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Learn. Lead. Lift

Mission & Values

Mission:

Developing a confident community of student leaders by nurturing and empowering the whole- child through innovative instruction and purposeful movement in a small school environment.


Values:

Every student can be a leader of change - Diversity is an asset - Everyday movement results in cognitive growth - Personalized learning through a small-school culture.

Principal Message

Hello Lyn Knoll Family!


It's hard to believe that we are already in the month of March! Although we look forward to our spring break, March 13-23, it's important to remember that we still have 3 full weeks of instruction this month. As always, please remember that students should be in school each day so that they do not miss key instructional concepts and fall behind in their studies. For many of our students, this is the last month before we complete our annual state testing which determines student proficiency in reading and math. So it is even more important for students to be here every day!


At Lyn Knoll, we LEARN, LEAD, and LIFT! Have a great month and thank you for being a member of the Lyn Knoll Family!

Dr. Graziani, Principal, Lyn Knoll Elementary

Important Dates

Mar 12 Kindergarten/1st Grade Field Trip

Mar 13 Teacher Workday/No Classes

Mar 16 - 20 Spring Break/No Classes

Mar 23 Professional Development Day/No Classes

Mar 24 Popcornopolis Fundraiser ORDERS DUE

Mar 26 Spring Individual and Class Photos

Mar 26 Parent Coffee

Mar 31 CMAS Testing Day 1 (testing through April 16)

Parent Coffee

Thursday, March 26th, 8:30-9:30am

12445 East 2nd Avenue

Aurora, CO

Join us for our monthly Parent Coffee.

New Student Registration NOW OPEN

Families with students in grades K -12 who will be new to APS, including students who have been withdrawn for more than 60 days, must register their students in the district. Visti https://admissions.aurorak12.org/ to get started now.


Need help with registration?

Visit our Centralized Admissions office located at 1085 Peoria St., Aurora, CO 80011, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday -Friday on the designated dates below:


Grade Level Registration Dates


Grades K-5 March 2 - April 17

Grades 6-8 April 20 - June 5

Grades 9-12 June 8 - July 17

If you missed the registration dates above for your students' grade levels and need assistance, you can still stop by Centralized Admissions for help!

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APS Preschool Screenings for 2020-2021

APS Preschool Screenings for 2020-21 school year are now available!


Please visit the Early Childhood Education Preschool Screening site.

DO NOT REGISTER THROUGH THE LINK ABOVE!


Families of children who will be 3 or 4 years of age on, or before October 1, 2020 have a choice to complete the screening online or by scheduling a Face-To-Face screening by visiting the Early Learning Website at: ece.aurorak12.org/screenings.


If you have questions, please contact the APS Early Childhood Education Department at 303-364-9371.

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Prepare Your Students for State Testing

Many of our students will participate in state testing this spring. Participation is important because results help students, parents and teachers understand whether students have mastered the content they need to know by the end of the school year to be on track for college and career success. Please help your students prepare to do their very best on these upcoming assessments. To view the testing letter and related information, please visit aurorak12.org/testing.

Supt. Message: Health Officials in Aurora and Colorado are Closely Monitoring Coronavirus

Dear Aurora Public Schools Community,

With the heightened national and international media attention on coronavirus, we wanted to provide you with helpful information. As you know, communication regarding health and safety issues are part of our APS CARES Framework. As such, we are writing to update you on the most current recommendations of local and state health officials regarding the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Please know that APS has been working closely with our local public health agencies including Tri-County Health Department as we monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

According to health officials, the virus originated in China. So far, COVID-19 has been detected in 37 locations internationally. There are currently 15 confirmed cases in the United States.

Please know that there have been no confirmed cases in Colorado. However, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials have encouraged Americans to be prepared and knowledgeable about coronavirus.

What is APS doing and what should we all be doing?
The APS Health Services Department regularly monitors illness trends in Aurora and surrounding communities while working closely with the Tri-County Health Department on increased numbers of illness or specific illness cases. Once again, there are no current confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colorado.

However, as a precaution, school nurses continue to monitor illness trends in each building and encourage all students and staff to:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer

  • Cover a cough or sneeze with the inside of the elbow or tissue, then wash your hands

  • Avoid touching eyes, noses and mouths

  • Stay home when sick (Please follow the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s guidelines)

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces

Please be assured that APS custodians, transportation and cafeteria staff have also been spending additional time cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

In the potential case of a local outbreak, APS would follow the Tri-County Health Department’s lead on any specific quarantines, closures or other significant precautions.

What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Coronavirus causes respiratory symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the seasonal flu. There is no current vaccine to prevent coronavirus.

If you have been to China or in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past two weeks and develop symptoms, call your doctor immediately and follow these CDC guidelines.

Please note that our community is seeing high numbers of seasonal Influenza A & B and we strongly encourage staff, parents and students to get a seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine to reduce severity and/or prevent the flu.

If you are looking for additional information, please review this CDC fact sheet. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your continued support.

Rico Munn
Superintendent
Aurora Public Schools
303-365-7800

“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way. My community needs me to do my job.”

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After School Care - FREE with Rocky Mountain Kids

To register for our FREE after school care program, click here: www.rmkcolorado.com

Use code: lynknoll at checkout.

Aurora Public Schools Dress Code Policy

AURORA PUBLIC SCHOOLS APS Code: JICA-R

Adopted June 2012

Revised June 2014

STUDENT DRESS CODE


In order to maintain a school environment which is safe and conducive to learning, all clothing must be appropriate so as not to disrupt the learning environment and not interfere with the health, safety and welfare of any person.


The following items are deemed to be unacceptable to wear to school:

• Shorts, dresses, skirts or other similar clothing that are so short as to be immodest and/or create a distraction

• Sunglasses, hats, and/or head coverings (e.g., hoodies, bandanas, and doo rags) worn inside the building

• Inappropriately sheer, tight or low-cut clothing (e.g., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh or

similar material, muscle tops, etc.) that bare or expose traditionally private parts of the body including, but not limited to, the stomach,

buttocks, back and breasts

• Clothing worn in such a way as that undergarments can be seen

• Any clothing (including outwear), grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisement,

symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures, etc., that:

- Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons

- Are of a sexual nature

- By virtue of color, trademark, or other attributes denote membership in gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive

behavior

- Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, or legally libelous

- Threaten the safety or welfare of any person

- Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct

- Otherwise disrupt the teaching-learning process


School principals, in conjunction with the school accountability committee and/or other parent group, may develop and adopt school-specific dress codes that are consistent with this policy. If any unusual situation relative to dress or grooming arises which is not specifically covered in this regulation, the building principal shall have the authority to rule on the appropriateness of the attire.

Cell Phones

Students are permitted to bring cellphones to school. However, it is strongly recommended that student do NOT bring electronics to school. The expectation is once instruction begins, cell phones must be turned off or on silent and must remain in students’ backpacks until they are dismissed from school. Students who have their cell phone out during the school day will have their cell phone taken away until the end of the day. If a student does not follow the above expectation, they will be asked to refrain from bringing their cell phone to school. Is it also asked that students leave all money and other valuable property at home.


We are not responsible for the loss or theft of cell phones or other personal electronic devices, and/ or valuable property brought from home.

Colorado Weather/Weather Readiness

As you know, Colorado is known for it's beautiful weather, changing leaves, and mountain sun. You may also know that Colorado can experience multiple seasons in one day. This means that on any given day during the fall, winter and spring seasons we can experience fluctuating temperatures in excess of 20 degrees and we can even have sunshine and snowfall on the same day.


It is important that you keep up to date on the day to day weather conditions, and send your child to school dressed appropriately and prepared for rain, snow and sun at any given moment.

Community Meetings

Join us every Friday at 8:30 for our Community Meeting. Be part of our celebrations as we recognize our weekly leaders from each grade level, and learn our Lyn Knoll cheers; enjoy student performances as they teach us what the habit of the week means, what it looks like, and how to be a leader. Come be a part of our community.

Enroll a New Student to Aurora Public Schools

Lunch/Snacks from Home

We have noticed an increase in the amount students bringing unhealthy snacks to school such as family size bags of Takis, hot cheetos, candy, etc. Please remember that students are not allowed to share food in the cafeteria, and are encouraged to only bring a single serving of these types of food with their sack lunch from home.


If your child is eating a lunch from the cafeteria, we ask that you limit additional snacks from home ( such as chips, drinks, candy, etc.). If your child brings a lunch from home we encourage you to send them with a well balanced meal. Note: students do not have access to a microwave, or refrigeration.


District Policy http://aurorak12.org/pol-reg/SectionE/efj.pdf states: Free or reduced-price meals will be provided to students who cannot afford the price of the "school lunch and breakfast meal" lunch. Students will also be permitted to bring their lunches from home and to purchase beverages and incidental items that meet the USDA Smart Snacks guidelines;


Adequate nutrition ensures that students can fully engage in the classroom so that they can reach their full potential and achieve academic success.


Included in our newsletter is a link to Nutrislice, our online breakfast and lunch menu. Take a moment to review the menu with your child so that you can plan lunch accordingly.


Please also refer to our Lyn Knoll Student/Family Handbook; page 9.


As an alternative to a cafeteria meal, students are permitted to bring lunch from home. In order to minimize the spread of viruses and the risk of allergic reaction, students are not permitted to share food. Students that prefer to bring lunch from home are asked to focus on healthy food choices. If students only bring junk food or snacks for their packed lunch, we will ask them to get a lunch from the cafeteria where they are offered 2-3 options every day.


Junk food and foods with high sugar content deplete energy levels and the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Energy and focus are especially crucial for Lyn Knoll students. Please refrain from sending students to school with large bags of snacks including but not limited to: Takis, potato chips, candy, etc., this also includes high sugar drinks such as soda.


Below is a link to some healthy sack lunch ideas.

Visitor Check-In Requirements

Aurora Public Schools and Lyn Knoll have implemented the District-Wide Raptor Security System to check in our visitors. This system reviews a nationwide database to check backgrounds on individuals that visit our school, including all APS employees, authorized Volunteers and District Approved Contractors, prior to conducting business within our buildings.


It is required that you provide us with your government issued ID (i.e. drivers license, passport, matricula consular, state issued ID) which will then be scanned in the system. You will then be issued a visitor sticker that must be worn at all times while you are in the building and must be returned to the office upon exiting the building. Please be prepared with identification every time you visit our school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this safety system, please contact our office. For more detailed information, you may click the link below or contact our APS Security department directly.


Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to assist within our school. If you are interested in becoming a district approved volunteer, please contact our Family Liaison, Ms. Herrera.


You may also review the volunteer approval process here: https://security.aurorak12.org/volunteers/

Important Links