September Success!

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We have had a wonderful first month with students – to have smiling faces and eager young minds back in the schools has been so refreshing.  While we are aware there are still challenges to overcome in this new learning environment, the focus is back where it should be:  students learning and growing every day.  As I have visited every classroom in the district, the recurring theme I have seen is that staff and students have found a rhythm and are genuinely happy to be back in the swing of school. They love to be around their peers and enjoy the opportunity for social interaction.  Though social distancing is not popular with the students, they have been great at following the required protocols. I am always so impressed with the level of kindness and respect the students in this district display.  A new employee who joined us from another state recently told me, “I just cannot believe how nice these students are; it is unbelievable.”  We should be so proud of our kids – they are good human beings and are working to be part of the solution to a once in a lifetime problem!  Much Gratitude to our wonderful students in this district and your positive parenting influence, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent   

September Fun!

The beginning of this school year has been unlike any we have seen.  What started as uncertainty has evolved into a very happy student body that is excited to be back to school.  Moving into Fall weather we would like to remind our families to plan for cool mornings that may require an extra layer of clothing.  The month of October will start with two staff professional learning days, which are non-student days, and then our students will move deeper into a school year of exciting growth and learning.

Nutrition Services

Our Nutrition Services Team continues to work so hard for our students.  Free breakfast and lunch continues to be available for all children Monday-Friday.  This program is expected to continue through the month of December.  If you have a student that attends school via the Lakeland Online Academy, you can still pick up free breakfast and lunch daily at our two designated sites.  Breakfast and lunch will not be available on non-school days.  Go to the Nutrition Services page on the District website for more details. Check out the info below!

Donations to the District

This month has showed our District just how generous the community is.  We have received much needed donations of school supplies, backpacks, headphones, water bottles and communication supplies.

Child and Adult Literacy Programs

Every year, the LJSD continues to sponsor literacy in our community.  The importance of expanding literacy skills for both adults and children is great.  On a monthly basis, the Literacy for Little Ones Program is held at the District Office.  This is a free program for preschool aged children to build their early literacy skills.  You can sign up below.  The Literacy Project also offers FREE computer classes for adults looking to increase their skills.

Click on the class links below for more information and to register for adult computer classes!
Digital Lifeskills  = https://forms.gle/f3ZVWHfQwxJQyb5W7

Google Docs  = https://forms.gle/1FUYMRG6YRv5VcnR6

Google Sheets  = https://forms.gle/Djerjiafsa1VPGkV8

Kindness Shout out!

We would like to give a HUGE thank you to the Cutler Family and Mark Dane for donating 48 hand cut beams to Athol Elementary that will line the border of the new playground structure.  Peg Cutler, Amy Ballance and Lloyd Moe hand stained every beam and have put in hours upon hours of hard work in getting this playground ready for our students this year. This District thrives on the incredible support we have from our community members!

Coming up in the Month of October

Resources for Parents

LJSD 272 Fall Reopen Plan

Need Skyward Assistance? helpdesk2@lakeland272.org

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Free and Reduced FAQ’s

Zone Transfer/Open Enrollment Form 

LJSD Technology Resources for Parents Website – CLICK HERE

Food Bank locations in Kootenai County – CLICK HERE

IdahoPTV’s Youtube Channel

LJSD Website

Idaho Stages of reopening – Governor Brad Little

First Week of School Success!

It was wonderful to have the students back in school this week — young minds eager to learn and glad to be back into the school environment.  As I went through every school this week, what I noticed most was the resiliency of our students.  They seamlessly eased back into the school routines and shared their joy effortlessly.  It was apparent that getting back to some sense of normalcy, while it will not happen overnight, is important for everyone.  

As you know, we opened the District this week in the Yellow Level of Operation, as outlined in the LJSD #272 Fall 2020 Reopen Plan.  The plan requires social distancing to the greatest extent possible and allows for desks to be arranged in cohort groups (pods) as necessary.  The pod system is a table group that sits together and is distanced six feet away from the next pod.  Several classrooms throughout the district will be arranged in the pod system to enable consistent student groups (cohorts) to work together, as well as allow for the classroom to remain in one location without moving to a larger space.  Our goal is to stay in the Yellow Level so that all students and staff will remain together in the classroom learning environment. 

Our Lakeland Online Academy is off to a great start with nearly 300 K- 8 students and 60 students in the High School Online Plato program.  If your family has concerns about the in-person learning environment under the present circumstances, this is an excellent pathway to ensure a solid educational experience while remaining a Lakeland Jt. School District student.  It is not too late to enroll in an online program.  If you would like more information, click here

Unfortunately, the wildfire smoke has added another element of concern as we prepare to start week two of our school year.   We receive daily air quality updates and forecasts from the Department of Environmental Quality and will maintain precautionary measures, along with restricting outdoor activities, as prescribed.  We will continue to monitor air quality, but the forecast for tomorrow calls for indoor activities.  Continue to monitor your child’s health at home every morning and do not send them to school if they show any symptoms of illness (Checklist).  Ensure your school knows of any special requirements for your child.  The CDC site has information on wildfire smoke and Covid

I continue to pray that our students and staff remain healthy so we can stay in school together.  It seems that flexibility is key, along with our ability to show grace and compassion as we face new challenges every day in this ever-changing environment.  Thank you for your continued support, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent

Nutrition Services

Update! Free Grab & Go Meals have been extended.  This program may run through the end of December as long as funding is available.  Our Nutrition Services Team will have two curbside pick-up locations Monday-Friday, starting September 14 for on-line learners and community children 18 years and younger. A breakfast and lunch will be given to each child.  Pick-up times at Timberlake High School are from 12:15-12:30 and LJHS from 12:45 to 1:00. Children do not need to be present for curbside pick-up as long as a Parent or Legal Guardian is picking up the meals.
A reminder to Parents and Guardians, please continue to fill out your Free and Reduced applications. Once the Grab & Go free meal program ends we will revert back to the NSLP program and want to make sure these benefits are available.

Technology

Do you still have a Chromebook checked out from the Spring Semester?  If you do, this device must be turned in for updates from our tech team and it can then be checked out again to your student.  Don’t forget to check out the LJSD Digital Resources Webpage for families to help guide you through using your device.

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

Covid-19 has changed our lives in many ways and our mental health should always be a top priority.  The LJSD will continue to focus on providing social-emotional learning and growth for our students throughout the year.  Along with our secondary schools, elementary students will now have the opportunity to participate in the Sources of Strength program, thanks to a grant the Elementary Counselors wrote and received.  Along with supports in our schools, please know there are many local, state, and national resources available (links below).  Please let us know if we can offer assistance or provide additional support for your family – we are here to help.

  • If you or someone you know is in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
  • Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line | Text the word START to 741-741
  • Sources of Strength
  • Mental Health Matters during Covid-19.  CLICK HERE to register for this free virtual event.

 

Parent Resources

LJSD 272 Fall Reopen Plan

Need Skyward Assistance? helpdesk2@lakeland272.org

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Free and Reduced FAQ’s

LJSD Technology Resources for Parents Website – CLICK HERE

Food Bank locations in Kootenai County – CLICK HERE

IdahoPTV’s Youtube Channel

LJSD Website

Idaho Stages of reopening – Governor Brad Little