Last LPS Family Weekly Update 5/22/2020

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LPS families,

First of all, THANK YOU! We appreciate your continued partnership and collaboration in supporting your child’s education during this unique time in our history. We know this was not easy. We know there were challenges and every family faced their own unique hurdles. We also saw many achievements and heard countless stories of students finding success through grit and determination. Thank you for your feedback during this process. We have learned many lessons ourselves and will use this experience to help us improve as we move forward.

This is the last regular weekly update email from Lincoln Public Schools. Over the summer, we will communicate information as it becomes available. Please continue to check your email for this information.

We hope you have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you next fall!


Celebrate Lincoln’s Class of 2020 on May 24 at 8:20 p.m.

We are asking for the community’s help in honoring and celebrating this year’s graduating class. On Sunday, May 24, at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time), we encourage everyone in Lincoln to step outside or open their windows to cheer this year’s seniors on what would have been the regularly scheduled graduation day for approximately 3,000 students. High school seniors will then be able to walk into their neighborhoods wearing their caps and gowns and hear the celebrations across the city.

Families and graduating seniors can share photos and videos of their neighborhood celebrations with Lincoln Public Schools to be displayed on a special website.

  • Upload your photos or videos to our special webpage by: home.lps.org/connect/celebrate2020/. Simply click on “upload” at the top of the Live Stream box to see your photos added to others around Lincoln.
  • Post your photos and videos to Twitter and Instagram and use #LNKGrad2020.

Join the conversation and watch the event unfold on our special webpage: home.lps.org/connect/celebrate2020/

Thank you for your help in celebrating the Class of 2020!


#LastWeekLPS

Thank you to everyone who shared their last week of school with us! Visit our special webpage to see all of your posts: https://lps.org/connect/lastday2020/


School Meal Accounts

You can check your student’s meal balance at any time by logging on to the website: www.myschoolbucks.com. You can also request the balance by emailing foodzone@lps.org or calling 402-436-1743. Account balances will automatically be carried over to next school year if your student is remaining at Lincoln Public Schools. Refunds and transfers may be requested by submitting the Student Meal Account Refund or Balance Transfer form to accountsreceivable@lps.org. Payments on any outstanding balances can be made on the website, or by sending payment to Accounting, LPSDO Box 2, PO Box 82889, Lincoln, NE 68510.


Seniors – Haven’t returned your Chromebook yet?

All graduating seniors are expected to return their LPS assigned Chromebooks once they’ve finished instructional activities for the year. If you weren’t able to turn in your Chromebook at your high school during the designated drop off days, please contact our Help Desk at (402) 436-1735 to arrange a time to return it. Unless prior arrangements have been made to accommodate special requests (like summer school), Chromebooks assigned to graduating seniors will be remotely disabled on June 7, 2020.


Chromebooks over the summer

Just a reminder that students in grades 2-11 will be keeping their Chromebooks at home over the summer unless they are leaving Lincoln Public Schools. Below are some things you can do to keep your Chromebook healthy and ready for the fall.

Students may continue to use their Chromebook over the summer for extended learning activities. Just remember:

  • Charge the Chromebook every night
  • Restart the Chromebook daily
  • Carry your Chromebook in the LPS provided protective bag (grades 6-12) or in a personal backpack or other protective case (grades 2-5)
  • Just like during the school year, summer Chromebook use is governed by a responsible use agreement and all websites are filtered by LPS.

Not planning on using the Chromebook during the summer?
If you do not intend to use the Chromebook for more than a few days, plug it in until the battery is fully charged, and then power it completely off.

Families may refer to this resource with best practices to care for the device until school resumes. 


Continue learning over the summer

All students will have access to optional remote learning activities over the summer.  You will be able to find summer activities and lessons on the LPS Remote Learning Site.  Past fourth quarter Remote Learning activities and lessons will remain available on the site as well. More information with links will be sent to families next week.

Special Education

Students and parents will have access to optional remote learning activities beginning May 26, 2020. You will be able to find the activities on the LPS Remote Learning Site. Spring Remote Learning Activities will be available on the site as well.   For students beginning Extended School Year (ESY) services, you will be notified by your child’s case manager on specific dates and times.

Library

One of the very best ways we can help our kids be successful in school is to keep them busy reading outside of school. Your school libraries have great resources and activities to help keep kids engaged in reading, writing, and creating all summer long.

  • Check out the Library Learning Challenges website.  Library Services will continue to publish new Learning Challenges for all grade levels each week, and over 150 exciting pages of previous challenge themes and activities will be available to students and families throughout the summer.
  • Students will still be able to access the read-aloud story times created by teachers at each school.  If you haven’t seen some of the amazing work teachers have done to connect to students through stories, you can see all the submissions for each school HERE.
  • The LPS digital library never closes!  Students and families have access to over 40,000 high-interest ebook titles in Sora, and thousands more in MackinVia and TumbleBooks. You can access all our digital books from this website.
  • Your libraries also offer digital newspapers and magazines through our databases. Go to your school library website to see all the digital options available to families year-round. Home access links and passwords can be found HERE and on your school library website. Reach out to your school librarian with questions!

Community Learning Centers

Lincoln Community Learning Centers will continue to update the Learning: Afterschool Style website throughout the summer. Check back often for updated materials featuring free, high-quality academic and enrichment programming that can be done at home. Lincoln CLCs are also partnering with Lincoln Littles to create Early Childhood materials, which will be added soon.


High School Summer School

Today, May 22, is the final day for regular high school summer school registration. Please see the Summer School website for further directions on how to register.

All students (LPS and non-LPS) living within the LPS attendance boundaries will be able to register during late registration June 2 – June 4 through the Summer School website.

A few reminders:

  • Classes begin Wednesday, June 3 and will end Thursday, July 16. There will not be classes Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 6.
  • Classes will be taught synchronously meaning there will be live direct instruction via Zoom for a portion of each class period and the teacher will hold office hours for the remaining time. Your students are expected to be in attendance for the live instruction given each day.
  • Schedules will be emailed out on June 1 and will be available on StudentVue no later than June 2.

If you have questions about registration please contact your counselor at your home school.


Juniors: ACT Testing

The Nebraska Department of Education is working with ACT to offer a special fall testing opportunity for this year’s juniors (graduating class of 2021) who were unable to participate during April in-school testing. The fall testing will not include the writing portion and scores will not be used for accountability. This testing opportunity is different than ACT National (Saturday) Testing. Students interested in National (Saturday) testing can register on the ACT.org website for a fee. More information will be communicated with you when we have it.


Food distribution

LPS Grab-and-Go meals: Through the month of June!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 25, we will move distribution to Tuesday, May 26.

Any family can pick up free meals weekly for their children ages 1-18 every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information about distribution locations, go to our website lps.org and enter keyword “food”. Right now we plan to  continue serving meals every Monday through June.

From the Food Bank of Lincoln

Any family is welcome to pick up pre-packaged bags of food from the Lincoln Food Bank during their food distribution. More information about their schedule can be found here. 


Kindergarten Registration & Assessment

Do you have or know a child that will be five before July 31 and ready to start kindergarten? It’s time to register! Because of current health directives, we are only taking online registrations at this time. Please visit our website to start the registration process. You will need your child’s birth certificate to get started. If you have questions or can’t fill out the online application, please call your school.


MyLNK App

The MyLNK app provides a free, one-stop guide of resources in Lincoln. This app makes it easy for families to learn about, connect, and utilize services in our community. The MyLNK app works without a data plan or Wi-Fi. It is available to download for both Android and Apple phones. Click here for more information.