Lewis Ledger

Monthly Parent Newsletter November 2016

What a packed month for activities! Students enjoyed programs, field trips, and new experiences this month. Many students were recognized for accomplishments this month, as well. Our theme this year is "Level Up", inspired by video games and kids' love of these. We encourage the students, no matter where they begin, to work at improving always...and know that each level builds on the previous ones.

5th Grade Music Program

Notes From the Music Room

The 5th grade students started off the year with the musical Rock Around the 50s. They did a great job with the performance. They are now working on music notation and preparing to begin their recorder unit.

The 4th grade students had the opportunity to attend a concert by the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. They enjoyed this concert and showed amazing audience behavior. They are working on their musical Let’s Eat, which will be performed on Tuesday,

November 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs Performing Arts Center.

The 3rd grade students started off the year learning about tempo, tone color, rhythm, and melody. They are beginning to work on their musical, which will be performed on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs Performing Arts Center.

The 2nd grade students are working on the musical elements tempo, dynamics, and rhythm. They will start working on their musical in the next few weeks. Their performance will be on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs Performing Arts Center.

First grade students have been working on steady beat, rhythm, tempo, melody, and form. They have also been playing instruments and demonstrating movement to match different tempos and musical styles. They will perform their musical later in the school year on Thursday, February 23.

Kindergarten students have been working on steady beat, learning how to properly play instruments, and creating appropriate movements to show different musical styles. They have also been learning to identify and demonstrate different tempos, dynamics, and style. They will perform their musical on Thursday, March 20.

Remember to keep sending box tops to school with your students.

Preschool - 2nd Grade Level Up Literacy Night

This parent involvement night, organized by our Title I Reading teachers, classroom teachers, and our school librarian focused on some early literacy skills. Make and Take activities provided students and parents with materials to use at home to support early reading skills and habits.
Level Up Literacy Night PreK-2nd

3rd-5th Grade Level Up Literacy

3rd-5th grade students and their parents enjoyed an evening of reading activities, inspired by video games that children love. Children and adults enjoyed nteractive comprehension games and resources. Dinner was provided to families at no cost for all attending the events. Parents completed a short survey asking about the helpfulness of the activities and ideas for future events. All students participating received a free paperback book during their age group event. The Excelsior Springs Medical Center donated bags for take home materials.
3rd-5th Level Up Literacy Night

Title I Announcements

LEA Title I Parent Involvement Policy

In order to meet its goal of providing appropriate educational opportunities for all students in the school district, the Board shall participate in the federal Title I Program.

The Board recognizes that when schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. It is the board’s intent to establish partnership that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional and academic growth of children.

The district will encourage Title I parents to be involved in supporting the education of their children in at least the following ways:

Parents will be involved in the joint development of the Title I program plan and in the process of reviewing the implementation of the plan and suggesting improvements.

  • The district will provide coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement.

  • The district will build the schools' and parents' capacity for strong parental involvement.

  • The district will support the coordination and integration of Title I parental involvement strategies with those of other programs that include parent involvement by meeting with appropriate program coordinators at least once each year to plan such coordination and integration of parent involvement activities.

  • The district will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law particularly by parents who are economically disadvantaged, migrant, homeless, have disabilities, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy or are of any racial or ethnic minority background. The district will use the findings of such evaluations to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies.

  • The district will use the evaluation findings in designing strategies for school improvement and in revising parental involvement policies and procedures at district and building levels.

Title I School-Parent Involvement Activities

1. Notification: Information is sent to the parents of each child participating in the Title I program explaining the program.

2. Parent/Teacher Conference: Preceding the end of the first quarter, teachers will contact/schedule a time to get acquainted with parents.

3. Homework: Parents are asked to supervise their child’s homework, assist if needed, and sign the homework slip to be returned the following day with the completed homework assignment.

4. Visits and calls: To inform parents of their child’s progress or lack of progress, or if extra parental assistance for drill and practice is needed at home, calls may be made by the Title I teacher.

5. Compact: A Student-Parent-Teacher compact is explained and activated upon parent signature.

6. Progress reports: Accomplishment reports, documenting the student’s progress to date, will be given to parents on a regular basis.

7. Resource check-out: In order to give parents/students the opportunity to further assist in their child’s learning process, they may check out flash cards, games, levelled readers and various other manipulatives and supplies.

8. The Excelsior Springs 40 School District is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know.

Upon your request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information:

• Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade

levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

• Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

• What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.

In addition to the information that parents may request, districts must provide to each individual parent:

• Information on the achievement level of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part; and

• Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

Lewis Elementary Title I School Parent Involvement Plan

When schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. It is the school’s intent to establish partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional and academic growth of children.

The district will provide necessary accommodations for all parents to participate in their child’s education. The school will encourage Title I parents to be involved in supporting the education of their children in at least the following ways:

1. The school will involve parents in the planning and review of programs, and in the development of the parental involvement policy.

2. The school will provide assistance to parents in understanding the provisions and requirements of the Title I program.

3. The school will inform parents of participating children about the program.

4. The school will inform parents about their child’s assessment results and the school’s performance profile.

5. The school will inform parents about the curriculum, assessment procedures to measure student progress, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

6. The school will provide timely reports to parents on the student’s progress.

7. The school will encourage parents to participate in a scheduled parent-teacher conference.

8. The school will encourage parents to arrange visits and to observe in the child’s classroom.

9. The school will make timely responses to questions, suggestions, and/or concerns that parents have concerning programs.

10. The school will provide strategies and information to parents on child development and rearing designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their child.

11. The school will encourage parents, the school staff, and students to share the responsibility for improving student achievement through the use of a student-parent-school compact.

Parent Teacher Conferences Day 1

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 1-8pm

501 Leavenworth Avenue

Excelsior Springs, MO

Have you scheduled your conference time?

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Parent Teacher Conferences Day 2

Friday, Nov. 4th, 8am-2pm

501 Leavenworth Avenue

Excelsior Springs, MO

Another day of time options! Please schedule!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Maker Space Opens!

October was also the month of our grand opening of the Lewis Tiger Cafe - our very own maker/design space for students. Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Jeffers, Mrs. Kelley, Mrs. Rhodus, and Mrs. Nebel, our students have a space to develop their creative problem-solving skills and learn some basics of the design process. We have been collecting recycleable materials, art supplies, and purchasing some construction toys. The "old" computer lab has been transformed into a space for creating and collaborating. A big THANK YOU to the Gregg Williams Foundation for their grant to purchase construction sets that students can use to create structures and models exploring some engineering principles. Each class will visit this space in place of some of their computer lab sessions during specials. It all begins with learning how to share the spaces within the room and how to take care of the materials. From there, students will learn how to collaboratively design solutions to "problems" using a variety of materials. They will get to explore some technology toys that incorporate coding to program characters or machines. We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students so they can learn to work with others and solve problems that could help them in the future!

We will keep you posted with lots of pictures and stories of the work they do in the coming months. Stop by and see it when you are in the building for parent/teacher conferences.

Lewis Tiger Cafe Maker Space Opening Day

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

This month we began raising funds for new playground equipment through a cookie dough and gifts fundraiser. Students who sold at least 15 items will get to silly string Mrs. Rice at a special assembly on delivery day. Merchandise will be delivered to Lewis on Nov. 9 for parent pick-up. Thank you to everyone supporting our fundraiser!

5th Grade Field Trip to Blue Springs School of Economics

5th graders spent several weeks preparing for their field trip experience with social studies, math, and interpersonal skills lessons. They learned about immigration and small business profit concepts. They interviewed for jobs they would assume during this experience. They worked together in small groups to create products and food for their business at the school of economics. They have a lot of fun, but work hard learning!

1st Graders Travel to Faulkner Ranch

1st graders traveled to Faulkner Ranch to learn about life cycles of plants and animals. They enjoyed the fall season in the farm setting and experienced the workings of the farm business.

Coming Up at Lewis in November!

Nov. 1 4th Grade Music Program

Nov. 3 Half-day school/Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 4 No School/Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 7 PALS meeting 4pm Lewis Library

Nov. 8 Election Day

Nov. 11 Veteran's Day Flagpole Ceremonies

Nov. 14-18 Scholastic Book Fair

Nov. 19 ES Christmas Events - 4th/5th Choir performs @ Hall of Waters

Nov. 22 Mid-Quarter reports home

Nov. 23-25 No School

Nov. 30 4th/5th Choir performs @ Crown Center

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Programs at Mid Continent Public Library

November 8, 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.

November 19, 2016, Saturday at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Thank Goodness for Thanksgiving

Capture the spirit of Thanksgiving with family stories of turkey and pie and all things edible.

(All ages) Registration is required.

November 22, 2016, Tuesday at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dino O'Dell's Happy Birthday Marty!

It’s Marty’s birthday and Dino O’Dell is throwing a party. Join the fun as Dino and Marty celebrate together with singing, dancing, and swimming in peanut butter. Don’t miss the fun!

(All ages) Registration is required

ES Homecoming Parade

Collect these and raise money for school!

These can be turned in to our school, where we can turn them in for student activities money:

Lids for Kids (Red Cross Pharmacy prescription lids)

BoxTops for Education