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Liberty Park Elementary School Newsletter

Week of November 18, 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Liberty Park Families,


It seems that Winter has arrived! As temperatures continue to drop please make sure that your student(s) have proper winter wear. If we can be of any assistance in helping make sure your student has access to a winter coat, hat, gloves, etc. please contact the school office at 317-532-1850 and ask to speak with our school counselor Mrs. Tapper, or our Dean Mrs. Hench.


School Board and School policy encourage outdoor recess for our K-4 students whenever possible to encourage activity and social playtime. Our threshold for cold weather is 20 degrees. When the temperature falls below 20, students will have recess indoors. The 20 degree temperature would also include wind chill. In other words, if the temperature is 25 but the windchill falls below 20 degrees, students would remain indoors for recess. If students are not feeling well or a parent wants them to stay in for health reasons beyond 1-2 days, a doctor's note is required.


Don't forget that our PTA's annual Holly Jolly Fest is coming up on Friday, December 6th! It will run from 6-9pm, we hope you are able to stop by!


I hope that you and your family have a great weekend and as always, I thank you for your continued support of Liberty Park Elementary!


Your Principal,

Jason Brooks

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Message from Dr. Hanson

Dear Warren Families,


Our goal in MSD Warren Township is to provide a safe and high quality educational experience. As you may have heard, Tuesday, November 19 has been designated as Red for Ed Action Day in Indiana by the Indiana State Teachers Association. At their most recent public meeting, the MSD of Warren Township Board of Education approved the recommendation to cancel school on Tuesday, November 19 in support of Warren Township teachers and staff participating in the Red For Ed Action Day at the Indiana Statehouse with colleagues from around the state. The MSD of Warren Township and the Board is supporting our staff participating in this event to improve conditions for Indiana teachers as well as to advocate for our students, our schools, and our community. By cancelling school on November 19th, we believe this supports our district goal of providing a safe and high quality educational experience both short term and into the future. Further, the Board approved the utilization of our flex day on Friday, May 22nd as the designated make up day for canceling school on November 19th. School and district offices will be open on November 19th.


We recognize that not having school will create challenges for some of our families. We will be providing lunch to all MSD Warren Township students at no charge; the host sites serving will be the three intermediate middle schools from 11:00 - 1:00. We are working with the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club to provide opportunities for those families who need supervision for their child. Please monitor our digital app and district website for additional information that may be distributed regarding student activities and services available on November 19th. We are communicating this as early as possible to provide families with an opportunity to plan for the closure on November 19th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for supporting our teachers and staff and the great work they do each day in our classrooms and community for our students.


Timothy E. Hanson, Ed.D.

Superintendent

975 North Post Road

Indianapolis, IN 46219

(317)869-4300

@timehanson

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November 18th - 4th Grade Spell Bowl Competition @ LP

November 19th - School Closed

November 21st - 4th Grade Veterans Day Performance @ 6pm

November 26th - Kona Ice Day

November 27th-29th - Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 6th - Holly Jolly Fest 6-9pm

December 19th - Skating Party at the Roller Cave 6-8pm

December 20th - Last Day before Winter Break /CORE Carnival Day / Report Cards Sent Home

January 6th - 1st Day Back from Winter Break

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Make Up Date: Veterans Performance

Our 4th Grade Veterans Day Performance has been rescheduled for this Thursday the 21st at 6pm. Doors will open at 5:45pm.

Soaring Eagle Badge Winners!

Kindergarten - Sydni Burgin

1st Grade - Liam Damm

2nd Grade - Samiah Williams

3rd Grade - Gabby Hill

4th Grade - Monica Sarantos

Canned Food Drive

Our student council group, Patriot Pack, is organizing our annual Thanksgiving Outreach Canned Food Drive! Our drive will run from November 4th - November 22nd.


Suggested Items: Canned meats, vegetables, peanut butter, soups, boxed meals, macaroni & cheese, rice, canned fruits, etc.


All items donated will support our local LP and Warren community!

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Student Perfect Attendance Winner!

Congrats to Bryce Andrews our Perfect Attendance Winner for the month of October! He won a free Jimmy John's sandwich!

Notes from the Nurse

HANDWASHING is the best way to prevent illness. Please encourage your child to wash hands before and after a meal, after playing outside, and after using the restroom.

Meet a New LP Patriot!

Cassie Keller - LIFE Skills


I am so happy to be teaching in the Life Skills classroom this year! I previously taught special education (ED) at IPS and was a behavior therapist at BACA before that. I married my high school sweetheart 2 years ago and we have an Aussiedoodle, Lenny. We love to spend our time out on the lake on our boat and travelling. I also, coach soccer. So happy to be here, come on by and say hi to my wonderful 7 friends. They love visitors. :)

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break for Warren Township begins is observed on November 27th - 29th. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd,

Indianapolis Urban League - Read and Rise!

The Indianapolis Urban League is partnering with Warren Township to offer a program, Read and Rise, to our parent community. The foundation of the program is aimed at promoting reading and literacy development in the home. Their mission is to reinforce that parents are a child's first and most important teacher.

Warren will host three family literacy workshops as outlined below:

  • Thursday, November 21; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at ECC; Focus on Birth to Age 4

  • Tuesday, December 3; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Lakeside; Focus on Kindergarten and 1st Grade, up to age 7

  • Tuesday, January 7; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Lakeside; Focus on 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade, up to age 9

IUL teaches the workshops, provides how-to guides for parents and reading materials for children.


Attention 3rd and 4th grade parents - Girls Lacrosse Now Available!

Free Girls Lacrosse League at Warren Central H.S.

Try something new this winter. Girls lacrosse, one of the fastest growing sports in America, is a varsity sport at Warren Central. This winter there will be an indoor recreational league for girls in grades 3-8. We plan to have two divisions, one for grades 3, 4, and 5, and one for grades 6, 7 and 8.


This program is absolutely free. Times, dates and other information can be found on the registration page by following this link:

https://forms.gle/SjRqnVFHVpFTVenT7


Contact Coach Gary Roberts with questions at groberts@warren.k12.in.us

From your PTA!

Hello parents! We are off to a great start this school year.


Looking for a volunteer opportunity??


Holly Jolly Festival-Dec. 6th (6p-9p)-We need help decorating the school in the evenings leading up to the event, help setting up the day of the event and help during the event.

If you can help with either of these events, we would greatly appreciate it. Please e-mail us back and let us know (even if it is only for an hour-we can use ALL hands!)


Thank you so much,

Shelly Hall

LP PTA President

Journey of a Graduate (JoG) Survey

MSD of Warren Township will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan based on community input that will ensure all students and staff have the conditions necessary to develop and apply Journey of a Graduate (JoG) skills. Click link to take survey.

bit.ly/MSDWTSPS

School Dismissal Manager

LP uses School Dismissal Manager to report student absences and set up end of day transportation routines for students. Please click the link below for additional information. Please remember to set your students dismissal option in the School Dismissal Manager App. If you need any assistance logging in or using the system please contact our front office staff.


https://libertypark.warren.k12.in.us/article/122744?org=liberty-park-elementary

Warren App and Website

Warren Township School District has a new app and website! The purpose of the app and website is to provide regular updates through the live feed, district news, and

district events sections as well as other important district information. The app includes easy access to the weekly breakfast and lunch menu, staff contacts, district documents, bullying and safety reporting form, and much much more. The Warren app can be downloaded at the Apple and Android App Store. Stay informed and download the app today. The district website is www.warren.k12.in.us.

Lunch Menu

Warren Township Schools, in partnership with Chartwells K12, publish breakfast and lunch menus through Nutrislice - an interactive website and a free smartphone app. Our school community can access our menus anywhere, anytime! Click here for the menus or download the menu Nutrislice app.

Last Week's Grade Level Attendance

School Improvement Goal = 97% Attendance


Kindergarten - 94.9%

1st Grade - 96.1%

2nd Grade - 95.8%

3rd Grade - 95.3%

4th Grade - 94.4%

Total - 95.8%

Additional Updates and Information

  • Holly Jolly Fest - Our Annual PTA Holly Jolly Fest at LIberty Park is scheduled for Friday, December 6th. If you have interest in setting up a vendor booth, please contact our PTA and/or see the Vendor Booth Application that you can download below in this newsletter.

  • 4th grade Parents - Please watch for a permission letter to come home with your student regarding the Human Growth and Development session facilitated by LifeSmart. This is a program offered to 4th grade students across the district. This letter includes links to access more information regarding this opportunity. Our program date is Thursday, January 30th.

  • Warren's High Ability Program is designed to meet the unique academic needs of gifted and talented students. The curriculum in these classes is differentiated and faster paced and students will be working above grade level if they qualify. As a district, we look at all students in grades 1, 4, 6 and 8 to see if they qualify for the following school year based on eligibility criteria. Parent recommendations are considered along with achievement scores when determining placement in high ability. More detailed identification information can be found here. If you would like to complete a recommendation for the broad based planning committee to consider you can do so here 2020-2021 High Ability Parent Recommendation Form The parent recommendation form will be open until January 31, 2020.

  • AM Drop Off: Students should not be dropped off in the front of school until the 7:55am bell. In efforts to keep all students safe, kids should remain in vehicles until the bell.

  • Birthday Treat Policy: All MSD Warren Schools have aligned their birthday celebration policies to the district’s wellness policy. As part of our efforts towards health and wellness, we follow a “no birthday treats” guideline.
  • Visitors Background Checks: Volunteers must have a valid background check on file in the front office as well as be included on a students emergency contact form for any type of school volunteer opportunities. If you would like to complete this process or have any questions please stop by our front office.
  • Student Absences: If your child is ill and will not be at school, please call the front office at 532-1850 or use your School Dismissal Manager App to report his/her absence. Please call and report if your child will be arriving late to school due to a doctor’s appointment. Doing so helps us to know that your child is safe and with you.

YMCA

Click the link below to get more information on signing up your student for before and/or after YMCA care at Liberty Park! https://indymca.org/youth-development-center/



Role Models Needed! Now hiring for YMCA Before and After School Care across Indianapolis! Apply today! https://indymca.org/jobs/

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Don't forget to join our Parent Teacher Association and support all of the wonderful student activities and events throughout the school year!


Please contact our PTA President Shelly Hall for more information:pta.libertypark@gmail.com
School Counselor Program

Please click here to learn more about our school counseling program with Mrs. Tapper

The mission of Liberty Park Elementary, in partnership with its parents and surrounding community, is to provide every learner with the personalized learning experience they deserve to take ownership of their learning and become a contributing citizen in our global society.

SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLICATIONS/NEWS MEDIA USE

The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.