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Early Release Thursday - No School Friday - Spring Break Next Week! 
As parent-teacher conferences continue at LPS this week, here is a reminder that we will be on a 2-hour early release schedule tomorrow (Thursday, March 16). There will be no classes on Friday, March 17. That will then lead into spring break next week (Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24). We hope all of our families have a safe and restful upcoming break and look forward to seeing everyone back in our buildings on Monday, March 27!
LPS Recognizes Support Employee of the Year Nominees
null Liberty Public Schools recognized the 2017-2018 class of Support Employees of the Year at a luncheon at the District Administration Center on Tuesday, March 14. The Support Employee of the Year program is in its seventh year and provides an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous work of our support staff. We thank not only the 22 nominees this year, but all of our support staff at LPS who provide positive experiences for our students, staff, parents, and community. We couldn't do the work we do without them! To view the 2017-2018 Support Employee of the Year nominees, we encourage you to visit our Facebook page. Be sure to leave them a message of congratulations while you are there!
Liberty PTA Council to Host Board Candidate Forum
The Liberty PTA Council will be hosting a Board Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 28, in the 3rd floor District Administration Center Board Room. This event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will not only provide an opportunity for the candidates to share why they would be good board members, but also provide the audience with an opportunity to ask questions. 
 
As shared earlier this winter, candidates that have filed for the three, three-year term seats are:  Mr. Nick Barlow, Ms. Angie Reed, Ms. Kim-Marie Graham, and Mr. A.J. Byrd. In addition, there is one, one-year seat available. Filing for this position was Mr. Kent Peterson.
 
This event will be taped by KLPS-TV Channel 18 and offered on the LPS YouTube Channel.  Please contact Liberty PTA Council President Jennie Alexander with any questions.
LPS News to Know
LSDF Hosts Successful H.O.P.E. Award Programs  
The Liberty School District Foundation (LSDF) hosted two more successful H.O.P.E. Awards programs earlier this month and recognized several dozen students from both elementary and secondary schools at LPS.

LSDF established the H.O.P.E. Awards in 1995, with 2017 being the 21st awards ceremony.
  LSDF's goal for the H.O.P.E. Awards is to recognize students who display exceptional attitudes and actions, inspiring others and making their schools and communities better places. Each elementary and secondary school in Liberty School District nominates a recipient for the Personal Initiative, Courage, and Humanitarian awards, and secondary schools also select recipients for the Integrity and Community Service awards.

To view this year's H.O.P.E. Award recipients, visit our LPS YouTube page, or you may view simply by clicking here. Congratulations to all award recipients! 
Free Electronic Recycling
Great electronics recycling opportunity! Dispose of your used and broken electronics by taking them to the Liberty High School parking lot on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m.-noon for free recycling. If it has a cord or runs on batteries, they'll take it! There will be a small fee for CRT televisions, depending on size. For more information and a complete list of what can and cannot be accepted, click here.
Driver Education Registration Now Open
Does your son or daughter want to learn to drive this summer?  Do you want professionals to assist in the training?  LPS has the best program and value around!  Your son or daughter will drive with one of five driving instructors.

The course begins with an all-day instruction class on May 30 or 31, then driving during the month of June. C ost is $330 if paid before May 1.  Sign up soon to reserve your spot.  To register for the program, click here  . Questions? C ontact Lois Magnuson at Liberty High, 736-7046.
Summer Adventure 2017 Enrollment Window Open
This year's Summer Adventure 2017 online enrollment window for kindergarten through 8th grade students is now open. Additional information may be found on the summer school website by clicking here

Summer Adventure 2017
is scheduled for June 5-29. Be sure to follow the LPS summer school program on Twitter at @LPSSummerAdv. 
Incoming 6th/9th Grade Student Residency Verification Information
Attention parents of students entering the 6th and 9th grades for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year! LPS will be implementing a new residency verification policy. This will be a requirement for students starting on the first day of school (August 16, 2017). The calendar window to submit required documentation is June 15 - July 29, 2017. Parents are encouraged to begin gathering the information below to submit during the calendar window in order to avoid long lines and/or enrollment delays:
  • Residency declaration form
  • A copy of parent/guardian photo ID
  • Acceptable proofs of residency
    (Two different utilities - water, gas, or electric OR lease agreement OR non-contingent home sales contract OR settlement statement from home purchase)
2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment Open 
Attention parents of children who will enter Liberty Public Schools as 2017-2018 kindergartners! The kindergarten enrollment window is now open. Children must be 5-years-old by August 1, 2017, and must reside within LPS boundaries. For more information regarding kindergarten enrollment, click here.

Be sure to save-the-date for Kindergarten Round-up, which takes place Tuesday, March 28
Student/Staff Recognitions
Student/Staff Recognitions Available on QN Bulletin Board
Due to the high volume of student/staff recognitions submitted in the spring, these noteworthy mentions will be posted in the QuickNews Bulletin Board section of the LPS website. This page will be updated throughout the week as recognitions are received. To view this page, click here.
District/Community Events
NWMO AHEC/William Jewell College Healthcare Sciences Day
For students interested in healthcare, Northwest Missouri AHEC and William Jewell College announce their Healthcare Sciences Day for Friday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-12 noon, on the campus of William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty. Students will meet current Jewell students and faculty, participate in hands-on skills stations, and gain an edge on the college planning process. 

Parents must register/RSVP for their students by Thursday, March 16, to Darci Shuster at darci.shuster@mymlc.com or call 271-6769. 

Students will need to drive themselves - parking passes will be available, however, after they RSVP. Should a student travel by bus, there will be a special place for the bus to park. 
 
Click here for the registration information sheet and here for the Parent Consent form. This paperwork will need to be completed, signed, and turned in prior to the event.  
Relay for Life of KC Needs YOU
Register for this new MEGA Relay that will take place Friday, June 23, at Liberty High School. 
To learn more, click on participant packet. To register for the event, visit www.relayforlife.org/kcnorthmo or contact Event Chair Lori Ewing at 589-2386.
5th Annual Relay for Life Kansas City Royals Fundraiser
Join us as our Kansas City Royals take on the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, April 30. Cost is $30 per person for the reserved fountain area. A portion of your ticket purchase will be donated to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life of KC North. Click here to learn more. Questions? Contact  Event Chair Lori Ewing at 589-2386.
Relay For Life of KC North Kick Ball Tournament
Join us for the 3rd Annual Kicking Cancer Out of the Park! This event will be held at Liberty Middle School, 1500 S. Withers Rd, Liberty, on April 22. Click here for all details. For questions after reading this information, contact  Event Chair Lori Ewing at 589-2386.
Summer Internship Opportunities for High School Students
Young Entrepreneurs Program, Kansas City (YEP KC) is a hands-on internship program for high school students that focuses on entrepreneurial thinking and development through practical experience. YEP KC partners with local, high-growth companies to offer students opportunities to learn from professionals in a variety of fields, including engineering, marketing, product management, sales, finance, and analytics. To learn more about these exciting opportunities, click here. Questions? Contact Colleen Jones.
QuickNews Bulletin Board
In an effort to make our Liberty Public Schools e-newsletter, QuickNews (QN), a concise publication, which subscribers may read in a timely fashion, district/community announcements will be advertised in the main QuickNews section for a maximum of two weeks.  After this period of time, announcements will be transferred to our QuickNews Bulletin Board, which is located on the LPS website provided at the link below. In addition, the Bulletin Board may include announcements not meeting the criteria to be placed in this publication. The addition of the QN Bulletin Board allows them to now be publicized. This bulletin board will continuously be updated throughout the week, and announcements will remain until they expire by date. To access this page, simply click here

In addition, LPS has transitioned to a new eflyer management system called Peachjar.  You can simply click the logo below to visit the program website. 

 
Important LPS Dates at a Glance
Thursday, March 16 - Teacher Professional Development (2-Hour Early Release)
Friday, March 17 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24 - Spring Break (No School)
Friday, April 14 - Easter Break (No School)
Tuesday, May 23 - Last Day of School (3-Hour Early Release)
(*The last day of school date has been adjusted to May 23, following 2 snow days from earlier this winter.  If LPS misses any more days due to inclement weather, those days will be added to the end of the school year).
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