Principal's Message

Summer 2019 Update

 

Hello Parents!

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, I wish to thank parents and staff for their support of Lenski students.  Parent volunteers have made many contributions: volunteering in classrooms and leading and participating in PTO activities.  Staff members have collaborated to make learning exciting. Students have performed superbly! This has been an awesome year.

As you know, safety is our number one priority. We continue to work with LPS security to review and practice safety  protocols here at school. We appreciate the parent support in the recent secured perimeter protocol and lockdown drill.

Throughout the year, we saw students participate in many innovative projects.  Kindergarten students learned coding and participated in STEAM activities. First Grade students studied different animal groups and chose an animal to research.  Second Grade students performed in their class melodrama and created weather reports. Third Grade students explored their family ancestry by building family trees and focusing on immigration.  Fourth Grade students used their creativity to write speeches, memorize their parts and use the public speaking standard. All students engaged in progressive STEM activities. Fourth grade students learned about the solar system, moon phases, and explored encrypting long distance communication.  Fifth Grade students created a digestive system model out of our Maker Space supplies after completing their human systems unit in Science.

For the 2019-2020 school year, we have five staff changes.  

  • Julie Thulson has served Lenski for 19 years as School Age Child Care Assistant Director and Literacy Specialist.  Due to a family relocation to Monument, Colorado, Julie will seek employment in southern Colorado. She will be missed greatly by staff, students, and parents.

  • We will welcome Shannon Kesselman to third grade.  Shannon has worked in Littleton Public Schools for ten years as literacy coach and 2nd grade teacher at Centennial Academy and Field Elementary School and 6th grade at Goddard Middle School.   

  • Nikki Hoff, our current speech language pathologist, will be serving other LPS schools next year.  We will miss Nikki and wish her well. We are fortunate to have Kim Meyers join us. Kim has been a speech language pathologist for more than 25 years, with a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Michigan State University.  For the past year, Kim has served Twain and Highland Elementary Schools. We are also fortunate to have Rebecca Bossert, a special education teacher who is currently at Newton Middle School, join us on our special ed team to serve students with IEPs.

  • Kristi Steele, Lenski’s Instructional Coach and Literacy Specialist, will not be returning to Lenski next year.  We are going to miss Kristi and we wish her well. We are currently interviewing for a person to fill her position. 

We as a Lenski staff are very proud of our school and proud of the instruction we do with our kids every day. We are also always interested in improving our school and increasing our effectiveness with the instruction and services we provide for our kids and families. We are in the process of updating our vision for Lenski. We want to identify positive traits and practices we presently have, and we wish to define how we can better serve our kids and families in the future. Please complete the survey found here to help provide constructive ideas as we move forward. Thank you for your feedback and for your time in answering these questions!

I hope you have a wonderful summer and enjoy your family time. I look forward to seeing you again in the fall.

Sincerely,

Barbara DeSpain

Principal, Lenski Elementary School

Spring 2019 Principal's Update

Hello Parents,

We hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and signs of spring!  I wanted to update you on a few things going on at Lenski.

First of all I wanted to express my thanks to all parents for the incredible support to students and teachers.  We are working hard to provide the best opportunities for student learning, self confidence, and problem solving.  Teachers are using the Second Step lessons to increase students’ school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self regulation.  Second Step lessons teach skills that strengthen students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions and solve problems. We are working hard to create a safe, respectful learning environment that promotes success for all.

Students continue exploring STEM concepts in our technology lab. Our kindergarten students experience the roles of engineers, programmers, and builders along with the basics of coding with mouse robotics. First graders designed and built reindeer sleighs. Ozobots disguised as reindeer pulled the sleighs across a track carrying increasingly heavier loads. Students problem solved and modified their designs to successfully carry heavier loads. Fifth graders took an energy code challenge. Students programmed ozobots to travel a maze identifying and visiting renewable energy sites while avoiding nonrenewable energy sites. Students learning through hands-on engagement continues to be a priority in our tech lab.

On May 3, from 3pm to 4pm, you are invited to “Coffee with a Middle School Counselor.”  Courtney Orrange, Powell Middle School counselor, will discuss positive digital citizenship, cell phone usage, and what to consider as students transition to Middle School.  Please RSVP by April 26 to Sabine Baez, School Psychologist at Lenski at sbaez[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us.

We have a celebration and goodbye to two staff members who have served Lenski for many years.  Nancy Ryan has served Lenski parents and students for more than ten years as a K plus and first grade teacher.  Kylee Martens has been a leader in the School Age Childcare and Kindergarten program for more than ten years. Both Nancy and Kylee will be greatly missed.

With the support of the PTO funding presented to Lenski, we have been working hard to create a great staffing plan for the 2019-2020.  We celebrate the following staff plan for our licensed staff, grade level teachers and specials.

2019/20 Licensed Staff Placement 

Grade

#of sections-staff

Avg Class SIze

Kindergarten

3-Harken, Sieck, Kurtenbach

24

First Grade

4-Metherd, Cole, Cerasuolo, Ott

21

Second Grade

4-Adkins, Morahan, Almer, Fahlstedt

25

Third Grade

4-Warner, Knigge, Wilhelm, New Hire - Shannon Kesselman

24

Fourth Grade

3-Brooks, Broussely, Easley

26

Fifth Grade

4-Holt, Metherd, Johnston, Bestreich

29

Specials

Technology - Terwilliger/Wilhelm

 
 

PE - Wilson

 
 

Music-Gregory

 
 

Art-Derksen

 

Instructional Coach

Kristi Steele

 

Literacy

Kristi Steele, Carrie Orcutt

 

Dean of Students

Carrie Orcutt

 

G/T

Katie Heissenbuttel

 

We always look forward to field day.  Lenski students (K-5) will be participating in Lenski’s field day on May 14 (Rain Day May 16 and 17).  I hope you will be able to join us for this very exciting day! Thanks to the Lenski Staff, Coach Wilson and volunteers for for making this a successful event.

Thank you for all that you do and please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. 
Sincerely, 
Dr. Barbara DeSpain 
Lenski Principal

Kindergarten Offerings and Details for 2019-2020

Hello Parents:  
 
Lenski will again offer an extended day kindergarten program in the 2019/20 school year.  Kindergarten Extended Day, or KED, is a tuition based program designed to give kindergartners a full day of learning 5 days a week. The full day KED program distributes academic content and social development activities throughout the day with the same licensed classroom teacher. KED is a tuition based program with a cost of $385 per month, requiring a year long commitment.  
 
In addition to KED, Lenski will continue to provide 5 day AM Kindergarten with NO K+ at no charge and our 5 day AM Kindergarten with K+ (2, 3 or 4 days per week). K+ is a tuition based program designed to give kindergarten students the state required half day of learning 5 days a week with a licensed teacher and a half day of learning 2, 3 or 4 days a week with a highly qualified paraprofessional in the K+ classroom. More information about our K+ program can be found on the Lenski website.  
 
Children who will be five years old by October 1, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten in the fall. Please plan ahead for upcoming registration dates on January 28th and January 29th and help us by letting those families in your neighborhood know about Kindergarten Registration.
 
If you are an existing family and have an incoming Kindergarten student you may register your student at Lenski early beginning January 15th. You must first pre-register your student through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account by selecting the link "New Student Pre Registration" on the left side of the home page. After completing the pre-registration, print the document and bring that as well as student's birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residency (i.e. current Xcel bill) and parent identification to Lenski beginning January 15th. 
 
If your student is currently enrolled in an LPS preschool and Lenski is your homeschool you do not need to pre-register but we ask that you bring the necessary documentation as listed above to Lenski to complete additional registration materials.
 
For families outside of the Lenski attendance area please call the school office at 303-347-4575 and schedule a one-on-one tour with me so that you can see students engaged in learning.
 
As always, thanks for your support of Lenski. 
Barbara DeSpain, Principal 

Student Drop Off Changes

Dear Lenski Parents:

I am pleased to announce changes in the morning drop off to improve student safety.  These changes will begin on Tuesday, January 22nd.  

Buses will be dropping off students in a new location which is in front of the school  on Fairfax. A Lenski staff member will assist students as they exit the bus to ensure they get to the appropriate playground. There is NO PARKING allowed in the bus lane.  

Morning student Drop Off BY CAR will be SINGLE LANE in the circle drive where the buses had previously dropped off.  This new drop off will be monitored by Lenski Staff to ensure that students safely exit their vehicle and parents safely proceed to exit the circular drive in front of the school. There is NO PARKING in this area before school - please be sure your student is ready to exit the car as this will be a continuously moving line of cars. Parents are asked not to exit their vehicles in this line. If you need more time with your student there is ample parking in the parking lot to the east of the school and on Fairfax.

Representatives from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department, LPS Department of Transportation, and LPS Security will assist in the coming weeks in making this transition successful.  In addition, we will have an increased staff presence to ensure the new process works efficiently. We need everyone’s cooperation in following the directions provided by staff during this transition. 
After school the current Car-Rider pick up system will continue to be used for student pick up by car.

We appreciate your patience and support as we work to improve the safety of drop off at Lenski.

Sincerely, 
Barbara DeSpain, Principal 
Lois Lenski Elementary

January Update

Hello Parents:  
 
Lenski will again offer an extended day kindergarten program in the 2019/20 school year.  Kindergarten Extended Day, or KED, is a tuition based program designed to give kindergartners a full day of learning 5 days a week. The full day KED program distributes academic content and social development activities throughout the day with the same licensed classroom teacher. KED is a tuition based program with a cost of $385 per month, requiring a year long commitment.  
 
In addition to KED, Lenski will continue to provide 5 day AM Kindergarten with NO K+ at no charge and our 5 day AM Kindergarten with K+ (2, 3 or 4 days per week). K+ is a tuition based program designed to give kindergarten students the state required half day of learning 5 days a week with a licensed teacher and a half day of learning 2, 3 or 4 days a week with a highly qualified paraprofessional in the K+ classroom. More information about our K+ program can be found on the Lenski website.  
 
Children who will be five years old by October 1, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten in the fall. Please plan ahead for upcoming registration dates on January 28th and January 29th and help us by letting those families in your neighborhood know about Kindergarten Registration.
 
If you are an existing family and have an incoming Kindergarten student you may register your student at Lenski early beginning January 15th. You must first pre-register your student through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account by selecting the link "New Student Pre Registration" on the left side of the home page. After completing the pre-registration, print the document and bring that as well as student's birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residency (i.e. current Xcel bill) and parent identification to Lenski beginning January 15th. 
 
If your student is currently enrolled in an LPS preschool and Lenski is your homeschool you do not need to pre-register but we ask that you bring the necessary documentation as listed above to Lenski to complete additional registration materials.
 
Please plan to attend a kindergarten open house to learn more about these kindergarten offerings and feel free to share this information with any new families who might be interested in attending kindergarten at Lenski. The remaining open house for students living in our attendance area will be held at 8:15 AM and 12:15 PM on January 22nd.
 
For families outside of the Lenski attendance area please call the school office at 303-347-4575 and schedule a one-on-one tour with me so that you can see students engaged in learning.
 
As always, thanks for your support of Lenski. 
Barbara DeSpain, Principal