LaGrange Elementary eSpot News
February 1st, 2022
Good afternoon LaGrange Families,
Our school’s highest priority is the safety of our students and staff. In order to maintain a safe environment, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans which includes lockdown drills. We are required by state statute (KRS 158.162) to conduct a minimum of two lockdown drills per school year to ensure that our students know their role during a potential threat.
These lockdown drills are designed to protect students from danger in and around a school. Lockdowns are intended to secure a school and to keep out a threat. Some lockdowns require us to remain in the building and not go outside, while other lockdowns require students to sit quietly and out of sight (away from windows and doors). The types of emergencies that could require a school to lockdown are: the possible presence of an intruder; a dangerous situation taking place in the vicinity of the school; a hazardous spill or other type of accident that could pose a threat to the safety of staff and students.
We will be conducting our second lockdown drill tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022.
As a parent, you can just explain to your child that a Lockdown Drill is one of the safety drills all schools practice. When we partner with you to protect our children, these drills become a smooth, uneventful practice that develops into a habit, supporting fast, efficient procedures in case of a threat or emergency. We hope that we will never have to utilize this procedure in a real situation, but it is important for us all to walk through the process of staying safe at school.
February 2nd: Lockdown Drill
- Please see above letter
February 2nd: 100th Day of School
- Dress like you are 100
February 11th: Teacher Work Day
- No School
March 31st: Band Demo Night
- In the Gym @ 4:00 - 6:30
April 1st: Walkathon
Reading Royalty Literacy Program info went home yesterday!, Monday (1/31)! The flyer explains the program and has coupons that your kiddo(s) will turn in to their teacher(s). See how the PTA has combined Miss Kentucky, the Scholastic Book Fair & a fun classroom reading goal to promote literacy?!? 🙂 Thanks to Mistie K. & Andrea M. for getting the program running. Thanks to Rachel S. & Missy H. for the awesome idea!! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Valentine's Day PTA Membership Drive! ❤️ PINK PAPER Membership Flyer is home/is coming home soon! Become a PTA member if you aren't already! If you want to check if you've already signed up or sign-up online (you can pay by credit card), please do! https://lagrange.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships. With the flyer you can pay by check or cash, just $5/member! RAFFLE BASKET WINNERS will be pulled from all PTA members on 2/14 so join before Valentine's Day!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for:
🙂 STAFF APPRECIATION 💐
❤️ VALENTINE'S DAY ❤️
💯 100th DAY of SCHOOL 💯
There are no set programs but we have lots of ideas from previous activities or you can start your own! Fill out the interest form here or email email@example.com https://forms.gle/WKs3222dRUfJoNKz8
5th Grade Families
This is the last semester of elementary for our 5th graders! We could still use a helper or two for organizing the end-of-year picnic, email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested or fill out volunteer form (link below). Info on Boys' Basketball concessions will be out this week, we will need adult & 5th grader helpers. Check out this link for details and to volunteer! https://forms.gle/rCcbF5PKGgwDbfqFA
OCEF Valentine's for Teachers
Next Den meeting for Pack 200 Cub Scouts is today!, Tues 2/1, 6:30pm, LaGrange Presbyterian Church on Prestwick Drive. Our Den meetings are where we spend time with other Scouts in the same grade and work on earning Adventures. At this meeting the Cub Scouts will get their Derby car kit - Derby car making workshop is this weekend! Cub Scouts is for BOYS & GIRSL in K-5th grades. Come see what it's all about, get started just in time for the annual Pinewood Derby in Feb!!, contact our Cub Master Jeff Springer at email@example.com for details.
From the Office of the FRC
Happy New Year to our Families here at La Grange Elementary. I want to share some helpful tips from the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children regarding the positive effects of social interactions on one's mental health. These tips are to encourage us to build strong social networks to sustain us during these challenging times.
Tip one: start small. Be honest with yourself about your current level of comfort around socializing, it's okay if you're not up to doing a virtual meetup or feel panicked about reaching out to multiple friends and relatives. Don't overwhelm yourself. The aim of this is to help decrease stress, not add to it.
Tip two: plan a family night. Talk with your family about small things you all can do together more regularly like cooking dinner, weekend bike rides, or walks around the neighborhood with a family dog.
Tip three: be open about your fears. Talk with your family about any fears they have around socializing. Be sure your children are aware of the importance of safety, but also that it's okay to be angry, upset, or scared. A therapist can help if you're struggling with socialization and can offer needed support, advice, and a safe space to share feelings.
We will be posting some more tips in the coming months. If you have concerns or questions, please reach out to us here at the Family Resource Center.