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Permit Deadline 01/08/18

Permit Deadline (KG & 5th Grade – pay special attention)

If you currently live outside of the attendance area of the school you plan to attend next year you may need to turn in a permit in by January 8th. If you are currently attending a school on a permit you do not need to fill out a new one unless you have an incoming kindergartner or 6th grader.

 

Incoming Kindergarten Students-

If your family is here on permit you still need to fill out a new one for your incoming Kindergarten student.

 

Outgoing 5th Grade Students-

As a reminder, many of our families fall into the Moore Middle School attendance area now. If you plan to go to Lux (or any other middle school) you will likely need to fill out a permit for next year.

Sock Drive

Sock Drive
We will be holding a sock drive for our sister school, Riley Elementary. We are looking for new socks of any size. Students can make their contributions in the front lobby from December 11th-22nd. Any donation would be appreciated as the weather grows colder.

Upcoming Music Concerts

Chorus: 

  • Our last rehearsal will be the morning of MondayDecember 4th at 7:20 am in the music room.
  • Chorus rehearsals will resume MondayJanuary 29th.
  • The Concert will be on TuesdayDecember 5th at 6 pm in the Kloefkorn cafeteria.
  • Students should arrive no earlier than 5:45 pm and report to the hallway by the gym. There will be no supervision prior to this time.
  • Students should dress nicely.  Please avoid heavy sweaters and heavy clothing as students will get warm standing on the risers.
  • The concert should last no longer than 45 minutes.
  • The students will preform a shortened version for the school at 9:15 AM on Tuesday, December 5th in the Kloefkorn cafeteria

 Orchestra:

  • The Concert will be on Monday, December 11th at 6 pm in the Kloefkorn Cafeteria
  • All string students need to bring their instrument to school the morning of the concert, as we will perform for Kloefkorn  Students that day at 1:45 PM in the cafeteria
  • Students should wear a nice top with a pair of pants/slacks (no holes or rips). Girls may wear a skirt/dress as long as it covers the knees when sitting.
  • Students need to report at 5:45 PM to find their instrument and their seat for the concert. All students will sit together for the concert.

Band: 

  • Thursday, Dec. 7
  • 7:30 a.m. – Band rehearsal
  • 9:00  a.m.- Students come to band room to assemble instruments
  • 9:15 a.m. – Concert for school
  • 5:45 p.m. – Students report to band room to assemble instruments
  • 6:00 p.m. – Concert for public
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, and Thursday, Dec. 2- No Band Rehearsal – lessons will happen during the school day as usual
  • January – No Band Rehearsals – lessons will continue
  • February 1 – Band rehearsals resume

Chronicle 09/08/17

Coming up this Month

09/11   4th & 5th Grade Chorus Starts 7:10AM

09/12   Dine Out at DQ 5-8pm

09/18   Spirit Wear Online Store Closes

09/19  Dine Out at Runza 5-8pm

09/20   Picture Day

09/21   PTO General Meeting (drawing to win Fun Night Raffle Tickets!)

09/26   PLC Day- Early Release 1:33PM

09/26   Dine Out at Mr. Goodcents 5-8pm

 

Save the Date for next month

10/03   Dine Out at Big Red Sportsbar

10/06   Fun Night!

10/07   Pumpkin Run

10/09   Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/10   Dine out at Don & Millie’s

10/12   Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/16   No School

10/17   No School

10/17   Dine Out Mr. Goodcents 5-8pm

10/19   PTO General Meeting

10/25   Picture Retakes AM only

10/27   Movie Night – Emoji Movie

 

Principal’s News

Dear Kloefkorn Families,

It is hard to believe we have completed our 4th week of school already!  I hope your child is enjoying getting reacquainted with classmates, making new friends and building relationships with our highly skilled teachers.  We look forward to this year ahead and thank you in advance for your support.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind all of you about the importance following our arrival and dismissal procedures to insure the safety of our students and to provide a smooth transition at a very busy time of day at Kloefkorn.  Please remember:

  • When dropping of your children in the morning in front/back loop, please have them ready to go (backpacks on, coats on….) so they can quickly exit your vehicle. This will allow for more families to use the front/back loop.
  • When in the front/back loop please do not get out of your vehicle when you are dropping off students in the morning or picking them up after school.
  • Please have your students exit your vehicle on the curb side.
  • You may not park and get out of your vehicle in the Kloefkorn front/back loop during arrival or dismissal. If you’d like to park and get out of your vehicle during this time please park on the street.
  • At dismissal, when driving through the front loop, please pull to the curb at the first open place to park (which may be up the driveway).  Our goal is to keep all vehicles moving to allow for as many of you as possible to pull into the loop.
  • Thank you so much for your cooperation!

At Kloefkorn we want all students to be successful. In order to ensure that students find success, Lincoln Public Schools has developed a framework of best practices for supporting student behavior throughout the school day. This framework includes evidence-based practices that we know lead to more positive outcomes for students. Some of the most powerful practices faculty and staff use include:

  • Developing and teaching all students our school and classroom expectations
  • Acknowledging positive behavior when we see it
  • Consistently practicing strategies that prevent problem behavior before it happens
  • Establishing consistent consequences
  • Using data to make decisions

All staff at Kloefkorn are working especially hard during these first weeks of school to teach our expectations and acknowledge positive behavior when we see it. In this way, we know we are laying the foundation for a productive and positive school year.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Bowhay

 

Kloefkorn Team Web Pages

All of our grade level team websites are currently “under construction”.  The district has asked  that all LPS teachers move to  individual LMS pages, which can be accessed on ParentVue. Our Kloefkorn teacher training for the new LMS websites will be in early October.  We will let you know as soon as our new LMS teacher websites are ready to go.

 

Picture Day

Be sure to mark your calendar for September 20th. If for some reason your child(ren) are not in attendance that day or you are not satisfied with the photo, retakes will be on October 25th in the morning.  Click here for 5 useful tips to help your child get ready for a great picture day! Information about ordering will go home today. Order packets will go home next week. If you would like to order online ahead of time you can visit https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ and use picture day ID# BN207132Q0.

 

A Note from the Health Office

Every year in the fall a dentist comes to Kloefkorn to see all students who have not been seen by a dentist within the last year. If your student has seen a dentist in the last year please send me an email (rhadley@lps.org) or a quick phone call (402-436-1148 ext 2), with the date of the exam, and I will update our records for your student. By doing this it will eliminate the need for the student to be pulled out of class and be seen by the dentist. Thank you so much for your help in making this a successful year.

 

Birthdays and Celebrations/Lincoln Public Schools Guidelines
Birthdays are a special day in a child’s life. We will recognize birthdays. Please DO NOT send birthday invitations, treats, balloon bouquets, flowers, etc., to the school. These items will not be delivered to classrooms.

We are not able to share student names, addresses, and phone numbers. It is district policy and can be found the K-5 Common Practices online book and/or http://home.lps.org/threat/.

The Kloefkorn PTO annually publishes a Student Directory that can be used for this purpose.  The PTO’s annual membership fee includes one copy of the directory per family, and is currently in the process of publication – watch for it soon!

 

5th Grade says THANKS PTO!

The 5th grade had so much fun at the Saltdogs game last week and looked awesome in their matching shirts. A big thank you to the PTO for providing the team shirts!

 

 

Pumpkin Run
Nebraska Sports Council is hosting its 15th Annual Kids 1-mile Cross Country Fun Run at Pioneers Park on October 7th. Registration is available online and will remain open until October 6th. There will also be forms available at school if you would like to fill out a paper copy and turn in with (exact) cash or check. Paper forms will only be accepted until September 22nd. Shirts and packets will be passed out on Friday, October 6th at school.

Additional information about this race (cost, times, course, parking, weather, etc.) can be found on the Nebraska Sports Council Website.

 

Professional Qualifications

Parents may request and the District will provide information regarding the professional qualifications of their student’s teachers and paraprofessionals.

 

 

Committee Thank you!

Big Thank You to our Hospitality Committee and parents who helped make our back to school breakfast so successful.

Big Thank You to our 5th Grade Social Committee for coordinating everything for our 5th Grade Salt Dogs game!

THANK YOU!!

 

Kloefkorn Spiritwear

Show your school spirit with Kloefkorn Cubs Spiritwear! You may choose from t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, and sweatshirts. The following design options will be available:

The designs will be available for purchase from the online store September 5 through September 18. You may access the store at: http://stores.inksoft.com/kloefkorn. If parents and students order from a desktop computer, choose the grade of the student under shipping options for easier distribution.

 

PTO Student Directory

We know that the PTO Directory is an important piece of sending birthday invitations to classmates and we will work to get this out as soon as possible. We are working to have them out to PTO members as soon as possible. To receive a directory, be sure to sign up for the PTO by clicking here.

Destination Imagination Information Night!

Join us for our DI Open House TONIGHT, Friday, September 8th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Kloefkorn cafeteria. DI is an after school program that promotes teamwork, builds problem solving skills and encourages creativity! This year we are excited to offer three different levels of DI programming to students. This program is for grades K-5.  We will also be recruiting parents to become DI coaches. Click here to learn more about Destination Imagination!  

 

Fun Night October 6th!

Fun Knight is the theme!  Come join us for our annual Fun Night with Dragons, Knights, Princesses and more.  Register and pre-pay at:  https://kloefkornpto.org/fun-night/

 

After School Programs

It’s a new school year, and we have a new set of after school classes!  Classes are open to all Kloefkorn students who wish to participate. This Fall we are offering a wide selection of classes, including Chess, Lego, P.E., Art, Destination Imagination, Theater, and a new STEAM class.  A reminder to sign up will come home in Friday Folders on September 8. Registration will all be done online, and payment will be made at the time of registration.  For full class descriptions and registration, please visit https://kloefkornpto.org/asp

 

Help Kloefkorn support as you shop!

Shop Amazon through this link and up to 8% of your purchases made will go directly to the PTO.

Box Tops are also a great way to help raise money for our school! In previous years we have earned over $1,600 for Box Tops that were turned in! Box Tops can be found hundreds of products! Click here to view participating products or here to learn more about what the Box Top Education Program is! Don’t forget to download the Box Tops App for bonus box tops!

 

Kloefkorn Yearbook – First day of School and Star City Shores

The year has started and we need help capturing all our special moments at school.  Please send pics to kloefkornyearbook@gmail.com.  (email actual size please).  We really need pictures from the First Day of School and Star City Shores – Thanks!!

 

October Parent Teacher Conferences – Dinner Sign up

The Kloefkorn Hospitality committee provides food for teachers on conference nights and is in need of volunteers. These meals are provided by parent volunteers. We need volunteers for October 9th and 12th. Food can be homemade or store bought and needs to be at school by 3:30pm on the days of the conference. Dishes can be picked up at 6:45p or the next day (the staff loves leftovers!). Thank you in advance for volunteering to bring a dish for the teachers. The PTO appreciates all our parent volunteers!! Sign up at: http://signup.com/go/KoyGuyh

 

Kloefkorn PTO Membership

A reminder to families who want to re-new their membership and get access to our annual directory, please go to:  https://kloefkornpto.org/membership/

 

25,000 Box Tops = Kloefkorn’s Artist-in-Residence
Go through the cupboards. Call the relatives. Ask the neighbors!

Collecting Box Tops is an easy way to raise money for Kloefkorn. For every Box Top we collect, the school earns $.10.

Goal:                10,000 Box Tops by Oct 25
15,000 more Box Tops by February 23

All Box Tops will go towards bringing an Artist-in-Residence to Kloefkorn in May.  This opportunity builds on Kloefkorn’s already incredible art program and gives students a “one-of-a kind” experience.

FALL BOX TOPS CONTEST

Grades with the most Box Tops on Wednesday, Oct 25th will win class parties.
•          1st Place –  Popsicle Party
•          2rd Place –  Extra Recess

ALL School Goal:   Collect 10,000 Box Tops by Oct 25 and Kloefkorn will celebrate with Hat Day!!

Return Box Tops NOW to your child’s teacher.  We will chart each grade’s collection progress inside the school.   Thank you for supporting our Cubs!!!

 

Traffic Safety

Safety is a primary concern and something we will be vigilant about at all times at Kloefkorn School. One important aspect of safety is traffic flow during critical drop-off and pick-up times. We have worked with the City Traffic Engineers Office and the Lincoln Police Department to develop a recommended traffic plan, cross walk locations, signage, and walking routes.

We ask for your patience and for your help in following these procedures. Like you, safety is our #1 priority. Please familiarize yourself (and anyone who might pick up your student) with our one-directional traffic flow during arrival & dismissal times. Specific details – and an Extreme Weather Parking Plan – are available on Page 12 of the Student Parent Handbook 2016-17:

In general:

  • Traffic flows one direction during high-traffic times of arrival (7:45am – 8:15am) and dismissal (2:15pm – 3:15pm)
  • Traffic always moves from north to south

Main Entrance / Front Loop procedure:

  • The curb along the west-/school-side of Glass Ridge Drive is for loading/unloading students. It is posted as a Loading Zone (10 minute maximum with driver in the vehicle) with No Parking 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on School Days. Using this side of the street allows students to safely exit/enter the passenger side of your vehicle to the school grounds. We do not want students crossing in the middle of Glass Ridge Drive to enter/exit awaiting cars on the east side.
  • In the front drive-through loop (one way only), please follow the adults directing traffic and pull all the way forward to utilize the entire loop. Cars must pull over and stop along the curb to load/unload; children should ONLY enter and exit from curbside. Students must be ready to exit the car immediately to keep traffic moving. Drivers must stay in their vehicle during high traffic times (see above).
  • Parking in the front loop is allowed outside high-traffic times.
  • Cell phones must not be used in the loop during high-traffic times.
  • When exiting the loop, do so with a right-hand turn ONLY. Proceed slowly and with caution!

Side Entrance / South Loop procedure:

  • The drive through loop on the south side (parking lot) of the school is designated for:
    • buses and commercial daycare vans, and
    • Loading/unloading student’s families of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who use south wing doors for arrival and dismissal. For students’ safety, they will not be dismissed to meet waiting vehicles in the ‘Staff Only’ parking lot; they must be picked up curbside

Establishing walking/biking routes to school, carpooling with other families, identifying an alternative drop-off/pick-up site away from the school grounds, are recommended options for reducing/avoiding traffic congestion that is a part of every school’s day. Please develop a plan with your child about drop-off and pick-up times so they know where you plan to meet or pick them up, as this dictates where they will go upon dismissal. Your help in sharing this information with childcare providers and grandparents who may be picking up children is appreciated.

Effective safety practices are not always convenient. Your willingness to adhere to the procedures is critical to the success of our plan and ultimately to the safety of all Kloefkorn students.

Your patience and cooperation are sincerely appreciated!

Wish List

What school supplies do I need?

All students should have a backpack along with a lunch box, if needed, marked with their name.

According to Nebraska state law and LPS Policy, students are never required to bring any supplies to school. All supplies necessary for your child’s education will be supplied by LPS.

Some families have asked if they can help by donating supplies. Sometimes having extra supplies on hand is helpful especially when new students arrive, when markers go dry or items get misplaced. Teachers may have a special optional project planned that may require other resources, like notebooks, extra colored pencils or fabric.

IF YOU CHOOSE, you can certainly donate to a grade level ‘supply closet’ that will benefit everyone on the team. Later in the year there may be a time when a grade level sends out another grade level ‘supply closet request’ for a special classroom project.

If you are interested, you can also donate to area school supply drives. Please verify the organization collecting the supplies to ensure the donations are give to the students and schools that need the supplies the most.
Thank you so much for your willingness to help us launch our grade level supply closets. Thank you for being such an incredible group of parents!

 

School Supplies Wish List

  • Clorox Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex Tissues
  • Sandwich, Quart, and Gallon Plastic Bags
  • Blue Painter’s Tape
  • Stickers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Sticky Notes    
  • #2 Ticonderoga Pencils
  • Pink Papermate Erasers
  • Papermate Flare Pens
  • Crayons
  • Dry Erase Fine Tip Expo Markers
  • College Ruled Notebooks
  • Two-Pocket Folders  
  • Packages of sheet protectors

Pre-K 2017/18

Applications are available at any elementary school, on the Lincoln Public Schools Early Childhood website, and at the Early Childhood Office located at Hawthorne (use door # 2). Completed applications must be submitted (in-person) at the Early Childhood Office at 300 South 48th Street. Children are selected based on a variety of criteria listed on the application. If you have any questions, please contact 402-436-1995. (Read More)

Special Attendance Permit

The deadline for submitting a special attendance permit for the 2017-2018 school year is January 4, 2017.

If you are already attending Kloefkorn on permit, you do not need to fill out another permit unless you move to a different residence.

If you are on a permit to attend Kloefkorn and have an incoming kindergarten student for 17/18 school year, you will need to fill out a permit for your new student.

Also, if you have a fifth grade student and want them to attend a middle school not in your home address attendance area, you will need to submit a permit.

Note: The majority of the Kloefkorn attendance area will now be going to Moore Middle School. If you would like to attend Lux still, it is likely that you will need to fill out a permit.

In order to determine where your home falls within boundary limits you can view this map or utilize the home look up tool online. With both, make sure you are on 17-18 school year.

This permit is on the LPS.ORG website, or in the school office. If you have questions or need assistance with the permit process, please call or email Christy at 402-436-1148 crohe2@lps.org

Become a Media Volunteer

Interested in volunteering in the media center?

Here’s how in the three easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like
  3. Sign up! It’s easy- you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.

School Routine Tips

Summer can be great for staying up late and sleeping in. But school tends to work best … with a routine. Here are some tips to help you and your scholars get prepared:

  1.  Start preparing for the school schedule 10-14 days prior to the first day of school.
  1.  Gradually establish an earlier bedtime and earlier wake up time. If the child will use an alarm, start that routine.
  1.  Students can decide what they will wear the night before to save time in the morning.
  1.  Depending on the age of the child, a morning routine checklist or chart may be created.  (Get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, comb hair, etc.)
  1.  Decide on hot lunch/cold lunch expectations. Students may read through the school lunch menu and determine in advance which lunches they will eat at school.  Posting this schedule in a prominent place like the refrigerator will save time.
  1.  Younger students may need to practice opening lunch box containers, yogurt cups, milk cartons, thermos, etc.
  1.  Find a spot where all school-related gear– backpack, lunch box, library books, lunch money, permission slips, etc. — is stored and prepped. This could be a box, large basket, plastic tub, or any container big enough to house your child’s school items.  Place this container near the door your child exits and enters going to and from school.
  1.  If your child will walk to school, practice the route and time the trek. (Walking to Open House together is a great opportunity to practice this!)
  1.  Be positive!  It is important to prepare the child for the first day, but too much emphasis and talk may cause anxiety.  Keep the transition to school in perspective.