Lewis Ledger

October 2016 Parent Newsletter

Coming Soon! Maker Space for Lewis Elementary!

The "old" computer lab at Lewis is getting a make-over this month! Library Media Specialist Mrs. Rhodus, Computer Lab Assistant Mrs. Jeffers, and Library Assistant Mrs. Kelley are redesigning the space from a computer lab into a "maker space" for our elementary students. They are collaborating to create lessons and activities that will surely be exciting for children of all ages. Library and Computer Lab time for students will now incorporate some hands-on activities with the purpose of building better thinkers!

A "maker space" is any space or area where students think, study, plan, create, and problem solve. They work with materials in unique ways to solve problems, design solutions to challenges, and develop skills that will help them in all areas of life.

Students will use recyclables, construction sets, and computers in a variety of activities that will require them to work together and show creativity in thinking. They get to explore with some new technology and some everyday items. We can't wait to get them started.

Our target "opening day" is Oct. 20...so stay tuned for lots of pictures and videos as students begin to experience the maker space.

Title I Reading Planning for a Busy Month

Mrs. Bradshaw, Mrs. Carr, and Mrs. Ryczek have been very busy throughout the month of September and will continue into October! They assist classroom teachers as they conduct beginning of the year assessments to determine student strengths and weaknesses and help them plan for instruction. They have been ordering books and supplies for classrooms so teachers have all the levels and tools they need to work with a variety of readers. They have been participating in professional development and sharing their new skills with classrooms.

They are planning for our reading intervention groups which will pick up in October; small groups instructing specific skills that students need in order to progress in reading.

Two family involvement nights are coming up in October. Pre K-2nd grade family literacy night is Oct. 6 and the 3rd-5th grade event is set for Oct. 18. Both are game-themed with lots of fun activities to help students and parents learn great ways to strengthen skills and enjoy reading. Each event will have activities tailored for that specific age group, led by the classroom teachers. We will have a light supper for everyone and it is all completely FREE! Please plan to attend!

Backsnack Helpers Needed

The Harvesters Backsnack Program is up and running again this year for qualifying students at our school. Once a week, volunteers come to school to help distribute the packages of food to classrooms. We could use some back-up volunteers, as our regular helpers are sometimes unable to help. This requires 1-2 hours on Friday mornings and the ability to lift and carry the bags throughout the school. Call the school office 630-9290 if you are interested in being a substitute volunteer!

Parents And Lewis Supporters

Our parent-teacher organization (PTO) also knowns as "PALS" has been busy planning activities for this year. Several parents attended the Sept. 12 meeting, where they heard about the Title I program at Lewis and planned for some upcoming events.

Sept. 27 was McTeacher Night at McDonald's. Families and teachers enjoyed time together at McDonald's and earned 20% of the sales from 4pm-8pm...a net of nearly $500!

Oct. 14 is Homecoming and PALS parents are securing a truck and trailer for a Lewis PALS float in the parade.

Oct. 24-28 they will sell Boo Grams as a fundraiser

PALS Passes are still available. $10 gets you a coupon card for some local businesses, and the money earned helps support classroom holiday parties and field trip bussing.

Counselor Corner

Mrs. Mason is our school counselor. She works very hard supporting students in a variety of ways. Here's what she has going on this month:

This summer I attended a Conscious Discipline training and have been excited to start using what I learned with students. Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based approach of teaching kids about social-emotional learning and self-regulation. This month Lewis students got to practice different breathing techniques: the star, drain, pretzel and balloon. We learned that breathing is a way to help regulate our bodies and calm ourselves. Students also learned about Safekeepers. Safekeepers are every adult in our building and our job is to keep students safe and the student's’ job is to help keep it safe. We also practiced a wish well where students had a moment to send love and positive thoughts to family, friends, pets or others they cared for or worried about. Our hope is that by practicing Conscious Discipline techniques we will help develop our School Family, while helping students self-regulate when they are having a difficult time. To find more information about Conscious Discipline, please visit www.consciousdiscipline.com.

Upcycled Art

Mrs. Calhoon, our art teacher, is beginning a new project with her fifth grade students. She is teaching them how to use "throw away" items or repurpose things that might otherwise be trash to create works of art. When students are finished with their normal art curriculum projects in class, they are working on independent projects...even at recess, and even at home! Thanks, parents, for helping to foster a love for creating in your child!

Important Dates to Remember

Oct. 3 PALS Meeting 4pm

Oct. 4 5th Grade Music Program 6:30pm

Oct. 6 PreK-2nd Grade Family Literacy Night 5:30-7:00pm

Oct. 7 Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-Off

Oct. 10-14 Homecoming Spirit Week

Monday-Backwards Day

Tuesday-Favorite Sports Team

Wednesday-Grade Level Color (PreK/K red, 1st orange, 2nd yellow, 3rd green, 4th blue, 5th purple)

Thursday-Hat Day

Friday-Black and Gold Day

Oct. 13 4th Grade trip to KC Symphony

Oct. 14 Homecoming, 1:35 student release, 3:00 parade, 7:00 football

Oct. 18 3rd-5th Family Literacy Night 5:30-7:00pm

Oct. 18 Fundraiser orders due

Oct. 20 5th Grade Field trip to Blue Springs School of Economics

Oct. 25 1st Q Report Cards sent home

Oct. 26 Pizza with the Principals (Students of the Month)

Oct. 26 Character Kid Club (Classroom Character Kids)

Oct. 27 1st Grade Field trip to Faulkner Ranch

Oct. 28 PBS Assembly

Oct. 28 Fall Parties 2:30-3:30pm

Mid Continent Public Library Programs for Kids - October

October 11, 2016, Tuesday at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Book Group (Kids)

Book discussions are a great way to meet other kids just like you! We’ll chat about great books and share ideas for other great reads with each other. Each discussion will be different, but you’re sure to meet some new friends.

(For children) Registration is required.

October 20, 2016, Thursday at 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Who is Haunting The Elms?

Rumor has it that The Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs is haunted. Uncover the truth as the hotel's own paranormal tour guide shares stories of past guests and employees, including his own ghostly encounters.

(Ages 10 and up) Registration is required.

October 22, 2016, Saturday at 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

KC Zoomobile: Cold Weather Creatures

Discover how some creatures not only survive freezing temperatures, but love the frigid weather. Join the Kansas City Zoo for an exploration of these chilly creatures, and get the chance to meet one or two of them.

(Ages 3 and up) Registration is required.

October 29, 2016, Saturday at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Boneyard Jamboree

It's a fantastic non-scary Halloween spooktacular, featuring Pumpkin Man, the invisible couple, spooky scary skeletons, martians, and a few ghosts in a cabaret show full of trick marionettes that are a sure treat.

(All ages) Registration is required.