Comet Weekly Update

Thursday, November 10th

Hello Leland Comets!

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Recently at LPS...

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Congrats to the Leland Varsity Cross Country Team for coming in 7th place at the State meet Saturday! An extra big shout out to sophomore, Ella Knudsen, for coming in 15th place and receiving All-State honors! Way to go, ladies!

Photo and caption from the Leland Comets Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund organizes support and fundraising for athletic programs at Leland Public School. Follow them on IG @lelandcometslegacyfund
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"Running" to States! The cross country ladies running behind LPS fire department for a big Leland send off to their STATE meet!

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Volleyball Wins the District Title!

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From last Wednesday’s three set sweep of St Mary’s.

"Notice that Hanna Schaub is the only coach standing with her arms in the air. Same thing I watched her do when she was on the Leland volleyball team.

Fun activity for younger elementary kids: See if you can count all of the Leland coaches! (Hint-don’t forget Coach Baker!)"


- Photo and caption sent from Bill Robinson!

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JC cheered on the girls volleyball team district title game!

Photo submitted by Linda Oosse. Submit photos for the weekly update to epiro@lelandschool.com
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The girls play in the regional finals TONIGHT in Bellaire starting at 7pm. Follow their playoff bracket at the link below.

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Some additional, wonderful photos from Imagine It!

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Mrs. Klein & Mrs. Wheeler brought their 3rd & 4th graders + iPads outside for a math lesson documenting symmetry and reflection in nature. Some leaf pile jumping also occurred.

Thanks for submitting these photos Mr. Robinson! Submit photos for the weekly update to epiro@lelandschool.com
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Grandpa Richard was a special guest on Halloween as he read a story and shared some entertaining tricks!

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Mrs. Keen wrote a grant so our PYP classrooms can track the books they read from around the world.

Elementary classrooms are tracking Wit & Wisdom and/ or Global Read Aloud books. Art and music class are tracking works of art of the world!
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Mooch says hello to Mrs. Zywicki before conferences.

Important Information & Events

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Lost & Found

Students in Eryn Sluiter's classroom have started a lost and found project. If your child has misplaced a clothing item or some other possession, please check the link below. If you see your child's misplaced item, complete the claim form and the item will be returned to your child. Mrs. Sluiter has a couple of parents to help and if you would like to offer your support to this amazing project, please let her know!

News From The Athletic Department

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This Weekend in Sports

Thursday, November 10th

Varsity Volleyball @ MHSAA Regional Finals vs Hillman / Atlanta - 7:00pm

(At Bellaire High School - 204 W. Forest Ave., Bellaire)

Tickets Available Only on GoFan



Friday, November 11th

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News From The Cafe

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LPS Cafe presents... the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!

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Check out this healthy snack recipe from the Wellness Committee!

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Parents are welcome to attend the Local Wellness Policy committee meeting next Tuesday November 15th from 12:00-1:15pm.

The Local Wellness Policy committee consists of food service staff, physical education teachers, school counselor, school nurse, behavior team, administration staff and parents. We believe that we cannot achieve our primary mission of educating students if students are not physically, mentally and socially healthy. We focus on the health of the "whole child."


Parents are welcome to attend the meeting next Tuesday November 15th from 12:00-1:15pm. Please RSVP to FS Director Shawna Seitter @ sseitter@lelandschool.com

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Manage lunch money at the link below!

News from the Nurse's Office

Covid and Health Update from the Superintendent

Dear Families,


As we move into winter, I wanted to take a moment to provide a brief COVID update. You have been receiving email updates from our nurse, Stephanie Burns, when we have confirmed, positive, school–related COVID cases. Per our board policy on communicable diseases and current MDHHS guidelines, these updates are provided for your information.

The current guidelines for someone who tests positive for COVID require a 5-day isolation followed by 5 days of masking. There are no longer quarantine requirements for exposures or close contacts.


Recommended precautionary behaviors to diminish the spread of communicable diseases include:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Monitor for symptoms and stay home if symptomatic
  • Distance yourself and/or wear a mask when around those with diagnosed COVID or other easily transmitted diseases
  • Utilize at-home testing kits
  • Report positive, confirmed cases to the school
  • Avoid indoor, crowded, social gatherings
  • Stay current with vaccinations

We have returned to pre-COVID precautionary measures that are applicable for an outbreak of any communicable disease. School closures historically occur when student/staff attendance falls below 75%.


We remain humble and flexible as new information becomes available, ready to pivot in extreme situations, and incredibly grateful to be conducting school in a way that feels normal, safe, and consistent.


Please let us know if you have any questions.


Many thanks,


Stephanie

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LPS has take home Covid tests

Take-home Covid tests are available at the front office. We are happy to distribute these to families upon request.
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Covid guideline reminder from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

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Read & Sign Parent/Guardian Medical Consent Policy

Parents/guardians must provide consent for their minor child for nursing care provided by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department School- Based Nursing Program (SBNP). Students without a signed parent/ guardian consent will not be seen, except for a student’s first visit to the school-based nurse, when staff will call the parent/ guardian before providing any services, for a one-time-only verbal consent. The waver is linked below.

News From The Media Center

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Reading Goal Update

This year we are trying to reach a goal of 20,000 books checked out as a school. As of this week,, the media centers have checked out a total of 3,824 books!


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Library Skills

Our goal as a school media center is to empower students to begin more independent use of the library’s resources. To that end, we have shown students in grades 3-5 how to use Follett Destiny, our library catalog. They have a QR code in their classrooms to access it and also to suggest a purchase. Soon, Upper elementary students will begin to study reference sources (dictionaries, thesauri, atlases, and research databases) during their class visits to the media center.


We will also discuss different systems of organizing information (alphabetical, chronological, subject, etc.) to determine if our media center is organized in a way that is efficient and intuitive for students. Students will have the opportunity to help create displays, labels, and otherwise have a direct effect on the library's space.

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Scholastic Book Fair scheduled for the week of May 8th!

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Check out the Farm to School Newsletter from Northwest Ed!

Around The County

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The Affordable Connectivity Program


Have you heard about the Affordable Connectivity Program? Have you heard about it, but still have questions? Look no further!

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.

You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling 877-384-2575.

More information

Online Application

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Young Life *Revised* Schedule

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Tap dance for upper elementary or more experienced elementary students.

Tap Time 4-H Club (first offering) will be held this fall at Leland Public School with our wonderful 4-H leader Robin Carden! For all returning Tiny Tappers cloverbuds (*ages 5-7 as of January 1st, 2023*), as well as beginner youth ages 8-9, and meeting on five Wednesdays, November 9th through December 14th (no meeting on November 23), from 3:30-4:00 pm in Mr. Evans' room. Once our 7 spots are filled, we will add people to a waitlist. Families will register youth in 4HOnline (https://v2.4honline.com/#/user/sign-in) in SPIN Club Tap Time 4-H Club. The only thing needed for the club will be tap shoes! To register for this free club, please contact Leelanau County 4-H Program Coordinator Rosali Collier at collierr@msu.edu or by calling our MSU Extension office at 256-9888.
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Catholic Charities West Michigan now offers two parent support groups, Parenting Journey and Parenting in Recovery.

These groups are held in Leelanau County for any and all parents who are interested in attending. The cost is free and a meal is provided at every group. Parents just need to call (231)-463-0137 and get registered! We hope that you are able to help spread the word in our community!
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Local All Star Drivers Education

Allstar Drivers Ed will be hosting a Segment 1 and Segment 2 class soon! Locations include Suttons Bay and Traverse City. Please check the Allstar Website for more information.
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Leelanau VFW Holiday Gift Assistance Program

Register with this program for assistance with holiday gifts.

Submit photos for the weekly update to epiro@lelandschool.com