January Tiger Tales

The latest news and updates from LGAE

Hi Tiger Families,

Happy New Year!

As we enter into 2022, we hope you and your family are in good health and good spirits. I've always loved this time of year. For me, there's something refreshing and energizing about starting a new year. Whether you enjoy thinking of new years resolutions or goals that you have, it can be exciting to think about the potential ahead!

As a staff, we will be spending the first day of our school year together intentionally planning and designing meaningful learning opportunities for your children. We continue to work towards our schoolwide vision of intentional connection and alignment. To us, this means that your children feel connected to one another and to our school. That they feel a sense of purpose in their learning and that regardless of what grade level or classroom they are in, they get a high quality educational experience.

We continue to work through this goal by supporting both academic and social emotional growth in our students! As we return back from winter break, we will be revisiting the zones of regulation as we develop in our self-regulation strategies. During this time, students will also be taking the iReady assessment. This assessment helps to measure their growth in reading and math from the start of the school year and to inform the ways in which we support your children academically moving forward.

We look forward to a great year ahead and will see you and your children on Tuesday January 4th!

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Meet Our December Tiger Council

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A special shoutout goes out to our amazing student leaders who represented their classes at our December Tiger Council meeting.

Each month, each class selects a council member to represent their class. These representatives voice their ideas, plan ways to better our school community and report back to their classrooms! The council also helped to plan for our January Spirit Week! More information to come.

A huge thank you to Mia, Lyla, Arianna, Ayaniese, Cesar, Kylii, Aaron, Gavin, Jazlean, Cataleya, Julissa, Jada, Kassy, Athan, LaVaugh, Heriberto, Arizbeth, Alessandra and Tyffanee.

Free COVID-19 Testing on Wednesdays

We continue to provide students with free Covid-19 testing every Wednesday.

You only have to register once to be signed up for the remainder of the year!

To register, please fill out the online permission form: https://lgsd.testscheduler.net/

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Tuesday, Jan 4- School Resumes

Monday, Jan 17- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday-Friday Jan 18-21- Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by ABC 10 News

Tuesday, Jan 18 at 8:45am- ELAC

Wednesday, Jan 19 at 8:45am- Coffee with the Principal

Thursday, Jan 20- 6th Grade Photo Day

Thursday, Jan 20 at 2:40pm- Feeding San Diego Food Pantry

Monday, Jan 31 at 3:10pm- School Site Council

As a reminder, every Wednesday is a minimum day. On Wednesdays, school ends at 1:28pm.

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We are so excited to be the recipients of the ABC 10 News giving campaign! Thanks to their generous donations, we will be hosting a free book fair for our students! From January 18th-21st, students will get to shop our Scholastic book fair and pick out 5 free books of their choosing! The week will be filled with a special assembly and fun spirit days to celebrate our love of reading!
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Thank you to our volunteers for helping us with our December distribution!

What are students learning in Art?

Element of Art: Texture Country: America


Learned about what implied and real texture is and looked at examples. Students used unwrapped crayons and rubbing plates to make textured paper which they cut, tore and shaped to create images to make a collage of their choice.

First Grade

Listened to The Owl and the Woodpecker by Brian Wildsmith and looked at owl images. Students were encouraged to look at the illustrations and the textures drawn by the artist. They then drew owls using chalk pastels. Students drew their owl faces with large eyes and layered small pastel lines to create the texture of feathers. (Note: these were sealed with hairspray but will shed some chalk when rubbed)

Second Grade

Listened to Carla’s Sandwich by Debbie Herman and Sheila Bailey and/or The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio. Students created their own sandwiches adding different textures to create the elements such as pizza, lettuce, blueberries, onions, mushrooms, and more. We also discussed different foods from different cultures.

Third Grade

Learned about the Rancho period of California and looked at Diseños. These are maps and plans of the early ranchos. A large collection is held at the UCLA Special collection; Charles E. Young Research Library (we looked at this as well). Students created line drawings of their own imaginary rancho and added details and color of their choice.

Fourth Grade

Learned about the California Grizzly Bear and Grizzly Adams from Yosemite National Park Service video The Lost Grizzly. They learned a bit about the history of our state flag. They learned about the black bear and where it lives in our state. We looked at the work of contemporary artist Eileen Blodgett and created an image of a bear in our own style using oil pastel techniques to create texture.

Fifth Grade

Looked at the work of Samoan born artist Fatu Akelei Feu'u. We looked at the textures and patterns of siapo cloth and watched how it is made. They also listened to an interview with the artist. Students divided their paper into several sections to create patterns of their own design using Fatu Feu’u’s work as inspiration.

Sixth Grade

Students viewed a video about the Pacific Flyway. The Pacific Flyway, a major north-south flyway for migratory birds in America. They looked at images of birds from California and San Diego and created a bird drawing of their choice using colored pencil and crayon. Students were encouraged to create the texture of feathers using small pencils lines and color gradients.

January Events for the Whole Family

Our district's parent and family engagement specialist, Azucena Garcia, continues to share a compiled a list of family-friendly events!

Please visit the Parent and Family engagement website to learn more: https://sites.google.com/lemongrovesd.net/parentandfamilyengagement/home?authuser=0

Interested in getting involved or have some ideas to share?

Contact Azucena at azucena.garcia@lemongrovesd.net

We would love to have your feedback regarding the 2022-23 school calendar. Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience.


Attendance Matters

Please watch this video that explains the importance of attending school and what ADA (Average Daily Attendance) means.

You will also find strategies to support your child to have better attendance.

Video here:

Attendance Counts even when You're Quarantining! (Eng Presentation) Google Slides - 15 December 2021 - Watch Video