Comet Weekly Update
Thursday, November 17th
Hello Leland Comets!
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Recently at LPS...
Regional Champions in the House!
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.
Mrs. Aldridge is a great ELA teacher but did you know her second super power? Teaching music! Check out this amazing cross subject lesson.
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.
MS social studies learning about history in our community! Thank you for always keeping social studies relevant and locally connected Mrs. Kirt!
Our amazing new language teacher "Dr. Nan" leading a snow inspired language lesson!
8th graders took a field trip to the Career Tech Center today!
A big THANK YOU from LPS Staff for the dinners during conferences.
Michigan State Police presents a Certificate of Excellence to LPS for our bus safety!
Important Information & Events
Thanksgiving Break is next week!
November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1st.
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
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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
News From The Athletic Department
This Weekend in Sports
News From The Cafe
THANK YOU Cafe Staff for an amazing Thanksgiving Luncheon!
Check out this healthy snack recipe from the Wellness Committee.
Manage lunch money at the link below!
News from the Nurse's Office
Covid and Health Update from the Superintendent
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.
LPS has take home Covid tests
News From The Library
LPS Library's newest book order!
Some spine labels the students drew for the horror section in the elementary library to go along with our discussions on literary genres!
Around The County
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:
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.