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Dear Parent / Guardian,  

As part of HB123, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. On October 19th, we are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help. 

SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.  

Through the program, students learn: 

  • that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help  

  • how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend 

  • to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend 

  • who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it  

Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a “check out”  which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School counselors will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. 

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. 

On the day of the presentation, we will send:  

  • An infographic for you to reinforce the ACT message at home 

  • An info sheet with resources  

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this program please contact me at 513-777-4420 or our school counselor, DeMarco Robinson.

 
Sincerely, 
Linda Burwinkel

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Flyer to promote City BBQ

Eat at City BBQ on Thursday, October, 26th and use the promo code "FundA".  Part of the proceeds go to Liberty Junior.   City BBQ is located at 7706 Voice of America Centre in West Chester.

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Operation: Candy Incentives

Teachers and staff at Liberty Junior are always seeking ways to encourage and keep the students of LJS engaged in the learning process.  Many teachers find a small piece of candy to be a huge incentive to the students.  With this in mind, we are seeking donations of small, individually wrapped candies.  The most popular requests from teachers and students alike are Jolly Ranchers, Life Savers, Fun Size Skittles, Fun Size Sour Patch kids etc.  Due to allergies, we only ask for these types of candies and no chocolate.  If you are able to donate, our staff would appreciate it so much.  When sending in candy please mark it with your students Language Arts Teacher Name so that we can divide it out to each team of teachers.  

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Reach Out Lakota Food Drive

Reach Out Lakota Food Drive

On the week of October 9th all Lakota schools will be partaking in the annual Reach out Lakota Food drive.  Liberty Jr will also host a spirit week. Teams will compete against each other to see who can collect the most food and supplies.  Whichever team collects the most will be rewarded with candy. However, a certain item will be wanted on a certain day of the week, and you'll get double the points if you turn in that item on that day.  (These items were chosen because of need.) 

                

Monday, October 9th: Today starts Reach out Lakota! Today if you donate toothbrushes and paste, you'll earn double the points! 

 

Tuesday, October 10th: Donate spaghetti and spaghetti sauce for double the points!

 

Wednesday, October 11th: Halfway through Reach out Lakota! Make sure to bring in some Pancake mix and syrup for double points today! 

 

Thursday, October 12th: If you're looking to boost up your team, tomorrow is the last day! Peanut butter and jelly will be the point doubler for today!

 

Friday, October 13th: Today is the last day of Reach out Lakota! We appreciate and thank everyone who's donated, if you'd like to earn double points today, bring in macaroni and cheese! 

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2023-2024 PTO Meetings start at 6:00 PM on the following dates:

Aug.7

Sept. 11

Nov. 6

Jan. 8

March 4

May 6

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Four students and a teacher smiling in front of a garden surrounded by yellow marigolds

Far more than a hundred pounds of cucumbers and a couple pounds of carrots sprouted from the new gardens at Lakota’s four junior schools. In fact, according to 7-12 gifted advisor Ron Henrich, at the root of the philanthropy project led by a subgroup of gifted students for a local food pantry was leadership training.

“For a lot of the students I work with, all their lives they’re told they’re smart and truly exceptional, but are we training them to lead,” challenged Henrich, who leans into an annual project with his seventh-graders across all four junior schools to do just that. “Leadership skills need to be intentionally taught and experienced and once that happens, it’s ingrained." 

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PTO After School Clubs- Sign Ups

Does your child have a special interest in board games, technology tools, STEM, Video Games, or Dungeons and Dragons?  If so, then they might enjoy one of the PTO after school clubs.  All of the clubs are held after school from 2:15 – 3:15 pm.  Additional details about each club and the meeting dates can be found on the online registration form Liberty Junior School PTO Club Opportunities.  The deadline to register for a club is Friday, September 29th and space is limited!

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District After School Clubs at LJS

 We are pleased to offer a variety of District Clubs this year. Register by picking up a form in the office or find the form here Payment of a one-time fee of $50 will allow a student to participate in in all 6 available District Clubs.  One form must be completed for each participating student.  Please note that there will be no District Club meetings on school holidays.  If school cancelled for any reason, the club meetings are also cancelled and will not be rescheduled.  Please review the club details!! 

Do you love getting artsy, crafty, or just love making cool stuff? Come to LJS Art Club to explore new art media and techniques, collaborate with other LJS artists, create amazing artwork, and become better artists together.  First meeting October 19th. Club will meet 2:15-3:15 pm Meeting dates: 10/26. 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14. 

Advisor:  Ms. Ornduff

The Liberty Junior High Dance Team meets once a week on Tuesdays directly after school. 

Advisor:  Ms. Goldberg

 

8th Grade Jazz Band is a select, audition-only extra-curricular class experiencing music in the traditional jazz style. This enrichment opportunity covers concepts beyond the regular band class. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:20-3:15 pm, beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

Advisor: Ms. Whaley

 

National Honor Society is an organization that promotes leadership, service, character, and academic achievement. Students who earned a 3.9 GPA or better in their 7th grade year will be invited to apply. Accepted students will work together to learn and grow as leaders, complete service opportunities, and develop the culture and character of LJS. 

Ms. Giordano

 

Student Council is a way for students to get involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff, and parents to benefit the school and its students, promoting the interests of the school and the involvement of students. You have a valuable contribution to make in the operation of the school and are provided the opportunity to acquire the sort of communication, planning, and organization skills which will benefit your future lives. Some activities we might do: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients, Reach Out Lakota Food Drive, Spirit weeks, Valentines for the Elderly, Leadership and Service projects.

Ms. Hensley

 

Yearbook Club is a great way for students to get involved at LJS! Being a member consists of taking photos for the yearbook, planning pages in the yearbook, and creating the yearbook through the Lifetouch digital system. All members get to have a voice and show their creativity. Yearbook Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. The first meeting is Thursday, September 21st from 2:15-3:00.

Advisor: Ms. Thomas

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Membership:

On behalf of Liberty Junior School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), we want to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to new and returning families. Our PTO is committed to creating a welcoming environment where we can be engaged and supportive of LJS. With a focus on providing enrichment, our mission is to enhance the educational journey for our students, staff, and families.   Your $10 family membership fee, along with any additional donations, allows us to accomplish so many goals and helps us ensure we can continue to provide programs and activities to our LJS  students.   100% of the money raised through our membership drive goes back to Liberty Junior.    

NEW with Membership!!

Your membership automatically enters you into a raffle to win an All Sport Family Pass for all Lakota East High School home games!! And since you'll need to wear East Spritiwear to these games, this raffle also includes a spiritwear t-shirt! 

Thank you for your contributions to Liberty Junior School!  

To complete your family Membership online:LJS PTO Membership

To print and return Membership Form: Printable Membership Form

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gray backround with thunderhawk logo saying WE are HAWKS with a description for each letter.

We had a great first week of school!  We LOVED seeing all of the smiling faces back in the building.  Students made their way to their  classes and they are getting to know their schedule.  Teachers planned fun get to know you activities.  Mrs. Burwinkel, Mrs. Klotz and our team met with every student today during academic support to introduce ourselves and talk about our school code WE are HAWKS!  Great start to the school year!

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Final Forms- IMPORTANT INFO

All students need to have their Final Forms Completed by Friday September 1st.  These forms contain their medical emergency form, device usage agreements and more.  In an effort to assist families who may be having difficulties using OneLogin to gain access to things such as HAC and Final Forms, our office will be open from 3:30-6 on August 29th just prior to Curriculum Night.  If you are having difficulties with such programs, please feel free to stop in the school office during these times to get assistance.  If you need assistance or have questions prior to the 29th, please contact our Office Manager, Jen Bielefeld. Ms. Bielefeld can be reached at 513-777-4420 or via email jennifer.bielefeld@lakotaonline.com

Thank you to all those who have already completed their forms!!!  

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schedule with times and room numbers

Be sure to join us at Curriculum Night TOMORROW - August 29th from 6-7:30 pm.  Parents will have the opportunity to follow their students' schedules and learn what the expectations will be for each classroom.  Your child should have this form filled out for you today.  Bring it with you to curriculum night so you can follow their schedule.  We encourage all parents to attend this event!!!  

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Google Map pic with arrows showing drop off route

Please view the map for Drop Off Procedures

If you are dropping off a student in the morning, please enter the parking lot off of Dutchland Parkway.  When entering the parking lot, please stay to the right and in line with the other cars.  All students MUST be dropped off in the line right beside the sidewalk.  Remain in line and make a large loop (DO NOT USE THE MIDDLE LANE) and exit the lot onto Dutchland Parkway (again staying to the right).  If you would like to enter the lot to park, please follow the line and turn left in the middle lane after the drop off area.  For safety reasons PLEASE do not enter the lot from the back side (Stumpf Lane) or drop off your child in the middle or far lane of the lot.   We will have staff in the parking lot to aid in our Drop Off in the mornings. 

Thank you for adhering to our Drop Off procedures as this helps us ensure everyone’s safety.

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chalkboard with text welcome back to school

 Students' first day back is Wednesday, August 16th for students with the last name M-Z and Thursday, August 17th for students with the last name A-L.  Our first day of school with all students is Friday, August 18th.

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Picture of shoes covered with colorful powder with text Color Run Friday, September 29th

On September 29, 2023, the Liberty Junior PTO is hosting their  ANNUAL LIBERTY JUNIOR COLOR RUN! This is a fun and exciting way to raise funds for our students and staff while promoting strength, kindness, teamwork, leadership, and healthy physical activity. The Color Run (or walk) is the PTO's main source of fundraising and all money raised goes directly back to Liberty Junior School! Together with our community partners, we are asking our students and families to help us raise the funds that support all educational and enrichment events for our school. 100% of the money raised goes back to LJS!

 

Family donations can be made online here: Student Color Run Donation

Please remember to sign and acknowledge the permission field to allow your student to stay after school on the date of the Color Run. Paper copies will also be sent home, to print an extra copy, click here:  Student Color Run Registration & Donation Form

 

Thank you for considering a donation, we couldn't do this without your support!

Questions: please reach out to Amanda at libertyjuniorpto@gmail.com

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