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In the Leonard Loop January 10, 2020

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 15 - Bagel Day (every Wednesday, all bagels are prepaid)

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

Celebrations

Fifth Grade Festival of Choirs

Congratulations to our amazing fifth graders on their incredible performance Wednesday evening! Led by the talented Mrs. Geary, our kids rocked the house with their versions of Don't Give Up on Me by Andy Grammar and On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. Skriti showcased her skills with a beautiful solo at the end of the performance.

This evening was a remarkable showcase of the vocal music talents of our entire district. Three elementary schools started the performance, then the Athens acapella group shared a few songs, and the evening closed with the Smith middle school choir. Families were able to see how our children develop as musicians throughout the years as Troy students.

Odds and Ends

Help Wanted: Noon-Aides at Leonard

We need more smiling faces to join our Noon-Aide crew here at Leonard. If you, a neighbor, a relative, or a friend would like to earn a little extra money and spend time with great kids, please let our office know.

The hours are 11:50 – 1:35, and we are very flexible with scheduling! Here are a few possible opportunities:

  • Work daily.
  • Work anywhere from 1-5 days a week (choose days that are best for your schedule).
  • Join our substitute list – receive a call to work sporadically throughout the month to cover a shift for someone who is unable to work.

A noon-aide is an important part of our school community. Noon-aides make sure our lunch and recess times run smoothly. They supervise children in the cafeteria, helping kids through the lunch lines, opening containers, and ensuring a safe experience for all. Noon-aides also supervise students at lunch recess, both indoor and outdoor.

Being a noon-aide at Leonard is a great opportunity because you can spend time with children, enjoy the fresh air, and you can help to design your schedule. Please contact our office (248-823-3300) if you are interested in applying.

MLK Donations Needed

We have a little more than a week 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!

Now Hiring Bus Drivers

Community Corner

A Message from TSD Special Education Department

Happy New Year! This is just a gentle reminder of the partnership Troy School District Special Education Department has established with Celebrate Hope, LLC (celebratehopellc.com) to provide a parent enrichment series. If you have joined us in the past, we hope to see you at our next event, if you haven't had the opportunity to join us please consider joining us during one of the following upcoming events:

Celebrate Hope facilitated Parent Support Gatherings (Feb. 26th), to discuss topics relevant to caring for a child with special and unique needs.

Celebrate Hope facilitated Parent Socials (Mar. 18th), providing an opportunity for you to make time for yourself as well as connect with others who are caring for children with special and unique needs in a relaxed atmosphere. Please note the change in venue - This event will be held at Joe Kools, 1835 E Big Beaver Rd.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the SSPAC building representative at your school (find your building rep here: troypac.weebly.com/contact)or email Sspac@troy.k12.mi.us.

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.

Incredible Kid Nominations Now Being Accepted

Troy Lacrosse Leagues Now Forming

Troy Preschool Information Night - January 14, 2020, 6:00 pm

Winter Enrichment Opportunities at Leonard

Troy Community Education offers various enrichment classes each season. The following classes will be hosted right here at Leonard beginning this month! If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) please visit the link below.

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 winter break with your families!