The Lemme Letter

News and Updates from Helen Lemme Elementary

Week of:

September 27-October 1

School Times:

M,T, W,F: 7:55-2:55

Thursday: 7:55-1:55


M-F: 7:55-10:45

Lemme Elementary Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Lemme Elementary School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment of mutual respect to ensure all children achieve high levels of academic success, are prepared to become contributing members of society, and develop a lifelong love for learning.

Weekly Reflection

We had another busy and fun week at Lemme. Have you been hearing about your child earning Leopard Tickets? Leopard tickets are a fun way to recognize students for following our school-wide expectations; respectful, responsible, caring and safe. When a student earns a ticket, they write their name and place it in a classroom container. These tickets are used throughout the week to earn different classroom rewards, and at the end of the week the tickets are placed in the school wide "Ticket Tank". Each morning, during announcements, 3 tickets are pulled and the winning students are recognized for their hard work. They are then able to chose a coupon to earn a special reward. Each Friday, every teacher has a chance to nominate a student for the "Golden Ticket". These tickets are given to students who have gone above and beyond in displaying our school-wide expectations. If you get a chance, please talk to your child about how they are earning tickets.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Eliza Proctor, Lemme Principal

Upcoming Dates

ICCSD Calendar

1st PTA Meeting

Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00pm on zoom (Link below)


No School

Monday, October 4

School Picture Day

Wednesday, October 13 (more details to come)

Lemme Food Pantry

Dear Lemme Leopards,

We are excited to announce that we are going to have a food pantry again this year. We are partnering with HACAP to keep our pantry stocked with food. This will change how we do things. The pantry will be open to families on Fridays from 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm. If there is no school on a Friday, the pantry will not be open. If you cannot make it on Fridays you can set up an appointment with Lori Montgomery, the Student Family Advocate by email

Because we are partnering with HACAP families are asked to complete a form for eligibility. This needs to be completed once for the school year and before food goes home. We have included a copy for you to complete and return to the office. This will be kept confidential with Miss Lori.

If you would like to donate to our food pantry please contact Miss Lori as well.

Thank you and we hope this will be a great year for all!

Lori Montgomery

Lemme Elementary Student Family Advocate


Grant Wood AEA- Hearing Screening

Join the Lemme PTA

Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, Teachers and Community Members are welcome to join. We support Lemme staff and families in a variety of ways: providing additional resources for teachers, supporting class field trips, Lemme food pantry and other school community building activities!

Fill out this form and bring in a check or Venmo your $15 membership fee to: @HelenElementary-PTA

It’s that easy! This is a great & east way to get to know your school community!

From the PTA

Join us on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 (on zoom) for our first PTA meeting of the 21-22 school year. A link to the meeting will be in the Sept 24 newsletter.

Want to run, walk, skip or jump with some fellow Lemme families? Sign up for the Run for the Schools by October 7th to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Proceeds are donated to the Lemme library and P.E. programs.

Prefer to volunteer? Please sign up to help at the Lemme sponsored water station #3.!/showSignUp/70a084da4a923a75-lemme3

Message on Classroom/School Parties

Dear Families and Staff,

Last year, COVID-19 forced us to rethink many of our practices within the school day including our classroom celebrations, such as fall, winter, and spring parties. The decision to do away with elementary classroom celebrations last year provided time for us to reflect on the overall classroom party concept. Our work around equity is at the forefront of everything we do, and in recent years we have looked at participation in our classroom parties through an equity lens. For cultural or religious reasons, many of our families opt for their students not to participate in one form or another. For those that do participate, access for all students is not the same (i.e. lack of costumes, food, cards, etc.). It is for those reasons that we will continue with the practice of no classroom parties moving forward.

We understand that celebrations are an important part of our students’ school experience. Each of our schools will continue to find inclusive ways to have classroom and school-wide celebrations, that don’t fall around holidays, throughout the school year. While these may look different, they will continue to be part of our system of support. We strive to make all students and families feel welcome and included in all aspects of our school day and our school community.


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

Message on Masks and Vaccines

Message on Masks and Vaccines (9/15/21)

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.

In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

Iowa City Community School District

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,