The TIGER Times

Together We Will Learn, Excel, and Succeed

A Message from Mrs. Fockler, Principal

August 7th Edition

Dear Lewistown Families,

As we plan for a beginning like no other we have seen in the past, our focus will still be to ensure that:

  • every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected
  • every child, every day is being challenged by new learnings and experiences
  • every child, every day knows they have a champion they can turn to

Spring of 2020 has challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways and required our champions to champion from afar. Our fall may not be “normal,” but our learning will not only continue, it will thrive!! We can’t wait to move on to the next phase of learning under Covid-19 and we know all returning and new students to LES will be welcomed with open arms (virtually) to our community - we will continue to grow!

The school year is quickly approaching, and we are diligently planning and preparing for Monday, August 31st. I will be sending important information over the next few weeks as we prepare. Please remember that there are lots of moving parts to opening the school year virtually and some items are subject to change. We are all working hard to transition to a positive virtual environment.

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards so that there will be no shortage of opportunities for your student to feel challenged on a daily basis with high quality instruction and have a wide variety of options to get connected to their school and fellow students. There are many ways to stay connected- FOF, TIGER Times, LES Website and Twitter @FCPSBFockler and @LESFCPS. Updates will be sent out periodically throughout the next week via FOF- stay tuned!

Our teachers are very excited to meet their new LES Tigers! Schedules are being developed to include a two week phased in approach to full virtual instruction. Classroom teachers will be sharing specific schedules closer to the beginning of school. Virtual school hours will model the "traditional school day" at Lewistown. You can expect synchronous (live face to face) instruction in math, ELA, SS/Science (3 days a week), PATHS (social emotional learning- 2 days a week) and specials.

Please join me for a social distanced Principal Meet and Greet Drive Thru next week! Wednesday, Aug. 12th 8:30 - 10:00am or 3:00 - 5:00pm I will be outside excited to meet our young Lewistown Tigers! I would love to meet every tiger before school starts!

There are many updates that are being shared this week in our Principal Message including devices, scheduling, virtual orientations, shout out student celebrations and more! Please reach out if you have any questions!

Coming soon:

  • Classroom assignments
  • Classroom schedules
  • Communication regarding virtual orientations
  • School supply lists

Together in heart and mind,

Mrs. Belinda Fockler, principal


Mrs. Fockler's August Update

Please join me for a social distanced Principal Meet and Greet Drive Thru next week!

Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 8:30am-5pm

Lewistown Elementary School

Principal Meet and Greet Drive Thru will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12th 8:30 - 10:00am or 3:00 - 5:00pm I will be outside excited to meet our young Lewistown Tigers! I would love to meet every tiger before school starts!

LES Tiger Celebrations!

Team LES Learning & Celebrating!

LEXIA will not be available for the next two weeks as both LEXIA and FCPS are working to update information for the next school year. How can you promote summer learning at home?

Take a look at the additional home resources on our Lewistown Elementary School Website provide by Mrs. Graybill, Math Specialist and Ms. Lawson, ELA Specialist.

ELA Home Resources

Math Home Resources

Have you been reading, writing or working on math this summer? Maybe you are reading at home or creating art projects? Counting money or reading books at home?

It is time to celebrate Lewistown students that are continuing to learn from home! Let's continue to stay active and creative over the summer Lewistown Tigers!

Submit your celebrations in the form of pictures, video clips or describe your learning. We will showcase our young scholars each week in our Lewistown Newsletter!

Parents or students can email any submissions using this link.

LES Student Highlights!

Congratulations to :

Fifth Grade: Colton, Delaney and Matthew

First Grade: Fiona

Way to go for working on LEXIA this summer! Keep up the great work! Keep working your Lewistown Tiger brains!

Chloe & Brooklyn are reading books and using LEXIA!

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Update: Yearbooks should be on their way in August. Stay tuned! We will contact you when they arrive!

A Message from Ms. MacKay, LES Coordinator of Specialized Programs

You Need to ‘Name It to Tame It’ as We Adjust through Changing Times

What amazes me is our children’s ability to adjust to change and do so because we have to. As an educator we are taught the many varied and unusual functions of our nugget- the brain. But what has been most prevalent during these trying times is the flexibility of the brain and how with proper structures in place, we can learn differently. With that being said, there are a handful of administrators in the school system embracing the information in Beyond Behaviors. This book emphasizes the use of brain research and compassion to understand behavioral challenges. It speaks to CO-regulation before self-regulation. The power of relationships! Even my own children have struggled with not having daily interactions with peers and consistent adults like teachers. The text emphasizes the need for trusted adults that can assist a child to recognize their bodies reactions to stresses and external stimuli. Once an individual can recognize their bodies reaction they can name it and begin to use their brain to tame it. You need to name it to tame it!

We are all adjusting, growing, learning and leading through this temporary moment in time. If I can be of support to you or your child I am happy to help. I am at Lewistown during the summer months on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please feel free to email or call so I can connect you to any and all necessary resources.

Wishing Your Family Healthy Minds and Bodies!

Meghan MacKay

Coordinator of Specialized Programs

School Supply Distribution:

Catoctin feeder schools:
Tuesday, August 18, 9 AM-7 PM Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Road, Thurmont

FCPS Chromebook Repairs

Over the summer, FCPS offers centralized locations where you can drop off an FCPS Chromebook if it needs repair.

Here is a list of locations and times: FCPS Repair Locations

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The Lewistown Elementary School Learning Community will strive to promote academic success in order to reach our full potential and strengthen our future. Everyone’s unique qualities will be celebrated and valued, and together we will Learn, Excel, and Succeed!

Lewistown Elementary School

Mrs. Belinda Fockler- Principal

Ms. Meghan MacKay- Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. Kimberly Little- Secretary

Mrs. Stacy Bokinsky- School Counselor