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Chronicle 5/7/2021

May 20                 Last Day of School

May 21                 Remote Learner Material Return 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

May 31                 Kloefkorn Office Closed 

June 1-25             Summer School  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

July 27-29            KG Jump Start  9:30 am-11:30 am.

July 27-29            1st Jump Start  9:30 am-11:30 am.

From the Principal’s Desk…..

Kloefkorn Families,

I think it is finally setting in that I will be retiring and not returning to Kloefkorn in the fall!  Please know how much I have truly appreciated your support and willingness to share your amazing children with me for the past 4 years. I will miss EVERYONE!

Our heartfelt THANKS and BEST WISHES to the following staff who will not be returning to Kloefkorn next school year.

  • Shelby Rush/Kindergarten Teacher- Mrs. Rush is taking a leave of absence for the upcoming school year.
  • Ashely Ficken/4th Grade Teacher-Mrs. Ficken is taking a leave of absence for the upcoming school year.
  • Sara Schutte/5th Grade Teacher-Ms. Schutte will be joining the Moore Middle School staff as a 6th grade Humanities teacher.
  • Stephanie VanGelder/5th Grade Teacher-Mrs. VanGelder will be moving to Lefler Middle School as a 6th grade Math/Science teacher.
  • Matt Palmberg/Special Education Teacher-Mr. Palmberg is taking a leave of absence for the upcoming school year. 
  • Rene Holz/Executive Secretary-Mrs. Holz is retiring.
  • Judy Wood-Mrs. Wood/Special Education-Mrs. Wood is retiring. 

Respectfully,

Mrs. Bowhay

Remote Learner Return Day

Please return the following items to our school office on Friday, May 21 between 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Chromebooks and accessories not returned to the building will be marked as lost, and families may be charged for the missing equipment.

  • Chromebook
  • Chromebook Charger
  • Chromebook Bag
  • Hot Spot (if you were assigned a Hot Spot)
  • School Textbooks
  • Library Books
  • Classroom books and materials 
  • Learning Materials/Completed Work

Media Center:

All library books are due back on May 10. To see the titles that your child needs to return before the end of the year follow these steps:

  • Begin at portal.lps.org 
  • Enter your student’s ID and password (If you don’t have this information, the school office can provide it for you). 
  • Select “Destiny Discover” from the alphabetical listing in the portal.
  •  From the upper right hand corner of the screen, select login and enter your student’s ID and password once again. 
  • In the upper left-hand corner of the Destiny Discover page select the icon of the three parallel lines.
  • Select “Checkout” from the dropdown menu to see the books that are currently checked out

Got eBooks? You do!

Your school library provides many options for students looking for books to read online this summer! One popular option is Sora, which has access to thousands of ebooks for students to check out and read instantly online. You can even access Sora on a tablet or phone, for those long car rides. You can even explore ebooks from the Lincoln City Libraries in Sora. Open this flyer to learn more.

CLASS PLACEMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR

As we start making plans for the upcoming school year, placement of your student in next year’s class is a very important decision, and it will be approached in a thoughtful manner. As class placement decisions are made for every grade level, we take the following information into consideration: instructional programming, gender, and class size.  We strive for a balance of all these factors in each classroom. We also believe that all Kloefkorn teachers are excellent, highly qualified and will provide a quality environment for each student in their classroom.  You will be notified of your child’s teacher in August.

Due to the many factors that must be considered when making a classroom, we ask that parents not make specific teacher requests. The demands associated with balancing classes make it impossible to honor all parental requests. Should you have extenuating circumstances, which necessitates providing information about your child and his or her learning, you may do so. Only written input emailed to Mrs. Bowhay, prior to May 21, 2021 will be given consideration.

Kindergarten Jump Start

To start the upcoming school year off right, we are going to have a “Jump Start” for all incoming kindergartners. This will be a fun opportunity for your child(ren) to become familiar with school and begin to learn kindergarten routines and procedures. Jump Start will be held July 27th, 28th, 29th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and will be coordinated by our kindergarten teachers. 

RSVP: https://forms.gle/Qnm41WfpuJopzNKi8

1st Grade Jump Start

This year we will also be offering Jump Start for our incoming 1st graders on July 27, 28, 29 from 9:30-11:30.  1st graders will be able to come to school to get a head start on learning about what it will be like to be in 1st grade!  First grade teachers will be leading these sessions. We hope all of our incoming 1st graders will take advantage of this exciting opportunity. If you would like your first grader to participate please use this link to register your child.  https://forms.gle/MHqvvJaXGtUBydDU9

Lost and Found
We have quite the coat collection in our Lost and Found.  Items left behind at the end of the school year will be donated to charity. 

Negative Meal Balances

Negative meal balances need to be paid in full before June 30, 2021. The parent/guardian is responsible to pay for all school meal purchases made by their student(s). Negative balances can be paid in the school office or sent to Accounting, LPSDO Box 2, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Negative balance meal accounts will be referred to a collection agency if they are not paid. If you have questions regarding your child’s negative meal account, please contact Accounting at 402-436-1700.

Positive Meal Balances

Cafeteria account balances will automatically carry over from this year to next, even for students changing schools within Lincoln Public Schools. Refunds and transfers may be requested by submitting the Student Meal Account Refund or Balance Transfer form on the Nutrition Service webpage to accountsreceivable@lps.org.

We are very proud of our students who were recognized at the end of  Quarter 3 for showing exceptional GRIT. Congratulations to…..

KG

Liam Duchek

Emma Duchek

Grace Jiang

IllaAnn Liebers

Marshal Lureen

Rowan Triggs

Asher Scheer

Roman Harris

Devon Basford

Gavin Arndt

Theia Thomas

Cash Milhon

Mia Nguyen

Amelia Brandt

Towson Bartels

Abbi Gerdts

Makenna Gipson

Jonathan Killham

Caleb Witty

 1st Grade

Aden Richardson

Addy Reichenberg

Emily Olsen

Ryker Maier

Chase Leishman

Aislynne Droud

Ashlyn Boyce

Becket Davis

Cole Laureen

Everly Kennedy

Londyn Ball

Leah Yost

Sam Elias

Brooks Manstedt

Alex Masciale

Eldon Schwartz

Evie Thimmesch

Mallory McHargue

2nd Grade

Elly Hobbs

Zoe Lompo

Nicholas Harris

Laken Buhr

Delaney Mutchie

Brynlee Borer

Bentley Arnold

Cash Beideck

Adilyn Garrett

Matteo Gerdes

Kaeley McGrew

Maddie Razdan

Gardenia Olivas

Brody Erickson

Saraya Burkey

Sam Yu

Allison Dobbs

Sadie Puckett

Peyton Turner

Braxton Hesser

 3rd Grade

Logan Mitchell

William Chapin

Lauren Haney

Liam Johnson

Sydney Anderson

Edmundo Borrego

Bryson Thuman

Clara Beeder

Hadley Olsen

Matias Roberts

Leo Haas

Bodie Ardinger Stibal

Anderson McCreight

Caleb Bossung

Leo Korpas

Ava Poppenhagen

Kaylor Shelton

4th Grade

Maya Pfeil

Lilli McGill

Brooke Lofquist

Matthew Beaudette

Drake Goulet

Maggie Zimmerman

Adam Martinez

Ashley Habel

Coraleigh Fessler

Chandler Cleverly

Abbie Green

Braisley Reiter

Connor Pierce

Gavin Gill

Sully Warren

 Alex Harth

Blake Davis

Avery Perkins

Emersyn Stithem

Kyler Hoffman

5th Grade

Cooper Doell

Belinda Qiao

Alex Ge

Aby Gibbons

Sammy Killham

Finnley Quick

Na’Zyria Mitchell

Landen Baker

Eva Gutz

Finn Hunt

Landon Johnson

Brianna Markut

Amy Anderson

Alexis Bowen

Trevor Dahl

Noa Elerson

Sophia Olomi

Wesson Lukas

Eliza Cruce

Tyson Beach

Piper Garrett

Lexi Lofquist

Charis Waite

Chronicle 4/2/2021

April 5 No School / Elementary Plan Day

April 13 K-5  1:33 Early Dismissal, 

  • AM Preschool classroom NOT in session
  • PM Preschool classroom IN session (8:00 am-11:30 am) 

April 16 Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)

April 27 K-5 1:33 Early Dismissal,  No Preschool

April 30 Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)

From the Principal’s Desk

Thank you Kloefkorn families for supporting our PTO  Lucky Cub March fundraiser!  All of our students participated in the walk on March 19.  It was a beautiful day to walk!  A special shout out to our PTO parent, Emily Killham. Emily chaired this project and she did a phenomenal job!

Ms. Shayna Cook, newly appointed Kloefkorn principal for the 2021-2022 school year, will be joining our April 15, 2021  PTO meeting.  This will be a zoom meeting and all parents are invited to attend.  We will send a zoom meeting link soon.

Mrs. Bowhay

NSCAS Testing Information for 3rd, 4th and 5th 

There are several things parents can do to positively contribute to their child’s success.  Encourage your child to put forth their best effort with positive statements expressing confidence in their abilities and their efforts. A good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast will go a long way to help your child best show what they know and are able to do on the test. Finally, being in school during testing is very important. Please reschedule any appointments that may take your child out of school on the testing dates listed above.  As always, we appreciate your support!

Remote LearnersApril 20    3-5 Remote Learners 1:00-2:30 ELA
April 22    3-5 Remote Learners 1:00-2:30 Math
April 23    5 Remote Learners 1:00-2:30 Science
April 29    Kindergarten and 1st Grade Remote Learner Testing 1:00
KindergartenApril 29    Kindergarten Map testing            
(Howe 8:30, Butler 9:15, Rush 10:05) approximate times
1st GradeApril 28    1st Grade Map testing            
  (Jones 8:30, Johnson 9:15, Geis 10:05) approximate times
3rd GradeApril 6   3rd Grade NSCAS Reading  8:30-10:00
April 14    3rd Grade NSCAS Math 8:30-10:00
4th GradeApril 20    4th Grade NSCAS Reading  8:30-10:00
April 22    4th Grade NSCAS Math  8:30-10:00
5th GradeApril 8   5th Grade NSCAS Reading 9:30-11:00
April 15    5th Grade NSCAS Math 9:30-11:00
April 21    5th Grade NSCAS Science 9:30-11:00

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.

2021-2022 Preschool Applications

At this time Lincoln Public Schools Early Childhood Office is accepting 2021-2022 preschool applications and necessary documentation online, by email, fax or mail. The preschool program is available to children who reside in the Lincoln Public Schools boundaries. Children who are at least 3 years of age on or before July 31, 2021 and who have not yet turned five as of July 31, 2021 are eligible to apply. 

Visit https://home.lps.org/earlychildhood/preschool-application/ for more information.

Chronicle 3/5/2021

March 5 Yearbook Order Deadline

March 8-12 No School, Spring Break

March 15 Beginning of 4th Quarter 

March 16 K-5  1:33 Early Dismissal, 

AM Preschool classroom NOT in session

PM Preschool classroom IN session (8:00 am-11:30 am) 

March 17-19 Lucky Club March during specials

March 19 Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)

March 26 Q3 Report Cards on ParentVUE after 4:00 P.M

March 30 K-5 1:33 Early Dismissal,  No Preschool

April 1 Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Thank you for your attendance at our zoom parent/teacher conferences this week! We’ve had feedback from parents letting us know they like this option. Hopefully next year we’ll be back to in person parent teacher conferences and possibly zoom conferences as a parent choice. We truly appreciate your partnership, support, and interest in your child’s education. If you were not able to schedule a zoom parent/teacher conference, we would love to have the opportunity to schedule a conference with you. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a time. Strong parental support makes a tremendous impact on a child’s educational journey.  

Thank you to our fabulous PTO for providing dinner for our staff during both nights of conferences!

We are gearing up for NSCAS testing (Nebraska Student Centered Assessment System). All of our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be taking these tests in April.  Please see the testing calendar below. We ask that you do your very best to reschedule any appointments that may take your child out of school on the testing dates.

 Have a fun and safe Spring Break!

Polly Bowhay

Spring Testing Information

There are several things parents can do to positively contribute to their child’s success.  Encourage your child to put forth their best effort with positive statements expressing confidence in their abilities and their efforts. A good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast will go a long way to help your child best show what they know and are able to do on the test. Finally, being in school during testing is very important. Please reschedule any appointments that may take your child out of school on the testing dates listed above.  As always, we appreciate your support!

RemoteLearnersApril 20    3-5 Remote Learners 1:00-2:30 ELAApril 22    3-5 Remote Learners 1:00-2:30 MathApril 23    3-5 Remote Learners 1:00-2:30 ScienceApril 29    Kindergarten and 1st Grade Remote Learner Testing 1:00
KindergartenApril 29    Kindergarten Map testing             (Howe 8:30, Butler 9:15, Rush 10:05) approximate times
1st GradeApril 28    1st Grade Map testing               (Jones 8:30, Johnson 9:15, Geis 10:05) approximate times
3rd GradeApril 6   3rd Grade NSCAS Reading  8:30-10:00April 14    3rd Grade NSCAS Math 8:30-10:00
4th GradeApril 20    4th Grade NSCAS Reading  8:30-10:00April 22    4th Grade NSCAS Math  8:30-10:00
5th GradeApril 8   5th Grade NSCAS Reading 9:30-11:00April 15    5th Grade NSCAS Math 9:30-11:00April 21    5th Grade NSCAS Science 9:30-11:00

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.

2021-2022 Preschool Applications

At this time Lincoln Public Schools Early Childhood Office is accepting 2021-2022 preschool applications and necessary documentation online, by email, fax or mail. The preschool program is available to children who reside in the Lincoln Public Schools boundaries. Children who are at least 3 years of age on or before July 31, 2021 and who have not yet turned five as of July 31, 2021 are eligible to apply. 

Visit https://home.lps.org/earlychildhood/preschool-application/ for more information.

Lucky Cub March on March 17th!  

If the PTO had a nickel for every time we felt lucky to have our Kloefkorn staff working hard this year, we wouldn’t need a fundraiser. Time to start collecting those nickels!

This year has been strange and the PTO may not be funding field trips and public art, but we want to be able to support our staff with enough classroom sets of things to stay COVID-safe, individual headphones for all students, staff appreciation, books for the bookroom, specialized curriculum, and more. The walk will look a little different, but we promise it will still be a TON OF FUN! 

20-21 YEARBOOK Orders DUE Today!

It’s time to order your 2020-2021 Kloefkorn Yearbook!  Books are $18 each this year and will be delivered in May. The deadline to order is Friday, March 5, 2021. No extra copies are ordered and no late orders are accepted. To order, parents can go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter Yearbook ID Code: 11701521.  Online ordering is live NOW! Don’t miss out! If you have any questions, please email kloefkornyearbook@gmail.com

Chronicle 2/5/2021

February  5, 2021

February 7 Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up/Pick A Time opens at 11:59 pm

February 9 K-5  1:33 Early Dismissal, AM Preschool classroom IN session, 

                                     PM Preschool classroom NOT in session                 

February 12  Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)

February 15 No School, Elementary Plan Day

February 21 Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up/Pick A Time closes at 11:59 pm

February 23 K-5 1:33 Early Dismissal,  No Preschool

February 26  Remote Learner Material Pickup (9:00-3:30)

March 2  Parent/Teacher Conferences (Remote) 3:30-7:00 PM

March 4 Parent/Teacher Conferences (Remote) 3:30-7:00 PM

March 5 Yearbook Order Deadline

March 8-12 No School, Spring Break

Lucky Cub March is Coming on March 17th!

If the PTO had a nickel for every time we felt lucky to have our Kloefkorn staff working hard this year, we wouldn’t need a fundraiser. Time to start collecting those nickels!

This year has been strange and the PTO may not be funding field trips and public art, but we want to be able to support our staff with enough classroom sets of things to stay COVID-safe, individual headphones for all students, staff appreciation, books for the bookroom, specialized curriculum, and more. The walk will look a little different, but we promise it will still be a TON OF FUN! 

Look for more information and fundraising packets to come in Friday folders next week! 

 Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are going to be held Tuesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 4th 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, February 7th at 11:59 PM and will remain open until Sunday, February 21st at 11:59 PM. We ask that you do not sign up for back-to-back conferences. Teachers will email parents zoom links for their conferences. If you have any questions,  feel free to call the office at 402-436-1148 or email Carin at 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, February 7th at 11:59 PM – Closes Sunday, February 21st at 11:59 PM) 

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. 

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration ONLINE

Enroll your future kindergartener for the 2021-2022 school year! Lincoln Public Schools is now accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2021-2022 school year. The first deadline for families to register their child to guarantee they receive important school information is March 31, 2021.

 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.

Special Attendance Permit 

The deadline for submitting a special attendance permit for the 2021-2022 school year was January 5, 2021. 

*If you are already attending Kloefkorn on permit, you do not need to complete another permit.

*If you have a 5th grade student and want them to attend a middle school not in your home address attendance area, you will need to submit a permit. 

*If you have an older child who is currently attending Kloefkorn on permit and have an incoming kindergarten student, you will need to fill out a permit.  

*The Special Attendance Permit is found on the LPS.ORG home page>Student Services or by contacting the Kloefkorn office.  If you have any questions,  feel free to call the office at 402-436-1148 or email Carin csandma@lps.org.

 Instructional Technology Tools (ITTs) in LPS & The LPS Portal

LPS believes that effective instruction can and should include the appropriate use of instructional technology to support learning. To that end, a District Instructional Technology Tool (ITT) Committee works to identify ITTs that are safe for student use, support district learning goals, and encourage innovative teaching and learning. All reviewed ITTs are cataloged in the LPS ITT Matrix [https://www.lps.org/apps/matrix/].

The most frequently used, approved, and supported ITTs are made available to students and staff in the LPS Portal [https://lps.org/go/YXGE]. Students access their LPS Portal by clicking the ‘HOME’ button on their Chromebook.

Need a conversation starter with your student? Ask them for a tour of their LPS Portal and which ITTs they are currently using in class.

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 Mon-Fri.

20-21 YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW!

It’s time to order your 2020-2021 Kloefkorn Yearbook! Books are $18 each this year and will be delivered in May. The deadline to order is Friday, March 5, 2021. No extra copies are ordered and no late orders are accepted. To order, parents can go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter Yearbook ID Code: 11701521.  Online ordering is live NOW! Don’t miss out! If you have any questions, please email kloefkornyearbook@gmail.com

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)