LEES News

October 1st, 2020

We can't wait to have you back in our school! Come with us on a tour.

Longmont Estates Welcome Back Tour
Tomorrow, Friday, October 2nd is a fully asynchronous day for students. Students will not need to log in to any Webex classrooms. Teachers will give students assignments to complete in SeeSaw or Schoology for the day. This would also be a good time for your child to catch up on any missing assignments.

First Day of Hybrid Learning

Elementary students will attend school on a hybrid schedule where they will be assigned one of two groups. Group 1 will attend in-person school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Group 2 will attend in-person school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On days when students are not physically in school, they will engage in a blend of synchronous (real-time) online learning with their classroom teacher and/or independent work as assigned. This will enable students to continue progressing in their curriculum. Fridays will continue to be asynchronous learning days similar to our current remote-learning schedule.


The first day of hybrid learning is on Monday, October 5th for PK-5th grades (Group 1 will attend in person. Group 2 will engage in online learning). Preschoolers will attend Monday-Thursday either AM or PM. The school day at LEE is 8:20am to 3:00pm. If you are unsure of your child's group assignment, please call the school at 720-652-8101.


Students are expected to be at school on time. Our first bell rings at 8:20am and the tardy bell rings at 8:25am. Due to supervision and safety reasons, students should not be dropped off before 8:10am.

AT-HOME HEALTH SCREENING GUIDE FOR COVID-19

St. Vrain will promote health and safety standards through our Safe with 7 initiative.


  1. Take temperature at home prior to coming to school
  2. Stay home when you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms
  3. Stay hydrated and use a refillable water bottle
  4. Wash hands regularly or use sanitizer
  5. Use face coverings appropriately and avoid touching your face
  6. Social distance appropriately
  7. Engage in enjoyable activities

It will be very important for families to screen their students at home before sending them to school. Please click here to download our attached home-screen checklist to use as a guide to screen your child on their in-person learning days.

How to make face masks more comfortable for kids

As we move toward re-opening after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, we will require students to wear a face mask while in school. All staff members will be wearing masks as well. We will plan for times during the day when students can take mask breaks. Please click here for an article on how you can talk to your children about wearing face masks and get tips to help make masks more comfortable.

News from the Heath Office

If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the office at 720-652-8101. In an effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for your child, students, and school staff members we will need to collect the following information when you call to report an absence:


  1. Is your child absent due to illness?
  2. In the last 14 days have you or your child had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed or has Covid-19 like symptoms?
  3. Is your child experienced any of the following symptoms that are new or unexplained?


o Temperature of 100.4 or higher? (If yes, what is the temperature?)

o Chills

o Cough

o Loss of taste or smell

o Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing

o Body aches

o Congestion, runny nose

o Diarrhea

o Fatigue

o Headache

o Nausea, vomiting

o Sore throat


4. If yes to any of the above, what was the date when symptoms started?


Thank you for your cooperation as we are committed in keeping your child and our staff members health and safety a priority.

Water Bottles

All students will need to bring a water bottle to school. Our drinking fountains have been disabled, but students will be able to fill their water bottles using the classroom sinks or the two water bottle fillers in the building. If you need help getting a water bottle, let us know.

Breakfast and Lunch

All students are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at school on the days they attend in-person. On the days when students are working from home, families can pick up meals from one of the following designated school sites:


10:00am-10:45am

Lyons High

Mead Elementary

Frederick High

Altona Middle

Thunder Valley

Erie Middle

Mountain View Elementary

Northridge Elementary

10:00am-11:30am

Timberline

11:00am-12:00pm

Sunset Middle

11:30am-11:50am

Coal Ridge


On Fridays, the food bags will include extra food for the weekend.

Drop Off and Pick Up

When you bring your child to school and when you pick them up, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Also, please remember to leave your pets at home. There are colorful dots on the sidewalk to indicate to students where to stand. Parents, for everyone's safety, please stand back at least ten feet from the lines. If you would like your child to stand with you until the bell rings, that is fine. Once the bell rings, give them a hug and send them over to their class.


Our campus opens at 8:10. Students are not permitted to be on campus prior to that time. We ask that families limit the number of adults and non-Longmont Estates children who accompany your student on campus. Each class will be assigned a place to line up.


On the first day of school, we will have additional staff available to help students carry their materials inside and get them settled.


At the end of the school day, students will exit the same doors they entered in the morning unless they are riding the bus home. Please establish a meeting location with your child and make sure they know what the plan is each day.

No Volunteers or Visitors

In normal times, we love volunteers and visitors. However, this year, in order to protect the safety of our students, we will not be able to permit parents to enter the building or to volunteer. If you have something you need to take care of with the office staff, please ring the front doorbell and we will be able to speak to you through our speaker system. We look forward to the day when we can welcome families back inside!

Library Books

As you are preparing your materials to come back for hybrid in person learning, please take a moment to look for any library books belonging to Longmont Estates.


We appreciate your efforts in helping us retrieve the missing items.

2020 Elementary Supply List

Please click here for a list of items your student will need to bring to school. Since items on the supply list are for individual student use only, please mark your child's supplies with their name, both first and last. You do not need to purchase two sets of items. Please just keep a notebook and pencils at home and teachers will ensure that any additional items needed will be brought home.


If you are concerned about being able to buy school supplies for your children, Crayons to Calculators is here to help! Crayons to Calculators, a collaboration among area non-profit organizations, is a community-wide school supply drive for students in need. Crayons to Calculators is focused on ensuring that all students in St. Vrain Valley public schools begin school with the supplies they need to succeed.


Longmont Estates has a limited number of backpacks available. Backpacks are available on a first come, first served basis. In an effort to comply with social distancing regulations, when you arrive, we ask that you call the front office at 720-652-8101 and let us know the grade level of the student(s).


We ask you to stay in your vehicle as you drive through the Hug-and-Go Lane and a staff member will deliver your supplies.

Announcing the Longmont Estates Online Book Fair

Get amazing titles for the young readers in your life and support the LEES library at the same time. Now, through the end of of October, any online purchase made through our online book fair will mean 40% of the purchase benefits our school library.


Using Google Chrome or Firefox, head to media.svvsd.org/eFairs and click on the Longmont Estates Elementary logo. Need some recommendations on high-interest, engaging titles? Email Stephanie Brockman at brockman_stephanie@svvsd.org and she'll be happy to help.


Click below for a peak at exciting books the fair has to offer!

Mrs. Shaffer’s STEM Update

Hello! Next week as we transition to our hybrid schedule, our STEM and Library schedules will change as well. Students in grades 3,4, and 5 will come to the STEM lab for coding in Code.org during the month of October. They will come once a week, with both students in Groups 1 and 2 having the opportunity to have STEM in person. This will eliminate the need for students to have STEM through Webex.

Students in grades K, 1, and 2 will be seeing Mrs. Brockman in the library during this same period of time. We will switch grade levels in the beginning of November, and switch back again in Dec. This will continue as long as we’re in the hybrid environment. When I am not seeing students for STEM, I will put optional STEM activities that they can work on into their Seesaw and Schoology folders.


As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Mrs. Shaffer

shaffer_jessicca@svvsd.org


VEX IQ Online Robotics Academy

The Innovation Center is proud to offer a VEX IQ Online Robotics Academy, a virtual after-school STEM learning club that meets once a week for 8 weeks. Fourth and fifth grade St. Vrain students will learn how to program a virtual robot using the VEXcodeVR program, a block based coding environment powered by Scratch Blocks.


Go to the Innovation Center Website to learn more about this opportunity!

CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT NIGHT

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Longmont Estates Elementary. Come in to the Chipotle at 1100 Ken Pratt Blvd Ste B in Longmont on Tuesday, October 13th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Longmont Estates Elementary.


NEW! ORDER ONLINE FOR PICKUP

Use code 4F7MAW7 before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on Chipotle.com or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser.