Park Layne Elementary Monthly News

May 2018

Welcome to Our Digital Newsletter

Our digital newsletter contains lots of links and information we hope will make it easier for our families to stay in touch with what's going on at Park Layne Elementary. Please be sure you've signed up for our remind text messages as this is the way the newsletter will initially be sent out each month. To sign up follow this link. We would welcome any feedback on the newsletter as well.

Reaching for our Reading Goals

Students have been working hard all year on their academics and that hard work is paying off as more and more students are reaching their end of year benchmarks. Please help your child by making sure you have them read to you every night. When students aren't bringing home a baggy book, don't stop reading books and practicing those sight words. Also, please sign up to participate in the summer reading program at the New Carlisle Public Library so that your child can continue to practice reading all summer long. The summer slide is very real. Students who don't practice reading all summer will return in the fall a level or two below where they end up at the end of the year.

Did you know that your child will have access to all of the computer programs they use at school all summer long including Raz-Kids (leveled books your child can read), Lexia Core5 (reading skills) and MobyMax (all subject areas). We will be sending home a reminder of how to access these programs at home in a few weeks. Please set up a routine to make sure your child takes advantage of this opportunity all summer long.

End of Year Reminders

As we wind down this school year, we want to remind you of a few things.

  • Make sure you have paid school fees, fines and returned spring pictures or paid for them. Report cards will be held if these things are not taken care of and these fees and fines stay with your child every year and must be paid in order to graduate.
  • Return or pay for Spring Pictures
  • Dress your child to run and play. Please no flip flops or high heels. Tennis shoes are best.
  • Our Lost and Found is overflowing. If your child has lost a jacket or lunchbox, please have them check Lost and Found or stop by your self to check it out.
  • Transportation Changes for 18/19 School Year - Please be sure to notify us of any changes in your child's transportation for next year. If we don't hear from you, we will set it up for next year as it was for this year.

PTO Spring Festival a Great Success

Thanks to everyone who helped make our PTO Spring Festival such a huge success. Thanks to our PTO officers for their hard work in organizing the event. Thanks to everyone who worked a shift, donated pop, cake, etc. Thanks to everyone who came to the event, purchased presale items, participated in the silent auction, etc. We would love to get you involved in our PTO if you aren't currently. Sign up for Remind alerts for PTO by following this link. Check out the PTO Facebook page for updates as well. Our last PTO meeting of the year will be held on May 7 at 7pm at TJ Chumps in Huber Heights. Join us as we wrap up our year and make decision for next year.

Mrs. Adkins' Class and Miss Howell's Class are Box Top Champs!

Mrs. Adkins' first grade students brought in 97 Box Tops in March and earned the rotating class trophy, bragging rights and each student got a new pencil. Miss Asper's kindergarten class was tied for second with Mrs. Mullen's kindergarten class with each class bringing in 90 Box Tops.

In April, Miss Howell's 1st grade class came out on top with 286 Box Tops. Mrs. Mullen's kindergarten class was second with 231 and Mrs. Boggs's class brought in 203 for a third place finish. We have collected 15,171 Box Tops this year for total earnings of $1,517.10! Thanks so much and please keep collecting Box Tops and spreading the word to family and friends.

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Morning Announcements on YouTube - Live and Recorded

Click the link to get to our YouTube page where you can search a date and see our annoucements. Remember, kids are featured on the announcement for their birthday, when they are Hot Ticket Winners and kids also serve as announcers of the lunch menu and weather. We had to create a new YouTube channel when we began using Google Hangouts to record our announcements. We do our announcements each day at 8:40 am. You can watch them live by going to our channel a few minutes before and searching the date. (i.e. 3.4.18)

Remind Text Message Alerts - Stay Connected

If you don't get our building level text message alerts, please text @parklayne to the number 81010 to sign up today. You will get reminders about scheduled delays and days off school, spirit days, Boxtop Collections Days, deadlines for spiritwear, yearbooks, etc.

We Need Your Help

We are asking for donations of the following items:

  • Extra Clothes for Kids Who Have Accidents at School. Sweatpants are best but any long pants - boys and girls - Sizes 4 - 10
  • Items for Dressing Kids for the 100th Day of School - We keep extra costumes for our Fall Parade so thought we could do the same for the 100th Day for kids who forget. If you have any of the following you could donate, that would be great; old eye glasses we can pop the lenses out of, costume jewelry like pearls, sweaters for girls, suspenders or ties for boys, etc.

National Trails Parks and Recreation Spring Brochure

Click the link for a complete list of all of the wonderful programs offered this spring through our wonderful National Trails Parks and Recreation District.

Creepy Crawly Critters

Our first graders under the production of Mrs. Enloe, our music teacher, put on two outstanding performances. The songs they sang and danced to all had an outdoor theme. Students dressed as if they were going out to look for bugs or have an outdoor adventure. They wowed the audience with their singing, instrument playing and motions.

Minute to Win It - PBS Reward

Our latest Positive Behavior Support Reward was a very lively game of "Minute to Win It". Every student who qualified to attend the reward was able to come up on stage and play one of our silly games. Students had one minute to complete the task while their friends and classmates cheered them on. There are over 100 pictures of the event on our website. Click here to check them all out. A few photos are featured below.

Young Author's Contest and Conference

For the first time, Tecumseh Local is hosting it's very own Young Author's Contest and Conference. All Park Layne students were able to submit a piece of writing to be considered. A team of staff members read through all the selections and chose the top twelve entries. Those authors were then invited to attend the Young Author's Conference along with the winners from the other buildings in the district. All of these young author's will spend the day learning more about the craft of writing along with illustrating, story telling, book making and more. Our winners are pictured below and include: Jocelyn Sharbaugh, Rilynn Venable, Audrie Grubb, Clayton Lightner, Soren Johnson, Allie McKinley, Kaylee Rudy, Kylah Chassereau, Amelia Christopher, Addison Hayes, Madie Vito, and Madilynn DiMichele. Congratulations to our Young Author's and a huge thank you to Mrs. Ray, our librarian for heading up this new event and representing Park Layne Elementary on the district committee along with our federal grants coordinator, Mrs. Gehret.
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Upcoming Events


Week of May 7 - Staff Appreciation Week - Please consider writing a note of thanks to a special teacher, bus driver, cook, latchkey aide, etc. and let them know what you appreciate about them.

17 and 18 Kindergarten Assessment for next year's K students by appt.

22 Field Day

24 Last Day for Students

24 Early Release Day - Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm


15 First Day of School 19/20 School Year for Students in Grades 1-12