November 9, 2020 Attention #158Strong Families & Community: Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in our area, all Lansing School District 158 facilities will be closed this week through Friday, November 13. E-Learning for all students will continue during this time, staff will be available remotely, and grab-and-go meals will continue to be offered on Wednesday, November 11. Onsite student testing and services will transition temporarily to a virtual format. Please email your child's principal with any questions. Take care and stay safe. Sincerely, Lansing School District 158 9 de noviembre, 2020 Atención Familias y Comunidad #158Fuerte: Debido al aumento de los casos de COVID-19 en nuestra área, todos los edificios del Distrito Escolar 158 de Lansing permanecerán cerrados esta semana hasta el viernes 13 de noviembre. El E-Learning para todos los estudiantes continuará durante este tiempo, el personal estará disponible de forma remota y las comidas para llevar continuarán ofreciéndose el miércoles 11 de noviembre. Los exámenes y los servicios de los alumnos en el sitio pasarán temporalmente a un formato virtual. Por favor envíe un correo electrónico al director de su hijo con cualquier pregunta. Cuídense y manténganse sanos. Atentamente, Distrito Escolar de Lansing 158
October 30, 2020 Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Lansing School District 158 will be holding Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences next Monday, November 2, 1:00-8:00 PM at all five of our schools. Please contact your child's teachers to sign-up if you haven't already. There will be no school on Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day and our buildings will remain closed on Wednesday, November 4 for deep cleaning. E-Learning will continue to take place on November 4-6 next week and our staff will be available while working remotely. Contact the office of your child's school with any questions and Happy Halloween! Sincerely, Lansing School District 158
For the first time in history, District 158 has received the Those Who Excel Award from the Illinois State Board of Education! A total of five individuals and one school are winners. CONGRATULATIONS to Lester Crawl Primary Center for receiving the 2020 Award of Excellence and being named a top Educational Team in the state! We will be releasing the other winners each day next week. Stay tuned! #LittleLearners #158Strong
Lester Crawl was the recipient of the generosity of Enchanted Backpack! Angela Okroi applied in the fall of 2019 and the delivery was completed on August 20, 2020. Staff cheered as the custodial staff wheeled in a van load of supplies for our students and staff. Staff are sorting through the boxes and will start reaching out to the families. Thank you Mrs. Okroi for taking the initiative to apply for Lester Crawl's #LittleLearners - you are #158Strong!
District 158 is honored to be named a 2020 National Finalist and Closing the Achievement Gap Runner-Up for District Administration's Districts of Distinction Award! We have been recognized for creating equity in facilities to better serve our at-risk student populations. Looking forward to continuing this initiative with the renovation and expansion of Lester Crawl. Stay tuned! #158Strong
June 8, 2020 Attention Parent(s)/Guardian(s): Lansing School District 158 will be starting summer food service tomorrow 9:00-11:00 AM at Coolidge Elementary School. Procedures will be the same as grab-and-go meals during the school closure - please drop by for your breakfast and lunch! We will also safety be rescheduling a few activities that were planned for last week, including reverse car parades and diploma pickup at Memorial Junior High. Be on the lookout for communication from your child's school with more information. We wish all of our families an enjoyable start to the summer. Take care and be safe, Lansing School District 158
June 1, 2020 Attention Parent(s)/Guardian(s): It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that all activities at District 158's five schools - including grab-and-go-meals at Coolidge, diploma pickup at Memorial, and car parades at our elementary buildings - are being cancelled on June 2-3, 2020 due to ongoing safety concerns. The start of summer meals is also being postponed until further notice. We will inform you when these activities will resume and again appreciate your flexibility during these difficult and unprecedented times. This may not be how we were planning to end the 2019-2020 school year but the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families are of the utmost importance. District 158's staff will continue to be available remotely and parents who would like to setup individual, reserved registration appointments starting this Thursday, June 4 may still do so. Remember that all appropriate safety precautions will be observed. We wish all of our families well with the end of the school year and start of Summer Break. Please keep calm, be safe, and stay #158Strong! Sincerely, Lansing School District 158
May 31, 2020 Attention Parent(s)/Guardian(s): Please be aware that all onsite activities at District 158's five schools, including grab-and-go-meals at Coolidge, are cancelled tomorrow due to safety concerns communicated by the Village of Lansing. We deeply regret any issues this may present for our families and appreciate your flexibility during these challenging times. Staff will continue to be available remotely tomorrow. We will inform you if any additional closures are needed the rest of the week. Sincerely, Lansing School District 158
Our #158Strong families have been dropping by this week to pickup their students' belongings. Please join us today (Wednesday, May 13) at Coolidge, Oak Glen, and Reavis 9:00-11:00 AM or Memorial 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (sixth grade) if you haven't had a chance to do so. Memorial's graduates have also been taking pictures in their caps and gowns, which are being provided free this year because of the pandemic. Look for an announcement soon about our #MightyMustangs Graduation - we are incredibly proud of our eighth graders! This may not be how any of us pictured ending the year but we're having fun, staying safe, and celebrating the end of the year together. Parents, thank you for your partnership during this unprecedented time. #CoolidgeCares #OakGlenGrizzlies #RoadrunnerPride
Music Teacher Mrs. Stephens would love for you to sing along for fun! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyRQG5szedhtTDR9DcTiAGg/?app=desktop&fbclid=IwAR0Ml-nTPE7m9Kn_Yy1E-jZZjdcNWvhQJ58dIXxIeOIwCHL3v4jgMHrROBA
Lansing School District 158 has been named a 2020 Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation! This is a national award that has only been given to 754 school districts across the United States this year. Congratulations to our #158Strong Music Team - Mr. Becker, Mrs. DiGrispino, Ms. Rumbles, Mrs. Stephens, and Mrs. Yonkers - for the excellent work they are doing to educate Lansing's students in the fine and performing arts!
In response to COVID-19 developments, some internet providers are offering free services to low-income families and households with students. https://5il.co/eoau
Attention Families: In addition to grab-and-go meals being offered at Coolidge and other local TFEC sites, see the link below for a meal finder that will help you find food services while schools are closed. Keep Calm and Stay #158Strong! https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids
Reavis Principal Mr. Kostopoulos completed the final preparations for Home Learning Activities Week 3. These new activities can be found on the district website. Paper copies can be picked up from the Coolidge Kitchen (Door 4) from 9:00 am to 11:00 am when our grab-and-go meals are also available. Happy learning!
District 158 has been safely completing our donation of 50 refurbished laptop computers to families in need during the school closure. The picture below is from Reavis last week. This initiative allows more students to remain engaged in learning activities and access educational technology. Computers are being donated at all five schools. Thanks to our #158Strong Board of Education for approving this!
Even though we're practicing safe social distancing because of the shelter-in-place, our #158Strong District Leadership Team is still meeting, planning, and doing everything we can to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and continuity of education for our students. This picture is from our most recent video conference. Email is the best way to get ahold of us right now - we look forward to hearing from you!
Mrs. Garcia's preschool class has been missing the sun in the sky so they took matters into their own hands. They made suns in the art center and compiled them to make a "Missing Sun" bulletin board. Today the sun reappeared in the sky. Thank you Mrs. Garcia's class for bringing the sunshine back to Lansing!
Lester Crawl's first Parent Cafe for the year! Our new Parent Educator Ms. Hohenstein, facilitated a meet and greet for the preschool parents by playing a game called Front and Center. This was a time to enjoy breakfast, get to know other parents, and receive some community support materials. The next Parent Cafe will be held in November.
Kindergarten students at Lester Crawl are learning about teeth using hard boiled eggs. An experiment was performed to see what would happen if a hard boiled egg was put in different liquids. After students made their predictions, they observed the results. The shell in this picture dissolved after being put in vinegar and the egg acted like it has a cavity!
Lester Crawl School held a “Tech Free Night” for their families on Tuesday, February 19. The evening began with stories read by our guest readers: Board Vice President Mrs. Long, Superintendent Mr. Schilling, and Physical Education Teacher Mrs. Yonkers. Families were then able to enjoy quality time playing various board games with each other. The evening concluded with the attendees being able to select books to bring the joy of reading home.
Lester Crawl’s Parent Resource Specialist, Mrs. Halper, led a Parent Cafe this week on Nutrition and Healthy Habits. Parents of preschool children participated in a snack challenge and were introduced to yoga poses that our students learn at school to calm their bodies. If you look carefully, you will see some parents with ear pieces that allow them to hear the presentation in Spanish. District Interpreter Mrs. Boshears was doing the translating.