Home of the Wolverines! We average 270 kindergarten through fifth students. Lena Whitmore Elementary School is a partnership dedicated to the academic and personal success of every child.
Parent bulletin, 10/4/15
Immunizations Deadline – This Tuesday, 10/6 is the deadline for compliance of all student immunization records. Superintendent Bailey sent out an email with more detailed information. If your child is not compliant with their immunization record, a letter was mailed to you with the specific shots needed. Students without complete immunization records will not be allowed to come to school on 10/6. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to check with the office. Thank you in advance for making sure your son/daughter is up-to-date!
PAT Fall Fundraiser –Our fall Mixed Bags fundraiser ends on Tuesday, 10/6. No sales tax needs to be collected and checks can be made out to Lena PAT. Proceeds will go towards our capital improvement account and Lena PAT general. The class that sells the most receives a root beer float party from our PAT!
Learning with Lucky–We’re having our annual “who let the dogs out?” assembly on Tuesday with our first graders (shhh…it’s a surprise though so please don’t tell your first grader). Thank you again to all our amazing donors…we still cannot believe we raised the funds for it in under a week! If you have some extra volunteer time on your hands or know someone who does and would like to read with our first graders (and their puppies), please feel free to get in touch with me!
Math Day –Math Day at Lena was a success once again last week! Many thanks to the HS Math club helpers, our parent volunteers, students who brought math games, as well as Decagon Devices for their donation that brought the Math Builder activities from the Palouse Science Discovery Center!
Lena Phone Book – We have had many requests this month to publish another Lena phone book for contacting parents of your child’s classmates for play dates and parties. Instead of having a printed version this year, we’re going to save the paper and try an electronic copy. Last Wednesday, a flyer went in your child’s folder with information plus an opt-out option if you’d like to NOT have your information published. In the phone book we would list by class the child’s name, parent name, home and/or cell, and email address. Requests for the phone book would be made to the office and we would email it to you. Look for more information on making a request once we are ready to share out!
BoxTops for Education Drive – Our annual fall drive will begin on Wednesday, 10/7 and end on Friday, 10/16. Along with the bulletin you’ll see a BoxTops sheet where you can tape/glue them down (which makes counting on our end much easier). Please be sure and check to make sure they are not expired and your child’s name/teacher is on the sheet. Students turn in the sheets to either their teacher or the office during the drive. There will be drawings throughout the drive for students to win Lena gear! Proceeds from the fall/spring drive go directly to the Art Day funds!
Walk to School Day – This Wednesday, 10/7 is also International Walk to School Day, where children around the world walk to school to promote healthy lifestyles!
Individual Picture Day – Once again, Leo’s Photography will be taking care of our individual student photos this fall next Wednesday, October 14th. Photo order envelopes will go home this week in Wednesday folders. All students are photographed for their cumulative record regardless if an order is placed or not.
10/6 – Mixed Bags fundraiser ends and orders are due; Immunization records due; a.m. kindergarten goes to Tukey Orchard at WSU, 8:40-9:40 a.m.; p.m. kindergarten goes to Tukey Orchard at WSU, 12:40-1:40 p.m.
10/7 – International Walk to School Day; BoxTop drive starts
10/12 – 4th grade attends Festival Dance “Sleeping Beauty” performance at WSU, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
10/14 – individual picture day; Mock’s class visits Palouse Ice Rink for “Science on Ice”, 8:40 – 11:00 a.m.
10/16 – BoxTop drive ends
10/23 – Family Bingo Night, 6:30-8 p.m.
10/27 – PAT meeting, 6:30 p.m. in our staff lounge
10/30 – End of 1st quarter
11/3 – PAT father/son breakfast, 7:15 a.m.
11/4 – Roll’s class visits the Pritchard Art Gallery, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
11/5 & 6 – Fall parent/teacher conferences and Book Fair
11/12 – Title 1 family night, 6-7 p.m. at Lena
11/13 – 5th grade attends Festival Dance “Flamenco Vico” performance at WSU, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
11/23-11/27 – Thanksgiving break, no school
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!
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!