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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.

Chronicle 5/1/2020

May 1, 2020

From the Principal’s Desk

Kloefkorn Families

I’d like to begin by sharing that the entire Kloefkorn staff truly appreciate what you are doing to continue your child’s education. We are confident you are doing the very best you can during this challenging time.  Balancing work, educating your child and keeping your family together is not easy. We also recognize that you could be feeling challenged with the change in routines and social distancing or the fear and anxiety around the virus and effects on your family. Here are some tips I have pulled together to offer some guidance for supporting you and your family at this time. 

  • Listen to your child and talk about their feelings: “I know you feel disappointed that you can’t go to school to see your friends.”
  • Communicate a daily schedule (school work time, play time, family time) and when it will happen.
  • Involve your child in planning the day: “Do you want to do Lexia or Dreambox while I work?”  “Do you want to take a walk before or after my phone call?”
  • Determine a distraction free location for your child to do school work (table/desk, turn off the TV).
  • Determine what materials will be needed during the activity so that students don’t have to get up to locate additional material (paper, pencils, marker board….).
  • State your expectations for the learning time (ex. I’m going to expect you to sit down and complete the entire assignment). 
  • Ask if your child has any questions about your expectations. 
  • Set a timer for the learning time so that your child knows when it will end. 
  • Set goals for the session to help your child focus.
  • Maintain consistent routines related to sleeping, eating and physical activity. 
  • Plan fun family activities for your child to look forward to such as calling a friend or family member, or playing a family game.
  • Most of all, make a plan but be flexible and prepared that things might happen that disrupt your plans. 
  • Children want their parents to remain calm and reassure them that the leaders in our community have made a plan for us to stay safe.  And, we will get through this together!

Respectfully, 

Mrs. Bowhay

Library Message:

Hello Families! Are you looking for fresh reading ideas? Visit the LPS Library Services Remote User Ebooks and Audiobooks site (https://sites.google.com/class.lps.org/remotelearningebooks/home) for a list of ebook/audiobook resources that can be accessed for free at home. Besides thousands of books for independent reading, there are also cookbooks, craft books, and drawing books for fun ideas of activities that can be done at home. Lincoln City Libraries is also offering a Spring Reading Challenge with many great prizes for participating. Visit www.lincolnlibraries.org for more information. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Mason-D’Croz

Kloefkorn Librarian

Teacher Appreciation Week – May 4th-8th

Many fun things have been cancelled due to Covid-19, fortunately gratitude is not one of them!  May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation week and we would still like to let the teachers know how special they are to our Kloefkorn Cubs and families.  During the week of May 4-8, we encourage kids to email their teacher a short video or note sharing words of gratitude.  Feel free to do the same for our specialist teachers, paras, and support staff!  We want them to feel the love!  In addition, the PTO will be gifting the teachers with an electronic gift card to emphasize our gratitude for all of their hard work- particularly now when they are educating in uncharted waters.  

PTO Board and Committee Positions Available

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  PTO is in need of fresh faces with innovative ideas to fill board and committee positions for next year.  All are welcome and many are needed so that Kloefkorn can continue to provide the incredible experiences that have become a tradition.  If you are interested and have questions, please reach out to one of our board members and ask away.  If you can think of someone who would enjoy any of the positions, encourage them to apply! 

Position openings:

  • President-elect
  • Treasurer
  • Fun Night Coordinator
  • Hospitality Chair
  • Movie Night Chair

Kloefkorn Silent Auction

Please join us for our annual silent auction. This year the auction will only be held online so please visit the website (https://www.32auctions.com/kloefkorn2020) and make sure to get registered! The auction will begin Wednesday May 6th and end Friday May 8th at 7:00pm.

We have many great items from American Girl, Lego, Disney World as well as local businesses. If you have any questions please reach out to KayCee at kayceewanser@yahoo.com and she will be happy to assist.

Again please register here so you don’t miss out!

Kloefkorn Fun Night 2020 Silent Auction

Chronicle 4/3/2020

April 3, 2020

Remote Learning will continue until the end of the school year. 

From the Principal’s Desk….

I hope this message finds you healthy and safe.  I’m not quite sure where to start except to say that  we certainly will be ending our school year and living through a time none of us would have expected. I am confident we are going to get through this difficult time and we will be stronger!  

Our teachers want to thank you for supporting our remote learning. The messages, notes and kind words from students and families  have been so appreciated! We know that many of you are trying to figure out how to balance work responsibilities, home responsibilities and remote learning. Please give yourself some grace as you work through this “new normal”. Your priority right now is the safety and health of your family. We are ready and eager to support  you and your child’s learning. Please reach out and let us know how we can help.  

We’ve had a fabulous response from families sending pictures for us to post on our Kloefkorn Facebook page!  It is so much fun to see what our students have been up to. Keep those photos coming! Here is the link to upload your pics https://forms.gle/989gD4QPuxcw4viw9  .

As always, thank you for your partnership.  Our Kloefkorn families are top notch!

Respectfully,

Mrs. Bowhay

LPS Foundation 2020  Student and Staff Inspire Award Winners!

We want to congratulate Klofkorn 5th grader, Jayda Engelbart. Jayda is our 2020 LPS Foundation Student Inspire Award Winner. Jayda was chosen because she is a leader and role model for her peers and adults at Kloefkorn. Other 5th graders look up to Jayda because she is always doing the right thing. Jayda is a student with remarkable character and she is an inspiration to those around her. Congratulations Jayda!

We would also like to congratulate Melissa Moates on being selected as our Kloefkorn 2020 LPS Foundation Staff Inspire Award Winner.  Mrs. Moates was chosen because of her kind heart and her willingness to step up and help any student, family or staff member in need. She has high expectations for all students and they rise to the occasion. Mrs. Moates is an inspiration to everyone around her. Congratulations Mrs. Moates!

BackPack Extra Mile Walk:

The district made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 BackPack Extra Mile Walk.  We know that our generous community will continue to support the BackPack Program; a program that is needed now more than ever as families navigate this unique and unprecedented situation.  THANK YOU again for all that you do for Lincoln children every day!

2020 Mayor’s Run : This year’s Mayor’s Run has been cancelled. 

Services to Students and Families: Lincoln Public Schools’ counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychotherapists will continue to provide services to students during this time. Students/Families will be able to connect remotely through their LPS email or through Zoom video conferencing. We understand that Zoom offers many advantages over simply using email, but does not replace face-to-face meetings and some information may be missed or misunderstood. In addition, sensitive issues may not be appropriate for a Zoom conference because privacy and confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Hello Kloefkorn Family,

This week, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued a directed health measure, “all schools to operate without students in their buildings until May 31, 2020.” While we are all disappointed, we know that measures are put in place to protect the health and safety of all Nebraskans. With this message from Governor Ricketts, we have begun the process of contacting parents about payments they have made to the Kloefkorn PTO.

We have had many parents reach out and say that they would like to donate their payments (either After School Class registrations or Fun Night purchases) since we won’t be able to hold many of our Spring fundraisers. If you are comfortable doing the same and making the donation, it would be much appreciated. Please let us know either way and we will be happy to count your donation or we will also happily process your refund. 

We ask that you contact our treasurer (KayCee Wanser) at kayceewanser@yahoo.com and let her know how you would like us to proceed with your payments. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and we hope this finds you and your families well.

Kloefkorn PTO

Chronicle 3/20/2020

March 20, 2020

Kloefkorn Families,

3rd quarter report cards are ready for you to view via ParentVue this afternoon.

As of 5:00 p.m. today (Friday) our school will be closed. The office staff, Lisa Swiatek and I will be working remotely.  All school phone messages will be accessible to us and we will respond as quickly as we can. You may certainly also email with any questions you may have. 

The district office will continue to send updates as they become available regarding school closure and learning lessons for our students.  

This pandemic has had such a huge impact on so many.  Please take care of yourselves and your families. We will get through this challenging time.  Stay safe and healthy! We will hopefully be back together soon!  

Mrs. Bowhay

pbowhay@lps.org

Chronicle 3/6/2020

March 6, 2020

3/09-3/13 No School – Spring Break

3/16 Backpack T-Shirt Forms Due

3/18 Final day Pre-Order Fun Night Tickets

3/19 PTO Board Meeting 6:00 PM & General Meeting 7:00 PM

3/20 Fun Night pre-order tickets sent home in Friday Folders

3/26 Lux Parent Visit 6:30-7:30pm

3/27 Report Cards available on ParentVue

3/27 Fun Night 5:30-8:00pm 

3/31 PLC Early Release 1:33 PM

4/03 1st & 2nd Grade Pioneers Park Nature Center Field Trip 

4/13 Elementary Plan Day-No School

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK….

Thank you for your attendance at our parent/teacher conferences this week! We truly appreciate your partnership, support, and interest in your child’s education. If you were not able to attend parent/teacher conferences, we would love to have the opportunity to meet with you. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment. Strong parental support makes a tremendous impact on a child’s educational journey.

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 late March and 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.

 3rd   April 7th and 8th   8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. ELA

       April 15th and 16th 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Math

4th   April 8th and 9th 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. ELA

       April 21st 10:15 a.m.-11:45a.m. Math

       April 23rd 10:15 a.m.-11:45a.m. Math

5th   April 6th and 7th 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ELA

       April 15th and 16th 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Math

       April 20th and 21st 9:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. Science

Have a great Spring Break! 

Polly Bowhay

BackPack Extra Mile Walk

The 2020 LPS BackPack Extra Mile Walk is set for April 25th at East High School at 10 a.m. Hope you can join! This event will raise funds that will go directly to the children of Lincoln Public Schools through the Food Bank’s Child Hunger Programs, which will include the BackPack Program. Currently, over 5,270 LPS students at 54 LPS school receive weekly food-filled backpacks. It costs about $250 for each student to receive a backpack for a year. These funds will be due to school by Friday, April 17th. Click here to learn more about the BackPack Program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Schulenberg at kschule@lps.org .

BackPack T-Shirt Orders 

T-shirt pre orders and payment in full are due to our school office by Monday, March 16.  A student/child needs to raise at least $10 to receive a t-shirt. An adult walker needs to raise at least $30, in order to receive a t-shirt. Make sure to outfit the whole family – it’s for a great cause!

After School Programs

Spring is almost here and with it comes our last round of After School Programs.  We’ve got great programs coming up to keep you busy through the last few months of school.  A few of the class offerings are Art, Cooking, Chess, Leadership, Lego and more! The next session of After School Programs will start March 30th. Registration begins Saturday, March 7th.  If you have questions, contact Angela at asp-chair@kloefkornpto.org.

Fun Night – Go For the Goal!!! 

Registration is now open for Fun Night!  Join us March 27th from 5:30-8:00 for games, prizes, concessions, photo booth, and more! If you register early, you will save money, skip the lines, and head right to the fun!

Register and pre-pay at: https://kloefkornpto.org/fun-night/

Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to all Cubs that brought in money for the Coin Drive last week.  We were able to raise $1312.41 for classroom libraries. Your enthusiasm and support is greatly appreciated!!!

Kloefkorn Board – We need your help!

In March we have our PTO Board elections and we are trying to plan ahead and recruit folks for next year’s board and  committees. Our PTO has multiple positions open. If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to one of our board members and ask away, or you can just submit your bio on our website.  If you can think of someone who would enjoy this position, encourage them to apply! www.kloefkornpto.org 

Yearbook Orders
It’s time to order your 2019-2020 Kloefkorn Yearbook! Books are $18 each this year and will be delivered in May. The deadline to order (via either method described below) is March 18th. NO EXTRA COPIES are ordered so please do not miss the deadline.

This year we have two ways to order your yearbook:

1. ONLINE ORDERING. To order, parents can go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter Yearbook ID Code: 11701520.  Online ordering is live NOW!

2. PAPER ORDERING. Paper order forms will be sent home the week of February 4th if you would like to order via cash or check. Order forms must be returned to the office via the homeroom teacher and ALL information on the envelope filled out.

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