Elementary Weekly Newsletter

February 22 - February 26, 2021

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📢 All School Announcements 📢


For the safety of our students and staff, Lotus School for Excellence will continue with remote/virtual learning through the 3rd Semester to March 12th!


Please read the following letter from our Executive Director for more information regarding this decision.

Lotus Celebrates Black History Month!

In our classrooms and our community, we are being intentional to celebrate the amazing contributions to our world. We encourage you to set time aside as a family to also celebrate Black History Month in your home! You are also invited to check out this website that a student shared recently:

The Undefeated 44

Adult English Classes Starting Soon

Adult English classes will be starting after Spring Break. If you or a family member are interested, please fill out the following form.


English:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B587EzgpHusidZP1Kxrr6JBN2sezNScCab7yP7A0y18/edit


Espanol:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1N-q5JcyI67K9eEyE7PnPPgY9kdSd-Nrb2QrhF_lLyx0/edit


Arabic:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UjbQF7qGPNwn5xKkcF_1lGmhGs1bwzf44A0GcK5gKEA/edit


Somali:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/118n-EHjtxe9dOVhy66DK4xvgkEVyuqHRuJNIzs2yEh0/edit


Amharic:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GM_EcJU3vLxx7GvuU3gN94HvQBuXnJg_UewOsfgTrlA/edit


Oromo:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zKZFXC4gm1su7fBM5PU9Dy2GpfjbZ-FqLIasgx3JSSw/edit


If you have any questions please contact Heather Chol at (303) 360-0052 Extension 237 or hchol@lotusschool.org or Karmen Kimm at 720-870-5246 or kkimm@lotusschool.org.


Sincerely,

Ms. Kimm

Title I Coordinator


Thanks,

Karmen

PBIS Store

6th - 8th grades will pick up purchased items on February 26, 2021

Hours of operation:


All pick-ups will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Fridays) outside of the elementary gym.

Orders must be placed the Friday (February 19, 2021) before Pick up

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WATCH THE VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW

The Talent Show Club will begin on February 22, 2021 from 3 PM - 4 PM with Mrs. Hoffmeister. This year the Talent Show will be a recorded event for all to enjoy!
NOW ENROLLING

Do you know someone who might want to attend Lotus? Applicants can complete their application by clicking the NOW ENROLLING button. Lotus has full day Kindergarten.

~ ACCESS TESTING ~

1st Grade ACCESS Test - February 22 - 25, 2021

What is the ACCESS Test?

The ACCESS Test is an English language proficiency computer-based test that measures students' academic English language skills. It is important that students do their best to use all of the skills they learn in the ELD classroom on each part of the test. The best way to prepare your child for the test is to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and eats breakfast the day of the test.


What safety and health measures are in place?

As a school, we are taking every precaution to keep your child safe and healthy during the test. All students and staff will be required to have symptoms and temperatures checked, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer before entering the school. Testing groups are limited to eight students to allow for adequate social distancing and only one elementary and one secondary grade level will be in the building on any day to minimize contact with others. Plexiglass barriers will also be used to separate students while testing.


February 22- February 25, 2021 - 1st Grade ACCESS Test


Monday, Feb. 22nd

9:50-11:00 All 1st grade ELD students


Tuesday, Feb. 23rd

8:30-9:40 makeup for students who missed Monday

9:50-11:00 All 1st grade ELD students


Wednesday, Feb. 24th

8:30-9:40 makeup for students who missed Tuesday

9:50-10:50 All 1st grade ELD students


Thursday, Feb. 25th

8:30-9:30 makeup for students who missed Wednesday

9:50-11:10 1st grade students placed in Tier B/C

12:10-1:30 1st grade students placed in Tier A

Parents will be notified of students Tiers on Wednesday


PLEASE STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE AND FOLLOW TRAFFIC DIRECTIONS!

Traffic will be let in the gates 30 minutes prior to testing time.

School Library

The Lotus library is now open for book requests for all grades (K-5). Please use the link below to look through the lists of books that are available. For easier access use your student's school Gmail account.


Your books can be picked up every Thursday between 3:00-4:00 PM. When picking up your books please do the following:

1) If you are picking up your PBIS purchases, please go around the school to the elementary gym first before picking up your library books.

2) If you are coming only to pick up your books, please use the drive by the auditorium at the front of the school.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PbIxIpUKjleFiV5OvazBJBbRIHVsoR0Ec1xf2uSMy4U/edit?usp=sharing


If you have any questions, need help filling out the Google Form, please let me know at kkimm@lotusschool.org.


Sincerely,

Ms. Kimm

We Want to Hear From You!

We are calling on all parents and students to complete the survey regarding counseling needs. This will help us to continue to provide great counseling support.


LSE Survey Counseling Needs

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Elementary Attendance Contest

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THEIR ASSIGNMENTS AND WIN!

February 8th thru March 12th. ALL students that complete ALL assigned work by the due date between Feb 8th and March 12th will receive 100 PBIS points and their name will be placed in a drawing. 1 student/family from each grade group will win a Home Pizza Party!


IS YOUR STUDENT GOING TO BE ABSENT: remember to call 303-360-0052 x200 or go online to the lotus main page and report your students absence if you student is going to be absent from school.

FAMILY LIAISON CORNER:

Do you need help with basic needs? Check out these resources. If you need more information or help with a referral, please reach out to me at kkimm@lotusschool.org.


Utilities: call 1-866-432-8435

Water: Aurora Water Cares: 1-833-559-2837

Rent/Mortgage Payment Assistance

Free Internet Options

Food: https://www.arapahoegov.com/1278/Food-Banks

Medical: https://health.aurorak12.org/

Colorado EBT Cards: 1-888-328-2656


Ms. Kimm

Family Liaison

Health Beat

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Here are some ways to reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay:

- Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.

- Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.

- If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.

- Monitor beverage consumption. Children should make healthy beverage choices such water and low-fat milk.

- Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.

- Schedule regular dental visits

FREE COVID TESTING

Students and families who would like access to FREE COVID testing should register here: Any person with symptoms should get tested.

https://www.covidcheckcolorado.org

Let's Chat!

Miss Hope is available to meet/check-in with students who need a safe place to talk, who are experiencing big feelings/emotions, or students who feel like they need more support! Students can fill out this form to chat! Students and families can also email Miss Hope at hwalgamuth@lotusschool.org.


Students and families can also visit the counseling website for more resources and activities!