The Lemme Letter

News and Updates from Helen Lemme Elementary

September 13, 2019

Lemme Elementary Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Lemme Elementary School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment of mutual respect to ensure all children achieve high levels of academic success, are prepared to become contributing members of society, and develop a lifelong love for learning.

Thank You

This week, we had another successful Open House at Lemme. Thank you to all of our families who were able to attend and share in learning with their child. I also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the teachers and staff at Lemme for helping make the event such a success. You all make Lemme a better place!

Upcoming Events!

We have several upcoming events happening at Lemme:

  • Lemme Carnival: Saturday, September 21 from 4:00-6:30 (pre-order sales and details will be coming home next week)
  • School Picture Day- Monday, September 23 (order form came home last week- if you need a new one please see the office)
  • Homecoming Parade float making day: September 22 (see information below)
  • City High Homecoming Parade: September 25

City High Homecoming Parade: Lemme Float

This year Lemme Elementary will have a float in the City High Homecoming Parade. To make this successful, we need adult and child volunteers. Please help us decorate the float on Sunday, September 22nd from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the home of Kelly, Damon, Amelia, and Clayton Terrill (816 Evergreen Ct., Iowa City). Parents should plan to stay with their children.

Leopard Apparel Order

Hi Lemme Leopards! I am excited to let you all know that we have an Apparel Store now open for you to order new Lemme Leopards gear! Click on the link below to place your order. All proceeds go to the Lemme PTA.

Lemme Elementary Apparel

The link will expire on September 25th at 11:59pm.

Orders will be delivered to Lemme by 10/9/19 and they will be sent home with your child.

Contact Andrea Hicks at 319-541-1312 or with any questions.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications must be filled out each year. If you think you may qualify or want more information, please contact our Student Family Advocate, Lori Montgomery for more information.

Clubs and Activities at Lemme

We offer different clubs and activities at Lemme that your child may have the opportunity to participate in this year.

  • K-Kids: An elementary school version of Kiwanis Club, focused on service and giving! This club is open to any 3-6 grade student and meets at 7:15 Friday mornings. If you have a student in 3-6, they will be bringing home information soon.
  • Future Problem Solvers- for students in 4,5,6th grades. This group meets Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:15. (See additional Information below)
  • Orff Club- a music group for students in 3-6 grades. This club meets in the mornings at 7:15. Date and additional information will be coming home with students soon.
  • Chess Club: This is a new club that we are looking to start at Lemme this year. Sponsored by the PTA and will be open for 1-6 graders. Please be on the look out for additional information from our PTA.

Future Problem Solvers at Lemme

New to Lemme! Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders can join Future Problem Solving (FPS), an international program in which students use creative problem-solving to help tackle global issues. The group meets each Thursday from September 19th to later March, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The cost of the program is $40 (registration and supplies), and we offer financial-aid scholarships. Students will have the chance to try the program out for a couple of weeks before their formal registration is due. Lemme parent Stacey Hockett Sherlock is the volunteer coach for the program. For more information, or to sign up, email Stacey at To learn more about FPS, visit

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,