Lakeland Elementary School

November Newsletter 2022

Mrs. Conerly Principal Message

You are cordially invited to attend Scholar-Led Conferences November 9th & 10th.


Regular classes are canceled for November 9th & 10th so that every family has the chance to conference with your child/s classroom teacher. This is such a great opportunity to view your scholar's accomplishments and to help your scholar set goals for the remaining months of school.


What can families do to prepare for these scholar-led conferences?


1. Mark you calendars and plan to attend.

2. Note celebrations, questions or concerns you want to discuss with the teacher.

3. Contact your scholars teacher right away if you need to reschedule.

4. Set goals and action plans for future achievement.

5. Help your scholar be accountable for the follow-up.


We will continue to give 100% effort so that ALL of our scholar's can meet the goals they have set!


Let our good work continue!


As always in partnership,


Ra'Jeanna Conerly

Principal

Lakeland Elementary

rconerly@fwps.org

Veterans Day

In honor of our Veterans, there is no school on Friday, November 11th.
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Fall/Winter Weather

Scholars go outside to play in all types of weather. Please make sure your scholar is dressed appropriately.


That being said, our lost and found has grown exponentially! If your scholar has lost a sweater or jacket, please have them check the lost found or please feel free to stop by and check the lost and found for yourself.

Free Online Tutoring for Scholars in Grades 4-12

Does your child need one-on-one homework help? FWPS is offering free online tutoring for scholars in grades 4-12 for the 2022-23 school year! Scholars can sign up through Launchpad to Learning, accessible at http://learn.fwps.org. For more information about how to access this service at no cost, visit: https://www.fwps.org/Page/8221

Emergency Drills

Lakeland Staff and scholars will practice earthquake, lockdown and fire safety drills throughout the school year.


  • Earthquake drills start with "duck, cover and hold- on", followed by evacuating outside and accounting for all scholars and staff.


  • Lockdown drills are used if there is a possible danger outside the building. Outside dangers might include anything from a bad smell or substance in the air to an unknown person on campus, or even an incident at a nearby home or grocery store.


Safety drills are explained to our scholars prior to the actual drills. Scholars know ahead of time and these are just for practice so they will be prepared if any of these situations arise. All staff members have assigned duties both on the practice drills as well as in a real emergency.

Parent Drop-Off and Parent Pick-up

Dear Lakeland Families,


In the interest of safety, we would like to share the guidelines around parent drop-off and pick-up.


The SOUTH parking lot (the lot closest to the bus loop) is to be used for PARKING ONLY. Feel free to park and walk your student/s to the gym entrance in the morning or walk up to the school to pick them up at the end of the day. Drive-thru student drop-off and student pick-up is NOT ALLOWED in this lot or the BUS LOOP.


Reminder: the yellow painted curb in the SOUTH parking lot marks a fire zone and MAY NOT be used for drop-off, pick-up or parking.


Drive-thru student drop-off and pick-up is in the NORTH lot ONLY. In the morning you are able to drop-off your scholar and go. The afternoon does get backed up but as soon as our scholars are released, Melissa Carr does a fabulous job getting cars out quickly.


PLEASE help us make parent pick-up and drop-off safe by following these important guidelines.


Thank you for partnering with us to keep your children safe!


In Partnership,

Ra'Jeanna Conerly

Principal

Social-Emotional Skill Learning with Ms. Barry

Ms. Barry, Lakeland Counselor, meets with each class every other week to help scholars learn and practice social-emotional skills—skills that help Lakeland Bobcats work and play together successfully. Here’s what scholars have been doing so far this year:


· 1st-5th graders have spent time reviewing STOP-THINK-GO—a problem-solving process they learned last year (see image below). In upcoming lessons, scholars will have opportunities to learn more about recognizing their own and others’ feelings, understanding things that influence their feelings, and regulating strong emotions.


· Kindergarten scholars have started learning about solving problems with Kelso’s Choices. Once they finish Kelso’s Choices, Kindergarteners will begin learning more about feelings and calming down strategies.


The two main social-emotional learning resources used in lessons are Zones of Regulation and Kelso’s Choices (click on either for more information). Please contact Ms. Barry at ebarry@fwps.org or 253-945-3008 if you have any questions.

Some Reminders From the Health Room:

  • Updated COVID-19 mitigation measures:
    • Masks continue to be optional at school, unless working in or visiting the health room.
    • Scholars should continue to stay home when sick and practice good hygiene habits, like hand washing
    • Those who test positive for COVID-19 should continue to isolate for at least 5 days. One day 6, if the individual tests negative on 2 tests within 24-48 hours of each other and has no fever, they may return to school as normal.
      • If no testing is done, individuals who are fever-free and have improved symptoms can return to school on day 6 if they wear a well-fitting and high-quality mask through day 10.
  • We are entering cold and flu season. RSV is in the community and there have been cases with older children. Please see the attached information document on RSV from the Department of Health.
  • Please check in with your scholar prior to coming to school. If they are not feeling well or have any symptoms, please keep them home to rest. If they have COVID-19 symptoms, we encourage you to test them to rule out COVID-19 prior to returning once symptoms improve.
    • If a scholar is sent home due to illness and they have COVID-19 symptoms, we recommend testing prior to returning to school. We have COVID-19 tests available to send home if you would like one, just let the office or health room staff know.
  • If your scholar is not up to date on immunizations and you have received a call and/or letter stating this, please get them up to date as soon as possible or get a Certificate of Exemption. Call the school if you have any questions.
  • If your scholar needs medication at school (prescribed or over the counter), the following must be in place per WA state law in order for it to be on campus:
    • Form #410, Parent’s Request and Physician/Dentist Instructions for Giving Medication at School must be completed and signed by both the parent and Physician (MD, DDS, DO). The form is available at your child’s school. This request is valid for a period not to exceed the current school year.
    • All medication must be in the originally labeled container and be labeled with the student’s name.
    • Refer to https://www.fwps.org/Page/345 for more information on Medications at School
  • Please dress your child appropriate for the weather. Keep an extra pair of clothes in your scholars back pack for rainy days as recess continues whether rain or shine. The school does not have an unlimited supply of clothing in all sizes. If we do not have anything for your scholar to wear, you will be called to bring a pair of clothes for them.
  • Please note that there are no options for students to stay indoors for recess if they have been ill. Getting fresh air is helpful for the children, but please do send your child to school with appropriate outdoor clothing-coat, hats, and gloves.
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Breakfast and Lunch Menus:

If you'd like to know what's being served for breakfast or lunch, please click on the link below:

https://www.fwps.org/Page/351

Birthday Celebrations

Parents, birthday celebrations are fun and our scholars look forward to them however, if you are going to bring a birthday treat to your child's classroom, please coordinate this with your child's teacher ahead of time. Also be aware that balloons and left over treats are NOT ALLOWED ON THE BUS so please only bring the amount needed for their classroom. Thank you!

Upcoming PTA Events

Nov. 16th General Meeting

Nov. 14th-18th Food & Clothing Drive

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Parent Panorama Survey Now Open


Each year we provide surveys to our students, staff and parents to understand areas where we’re succeeding and act upon areas where we can make improvements.




FWPS families will receive an email with a link to the survey when it opens on Tuesday, November 1. The survey will be available through November 18, 2022.




Parent feedback is critical to helping us improve, and we’re aiming for 100% participation. Completing this survey should take a total of approximately 5-10 minutes. Thank you for your participation!


https://surveys.panoramaed.com/federalway/familyfall22

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PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER BY MAKING SURE YOUR CONTACT PREFERENCES ARE UP TO DATE

As we enter the colder months, we know inclement weather may be in the forecast. When weather impacts our normal school schedule, one way we communicate with parents is through our mass notification system. To ensure you are receiving messages according to your preferences, go to www.fwps.org/parentnotification and follow the steps listed to verify or make changes.


For more information about weather-related school closures or delays, please visit our website at www.fwps.org/domain/783.