Friday, December 7, 2018

Hello Lyons Center Families,

Thank you to the Lyons parents who participated in Parent-Teacher Conferences in November. We appreciate that you’re engaged in your child’s learning. Teachers discussed the iReady assessment results to help families better understand what growth your student can achieve this year.  We're excited to see how much progress they make in their learning as the year goes on!

 Here are a few items of interest as we head into the holidays.  I hope you get to spend some quality time with your children and loved ones!

Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Mosher

Winter Concert
Our Kindergarten and 1st graders will perform their holiday concert on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30.  If you can arrive 5-10 minutes early, that would be ideal.  Hope to see you there!

Wisconsin School Report Card
The Department of Public Instruction published school report cards in November.  Lyons Center  “Exceeds Expectations” which is good news and shows that our school is stronger than the average school in the state and we improved over last year.  That's always the goal, to see growth.

Weather Cancelations
It is hard to believe that we’ve already had a snow day!  Families will learn about snow days through Skylert, on our Lyons Facebook page, and through local media stations.  Even with colder winter weather, students will go outside for recess as much as possible.  Students need their hats, mittens, boots, coat and snow pants for the snow.  Please remember to label these items.  There are a lot of black snow pants out there!

Holiday Break
We hope you enjoy the break December 22-January 1 and have some time to slow down.  We’ll be ready for a new year at Lyons on January 2.  We wish you a cheerful holiday season and a happy new year!

Milwaukee Bucks

Lyons Center will take part in the Milwaukee Bucks Attendance Matters program for the month of January. Any student with perfect attendance will be eligible to participate in the program. This is a great way to get out to see the new arena.

What is it: This program will enable students with perfect attendance during the month of January to receive a certificate from the Bucks with a complimentary ticket offer to a select game.

Bonus: Student-attendees will receive an opportunity to shoot a post-game free throw on the brand new Fiserv Forum court at select games.

What's Coming Up?

January 7-25- Winter iReady testing window
Wednesday, January 23rd- No School --Teacher In-service
Friday, February 15- No School -- Teacher In-service
Thursday, February 21- Private Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 (Tentative)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Happy Monday Lyons Families,

Well finally we have a stretch of sunny weather!  The students should be able to play outside everyday!  It was so good to see many of you at school for the Parent Breakfast on the 12th.  Thank you to Mr. Selbera for setting it up and organizing it.  I appreciate his help this year, as he works toward his 100 hours of practicum for his Masters in Educational Leadership!

Have a great week,

Mrs. Mosher

Red Ribbon Week
Today is the first day of Red Ribbon Week.  Here what the rest of the week will look like:

Lyons Center Spirit Wear
In case you still want to order a Lyons' Spirit item, you have until Wednesday, October 24th. 
Here is the link:

Parent/Teacher Conferences Sign-up on Skyward
Conferences will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13 between 1:30- 7:15 and Thursday, Nov. 14 between 3:30-7:15.

**Please sign up for a conference time on Skyward.  
Go to the BASD website and click on this circle icon in the upper right side of the page: 

Once you put in your password, you will see on the left-hand side a link that says "Conferences" to click on.  Choose your child's name and "select a time."  Just pick any curricular area to select a time.  You can select your 15-minute slot on the schedule for your child's teacher. 

No School this Friday, October 26th
Friday, October 26th will be a teacher professional development day.  The students can sleep in and have a three-day weekend!  (Lucky ducks!)

What's Coming Up
Oct. 26 No School
Oct. 30- Lyons students attend the school forest in the a.m.
Nov. 7 Opera for the Young at 1:30
Nov. 14 1:30-7:30 and Nov. 15 3:30-7:30 Parent/Teacher Conferences and Scholastic Book Fair
Nov. 21-23 No School - Thanksgiving
Nov. 29- Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will present "A Christmas Carol" at 1:00

Friday, September 28, 2018

Hello Lyons Families,

It's been a great start to the school year and the students are adjusting well to their new routines!  It's been a different start to the year for me with sharing myself between two buildings.  Even though I can only be at school half the time, it's going well.  That's because we have the best students here, and the teachers and aides at Lyons Center are very capable professionals!

Mr. Selbera is organizing a Pastries with Parents Breakfast for Friday, October 12.  The information was sent home earlier this week.  I hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Mosher

Lyons Center Spirit Wear
This year we are trying a new way of ordering Spirit Wear.  This is a local company who has offered more shirt styles with our logo and at lower prices.  If you would like to place an order, you can click on the link below. 

Picture Retakes
Thursday, October 4 will be picture retakes- If you want your child's pictures retaken, please return the whole packet that you received.  Candid shots from the classroom and playground will also be taken as well as group pictures of each classroom.

New Assessment Program
We are just starting to give the new iReady assessments.  This program is taking over for the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests that we’ve had for a number of years.  Each student takes a test in both reading and math.  They receive a score and a set of lessons that will adapt to where they are in their learning.  The teachers will have more information on what those student lessons look like and will discuss them with you at conferences in November.

School Year Calendar
As you have probably realized, our school year calendar looks a little different this year.  Instead of the usual Early Release Days, we have six full days off for our teacher in-service work during the year.  Our first one will be next Tuesday, October 2nd and another at the end of the month on Friday, October 26th.  These days will give our teachers more concentrated time for professional development and time to prepare for the work they have to do in their classrooms.  It’s not easy to keep up with the changing times, especially in the education field! 

Seal a Smile
Please turn in your forms by next Wednesday, October 3rd, if you plan on taking part in Seal a Smile this year.  The teeth cleaning will be held here at school on Monday, October 8th.    

What's Coming Up
Oct. 2 No School
Oct. 4 Picture Retakes
Oct. 12 Pastries with Parents Breakfast (Flyer sent home earlier this week)
Oct. 26 No School
Nov. 7 Opera for the Young at 1:30
Nov. 14 1:30-7:30 and Nov. 15 3:30-7:30 Parent/Teacher Conferences- more details to follow
Nov. 21-23 No School - Thanksgiving

A Note from the Breakfast Program!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Hello Lyons Families!

Monday will be a great day for our special trip to Discovery World!  I'll be curious about what the kids will say was their favorite exhibit!

Shifting Principal Roles
Well next year will be a change of pace for me!  I will be sharing my time between Lyons Center and Winkler Elementary.  This change came about due to the resignation of Christine Anderson, the principal at Cooper.  Jackey Syens will take over as Cooper principal, so I have been asked to oversee both Lyons and Winkler.  I'm looking forward to a new challenge, although there will obviously be some adjustments.  When the school year begins, I will probably spend a bit more time at Winkler getting to know everyone there.  I'm sure the students at Lyons will be unfazed because they will still see me everyday.  It's nice to know they are in good hands with the capable and caring staff at Lyons.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call me anytime.

Daycare Before and After School
We still don't have a definite answer about daycare at Lyons next year.  Thank you to those who took the time to fill out the survey.  I don't think there will be enough students for before-school care (11), but  after-school care may be possible (17).  I will let you know what I find out about daycare AND 4K! 

New BASD Website
Check out our new website!  Once you get used to navigating it, I'm sure it will be much more user friendly!  new BASD website
Here is a short video to teach you where to find things:  2-minute video for a quick overview of the page

As we round out the year, here are a few activities you may want to put on your calendar:

Thursday, May 10th- 4th graders go to Waller to watch Racine Symphony Orchestra in a.m.
Thursday, May 17th- Early Release at 1:10
Monday, May 21st- Talent Show at 2:15 (Flyers should have been sent home Friday.)
Friday, May 25th- Memorial Day sing in p.m.
Thursday, May 31st- 4th graders visit Dyer in a.m.
Thursday, June 7th- Field Day (PTO will be sending out sign-up sheets)
Friday, June 8th- Early Release on LAST DAY OF SCHOOL at 1:10

Have a great week!
  Special Friends and Family Lunch!

Thank you to Alisha Dei and Lisa Allen for all their work at the Book Fair!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happy Spring Lyons Families!

Here are a few important reminders and events you may want to put on your calendars:

Spring Conferences
We will be holding private conferences on Thursday, April 19th from 3:30-6:30.  This will be a night for anyone who wants to meet with a teacher in private or if a teacher requests a conference.  

We will hold our Student-Led Conferences on Tuesday, April 24th from 3:30-6:30.  This will include all students and they will be the ones leading the conference to explain how they have progressed this year.  We hope to see everyone here!  More information will be coming home as we get closer to the date.  (There will also be the Scholastic Book Fair going on during conference week.)

2nd and 4th Grade Spring Concert
The spring concert will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30.  Students can arrive by 6:20 and go to the music room.  

Special Friends and Family Lunch
We're inviting any family members or special adults in the children's lives to eat lunch on Friday, April 20th.  We won't limit the amount of people, and we will add seating in the gym in case we need more room.  Kindergarten/1st graders will be eating at 11:30 and 2nd/4th graders will eat at 12:00.  (There will be a Scholastic Book Fair going on in Room 101.)

The menu entree will be chicken drum sticks (or hot dog or turkey sandwich), french fries, baked beans and strawberries.  The cost for adults will be $3.50.  We will send home order forms beforehand, so you can reserve your lunch.  Of course you can bring in a lunch if you choose.

Seal a Smile
On Tuesday, April 3rd the students will be able to get their teeth cleaned again by Seal a Smile.  If your child took part in the fall, they will be automatically checked again.  If you haven't taken part and want to, please fill out the attached form or let the office know and we will send home a hard copy.
Before and/or After-School Daycare
We are thinking of adding childcare before and after school here at Lyons next year.  We will need a certain amount of students to make that happen.  If you would be interested in paying for your child to take part, I will be sending home a survey soon.  I have been in contact with Lakeland's Little Learners out of Elkhorn to provide care.  I'm hoping it works out.

Lyons Center 4K and Wrap-Around Care
4K here at Lyons is still a viable option.  Please let others know that they should register their child and request Lyons Center.  Transportation is available to those families who live in the district.  We will also be looking into the possibility of wrap-around care for those students who need it.     

All School Field Trips
Our school will be attending two field trips in April.  You will be receiving permission slips as we get closer to the dates. 
Thursday, April 19 to School Forest (in Burlington) from 9-11
Monday, April 30 to Discovery World (in Milwaukee) from 8:30-3:00


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hello Lyons Families!

Here are a few updates to remember!

Yearbook Orders
The ordering envelopes were sent home on Tuesday with students.  Yearbook orders need to be turned in by March 30th.  The cost is $8.50.

PTO Detergent Fundraiser
The bright yellow order forms were sent out a few weeks ago.  If you would like to order a 5-gallon pail of laundry detergent, the orders are due on March 21st.  The cost is $40 and $2.50 if you need a spout.  They will be here on April 4th. 

Considering 4K at Lyons 
The district would like to offer a 4K class at Lyons next year.  It will be dependent on the number of students who register.  So please talk to your friends and neighbors who have children who turn 4 years old by September 1st.  Anyone can request Lyons and transportation is available to district residents.  You will be able to request the school/facility during 4K screening on April 23rd.  Help us get the word out!  

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Mosher