The TIGER Times

Together We Will Learn, Excel, and Succeed

September 18th Edition

Dear Lewistown Families,

Take a look at the amazing school spirit from our students and staff! LES School Spirit days definitely look a little different this year virtually!

As we end our Week 3 of distance learning, let's take time to celebrate our small wins for our tigers! Have you been able to use Kami? Are you submitting your asynchronous assignments? Are you able to get onto Lexia?

We have come a long way! Take a look at a few ideas of how to do that at home from the Prepared Parents website:

  • Celebrate the small wins. Success can be found when you start to mark and celebrate small wins. Your perception of losses and wins might be different from your kid’s. Ask them what they consider the wins to be and record their responses as reminders. You may find out you’re doing better than you thought!
  • Cultivate gratitude for the small wins. Gratitude improves psychological health by reducing such toxic emotions as envy, resentment, frustration and regret.
  • Don’t beat yourself up. Negative self-talk can zap the energy you need to pick yourself up and start again.
  • Get realistic. We get into trouble when we don’t base our expectations in reality.

Thank you for all the hard work you do at home! Today’s small wins can turn into a long-term habit!

Have a great weekend!

Together in heart and mind,

Belinda Fockler, Principal

Important Dates

Friday, September 25th - School is in session for Virtual Learning

Monday, September 28th - School Closed for Yom Kippur - No Virtual Learning

Friday, October 2- 2-Hour Early Dismissal


Ms. Burgess:

I am so incredibly proud of my 3rd & 4th grade students for using padlet for the first time during PE CLASS. You were quick learners and contributed specific, descriptive, & thoughtful comments to our discussion about sportsmanship and teamwork! Thank you for continuing to represent yourself as such amazing Learners who want to: Learn, EXCEL, SUCCEED, & CHALLENGE yourselves! I love being your teacher

Ms. Chappell:

First graders are showing strong work with their letter sounds in reading and numbers in math. I am so proud of how hard they are working during our Google meetings and during independent work!

Ms. Etzler:

Carlos you are doing an amazing job!! Thank you for showing up everyday, having a smile on your face, and persevering!!

Mr. Leadore:

Internet Students, all of them! They have worked hard and are very eager to learn. They took the new challenge that this school year has brought us and has excelled at every level!

Ms. Mackay:

Ms. Carbaugh's students are most often working with camera's on and asking thoughtful, engaging questions.

Ms Baptiste:

Bentley has been an amazing participator in all classes this week!

Ms. Keegin:

I appreciate all the Kindergarten students and families who have been patient, resilient, and flexible in navigating Schoology and google assignments this week. THANK YOU!

Ms. Baer:

A shout out to our learning lab students for persevering through performance assessments!!! Way to Go!!!!!!!

Ms. Gwinn:

My fourth and fifth graders are working really hard! They're on time to all our meetings and they're sharing great ideas and participating. I'm so thankful to work with you all this year!

Ms. Jozwiak:

Shout out to Nathanael for rocking virtual learning! He is an amazing problem solver with technology and is always willing to help his classmates work through problems!!!

Ms. Fockler:

Thank you Lewistown Tigers for inviting me in your classrooms to read The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires! I enjoyed spending time with you!

Ms. Jozwiak's Class is the Friday School Spirit Day Winner! Are you ready for a START WITH HELLO WEEK next week? Look on your Schoology page for more information!

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Does your child need assistance? Evening and Weekend LES Learning Lab Hours are here!

Lewistown Learning Lab Hours This Week:

September 21- 26

Evening: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5:00 - 6:00, 7:00 - 8:00

Weekend: Saturday 10:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 3:00

Your student can log on additional learning help from staff! Using this support service will allow you immediate access to assistance on technology and assignments. We are committed to ensuring students & families are able to successfully access and participate in virtual learning!

To access support please...

  • log into a device using your child's FCPS account username and password
  • open your web browser
  • go to
  • click the green "join or start a meet" button


Code: LEWES-Lab

We Need Your Feedback!

Virtual learning has been underway for three weeks and we want to hear from families on how it is going. We also want to hear from you on your preference for an instructional model in the event a hybrid learning model occurs.

Please take a few minutes and respond to the following survey:

We know that each child's experience with learning is unique. We ask that you complete one survey per child enrolled in FCPS by Friday September 25. Thank you for your time and dedication to FCPS staff and students.

UPDATE! Lewistown Elementary School is now a Meals To Go Site! 11:00 am-1:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

Meals will be provided to students from 11am-1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays using the following schedule:

Mondays – “To-go” breakfasts and lunches will be provided for Monday and Tuesday

Wednesdays – “To-go” breakfasts and lunches will be provided for Wednesday and Thursday

Fridays – “To-go” breakfasts and lunches will be provided for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Children do not have to be present.
  • A parent, guardian or other designated person can pick up food for children.
  • Parents/Guardians or children will enter the school cafeteria and pick up their food in the kitchen serving line.
  • Masks must be worn by all children and adults entering the cafeteria, and family groups must stay 6 feet apart from other family groups.
  • The food server will do all of the food handling. All food will be compartmentalized or individually wrapped.

For more information, read here


Fall Food Distribution, Tips for Student Organization, School Cheer, and more!!!

Hello LES Families!

I wanted to share a few things that may be helpful to you and your family. If you are in need of food items for your child, check out the Blessings in a Backpack information below. Also, if you feel like your child is having trouble with organization and a proper work space, click on the links to help:

How to help at home: LINK 1 LINK2


Every Friday Beginning Sept. 18th

Until Further Notice:

Blessings in a Backpack will distribute kid-friendly, non-perishable food to ALL children 18 years and younger. Parents & guardians may pick-up for their children.

Special Notes:

Please bring a bag…wear your mask…social distance… contact schools for information

Time: Fridays from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm

Location: Lewistown Elementary

Contact:, school counselor

If you would like to take advantage of this wonderful program, please contact

my email so that I have enough food on hand. Thank you!

If your child is interested in recording the LES cheer, please contact me at

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have about your child’s well-being. The best way to reach me is email: You can also call me at 240-236-3755. Take care!

NEW! Reporting your Child's Absence:

Each school now has a separate email address for absences. Please use this email - - anytime your child will be absent from school. Feel free to still include your child's teacher for courtesy.

Monday- Friday School - Learning Lab Hours

Lewistown Learning Lab Hours

If you or your child need to connect with a member of our Learning Lab team this week for assistance with Schoology, assignments or learning tasks, the Lab will be open between the hours of:

Monday- Friday: 8:15 - 8:45 and 2:00 - 3:45 daily.

Wednesday: 8:15 - 11:00, 2:30 - 3:45

To access support please...

  • log into a device using your child's FCPS account username and password
  • open your web browser
  • go to
  • click the green "join or start a meet" button


Code: LEWES-Lab

Mr. Kraeuter, our User Support Specialist, is also available for assist at


The Lewistown Elementary School Learning Community will strive to promote academic success in order to reach our full potential and strengthen our future. Everyone’s unique qualities will be celebrated and valued, and together we will Learn, Excel, and Succeed!

Lewistown Elementary School

Mrs. Belinda Fockler- Principal

Ms. Meghan MacKay- Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. Kimberly Little- Secretary

Mrs. Stacy Bokinsky- School Counselor