Lion's Roaring Review

Weekly Newsletter for LES & LIS @ USD 469

Welcome Back!

It is with great pride and excitement that we welcome your child and your family to LES and/or LIS for the 2019-2020 school year! The staff at LES & LIS have been busy preparing for the upcoming school year and we can't wait to see your students on Wednesday, August 14, 2019! For parents that may not know, Lansing Elementary School (LES) services students K-3rd grade as well as our parents as teachers program and Lansing Intermediate School (LIS) services our 4th and 5th-grade students.

This promises to be a successful year as the staff has worked hard preparing to provide your child with a rigorous and relevant educational experience. It is also important for our school community to build positive relationships with your students and your family. We anticipate this will be a fun, exciting, and rewarding year for all.

Your Proud Principals,

Sue Anderson, Principal @ LIS

Tim Newton, Principal @ LES

Dr. Mindy Wells, Assistant Principal @ LIS & LES

Howdy Partner!

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents" Jane D. Hull

The staff at LES & LIS look forward to building positive productive relationships with you to ensure we help your child reach their greatest potential. Your child needs loving support and guidance from both teachers and parents. We know a strong partnership between your child's school and home is key to helping your child reach their goals and build a strong foundation for a bright future. We ask that you consider partnering with us to guide your child's learning. Following are many things parents can do to be partners in their child's educational process.

1. Make sure your child attends school daily, that they are on time, and prepared for the day's activities.

First Bell: 8:20 am Tardy Bell: 8:30 am Dismissal: 3:30 pm

Please do not bring your child to school prior to 8:00 am-there is no supervision prior to 8:00 am.

2. Help your child do their very best to complete their homework and assignments recommended by their teachers. The foundations they practice in elementary school will benefit them their entire lives throughout middle and high school and beyond.

3. Set a daily reading goal to help your child become a fluent reader and develop strong literacy skills. A few minutes per day can have an enormous impact on your child's reading ability. Reading with your child also creates an opportunity to have a positive parent-child bonding.

4. Work with your child to practice our Character Virtues-PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diligence, Excellence)

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"Respect means you care enough about other people and their feelings before you act"

To help your child be successful in the classroom and with their peer relationships talk to them about respect at school, at home, on the bus, and in the community!

Some great opportunities for your child to practice RESPECT include but are not limited to:

1. Respecting others' personal space and property

2. Choosing kind and encouraging words

3. Respect rules that adults designate by following them

4. Be polite. If you make a mistake-apologize.

5. Be a problem solver if a conflict occurs. Maintain mutual respect and civility, even though you may disagree with a person or if they make you angry.

Check out the RESPECT Rap video made by elementary school kids. A fun way to discuss RESPECT with your child! Thank you for promoting this important character virtue in our school and our community!

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Seen!

LES & LIS have many students that use the bus for daily transportation to and from school. It is essential for all students to follow bus conduct and safety rules to ensure a safe and pleasurable ride for all students. Students must follow their respective school's dismissal procedures to board their bus to their home destination.

Help your student be a smart and safe bus rider:

1. Be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. Drivers cannot wait for late students.

2. Students are expected to be safe, respectful, and kind to all while waiting for their bus.

3. Use of profanity is not permitted at the stops, on the bus, or at school.

4. Students must maintain a safe distance from the curb while the bus is approaching. The bus must come to a complete stop before students should approach the bus to load.

5. Students departing the bus must move away from the bus, quickly and safely. Avoid running.

6. If the student must cross the street, always cross 10 feet in front of the bus where the driver can safely monitor the student's location.

7. Fighting, harassment, bullying, or intimidation is strictly prohibited at all times. Be kind, be respectful.

8. No use of alcohol, tobacco or vaping products, or drugs or medications, or firearms at bus stops or on the bus.

9. Parents are responsible for transporting large items used for class projects or larger band instruments. There is limited space on the bus.

Please remember:

1. No parent or unauthorized person may approach the entry door of the bus at any time.

2. Please remind your student to respect the bus driver by following all bus expectations and directions from the driver.

3. Students will receive an assigned seat on the bus.

4. Students may not ride home on a different bus with a friend unless they have a written note from their parent with parent contact information.

Logistics of riding the bus:

1. If your child is a no-show for 3 days at their bus stop, the bus may no longer stop to pick them up. Please communicate with the transportation department if your child will not ride the bus for 3 or more days.

2. Talk softly and do not distract the driver unless there is a safety issue or concern.

3. Keep the bus clean and remove your trash. Food or drink is not allowed on the school bus.

4. Students must stay seated when the bus is in motion. Students must remain in their assigned seat.

5. Students must never extend their arms or their head out of the window.

6. Follow all driver directions-at all times.

7. Report any damage to the driver as you exit the bus.

Consequences for not meeting bus expectations:

If your student is issued a bus referral, Dr. Mindy Wells-assistant principal at LES or LIS-will visit with your student to problem solve the issue. Parents will always be contacted if a bus referral is issued. Bus referrals are typically issued for a significant rule or safety infractions or if a student is not responding respectfully to the driver for repeated minor infractions.

The potential consequence of not meeting bus conduct expectations may include short-term or long-term suspensions. Students may lose the privilege of riding the bus with repeated infractions.

Students that damage bus property will be expected to pay for those damages. Failure to pay for damages within two weeks may result in loss of riding privileges until damages are paid in full.

Please review the Lansing USD 469 transportation bus conduct expectations with your child. It is our hope that every child riding the bus has a safe and positive experience.

Transportation Logistics:

If you have logistical questions about your child's bus ride to or from school, please contact the Lansing Transportation Department @ 913-250-0749

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Let's Get Connected!

Lansing USD 469 Elementary & Intermediate School Facebook Page

If you are a Facebook user, you have the opportunity to "Like" the LES & LIS Facebook Page. This page will link to weekly newsletter information, plus provide pictures of what is happening around LES & LIS as well as providing parent resources! Let's get connected! Link to page on Let's Get Connected heading.

Search: Lansing USD 469 Elementary & Intermediate School Page on Facebook.

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Important Dates to Remember!

Mark Your Calendars!

  • August 13; LES; Meet the teacher and seek the classroom. 1:00-3:00 pm
  • August 13; LES; 2nd grade back to school night. 6:00-7:00 pm
  • August 13; LIS; 4th & 5th grade back to school and meet the teacher. 4:00-6:00 pm
  • August 14; LES & LIS; First Day of School! Welcome Back!
  • August 19; LES; 1st & 3rd grade back to school night. 6:00-7:00 pm
  • August 20; LES; Kindergarten back to school night. 6:00-7:00 pm
  • August 20; LES; Cub Scout Recruitment (Contact LES for details)
  • August 20; PTA Meeting Kick-off; 6:00 PM (Pizza) 6:30 (Meeting starts) @ LES but the meeting is for both LES and LIS parents
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Lansing PTA

"To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children"

Join the Lansing PTA to get involved with your child's education! We need your unique skills and hobbies to work for your children and all children in the Lansing community. Our members have involved parents, realizing the challenges our schools face, so we choose to be part of the solution.

Regular meetings provide the opportunity to improve communication between parents and teachers and to inform parents how we can help all children succeed! There are many ways our PTA provides support. We provide a social support network for parents as well as financial support for programs that enrich all of our children's school curriculum.

Some of the many things the Lansing PTA has recently supported include but are not limited to:

  • Field Trip Transportation
  • Building & School Supplies
  • Books for classrooms and the library
  • Friday Folders-an important school-home communication tool
  • Yearbook
  • Field Day
  • PAW parties
  • Kiwanis BUGS program
  • Playground toys
  • Popcorn machine for student parties and rewards
  • Water bottle filling station to keep our kids hydrated

Whether you can volunteer one time or many times this school year, we would love to have you consider being part of our organization. It is a great way to connect to other Lansing families and support our schools!

Email @ (For LES and LIS students)

Connect on Facebook @ Lansing Elementary School

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