Liberty Drive Newsletter

September 2021

Administrator's Message:

The 2021-2022 school year is off to a great start! We are so excited to hear the laughter and sounds of learning in our halls! Despite still having restrictions, it is starting to feel more like school again!


This year as a school our 3 Big Focus Areas will be the following:


  1. Instructional Excellence
  2. Personalized Learning
  3. Social Emotional Health


Safety will continue to also be a priority as we follow cleaning and sanitizing protocols. All staff and students are required to wear masks. Please make sure your child wears one to school!


We are here to support you and your child and their success as learning this year. Please reach out to us at anytime with questions or concerns.


Ms. Tallant and Mr. Hewitt

Teacher Spotlight

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Please mark your calendars!

September 6th- No School (Labor Day Holiday)


September 15th - Progress Reports

September 17th- 24th- Book Fair

September 24th - Early Release (Dismissal is at 12:00pm)

September 28th - Walk the Schedule Family Night and Title 1/Curriculum (6:00 pm)


October 6th - Fall Pictures

October 15th - No School (Teacher Workday)

October 26th - Report Cards

October 29th - 1st Nine Weeks Awards Assembly

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Communication & Information

Our teachers do an excellent job of communicating information regarding our programs and activities going on in our school. Here is way you can stay informed proactively:

  • -DOJO (classroom codes are available from your child's teacher)
  • -Teacher, School and District Websites (https://ldes.tcs.k12.nc.us/)
  • -LDES Facebook (Liberty Drive Elementary)
  • -LDES YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaw50nIgMtg4D8rPhOgH9zA
  • -LDES Twitter Accounts
  • -Newsletters, Information and Flyers
  • A phone call or an email is an efficient way to communicate with your child’s teacher. Please remember that our teachers are with students throughout the day and will return the call/email as soon as they are able. At times, this may be the next school day.

    Social Emotional Learning

    Transitioning back to school can be overwhelming and sometimes a little scary. During the first weeks of school the teachers have been focusing on building relationships and building families in their classrooms to help ease the worry of our students. In October, teachers will begin our Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Step to help students to become successful in both school and their every day lives.
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    Student Attendance

    We are in the 3rd week of the first nine weeks of school and attendance is critical for student success. Please make sure your child is at school daily and keeping up with their assignments!
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    AAP SLEEP RECOMMENDATIONS

    Summer schedules can be quite different than throughout the school term. Many of our students tend to shift their bedtimes back a few hours during these relaxing months. Sleep is very important to each child’s health and education. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2016) issued a Statement of Endorsement supporting the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines outlining recommended sleep duration for children from infants to teens. The group recommends the following:

    ● Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

    ● Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

    The group found that adequate sleep duration for age on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep each night is also associated with an increase in other medical concerns. In addition to these recommendations, the AAP suggests that all screens be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime and that TV, computers and other screens not be allowed in children's bedrooms. For young children, establishing a bedtime routine is important to ensuring children get adequate sleep each night. This is a summary of the statement from AAP, you can find the entire article here:


    https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AmericanAcademy-of-Pediatrics-Supports-Childhood-Sleep-Guidelines.aspx


    We encourage you to consider these guidelines as you begin shifting bedtime back into the school routine. Together we can partner to ensure all students are well-rested and ready to learn!

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    2021-2022 Parent Student Handbook