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September 30

Principal's Message

Dear Lewistown Families,

Fall is a wonderful time of year. A time to recognize the change of seasons, a time to bask in the warmth of the sun, but still able to enjoy a little chill in the air. Fall is a time to enjoy the colorful leaves, sports and all the festivities that greet us in October! Read below to learn more about the great happenings at Lewistown this month!

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” — Winnie the Pooh

Fun Reads:

  • Be on the lookout for signs of Autumn! Kids always want to know the "why" -- this great set of activities helps students deduce all kinds of answers to why the leaves turn colors. Take a look at what makes leaves so colorful in the fall here.

  • Kick it off with leaves, but don't stop there. This blog is filled with activities from weather stations to density columns. This article is for budding scientists: Free Fall Science Activities

Yours in education,

Ms. Belinda Fockler

Proud Principal of Lewistown Elementary School


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Important Dates


Monday, October 3: 4th & 5th Grade: Instrumental music lessons begin

Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur, schools closed

Wednesday, October 12- Friday, October 14- Conference Week

Wednesday, October 19- End of Term 1

Thursday, October 20- Schools Closed, Teacher Work Day

Friday, October 21- Schools Closed, Teacher Professional Learning Day

Friday, October 28- LES Character Parade, LES PTA Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat

You will find updated information throughout the year on our website: Lewistown Elementary School

Conferences: Wednesday, October 12- Friday, October 14th

Lewistown Conferences:

Please sign up today for your child's conference:

Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 13th: 12:15 - 3:15

  • Afternoon/ evening conferences
  • No breakfast
  • Lunch served with a la carte/snack items available

Friday, October 14th, Dismiss 3.5 Hours Early: 8:15- 11:45

  • Afternoon conferences
  • Breakfast served
  • Lunch served
  • A la carte/snack items available at all meal times

Would you like to be a part of our Lewistown Team?

We have a few job openings at Lewistown:

Special Education Program Assistant, Job 10476

Special Education Instructional Assistant, Pre-K Job 10523

.5 Special Education Instructional Assistant Pre-K Job 10534

Administrative Secretary, School Job 10513

To view details and more opportunities, visit:

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Earn Money for our school just by shopping at WEIS!


Scan your school’s unique barcode (school’s code) during your next shopping trip to register your Weis Club card to your schools… accumulating points which convert to cash for each eligible* purchase. Codes only need to be scanned on the first shopping trip and Weis Club. Cards can only be registered to one school. If you scan multiple codes, the code last scanned will be the schools of records.

To find your school’s code, simply ask at any register or check the costumer service desk. Your school will also have a copy of this code. Our barcode is above.


Each time you shop at Weis Markets using your Weis Club Card, you’ll earn points for your school. The points you earn will help your school grow their share of $500,000. Weis Markets will calculate each program period based on total eligible* purchases and automatically credit your school with cash earned.

A Heartfelt Goodbye, Mrs. Little

We'd like to wish a heartfelt goodbye to Mrs. Little, our front office secretary. Mrs. Little has served Lewistown Elementary School for 18 years and went to school here herself! We are excited for her new adventure, but will miss her greatly. Mrs. Little's last day will be Friday, October 14th. Let's show her a loving Lewistown send off!

We'd also like to express a heartfelt good-bye to Mrs. Laramore, Mrs. Clayton and Mrs. McNamara from pre-kindergarten. We will miss you!

Lewistown Elem. PTA Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat!

Sign up here! Come in your costumes, decorate your car and enjoy fall games with our Lewistown Elementary School community!

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Literacy News: Julie Chappell, Literacy Specialist

The 5 Big Ideas for teaching children how to read are:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness is the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in spoken words. Before children learn to read print, they need to become aware of how the sounds in words work. Phonemes are the smallest parts of sound in a spoken word that make a difference in the word’s meaning. For example, changing the first phoneme in the word hat from /h/ to /p/ changes the word from hat to pat, and so changes the meaning.

Children can show us that they have phonemic awareness in several ways, including:

• recognizing which words in a set of words begin with the same sound (“Bell, bike, and

boy all have /b/ at the beginning.“);

• isolating and saying the first or last sound in a word (“The beginning sound of dog is

/d/.“ “The ending sound of sit is /t/.“);

• combining, or blending the separate sounds in a word to say the word (“/m/, /a/, /p/—


• breaking, or segmenting a word into its separate sounds (“Up—/u/, /p/.“).

Children who have phonemic awareness skills are likely to have an easier time learning to read and spell than children who have few or none of these skills.

excerpts taken from Put Reading First, 2006

The chart below outlines some ways to practice phonemic awareness with your child. Have fun with language!

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Community Events and Opportunities

Adventure Park is providing FCPS students with free Fall-Fest admission thru October 31. Click here for more information.

The Salvation Army is offering Christmas assistance again this year. The angel tree application can be done either online at or to make an in person call (301-662-2311), extension 102. Starting as soon as October 1st through October 31st. For more information, English flier Spanish flier

Join the 2nd annual Children’s Business Fair. Will be Saturday November 5th from 12-3pm. This year they will be hosting up to 100 businesses! This event is being offered to any child ages 6-17 years old who lives in or outside Frederick County or up to 12th grade for FCPS students. Participation is free and the children get to keep 100% of their sales. The Acton Children's Business Fair, Frederick, MD and Global STEM +AR Outreach Foundation, Inc believe this is an excellent opportunity for students to experience entrepreneurship, apply math skills, and learn people skills. Use the link below to check out the flier and where to sign up. Children's Business Fair Link

Free Range Kids and Teens enables young artists, creative thinkers, and leaders to find and elevate their unique voices and skills through the performing arts. Schedules and registration at Click this link for more information, Elementary

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Attendance Email and Automated Calls

To report your child's absence from school:

If by 10am, the reason for child's absence is unknown, an automated phone service will begin calling each legal guardian.

Order Lewistown Spirit Wear

Order online and these orders will be shipped directly to your house!


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

To report child's absence:

Mrs. Belinda Fockler- Principal

Ms. Adrienne Mayonado - Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. Kim Little- Secretary

Ms. Stacy Bokinsky- School Counselor