Learning Express Newsletter

Home of the Mountain Cubs January 2023

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Kindergarten Transition for Students with Preschool IEPs

The transition to Kindergarten starts early in January with all families being invited to an information session where you can meet AASD Elementary Principals, Kindergarten Teachers, Special Education Department, Transportation Department, and Nursing to have your questions answered about Kindergarten.

Then in February, families who have a child with a preschool IEP are invited to an individual meeting to discuss each child's current IEP, progress, and recommendations moving into Kindergarten. It is very important that families attend this meeting and give input.

Parents have multiple options and will sign an intent to register that allows us to move forward with what the parent believes they are likely choosing for their child for the next school year. Families have the following options:

1. Sending their child (must be 5 years old by 9/1/2023) on to Kindergarten. If this option is chosen the team will discuss whether or not an evaluation going into Kindergarten is appropriate so that services can follow the child if the child qualifies.

2. Remaining in preschool an additional year. Students may remain in preschool for another year if the family wishes. This can be for a variety of reasons. The Preschool Early Intervention staff at the transition meeting will let you know what your child's teachers/therapists recommendations are.

We look forward to seeing you at these individual transition meetings so that we can ensure your child's transition to Kindergarten is smooth.

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Winter Wonderland Family Engagement Night January 26th 4:00 PM

LEX Families are invited to our Winter Wonderland Family Night on January 26th at 4:00 pm in the LEX Gym. Winter themed activities will be available for students and families to enjoy. We have had some wonderful attendance at these events so let's keep that going into the new year!
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LEX Student Pick Up Procedures

Everyone's cooperation is needed to ensure dismissal is safe and runs smoothly. When picking up your child please follow these procedures:

1. Always ensure that the person picking up has the PICK-UP CARD that was given to students by their teacher. If you need extra cards, contact your child's teacher. Students will only be released to authorized people with the colored cards.

2. Your child will only be released to people you have listed on your child's emergency contact list. This form was included in your child's registration packet. If you need to add someone to your child's emergency contact form, please contact the school office at 814-946-8465 ext. 5203.

3. Anyone picking up a student should bring an id in case there are any questions or concerns.

LEX Pick Up Times are as follows:

AM 11:25-11:30 a.m.

PM/Full Day 2:55-3:00 p.m.

Altoona Area School District Receives Pre K Counts Funding

Families that reside within the Altoona Area School District and meet the age and income guidelines for Pennsylvania Pre K Counts are encouraged to apply for a full day preschool spot at The Learning Express Preschool. AASD was awarded 2 classrooms with a total of 32 student slots.

Preference will be given to children who were 4 by September 1, 2022. The income guidelines listed below must be met to qualify.

Family Size of 2 = $54,930

Family Size of 3 = $69,090

Family Size of 4 = $83,250

Family Size of 5 = $97, 410

Call The Learning Express Office to inquire at 814-946-8465 ext. 5203

Reminders/ Upcoming Events

January 16- No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 26- Winter Wonderland Family Engagement Night 4:00 pm

January 27 - No School - Teacher In-Service Day

February 1, 2, 3, 7 - Individual Kindergarten Transition Meetings