Principal's Update October 2020
Posted 10/04/2019 02:20PM

Principal's Update Oct. 2020!

Fall is here! This is my favorite season of the year. Football, the changing of the leaves, and the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season makes for an exciting, yet busy, October and November.

Once again, I would like to congratulate our entire school community - staff, parents, students - for an outstanding start to our school year amidst the challenges of navigating the current pandemic. Many people have asked me in the past couple of weeks how the start of my school year is going. It is always with a smile and great sense of pride and appreciation that "L-H is rocking it!" Remember - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough!"


Daily Absence Reporting -

Please follow through with procedures as we keep L-H safe and healthy!

Please remember to call your child out or email Mrs. Downey and Mrs. Akian regarding their absence by 8am and complete the district illness reporting form at

https://sites.google.com/summit.k12.nj.us/virtualhealthoffice/reporting


If your child presents with one of the following symptoms : fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, sore throat, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, headache, difficulty breathing, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste, or smell.


You will need to complete one of the following steps, as per district procedure, before returning to school
  • Have a COVID test preformed and present a negative COVID test to Mrs. Akian OR
  • Have your child examined by a doctor and present a letter from your child's doctor stating an alternative diagnosis and treatment plan. The letter must contain both parts and must be sent to Mrs. Akian for approval before return. OR
  • If you or your doctor choose to do neither, your child must remain home for a 10 day isolation period starting the day after symptoms appear.



Current L-H Units of Study - October/Early November 2020

October 2020

Writing

Reading

Math

Science/

Social Studies

World Language


Specials

Grade 1

Personal Narrative:

Small Moments

Launching:

Building Good Reading Habits

SubtractionConcepts

Space Systems/

Friendship

Our Class

Students will be expressing their feelings in Spanish.

Art - understand and apply primary and secondary colors, as well as value.

Library - introduction to digital citizenship - how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online

Music-Singing games, steady beat, fast and slow, 4 different voices, Halloween and fall themed songs and games

PE - Different kinds of workouts - keeping our physical and emotional health

Grade 2

Personal Narrative: Small Moment

Launching Reading Workshop

Number Concepts


Place Value to 1,000

States and Properties of Matter

Making a Difference in Our Community

Students will be learning to express how they and others feel in Spanish.

Art - understand and apply complementary colors and how they also create different shades of value

Library - digital citizenship - who is in our online community?

Music-Singing games, rhythm, solfege, Halloween and fall themed songs, games and listening

PE - Different kinds of workouts - keeping our physical and emotional health

Grade 3

Crafting True Stories (Personal Narratives)

Building a Reading Life



Addition and Subtraction to 1,000


2nd week in October: Represent and Interpret Data

Growth Mindset/Health & Safety Routines



2nd week in October: Forces and Motion

Students are working on introducing themselves in the target language. Birthdays, age, likes and dislikes will be discussed.

Art - understand and apply warm and cool colors and how that creates value.

Library - digital citizenship - taking responsibility for ourselves, our community,and our world online

Music-Singing games, rhythm, solfege and notes on the staff, Halloween and fall themed songs, games and listening

PE - Different kinds of workouts - keeping our physical and emotional health

Grade 4

The Arc of Story: Writing Realistic Fiction

Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction to One Million



Multiply 2-Digit Numbers

Sound

Students will be learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. They will be describing their own physical characteristics as well as others.

Art- understand and apply analogous colors and tertiary colors, while creating value.

Library - digital citizenship - becoming a super digital citizen

Music-Singing games and canons, rhythm, solfege and notes on the Treble and Bass clefs, Halloween and fall themed songs, games and listening

PE - Different kinds of workouts - keeping our physical and emotional health


Grade 5

Narrative Craft

Analyzing Themes


Place Value, Multiplication, and Expressions


Dividing Whole Numbers


Social Studies: Biztown

Financial Literacy


Students will be learning about school objects. They will explore grammar points such as plural vs. singular and noun/gender agreement in Spanish.

Art - Understand and apply shades and tints to create realistic drawings and paintings. Learn how using other colors (besides white and black) can create lighter and darker shades for value.

Library - digital citizenship - achieving media balance

Music-Singing games and canons, rhythm, solfege and notes on the Treble and Bass clefs, Halloween and fall themed songs, games and listening

PE - Different kinds of workouts - keeping our physical and emotional health

Halloween 2020 -

Trying not to throw the pumpkin out with the "apple bobbing water!"

Per my memo of 10/6/2020 - L-H, along with the other elementary schools, will celebrate Halloween remotely on the afternoon of 10/30/2020 with students being invited to dress between 12:30 dismissal and arrival for afternoon remote learning instruction. We will enjoy specials and class afternoon time to celebrate Halloween through costume wearing, read alouds, etc.. We greatly appreciate that while your families can certainly organize your own Halloween festivities - we are doing our best to keep Halloween going amidst the current pandemic. We certainly hope that we can return to traditions such as our L-H community Halloween parade, in the meantime - let's do our best to observe a safe and fun Halloween for all!


Animals on School Property

As outlined in Board policy adopted on July 15, 2004,

"Pet/animals are not permitted at school events, or on school district grounds or in school buildings while school is in session and for one half hour before and after school, except by permission of the building principal. If an animal is found running at large on school grounds, its owner will be deemed to have permitted the animal to enter school property."

While the sidewalks along Crescent and Woodland Avenues are for public use, I would ask all of our families to consider options for leaving their dogs at home. I have also observed times when two dogs approach each other and begin to react suddenly.. This can be a scary situation for some children.

I also ask handlers to be attentive (maintaining a short leash, - NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG TIED UP AND/OR UNATTENDED, avoiding conversations that cause you to look in opposite direction of the pet), if they need to be on public sidewalks during school hours.

Once again, it's all about the safety of our children.

It's getting COLD out there - Please be sure your child is dressed for the occasion!

Fall is upon us and it's cooling down! Given that we are trying to be outdoors via our mask breaks and other opportunities throughout the morning - please be sure your child is dressed for the elements including a jacket and/or weather appropriate gear in the event of rainy weather.


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