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Lower School Parent Letter

August 2016

Greetings Lakes International Lower School Parents,

What an exciting time for students to be part of LILA! We recently hosted Camp Dragon with students and staff from China attending camp with LILA students. We also wrapped up Camp del Sol and Camp Taiyang last week, with lots of learning, fun, and friendship all around! Looking forward to the school year, preparations are in full swing! Renovation on the LILA Annex is on schedule, and will be ready for our Kinder Prep students and our fifth-grade Spanish immersion classes by the start of school. Classes have been created, with much input, thought, and care at the Lower School, and the Upper School is finishing up student schedules, with about 35 students registered for our inaugural high school grades….and about 250 students right behind them in grades 6, 7, and 8.

New Parent Communication Tool
To help improve school-family communication, we are switching to a new Student Information System, called Infinite Campus. (We have discontinued use of TIES SchoolView.) With Infinite Campus, you should notice an easier time logging in, updating phones, emails, and addresses, and accessing report cards. In addition, this system has its own parent “Messenger” system, so if you keep your email address updated in the main system, it automatically updates in the message system. It’s the best way to ensure you will receive notices of snow days or other vital and time-sensitive announcements. The system also allows parents to select how you receive messages from the school, by type. For example, you can opt to receive weather-related messages (e.g., school is dismissing two hours early due to weather) on your mobile, work, and home phones and all email addresses. But you may want to receive general messages (e.g., PTO meeting notices) only by text and email. With Infinite Campus, it’s your choice!

Welcome Conferences August 25 or August 31
New teachers arrived on August 15, and returning teachers followed on August 22. All are excited to see you at Welcome Conferences on August 25 or August 31. Please note: Conferences are scheduled before and after yours, so we ask that you arrive promptly. Call or email the front desk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you need to reschedule. We encourage you to bring your child’s school supplies and pick up bus name tags for younger students during Welcome Conferences. Also, please address any required paperwork, as listed on the following page.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children back to Lakes International this fall!

Sincerely,

Cam Hedlund                                     Shannon Peterson      
LILA Executive Director                      LILA Director                                                          

Start of School Year LILA Lower School Parent To Do List:

REQUIRED ONE TIME ONLY:

• Bookmark the parent portal for future reference:  https://mncloud3.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/lila.jsp  (Also available on the school website: www.mylila.org.)

• Update your contact information, if necessary, by clicking on the HOUSEHOLD INFORMATION tab to update your details.

• Set your contact preferences by clicking on the CONTACT PREFERENCES link. As you decide how you would like to receive each kind of message, use this guide:

        Emergency: for school closures, etc. (Please check all forms of message receipt; this message type will be used very rarely.)

        Attendance: to learn about your child’s unexcused absences from school, on the day of the absence.

        Behavior: this notification system will not be used this year at Lower School.

        General Notification: reminders about school-wide activities, the weekly LILA Update, etc.

        Priority Notification: non-emergency health or time-sensitive communication.

        Teacher: for weekly newsletters and updates from your child’s teacher.

• Designate your emergency contacts for each of your LILA students. (For those with more than one child at LILA, first, select a student at the top.) Click on the DEMOGRAPHICS tab, then select the “Add Contact” button to add the names of any close friends or family members you would allow to pick your child up from school, for example, in the case of illness. Please designate the order in which you’d like them to be contacted (for example, in case of illness with no parents answering calls) by designating a “contact order” as you enter the contact info. This must be done for each child attending LILA.

DO EACH YEAR:

• Click on the SCHEDULE tab to find your child’s teacher’s name and read the introduction letter. (If you have multiple LILA student, "Select A Student" at the top of the page first.)

• In August, sign up for a Welcome Conference time for your K-5 student(s).

• Complete a Caring School Climate Survey for each child returning to LILA; the survey is about the 2015-16 school year.

REQUIRED AS APPLICABLE:

• Complete necessary Student Transportation documents:

Complete a walking/biking permission form (grades 3 – 5 only) if you want your child to be allowed to bike or walk home from the Main Campus or LILA Annex building.

Complete a bus change form “Change in Student Pick-Up/Take-Home” if your child takes the bus but is not (or not always) picked up/dropped off at home. Due 8/15; must be completed annually.

Complete a Method of Pick-Up Form if your child is new to LILA or if you are changing your after school pick-up method this year.

Complete a Student Bus Enrollment Form if your child is new and you live within District 831 boundaries.

• Complete any necessary Health forms:

Complete a Health Information Form if your child is new to LILA of if there have been any changes in your child’s health status since last August.. (Note: students entering Kinder and 7th grade are due for vaccinations before school starts.)

Complete an Authorization to administer medication (must be completed annually).

• Complete School Breakfast and Lunch forms:

Please register for School Free & Reduced Lunch if your family could be economically eligible. Unlike past generations, today other students and staff cannot see if a child receives free or reduced lunch as he/she goes through the lunch line at school; students simply punch in their number like everyone else. Yet, the reduced price can help your family, and knowing the true number of eligible families could help LILA by giving us access to additional grants and revenue streams, too.

Register for PayPams to pay online for School Breakfast and Lunch.

• Complete a Volunteer Background Check Form for school or field trip volunteers; required every 3 years.

RECOMMENDED

Download the Infinite Campus Mobile App on your phone, for even easier access! Our Infinite Campus district ID is: VBLNGT.

OPTIONAL

If you want to keep your Pre-K-5 child’s photo from being publsihed this year (e.g., submitted to newspapers, used in LILA brochures or ads), please send a written message titled DO NOT USE PHOTO with your child’s name, grade, and teacher to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you want to “opt out” of the LILA Phone Directory, a document shared only with other LILA families, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know that you would like your address, phone, and/or email excluded from the directory. Note: your child’s name will still be included in the directory, as part of a classroom list, to help with holiday greetings, party invitations, student counts for snack purposes, and other simple needs parents have throughout the year.

Check out Explorer Club for grades K-5 to register for before- and after-school child care.

THANK YOU!

LILA Wins 5 Readers' Choice Categories

The Forest Lake Times announced its 2016 Readers' Choice Awards, and LILA won by popular vote in five categories:

  • Best Public School
  • Best Principal: Cam Hedlund
  • Best Tutoring Program
  • Best Teacher: Erin Voss
  • Best Summer Camp

We're especially honored to have one of our teachers selected as the very best of the best in the Forest Lake area. WOW! Thank you to everyone who voted!

2016ReadersChoice

Exciting Plans Are Underway for Fall 2016!

Please take a moment to read the Spring 2016 Update from Cam and Shannon:

 High School

As the Headwaters Campus makes room for grades 9 - 12, we are excited to provide the opportunity for our students to continue under the umbrella of the IB, as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). We also welcome new students in grades 6- 12; students who join us in Upper School are not required to have previous second language experience!

We have already hired some exceptional teachers. Look for more information and teacher bios to be published next month. If you know students ages 11 to 17 who are thinking about starting with us in grades 6-12, please have them contact us or come on a tour soon.

5th Grade

Part of the reconfiguration for the Headwaters Campus calls for moving the 5th grade back to the Main Campus. We have plans before the City Planning Commission to add four classrooms at some point in the future at the Main Campus, and to immediately renovate the LILA Annex building to make good classroom space for 5th grade. We most likely will have four fifth-grade classrooms next year at the Annex, which will be in newly renovated spaces. Fifth graders will have their lunch, media, and gym periods in the Main Campus buildings. Our scheduling will prioritize 5th grade to minimize travel across the street. We have also told the ambulance service that we will need that space back at the end of their lease in December 2016. This space will be renovated into Special Education and subject specialist classrooms.

Long-Range Plans

The LILA school board’s strategic plan is to provide an IB curriculum from Pre-K through 12th grade. We anticipate providing international travel opportunities for our Upper School students who want to participate. We are in the process of arranging an educational trip to China next fall or winter, which would include shadowing Chinese students in their school, staying with a Chinese family, and visiting several important cultural sites as well. In addition, we’re gathering information about internships, PSEO, service trips, and other educational experiences outside the classroom for our Upper School students. We’re open to ideas! Our goal is to create global citizens and lifelong learners. We’re glad you’re part of the LILA community to help make that happen!