Lesslie Elementary Newsletter

9/1/2015

Calendar of Events:

Sept 3 - 7-8 Boy Scouts meeting (in cafeteria)
Sept 7 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
Sept 8 - 5:30-6:30 PTO Meeting (in Media Center)
Sept 9 -17 MAPS Testing begins
Sept 11 - 8:15 Terrific Kid Program

Sept 21-25 Scholastic Book Fair

Sept 24 - 7:00-7:45 Donuts for Dads

- 5:30-7:30 Family Reading Night

- PTO/SIC Elections

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From the Desk of the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are off to another great school year! Students and staff have settled into routines. Teaching and learning is at the forefront of what we do at Lesslie. We will continue to focus on making our vision the core of our daily work with children, teachers, and parents. Our Vision Statement asserts our purpose that ”We value learning, achievement, collaboration, and responsibilities as cornerstones of our learning community.” We are creating a culture of excellence and we look forward to working with each of you this school year.

Make sure your child is in school and arrives on time each day. Excellent attendance is the first step to helping our children excel in school. Our state standards are very challenging for students; children must be present and on time for school in order to do their best. Our school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m.

To keep you informed of what’s going on at Lesslie, we will send a monthly school newsletter and weekly classroom newsletters. We will send electronic newsletters to everyone who would like to have the newsletter e-mailed and we will send a paper copy to everyone else. Please make sure that we have current contact information on file in the office. You may also find updated information on our school website.

I would like to encourage each of you to volunteer in some capacity at our school. We would love to have you read to a class, help supervise students in the cafeteria, make copies, work in the Media Center, volunteer to work on our PTO or School Improvement Council. Our Watch Dog Dads are awesome! If you would like to be a part of this group, please contact Mrs. Simon, our guidance counselor.

Please plan to attend our first PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 8th at 5:30 p.m. We will have PTO and SIC elections on Thursday, September 24th. We will be electing a PTO vice-president, secretary and a treasurer. If you are interested in running for an office, please call the office at 981-1910. If you would like to nominate a parent or guardian for a PTO office or our School Improvement Council, please send names to Mrs. Schneider in our main office. You may also volunteer or nominate yourself.

Thank you for your support of our students and staff. Lesslie is a great school because of our students, parents, grandparents, guardians and staff!

Children First,

Seberina Myles

From the Nurse

I am pleased to announce that the health room has a website. You may visit the site to find information on the latest news in the health room. Please visit http://lesslieschoolnurse.weebly.com/


As we enter in the cold and flu season, please remind your children to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and cover their coughs. Coughs and sneezes should be covered using the arms, not the hands. Remind your child if he/she does cough/sneeze in their hands, they need to wash them immediately prior to touching an object or person.

The Burroughs' Beat

Welcome back! I am excited to see everyone again and to meet so many new friends!

Here's what we're up to:

Kindergarten-We are learning how we use our voice and trying out some instruments. Ask your child about our music classroom friends "Mr. Maraca" and "Owlbert!"

First and Second Grade-We are learning more about our Orff instruments (xylophone, metallophone, glockenspiel, etc.). We have been learning new poems and songs. Ask your child about "The King of France."

Third-We are beginning to play recorder. Each student will have their own recorder to play that will be provided by the school. Recorders will not come home. We will use them throughout the year to read, explore, and create music.

Fourth-We will begin playing recorder just like third grade. We are also studying Native American music. We plan to do a performance in November to showcase our recorder and Orff skills as well as highlight Native American culture. Ask your child about "vocables."

Fifth-We are playing ukulele. We are reviewing strumming and learning new chords. We will study chord patterns as we learn songs and then use them to create our own pieces. Ask your child about "Put the Lime in the Coconut."

From the Media Center

Upcoming events:

Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 21-25

Family Reading Night Sept. 24 5:30-7:00


Visit our school library webpage at http://poolelibrary.weebly.com for all library information.

Pebble to Go

Dear Families:

We are excited to announce a new school resource, PebbleGo, that can be accessed from school, home or on the go—anywhere where your student has an internet connection.
PebbleGo is a database specifically geared toward the needs of K-3 learners. It helps your student learn foundational research skills plus provides critical early-reader supports like audio voice overs and text highlighting.
But best of all, students love using PebbleGo. The easy navigation makes it inviting for
students to discover new information. Features like videos and fun games keep them engaged and learning. And you can feel comfortable knowing that they are exploring an ad-free website bursting with resources that will help your student master many skills and learn fun facts that they will be so proud to share.

Please explore PebbleGo with your student and let us know your feedback.

To access our school’s subscription, go to
www.PebbleGo.com and login with our school-wide password and login.

Our school subscribes to the following PebbleGo
databases:
Animals
Biographies
Earth and Space
Social Studies

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PE Update

Welcome back to school!!

Students in all grades are currently working on physical fitness, starting with the P.A.C.E.R. fitness run!

Kindergarten students are also working on balancing activities.

Everyone stay active and enjoy the great weather!!

Look what's happening in Kindergarten

Kindergarten is off to a great start! Students are learning rules and procedures and getting to know their new friends and teachers. They have learned rules, consequences, and authority figures throughout the school. We are practicing literacy skills, finding many ways to sort, and making patterns. We have our first field trip planned for October, an adventure to Black's Peaches Farm Festival in York. More information will be sent home regarding this trip. We are so proud of the way students made their big step into kindergarten. It's going to be a fantastic year of learning and exploring new things!