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  • Principal Update - Sept. 22

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 9/22/2017

    Thunder Eagle Families,

     

    It has been an amazing 3rd week of school.  Students are settling into the routine of being back at school.  This week and next, students at Liberty Ridge are completing beginning of the year reading assessments.  The information we gain from these assessments will help us to best serve our students reading needs.  Please support your child’s reading growth by reading with, or having them read nightly.  

     

    Mr. Gould and I did our weekly SOAR ticket drawing on Wednesdayafternoon.  Students won the following prizes: principal’s chair for a week, helping the principal, lunch with a friend, a Liberty Ridge t-shirt, and an extra recess.  We are proud of our Thunder Eagles for all of their hard work in meeting our SOAR expectations.  Learning these characteristics will help our students in all areas of life.  

     

    Remember SOAR stands for:

    S-Safe Choices

    O-Ownership of Actions

    A-Achieve Excellence

    R-Respectful Behavior


    I have been able to get into many classrooms this week to read a short story to our students.  The book I have been reading is: A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.  I thoroughly enjoy seeing the great things going on in all classrooms at Liberty Ridge.  What a fine, fine school we have!

     
      
     
     
     
        

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke
     
     

    September is Attendance Awareness Month 

    Please talk to your children about the importance of being at school everyday as well as being on time for school.  Missing school can greatly impact your child’s education.  From the website National Center for Education Statistics:

    Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success, but chronic student absence reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance.

    Thank you for partnering with Liberty Ridge to promote successful attendance!

     

    First PTO Meeting of the Year

    Our first PTO meeting of the school year is this Wednesday at 3:20 in the Liberty Ridge Library.  Please join us.  PTO supports our school in many different ways, they are always looking for more helping hands.  Some of the ways PTO helps our school are: popcorn days, Fall Fest, fundraising, volunteer coordinating, Book Fairs and so much more!
     
     

    Free Dinners At Liberty Ridge

    Did you know that LRE hosts free dinners Monday through Friday?

    Kids 18 and under eat free and adults are $4.25.

     

    Monday -Thursday 5:15-5:45

    Friday 4:45-5:15

    We’d love to have you join us!

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 15

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 9/15/2017
    Thunder Eagle Families,

    What a great week it has been at Liberty Ridge!  Students are back in the swing of school.  We welcomed kindergarteners this week and are so happy that they have joined our school.  On Wednesday we awarded students for receiving SOAR tickets. Both primary students and intermediate students had the chance to have their name drawn to win:

    • The principal’s chair for a week.  

    • A Liberty Ridge T Shirt.

    • A 15 minute recess for their class.

    • The opportunity to have a friend come for lunch.  

    • The opportunity to help Mrs. Hardtke or Mr. Gould for 30 minutes.

    Students earn SOAR tickets for following our Liberty RIdge SOAR expectations.  

    S-Safe Choices 

    O-Ownership of Actions 

    A-Achieve Excellence

    R-Respect for All

    Thanks for supporting these expectations at home as well.  

     

    The Sumner School District has the goal of 100% graduation for ALL students.  Here at Liberty Ridge we have the same goal.  We strive to prepare every child for career or college.  When you are at the school, please stop by and see our “Turning the Tassel Together” bulletin board.  Staff from Liberty Ridge have their high school diplomas displayed as well as a graduation picture.  We want our students to see what an amazing accomplishment graduating from high school is.

     


    Morning Meeting Reminders

     
    Please remember parents are welcome at morning meeting. At the end of morning meeting, please say goodbye to your student in the gym so they can head to class with their teacher and be ready to learn.
     
    Thank you to Mr. Gould for leading such a great morning meeting! 
     
     
     
     
     
      
     
     
     
        

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke
     
     
    School Picture Day is coming next week on Thursday, September 21st. Packets were sent home last week, but if you need another one, we have more in the office. Please note, the office and photographers cannot make change for your pictures, so please send correct change in your student's envelope on picture day should you decide to send cash. Checks should be made out to Dorian Studio. Online payments are also available by following instructions on the envelope. 
     
    Below you will find the picture schedule. Please note, if you are planning on volunteering this year at Liberty Ridge, you can come have your photo taken and a volunteer badge will be made for you! They will be dispensed once we have confirmed background checks have been complete. You may update your volunteer check by following this link on the district website
     
     

    8:10--- Volunteers can come get pics

    8:15

    Preschool 2

    8:30

    Preschool 1

    8:45

    Jackson

    8:55

    Snelling

    9:00

    Laramore

    9:10

    Preschool 3

    9:20

    Smith

    9:30

    Morales

    9:40

    Heuett

    9:50

    Storm

    10:00

    Classon

    10:10

    Rothschiller

    10:20

    Andros

    10:30

    Ashley

    10:45

    Swope

    10:55

    Hutton

    11:05

    Enos

    11:15

    Pedack

    11:25

    Jones

    11:30

    Young

    11:50-12:25

    Lunch break

    12:25

    Hunsicker

    12:35

    Preschool 2

    12:45

    Preschool 1

    12:55

    Bills

    1:05

    Wright

    1:15

    Baldwin

    1:25

    Parmley

    1:35

    Volunteers/extra staff, etc

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 8

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 9/8/2017

    Thunder Eagle Families,

     

    Thank you for a wonderful first week of school.  Thanks to all families for supporting your student as they transitioned back to school this week.  We at Liberty Ridge appreciate our partnership with you!  I am very appreciative of our LRE staff as well, they did an amazing job of keeping students safe, teaching expectations, creating community, and making everyone feel welcome.  Below are a few updates:

     

    Playworks at Recess:
     

    This school year, Liberty Ridge is implementing a new recess program that creates a place for every student on the playground to feel included, be active and build valuable social and emotional skills.

     

    The Sumner School District has partnered with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that all of its elementary schools continue to offer safe, fun and healthy play with a focus on positive student engagement and reduced negative incidences.

     

    So, what’s different? Liberty Ridge’s  recess team will choose from hundreds of games that promote inclusion while applying group management techniques that teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. Students will enjoy the familiarity of traditional games such as 4 Square, Tag and Jump Rope, but with variations designed to create inclusive and positive experiences.

     

    Research shows that positive and active play helps:

     

    • Improve students’ behavior and attitude toward school

     

    • Foster more empathetic kids

     

    • Develop more engaged and productive citizens

     

    While this new recess program is a valuable experience for students, we recognize it might not be a fit for everyone. We will continue to offer options for play outside of organized activities.

     


    Arrival/Dismissal:
     

    Our new arrival drop off process is going well.  Thank you for being patient as we get all of the bugs worked out of our new system.  Student safety is our top priority!

     

    Servant Leader Traits and Habits of Mind at Liberty Ridge:
     

    Don’t forget that the September Servant Leader Trait is commitment.  Our Habit of Mind is persisting.   We value your support in discussing these traits with your child/children.  By working together we can ensure 100% graduation for all Liberty Ridge students!

     

     
      
     
     
     
        

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke
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  • Principal Update - Sept. 6

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 9/6/2017
    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    Today was a great start to our school year.  Students spent their time today having fun with their teachers and friends.   Every classroom spent time reviewing our SOAR expectations.  We will spend time tomorrow and Friday going over school wide SOAR expectations during our Great Expectation Stations.  We appreciate you reinforcing this at home!


    S-Safe Choices

    O-Owned Actions

    A-Achieve Excellence

    R-Respectful Behavior


    Student Drop Off Clarifications:

    Thank you for following our new drop off procedures so well today!  I can tell we are going to keep students safer with this new system.  Please remember that if you are dropping your student off you should be in the lane closest to the curb, on the right hand side.  If you are parking and walking your child in you should be in the lane on the left hand side.  Please have your children exit the car on the passenger side-this is important to remember to keep our kids safe.  I know that each and every day our drop off will go smoother.  Thanks for support us.  


    Morning Meeting:

    Mr. Gould, our assistant principal, led morning meeting this morning and he was so impressed by our AMAZING Thunder Eagles!  Many parents attended morning meeting today.  Remember that you are welcome to attend morning meeting, but please say goodbye to your student at the end of morning meeting and send them off to class for a great day of learning!


    Request from the Office:

    If you are calling to make a change in regular dismissal procedure we need that before 2:30 to ensure accuracy of the message.  Thank so much!

     
      
     
     
     
        

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke
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  • Principal Update - Sept. 5

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 9/5/2017

    Procedure Reminders

    First Day Tomorrow:

    Our staff is looking forward to a great start tomorrow.  Please remember tomorrow is Wednesday Late Start.  Doors open at 9:30 for breakfast and9:45 for morning meeting in the gym, school starts at 10:00.  We are off to a great year and look forward to partnering with you!

     

    Morning Meeting Tomorrow:

    We will be having morning meeting in the gym tomorrow.  When students arrive at school they are to go straight to morning meeting, unless they are getting breakfast.  This is a change from the communication I sent last week.  

     

    Arrival/Dismissal:

    Our top priority is keeping all students safe, for this reason we have made a few changes to our arrival and dismissal procedures.  If you are driving your child to school please either park in the lot and walk them into the gym for morning meeting OR wait in the car drop off line.  If you are waiting in the drop off line please do not let your child out until an adult from the school opens the car door to help them exit.  In the afternoon we ask that if you are picking your child up from school you come to the gym to get them.  Once you have gotten your child/children please head outside right away so that we can cut down on congestion in the gym.  Kindergarteners will be dismissed from classrooms.  Thank you for your help with this!

     

    Kindergarten First Day:

    September 11th is the first day of kindergarten at Liberty Ridge Elementary.  Parents are welcome to walk students to class on this day.  Students will meet in the gym for morning meeting starting on Tuesday, September 12th.  Parents are welcome to stay in the gym for morning meeting and say goodbye from there.

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 1

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 9/1/2017

    Wonderful Time at Back to School BBQ

    Thank you to all families that attended our Back to School BBQ.  I saw many smiles on students and teachers alike.  My highlight of the night was getting to meet Liberty Ridge students and their families. I appreciate all of the parents that filled out their volunteer application in the library.   We appreciate all of our volunteers, please remember to update your application if you haven't.  I am thankful to our teachers who welcomed students and made them feel comfortable in their new classrooms.   PTO deserves a big thank you for the work they put in selling spirit wear and doing art projects with our students.  


    School Procedures

    Arrival/Dismissal:

     

    Our top priority is keeping all students safe, for this reason we have made a few changes to our arrival and dismissal procedures.  If you are driving your child to school please either park in the lot and walk them into the gym for morning meeting OR wait in the car drop off line.  If you are waiting in the drop off line please do not let your child out until an adult from the school opens the car door to help them exit.  In the afternoon we ask that if you are picking your child up from school you come to the gym to get them.  Once you have gotten your child/children please head outside right away so that we can cut down on congestion in the gym.  Kindergarteners will be dismissed from classrooms.  Thank you for your help with this!

     

    Morning Meeting:

    Please put a book in your child’s backpack so they have something to read at morning meeting.  Remember we do not have morning meeting on Wednesdays, on the first day of school kids will walk directly to class when they arrive at school.  Please remember if you are bringing your child to morning meeting we would like you to say goodbye at the end of the morning meeting.  Parents should not be walking students to class as this can be a distraction to learning.  Thank you for supporting the teaching and learning taking place at our school!

     

    Starting Times and Dismissal Times 

    8:00 Doors open for breakfast (9:30 on Wednesdays)

    8:15 Doors open for gym drop off (9:45 Wednesdays)- head to morning meeting

    8:25 Late Bell (10:00 Wednesdays)

    3:10 Dismissal

    Please help us by dropping your kids off at the appropriate time. Early drop offs cannot be accomodated due to lack of supervision. 


    Building Happenings

     

     

    Servant Leader Traits and Habits of Mind at Liberty Ridge:

    Don’t forget that the September Servant Leader Trait is commitment.  Our Habit of Mind is persisting.   We value your support in discussing these traits with your child/children. By working together we can ensure 100% graduation for all Liberty Ridge students!

     

    Kindergarten Family Connections:

    September 6th, 7th, and 8th are kindergarten family connection meetings.  Please call the office at 253-891-4800 if you need to verify your kindergarten family connections date and time.   

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  • Principal Update - Aug. 29

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 8/29/2017

    Hello Thunder Eagle Families,

    What an exciting time of year with the start of school just around the corner!  Liberty Ridge staff have been busy getting ready for students return.  We look forward to a wonderful year ahead!  Here are a few important updates:

     

    Back to School BBQ:

    Please make sure to attend our Back to School BBQ this Wednesday August, 30th.  The BBQ will run from 5:00-7:00pm.  Teachers will be in classrooms the entire time.  You are welcome to visit your child’s classroom, drop off school supplies, and join us for a tasty meal.   If you plan to volunteer this year you can stop by the library and fill out an online volunteer application.  Our PTO will be selling Liberty Ridge shirts and answering any questions you may have about PTO.  Hope to see you on Wednesday!

     


    Arrival/Dismissal and Morning Meeting Expectations

    Arrival/Dismissal:

    Our top priority is keeping all students safe, for this reason we have made a few changes to our arrival and dismissal procedures.  If you are driving your child to school please either park in the lot and walk them into the gym for morning meeting OR wait in the car drop off line.  If you are waiting in the drop off line please do not let your child out until an adult from the school opens the car door to help them exit.  In the afternoon we ask that if you are picking your child up from school you come to the gym to get them.  Once you have gotten your child/children please head outside right away so that we can cut down on congestion in the gym.  Kindergarteners will be dismissed from classrooms.  Thank you for your help with this!

     

    Morning Meeting:

    Our students start the school day at morning meeting in the gym every day except Wednesday, on Wednesdays they walk straight to class.  When students arrive in the gym for morning meeting they are invited to read quietly until the meeting starts.  If you’d like to put a book in your child’s backpack for them to read at morning meeting that would be a great help.  Parents are welcome to attend morning meeting, we ask that you say goodbye at morning meeting.  Parents should not be walking students to class as this can be a distraction to learning.  Thank you for supporting the teaching and learning taking place at our school!

     

    Please be reminded of the following bell schedule, late arrivals and early pick ups should be avoided as they disrupt the learning process for late arriving students as well as those already in class. 

    Breakfast Arrival 8:00

    Doors open for non-breakfast eaters 8:15

    School Start Time 8:25 (Late Bell)

    Wednesday Late Start:

    Breakfast Arrival Late Start 9:30

    Doors open for non-breakfast eaters 9:45

    Wednesday Late Start time  - 10:00 (Late Bell)

     

    School Dismissal 3:10

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    Servant Leader Traits and Habits of Mind at Liberty Ridge

    Our goal at Liberty Ridge is to provide students with skills to make them successful in life.  We work hard to make sure that they are academically prepared, but we also want to prepare their hearts.  Each month we focus on a Servant Leader Trait and a Habit of Mind to prepare our students to grow into wonderful young adults.  In September our Servant Leader Trait is commitment.  Our Habit of Mind is persisting.  What great traits to start off our school year!  Remember, you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  Please encourage your child/children to commit to working hard and persist in their work at Liberty Ridge this year.  By working together we can ensure 100% graduation for all Liberty Ridge students!

     

    Liberty Ridge Facebook Page:

    Please “like” our facebook page.  We are working hard on keeping it updated with all of the amazing things going on here at LRE!


    I'd also like to invite you to morning coffee on September 15th at 7:00 to get to know our prinicpal, Mrs. Hardtke. We will be making this a recurring event, so be on the lookout for these in the future!

     

    Your Partner,

    Julana Hardtke

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  • Principal Update - Aug. 8, 2017

    Posted by Julana Hardtke at 8/8/2017

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

     

    My name is Julana Hardtke and I am thrilled to be the principal at Liberty Ridge!  I have worked in the Sumner School District for 16 years as a teacher, reading specialist, dean of students and now as a principal.  I live in Edgewood with my husband and two sons who are 9 and 6 years old. 

    I hope you have had a chance to enjoy summer and are ready to get back into the mode of school after some rest and relaxation.  I know what a great school Liberty Ridge is and I am certain that great things will happen this year!  You are the first and most important teacher of your children.  I look forward to working in a close partnership with you during your child’s time at Liberty Ridge.  We can do great things by working together!

     

    New Staff

    I am happy to announce that we have added some staff members that are excited to join the team we have at Liberty Ridge.  Please help me welcome the following staff members: 

    Corey Gould, Vice Principal
    Gracie Claussen, Kindergarten
    Chelsie Rothschiller, Kindergarten 
    Virginia Morales, 1st Grade
    Bree Swope, 1st Grade  
    Amanda Bills, 3rd Grade
    Peggy Hunsicker, 3rd Grade  
    Christa Duncan, Learning Specialist
    Juliet Rosales-Barton, Learning Specialist
    Jessica Vest, Psychologist
    Melody Dacorsi, Family Behavior Support Specialist
    Rachel Berry, Paraeducator

     

    Student Placement

    A great deal of time, effort and thought have gone into the student placement process for the 2017-2018 school year.  Our staff has worked as a team to balance classrooms academically and socially.  Our class lists are structured to provide optimum learning experiences for all students.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances.  You will soon be receiving a postcard in the mail with the name of your child’s teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    • August 21st, 3:00-6:00 Back to School Event at Sumner High School  (free backpacks, school supplies, and immunizations-bring immunization record)

    • August 30th,  5:00-7:00 Back to School BBQ at Liberty Ridge

    • September 6th -  First Day of School, school starts at 10:00am for Wednesday Late Start

    • September 11th -  Kindergarten First Day of School

     

    Bell Schedule

    MondayTuesdayThursdayFriday

    Wednesday

    8:25 start of school day

    3:10 end of school day

    10:00 start of school day

    3:10 end of school day

     

    Thank you!

    Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Liberty Ridge remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.  Feel free to contact me anytime at julana_hardtke@sumnersd.org or (253) 891-4800.  

     

    Warmest Regards,           

    Julana Hardtke

    Principal

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