The Liberty Link

August 28, 2020

Volume 11, Issue 2


Liberty Early Elementary is a safe, respectful early childhood community characterized by collaboration, rigor, and fun. We inspire our students to be confident learners, innovative thinkers, and compassionate citizens. Setting big goals for little learners, we prioritize the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics skills to prepare students for the next steps in their educational journey.

A Note from the Principal

We all want our kids to be successful, right? And, research shows that when parents are involved in their children's schooling, the kids are more likely to be engaged in their learning and to do better in school. I know when my own daughters were younger, dinner conversations often revolved around how they were doing in school, what they were learning, and how they did on their tests and papers. Those are certainly worthwhile conversations to have. But recently on my walk, I was listening to a Kind World podcast and what I heard really reshaped my thinking.


"The evidence is clear that in the long run, the kids who achieve the greatest success are not the ones who faced a ton of pressure to get straight As. They're the ones who were taught to be concerned about others and show compassion." -Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business


Dr. Grant even notes that a research study found that 30 years after kindergarten, the children who had been rated as "helpful" by their kindergarten teachers ended up earning more money than those who were the academic stars. So, perhaps it's time to reframe our dinner table conversations to at least include this question every day - "How did you help someone else today?" Thanks for all you do to help your children become the kind people this world needs!

Mrs. Susan Bryant

Dates to Remember

Coming Up at Liberty:

  • Friday, September 4: Hawk Hootenanny Celebrations
  • Monday, September 7: Labor Day; No School
  • Wednesday, September 9: School Picture Day (for in-person learners)
  • Thursday, September 10: Virtual PTO Meeting, 6:00 pm - log on with this link https://msdd.webex.com/msdd/j.php?MTID=m51c8a3703f0c46eb883e4c1d8383c9d4
  • Friday, September 11: School T-Shirt orders due (see flyer below)

Say Hello to more New Staff Members

T-Shirt Orders due September 11

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Please Join us at PTO!

Liberty’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00. This will be a virtual meeting, so you will join us online at: https://msdd.webex.com/msdd/j.php?MTID=m51c8a3703f0c46eb883e4c1d8383c9d4. You don't need to download an app, you can just join from your browser.


We will be electing officers and setting up committees for the year, as well as talking about our first online-only fundraiser. The PTO provides lots of support for students and staff at Liberty and we need your participation to have a successful year. If you are interested in running for an office or serving on a committee, fill out and return the sign up form that will be sent home next week. Whether you want to have a leadership role, or if you just want to help the PTO at one or more of our events, we hope to see you at our virtual meeting at 6:00 on September 10th!

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Transportation Changes

If you need to change your child’s mode of transportation (car to bus or bus to car), remember that changes must be made in writing. You may send a note in with your child or text the school at (317) 296-4226 before 2:00 p.m. It’s fine to call the school office to make sure we’ve received the message. If your child will need to have an address change for bus drop off/pick up, these changes must be made 48 hours in advance using a Transportation Change Form (available in our office). Please note, there are no single day changes to bus transportation, only permanent changes.

News from Cummins

Is your child have difficulty adjusting to school? Is he/she experiencing behavior issues at home or at school? In Decatur Township, we've contracted with Cummins Behavioral Health to provide counseling services for our students. At Liberty, Cummins has a School-Based Therapist and a Life Skills Specialist providing services for issues such as behavior management, opposition and defiance, anxiety and worry, ADHD, self-esteem, family or relationship challenges and grief and loss issues. Through these services, children and families work on coping skills, relationship building, boundary setting and rewards and consequences. All Cummins services are available year round. If you feel your child is struggling with any behavioral or relationship issues and may benefit from services, please call 1-888-714-1927, ext. 1501 to set up an appointment.

Updated Calendar for MSD of Decatur Township

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From the Board of Education:

It is the Board’s commitment to provide a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Any individual who believes a student has been or is the victim of discrimination, bullying, or harassment should report the situation to the building principal or designee or complete the School District’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying report form, which is available online at www.decaturproud.org.