Principal's Message

April/May Update

Hello Parents,

As the end of the school year approaches, I wanted to reach out and thank you for your support and multiple contributions.  Your support of the students and staff at Lenski has made a huge difference in making Lenski a school of opportunities for each child.

We are looking forward to field day on Monday, May 14.  Coach Wilson has worked to improve field day events.  The events have been shortened by 5 minutes, the breaks have been integrated into the event rotations and the long lunch has been removed from the schedule allowing all grades to get all events completed in a half day.  Staff and 5th graders are able to fill the volunteer positions leaving parents free to enjoy the day with their children. 

Thanks to the parents at Lenski for funding whiteboards in every classroom.  When you walk into your child’s classroom you will notice a lighter, brighter, more 21st century learning classroom experience.   The whiteboards create more usable space to clearly display directions, student learning outcomes, and schedules.  The magnetic feature allows teacher to display student work.

Our staff has been engaged in the process for selection of new hires.  I would like to announce the following new hires. Lydia Daugherty is the new office secretary.  She comes to us from Denver Public Schools with secretary and office experience.  She is a former Lenski parent having four children graduate from Lenski.  Michelle Ott is a wonderful addition to the Kindergarten team.  She taught preschool at Mission Hills for many years and has been a popular substitute teacher in Littleton Public Schools for the past few years.  Lisa Johnston will join the fifth grade team.  She comes to us from Denver Public Schools with experience in fifth grade.  Sophie Derkson is our new art teacher coming to Lenski from Runyon Elementary, Powell Middle School, and Ricks’s Center for Gifted Children.  Shawn Howley is the new evening custodian.  We believe Lenski students and parents will be delighted with these additions.

The Library Staff put in a fun filled weekend painting the library walls bright colors and redecorating with fun portable seating.  We have also updated the book selections.  Come by and check out the new look and new books in the library!

Lenski hosted a KIDPOWER workshop in April.  This parent-child workshop allowed a number of students in grades K-5 to learn everyday safety skills through an interactive approach.  Parents and children role-played scenarios together, which allowed them to practice newly learned skills at home.  Some of the topics covered in the four hour/two night event included how to:

  • Recognize and avoid potential danger

  • Deal with bullies

  • Set emotional boundaries

  • Move with awareness and confidence

  • Tell an adult and get help if needed 

We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants and will offer the workshop again in Spring 2019.For more detailed information on KIDPOWER please visit www.kidpowercs.org.

I hope you have a fantastic end to the school year and an amazing summer break.  

Sincerely, 
Dr. DeSpain - Principal, Lenski Elementary School

March/April Update

Hello Lenski Parents - 
 
We hope you enjoyed a wonderful spring break.  As you know, Littleton Public Schools has invested significantly in the safety and security of our students, including the installation of a video doorbell at the front door and SACC entrance at Lenski.  Please do your part in helping us to keep students safe by taking the time to identify yourself and the purpose of your visit each and every time you enter Lenski by buzzing through the video doorbell system.  Please do not "tailgate"  or allow others to "tailgate" when entering the school.  Although you might be inclined to hold the door for someone else, it is important for our office staff to make every effort to speak to, and clear, every visitor to the school.  This is one thing we can all do in our community to help secure our school. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to help us with ensuring the security and safety of students and staff at Lenski. 
 
Dr. Barbara DeSpain
Principal, Lois Lenski Elementary School

January Update

Hello Lenski families - 

Happy New Year and welcome back to Lenski!  I wanted to update you on what’s happening at Lenski and about some upcoming events.

Please welcome our new art teacher, Katie Yeager.  She is very excited to meet your child and continue the tradition of a quality art program at Lenski.

Thank you to the PTO for supporting our building upgrades over the winter break.  We have new carpet in the hallways and office suite along with new sinks and countertops in the student bathrooms.  I believe these additions make a positive addition to Lenski.  

Lenski students will benefit from the LPS foundation grant Hands-On STEM in action.  Teachers in grades 3, 4, and 5 are excited to implement this exciting curriculum. Each grade level will study a different STEM related activity with Grade 3 working on earthquakes, Grade 4 conducting a digital relay, and Grade 5 conducting soil analysis.

As part of our efforts to focus on integrating STEAM concepts into our learning, we are planning on having Engineering for Kids come to Lenski for to help teach these concepts.  Through the PTO Technology Advisory Committee students in grades 1-5 will have the opportunity to experience a one-hour session to learn computer coding. 
In support of our positive behavior initiative (PBIS) at Lenski, Kidpower is coming to Lenski in April.  Since 1994 Kidpower of Colorado has been teaching children and the adults who care for them the skills and self-confidence they need to stay safe and respond constructively to threatening circumstances.  Kidpower provides experiential, developmentally appropriate, evidence-based programs that teach children skills that help them stay safe from abuse and harassment, including bullying.  Learn more at www.kidpowercs.org.  Look for more information on this in March.  This opportunity is limited to 25 families.

Also in support of PBIS, student leadership is sponsoring the purchase of a buddy bench to be placed on the playground.  The goal of this bench is to make it easier for students to find friends to play with during recess. More information will be coming later.

In late January, our 3rd and 5th grade students will attend the Sungate SafeKids assembly.  SungateKids, a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center, has created a program specific to the prevention of physical and sexual abuse.  SungateKids SafeKids (SK2) was created to teach children how to keep their bodies safe.  Children learn about the dynamics of child physical abuse and sexual abuse through the use of puppets in an age-appropriate, interactive, performance-based assembly 
Mary Wilson and Lenski staff are revising field day events which will be held for all students on May 14th.  More details will be coming.

We are planning a jump rope assembly in early February.  We hope this will encourage students to be more active and enjoy jump roping. 

Lenski staff continues to working hard to implement reading and writing strategies to help all students make a year’s growth. The effort of the Lenski staff along with your support has helped Lenski to be selected for the John Irwin School of Excellence for 2017.  The Littleton Board of Education and Superintendent Brian Ewert will recognize all awarded schools at an upcoming board meeting.  In addition, the Colorado Department of Education will hold a formal ceremony at some point in the new year and someone from the Superintendent's staff will attend for LPS.

Thank you for your partnership with us.  

Sincerely, 

Barbara DeSpain, Principal

Lois Lenski Elementary