LES Weekly Update

International Baccalaureate World School

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Welcome Back!!!

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Mr. Jim Hamby, Principal of LES is retiring from Lexington Elementary School

On January 17th, Mr. Hamby will be leaving Lexington Elementary as principal and beginning his new life of relaxation. He came to LES as an assistant principal over twelve years ago. He fell in love with LES and wanted to lead the school in becoming one of Lexington’s greatest elementary schools. Mr. Hamby states, “It has been an honor to be a part of the LES family”. One of Mr. Hamby’s greatest contributions is the designation of becoming an International Baccalaureate School. We are thankful for his leadership and kindness. He has developed relationships that will be remembered and treasured. “You will be missed, Mr. Hamby.”

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Reminder that school begins each morning at 7:40am

Parents please use crosswalks instead of crossing through traffic each morning. Your safety is important to us!

Reading Strategies To Try At Home

Give your child different strategies when they are stuck on a word...not just “sound it out”.

  • Use the picture-look at the picture and make a guess as to what the tricky word might be.

  • For shorter words, try stretching out all of the sounds in the word and then say the whole word. Ex: “dot” /d/-/o/-/t/, blend it back together “dot”

  • For longer words, remind your child to look for chunks or smaller word parts within the larger word. Ex: “standing” /st/-/and/-/ing/, blend it “standing”

  • For those words that cannot be figured out by using sounds, ask your child to skip it, reading to the end of the sentence and then stopping to think about what would make sense there. Check the guess by looking at the letters near the beginning, middle and end and ask, “Does that look right?”

Help your child to be a math whiz with these math tips for parents

Show your kids math at work in their world. Get your kids used to math by thinking out loud when making calculations. Then, let your children work out some real-life puzzles themselves. For example:

  • Let them measure when you bake.

  • Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on the side of the house to the garden.

  • Let your child figure out how many miles you’ll be driving on your next trip by using the information on a map.

  • Sort silverware by knives, forks, and spoons. Sort cards by suit or numbers.

Be positive about math. Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math. Don’t stress either your own fear of math or how difficult math is or how much you admire anyone who can do math. Remember, everyone can and does use math all the time.

Source: http://www.thelearningcommunity.us/resources-by-format/tips-for-parents/math.aspx

Please make sure that your child is ready to leave the car when dropped off in the morning so that the car line can continue to move quickly and smoothly.

Quick safety and security item...

When dating any document, check etc, in 2020, it's recommended to put the full year instead of just 20.

For example, 01/10/20 should be dated 01/10/2020.

Someone can easily re-date your item 01/01/2018

Just a quick recommendation.

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Kindergarten Registration

Lexington County School District One will hold a two-week-long early registration period for children entering Lexington District One for the first time in the 2020–2021 school year as either a 4-year-old kindergartner, 5-year-old kindergartner or first-grader.

From Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, through Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, parents can go to the elementary school in their attendance area to register their child from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Schools will offer longer hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6 only.

To enroll your child, bring your child’s birth certificate, a completed South Carolina Certificate of Immunization and proof of residency.

For proof of residency, bring a current electric bill/statement or other utility bill showing your name and home address within the district, and your South Carolina driver’s license or other state or federal photograph identification.

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Upcoming Important Dates

January 13-Report Cards Issued

January 17-Mr. Hamby's last day before retirement.

January 20-MLK Day, school holiday, no school for students and staff

January 24-Chick-Fil-A Sales begin at 7am

January 31- LES PTA sponsors Family Bingo Night 6:00-7:30

February 14-Teacher workday/Professional Development/Collaborative Planning Day

No school for students

February 17-Severe Weather Make-up Day- All students and staff report to school.