Important information, dates, and school updates.
Welcome Back, Luce! All are welcome!
Principal Lamour's Notes
Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year, Luce Crew!
I am very excited to partner with each family at the Luce this year. This summer we completed our Flag Project. These flags represent the many rich cultures of the members of our community. I want to thank the Luce DEI for engaging in thoughtful work with the Flag Project to create a sense of belonging here at the Luce. More exciting culture events will be shared with the community in a Principal Smore this week.
We are ready to start the school year off strong! This is the first Smore of the year, and we want to ensure you are ready for the first day of school. This Smore will outline important information you need to know to be ready for week 1 starting on August 30th.
I can't wait to work with you this year!
We got this, Crew!
Luce News & Upcoming Events
Bus Route Information
The 2023-2024 bus Routes are now accessible on the Canton Public Schools main website. Here is the LINK.
Breakfast & Lunch Update
We are excited to announce that the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) announced that breakfast and lunch are once again free this year. Children can access breakfast between 8:20-8:40 am.
Summer Roll Call
Summer is still here until it is not! To celebrate our summer memories, please share one important summer memory with me via email by August 31. I will share the memory in the next Smore.
Important Dates Worthy For Your Refrigerator:
8/29 Kindergarten & Grade 1 Open House → 5-6:30 pm
8/30 First Day of School Grades 1-5
9/5 First Day of School Kindergarten
9/6 Grades 2-5 Open House → 5-6:30 pm
9/15 First SHINE Assembly and Canton Spirit Wear Day
See you soon!
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September Calendar of Events
Just in Case You Missed it!
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
Pick Up/Drop Off
When dropping off or picking up your child, please pay close attention to the crosswalks and crossing guards. When you reach the school, please follow the traffic pattern indicated by signs and cones along the driveway. Drop off your child on the sidewalk side of the car for safety. If you need to linger, please park your car in a parking spot and walk your child in, as there may be a line of cars waiting to use the drop-off area.
Under no circumstances should you park in the Fire Lane. Due to the limited size of our parking lot; to ensure
safety for all. There should not be any idling at anytime in the parking loop.
The speed limit is 5 MPH, and pedestrians always have the right of way. Remember, our in and out is a ONE WAY. When picking up your child after school, please wait for them outside the building entrance. Students may not enter the parking area unaccompanied by an adult.
Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. There are 2-3 15-minute parking spaces for visitors that should be utilized. No parking is permitted in marked fire lanes next to the kitchen, and do not block our handicapped spots. Idling is not permitted at any time. Students are dismissed to line up for their buses at 2:55 pm.
Students arrive at school.
Students who do not go to breakfast can play outside on the upper-level playground (2nd & 3rd) or lower playground (4th & 5th) according to their grade level.
Kindergarten & 1st-grade students enter through the Kindergarten/first-grade entrance (double doors past the front entrance and closer to the gym). First graders will file to class, hang up bookbags and head out to morning recess. Kindergarteners sit by their classrooms in the Kindergarten lobby until 8:35 am. At 8:35 am, all students file to class.
Students in grades 2nd-5th enter the building via the main entrance or the doors located off of the playground and go to class.
Dismissal 2:55-3:05 pm
- Walkers are dismissed via the main school entrance, classroom doors, or the kindergarten side entrance, depending on their grade.
- Kindergarteners are dismissed through the gym doors.
- Cars should not arrive before 2:55 pm.
- Parents and visitors picking up by car must park and turn car engines off.
- No vehicle should move until the children have been dismissed, safely walked to cars, and are safely inside.
No vehicle can pass a school bus/van loading or unloading children.
Students are permitted to ride bicycles to school. An adult must accompany students under grade 4. As a reminder, it is a state law that children must wear a helmet while riding their bicycles. Cyclists should keep their bicycles at the racks provided, and a lock is recommended. For safety reasons, children must walk their bikes and scooters on school grounds. Skateboards are not permitted. The school cannot be responsible for damage to bikes or the safety of students riding outside of school property.
Please ensure your child is familiar with the letter of the bus they take to and from school. These will be a letter and a number (i.e. C1 etc.,). It is helpful to check the local Canton newspapers and the District website for specific information. Please note that the exact pick-up times cannot be determined until the route becomes routine. For safety, accountability, and overcrowding concerns, students are NOT allowed to switch buses or bus stops for any reason.
SchoolKidz Kits & School Supply Lists
If you did not order a kit, please access the Luce website to access the supply list for grades 1-4. Teachers in grades K & 5 will reach out to families independently about the supply list for their respective grades.
Nurse Bonner's Notes
We are back and ready to rock this 2023-24 school year! I am Nurse Bonner and cannot wait to work with our students and staff to ensure a healthy and happy school year. Here are some back to school medical reminders.
If your child requires any medications in school, please drop them off with the correct paperwork from their doctor and our CPS medication form before or on the first day of school.
If your child has any medical needs that you need to discuss with me please email me prior to the start of school so we can make time to meet before school starts. Bonnerc@cantonma.org.
I will be in the building on Tuesday 8.29.23 to receive medications as well as before school on Wednesday 8.30.23. For Kindergarteners and 1st graders, I will be available at open house night on 8.29.23 as well.
You should have received a letter from our nursing team with more details about medical back to school things you should know.The nursing team is here for you for any question, concerns and we are going to have a healthy, happy, hip hip year!
The LUCE CAPT is the Canton Association of Parents and Teachers. If you have heard of a PTO/PTA before that is close to what we are. We are a non-profit 501c3 that works with the school, the teachers, the students, and the families to enhance the experience and support the school. We welcome new voices and invite you all to our first meeting on September 12th at 6pm in the school library.
Becoming involved allows you to meet new parents, more members of our community, and ensure traditions, experiences, and fun remain at the LUCE for years to come.
Come learn more at our tables at the upcoming open house events. We will also have spirit wear for purchase and opportunities for membership and volunteering.
Please click here for our facebook page.
Please click here for our website.
Around Town Resource: Local Resources and Events in Canton
Around Town Events!
Canton Public Schools has a Community Resources and Information Page on its website titled Around Town. This page lists resources and events taking place in our community. To access the information on this webpage, use this link: About/Around Town.
At a Glance - New Event(s)
This webpage will be updated periodically.
Academic & Personal Excellence!
Take Time To Shine: Student Incentive Program
Please join me in celebrating the first SHINE All-Stars for the year! Don't worry every child will get their chance to SHINE!
Did you miss the last Smore?.. Look here for a recap
A Note from the Humanities Coordinator
Hi CPS Families,
We wanted to update you on some changes that are coming for the 2023-2024 school year. Beginning in September, we will be replacing the Units of Study in Phonics and replacing it with a phonics program called UFLI Foundations in our K-2 classrooms. This ensures that our K-2 students will have access to a research based, explicit, and systematic scope and sequence for phonics. We look forward to sharing some additional information with you in the future. You can find more information about UFLI Foundations here.
Pre-K to 5 Humanities Coordinator
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