Book Fair This Week

The Book Fair runs the week, October 18-22.  Your child received the flyer and more information during their library special last week.  Please discuss the flyer with your child to determine what books he/she may want to add to their personal collection.  The students will attend the book fair during their library time October 18-22.  Thank you for your support of reading and Kolling library.

5K- Lake Central Education Foundation

The Lake Central Education Foundation is an organization that strives to better the Lake Central school community by raising money to enhance innovative educational opportunities for students through partnerships with educators, parents, businesses, and the greater community. We host an array of fundraisers throughout the year. This year we have decided to host a 5K run/walk that will take place on Saturday, November 6.  This 5K is extra special because we will also be honoring the late Dayna Less, a proud Lake Central Graduate. 

After graduating from Lake Central in 2012, Dayna received her PharmD from Purdue University in May of 2018. Sadly, as a Pharmacy Resident, Dayna lost her life on November 18, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Dayna was known for being kind, forgiving, friendly, helpful, smart and adventurous. She was also a great writer and a passionate person who wanted to help others.

The Lake Central Education Foundation would like to honor Dayna by naming a grant round in her honor.

You can find more information on this flyer.

School Pictures and Re-Takes This Thursday

If you ordered school pictures, they were sent home with your child last week.  If your child was absent, they can take pictures on Picture Re-Take Day, which is Thursday, October 21st.

Picture Re-Take Day is:  Oct 21, 2021

Re-Take Order Code is:  60164Y
Re-Take link to order is:

Students who ordered a package on original picture day but are choosing to get their picture retaken MUST bring their original picture package with them on retake day. They DO NOT need to place a new order.

Help Our Art Teacher, Miss Lipke

Miss Lipke was chosen to be one of the top 25 artists of Northwest Indiana to design one of the barn doors at the County Line Apple Orchard! They gave the top 25 winners a huge barn door and materials to create a piece of artwork that represented their styles. Miss Lipke decided to create a GIANT cicada! Of the 25 artists, only 3 will be the finalists. From now until October 31st, anyone and everyone can vote as MANY times as they would like, every single day, for their favorite barn door!

  • Miss Lipke is door number 23.
  • The link to vote is here:
  • You can vote as many times as you’d like, every day!
  • How cool would it be for your child to see the door at the Orchard and say, “My teacher made that!

1/2 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 3 hours 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 page two of this document: Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures.

Below are the remaining  ½ days:

November 9

January 11

February 8

March 8

April 12

May 10

Hiring Bus Drivers

The LCSC is currently in need of bus drivers.  No experience is needed.  The district will provide paid CDL training.  Sub bus drivers start at $19.50 per hour.  A benefit package is available to drivers on a contract.  Apply online at  Questions can be directed to Chuck Strebar at

Hiring Sub Custodians

LCSC is currently in need of substitute custodians, no experience is needed (we will have you train with someone).  Sub custodians rate is $11.50/hour.  Hours will be mostly 3pm – 11pm (or 3:30pm – 11:30pm) Monday – Friday.  This is a perfect position for someone who only wants to work a few days a week.  Apply online at  Questions can be directed to Sheila Novotny at

Medication Guidelines

Please follow the district’s medication guidelines, which are linked here:

Send a Water Bottle with Your Child

Due to COVID, 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.

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 want students eating unhealthy items during class.  Please refer to our healthy snack guidelines here:

Fall Break

Fall Break is October 29th and November 1st.  There will be no school for any Lake Central students on these days.  Adventure Club will offer childcare at Peifer Elementary for anyone who needs it.  Click here for the Adventure Club Fall Break Child Care Flyer.

Food Assistance for Students

The Community Help Network’s Buddy Bag Program will begin September 10th, 2021.  A Buddy Bag contains two days of meals and snacks that are sent home in the backpacks of food insecure students on Fridays.

All students are eligible for this program and if you think your student would benefit from a Buddy Bag, let us know! Complete the form below no later than Tuesday, September 7th at 4pm for the Friday, September 10th bags to be placed in student backpacks. If you complete the form AFTER that date, we will be sure to get your student on the list for the following week.  ALL INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AND THE BUDDY BAGS ARE DISTRIBUTED IN A VERY DISCREET MANNER.  Other students will not be aware that your student is receiving a Buddy Bag.

For more information about the Buddy Bag Program or ways you can help this organization, check out the letter below from Community Help Network president , Bonnie J. Meyer.

Buddy Bag Info.pdf

End of the Grading Period

Quarter 1 report cards will be available in Skyward tomorrow, October 18th.

PTO Meetings

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.  Masks must be worn when children are present.

October 21

November 18

December 16

January 20

February 10

March 17

April 21

May 19

Table for Dropping Off 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.

Strack & Van Til Apples for the Students Program

“Shop at Strack& Van Til Food Market, save your receipts and send them to school with your student to help us earn free classroom equipment, courtesy of Strack&Van Til Food Market!” Kolling will be collecting receipts September 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. Please place all Strack and Van Til receipts from any location in an envelope labeled “PTO Stracks Receipts”. Send the envelope to school with your child, and your child’s teacher will forward them to the office.

Lake County Public Library News

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has partnered with LCPL to provide free books in the mail to children under the age of 5.  You can pick up an application at your local LCPL branch, print an application online, or give them a call at 219-769-3541 ext 308 to sign up.

Also, September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  To celebrate, kids under age 12 who visit a Lake County library and use their card in September will get a small prize and be entered into a drawing for a $10 Target gift card!  If your child doesn’t have a library card, this is a great time to sign them up.

Morning Drop Off

If you will have someone new coming through the drop-off line in the morning, please be sure they are aware of the procedures we need them to follow to help the process run smoothly and to keep everyone safe.  Below are some of the big ones to point out to someone new.

  • Do not release students from cars until directed by staff.
  • If you are the first car stopped at the front of the line, make sure you wait for a staff member to direct you to drive away so that others behind you don’t start pulling up before the drop-off zone is clear of children.

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.