Lester Park School Newsletter - #7

September 29, 2022

Hello Lester Park Families!

Wow, it is hard to believe the first month of school is coming to an end! September really flew by! You can definitely feel the change in seasons this week. As we continue to make our way through fall, please make sure your child brings a jacket, and perhaps a hat and gloves, to keep them warm at recess.

Thanks! Tracy Thompson & Brianna Solberg, Your Friendly Faces at the Front Desk

Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct 5...Picture Day (information below)

  • Oct 11-13 Book Fair (information below)

  • Oct 13...Apple Crunch Day

  • Oct 20-21...No School (MEA)

  • Nov 7...No School (Staff Development)

  • Nov 9...Picture Retake Day

  • Nov 24-25...No School (Thanksgiving)

School calendar can be found on our website or by clicking HERE

Volunteers needed for Picture Day!

The PTA is looking for a few volunteers to help with Picture Day. The sign-up link is here:


All volunteers will need to do the Mini Background Check prior to Oct 5.

Thank you!

Picture Day - Next Wednesday! (Oct 5)

* You can order online here:

Website: mylifetouch.com


* Ordering online protects against lost orders!

* Ordering online provides options other than what is in the flyer!

* Checks are made out to "Lifetouch"

* Picture Retake day is Nov 9

All Preschool-5th grade students will have their picture taken this day, even if they are not ordering portrait packages. This is so they can be in the yearbook (unless otherwise indicated by parent/guardian).

Fall Conference Dates

Parents/guardians will receive an email from their child's teacher about Parent/Teacher Conferences this week. It will contain a SignUpGenius link to sign up for a conference time. If you need a virtual conference, please let the teacher know.

Our main two conference dates are October 11 & 13. Teachers will also have another day or two for conferences.

PTA Book Fair

The book fair will be here in a couple of weeks! This past Tuesday, an email was sent out to families about the book fair. It has a lot of great information in it. Here is the link again: PTA BOOK FAIR

Parent Portal Activation Keys...

Were emailed earlier this week to parents who filled out our Parent Portal Request Form (as well as some others Tracy had heard from this month). The email would have arrived around 5pm, and it could have been on this past weekend.

Grandparents' Day

It sounds like we will be having a Grandparents' Day this school year, but not in November. Once a date has been chosen, we will let you know in a school newsletter.

So what was that survey the school district asked us to fill out?

From Principal Anna Cawcutt...in a nutshell, the results of the strategic planning survey will help to inform the district's strategic plan (which is essentially a set of goals and objectives, as well as a guide for how the district will achieve said goals and objectives). Each of the schools in the district would be collectively working toward those goals/objectives. Probably the best source of additional information is the Strategic Plan page of the district's website. You can scroll down to find a timeline as well as some FAQ about the plan and process.

When is pizza for lunch?

Every Wednesday we are having Pizza Hut pizza. Just pepperoni or cheese. No sausage. There will be no pizza on Thursdays at Lester Park School.

Homework Request Policy

Families requesting homework due to extended illness or vacation, should return completed work with your child upon their return to school. Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or concerns.

The school district's policy is to give teachers 48 hours to prepare the requested homework. We still have a small homework table in our front vestibule next to the cafeteria door. Parents have access to this table from 6:30am-5:45pm.

Covid reminder:

If your child tests positive for Covid...

* fill out the Covid reporting form HERE (also on our school homepage)

* Call the attendance line or email lesterattendance@isd709.org and state COVID and the first absent day. You do not need to call in every day after that.

* Your child will need to be absent for 5 days. (the test day is DAY 0, the next day is DAY 1, your child can come back to school on Day 6).

* A mask is required for DAYS 6-10, if they are feeling better and back in school.

If you have questions please call the health office 336-8875 ext. 2654 or ext. 2522.

Illness and Absence Information

  • What do I do if my child is going to be absent from school?

    • Call the attendance line 336-8875 then “3” to leave a recorded message

    • Or the best way...email lesterattendance@isd709.org (the office & nurse will both see these emails). You can also include the teacher in the email.

    • 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:

Community Flyers

Gitchi Gummi Soccer

Registration is now open. Competitive soccer teams from ages 8-18. Kickarounds and assessments in October. Seasons begin in March. More information HERE.

LEGO Robotics for Grade K-3 Informational Meeting

Community Education is offering an Informational meeting on LEGO Robotics. The class missed being advertised in their fall catalog. You can find more information about it HERE.

After School Nature Club (Hartley Nature Center)

Oct 4-Dec 22 Tuesdays and Thursdays...more information can be found HERE.

Salvation Army Basketball...The deadline for the 2022-2023 winter basketball season for Rookie Basketball is Friday, October 7. Scholarships are available...click HERE. This season marks the 35th year of Rookie Basketball in Duluth. Each year hundreds of players learn the life skills of teamwork, respect, and determination through the game of basketball. For more information, click HERE.