Lino Lakes Elementary

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  • Welcome back

    The first day of school is Tuesday September 8, 2020.  We are excited to have students in the building again.  

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  • Lino Logo    Forest Lake Area Schools Logo

    Our school district is planning to start the school year with all elementary (including preschool and early childhood) students coming fully back to school in person in September, while also providing a distance learning option for families (see more information on the distance learning option below).
    While this is exciting news, we want to remind families that this plan is based on state guidelines for communities like ours, with a low number of local COVID-19 cases. If COVID-19 cases begin to increase locally, elementary families should be prepared to move into a “hybrid” schedule (more information about that below) or even full distance learning if the pandemic situation worsens.
    We know that families are eager for additional information about school this year, and we will continue to provide updates during the month of August and into September. The information below includes all of the details we can share with you so far:
    Academics
    Students will have access to the same classroom-based academic instruction and services that we would offer in a normal school year, including specialist classes like music, media and physical education.
    Teachers will increase their use of technology resources like SeeSaw (K-2 grade) and Google Classroom (3-6 grade) in order to make it easier for students to stay connected to their learning when they have to be home for illness or quarantine reasons.
    COVID-19 Safety
    At this time, we are able to bring students fully back into the classroom because our level of community spread is low. With less of the disease spreading in our community, it is less likely that a student or teacher will be exposed to it in our school.
    In addition, our elementary schools will implement the following safety protocols:
    Increased physical distancing
    With all students fully back in school, we cannot achieve a full 6 feet of distance between students in all settings, but we will spread out classroom desks/tables as much as possible. We will also create new procedures for limiting contact between students while moving through the hallway, using the restroom and working in other common areas.
    Masks for all students and teachers
    In compliance with the Governor’s mask requirement, all students and staff will wear masks throughout the day. (more information about the mask requirement is available on our website) Families are encouraged to get a supply of well-fitting masks for their student and use the next month to help their student adjust to wearing a mask. We will have masks available for students who do not have their own, or students who forget or lose their mask. We are also exploring the idea of building in “mask break” times, likely outside, where students could safely take a short break from wearing their mask.
    Increased cleaning and sanitation
    We will build in more structured time for students to wash their hands. Staff will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting desks, classrooms and high-touch areas (door knobs, etc.). Our staff uses safe disinfecting products that are approved for use around young children in schools.
    Clear protocols for student or staff illness
    Our health office will have a separate area for students who experience COVID-like symptoms. Any confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case will be handled under the protocols established by the Minnesota Department of Health.
    Family screening at home prior to attending school
    Families will be asked to screen their child at home for signs of illness (temperature, cough, etc.) prior to attending school each day. In the next few weeks, we will provide a decision guide so that families can clearly understand when it is safe to send their child to school, and when it is not.
    Is it possible that we could move into a hybrid learning scenario?
    Yes, if the COVID-19 situation worsens in our community and we see an increased number of local cases, we will move into a hybrid scenario for our elementary students.
    Under a hybrid scenario, students will be divided into two groups (maroon and gold) and each group will attend school in person on alternating days, with a day of at-home learning in between. In preparation for this possibility, students will be assigned a maroon or gold group prior to the start of the school year, and we will provide a color-coded school calendar showing which days maroon students attend school and which days gold students attend school.
    What if I want to choose Distance Learning (Ranger Academy)?
    Students in Kindergarten through grade 6 who choose distance learning will be enrolled in our new Ranger Academy and will be assigned to an experienced and licensed teacher and class of students who are learning remotely. Ranger Academy will use our school's technology resources but will also provide paper copies of materials when needed. Students will be expected to have daily interaction and instruction with their teacher during regular school hours.
    Technology resources for Ranger Academy
    SeeSaw (grades K-2)
    Google Classroom (grades 4-6)
    Google Meet (for virtual class or student/teacher interaction)
    Typical Ranger Academy Day
    Daily interactive instruction through live chat, virtual group lessons or individual lessons, or phone chat
    Attendance will be recorded based on daily interactive contact between student and teacher, participation in virtual group learning, and/or turning in completed work
    Typical grading systems will be used to provide feedback on student progress
    Choosing Ranger Academy
    Families who choose Ranger Academy will be asked to make that choice for the full 2020-2021 school year. Families who are interested in distance learning via Ranger Academy should fill out our online form by August 14.
    What should families be doing now?
    With a little more than a month before school starts, here are some things that parents can do now to prepare their child and family for school:
    Save the date of Wed. Sept. 2 from 4:30-- 6:30 for our virtual school open house
    Purchase a well-fitting mask(s) for your child and help him/her get used to wearing it
    Purchase school supplies. Please do not send cleaning products, wipes or hand sanitizers with your child, as these retail products are not approved for use in a school setting. The school will provide approved hand sanitizers, wipes and cleaning supplies.
    Make sure your child has a water bottle to bring to school. Drinking fountains will be closed per CDC guidelines, but water bottle refill stations will still be accessible.
    Begin thinking about your family’s plan for childcare in case we must move into a hybrid or full distance learning scenario.
    When can I expect more details?
    There are an immense number of details involved in operating a school during a pandemic. We continue to plan, prepare and review all of the various contingencies and will be sending out additional information at least once per week.
    What if I still have questions?
    As with anything you may need or wonder about, feel free to reach out to me if you have additional questions about school this fall. I may not be able to answer every question immediately, but I will work to find an answer.
    I want to reiterate my gratitude to our staff, students, and families who have partnered with us this summer to work collaboratively on a completely new way to design our schools and deliver educational excellence. This has been a challenging and uncertain time and we thank you for your messages of support, feedback, and willingness to work alongside us to be innovative and work through the MDE guidelines.
    We look forward to seeing you all this fall.
    Mr. Geary, Principal
    651-982-8851 or sgeary@flaschools.org
     
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    Who wants to be our newest Lino Lightning?

     

    Kindergarten Registration

    Kindergarten classes are filling up fast for the 2020/2021 school year. Register now!! Kindergarten Enrollment Forms   Email aredepenning@flaschools.org                   or  call 651-982-8850 for more information!!  

     

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  • 2020/2021 School Supply List

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  • Update Contact Information

    • Are you moving this summer? Changing jobs? If you have changed your home address, email, cell or work telephone numbers please call the Lino Lakes Elementary main office at 651-982-8850 as soon as possible. It is very important that this information is current in our system. If your student lives in two households, each household should have their contact information available.

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  • School Bus

    Bus Change Requests

    • If your child will be picked up or dropped off at an address other than your home address you will need to fill out a bus change form.  You can download the form Bus Stop Change Request and email it to aredepenning@flaschools.org, drop it off at school, or fax it to 651-982-8891.  

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  • Full Day Preschool 2020/2021

    Full Day Preschool is offered at seven locations throughout the district for four and five-year-old children. It is solely funded through parent fees. Since the Full Day program does not receive any state funding the program fully relies on parent fees to offer high-quality programming for our students.  Click here for more information.

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  • During a guidance lesson, students were encouraged to participate in the "Do Good From Home" challenge to help spread kindness during this time. Here are some of the acts of kindness that the caring students of Lino did! #DoGoodFromHome

    Acts of Kindness

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  • A message from Lino Lakes Elementary:

    A message from Lino Lakes Elementary

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  • Lino Staff is Thinking About Their Students!!

    Collage

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  • Starting Wednesday, March 18th, our building will be closed. Please call 651-982-8850 or email aredepenning@flaschools.org with any questions or concerns. 

     

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  • Our students made hands with statements about making Lino better. The hands turned into this magnificent bird. Click here to learn more about our school.

    Mrs. Standfield's guidance lesson

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  • We are Lightning!

    Lino Lightning

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  • Hours and Important Contact Information


    Main Office: 651-982-8850

    School Hours: 9:00am - 3:40pm
    Health Office: 651-982-8852/llattendance@flaschools.org

    School Age Care/Sonic: 651-982-8862
    Transportation: 651-982-8190

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  • Lino Lightning Lunch Schedule

    Kindergarten        11:25

    1st Grade                11:40

    2nd grade                11:55

    3rd Grade              12:10

    4th Grade              12:25

    5th Grade              12:40

    6th Grade              12:55

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  • Recess

    We believe students need fresh air and physical activity, therefore all students will go outside for their assigned grade level recess time. Please be sure your child is properly dressed for the various weather conditions. During winter months, this includes wearing a hat or ear band, mittens, snow pants, jacket, and boots. Students will go outside unless the temperature/wind chill is below -10 degrees. 

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  • School Closing Information Links


    The Forest Lake Area School District will work to provide you with school closing information as quickly and early in the morning as possible. However, sometimes there is a delay between the time local TV and radio affiliates are notified and the school closure information is broadcast to the public.

    The following links provide information on how the decision to close schools is determined and where to find the most up-to-date school closing information:

    School District Emergency Weather Hotline: (651) 982-8143

    ♦ Forest Lake Times article: Why and when weather forces Forest Lake Area Schools to close 

    ♦ WCCO - School Closing Information

    ♦ KSTP - School Closing Information

     

    ♦ KARE 11 - School Closing Information

     

    If school is closed due to inclement weather the SAC/Sonic program will be open at three locations for any students that are already enrolled in the program.  Those locations and phone numbers are :
    Lino Lakes Elementary    651-982-8862
    Forest View Elementary   651-982-8221
    Wyoming Elementary      651-982-8014
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  • Here Comes the Bus now available

    • View the real-time location of your child's bus
    • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
    • Receive push notifications or email alerts
    • Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time, every time

    Here Comes the Bus

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  • E-Learning Days

    As you may have heard, we have implemented e-Learning days that will allow our students to continue learning on days when school is cancelled for weather-related reasons. These e-Learning days will only be implemented if more than two school days must be cancelled this year -- in other words, the first two “snow days” of the school year will not be e-Learning days.

     

    If forecasts suggest that an e-Learning day might be possible, you can expect more communication on this topic from your child’s school and/or teachers with specific information about what students should do.

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  • Free and Reduce Price Lunch

    Our Nutrition Services department offers free and reduced-price lunch for qualified students. You can apply online for this benefit.

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  • School Supplies Program Registration

    The Rangers Supporting Rangers School Supply Program assists families in the district who have a financial need by providing backpacks and school supplies. This program is entirely funded by grants and private donations.

    Rangers Supporting Rangers is currently accepting registrations from families with children attending Forest Lake Area Schools for the 2020-21 school year. For those families who register in advance, backpacks and supplies will be available before school starts in September. You will be contacted with more information later this summer.

    To register for this program contact Tracy Angelo with questions at 651-982-8110 or tangelo@flaschools.org.

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  • LINO LAKES ELEMENTARY STEM SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH RANGERS SUPPORTING RANGERS

    Lino Lakes Elementary STEM School has partenered with Rangers Supporting Rangers to bring a weekend food program to our school for students who face a food gap during the weekends. We are very pleased and excited to be able to participate in this program.


    Moving forward, financial sponsors will be essential in the successful continuation of this weekend food program at our school. If you represent a local business, community organization or are a family interested in pledging support please make checks payable to "Rangers Supporting Rangersand send to our guidance counselor, Mrs. 
    Stanfield, at Lino Lakes Elementary STEM school

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