Last Day of School

This is a reminder that the last student day is Monday, May 23rd.  Students will resume school on Thursday, August 11th.

End of the Year Message from the Librarian- Mrs. Fertig

Please make sure your child brings back their library book.  All library books are due tomorrow, Monday, May 16.

Field Day

Students will participate in Field Day this Friday.  Please make sure they are dressed appropriately for these outside activities and that they have a water bottle.

Update- Spirit Week for Ukraine

Thank you to all who participated in last week’s fundraiser.  Kolling students were able to raise $1663.00.  All money raised will be donated, on behalf of Kolling Elementary, to The Ukraine Student and Faculty Support Fund sponsored by Stetson University. The organization helps to provide basic needs for civilians affected by the crisis.

PTO Newsletter

Click here for a copy of the NEW February/March Kolling PTO Newsletter.  A copy should have also come home with your youngest child.

Keep Sick Kids Home

I want to remind our families to keep sick children at home.  We have had a spike of illness spreading and we everyone to do our part to help stop the spread of germs.  Click here for guidance on what symptoms require children to stay home from school.

Beanstack Reading Logs

Beginning the week of January 4th, all Lake Central students will be able to log into Beanstack through Clever and start logging their reading.  Beanstack is an online reading log and challenge program to help get everyone excited about reading, reading, reading!  We encourage students to challenge their reading by logging independent and silent reading, class read alouds, and whole class reading assignments.  As a district, we have challenged ourselves to collectively read for 2 Million Minutes.  I also encourage students to check out the Beanstack list of books on “Mrs. Cruz’s Elementary Reading List.”  Sometime during the week of January 4th, teachers will show students a video on how they can access their Beanstack account through Clever to begin tracking their reading and their LOVE for books!

Community Opportunities

Please click here for 2 summer reading opportunities that have come through our schools.  To see a list of the many community extracurricular opportunities, please be sure to go to the “About LCSC” menu on the Lake Central Website and click on “Community Activities,” or click here for a direct link.

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 https://lcsc.us/administrators/human-resources/.  Questions can be directed to Chuck Strebar at cstrebar@lcscmail.com.

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 https://lcsc.us/administrators/human-resources/.  Questions can be directed to Sheila Novotny at snovotny@lcscmail.com.

Medication Guidelines

Please follow the district’s medication guidelines, which are linked here: http://lcsc.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Medication_guidelines.pdf

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:

Chromebooks

If your child had a Chromebook during a recent quarantine, all Chromebooks must be turned in by tomorrow, May 16.

End of the Year Message from the Nurse – Mrs. Hincks

At the end of the year, we must return or destroy all medication kept in the nurse’s office. If your child has any medication in the nurse’s office: medications, inhalers, Epi-pens/Auvi-Q, and cough drops, etc. please pick up on or before the last day of school, May 23, 2022.  All medication that is not picked up will be discarded; it is not saved for use for the next school year.

Tutoring Ended

The last day of tutoring was last Thursday.  There will be no more tutoring for this school year.

Join the Food Service Team

We are currently looking for substitutes in the  Food Service Department.  Days needed are Monday through Friday during lunch meal service.  Hours range from 3.25 to 4.25 hours per day.  Starting pay is $11.50 an hour.  The position is great for someone who wants to be home nights, weekends, school breaks and over the summer months.  Training will be provided.  Apply online at https://lcsc.us/administrators/human-resources/.  Questions can be directed to Linda Johnson at lindajohnson@lcscmail.com.

A Message from Coach Rick – LCHS Head Football Coach

The high school football staff will be partnering with the Tri-Town Raiders and local trainers to provide free instructional camps for all district students in 4th to 8th grade. These are free events and require no prior sign-up to attend.  Click here to access the flyer for more information.

Library

Please make sure your child puts their library book in a plastic bag in their backpack.  We have had many books damaged by water bottles leaking this year.  Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.

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.

https://forms.gle/8MH2qiKWgroeAhfi7

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

Comfort Toy Drive

Third Grade has collected gently loved stuffed animals to be donated to our local police departments and other agencies, who give them to children who need comforting in stressful situations.  Please send donations with your tied in a plastic bag, or they can be dropped off in the vestibule inside Door B.

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.

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.