Announcements

  • PEABODY CSCI SURVEY

    Dear Peabody parents and guardians, In our inaugural year of the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey, almost 3,000 parents participated in our ongoing effort to promote a safe and healthy culture in Littleton Public Schools by sharing their voices. To those of you who participated in last year’s survey, we greatly value your feedback and continue to utilize your insights to shape the future of Peabody Elementary School. We are also eager to welcome new parent voices to this year’s CSCI. In association with Colorado Safe Schools Month, we are inviting you to share your opinions about the culture and climate at Peabody Elementary through the CSCI. The survey window begins on October 16, 2017 and ends on November 18, 2017, and we will collect feedback from students (grades 3-12), staff, and parents about school environments all across the district. We believe that gathering feedback about school climate helps guide our efforts to provide supportive learning environments for all students, and you play an important role in this process. If you have children at multiple schools, you can choose to complete a survey for each school or choose the school where you would most like to share your voice. If you have more than one child at the same school, you need only complete one survey. Please visit http://www.schoolclimate.net?l=e&t=p&v=44302&c=1173550 to complete your survey. The Spanish version of the survey can be found here: http://www.schoolclimate.net/survey/schools/parent-spanish.asp?caseid=1173550&survey=44307.  Elaine Fischer is our school-based survey coordinator and will be available to answer any of your questions. Also, to view summary reports of last year’s results, please click here http://littletonpublicschools.net/district/school-climate-perception-surveys. We are grateful for your continued participation and support of this valuable opportunity. Please contact us with any questions. Sincerely, Linda Jones Principal   Elaine Fischer  efischer@lps.k12.co.us 303-734-5693 Survey Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • HALLOWEEN REMINDERS

    The parade will start at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Parents are encouraged to line up outside the back doors along the blacktop.  We will have cones out to outline the parade route. Parties will begin at 2:30 p.m.  Costumes: We ask our parents and students to use good judgment when selecting an appropriate costume for school. To ensure this is a fun and safe event for all students, K-5; please adhere to the following guidelines: No full-face masks that significantly limit vision or full-face make-up.  Make-up accents are O.K. No depictions of blood or guts No gruesome or macabre costumes No costumes that demean self or others No promiscuous dress (age appropriate costumes please) No weapons or facsimile of weapons (plastic knives, swords, hooks, guns, etc.) No accessories that pose a threat of potential injury Students who wear inappropriate costumes will be asked to change into their normal school clothes.  Thanks in advance for helping us create and maintain a safe, fun, and appropriate environment for ALL of our students and families.

  • PEABODY IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    Infinite Campus is experiencing slow transmission times.  We wanted to make sure all parents have this information.  An email was sent early this afternoon and you may not have gotten it yet.  Here is the email letter we sent.   Dear Peabody Families,   Peabody is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents. Key to that partnership is open communication.  For this reason, I want to make you aware of the facts surrounding an incident that took place around 11:45 today. I was notified by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office that they were in the process of trying to locate an individual and that the individual could be in the general area of Peabody.  The police indicated that the person they were looking for was experiencing some mental health concerns.  They did not recommend that the school needed to go in lockdown or even secured perimeter.   I want to use this opportunity to remind everyone that a lockdown is initiated when there is an immediate threat to the school building.  During a lockdown, students and staff remain in classrooms, with the lights off and out of sight.  A secured perimeter is initiated when there is a threat outside the school building.  During a secured perimeter, normal activities occur inside the building.  However, no one is allowed to enter the building or exit the building.   Today’s incident required us to take a directed response approach.  We immediately notified LPS security and brought all students and staff inside the building.  Parents were allowed to enter and exit the building as needed.   Our second grade students were on a walking field trip to deKoevend Park.  Guy Grace, Director of Security and Emergency Planning for LPS immediately went to the park to be with our students and staff.  Transportation sent a bus to pick up our students from the park so that they did not have to walk back to school.  The bus did reach capacity so a few students did ride back to school with other parents or in the LPS security car in order to get students as quickly as possible back to school.   Second grade students who were on the field trip at deKoevend park did see police in the area.  I did meet with all the second graders when they returned to share that the police were searching for someone who needed help and to reassure students that they were safe. In the swiftness of trying to get all students back to school quickly, some student lunches did get thrown away.  For these students, we did make sure they got a hot lunch from the cafeteria.  They all seemed to enjoy their nachos!   As always, when these types of situations arise, I am so grateful to the many people that quickly step up to help.  The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office is amazing at informing us about situations that could potentially impact the safety of our students.  LPS security is always quick to respond and places student safety first and foremost.  Our kitchen staff quickly prepared extra meals to make sure everyone was fed.  Our staff is ready to help any students that might need extra support. Thank you to the parents who chaperoned the second grade field trip.  We really appreciated your support and flexibility.  Thank you to LPS security for staying in the Peabody area until we were notified the individual was no longer nearby.  And finally, we have the best students!  Students were flexible about riding back to school in the bus or car, eating a different lunch, and having to come in from recess early.   At this time, we have been notified that the individual is no longer in the Peabody area.  We are anticipating a normal dismissal, but will let you know if this changes. As always, the safety of students is our foremost concern.  We have many procedures and policies in place to maintain a safe environment for all students.  Our efforts today were out of an abundance of caution. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions.   Gratefully, Linda Jones  

  • LITTLETON STRIDE

    Come out and support Peabody Elementary School at the Stride on Sunday, October 29th from 8:00-10:00 a.m.! It’s going to be a beautiful day to race your friends and teachers. The more people that come, the better chance we have at winning $1,000 for our school. Registration is easy and takes less than 5 minutes. Go to runthestride.com.  Hope to see you there!  

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District Announcements

  • Power Outage 10/9 - School to Continue as Scheduled

    Oct. 9, 2017 - 2:16 p.m. UPDATE:  By 1:15 p.m., power was restored at all schools experiencing an outage. As always, the safety and well-being of students and staff was our top priority.  The district has procedures in place when power outages occur, and those procedures were followed. LPS personnel remained in close contact with Xcel Energy throughout the power outages this morning. Thank you to Xcel Energy for restoring power to our schools as quickly as possible.  School continued as scheduled today at all district schools.   Oct. 9, 2017 - 10:30 a.m.The following schools are currently experiencing a power outage: Euclid, Options, East, Highland, Moody and the Acoma Facility. Runyon and Heritage are experiencing an intermittent power outage. Phone service to all affected schools may be intermittent, as well. Xcel Energy estimates a 2-4 hour timeframe for power to be restored. The school day will continue at all schools as scheduled. Schools will hold their heat and plans are underway for an alternative lunch should the power outage continue through lunch time. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work with Xcel Energy.

  • 2018-2019 Open Enrollment: October 2 - January 31

    Open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year begins October 2 and runs through January 31, 2018. Please visit the Open Enrollment page for the application and for additional information.  

  • 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

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