Lakeland Elementary School
February Newsletter 2023
Mrs. Conerly Principal Message
Second semester is here, and we appreciate your partnership, dedication, and relentless focus on creating the conditions that allow us to receive the best version of your scholar each and everyday.
I am proud of our staff for creating intentional learning environments that support ensuring each and every scholar feels seen, valued, and heard.
As we continue to walk and visit classrooms, we are seeing student talk, quality of questioning, and classroom routines continue to strengthen. We will keep the momentum going as we launch the second semester!
Kindergarten Registrations Open January 17, 2023 for the 2023-2024 School Year
Kindergarten registration begins online January 17, 2023 for the 2023-2024 school year.
New Student Registration
Please follow the steps below to complete new student registration.
Create ParentVUE account @ www.fwps.org/kiosk
Select New Student Registration, Create New Account. If you have a FWPS ParentVUE account sign in using your credentials.
Follow the instruction/ process by answering the following questions on site. You’ll receive an email to create a password.
Once you have created your account, you’ll start the registration process by entering your student’s information.
For any questions please contact Lakeland Elementary Data Secretary- Alysia Torres @ 253-945-3002 or Email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance Corner with Mrs. Torres:
Not sure if your scholar/s absence is excuse or unexcused? Here are a few resources to help determine.
For whenever your scholar is going to be out due to illness, doctor’s appointment, family emergency, etc. please call Mrs. Torres @ 253.945.3002 or you may log into your ParentVUE account to excuse your scholar/s absence.
Will your student be tardy? Remember families, we love to see parents faces too! For safety measures and precautions, we ask that families walk their scholar/s into the school building and sign them in at the front office.
We appreciate your continued partnership.
- Normal school operations will prevail unless a change of schedule is announced.
- Expect morning buses to be late during severe weathers.
- If buses cannot complete afternoon routes, students will be returned to their schools.
Out goal is to make information available to families about school closure or changes in the school operations by 5:00 a.m.
PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER BY MAKING SURE YOUR CONTACT PREFERENCES ARE UP TO DATE
For more information about weather-related school closures or delays, please visit our website at www.fwps.org/domain/783.
Free Online Tutoring for Scholars in Grades 4-12
Parent Drop-Off and Parent Pick-up
In the interest of safety, we would like to share the guidelines around parent drop-off and pick-up again.
The SOUTH parking lot (the lot closest to the bus loop) is to be used for PARKING ONLY. Feel free to park and walk your student/s to the gym entrance in the morning or walk up to the school to pick them up at the end of the day. Drive-thru student drop-off and student pick-up is NOT ALLOWED in this lot or the BUS LOOP.
Reminder: the yellow painted curb in the SOUTH parking lot marks a fire zone and MAY NOT be used for drop-off, pick-up or parking.
Drive-thru student drop-off and pick-up is in the NORTH lot ONLY. In the morning you are able to drop-off your scholar and go. The afternoon does get backed up but as soon as our scholars are released, Melissa Carr does a fabulous job getting cars out quickly.
PLEASE help us make parent pick-up and drop-off safe by following these important guidelines.
Thank you for partnering with us to keep your children safe!
Because of You Award:
We’re excited to continue the “Because of You” award nominations this year! Students in grades 3-12 are invited to nominate any Federal Way Public Schools staff member in the district they believe has positively impacted them, their school, and/or their community for the “Because of You” award! Scholars can nominate staff members online by visiting:
Recognitions will begin at the Jan. 24, 2023 school board meeting and will occur monthly until the end of the school year.
Reminders From The School Nurse:
COVID-19 infections remain active in our community. Both COVID-19 and influenza (flu) rates are currently moderate in King County. The CDC recommends a 3-step approach to minimize the spread:
1. Get a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. It’s not too late!
2. Stop the spread of germs by washing hands often; avoid touching eyes, nose, & mouth, clean frequently touched items; covering coughs & sneezes.
3. Stay home if you are sick. Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. Contact the school right away if your scholar tests positive. Get FREE at-home COVID-19 test kits at www.sayyescovidhometest.org.
Thank you for your support in keeping scholars safe and healthy! Still wondering if your scholar is healthy enough to come to school? Please contact the school nurse or your healthcare provider.
In addition, a few reminders:
Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, especially rainy days. The health room is very low on clothes.
· For the Kindergarten and 1st grade scholars, please put 1-2 extra sets of clothes for your child in their backpack for the occasional accident. The health room does not have any smaller size clothing left.
· ALL medication (prescription and over the counter) needs to have an order filled out by a provider to be on campus. This includes any lotions, Chapstick, etc. The health room does not use any lotion – we have Vaseline. To clean wounds, we use soap and water.
· Any injuries that the health room is notified about that involve anything above the shoulders, a head bump form will be filled out and a call to the parent will be made. This is per policy, even if it is considered minor.
Julie Levesque, MSN, RN
February is National Children's Dental Health Month!
We can all agree on the importance of good oral hygiene for a beautiful smile and optimal oral health. Children need to learn proper oral hygiene too—the earlier the better! These tips will help to ensure your child develops good hygiene habits early on.
Help Your Child Brush Their Teeth
Most children lack the coordination to brush or floss their teeth on their own until age 6 or 7. A good rule of thumb is for you to brush your child’s teeth until they have reached age 8, or
until they have mastered good brushing skills.
Brush for two minutes. Really focus on the cavity-prone back upper and lower molars.
Trade off your brushing your child’s teeth with them brushing their own teeth. This gives them the chance to develop important skills and you the chance to monitor their progress.
Allow your child to learn skills from you by watching you brush and floss your own teeth.
Establish a Routine
Help your child establish a healthy hygiene routine by brushing your teeth with them
Make teeth brushing fun! Make up a song or have your child choose a favorite song to groove to at teeth-brushing time.
Brush teeth at least twice a day—after breakfast and before bedtime—with fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Encourage your child to drink water after eating. This helps to clear food particles.
Limit snacks, especially sticky ones and slowly dissolving sugary ones.
Change your toothbrush every three months, or sooner after an illness or if the toothbrush has gotten frayed
Help your child floss. They sell nifty made-for-kids floss that’s on a fun little handle.
Make a dental appointment for your child every six months for a check-up and cleaning.
Carbonated beverages such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Sprite are low in nutrition and high in sugar, acid, and empty calories. Kids who drink more soda are at higher risk for tooth decay.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our School Nurses’ office if you have any questions about dental care or other issues affecting your child’s health.
Choice Enrollment for the 2023-2024 School Year - Open Feb. 1 - Mar 15
Scholar Recommended Booklist!
Click on the link below to nominate your favorite book:
Battle of the Books Information
Hello, this is Ms. Debbie from the library!
Battle of the Books practices will start in the middle of February extending to the middle of April. The grade level of your child will determine which days they will come to the library for practice. Practices will be during the school day at lunch recess. More information will follow in the February newsletter.
Battle of the Book teams must be formed by January 31, 2023. I will be talking to each class to let them know, so teams can sign up before the cutoff date. It is really exciting to see all the children who seem interested in the battle this year!
The district competition has been set for Wednesday, May 10. This is when the winning teams from all the elementary schools will have the final competition to see which team has the most knowledge regarding the books. The winning team gets to have a very nice trophy displayed in the school for the following year with all the past and current winning team names displayed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. I look forward to seeing your child at the competition this year!