Lenox Elementary

Family Newsletter-January 2018

Greetings Families,

Our first semester has concluded and we are beginning the second semester. Report cards will be sent home with students on Thursday, Feb. 8th. Be looking for them in backpacks. This is a great time to review and reflect with your child about his/her progress toward meeting their grade level standards. Celebrate your child's strengths and efforts! They are working hard and engaged in a lot of higher level thinking and learning. We are focused on academic language development (describing, comparing & contrasting, summarizing, predicting, sequencing, cause & effect, etc.) in language arts, math, science and other content areas. This supports their mastery of grade level standards through speaking, listening, reading, and writing across all content areas.


Mrs. Gina McLain

Important Dates

  • Mon., Feb. 5th--Booster Club Mtg., 7:00 PM in the library
  • Thurs., Feb. 8th--Report Cards go home with students
  • Mon., Feb. 12th--Principal Coffee & Conversation, 9:15-10:00 AM in the LenoxLiibrary
  • Mon. Feb. 19th--No School: President's Day
  • Fri., Feb. 23rd--BINGO NIGHT! 5:30-8:00 @ Lenox. See our Booster Club's website for more info.
  • Thurs., March 1st--College Wear Day!

Counselor's Corner

Oregon’s law, Senate Bill 856, mandates that students receive age-appropriate instruction to help them recognize and respond to unsafe situations, and to increase awareness of child sexual abuse. You may have heard of this legislation under its more common name, Erin's Law. Erin’s Law requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education four times a year for children in pre-kindergarten through high school.

One requirement of this law is that schools provide an age-appropriate curriculum to all students relating to sexual abuse prevention, which may include a variety of discussions, activities, videos, and practicing safety phrasing through scenario situations. The purpose of the lessons is to provide students, in a nurturing and caring environment, the tools needed for personal safety. During the remainder of the 2017-18 school year, your student’s teacher(s), with school counseling support, will be presenting lessons to the class to meet the requirements of Erin’s Law. Parents/guardians should be available for further discussion with students at home. Please click the following link to visit our district website for more information About Erin's Law. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Mrs. McLain or Mrs. Jennings.

Ms. Jenny Jennings

Child Development Specialist

Music Notes

The music room has been busy in January! All grades are continuing to improve their singing voices. K-2 just finished “Oh, In the Woods” and moving musically to Move It #1-9 among many other songs and rhymes. 1st and 2nd graders are learning the game “Highland Gates.” 2nd graders are writing rhythms with quarter notes and two beamed eighth notes. 3rd-6th graders are reviewing rhythms, barlines, measures, repeat signs, meter, and time signatures. 3rd graders are singing the round “Frere Jacques” and just finished a verse/refrain assessment. 3rd-6th graders are dancing “Virginia Reel.” 4th-6th graders are singing the round “Sing, Sing Together,” reviewing staff notes, preparing for recorder class, and reviewing 1st/2nd endings and D.S. al fine and D.C. al fine. The band is preparing for their big concert at Liberty High School March 15th and our first-ever choir club performed “Don Gato” at the 2nd quarter assembly!

Ms. Amber Young

Lenox General Music and Band Specialist

P.E. Zone

As we returned to school following the Winter Break both our primary classes (grades K-3) and intermediate classes (grades 4-6) have been working on basketball skills. Early in the month of January we were working on developing the skills of the hand dribble and basic passing skills. In this last week of January and as we move into February we will be working on developing the skill of the set/jump shot. We will be involved in individual, partner, small group, and modified game activities in order to practice and improve these skills. During January the primary grades also completed a “Fitness Concepts” assessment in which they were asked to identify four changes we see in our bodies when we exercise strenuously. The intermediate grades completed a “Fitness Concepts” assessment in the form of a written test on the principles and characteristics of cardio-respiratory fitness.

Mr. Rick Karlin

P.E. Specialist

Important Info & Reminders

Principal Coffee & Conversation is back!

After a few months hiatus, coffee and conversation with Mrs. McLain is back. Our next one is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12th from 9:15-10:00 in the Lenox library. Coffee will be provided. Topics include communication between home, school and community, and updates on activities and our shared goals.

TREX Recycling Challenge

TREX Film Plastic Recycling Challenge has started and runs through April 22nd. Students, staff, family, and friends and invited to bring in plastic bags and plastic wrap to designated bins in our lobby. Each bag collected will be weighed and recorded monthly until the competition’s end. The winning school will receive a TREX bench. Last year, the district collected over 7,000 pounds of plastic! After the materials are turned in, TREX will transform them into composite lumber, saving the plastic from adding to the landfill or clogging up sorting machines at the recycling center. See graphic below for what you can bring in to recycle.
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Booster Club Information

Have you visited the Lenox Booster Club Website? Here is the link. This is the place to go for info regarding all Booster events, activities, and news. Make sure to register so that you receive updates and emails for all things Booster Club!


Don't forget that if you would like to volunteer in the classroom, for school events, field trips, etc. you need to fill out the district volunteer application. Please do this as soon as possible so you are cleared to volunteer.