Comet Weekly Update

Thursday, November 17th

Hello Leland Comets!

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Regional Champions in the House!

Our volleyball ladies secured the coveted REGIONAL title last Thursday night in Bellaire.


Tuesday night they played in the quarter finals at Buckley. Set 4 was 24-26 and their season came to and end. These ladies have SO much to be proud of. What a match and what a time to be a Leland Comet.

Aldridge Music

Mrs. Aldridge is a great ELA teacher but did you know her second super power? Teaching music! Check out this amazing cross subject lesson.

"7th grade students in 4th hour ELA perform Branle, a dance from c.1550, to accompany their module about identity in the Middle Ages."
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Cris Telgard sharing his knowledge and artifacts with the 7th graders
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Students examining the animal skins
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Original basket from the Yanomami tribe in Brazil who make these

Today 7th grade social studies class went to Tampico in Leland and listened to the owner Chris Telgard. He talked about the Yanomami Tribe that still live like Paleolithic peoples. He also showed students artifacts from the Neolithic times that he owns. He sells some similar items in his store.

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MS social studies learning about history in our community! Thank you for always keeping social studies relevant and locally connected Mrs. Kirt!

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Our amazing new language teacher "Dr. Nan" leading a snow inspired language lesson!

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8th graders took a field trip to the Career Tech Center today!

CTC is an amazing option for high school students to integrate into their LPS schedule. Students from across the region can chose from 23 specialization programs preparing them for college, trades, or military service. For more information click the link below.
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A big THANK YOU from LPS Staff for the dinners during conferences.

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Michigan State Police presents a Certificate of Excellence to LPS for our bus safety!

Important Information & Events

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Thanksgiving Break is next week!

November 23: Half day for staff and students

November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break

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C3 will be cleaning out their closet during Thanksgiving Break.

The last day to claim your items will be on Tuesday, November 22 and the clothes will all be delivered by Wednesday, November 23. Please look through our list of clothing and other items to see if any of the many missing items belong to you or your child. If you find an item that does, fill out the form linked in the document. We will get it delivered to your child the next day! Thank you for reuniting all of these lost items with their kid!

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As you are going through your winter clothing for your children, if you find any items that no longer fit your child(ren), we would love to take the items off your hands.

Any boots, gloves, hats or coats will be added to our snow gear closet that allows us to provide items to students who either don't have or have forgotten an item!
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LPS is joining the Crystal Mountain Ski/Snowboard Wednesday Night Program!

The Crystal Mountain School Program offers students the chance to experience winter sports that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Students ages 7-18 participate in an instructional program designed specifically for them. Certified Snow-sports Instructors are available each evening to provide instruction and coaching for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Participants are offered special rates for chairlift access and rental equipment.


Program begins January 10, 2023. Please return completed applications to the Main Office or email to Matt Peschel mpeschel@lelandschool.com by December 1st.

PARTICIPATION OPTIONS

School Program Pass: $100

School Program Pass with Rental Equipment: $120*

• Instruction and chairlift access on one scheduled evening per week for 6 weeks
(Group Advisor will designate the evening for your group: Wednesday)

*Rental equipment is included on your scheduled night once per week through January and February. Rental is available for $20 mid-week during March.

Leland is excited to offer this opportunity to students this year. Please find all required paperwork including a Parent Letter LINKED BELOW. Paper application packets will also be available in the main office. Our day of the week will be WEDNESDAY. All paperwork due to the school by December 1st. Transportation planning is in development. If 25 students sign up, the family contribution to a shared bus would be $10 each.

Required Paperwork & Forms

Crystal Mountain School Program Webpage

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Masterworks in Miniature presents: West Side Story Friday, November 18 1:00 PM Old Art Building, Leland

LPS Elementary students in grades 1-5 will be heading to the Old Art Building tomorrow for a performance from the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra! Select members of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra are at the OAB to present portions of the beloved musical West Side Story. This event will integrate storytelling with music and movement, aimed at elementary age children.


Classes will start walking at 12:40 and return to school by 2:20 this Friday, November 18th. Please be sure to send your child with appropriate winter gear for walking.

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Thanks to Sarah Mills and the Old Art Building, the Suttmann Kids have adopted a tree to decorate!

"We will make decorations this Monday and Tuesday with the theme of "Homemade Holidays." Mrs. Suttmann will give the kids various choices of ornaments, and they may choose any or all if there is time.


On Wednesday, they will decorate the tree, and their tree will be ready for the public to view on tree lighting day and through the holidays!!


Feel free to join us as we walk down to the Old Art building Wednesday to decorate. You can either walk with us or meet us there. We will walk down at 9:30, arriving around 9:45 to decorate!" - Mrs. Suttmann

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Leelanau Investing For Teens (LIFT) and the Leelanau County Substance Misuse Prevention Coalition will showcase "Dead on Arrival," a short film about fentanyl's deadly role in the U.S. illicit drug market for both students and parents on November 30th.

Students in grades 9-12 will be viewing the film during their 6th period in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), followed by a panel discussion with Prevention Specialists. Parents are invited to attend a parent-only viewing of the film at 7 PM in the PAC on the same day, followed by a panel discussion.


"Dead on Arrival" is focused on the people at risk of fentanyl poisoning. Those at risk include casual users, partygoers, experimenters, regular users, and even unsuspecting bystanders who may come into contact with the powerful opioid. This film by Natural High explores the stories of four families who lost loved ones to fentanyl in various ways and its more significant impact on communities of all types. We strongly encourage parents to join in learning about the drug that killed over 65,000 people in 2021.


To opt out please contact Heather Lowe at hlowe@lelandschool.com or Matt Peschel at mpeschel@lelandschool.com.


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JUNIOR PARENTS and anyone else wishing to donate craft supplies for Santa's Workshop, please use the Amazon Wishlist linked below. All items will ship directly to the school.

Please email Jenifer Zywicki (jzywicki@lelandschool.com) with any questions.

News From The Athletic Department

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This Weekend in Sports

No Events! Stay tuned for upcoming winter sports.

News From The Cafe

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THANK YOU Cafe Staff for an amazing Thanksgiving Luncheon!

The annual thanksgiving lunch truly gets rave reviews. Students and staff K - 12 enjoyed a wonderful feast prepared with awesome ingredients, joy, and a passion for excellence from our cafe staff. Even the grade on a field trip today was primarily concerned about getting back for the big event - Thanksgiving Lunch!
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Check out this healthy snack recipe from the Wellness Committee.

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Manage lunch money at the link below!

News from the Nurse's Office

Covid and Health Update from the Superintendent

Dear Families,


As we move into winter, I wanted to take a moment to provide a brief COVID update. You have been receiving email updates from our nurse, Stephanie Burns, when we have confirmed, positive, school–related COVID cases. Per our board policy on communicable diseases and current MDHHS guidelines, these updates are provided for your information.

The current guidelines for someone who tests positive for COVID require a 5-day isolation followed by 5 days of masking. There are no longer quarantine requirements for exposures or close contacts.


Recommended precautionary behaviors to diminish the spread of communicable diseases include:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Monitor for symptoms and stay home if symptomatic
  • Distance yourself and/or wear a mask when around those with diagnosed COVID or other easily transmitted diseases
  • Utilize at-home testing kits
  • Report positive, confirmed cases to the school
  • Avoid indoor, crowded, social gatherings
  • Stay current with vaccinations

We have returned to pre-COVID precautionary measures that are applicable for an outbreak of any communicable disease. School closures historically occur when student/staff attendance falls below 75%.


We remain humble and flexible as new information becomes available, ready to pivot in extreme situations, and incredibly grateful to be conducting school in a way that feels normal, safe, and consistent.


Please let us know if you have any questions.


Many thanks,


Stephanie

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LPS has take home Covid tests

Take-home Covid tests are available at the front office. We are happy to distribute these to families upon request.

News From The Library

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LPS Library's newest book order!

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Some spine labels the students drew for the horror section in the elementary library to go along with our discussions on literary genres!

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Around The County

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It's time to celebrate Becky Ross, The Old Art Building departing Executive Director (of 9 years!). Because she means so much to us all, we invite you to mail her a personal note of thanks—a collection of love and correspondence we will present to her at "Bubbles for Becky" on Friday, November 25

Send your hand-written card ahead of time to:

Amanda Campo

PO Box 2

Leland, MI 49654


...or simply bring it anytime (including the night of her celebration) to the Old Art Building. Your sentiments for Becky represent what community is all about, the most perfect parting gift.

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Young Life *Revised* Schedule

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Tap dance for upper elementary or more experienced elementary students.

Tap Time 4-H Club (first offering) will be held this fall at Leland Public School with our wonderful 4-H leader Robin Carden! For all returning Tiny Tappers cloverbuds (*ages 5-7 as of January 1st, 2023*), as well as beginner youth ages 8-9, and meeting on five Wednesdays, November 9th through December 14th (no meeting on November 23), from 3:30-4:00 pm in Mr. Evans' room. Once our 7 spots are filled, we will add people to a waitlist. Families will register youth in 4HOnline (https://v2.4honline.com/#/user/sign-in) in SPIN Club Tap Time 4-H Club. The only thing needed for the club will be tap shoes! To register for this free club, please contact Leelanau County 4-H Program Coordinator Rosali Collier at collierr@msu.edu or by calling our MSU Extension office at 256-9888.
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Catholic Charities West Michigan now offers two parent support groups, Parenting Journey and Parenting in Recovery.

These groups are held in Leelanau County for any and all parents who are interested in attending. The cost is free and a meal is provided at every group. Parents just need to call (231)-463-0137 and get registered! We hope that you are able to help spread the word in our community!
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Local All Star Drivers Education

Allstar Drivers Ed will be hosting a Segment 1 and Segment 2 class soon! Locations include Suttons Bay and Traverse City. Please check the Allstar Website for more information.
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Leelanau VFW Holiday Gift Assistance Program

Register with this program for assistance with holiday gifts.

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