March 2021 Eagle's Nest

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LP Brown Eagles Are Safe, Kind, & Responsible

March 2021  Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

Mar. 3 -   Library Holds Pick-Up  (11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.  and  4:30pm to 5:30pm)
Mar. 5 -   COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN   (Saturday March 6th)  Virtual via Zoom...find the link on the OSD website
Mar. 10  -  ALL STAR ASSEMBLY @ 9:00am  “Being Flexible”
Mar. 10  -  Homework Packet Pick-up for Distance Learning Students / Library Holds Pick-Up (11:30am to 5:30pm)
Mar. 16  -  PTO Meeting (Zoom Meeting) @ 6:00pm
Mar.. 17  -  Library Holds Pick-Up  (11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.  and  4:30pm to 5:30pm)
Mar. 24   -  Homework Packet Pick Up for Distance Learning Students / Library Holds Pick Up (11:30am to 5:30pm)
Mar. 3  -   Library Holds Pick-Up  (11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.  and  4:30pm to 5:30pm)
Mar. 30-April 2nd  -  HALF DAYS - Conference Week.  All Conferences are via Zoom this Spring
April 5 - 9    -   NO SCHOOL/SPRING BREAK

 

 

NEW SCHOOL TIMES
Effective February 1st, 2021, until further notice, school for kids attending in-person,  will be from 8:45am to 2:07pm.  

 

SAFE, KIND, & RESPONSIBLE
LP Brown shows our Scholarship and Eagle Pride by being Safe, Kind, and Responsible in EVERYTHING we do and EVERYWHERE we go. We are Scholars and scholars are prepared for LIFE!

 

COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN
The Olympia School District will hold its annual “Countdown to Kindergarten” informational event starting at 10:30 a.m. on March 6, 2021, via Zoom.  If you know of neighbors or friends who have a child entering kindergarten in the fall and live within the Olympia School District, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend.
The Countdown to Kindergarten will include a presentation for all parents /guardians of children entering kindergarten in September 2021. Participants will hear from Superintendent Patrick Murphy, Executive Director of Elementary Education, Autumn Lara and Principals.  Zoom Link will be available on the OSD website  osd.wednet.edu or the LP Brown website Brown.osd.wednet.edu

 

STUDENTS RETURN FOR HYBRID
On February 22nd & 23rd,  we welcomed to the building our 1st & 2nd grade students whose families chose hybrid. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades will return on March 8th & 9th.  No matter what model our students use to access school, we are confident that all students are working hard and learning a lot. Any student in the Hybrid model will attend the building two days per week and will engage in asynchronous/packet work for the other three days with a Morning Meeting each Wednesday morning. We are so proud of all of our Eagle Scholars!

WELLNESS SCREENING
Parents will need to complete the Wellness Screening process monthly (in Skyward) for your child before they start in person school. This should be done on the first of every month.  In completing the questionnaire, you are attesting that you will not send your child(ren) to school if they are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms or have had any exposure to COVID-19 for the upcoming month.  This will need to be updated monthly in Skyward.   After you complete the questionnaire remember to click submit. Just a reminder, you need to do this prior to your child riding the bus or coming to school on the first of the month.  Additionally, students will have their temperature screened daily upon admission to the school building.
Here is a link to a YouTube video created by the district to help you with the attestation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6fe-hJnF7s
https://www.osd.wednet.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_61540/File/Departments/Technology/LOGGING%20IN%20TO%20SKYWARD%20FAMILY%20ACCESS.pdf

FROM THE COUNSELOR

SUICIDE PREVENTION & MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS:
COVID-19 has impacted students and families over the past year in a multitude of ways. For some, the pandemic has chipped away at their resiliency and mental health, creating a sense of helplessness, and at times, hopelessness. As a school district, we will strive to support students, families and staff in every way possible as we navigate the coming months. 

Although there are brighter days ahead, with the gradual rollout of the vaccine and in-person learning, we must continue to watch out for one another. This means being tuned in to the emotional needs of those around us and being aware of the warning signs of depression in children, depression in teens and thoughts of suicide. Although we strive for a culture of kindness and compassion, there is a stigma attached to suicide, which makes it hard to talk about. Research shows, however, that when struggling individuals are asked if they are having thoughts of suicide, they are less likely to move forward with a plan to harm themselves; asking directly increases their safety. If someone is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-273-8255.

To further OSD's efforts to prioritize mental health, the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) has launched a mental health initiative to expand its support in this area. These include mental health courses for staff and students, Teaching and Learning Grants aimed at funding mental and physical health initiatives, and a mental health resource library for  students, families and staff. 

The stressors and isolation associated with distance learning are real. The transition to hybrid learning brings with it many positives, as well as the potential for new challenges around child care arrangements, transportation, possible change of teacher, etc. The refrain that we have been hearing since nearly a year ago has been, “We are all in this together”. Now is the time to increase the volume on that message, turn our eyes and ears to each other and remember to utilize the school district counselors, psychologists and social workers, all of whom can provide support, guidance and referrals to community providers. Please take a moment to review the resources below:

Resources for families from the OSD website


PTO NEWS
Dear LP Brown Families~
As always, I hope this note finds you well. I am happy to share a couple bits of news with you this month:
You may notice a beautiful new "LP Brown Elementary" wooden sign on the flagpole island in front of our school! The PTO is excited to have organized and funded this new addition to our school. Thank you to those who have contributed in some way to make it possible. We hope it welcomes and inspires learning for our students and all who come to visit LP Brown for years to come!


Because of COVID and a continued mix of hybrid and remote learning, we have decided to cancel our annual "fun run" this year. In place of the festive running event, we will have a couple of other fun gifts and surprises for our scholars this spring that we hope promotes a sense of community. Thank you to those of you who are making this possible. We will coordinate with packet pick up/ take home items and send an email in advance, please be on the lookout! 


Our next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, March 16 at 6pm. We will email and FaceBook post a zoom link as the date gets closer. We are always in need of volunteers and ideas to better our community, so I hope you will join us! 

Sincerely wishing you all the very best,  
Brenda 
LPB PTO President 



CONFERENCE WEEK
Spring conferences will be held at the end of the month.  Parent/Teacher conferences will be held via zoom Tuesday, March 30th through Friday, April 2nd.  Those days are half days, with student dismissal time at 11:50am.  Please watch your email for more information.

NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK
There is no school the week of April 5th through 9th for Spring Break!!! 

HOMEWORK PACKET DISTRIBUTION DATES
Homework packet distribution has been changed to every other WEDNESDAY.  Homework packets can be picked up from 11:30am to 5:30pm on:
March 10th
March 24th

ALL-STAR THEME OF THE MONTH
The All-Star Theme of the Month is “ORGANIZATION”, which means “having materials in order, easy to reach, and prepared for the day”.  Here we go Eagles!  Let’s work on being organizational All-Stars this month!

LIBRARY NEWS FROM MS. Z
 
--March 1-5 is Read Across America Week. Click the following link to see what books and dress up opportunities are suggested.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FLVNPUHet8gv3VWgndwmzuwgscetCm1ZKmzzTbXM1Ns/edit?usp=sharing
--LP Brown will host a virtual Book Fair.  Please visit the book fair store from March 20th through April 2nd to see all of the amazing books available.
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwLsdGLCHxQgcVxlFppNFBmjBCW?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1

TECHNOLOGY HELP
If you’re experiencing struggles with technology, the Olympia School District has created a resource page to provide assistance.  Check out the page https://www.osd.wednet.edu/families/technology_resources  for more information.

MARCH  MENUS
March  Lunch Menu
https://osd.nutrislice.com/menu/lp-brown-elementary-school/lunch/2021-03-22

March  Breakfast Menu
https://osd.nutrislice.com/menu/lp-brown-elementary-school/breakfast/2021-03-22

LP Brown has qualified for a federal grant enabling ALL of our students to receive free breakfast and lunch daily, regardless of the individual child’s family income.  In order to maintain this grant for the school year, we need to have all families fill out the income survey and submit it to LP Brown.  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ogbl#search/income+survey/FMfcgxwDqfGcDLGWJBRmpKqRDCqvJFlW?projector=1&messagePartId=0.5 
 If you have not yet filled out the survey, please download  it, fill it out and return it to Mrs. Green in the office.  You can also email it directly to her at magreen@osd.wednet.edu .  

PANDEMIC EBT (P-EBT) IS BACK!
Was your child approved for free/reduced priced meals school during the 2020-21 school closure?

Eligible families will get their benefits in the mail this March, there is no need to apply. 

What do you need to do?  It’s easy - just make sure your mailing address is up to date      at your child’s school office!