Lesslie Elementary School

January 8, 2016

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 12 - Mrs. Donovan's Class to Carroll School
Jan. 13 - Mrs. Curenton's Class to Carroll School
Jan.14 - Doughnuts for Dads - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Jan. 19 - Ms. Cavagnaro's Class to Carroll School
Jan. 21 - BLUE PE Club
Jan. 25-29 - Book Fair
Jan. 28 - Family Night - Book Fair will be open

From the desk of the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year! I am so excited about our second semester of the school year! Our students and teachers are working hard to help our students learn at high levels.

We are thrilled to welcome Emily Allen, first grade teacher, to our staff. Ms. Allen is a graduate of Fort Mill High School. She received her Bachelors in Early Childhood and Special Education from the College of Coastal Georgia. Her experience includes teaching Pre-K and completing a long term leave position in kindergarten at York Road Elementary School. We are excited about the energy and ideas that Ms. Allen will bring to our staff.

In an effort to give teachers the opportunity to collaborate to improve instruction as well as student achievement, we will be implementing Enrichment Days beginning January 15, 2016. On Enrichment Days students will report to school as usual but from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., students will engage in interesting and relevant activities that will enhance their school experience. The Enrichment Days will be held on Jan. 15th, Feb. 11th and April 1st. We will receive feedback from students after each Enrichment Day and we welcome your input and suggestions. On Jan. 15th, kindergartners and first graders will have a session on literacy that is being facilitated by Lisa Taylor, literacy coach, and Melanie Westmoreland, district literacy coach. The second session for K5 and 1st grade will be facilitated by Kimberly Massey, district science coach. Second and third graders will have sessions provided by Kimberly Massey, district science coach, and The York County Sheriff’s Department will provide a session on safety. Fourth and Fifth Graders will have sessions on bullying, facilitated by Dr. Kokolis, Associate Superintended of Student Services, and Keith Wilkes, Executive Director of Special Services, and the session on safety provided by The York County Sheriff’s Department. If you have any questions about our Enrichment Days, please feel free to call me at 803-981-1910.

Our literacy activities the week before the holidays were fantastic! Pastries for Pastors was a huge success again. Our students loved having Pastors from local churches reading to them.

The Biography Bottles were also outstanding! Did you see the one of me? I can’t believe that a second grader could catch my features so well. Thanks Hollyn! Our students did a phenomenal job at our Wax Museum on December 18th. Several times, I thought I was listening to the actually person being depicted! Students you are Awesome! Check out the pictures at the end of our newsletter.

I am in the process of meeting with every student to target strategies that he or she can do to improve on the MAPS assessment in the spring. I constantly remind students that our focus is teaching and learning. Our goal at Lesslie is for every student to achieve at the highest level possible. Please continue to encourage and support your child’s education by talking with your child about what they are learning at school, communicating with your child’s teacher, attending family nights and supporting our PTO.

If you have questions or concerns about an issue, please contact your child’s teacher. If after speaking with the teacher, you still have concerns, please contact me or Mrs. Brown, assistant principal, at 803-981-1910.

Children First,

Seberina Myles, Ed. S.

“Our school values learning, achievement, collaboration, and responsibility as cornerstones of our learning community.”

PTO Updates

Thank you for sending in box tops. We raised $888.90 during the first semester! We would like to match or beat this amount for second semester. Please continue to save and send in your box tops.

Our next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. This will be a joint meeting with our School Improvement Council. Dr. Pew, Superintendent of Rock Hill Schools, will be attending to share district information. All parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to attend Please plan to be here. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to win a gift card.

The first Choice Fair is Saturday, March 12th 10:00-12:00 and Tuesday, March 15th 6:00 pm-8:00 p.m. Locations to be announced.

The Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Thursday, February 11th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The cost will be $15.00 per Daddy and Daughter(s). The cost will cover admission, dinner, a picture and a flower. More information will be sent home on January 12, 2016.


Flyers that were previously sent home on paper will now be sent directly through e-mail using Peachjar! This includes newsletters, school schedules, event announcements, fundraisers, lunch menus, and so much more. Please make sure the office has your correct e-mail address.

From the Guidance Counselor:

Happy New Year!

This month in guidance students are gaining an awareness about empathy and understanding others feelings. 1st grade students are finishing up a great friendship lesson with a story called Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and have created wonderful rainbow fish that will be displayed outside of the counseling office once we are done with them. Please ask your students about the rainbow fish friendship lesson.

Donuts for Dads

On January 14th, we will be hosting Donuts with Dad here at Lesslie from 7-7:45 am. This event is open to all fathers or father figure if dad is unable to attend( grandfathers, uncles, family friend, etc). We are asking that only one adult attend with their child or children. Please come out and share a sweet treat with your child or children! There will also be information shared about our WATCH D.O.G program and you will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer. We would love to have you!

The Burroughs' Beat

Lesslie Elementary Kindergarten Presents---a special concert for family and friends

February 9th 6:30 p.m. Lesslie Elementary Cafeteria

Students participating should wear a plain white shirt and blue jeans.

First and Second grades are focusing on rhythm and melody. We are learning to sing and echo patterns and even compose our own!

Third and Fourth grades are beginning to learn ukulele. We will begin by learning how to strum and play chords to accompany songs. We will also be looking at music of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Fifth grade will be playing recorder. After we review what we have previously learned on recorder we will begin to use them with the ukuleles to perform together.

Lesslie now has the privilege of incorporating Opera Carolina's "Minds on Music" program into our morning routine! Each morning songs by one of the composers of the month will be playing the halls of Lesslie. Once a month we will host guest performers that will play works of our composers during the students' lunch periods. This month's composers are Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and John Williams. Tune into WTLL for the morning news and to learn a daily fact about the history, composers, and songs!

Winthrop Basketball

On January 30th Winthrop Basketball will partner with elementary schools in Rock Hill School District to support Back the Pack and schools in our community. The women's game begins at 1:00 p.m. and the men will play at 4:00 p.m. Donations to Back the Pack will be accepted for entrance to the game. Juice boxes and individually wrapped crackers may be donated for general admission into both games. You can also pay $3 per person for general admission and all money goes to Back the Pack. The school with the most supporters at the games will receive $1000.00 and the 2nd and 3rd place schools will win $500.00. One lucky school will win $1,000.00 at the halftime random drawing. Please make plans to attend and let's bring home the money!

The Wax Museum