Liberty Elementary School Eagle Info
August 21, 2017
Thank you to all of the PTA board members and chairpersons for their work and efforts already this summer with coordinating the back to school events and wrap packs and to those of you who attended the brunch social. Thank you Patricia Gonzalez for hosting the PTA social! Thank you to PTA President Julie Blucker for all of work this summer organizing PTA and the PTA work room! Thank you to Lou and Rose Loveland for the acquisition, transporting, and placement of the new Liberty Belles championship trophy display case! Thank you to our Belles Competitive Dance Team for spending time here this week in camp preparing for their new performance season and to their families for all of their support and attendance at the meeting and showoff! Thank you to the Student Council officers for giving up time during the summer to meet with their advisors for planning and project completion!
Be sure to follow us daily online at liberty.lisd.net, on Facebook at Liberty Elementary, on Twitter at @libertyes and @wzliberty.
Thank you for continuing to vote each day from each email account through Wednesday, August 23, for the Best in Denton County recognition. Simply logon to bestofdentoncounty.com, click on student vote, select the Education circle, enter your name and email address, choose Liberty Elementary School, and then Next your way twice to the submit button.
An admittedly lofty goal this school year is for EVERY adult connected to Liberty to be a member of PTA. You are absolutely welcomed to be an active part of this vital organization to our school at just $15 a person, however, everyone who cares about kids should join as it is the largest national child advocacy organization in the country.
The Liberty PTA will be on site at all upcoming events selling spirit wear and taking donations for the annual Membership Drive and Check Drive. This will be a great way to beat the lines before school begins. So bring your credit cards, cash, or checks! You may also join online at LibertyEaglesPTA.org.
The welcome back gift every student will receive is a Liberty Elementary School ruler in the school colors in the first Eagle Folder on Tuesday, August 29, so be sure to be on the lookout.
CALLING ALL COOKS! Do you have what it takes to be the Liberty Elementary School Chili King or Queen? Then be sure to enter PTA's first annual chili cook off, Deep in the Heart of Liberty (entry form at top of email) on Thursday, September 21st at 6:00pm! Not a chef? Come out and enjoy good food, chili tastings, games, and line dancing lessons. This is sure to be a fun event for the whole family. An informational flier is attached to this email of for more information, contact Patricia Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there.
Class rosters will be posted on the main entrance, west cafeteria, and Kindergarten hallway doors by 4:00pm Wednesday, August 23.
Kindergarten orientation for adults only will be Wednesday, August 23, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
The Liberty Student Council will have its annual work day Thursday, August 24, from 8:30am to 11:30am in the cafeteria. All members are expected to be in attendance wearing their official Student Council polo shirt and khaki bottoms. Members wanting to stay past 11:30am for work on special projects should also bring a lunch and beverage and plan to be picked up no later than 2:30pm. Additional points will be awarded for those who actively work.
All medications/medical information should be delivered to our nurse between 8:30am and 2:30pm Thursday, August 24.
The PTA hosted Kindergarten Playdate will take place on the playground Thursday, August 24, from 9:00am-11:00am followed by the New Families Meet and Greet from 10:00am to 11:00am. Please park in the southwest and west parking lots and walk back to the playground.
Meet the Teacher will be Thursday, August 24, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Please come meet the teachers, secure your school supplies, join PTA, purchase spirit wear, buy a yearbook, order a school CD, place money on account in the cafeteria, sign up to volunteer, and start off our school year with confidence.
The first day of school is Monday, August 28, starting promptly at 7:45am. Doors open each day at 7:15am so please do not drop off any student unsupervised before that time. All afternoon pickups should occur promptly at our new dismissal time of 2:55pm unless your student is in a planned and supervised after school activity.
Be sure to note the new times this school year: School Day – 7:45am to 2:55pm, Staff Day – 7:15am to 3:15pm, Main Office – 7:15am to 3:30pm.
Each student who paid their Eagle Fee will receive their grade level shirt Tuesday, August 29, the second day of school. If a student does not receive a shirt it will be because: the Eagle Fee was not paid. The issue can be resolved respectfully by visiting the main office to pay.
Grade level orientations are next week in the classrooms according to the following schedule: First Grade Orientation at 5:30pm Tuesday, August 29 - Second Grade Orientation at 6:00pm Tuesday, Third Grade Orientation at 5:30pm Wednesday, August 30 - Fourth Grade Orientation at 5:30pm, and Thursday, August 31 - and Fifth Grade Orientation at 6:00pm Thursday. Be sure and attend to receive specific information about grade level academic expectations, schedules, and plans. You can again join PTA, buy spirit wear, become a volunteer, and buy a yearbook on orientation nights.
Our sixth annual Welcome Back All School Spirit Assembly will be held outside in the playground area Wednesday, August 30, starting at 8:15am. The event will feature performances by the FMHS band, color guard, drumline, Rosettes, cheerleaders, and mascots. Agent E, the Liberty mascot, will also make an appearance. Please be sure to sunscreen your student before leaving home, provide them with a hat for sun coverage and bottled water to have on hand as we will be outside for one hour.
Our first Liberty Spirit Day of the Year, an Eagle Day, will be Friday, September 1. Students, staff, and any guests to the building are invited to dress in Liberty spirit wear or the colors navy and gold. The complete list of weekly Friday spirit days is available on our school website along with many other resources on the new and FREE Liberty app.
The update LISD Student Handbook is attached to this email. Thank you for reviewing the document with your student prior to the start of the school year.
The Liberty Arrivals and Dismissals Map is, again, attached to this email. Note that we go in circular patterns here in the east and west lots, that we give school buses and daycare vans the right of way, that we turn to go with traffic not against it, and that no one should park their car and escort their student(s) to and from the school building. Also note that the crosswalk in the southeast parking lot outside the Kindergarten hallway is not supervised. The only exception is during the first week of school when Kindergarten families may want to escort their student(s) to the cafeteria and assist with the home to school transition.
Everyone is to follow the traffic patterns and arrival and dismissal expectations each and every day. No one is to park their vehicle and walk to and from the building at arrival or dismissal times for safety and consistency.
Eagle Folders will continue to go home each Tuesday, full of information including grade level/classroom newsletters, calendars, fliers, reminders of events, order forms, etc. Please check for this folder each Tuesday, empty out the contents and return it empty with your student to school on Wednesday. Feel free to return any documents, payments, etc. in the folder. Please note that the first Eagle Folder will contain state required notification papers for all families.
In regards to forms, just a reminder to complete the plethora of required beginning of each school year forms online via Skyward. Additionally, for fourth and fifth grade families there is the 1:X iPad deployment paperwork and fee arrangements to complete.
Daily attendance is extremely important. Students should be seated in their classrooms as school begins at 7:45am and plan to remain at school until dismissal at 2:55pm. All transportation should be provided in a timely manner with the rule of being early in the morning and on time in the afternoon. Preplanned absence forms are available on the Liberty app and online; and should be completed and returned to the main office one week prior to the absence be it a religious observance, vacation, etc.
Parents and guardians should always escort their student(s) to and from the main office when checking in or out from being late, attending to an appointment, etc. The front circle drive is specifically designated for ten minutes or less parking for such occurrences and should not be utilized as a standard parking spot for attending lunch, conferences, meetings, etc. Visitor parking is widely available in the west lot.
If you are interested in contacting us, submitting an announcement, including a school flier in the Eagle Folder, wanting to use the building for a school type function, have your school event listed on the calendar, social media, etc. then please review the Liberty Communications Guidelines on our website and new Liberty app. Thank you for adhering to deadlines and timeframes.
We have a beautiful campus here at Liberty that we are very proud of and so you are encouraged to assist us in keeping it that way by making sure all trash is disposed of properly (a lot of items fall out of cars) including the ends of cigarettes. Please be careful with our use of the equipment, furniture, walls, and windows. It is okay to either individually or as a group pick up trash or spruce up our environment for the enjoyment of all. Thank you.
The FREE Liberty App is now available to EVERY member of the Liberty community! Simply go to the App Store, search Liberty Elementary School (it is the one with our official Eagle logo on a beautiful blue background), download and you are on your way to having access to all things Liberty in one place. These include our homepage, the PTA homepage, the LISD homepage, Skyward, weekly callouts, our activities calendar, staff directory, forms, social media pages, the menu, and our sponsors whom we hope you will support.
Speaking of the FREE Liberty App, please consider supporting the sponsors that helped make it FREE to all of us. Those businesses include: Doggie Mama, Kumon of Flower Mound, Mathnasium of Flower Mound, Paradise Bistro and Coffee, PediaQ, Prestige Family Dentistry, The Rhodes Team – Keller Williams Realty, and Turning Pointe.
Up-to-date information can be accessed via our Liberty homepage twenty-four hours a day at liberty.lisd.net and the new Liberty app. There you can locate the school calendar, supply lists, a list of the spirit days, arrivals and dismissals map, the daily schedules, lunch and recess times, updated district student handbook, and the plethora of Liberty specific information.
It is time to review the LISD Elementary Student Handbook and Liberty Elementary Student Handbook Addendum on our Liberty homepage.
If you plan to volunteer on campus, you must have completed an online volunteer background check within the past three years. The application is available on the district homepage under the Parents tab and then volunteer/background check. The application is simple but the processing takes two to three weeks.
Looking forward to a great school year and lots of continued involvement and engagement with ALL family members!
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