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  • Virtual Roadshows: Supt. Ewert on the State of LPS

    Please join LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert for a virtual update on the state of LPS. Topics will include: Budget concerns and the debt-free schools mill levy override How the school year is going New school boundaries Ongoing bond projects Mr. Ewert is taking his community roadshow virtual. Each school community will be invited to hear him present and ask him questions. While parts of the conversations may be geared toward the schools for that particular time, anyone can watch any of the presentations and ask questions. Access the links below to watch the live feeds and submit questions. Recordings with Closed Captioning in both English and Spanish will be available a few days following the live event. To access Closed Captioning, start the video, click on the CC box at the bottom right and then select either English or Spanish. Learn More: Budget Matter$ Goddard Middle School 9/14/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH    email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Highland/Franklin elementary schools Village North/Village Highland Preschools 9/14/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH  email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us TOPS/Options/Voyager/ NOVA/Transition Services 9/16/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH  email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Powell Middle School 9//16/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH  email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Newton Middle School 9/21/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Hopkins/Twain 9/21/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Littleton Prep/Academy 9/22/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Centennial/Wilder 9/22/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Euclid 9/23/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Littleton High 9/23/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Field/Sandburg 9/28/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Arapahoe High 9/29/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us East/Moody 9/29/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Peabody/Lenski 9/30/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Runyon 10/1/2020, 5:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us Heritage High 10/1/2020, 6:30 p.m. WATCH LIVE email questions to: Questions@lps.k12.co.us

  • Wednesday, August 26 - PLC Late Start Day

    Reminder: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 is a PLC Late Start Day. All schools will begin one hour later, and all school buses will run one hour later. PLC Late Starts are every Wednesday throughout the school year for all learning models, excluding preschools.

  • Board Votes to Place Mill Levy Override on the November 2020 Ballot

    Passage of a local mill levy is the only way to save what the community values most in LPS During its regularly scheduled meeting on August 13, 2020, the LPS Board of Education voted to move forward with plans to place a mill levy override on the November 2020 ballot. Throughout the summer, the Board studied various options available to fill the anticipated ongoing $12 million budget gap LPS will face caused by the COVID-19 economic downturn in Colorado and due to the State of Colorado’s chronic inability to adequately fund its public schools. Colorado has shortchanged LPS more than $156 million over the past decade, which has placed tremendous and increasing pressure on the district’s budget. No state solutions are in sight. If local solutions are not found, people and programs – the very parts of our schools that the LPS community values most – will face drastic cuts for the 2021–2022 school year.  The Board began exploring local solutions last January. After making $4.2 million in cuts for the 2020–2021 school year, and projected cuts of $12 million for 2021–2022 (and beyond) looming, the LPS Board recognized that these budget cuts will negatively impact the academic excellence this community value and expects of LPS: Continuing to attract and retain quality teachers Maintaining school counseling for mental health and suicide prevention Providing career, technology and skilled trades classes that provide students with real world job skills such as health care, skilled trades and computer science As presented to the Board of Education at their August 13, 2020 meeting, the local mill levy override would raise $12 million to fill the $12 million state funding gap for the 2021–2022 school and in the years ahead. The money would be used to keep the teachers, academic programs (including those in the skilled trades), mental health support and physical safety measures that are currently in place.  “These are extreme circumstances; COVID has placed an additional strain on many of our families and on our district’s budget. But with Colorado’s inability to adequately fund its public schools, we are facing truly catastrophic cuts. While this is a hard time to have to do this, we are a public school district. So we need to at least ask the public and let them decide,” said Board of Education President Jack Reutzel. “We have exhausted all other options. A local mill levy override would give us the chance to save the things our community values the most – the very people and programs that makes Littleton Public Schools so special, which in turn would allow us to keep providing our community with an outstanding education.”  Ballot Initiative and LPS Budget Info

  • LPS Confirms August 24 Start-Date for 2020-2021 School Year

    Littleton Public Schools will begin the school year Monday, August 24, with in-person learning for PreK–5 and a hybrid/blended model for Grades 6–12. This plan – originally announced during the July 30 Board of Education meeting – was confirmed during the August 13 Board meeting after an impactful and in-depth discussion about the merits and concerns of starting in this model and another review of Arapahoe County COVID data, which shows that it is appropriate for students and staff to return to school, with overlapping extensive health and safety protocols in place. The plan for the start of the school year is as follows: Preschool–Grade 5: All students return to in-person learning with overlapping extensive health and safety protocols in place. Grades 6–12: Hybrid/blended model of both in-person and remote learning. Students will attend school in-person with their teachers two days a week, with overlapping extensive health and safety protocols in place, and engage in learning remotely from home the other three days. This model allows for greater physical distancing, as only half of the students will be at school at the same time. TOPS: A temporary, fully online program from K–12 and Transition Services will remain available for the 2020–2021 school year and will not be impacted by changing COVID data. TOPS will begin as scheduled on Monday, August 31, 2020. The TOPS registration deadline was Friday, August 7, 2020. The course catalog is now available on the TOPS web page.  This approach is aligned with current research and recommendations of pediatricians and other health experts regarding what is appropriate for preschool and elementary-age students and what is appropriate for middle and high school students. Decisions regarding which school model LPS will follow at the start of the year and in coming months are based on Arapahoe County’s COVID-19 data as reported by Tri-County Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). View Process and Data Learn More: Restart Plans & Health and Safety Measures  “I want to again express my deep gratitude to all LPS employees for their tireless efforts to develop improved learning models for all of our students over the summer. We are ready to move between an in-person school model and a hybrid/blended learning model, as well as a robust online learning model should Arapahoe County COVID data suggest we need to do so for the safety of our students and staff,” said LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert. “We will do our very best every day to meet the individual needs of our students regardless of which model of learning we are in at any given time.” Students, staff, parents and community members must work together to make the start of the school year successful. We will follow the guidance of health officials and will implement the public health and safety measures in place at the time that are shown to limit spread of the virus, such as mask wearing, health screenings, frequent hand washing and maintaining physical distancing to the greatest extent possible. We all must have patience and must be dedicated to following the safety protocols at every school, every day. It will not be perfect, but please know we are committed to doing our best to keep everyone safe. Our chances to continue and maintain an in-person learning model increase with the successful implementation of safety precautions.  It’s also critical that we all continue to remain flexible and open to change. The circumstances around the pandemic and the return to school this fall seem to change daily.

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Lenski Announcements

  • A Message from Social, Emotional & Behavior

    Having Conversations About Sensitive Topics There are a lot of intense discussions happening around the world right now. Our kids are trying to figure out what they think about the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, protests, political elections and more. It is easy for anyone to get into a heated argument, and right now many of those are happening in the virtual world via social media and videos. It is more important than ever to remind ourselves and our kids how to be thoughtful about the way we talk with others. For tips, see this helpful guide on Promoting Civil Discourse. See the LPS website for more information on Talking about Tough Topics.   Opportunities for Youth to Get Involved: Youth Survey about Mental Health - Share Your Thoughts! The Behavioral Health Task Force was commissioned by Governor Jared Polis with the mission of evaluating and setting the roadmap to improve the current behavioral health system in the state. They are looking for feedback from youth about mental health  Adapting and Moving Forward - A Virtual Conversation for Youth Ages 14-20   July 18, 11-1pm Colorado Time (1-3pm EST) Join young people from around the country to discuss adapting strategies and moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and continued racial injustice. From life plans changing and lack of social interaction to nationwide protests and advocating for racial equality, we know that life is uncertain, scary, frustrating, and confusing. If you are between the ages of 14 and 20, we want you to be a part of this listening and learning session. We want to hear your voice; we want to hear your experiences; we want you to be represented! 2020 “Be the Change” Virtual Youth Training Program July 20-23, 2020 Each year, a group of rock star young people ages 14-18 connect with like-minded peers from around the country who are passionate leaders of change in their schools and communities. While this awesome experience typically happens in-person, we’re making the program virtual, as now more than ever, young people’s voices demand to be heard!

  • Keep Donating all Summer with King Soopers

    Are you ordering your groceries online or through Clicklist? Please make sure your King Soopers account is linked to Lenski!   Click here to ENROLL TODAY!! Under ‘Find an Organization” enter Lois Lenski or the NPO number RS659.This works whether you shop online, through the app, or in-store.   Linking your King Soopers card is an easy way to help earn money for Lenski all summer long!   THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up. Tell your family, friends, and neighbors!

  • Community Outreach

    Awesome Lenski Families! Are you looking for a way to support the community during this time? Here are some ideas...   Write to Residents/Staff at Someren Glen Senior Living Community Send a note or card, or draw a picture to send some love to residents or say thank you to staff at Someren Glen. This is the same place we hand-delivered Valentines for Love from Lenski and they were so appreciative! Include your address so they can write back if you’d like to be set up with a penpal.    Use your own supplies to create your note or use this link to print some pre-made cards to color!    Mail your letters here:  Attn: Jeanette Preston 4761 East Costilla Avenue Centennial, CO 80122   Or drop them off at Katie Hebert’s house. There will be a basket by her front door. 5597 East Links Circle Centennial, CO 80122   Donate Blood Lenski’s blood drive was canceled this year, but if you would still like to donate, you can still give at the donor center in Aurora. The appointment line is (720) 777-5398.   Food pantries are in desperate need of help:   Items Needed: peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit cups,granola bars, chips, soups, oatmeal,spaghetti and sauces, rice, canned tuna, bulk fresh fruits (ex. apples & oranges) hand sanitizer, wipes any other dry food goods-like boxed mac & cheese Food Donation Drop-offs: No contact, following CDC guidelines    Just drive up and drop your bag: Sarah Browning's front porch anytime Tuesday —    5394 East Otero Drive Centennial, CO 80122   She will take to the warehouse for distribution each Wednesday   OR   Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Outside St. Andrew UMC 9203 S. University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126   *The food will be distributed to: AfterHours Denver, Denver Food Rescue, IFCS, DICP, and many other places

  • Yearbooks Available to Purchase

    Yearbooks are still available for purchase through the TreeRing website! They will continue to be available through summer and next year! Order here.    If you have already purchased a yearbook and have selected your home address as the shipping address, then you can expect your yearbook to arrive at your designated shipping address around the last week of school or possibly sooner.    If you purchased yearbooks early on in the year (prior to the switch to online learning) and have not yet updated your shipping information, then your purchased yearbooks will be delivered to the school and we can not guarantee the yearbooks will be available to pick up from the school during the end of year pick up times as explained in earlier communications.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Caroline at lenskiyearbook@gmail.com. 

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