Lions Park Paw Prints

Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


We had two wonderful first days back at school! A new school year is such an exciting time filled with endless possibilities and opportunities for growth. We are so proud of the way our students have returned to school with enthusiasm and are ready to work hard. We are grateful to the families of our students for preparing them and supporting them as the year starts. We appreciate the passion with which our teachers and staff approach all aspects of their work. Lions Park is special because of the people in our school community.


Partnering with families is very important to the Lions Park Staff. We look forward to seeing parents and guardians at our Back to School NIght on August 24th. The schedule for the evening is below. At this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from and meet our teachers and staff. This is an adult-only event.


We are hopeful it will be a seamless transition back to school for your child. However, it is perfectly normal for concerns or questions to arise. You are strongly encouraged to start by talking with your child’s teacher if there is something that is worrying you or your child about his or her school experience. If you don’t feel better after a conversation with the teacher, you are welcome to tell the teacher you are going to reach out to me or our assistant principal,

Mrs. Grzybek to join the conversation as you continue to work together to find a mutually agreeable solution.


We will be having Safety Week at Lions Park next week. During this week, we will practice what to do in case of fire, tornado, bus evacuation, or a need to lock down the building. Teachers will be talking with your children about the drills, but you may also want to talk with your children at home about the drills. Some children feel anxious and are reassured when they understand that we practice for emergencies in the same way that we prepare for tests, games, and concerts. Schools are required to give parents an opportunity to opt out of the hard lock down drill. If you prefer that your child does not participate, please email me. When I announce this drill in advance, I share with students that we would use this procedure to keep everyone safe if there is something dangerous in the hallway. I do not go into any detail about specific scenarios that would require us to enact a hard lock down. I share that it is essential to listen to the directives of the staff in this and all emergencies. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.


We will be doing some districtwide beginning of the year assessments starting next week. Next week students will take MAP (Measures of Academic Progress). Students will take two computerized MAP tests- one in reading and one in math. Each test takes approximately one hour. Also, during the next two weeks, students will participate in brief assessments to look at their reading fluency and math problem-solving. The reading fluency test involves having students read three passages aloud for one minute per passage. The math problem-solving test shows how many problems students can answer correctly in eight minutes. Teachers will also read with each student to determine their reading level.



Warmly,

Katie Kelly

Principal

Lions Park School

DATES TO REMEMBER

Wednesday, August 24 - Back to School Night - see schedule above

Thursday, September 1 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 p.m. @ FV (Tentative)

Monday, September 5 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL