Leopard News 3/8/2022
Masks, Phones, Kindness, Classified Staff, Calendar and More
Mark Your Calendars:
Classified Staff Appreciation!
This week we are celebrating all our amazing and talented classified staff. This crew makes everything GO here at Laurel and we could not do what we do without them. From maintenance and custodial, to food services; instructional assistants and Walk to Read groups, Laurel is a better school thank to this dedicated team of kind and skilled people.
Beginning March 14th Masks are Optional
Be Kind and Respect the Choices of Others
Beginning on March 14th, masks will no longer be required at school, indoors or out. While we are excited to see the faces of our kids and have them see eachother, we know that there are many in our community who will continue to wear a mask by choice for a variety of reasons. We are working this week to ensure that all kids know the expectation to be kind and respect the choices of others on this issue.
Changes to the Calendar - March 17th is a Regular School Day
The school board approved a change to this year's calendar at the last Regular Board Meeting. As you know, we have missed 3 full school days this year due to inclement weather. March 17 is now a school day for students. Below the changes are illustrated on the calendar.
Current Calendar: Revised Calendar:
- March 17 was a Record keeping Day/Non-Student Contact Day
- March 18 was a PA Day
- March 28 was a Non-Contract Day
- March 17 is now a Student Contact Day
- March 18 is now a Record keeping/Non-Student Contact Day
- March 28 is now a PA Day - Non-Student Contact Day
Students and Phones at School
We have had an increase in the number of kids who have phones or smart watches at school. I know that these tools are valuable for parents connecting with kiddos for after school plans, but they cause distractions during the school day for the owner and others.
It is our policy that phones are turned off and put away, all day as soon as a student is at school. This is to help ensure that:
- phones are not ringing or buzzing in backpacks or desks during class
- students are not tempted to have their phone out for games or messaging
- phones are not being used in other ways that are distracting or inappropriate
If you need to reach your child during the school day, please call us at 514-998-2386.
Preschool Promise Information for Fall 2022
My name is Yajaira Guzman and I am the newest member of the Preschool Promise Enrollment Team.
As our 2022-23 program year approaches, I wanted to reach out and share with you all that we now have an internal 22-23 Family Interest List so that families can be emailed or mailed our 22-23 application when it becomes available in early summer. To get on that list, interested families can call, text (541-357-5819) or email (email@example.com) with the adult first and last name, the child’s date of birth, if they would like the app emailed or mailed when it becomes available, their preferred language and their email or mailing address depending on their request. You, as community helpers, are also welcome to call, text or email to place a family on that list if they have given their permission.
Please help us spread the word far and wide, particularly to members of our Priority Populations, so that we can get folks our application when it becomes available. As always, once it becomes available, our application will be accessible on our website. The 22-23 Family Interest List is just a way for folks to skip having to monitor our website for 22-23 application release.
Feel free to reach out at any time, I am more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Projected 22-23 Priority Populations
- Children of Color
- Children who are emerging language learners
- Children with special needs who have an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP)
- Children who live in rural/ geographically isolated communities, particularly where there is not a Preschool Promise location.
- Children living in socially complex families, including children of teen parents, parental incarceration or in treatment for substance abuse; parents who have cognitive limitations/intellectual disabilities; student parents
Keeping Kindness Top of Mind - All Month Long!
All month long, kids and staff at Laurel are focusing on kindness. We are looking for acts of kindness in all parts of the day and celebrating them to help keep kindness on the mind of everyone in the Laurel community. You can be a part of this by asking your learner some of these questions when you talk about the day:
- What did you do today to show kindness?
- Did someone do something kind for you?
- Did you see others being kind or helpful?
- How do you feel when you help someone?
- How do you feel when someone is kind to you?
- What is something you can do tomorrow to demonstrate kindness?