Category: Chronicle Archives

Chronicle 1/11/2021

  • January 12  K-5 1:33 Early Dismissal, AM Preschool classroom IN session,   PM Preschool classroom NOT in session
  •  January 15  Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)
  • January 15  Q2 Report Cards on ParentVUE after 4:00 P.M.
  • January 18  No School-Office Closed
  • January 26  K-5 1:33/Early Dismissal,  No Preschool
  • January 29  Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)

 From the Principal’s Desk

 Kloefkorn Families,

Our students are quickly settling in this week as we officially begin 3rd quarter and a new year!  We are all looking forward to a productive semester.  As you know, our staff and students have a laser sharp focus on learning and show GRIT every day! 

At Kloefkorn, we acknowledge positive behavior when we see it. We know that when we give specific positive feedback to students, it greatly increases the likelihood that the behavior will be repeated. In fact, you can improve behavior by 80% just by pointing out what someone is doing correctly.  Now that’s powerful!

To shape behavior, we connect the specific behavior to the expectation.

Students hear statements like this from adults in our building:

    “Addie, thank you for being responsible by following directions and getting started right away.”

    “Joel, thank you for being safe by keeping your hands at your side when walking in the hallway.”

 We are continually working hard at Kloefkorn to maintain a positive school climate where students are recognized for doing the right thing. Thanks for helping to encourage and acknowledge great behavior at home also!

 Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Bowhay

Valentine’s Day Party Guidance 

Valentine’s Day Parties will look different than past years, due to COVID-19.  Each grade level will have a classroom Valentine’s Day Party.

Here are the Lincoln Public Schools guidelines. 

  •  Parent volunteers are not allowed to come to school to assist with parties.
  • Traditional Valentines (paper cards) will NOT be distributed or brought to school by students.
  • Candy and non-edible trinkets (pencils, stickers) will not be brought from home and distributed.
  •   General safety precautions and guidelines used on a regular basis in the classroom, still apply to the party. (face coverings on, no touching each other, avoid shared materials for games/crafts, hand sanitizing)
  • Games and crafts are allowed if following guidelines above. 
  •   Pre-packaged snacks may be purchased by the PTO.  They must set for 72 hours before distributing to students.
  •  Snacks must be sent home with students.  Students will not eat snacks in their classroom as this would increase possible exposure and contacts. 

We are very proud of our students who were recognized at the end of  Quarter 2 for showing exceptional GRIT. Congratulations to…..

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration ONLINE

Enroll your future kindergartener for the 2021-2022 school year!  In accordance with Nebraska statute, children may enter kindergarten if they turn five years of age on or before July 31, 2021. Please visit Lps.org if you have a child who qualifies to attend kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year and begin the online registration process at this time.

 If your child has previously been enrolled in LPS Early Childhood or received any type of education services from LPS, do not register them on-line for Kindergarten.  This will create a duplicate record.  Please call the Kloefkorn office or email Carin at csandma@lps.org (registrar) with questions.

Chronicle 12/18/2020

The PTO sponsored food drive for our sister school, Riley Elementary, was a great success!

Please enjoy winter break and Happy Holidays Kloefkorn Families!

Future Meetings at Kloefkorn

Until further notice, we will be unable to host in-person meetings in the building. This includes SAP, 504, IEP and MDT meetings. If you already have a meeting scheduled for your child, you can expect a zoom link to be sent prior to the meeting date/time.

 Permit Deadline – January 5th 

What is a permit?

A permit is required when you live outside of your home school attendance area. You can always check to see which attendance area you are assigned to by going to the LPS Home School Lookup page. If your children are currently at Kloefkorn on a permit  you do not need to complete a new permit.

Outgoing 5th grade Students- If your student(s) attend Kloefkorn on  permit and you have an outgoing 5th grade student you will likely need to complete a permit for middle school by January 5th. Go to the LPS Home School Lookup page to see which attendance area and plan accordingly. If you would like to attend a school outside your attendance area for middle school you will  need to complete a permit by January 5th.

Personal Computing Devices

This time of year often brings questions about whether students are allowed to use personal computing devices instead of the district issued Chromebook. Where completing school work or participating in class is concerned, the answer to this question is “no.” There are a number of reasons for this, but you should be aware that the LPS Chromebook comes with limits on the web sites that can be visited and the applications that can be accessed, even when the Chromebook is at home. You can support teachers’ efforts in managing a consistent learning environment by encouraging your student to use the district issued Chromebook.

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.

The “Parent and Guardian Support” page is filled with valuable information designed to help you help your student. Familiarize yourself with the “10 Remote Learning Things to Know.”

LPS Help Desk is available

Is your student having trouble connecting to their classes? The LPS Help Desk is available to help! Call 402-436-1735 between 7:00am-4:30pm MonFri.

Chronicle 12/4/2020

December 4, 2020

12/7-12-10 Return Annual Holiday Food Drive Bags
12/11 No School-Elementary Plan Day-NEW
12/11 Remote Learning Material Pickup (9:00 am-3:30 pm)
12/15 Early Dismissal/PLC Day- 1:33 pm, No Preschool
12/22 End of Quarter 2
12/22 Remote Learning Material Pickup (9:00 am-3:30 pm)
12/23-1/4 Winter Break-No School
12/24-12/25 Office Closed
12/31-1/1 Office Closed
1/5 Students Return to School
1/5 Permit Deadline
1/12 K-5th-Early Dismissal/Added PLC Day-1:33pm NEW
1/12 Preschool- AM preschool classrooms in session. NEW
Preschool- PM preschool classrooms NOT in session. NEW

December Newsletter 

Kloefkorn Families,

We are happy to be back after an extended Thanksgiving break.  In just 3 short weeks we will be at the end of the first semester of school!  Our students and staff have truly done amazing work in the most unimaginable circumstances.  I’m so proud of our Kloefkorn community.

PTO is sponsoring a food drive for our sister school, Riley Elementary.  If you are able, please consider participating in our food drive.  Oldest/only students received a brown paper bag today with suggestions for food donations. The bags can be returned anytime between now and December 11.  PTO volunteers will take the donated food to Riley.  Thank you PTO for sponsoring this project!

If your child is missing a coat, gloves/mittens….please have him/her check our lost and found.  Over winter break, we will donate all  lost and found items that have not been claimed.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Bowhay

 Computing Services Information

 Personal Computing Devices

This time of year often brings questions about whether students are allowed to use personal computing devices instead of the district issued Chromebook. Where completing school work is concerned, the answer to this question is “no.” There are a number of reasons for this, but you should be aware that the LPS Chromebook comes with limits on the web sites that can be visited and the applications that can be accessed. You can support teachers’ efforts in managing a consistent learning environment by encouraging your student to use the district issued Chromebook.

Instructional Technology Tools (ITTs) in LPS

LPS believes that high-quality curriculum and instruction can be enhanced with effective use of Instructional Technology Tools (ITTs). To that end, a district committee continually works to identify ITTs that are safe for student use, support district learning goals, and encourage innovative teaching and learning. The most frequently used, approved ITTs are made available to students and staff in the LPS Portal. Learn more about the LPS Portal here: https://home.lps.org/cs/2016/08/08/the-lps-portal/. Need a conversation starter with your student? Ask them for a tour of their LPS Portal and which ITTs they’re currently using in class.

 Support for Students Learning Remotely

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.

The “Parent and Guardian Support” page is filled with valuable information designed to help you help your student. Familiarize yourself with the “10 Remote Learning Things to Know.”

LPS Help Desk is available

Is your student having trouble connecting to their classes? The LPS Help Desk is available to help! Call 402-436-1735 between 7:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

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

                                                  Food Items to Donate

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly Cereal
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Fruit Snacks/Fruit Roll Ups
  • Individually packaged fruit/applesauce
  • Granola Bars

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

https://kloefkornelementary20.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

Order by November 15, 2020

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

Chronicle 10/2/2020

October 2, 2020

10/4 Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up/Pick A Time closes at 11:59 pm

10/12 Parent/Teacher Conferences (Remote) 3:30-7:00 PM

10/14 Parent/Teacher Conferences (Remote) 3:30-7:00 PM

10/15 End of Quarter 1

10/15 No School- Elementary Plan Day

10/16 No School- Fall Break

4th Grade Pioneer School Day (Virtual)

10/19  Pfingsten

10/20 Rader

10/21 Kerbs

10/22 Ficken

10/22 Remote Learner Picture day

10/22 Retake Day

10/27    PLC Day – Early Release 1:33 PM

10/30 Grades posted on ParentVue 

From the Principal’s Desk…

October 2, 2020

Kloefkorn Families,

I know I’ve said this before but you need to continue to hear that our students and staff are doing incredibly well living with our LPS pandemic guidelines. I am so proud of everyone!

We are ending week 7 and parent/teacher conferences are right around the corner. Please review these reminders for our Monday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 14 conference days.

·    All parent/teacher conferences will be held via Zoom.

·    You will receive a day/time confirmation and Zoom link via email from your child’s teacher next week.

·    If you have not signed up for a parent/teacher conference, please do so by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 4. 

Click here for directions
Click here to sign up

During the month of October, Kloefkorn parents will have the opportunity to participate in a brief LPS CLASS Plan Survey. The data will help LPS evaluate ongoing CLASS Plan implementation, align professional learning efforts, and inform technology purchasing decisions. This year’s increased reliance upon technology to deliver instruction emphasizes the importance of participation.

To participate, please visit the following link: https://lps.org/go/BQPG

Your responses will remain anonymous to protect you and your students’ privacy. The last day to complete this questionnaire is Friday, October 30th.

Thank you for taking part in this important survey.

Questions can be directed to me at pbowhay@lps.org or 402-436-1148.

Mrs. Bowhay

Parents, this is for you!

Parents, do you ever have basic questions about your child’s mental health or even knowing what that really means? You’re definitely not alone! Blue Valley Behavioral Health’s Kelsey Harding PLMHP is presenting a brief and informative four-part, 30-minute series called: 

Mental Health 101: How can you help your child cope with today’s stress!

This 30-minute, four-part series will cover different subject areas over a two-week period and will go from 5:00 – 5:30pm on the dates below. The schedule is as follows:

  • Part 1: What exactly does mental health mean?  Monday October 19
  • Part 2: How can I tell if my child is anxious or depressed? Wednesday October 21
  • Part 3: My child is struggling, what can I do? Monday October 26
  • Part 4: Mental Health and COVID-19 Wednesday October 28

This series will be available via Zoom, and the link below is for all four dates. If you cannot link to Zoom automatically, simply cut and paste the link into your browser.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8702316030?pwd=M1pCSk5udVQ3ZWNFem1ia0QzUlBrdz09

If you run into problems using the above link, use the Meeting ID and Passcode below.

Meeting ID: 870 231 6030

Passcode: s3wNy9

This project is sponsored by the Foundation for LPS and supported by funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, CFDA Number 21.019.

Picture Retake Day-Including Remote Learners – Thursday, October 22nd

If you did not have your picture taken  on September 16th  due to an absence or if you are a remote learner, please have your picture taken on Thursday, October 22nd. Photographers will be here in the morning.  

If you were not happy with your pictures from September 16th, bring them back on Thursday, October 22nd and Lifetouch will retake the picture. There will not be a retake day for Remote Learners.

To order pictures follow this link and use code EVT277NBS.

Donating to Bubba’s Closet 

Those who are interested in donating to Bubba’s Closet this year are encouraged to give through the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools Fund a Need campaign bit.ly/Donate2Bubbas. Funds raised will be used to help fill the coat requests from families. 

Dear families,

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from October 9th – 22nd! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/kloefkornelementary

Happy reading,

Jessica Andersen-Anschutz

Kloefkorn PTO Book Fair Chair

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

It’s time to order your 2020-21 Kloefkorn Yearbook! 

Books are $18 each this year and will be delivered in May. The deadline to order (via either method described below) is Friday, March 12, 2021. NO EXTRA COPIES are ordered, so please do not miss the deadline. 

To order, go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter Yearbook ID Code: 11701521.  Online ordering is live NOW! 

If you have any questions, please email Katie at kloefkornyearbook@gmail.com.

Chronicle 9/20/2020

Sept 20, 2020

9/25 Remote Learners-Homework Pick Up & Drop Off

9/29 PLC Day – Early Release 1:33 PM

10/12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00 PM

10/14 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00 PM

10/15 End of Quarter 1

10/15 No School- Elementary Plan Day

10/16 No School- Fall Break

10/22 Remote Learner Picture day/ Retake Day 

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are going to be held Monday, October 12th and Wednesday, October 14th from 3:30-7:00 PM. Each conference will be 15 minutes for classroom/resource teachers  and 10 minutes for specialists. Parents are asked to sign up online using the link below. Sign up will go live Sunday, September 20th at 11:59 PM and will remain open until Sunday, October 4th at 11:59 PM. We ask that you do not sign up for back-to-back conferences. If you have any questions,  feel free to call the office at 402-436-1148 or email Carin csandma@lps.org. Directions for how to sign up for parent/teacher conferences can be found below.

Click here for directions

Click here to sign up

 (Opens Sunday, September 20th at 11:59 PM – Closes Sunday, October 4th at 11:59 PM) 

Chronicle 9/4/2020

September 4, 2020

9/7 School Closed- Labor Day

9/10 PTO Board Meeting @ 6:00 (zoom meeting)

9/11 Remote Learners-Pick Up/Drop off   9am-3 pm

9/16 Picture Day for in-school learners

9/29 PLC Day – Early Release 1:33 PM

10/12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00 PM

10/14 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00 PM

10/15 End of Quarter 1

10/15 No School- Elementary Plan Day

10/16 No School- Fall Break

10/22 Remote Learner Picture day/ Retake Day 

From the Principal’s Desk

Kloefkorn Families,

I want you to know that I am bursting with pride as I think about how our students and staff are adapting and accepting our new normal!  EVERYONE is on board while wearing face coverings and taking social distancing seriously.  Thank you, parents, for being so supportive as you’ve followed our new guidelines.  We know this is not easy but having a positive and a can-do attitude truly makes a difference for everyone in our Kloefkorn community. 

Our theme this year is “Grit”.  You’ll hear our students and staff saying “I have grit and I won’t quit.” I hope you will use this language at home. I am positive it is going to be a very unique and awesome school year!

Mrs. Bowhay

Proud Principal

Attendance

An important part of school success is regular, on‐time attendance. This includes attendance through the end of the day. Please contact the office if your child(ren) will be absent from school. You can contact us at 402-436-1148 before 8:30 am and leave a voicemail or email Carin at csandma@lps.org and Rene at rholz@lps.org. Attendance can also be submitted on the ParentVue Portal. 

MAP Testing:

Lincoln Public Schools teachers will soon be administering the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) to our kindergarten through 5th grade students. 

During these testing periods, we encourage you to make sure your children are in school unless

they are ill. The best preparation for these tests is to come to school well rested with a positive

attitude toward taking the tests. It is important your child do their best on these tests so that

LPS teachers and administrators have accurate information about your child’s knowledge and

skills for instructional planning.

K- MAP  Fluency 9/10/2020

1st-MAP Fluency 9/8/2020

2nd-MAP Growth Reading 9/17/2020

3rd-MAP Growth Reading 9/16/2020

4th-MAP Growth Reading 9/2/2020

5th-MAP Growth Reading 9/1/2020

5th-MAP Growth Math 9/9/2020


If you have further questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the main office. 

Picture Day

Mark your Calendar!  Picture Day will be on Wednesday, September 16th.  You may order your pictures online now, by going to My.lifetouch.com.  To order pictures follow this link and use code EVTZX7GX2.  All students whether they order pictures or not will have a photo taken.  If your student is absent this day, we will have a retake day on October 22nd.  

Pictures for remote learners will only be on the retake day, October 22nd.  Times for remote learners will be announced later. 

School Lunch

Elementary School Breakfast: $1.30 

Elementary School Lunch: $2.45

Click here to view menu

Click here to buy school lunch online

Click here for free & reduced meal applications

**Important: Online Verification Required **

Parents/guardians will need to verify their child(ren)’s enrollment information through the online parent portal, ParentVUE. By updating your child(ren)’s information, we can do the following: distribute important information to you, contact you or others in the event of a school emergency, respond appropriately to a medical situation involving your child, and communicate your child’s academic progress. Please review the information below and update/complete at your earliest convenience. Click here to complete the Online Verification.

PTO Membership and Student Directory 

Please support Kloefkorn students and staff by joining the PTO!  Membership comes with the perk of a student directory, which we will work to get out as soon as possible. To receive a directory, be sure to sign up for the PTO by clicking here. Even if you joined last year, you must join each year to receive the directory.

The membership deadline is September 18 to ensure a copy of the student directory.

PTO Directory Waiver 

As part of a PTO membership, members get a copy of a school-produced directory. The following information for each family will be included in the directory, unless this exclusion form is completed: 

Student and Parent names, Grade, Address, Primary Phone #, Primary Email

Please complete the form below ONLY if you wish to EXCLUDE some or all of your contact information.  

If you would like your contact information included in the directory, you may discard this form and no action on this form is needed. 

EXCLUSION FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE OFFICE NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th. 

If an exclusion form has not been received by this date, we will interpret this is your permission to include your family’s contact information in the Kloefkorn 20-21 Directory.

(Optional) PTO Directory Waiver Form

Chronicle 8/14/2020

Aug 14, 2020

1st graders singing in music class the 1st week of school! This is why we do what we do.

Link to music video

From the Principal’s Desk….

August 14, 2020

From the Principal’s Desk….

Kloefkorn Families,

The first week of the 2020-2021 school year is in the books! We’ve had a great week with our in-person learners. Thank you so much for preparing your children to wear face coverings. They are ALL doing so well! We are ready to welcome our zoom in learners on Monday.

Here are just a few reminders I’d like you to review.  I’m sending reminders to our remote/zoom-in learners via School Messenger this afternoon. 

Face Covering Reminders:

·      The district has purchased 2 face coverings for every student. If your child would like the district provided face coverings teachers will distribute.

·      Students may wear gators but they must be 2 layers.

·      Parents-please wear a face covering when you are on school property. This includes arrival and dismissal.

·      Face coverings with exhalation valves or vents are not allowed. Face coverings with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the face covering from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using these face coverings for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Arrival Procedures

·      7:45 a.m. the earliest student may arrive for breakfast.

·      8:00 a.m. is the earliest students may come to school.  Our doors open at 8:00 a.m. and students walk directly into the building.

·      Please stay in your vehicle if you are dropping off in the loop.

Front Loop Dismissal Procedures  

·      Each day at dismissal, Mr. Greenwald, our custodian.  watches the loop for open parking spaces.  He then radios Mrs. Swiatek or another Kloefkorn staff member, who stands at the end of the loop and directs vehicles as parking spots open up.  Please wait until you are given an okay from the Kloefkorn staff member to pull into the loop.

·      As you pull into the loop, park in the first open parking place and remain in that spot. Please do not continue to move forward, as cars entering the loop will be looking to park in open spots.

·      Please stay in your vehicle. If you would like to get out of your vehicle to meet your child, we ask that you park in the street or in our school parking lot.

·      If a parent is parallel parking in the loop, please wait and do not attempt to pull around the vehicle.

·      Pull into a parking place to pick up your child.  Do not double park and wait for your child to get into your vehicle.

·      Please do not wait in the driving lane of the loop to find a closer parking place.  We must keep the traffic moving.

·      We ask that students enter your vehicle from the passenger side (right side).

·      If you are walking to get your child, please use the crosswalks.

As you know, safety is our number one priority for our students.  Thank you!

Mrs. Bowhay

***********Important: Online Verification******************

Updating this form will give your child(ren) the use of technology which will be needed for our Zoom learners beginning on Monday. 

Parents/guardians will need to verify their child(ren)’s enrollment information through the online parent portal, ParentVUE. By updating your child(ren)’s information, we can do the following: distribute important information to you, contact you or others in the event of a school emergency, respond appropriately to a medical situation involving your child, and communicate your child’s academic progress. Please review the information below and update/complete at your earliest convenience. Click here to complete the Online Verification.

Note: Only one parent/guardian needs to complete the Online Verification. The parent/guardian must have educational rights and custody of the student to complete this process. You must open your ParentVUE account on a computer to complete the online verification. Online verification must be completed every year. 

Chronicle 07/24/2020

July 24th, 2020

July 24, 2020

Kloefkorn families,

I hope that you are all doing well.  I am guessing that many of you are a bit overwhelmed and may have questions as we approach our unique 2020-2021 school year.  I’m hoping this message will help answer some of your questions and give you a bit more clarity about what school will look like at Kloefkorn in just a few short weeks.  I also  want to assure you that I am here for you and am HAPPY to talk via phone or email so you get the answer to any questions you may have.  Just give me a call!

This message is a bit lengthy but it is ALL important, so please read through this information in its entirety. 

Class lists will not be finalized until Friday, August 7. You will be notified by email regarding student/teacher placement.

Here are some guiding principles we are following  per LPS pandemic procedures:

  1. Students will stay in cohorts (home room classroom group) to the extent that their educational needs allow. 
  2. Students will have access to individual supplies.
  3. Anything shared (spaces or supplies) will be cleaned with disinfectant or will be set aside for 72 hours before use. 
  4. Students will wear face coverings while on school property except during designated times (lunch, recess, specific curriculum time, face covering breaks).
  5. Students will wash hands or sanitize hands frequently throughout the day, including before lunch and after recess. 
  6. Students will be taught about and will practice social distancing to the extent possible during the school day.  
  7. At this time, LPS is restricting visitors and volunteers in all schools.  

Below are the main categories of the school day and a brief description of what the changes/safety measures will look like at Kloefkorn:

Arrival: This process will look very similar to what it has been in the past with a few exceptions.   As you likely know, LPS is requiring face coverings when on LPS property, so that would mean all students should come to school with a face covering on.  Any adult that is walking students onto school grounds should also have a face covering on.  Students may wear their own face covering. LPS will provide 2 face coverings to our students if needed.  We will be outside to distribute a face covering to any student who arrives without one.  Since LPS is not allowing visitors in the building at this time,  this means that parents are not able to come into the building in the morning with their child(ren).  Please practice saying goodbye at the car or sidewalk and we will be ready to help your child(ren) get to their classroom, safe and sound.  There is still no parking and exiting your car in the front loop/pick up lane.  If you plan to walk up to the sidewalk to drop off your child, you’ll need to park on the street.  

Remember that the arrival times have not changed. If your child(ren) will be eating a school breakfast, they may arrive no earlier than 7:45 a.m. and enter through door 1 (front door).   During breakfast students will be socially distanced and will arrive with their face coverings on, remove them to eat breakfast and put them back on when they are finished.  

We do not have adult supervision until 8:00 a.m. Students not eating a school breakfast may arrive and enter the building between 8:00 and 8:15. The tardy bell rings at 8:15.  Kindergarten through 4th grade students may enter the building through door 1 (front door) or door 5 (south side of the building). We are asking that 5th graders enter the building through door 6 (…..side of the building).

  • Kindergarten students will walk to the kindergarten hallway. They will wait until 8:10 a.m. and then enter the classroom.  
  • 1st grade students will walk to the 1st grade hallway. They will wait until 8:10 a.m. and then enter the classroom. 
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will walk to the gym. They will wait until 8:10 a.m. and then be dismissed to their classrooms. 
  • 5th graders will walk to the hallway, by their classrooms, and wait until 8:10 a.m.  They will be dismissed to their classrooms at 8:10 a.m.  

Dismissal: We will have some minor dismissal changes. There is still no parking and exiting your car in the front loop/pick up lane.  If you are waiting in the lane for your student, please wait in your car and your student will walk to your vehicle.  Students should enter the vehicle from the curbside.  If you plan to walk up to the building/sidewalk to meet your child, you need to park on the street.  If you are picking up your child in the parking lot you must park, get out of your vehicle and walk to pick up your child on the sidewalk.  Students may not walk through the parking lot to get in a vehicle. This is just too dangerous.

  • Kindergarten students will continue to be dismissed at 2:50 p.m. from door 13.
  • 1st grade-door 1 @ 2:53 p.m.
  • 2nd grade-door 1  @ 2:53 p.m.
  • 3rd grade-door 5 ***NEW THIS YEAR*** @ 2:53 p.m.
  • 4th grade-door 7  @ 2:53 p.m.
  • 5th grade-door 6  @ 2:53 p.m.

Kindergarten and 1st grade students that ride childcare vans will be escorted to door 5. 

Remember to fill out and return the After School Plan form so we are able to make sure your student gets where they need to be.  Our day ends at 2:53 and students need to be picked up by 3:00.  Note* school is dismissed at 1:33pm the first 3 days of school 8/12-8/14 and on PLC days the last Tuesday of the month.

Lunch:  As mentioned in the guiding principles, we are going to keep students with their homeroom classes, so this applies to lunch.  Students will walk to lunch as a class and will sit at tables with their classmates.  We will sit 5-6  to a hexagon table.  Once students are at their tables with their lunches, they will remove their face coverings to eat and will then put the face coverings back on to take care of their trash.  We will continue to have a table for students who have food allergies and we will fill that table so that students are not eating alone.   

Because the lunchroom supervisors will be with students, while the students are not wearing face coverings, we will be more careful to maintain our distance.  The adults supervising will keep face coverings on throughout lunch.  With this in mind, it will be very helpful if you make sure cold lunches can be opened and eaten independently.  This will help with cross contamination, as adults often need to help students open their lunches.  Some common struggles are juice boxes and their straws, Lunchables, string cheese, cupped fruit, thermos lids that are too tight and Go-Gurt. You are welcome to send these items, but if you could practice opening these items or get them started for them while packing their lunch that would be great!   

Recess: Students will go to recess before lunch.  Students will also have a second recess with their grade level each day.  This is not a change from past years.  New this year is all students will be staying in cohorts while at recess. This means students will enjoy recess with their classmates from their homeroom each day.  I have created a rotation of recess zones for each cohort so students will have access to a variety of activities.  During recess, students will be allowed to remove face coverings because they are outside and social distancing is possible. 

In the classroom: While there will be some changes in our instructional routines to allow for safety measures, students will have the same curriculum experience they would have in any given year.  Some pacing will be adjusted to allow time for our new safety routines, but you can be sure that expectations for learning will be kept high.  Students will remain with their homeroom classmates for most of the day.  In the classroom each student will have his/her own supplies to use.  Students will be taught about safety measures such as hand washing, proper use of face coverings, social distancing and monitoring /reporting how they feel (symptom checking).  Kloefkorn will utilize a touchless thermometer and one teacher per day will take temperatures of his/her classroom.  Teachers will send students for follow up in the health office for further screening if they have an elevated temperature.  Each teacher will  have a  process to give students a break from their face covering if needed.  We will also be taking face covering breaks throughout the day.  During these breaks, students will remain at least 6 feet away from each other.   Each homeroom class has a sink for hand washing and filling water bottles.  Please remember to send your child with a water bottle that is labeled. Drinking fountains throughout the building will be turned off for safety. 

Specials: Yes, students will have specials! This year our specialists will come to the students in their homeroom classroom to provide instruction with the exception of PE.  On PE days, the class will go to PE with Mr. Schmeeckle either in the gym or outside, weather permitting.   Your child’s teacher will communicate their classroom’s specials schedule so you know which special is on what day.  

Student Supports:  During the day students will continue to receive different kinds of support for their learning, behavior and/or their social emotional well-being. Students who receive support from our special education teachers, interventionist, reading recovery teacher, speech/language pathologist, social worker, band teacher, strings teacher or our school psychologist, will continue to have those supports.  To the extent possible, students will remain with other students from their homeroom (cohort) as they work with these support teachers.  

Open House Reminder: As I have shared before, LPS has given us the directive that all schools must plan for a virtual Open House rather than meeting in person with you the week prior to school.  I gathered a team to plan for what this may look like to best serve our families and our students.  We made the decision that all teams will be preparing and sending an Open House video.  The videos will be sent to your family on August 10. 

If you Choose Remote/ Zoom In Learning: While we are in yellow or orange on the Lancaster County COVID-19 Risk Dial any family who chooses may opt in to remote learning.  If you choose this option please go to the LPS website to complete the Zoom In Learning form between now and July 31. Beginning August 1, you will need to call the Kloefkorn office to opt in to remote learning.  We will help you through that process.   We will work to gather the needed materials for you to pick up and the teacher will send a schedule. The remote teacher will be a Kloefkorn teacher but may or may not be your child’s assigned homeroom teacher.  If you have any questions about Zoom in Learning, please do not hesitate to call me.

Volunteers and Visitors to School: Only approved LPS staff/mentors, Teammates and therapists will be allowed in the building during the day.  Parents/Guardians, wearing face coverings, will be allowed at school for planned meetings or to drop off items in the main office as needed.  This means that no parent volunteers are allowed and no parents can come eat lunch with their student or visit at recess.  I know this is very different from how families traditionally interact with the Kloefkorn community and their child during the school day, but this decision has been made for the safety of all students and staff during this time.  It is important that we limit the number of people that interact at school, so IF we need to do contact tracing to determine risk of COVID-19 exposure, the process is as focused as it can be.  

Kloefkorn PTO: Because the district is restricting volunteers and activities, many of the PTO events will be limited or cancelled until further notice.  This includes all fundraising activities, family events, classroom events and parties. 

Thank you for reading this in entirety! You are amazing.  Remember, I am HAPPY to talk this through, so please give me a call if you have any questions!   More information will be shared as plans unfold.

Respectfully,

Mrs.  Bowhay

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

NEW – Online Verification & Arrival Dismissal Forms

Starting on Monday, July 20th, parents/guardians will verify their child(ren)’s enrollment information through the online parent portal, ParentVUE. Please review the information below and update/complete at your earliest convenience. Click here to complete the Online Verification. 

ParentVUE – Required Online Verification 

If you are new to LPS this year, it is likely that you already have a ParentVUE account because you were required to create an account when you completed the online enrollment for your incoming student(s). If you are a returning family to LPS, it is possible that you have created a ParentVUE account in the past. 

If you have previously activated your ParentVUE account, but can’t remember your password, you can reset it online at https://synergyvue.lps.org/

Note: Only one parent/guardian needs to complete the Online Verification. The parent/guardian must have educational rights and custody of the student to complete this process. You must open your ParentVUE account on a computer to complete the online verification.

Arrival Dismissal Forms

Please complete this required Arrival/Dismissal Plan for your child(en) prior to Open House. Please complete one per student. This link can also be found on our website. Click here

Chronicle 5/15/2020

May 15, 2020

From the Principal’s Desk

Kloefkorn Families,

I think we’d all agree, we would never have anticipated a school year ending like this one!  

Thank you for all you’ve done to support your child(ren) as we’ve navigated through uncharted waters and tried our best to conquer remote learning.  What  a learning experience for all of us!

I’d like to share a staffing update with all of you.

Due to a reduction in staff at Kloefkorn, 2 teachers will be leaving us.

  • Mrs. Paige Meter will be moving to Kooser Elementary School
  • Mrs. Stacy Schleusener will be moving to Campbell Elementary School

Mrs. Rachel Johnson took a one year leave of absence and she will be returning to 1st grade for the upcoming school year. Mrs Kelley McElhose was Mrs. Johnson’s replacement this year. She will be moving to Randolph Elementary School. 

Mrs. Kristy Kennedy will be moving from an intervention teacher to 5th grade.

Mrs. Lisa Roberson will move from .5 instructional coach to .5 interventionist.  Mrs. Roberson will continue as our .5 gifted facilitator. 

We will welcome Mrs. Ashley Ficken as a .5  4th grade teacher for the upcoming school year. Mrs. Ficken will be joining us from Cavett Elementary School where she taught 3rd grade and 4th grade. 

At this point, I’m not sure what school office hours will look like. We are currently continuing to work from home.  You can reach our office by calling our school number (402-436-1148).  Rene or Carin will be available to answer calls during the day.  You can always email me anytime at pbowhay@lps.org.

Thank you again for your continued support.  Our Kloefkorn families are the very best!

Respectfully, 

Mrs. Bowhay

Kloefkorn Yearbook Information

This is a message  from Lifetouch regarding the printing of our yearbooks.

Dear Kloefkorn Elementary School,

As COVID-19 has changed the way we live from day to day, we made a promise to you to keep you informed about your Yearbook. At this time, due to COVID-19, we have had government-mandated shut-downs that have reduced our capacity for printing yearbooks. As we work to safely return to our production facilities, be assured that everyone who ordered a yearbook will receive one. However, in certain instances the delivery of your yearbook may be delayed.

We appreciate your partnership and understanding throughout this time.

Kindergarten Registration & Assessment

Do you have or know a child that will be five before July 31 and ready to start kindergarten? It’s time to register! Because of current health directives, we are only taking online registrations at this time. Please visit our website to start the registration process. You will need your child’s birth certificate to get started. If you have questions or can’t fill out the online application, please call your school. Will your child turn five years of age between August 1 and October 15? They are eligible to participate in an assessment July 7-9 to determine possible early entrance into kindergarten. Visit our webpage for more information.