Comet Weekly Update
Thursday, February 2nd
Thursday, April 27th
Recently at LPS
County Prom Rocked! The students showed up dressed to the nines to walk the red carpet and dance with the stars. Thank you to Mrs. Zywicki for being an integral part in bringing this county event back post Covid.
The Comets Shine Bright: Leland Takes Down Conference Rival for the First Time Since 2015
"The Leland Comets broke an eight-year curse defeating Northwest Conference rival the Glen Lake Lakers 3-1. The last time the Comets saw a victory over the Lakers was in the 2015 regional semifinals.
With 22 minutes underway, the Comets’ Mallory Lowe kicked in the first goal of the game. Freshman Addi Waskiewicz (2) kept the scoring going for Leland just minutes after the first goal and late in the second half.
Glen Lake’s Ruby Hogan scored the only Lakers goal."
Story by Danielle King 9 & 10 News
The Comets Shine Bright: Leland Takes Down Conference Rival for the First Time Since 2015
GLEN LAKE - The Leland Comets broke an eight-year curse defeating Northwest Conference rival the Glen Lake Lakers 3-1. The last time the Comets saw a victory over the Lakers was in the 2015 regional semifinals. With 22 minutes underway, the Comets' Mallory Lowe kicked in the first goal of the game.
PTO KICKOFF COMMENCES
On Thursday April 20th , PTO Steering Committee members Emily Miezio, Stacey Brugeman, Dan
Worth, and Hilary Ulbrich hosted a Kickoff Meeting for all interested parents and teachers. A
small but diverse and engaged group—representing parents, alumni, and our ESL
community—attended, with both School Board President John Elwell and Superintendent
Stephanie Long there to cheer them on. Pictured above, from left to right, are parents Heather
Cook, Emily Miezio, Angelica Ledesma, and Ana Garcia.
If you were unable to attend and are interested in seeing survey results, supporting this group’s efforts for Teacher Appreciation Week in early May, or otherwise wish to opt in to communication, please email email@example.com.
And please save the date: This group will meet again on Monday, May
8th from 6pm to 7pm and would love to see any parents, guardians, grandparents, and
teachers of LPS students there.
3rd & 4th grade students are working hard on their ancestry projects. This week they connected their projects to science class by learning about DNA and extracting DNA from strawberries! 🧬🍓 Thank you Mrs. Zywicki for leading this amazing hour in the secondary science classroom. Our K-12 connections are so special. 💜
Oh, and it just so happened to be “National DNA Day!"
1st/2nd grade student Charlotte was able to share this incredible gift, a two-year-old sapling of a Redwood. This Redwood came from the OAB Earth Day Seminar that took place last Wednesday with David Milarch. Scientists have discovered that Leland's unique microclimate may have the ideal ability to house Redwoods and allow them to thrive! Students are now studying how important our trees are in providing us with oxygen and as a filter.
David Milarch was also on the national kids news segment CNN10 this week!
The Roots of David Milarch, Archangel Ancient Tree Saver
To the average person, the three rows of 10-foot saplings basking in the noonday sunshine on the Milarch property look pretty much like any healthy young nursery trees. But to Milarch, these "are" the towering giants from which they were cloned-and his legacy.
1st/2nd has a hen they named Moon Shadow visiting in their room! Moon Shadow is on day 5 of incubating a clutch of 7 eggs.
"Shadow likes her container to be dark and cozy. The kids whisper to her and we make sure we thank her for the work she is doing." - Mrs. Suttmann
📸 by Mark Morton
Leland Community Earth Day Clean Up!
LPS Students of all ages headed outside the classroom last Friday to take part in an all hands on deck Earth Day clean up. Students raked, swept and picked up trash from the school grounds, to Hancock, to Fishtown to Van's Beach.
Important Information & Events
Thursday, April 27th - Saturday April 29th - Leland Drama presents The Drowsy Chaperone
Tuesday, May 2nd - *New* Kindergarten Open House
Tuesday, May 2nd - Election Day, two school items are on the ballot!
Tuesday, May 2nd - MS, HS & College Transitional Parent Meetings
- 5th entering 6th grade at 6 pm
- 8th entering 9th grade at 7pm
- 11th grade College Prep at 8pm
Thursday, May 4th - Saturday May 6th - Leland Drama presents The Drowsy Chaperone
Monday, May 8th - *New* PTO Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 8th - Friday May 12th - Book Fair
Tuesday, May 9th - Grade 7 Inland Seas Field Trip
Wednesday, May 10th - HS Art Field Trip to Dennos, 8:30-1:30
Wednesday, May 10th - Senior Academic Awards Night
Wednesday, May 11th - Grade 9 Field Trip MI Career Quest
Friday, May 12th - Dia Del Nino Preschool - 5th grade 3:30-6:00 LPS Cafeteria
Friday, May 12th - Grade 6 Field Trip to Grand Rapids
Sunday, May 14th - Thursday May, 18th - Senior Trip to Chicago
Thursday, May 18th - Grade 10 Glen Haven History and Dune Hike
Friday, May 19th - Senior's Last Day
Friday, May 19th - Harbor Night
Friday, May 26th - Graduation
Monday, May 29th - No School, Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 31st - Grade 5 South Manitou, 8-3:00
Wednesday June 1st - Grade 4 to Fort Michilimackinac
Friday, June 2nd - LEF Booster-thon for elementary kids K-5 from 12pm -3pm at Hancock.
Tuesday, June 6th - Grade 5 Whale Back Nature Trail FT
Tuesday, June 6th - Grades 1/2 Sleeping Bear Dune Climb
Tuesday, June 6th - Grades 3/4 to South Manitou Island
Thursday, June 8th - Grade 5 Mackinac Island
Friday June 9th - Tuesday June 13th - Final Exams MS & HS
Friday, June 9th - MS Field Day, Hancock Field
Friday, June 9th - Grade 11 to Michigan Adventure (may move)
Monday, June 12th - Half Day 11:30 dismissal
Tuesday, June 13th - 5th grade Graduation Old Art Building
Tuesday, June 13th - Half Day LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
NOW SHOWING - The Drowsy Chaperone!
Lasts 90 minutes (no Intermission)
All performances start at 7 PM.
Flowers for cast and crew can be purchased BEFORE the play.
Tickets at the door or box office 231-266-3815 (cash or check)
On-line tickets at mynorthtickets.com (credit card)
The competition is open to anyone in Michigan with an innovative idea that uses a new or existing technology to improve teaching or learning, as long as they are in the idea or pre-seed stage and have a connection to Michigan’s k-12 education ecosystem. We are currently accepting written submissions until May 14th, with five finalists being selected for a live pitch event on June 29, 2023. There is a total of $22,000 in startup grants available to the finalists, with the top three finishers also receiving legal support from Foster Swift and marketing support from Michigan Creative. In addition, we are organizing an Innovation Bootcamp the week of July 17th, designed to introduce educators to entrepreneurship, innovation, and edtech.
More information about the competition and the bootcamp is available at www.michiganvirtual.org/pitch.
Calling all LPS Alumni! Please fill out the form below
We are looking to start an alumni section in the weekly update as well as become more connected between the school and alumni in our community. Please add your information to the form below to get connected!
Thank you high school artists who created pottery bowls and donated your artwork to the 2023 Empty Bowls Event in Traverse City. The project is part of a community arts unit. All funds raised will support the Northwest Food Coalition. The event is on April 30 and all are welcome. See the flyer for ticket information. Watch for other community projects coming soon.
Middle/High School Chasten Buttigieg Event
Middle and High School students are invited to attend an Evening with Chasten Buttigieg at City Opera House in Traverse City on Friday, May 12th. Meet Chasten Buttigieg, author of I Have Something to Tell You (For Young Adults), an adaptation of his candid memoir about growing up gay in Traverse City, where he didn’t always fit in. The husband of former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Chasten writes of his journey to find acceptance and self-love. Students interested in attending should register online for a free ticket (one per student on a first come, first serve basis) and plan to meet Mrs. Clark and Mr. Peschel at the Opera House for the event by 6:30pm.
Please contact Mrs. Anne Clark with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
LPS - Please share with your friends to help us find great drivers for our kids!
NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Home
We have a new home! Check out npr.org/studentpodcastchallenge2023 for this year's 5-12 and college contests! Welcome to NPR's Student Podcast Challenge! If you're looking for our college contest We're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then - with the help of a teacher - compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.
C3 List of Missing Items
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News From the Counseling Office
ATTN Parents of current 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students - MS, HS & College Prep Transitional Meetings are coming up Tuesday May 2nd
5th - 6th grade at 6 pm
8th - 9th grade at 7pm
11th - College Prep at 8pm
Move This World - Social Emotional Learning
To support our students’ social emotional needs and mental health, we are using a video-based social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum from Move This World. I’m excited to share that you’ll be able to access this helpful curriculum at home, too!
Social emotional learning is how students learn to process and manage emotions as well as important social skills. It includes everything from goal setting to stress management, and it provides both children and adults with tools they can use to express themselves authentically and safely. SEL helps students build healthy relationships, communicate effectively, and live a meaningful life.
Below, you’ll find log in instructions:
Practicing social emotional learning at home can help your students:
Identity and recognize their emotions.
Build critical social skills.
Connect with themselves and others.
Navigate challenges they may be experiencing.
Adjust to the new school year.
Move This World is a social emotional learning program delivered through an extensive online library of PreK-12 videos and resources rooted in creative expression that help students, teachers and staff develop a common language to improve communication and build trust. We’re so glad that you’ll be able to access Move This World videos and resources at home, and hope they are helpful for your students and family.
Learn more about how it works here.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
News From the Athletic Department
Thursday, April 27th
Varsity Girls Soccer vs TC Bulldogs - 5:00pm
Friday, April 28th
Varsity Track @ Onekama Invite - 2:00pm
News From The Cafe
Manage lunch money at the link below.
*New* May Menus
News From The Nurses Office
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Community Blood Drive. The results are in: 24 Donors registered to donate, INCLUDING 10 FIRST-TIME DONORS! We successfully collected 22 pints aka "units" for local patients in need. This equates to helping SAVE 66 LIVES! Well Done LPS!
LPS has take home Covid tests
News From The Library
End of the Year Due Dates
Seniors should have books returned by Friday, May 12th or be billed. Bills should be paid/books returned before they get their diplomas.
Last day for book checkout is Friday, May 26.
Books need to be returned on/before Monday, June 5*.
Last day for elementary class visits is Friday, June 9th.
Book Fair Coming! Monday May 8th - Friday May 12th
Save the date! The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the LPS Elementary Library the week of May 8-12. We are looking for volunteers to help run the Fair. Please contact our Media Specialist, Anne Clark, if you would like to volunteer: email@example.com
The Book Fair will be open during school hours beginning on Monday, May 8th-Friday, May 12th and also the evening of Friday, May 12th until 6 pm. Families can add money online to their students’ eWallets! Learn more on our Book Fair website: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/lelandschool2
Around the County
2023 Cedar Polka Fest Junior Royalty Program
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are happy to announce our first-ever opportunity for first-grade families from Leelanau County to be ambassadors for their school, our community, and the Polka Festival, through our Junior Royalty program. We hope that the information below provides you with an overview of our program and the opportunities it holds for your child so you can consider with confidence submitting your child's name for their school drawing to hold this special role for the 2023 Cedar Polka Fest. Schools across Leelanau County will be selecting one boy and one girl from their first-grade class to serve as representatives for the 1st year of the Junior Royalty Program.
If you choose to submit your child's name into their school drawing for this role, you can expect the following for your child from the Cedar Polka Fest Junior Royalty Program:
• A Polka-tastic outfit! Both Princes & Princesses will receive an official Polka-Fest royalty outfit consisting of a polo & khakis. Princesses will also receive a dress for parades and formal events. And of course, all royals will receive a crown and a personalized sash.
• A fun-filled Royal Experience! Specific events and schedules are to be determined based on community partnerships. Since this is our first event, we can’t wait to partner with local businesses and hold special events just for our royalty to hang out and receive that royal treatment! Such as Polish Heritage Night at Turtle Creek Stadium!
• A Pizza Party to celebrate the children and their hard work!
• An official portrait of your Junior Royal.
• Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities exclusively for our Junior Royalty Program participants!
Prior to choosing to submit your child's name, please consider the following information and responsibilities of the royal families to determine if you are able to make this commitment for your child and school community:
• One informational meeting, held in May to discuss float, parades, Junior Royalty scheduled events, and other items, such as photos and attire. We will try to keep this meeting to an hour! • Photo Session - this is a 30-minute time commitment to get the royalty photos taken at the Polka Fest Office in May on a Saturday morning.
• Coordination of the float building process. All float-making materials will be provided by the festival (just bring your creativity!)
• The ability for an adult to join your child throughout scheduled royalty events, encouraging them to have fun and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
• Kindness toward partner royal family and festival staff and prioritization of the children.
If your child is to be selected to represent their school, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardians to partner with the Polka Fest, and Junior Royalty Directors to help build the Polka Fest Junior Royalty float.
41st Annual Cedar Polka Fest August 24th-27th 2023
We recognize that that is a lot of information and encourage you to reach out with any questions. The deadline for schools to submit a boy and girl representative for their school is April 14, 2023, so please be in touch with your school leadership team if you are interested in submitting your child's name for
the program. We are so excited to put our excellent Leelanau County schools and students in the spotlight and celebrate the unique things that each student body brings to our community! Thank you for considering entering your child's name into your school's drawing for our Junior Royalty Program in celebration of our 41st year.
Cedar Polka Fest Director
9104 S Kasson St.
Cedar, MI 49621