Chronicle 11/6/2020

November 6, 2020

11/10   Early Dismissal-1:33 pm

11/15 Last day to order Kloefkorn Spirit Wear (See link below to order)

11/20 Remote Learning Material Pickup (9:00 am-3:30 pm)

11/24 Early Dismissal/PLC Day- 1:33 pm, No Preschool 

11/25-11/27  No School-Happy Thanksgiving

11/30 No School-Elementary Plan Day

12/11     Remote Learning Material Pickup (9:00 am-3:30 pm)

November  Newsletter

From the Principal’s Desk

Thank you Kloefkorn PTO for providing dinner for our staff both nights of parent/teacher conferences.  We are so appreciative!  And, thank you parents for actively participating in our first ever zoom parent/teacher conferences!

The cooler weather is finally starting to arrive and as you know, we are in store for many more chilly winter days. We will make every attempt to take children outside for recess throughout the winter.  Fresh air and exercise fuel their bodies for learning throughout the school day.  If it is raining or bitterly cold we have a variety of options for indoor recess.

Please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves/mittens.  We appreciate names in coats, hats and boots.  Also, younger children will benefit from practicing zipping, buttoning and snapping.

In the event school closes due to weather, families will receive a phone call from the district office between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m.  We know this is very early, but this allows working parents a little more time to make arrangements for childcare for the day.  Also, you can log onto the LPS website: www.lps.org for school closures and of course, the local television and radio stations will carry the latest announcements.

Please note these important changes in the LPS Elementary School Calendar for Pandemic Instructional Support.

  • The following days will be early release days (1:33 pm) November 10, January 12, February 9 March 16 and April 13
  •  December 11 will be non-student day

Respectfully,

Mrs. Bowhay

We are very proud of our students who were recognized at the end of  Quarter 1 for showing exceptional GRIT. Congratulations to…..

Below is a revised 2020-21 school calendar approved by the Lincoln Board of Education on Oct. 27, 2020. *Please note: Early Childhood will be sending more detailed information about adjustments to the preschool classes and Early Childhood services calendar.

November

10:  K–8 early dismissal*

24:  K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

25–27:  Schools not in session (PreK–12 and Early Childhood)

30:  No school for elementary students (PreK–5, and Early Childhood)

December

11:  No school for elementary students (PreK–5, and Early Childhood)

15:  K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

22:  Last day of 2nd quarter

23:  First day of LPS winter break

January

4:  Last day of winter break

5:  First day of 3rd quarter

12:  K–8 early dismissal*

18:  Schools not in session (PreK–12 and Early Childhood)

26:  K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

February

9:  K–8 early dismissal*

15:  Schools not in session (PreK–12 and Early Childhood)

23:  K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

March

5:  Last day of 3rd quarter

8-12:  Schools not in session (PreK–12)

15:  First day of 4th quarter

16:  K–8 early dismissal*

30:  K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

Screen Time

During these days of increased opportunities for remote learning, it’s important to recognize that not all screen time is the same. There is a significant difference between “active” screen time (engaging in focused production of content) and “passive” screen time (consuming entertainment media). The American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends families have thoughtful conversations around the purposes for using digital media and offers an online tool for creating a “personalized family media use plan.” https://lps.org/go/y8ov.

See the LPS Parent Guide to Student Chromebook Use in LPS for more helpful information and strategies to support your student’s Chromebook use at home. https://lps.org/go/o9bk

ParentVUE

Synergy ParentVUE is increasingly becoming your “one-stop shop” for information about your student’s teachers and classes. In addition to providing parents/guardians secure access to student grades (secondary), assignments, attendance, and class information.

ParentVUE is also the avenue for parents/guardians to verify student enrollment in LPS. New this year, secondary parents can pay fees via ParentVUE.

The District’s goal is to ensure at least one parent/guardian per household has activated their ParentVUE account. If you haven’t yet activated yours, please contact our school office for an activation key. 

Support for Students Learning Remotely

Remote Learning Supports

Stop by the LPS website and enter the word “remote” into the Search, Keyword field in the top-right.

The “Student Support” page on the Remote Learning site has links to valuable resources to support your student while learning from home. Make sure your students are familiar with the information about how to successfully connect with their teachers using StudentVue.

Permit Deadline

WHO: PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF 2021-2022 KG-8TH GRADE STUDENTS

WHAT: 2021-2022 TRANSFER REQUEST DEADLINE FOR NEXT FALL (FALL 2021)

WHEN:   JANUARY 5TH, 2021                     

TRANSFER FORMS (AKA SPECIAL ATTENDANCE PERMITS) ARE FOUND:  

  *ONLINE AT LPS.ORG (SEARCH “TRANSFERS”)

  *AT ANY LPS ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE SCHOOL:  MAIN OFFICE

  *AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE:  STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT

TURN REQUESTS IN TO:

* permits@lps.org

* DISTRICT OFFICE:  5905 “O” STREET, LINCOLN, NE  68510

* SCHOOL REGISTRAR:  ANY SCHOOL

 ????????  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ??????? 

Q:  If my student will be brand new to LPS for the 2021-2022 school year, can I turn in a transfer  

 request?

A:  Transfer requests may be turned in for students who are residents of Lincoln, NE and have never attended LPS prior to the 2021-2022 school year.  However, online enrollment must be completed for the 2021-2022 school year before transfer requests can be processed.  Typically, this begins in January. Please watch for announcements by mail or email in December for the date that 2021-2022 online enrollment will be active. 

Q:  How/when will I know if my request has been approved or denied?

A:  Student Services will begin processing transfer requests received by the January 5th deadline @ the beginning of February. Families will be notified of approvals and denials by email notification.  Notifications typically go out beginning mid-February-beginning of March.  Please make sure email addresses on file at the school are current.  If there is not a valid email address on file at the school, letters will be sent by US Mail.  Families are encouraged to open an email account if they do not have one.

 Q: Will my transfer request be accepted if I missed the deadline?

 A:  Transfer requests will be accepted after the deadline.  However, transfer requests received by the January 5th, 2021 deadline will be processed first. 

Kloefkorn Spirit Wear Store Is Now Open

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During the week of December 7, we will be collecting food donations for our sister school Riley Elementary.   We will send home a paper bag with a list of items to donate on Friday, December 4. Please consider filling this bag with any/all of the items on the list and have your child return the bag to school December 7-11.

Thank you!

Kloefkorn PTO