I wanted to update you on a few things for the week:
Renovations and the Impact on LTES Events:
As you are aware, we are under a full HVAC renovation and our school is still an active construction site. If you drive by, you will notice the debris outside and work being done on the roof. Our interior is still very much in need of a tremendous amount of work, from the completion of ceiling tiles, major cleaning, waxing, and dusting, and the relocation/moving of furniture. We have been given support in the form of additional cleaners/movers, as well as district check-in's daily. Regardless, our school is still very much a work in progress. I say all of this to let you know, we may have to make some last minute modifications to our "Meet the Teacher" event on the morning of August 27th. I am not in a position to provide any details just yet, however we will be making decisions up until the last moment. That is how quickly things change in a day here with the workers still on site. I appreciate you understanding this is a complex process and we are doing all we can to have a presentable space to welcome you.
Many families did not return devices at the end of the 20-21 school year. We are in desperate need of these devices in order to reimage them and have them ready for students. If you have a device, please plan to deliver it to our front office between now and the start of school. Our hours are 8:00-3:00. If you need to make other arrangements for us to pick up a device, please call the office and we can note that as well. Just leave your name and phone number and we can see how to best support you. We realize transportation can be an obstacle at times.
Saturday, August 28th we will be hosting morning school tours for any new families to LTES. This includes new families who just moved or families who have never seen our school in person due to virtual learning. PTO will be sponsoring this event and it is by appointment only. We anticipate these lasting about 30 minutes total in staggered time increments to be safe and cautious. Please see the attached Google form here to reserve your spot. More details will be forthcoming on this event as we get closer to the date.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Ipp749jZ4YxW1YPW4mNY6bVQNfXFTmmOAWdUeF0yac/edit
Event will be held 10:00 until noon on August 28th outside. Please join us!
Back To School Information:
School hours are 8:45-3:15. Our doors will open daily at 8:15.
The tardy bell rings at 8:45. If your child is tardy, they must be signed in by an adult, at the officer's desk located at the entrance of our school.
Breakfast will be in the classroom for all grades.
Lunch will be in the classroom for PK3, PK4 and K. All other grades will be in the cafe.
Teachers will reach out to you with class assignments and supply lists by this Friday 8/20.
Uniforms are required Monday-Thursday each week. Fridays are casual.
Masks are required daily for all staff, students, and visitors.
Visitors-We are not allowing visitors during the school day until we see a decrease in COVID cases around the DC area. This is for the safety of our kids so we can help keep classes open.
Just a few updates since my last correspondence. We will be using multiple assigned entry points for our students to enter the building daily. *Parents will not be allowed to walk students to class starting on day one or any day thereafter.* Families will also be asked to complete a daily health screening form for their child and more direction will come on this soon. DCPS staff are now required to be vaccinated or complete weekly tests if they have opted out for a medical or religious reason. Mayor Bowser announced this will be a requirement for all government employees. This will take effect 9/19. The Mayor will be holding a mid-day press conference tomorrow for any additional updates.
After School Care and Clubs:
Flex Academies is our after-school provider and registration can be found online. We are working in collaboration with them to provide extracurricular clubs, which would begin later in September.
Kids Ride Free
Kids Ride Free Cards are available as of this Friday. Please allow 48 hours to have a card assigned and ready for pick-up. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the student's name and teacher name. Parents must sign for the card when picking it up in person.
Have a wonderful rest of your week! We are counting down the days until we see YOU.