity Program

Financial Help for Families to Connect to the Internet

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) will allow many American households to reduce their internet service costs by up to $30/month.

There are three different ways to qualify, and you'll be able to take advantage of this benefit if you meet any one of them.

  • The first category is income — specifically, whether the money you make annually is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. For an individual, that would be $27,180. For a couple (or any household of two), the total is $36,620. For a family of four, that total rises to $55,500. The full income chart is available here.
  • Second, you'll also qualify if you or someone else in your household is a beneficiary of assistance programs including Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, and more.
  • Finally, you're also eligible if you've already met the criteria for an existing low-income program from a local internet provider in your area.

If you'd like to claim this benefit for your family, you can start the process right here.

Which internet service providers are participating?

For more information about this service, click here.

LMSD can also help qualifying families get connected through the Comcast Internet Essentials program. For information about LMSD's Internet Essentials Program, call or email Anna O'Hora in the School and Community Relations Department at 610-645-1977 or ohoraa@lmsd.org.

Montgomery County Offers Programs for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Mental Health Awareness (MHA) month has been observed every year in the United States during May since 1949. MHA month was created to create awareness, advocate, spread resources and reduce the stigma around mental health. Millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental illness or knowing someone who has a mental illness. MHA month is observed often through media campaigns and various local or national events.

The Montgomery Country Department of Health is offering online events for parents/guardians, youth and professionals who work with youth. These include:

  • The Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health on May 10, 2022, from 7-8:30 p.m.
    • Preliminary data suggest that the condition of the pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health and wellness of young adults. This presentation will take a look at the current statistics, mental health landscape and substance use behaviors facing young adults and college students. Presented virtually by Katie Greeley, Prevention Education Solutions. (Target age range: 24-65, including any professional who supports young adults).

  • For Youth: Hope 4 Tomorrow on May 17, 2022, from 7-8:30 p.m.
    • Program designed to educate youth about mental health and suicide. Participants will have the opportunity to learn skills that bolster their wellness and be empowered to ask for help for themselves or someone else. $5 gift card for those who complete the session; registration limited to 50 participants. Presented virtually by Ty Williams, Access Services. (Target ages 14-18).

  • Cannabis and Mental Health on May 24, 2022, from 7-8:30 p.m.
    • A review of the current wellness culture surrounding cannabis, its impact on mental health and alternative coping skills for individuals seeking support. Presented virtually by Katie Greeley, Prevention Education Solutions. (Target Age Range: 18-65, young adults and parents of young adults).

If you are interested in any of the meetings, click on the links above to sign up.

Registration Reminder

As this school year draws to a close, everyone in the Lower Merion School District is busy getting ready for 2022-2023. That means it's registration time for students who plan to enter our schools in September.

Click here for registration information.

Orientations for registered kindergarten students begin the week of May 9, 2022.

LMHS Student Chosen to Perform National Anthem

Julian Bassman, a 10th-grade student at Lower Merion High School, has been selected to perform the National Anthem to kick off the Best Buddies of Pennsylvania's Annual Friendship Walk on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The walk will take place at Commerce Square, 2005 Market St. in Philadelphia. Registration will be available from 9:30-11:00 a.m., with the walk beginning at 11:00 a.m. To cheer Julian on, supporters should plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m.

To register for the walk, or to make a donation, please click here. You can also support the team by purchasing a Best Buddies T-shirt here. The shirts are $10 each and you can choose among the ten LMSD schools and colors.

Congratulations to Julian and all of the students who are Best Buddies!

Students' participation in the Best Buddies program is an example of the Spirit of Community and Student-Driven Schools pathways of LMSD's Strategic Plan, All Forward. Click here to learn more about All Forward and how it serves as a guide for all we do in our District.


Young Rams Instructional Football Camp

The Harriton Football Program will be hosting the Young Rams Instructional Youth Football Camp, which will be held Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1, 2022. Each day, the camp will run from 9:00 a.m. - noon and will take place on the Harriton High School Field (located at 600 N. Ithan Avenue in Rosemont.

This non-contact camp is for all children ranging from grades 1 – 8 (entering 1st grade next school year, entering 8th grade next school year). Hosted by Harriton High School Head Football Coach Justin Mellor and his staff, campers will experience success in a fun and friendly environment with the help of current and former Harriton players. Prior playing experience is NOT necessary! No equipment is necessary, just a great attitude!

  • Through a variety of drills, games, and instruction, campers will learn the skills and techniques to safely and successfully compete in the game of football and enjoy the team building aspect that the sport provides with the primary goal being FUN!
  • Instruction and motivation from coaches and current and former players who have experience playing and coaching at the high school and college level.
  • Cost for the week is $200.00 per camper. Family Rate: Families with multiple campers pay only $150.00 for each additional camper. Cost for an individual day is $50.00 per camper.
  • Proceeds from the camp benefit the Harriton Rams Football Program
  • If tuition causes a hardship, please contact Coach Mellor at mellorj@lmsd.org
  • ·Questions? Email Coach Mellor at mellorj@lmsd.orgTo register

Two ways to register:

1. Register online using this link: YOUNG RAMS REGISTRATION and send payment to Venmo: @Harriton-Rams-Football

2.

Print and mail registration form and make payment to:

Young Rams Football Camp, 600 N. Ithan Ave, Rosemont, PA 19010

LMHS Robotics Summer STEM Program

Dawgma, the LMHS Robotics Team, is hosting an interactive Robotics Summer Camp at Lower Merion High School for children entering grades 4-6! The camp will run August 1-5 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $175. All the proceeds help support the Dawgma Robotics Team.

This is a great opportunity for children to learn engineering basics, the design process, teamwork, creative thinking and problem solving while making robots!

For questions and registration information, please email frc1712@gmail.com.

Register Now for Lower Merion Basketball Spring Clinics

Camp with the champs! Join members of the 2022 District 1 Champion Lower Merion Boys Basketball team, the Aces coaching staff, and special guests for 75 minutes of skill development and fun this spring. Open to children ages 6-14.

To register, click here or visit aceshoops.com.

Clinics will be held in Kobe Bryant Gymnasium at 315 E. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore, from 10:00-11:15 AM on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 24
  • Sunday, May 1
  • Sunday, May 8
  • Sunday, May 15
  • Sunday, May 22
  • Sunday, June 5

Cost is $45/session or $225 for all six (one free). Beginners and advanced players welcome. Scholarships available for students with financial need. For questions email aceshoops@gmail.com.

These clinics serve as an important fundraiser for the Lower Merion Basketball Boosters Scholarship Fund. The fund ensures that all players can fully participate in team and school activities regardless of need.

Lower Merion Aquatic Club

Swimmers and divers are invited to join the Lower Merion Aquatic Club! This announcement is geared towards students ages 5-18 ranging anywhere in skill level from developmental to competitive.

Learn more at: www.Lowermerionaquaticclub.com

Lower Merion Aquatic Club is a registered non-profit, 501(c)(3). Financial assistance is available.

For more information please contact: LMACheacoach@gmail.com.

Change to Committee Meetings for March 30

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The March 30th Communications Committee Meeting will be held via Zoom at 7:00 PM to accommodate the addition of the Ad-Hoc for Equity & Anti-Racism Workshop which was scheduled for February. The Ad-Hoc Committee portion of the meeting will begin immediately following the Communications Meeting.

The Zoom link will be available when the agenda is posted in BoardDocs.

This meeting can also be viewed via Live Stream Video please click on the below link:
https://www.lmsd.org/zoom-live.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits Extended Through May 2022

The federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been extended until May 2022. The average SNAP benefit increased by $36.24 per person.

SNAP maximum allotments (benefit amounts) are updated each year based on the cost of the Thrifty Food Plan in June and take effect on October 1. The Thrifty Food Plan is the cost of groceries needed to provide a healthy, budget-conscious diet for a family of four.

For more information about SNAP, click here.

To visit the Narberth Community Food Bank website, click here.

K-1 Registration for 2022-23 Now Open!

Registration for kindergarten and first grade is now open! In order to register a child...

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be five years of age on or before September 15, 2022.

For children who will be entering a LMSD school for the first time in the fall of 2022 as a first grader, the child must be six years of age on or before September 15, 2022.

Students currently enrolled in a LMSD kindergarten program do not need to register again for first grade.

Questions? Email registration@lmsd.org or call 610-658-3996 for assistance. Interpreter services are available upon request.

The 'Aces K-5 Virtual Homework Help' Program is Back!

The "Aces K-5 Virtual Homework Help" program is a free resource being offered by Lower Merion High School buildOn volunteers for elementary school students in need of academic assistance. This program aims to supplement in-class instruction and help younger students with difficult subject areas and homework assignments in a welcoming, supportive and productive environment. Sessions will be held using Zoom and will take place on a weekly basis.

To register your child(ren), click here!

Questions? Contact K5VirtualTutors@lmsd.org.

Montco Offering COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 5-11

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health is now scheduling appointments for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine following FDA and CDC recommendation.

Children ages 5-11 have been authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine only. Moderna and J&J vaccines are still being evaluated for this age group. Any COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is subject to the very same multi-step testing and approval process as all other COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 vaccines ─ including those routinely recommended for childhood vaccination. For the latest information on approval, visit the CDC website.

Vaccine appointments can be made online at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19vaccine or by calling (833) 875-3967 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Appointments will begin Thursday, November 4. Appointments are required, and there is no cost to receive the vaccine. Appointments are open to children who live or go to school in Montgomery County, PA.

All minors (under age 18) seeking to get vaccinated at a Montgomery County clinic must either be physically accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or an authorized substitute. For more guidance on this, click here and scroll to the 'Getting vaccinated as a minor in Montco' heading.

Montgomery County operates four COVID-19 vaccine clinics. They are located at:

Bethel Community Church of Pottstown, 575 North Keim Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

·Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

·Thursdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Human Services Center (First Floor, Community Room), 1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19401

·Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

·Thursdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

King of Prussia Mall at the Court (Third Floor, former Thomasville Furniture) 640 W. Dekalb Pike, Suite 3010, King of Prussia, PA 19406

·Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

·Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

·Fridays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Willow Grove Parkside Shopping Center (former Petco) 2522 West Moreland Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

·Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

·Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

·Fridays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Can't find a time or location that works for you? Visit vaccines.gov for a comprehensive collection of clinics in our area, from all providers.

Montgomery County has partnered with the Montgomery County Immunization Coalition (MCIC) to hold a series of town halls for parents to discuss COVID-19 vaccines for children. During these live, virtual events, local healthcare & community leaders will share the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 years old and answer parents' questions and concerns. Registration is free for the following events:

·Tuesday, November 9, 7 p.m.: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11: A Virtual Town Hall for Asian Parents in collaboration with the Asian American Coalition partners. Register at www.montcopa.org/townhall.

·Thursday, November 11, 7 p.m.: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11: A virtual town hall for Black parents in partnership with Norristown NAACP. Register at www.montcopa.org/vaccine.

·Tuesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11 (Spanish/Español): A virtual roundtable for Latino parents in partnership with ACLAMO. Register at www.montcopa.org/roundtable.

·Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m.; COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11: A Virtual Roundtable for Parents. Register at www.montcopa.org/parents.

Montgomery County is currently administering the following vaccines for those who qualify at its four clinics:

·First and second doses for people ages 5 and older (Pfizer)

·One dose for people ages 18 & older (J&J)

·Booster doses for people who qualify (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J)

·Third dose for immunocompromised people (Pfizer & Moderna)

·Flu shots for people 6 months of age or older

COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time as a flu shot, however separate appointments are required for each vaccine. To get both vaccines at the same time, please schedule both appointments at the same clinic location with coordinating time slots if possible. To make an appointment for a first, second, third, or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19vaccine. To make an appointment for a flu shot, visit www.montcopa.org/Flu.

Montgomery County's Department of Public Safety is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound individuals who are eligible through its Mobile Integrated Health Unit. Anyone who wants to set up a vaccination appointment for a homebound person should call (610) 631-3079 and leave a voicemail for a call back.

For general COVID-19 questions or to register for the vaccine by phone, call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967. The hotline is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 am. to 4:30 pm. General questions can also be emailed to covid19@montcopa.org.

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Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing

Montgomery County is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in the County and who wants or needs to be tested, regardless of whether they are symptomatic.

To register, go to www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 and click on "County Testing Information." The registration website opens each day at 7:00 a.m. You can also call 610-970-2937 to make an appointment. That number is open Monday-Friday starting at 8:30 a.m.

The closest testing locations to LMSD are:

Ardmore
114 W. Lancaster Ave. (rear of the parking lot next to IHOP)
Mon/Wed/Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Tues/Thurs 10 am -6 pm

Norristown
1401 DeKalb St. (Norristown Regional Health Center)
Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Other locations are listed on the County website.