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  • Principal Update - Jan. 11

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 1/11/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    What a great week back it has been, our students and staff came back ready to make 2019 AMAZING!  This week we focused on reviewing expectations with students. On Tuesday, our recess supervisors were able to review recess expectations with all classrooms.  Today, staff reviewed our SOAR expectations with students for all of the different locations in the school. Students were reminded of SOAR expectations in the hallways, restrooms, office, cafeteria, morning meeting, and of course in the classroom.  SOAR stands for: Safe Choices, Owning our Actions, Achieving Excellence, and Respectful Behavior. Please take a minute to ask your child/children what SOAR expectations mean to them and how they show these at LRE!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


     

    STEM Fair Project Packets Now Available

    Does your child want to model the work of professional research scientists? We’re looking for students to develop projects for the District STEM Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School.


    Students can choose to enter one of the following types of projects with one project per student:


    If your child chooses to participate, please register their project.  


    For more information or to volunteer for the STEM Fair, email Patti O'Malley or go towww.sumnersd.org/STEM.

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    2019-20 Attendance Waiver Application Window:  Dec. 10 - Jan. 23

    All waiver applications for the 2019-20 school year must be submitted between Dec. 10, 2018  and Jan. 23, 2019 for optimal consideration. Waiver applications submitted after Jan. 23, 2019, may be considered if it has been determined that grade level and building capacity allow.


    In-District Waivers: Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school for the 2019-20 school year must complete the Intra-District (in-district) Waiver Application.  In-District Waiver Applications are not required each year for continued attendance unless transitioning to another school. (Example: Elementary to Middle School or Middle School to High School.)


    Out-of-District Waivers: For students residing outside of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District attendance boundaries, an Inter-District (out-of-district) Waiver Application is required. A Choice Transfer Request (Release of Attendance form) from the resident district is also required with the Out-of-District Waiver Application. Out-of-District Waiver Applications are required each year for continued attendance.


    Online applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available Dec. 10, 2018. Visit theAttendance Waiver Webpage for timelines and information.

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    All District Highly Capable Referral Period:  Jan. 7-18

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for highly capable services by submitting a referral packetJan. 7-18.  

    Learning characteristics could include:

    * Analytical thinker

    * Accelerated learner

    * Advanced language speaker

    * Self-motivated

    The identification of students who are among the most highly capable is done by testing their cognitive ability, academic abilities and academic achievement levels.  To learn more about highly capable services, attend the Parent Information Night on Jan. 15 at Lakeridge Middle School from 6-7 p.m.

    The District will notify families with testing times by Feb. 15.

    For more information, contact Chris Anderson at (253) 891-6061 or visit www.sumnersd.org/hicap.
     
     

     

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Jan. 4

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 1/4/2019

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    I hope you have enjoyed the winter break with your family.  Our staff at Liberty Ridge are looking forward to returning to school on Monday, we can’t wait to see all of our students and hear about their adventures over the break.  As I reflect on the new year and all that comes with it, I am incredibly thankful for our students, families and staff at LRE. As we begin 2019 together, it is more important than ever that we keep our school vision in the forefront of all we do.  Our vision statement at Liberty Ridge is: Together We Succeed; No Exceptions, No Excuses! At Liberty Ridge we have high expectations of all students and want them to achieve their very best everyday. We appreciate all of the Liberty Ridge families, as well as our greater community for working together for student success.  As you prepare your child/children to return to school, please remind them that we expect their best everyday. You can even work with your child/children to set a goal for the remainder of the school year. We did this in my house and my kids came up with goals like: I will do my homework without being asked, and I will give my best effort in school everyday.  You would be amazed at how much setting a simple goal with your child can help their academic success. We appreciate you partnering with us-together we will succeed! Happy New Year!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

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    STEM Fair Project Packets Now Available

    Does your child want to model the work of professional research scientists? We’re looking for students to develop projects for the District STEM Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School.

    Students can choose to enter one of the following types of projects with one project per student:

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Dec. 21

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 12/21/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    This week has been fun filled here at LRE!  From our spirit days to our Holiday and Lego events to our sing along assembly we have been busy enjoying our last school week of 2018.  A special thank you to our staff, families, PTO and students for making this such a memorable week!

    During winter break please make sure to have your child continue to read each day.  They should be reading for 30 minutes every day. This will help them to retain their skills over the long two week break.  

    Have a wonderful winter break, enjoy the extra time with your kids.  

     

    From all of us here at Liberty Ridge, Happy Holidays!

    Thank you to Markie Jones for taking our festive photo last week!

    Julana Hardke

     





    STEM Fair Project Packets Now Available

    Does your child want to model the work of professional research scientists? We’re looking for students to develop projects for the District STEM Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School.

    Students can choose to enter one of the following types of projects with one project per student:


    If your child chooses to participate, please register their project.  

    For more information or to volunteer for the STEM Fair, email Patti O'Malley or go to www.sumnersd.org/STEM.

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    2019-20 Attendance Waiver Application Window:  Dec. 10 - Jan. 23

    All waiver applications for the 2019-20 school year must be submitted between Dec. 10, 2018  and Jan. 23, 2019 for optimal consideration. Waiver applications submitted after Jan. 23, 2019, may be considered if it has been determined that grade level and building capacity allow.

    In-District Waivers: Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school for the 2019-20 school year must complete the Intra-District (in-district) Waiver Application.  In-District Waiver Applications are not required each year for continued attendance unless transitioning to another school. (Example: Elementary to Middle School or Middle School to High School.)

    Out-of-District Waivers: For students residing outside of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District attendance boundaries, an Inter-District (out-of-district) Waiver Application is required. A Choice Transfer Request (Release of Attendance form) from the resident district is also required with the Out-of-District Waiver Application. Out-of-District Waiver Applications are required each year for continued attendance.

    Online applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available Dec. 10, 2018. Visit the Attendance Waiver Webpage for timelines and information.

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    All District Highly Capable Referral Period:  Jan. 7-18

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for highly capable services by submitting a referral packet Jan. 7-18.  

    Learning characteristics could include:

    * Analytical thinker

    * Accelerated learner

    * Advanced language speaker

    * Self-motivated

    The identification of students who are among the most highly capable is done by testing their cognitive ability, academic abilities and academic achievement levels.  To learn more about highly capable services, attend the Parent Information Night on Jan. 15 at Lakeridge Middle School from 6-7 p.m.

    The District will notify families with testing times by Feb. 15.

    For more information, contact Chris Anderson at (253) 891-6061 or visit www.sumnersd.org/hicap.

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    Winter Recreation Programs

    Check out the wide variety of programs, activities and classes for children, teens, and adults in the Winter Activities Brochure.  For more information, or to submit registration information, contact the Recreation Program at (253) 891-6500.
     
     

     

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Dec. 14

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 12/14/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    This week we have continued to remind students about our school SOAR expectations everyday.  As we get closer to winter break we want to make sure that our students are continuing to be safe, own their actions, achieve excellence, and show respect each and every day.  Next week we have many fun activities and we need students to show up as their best selves each day!

    On both Tuesday and Thursday evening this week, our Thunder Eagle basketball team played games against other schools in the district.  I was so proud to watch our students and the great sportsmanship that they displayed. A special thanks to Mr. Weber our wonderful basketball coach.  Way to go Thunder Eagles!

    Don’t forget that we have holiday spirit days and events galore next week.  We can’t wait to have a fun, festive week of learning with students!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Volunteers at Classroom Parties

    Many of our classrooms are celebrating next week with classroom events such as parties, craft projects, etc. They have asked for classroom volunteers to help with some of these festivities. Please be reminded, you must have your background check complete with the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District before you can volunteer for these events. The process is renewed annually, so please make sure you’ve updated it for this year if you did one in previous years. You may update or complete your application by accessing this link: https://www.sumnersd.org/volunteer

    Lost and Found

    Please make sure you check the Lost and Found! We have a lot of items that need to find their way home. It is conveniently located by the gym so that when kids are picked up, dropped off or if you are attending any assemblies, you can check it out for items that belong to you! Items left in lost and found when we go to Winter Break will be donated to charity.

    STEM Fair Project Packets Now Available

    Does your child want to model the work of professional research scientists? We’re looking for students to develop projects for the District STEM Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School.

    Students can choose to enter one of the following types of projects with one project per student:

    If your child chooses to participate, please register their project.  

    For more information or to volunteer for the STEM Fair, email Patti O'Malley or go to www.sumnersd.org/STEM.

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    2019-20 Attendance Waiver Application Window:  Dec. 10 - Jan. 23

    All waiver applications for the 2019-20 school year must be submitted between Dec. 10, 2018  and Jan. 23, 2019 for optimal consideration. Waiver applications submitted after Jan. 23, 2019, may be considered if it has been determined that grade level and building capacity allow.

    In-District Waivers: Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school for the 2019-20 school year must complete the Intra-District (in-district) Waiver Application.  In-District Waiver Applications are not required each year for continued attendance unless transitioning to another school. (Example: Elementary to Middle School or Middle School to High School.)

    Out-of-District Waivers: For students residing outside of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District attendance boundaries, an Inter-District (out-of-district) Waiver Application is required. A Choice Transfer Request (Release of Attendance form) from the resident district is also required with the Out-of-District Waiver Application. Out-of-District Waiver Applications are required each year for continued attendance.

    Online applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available Dec. 10, 2018. Visit the Attendance Waiver Webpage for timelines and information.

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    All District Highly Capable Referral Period:  Jan. 7-18

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for highly capable services by submitting a referral packet Jan. 7-18.  

    Learning characteristics could include:

    * Analytical thinker

    * Accelerated learner

    * Advanced language speaker

    * Self-motivated

    The identification of students who are among the most highly capable is done by testing their cognitive ability, academic abilities and academic achievement levels.  To learn more about highly capable services, attend the Parent Information Night on Jan. 15 at Lakeridge Middle School from 6-7 p.m.

    The District will notify families with testing times by Feb. 15.

    For more information, contact Chris Anderson at (253) 891-6061 or visitwww.sumnersd.org/hicap.

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    Winter Recreation Programs

    Check out the wide variety of programs, activities and classes for children, teens, and adults in the Winter Activities Brochure.  For more information, or to submit registration information, contact the Recreation Program at (253) 891-6500.
     
     

    Inclement Weather

    When inclement weather occurs, our goal is to make information available to families about school closure or changes in the school schedule by 5:30 AM. In this digital age, here’s how we can reach you with this information-

    • Family Access - Log into Family Access and click on “Skylert” located in the left side column. The options you can choose in the “Emergency” column designate how we contact you with closure or school changes. Please be aware if all “emergency” boxes are checked for various contacts,  you could receive closure information multiple ways. By house phone, cell phone, email, and text.

    • District Website - www.sumnersd.org - please refer to our district website for the most accurate information when it happens.

    • Facebook - “Like” Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. School closures, as well as other important information and announcements will be on the feed.

    • Twitter - @SumnerSchools will have information regarding school closures for those who prefer to tweet.

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Dec. 7

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 12/7/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    This afternoon report cards come home with your child.  This is an exciting day that signifies all of their hard work over this first trimester of the year.  Please take some time this weekend to sit down with your child and discuss their successes! This is also a great time to set some goals for our second trimester.  Have your child identify one or two specific areas they would like to improve upon and work together to set up a plan for this. Thank you for all of the work you do at home to support your child’s school success!  

    Brrrr!  As we experience winter weather please make sure to have your students wear warm coats to school.  Please make sure and label your child’s coat, hat, gloves in case they are misplaced. If your child is in need of a coat we are happy to help you with this, please let us know.  In addition, as the weather has changed and we head into the winter months please remember to check the district website for cancellations or delays due to weather. The following are outlets in which the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District uses to send official communications.

    • Family Access - Log into Family Access and click on “Skylert” located in the left side column. The options you can choose in the “Emergency” column designate how we contact you with closure or school changes. Please be aware if all “emergency” boxes are checked for various contacts,  you could receive closure information multiple ways. By house phone, cell phone, email, and text.

    • District Website - www.sumnersd.org - please refer to our district website for the most accurate information when it happens.

    • Facebook - “Like” Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. School closures, as well as other important information and announcements will be on the feed.

    • Twitter - @SumnerSchools will have information regarding school closures for those who prefer to tweet.

    This coming Tuesday at 3:30 is our next PTO meeting.  I will be presenting our school improvement plan during this meeting-I hope you can make it to hear about the great things happening in our school and our community!  Whether you make it or not our PTO is always looking for new members and they have many opportunities for you to get involved in helping our school. Our next big PTO event is our Holiday Night.  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email our PTO libertyridgepto@gmail.com.  You will need to have a background check completed, this is a simple process that is completed by accessing it on the district website. Click this link to begin or update your application. Applications need to updated annually.   Our food drive this year is going to be held through PTO at our Holiday Night. If you are unable to attend, but would like to participate in the food drive, you may send it with your student to school that day. We appreciate any help you can offer in donating food items to help our community!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardke

     

     


     

    DSHS Mobile Community Service Office

    At this event, you can apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance, medical assistance and medicare savings program. You can also drop off paperwork, complete and eligibility review, mid-certification review or make changes to an existing case.

    Date: 

    Thursday 12/12 10:00-2:00

    Where:

    Buckley Kiwanis Food Bank

    127 N River

    Buckley WA

     

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  • Principal Update - Nov. 30

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 11/30/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    It has been a great, full week at Liberty Ridge.  On Wednesday afternoon we had our November/December leader assembly.  We were happy to celebrate Thunder Eagles for applying past knowledge to new situations and respect.  Our traits for next month are thinking with clarity and precision and selflessness. We have recently started something new during our assemblies. 5th grade leaders, along with Mrs. McHolland, our music teacher, are leading the assembly.  It is such a treat to see our 5th graders take on this leadership role. What great kids we have at LRE!

    We always do a food drive during December here at LRE to support local families.  This year our food drive will be a bit different. We are asking families to bring food items to our PTO holiday night on December 18th.  If you are unable to attend the holiday night, you are welcome to bring food in before the 18th.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family, the Santa Parade is on Saturday at 3pm-Sumner Main Street.  Hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    DSHS Mobile Community Service Office

    At this event, you can apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance, medical assistance and medicare savings program. You can also drop off paperwork, complete and eligibility review, mid-certification review or make changes to an existing case.

    Date: Thursday 12/12 10:00-2:00

    Where:

    Buckley Kiwanis Food Bank

    127 N River

    Buckley WA


     
     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Nov. 16

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 11/16/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    It has been a pleasure getting to visit with some of you this week as you attended parent teacher conferences, I look forward to seeing more of you as we finish up our conferences next week.  I speak for all of our staff when I say that we appreciate our partnership with you.

    On Wednesday, our kindergarten and first grade students performed an amazing show for us!  “Dinostars” was fabulous. A special thank you to all kindergarten and first grade teachers and parents for supporting our youngest students in this work.  In addition, I would like to thank our wonderful music teacher Mrs. McHolland for another great performance-we are so lucky to have her at our school.  

    Please remember that we only have school Monday and Tuesday next week and these are both half days.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your family. Enjoy the time with your kiddos-make sure to read some good books over the long break.  Know that our Liberty Ridge family is thankful for you!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Lost and Found

    Please come take a look at our lost and found. It is overflowing with items that need to find their way home. We will continue to have the lost and found items laid out during conferences so they are easy to see, however, when we go to break for Thanksgiving next week, remaining unclaimed items will be donated to charity. 

    Please consider marking items with your child's name so we can identify items and return them to your student. 

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Nov. 9

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 11/9/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    On Wednesday this week, we celebrated Veterans with our annual Veterans Day Assembly led by our music teacher, Mrs. McHolland.  Our choir performed and 5th grade student leaders helped to lead the assembly. We had many Veterans in attendance as special guests. Students were excited to see Veterans from their family attend.  What a great tribute we had to the many men and women who have served our country!

    Next Thursday and Friday are the beginning of our parent teacher conferences.  Conferences continue on Monday and Tuesday. If you are unsure of when your child’s conference is, please reach out to their classroom teacher.  We are looking forward to meeting with ALL Liberty Ridge families. We take our home/school partnership very seriously and consider you the greatest resource when it comes to your child’s school success! Please make note that school will dismiss at 11:40 and lunch will be served before dismissal. There will also be no Thunder Eagle club on conference days.

    Don’t forget that Monday is a no school day in honor of Veteran’s day.  I hope you enjoy an extended weekend!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


     
     

     

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Nov. 2

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 11/2/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    We had such a fun week here at LRE!  Tuesday night was our Fall Fest, it was great to see our students dressed up in costumes.  Kids had fun trick or treating, playing fall games, and seeing staff and teachers dressed up.  Thanks to our wonderful PTO and parent volunteers for making the Fall Fest and our bookfair such a success! Please note, the bookfair is still open online until November 11th. You may access the website at scholastic.com/fair and search for Liberty Ridge.

    Wednesday was a Happy Halloween, with many class celebrations throughout the school.  In addition we also had our Leadership Assembly that day, awarding students for the leadership traits of Honesty and Striving for Accuracy.  The leader traits we are focusing on in November are Respect and Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations. Students were introduced to these new traits at our assembly.  They learned that respect is honoring other people and treating them with care and courtesy. While respect includes good manners, the core of the behavior goes deeper than politeness.  It stems from the belief that other people have as much worth and dignity as you and that harming other people or their property is inherently wrong. We strive to be respectful everyday at LRE!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardke

     


    Thank you Rotarians!

    Thank you to our local Rotary club for their annual gift of dictionaries to our 3rd graders. We appreciate this generosity and commitment to our kids!

     

     

    Veteran's Day Observance
    Our Veteran’s Day Assembly is on November 4th.  We look forward to hearing our choir sing special Veteran’s day songs as well as honoring Veterans from LRE families.  If you have a Veteran in your family, we would love to have them join us! Please contact our music teacher, Juli McHolland who is organizing this great event. 
     
    Please note, we will have no school on November 12th for Veteran's Day Observance.

     

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Oct. 26

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 10/26/2018

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    What a fun time of year it is.  Our book fair is starting on Monday, we will have many great options for readers of all levels.  Also, our Fall Fest is next Tuesday evening. Thanks to our wonderful PTO for putting on these events.  What great memories we will make!

    Our fall parent/teacher conferences are quickly approaching.  Meeting with your child’s teacher is a great opportunity to partner with your child’s teacher to provide the best possible education for your child.  We truly believe that you are your child’s first and most important teacher and we value your partnership and input.  As conferences are approaching, please begin to reflect on these questions that may help as you talk with your child’s teacher:

    -What are my child’s strengths?

    -What are areas my child needs to work on?

    -How can I support my child at home?

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardke

     


    Picture Retakes  - Tuesday, 10/30/18

    Tuesday is our picture retake day. If your child missed school pictures for any reason, please make sure they know to get their pictures taken. We have extra picture packets available in the office if you need another. If you are unsatisfied with your photos and want them retaken, please send the picture packet back with your student with a note as to what you'd like done differently. Also, please make sure the teacher is aware it may be in their backpack. Thank you!

    10:00    3rd Grade

    10:10 Kinder

    10:20 4th Grade

    10:30 2nd Grade

    10:40 AM Preschool

    10:50 1st Grade

    11:00 5th Grade

    12:30 PM Preschool

     

     

     

     

    Reminder - Change in Assembly Pick Up Procedure:

    We have our October leader assembly next Wednesday.  Please remember there is a change in pick up procedures if you are planning on picking your child up after the assembly.  All parents that would like to take students home after the assembly need to follow our regular protocol and meet their children in the gym after school.  This will ensure all students are able to get to their parents safely. If your child usually rides the bus home, but you are planning on picking them up after a leader assembly you will need to write a note or call the office before 2:00 pm to let office staff know.  

     

    Thank You East Pierce County Fire and Rescue!
    Thank you to East Pierce Fire and Rescue for teaching our kids about the importance of safety during their annual visit to us. They put on such a fun assembly for us and we appreciate all they do for our community to keep us safe!
     

    Inclement Weather

    When inclement weather occurs, our goal is to make information available to families about school closure or changes in the school schedule by 5:30 AM. In this digital age, here’s how we can reach you with this information-

    • Family Access - Log into Family Access and click on “Skylert” located in the left side column. The options you can choose in the “Emergency” column designate how we contact you with closure or school changes. Please be aware if all “emergency” boxes are checked for various contacts,  you could receive closure information multiple ways. By house phone, cell phone, email, and text.

    • District Website - www.sumnersd.org - please refer to our district website for the most accurate information when it happens.

    • Facebook - “Like” Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. School closures, as well as other important information and announcements will be on the feed.

    • Twitter - @SumnerSchools will have information regarding school closures for those who prefer to tweet.

     

     

                                     
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