Lusher Letter

 

Kathleen Riedlinger, Principal

September 1, 2000

 

Willow Street Site                                                                                             Extension  

7315 Willow Street                             J                                                      719 S. Carrollton

862-5110                                                             L                             862-5114

Grades K-5                                                                                                        Grades 6-8

PROJECT PRIDE

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Sept. 4   Labor Day--No School!                                Sept. 5    Arts After Hour Begins

Sept. 5   Chess Club Begins--Both Sites                  Sept. 6    Extended Day Begins

Sept. 7   PTSA Meeting--Extension                           Sept. 11-29 Gift Wrap Sale

Sept. 12  New Cub Scout Registration--Willow St.  Sept. 13  Open House--Willow St.

Sept. 14  Open House--Extension                             Sept. 16  Cub Scout Welcome Back Picnic

Sept. 21  New Parent Coffee                                      Sept. 28  Room Parent Meeting/Coffee

Sept. 29  Gift Wrap Sale Ends


WELCOME TO A GREAT NEW YEAR!

Welcome to the 2000-2001 school year.  We have had a great school opening and we are eager to see all of you.  Open House for Willow Street parents is September 13 at 6:00 p.m.  For the Extension, Open House is September 14 at 6:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.  As always, it is a privilege to work with you and your children

 

NO SCHOOL MONDAY!

There will be NO SCHOOL on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 5. Have a safe, fun holiday!

 

EMERGENCY CARDS NEEDED ASAP!

Your child brought home a packet of information on the first day of school.  It is most important that you have returned the Emergency Card to school.  We must be able to contact you or your designee in case of an emergency.  Please make sure the office is notified if any information changes during the year.

 

TRAFFIC SAFETY

Please adhere to the drop off procedures at Willow Street.  Parents should drive up, drop off their children at the curb, and then move on so the next parent can drop off his or her children.  It is unsafe to stop in the middle of the street and let your child walk to the sidewalk.  Cars from the DROP OFF ZONE may pull out fast.

Please remember to drive cautiously in the morning along Lowerline Street.

Remember that parents cannot turn corners when cars are parked illegally on Willow and Lowerline.

 

INSURANCE REMINDER

All students must purchase insurance to cover field trips.  The $6.50 fee will cover all field trips.  If you purchase the $15.00 student insurance plan, coverage includes field trips as part of the full student coverage.  Fees are due by September 8.

 

Attention Parents

LUSHER ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Children should be on time every day.  If your child is absent due to illness, please be sure and send a note.  If your child is out for five consecutive days because of illness, a doctor's note is needed to readmit your child to school.

According to Louisiana law and Orleans Parish School Board rules, any child with 10 unexcused absences will be immediately referred to Juvenile or Municipal Court.

 

MONEY!

Please put your child's name and grade level on all checks sent to school for payments.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Students will not be dismissed half an hour before regular school dismissal time.  Appointment times should be made accordingly.  Early check-outs disrupt classroom activities.

 

PTSA NEWS

Next Meeting at  Extension, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Discussion items may include:  Bus Transportation; Directory Update;  Lusher Picnic;  Crawfish Boil;  and PTSA Committees.

Action items contemplated:  the budget for the 2000-2001 school year.

v WILLOW STREET LATE PICKUP INFORMATION

All students should be picked up no later than 3:10 p.m. unless they are enrolled in the Adept After Care program.  If a van service cannot pick up a child at this time, it is the parent's responsibility to enroll the child in the after-care program.  The van driver will need to sign the students out.  Children become very nervous when they are placed in the awkward position of choosing between a teacher's instructions and a parent's orders.

Please remember that teachers are not on duty after 3:10 p.m.  The Adept Program is necessary after this time.

Your child's safety is a priority!

 

PLAYGROUND SAFETY

Playground safety is a concern at Willow Street.  Only Lusher students are allowed on the play equipment.  These students must be under the supervision of a teacher at Lusher.

 

LOUSY REMINDER

Those pesky lice are a problem every year!  Please check your child's head regularly for lice.  Orleans Parish School Board policy requires any children with lice to remain out of school until they are certified nit-free by school officials.

 

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"Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision."

Aldous Huxley

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::: Lusher Links:::

REGISTER WITH SCHOOLPOP.COM AND HELP LUSHER!

Many Lusher families are already familiar with "Schoolpop," an internet shopping mall that enables schools to raise money without any expense on your part.  When you log onto:

 

http://www.schoolpop.com/

you can designate Lusher as your school of choice, and go on to shop at hundreds of retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  Land's End, Toys R Us, Office Max, and hundreds of others!  When you make a purchase, the retailer contributes a portion of the purchase price (usually between 3% and 10%) to Lusher.

Between now and September 30, no purchase is necessary for Lusher to benefit!

If 50 new supporters simply register to support Lusher by September 30, the school will automatically receive a $250 gift certificate to Barnes&Noble.com.  Please register so that Lusher can earn this valuable gift certificate, and when the need arises, do your internet shopping on Schoolpop!

 

LUSHER ON LINE!

Visit the Lusher PTSA website on Greater New Orleans Freenet at: http://www.gnofn.org/~lusher/

This is the PTSA sponsored site which puts Lusher information on the net.  Extension students will be maintaining the site.   There is some PTSA specific information on the site. The Lusher Letter is again available online.

Look for pictures from the Crawfish Boil!  Surf on over!

 

VISIT EXOTIC INDONESIA, VIA VIRTUAL REALITY

Adrienne Petrosini took a sabbatical in Indonesia last year. She has developed a web site that tells you many of the things she has learned about Indonesia, pictures included: http://www.indotour.org/

 

P EARTH EDUCATION ON THE SUNSHIP HITS THE WEB

The organization called T.R.E.E. (Teaching Responsible Earth Education) that sponsors the Sunship Earth program for our  5th graders now has a website.  Check it out at:

http://www.gnofn.org/~tree

 

Arts  Scene

ARTS AFTER HOURS GEARING UP FOR A NEW YEAR

Arts After Hours (AAH) is an after-school program for children to explore, experience and celebrate various art forms.   The program is designed to expose children to all the possibilities in the creation of art.

Through Arts After Hours, children have an opportunity at school to celebrate and build a community which is without fear of the arts and artists.  The program focus is on all the arts, taught by established artists for our children to embrace the quality of life as they develop into young, well-rounded people.  The program believes in respect, freedom, and responsibility in the expression and creation of art for all.

Registration packets are available now at both sites.  Classes begin September 5, 2000.  Tuition is $20.00 per month for one class per student, $30.00 per month for two classes per student, and $40.00 per month for three classes per student.  For more than three classes, contact Kathy DeJean.  Limited scholarships are available, contact Kathy DeJean, AAH Director.  A $5.00 registration fee per student must accompany registration.

No cash will be accepted.  Please pay by check or money order only, clearly marked with your child's name.

Return tuition to the AAH box in either school office.

Tuition is due on the first of each month, and considered late on the fifth of the month.  Make checks or money orders payable to Lusher School.  Write the student's full name and AAH on your check or money order.  A $5.00 late fee will be charged after the fifth of every month.  AAH provides a minimum of three classes a month and a maximum of five.

Classes will not be held on official school holidays.  Half days and early dismissal  schedules will be announced.

Do not combine payments for AAH with those for ADEPT or Extended Day as these are separate programs.  All payments should be separate and clearly labeled.

Classes are offered from September 5, 2000 through May  2001.  Enrollment is limited for quality instruction, however, registration is ongoing with the consent of the Instructor and Director.

Absences and/or resignation without written notice will not constitute a no payment for any month.  A late fee will be charged for students left after class has ended.  Please be prompt.

Please make certain your child wears appropriate clothing and brings necessary supplies and/or equipment to class.  All students should make inquiries about course supplies to the class instructor.

We suggest that all students have insurance coverage.  Insurance forms are available in each school office.

Thank you for your generous support in helping to improve the quality of life through arts education for our children.  Questions should be directed to Kathy DeJean at 862-5112 at Lusher Elementary or 862-5114 at Lusher Extension.

 

CARPOOLERS SOUGHT

Looking for Lusher‑ites in the Bayou St. John area for car‑pool.  Please contact Rebecca Coleman at 947‑7018.  Thank you.

 

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Mom:  How was your first day of school?  What did You learn?

Kindergartner:  Not enough!  I have to go back tomorrow!

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This Newsletter is Made Possible by the Generosity of the Waldemar S. Nelson Engineering Co.

Arts  Scene

ARTS AFTER HOURS OFFERS EXCITING AND STIMULATING CLASSES

Arts After Hours (AAH) classes are available for both Willow and Extension students at both sites.

Classes begin Tuesday, September 5, 2000.  Please register!  There is a $5.00 registration fee and tuition is due on the first of the month.

Extension Classes

(6th, 7th and 8th Grades)

9Chorus/Singing

9Explorations Mixed Media:  Clay, silk painting, tie-dye, paper-making and other media

9Graphic Design/Publication Arts

9Guitar

9Ballet

9Music Technology/Recording

9TAP!

9Dance Technique/Composition

9Acting Technique/Methods

9Adventures in Painting/Drawing

9Video Making

Willow St. Classes

(K-5th Grades)

9Drama/Acting

9Creative Movement-Dance*

9Singing, Rhythm, Instrument Play

9Guitar

9Drumming!!  Cuba, Brazil, Caribbean

9Visual Art:  Mixed Media

9Stained Glass Design

9Ballet*

9TAP!*

9Plaster Casting/Molds

9Adventures in Painting/Drawing

9Explorations in Mixed Media:  Clay, silk painting, tie-dye, paper making and other media

Registration packets are available in both offices.

*NOTE:  All Dance classes are held at the Extension Site Cafeteria at 719 S. Carrollton Ave.  Carpooling is encouraged.

(MUSIC DEPARTMENT HAS BIG PLANS, NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Attention Lusher family:  Greetings from the Music Department!  We are looking forward to an exciting year full of student performances, recordings, guest performances, field trips, and much more.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with ensemble rehearsals and performances.  We are also in need of stereo components (CD player, receiver, turntable) to be donated for use in music classes at the Extension.  Please contact Dan Sumner at 862-5114 if you can be of help.  Thanks!


 

GOOD SCOUTS

 

CUB SCOUT PACK 56 NEWS

Welcome back to all returning Cub Scouts and to all new scouts and their families!

 

SCOUT NIGHT

A meeting to register new boys for Cub Scouts for the upcoming year will take place on Tuesday evening, September 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the Willow Street cafeteria.  All interested boys in grades 1 through 5 are invited to attend with their parent(s).  Scout leaders will be present and will discuss the activities for the upcoming scout year and can register any new scouts.  For more information call Tim Guidry, 455-8046, or Bob Angelico, 556-4112.

 

WELCOME BACK PICNIC

The Welcome Back Picnic for all returning scouts and their families and for all new scouts and their families will be Saturday, September 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Laurel Street entrance to Audubon Park.  Please come and enjoy the park with your families.  Returning scouts, see your Den leaders for information.

 

Chess Moves

LUSHER CHESS CLUB 2000

We are very excited about our prospects for the Chess team this year. Last year Lusher did extremely well in the tournaments and we look forward to even stronger teams this year.  Several individual players placed 4th in the city and 13th in the state competitions.  All of our teams are expected to perform well this year.

The Willow Street club will meet Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m.  until 4:00 p.m.  The Extension club  will meet Tuesdays from 4:40 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.  Chess club will begin Tuesday, September 5, at both sites.

John Parsons will be returning this year as chess coach.  John holds a masters certificate.  He is a two‑time state champion and has really focused our team on game strategy of the game.  Mr. Parsons also holds a BA in psychology.

This year parents will be asked to sign contracts similar to those used for Arts After Hours for two days a week.  We are seeking parent volunteers for the Willow Street site. The fees will remain the same: $10 per month for one day a week, $20 per month for two days per week.  Volunteers will receive a fee discount for each day of volunteer work.  Discounts are offered for siblings.   Please make Chess Cub checks payable to John Parsons.

If you have any questions, please call Jenny Cromer 861‑4129.

 

ATHLETIC BRIEFS

P.E. NOTE TO WILLOW PARENTS

Welcome back to another year of learning.  As a fit mind needs a fit body, here are a few tips to help your child have fun and stay safe during Physical Education classes.

1.  Most important:  Wear appropriate shoes.  Please no sandals or clogs.

2.  Wear comfortable clothes.  Girls should try to wear shorts or pants on P.E. days, or shorts underneath a skirt during P.E.

3.  Participation is required.

4.  P.E. is mostly held outside and it gets very hot during the day.  Students are allowed to bring water bottles, but only water (no sports drinks or sodas) to P.E.

5.  It is recommended that students not wear jewelry to P.E. class.

6.  No eating candy or chewing gum.

I hope these tips will assist you in helping your child have a safe and fun P.E. experience.

Steve Domangue, P.E. Instructor

SEND IN YOUR OLD TENNIS BALLS!

Coach Domangue is accepting the donation of used tennis balls at Willow St.  Bring the tennis balls to Coach Domangue or leave them in the office.

 

BOIL BULLETIN...

SAVE  YOUR SHELLS!

It's time to get cracking, the Lusher Way, that is!  One of our very best sellers at the annual Crawfish Boil is our hand-made confetti eggs.  Volunteers stuff clean, dry, empty egg shells with little bitty pieces of paper.  They glue tissue paper over the hole and package them by the dozen to sell to young school children.  The urchins then run around gaily cracking egg shells on each other's heads until the entire Lusher playground is carpeted with confetti.

The reason this is  so profitable is the confetti egg materials are entirely recycled and free.  What we ask of you parents is that you crack your eggs the following way and save your eggshells: crack the pointed end of each egg so that you have a hole about the size of a quarter.  Preciseness of size is not important, but holes that are too small are difficult to stuff.  After emptying your egg for cooking, rinse the empty shell well.  Place the emptied egg back in a carton.  Bring cartons filled with dry, clean eggs to the cabinet outside either the Willow Street office or the Extension office at your convenience.

Also remember to save your used tissue paper from holidays and other gift-giving occasions.

 

COOL THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KID THIS WEEK

gPut together a summer scrapbook with any ticket stubs, pictures, postcards and other summer memorabilia.

gStart a 2000-2001 school year scrapbook.  Update it weekly.

gTalk about home study habits and homework strategies.  Set up a convenient place for your child to do homework.

gRead together as a family.  Take turns reading a novel aloud, or set aside a little family reading time each night.  Many people find reading for 15 minutes to half an hour before bed time both relaxing and fun.

gBake some cookies together, then share them with a neighbor, or send them to school for a surprise class treat!

gWatch a silly movie together.

gTell your kid how proud you are of him or her, and talk about ways to make this the best school year so far.

gVolunteer at Lusher!

gHug your kid tightly every day.

 

LUSHER LETTER GUIDELINES

Announcements and notices should be left in or faxed to the Willow Street office by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  Information can also be emailed as late as 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to Becky Helfenstein atkzinti@bellsouth.net  (The lusherletter@1coolplace.com address is just a web-based address for the rare email concerning the Letter from other parts of the country and to post on the Lusher webpage.  It is very hard to manipulate submissions sent there and the kzinti address is easier to use.)

Note:  If you are sending your article as an attachment, please save and send it in plain ASCII text format.  Word processor documents other than WordPerfect can't be opened.  Word  documents will not work on the computer on which the Letter is composed.   Please do not try to format your submission with lines, spacing, etc., as your formatting commands must be removed and reformatted to fit within the template.  A simple, bare-bones text submission is the easiest to manipulate.  Either leave paragraphs unindented or tabbed.  Spaced paragraphs mean that all the spacing must be removed and re-entered.

Becky will acknowledge email submissions with a brief note.  If you do not get a reply by 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, she probably didn't get the submission.  If your email or other submissions will be late, please call Becky by 7:00 p.m. at 895-8073 so arrangements can be made.  Items will not run unless you communicate by that time.  Items should not run for more than two consecutive weeks.  If you need to have your message run for a longer period of time, please discuss it with Sheila Nelson at Willow Street.


 

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EXTENSION EXTRAS

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OPEN HOUSE AT THE  EXTENSION

Open House at the Extension will be held on Thursday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m.  We will begin with a general meeting on the front yard, and then invite parents to visit with the teachers in the classrooms.  Hope you can make it!

 

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM BEGINS SEPTEMBER  5

If your child will be attending the Extended Day Program, please remember to send in your permission slips along with the September payment ($25 per month for students on full price lunch, $20 per month for students on free or reduced price lunch).  Remember, Extend Day is from 3:25 p.m. until 4:25 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

 

OFF-LIMITS POLICY

Students have been reminded that stores and shops in the immediate area around the school building are off-limits before school and after school until 4:30 p.m.  This policy has been made for safety reasons.  Thanks parents for cooperating with us on this.

 

EARLY/LATE NOTE

Please be advised that students who must be dropped off at school before 8:10 a.m. are UNSUPERVISED.  For safety reasons, we recommend that any child who must be dropped off early on a regular basis should be registered for the morning ADEPT program.  There is a $10.00 registration fee for ADEPT, but we know it would be worth the cost to have peace of mind about your child's safety, and ADEPT regulations require all students, even occasional drop-ins, to be registered.  See Coach Landrum in the cafeteria if you want to register for ADEPT.

In the afternoon, students are not allowed to roam the school grounds while waiting to be picked up, nor are they allowed to wait for their friends to get out of Extended Day or Arts After Hours.  All students who are waiting to be picked up should be on the front steps of the main building.

Edlets

 

More New Words for Educators

Tragic Marker-the permanent marker you mistakenly use on the dry erase board.

Humor for Educators

Learning Laffs

 

http://www1.minn.net/~llaffs/index.htm

Parents make the difference

 

HELP YOUR CHILD DEVELOP HEALTHY HOMEWORK HABITS

Kids whose parents treat homework lightly have a harder time doing it.  Taking these steps can help ensure your child develops good homework habits:

.Plan a regular time for homework.

.Turn off the TV during this time.

.Provide a quiet, well-organized place to study.

.Be sure your child reads and understands the directions for the assignment.

.Be available to answer questions and give support.

.When your child is confused, contact the teacher right away.

.Don't schedule too many after-school activities.

.Check to see that your child's work is complete and reasonably neat.

.Set clear limits on TV and telephone use.

.Teach time management.  Have your child estimate how long an assignment will take.  Then see how long it really is.

Source:  Diana Townsend-Butterworth, Your Child's First School, 1992

Copyright©  2000 The Parent Institute

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Edlets

More New Words for Educators

Tapework-what you do after you mistake the paper shredder for the test scanning machine.

Technomads-teachers and students who wander the building in search of a working printer.

Time Dismanagement-using the week of class sessions devoted to library research to collect information on what Tammy said to Mindy and why Mindy is so mad at Eric now.

Humor for Educators

Learning Laffs

http://www1.minn.net/~llaffs/index.htm

 

MENUS For Sept. 4-18

Mon:   No school!  Labor Day             Holiday.

Tues:   Hot dog with Chili, Boston        Baked Beans, Apple Cobbler,   Milk

Wed:   Baked Chicken, Mashed          Potatoes, Mixed Veggies,          Wheat Roll, Frozen Cherry       Bar, Milk

Thurs: Spaghetti and Meat Balls,         Salad, Pistolette, Peaches,        Milk

Fri:      Ribettes, Baked Potato,            Spring Salad, kWheat Roll,       Cantaloupe

(Note:  Menus are subject to change without notice.)

Lunch Money Guidelines

Please send your child's lunch money to school in an envelope.  Lunches may be paid for by the day, week, or quarterly.  Make sure the following information is on the outside of the envelope: child's name, grade, teacher and amount of money.  Full-pay lunch is $.65 (Willow St.), $.75 (Extension);  reduced lunch is $.25.  Full-pay breakfast is $.50, reduced breakfast is $.20; extra milk is $.20.  Ms. Johnson is only allowed to extend credit to each student for one day for lunch.

Child's Name:____________

 

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Home Room Teacher:______

 

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Amount:________________


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