Lenski Weekly Update

September 9, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

From the Principal:

Happy Friday! We hope that your Superstar enjoyed wearing their hat to school today!

We will begin iReady testing next week. We use this data to help us know where our students currently are when it comes to reading and math domains. This helps us make instructional decisions for each of our kids, ensuring we are meeting them where they are in order to grow them. Please reach out to your student’s teacher to learn more.

New Hires: We are thrilled to announce that Brittany Ford and Amy Nixon will join the Lenski Staff! Brittany will serve as a Kindergarten Para in Ms. Harken’s class, and Amy will join our Mental Health Team as a part-time counselor. We are honored and excited for these amazing women to join us!

SAAC is Hiring: We are continuing to hire for our SACC program. If you or anyone you know is interested in working with our students, please reach out to Paula Lockyer at plockyer@lps.k12.co.us for more details.

Enjoy your weekend! We are excited to see all our students participate in our Run4Fund$ event next Friday!


Jessica Slattery

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From the Office

Cyber Savvy Parent Workshop

All LPS parents are invited to a special workshop addressing the challenges of parenting in a world of ever-changing technology.

Mini Workshop Topics:

  • Helping Your Child Make Positive Cyber Choices
  • Leveraging Parent Strategies with Your Peers
  • Student Perspectives

This year there are two events:

9/14/2022 at Goddard Middle School; 6:30-8:00 PM

9/28/2022 at Newton Middle School; 7:00-8:30 PM

Lost and Found

  • ALL items with a name will be returned to students.
  • No name? Items will be displayed for viewing and pick up the last Friday of the month.

  • Items left at end of month are donated by the PTO to families in need.

From the Counselor

One of the ways students at Lenski learn social/emotional skills is through the In Focus curriculum. Students may have participated in lessons learning about their brain and how to use calming strategies!

Three parts of the brain:

  1. Brain Stem (Lizard brain in K-2) - Tells us when we don’t feel safe and helps us move our bodies to protect ourselves. This makes it hard to pay attention, sit still, and learn.

  2. Limbic System ( Dog in K-2) - Makes our emotions. This helps us be smart in how we act and how we treat others

  3. Cortex (Wise Owl in K-2) - Used to learn and think. Helps us stop and think before we act. The owl is smart and wise!

Students also are learning ways to help the Owl part of their brain talk to the Lizard part, so it calms down when we feel stressed, worried or scared.

You can help your child at home by asking them, “which part of your brain is in control right now?” If your child is stressed, anxious, worried, etc., encourage them to take some deep breaths or do something to help the Owl take over. Next week I’ll share some of the calming strategies students can use!

Important Dates

● September 16: PTO Sponsored Fun Run!

● September 22: School Picture Day

● September 23rd: Wear a Jersey to School Day!

● September 23rd: Lenski Family Movie Night

● September 30th: No School for Students

● October 20th: No School for Students

● October 21st: No School for Students

● October 30th: LPS Stride!

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