Lester Park School Newsletter - #12
November 2, 2023
- Nov 8...Picture Retake Day
- Nov 10...School Spirit Day (Red White & Blue!)
- Nov 23-24...NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)
- Nov 27...Giving Tree Donations begin (more info to come)
- Dec 15...Last Day for Giving Tree Donations
- Dec 4...NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)
- Dec 7...PTA Holiday Craft Night
- Dec 19...Giving Tree Delivery!
- Dec 21...School Spirit Day (Pajama Day!)
- Dec 22-Jan 1...NO SCHOOL (Holiday Break)
Lester Park School Calendar is on our website HERE.
The Specialist (Day 1-4) Calendar can be found HERE.
Picture Retake Day is next Wednesday!
Picture Retake Day (Nov 8) is also for students who missed Picture Day!
* Below is the Picture Retake form if your child missed the actual Picture Day. There are hardcopies in the front vestibule.
* To order pictures taken on Retake Day: go to mylifetouch.com and enter EVTW7JHB9.
* You do NOT need to fill out a picture retake form if you placed an order for the Original Picture Day. They will use the previous order information for the retake order, which is why they ask you to return your original package.
If you would like your child's picture retaken...
You can have this done on Picture Retake Day, Nov 8th. Simply send the portrait package back to school on that day. Also, please let the teacher know ahead of time. Unlike Picture Day, students do not go with their whole class on Retake Day. They are sent individually if they need their picture taken.
New - Staff Shout Out Form
NEW to Lester Park! If you would like to shout out any teacher or staff at Lester Park for going above and beyond, please recognize them through our "Staff Shout Out Form"!
Please try to be as specific as possible when writing your shout outs and please include either the person’s first and/or last name and job title/position. These will be anonymous in our weekly newsletter. Thank you!
With our new PBIS school-wide reward system, students have been working hard to earn paw coins and super paws to earn classroom and school-wide rewards for being respectful, responsible, safe, and kind. When students are showing any of the four expectations, they earn a coin from any staff member in the building. That student will add their coin to their classroom chart, and when the class chart reaches 50 coins, they earn a classroom reward and a super paw on their door. Super paws are counted for a bigger school-wide reward, and our current goal was 25 (about one per section).
Our reward for 25 super paws is to have the UMD Bulldog athletes come during recess to hang out and play with the students. We have reached our goal and about 20 athletes from dance, football, women's basketball, and volleyball will be at our recess TOMORROW from 10:25-1:00!
Way to go Lester Park Labs! - Ms.Fleek MTSS/PBIS Coordinator X3165
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 18 or more days in a school year. Ideally, a student wouldn’t miss more than 9 days in a school year to stay on track, be successful and be engaged in their learning.
Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, regular attendance is essential for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to thrive. Research shows that when students are chronically absent, they are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve in middle school or graduate from high school.
The good news is that efforts to improve engagement and attendance can benefit our entire society. We all prosper when children and youth, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, neighborhood, economic status or family income, have the opportunity to gain skills and abilities that prepare them for success in school, work and life.
Frequent absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other difficulty. Find out if your children feel engaged by their classes, and feel safe.
If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers and school counselors for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
Students are more likely to engage in learning and attend school if they feel safe, connected and supported.
If we work together we can make sure our students are an #AttendanceHERO — Here, Every day, Ready and On time!
Remember Warm Outerwear for Recess
Hats and Mittens Donations
Looking for extra cash and can only work during the school day?
While we wait for these positions to be filled, we are able fill them with a substitute para. Unfortunately there are not a lot of sub paras out there, which is why we are sending out this request! Para hours at Lester Park School are 7:30am-2:15pm. However if you are only able to help out for part of the day, we can make that happen as well!
First thing is you need to apply here: https://www.teachersoncall.com/talent/apply-now
After you have been approved to be a sub by TeachersOnCall, please email email@example.com and we can help you become a full-time or part-time para sub at our school. Thanks!
Salvation Army Holiday Gift Baskets & Toy Drive
Also...Lester Park School will again be a drop off site for the Salvation Army's Toyland Express. We should be receiving our box in the next week or so. Once we receive it, we will send more information in a newsletter.
ILLNESS AND ABSENCE INFORMATION
For Positive COVID Results or Symptoms:
please click HERE.
What do I do if my child is going to be absent from school?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org (the office & nurse will both see these emails)
or call attendance line 336-8875 then “3” to leave a recorded message
Please list any specific symptoms.
Teachers may have a preferred way for you to report an absence to them.
If the office does not know why a student is absent, an automated phone call and an email message will be sent out at sometime between 8:30-9:00. This is for safety reasons.
Some helpful links:
- Is My Child Well Enough To Go To School
- You can also call our school health office at 336-8875 x2654
Location: 5300 Glenwood Street, Duluth, MN 55804, USA
Phone: (218) 336-8875