Linton Springs Weekly News

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! 2021-2022

A Message from Mr. Messier & Ms. Bailey

Dear LSE Families,


Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 school year! If you are a new family starting at our school this year, please allow me to welcome you to our Linton Springs family! For our returning families, welcome back! We hope everyone has had a memorable summer, so far. In a few short weeks, our hallways will be filled with bright smiles and eager learners and we cannot wait!


As we all know, LSE is a truly special place. Our staff remains committed to providing high quality teaching and learning experiences for every child, every day. In addition to helping all students achieve their academic goals, we want every student to have FUN while learning. After all, this is elementary school and fun must be a part of the learning equation.

In an effort to provide an insider view into the great teaching and learning that occurs daily, LSE is now on Twitter. Be sure to follow us: @LintonSprings.


The health and safety of our students and staff continues to remain one of our top priorities. While we are excited to welcome students back to five-day a week in-person learning, we also recognize that some of our families may be experiencing uncertainty as we prepare to return. The choice to wear a mask and to be vaccinated is a personal decision. We support and encourage all families to do what they feel is best.


We recognize that this is a lengthy letter and full of information. The most important part that we cannot stress enough is that all staff at Linton Springs are committed to ensuring that everyone has an amazing year of learning. We are all just an email or phone call away. Please do not hesitate to reach out. We are looking forward to building relationships, laughing and learning together and most importantly, having fun!


All the best,

Mr. Messier & Ms. Bailey


Our Mission:

Collaborate... Teach... Inspire... Support... Empower

Our Vision:

Linton Springs is a community of lifelong learners

who demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding character.

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, August,13th

CCPS School Bus Routes Published at www.carrollk12.org


Monday, August 16th

Teacher Assignments available in the Home Access Center

(See Home Access Center information below to set up your account)


Tuesday, August 31st

Back To School Night (Parents ONLY of students grades 3-5)

5:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.


Wednesday, September 1st

Back To School Night (Parents ONLY of students grades Grades K-2)

5:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.


Thursday, September 2nd

Open House/Meet Your Teacher - Parents & Students Welcome

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Popsicles with the Principals

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


MEDICATION DROP OFF DATES/TIMES

Medication for use during the 2021-22 school year can be dropped at the school during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on the following days:

Monday, August 30th

Tuesday, August 31st

Thursday, September 2nd and

Friday, September 3th.


The FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL:


Wednesday, September 8th

**First Day of School**


Monday, September 13th

**The First Day for PreK Students**


PARENT CONFERENCE NIGHTS

Thursday, October 14, 2021 (Invite Only)

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 (Parent Requested)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 (Parent Requested)

Thursday, February 24, 2022 (Invite Only)

Thursday, March 10, 2022 (Snow Date)


Please try to plan family trips and/or vacations during scheduled school breaks.

For a complete list of early dismissals, holidays and school closures, please use link below:

CCPS 2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Daily Schedule

  • Linton Springs Elementary Instructional Hours are from 8:35 AM - 3:05 PM daily.
  • Children MUST BE IN THEIR SEATS by 8:35 AM. or they will be marked tardy for the day.
  • Any student arriving at or after 8:35 AM must be accompanied by a parent and report to the office to sign in.
  • Parent drop off ends at 8:30 AM. If arriving after that time, please park in a marked parking space and accompany your child to the building.

Who is my teacher?

Teacher assignments will be available Monday, August 16th, in the Home Access Center.

HOME ACCESS CENTER LINK

If you do not have a Home Access Center Account or cannot remember how to access, please see the Home Access Center instructions in the next section.


Students in grades 3rd-5th may show 2 teachers. The morning teacher will be your student's homeroom teacher and his/her first academic block. The afternoon teacher will be his/her second academic block.


For a full list of staff and contact information,

please visit our website - link below:

LINTON SPRINGS STAFF DIRECTORY


OUR GRADE LEVEL TEAMS - - for the 2021-2022 school year:

Pre-K: Ms. Daley

Kindergarten: Ms. Bowen, Ms. Hudspeth, Ms. Malcolm, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Pollhammer and Ms. Therit

Grade 1: Ms. Bareford, Ms. Coyne, Ms. Fiorelli, Ms. Helmick and Mr. Yohn

Grade 2: Ms. Bush, Ms. Hoey, Ms. Wimmer, Ms. Worry, and Ms. Yi

Grade 3: Ms. Alexander, Mr. Koontz, Ms. Inge, and Ms. Spencer

Grade 4: Ms. Joki, Ms. Raab, Ms. Shanabarger, Ms. Showman and Ms. Zarrelli

Grade 5: Ms. Heser, Mr. Litzau, Ms. Scheuch, and Ms. Romeo

Home Access Center

We encourage EVERY parent to set up and access their student's HOME ACCESS CENTER account.


You will use the Home Access Center to:

  • Find your student's teacher (assignments available Monday, August 16, 2021)
  • Find your student's email address and password (can be found on the Registration Tab of the Home Access Center)
  • Access your 3rd-5th grade student's assignments and grades
  • Verify your students Attendance reports - any discrepancies can be emailed to lseattendance@carrollk12.org.


The Home Access Center:

https://mystudent.carrollk12.org/HomeAccess


For more information about Home Access Center please refer to this User Guide & FAQ document: https://mystudent.carrollk12.org/HomeAccess/HomeAccessFAQs.pdf

PLEASE HELP! ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL CHANGES

During these first few exciting weeks of school,

PLEASE AVOID... Late Arrivals, Early Dismissals &

Transportation Changes.


This will help your students(s) establish daily schedules and procedures

and allow our teachers more time to know their new students!

TRANSPORTATION

Mask Requirement on CCPS Buses

All students riding on a CCPS bus (daily transportation or field trips) are required to wear a mask. Masks must fully cover the student's nose and mouth. Future updates to this requirement will be shared with all families.

TRANSPORTATION FORM

  • A Transportation Form is required to be completed annually for each of our students.
  • ONE form of transportation MUST be indicated for each day, students can dismiss via bus rider, car rider or onsite/private daycare ONLY.
  • If you choose to transport your child via Car Rider, please indicate on the transportation form. See our Car Rider section for more information.


The form is attached below, can be completed and emailed to LSEattendance@carrollk12.org.

LSE TRANSPORATION FORM 2021-2022

TRANSPORTATION/ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL NOTES

Please be patient with us as we safely navigate arrival and dismissal the first week of school.

For the safety of our students and staff we kindly ask:

  • Students choose one of the following options only, Bus Rider, Car Rider or on-site/van Daycare ONLY.
  • Please DO NOT drop or pick up a student AT THE FRONT OFFICE unless arranged by the nurse or an emergency situation.
  • Please avoid late arrivals and early pickups as much as possible to minimize classroom disruptions.

LATE ARRIVALS

Students arriving late MUST be brought to the front office by a parent and signed in for the day. They will be marked tardy for that day.

EARLY DISMISSALS

  • Parents MUST sign any child out as an early dismissal out by 2:50 p.m. in order to avoid our bus and parent pick up traffic.
  • Any student picked up before 3:00 p.m. will be marked tardy.
  • Dismissal notice MUST be provided to the front office by 12:00 p.m. on the day of dismissal by written note OR email to lseattendance@carrollk12.org.
  • REMINDER: Photo ID is required to sign out your child. IF someone other than parent/guardian is picking up your child, written permission in the form of a note or lseattendance@carrollk12.org email is required before we are able to release that student.

Bus Riders

We highly encourage our students to ride the bus! School buses continue to be the easiest and safest mode of transporting students and our bus drivers are the very best!


Students MUST wear masks while riding the bus.


STEP 1:

Please find your bus number, bus stop and times below:

CCPS BUS ROUTES

STEP 2:

Complete the Transportation form (see above) and email to LSEattendance@carrollk12.org.


Please remember that the first few days, buses may be late or early as the bus drivers become accustomed to the route times and we establish our dismissal procedures. All students will be picked up at a designated bus stop provided by the Transportation Department.

School bus policy allows each student one AM bus stop and one PM bus stop. Video/audio cameras are placed on school buses to protect students and staff. They provide for and encourage a safe and orderly environment. The privacy of students and the recordings are kept secure and are reviewed only by authorized CCPS personnel.

CAR RIDERS

If you plan to transport your student as a Car Rider,

PLEASE READ carefully and follow all instructions.


Returning Car Riders:

  • Your car number and backpack tags will carry over to the 2021-2022 school year.
  • If you need replacements, please email LSEattendance@carrollk12.org.


NEW Car Riders:

  • If you a new student, please complete the "car rider" information on the Transportation Information form.
  • Once completed, your child will be assigned a number with a tag that will be attached to your child's backpack as well as a tag to be placed in the car that will be used to pick up your child.

MORNING DROP OFF & AFTERNOON PICK-UP PROCEDURES

  • Morning Drop Off runs from 8:05 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Afternoon Dismissal begins at 3:05 PM
  • GO SLOW on the LSE Campus!
  • When picking up a child as a car rider, please have your number visible in your window or dash.
  • Please follow the the Car Rider traffic flow (see below) and be patient, the safety of our students is our first priority.
  • Do NOT pull into a parking spot during Arrival or Dismissal. The front crosswalk will not be available.
  • School staff will be present during arrival to welcome students. Staff will enter the school at 8:30AM to prepare for the start of the day at 8:35AM. If staff are not present, please park and accompany your child into school.
  • In an effort to keep the line moving, parents are asked to remain in their vehicles and allow children to get out of the cars independently using the door on the school building side of the vehicle.
  • Please follow the directions of those assisting with the flow of traffic on campus.
  • Buses ALWAYS have the right of way on campus.


Thank you for your support in ensuring the best interests of our students’ safety.

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FROM NURSE TWIGG - MEDICATION DROP OFF & other important information

IMPORTANT HEALTH ROOM INFORMATION


Kindergarten Parents:

All immunizations and medical forms( Physical Health Assessment, Dental and Lead certificate) were due by August 6, 2021. If your student is missing forms, Ms. Twigg will be in contact.


Extra Clothes:

All students should have an extra change of clothes (seasonally appropriate) in their locker/book bag at school. There is a limited supply of clean clothes in the health room and most children feel more comfortable in clothes from home. Accidents and spills occur frequently requiring a change of clothes.


Water Bottles:

Students should bring a water bottle from home to stay hydrated during the day.


Medications:

Medication drop off for the 2021-22 school year-medications will be accepted during school hours on the following days:

8/30/21

8/31/21

9/2/21and

9/3/21.


CCPS Medication Form:

All medications (prescription and over the counter-including Tylenol and ibuprofen) must have a doctor's order and parent permission to be administered at school. A CCPS Medication Form needs to be signed by the doctor and the parent for the student to be given the medication school.


Students are not permitted to transport medication to or from school. Any student that transports medication to school is in violation of the CCPS Drug and Alcohol policy. Those students in violation will be reported to Administration immediately.


The following are the ONLY Medications that DO NOT require doctor's orders:


  • Non-medicated cough drops (Ludens or any cough drops that contain Pectin only-if the cough drops indicate a limit per day they need a doctor's order)
  • Sunscreen
  • Non-Medicated Lip Balm
  • Saline Nasal Spray
  • Glucose Tabs
  • Individually-Sized Waterless Hand Sanitizer
  • Salt Tabs
  • Hand Creams/Lotions

Student Absences

ABSENT NOTES

If your child is absent, please send an email to the school at LSEattendance@carrollk12.org or send a note with your child upon their return to school. The note/email should contain the dates of the absence, reason for the absence, the student’s name and the teacher’s name. An absent sheet is available on our school website under the forms tab. Please DO NOT use your child’s agenda book to inform the office of an absence. The agenda book is for communication between the teacher and the family and an organizational tool for students.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH - FREE meals continue

This School year (2021-22), thanks to special pandemic relief

funding, ALL students can receive

1 FREE breakfast and 1 FREE lunch in the cafeteria

each school day.


To help maintain the safety of our students, parents and visitors may not attend lunch or recess.


* PLEASE STILL APPLY FOR BENEFITS

Eligible households should still apply for meal benefits at www.myschoolapps.com. One application can be completed for the entire household when all members are listed. Parents may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. Eligibility for meal benefits may help families receive additional resources such as free internet service, field trip fee waivers, and P-EBT benefits so it is important to still apply if you meet eligibility guidelines.


* CHOICES

Food choices offered to students include multiple entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables (purchased locally when available), whole grain breads and rolls, and flavored and unflavored milk. Although students select the foods that they want, they must take a minimum number of items for a breakfast and a lunch. At least one of their choices must be a fruit or vegetable. Menus are distributed or posted in each school and posted on the website. Meals are analyzed to meet federal nutritional requirements.


* PIN NUMBERS

Cafeterias have computerized cash registers. Students enter their Personal Identification Number (PIN) and proceed to the cashier.


* MYSCHOOLBUCKS ACCOUNTS

Students who wish to purchase a second meal or snacks items not included in their meal use cash or money placed “on account.” Parents can deposit money on account by sending cash or a check to school with their child or by using an online payment service at www.myschoolbucks.com. Account money remains on your child’s account until they graduate or leave CCPS.


* LUNCH VISITORS UPDATE

As CCPS continues to monitor health metrics, the cafeteria remains closed to visitors. Updates to this guidance will be communicated in future newsletters.

VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS

As CCPS continues to monitor health metrics, visitors or volunteers are not permitted during the school day. Updates to this guidance will be communicated in future newsletters.


VOLUNTEER TRAINING

  • You MUST complete volunteer training EVERY school year if you plan on attending field trips, working with students in classrooms, or helping with any school activity.
  • Volunteer training is completed online. Please go to https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/hr/volunteer to complete your training.
  • Complete your training early to allow for sufficient time for approval. If you are not approved in the system, you will not be able to volunteer.


LUNCH VISITORS

As CCPS continues to monitor health metrics, the cafeteria remains closed to visitors. Any updates to this guidance will be communicated in future newsletters.


VISITATION PROCEDURES

  • Below are the guidelines to follow regarding visitors in the building.
  • Visitors will ring the main entrance buzzer.
  • Visitors will be asked to give their name and purpose for visiting. Visitor appointments will be verified.
  • Visitors will be asked to report to the office to sign in.
  • Visitors are required to sign the visitor log.
  • Visitors will be asked to show photo identification.
  • Visitors will be issued a visitor’s badge, including the visitation area. Please do not visit undesignated areas in the building.
  • Prior to leaving the building, visitors must scan their badge and sign out.
  • We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to make Linton Springs a safe and secure place for students.

2021-2022 Linton Springs Supply List

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PTA UPDATES

PTA Website:

There is a new PTA Website, check in often for updates and opportunities to volunteer!

www.lintonspringspta.com

And find us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LintonSpringsPTA

Make Sure You're Listed!


CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

The school cannot give out student names, addresses and telephone numbers. The distribution of party invitations at school is not permitted.


Make sure you're listed in the PTA STUDENT DIRECTORY!

Go to: www.LintonSpringsPTA.com

Click "Create your Account" on the left hand side.

Security Code: SuperStars


For family name, we suggest using your child's last name. Once your account has been created, you will be prompted to enter your student's information.


Get the free app! To get access to the app, add "Mobile App Registration" to your shopping cart and click "check out" -- it's 100% free and you can use the app on up to 3 devices. Download the Paperless PTO app from the App Store or Google Play. Enter your email as your user name and the password you created.


Questions? Email lsestudentdirectory@gmail.com

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

1. Devices must be silenced and stored (out of sight) upon entry to the school until exit from the school. It is highly recommended that elementary students not bring their devices to school or on the school bus.

2. No portable electronic device shall be used to record, store, or transmit any type of image, sound, or video except for approved projects with the express permission of school staff.

3. The audible notification sounds and volume of portable electronic devices shall be silenced or directed through headphones at school and on school buses.

4. Disciplinary action, as outlines in the CCPS student services manual, shall be taken when a student fails to follow the directions of a staff member regarding portable electronic devices of if reasonable belief exists that the student has violated the terms of the acceptable use procedures and guidelines or other school policy.

OTHER INFORMATION

SOCIAL MEDIA

The staff at LSE will not respond to items posted via social media. We are eager to address any questions or concerns if brought to our attention by way of a phone call, note in the agenda or an email.

LIABILITY

CCPS assumes no responsibility for the loss, damage, theft, or charging of personally owned portable electronic devices and/or related accessories brought to school or on the school bus. Students bring devices to school at their own risk.

MISUSE
Misuse Disciplinary action, as outlined in the Carroll County Public Schools Student Handbook, shall be taken when a student fails to follow the directions of a staff member regarding portable electronic devices or if reasonable belief exists that the student has violated the terms of the Acceptable Use Procedures and Guidelines or other school policy.

CONSENT AND RELEASE

Permission to Photograph, Videotape or Audiotape

Throughout the school year, the Carroll County Public School System frequently covers school activities and may use your child’s photograph, video image, or voice for educational, informational, or public relations purposes, with or without identification by name.

If you do not wish to have your child’s voice reproduced on tape or to have his/her image appear in such things as a video or a photograph, or on the school or school system website or social media, please notify the school principal in writing. It is assumed that parents and guardians consent to their children being audiotaped, photographed, videotaped, or having their image placed on a school website or social media by the school system unless such notification is received.

There are also occasions when the media cover certain school events (such as when a government leader visits a school). If you do not wish to have your child’s name or likeness published by the media, you should address your concerns directly to the school involved so that the media is so advised. Please be advised that the school system has no control over the media when they are covering activities such as sporting events and musical programs that are open to the public.

Use of Student Work on Websites or in Publications

There may be times throughout the year when the Carroll County Public School System wishes to display student work on school websites, social media, or in publications. If you do not wish to have your child’s art, poetry, writing, etc. appear on school websites, social media, or in publications, please notify the school principal in writing. It is assumed that parents and guardians consent to their child’s work being displayed on school websites, social media, or in publications unless such notification is received.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


The Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

NOTICE OF ASBESTOS

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) management plans for all buildings owned or leased by the Board of Education of Carroll County are available for review at the individual Carroll County school locations and at Office of Plant Operations, located at 191 Schaeffer Avenue, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Management plans are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and depict the location, amount, condition, and response action projected for any asbestos-containing materials, if any are located in the school building.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

It is the policy of the Board of Education of Carrol County that all schools are required to have a moment of silence or meditation for approximately one minute each school day. During this moment of silence, the Carroll County Public Schools shall neither advance nor inhibit silent religious activity. Following the pledge of allegiance to the flag and before the completion of the opening exercise, all students will observe approximately one minute of silence, before continuing with the day’s activities. In exercising his or her individual choice, each person may meditate, pray, or engage in any other silent activity which does not interfere with, distract, or impede others in the like exercise of their individual choice. The following is a list of inappropriate activities: (1) talking or any audible sounds, and (2) gesturing, using sign language, or writing notes for the purpose of person to person communication. Administrators shall enact appropriate administrative procedures in the event that individuals do not follow the established policy.

ADA ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed.

Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.