Lester Park School Newsletter - #14
November 16, 2023
Hello from the Front Desk!
It's so hard to believe that we are half way through November! This month is flying by!
We've received some calls asking when Grandparents' Day is. We should have an answer for you very soon! Once we do, we will add it to our school newsletter and our school calendar.
If you still do not have access to the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next school newsletter will go out next Wednesday due to Thanksgiving.
Your Friendly Faces at the Front Desk
Tracy Thompson & Brianna Solberg
- Nov 16...PTA Family Science Night!
- Nov 23-24...NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)
- Nov 27...Giving Tree Donations begin (more info to come)
- Dec 15...Last Day for Giving Tree Donations
- Dec 4...NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)
- Dec 7...PTA Holiday Craft Night
- Dec 19...Giving Tree Delivery!
- Dec 21...School Spirit Day (Pajama Day!)
- Dec 22-Jan 1...NO SCHOOL (Holiday Break)
Lester Park School Calendar is on our website HERE.
The Specialist (Day 1-4) Calendar can be found HERE.
Lester Park Family Science Night TONIGHT!!
PTA Lester Park Family Science Night TONIGHT!!
Where: Cafeteria, Gym & Library
The PTA is expecting more than 15 organizations to have booths at the event! This includes: the Lake Superior Zoo, The Duluth Children's Museum, Duluth East Robotics, a "robot curling" game from the College of St. Scholastica Computer Science Department, "Edible Asphalt" construction by the UMD Civil Engineering department, live presentations from the UMD Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, and many other awesome participants from area organizations and various science departments at both UMD and The College of St. Scholastica.
The event will be interactive, FREE and geared to be fun for both kids and adults!
5th Grade Spelling Bee
Today was the 5th Grade Spelling Bee! Below are the participants:
Behr - Champion
Madhuksha - Runner Up
Lucy B, Lucy F, Aiden, Lina, Evan
Behr will go on to participate in the Regional Spelling bee on December 19 at Lincoln Park Middle School. Congratulations, Behr! Excellent job to our other 6 Lester Park participants!
Eyes out for Crossing Guards!
When driving near the school...please do so slowly and keep an eye out for students and crossing guards.
This year we have purchased red flashing clip-ons for our crossing guards to use, especially in the morning. We are also testing out flashing sashes.
One thing crossing guards are taught is "High Alert". This is when the Crossing Guards raise their flags to give notice to each other and the vehicles that they are about to cross students. They will then make sure all cars have stopped before heading out into the street. Sometimes crossing guards feel rushed and may forget this step. We are working on reminding them.
Boots guidelines for Recess (Oct-April)
Before snow/cold and when there is a wet/muddy field...
* Only boots on the field.
* Students wearing shoes use the sidewalk and playground area.
Once we have snow on the ground...
* Only boots on the field
* Students wearing shoes may be limited to only the sidewalk
Please make sure your child comes to school with appropriate outerwear for recess, as well as any other outdoor time they have with their class. This means sending your child with a warm coat, hat, gloves/mittens, and boots. While we currently don't have any snow on the ground, snow pants will keep your child extra warm and dry at recess.
New - Staff Shout Out Form
NEW to Lester Park! If you would like to shout out any teacher or staff at Lester Park for going above and beyond, please recognize them through our "Staff Shout Out Form"!
Please try to be as specific as possible when writing your shout outs and please include either the person’s first and/or last name and job title/position. These will be anonymous in our weekly newsletter. Thank you!
STAFF SHOUT OUTS from Families
Kellie Mulliner, Grade 5 Teacher
Mrs. Mulliner is a standout 5th-grade teacher! The activities being done in her classroom are exciting and make my 5th grader want to go to school and learn. For example, this week students brought blankets and flashlights to class to build a reading fort! So fun!!!
Steven Halver, Building Engineer
Thank you for going above and beyond to help our students who sometimes need extra eyes and ears (and very fast legs, bathroom stall openers, and carpet cleaners). Good backup makes all the difference, and Steven is the best.
Studies have shown that students who are involved in after-school activities feel more connected to their school and have better attendance. Encourage your child to join meaningful after-school activities, including sports and clubs.
If you don’t know what sports or clubs your students’ school offers, be sure to check out the weekly school newsletter sent out on Thursdays around 4pm. At the bottom you will find links to the latest flyers, as well as a link to see previous flyers. You can also find these on our school website under "Enrichment" or by clicking here: School and Community Registrations/Events
When your child participates in after-school activities, clubs or sports they are more likely to have better attendance, as they would have something to look forward to everyday.
Another way of improving attendance is getting into the habit of daily routines. It helps to reduce stress, support learning and makes it easier to connect with friends and teachers.
We are working to make our school environment a place where everyone can be safe, healthy and learning. We will do our best to listen and partner with you so that your children have a successful year.
So let’s work together and help reduce chronic absenteeism.
ILLNESS AND ABSENCE INFORMATION
For Positive COVID Results or Symptoms:
please click HERE.
What do I do if my child is going to be absent from school?
Email email@example.com (the office & nurse will both see these emails)
or call attendance line 336-8875 then “3” to leave a recorded message
Please list any specific symptoms.
Teachers may have a preferred way for you to report an absence to them.
If the office does not know why a student is absent, an automated phone call and an email message will be sent out at sometime between 8:30-9:00. This is for safety reasons.
Some helpful links:
- Is My Child Well Enough To Go To School
- You can also call our school health office at 336-8875 x2654
Location: 5300 Glenwood Street, Duluth, MN 55804, USA
Phone: (218) 336-8875