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We're All In This Together 9.27.2020

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Lamar CISD Grading Period Pivot

September 24, 2020

Lamar CISD Parents,

As we work through this unique school year together, the District must remain flexible to balance both on-campus and virtual instruction.

Since family sentiments and needs can change as COVID-19 conditions evolve, the State is providing all parents with the option to change learning models at the end of each grading period. Lamar CISD also understands that in this time of uncertainty, it’s important that parents have educational options for their students.

As the first grading period comes to an end, many students will be transitioning between virtual and on-campus learning. As this transition occurs, it is our intent to minimize classroom shifts as much as possible, however, the need to balance class sizes and schedules with two different instructional models will likely require some of our virtual students to have a different teacher for the second grading period, even if they haven’t changed learning models. In rare cases, some of our on-campus students may also have to shift classes to accommodate the master schedules associated with both instructional models.

We want to reassure parents that we will always look for ways to minimize disruption when it comes to class schedules, but we also want to be transparent about the scheduling challenges that are a direct result of this unique year and the associated state requirements.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the learning model change or your child’s specific class, you are encouraged to contact your child’s campus.

To view the District’s COVID-19 safety protocols and more information on virtual and on-campus instruction, please click here.

We appreciate your patience and continued support throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Change of Instructional Modalities Parent Form ~ September 28 - October 09, 2020

Parents will be able to change their student’s learning model at the end of each grading period. Any requests for changes to the student’s learning model must be made in writing to the school registrar two weeks before the end of the grading period. Thus, a Skyward form will be available for parents to complete to begin making this change request on Monday, September 28, 2020. The Skyward form will be due from elementary parents on October 9th. Please call 832-223-5600 with questions.

A Few Reminders

1. Please make all Transportation Changes by phone to the Front office at 832-223-5600 by 2:15 p.m. to ensure proper delivery of the note to your child’s teacher.

2. If you need to pick your child up during the day, please drive up and call the front office at 832-223-5600 for assistance.

3. To avoid excessive handling, we kindly ask that you please refrain from dropping off any lunches or items that your child may have forgotten at home.

4. Please verify that ALL Emergency Contacts listed in your child’s Skyward account are marked Yes/No for student pick up. If an Emergency Contact is marked No for pickup, the front office will not release your child.

Fall Picture Day, Friday, October 2, 2020

Picture Day is 10/02/2020, mark your calendar! Ordering online is easy, visit inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/52930MF

Grab and Go Meals


Parents, we are offering free meals for virtual learners and children in the community who are 18 years and younger via our curbside meal ordering! The ordering link is available below and MUST be filled out by Wednesday, at 8pm. Please help us plan correctly and eliminate waste by pre-ordering on-time. Visit our website for more information about curbside pickup locations.

https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdo.../viewform

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Smart Tag Update

The Parent Portal for SMART Tag was opened on Monday, September 21st. You can now register and view your child’s ridership information via the Parent Portal. Parents may see when and where their child got on and off the bus via a webpage on their computer or smart device. You may also receive notifications via text that the bus will soon be at their morning stop.

https://www.lcisd.org/departments/support-services/transportation/smart-tag-information

Project Learn Parent Engagement Oppotunities

Please see the attached flyer at the bottom of this newsletter.

Free Flu Clinic

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Friends of Culver - PTO

Request to join their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/272038063994504/?ref=share

Their Email Address: thomasculverpto@gmail.com

~October Breakfast Menu~

Click on link below to view the breakfast menu for October.

I'll add the link once the October breakfast menu is available.

~October Lunch Menu ~

If students are not eating the lunch provided, they are encouraged to bring their lunch to school with them. Click on link below to view the lunch menu for October.

I'll add the link once the October lunch menu is available.

~Counselor Connection~

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Upcoming Events

September

  • September 28 - University Day
  • September 28 - Change of Instructional Modality Forms are Available via Skyward 09/28-10/09

October

  • October 01 - Progress Reports Go Home
  • October 02 - Fall Picture Day (On Campus Students)
  • October 02 - PBIS Store
  • October 05 - Parent Forum - Title 1 Information..5:00-6
  • October 08 - VIRTUAL Parent Night (PreK, K, ECSE, Pegasus and 1-5) This event is for virtual and on campus learners.
    1. Parent Forum - Title 1 Information ..............4:30-5
    2. Session I.........................................................4-4:30
    3. Session II........................................................4:30-5
    4. Session III.......................................................5-5:30
    5. Session IV.......................................................5:30-6
    6. Administrator's Q&A...................................... 5:30-6
  • October 09 - Change of Instructional Modality Deadline for Elementary Students
  • October 23 - End of 1st Nine Weeks
  • October 26 - Beginning of 2nd Nine Weeks
  • October 29 - Early Release at 11:30 a.m.
  • October 30 - Early Release at 11:30 a.m.

November

  • November 01 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
  • November 03 - Election Day 2020
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 13 - Fall Pictures (Virtual Students)
  • November 13 - Fall Pictures Retakes (On Campus Students)
  • November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break

~OUR MISSION~

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Administrator's Contact Information

Principal C. Thomas, cathomas@lcisd.org

Asst. Principal C. Flemming, carolyn.flemming@lcisd.org