Principal's Message

August 2021 Update

Welcome Back

Lenski Elementary 2021-2022

OVERVIEW 

We are thrilled to be starting this school year  with some exciting changes and additions to our staff and to our building.  We are excited to open our doors to our parent community again. Please read the following update to see what you can expect this school year.  

FOCUS -  Innovation and Social Emotional health

Innovation has always been something we value here at Lenski, but we are committed to growing and learning in new ways, so we can have student driven classrooms with innovative learning opportunities.  Leadership and teachers will work together to create goals and develop lessons that will cultivate a learning community of problem solvers and risk takers.  

Student social emotional health and growth is just as important to us as their academic success.  At Lenski we are excited to bring the In Focus curriculum to our students.  In Focus will give teachers and students the tools they need to improve students' social emotional intelligence.  While learning about their own brains students will improve intellectual development, strengthen social skills, elevate self esteem, reduce stress and learn to manage and express feelings positively.  Our PBIS team will lead this new direction and update our school values to align with this critical form of intelligence so students can successfully navigate challenges, relationships and experiences through the school year.

COVID

As of today Littleton Public Schools is not requiring students or staff to wear masks.  We understand that some families may still want their student to wear a mask to school and that is fine, however, we will not be supplying masks for students.  We will continue with best cleaning practices and hand washing protocols throughout the day.   As of today Littleton Public Schools is allowing parents and community members back into the buildings for events and volunteering.  COVID has taught us all many things  in the last year, one being  that things are always subject to change.  We will update you as we learn more, but this is what we know as of today.  

FURNITURE

Over the summer our school was updated with new furniture in every student learning space. Students can expect to see many changes in the classrooms including exciting changes in our STEM lab and media center! These next generation learning spaces allow for more  student choice and flexibility within the classroom.  The furniture will complement our goals with innovation so students can be “explorers of learning and use their curiosity, creativity, and individual strengths and talents in the learning process.” 

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL

We will continue with our soft start for arrival. Students can start arriving at school at 7:35 and enter through grade level doors. Specific procedures and rules for drop off can be found here.  Please read through these directions carefully to ensure a smooth and safe arrival process for all students.  Parents who need to enter the building are still asked to check in at the main entrance.  Parents will not be allowed to follow students in through grade level doors for safety and security reasons - this includes the first day of school.  

Students will be dismissed at 2:33 and can exit the building from all doors.  Options for picking up your student include:  car rider loop, park on neighboring streets and greet your child on campus, meet on primary playground or other designated meeting place.  We ask that all students who stay after school hours to play on primary playground equipment be supervised by an adult at all times.  The after school childcare program has exclusive use of campus until 6:00pm. 

SAVE THE DATE

August 11th - Open House & Teacher Meet and Greet: New families at 2:30 and existing families at 3:00       * PTO is providing a dessert truck and music. Please join staff and families from 3:00-4:30 on the east playground to kick off the school year! Pre-order dessert  forms found here

August 12th - First day of school for grades 1-5 (7:50-11:50) Lunch is served and once again free for all students!

August 12th & 13th - Kindergarten First Time Meetings with teachers (previously scheduled)

August 16th - First Day of School for Kindergarten 

August 18th - Coffee with Principal & Assistant Principal - open to everyone 

August 25th - Back to School Night for grades K, 2, 4

August 26th - Back to School Night for grades 1, 3, 5 

September 17th - Lenski Color Run - more information to come soon. Please save the date!

We look forward to seeing you soon.  Please be sure to complete your annual family check in. You can find these links on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal or on our website in the Back to School icon as well school supply lists and links for student fees.  We are pleased to announce that after school extra curricular activities are back, please visit our website to see our growing list of opportunities.  If you have any questions or need anything prior to the first day of school, please reach out.

Sincerely,

Barb DeSpain                                             Lindsey Sieck

bdespain[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us                          lsieck[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-4575                                               303-734-5626

Principal                                                     Assistant Principal

 

June 2020 Update

Hello Parents and Staff,
 

Welcome to June!  I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather and getting outside!

 

Thanks again for your patience and thoughtfulness in working together to close out the 2019-2020 school year.

 

I know there are many questions as to what school will look like in August.  As you may have read in district communications, LPS has created a Restart Task Force to create different scenarios for the start of school.  Please click on the link above to learn more information.  As you all know, so much depends on the Governor and the Health Department as to what our final decision will be.  Thank you all for your patience and flexibility as we wait!  No matter what scenario we find ourselves in, I can assure you that your child will be given the very best support, love, and guidance at Lenski!

 

In addition to navigating the challenges that COVID-19 has presented us, our nation has experienced tragic events that weigh so heavy on our hearts.  We have all seen graphic images of our nation and communities in pain and hurting.  This is so impactful to our entire community.  

 

At Lenski, we stand against racial injustice, and other discriminatory acts to ensure a safe, welcoming, loving environment for ALL of our students, staff, and community members.  In October of 2017, the LPS Board of Education adopted a Resolution of; “All Means All”.  This resolution announced our commitment to support all students ability to succeed by cultivating learning environments that are physically and emotionally safe and supportive, to embrace and value our diversity, and to act quickly to prevent and address any and all discrimination and harassment in our schools.  These are standards and expectations that guide our thinking about everything we do at Lenski.  

 

We will continue to implement our PBIS system to ensure we are teaching kindness, acceptance, resilience, and perspective taking.  We will continue to learn more and ensure we enter every opportunity with kindness in our hearts. 

 

All of this can be difficult topics to talk about with your children.  Here are some resources that are available to guide your thinking and discussions.

How to Talk to Your Kids about Race and Racism - ParentToolkit.com

Talking About Race - National Geographic

Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Understand the George Floyd Protests - New York Times

Engaging Young People in Conversations about Racism - Anti-Defamation League

Books to Teach Kids of All Ages About Racism - Chicago Parent Magazine

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids - Common Sense Media

Kids Need to Talk About George Floyd, Protests, & Racism - USA Today

Teaching about Race, Racism & Police Violence - Teaching Tolerance 

 

As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.  The entire Lenski staff is committed to ensuring our students are safe, loved, and accepted.  

 

Sincerely,

Barbara DeSpain

Principal

Lenski Elementary School