Carleton P. Lightfoot Elementary School

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July 2019

Dear Lightfoot Students and Parents,

I hope this letter finds you refreshed and ready for a valuable and exciting 2019-2020 school year! As we enter our 26th year our slogan is, “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” with a construction theme. We will continue to provide a quality educational program fostering academic excellence, responsibility, student recognition and parent involvement.

The first day of school this year is Monday, August 5th .  Below are the hours for the school year:

Transitional K AM 8:05am - 11:25am PM 11:25am - 2:45pm
Kindergarten AM 8:05am - 11:25am PM 11:25am - 2:45pm
Grades 1 - 5 8:15am - 1:15pm (Every Monday minimum-day)
Grades 1 - 5  8:15am - 2:45pm (Tuesday - Friday)

In order to ensure that students are in their seat by the 8:15 a.m. start time, students in grades 1-5 should arrive at Lightfoot between 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.  Supervision of students will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Students should not be left in front of the school unattended.  Your cooperation regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated.  Due to the limited parking at our school, please walk whenever possible.  If you drive, please follow the map on our website and remember to park in a designated parking space if you plan on coming on campus.  The drop off and loading of students is safe only in designated yellow loading areas.  Please respect our parking lot staff as they are working to keep our children safe.  Parents are asked to wait outside until the gates are opened to enter the campus to pick up their children.  Please do not stand near any classrooms until the dismissal bell rings.  This ensures that students and staff remain focused on instruction.

Student lunches are available for all students.  The cost of the lunch is $3.00, which includes 1% white milk or non-fat chocolate milk.  Also, the cost of an a la carte drink is $.50 each.  Prepayment of lunches is easier for students, parents and staff.  To view the lunch menus and pay online using a credit card, visit the district website at www.etiwanda.org and click on Departments then Child Nutrition.  Lunch menus will not be printed this year so you either have the option of viewing it on-line or sign up to have the menus e-mailed to you the first day of each month.

Also included on our website you will find suggestions for voluntary school supplies if you would like to purchase them for your child or their classroom.  Many parents have requested a list of what supplies they could donate for each grade level. Remember, purchase of these items is voluntary.  Supply lists are suggested lists of items you may provide for your child for classroom use.  All supplies, materials, and equipment needed for educational activities are provided by the school for classroom use.

Determining school enrollment patterns is not an exact science.  Changes in class assignments may be necessary once the school year begins to accommodate growth.  Therefore, all class assignments should be considered tentative.  If reorganization does occur, it will proceed in a sensitive manner. Please be assured that every effort will be made to place your child in an educational environment in which he/she can be successful. Parents of returning students must complete the annual online Data Confirmation prior to obtaining class assignments. Please complete the Parent Data Confirmation July 1-28, 2019 by logging into the Aeries Parent Portal at: https://aeries.etiwanda.org/parent/LoginParent.aspx?page=default.aspx. Tentative class assignments will be posted on the district’s website at www.etiwanda.org. Click on the yellow “Welcome Back to School” logo on/after July 29th at 4:00 p.m. for TK and Kindergarten students and on/after August 1st at 4:00 p.m. for students in grades 1-5. You will need to enter the numerical portion of your street address, your residence/primary phone number, your child’s birthdate and place of birth.  Please be sure to select the correct school in the drop down list as well. Students, whose enrollment packets are incomplete due to missing required documentation, returning students not meeting the medical requirements or residence re-verification renewals will not be able to see their child’s assignment.  Please contact the school office to complete this as soon as possible prior to the posting of the assignments.

Lightfoot’s Back to School Night for grades TK-5 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00-7:45 p.m. All parents are invited to attend a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) general assembly meeting that evening beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The PTO’s budget will be adopted for the 2019-2020 school year.  Classroom information sessions will follow our PTO general assembly meeting.  The first one will begin at 6:20 p.m. and the second one will begin at 7:05 p.m. Please note that this is not a student centered event and for safety reasons all students that attend Back to School Night must remain with a parent at all times while on campus including during the classroom presentations. Mark your calendar now for this important event.

The Lightfoot staff and I are dedicated to helping each child reach his or her highest potential.  As you enjoy the last few days of summer, our staff will be busy preparing programs and classrooms to ensure that the 2019-2020 school year is an exciting and valuable one. On the first day of school, after your child goes to class, you are invited to join us for our Boo-Hoo/Yahoo breakfast event beginning at 8:15 a.m. in our Multi-Purpose room. Our PTO will be there to greet you with coffee, muffins and a smile! I look forward to seeing you there on August 5th.

Rosann Marlen

Principal