Happy National School Counselor’s Week

Thank you to Mrs. Allen and Miss Goodfriend for all your compassion and support for our students, staff, and the families you work with.  You are such an important role to our good vibes, success, and overall well-being. We cannot thank you enough!

Parents of 3rd and 4th-grade GIRLS

Kolling is thrilled to have enough coaches for two GIRLS ON THE RUN teams this spring. Teams will meet at Kolling Mon/Wed from 3:00 – 4:15 pm starting 2/27. Online sign-ups open tomorrow, February 6th at 6 AM. Click here for a flyer containing all of the information you need to sign up your daughter for this fabulous, inspiring program.

McTeacher Night

The Kolling PTO is hosting McTeacher night this Wednesday, February 8th at the St. John McDonald’s from 4:30PM – 7:30PM.  Kolling teachers will be working for the first 2 hours.  Pies and tips will be cash only and 20% of the food sales goes to the PTO.  Click here for a flyer.

Kids Heart Challenge

On Friday, February 17th, Kolling will hold our annual Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart).  We are hoping to have 100% of our students participating in the jump on this day.  Click here for more information about Kids Heart Challenge, all its benefits, and how to make sure your child is at the jump.  Forms are due February 15th.

Kindergarten Enrollment (Online Only)

Kindergarten Enrollment is the week of March 20-24.  This is for students that will be attending kindergarten at any Lake Central school for the 2023/2024 school year.  Lake Central is also hosting an optional informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students on the evening of April 4th.  Click here to access flyer information that includes:

  • Age requirement
  • Required immunizations
  • Required documents for online enrollment
  • More information for the April 4thinformational meeting

PTO Meetings

Click here for a copy of the NEW Jan/Feb PTO newsletter.

Please see the dates below for PTO meetings that take place from 3:00 – 3:20PM in the Kolling library.  All are welcome to attend.

  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18

A Message from our Librarian, Mrs. Fertig

The Lake County Public Library Read-a-thon information/permission slips were sent home on Monday.  Please return the permission slips to the St. John Public Library or Kolling Library.  The Read-a-Thon taking place from January 9 – February 20.  All envelopes and donations are due March 6, 2023.

Box Tops

DOWNLOAD THE BOX TOPS APP, TODAY!!!!!!!! The PTO is asking everyone to take part in our Box Tops for Education initiative.  Everything is now handled via the app, so we no longer need to clip tops!  Please download the Box Tops for Education app in the App Store or on Google Play and register for Kolling. Scan all of your physical or digital receipts within 30 days of purchase.  If the receipt has an eligible item, it will automatically be funded along with any available bonuses.  If there is not an eligible item, you can choose to be automatically entered into a national drawing.  Thank you for helping us reach our goals! Click here to get the app!!!!

½ Days of School

This year, all LCSC schools will have 8 days in the school year that will be ½ days for students.  If your child is a bus rider, you can expect their bus to drop them off exactly 2 hours and 25 minutes earlier than their normal drop-off time.  If you will be picking your child up, you MUST follow the pick-up procedures AND staggered pick-up times listed on the right side of the chart that appears on page 2 of our 2022/2023 Kolling Parent Drop-Off/Pick-up Procedures.  All ½ days are listed below:

  • February 14, 2023
  • March 14, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023

Inclement Weather Days

Last week, the district sent all parents an email informing them how eLearning will take place this school year in the event school is canceled due to inclement weather.  Click here to re-access that email.  I have also reposted a copy of the elementary schedule for inclement weather days below:

Kindergarten through 4th grade schedule will be as follows:

  • 9:45AM to 11:15AM–Reading & Writing (90 minutes)
  • 11:15AM to 12PM–Lunch & movement break (45 minutes)
  • 12PM to 1:15PM–Math and social studies or science (75 minutes)
  • 1:15PM to 1:45PM–Specials (recorded 15 minute lesson & interactive component)

A Message from Our Librarian

This year, we have had a lot of library books that have been damaged by water bottles.  Please help your child remember to keep their library books safe and dry by keeping them in a plastic bag in their backpack and keeping books away from water bottles.  Students also watched a children’s video during library this week to remind them how to keep books away from water.  Thank you for your help in this matter.

Yearbook Orders

You may order your child’s Kolling yearbook online.  Click here to order and enter code: 75191H.  Yearbooks are $18 each.  Consider buying one for each of your Kolling children…they like to get signatures from their friends.  The last day to order your yearbook is Friday, February 10th.  Yearbooks will not be delivered until late spring.

Open Field House at LCHS

Lake Central School Corporation will permit access to the fieldhouse for walking on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM from November 14, 2022 through March 22, 2023.  There will be no walking during winter break (12/26/22 – 1/8/23 resuming on 1/9/23), or on any school holidays.

Also, on November 16 and February 1, there are large athletic events taking place so the parking lots will be busy on those evenings.  Click here for more information.

Birthday Treats for Students with Allergies

If there are students with food allergies in your child’s classroom, your child’s teacher would have sent something home regarding allergies in the classroom.  Please plan ahead if you plan to send in treats for your child’s class so that all students can have the same snack and not feel they are being singled out.  It may not seem like a big deal to an adult, but to a child, this can be huge.  If your child does have a food allergy, you can also help by sending in some safe treats just in case there is a snack that we cannot confirm. However, the best would be for all of our parents to try to make sure the class gets to enjoy the same treat.

Apples for the Students Program

The Strack& Van Til Apples for the Students program is back again.  Shop at Strack& Van Til Food Market, save your receipts and send them to school with your student to help Kolling earn free classroom/school equipment, courtesy of Strack& Van Til Food Market!  Receipt collection will begin September 1, 2022 and will conclude on March 31, 2023.  Please send any collected receipts to school in an envelope marked “Stracks Receipts”.  Receipts from other retailers or ones dated before September 1, 2022 will not be accepted.

Bus Information

If you need bus stop or bus number information, you can find this by clicking on the link below or by clicking on the transportation link of the district website.If you have any difficulty, try not to narrow your search by school or grade level.If you continue to experience difficulty, please contact Transportation at 219-365-3141.

Bus Information Link

Food Service

There are 2 links below with important Food Service information.  You can also check their website for menus and other important information.

Food Service Welcome Letter

Approved 2022/2023 Meal Charge Guidelines

Adventure Club Before/After School Care

Adventure Club is an outside organization that provides on-site before and after school care at Kolling.  Students can be dropped off as early as 6:30am and can be picked up as late as 6pm.  You are able to register online here or call their office at 219-865-6283.

Medication Guidelines

Click here to access the district’s medication guidelines.

Table for Dropping Off or Picking Up Student Items

If you are bringing something to school for your child, simply leave it on the table in the vestibule with your child’s name and the teacher’s name on it.  We have staff members that will check the table throughout the day to deliver items to students.  If you are picking an item or class work up for your child that was arranged with a teacher or staff member, please check the table first.  Our number one reason for limiting access to the building is for safety and security.

Write Note or Call for Dismissal Changes

The most convenient way to communicate dismissal changes is to write a note and send it in with your child.  Make sure the note is big enough that it will not get lost between larger papers, includes your child’s first AND last name, includes the teacher’s name, and includes the date for the changes.  If you are not able to write a note, you must call the office and leave a message on the voicemail or with a secretary.  Most importantly, please make sure changes are in by 2pm each day.  If it is an Adventure Club change, remember to notify Adventure Club AND our school.  The Adventure Club call off number is 219-365-1391.

Sick Students MUST be Picked Up

If your child is exhibiting illness, they must be picked up right away.  It is the responsibility of the parent to have arrangements in place in case your child must be sent home without notice.  Click here for the state of Indiana’s guidance on when students are too sick to attend school.

Label Everything

Things get lost all the time and many students have identical belongings, so make sure to put your child’s first and last name on everything you can, especially backpacks, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If it is properly labeled, it will find its way back to your child.

Send a Water bottle with Your Child

Students will not be permitted to drink from the water fountain.  They can refill their water bottles from the fountain, but they cannot drink directly from it.  Please make sure your child has a water bottle each day.  We will provide disposable cups if they do not have a water bottle.

Send a Healthy Snack Each Day

It is a long day and students get hungry.  Send a healthy snack to school each day for your child or put something extra in their backpack.  We do not permit students to eat unhealthy items as their daily snack.  Click here for a copy of our healthy snack guidelines.

Building Access for Guests

Our building enforces strict safety procedures for building access for guests.  Safety procedures include that a table is provided in the foyer for parents to drop off items that they are delivering for their children, and that little to no guests will be permitted into the building unless necessary.  Click here for a description of our building access procedures.

Please continue to check your email for additional information regarding protocols for the start of school.  Additionally, I will send weekly emails at 5pm every Sunday to give information on what is coming up at school.

We are excited to receive your children and start the new school year.  If you have any questions, please call our office at 219-365-8577.

Lake Central School Board Meetings

The Lake Central School Board meets two times a month and those meetings are usually the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.  All are welcome to attend.  You may also watch live streamed meetings on the LCTVNEWS Youtube page.  Meeting videos are always archived for later viewing.  Dates for school board meetings can be found on the School Board section of the district website.  Click here for a link to school board information.