Locust Street Expressive Arts

Learning Through the Arts Best Prepares Students for Life

March Newsletter

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Kindergarten Registration-OPEN NOW

Do you have a kindergartener coming to Locust Street next year? Do you have friends who have children who will be kindergarten age? Kindergarten registration is NOW OPEN!!! You can register your kindergartener at:

All kindergarten students who do not live in the Locust Street attendance area must be registered by March 15 in order to be eligible for the lottery! Here is the district webpage for more information on the lottery:

If you incoming kindergartener is a sibling of a current lottery students, you must fill out the registration online. It will submit for your home school, THEN please email Ms. Erica at and she will get your incoming kindergartener switched over to LSE.

If you are UNABLE to register online, please call to set up an appointment to fill out paperwork with Ms. Erica in our main office. 573-214-3530.

We are looking forward to meeting our newest Phoenix!

Read Across America Week!

March 1-5 we will be celebrating Read Across America Week at LSE. We challenge you to read as much as you can this week and dress up each day! Complete the QR code form in the flyer Mrs. Burkemper sent home for a chance to wind a Skylark Bookshop Gift Certificate! If you read 10 books you will get a Phoenix button!
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Summer School

Summer SUNsation K-8 is coming again to Columbia Schools this summer. K-8 summer school will run six weeks this year with mornings consisting of academic lessons that will help students continue learning during the summer and prepare them for the next school year. Afternoon courses will provide students with new adventures such as constructing models, solving puzzles, and creating new “worlds” on Minecraft. Afternoon courses emphasize “learning by doing” activities that combine fun and thinking skills.

  • Save the dates:
    • June 14 – July 23 for your child to join friends for this opportune summer experience.
    • Online Enrollment for Summer SUNsation K-8 will open on Monday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. Parents of current grades K-7 will have access to online enrollment by going to the following site:
      • For those who require a paper copy, teachers will have enrollment forms they can send home the week of Parent/Teacher Conferences.
  • Note: Elementary EEE, Fine Arts Explorers, and Fun City do not enroll online as they will receive paper enrollments from their teachers.
  • Adventure Club information for elementary students can also be found at the link above. Enrollment for Adventure Club will begin March 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

The most efficient way to contact the summer school office is by email:

You can also leave a voicemail message for K-8 questions at 573-214-3995.

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PTA Spirit Wear Fundraiser

PTA has decided to host another online store. This store will be open until March 5th, meaning this is the LAST WEEK TO ORDER!

Only gray shirts this time BUT hopefully more sizes! Your store link is live:

Picture Retakes - March 15

Here is your retake picture date and order information.

Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary School (in-seat ONLY)

Monday, March 15th

New students can order at:

and enter code: 49888R

Retakes: If students have already purchased photos and want a retake they do not need to reorder - they just need to return their original order packet to the school office and the photographer will pick those up at the end of the day.



Ordering available until: March 26, 2021

Full-Color Yearbook: $6.00

To order visit: and enter this code: 53617G

Or return envelope with cash, check or money order payable to: Locust Street Expressive Arts Elem.

*Yearbook includes in-seat and CPSElementary@MU students of LSE!

Tie Dye LSE Shirts

We have scheduled our tie dye day for Thursday, March 4th.

In-person students will tie dye during the day with their classroom. Some teachers will send home shirts with washing instructions, some teachers will take home these shirts and wash them for students.

CPSElementary@MU students are welcome to tie dye their shirts as well. Ms. Donoho will have your screen printed shirt soaked in soda ash and ready for tying when you arrive. Students will tie AND dye on the same day. Students will take home their shirts with washing instructions.

CPSElementary@MU Students -Black Box Theater:

3:30-4:00 - Last Name A-F

4:15-4:45 - Last Name G-O

5:00-5:30 - Last Name P-Z

ALL STUDENTS: 2021-22 Learning Mode

As we begin to plan for the upcoming 2021-22 school year we are beginning to think about families selecting their learning mode.

The form the district has created is now open to ALL students grades K-5 for families to select their learning mode. You can select in-person or virtual.

Technology Services has built a form to help us collect this information in the easiest and most accurate manner possible. Please take a moment to fill out this survey, directions are below.

Thank you, Mrs. Coggins

Directions to Families
1. Log into the CPS Portal using your Guardian ID and password.
Link for Families:

2. Click on the 'Virtual/In-Seat Survey' icon

3. Complete and Submit your response. This will record your student’s learning mode (virtual or in-seat) for the entire 2021-2022 school year.


Remember you student should bring their iPad to school everyday! Students use their iPads in Media class and throughout the school day with their classroom teacher. Mrs. Burkemper only has a few iPads in the library for those who forget to bring them to school!

PTA: Silent (Online) Auction


Each year PTA puts on a silent auction, The Avenue of the Arts. The money raised from this auction solely supports our Artist in Residence program. The Artist in Residence program at LSE is a way for our teacher to bring in local artists to the classroom.

Each year our classrooms create amazing pieces of art for the auction and we look for local donations.

This year PTA has decided we will hold an online auction. We are looking for volunteer who would love to help make this project a success. If you are interested in helping out, our NEXT meeting is this Thursday MARCH 4TH at 6 pm via zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Thank you for your support,


Lottery Process

The lottery window opens April 5th - 23rd. Student must be registered at CPS and have a student number before applying for the lottery.
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Please remember to call (573-214-3530) and let us know if your child will not be at school. You can also email Ms. Erica at

Mark Your Calendars

February 16-March 5: Parent/Teacher Conferences via Zoom

March 3 - Custodial Appreciation Day

March 4 - TIE DYE DAY

March 4 - Silent Auction Meeting

March 5 - PTA Spirit Wear Closes!

March 8 - School Board Meeting via Zoom

March 9 - PTA/ASC Meeting via Zoom

March 10 - Teacher Work Day - NO ZOOM

March 11 - CPS@MU Material Pick Up 3:30-6:00 pm

March 15 - Picture Retake Day

March 29-April 2 - No School: Spring Break