The Patriot Press

Liberty Park Elementary School

Week of December 3rd, 2018


Dear Liberty Park Families,

As temperatures continue to drop please make sure that your student(s) have proper winter wear. If we can be of any assistance in helping make sure your student has access to a winter coat, hat, gloves, etc. please contact the school office at 317-532-1850 and ask to speak with either Nurse Kelly or Mrs. Hench.

School Board and School policy encourage outdoor recess for our K-4 students whenever possible to encourage activity and social playtime. Our threshold for cold weather is 20 degrees. When the temperature falls below 20, students will have recess indoors. The 20 degree temperature would also include wind chill. In other words, if the temperature is 25 but the windchill falls below 20 degrees, students would remain indoors for recess. If students are not feeling well or a parent wants them to stay in for health reasons beyond 1-2 days, a doctor's note is required.

Don't forget that our PTA's annual Holly Jolly Fest is coming up on Friday, December 7th! It will run from 6-9pm, we hope you are able to stop by! See below for more information.

Have a great weekend and as always, I thank you for your continued support of Liberty Park Elementary!

Your Principal,

Jason Brooks

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December 7th - Holly Jolly Fest (6-9pm)

December 12th - Late Start Day (1 hour delay)

December 21st - Last Day Before Winter Break

January 7th - School Resumes

January 11th - 2nd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home

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Holly Jolly Fest ~ December 7th

Join us Friday, December 7th, 2018 for our 16th Annual Holly Jolly Festival! Stop by between 6-9pm.

PTA is still looking for volunteers for this years Holly Jolly. If you are interested, please contact us the PTA at

Here are some highlights:

• LP families and community can buy game and meal tickets in advance (cash only) starting

next week, December 3rd in the main office.

• We will accept debit/credit cards the night of the event at the ticket counter, food

counter, and for the live auction.

• This year, we are adding an extra meal item to the menu. For dinner, we will be serving hot

dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken patties for our main courses (all $5). For

our vegetarians, we will still offer a salad ($4). All meals will come with chips, drink and 2


• LP Staff Chili Cookoff—sample for free and vote on your favorite!

• All game/raffle tickets are sold for a quarter each. We will have premade tickets bags

available in $5 (20 tickets), $10 (40 tickets) and $20 (80 tickets) quantities. Just like

last year, you/your child will earn winnings at each game and can turn them in at the prize

booth for really cool prizes that you/they select!

• We are really excited about our vendors this year! Make sure to check out each booth for

fun gifts for yourself, family and friends.

• We have lots of raffle items for adults and children to win!

• The Live Auction is super fun to participate in. Grab your bid paddle from the auction

tables and join us at 7:30!

• Remember to stroll through the ENTIRE school! Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be in the media

center along with fun crafts, the photo booth, face painting and a balloon bender.

Soaring Eagle Badge Winners- This Week!

Kindergarten - Rylan Radford

1st Grade - David Diaz

2nd Grade - Natalie Lay

3rd Grade - Wayne Cowherd

4th Grade - Isabela Sales

Soaring Eagle Badge Winners! - Last Week!

Kindergarten - Montse Gomez

1st Grade - Isabella Wilson

2nd Grade - Alicia Cousin

3rd Grade - Genesis Cisneros

4th Grade - Laura Martinez

School Dismissal Manager:

Parents - Everyone should have received an email from School Dismissal Manager, our new dismissal software for LP. Please download the app or login via computer to set your child's DEFAULT dismissal. Once you have set their default, you only need to use the app to report your child's absences to school or make EXCEPTIONS to your child's your email or have any questions. receive. Please contact the front office if you did not receive your email or if you have any questions.

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Student Lunch Experience

Chartwells wants your feedback completing a survey to make your child's lunch experience more enjoyable! Please use this link,, on a computer, smart phone, or tablet to answer the survey questions and give us your responses by December 9, 2018. Thank you!

Updates and Information

  • Birthday Treat Policy: While we love to celebrate, please remember there is a "no birthday treats" guideline. To access fun and helpful resources for healthy celebration ideas, please visit: #wellnesswarriors #WEaretheKey
  • Visitors Background Checks: Volunteers must have a valid background check on file in the front office as well as be included on a students emergency contact form for any type of school volunteer opportunities. If you would like to complete this process or have any questions please stop by our front office.
  • Student Absences: If your child is ill and will not be at school, please call the front office at 532-1850 to report his/her absence. Please call and report if your child will be arriving late to school due to a doctor’s appointment. Doing so helps us to know that your child is safe and with you.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbooks should have came home with your student last week. If you did not receive a copy with the signature page please contact your child's teacher. These are also available throughout our school and district’s website. This web link will direct you to that page.
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Meet our newest Patriot!

My name is Kelly Woods. I am the new nurse at Liberty Park Elementary. Prior to coming to Liberty Park I was the nurse at Decatur Middle School. I've been a school nurse for 3 years. I also worked at Northpoint Pediatrics for 4 years. I have 2 children ages 22 and 25. I grew up on the east side and have been an east sider my whole life. I look forward to caring for your children here at Liberty Park.

Notes from the Nurse

Winter has arrived! Parents, please be sure your child is dressed properly as temperatures drop through the coming days. Hats, coats, gloves, and scarves should be worn by students every day as needed. Outdoor recess will still be ongoing as long as temperatures are 20'F or above. Students without a coat for the day will not be allowed to participate in outdoor activities. If a child is in need of a coat because they simply do not have one, we will be happy to assist your child in obtaining a winter coat. PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD'S NAME IN or ON THEIR COATS/HATS/GLOVES/SCARVES!

Lost and Found is overflowing once again. If your student is missing a coat, jacket, hat, lunch box, or gloves, please come to the school clinic to peruse our collection of unclaimed items. Any item not reclaimed by December 21 will be donated to local charities.

Lunch Time Reminders

We have special seating next to our Café in our LGI room for parents to enjoy lunch with their child/children. Due to allergies and student safety, you may only eat lunch with your child/children. Students may not invite friends to eat with them while visiting with their parent. Guests must be on the child's emergency contact form. Guests are not permitted to visit classrooms in the buidling during this time. Thank you and enjoy time with your child!

K: 10:30-11:00
1: 11:02-11:32
2: 11:35-12:05
3: 12:08-12:38
4: 12:40-1:10

Food Service Department News

Did you know that you can add money, check balances and view what your child is eating for lunch on the Food Service Parent Portal? You can even pay your textbook rental invoice at the same time! Simply to go

If you need your username and password, just email or so we can provide you one.

Need to speak to someone in the Food Service Department? You can also call us at 317-869-4381 or 317-869-4389. To view the Food Service website, go to


Don't forget to join our Parent Teacher Association and support all of the wonderful student activities and events throughout the school year!

Please contact our PTA President Crystal Eward for more information:

The mission of Liberty Park Elementary, in partnership with its parents and surrounding community, is to provide every learner with the personalized learning experience they deserve to take ownership of their learning and become a contributing citizen in our global society.


The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.