Learning Express Newsletter

Home of the Mountain Cubs December 2022

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Jesi's Christmas: A Special Project for AASD

Jessalyn Reilly was a former student in the Altoona Area School District. She spent her elementary school years at Juniata Elementary, and went on to be a proud graduate of AAHS.

Jesi is remembered as a bright, bubbly student, who was always kind and considerate of others’ feelings and needs. Her smile was contagious. Former teachers remember the appreciation she had for her family, teachers, and peers. Even at a young age, Jesi was involved in clubs and activities to make her school and community the best it could be! Tragically, Jesi’s life was cut short when she passed away after a car accident at the age of 18.

Fifteen years later, Jesi’s family and friends continue to keep her memory alive through the Jesi’s Christmas organization. Each year, the Reilly family decides on charitable projects to help people in the community at Christmas. This year, the projects include: Christmas for the homeless shelter, collecting items for the Central PA Humane Society, and a Santa’s Workshop to provide toys for families in need. We are so happy to have the students of the AASD participating in this great project! If you are able, please consider sending an item to school with your child, and sharing with them the importance of helping others, kindness, and


Items to donate: (NEW items only, please!)

Humane Society: Dog food, cat food, treats, toys, blankets,

Santa’s Workshop: Toys, games for all ages

Homeless Shelter: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bath/body items, gloves, socks, scarves, hats, clothing items

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Cocoa & Cookies with Santa

LEX's next Family Engagement Night will be December 13th from 4:00-6:00 pm. Activities at this event will include pictures with Santa, design your own cookie, experimenting with circuits to turn on Christmas lights, and creating ornaments. All LEX families are invited to participate!
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The Marianna's Fundraiser Pick Up Date is Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 4:30-6:00 pm. Parents should park in the staff parking lot above the playground and enter through the side entrance. The fundraiser was very successful! We sold over $1600.00 in hoagies and pizzas. Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to future playground improvements!
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Picture Day Retakes - December 14-15, 2022

Provine will be at LEX for picture retakes on December 14 & 15, 2022. Look for a flier to go home that will let you know which day your child's classroom will be completing any retakes. Families who were not satisfied with the first picture, new students, and/or students that were absent are all able to have their child's picture retaken on one of these days. If you need an picture envelope, please contact your child's teacher.
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Altoona Area School District Receives Pre K Counts Funding

Families that reside within the Altoona Area School District and meet the age and income guidelines for Pennsylvania Pre K Counts are encouraged to apply for a full day preschool spot at The Learning Express Preschool. AASD was awarded 2 classrooms with a total of 32 student slots.

Preference will be given to children who were 4 by September 1, 2022. The income guidelines listed below must be met to qualify.

Family Size of 2 = $54,930

Family Size of 3 = $69,090

Family Size of 4 = $83,250

Family Size of 5 = $97, 410

Call The Learning Express Office to inquire at 814-946-8465 ext. 5203

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LEX Student Pick Up Procedures

Everyone's cooperation is needed to ensure dismissal is safe and runs smoothly. When picking up your child please follow these procedures:

1. Always ensure that the person picking up has the PICK-UP CARD that was given to students by their teacher. If you need extra cards, contact your child's teacher. Students will only be released to authorized people with the colored cards.

2. Your child will only be released to people you have listed on your child's emergency contact list. This form was included in your child's registration packet. If you need to add someone to your child's emergency contact form, please contact the school office at 814-946-8465 ext. 5203.

3. Anyone picking up a student should bring an id in case there are any questions or concerns.

LEX Pick Up Times are as follows:

AM 11:25-11:30 a.m.

PM/Full Day 2:55-3:00 p.m.

Reminders/ Upcoming Events

December 8, 2002- Fundraiser Pick Up 4:30-6:00 pm

December 13, 2022- Cookies and Cocoa with Santa Family Engagement Event 4:00-6:00pm

December 14-15, 2022- Picture Retake Days

December 23, 2022 - January 2, 2023 - LEX Closed No School Holiday Break