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Leeds Elementary School

December 2019

December Newsletter Highlights

  • December Lunch Menu
  • December events
  • Nurse news
  • Bemus buzz
  • Winter weather information
  • School closure information

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December Events

  • 6th - 1st Grade Music Concert (1:30pm) 3rd Grade Music Concert (2:30pm)
  • 13th- Flashlight Friday (2:50)
  • 17th- Leeds SLS Meeting (7-8pm), Rollerama (6:00-8:00)
  • 20th- Early Dismissal (2:30pm), Flashlight Friday (9:10)
  • 23rd-January 3rd- NO SCHOOL (Holiday break)

Looking Ahead........

  • January 6th -Return to School
  • January 10th- Flashlight Friday (9:10)

Nurse News!

Sick Day Guidelines

Keep others well by keeping your child home when sick. For your child’s health, stay home if:

1. A fever of 100.0 degrees or higher

2. Vomiting or diarrhea

3. Symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:

o Cough that he or she cannot control

o Headache, body aches, or earache

o Sore Throat—a little sore throat may be ok for school, but a bad sore throat is not.

24 hour rule is good:

1. Fever: Keep your child home until fever has been gone with no medicine for 24 hours.

2. Vomiting or diarrhea: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the last time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.

3. Antibiotics: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotic.

Bemus Buzz

Did you know Leeds is fortunate to have three reading specialists to support your children in Literacy? Leeds is what is considered a Title 1 school. This allows our students to have additional staff to support students in every area of literacy. Title 1 status also allows us to have additional funding to hold parent events throughout the year to inform parents of assessment information, how to support your children at home to improve literacy skills and provide literacy experiences together in the school environment. This month we will be doing an all school reading experience every Friday. We all turn off the lights and each student gets a flashlight and gets to cozy up and read. We call it Flashlight Friday!! Please look at the monthly newsletters for future Title 1 events.

~Angela Bemus,


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Winter Weather Information

With cold weather upon us, it’s important to plan for inclement weather. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Suggested apparel includes a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves. If a student needs access to these cold weather apparel items, please contact the school office.

Even during the winter season, the District allows recess and outdoor activities to continue as usual. However, if a student does not have appropriate winter clothing, a school official may ask a student to remain inside.

When the atmosphere reaches a temperature that feels like 15 degrees or less, then all students are kept inside for recess/activities. The “feel” of the temperature is determined based on the National Weather Service’s report.

Thank you for helping us keep students safe and warm this season.

School Closure Information

The winter in Iowa provides us with some days that make it a challenge to hold classes at the regular time, and sometimes we must close our schools early, late, or for the entire day. As you know, our weather is not only challenging at times, it is constantly changing.

Please remember that parents and guardians have the right to make the decision to keep their child home on any day that they feel it is unsafe for their student to be in school because of weather conditions. If you believe the weather provides a sincere reason why you may have to keep your students at home, or take your student home when classes are scheduled to continue, you as a parent or guardian will simply need to contact your child’s school to let them know.

If a decision is made on the day of school to cancel classes or to have a late start, a call goes out at 6:00 AM to all parents and guardians. Parents can also check the following sites for closure information.

1. GovDelivery https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU6039/subscriber/new?qsp=CODE_RED

2. District’s Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SiouxCityCommSchools

3. District’s Twitter @siouxcityschool

4. All media outlets

If the schools are dismissed early or if school is called off entirely, there will be no evening activities. If you have before and after school care, please check with your provider about their procedures.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, gomezj2@live.siouxcityschools.com. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.