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AUGUST 2019 Newsletter

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Notes from Mrs. Tannahill:

The 2019-20 school year is just around the corner and it's time to welcome our new and returning students and families to Lewis & Clark. As we look forward to the upcoming school year, we want you to know that our entire staff is eager to begin working with you as a partner in your child's education. It's going to be a safe and successful academic year at Lewis & Clark.

CLASS LISTS: We will be mailing out classroom assignments to families who have completed the online registration process in Power School on Thursday, August 15th and classroom lists will be posted on our main entrance windows on Monday, August 19th. Teachers, specialists, and administration thoughtfully began to compile the lists last spring and revisions are frequently being made as new students continue to enroll. Learning styles, academics, and personalities were all considered as we worked to create well-balanced class lists. Be assured as parents that classroom placements were made in the best interest of each student. Although class assignments may be visible in Power School prior to August 19th, changes may still occur up until the first day of school. Due to the thought, consideration of variables, and effort that was put into our class lists, changes will be unlikely once the lists have been posted.

COMBINATION CLASSROOM: Due to a decrease in our first and second-grade enrollment numbers, we will be having a 1/2 combination class this year. We are fortunate to have a Lewis & Clark teacher with expertise in this area. Mrs. Cassie Eriksmoen has past experience as a first/second-grade teacher and is looking forward to meeting the first and second-grade students she will be teaching throughout the upcoming school year!

L&C SAYS GOODBYE TO EMILEE PETERSON & WELCOMES HEAD START: Lewis & Clark is happy to welcome Head Start into our building. We are excited to have preschool students, their families, and three Head Start staff members join our school community! The Head Start classroom will be located where Emilee Peterson taught second-grade last year. Mrs. Peterson has moved to Discovery Elementary where she will be teaching first grade. We will miss Mrs. Peterson at L&C and wish her all the best!

OPEN HOUSE: Please join us from 4-6pm on Tuesday, August 20th from 4-6 pm for our Open House. At this event, you will be able to meet your child's teacher, deposit money into your child's lunch account, drop off your child's school supplies, volunteer to help at our PTO events, and tour our building. Boy & Girl Scouts of America will also be in attendance. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: The first day of school will be on Monday, August 26th. The first bell rings at 8:20am and the tardy bell rings at 8:25am. School dismisses at 3:00pm. See more information below pertaining to breakfast, morning activities, and Wednesday early release options.

SHOUT OUT FOR OUR CUSTODIANS: Jackie Sevigny and Collette Lee have worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure our building is safe, clean, and ready for staff and students. New carpeting has been laid, our elevator has been repaired and the building looks terrific. We appreciate the extra care and effort Ms. Jackie & Ms. Collette put into their work at our school each day and we are thankful for their commitment & dedication.

We are looking forward to another great year! Please read through the remainder of this newsletter as it contains additional important information regarding our school and the Grand Forks Public School District.

Enjoy the rest of your summer,

Kelli Tannahill


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On Line Registration

Online Registration for ALL Students (NEW & CURRENT)

Every student at Lewis & Clark School needs to be registered in the PowerSchool Parent Portal for the upcoming year. If you did not complete this over the spring/summer you will need to do it immediately. Go to Enter your access ID and password and then click on the “Registration 2019-2020” link. Classroom assignments will not be mailed until the online registration process has been completed for your child(ren).

Most of you should have already received your access ID and password. If you have questions please call the office at 746-2285.


Our doors open at 7:40 am for breakfast students. Students who do not eat breakfast at school will be unsupervised until 8:00am.

Students who come for breakfast may enter the building through:

Door #1 (Main entrance-accessible for walkers & bike riders)

Door #3 (Kindergarten door-North side of the building)

Door #4 (Parking lot door)

Parents, Despite our new parking lot, we continued to see parents utilize 13th Avenue South as a drop off location last spring. Please DO NOT do so. You may drop your child off in the Elks Pool Parking Lot or use the convenient drive-through lane in our parking lot. The safety of your child(ren) and others is put at risk when cars stop alongside our building on 13th Avenue South. The Grand Forks Police Department will be sending patrol cars to our neighborhood before school hours and at dismissal time to ensure the safety of our students. Drivers who stop on the north side of 13th Avenue South will be ticketed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Dismissal Options:

In order to ensure a safe learning environment for all students, we dismiss all students outside of our building.

If you plan to park and walk to the building to meet your child, please park in the Elk's Pool parking lot and walk to meet your child.

You may meet your students at the following locations:

Door #1 (East side by flag pole) Second & Third Grades

Door #2 (West side by our L&C sign) Fourth & Fifth Grades

Door #3 (North side) Kindergarten & First Grade

As always, older siblings will meet younger siblings at the YOUNGEST SIBLING’S DISMISSAL DOOR.

If you drive through our parking lot to pick up your child, please plan to use our pick-up lane along the north wing of the building. Students who will be picked up by parents in cars will be dismissed through Doors #3 & #4. Parents, school staff and student safety patrol will be on hand to assist our students to safely get into their cars at the end of each school day.

Upcoming Events

August 20-Open House Night 4:00-6:00pm

August 26- First Day of School (Grades K-9)
September 2-No School-Labor Day

September 9- PTO meeting 6:30 in the library

September 13- RED EVENT 2:30

September 18-1:30 Early Dismissal
September 19- Fall School Pictures
September 27-No School-Professional Development

October 1 & 3 Fall Conferences 4:00-7:00

October 4 -11:20 Early Dismissal-Parent/Teacher Conference


ENCORE-After School Program:

Registration for ENCORE was recently held at Community High School. If you did not register and have questions regarding the program, please call Kayla Erickson, Director at (701) 215-8041 or email at

ENCORE Early-out Club:

Free childcare for early out days (1:30pm-3:00pm) is provided by ENCORE. Students must be registered by August 24th to take part in this program. You may register for ENCORE Early-out Club at our Open House on August 20th. If you have questions about ENCORE Early-out Club, please call Kayla Erickson, Director at (701) 215-8041 or email at


Title 1 Status: Lewis & Clark is a Title 1 school that receives government funding to support the academic advancement of our students. The amount of funding we receive is determined by the percentage of our students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. This year, we are no longer considered to be on probationary status, however, in order to ensure that Lewis & Clark continues to receive Title 1 funding, I am asking all families, regardless of your income, to please take the time to fill out the application for free and reduced meals. The application will be sent home with your child and can also be found on the sidebar of the link below.

Link to Free & Reduced Priced Meals Information

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  • You can check your child's lunch account balance and meal purchases or pay for your child's lunch by going to It's super easy and convenient!
  • Parents are always welcome, however during the first week of school, we ask that parents refrain from joining your child(ren) for lunch. The lunchroom is a busy place and during the first few days of school, the students are trying to learn procedures, remember their lunch numbers, and make new friends. Thanks for your cooperation.
  • In accordance with the Grand Forks Public School Wellness Policy #6175 we strive to be superior in our nutrition standards. This means that no fast food or other restaurant food is allowed in the lunchroom for either student or parent.

Peanut/Nut Free School: When sending a snack or packing a lunch, please remember to check labels to make sure the food you are sending does not contain or have traces of peanuts/nuts.

Birthday Snacks: Due to the increase of students who have severe food allergies and the higher levels of severity, we no longer celebrate student birthdays with a
“birthday snack” in our schools. Parents are welcome to find other non-food
items to send to school if they wish. Please discuss with your child’s
classroom teacher for ideas or preferences.


R.E.D. - Read Every Day is an opportunity for you and your child to read together at school. If you can't make it please share the dates below with a grandparent, friend or any another family member so they can join your child for these events.

  • September 13th - 2:30
  • October 11th - 8:30
  • November 8th -2:30
  • December 13th -8:30
  • January 10th 2:30
  • February 7th -8:30
  • March 13th -2:30
  • April 17th 8:30
  • May 1- 8:30-9:30 Book Character Parade


Please collect your box tops ! The money we raise from BOX TOPS will be used to purchase instructional items for our classrooms! Please clip them out and send them to school with your Lewis & Clark Lions!

Throughout the school year, there will be contests with rewards for the winning classes.

Thanks to our PTO for providing the prizes for our Box Top competitions and thanks to our families for clipping, saving and sending in the Box Tops.


When you do know ahead of time that you will be picking your child up early, please call the office to let us know. We will have your child ready and waiting for you in the office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Things to Remember

  • Parents and visitors are always required to check in/out of the office when visiting Lewis & Clark.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:40-8:15.
  • The school day is from 8:25-3:00.
  • If your child is absent, call the attendance line (701) 746-2287 by 8:30 am. The attendance line is available 24/7.
  • If your child has an appointment during school hours, please call our office at least 1/2 hour in advance, so our office can have your student ready for departure.
  • A note from your dental/healthcare provider must be provided to our school office to in order for absences to be considered "excused."

School Social Work Corner:

Saturday, Sep. 21st, 2pm

Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, ND, USA

Grand Forks, ND

My name is Alisa Bowman and I am looking forward to getting to know all of our students and families! In general, my job as a school social worker is to help parents, students and staff identify specific needs that could interfere with learning. We then work together to find resources to help with those needs. One resource available is coming up next month:

Thrivent Financial is sponsoring Samaritan’s Feet, a free shoe give-away held at the Betty Engelstad Arena on Saturday, September 21st from 2-5pm. This will be for children/students ages Head Start to seniors in high school. Families must be pre-registered through their school social worker so the correct number of shoes and sizes can be available. I will have paperwork ready at each Open House. This event also includes activities and snack packs.

Please feel free to contact me if there is something I can help with!

Alisa Bowman, MSW

School Social Worker: Lewis and Clark and West Elementary Schools

Voicemail: 701-746-2205 ext. 1212