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December 3, 2023
This week we will be taking our winter iReady assessments. Tuesday will be for ELA and Thursday will be for Math. As a reminder, we follow a testing schedule on those days. You can find that schedule here, should you need it. Please take some time to review with your child the importance of taking his/her time, not rushing, and doing his/her personal best. These results will inform staff on how to best meet your child's academic needs.
Also, in January, school librarians will be deploying surveys to students about the library media program in each school. Results from this survey will be used to improve library programs, instruction, and collections (both print and digital). The questions can be viewed here: Elementary Student, Secondary Student. Like other surveys your child has participated in during their time in Liberty Public Schools, you can elect to decline your student’s participation. The LPS Parent Survey Decline Form was sent out in August and included the option to decline Library Media Survey participation. You may also complete the form at this time. Please complete the form by January 6th if you would like to opt your student out of the Library Media Survey. This information and links to the questions and decline form are also available on the LPS Libraries website under Library Media Parent Information. Thank you for your ongoing support of your student(s) and of our school district.
Lastly, thank you so much for all those that signed up for Holiday Mart donations. We greatly appreciate all the support. As a reminder, those items need to be dropped off in the office by WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6th.
Looking forward to a great Week #16 together.
December 21: End of First Semester (Early Release)
December 22: Winter Vacation Begins (Schools Closed through January 2)
HMS Art Show
You are invited to the HMS Art Show on Thursday, December 7th! Please join us any time between 4:00 - 6:00 pm to celebrate the artwork from 7th & 8th grade students. This is a come and go, open house style event, where you can walk the first floor of school taking in the amazing artwork from this semester. Students have been working hard creating drawing, clay, painting, and collage projects and we’re so excited to share these wonderful projects with you!
VIP Tickets for Holiday Mart- On Sale Now
If you'd like to be the first to shop the Heritage Holiday Mart, VIP tickets are on sale now! Use the link here or the link below to be taken to a Cheddar Up site to pay for your VIP ticket. There is no cover charge for Saturday's shoppers. Only 250 VIP tickets are available! See the flyers below.
After School Activities- OFF
After school activities are OFF this week.
8th Grade Families
It’s time to start thinking about classes and programming at LNHS. As this semester continues, 8th grade students are getting the opportunity to learn more about the programs offered at the High School Level. Students will receive presentations from the following programs during the school day.
- Join us in EDGE! Applications for students are now open and run through February 2, 2024. Any Liberty Public School students who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2024/2025 school year are eligible to apply. Application information can be found on the EDGE website under "Recruitment and Enrollment" : https://www.lps53.org/edge
- If you prefer a single link to the flier to programs offered at the high school level:
- EDGE Flier
- AVID: presentation for students is scheduled for 12/14
- North Nation: - not scheduled yet
- HS Counselors will be visiting all 8th graders at HMS on 12/12 to give a course overview. They will be back on 1/17 to have 8th graders choose their courses for next year. Then, they will come on 1/30 to submit course selections for Freshmen year.
Would you like to learn more about your child’s college and career journey?
Check out SchooLinks! Scan the QR code below on the flyer visit the link below for more information about SchooLinks, including helpful documents and overview videos.
Updating iPads before Testing
Please note: To avoid issues with the approaching I-Ready testing window, please make sure student's iPads are updated to at least iPadOS 17. If the iPads are on any version before iPadOS 17, they may not be able to install updates to the I-Ready application. This will prevent students from being able to take the test. We have been running into issues with iPadOS 16 on student and staff iPads. These issues are preventing the devices from getting app installs and updates. Not being able to get app updates can cause issues taking state tests or with other apps like Lexia and iReady that require you to be on the latest version. While we have run into some printing issues on iPadOS 17, the more important issue of having up to date apps to be able to do school work and testing takes precedence. We are encouraging all staff and students to update their iPads to the latest version of 17. Staff can view a tutorial on how to update here. This tutorial site is only available to staff so if you want to share the information with your students you can show it on the projector. We would recommend updating after school to not disrupt classroom time.
LNHS Color Guard
Please see the flyer below for some Bingo with the Grinch!
Phasing Out of Loaner iPads
We know this will be a shift in practice, so we wanted to get this information out soon to families. Starting in January, we will no longer be offering loaner iPads for students who forgot their device at home. We are asking your support to encourage responsibility from your student to arrive at school with a charged iPad each and every day. Should students not remember their tech, we will allow a call home to see if it can be dropped off. But, if that is not possible...it will be student's responsibility to take notes on paper and turn in work at a later time.
Talking about this change with students over the next month and a half will be helpful. Please feel free to start reminding your student to come prepared to class. We are keeping the charging station in the LMC should students need some charging during the day. Thank you for the support.
What Happens on a Snow Day?
As winter quickly approaches, the potential for winter weather conditions will increase. Know that we are committed to monitoring conditions closely. Please take note of the following important reminders in the event we would need to cancel our in-person classes at LPS (or implement a delayed start or early release schedule).
Something we plan to continue for the 2023-2024 school year is that LPS will treat the first two inclement weather days as traditional snow days, meaning there will be no in-person OR virtual classes on these days. It would be our expectation that students and staff are able to use these days as opportunities to enjoy time at home to relax, refresh, and do something you enjoy. Additional information to know regarding these first two potential snow days include:
- There would be no expectation for students or staff to engage in virtual activities.
- A THRIVE Activity Board will be available for students who have an interest in participating in academic activities.
- Before/After School Care (Kid's Zone) would continue to be offered for those families signed up for the program. Additional details regarding this program and inclement weather days are provided later in this message.
In the event we would have more than two inclement weather days, LPS would then transition to providing virtual learning for students. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is allowing for Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) days that provide us with the flexibility to allow virtual learning to take place on these days. This will also allow us to greatly reduce the chances for the need to make up days at the end of the school year in May and/or June.
Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Schedules (Inclement Weather Days 3 +):
In the event in-person classes are canceled, your child’s school and/or teacher will email families with detailed information that includes classwork, instructions, etc. An LPS Virtual Schedule for Families document will also be made available and emailed prior to the start of the virtual day.
For secondary face-to-face learning students, your child’s school will also communicate as to how the school closure will affect the remainder of the week’s school schedule.
Before/After School Age Care (Kid’s Zone): In the event school must be canceled due to inclement weather conditions, our LPS school-age care program (Kid's Zone) will be open and available at Liberty Oaks Elementary from 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for children currently enrolled in this program. No enrollment or advance sign up necessary. Snow Days will be billed at the Non-School Day rate of $35. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided. Please note that children will need to be signed in by 9 a.m. Parents, please remember to bring your parent pickup card with you.
Communication: Decisions about school closings are made by the administration and communicated to parents via several sources, which include QuickNews, Blackboard Automated Phone Calling Service, District Facebook and Twitter pages, LPS District website, local television stations, KLPS Channel 18, and our mobile app. With our Automated Phone Calling Service the most instant and direct means of sharing this information, we encourage our families to review your contact information in PowerSchool. We would also encourage families to contact the main office of your child's school if your phone number, email address, etc. needs to be updated.
It is always our goal to be able to make a decision to share with families by no later than 5:30-5:45 a.m., or if possible, the evening prior. Parents should keep their children home if they believe weather conditions are too threatening or severe. Early dismissals or late starts to the school day due to weather conditions are rare; however, parents should instruct children as to what to do, whom to contact, and where to go should school be dismissed early.
Early Dismissals/Late Starts: While not preferred, there is a chance we may need to either dismiss school early or start the school day late due to inclement weather conditions. If this decision were to be made, we would communicate with families as early as possible in order to provide appropriate planning time.
As always, we thank you for your continued partnership as we remain committed to keeping the safety of our students and staff as our top priority.
Office of Communications
Liberty Public Schools