Leopard News 3/13/2022
Masks, Lost and Found, Calendar and More
A Note from Principal Kevin
Dear Laurel Elementary Families,
It seems like March just began and here we are looking at spring break at the end of the week! We are excited for so many things this spring and will be putting events on the calendar to look forward to including Agriculture in the Schools lessons, the annual Soroptimist International book give away, community art projects and more. As if to remind us that spring has sprung, our pair of ducks have returned to the nature center this week to scope out a nesting site as they did last year. We have been watching to see if they will stay. If they do, we hope to set up a web cam to share this wonderful experience with community members and families at home.
Lost and Found Items
Our lost and found is overflowing again. If your child is missing a coat, jacket or hoodie, please have them check the lost and found.We will have items on display for retrieval this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (NO SCHOOL) it you would like to come by.
We have found ourselves short staffed lately when a staff member is out due to illness or caring for a family member. When this occurs and we are unable to find a substitute teacher have a few options. We may cancel a program for the day and reassign that teacher to teach the class, have multiple staff members rotate through during the day or split the class in thirds and assign them to other teachers at that grade level for the day. We carefully consider the impact on the class and school as a whole when doing this and make the best of our options. Thanks for you understanding and support when this is something we need to do.
Thank you for all you do to support our work at Laurel.
Masks Optional for Staff and Students
Beginning on March 14th, masks will no longer be required at school, indoors or out. While we are excited to see the faces of our kids and have them see one another, we know that there are many in our community who will continue to wear a mask by choice for a variety of reasons. We are working this week to ensure that all kids know the expectation to be kind and respect the choices of others on this issue. Thanks for you support in this messaging.
We will continue to practice hand hygiene and space students out at snack and meal times.
Changes to the Calendar - March 17th is a Regular School Day
The school board approved a change to this year's calendar at the last Regular Board Meeting. As you know, we have missed 3 full school days this year due to inclement weather. March 17 is now a school day for students. Below the changes are illustrated on the calendar.
Current Calendar: Revised Calendar:
- March 17 was a Record keeping Day/Non-Student Contact Day
- March 18 was a PA Day
- March 28 was a Non-Contract Day
- March 17 is now a Student Contact Day
- March 18 is now a Record keeping/Non-Student Contact Day
- March 28 is now a PA Day - Non-Student Contact Day