Principal's Message

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 

August/September Update

Dear Lenski Families,

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year.  I hope you had an amazing summer filled with adventure, moments of relaxation, and family bonding.  The Lenski staff and I are refreshed and ready to start this new year! This school year brings opportunities for making a positive difference in the lives of all our students, increasing love of learning, and fostering creativity.

    In order for your students to find academic success here at Lenski, it is important that they are in attendance every day possible.  Research has consistently proven that attendance is the keystone to academic success, and the success of our students is the primary concern of all Lenski staff.  Please do everything possible to get your child/children to school on time. We carefully monitor your child’s attendance and punctuality and we will be in contact with you if your child is absent more than 10 days.

Regular school hours at Lenski are 8 AM to 2:43 PM.  Wednesday start time is 9AM to allow time for teachers to participate in PLC's, Professional Learning Communities. PLC work allows for additional time for teachers to collaborate and plan to meet the needs of all students.

The start of school is an important time for safety reminders.  The attached Lenski Star details all our plans for keeping our children safe, arriving safely at school, and car rider information.  Additionally, please remember that Lenski is an allergy aware school. Parents, staff and students are asked to refrain from sending or eating peanuts or nuts or food items containing peanuts or nuts, with the exception of nut butters and nut products at lunch.  The lunch room staff will monitor to ensure students with nut products are sitting at the designated tables. With so many students presenting a variety of food allergies,we will ask parents to refrain from sending food items to celebrate birthdays or school events.  Please talk with your classroom teacher if you wish to find alternatives to food treats.

    The beginning of the school year is a time when parents and students often ask about cell phones at school. Parents have told us that they like their children to carry cell phones as a safety measure.  If you choose to send your child to school with a cell phone, please help us by reminding your student that cell phones are not to be out and must be turned off during the school day. Teachers will work with students so that they know recess, field trips, the bus and School Age Child Care are all part of school and thus cell phones are to remain in a backpack or pocket.

We are aware that there is new technology in the form of wrist phones used by elementary  students to communicate with emergency contacts. Please do not encourage your child to communicate directly with you via cell phone or wrist phone technology in the event of an illness or safety concern.  For their safety, it is expected that students communicate with their teacher and the office in these situations.

The Lenski staff is excited to continue and expand the PBIS  (positive behavior intervention system) work that began last year.  On August 20 our school will hold an assembly to create positive energy with many more activities to follow throughout the year. Our Behavior Matrix (Be Respectful, Be Responsible,Be Safe) outlines expectations we have for all students here at Lenski.  The goal is to create a positive, kind, and respectful environment where everyone feels safe and enjoys learning. These behaviors will be taught, supported and recognized by all staff members with tickets in each individual classroom, as well as school wide.  We encourage your reinforcement of these behavioral expectations at home too. The PBIS work is aligned with the LPS social emotional learning vision and the Second Step curriculum.

Classroom teachers and support staff have been planning for new and exciting STEAM and STEM activities.  They are working with the Technology Advisory Committee to bring back Engineering for Kids for a second week of Robotics.

    Safety and security for our students is top priority.  Beginning this year, Lenski and all Littleton Public School sites will be asking all volunteers to use the recently installed LPS Connect/Relatrix system which electronically produces a background check and visitor approval badge.

    Finally, a great celebration is the upgrade to the east playground.  We have removed the pea gravel and replaced it with engineered wood chips which will improve student safety on the playground.

Lenski is fortunate to have  wonderful support, positive relationships, and collaboration with our parents, community, and staff.  Together we make a great team. Thanks again for all you do!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara DeSpain

Lois Lenski Elementary School, Principal