In the Leonard Loop December 10, 2019

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 11 - Bagel Day (every Wednesday, all bagels are prepaid)

Leonard Restaurant Night - Friday, December 13 @ California Pizza Kitchen

Thursday, December 19 - Holiday Parties KDG @ 10:45; Grades 1-5 @ 2:45 pm

December 23 - January 3 - No School, Winter Break

Monday, January 20 - MLK Day - No School

Wednesday, February 5 - Early Release - 1:09 Dismissal

Monday & Tuesday, February 17 & 18 - No School, Mid-Winter Break

Wednesday, February 26 - Early Release - 1:09 Dismissal


Fifth Grade Camp

Our Fifth Graders returned from a three-day adventure at Camp Storer last week. Memories were made as we experienced the great outdoors, shared meals together, and sang songs around the campfire. Thank you to the PTO for providing the transportation for us! Also, we were so fortunate to have amazing cabin leaders (most Leonard alumni) from Troy High School join us for the three days. This truly was an unforgettable trip!

Odds and Ends

Mittens for Detroit

Leonard’s Student Council is collecting NEW/UNUSED mittens & gloves for the homeless in the Detroit area. (Hats and scarves will not be turned away!) Please consider donating to help those in need. You may attach a “warm wish” to your donation, if you choose, by attaching it or placing it inside the pair of mittens or gloves. Students may put their donations in the grade-level bin outside the classroom or in the office. We sincerely appreciate all of your support during this winter season! The collection will end on Friday, December 13.

MLK Donations Needed

We have a little more than a month to gather all the supplies for our MLK Day of Service--and we need your help! If you haven't attended before, this is a moving and informative day where 600-1000 members of our community come together to complete 4-5 service projects that have a tremendous impact on Troy and our surrounding area.

Over the past three years, we have packed care packages for troops serving in the Middle East, we've assembled warmth and hygiene kits for people on the streets, we've bagged boxes and bags of food for families, we've donated hundreds of pints of blood and we have made hundreds of fleece blankets for hospital patients of all ages. This year, we are also adding a new project--making plastic yarn (plarn) that will be turned into sleeping mats and pillows for people who are homeless.

It's an amazing and impressive effort, and we can't do it without you.

You can find donation boxes at every school in Troy, at our Central Office (4400 Livernois,) at City Hall, the Community Center and the Troy Public Library.

So here's what we need from you (and your neighbors, friends and family--spread the word!):

FLEECE fabric cut in increments of 2.5 yards (2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 20 yards, etc.)

SNACKS, SOCKS and WIPES for Troops: crew socks, foot powder, candy/gum, beef jerky, sunflower seeds/nuts, wet wipes, energy bars/granola bars, coffee/tea, sunblock, chapstick, small Michigan/Detroit sports stuff

PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS--that's right, all the bags you use when you go grocery shopping or to any retail store. Each mat takes 500-700 bags, so save them all!

I know that you are inundated with ways to give this holiday season, but this event really is a shining example of what our ONE TROY community can do when we pull together in service to others. Please consider purchasing some fleece or items for our troops this weekend and drop them off at any of our locations.

And don't forget to join us on January 20th, 2020!

Winter Weather Notes

Now that the snow has arrived, it is important that every child come to school prepared for outdoor recess. Kids need boots, snowpants, hats, and gloves each day. We play outside two or three times a day. Please LABEL all of your children's gear. We already have an overflowing lost and found. We want to be sure that your child makes it home with the accessories they brought to school.

Also, please note that all children must participate in outdoor recess. The only exception is children who have a medical need as documented by a physician. We use the following guidelines developed by the Troy School District to determine whether recess is indoor or outdoor:

Community Corner

Kindergarten Enrollment 2020

If your family (or a neighbor's family) has a youngster that will be ready for kindergarten in the fall of 2020, registration begins in early February for Leonard. Please see the fliers below for more information.

TSD Tutoring

Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile

Is your Kroger card linked to Leonard?

Is your Amazon Smile account linked to Leonard?

If you answered "no" to either question...we can help you fix that! Signing up for Kroger Rewards and Amazon Smile helps to earn our school easy money. Both programs donate a portion of the profits to our school when you make purchases with them. If you need directions on how to link your accounts, please visit the links below.

Have a great weekend with your families!