Lion's Roar

September 20, 2020

Mark Your Calendars!

Sept. 15 - Parent Ed. Night w/Common Sense Edu. at 5:00pm

Sept. 16 - HSC Meeting at 7:00pm

October 1-9 - Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

October 8 Author Assembly (Grades K-2) 1:00pm

October 16, 19 - No School

Alphabet Art Discovered by Lietz Students!

Click on the button below to see what our students discovered. Great eye!

New HSC Website

I am very excited to share you with you the unveiling of the new Home School Club website! Please click on the button below and have fun perusing. Or visit This site has so many capabilities. You can change set the language to your preference. You can volunteer and sign up for specific duties right then and there!

Thank you Exec. Board for creating such a user-friendly, helpful resource!

Author Assembly for Grades K-2 Oct. 8

Laura Gehl is the author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Big Pair of Underwear, the Peep and Egg series, and I Got a Chicken for My Birthday. In addition to being an author, Dr. Gehl has a PhD in neuroscience and is the mother of four children. She lives with her family in Maryland. To learn more, and to download educator resources, visit

Would you like to order a book for your child to have the day of the assembly? Laura Gehl's book ordering website is ready: Any orders that are in by October 5 will be given out by me for the event date (pick-up will be at Lietz). Hicklebees will continue collecting orders through the 15th and you can pick up your books from the site at a later time.

Safety Videos on Handwashing, Mask-wearing, etc.

Click on the below links to review our safety video. Please share this with your children.

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Distance Learning Support Centers

Tomorrow marks the first day of our Distance Learning Support Centers. We currently have three full cohorts of 12 students each. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to see how things unfold! @LietzPrincipal

October Goal-Setting Conferences

October 1-9, teachers will be meeting with caregivers to review progress, as well as discuss goals. Teachers will share observations of your student, as well as develop next steps with you. This is also a time for you to share how your student is doing at home.

Conferences will take place after the first instructional block for all grade levels (10:20). During these days, there will not be zooms during the second instructional block, nor will there be an afternoon check-in. Independent work will be assigned.

Parent Controls


Two types of parent controls:

The first filter to check out is the Parent Portal service from Securly. The district web filter enabled by default on all take home Chromebooks. You can sign up for a free trial of the service by visiting and clicking on the Sign-Up button in the top right. Please note, in our evaluation of the service, it appears that if you enable the home filter controls, they override some of the district's default content filtering settings on the Chromebooks when used outside of school. To match the district's content filter settings, you should set all the categories to blocked. Once enabled, you will have the ability to view your child's web history and block individual websites.

A "Smart" WiFi router with built-in parental controls is the second option. The "Smart" Wifi router enables you to protect your entire home without having to worry about a software license for every device. Because the WiFi router is the access point to the Internet for your entire household, there is no way around it and all of your devices, regardless of type, are protected. "Smart" WiFi routers are relatively inexpensive, and often offer apps for your smartphone that enable you to set filtering and time restrictions from anywhere.

There are a number of "Smart' WiFi routers out there with varying capabilities and Securly is working on their own router based solution as well, however, as of Fall 2015, Netgear seems to be the easiest to setup and use. You can read more about Netgear's parental controls at . An inexpensive model is the R6050 . The R6220 is a higher end model with more features . Either should be easy to find online.

We also highly support you as the parent to take the Chromebook away until it is needed for school work. We are very supportive of the idea that parents' rules are higher priority at home — so you are the boss. If students take advantage of the Chromebook at home, you can take it away and give it back.

Article of the Week

This week's read is from Edsurge:

Is Learning on Zoom the Same as in Person? Not to the Brain

Read the article here.

Mrs. Lopez Office Hours - Thursday Only this Week

Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00-1:00:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 837 0370 2089

Passcode: 431713

FREE Grab n Go Meals

Union School District Food Services is excited to announce that we are now offering free meals to all students. Meals may be picked up at Dartmouth Middle School between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Useful Resources

National Parent Teacher Association Learning Guides

Find out what your child will be learning at each grade level.