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Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


It was so wonderful to welcome your children back to Lions Park this week! There is nothing like the smiles, excitement, and even nervous energy that come with a new school year. It has been a busy and productive week of learning new routines and getting to know and reconnect with friends.


We have spent a lot of time this week teaching the children our expectations. We expect that children act in a safe, responsible and respectful manner during their time at school. Children are explicitly taught what these expectations look like in all areas of the school and are given opportunities to practice. For example, on the first morning of school all students were brought to the lunchroom by their teachers for a discussion about what it looks like and sounds like to be safe, responsible and respectful at lunch. We also had a whole school assembly where we discussed hallway, bathroom and playground expectations. We finished the assembly dancing as a school to the song "What I Am" by Will.I.Am. The song says, in part, "There's only one me, I am it, Have a dream, I'll follow it, It's up to me to try". We are so excited to work with your children this year to set goals and help them to achieve those goals!


Safety is a top priority for us at Lions Park. Next week we will have Safety Week. During the course of this week, we will do our required evacuation (fire) drills, shelter in place (tornado) drills and lock down drills. I will explain to students on Monday morning that we practice for emergencies in the same way we practice for sporting events or the way we study for tests. We want to be comfortable evacuating the building, taking shelter and locking down, so that if we ever have to do them, it will be less frightening. Feel free to talk with your children this weekend if you feel they will need greater preparation than that.


In addition to having plans in place for emergencies, we want to make our daily routines as safe as possible. We have had all staff members outside during these first days of school, and we have many staff members who will be outside at arrival and dismissal all year long. We need your cooperation in keeping everyone safe by walking and driving safely and following all posted signs. Please do not walk through the bus turnaround at arrival and dismissal. There is a sidewalk around it that is safe, but do not walk across where the buses load. Even if you are able to do so safely, it sets a poor example for students who may then try to do it themselves and not be able to do so as safely. Finally, we have drop off/pick up zones on School and Council. These areas area not for parking. If you wish to walk your child to his or her door, please park further south of Lions Park on School Street or Elm Street and walk.


We will have our back to school night for parents on Thursday, August 29th. The full schedule can be found at this link. We respectfully ask that you not bring children, so that all present can focus on the information shared. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with you at this event.


Lions Park is now on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow us on one or both!

Twitter - @lionspark_d57

Instagram - lionspark_d57


Warmly,

Katie Kelly

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, August 26- Friday, August 30 - MAP Math and ELA testing for second-fifth grade

Thursday, August 29 - Back to School Night, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, September 2 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 5 - Board of Ed Meeting Closed Session, 6 p.m. @ Admin.

Monday, September 9 - PTO Meeting, 7 p.m.

Friday, September 20 - PTO Room Rep Meeting, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, September 25 - LP Picture Day

Thursday, September 26 - Board of Ed Meeting & Public Hearing, 7 p.m. @ FV

Monday, September 30 - NO SCHOOL