Weekly Announcements

Weekly Announcements2019-05-21T18:43:19+00:00

Teacher Requests Cannot Be Honored

I have been receiving a high volume of emails from parents requesting a specific teacher for next school year.  If I do not respond to your email, please understand that there are simply too many of these emails to respond to and that I cannot honor parent requests.  I also ask that you trust the entire Kolling team to do what is best for all students and to assure that everyone is afforded the opportunity to receive a quality education.  If you still have questions about “a critical circumstance”, please do not hesitate to contact me. Parents of elementary students will be able to view teacher assignments for the 2018/2019 school year on Skyward on Thursday, August 10th.

School Supply Shopping Made Easy

The PTO is no longer accepting order forms for school supply bundles.  However, since these bundles have been so popular, parents may still order online until May 30th.  Order online with code KOL015 at www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks.

April Newsletter

Below is a link for the April newsletter that was created by LCHS senior, Gabriella Shumylo, who is the public relations intern for Kolling Elementary.  We hope you enjoy her hard work and highlights of some great things happening at Kolling.  This is Gabriella’s final Kolling Newsletter and we wish her all the best at Ball State University next year.  The link to the online newsletter is as follows: https://www.smore.com/nqz9e-kolling-elementary-school

No School Memorial Day

There is no school next Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

You MUST 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, we prefer that you 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.

LC Summer Camps

Each summer, the Lake Central Athletic Department hosts a variety of summer camp opportunities for students as young as 3 years old.  Please see the attached flyer for more information: LC Summer Camps Flyer 2019.pdf

Box Tops

The final day to turn in Box Tops is May 29th.

Kolling Community Connections

Mrs. Pawlak and her 3rd grade team have arranged some great opportunities for Kolling families to give back.  A flyer of information was sent home with students and is attached here:  Kolling Community Connections.pdf

Visit Our Website

When was the last time you visited the district or school website?  I just want to remind parents that this is another great source of information about what is going on at Kolling and some great resources that are available to parents and students.  Do not forget to click on the NEWS tab to see some really great pictures of things taking place at Kolling.

If you are ever looking for community opportunities, there is a “COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES” link on the district website under the “ABOUT LCSC” tab.  There is a ton of extracurricular community activities listed there.

Fieldhouse Open to Community for Walking

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 5, 2018 through March 20, 2019.  There will be no walking during winter break.  Walking will resume on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Additional times may be made available depending on the popularity of this community exercise opportunity.

Visitors should park in the front of the school near the pool and enter through Door C, turn right, and sign in prior to entering the fieldhouse.   Walkers will be asked to sign an injury waiver upon entering the facility for the first time.

Substitutes Needed

Lake Central School Corporation is always looking for substitutes for paraprofessionals, bus drivers, and teachers.  Visit our Human Resources Link on the district webpage to apply or click in this link:  http://lcsc.us/administrators/human-resources/

New Substitute Teacher Pay Increases:

  • Substitute permits – $75
  • Licensed teacher – $83
  • Retired LC teacher – $87

Please pass along to others in the LC community.

Message from Librarian- Mrs. Fertig

All library books are due this week.  Please help your child remember to return all books during their library time.

This week the Summer Reading Challenge sheets will be coming home.

If your child participated in the Six Flags reading club, tickets will be sent home on Thursday.

Congratulations to all students that participated in the Lake County Public Library Read-a-thon.

Awards will be sent home this week.

Uni, the mobile library, is coming to St. John this summer!  Come out to Lake Hills Park on June 17 & 18 and July 8 & 9 and Prairie West Park on July 23 and August 6.  See you there!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

LC Job Opportunities

Lake Central is currently hiring bus drivers and sub drivers.  At last week’s school board meeting, sub drivers were approved for a pay increase.  Please see the attached for more information: Bus Driver Openings.pdf

Last Day of School

The last day of school is next Thursday, May 30th.

Clare McShane to Visit Kolling

Clare McShane is a Kolling student who has not been able to be in a Kolling classroom for this entire school year as she recovers from Aplastic Anemia.  Her doctors have begun to allow short visits in non-crowed public places and outdoors.  She will be at Kolling elementary on May 24th to participate in an outside 1st grade activity with Miss Sikich’s class.  If you would like to make Clare’s visit special, there is a flyer attached here with information on how you can help: COTA for Clare M May 2019.pdf

PTO Open Positions

The Kolling PTO is accepting nominations for open positions.  Please see the attached for more information: Officer_Nominations.pdf

Uni Project

You should have received an email regarding an exciting summer literacy opportunity for our students and community.  This involves a mobile library that will be scheduled to appear in different areas in the community throughout the summer.  The schedule will be shared with everyone and all will be invited to check out books and participate in some fun literacy activities.  In order to launch this, the corporation is looking for donations.  We hope that you will consider a donation.  Every little bit helps!

Put Your Child’s Name on It

This is a reminder that many items are getting lost because names are not on it.  We are especially having issues with parents sending money in for lunch and other items without proper labels.  We cannot get money (or other items) to where they need to be without names and labels.  When sending things to school, you must include: FIRST & LAST NAME, TEACHER NAME, WHAT IT IS FOR (i.e. lunch, field trip).

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 meetings that are streamed live.  Meeting videos are always archived for later viewing.  Dates for school board meetings and meeting videos can be found on the School Board section of the district website.  I have provided that link here as well:  http://lcsc.us/administrators/school-board/

Building Access

For safety reasons, if you are dropping anything off for your child, you are required to leave the item on the cart.  There are slips of paper, pens, and tape so that you can indicate who it needs to be delivered to.  Reducing unnecessary access into the building is part of our safety procedures.  If you need to leave special instructions, you may communicate with a secretary through the intercom.

Brain Pop

  • Kolling PTO continues to fund a Kolling Brain POP account.  All Kolling students have access to this online educational website.  Please add this to your favorites on your computers and tablets.  Brain POP is a great educational site where students can learn in ALL CONTENT areas and have fun doing it.  Login information is listed below.Website: http://www.brainpop.com/Username: kollingPassword: cougars​

How Parents can Support Dreambox at Home

Kolling teachers would like to encourage parents to support Dreambox usage at home.  Dreambox is an online resource that allows students to practice important mathematical concepts in a way that adjust to each child’s unique learning needs.  You can access Dreambox through the Kolling website under Academics Tab – your child will be able to navigate the rest.  When your child uses Dreambox at home, there are 2 important ways you can help:

  • Make sure your child is actually practicing the math concepts and not in the game or shopping sections of the program.
  • Do not help your child answer questions.  The program is designed to adjust based on what the student knows or does not know.  We want children to get questions right that they do know, and get questions wrong that they do not know.  This allows the program to adjust in order to meet your child’s needs.  Student performance does not impact their grades or teacher accountability in any way, so please let them work through the program on their own.  Here is a short video on how the program works:  http://www.dreambox.com/intelligent-adaptive-learning/