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ANNOUNCEMENTS

YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks are on sale through March 22, 2019. There are TWO options this year: Hardcover for $25.00 and softcover for $20.00.  Order yours today!  Extra books will be limited! Checks are to be made payable to LES or order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com (ID code 12386119)

SPRING PICTURES

Spring Pictures will be taken on Thursday, March 14.  Every child will have their picture taken and you will receive a proof to order prints.

DISMISSAL NOTICES

If you are signing a student out early, do so by 2:00 pm unless you have been called by the school nurse.


When picking up car riders, please make sure your car tag is visible until the children are in your vehicle.  If you do not have a car tag, plan to pick your child up in the office between 2:45-2:55 pm.

PEAP

Students received their PEAP envelopes in PE last week.  They will have the month of March to collect donations.  They may turn them in anytime between now and Spring Break.  Thanks for your help!!

PARENT CONFERENCES

Teachers will be available for conferences the evening of Thursday, March 14 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.  If your child’s teacher has requested a conference, please make every effort to attend.

DR. SEUSS WEEK

We are excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday this week!  (March 4-8)

Monday: Free to Read:  wear red, white and blue celebrating the right to read.
Tuesday: Crazy Socks Tuesday: wear your favorite pair of crazy socks or make socks that look crazy, celebrating the book Fox in Socks.

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday:  Dress wacky or wear your hair wacky celebrating the book Hooray for Hair

Thursday: Yikes Stripes: Wear clothes with stripes celebrating The Cat in the Hat and Beyond Zebra

Friday:  School Pride Day:  Wear school colors (green and yellow) celebrating the book Green Eggs and Ham


The Cat in the Hat Parade for 4K and 5K will be April 26 at the LHS football field at 9:30 am.

4K REGISTRATION

We will hold registration for 4K Students for the 2019-2020 school year the week of March 25-29. Children who turn 4 on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to attend 4-year -old kindergarten.  Registration will be held daily from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm in the main office. All of the following documentation will need to be presented for each student at the time of registration:

Official Birth Certificate

(blue card or green form)

Social Security Card

Current Immunization Record

Medicaid Card

2 proofs of residency that you reside within the Latta School District (current electric, water or land line phone bills, Driver’s license, property tax notice)

Your child will not be officially registered until ALL required documents have been received.

GIRL SCOUTS

If you are interested in your daughter joining the Girl Scouts, there is a meeting TONIGHT, Match 4 at 806 W Main St, Latta.  If you have any questions, please contact Ciara Bethea, leader of Troop 1204.

CLASS PICTURES

If you forgot to order a class picture, we have a few available for sale.  Please send $12 to your child’s teacher.  Checks are to be made payable to Lifetouch.


DISMISSAL NOTICES

If you are signing your student out early from school, it must be done by 1:45 unless you have been called by the school nurse.

When picking up your child, please make sure your car tag is visible until the children are in your vehicle.  If you do not have a car tag, plan to pick your child up in the office at 2:45.

FLU SEASON

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.  If students are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medication).  Symptoms consist of fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose & muscle aches.  Flu viruses spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Always remember and encourage kids to: cover their mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing, wash hands with soap & water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer, and remind them not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth, for this causes the spread of germs.  Please join us in preventing the spread of the flu virus in our schools.   Please contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns (843) 752-5295.

HEALTHY CHILDREN LEARN BETTER

 

                                                                                        SCHOOL DELAYS & CANCELATIONS

Please remember that if school is delayed or closed, you will receive a call from the school district and a SchoolWay notification.  The local television stations are also notified. To receive the most current information, please make sure you have a working phone number on file with the school.  SchoolWay is also a notification service that you have to sign up for on your mobile phone.  As a point of information, we do NOT serve breakfast to students when we are on a two-hour delay. Please make sure your child eats breakfast at home whenever this occurs.                                                                                                                                                                     

LOST AND FOUND

It’s that time of year again and lost coats and jackets are accumulating in the office.  If your child is missing a coat or jacket, please stop by the school and check out what has been turned into the office.  Also, please write your child’s name in his or her jacket; it can then be returned to the owner easily if it is lost.

                                                                               ISTATION AT HOME

Included with your newsletter this month is information about how to access Istation at home.  This program will help them with their reading progress and tie directly to what they are doing at school.

Do you know where your child is reading? Are they on grade level?

Grade   October Level    January Level

1st          D             F

2nd        J              K

3rd         N             N

4th         P             Q

                                                                                        TRANSPORTATION

If your student rides a bus to and from school, it is important that an adult be visible to the driver at the bus stop in the morning and afternoon.  We do not accept transportation changes over the phone for any reason.  If your child has to change their transportation, we must have a written note.

Parents, please display your car tags in the front windshield of your car so we can easily see who you are picking up until your child is in the car.

                                                                                        ATTENDANCE POLICY

Consistent school attendance is important to your child’s academic, social and emotional development.  Please see that only illness prevents your child from attending school. Any student who misses school must present a written note signed by a parent or physician.  After 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences, intervention plans will be developed with the parent to improve student attendance.  

                                                                                        EARLY SIGN-OUT

If your child has a doctor’s appointment or some other need for which he/she must be checked-out early, please do so by 2:00 p.m. Be aware that doctor’s appointments are excused early dismissals ONLY with a doctor’s note. All other early dismissals are unexcused; 3 unexcused early dismissals equal 1 unexcused absence according to District policy.

                                                                                        LUNCH CHARGES

Last school year’s lunch status is applicable until September 12. If you have not completed a form for this school year by September 12, your child’s status will revert to full pay and you will be responsible for all charges. Students are allowed to owe $5.00 to the cafeteria. According to District policy, students whose balance due exceeds $10.00, must bring a lunch box until the amount due has been paid. As a reminder, full pay is $2.60 daily/$13.00 weekly and reduced pay is .40 daily/$2.00 weekly. Please contact the office if you need a form or have questions (843-752-5295).

Coming up …

 Mar 10: Daylight Savings Time Begins –    Spring FORWARD 1 hour.

Mar 14: Spring Pictures

     Parent Conferences 4-6

 Mar 22: Parade of Nations all Lower Elementary Montessori classes 9:30 am – LHS Football field

 March 25-29:  Benchmark Testing Gr 3 & 4

                              4K Registration for 2019-2020 school year

 April 2:  Report Cards

 April 9-12: Book Fair

 April 11:  Spring Celebration at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 April 15-19:  Spring Break

 April 26:  Dr. Seuss Hat Parade, 9:30 am LHS football field

 April 29 – May 3: Benchmark Testing Gr 1 & 2

 April 30: Progress Reports