Hello! 

   I hope the beginning of the school year has been a good one for you and your child.  Our students came back to school ready to learn!!  Thank you for helping to make your child’s transition back to school a smooth one.  Once again, our theme is “Team Lewis”.  We welcome you to our Team and know that for a team to be successful, each member must make positive contributions.  

  Our Vision here at Lewis Elementary is “Every Child, Every Day” and our Mission is to challenge the entire Lewis community to reach their fullest potential every day.  As both our Vision and Mission denote, we are committed to helping each individual reach their fullest potential and with your support and assistance, this will become a reality! 

  I hope that you have already found a place of service on Team Lewis.  If not, I encourage you to become an active member of our Team by first joining our PTSA (only $5  per member) and then finding a place to plug in to our school community.  Feel free to have lunch with your child, volunteer in the classroom or media center, become a Watch D.O.G. (Dads of Great Students), and look for other opportunities to support our school.  You are a key component in your child’s education.  Hats off to our PTSA Board under the leadership of Co Presidents Sacha  Sigler and Cami Lemr. They have been busy all summer planning for our students and staff. 

   Please help us instill in your child the importance of school by helping them be here everyday and by being on time everyday.  Attendance is a part of the new CCRPI score in which schools are rated.  If your child is absent 6 or more days (even for sickness), it counts against our school’s rating!   Please help us with this crucial component of CCRPI and avoid scheduling vacations during the school year.  Students will have a 1 week break in September and February in addition to the traditional breaks in November, December, and April.  Again, pleased avoid scheduling vacations during the school year.  Also, if you check out your child before 11:15 a.m. or check in your child after 11:15 a.m. he/she will be counted absent.  Please keep this in mind when scheduling routine doctor’s or dentist’s appointments.

  Hopefully, your child has told you about our school-wide positive discipline system?  If not, ask your child about it, and ask them what color they ended on for the day!  Our system EBIS (“Everyone Behaves at School” is a positive, proactive approach to discipline and a way to model/develop respectful, responsible, role model students.  This model is based on kindness and firmness, dignity and mutual respect through establishing and building positive relationships with students. This approach focuses on the school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students while creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn. We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, students excel.      

  We want our students to be STARs… Students That Are Respectful, Responsible and Role models!  We are making that happen by holding regularly scheduled classroom meetings.  These meetings establish what the desired behaviors are and what they look like.  The meetings include a time for students to share but also include the lifelong guidelines of trustworthiness, truthfulness, active listening, cooperation and personal best.  Each morning our students recite our Lewis School Pledge: “As a student at Lewis Elementary School, I will be respectful to myself and others.  I will be responsible for my behavior and be a role model everywhere I go!”

  In next month’s Lion’s Roar, I will be sharing our School Strategic Plan goals and strategies.  I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming restaurant nights, Bingo Night, and other school events.  Please call on me if I can be of assistance to you or your child.

Yours in Education,

Kristi Kee

Principal

Angela Lumsden , Assistant Principal

Randy Smith, Administrative Intern