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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.

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The Lower Merion High School football team and coaches are hosting a summer football camp for students in grades one through eight.

The camp will run June 17-21, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Friday.

The cost is $250 per student. Siblings from the same family are $200 each. A t-shirt and pizza lunch on Friday are included.

This is a non-contact skills camp. All positions and skill levels are welcome. Financial aid is available by emailing lowermerionfootball@gmail.com.

Register at https://lowermerionfootball.weebly.com/camps.html#/

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When school lets out for summer, there's plenty of time for reading! And the Lower Merion Library System's Summer Reading Challenge can make reading even more rewarding!

The program runs from June 17 to August 10, 2024. Register online beginning June 1, 2024, at lmls.beanstack.org.

Registered students will earn virtual badges for logging their reading of print materials or listening to audiobooks. Throughout the summer, those badges will help them earn prizes from their local library. Then, they'll be entered into end-of-the-summer drawings.

Students are also invited to get a "Library Passport" and have it stamped by visiting all six Lower Merion Libraries over the summer. The libraries are planning all sorts of summer fun, which you can check out on the library website

Registration is Open for MLGBA Summer Basketball Camp

Registration is live for the 2024 MLGBA Summer Basketball Camp, which is open to children who are CURRENTLY in third through sixth grade.

The camp will be held at Lower Merion High School from July 22-26 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day. The cost is $275 per player. For financial assistance, please inquire confidentially at mlgbahoops@gmail.com.

This year, Lower Merion High School girls basketball head coach Erin Laney and her players will run the camp. Coach Laney was one of the lead instructors last year and will bring with her a wealth of experience and energy. Campers can expect a full day of instruction and gameplay with daily awards, giveaways and a reversible keepsake pinnie!

To register, click here.

LMHS Cheerleaders to Host "Cheer Summer Camp"

The LM Cheerleaders are set to host a Cheer Summer Camp, which will run August 5-9 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day in the Downs Gym at Lower Merion High School!

The camp is open to all 1st – 8th grade students.

  • Learn Cheers and Dances
  • Practice stunting
  • End of camp performance
  • Daily games and contests

Cost is $275. Please reach out to Coach Jalyne Poles (polesj@lmsd.org) if you have questions or are experiencing financial hardship.

To register, click here.

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The Botanical Society of Lower Merion is hosting the following upcoming events:

  • Annual Meeting
    Thursday, May 9, 2024
    7:00 p.m. at the Bala Cynwyd Library

 

  • Cleanup Day
    Sunday, May 19, 2024
    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Merion Botanical Park
    Please wear long sleeves, long pants and work boots 

 

  • Picnic in the Park
    Sunday, June 9, 2024
    2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Merion Botanical Park
    BYO picnic (no grills please)
    Meet your neighbors and enjoy some great folk-jazz-rock music
Past LMHS college access counselor Becky Bowlby, head of counseling Rich Marta and LMTSF chair pose with Bowlby's award

Community members gathered at the Cynwyd Club on Friday night, February 23, 2024, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund (LMTSF).

LMTSF was founded in 1964 by community members who understood that some promising Lower Merion School District graduates did not have the financial means to pursue their educations after high school. Since that first year, when 11 needs-based scholarships were awarded, the Fund has provided up to 140 scholarships a year and given away more than $4.5 million to Lower Merion and Harriton graduates with financial need. 

The 60th anniversary "Bash" was a fun-filled fundraiser, featuring food and drinks, a silent auction, a raffle of student-created artworks and jewelry, and a performance by Aces Harmony, the Lower Merion High School A Cappella group. There was also a "Feed the Fund" appeal during which attendees pledged additional donations. 

A special scholarship was established to honor and surprise Becky Bowlby, who served as Lower Merion High School's college access counselor for many years, as well as serving on the Fund's Board. LMTSF Board member Lisa Fair, a Lower Merion graduate who went on serve on the Lower Merion Board of School Directors for many years, shared her personal reflections on how her LMTSF scholarship assisted her in achieving her college dreams.

LMTSF is solely funded by donations. If you'd like to contribute, please click here. You can also click through the slide show to see photos from the 60th Anniversary Bash.

 

LMSD Counseling to Host Virtual "Love & Logic" Parenting Seminar

The LMSD Elementary School Counselors are pleased to offer a virtual, six-session Parenting Seminar beginning on March 7, 2024!

Love & Logic provides nationally renowned parenting strategies and resources that emphasize limit setting, accountability and logical consequences. Participants will learn:

  • How to avoid un-winnable power struggles and arguments
  • How to stay calm and empathetic when kids do incredibly upsetting things
  • How to set enforceable limits
  • How to avoid enabling and begin empowering
  • How to help kids learn from mistakes

Participants are expected to attend all sessions. There is no cost to attend!

Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • SPRING BREAK
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024

This seminar has a limited number of openings.

Zoom link will be provided after registration.

Please contact Deb Wilson-Leslie or Candace Brown to register or learn more about the Seminar.

More information about Love & Logic Parent Resources.

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

After a brief hiatus, the Aces K-5 Virtual Homework Help program is back! This is a free resource being offered by Lower Merion High School buildOn volunteers for students in grades K-5 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.

For more information and to schedule a session, click here!

Questions? Contact K5VirtualTutors@lmsd.org.

Remember to Stop for School Buses

School buses are about to return to the roads for the start of another school year. Please keep our students safe and abide by Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law.

  • When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
  • When you approach an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
  • You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.
  • You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.
  • DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.

The penalties if convicted of violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law include:

  • $250 fine
  • Five points on your driving record
  • 60-day license suspension

For more information, review Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.

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.

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.

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.

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  • Services for seniors
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