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LCPS Superintendent: Welcome Back, Are You Ready for School?

This back-to-school message comes from Jacqueline Johnston, new superintendent of L'Anse Creuse Public Schools.

It’s hard to believe that summer has slipped away so quickly and we are embarking on a new school year. Our staff is eager to get back into the classroom and meet their students.

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Will your child be ready? I have a few suggestions to help your child have a good start, whether they are a first-time kindergartener, transitioning to middle or high school, or somewhere in-between.

First, continue reading with your child or encourage the older child to spend time reading each day. Students may be required to focus on silent reading in their classroom, so now is a good time to instill that habit.

Shopping for school supplies or clothes with your child can be one way to get your child excited about the start of school. A new backpack, pack of crayons, or shoes, in addition to your encouragement, can be comforting to the child who may have some apprehension. If your child is entering a new school, visit the school beforehand so they are familiar with the entrance, the playground, and the bus drop-off area. Attend the parent orientation night with your child to meet the teacher, see the classroom, navigate the hallways, and find the restrooms. Minimizing the unknowns can alleviate some of the anxiety your child may be feeling.

Provide the school with your current contact information, and sign up for email
notifications and newsletters. At the middle and high school level, Parent Portal
gives parents the ability to view their children's grades, attendance, and other school information securely via the Internet. Through Parent Portal, parents can also email their child’s teacher easily. Information on logging in to Parent Portal is available from your child’s school office staff. The two-way communication between parent and staff increases success for all.

Prepare for the first day of school now by having your child go to bed earlier, wake up on a schedule, and eat regular meals. On the night before school starts, have everything ready: pack a lunch, prepare any necessary paperwork and have the backpack at the door.

Prepare a good breakfast on the first day of school, as students will be hungry, especially if they’ve not eaten on a set schedule over the summer.

Establish your routine on the first day. If your child will be a bus rider, put them on the bus on that first day. They will meet the bus driver, get comfortable with the route, know how to exit the bus, line up and enter the school. If you want to greet your child at school on the first day, we would encourage you to drive separately to the school to allow your child to establish the bus routine. Remind older students to bring their schedules and write down locker numbers and combinations in a safe place for future reference.

I’m looking forward to having our students, staff and parents back at school. Our goal is to provide a challenging curriculum, ongoing support for our students, and a great year for each and every L’Anse Creuse student. L’Anse Creuse embraces a community where all people work together so that everyone succeeds. Volunteer at your child’s school, sit at the table with your son or daughter during homework time, and help when you can, have plenty of appropriate reading materials available, talk to your child’s teacher regularly and use Parent Portal to stay informed. Together, we can help our kids be the
best they can be!

-- Superintendent Jacqueline Johnston, L'Anse Creuse Public Schools

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