Lakewood Community Newsletter

October 22nd-25th

A Message From Mrs. Cigich

Happy End of 1st Quarter! It has been a whirlwind. As a reminder, final grade cards will be posted through ParentVue. If you have not had a chance to familiar yourself with Standards Based Grading, you will want to take a look at the information below to prepare for grade cards. As a reminder, a "3" is mastery of an academic standard. Enjoy your long weekend with your students. -Mrs. Cigich

No School

Friday, October 18th, No School, K-12, End of Quarter 1

Monday, October 21st, No School, K-12, Professional Learning

P.A.W.S. Rewards are Back

Staff members are looking for students who are doing the right thing when they think no one is watching. If a student receives a PAWS Reward, it will be sent home and students' names will be placed in a drawing on Friday afternoons. Thank you for encouraging your students to be excellent leaders and treating everyone with respect.

“PAWS” stands for:

  • · Positive Attitude.
  • · Act Responsibly.
  • · Work Hard.
  • · Show Respect.

Red Ribbon Week

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Lost and Found

Our lost and found is quickly growing particularly with coats. We are able to return coats to students when names are in the tags! Please LABEL all coats with student names.
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End of Quarter 1

End of Quarter Information - Viewing Canvas Courses and First Quarter Grades
At the end of each quarter, courses in Canvas will conclude and will no longer be visible on the Canvas app and website. Courses for this year’s first quarter will conclude on October 17th at 11:59pm. Report cards will be generated and families will be able to view first quarter grades on ParentVUE at the end of the day on October 25th.

Too Many Canvas Notifications Via Email?

Open the attachment below to see how to adjust your settings.

FAQ On Standards Based Grading (SBG)

  • Why is Blue Valley changing how student's progress is reported?
  • How does SBG motivate my child to excel?
  • How are scores determined?
  • My child typically has received high grades, what can I expect with standards-based grading?
  • My student receives additional support, what will grades look like for him/her?
  • How do I explain the performance categories to my student?

Find the answers and more here:

How do I view student progress in Canvas? Video Here:

Example of Blue Valley Report Cards can be found here:

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Lakewood TShirt On Sale Now

We will also have a NEW Lakewood shirt available for purchase during United Way week. There are adult and children sizes available and multiple color and style options. All of the profits from these sales will also go toward our United Way donation this year! Here is the link to purchase your LKE shirt:

Fall Harvest Parties, Thursday, October 31st

You will need your ID to enter! Please don't forget it!

Costume Information:

  • Costumes must be appropriate for school. We serve students from five-years old to Fifth Grade. Horror and gory costumes are not appropriate for school. A good rule of thumb is to consider if a five-year old would be frightened by a costume, then it is not appropriate for school.
  • Costumes and accessories resembling weapons or weapon look-alikes are prohibited at school. This includes plastic/fake knives, swords, guns, spears, etc. and any item that resembles a weapon.
  • Students can wear the part of the costume that will not interfere with learning and then accessorize before the party.
  • They will accessorize at 1:45pm in preparation for the Halloween Parade and Parties.

Party Information:

  • Parties are for Lakewood Elementary students only (no middle school students). Thank you in advance for keeping our planned activities fun for our students!
  • Room Parents may begin entering classrooms at 2:00pm.
  • Parents who are here to view the parade will check in at the front office and head out to the field to prepare for the parade. Once the parade is over, parents will be allowed back in the building to head down to classrooms.

Student Schedule:

  • 1:45pm -Accessorize costume
  • 2:00-parade (loop around the track)
  • 2:30-parties (conclude at 3:15 for dismissal preparation)

Ideas for Reducing Waste at Class Parties:

  • Instead of plastic water bottles, our kids are happy to fill up their bottles before the class parties.
  • Bring a snack that can be eaten by hands to avoid plastic forks! Please remember those with allergies during these events.

Delayed Start, November 7th

Mark your calendar! Blue Valley Schools will hold a practice two-hour delayed start day on Thursday, Nov. 7. Elementary school will start at 10:35am. The purpose of a practice day is to allow families, staff and students to experience a delayed start in normal weather conditions and learn what can be improved upon.

On Nov. 7, all school start times will be delayed by two hours. School will end at the regularly scheduled time.

Please note that families will be notified of a two-hour delayed start and inclement weather days through text messages and emails.

General information about two-hour delayed starts is available on the district website inclement weather web page.

Visiting Author Info From Mrs. O'Grady

"This year I am happy to announce Lakewood will host a husband and wife team, Robbi Behr & Matthew Swanson. They will visit our 2nd ~ 5th graders on the morning of Thursday November 14th. I am excited to meet them and hear about their exciting journey into the world of writing and illustrating children’s books. Please check out their website to learn more about Robbi and Matthew at:"

Here is a link to a Washington Post article on the authors:

Order a Book From Visiting Author

Would you like to order a book from the visit author for your student? See book order form below!

Let's Get FIT and Into Lit

Let's get Fit and into Lit with our new reading incentive program. Our new program will be on a monthly basis using a BINGO card to try and challenge yourself to get fit with exercise and into literature with reading ideas. My wish is to guide you to experience a variety of literature selections. Each month the calendar will be available through Mrs. Cigich's newsletter that is emailed out each week. You can also access the card from our library page. There will be a total of 8 months to participate September - April. If you turn in five or more you will be invited to have lunch with Mrs. O'Grady in the garden in May.

Hope you decide to participate and get fit while getting into literature

Fall Book Fair

Our fall Book Fair is quickly approaching. The fair this year will be Monday November 4th ~ Thursday November 7th.

The hours are as following:

Monday Nov. 4th 8:00-4:00

Tuesday Nov. 5th 7:30-6:00

Wed. Nov. 6th 8:00-4:30

Thurs. Nov. 7th 10:30-3:30

Monday and Tuesday are preview days and Wednesday and Thursday will be our purchase days.

A Note from the Counselor, Mrs. Basom

Bullying Prevention Month

Although we will have a variety of activities revolving around bullying prevention this whole month, our Bullying Prevention Week will be Oct. 28th – Nov. 1st at LKE. Some of these activities include: continuing to learn about kindness, conflict resolution, and bullying (how to recognize it, report it, and refuse it) during our counseling lessons. Morning announcements revolving around recognizing, reporting and refusing bullying; these announcements will include students acting out scenarios where they model appropriate ways to stop bullying behavior. Posters will be posted at the end of each pod with steps to recognize what bullying is, how to report it to an adult, how to refuse bullying behavior, and what you can do as a bystander. We will end our Bullying Prevention Week with our annual schoolwide picture that will be taken from the roof. As I visit each classroom, I will post the skills your kids are learning to stop bullying on my lesson blog. If you are interested in learning more about these skills, please visit my lesson blog throughout this month.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, October 21st: No School, Professional Learning
  • Tuesday, October 29th: Kindergarten Field Trip
  • Wednesday, October 30th: All School Photo, Wear Grade Level Color (stayed tuned for more information)
  • Thursday, October 31st: Fall Harvest Parties, Parade at 2:00pm, Parties at 2:30pm
  • November 4th-7th: Fall Book Fair
  • Tuesday, November 5th: 7:30am Pastries with Parents for Students with Last Names A-L
  • Thursday, November 7th: Delayed Start, School Starts at 10:35am

PTO News

  • Thank you for joining us at McTeacher night and thank you to Jen Brown for her planning!
  • Pastries with Parents is coming up for students with last names A-L on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:30am.

Lakewood Elementary

14600 Lamar Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66224