Category: Building News

Eclipse Information

Kloefkorn Families,

The much anticipated Solar Eclipse will happen onMonday, August 21!  Kindergarten students across the district will be watching the Eclipse from their classrooms via a live stream.  1st through 5thgraders will view the Eclipse outdoors on the west side of our building.  If you choose to have your 1st-5th grade student(s) stay inside, please be sure to sign the Eclipse waiver. Waivers were made available in your welcome back packet at Open House, but we do have extras available in our school office.

All 1st-5th grade students viewing the Eclipse onMonday are going outside to practice Eclipse procedures this week.  We are asking that students bring beach towels to sit on while outside onMonday. Eclipse glasses will be provided for all students. Students will be outside from approximately 12:50 pm to 1:15 pm.

We are asking for no more than 3 parent volunteers per classroom. We will provide Eclipse glasses for parent volunteers that are signed up through this link. We ask that all classroom volunteers plan to arrive at school no later than 12:30 pm.

We will also have altered specials and lunch schedule on Monday. See schedule below.

Here are a few additional reminders:

  • Specific directions for families checking out a kindergarten student to view the Eclipse has been sent to all kindergarten families and the information is also listed below.
  • If you plan to come to school to view the Eclipse with your student please come to the office, as usual, to check in.
  • If you are not an assigned classroom volunteer you may still come to view the Eclipse at school but we will not provide Eclipse viewing glasses for you. If you plan to do this please arrive no later than 12:30 pm.
  • If you plan on taking your 1st-5th grade student off of Kloefkorn property to view the eclipse come to the office to check him/her out, as usual. Please arrive no later than 11:30 pm if you plan to do this.
  • We will have an altered specials/lunch schedule on Monday. See the schedule below.

August 21 Eclipse Day Schedule:

Specials Schedule

Team 5:    8:20-8:55

Team 4:    9:00-9:35

Team 3:    9:40-10:15

Team 2:    10:20-10:55

Team K:    1:30-2:05

Team 1:    2:10-2:45

No morning or afternoon outdoor recess for all students.

All classes will eat lunch at their regularly scheduled time except 3rd grade. All 3rd graders will eat at 12:00 in their classrooms. 3rd grade lunch will end at 12:30.


Kloefkorn Kindergarten families,

You may have seen or heard about the total solar eclipse happening on our second week of school, Monday, August 21. This once-in-a-lifetime event is something Lincoln Public Schools has been planning since last year.

The LPS eclipse planning committee, in consultation with many teachers and principals, have determined that kindergartners will experience the eclipse safely in a more controlled environment than other grades.  Our kindergarten students will be staying in their classrooms.  

If you as the parent strongly feel you want your child to experience the eclipse outdoors, you will need to arrive at school prior to 11:30 a.m. and check your student out of the office and leave the school campus. This will be marked in our records as a “Parent Acknowledged” absence.

If you have any questions about the LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration, please check out our district webpage:https://lps.org/eclipse/, or contact me at the school.

Polly Bowhay

Principal

 

Chorus Sign-Up

Chorus rehearsals will be held on Monday mornings from 7:20 – 8:10 am when school is in session. This year we will have a combined 4th/5th chorus rehearsal in the music room (144).
Students will enter through the office doors no earlier than 7:10 am. Attendance will be sent to the office at approximately 7:30 am.

Chorus signup is available Now through Friday, August 25th (midnight).
Monday, September 11th – Chorus Rehearsal begins
Monday, December 4th – Chorus 2017 Final Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 5, 2017– 9:15am & 6 pm CHORUS WINTER CONCERT

Monday, January 29th – Chorus Rehearsal begins
Monday, April 30th – Chorus 2017 Final Rehearsal
Tuesday, May 1, 2018–9:15am & 6 pm CHORUS WINTER CONCERT
Friday, May 4th Chorus Tour TBA

Click here to sign up for Chorus! 

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!

School Supplies 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)

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Information 2017-18

If you are currently living in our attendance area and have a child that will turn five before July 31, 2017 you should have received a phone call (late Dec-Early Jan) to confirm Kindergarten enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. If you (or someone you know) believes they should have received a call from us, but did not, please contact the school as soon as possible.

Students may enter kindergarten if they turn five years of age on or before July 31. If your child was born between August 1 and October 15, he or she is eligible to participate in an assessment conducted by LPS to determine possible early entrance to kindergarten. Screening dates are still TBD.

If you live outside of the attendance area and already have students here on permit, you will still need to fill out a new permit for the incoming Kindergartner.

Early Entrance to Kindergarten 

If your child turns 5 between August 1st and October 15th they are eligible to participate in an assessment conducted by LPS to determine possible early entrance to kindergarten.

If this is something that you are interested in you may stop in the front office to pick up an application. To register, bring your completed application and original birth certificate to the front office and Christy will get you scheduled for an assessment. All assessments must be scheduled one week prior to the beginning of each round of testing and are completed at Eastridge Elementary. (Read More)

Kindergarten Timeline 2017-18

Last week in December-First week in January: Phone call goes out to our attendance area confirming kindergarten attendance for upcoming year.

January 4: Permits Due for those that wish to attend Kloefkorn and live outside the attendance area. (Check your attendance area here– Be sure you are in the 2017-18 school year)

February 6th-10th: A Kindergarten Booklet will go out in the mail. These booklets have important forms & information you will need for registration.

March 8th: Kindergarten Registration Day 1 8:00AM-6:00PM

March 9th: Kindergarten Registration Day 2 8:00AM-4:30PM

May 4th: Kindergarten Orientation 6-7:30PM (Bring your incoming Kinder with you! They will get to go to the classroom and do a fun activity with teachers and friends.)

Open House: Date TBD

August 14, 2017: First Day of School! 🙂

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.

School Supplies

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 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

Kindergarten

Kleenex

Black Fine Tip Expo Markers

Glue Sticks

Markers

Crayons

Stickers

Sandwich, Quart, and Gallon Plastic Bags

1st Grade

Kleenex   

Clorox Wipes

Hand Sanitizer

Folder for homework (two-pocket)         

Glue sticks

Expo brand black markers                         

Packages of sheet protectors                                        

Blue painter’s tape

Sticky notes                                            

Pencils (#2 Ticonderoga)                     

Ziploc bags (gallon and quart)

2nd Grade

Kleenex

Black Expo Markers

Pink Papermate Erasers

Ticonderoga Pencils

Papermate Flare Pens

3rd Grade

Kleenex

Black EXPO markers

Ticonderoga brand pencils

Clorox Wipes

Homework Folder

4th Grade

Kleenex

Dry Erase  Markers (fine tip)

Hand Sanitizer

College Ruled Notebooks

Ticonderoga Pencils

5th Grade

Kleenex

Clorox Wipes

Hand Sanitizer

Dry Erase Markers

Ticonderoga pencils

Sticky notes

Glue sticks