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: www.msd281.org/lena. 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.
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!