This SCHOOL NEWS Page is for all Lyons Residents who want to know what is going on in Lyons’ Schools.
It highlights things that are of General Concern, and not “daily classroom” instruction.
1. Lyons Schools GO VIRTUAL AGAIN, November 30, 2020: The entire SVVSD district is going to go VIRTUAL. Dr. Haddad, our Superintendent sent a message to the schools and all parents to confirm the decision made at the Board of Education meeting to return to at home learning during the three weeks between the Thanksgiving and winter breaks. Click here to hear the full Board meeting.
===Lyons Middle/High School = FINAL GRADES = Per the School: We are working on developing a clear direction for finals and final grades. We recognize that a fully traditional model of finals will not work in a remote learning environment. We will have a NORMAL schedule for the last week of the semester and will NOT be having a traditional “finals week.” That said, some teachers will still give assessments or assign culminating activities, but we are collaborating to make sure it is not overwhelming for students.
===Elementary School = The school had a day, before Thanksgiving, for all students to come and pick up their school supplies.
2. Lyons Middle/High School BLOCK SCHEDULE: The school is moving forward with a “block schedule” approach in the middle school. The teachers feel that the instruction and support will be more effective using this structure. To find out more about this, contact the school.
3. Lyons Middle/High School ICAP TESTING == Despite COVID-19 changes, students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will still be completing ICAP lessons in their Social Studies classes. ICAP is a graduation requirement and completion is documented on a student’s transcript. For more information, reach out to a member of the counseling team. = The High School front office is open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please reach out via phone (303) 823-6631 or email if you have any questions.
4. OPEN ENROLLMENT: St. Vrain offers an Open Enrollment window (December 1 – 15, 2020). = Middle/High School: This is an opportunity to request that your student attend a school of choice, which is outside of their attendance area. In-district students applying to a school outside of their attendance area, as well as students who do not live within district boundaries but want to attend a school in St. Vrain, need to complete the application form. ==The High School front office is open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please reach out via phone (303) 823-6631 or email if you have any questions == This includes Kindergarten and Pre-School Registration at the Elementary School (click to hear the principal’s message).
5. FOOTBALL NEWS: The last scheduled game at Akron, November 20 was lost. The Lyons Recorder is awaiting an article about the game(s), and hope to publish it soon.
6. EASY WAYS TO GIVE: (GROCERY STORES) It will come as no surprise that this year will not be a typical one when it comes to PTO fundraising. We love our events, and can’t wait to be able to get back to normal. In the meantime, please think of Lyons Elementary School when you shop! We have created a handy flyer that outlines how your Amazon, King Soopers, and other purchases can send small kick-backs to Lyons Elementary School. It’s an easy way to help our school and costs you nothing. Please share with friends, family, and co-workers!
7. HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE (Elementary School): The annual Holiday Food Drive is an opportunity for the LES family to help people in need in our community. We collect non-perishable food items, which are given to Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund (LEAF) to augment their weekly food pantry. A bag will be sent home with your child this week. Please fill it with non-perishable food items and plan to return it between November 30th and December 11th, using the wagons that will be set up outside the main doors, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; as well as the Kindergarten/Preschool door. Now, more than ever, LEAF needs our support. To make direct monetary donations in lieu of non-perishables please visit leaflyons.org.
8. Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020! PTO says: On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. We understand that things are difficult for many people right now, but if you are able to make a donation to support our amazing teachers and students, we’d be incredibly grateful. Please schedule your donation now, and it will be processed on December 8th – https://www.coloradogives.org/LyonsElementaryPTO/overview When you donate to the Lyons Elementary School PTO, you’re helping us fund all of the critical expenditures and programs that we support, such as: Science and Leadership, iPads and Chromebooks, air purifiers, classroom furniture, teacher grants, educational supplies, and more! Need even more incentive to give? Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated
9. Curbside Lunch Pickup will be available starting November 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lyons Middle/Senior High School. All lunches continue to be free for students.
10. December 4th – Late Start Day, LES.
11. CHOIR Fundraiser: December 8 – order deadline – Lyons High School CHOIR Fundraiser: Order pies from St. Vrain Market (incl. a gluten free crust option). Order by December 8 at tinyurl.com/lyonspiefundraiser. All pies are $25. Pick up at St. Vrain Market between December 16 and 19. Includes chicken-pot-pie, pumpkin, apple, blueberry, and cherry. All freshly made in town! Freeze them for the holidays.
12. November 23 — January 6: Get Your Own Christmas Tree: Arapaho National Forest to offer Christmas tree cutting permits. Starting Nov. 23 through Jan. 6. See Lyons Recorder article for details.
13. December 9, Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Changing the Legacy of Race & Ethnicity: Conversations for One America – Dr. Rosemarie Allen will moderate an online panel presentation titled ‘Talking to Children about Race.’ Dr. Rosemarie Allen is President and CEO of the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence and a Metropolitan State University of Denver Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education. This session aims to provide parents and caregivers with skills to have these discussions at a pivotal time in our shared history. To learn more or register for this event, visit https://coloradohumanities.org/programs/changing-the-legacy-of-race-ethnicity/
14. Legislative Help: At the special legislative session called by Gov. Jared Polis this week, it was passed by a bipartisan vote to give $20 million to expand Broadband remote learning access, and $45 million to child care center relief – expand programs, conduct training. (For more details on other measures passed, see “NOTES from Your Editor.”
== NEW: rapid increase of COVID-19 cases== UPDATE: November 13: We have posted the letters from both the Elementary and Middle/High School *PRINCIPALS in our latest COVID-19 NEWS article.
== UPDATE: November 19 — please see our latest article about the new “RED LEVEL” restrictions, and an updated count as to how many Lyons school kids have the virus, and number of kids now in quarantine.
This article includes Highlights from the Newsletters sent out by the Lyons Schools to their student families // Plus UPDATES, EVENTS and NEWS gathered by the Lyons Recorder that might be entertaining or educational to Lyons families. === (This page is for general information, and not for detailed instructions to parents and students).