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LIONS TALES: APRIL 18, 2021

  • New bright and colorful Spring/Summer Logowear is here!  Order by April 25th!
  • Deadline to order Yearbooks is TODAY Monday, April 19

HAPPENING AT LLS…

LET’S MEET....OUR FABULOUS FIFTH GRADE TEAM!

      

Click HERE to ‘meet’ our fifth grade teachers, Ms. Pamela Garra, Mrs. Samantha Hubbard, Mrs. Elisa Smith, Mrs. Betsy Sullivan, and Mrs. Kerin Tighe. Please give them a round of applause!! 

LLS LOGO WEAR ON SALE FOR ONE WEEK ONLY!!
The new LLS Spring/Summer Logowear line is here! As you can see, it's bright and bold, just like us Lions! There’s something for everyone from keychains to coolers and hats to hoodies! Shop here: https://shop.nicethreadsllc.com/lls/

Orders are being collected until April 25th and are expected to be completed around May 14th, so get your orders in quickly!

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CLOTHING DRIVE DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL
LLS PTA has again partnered with the Westport-based organization, Open Doors Foundation to "Spring Into Action" to run a Clothing Drive throughout the month of April. If you would like to participate, feel free to send in clean and gently used clothing for boys and girls with your child or drop it off at LLS at your convenience. There is a collection box inside the Main Office school building but you may also arrange a COVID safe pickup by contacting Anna Rycenga. 

 If you would like to find out more about the Open Doors Foundation, please click HERE. What you can spare, they can wear!

Thank you so much in advance for your continued support! Any questions? Please reach out to Anna Rycenga, LLS Community Outreach Coordinator HERE.

PRINCIPAL SEARCH 
If you were unable to make the meetings last week with Dr Erardi, the search consultant,  there is still an opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns. You can either call Dr. Erardi at 571-480-0313, email him at erardij@gmail.com or share your thoughts HERE. We are still compiling the responses and sharing them with Dr. Erardi. 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DEI)
April is Arab American History Month and the DEI Committee kicks it off sharing the following:

Of additional note: The District, as part of the Strategic Plan (which is in progress), has undertaken an Equity Study, which began last week. The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools has been hired to work with the District to look at disproportionality. Per the Superintendent, the district will look at:

  • Policy & Access
  • Culture & Climate
  • Curriculum

You can learn more about the NYU Metropolitan Center here: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/metrocenter

The next meeting of the BOE's DEI Committee, which is overseeing the study, will take place on April 20, from 8:00-11:30 am. Please note this meeting is a work meeting so there will be no public comment. The meeting will not be recorded

TO VIEW MEETING: Live streaming / Optimum Government Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021
MEETING AGENDA

YEARBOOK SALES END APRIL 19TH! 
Don’t forget to order your yearbook!  This will be a yearbook like no other, capturing this crazy, unique and memorable year.

To order, go to Coffeepond.com, click Order Yearbooks, and enter the appropriate case-sensitive password:

  • HARDCOVER price is $48 — school password: LLS2021H
  • SOFTCOVER price is $45 — school password: LLS2021S

You can also check if you've ordered a yearbook already in the "Forgot if you've ordered" section of the website

We want to give every K-5 student an opportunity to own a yearbook. Please contact Mrs. Ambrosio or Mrs. Clarke if you are in need of financial assistance. All requests are confidential.

5th GRADE PARENTS: PHOTOS THROUGH THE YEARS NEEDED 
The end of the year and the end of our 5th graders' time at Long Lots is quickly approaching and we are creating the slideshow for the 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony. The slideshow is treasured by all of our graduating classes as they get the opportunity to look back at their time at Long Lots since Kindergarten. That gets us to the next part...WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This is not possible without YOU!!! The slideshow includes all 5th graders in all of their years at Long Lots, so we need photos from you! Please help us by sending all the photos you can find - class parties, field trips, recess, etc. Please email with the GRADE of the photos or videos taken in the subject line to: SlideshowLLS@yahoo.com. Photos should be of groups (two or more kids) and taken at Long Lots School or on an official school field trip.  Feel free to send as many as possible! All photo submissions must be in by May 15th.  Questions? Please reach out to Kristine Nielsen and Anne Marie Hammers at SlideshowLLS@yahoo.com.

ATTENTION 5tH GRADE PARENTS: VIRTUAL TRANSITION MEETING: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 AT 7PM
Wednesday, April 21st at 7 p.m., incoming 6th grade parents and guardians are invited to watch a virtual transition to middle school presentation: BMS Transition to 6th Grade Parent Presentation. We will email all incoming 6th grade parents and guardians the link to this presentation closer to the date of this event.

BEDFORD COURSE SELECTION BEGINNING
Beginning on March 29th, we are asking all parents/guardians to log into PowerSchool to select your child’s 1) Music course for 6th grade and 2) World Language course for all three years of middle school. The deadline to make changes to course requests is Friday, April 9th; course request changes will not be permitted after April 9, 2021. 

Please see the email sent by Bedford Principal, Adam Rosen, HERE for more information.

WEDNESDAY TREATS FOR OUR TEACHERS!
Thank you to the 5th grade families for providing our wonderful LLS staff with delicious salads from Chopt the week before break.

If you would like to participate in this continuing effort, click HERE to sign up for a date.  Alternatively, if you would like to contribute funds to help make this weekly treat a ROARING SUCCESS, use this PayPal link HERE

ARE YOU NEW TO LLS?
Are you new to Long Lots Elementary? Perhaps you are a Kindergarten parent with questions?  Just moved to Westport and have questions about where to go and what to do? Welcome! We are here for you! Please reach out to us at lls_pta@westportps.orgwe would love to hear from you!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022 IS NOW OPEN!
Click HERE to register your child for kindergarten!

DON'T FORGET TO JOIN THE PTA!
Why should you join the PTA? Because the PTA enriches the educational experience of every child and teacher at LLS with programs like our Cultural Arts programs, programing for our new LLS families, much needed support for our amazing teachers and staff and much, much more! Note: By joining the PTA and paying your dues ($30), you are not committing to volunteering. Don't forget-when you join the PTA you get instant access to our parent and student directory - MobileArq! 

Questions? Contact lls_pta_membership@westportps.org

CLICK HERE to join! (Registration code is: westport) 

*We want to make sure that every family has the opportunity to join the PTA. Please contact Megan Clarke if you are in need of financial assistance.  All requests are confidential.

IS YOUR KID HEADED TO CAMP THIS SUMMER? 
Label everything with Mabel’s Labels!  
Visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com to shop for all your labeling needs! Order now to get them in time for camp! Mabel's labels come in a variety of styles that you can use to tag your child’s clothing, water bottle, etc.  Perfect for back-to-school!

IMPORTANT LLS CONTACTS

LLS PTA

Maria Mulvehill & Elsa Morgan, LLS PTA Co-Presidents  lls_pta@westportps.org 

Special Education (SpED) Reps

Namrita Talwar (nt5678@gmail.com

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Reps

Sarah Manning & Ingi Soliman (LongLotsDEI@gmail.com)

Distance Learning (DL) Rep

Tulika Sethi (tulikachandra@yahoo.com)

 

DISTRICT NEWS…

If you missed the Superintendent’s latest update on 4/5/2021 regarding schedule changes, travel guidance, efforts to vaccinate the school community, and an update on end of year activities, you can find it HERE.

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGMonday, April 19th at 7PM

Agenda: HERE 

 

TO VIEW MEETING: live streaming HERE/ Optimum Government Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021

As always, your attention and feedback is important and we strongly encourage you to stay engaged, watch the meeting and address any comments, concerns, or suggestions to the Administration and Board of Education. Please send your emails to:

DISTRICT COVID DASHBOARD AND HOTLINE
Please stay up to date with the WPS COVID-19 Dashboard (HERE). The District also recently set up a COVID-19 Positive Student Case Report Hotline. Find more information about that HERE.

IMPORTANT:  If you are awaiting test results, please make sure your child quarantines and stays home from school until you have received a NEGATIVE test result.

DISTANCE LEARNING TECH HELPDESK
The Westport Public Schools is proud to partner with Custom Computers to provide a Distance Learning Tech Helpdesk. The goal is to provide real-time support for families during any distance learning or at-home hybrid learning days with live support Monday-Friday from 7am-8pm. A "Distance Learning Tech Help" button has been placed on the bottom left-hand side of the front page of each school's website for easy access to important details about the program.

IN THE COMMUNITY...

WESTPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION ONLINE PROGRAMS
Westport Continuing Education offers safe and convenient options for Summer vacation fun for kids in grades K–8. 

For more information, view the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here

For information on our after school, vacation, and summer programs, sign up for our email list to get the most recent information. You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list.

Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs for adults, teens, and kids. 

WESTPORT PARKS & RECREATION
Registration for spring and summer program offerings can be done via Westport Parks & Recreation website.

VIRTUAL GIRL SCOUTS INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be holding a virtual informational session for Westport parents and girls on Wednesday, April 28th at 6pm.  More information HERE

MAY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH COMMUNITY EVENTS...
Stress Reduction Techniques for Life Harmony by Chris Salem on Tuesday, 5/4 at 6-7:30pm
Adolescent Mental Health in 2021: Challenges and Strategies with Dr. Aaron Weiner on Wednesday, 5/12 at 6:30-8 pm
Accelerate Your Mental Toughness by Chris Salem on Thursday, 6/3 at 6-7:30 pm

Click HERE for more info...

AND FINALLY…

As always, we want to make sure that LLS PTA reflects every parent, student and staff member in our community, so please always feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or ideas. We welcome it all. 

Have a great week!

Maria & Elsa 
LLS PTA Co-Presidents 
lls_pta@westportps.org