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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Today is an X Day

Lunch:

Beef Enchilada

BBQ Chicken

Hawaiian Pizza

Chef Salad or Meatless Salad

Hearty Bean Chili

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*Did you know that all LPS students receive free breakfast and lunch this school year?  Join your friends for breakfast in the lunchroom in the mornings beginning at 7:35 AM.  And don’t forget to check out the nutritious and delicious lunch options every day!  Our Nutrition Services staff look forward to seeing you!

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Activities for the Week of 5/3/2021 through 5/7/2021:

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Thursday (X Day):  7th/8th Grade Choir (7:10 AM in Rm #106)

                                 7th/8th Grade Drama Club (3:00-4:15 PM in Cafeteria or Rm #111)

Orchestra Concert 6:00-7:00 PM

All City Track Meet (Field Events 4:15 PM, Running Events 5:15 PM)

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Friday (Y Day):  7th/8th Grade Choir Choreography Practice (3:00-4:15 PM in Rm #106)

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*A reminder from Dr. Czapla:  All students need to make sure they are wearing their face coverings correctly.  They need to be covering your mouth and nose.  We need to continue following the COVID protocols outlined by LPS at the start of the school year.  Thank you for keeping everyone safe as we finish these last days of school for 2020/2021.

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*Do you need extra help in a specific subject area as we wrap up the school year? We are excited to partner with National Honor Society students from Lincoln East who are offering tutoring sessions for students at Moore. These sessions will be held via Zoom in the Moore library every Monday from 3:00-4:00 PM. There are two Monday sessions left- May 3rd and May 10th.

Students will need to sign up every week by 12:00 PM on the Monday they want to attend. You must be signed up (no walk ins accepted). Once you are signed up, you will zoom with a tutor for the subject you specified. You can sign up by going to the LPS home page and typing in the jump code BSGG in the search box, or use the link below. See Miss McGowan in Room #336 if you have questions.

htthttps://forms.gle/b58TsWyzFBUsgucj6ps://forms.gle/b58TsWyzFBUsgucj6

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*Please remember to bring a water bottle to school!  You can also purchase a re-usable water bottle from the cafeteria for $2.00. 

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Remember, the Moore we believe, the Moore we become!

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LPS Families,

Returning from International Travel

Lincoln Public Schools is following the current requirements, recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) regarding international travel.  The full listing of the requirements, recommendations and guidelines can be found at the links listed below:

CDC, DHHS, LLCHD and LPS Requirements

Individuals who travel outside of the United States (by car, plane, boat, or train) are required to stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after international travel.

  •  Returning international travelers will need to be tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. (Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.)
  • If the test is positive, individuals need to isolate themselves to protect others from getting infected.
  • ​If an individual is not tested after returning from international travel, they need to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel into the US.

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Student calendar May 3 – 7

In October, the Board of Education adopted changes to the school calendar. You can find the full revised student calendar here. Below is the student calendar for the next two weeks:

Monday, May 3

Tuesday, May 4

  • Classes in session for all students

Wednesday, May 5 

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High school: Early dismissal

Thursday, May 6

  • Classes in session for all students

Friday, May 7

  • Classes in session for all students.

Monday, May 10

Tuesday, May 11

  • Classes in session for all students

Wednesday, May 12 

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High school: Early dismissal

Thursday, May 13

  • Classes in session for all students

Friday, May 14

  • Classes in session for all students.


Deadline to switch between remote learning and in-person

May 7 will be the last day families can request for students to switch between remote learning or in-person learning for this school year. The only exception will be for students who have been directed to self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

If you wish for your child to return to in-person learning for the last two weeks of school, you will need to communicate the change with your school’s office by May 7. 


Enrollment Period Open: 2021-22 Remote Learning Program 

On May 3, we will open enrollment again for the 2021-22 Remote Learning Program to allow families to select the remote learning option for the next fall. The deadline to enroll will be Friday, May 7. Please check your inbox on Monday, May 3.

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Middle School Virtual Tours for 5th grade students

Each middle school has created transition information videos welcoming fifth grade students to their new building. This will give students the best introduction possible to their new surroundings for the next three years. You can access these videos by going to the website of your new school. We encourage you to sit down with your student to watch and review it together.

The first day of school for students next fall is Monday, August 16, 2021. This will be just for sixth grade students at the middle school so they can get acclimated to the new building without the 7th and 8th graders in attendance. 

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Elementary school end-of-year events

Traditional end-of-year school events, particularly for fifth graders, remain an important part of the educational experience. Elementary schools are currently planning traditional end-of-year activities within the framework of the Lincoln Public Schools pandemic plan and in collaboration with Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department guidelines.  Due to capacity limitations, elementary schools cannot host events with outside visitors.  Individual schools will be communicating plans to parents throughout the remainder of the semester. As always, the primary goal is to provide safe, fun, memorable experiences for students as they end the school year.

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Updates to LPS Spring Sports Spectator Protocols

With the update to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s Directed Health Measures, Lincoln Public Schools is making the following adjustments to the spring sports spectator protocols effective Friday, April 23. 

  • All competition sites are open to 75 percent capacity for general admission.  The limit of a certain number of spectators per athlete has been removed.  As per the DHM, once 75 percent capacity of the venue is reached, no additional spectators will be allowed admission into the event. Admission will be open to anyone on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • All spectators must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending any event. If you answer yes to any of the screening questions, please stay home. 
  • All spectators must wear multi-layered face coverings over the mouth and nose the entire time they are at the event.
  • Limited concessions may be sold. Individuals may lower their mask to take a bite or drink, but must promptly return the face covering over the mouth and nose in between bites and drinks. No outside food or drink by spectators will be allowed.
  • Spectators are asked to maintain as much physical distance as possible between groups.

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Graduation Ceremony Update

Lincoln Public Schools has worked with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and Pinnacle Bank Arena to update graduation attendance in light of the recent changes to the Directed Health Measure. Tickets will no longer be needed to attend graduation and admission will be general seating. It will be first come, first serve up to 75% capacity. Spectators will still be required to wear face masks while inside PBA attending the graduation ceremony, and groups are encouraged to practice physical distancing as much as possible. The ceremony will also be livestreamed. More information with updates from your high school will be sent soon. 

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Summer School for High School Students

High school summer school classes in the Lincoln Public Schools have been planned to cover a wide range of course offerings for students grades 9-12. The summer school program provides an opportunity for all high school students to continue their learning during the summer and earn additional credit.

High school summer school is open to students who were in grades 9-12 during the 2020-2021 school year. Students who have received a high school diploma or General Equivalency Certificate are NOT eligible to participate in summer school. Students who are expelled from school are not eligible to register for summer school. All students are encouraged to talk with their school counselor regarding appropriate course selections.

For more information about summer school, go to: https://summerschool.lps.org/

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Summer Camps and Learning Opportunities

Athletics
Summer Athletic Clinics are offered through all 6 LPS High Schools and are conducted by the individual sport coaches at their respective locations. Clinics are offered in various sports and are available for students entering grades 3-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. Click here for more information.

Summer Technology Program
The Lincoln Public Schools Summer Technology Program is provided for students entering grades 4 through 9 in the fall of 2021. The goal of the program is to provide upper elementary and middle level students a fun, exciting, and challenging opportunity to explore their interest in computers and technology. Click here for more information.

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Changes to Remote Learner Meal Distribution

Starting Monday, April 19, students who are participating in remote learning full time can pick up meals at North Star (door 10 on the west side of the building) or Lincoln High (door 3 near Capitol Parkway) from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Just a reminder: 

  • The meal distribution is only for students who are learning 100% remotely.  Students attending in person for any portion of their learning are not permitted to purchase meals at these sites. 
  • Families can choose either site and students are not required to be present. The person picking up the meals must have the student ID number(s).
  • Due to the pandemic, the USDA is federally funding breakfast and lunch for all students while the federal funding lasts. All LPS students in preschool – 12 grade and the Independence Academy will be offered breakfast and lunch at no charge. LPS will communicate when the program is coming to an end for families to plan around breakfast and lunch purchases.
  • Families must park and enter the building as described on the maps.  
  • Face coverings are required.  
  • Safety protocols will be in place such as physically distancing cones to space out the line. 

Visit our website for more information.


Annual perception survey

LPS staff, students and families will have an opportunity to complete the yearly survey about their experience at their school between April 19-30. This survey will include items about curriculum, instruction, assessment, school culture and climate, student and staff relationships, and student engagement. This will provide feedback to school staff to help improve teaching, learning, and the school environment. 

Respondents at the secondary level will also be asked a few questions about their perception of the School Resource Officers that serve their school. The results of this section will be used in the evaluation of the School Resource Officer program which is a requirement of the Safe and Successful Kids Interlocal Agreement. 

Staff and families will receive an email from lps-esu18@qualtrics-survey.com with a personalized link to respond. Schools will give students the opportunity to respond during the school day. The results of this survey will be compiled and used in the School Improvement Process and many grant evaluations that Lincoln Public Schools implements.


Returning from International Travel

Lincoln Public Schools is following the current requirements, recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) regarding international travel.  The full listing of the requirements, recommendations and guidelines can be found at the links listed below:

CDC, DHHS, LLCHD and LPS Requirements

Individuals who travel outside of the United States (by car, plane, boat, or train) are required to stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after international travel.

  •  Returning international travelers will need to be tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. (Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.)
  • If the test is positive, individuals need to isolate themselves to protect others from getting infected.
  • ​If an individual is not tested after returning from international travel, they need to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel into the US.

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Remote Learning reminders and request form

Students who selected remote learning this semester will continue in remote learning second semester. On the remote learning request form, if you selected your child to be in remote learning for just the first semester, there is nothing you need to do to continue remote learning second semester. We will continue your child in remote learning. If you wish for your child to return to school second semester for in-person learning, please contact your child’s school office as soon as possible.

The Remote Learning Request Form is on our website while we are in Red. Families can choose – now or any time – to move to 100% remote learning for their child. After filling out the form, the school will call to confirm your request. Please allow two school days for staff to prepare and get your child the materials they will need to begin remote learning. The school will communicate with you when remote learning will begin for your child.

Families, please weigh this option carefully, as continuously moving back and forth between in-person and remote learning creates a major disruption in your child’s learning experience. Parents must provide permission to the school for a student to use remote learning for situations where the student will not be in school for an extended period of time (10+ school days). To access the request form:

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Support for families

We know this year has been unlike any other. It is important to know that there are people who can help if you or a family member is struggling. Here are some resources you can contact any time of the day or night, any day of the year:

  • CenterPointe Helpline (Lincoln): 402-475-6695; Youth and Family Services 402-475-5161 ext. 547; email: youthandfamily@centerpointe.org; walk-in services at 1000 S. 13th Street.
  • Bryan Health: bryanhealth.com – search Counseling
  • Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Your Life Your Voice (Boys Town)  1-800-448-3000 or text VOICE to 20121 (text charges from your phone carrier may apply)
  • Lincoln Police Department: Emergency: 911; Non-Emergency: 402-441-6000
  • MyLink is a website (https://mylnk.app) and a mobile app (for Apple and Android – search MyLink) that has information about community resources. It can be downloaded in a wi-fi environment and then used when wi-fi is not available. Translations are provided in Arabic, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
  • Mental Health 101 recordings from Blue Valley Behavioral Health – accessible by clicking this link.

There is a great deal of information online. As you search for topics of interest, remember to consider the source and make sure you are getting information that is accurate and reliable.

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Take these steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19

While at school or in our community, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reminds us to follow these four main protocols proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Self-Screening
Self-screen for symptoms everyday before leaving home using this checklist. If you answer yes to the questions asked, contact your healthcare provider and stay home. Staff and students are expected to conduct a self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms every day prior to entering any LPS building or program.

Face Coverings
Wear multilayer cloth face coverings anytime you are in public settings and physical distancing from others can’t be maintained. Face coverings are required to be worn over the mouth and nose for all LPS staff, students and visitors to enter school buildings.

Hand Hygiene
Wash your hands with soap or use sanitizer after touching objects and common surfaces. In addition, frequently clean and sanitize areas, surfaces and objects after use.

Physical Distancing
Maintaining physical distancing from others whenever possible makes a difference. Spacing out as far as you can, where and when you can, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Students in quarantine moving to remote learning

We have updated our procedures for moving students who have been directed to quarantine to remote learning so we are aligned with the recent changes by the health department:

  • There is still a two day turnaround for staff to prepare print materials for remote students.
  • However, parents and students are now allowed to begin remote learning as soon as possible if the student will be excluded for four or more school days. Choosing this option may require families to make two pickups: the first to get the Chromebook, and the second to get other materials after the two day window. 

While students may not have access to all of the materials, this new process allows students more immediate access to learning with little disruption.  

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Changes to face coverings requirement during recess and outdoor P.E.

Starting next week, face coverings will now be required at recess for students and adult supervisors. This decision was made in collaboration with the health department and is a result of the updated definition of a high-risk close contact and the inability to guarantee physical distancing throughout recess.

Face coverings will also be required for P.E. with the exception of intense aerobic activity or if six feet of distance can be guaranteed at all times. 

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Identifying high-risk close contacts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department have recently updated the factors involved when identifying high-risk close contacts. A high-risk close contact is identified as anyone within six feet or less of a positive individual for a cumulative 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, and one or both of the individuals are not wearing a face covering during the interaction. 

Check out this information from the Nebraska Department of Education to learn more about identifying high-risk close contacts and the difference between quarantine and isolation while wearing face coverings. 

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Zoom safety for students

We are working with Lincoln Public Schools Security and Computing Services after we have become aware of a student safety concern this week. Families, we need your help to address this issue.  Some students may be using LPS issued technology, others may be using their own devices.
Students are searching for and entering public Zoom meetings.  In these public Zoom meetings, our students are being exposed to adult content that is not age appropriate.  In addition to seeing and hearing this inappropriate material, students are engaging in inappropriate conversations and virtually meeting others. Some of these people they are meeting are reported to be adults not connected to the school or Lincoln Public Schools. We are concerned for the safety of our students engaging in this dangerous on-line activity unsupervised.

Just a reminder, as part of the Responsible Technology Use Agreement Form signed by students at the beginning of the year, students should not use LPS technology to enter into any meetings that are not LPS related or for official educational purposes. 

As a reminder, the safety measures outlined below are some of the things that have been put into place to protect our students. LPS student devices and accounts cannot:

  • Send or receive email from outside LPS
  • Send or receive Google documents from outside LPS
  • No access to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc
  • Inability to create/host Zoom meetings

Families, we need your help to keep our children safe. Please have conversations with your child about the appropriate use of technology – whether it is a school device or a personal device. 

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Free breakfast and lunch for all LPS students

Due to the pandemic, the USDA is federally funding breakfast and lunch for all students while the federal funding lasts. All LPS students in preschool – 12 grade and Independence Academy students will be offered breakfast and lunch at no charge. 

To receive the school meal at no charge:

  • The student must select a serving of fruit or vegetable plus at least two other components of the meal (meat, grain, milk, fruit, vegetable). 
  • Failing to take a fruit or vegetable plus two other food components will lead to the student being charged a la carte pricing. 
  • A student selecting pizza and milk would need to pay for these food items since there is no fruit or vegetable. 
  • A student may select all five components of the meal.
  • A la carte food items including milk and second entrees will still be available to purchase with money in the meal account or cash.

LPS will communicate when the program is coming to an end for families to plan around breakfast and lunch purchases.  

Just a reminder, families must continue to fill out applications for free or reduced priced meals for the 2020-2021 school year.  You can access a meal application at https://home.lps.org/ns/free-reduced/.

Breakfast and Lunch for remote learners will also be at no charge.

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Remote learning resources

Below are some important resources for families and students participating in remote learning via Zoom:

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Cameras during remote learning

While we understand some of the reasons your student may keep their Zoom camera off during instruction (privacy, Zoom fatigue, competing family obligations, etc.) we also wanted to take a moment and share some of the benefits to encouraging your child to keep their camera on during instruction.

1. Teachers often use facial cues and body language to adjust instruction. When your student is learning in-person, teachers have a talent for recognizing facial cues, furrowed brows, or confusion. These cues signal your child’s teacher that they may need an extra example, additional clarification or feedback.

2. Teachers often ask students to give a thumbs up/down, nod their head, hold up the number of fingers, or other non-verbal gestures to check for engagement and understanding. Having the camera on, allows your child to participate in these structured opportunities to respond and keeps your child engaged.

3. Seeing faces is how we build relationships. This is true for both the teacher-to-student relationship and the peer-to-peer relationships. When your student keeps their camera shut off, they are less likely to interact with peers and build those relationships. 

There may be times when your student needs to shut off the camera, however, we hope you will encourage your child to keep their camera on as much as possible in order to foster learning and build connections.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.