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  • LRE Newsletter: April 21

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 4/21/2017

    Thank You Volunteers!
    Thank you so much to our families who came to the Annual Art show! We had so much fun watching the kids show off their artwork, make fun projects at the Creation Station and search for hidden items during the scavenger hunt. The amount of work our Volunteer Docents put into these projects throughout the year is amazing and the enrichment our kids get from it is priceless. What an incredible gift our school has with this program.


    Thank you to the following volunteers who made the Art Show possible:


    Amber O’Brien, Paula Wheeler, Jenn Fox, Crystal Bergman, Donna Hinkley, Katie Goodno, Shannon Meyers, Megan Duber, Carissa Diers, Emma Bowman, Markie Jones, Mrs. Heuett, Mrs. Fisher, Lacey Ezell, Pamela Schultz, and Sally Beard.


    Our parent volunteers are amazing! They saw a need for a better storage solution for our Lost and Found and they put together this wonderful cubby to help with the organization of our items that need to find their way back to their owners. It is located by the gym so when parents come pick up kids, they can check it easily.  Thanks to our awesome PTO so much for your thoughtfulness!!


    Building Reminders
    Testing Time = Quiet Zone

    Please take note of the testing schedule for our SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment) dates for our 3-5th grades. Please try to schedule absences and appointments around the testing dates. Testing begins promptly at 8:30, many students will continue after the lunch break into the afternoon. We also try to limit classroom interruptions, so late arrivals are discouraged as they can disrupt other students. Please call before 2:30 to make changes to dismissal procedures so we can send a note rather than having to call into the classroom and disrupt the testing environment. Letters went home with a card for parents to send back to leave as a positive note of encouragement for students, if you have not yet sent that back, please send it Monday morning. Also, teachers are in need of snacks and drinks for breaks for kids. Please contact your child's teacher to see what their needs may be. Thank you so much for your support!


    SBA Testing Schedule  


    Afternoon Gym Dismissal
    Please be reminded during dismissal the gym can get chaotic. Once you have paired up with your student, please exit the gym area to help facilitate other families needing to pick up their children. Doing so, will ensure the safety of all students. Please feel free to continue your conversations outside the school. Please understand that if you are asked to vacate the gym once you have picked up, it is duly for the safety of the remaining children.


    Kindergarten Orientation
    Postcards went out to families who have already registered for Kindergarten for our upcoming Kindergarten Orientation. If you have a child who is kindergarten age or have family or friends who have kids needing to register that fall in our boundries, please have them contact our office or stop by and fill out a registration packet. 
    Orientation is taking place May 2nd at 2:15. Families and future students will get to meet teachers, PTO representatives and schedule their appointment for Kindergarten Screening. We can't wait to meet you!


    Message for 5th Grade Families—

    Dear Future Mountain View Families,

    Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 9, for New Wolf Night!  Doors will open at 5:00 and the official program will start at 6:00 PM in the commons.  The evening concludes at 7:30.  

    Arrive early to meet our PTO, purchase spirit wear for your new wolf and discover how to be involved at Mountain View!  When you arrive in the commons, you will be provided a program of activities for the evening.  We are planning a fun, yet informative event for you and your 5th grade child.

    We look forward to seeing all of you on May 9!

    Curtis Hurst
    Mountain View Middle School


    District Information
    How are our schools doing? Take this survey!
    Your feedback is critical in helping our district continually improve. Please take this short, multiple-choice survey to share your perspective on the educational effectiveness of your child’s school.

    Your survey responses, along with other research and analysis, play an important part in the development of each school’s annual improvement plan, which includes goals that are specific, data-driven and measurable.

    If you have more than one child in the district, you may complete a survey for each school your children attends. Hard copies of the survey, also available in Spanish, are available at your school. 

    Thanks, in advance, for your time and participation. Survey deadline is April 28, 2017. 



    Volunteer Background Checks - Important Field Trip Information
    If you plan to attend your child’s spring field trip, please make sure you have your required background check complete. Since there are many schools taking trips this time of year, it is wise to complete your online application now. You may do so by following this link. If this is not cleared by the date of your trip, you may not attend the trip.

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  • LRE Principal Update: April 10

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 4/10/2017

    Blame it on the big fir tree at the corner of 120th and 209th at 11:30 AM on Friday afternoon.  The wind gust blew it down with multiple branches pulling down power lines that blocked the street access to our school until approximately 2:45  PM.   Power did not come on until 5:20 PM. 

    From 11:30 to dismissal,  the staff kept teaching and our students had a quality,  yet creative afternoon  despite dim emergency lighting that finally gave out around 2:30 pm.  Families, please know that when LRE has NO power, we have no generator, no phones, no intercom, no internet. Two-way radios are used, along with one dedicated phone line to access  the Sumner School District office.   LRE  office staff provided regular updates to the district office  during the power outage  to share with parents throughout the afternoon.  

    The school's updated emergency plan includes an alternative dismissal plan if buses load at the back of the playground (bottom of the hill).  Had that been the case, we were ready.   

    A special thank you to  the parents and family members who arrived prior to dismissal  to pick up students.  We appreciated your patience.  


    Annual Liberty Ridge Art Show & SBA Testing Letter Home
    Please join us for our Annual PTO Art Show and Silent Auction
    When: Tuesday, April 11st at 6:00-7:30
    Where: Liberty Ridge Elementary
    Our student's artwork will be proudly displayed  for all to see. Each class has also completed a class art project that will be auctioned with a silent auction to the highest bidder at the end of the night. All money raised during the art show will stay with the art program. 
    Water and brownie sundaes will be available for purchase

    SBA testing is starting soon. Letters with the schedule printed were sent home last week along with a card to be returned with your note of encouragement for your child. Please return this by this Friday. Thanks for your help!



    Dental Care at LRE
    Dental Day will be on Wednesday, May 31st. We will have a Registered Dental Hygenist here on that day providing dental cleanings, fluoride, and sealants. Be on the lookout for a permission slip to come home in your child's folder. They were sent home last week. Complete the permission slip and send it back to school in your child's folder or drop it off at the front office. Permission slips are due on Wednesday April 19th. If you have any questions or need another permission slip please stop by the office or contact our school nurse, Jessica Olson for more information.

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  • LRE Newsletter: March 17

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 3/17/2017

    Building News and Reminders


    What an exciting day we had today! We had a leprechaun come visit and have some fun with our kids and spread the excitement with her hijinks and greenery! We also had Grandparent's Day! We had many excited kiddos as they showed their special guests around and introduce them to friends and teachers. Should we have a similar schedule next year, we have taken notes in areas where we can improve for next year, but for the most part it went smoothly with the influx of extra people in the building during the school day in part to careful planning and team work. Thank you so much for all the hard work and preparation from our kitchen staff and to our PTO volunteers who helped direct families, assist with lunch tickets, and help in the book fair. Team work makes the dream work!

    As a reminder, elementary school procedure has been and will continue to allow students to have a cell phone at school.  The expectations are:  the cell phone is the responsibility of the student, the phone is turned off when riding to and from school on the bus, and the cell is off and kept in the student’s backpack (or other safe location) during the school day.  Phones are available in classrooms and the office for students to access, when the  need arises.  Cell phones used  during the school day without permission   will be kept in the school office and parents will be notified.   Thank you  for your understanding.

    Due to an accidental overbooking  by  the Performing  Arts Center and in order to utilize this wonderful venue for the same date,  our 2nd & 3rdgraders will perform at 5:30 PM.  Students should arrive at 5:00 PM.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding.

    What: Music and Me – 2nd and 3rd Grade Musical

    When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30 (students can arrive at 5:00)

    Where: Performing Arts Center at SHS

    Daytime Performance – Wednesday, March 22 at 2:15 in the LRE Gym

    Any questions can be directed to our music teacher at juli_mcholland@sumnersd.org


    Events and Reminders:  Conferences March 21st and 23rd
    Conferences are around the corner! Please make note that we have early dismissal on March 21st and March 23rd at 11:40 for K-5.   With only two half days for conferences, teachers will not be conferencing with all parents (as in the fall).  Teachers contact parents to schedule their respective conference day/time. We will be offering a few evening conference times from 4:30-6:30 PM on the 21st for those needing it. There will be no Thunder Eagle Club on Conference Days.

    Becoming a Love and Logic Parent:  Creating Respectful and Responsible Kids
    Raise loving, confident children
    Teach your kids how to make responsible decisions
    Have fun raising your kids!
    When: Thursdays - April 6,13,20,27 and May 4th from 6:30 to 8:00 at Liberty Ridge Elementary

    Registration is available now $25 per couple or $15 per person. If you child qualifies for free/reduced lunch and attend the Sumner School District, your class fee will be waived. 

    Childcare provided for kids 3 and up, call the Sumner/Bonney Lake Family Center to reserve your spot 253-891-6535

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  • LRE Principal Update: March 13

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 3/13/2017


    Congratulations to our Thunder Eagles who worked so hard and represented Liberty Ridge at the Sumner School District Stem fair. The following LRE kids were recognized with awards from our district judges:

    Kindergarten: Sarah G. – 3rd place “Air Pressure in a Jar”

    3rd Grade: Ava S. & Kaidynce T. – Honorable Mention  “Apple Science”

    For a complete list of award recipients, please click here.

    Field Trips & Library Fines
    We are getting ready for field trip season! If you plan on chaperoning your child’s field trip, a district background check must be completed online before you can attend the trip. Please consider completing the process now to give plenty of time for the approval process. In spring, when many schools in our district are doing their field trips, there are many applications to go through the approval process, so get it done early! Click here to start your online application.

    If you owe fines for lost library books, books will either need to be returned or have fines paid to clear student accounts. Per direction from the business department, payments will be applied to the fines first. Failure to pay library fines may result in not being able to attend the field trips. Notifications for fines have gone out in letters home and in emails from the library. If you have a question whether your students has missing materials, please contact our office and we are happy to get that information for you.

    Lost and Found!
    We have quite a few pairs of glasses in the office that have been turned in and not claimed. If your child is missing theirs, please let us know! We’d love to get these very important items to their rightful owners.

    Also, please take a look at our lost and found while you are here, we will have items out during conferences and items left unclaimed at Spring Break will be donated to charity.

    Conferences March 21st and 23rd
    Conferences are around the corner! Please make note that we have early dismissal on March 21st and March 23rd at 11:40 for K-5.   With only two half days for conferences, teachers will not be conferencing with all parents (as in the fall).  Teachers contact parents to schedule their respective conference day/time. We will be offering a few evening conference times from 4:30-6:30 PM on the 21st for those needing it. There will be no Thunder Eagle Club on Conference Days. 




    If you have questions regarding buses (late bus, questions, concerns, etc), please contact Transportation directly at 253-891-6400. They have the most up to date information as things happen in regards to these subjects and are happy to assist you with your questions. 


    District Calendar Changes
    Students in the Sumner School District lost 3 days of instruction due to weather-related school closures on February 6, 7 and 8, 2017.  The current school calendar includes 2 days for weather make-up in April and May: April 3 and May 26, 2017. 
    April 3 and May 26 are now SCHOOL DAYS for all students in grades K-12.
    In addition, the last day of school has changed from June 23 to Monday, June 26.  The last day of school, June 26, will remain a half-day early dismissal day.

    In the event of additional weather-related school closures in the current school calendar, the last day of school will be affected.


    HIV/STD Prevention Curriculum Review Night : March 14
    The district is hosting a curriculum review night for families to preview HIV/STD prevention curriculum for students in grades 4-12 and Health and Human Development materials for students in grades 4 and 5.

    The district adopted the state model, FLASH and KNOW HIV/STD Prevention, a comprehensive education curriculum widely used by districts statewide to fulfill the state's requirement for providing AIDS education to their students.

    Washington state law requires that every student receives HIV/AIDS prevention education in grades 5-12.  Because this unit covers sensitive topics, state law and district policy require that parents are provided with an opportunity to preview these lessons. 

    Prevention Curriculum Review Night 
    March 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
    Sumner High School Library Resource Center

    Curriculum will be available for preview, including videos. This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content at each grade level, preview teaching materials and ask questions about the resources used in the classroom.

    Parents wishing to exclude their child from the HIV/STD curriculum required by our state must preview this curriculum and sign an exclusion form.

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  • LRE Principal Update: Feb. 23

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 2/23/2017

    Class Picture Day Tomorrow!
    Tomorrow (Friday, February 23rd) is class picture day! In addition to the class photos, we will be offering spring portraits as well. The optional portrait will only be taken for those students who have their envelopes with them at the time of their class photo so therefore, late orders for the spring portraits cannot be accepted. All students will be in the group class photos. Also, the office cannot make change, so please plan accordingly. Please see the schedule below for your student’s picture time and make sure your student is on time to school to ensure their participation. 

    8:20 Preschool 2
    8:35 Heuett
    8:45 Ulsund
    8:55 Smith
    9:05 Andros
    9:15 Jones
    9:25 Bowen
    9:35 Storm
    9:45 Preschool 1
    10:00 Jackson
    10:10 Snelling
    10:20 Enos
    10:30 Laramore
    10:40 Young

    10:50 Bohl
    11:00 Parmley
    11:10 Wright
    11:20 Baldwin
    11:30 Pedack
    12:20 Ashley
    12:30 Hutton
    12:40 Blix
    12:50 Crosby
    1:00 Preschool 2
    1:10 Preschool 1

    District STEM Fair and Art Show
    This weekend (Saturday, February 25th) is the Sumner School District STEM Fair. Good luck to all our Liberty Ridge students who have worked so hard on their projects. We know you’ll represent LRE well and we are so proud of you! Regardless if you have done a project or not, we encourage all families to attend this free, fun event! There are fun exhibits and shows from the Pacific Science center, rockets to build, robotics and so much more!

    The Sumner School District has transformed the traditional science fair into a STEM Fair – showcasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Math activities, technology and engineering projects will be featured along with science fair projects at this annual event, and held in conjunction with the District Art Show. 

    STEM Fairs give students the opportunity to model the work of professional research scientists. Students who develop science projects learn or improve their skills in scientific method and experimentation, logical thinking and problem-solving, writing and public speaking, and advanced library research. The District STEM Fair represents first, second, and third place winners from each grade level at every school, along with two honorable mention entries. Students will present projects to science fair judges, with the top projects moving on to regional competition in March.

    The STEM Fair will be held in conjunction with the 8th annual District Art Show. This annual show celebrates the arts in Sumner School District schools with pieces of student work in various media including watercolor, oil, charcoal, colored pencil, mixed media, and ceramics on exhibit. This year the show will include digital photographs by middle and high school students.

    February 25, 2017 at Sumner Middle School from 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Secondary Projects
    9:00 – Registration Begins
    9:30-11:00 – Judging
    12:00- Awards


    Elementary Projects
    10:30 – Registration Begins
    11:30-1:30 – Judging
    2:30 - Awards

    Listing of activity and vendor booths:

    Pacific Science Center Hands-On Exhibits (Math Blasters & Blood and Guts)

    Tacoma Astronomical Society
    Boeing Geology
    Ben Franklin Arts& Crafts

    Pierce County Environmental Educators
    BHS Robotics
    SHS Science/Agricultural Club
    LMS GTT ‘Bot Competition

    Camp Invention Chess Tables
    Wolf Haven
    Hour of Code
    Math K-8 Adoption Curriculum Review
    P&J’s Waffle Delight Food Truck
    Arnold’s Happy Days Food Truck
    And more! 

    See an explosion of creative talent in this all-district science, technology, engineering, math and art event featuring science and art projects by students of all ages at the STEM Fair!

    Science Fair Project classrooms will close for a short period of time throughout the day for judging. This event is free and open to the public; all children must be accompanied by an adult.


    Parent Classes Offered at Liberty Ridge
    Parent Pep Talk Series #2
    Thursday, March 9th

    6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

    Childcare now available to children ages 3 and up for this event!

    We will be providing a Taco Bar Dinner from 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for attending families.
    6:30, adults will move into the Library to once again enjoy an interactive presentation by John Norlin, SSD Whole Child Project Administrator!
    Please RSVP by Feb. 28th and join us for another invigorating evening with John Norlin and other adults who care about kids and want them to succeed in school and in life!

    You may RSVP (by Feb. 28th) to anne_newsom@sumnersd.org, or you may return the paper sent home in folders with names and ages of children!  We are so happy to be able to extend childcare to children 3 years old and up!  Younger children will remain with parents.  When children learn to “flex the optimistic muscle” they learn to face challenges knowing they can succeed!  They know how to apply the social and academic skills they have been learning since they were very little.  They act with confidence, compassion, and individuality.

    Becoming a Love and Logic Parent
    Creating Respectful and Responsible Kids
    Raise loving, confident children
    Teach your kids how to make responsible decisions
    Have fun raising your kids!
    When: Thursdays - April 6,13,20,27 and May 4th from 6:30 to 8:00 at Liberty Ridge Elementary

    Registration is available now $25 per couple or $15 per person. If you child qualifies for free/reduced lunch and attend the Sumner School District, your class fee will be waived. 

    Childcare provided for kids 3 and up, call the Sumner/Bonney Lake Family Center to reserve your spot 253-891-6535


    Skate Night
    Monday. February 27th is Skate Night from 6:00-8:00. PTO would like to spread the word that the theme is “Color wars” between the grades.  Look in your child’s folder for more information!

    Preschool – Yellow
    Kindergarten- Green
    1st Grade – Red
    2nd – Blue
    3rd- Purple
    4th- Pink
    5th - Orange

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  • LRE Principal's Update: Feb. 9

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 2/9/2017

    It's Good to Be Back in School


    It was great to see our students return to school on regular schedule today. We understand the last 3 days may have been inconvenient for many of our families and appreciate their understanding and support.


    We also take this opportunity to thank the Sumner School District M&O staff for their tireless efforts to address the volume of snow that accumulated, especially for the Bonney Lake area schools.


    We once again remind parents when driving into the school parking lot before and after school to drive slowly and be courteous. We have requested in weeks past that a Pierce County Deputy to be present to monitor. However, they have been able to assist periodically. We have reminded parents in multiple community emails since school began that everyone is responsible for student safety. There are 6 adults on duty every morning covering the following areas: crosswalk, parent drop off at the sidewalk, bus zone, and parking lot. They have their safety flags and have stopped many parents to remind them to slow down. 


    The street leading to the school, 209th, is a county road and school speed limit of 20 MPH applies when children are present.


    Please report any safety violations to our office as soon as possible. 

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  • LRE Newsletter: Jan. 27

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 1/27/2017

    Fun Events at Liberty Ridge

    This week we had a lot of celebrations and fun at LRE. We had a very special visitor to celebrate our kids who met goals for the fundraiser. Following his meet and greet, he joined us for our leadership assembly where he got a lot of laughs from everyone in attendance.  It was a lot of fun! Thanks PTO for arranging this special event for us!


    We also had a wonderful assembly today brought to us by your PTO. Tears of Joy Puppet Theater came and performed 2 shows for our students and staff. They presented “The Toad Prince” which was a Beauty and The Beast story set in China. The response from kids was amazing and we thank our PTO for this enrichment to our curriculum and exposure to another form of the arts. The sound of laughter down the halls during the performances was truly joyus to hear!

    Building Notifications

    Our library team has been working very hard to keep on top of our missing books. Those that have late fines have been informed via email and notes home. You can also check any fines on your student’s account in Family Access. If you have fines attached to your student’s account, once books are returned, the fines are removed.

    Please look around for any items needing to be returned. Assessed fines will remain on your student’s account and can follow them through their school career until they are paid. This spring, when we start taking money for field trips, we are obligated to apply payments to the fines first. Thank you for helping us keep our library full of books for all to enjoy by returning late books or paying fines so that lost or damaged items can be replaced.


    Title Night

    Last night we had our first Title One parent event of the year. The Parent Pep Talk was given by John Norlin to a very engaged group of parents. A lot of positive reviews were given by parents at the end and are very much looking forward to future installments.

    Thanks to Anne Newsom, our Title 1 coordinator for organizing the event and to our paras, Deb Hansen, Donna Schwartz and Joann Parker for overseeing the childcare in the gym so parents could listen to our speaker worry free! A special thank you to the young ladies of Sumner Rainbow for giving their time to assist the paras in the gym to actively engage in activity stations with our students. 


    Maintenence and Child Nutrition News

    Winter Parking Lot Paths

    When the roads and parking lots are icy, please take note of the pathway illustrated below when pathways are de-iced. Thanks for helping keep staff, students and guests safe while walking this winter!


    Did you know?

    You can have school lunch menus at your fingertips by going to the App Store?  “My School Lunch Menus” will allow you to see the elementary menus for the day as well as all the nutrition facts for the offerings.  The menu is also available on the district website as well.

    We have continued to offer the free dinner program at LRE. Dinner is free for anyone 18 and under. Adults pay $4.25. Hours for the program are 5:00-5:45 for dinner service Monday through Thursday. Friday is 4:30-5:15.


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  • LRE Newsletter: Jan. 13

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 1/13/2017

    Extra-Curricular Activities at LRE

    We are so lucky to have extra clubs and activities for our students at Liberty Ridge. Thank you to the following staff members for adding to their daily instructional responsibilities extra- curricular activities for their students. We appreciate you and your support for our students:

    Megan Thibodeau, Jarah Snelling, Kasey Yanusevich, Christy Fisher, Juli McHolland, Don Weber, Linda Johnson, Connie Haines,

    Stacy Jackson, Robin Luce, Kris Fox, Chari Wright, Michael Baldwin, Katie Laramore, Allison Elliott, Kelly Adcox, Deidra Enos, and Natalie Parmley.


    An Update on the Science Club

    This Tuesday was the first meeting of our Science Club with Mrs. Snelling and Mrs. Thibodeau. Thank you to our parents for being prompt in picking up your child. Our future “scientists” are excited to begin working on their STEM fair projects and we are so pleased to be able to offer them support to make their STEM projects as successful as possible. If your child is interested in STEM Fair, please email our fair coordinator, Megan Thibodeau. She and Jarah Snelling are also running the Science club together to help support those students actively working on their STEM fair projects. Thanks to these ladies for their hard work!


    Battling the Flu Bug

    As you have probably read in the news, Pierce County is experiencing a very high occurrence of flu. You can help prevent the spread of flu by reinforcing good hand washing habits with your kids and by keeping your kids home when they exhibit signs of flu such as fever. District guidelines state kids must be fever free for 24 hours without medication and without physical stomach symptoms for 24 hours. Our Staff is vigilant in wiping surfaces each day.

    Thank you for calling in absences in first thing in the morning, it is a huge time saver for our office.


    Parent Pep Talk Series

    THE MENTAL SKILLS YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE is a series of Parent Pep Talk presentations to assist families in their quest to raise well-rounded, socially capable, motivated, and compassionate world citizens.  Topics include:

    • Teach your child to self-motivate.
    • Teach your child how to flex the optimistic muscles.
    • Teach your child how to have the right mindset.


     John Norlin is the Sumner School District’s Whole-Child Program Administrator. More than that, he is a gem of a leader to whom we have access. His presentation style is engaging and interactive.  John is an advocate for our growing young people and the adults dedicated to guiding them.

    Come enjoy time with John Norlin and our community of Liberty Ridge Elementary families on Thursday, January 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.  A delicious spaghetti dinner will be served from 6:00 to 6:30.  Childcare, for children 3 years old and up, will begin at 6:30 in the gym so that adults may proceed to the library for John’s presentation.


    PLEASE RSVP to Anne_Newsom@sumnersd.org

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  • LRE Newsletter: Nov. 18

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 11/18/2016

    This Week at Liberty Ridge

    We had a successful conference week at Liberty Ridge! We had over 435 conferences held over the last few days! Thank you to all of our parents who made these meetings a priority to make those important connections with teachers. We really appreciate it. We also saw a significant decrease in the size of our Lost and Found during conferences, so it was nice to see that so many items made their way home. Items left at LRE by Thanksgiving break will be donated to charity.


    Our third grade classes also got some special visitors on Wednesday from our local Rotary chapter. Each of our third grade students were all gifted a student dictionary to use at home. Thanks so much to Rotary for this generous gift! These will be very helpful for these students for years to come.


    Our nurse Jessica was busy this week wrapping up hearing and vision screenings as well as fitting some of our students with jackets generously donated by our firefighters. As it gets cold, please remember to remind kids to dress accordingly!


    As you can see, we have so much to be thankful for at our school as we move into Thanksgiving weekend. We hope that you take the time to have a restful holiday next week with your families and enjoy your kiddos as they have an extended weekend with the Elementary school closure on November 23rd to allow for grading day as well as the closure for Thanksgiving on the 24th and 25th


    Military Family Verification in Family Access


    Each year the district is required by Washington state to survey our families as to whether or not they are currently active in the US Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves.  This information is used to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents.

    The survey must be completed for each child attending a school within the district.  When accessing your child's information in Family Access, please verify military family affiliation if appropriate. 


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  • LRE Newsletter: Oct. 14

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 10/14/2016

    Celebrations at Liberty Ridge

    On October 4th, we had our annual Watch D.O.G.S. Dad’s event and it was held with a great deal of enthusiasm. We had 63 dads attend the event and processed over 20 background checks that night alone! The sign up calendar was shared out to all the dads who expressed interest in signing up for a day. If you would like to be added to this group, please let our office know and we can add you to the distribution list.  Thanks to our Top Dog, Doug Goodin, for helping facilitate these amazing dads and being our leader for this worthy group of gentleman.



    School Safety is Top Priority at Liberty Ridge

    School safety has and will continue to stay at the forefront of Liberty Ridge. Our entire staff recently participated in extensive training facilitated by Pierce County Deputy Scott Brown. The focus of the training was how to respond to situations in which there may be an intruder in our building and/or related emergency scenarios. We are the first school in our district to implement this extensive and critical training. Thank you so much to Deputy Brown and James Jacques from East Pierce Fire and Rescue for becoming “extended” members of the Liberty Ridge staff. Both of these professionals have committed to be ongoing resources and will provide support to our staff and students.  

    Speaking of safety in general, as we watch the recent news and read social media, we are all reminded how important it is to communicate and care for each other. Please know that collectively LRE staff, as well as the Sumner School District, will continue to be attentive in reporting unusual or suspicious activity as are schools across this district and the state.  With so many safety alerts in the forefront, we want to continue to assure our students and families that our school experience is positive and Liberty Ridge is a safe place to be.

    Important Building News

    Communication is Important!

    We hope you are enjoying this electronic version of our school newsletter. In an effort to make sure all of our students are receiving communications, we have paper copies available in the office. We try to communicate bi-weekly. If you know of a family who is not receiving the emails, please encourage them to pick that up in our office. Thanks for helping us improve communication to our families!


    Lost and Found 

    Please come by and check out our Lost and Found! We have a ton of items that are needing to find their way home. 



    Fall Festivities at Liberty Ridge

    With Halloween and our PTO fall carnival, Halloween Fest, around the corner, we just want to make sure we are all on the same page regarding costumes. Traditionally at Liberty Ridge, costumes are not allowed to be worn at school on Halloween day or on the school day of Halloween Fest on October 25th. Costumes may be worn to the PTO evening event on October 25th for Halloween Fest. No masks or simulated weapons will be allowed to this event. Look in your folders for communication from PTO regarding that event soon. 


    Kindergarten Highly Capable Services Referral Period:  Oct. 11-25

    Do you know a kindergarten student who performs at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with other kindergartners?  Consider referring them for Sumner School District’s Highly Capable Services.Characteristics of Highly Capable learners could include:

    • Analytical thinker
    • Accelerated learner
    • Advanced language speaker
    • Self-motivated

    Referral packet and forms are available at www.sumnersd.org.  


    From Our District Nurse

    As we are approaching Halloween, it is a good reminder of the presence of food allergies in our schools. This time of year is especially scary for parents of students with life threatening food allergies. Please be aware of the food allergies in your student’s classrooms and try to avoid bringing in those allergens. We know that sometimes it is unavoidable for students to bring those such foods in their lunches but we want to raise awareness to the allergens. Some important reminders to students and parents are:

    • Keep our friends safe by knowing the food allergies in the classroom and trying to refrain from bringing them
    • Avoid food sharing, we only want students eating food that is theirs not their neighbors
    • Emphasize good handwashing with soap and water anytime food is consumed, this not only washes away potential food allergens but decreases the spread of illness

    Thank you for your efforts to keep all students safe!

    Katrina Thompson RN


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