Lenski Weekly Update

September 16, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

What a fun week we had! Thank you to everyone who took a moment to donate and help your student prepare for our Run4Fund$ event! A HUGE thank you to our amazing PTO for making this event possible for us! We all had so much fun!

This week we began iReady testing for reading and math at Lenski. It is helpful to provide us with a baseline on where students are at and helps us (and students!) goal-set where they want to be by the end of the school year. Many thanks to our teachers for making this happen for our school.

Our 5th grade students interviewed for job positions for their upcoming Young Ameritowne field trip. THANK YOU to all the amazing parent volunteers we had to help conduct the interviews for our young leaders. We appreciate your advice, feedback, and time with our 5th graders!

As we look forward, we are excited about our family movie night on September 23rd! We will have students determine our movie. Please plan on bringing blankets and anything to help make you and your family warm and comfortable. We are looking forward to this fun community event!


Jessica Slattery

From the Office

Our first Lenski Accountability Committee meeting will take place this Monday, September 19th from 1:30-2:30. Please click here to view our agenda. Here are our meeting dates for the 22-23 school year.

A friendly reminder that school begins at 7:50 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We have noticed many students trickling in after the bell has rung. It is our expectation that students should be in their classroom when the bell rings. Thanks for working to get your student here on time. It makes a difference for them

Halloween at Lenski: On October 28th from 4-5pm, we will host a Trunk-Or-Treat event for our community. On October 31st, classes can engage in activities related to Halloween or fall, but no formal parties will take place (it can very challenging with food allergies). We will have a school-wide parade for students and families beginning at about 1:50pm. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer. We are looking forward to making memories!

This is a reminder of upcoming days in the school calendar. There have been several changes to the calendar in the last year, so we wanted you to have this information for your planning purposes.

Friday, September 30th is an elementary non-student day. There will be no school on this day, however SACC will be in session.

Friday, November 11th is a regular elementary school day.

Friday, April 21st and Monday, April 24th are non-student days. There will be no school, however SACC will be in session.

For you reference, you may access the district calendar on the LPS website: https://littletonpublicschools.net/calendars

From the Counselor

Introducing Lenski’s New Part Time Counselor!

Hi Lenski Families! I’m Amy Nixon, and I’ll be a part-time counselor on M/W/Fri with our kiddos here at Lenski. I’m back in school right now myself finishing up my Master’s Degree in School Counseling, and will be tag-teaming with Mrs. Ritchey & Mrs. Baez on our Social-Emotional needs here. I came from Children’s Hospital and I am quickly falling in love with all our the kiddos here at Lenski Elementary! Thanks for letting me learn with all of your great students this year!

Calming strategies

Students at Lenski are learning about ways to calm their brains and bodies when they are feeling stressed, anxious, worried, or upset. Here are some of the strategies they may have heard about:

  1. Belly Breathing - when we are stressed, we often breathe quickly and less deeply. This can affect the way we think and our overall health. Taking slow deep belly breaths helps calm the nervous system and allows the “owl” brain to take over, improving the ability to learn and think. Belly Breathing: Mindfulness for Children

  2. Mindfulness - focusing on a sound, image, or word can calm our brains. Mindful Exercises for Kids

  3. Putting Pressure on the Body - This helps calm the nervous system. Children can give themselves an arm rub, or use their hands to put pressure on their legs. Also try a “self hug”.

There are so many more ways to calm the nervous system! Experiment with different ideas to find what works best for you and your child. 10 Self Calming Strategies for Children

Shannon Ritchey Amy Nixon

sritchey@lps.k12.co.us anixon@lps.k12.co.us

Important Dates

  • September 19th: Lenski Accountability Meeting

  • September 22nd: School Picture Day

  • September 23rd: Wear a Jersey to School Day!

  • September 23rd: Lenski Family Movie Night

  • September 30th: No School for Students

  • October 17th-20th: Conference Week

  • October 20th: No School for Students

  • October 21st: No School for Students

  • October 28th: Trunk-Or-Treat 4-5pm

  • October 30th: LPS Stride!

  • October 31st: School-Wide Halloween Parade at 1:50pm

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