The TIGER Times

Together We Will Learn, Excel, and Succeed

September 4th Edition

Dear Lewistown Families,

Congratulations to all the grandparents, parents, families and students on completing our first week of virtual learning! You made it!!!

We cherished our time with our students as they shared their smiles, stories, aha moments, ideas and more! We may have had some bumps this week, but I am so proud of our families for trying and trying again! The LES family is amazing!

** Take a look at our Lewistown Back to School smiles here!**

Next week we will continue to phase in our full virtual schedules. Teachers will be sharing them with you. Please continue to reach out if you have questions or need support!

Here some helpful tips to support your child, their teacher and learning while students are engaged in distance learning.

  • Establish routines and expectations.

  • Identify a space in home where student(s) can learn comfortably.

  • Monitor communication from teachers.

  • Begin and end each day with a check in; be mindful of stress or worry.

  • Encourage physical activity and exercise.

  • Support digital citizenship skills.

  • Be mindful of what is going on in the background of your child's screen.

I am Lewistown Team PROUD for your hard work this week! Thank you for coming together for our students! I hope you have an enjoyable, relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend!

Together in heart and mind,

Belinda Fockler, Principal

**The article below shares insights on how to set up an at-home office space! Take a look!

Check Out Ms. Fockler's Bitmoji Office below-click on the picture and explore!

Evening and Weekend Learning Lab Hours

Lewistown is excited to offer evening virtual Learning Lab hours starting September 8th!

Thursday, September 10th 5:00 - 6:00 , 7:00 - 8:00

Saturday, September 12th 10:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 3:00

Your student can log on additional learning help from staff!


Code: LEWES-Lab

IMPORTANT! Parent Response Needed !

Frederick County Public Schools staff will provide live virtual instruction as an important part of the Full Virtual Model of instruction. In the event that students are unable to attend live virtual instruction via Google Meet, these sessions or parts of these sessions will be video and audio recorded. The recorded session will be available for students who would like to review that content and instruction. We are balancing student privacy and the need for flexibility during this unprecedented pandemic.

The Frederick County Public Schools Parent Guide to Google Meet Recordings, Student Privacy and Security provides an overview of how the Google Meet recordings will be used and the methods used to ensure student privacy and security.

Please complete this form FCPS Google Meet Recording Permission by September 8, 2020

Shout outs from Your Lewistown Elementary School Teachers!

Ms. Hoffman:

The fourth graders have been showing ROARing behavior, being on time for learning, and following school rules. We have been working together in our first week to learn where our classes are. Asynchronous work is being turned in as well! I am proud of my class -- they are an awesome group of kids!

Ms. Hood:

We had perfect attendance on our first day of school!

Ms. Skowronski:

A shout out to the entire Fifth Grade. They ROCKED distance learning this week! Everyone was present each day. They were also engaged in learning, showing up at every Google Meet and participating in class. I am so incredibly proud of their hard work! Way to go Fifth Grade!

Ms. Kindred:

Second grade has been flexible, patient and persevering! Everyone is doing a great job participating!

Mrs. Keegin:

Mrs. Keegin's Kindergarten 2020-2021 Class! We used whole body listening. We learned how to turn our microphone and video camera on and off. We learned how to follow a schedule!

Ms. Jozwiak:

Olivia for working hard and asking questions!

Holden for doing his very best!

Daniel for trying and trying again even when it gets tough!

Third grade for ROARing this week 😊

Ms. Burgess:

LES EXCELS! I am so very proud of how all LES students take our team cheer to heart: "Learn, Excel, Succeed, Challenge yourself!

This first week of school every one of my students has shown they want to EXCEL as a student. All of you have taken on the CHALLENGE to navigate Schoology the best that you can and asked for help when you need it. These are the characteristics of a successful learner! I am so Proud to be your teacher!

Ms. Gwinn:

Kat- Thanks for helping our class navigate the student view of new websites and being so willing to share your ideas!

UPDATE! Lewistown Elementary School is now a Meals To Go Site! 11:00 am-1:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will provide FREE “to-go” breakfast and lunch at Lewistown Elementary School!

Meals will be provided to students from 11am-1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays using the following schedule:

Mondays – “To-go” breakfasts and lunches will be provided for Monday and Tuesday

Tuesdays – Kitchens are closed

Wednesdays – “To-go” breakfasts and lunches will be provided for Wednesday and Thursday

Thursdays – Kitchens are closed

Fridays – “To-go” breakfasts and lunches will be provided for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

*Meals will be provided on Friday September 4th for Labor Day, Monday September 7th. Kitchens will be open on Tuesday September 8th to provide “to-go” breakfast and lunch for Tuesday.

  • Children do not have to be present.
  • A parent, guardian or other designated person can pick up food for children.
  • Parents/Guardians or children will enter the school cafeteria and pick up their food in the kitchen serving line.
  • Masks must be worn by all children and adults entering the cafeteria, and family groups must stay 6 feet apart from other family groups.
  • The food server will do all of the food handling. All food will be compartmentalized or individually wrapped.

For more information, read here

Lewistown Tech Support- Monday- Friday School Hours

We're here for you! In order to ensure a successful start to the school year we are offering a variety of technology support.

Lewistown Learning Lab Hours

If you or your child need to connect with a member of our Learning Lab team this week for assistance with Schoology, assignments or learning tasks, the Lab will be open between the hours of:

Monday- Friday: 8:15 - 8:45 and 2:00 - 3:45 daily.

Wednesday: 8:15 - 11:00, 2:30 - 3:45


Code: LEWES-Lab

Mr. Kraeuter, our User Support Specialist, is also available for assist at

Having a technology issue? Parents: Did you know that having your child log in to the Chrome browser correctly will fix many issues?

Students must be logged into a Chrome browser with their FCPS username and password to access any FCPS programs such as Schoology, Google Doc assignments, Google Meet and Kami. Logging in to Chrome is how these programs recognize the student and allow access.

Please review the FCPS Troubleshooting Document for Students, Parents and Daycare Providers (Guía de solución de problemas de Schoology para padres de familia) for information on how to log in to Chrome and Schoology and for troubleshooting solutions.

Frederick County Public Library Partnership

Students with Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) can access a variety of library resources and materials offered by Frederick County Public Libraries.

FCPL are important to our students and a valued partner with FCPS and we ask that you please include this information in your school newsletters. Access the 2020 Student Success Card here.


The Lewistown Elementary School Learning Community will strive to promote academic success in order to reach our full potential and strengthen our future. Everyone’s unique qualities will be celebrated and valued, and together we will Learn, Excel, and Succeed!

Lewistown Elementary School

Mrs. Belinda Fockler- Principal

Ms. Meghan MacKay- Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. Kimberly Little- Secretary

Mrs. Stacy Bokinsky- School Counselor