Lions Park Paw Prints
Letter from the Principal
Dear Lions Park Families,
As we conclude the first month of school, we are so pleased with the amount we have been able to learn about your children, the relationships and classroom communities that have been created, and the learning that has already happened. Thanks to all of you for partnering with us to help your children be successful.
During the first weeks of school, we have been explicitly teaching your children the expectations for behavior in all areas of our school. Our school expectations are that students be safe, be respectful and be responsible. We have a matrix that details what this looks like and sounds like in different areas of the school. On the first day of school, students went outside with their class, visited the lunchroom, a bathroom and a hallway to hear and practice those expectations. Teachers continue to model and practice classroom routines and expectations. We have a reflection time available during lunch for students who may need additional reflection and reteaching throughout the year. This time is run by teachers and there are reflection sheets and books available to reinforce expected behaviors.
Now that the year is underway, students will likely have more homework than they may have had during the first weeks of school. If homework time is a struggle at your house, this article, may provide some helpful suggestions. We do not want homework to be the major source of stress for your family If you have tried some things at home to improve the situation and things are not going well, reach out to your child’s teacher for help. He or she is unable to fix a problem they aren’t aware that your child is having.
The Mount Prospect Police Department will be here on September 29th for “Fist Bump Friday”. This is a program where officers will be at Lions Park during arrival time that morning to greet students with a positive fist bump as they arrive to learn. This program looks to help connect students, families, and staff with police officers more and begin Friday on a fun and positive start.
Lions Park will have Parent and Teacher Conferences on November 1st, 8:05-3:35, November 9th from 3:40-6:40 p.m. and November 16th from 3:40-6:40 p.m. The electronic sign up will go out on Monday, October 2nd at 2:00pm. More details will be shared before then as to how to sign up.
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Lions Park School
DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, September 20 - Picture Day
Thursday, September 21 - Board of Ed Meeting and Public Hearing (Budget), 7 p.m. @ FV
Monday, September 25 - Non-Attendance Day, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 26 - PEPS Meeting, 7 p.m. @ Westbrook
PRINCIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
As a school, we would love to get more input from our students about how we can make Lions Park a better place. The Principal Advisory Council will meet once per month at lunch. Depending on interest, it may be the same group of students every month or different students throughout the year. The principal will work with the advisory group to obtain feedback about topics important to life at school and possibly determine projects or ideas for school improvement. All students need to bring is their opinions and ideas. If your child is interested in being a part of the Principal Advisory Council, please fill out this application below by September 22nd.
SMART WATCHES AND CELL PHONES
The District 57 handbooks says, "Cell phones should be powered off and kept in the student's backpack (elementary) or locker (middle school) during the school day. Students may be asked to put digital communication devices such as Smartwatches in their backpack or locker if it becomes a distraction to the learning environment". Please help us keep your child focused on learning and socialization with peers during school hours. If you have a message for your child, please contact the office. Students should not be making or accepting phone calls or text messages during the school day. We appreciate your cooperation!
Mark your calendars! Lions Park School typically attends the Village of Mount Prospect Veterans Day ceremony at Lions Park Recreation Center. This will be held on a Saturday this year, but all Lions Park students and staff are still invited, and our chorus will be performing. The ceremony will be on November 11th.
MESSAGE FROM LRC
The PTO is looking for parent volunteers who would like to help in the LRC this year. Volunteers will assist with book check out and you can choose to volunteer when your student has library time. Lions Park LRC volunteer shifts are available AM (8:50-11:50) and/or PM (12:50-3:20) most school days. If you are interested, please email Kate at email@example.com and you will receive a follow-up email from Kate with information and guidelines about signing up.