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Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. The year has started well. September was busy, filled with getting to know the morning arrival and routines of the day. We had our grade level assemblies to discuss our TWIST expectations for behaviors throughout the school and bus environments. We encourage all to review the school rules and expectations. The Student Handbook is online and contains the Code of Conduct.

As a part of SAFETY, we will complete our mandated drills throughout the year. We were happy to see so many Dads, Grandpas and other special males visit with us too. Lastly, we ended our month with Start with Hello.

Attendance Policy – Attendance is a critical component of the learning process. Students must be in the classroom to learn. In Lakeland, students must maintain a minimum 90% attendance rate. Please be sure if your child is absent from school, a call is placedto the nurse’s office that day to ensure the students whereabouts. Upon return a written note with the reason for the absence is required to be submitted to the classroom teacher. Student hours are 8:05 – 2:30.

Wellness Policy – the district Wellness Policy authorizes one unhealthy snack party per month. All snacks, healthy or unhealthy MUST have an ingredients label on it to be cleared by Mrs. Ferreira for student consumption. Please do not cut any fruits or vegetables at home, these will not be permitted to be options for the students due to student allergies. For the safety and health of all of our students, thank you for helping with this need.

STAR Assessments – Our students are completing the STAR assessment for the beginning of the school year. STAR checks for specific skills your child has mastered and gives reports to the teachers of strengths and needs in reading and math areas.

The children take the test on a computer which is a skill the students will need as we move forward with state assessments in the future.

October Happenings – In October we will kick off the theme of the month with our assembly by student council. Our theme for October is Tolerance and our I statement is: I will accept others and their differences.

The Emergency Management Drill takes place on Friday, October 5th. The K- 5 students evacuate 15 minutes early for dismissal to practice this drill for the school year. Our PM UPK CLASS will dismiss at the regular 3:00 PM pick-up.

We will all need to bring our smiles to school on October 4th for our Picture Day, thank you PTA for the hard work in giving our families the opportunity to have a memory oftheir children’s school year.
Some of the Enrichment activities for October are Fourth Gr. Hudson River, 2nd grade Who’s eating whom? Andour PTA BookFair.
Lastly, the mid-point in the grading trimester will be October 30
th. All students will receive an interim report, this is one opportunity we take to write to parents and explain how your child is adjusting to the grade level requirements, the steps the school is taking to intervene and what you may be able to do at home to help support as well.

Fall Celebration All students may wear an appropriate costume to school on October 31st. Our UPK and Kindergarten students will parade for all the students in school. All classes may have a small celebration in their classrooms. Our students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the PTA Fall Fest on Saturday, October 27th, which has a costume activity as a part of the wonderful festivities. We hope you will have your family join should you wish to celebrate Halloween.

Student Information Form– Please send in the paper one sheet contact information and the District has an eco-friendly system for Emergency Information. If you have not already completed and submitted the online Student Information form online, please go to the designated site and use the Student/Family ID number provided in the letter sent to you at the beginning of the school year. Any questions with the process, please call Deborah Speedling – (914) 528-2519.

PTA Meeting                               October 1st
School Photos                            October 4th
Emergency Management Drill    October 5th
School Closed
Columbus Day   October 8th
PTA Activity Night                     October 12th
Board of Education Mtg @ L-T October 18th
PTA Book Fair               October 22nd - 25th
PTA Fallfest                              October 27th
Interims Go Home                    October 30th

Bus Passes – Bus Passes for another school bus arepermitted for childcare purposes only. If any changeto your child’s regular routine for dismissal will beneeded, please be sure to write a note in the morning to your child’s classroom teacher. If changes in dismissal occur in the PM; be sure the office staff and teacher are all on the email, this will ensure that someone views it on the day needed.

Coaching Toward Brighter Futures in Math and ELA!

Welcome back to bright new school year! Our coaching RTI meetings are in full swing. We are busy meeting with teachers to discuss the needs of individual students. The teachers and coaches will have administered the STAR assessment to all grades, as well as number and letter recognition assessments in kindergarten by the end of September. This information will help us inform instruction and best meet the needs of the students. In grades K- 5 we have a new math resource called Go Math! In grades K-2, we are piloting a new reading resource created by Lucy Calkins, focusing on the workshop model.

Grades 4 and 5 will begin a coaching cycle with the Math Coach starting in early October. The focus will be implementing the many components of Go Math! In addition, the teachers and Math Coach will collaborate on implementing an effective, well-structured math workshop using our new resource. Math workshop is a data informed approach in which students are engaged in a variety of learning activities around math skills and concepts. Math workshop is a framework that allows students to learn new math content each day,
practice math strategies in a variety of ways, and reflect on learning through verbal or written sharing. The predictable structure of math workshop makes it easier for students to participate in differentiated activities.

Grades K and 1 will begin a coaching cycle with the Literacy Coach in early October too. They will bepiloting Lucy Calkins’ reading workshop and SchoolWide’s reading workshop as well. Afterimplementing both programs, discussing student progress, and analyzing the best and most difficult elements of both programs the District will decide which best meets the needs of our students. Reading Workshop is an instructional practice that will help your children grow as readers, speakers, active listeners and independent thinkers. Through Reading Workshop, you will be able to create a literary community excited
about reading and engaged in the process of becoming fluent readers and thinkers.

We look forward to working with the teachers and students as we move


Jennifer Crivelli (Math Coach) & Megan Quinn (ELA Coach)


News from the Nurse

As a reminder please alert the health office during the school year to discuss with the school nurse these medical issues:

  • A student has or has recently recovered from a serious illness
  • A student has been hospitalized
  • A student has had surgery
  • A student has sustained an injury requiring medical treatment

Documentation from your health care provider will be needed to return to school with or without restrictions for Physical Education and recess. Also if crutches are needed a Healthcare provider note needs to be provided.

Physicals are required for all new entrants and students in grades UPK, K, 1, 3 and 5. Documentation of a physical or date of upcoming physical must be in the Health Office by 10/5/18. Students who do not return evidence of a physical examination or the date of an appointment will have a health appraisal scheduled and documented with our medical director. Please send completed physical forms to the Health Office & keep a copy for your records.

Dental Certificates are requested, but not required for students in K, 1, 3, and 5 grades.

Medication of any kind cannot legally be dispensed toany child in school without a Physician’s written orderand parental consent. An adult must bring the medication to school. It must be in the original prescription container (ask the pharmacist for two (2) containers –one to remain at home and one for school). Physical, Dental and Medication forms can be downloaded from the District’s website: click on Departments look for Heath Office.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness: temperature over 100�Š, flu-like symptoms, vomiting or GI issues, sore throat that interferes with swallowing, ear pain, colored eye drainage, suspicious or draining rash. Please keep him/her home. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school. Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement.

Absences should be called in daily before 8:45AM. Please call L-T # 528-2519 press # 1 and leave a clear message including name of child, grade, and reason for absence. Please leave details of illness: It is recommended that students stay home at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 F or greater) or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medication. A written note is still required upon return to school.


Please call me with any questions or concerns & keep me informed of any upcoming surgery or changes in health or medication status.
Here’s to a healthy year at LT!