BKE Kiefer Chronicle

2020/2021 December Newsletter

Thank You

We are so grateful to be in this journey with you. All of our families have shown tremendous flexibility and grace when it comes to navigating all of the new unknowns. We thank you for this. It is so great to be able to see our students each day. I know we say this often, but it is something we do not take for granted!

Happy December!

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Counselor Corner

Christmas is quickly approaching. Toys for Tots is a wonderful program that collects toys and distributes them to children, spreading the message of hope and strengthen our communities. Betty Kiefer is a collection location and welcomes any and all donations of new toys. If you are interested in applying to receive a toy for your child(ren), please visit Toys for Tots website https://www.toysfortots.org/. It also looks like the weather will be changing in the near future. If your child is in need of winter outwear please feel free to contact Mrs. Miller, our school counselor, at remiller@lakeland272.org or 208-687-5206. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.
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Water Bottles

Please remind your child to bring a water bottle to school each day. Drinking fountains are turned off this year. However, we did add a faucet to each water station so students can fill up their water bottles.

We are running out of extra water bottles in the office for students who forget and/or who do not have one. If you would like to donate a case of water, we would very much appreciate your generosity. :)

Thank you!

Take a Peek!

Please encourage your child to look through our Lost and Found before Christmas Break. If parents would like to come look, please do so after school. If you stop by the front office, we can point you in the right direction! All items will be donated during Christmas break.
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A Message from Nurse Judy

Lakeland Joint School District school health services are looking forward to students returning to school. This year in addition to the general illness guidelines, we will be addressing COVID-19. This virus shows no boundaries. It will take all of us working together to get our schools back to “normal” for you, your children, and the school district staff.

What you can do to help:

  • Please do a simple health screening of your child daily before school: How-To At this time the Center for Disease Control does not currently recommend that schools conduct universal symptom screening (screening all students as they arrive at school).
  • Please keep your child home from school if you answer yes to any symptoms in Section 1.
  • Please do not send your child to school and notify us if your child has a positive COVID-19 test, symptoms of COVID-19, or they were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

What the school district will do to help:

  • If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 at school, your child will be isolated and you will be notified to pick your child up from school. (per CDC guidelines). It is very important that the school has up to date contact information for all parent/guardians. In addition, the school needs at least one other contact person to call in the event that you are not available (this will be the emergency contact in Skyward when you register).
  • We will advise sick staff or students not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
  • When the District learns of a student or staff who has tested positive for COVID-19, has had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, the school district health services team will:
  1. Respond and determine an appropriate course of action
  2. Isolate and send ill students or staff home
  3. Communicate with all affected individuals and initiate contact tracing
  4. Contact Panhandle Health District and coordinate necessary steps to protect the school population

Judy Gerstenberger R.N., B.S.N., School Nurse Lead jgerstenberger@lakeland272.org 208-691-2648

Title News

In accordance with federal law, the District shall release information regarding the professional qualifcation and degrees of teachers and the qualifications of paraprofessionals to parents upon request, for any teacher or paraprofessional who is employed by a school receiving Title I funds, and who provides instruction to their child at the school (Lakeland School District 3272, Policy Manual, Personnel Records: 5500).
Free/Reduced Breakfast/Lunch Application

Although breakfast and lunch are free to all students right now, this may run out. We request that you fill out the attached form to see if you qualify for free or reduced lunch prices! This also helps us with our Title I funding. Thank you!


Please remember that we will NOT have late start Monday. Students will attend school Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-2:30 pm.


Thank you so much for your attention to our new drop off and pick up areas. It has been so smooth! Also, please watch this video for more information and a demonstration of what this year will look like.

Some things to remember:

  • Students can be dropped off on both the North and South lanes
  • Students will have designated pick up areas (K-2 North, 3-5 South)
  • Bus lane is now along Nagel
  • Please do not park in the lanes--use the parking lot
  • Follow signs posted

We appreciate your support!

2020/2021 Bell Schedule (YELLOW PHASE)

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Our "Why"

BKE’s philosophy, mission, vision and beliefs were aligned to address all elements of "thoroughness" including a safe learning environment, maintenance of classroom discipline, basic values, communication skills, basic curriculum, workforce skills, current technology, and responsible citizenship. These guiding principles were developed to ensure that students acquired the skills necessary to be responsible and productive citizens, effective communicators, creative problem solvers, and lifelong learners!


We are focused on ensuring students, parents, and staff are safe at BKE. We will continue practicing drills regularly, holding monthly safety meetings to maintain our safety protocols, and continue to seek input from stakeholders regarding best practices.