Comet Weekly Update

Thursday, September 22nd

Hello Leland Comets!

It has been a joyful and spirit filled week at LPS. Navigating the past few years has required patience, resilience and sometimes pressing pause on the more exciting events that happen at school. Things like harvesting our own food, going to camp, and homecoming spirit-week may seem as though they are not essential to learning. However, they are arguably some of the most powerful shared experiences. They are moments to intentionally gather with passion and pride for something bigger than ourselves. This week has been especially refreshing to share as a school community. Plus, the spirit-week creativity has been oh so entertaining. It is all of you that make this building a place for excellence in academics and pride in lifting up one another. Thank you for contributing every day.

Before you enjoy the rest of the homecoming weekend, take a look at the weekly update for information important to your family. Be sure to click on this document to see the ENTIRE weekly update! You can also click "View Entire Message" at the bottom of this preview.

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Recently at LPS...

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School Garden Harvest!

Third and Fourth grade students from Mrs. Wheeler's classroom helped harvest potatoes, peppers, and basil from the school garden. Students learned what signs to look for indicating when plants are ripe and ready to be picked. After harvest, the herbs and vegetables were provided to Shawna in the cafeteria, who incorporated the food into meals for students.
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PE Takes Advantage of Great September Weather at Nedows Bay

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6th & 7th Graders Have a Blast with Outdoor Education at Camp Henry!

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Juniors & Seniors Gain First Hand Experience on English Field Trip with Mrs. Vann

The Comets in the Boat

“Way ‘nuff!” bellowed Senior Ari Rodriguez to her 8-person team while coxing aboard the Haylee Judge. Facing the stern of the rowing shell, seven Leland students and one teacher ineptly brought their nearly 13-foot oars into the waters of South Lake Leelanau at Rodriguez’s command.

Why might a class of juniors and seniors in Mrs. Vann’s English class be in a rowing shell just off the shores of Fountain Point Resort in the middle of a gorgeous September school day? To gain first-hand experience of the history, art, and technique of rowing as they read Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestselling book titled The Boys in the Boat.

Continued at the link below....

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Mrs. Walter's Juniors & Seniors Welcome Guest Speaker From Front Street Writers

Guest speaker Kevin Fitton presented a creative writing program to Juniors and Seniors in english class.

Homecoming Spirit Week 2022!

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Monday: BBQ Dads & Soccer Moms

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Tuesday: Senior Citizens Day

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Wednesday: Decades Day

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Thursday: Adam Sandler Day

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Friday: Spirit Week Shirts

All HS students bring 10$ for your team shirt needed at the spirit week games tournament.

The Homecoming Soccer Game

Come out to see Varsity Boys Soccer play McBain NMC at Hancock Field 1:00pm on Saturday. Plus, support our Comets on the Homecoming Court! The HoCo King and Queen will be crowned at half time.


LPS High School & Middle School Student Councils have each organized a homecoming dance on Saturday, September 24

The MS Dance is from 6:00-7:30 PM

The Performing Arts Center will be transformed into an "under-the-sea" dance floor. This dance is a semi formal. The cost is $10. As a fundraiser for all three grades, there will also be a photo booth set up (2 photos for $1 cash). Photographs will be taken with a digital camera rather than a smartphone for best quality.

The HS Dance is from 8:00- 10:00 PM

The Performing Arts Center will be transformed into an "under-the-sea" dance floor. This dance is a semi formal. The cost is $10.

Important Dates & Sign Ups

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LEF has a long tradition of supporting students and programming at Leland Public School. This is our chance to help them raise funds that are spent directly on our programming. Please buy a ticket or make a donation to support our biggest fans, LEF.

Leland Educational Foundation Annual Fundraiser

Join LEF for an evening of music, food, drinks, and fundraising for LPS at the beautiful Aurora Cellars Estate. This fun event is a great way to meet other parents and learn more about the great things Leland Educational Foundation does for LPS.

LPS staff and teachers receive a complimentary ticket with code TEACHERLOVE at checkout.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Visit the link below for tickets.

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Leland Public Schools Hosts Annual Pop Up Farmers Market

Students will need $1-$5 cash in order to purchase something at the farmer's market during the school day Friday September 23rd.
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Picture Day Friday (Tomorrow)

Timeless Image will be here TOMORROW - Friday September 23, 2022! Please have your student(s) dress for pictures and bring their spirit week outfit to change into after photos (Middle School & High School). Middle School & High School students can pick forms up in the office. Or if you would rather, you can go online to: Click on Order Pictures and enter 4122 for school identification and pay via credit card.

Questions please call the school office.

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Buy a 2021-2022 Yearbook Today!

Year books from last school year are here!

They cost $20 and can be reserved by emailing Mr. Knudsen

They can be picked up in the main office.

News From the Classroom

5 Ways to Support Your Elementary Student in Their International Baccalaureate Curriculum

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What Is IB All About?

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) provides a curriculum framework based on best educational practices globally. It aims to develop young students who are caring and active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Above are 5 ways you can support your child as a PYP parent.

Leland Makes SEL Instruction a Focus

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What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) occurs when adults model and dedicate time for explicit instruction in the social and emotional competencies to affirm a child’s identity, belonging, and self-determination. SEL advances educational equity and excellence through school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

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Why Do It?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the premier SEL organization in the nation, identifies five SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. When these competencies are prioritized and integrated across settings, they prepare children—and the adults who care for them—for school, work, and life successes. Success means that children are able to:

  • Develop healthy identities

  • Understand and manage emotions

  • Achieve personal and collective goals

  • Establish and maintain responsible and caring relationships

  • Feel and show empathy for others

  • Make responsible decisions


  • Better social and emotional skills

  • Improved attitudes about self, others, and school

  • Positive classroom behavior

  • 11 percentile-point gain on standardized achievement tests

  • Fewer behavioral problems

  • Less emotional stress

  • Lower drug use


Teachers who possess social and emotional competencies are more likely to stay in the classroom longer, develop and manage nurturing relationships with students, serve as behavioral role models for children, and manage their emotions.


The investment into SEL is 11:1, meaning for every dollar invested, there is an $11 return. Savings are from costs not incurred for intervention

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Social Emotional Learning Is The Foundation For All Learning

SEL (Social Emotional Learning) is an integral part of human development.

A better understanding of social emotional learning leads students to acquire techniques for processing and managing emotions as well as essential social skills. It teaches students how to be more socially and emotionally aware. Social emotional learning is critical for building healthy relationships, communicating effectively, and living a meaningful life. Move This World’s SEL programs teach family members, students, and educators a common language and effective exercises that aid in identifying and managing emotions, problem-solving, and building relationships.
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Find More Information at the Link Below

Move This World (linked below) provides social emotional learning (SEL) training with the use of interactive videos, movement, and creative expression to help students, educators, and families develop emotional intelligence skills for long-term wellbeing. Schools implement Move This World’s SEL curriculum seamlessly into their day with short evidence-based videos that introduce a common language and methods for expressing emotion. Move This World’s SEL programs lead to deeper self-awareness, stronger relationships, effective communication, and a culture of safety and support. It is developed with educators in alignment with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Leland is proud and excited to introduce this great SEL programming to grades K-12. We encourage families to check this out together at home.

News From The Athletic Department

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This Weekend in Sports

Thursday, September 22nd

Varsity/JV Volleyball vs TCSF - 5:30pm

Friday, September 23rd

MS Soccer @ McBain NMC - 4:30pm

MS Volleyball vs TC Christian - 4:30pm

Saturday, September 24th

Varsity Boys Soccer vs McBain NMC (Homecoming) - 1:00pm

Run the Homecoming 5k

On Friday, September 23rd the Leland Cross Country Teams will be hosting and running a 5k run beginning at Nedow’s Bay at 5 PM. fundraising event is open to the public for $10. This event will run through the town of Leland. The start and finish of this run will begin at Nedow’s Beach and Bartholomew Park. Finisher sticker will be awarded along with snacks and refreshments.
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Sign Up for the Leland Athletics Golf Scramble - Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Calling all golfers! Please save the date for the morning of Sunday, October 2nd, 2022. This fundraiser will be held at Leland Country Club for the girls and boys soccer & golf teams. This scramble is an LPS tradition you can’t miss. If you are not a golfer, there will be other ways to support our athletes through donations and hole sponsorships for businesses and individuals. This event helps raise money for equipment, uniforms, tournaments fees, and travel.Please be on the lookout for further information in coming weeks! Email Clarke Morgan at or Kathy Wheeler at with any questions.


The Leland Volleyball program will be running a 5-week training program for 3rd-6th graders at LPS! The Leland Volleyball coaching staff and high school teams will provide coaching on Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm in the Leland High School gym. The program will run September 16 - October 14. This year, the program will focus on more of a balance between modified game play and skill training. The program is free, and all athletes that participate in at least 4 sessions will receive a T-shirt and volleyball! Questions? Email Travis Baker at

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Sign Up for Friday Soccer Academy

Thank you for your interest in the Leland Soccer Academy in previous years. We will once again be hosting the Friday Academy September 16, 23, 30, & Oct 7 from 4:30-5:40pm at Hancock field in Leland. The Academy is open to anyone between the age of 5-12 interested in improving their soccer skills. The cost is $60 and includes an Academy t-shirt. As in past years, we would like the Academy to be open to everyone- if you are interested in a scholarship please let me know.

For more information and/or to register please visit the links below

News from the Nurse's Office

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Say hello to amazing new LPS Nurse, Stephanie Burns

Hello Comet Community,

Have you heard that Leland Public School has a full-time nurse on site? My name is Stephanie Burns, some of you may know me as Skylar and Sabina’s mom here at LPS. I’m a registered nurse, with years of experience working at our local health department, supporting the health and well-being of families throughout Leelanau County. Most recently, in partnership with the BLDHD, I have had the privilege of getting to know our LPS family as a School Based Nurse. The

goal of the School Based Nursing Program is to advocate for our students with any type of disease process and/or medical concerns that may need to be addressed while at school. While striving to provide a safe and healthy school environment, we also provide education, training, and guidance to the school community, such as:

  • Training and assistance with medication administration
  • Guidance on first aid and management of illnesses/injuries
  • Support for students with chronic health conditions
  • Coordination and support of medical emergency response teams
  • Connection to physical and mental health services
  • Development of health-related policies and procedures

Please return the attached consent form to allow your student to be assessed and treated within the scope of the school-based nurse at Leland Public School. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much,

Stephanie Burns, RN

School Based Nursing Program

Leland Public Scholl

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department

Desk (231) 256-9857 Ext.3891 Cell (231) 871-8353

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Read & Sign Parent/Guardian Medical Consent Policy

Parents/guardians must provide consent for their minor child for nursing care provided by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department School- Based Nursing Program (SBNP). Students without a signed parent/ guardian consent will not be seen, except for a student’s first visit to the school-based nurse, when staff will call the parent/ guardian before providing any services, for a one-time-only verbal consent. The waver is linked below.

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Vaccine Clinic Held at LPS

Our Vaccine Clinic will be held on October 10th from 3-6pm. The BLDHD will offer all vaccines(childhood 0-18), including Flu vaccine, and all teachers/staff/and students will be eligible. Appointments will be needed, as no walk-ins will be available. Autumn will be sending out promotional materials for parents in the next couple of weeks. This is a great opportunity for our LPS community and we are really looking forward to it

News From The Media Center

Thank you Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Olson & Mrs. DeFour!

The media center staff is thrilled to have students back in both libraries! Mrs. Anne Clark and Mrs. Claire Olson have returned and are also joined this year by Mrs. Emily DeFour! We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

As the school year begins, we are spending time each week during elementary library class visits reminding students what our library procedures and expectations are. We want to encourage our students to be principled learners who take good care of their library books and return them on time. Some students still have missing books from past school years and we would appreciate it if those books can be returned promptly so that other students may read them.

This year we are trying to reach our goal of 20,000 books checked out as a school. In the first six days of school, the libraries have checked out a total of 960 books. We are updating the count on a flip chart each morning in the elementary library so students can see how close we are to reaching our goal!

  • Kindergarten students may have 1 book checked out at a time.
  • First and second graders may have up to 3.
  • Students in third grade and above may have 5.

News From The Cafe

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Around The County

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Interesting in learning to row at Lake Leelanau Rowing Club?

For middle and high school students interested in learning to row, the Northwest Michigan Youth League is offering a rare opportunity for local Leelanau schools to form small teams and row for free with the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club (LLRC) at the historic Fountain Point resort in Lake Leelanau.

An article in the Sept. 8 issue of the Leelanau Enterprise (linked below Sports section, p12) provides details about the club and the opportunity. It’s a great organization, in a beautiful setting.

We already have one student who currently rows at LLRC. It would be great to get a team of four or more students from LPS to row together – for free! And since LLRC/Fountain Point is already on the LPS after-school bus route, transportation is convenient.

LLRC also is open to adults that wish to row/learn to row, separate from the student scholarship opportunity. For more information, the LLRC contact is listed below. If you’d rather talk to a Participating LPS parent, contact Susan at or 231-386-2600 (cell).

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High School Students, Register for Discovering Careers in Marine Technology

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Local Allstar Drivers Education

Allstar Drivers Ed will be hosting a Segment 1 and Segment 2 class soon! Locations include Suttons Bay and Traverse City. Please check the Allstar Website for more information.
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Leelanau VFW Holiday Program

Register with this program for assistance with holiday gifts.
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Leelanau Children’s Choir and Youth Ensemble Auditions

Schedule Auditions for Leelanau Children’s Choir and Youth Ensemble at 231-883-SING

The group is made up of singers from all over the county including Leland, Glen Lake, Montessori, Northport, St. Mary's and homeschooled students.

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Family Engineering Night by MTU, MSU Extension, & MI STEM Network - September 24th

MI STEM Network, MSU Extension, and MTU have partnered to bring to you and your community a Family Engineering Night. This is a fun way to interact with STEM for the whole family. The registration is $5. You walk away with a curriculum kit which values around $210.00 and the skillset to host an evening of fun and inspirational STEM for your community.