Family Newsletter-September 2018
We have had such a wonderful and smooth start to our school year. We are already a month in to school and amazing instruction and fun activities are underway. I am getting an opportunity to go around to all of the classrooms and read the story, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and do a watercolor project with everyone. I have a few classes left. Be looking for these artistic dots around the school. We learned that everyone is an artist! I love being able to engage with our students and build great relationships with them. Our 6th graders are off to Outdoor School next week, the Garden Club is taking advantage of the sunny days and enjoying their time gardening, and we are excited for our Color Me Fun Run next Friday!
Thank you for all you do to partner with us to set up your children for success at school!
Mrs. Gina McLain
Important Upcoming Dates
- Mon., Oct. 1st--Booster Club Mtg. 7:00 PM in the Lenox library
- Thurs., Oct. 4th--College Wear Day: wear your college gear the first Thursday of every month!
- Fri., Oct. 5th--Lenox Laps: Color Me Fun Run. If interested in volunteering, please visit the Lenox Booster Club website .
- Wed., Oct. 10th--Annual Bulb Planting: please send in a bulb for your child to plant on our school grounds. If you are able to send in more than one, please do! Much appreciated!
- Thurs., Oct. 11--No School – Staff Development and Work Day
- Fri., Oct. 12--No School – Statewide Inservice/Non-Contract Day for Staff
- Fri., Nov. 2--No School--Teacher Work Day and Conference Prep
Lenox and District Guidelines and Policies
- Personal Items: Toys, electronic devices, trading cards, or other similar personal items are best left at home, unless they are being used as part of an approved school or classroom activity. All electronic sound or communication devices such as pagers, cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, and games may be brought to school but cannot be used during the school day unless they are given permission to do so by a staff member. The school does not take responsibility for electronic devices that are damaged or stolen. We strongly encourage parents and students to make sure these items are not at school.
- Cell phone and personal tech devices: Lenox's student cell phone/personal tech devices policy is easy to remember: Off/silenced and in backpacks while at school. Once students enter the building, all cell phones and/or personal tech devices (smart watches, etc.) need to be off/silenced and kept in backpacks. If you need to get a hold of your child, please call the main office 503-844-1360 and we will get a message to your child. If a student does not follow this policy, these are the actions that will be taken-- 1st offense: staff member reminds student about policy and student puts it away. If student does not comply, a Problem Solver will be given. 2nd offense: phone/tech device is given to the principal and will remain in the office until a parent can come pick it up. Possible Problem Solver given. Continued offenses: student will not be allowed to bring the device to school. We strongly encourage parents and students to make sure these items are not at school.
- Supervision: Adult supervision is provided to students during regular school hours, while traveling on District-provided vehicles to and from school, and while engaged in District-sponsored activities. Such supervision does not include early morning or the time following usual student departure unless the students are present for a scheduled activity. Supervised hours at Lenox are 7:15-2:05. For the safety of your child, do not leave your child unattended before 7:15 AM. Students must be supervised by a parent/guardian or other adult (specifically designated by the parent/guardian) before 7:15 and after 2:05, which includes inside and outside of the building.
- Visiting Lenox: Parents are welcome in all of our schools and are encouraged to assist in their child’s educational experience. Arrangements for visits will be made with teachers in advance so that teachers can plan for their visit. All visitors must check in at the school office when entering the building, pick up a nametag, and sign in so we are aware of who is in the building. Parents and adults who plan to volunteer in the school must complete the volunteer background check prior to their volunteer experience. We request that visitors not talk with children or teachers during instructional time. If necessary, your child may be called to the school office to confer with you. Children not enrolled in our schools may not visit friends or relatives in our classrooms. If there are court-ordered restrictions on student contact with a non-custodial parent, custodial parents are responsible for providing the school office with copies of the current court documents. As the principal is responsible for maintaining a safe and optimal learning environment, she has the right to make decisions regarding time and location of visitors and volunteers.
- Walking students to class: We encourage parents to help us promote independence for our students. Please consider saying goodbye to your child at the front door or in the lobby upon arriving to school. If you decide to walk your child in, please remember that at 7:35 all students are exiting the gym. Please allow the classes to get down the hallway to their class first, then continue to your child's classroom. Our hallways can get pretty congested, so we thank you for your understanding!
Important Info & Reminders
No Dogs on Campus
The safety of our students is a top priority. Please refrain from bringing your dogs to dismissal and arrival areas. Students are often inclined to want to pet or quickly approach dogs which can result in injury. Thank you for understanding. It is appreciated.
Our school goal is to have a less than 10% chronic absenteeism rate. HSD defines excessive absence and or tardies at 10 or more days for the year. We recognize there are rare instances of family emergencies and extended illness. We discourage parents sending students to school who are sick. However, we do ask parents to allow only illness to keep their students from attending school and to schedule appointments and vacations, if possible, during non-school hours. If unsure of whether to send your child to school due to illness, please click the following link for more information. Too Sick for School
A few important reminders:
No Dogs on Campus
- To enter and exit the school, visitors should only use the main front door. Do not try to enter or exit from any other door.
- When signing in as a visitor, please make sure to sign legibly. This is to know who is in the building in case of a safety or emergency situation.
- When picking up your child at dismissal, please wait outside. It gets too congested in the lobby when students are exiting the building.
Booster Club Information
For more information about Booster Events, please click on the links below:
- Popsicle and Smoothie Fridays!
- Dining Night Out
- Fundraising: Did you know you can link your Fred Meyer and Amazon accounts to earn money for Lenox Booster Club? It's easy and doesn't take away from your rewards and it's like earning free money for Lenox!
- Volunteer & Fundraise at the same time: Employer Matching information