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  • Supt. Ewert's message: In LPS, ALL MEANS ALL (8/15/17)

    September 15, 2017 Dear Littleton Public Schools Parents: We are about one month into the 2017-2018 school year, and I want to convey the excitement I see in classrooms across the district. Since the very first day of school, it has been great fun to see our students arrive with smiles on their faces, eager to continue their journey of learning in LPS. I also want to share with you an important focus for LPS this year. Our district achievement goal states:  “One hundred percent of LPS students will graduate prepared for meaningful post-secondary opportunities.” In LPS, we are committed to the ideal that all means all. All students -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, twice exceptionality; students who are gifted, immigrants, English language learners, LGBTQ, homeless, poor, affluent; and those who may have social, emotional, behavioral, or academic challenges -- matter.  All students are welcome in our schools. I spent time over the summer thinking about how Littleton Public Schools might be impacted by the rhetoric of intolerance, discrimination and violence we have seen emerging across our nation and around the world. Our community is not disconnected from these events; what happens within society always finds its way to the schoolhouse door.   For example, we recently saw instances in our schools in which students used anti-Semitic symbols such as swastikas, racial epithets, and ridicule through stereotyping. In some cases, the students did not intend to be hurtful; they were simply unaware of the true meaning behind the symbols and language. They did not fully understand how painful these symbols and words can be. In other instances, the students had full understanding and chose to behave in this way.  These are societal issues and our schools reflect what happens in society. Therefore, we ask all LPS parents and community members to partner with us as we help our students to understand that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in LPS. We can be better. We have a number of social, emotional and behavioral programs and interventions in place that teach students appropriate ways to interact. Every day, our staff members reinforce these positive behaviors through instructional practices that align with Board of Education policies and state law. Each instance of inappropriate behavior is unique, taken seriously and handled with care. We address them individually, keeping in mind the age, maturity level, understanding of the issue and intent of the student. We utilize a range of interventions, including disciplinary consequences, restorative justice and educational activities to address these incidents. Parental involvement is an important part of this process. We expect our students to learn and demonstrate suitable ways to discuss age-appropriate (and sometimes controversial) topics in the classroom as part of their studies. As educators, it is our duty to model respect and inclusiveness for all. Every day in our schools, we honor the expectation that differing views and opinions should be discussed, but always within the framework of respect and seeking to understand.  It is our moral responsibility as public school employees to stand against hateful thought and ideology. It is our responsibility to create a culture of acceptance in our schools and community, so every student and family knows immediately that they matter, we care and we are committed to providing learning environments that are physically, socially and emotionally safe places for all.  The results of last fall’s districtwide climate and culture survey show that students, parents and employees overwhelmingly reported feeling safe and positive about the climate in their schools. In fact, LPS scored higher in the positive range than the national norms for every dimension except one (parent perception of safety in social media). We share our parents’ concerns about social media, as it exacerbates every challenge our students face. We will continue to support parents as they teach their children appropriate social media behaviors, find ways to limit their children’s social media exposure, and be aware of their children’ social media activity. We will be conducting the climate and culture survey again this year. The data tells us we are on the right track in many areas, but there are clear areas for improvement, as well. We look forward to the continued progress. This fall, as part of policy review, the LPS Board of Education will engage in conversations about these topics and will reinforce these beliefs. The LPS community is a caring place that continually demonstrates its commitment to our children and to its schools. Thank you, students, parents, staff members and community members, for working together to provide a safe and caring environment for all students, and for committing to continuous improvement. This is important work and we simply cannot do it without you. Your partnership matters. Warm Regards, Brian Ewert Superintendent Littleton Public Schools

  • An important message from Superintendent Brian Ewert (8/31/17)

    A letter from Superintendent Ewert: August 31, 2017 Dear Littleton Public Schools Parents: Many of you are aware that this has been a sad beginning to the school year. We lost a high school student in a tragic car accident two weeks ago. On Tuesday, a high school student took his own life. And, last night, a middle school student took his own life. Like you, we are grieving with our students, colleagues, and community. Our hearts are heavy as we continue to support all of our students and their families -- especially those closest to these tragic events. I want to remind you that the safety and well-being of our students and staff continues to be our highest priority. We are a close-knit community and school district, and many families have been and will continue to be impacted. When students come to us in crisis, we immediately engage the student and the family. We do our very best to connect students and families with the community resources they need. We partner closely with external agencies (such as All Health, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Second Wind, Colorado Crisis Services, etc.). During times of tragedy, it is common for information and misinformation to quickly spread through mainstream and social media while the facts are still being determined. Our goal is to always communicate the facts directly to you as best we can and as soon as it is appropriate for us to do so in partnership with law enforcement and impacted families. Following any tragedy, we believe that school is the best place for our students to be, and we recognize the important role schools play in addressing the mental health and wellness of our students and families. We are also aware that safety and mental health are community-wide issues that need continuous discussion, partnership, and action on a broader scale. It is human nature to feel frustration, anger, and fear and to look for rationale when people in our community are in crisis. Sometimes simple answers cannot be found. This is when it is most important for us to continue to partner with one another as parents, community, and schools to find ways to better address the needs of our families. As you know, Littleton Public Schools has numerous programs, interventions and highly trained mental health professionals in place to address the needs of our students and staff, and we are always looking for ways to improve. We have many resources on the district’s website that might be helpful to you as you discuss these sensitive issues with your children in age appropriate ways. http://www.littletonpublicschools.net/content/socialemotionalandbehaviorservices. I also invite you to revisit the information in the 2016 publication, “Safety, Mental Health and Wellness in Littleton Public Schools”, which outlines the numerous safety, social, emotional, and behavioral services provided to LPS students, staff, and families throughout our school district. This publication, which was mailed to every LPS family last fall, is available on the district website. I am frequently reminded of the caring, character, and perseverance of the LPS family. LPS is a special place in which to learn, teach, and grow because of this community’s strong partnership with its schools. Please reach out to your school community if you need support, and continue to remind your children of just how much you love them. Sincerely, Brian Ewert Superintendent

  • Save the Date! Best-selling Author Jessica Lahey Sept. 12

    LPS families, parents and staff are invited to hear Jessica Lahey – national best-selling author, teacher and mom – speak about her book: The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.  Join us! Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Arapahoe High School Theater Admission is FREE! Sometimes it is so difficult to know how to love and support your child without enabling or coddling them. Especially in a time when it feels so important to succeed, achieve and get into the right college. How can we motivate our kids to take ownership of their own education, learn deeply and durably about life, and develop emotional and intellectual resilience? Come find out! Hosted by Littleton Public Schools and the Littleton Public Schools Foundation.  Jessica Lahey - Event Flyer

  • DAC Looking for At-Large Members

    The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is looking for members to fill at-large seats for a two-year term, beginning this fall. The DAC advises the LPS Board of Education on various topics and has responsibilities mandated by Colorado statute. Members regularly receive information about district programs and activities and serve as a communication link with schools and the community. Click here to download the application. For additional information or questions, contact: Kerry Schaper 303-347-3396 kschaper@lps.k12.co.us

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Lenski Announcements

  • Sprinting for the Stars-Student Fund Run

    Sprinting for the Stars will kick off this Friday with a student pep rally with some special entertainment from the high school cheerleaders and TOMS!  Students will bring home paperwork Friday afternoon and they can get started right away obtaining pledges for the two weeks leading up to race day.  Fantastic prizes can be earned based on the dollar amount of pledges raised! Come cheer on the kids on race day!  If you plan to be there, please consider volunteering:  we need help counting laps, at the water station and more! RACE DAY:  SEPTEMBER 22nd 11:00 am - 11:30 am KAM 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 1st Grade 11:30 am - 12:15 pm 2nd Grade 11:45 am - 12:30 pm 3rd Grade 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm 4th Grade 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm 5th Grade 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm KPM Last year we raised $120,000 that went to fund staffing points for Lenski.  Through the PTO's ongoing support of Lenski's staffing budgets, we are able to supplement our district-apportioned funding and improve Lenski's ability to provide specialist teachers to supplement the classroom experience with differentiated, small-group learning for ALL Lenski students. Through all our efforts, Lenski is able to provide a learning experience that far exceeds what the district funds!         100% of all donations go to Lenski!! Questions?  Please contact Jennifer Gruidel or Mary Wehrer. 

  • Dav Pilkey: Author Coming to Lenski!

    Hang on to your Underpants! Get Ready for a Great Adventure.. EPIC author DAV PILKEY is coming to LENSKI The Week of September 25th Don't miss this chance to get a signed copy of your favorite titles. Click here for the order form. Choose the book(s) you would like to order and return the order form and check made out to Lois Lenski Elementary by Friday, Sept. 22. Your signed book will be delivered after the author visit. See the recent news story about Dav Pilkey HERE.

  • Concert: A Thank You to the Lenski Community

    After the Fund Run, please come back to Lenski for Live Music and Dancing! The Lenski staff would like to say thank you to everyone for their support and help in making Lenski a great place to be.  Please join the Lenski staff at a welcome back concert on September 22nd from 5-6pm featuring The Jacob Larson Band. The Jacob Larson Band is a funk and soul ensemble combining powerhouse vocals, classic instrumentation and an old-school approach to music. The band gets their inspiration from notable influences such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Sam Cooke and Al Greene. Jacob, a dynamic entertainer with a strong and soulful voice, leads the band to deliver a performance that moves and excites concert-goers of all ages.  Bring a picnic and blanket to the Lenski lawn and enjoy this amazing show. Click here for a sneak preview of the band!!

  • Lenski Wins Best of the Best Award

    Best of the Best awards are presented each year by local newspapers. Colorado Community Media has a certified electronic voting system that readers use to make their votes. In 2017 Lenski Elementary School was voted Best School in Centennial by local newspaper readers.

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