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January 10, 2019

This Monday, January 14th there is a TWO-HOUR DELAY for Team Time Monday. (Staff Professional Development.)

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Ohio Lottery names Elida's Lehmkuhl as "Teacher of the Month"

We are proud to announce that Elida High School Intervention Specialist Kristi Lehmkuhl is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program.

She was nominated by one of her student's parents, Mr. Jeremy Kindle. Mr. Kindle remarked that Mrs. Lehmkuhl encompasses so many great characteristics as a teacher. She truly cares and works hard to communicate with parents and get them active and engaged in their child’s education.” I believe Mrs. Lehmkuhl invests her time into all of the children that she teaches, and for that she has forever made a difference in their lives.”

Mrs. Lehmkuhl is very involved in the community and is a dedicated teacher who makes an impact each day as she molds the minds and hearts of her students.

For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, she will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.

Congratulations, Kristi! We appreciate all that you do for the students in Elida and are happy you are receiving this well deserved recognition!

Middle School Geography Bee Winners

The Geography Bee was held at Elida Middle School on January 9th. Only 32 students in grades 5-8 qualified to participate in the competition. The winners were: 3rd place- Logan Tolliver (left in the photo) 2nd place- Alysabeth Yagerman, 1st place- Maddox Bell (center in photo) Maddox will now take an online test to see if he qualifies for the State Geographic Bee held in March. CONGRATULATIONS on this accomplishment!

Swim Team Fundraiser

You can help support the Elida Swim team's fundraiser by ordering a shirt or pillow! Use the attached ORDER FORM. Order are due to Mrs. Worley by January 18th.

Thank you for your support of our Elida athletes!

Save the Date: Sat., Jan. 19th: Elwer Benefit

A benefit is being held for Elida's Head of Maintenance Todd Elwer on Sat., Jan. 19th at the Delphos K of C Hall from 4:00-10:00 pm.

This community event will include silent and live auctions with great items, pull tabs, 50/50 raffle, a DJ with Singo, a kids corner and more all to help support this family.

Pork Chop Dinners will be sold that day from 11:00-5:00pm for just $8 carryout.

Dinner tickets are Pre-Sale only and are available in each school building office and athletic office in high school through this Monday, Jan. 14th.

A good event to help a great family. Hope to see you there!

Middle School student promotes "Teacher Teamwork Day!

Jo'Vonta Gilcrease inspires Elida Pride in the staff and students in the middle school.

He is one of our terrific students in Mrs. Cressman and Mrs. Jones' class.

He decided he wanted to have a "Teacher Teamwork Day" and request that all the teachers wear their Elida Pride shirts! He wrote personal notes for each of the over 40 teachers reminding them to do so. We are so proud and grateful for Jo'Vonta! He helped us celebrate Elida and we celebrate him! Thanks for being awesome, Jo'Vonta! There are more pictures of Jo'Vonta and the teachers on the school facebook page.

Guiding Good Choices Parenting Program

The Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF) is offering a parenting class called "Guiding Good Choices." This 5 session program encourages, reinforces and teaches skills to parents that can help children make healthy chocies.

This program is for caregivers of children ages 9-14 and there is a $50 incentive for completion of the program, too.

For more details check out this FLYER and contact Joann at 419.549.8530 ext. 11 or jrosengarten@pvff.org.

Therapy Dog visits Elida High School

Students in the high school were busy this week with end of semester exams, so it was a great time to welcome a furry friend, Moses. Moses is a labrador retriever Therapy Dog, and he came to the school to provide a little "therapy" with the students.

Watch this brief video to learn a little more about Moses from Rick Skilliter with Partnership for Violence Free Families. (PVFF)

Are You Addicted? Social Media use Linked to Depression

The average person spends two-hours every day on social media and teens are spending up to NINE HOURS each day on social platforms.

A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania measured the effects of social media use on mental health, and the impact on feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression and self-esteem.

Results of the study showed that limiting usage to 30 minutes per day can lead to significant improvements in well-being and lowering rates of depression and loneliness.


Should you or your kids detox?

If you can't remember the last time you went a whole day without checking social media, you may be addicted, and your mental health may be suffering for it. Consider a detox.

Experts suggest a break of about three months to allow dopamine levels: the reward-seeking chemical in your brain-to return to normal.

For more information on social media addiction go to www.makeuseof.com/tag/social-media-detox

Spring For the STARS Vendor Show

The annual Spring for the STARS Vendor and Craft Fair will be held on Sat., March 9th from 10:00-4:00pm in the high school gyms. This event helps to support our elementary STARS program. There are many vendors who participate with great items at great prices, plus giveaways, prizes and more.

We are accepting vendor contracts until February 22nd. Use this VENDOR CONTRACT to sign up. For more information, contact Nicole Oen at noen@elida.k12.oh.us


We have need for substitute bus drivers in the Elida District. Contact the Transportation Dept. 419-331-4135 or 419-331-3036 for more information or e-mail Gregg Roth groth@elida.k12.oh.us

Parents/Guardians: Keep your Contact Information Current

It's important that we have current contact information from parents and guardians. It is especially important that we have up-to-date phone numbers in the event of an emergency or sick child. IF YOU HAVE A NEW PHONE NUMBER, OR ADDRESS, CALL 419-331-4155 and you can use this LINK to make updates to continue to receive Voice & Text Alerts.

Mark Your Calendar

Mon. Jan. 14 Two-Hour DelayTeam Time Monday

Mon. Jan. 21 NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wed., Feb. 6 High School Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

Tues. Feb. 12 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:30pm

Tues. Feb. 12 Middle School Parent/Teacehr COnferences 4:00-7:30pm

Mon. Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL President's Day

Mon Feb. 25 NO SCHOOL Staff Professional Development