Parent Bulletin 08/30/15

Parent bulletin, 08/30/15

Back-to-School Night – Our annual back-to-school night will take place from 5 – 6 p.m. on Monday, August 31st for all grade levels (morning kindergarten class is invited from 5-5:30 and afternoon kindergarten class from 5:30-6). This is a great time to meet the teacher, drop off school supplies, see where your child’s locker or cubby is, and where they’ll be sitting! We will also have cookies in the gym served by our new counselor as well as our long-term sub in PE!

Class Lists – Before coming to back-to-school night, please check out the class lists so you know which teacher your child has. The lists are posted on the front doors as well as on our website: From our website, click on the tab in the middle of the screen titled “Student & Parent Info”, then the link titled “Class Lists”.

School Supplies – The “Stuff the Bus” campaign brought in a bunch of school supplies…many thanks to all of those who donated! If your child needs any supplies, please stop by the office this week to pick them up!

Staffing Changes – This year at Lena we have a number of new staff members in positions that impact the entire student population (which is super exciting!). It is my pleasure to welcome the following staff members to our amazing Lena family:

Kira Ulrich – Mrs. Ulrich will be teaching both morning and afternoon sessions of kindergarten. Prior to teaching at Lena, Mrs. Ulrich taught 1st grade at West Park, was a paraprofessional at Lena, and student taught with Mrs. Belknap and Mrs. Martson.

Meghan Raney – Mrs. Raney is our new school counselor. She will be working Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week. Mrs. Raney and her family moved from Meridian, Idaho (although she’s a proud Vandal graduate) and was a counselor, 2nd grade teacher, and Title teacher prior to her position at Lena!

Shahna Paul – Ms. Paul is our school psychologist and she works half-time at Lena (W/Th and every other F) and half-time at McDonald Elementary. Ms. Paul has been a school psychologist in Lewiston as well as a special education teacher and counselor.

Colin Briggs – Mr. Briggs will be our long-term substitute teacher in PE. Mr. Briggs student taught at McDonald Elementary last year with Mrs. Carscallen and is recent UI graduate. He was a long-term sub at MHS this past spring.

Hanna Ridgeway – Ms. Ridgeway is our new gifted and talented facilitator. She will be working part-time at Lena (T/Th and part of F) and the other days we share her with West Park. Ms. Ridgeway recently worked at MOSS camp and graduated from UI with her Masters in Natural Resources.

KaCee Taylor – Mrs. Taylor will be our new cook at Lena this fall. She is transferring from the kitchen at MHS.

We also have a few changes in staffing (meaning same faces, different places):

Lisa Belknap moved from kindergarten to 2nd grade; Kate Roll moved from 2nd grade to 1st grade; Sandi Williams worked as a classroom aide last year and is now a special education paraprofessional.
We are still hiring for a part-time food service worker for our kitchen (morning hours) as well as a part-time special education paraprofessional (afternoon hours). If you know of anyone who would be a great candidate, please encourage them to call our district office!

Facility Update – First off, we’re starting on time with all our bathrooms completed! That’s a great way to start the year!  Our building looks shiny and clean (at least for another week!). Our custodial and maintenance crew work hard over the summer to keep our aging buildings looking great. We have new tile flooring and new paint in the gym! We also have beautiful new (and easy to put up and down) cafeteria tables. Our generous PAT purchased a new couch and coffee table for our entry way and our bike racks will be installed this fall.
Up-coming events:
8/31 – Back to School Night! 5-6 p.m. for 1st – 5th grade, 5-5:30 for a.m. kinder; 5:30-6 for p.m. kinder
9/1 – First day of school!
9/2 – 9/18 – IRI/fall reading and math universal screeners
9/7 – No school, Labor Day
9/10 – 5th grade field trip to Paradise Ridge Challenge Course, 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.; Kindergarten parent night, 5 – 6 p.m. in the library
9/15 – PAT, 6:30 p.m. in staff lounge
9/17 – 4th grade parent night, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in your child’s classroom
10/1 & 10/2 – No School, Professional Development Days
10/14 – individual picture day


Happy summer!  I hope you and your family have had a wonderful summer enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve had!  Please mark your calendars for our first ever, Lena PAT pool party on Tuesday, August 18th from 8-10 p.m. at the HLAC. This is a free event, hosted by our fabulous PAT…we even have the fun obstacle course rented! We look forward to kicking off the school year by enjoying the pool with our current, new, and former Lena families! We hope you can join us!
You can find school supply lists on our school website if you click on “Lena W. Home”, then “Student and Parent Information” tab, one of the pop-out tabs is “School Supply Lists” (be sure and have your screen minimized so the pop-out tabs show up).

Class lists will be posted on Friday, August 28th at 4 p.m. on our front doors as well as on our school website under the student and parent information tab.

Back-to-school night will be held on Monday, August 31st from 5-6 p.m. (a.m. kindergarten is from 5-5:30/p.m. kindergarten from 5:30-6). Come and drop off those supplies, meet your teacher, and see the beautiful new tables and gym flooring that were installed this summer!

May 26, 2015 Parent Bulletin

Lost and Found – Our lost and found area is overflowing with kid clothing and items! If your child is missing a jacket or anything, please come and look through the table by the gym, as well as the hooks along the lockers in the hallway. Leftover items are donated to Goodwill in June when Lexie and I leave for the summer.

Family Movie Night – On Friday, May 29th at 7 p.m., our PAT is hosting a Family Movie Night at the Kenworthy and “Big Hero 6” will be playing! Box office opens at 6 p.m. and tickets are free! There will be popcorn, pop, and candy for sale as well. We hope you can come and enjoy this fun, free, family event!

Student Council Book Sale – Student Council is hosting a used book sale so students can stock up for summer reading! Please bring in your gently used picture and chapter books to Mrs. Bradway’s room #32 between now and Tuesday, 5/26. We’ll have the sale in the library on 5/27 & 5/28 during lunch recess. Picture books will sell for a dime and chapter books a quarter.

Counselor – Pending Board approval Tuesday night, Meghan Raney, will be our new counselor at Lena Whitmore four days per week this coming fall. Meghan and her family will be moving up from Meridian, Idaho this summer. She comes to us with many years of experience as a classroom and Title 1 teacher as well as a middle/elementary school counselor! We are super excited to have her join the Lena family! Our retiring counselor, Betty Heidelberger, is hoping to get back any books or DVD’s she has loaned out to our families. If you have borrowed something from her please send it back with your child! Thank you!

Color War Day – Next Thursday, June 4th, is our final Student Council dress up day – Color Wars! Student Council selected the colors for each grade level to wear: Kindergarten, green; 1st grade red; 2nd grade, black; 3rd grade, yellow; 4th grade, blue; 5th grade, tie dyed!

Last Day of School – On the last day of school, Friday, June 5th, 5th grade graduation takes place at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. 5th grade families have a bbq at the picnic shelter at 11 a.m. School is out for everyone at 1:30 p.m. With it being an early dismissal this year, we will not be having our annual field day.

Silverwood Tickets – If you child participated in the Reading is the Ticket program and read ten hours so they could earn a ticket to Silverwood theme park, the tickets will be mailed home with report cards. Report cards will be mailed home the week of June 8th to families.

Congratulations to our amazing Lena Spelling Bee winners: 1st place, Levani T., 2nd place, Anais, L., and 3rd place Saula F.! We are so proud of you!

Up-coming events:
5/26 – MMS/MHS orchestra performance, 1:25 p.m. everyone is invited
5/27 & 5/28 – Student Council used book sale in the library during lunch
5/28 – Title 1 family dinner night and celebration! 6-7 p.m. in our gym
5/29 – 4th and 5th grade district track meet at MMS track, 10:00 – 2; PAT Family Movie Night at the Kenworthy Theater, 7 p.m.
6/2 – 5th grade field trip to Spokane IMAX; 4th grade field trip to Nez Perce Museum – both all day; 3rd grade Footloose on the Palouse, 12:40 – 2-ish
6/3 – 3rd grade Film Festival, gym, 6-7 p.m.***please note the date change
6/4 – Color War Day! Kindergarten – green; First – red; Second – black; Third – yellow; Fourth – blue; Fifth – tie dye! 3rd grade field trip to Robinson Lake Park, 11 – 1:30
6/5 – Last day of School!  5th grade graduation at 9:30, 5th grade BBQ at 11 a.m.; 1:30 dismissal!

Your School District Is Planning For the Future

At Moscow School District we have always referred to ourselves as, “The Pride of the North”. With the help of our staff, community, and students we have worked together to develop a school district that is known in Idaho as being one of the best. We know it takes ongoing reviewing, planning, and guided action to allow us to continually improve and we are doing this through a pilot program with the State of Idaho to complete a system-wide accreditation.

We are working with AdvancED services to review stakeholder feedback, student and staff data, and past accomplishments to determine and identify the strengths and weaknesses of our schools and district. Once this information is complete, we will be audited by an outside committee of professionals that will assess our efforts and provide feedback to help us in our desire to provide the best for our community.