Principal's News










Dear Runyon Community,                                                            March, 2020

In this very uncertain time and as we head toward an earlier Spring Break, then anticipated, please know that LPS and the staff here at Runyon are dedicated to the safety and well being of all of our children. Please take care of yourselves over this unanticipated extended break! 

CMAS testing will begin for our 3rd-5th graders on March 31st, the Tuesday after Spring Break. Please see the schedule on our website or ask for a copy in the main office. We ask that you not schedule appointments during your child’s testing times.

Our very generous PTO approved our Weighted Staffing request of $35,000 and added $20,000 for a total of  $55,000. There was also an anonymous donation from a parent of $7000 with a matching amount from their employer, for a total of $14,000. As a staff we are so thankful to be a part of this community that supports all of us here at Runyon so generously!  Thank you to everyone who made this extremely generous amount a possibility by contributing to the PTO fundraisers or through their own generosity. We will be adding to our Mental Health staff, adding more hours to our Gifted and Talented Facilitator and adding more hours and days to our STEM/Library Paraprofessional position.

As many of you know our beloved custodian, Mr. Mike, is “moving on up” to the ESC. He will now be a PM Mechanic in HVAC. We of course wish him the best and are happy that he will still be a part of LPS!! Please welcome our new custodian Mark Broderick.

If you have ventured out to the playground recently, you will notice we have a beautiful new picnic table and bench. These were built and donated to Runyon by a former student, Connor Lindahl. Connor built these for his Eagle Scout project and he did a wonderful job!! Thank you Connor Lindahl!! 

There is still many many activities between now and the end of May. Please be sure to be reading our wonderful PTO Newsletter each week for up to date information. Please enjoy your break, be safe, be well and by all means, stay vital! 

Happy Spring!

Trudy Meisinger



This year we are going to try something new to start our day off called,  “soft start”. Soft starts offers a bridge between the whirlwind of arriving to school and the social, mental, and academic demands of the day.  We give students the opportunity to transition to a school environment and build community with their peers. It offers a welcome into the school day that is more calming. At 7:45 we will open the front doors for K-2nd graders and the doors to the right of the electronic sign, for 3rd - 5th graders.. 

  • ALL STUDENTS will come directly into the building as they arrive at school, whether they ride a bus, walk or are dropped off.


  •  Students will enter the building and go directly to their classrooms. 

  • Parents, we ask that you drop your child at the outside doors that will be open daily, in the front area of the school. 

Students will go directly to their rooms, where their teachers will be. Walking to their classrooms on their own, will promote independence for all of our students. We will have adults in the hallways in designated areas to direct and help students if they need to. Once they are in their classrooms  students will hang up their backpacks, coats, etc., take care of their lunch count/ attendance routine and engage in activities like creative work, reading, structured play bins, math games, etc. 

Teachers will then start their school day promptly at 8:00 am, with all their students in the room ready to participate. If your child arrives at school after the 8:00 bell, they will be marked tardy and will need to come to the front doors. They will need to stop in the office for a late pass and then head to class. Again there will be no playground supervision in the morning before school and students may not be dropped off before 7:45 am. PARENTS, please say your goodbyes to your students outside of the building and they may then walk to their classrooms with their  peers.We are excited about this new process and believe that all students days will start off in a calmer way, ready to begin their learning. Thank you for helping make this a success.


On another note regarding parent drop off and pick up: 


If you are planning on driving your child(ren) to school or picking them up after school you will use the lower lot or north lot. You will enter coming south on Elati to the entrance of the North lot and drive around toward the flagpole. IF YOU ARE COMING NORTHBOUND ON ELATI -PLEASE CONTINUE ON TO THE ROUND- ABOUT  AND THEN HEAD SOUTH BOUND ON ELATI TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE PARKING LOT. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO COME NORTHBOUND ON ELATI AND MAKE A LEFT HAND TURN INTO THE NORTH PARKING LOT.

*We will load and unload children for you. Please do not get out of your car, doing so holds up the line of cars. Thank you.


~~“Can you say ‘Thank You?'”~~

Here are a few ideas:

One of the first things we teach our kids as soon as they learn to speak is to say, “Thank you.” Think of the countless times you have said, “what do you say?…” to prompt your child to utter these words. But do our kids really have any idea what it means to be thankful?

Practicing gratitude has benefits that go beyond having a polite kid. Studies show that people who practice gratitude feel 25% happier, are more likely to be kind and helpful to others, are more enthusiastic, interested and determined, and even sleep better.  

And grateful children and teens tend to thrive. Kids who practice gratitude get higher grades, are more satisfied with their lives, are more integrated socially and show fewer signs of depression.  So how can families practice gratitude in meaningful ways so that our kids learn what it means to be thankful?

  • Express your appreciation for each other. In my house we started this as a birthday tradition. When it is someone’s birthday we go around the table and express what we all appreciate about that person. The first time we did this it was uncomfortable for me, it felt ‘cheesy’ for lack of a better term. But when I heard the amazing things my kids had to say it quickly became my favorite family ritual, and we remind each other of what has been said often.

  • Acknowledge the small stuff. When we practice mindfulness it helps us to be present in our relationships and pay attention to our environment. Often it is easy to go through the day distracted, out of sync with our environment and the people around us. When you are with your kids, be intentional about noticing the beautiful flowers, bright blue sky, the helpful person at the coffee counter, and the nice man who held the door for you. Your appreciation for the the little things around you will rub off on your kids.

  • Make a gratitude jar. This can be a fun project for kids. Find a container and let the kids decorate it. Cut out some pieces of scratch paper and put them in a convenient place so that family members can write down things they feel grateful for and place the paper in the jar. If kids can’t yet write, then having them draw a picture of something works great also! Then, open the jar once a week or once a month and read what everyone has written.

  • Make it part of your bedtime routine. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to show appreciation for the little things in your life for which you are thankful. It is important for parents to model gratitude for meaningful things like relationships, kindness, and the natural beauty in your environment (rather than your 60 inch plasma TV or your new ipad). This is a wonderful way to end each day!