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December Newsletter

The monthly newsletter that celebrates our community.


Carolyn Rasta

Assistive Technology Specialist

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What is your personal philosophy?

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” (Kahlil Gibran). Laughter is the best medicine. Having a sense of humor can get you through the worst of times.

Where were you before you came to LPS?

I’ve been at LPS for eight years, and prior to that I provided Occupational Therapy Services in the Wayland Public School system for twelve years. I went to Simmons for my Master’s in Education in AT, and I’m so glad I did because I love what I do and where I do it. 

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I lived in a tent on the side of a mountain in Alaska for three months!

What keeps you motivated?


Read on...


ACT Program

Occupational Therapy

At LPS, our staff know that in order for students to access their academic skills and be engaged learners, they need to have their sensory system needs met first. 

What does this mean?

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If we take a look at the pyramid above, we can see that the “red and orange pointy end” are students’ senses that make up their sensory systems: olfactory (smell), auditory (hearing), visual (seeing), gustatory (taste), tactile (touch), introception (ex: ability to recognizing internal sensations like hunger, thirst, and urges to use the bathroom), vestibular (movement and balance), proprioception (pressure or deep touch).

The student’s senses are foundational and impact how they interact with their environment. Sensation has a large impact on how individuals feel in any situation, and supports our abilities to feel balanced in our bodies and in control. This is commonly referred to as sensory modulation, which is our ability to regulate sensory information and respond appropriately in order to maintain the right level of energy to be a ready learner. This requires self-regulation of our behavior and emotional responses to sensory input from the environment.

If students have sensory difficulties which impacts their ability to self-regulate, it has a ripple effect and it will be hard to access other skills further up the pyramid such as attention, emotional control, memory, social participation, and academic success.

In order to address students’ sensory needs, teachers and staff at LPS build supports into their classrooms to address students’ sensory needs...

Read on...


Monday, December 6- Friday, December 10: Student Council Toy Drive

Thursday, December 9: Parent Advisory Group meeting, 9:00-10:00 AM

Thursday, December 9: Virtual Grade Level Meeting for 9th Grade, 6:00 PM

Thursday, December 9: Last day for After School Program (except MS Sports)

Friday, December 10: High School Student Council Movie Night, 7-9 PM

Tuesday, December 14: Last day for Middle School Sports

Thursday, December 16: Grade Level Meeting for 10th Grade, 6:00 PM (virtual)

Wednesday, December 22: All School Holiday Sweater Day // Early Release, 11:00 AM

Thursday, December 23- Sunday, January 2: Winter Break

Friday, January 7: Wear your Blue/Green shirt Say!

Thursday, January 13: Partners in Education (PIE) meeting, 9:00 AM

Friday, January 14: Early Release, 11:00 AM

Monday, January 17: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


How we we teach leadership skills?

By: Vanessa Craveiro,

Chief Financial Officer 

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Every group of kids has a leader and they’re usually easy to spot. They’re the kids that are always speaking up or helping in class. They’re the ones getting the other kids excited to jump in the mud. They set their goals, and they get others to help them achieve it. Many of these kids are natural born leaders, inherently charismatic and convincing, but luckily for the rest of us, leadership can be taught.

If you google leadership skills, here are the top examples:

  • Accountability
  • Resilience
  • Reliability
  • Integrity
  • Problem Solving
  • Positivity
  • Honesty
  • Communication
  • Team building
  • Hard Working
  • Listening
  • Persuasive

There are many ways we can teach these skills at home or at school. One way is by having kids work in a team towards a common goal. You can assign a leader for the team or for a component of the team. One can lead the exercise, another can lead the reporting, someone else can speak for the group. They would have to help their team identify the goal and delegate the tasks. They would need to communicate effectively, work together, and make decisions in order to reach the goal.

Another way is by teaching kids how to set goals...


Read on...

Announcements & Reminders

High School Student Council Movie Night

High School students are invited to attend a Pizza & Movie Night from 7pm-9pm, inside the cafeteria. Cost is $10 which includes pizza and a beverage. Mask are required to be worn by LPS students, all school rules & Covid19 protocols are to be followed. Return permission slip and payment to Bob or Abby by Thursday, Dec. 9th.

Hats/Hoods Policy Update

Students are now permitted to wear appropriate hats and hoods inside the building. Students are expected to be engaged in the lesson and participate. Many students may have legitimate reasons to wear a hat/hood such as they're cold, it helps them feel protected or more comfortable. Students who feel more comfortable may be more focused, more productive and may learn more.

To read the entire memo on the policy click here.

Student Council Toy Drive

During this holiday season, let us all get in the spirit of giving! Toys will be donated to Project Just Because in Hopkinton, MA, which helps families in need.

Please bring your new, unwrapped toys to the box located near Clara’s office or when you walk into the high school near the elevator.

High School Yearbook

It is time to pre-order your 2021-22 High School Yearbook! A full color book documenting this extraordinary school year! Order today on JostensYearbooks.com

Family Directory

Is now available. Please check your email for a separate invitation from "Directory Spot" to access it.

Get involved

The Parent Advisory Group (PAG) & the Partners In Education (PIE) are two parent organizations that families can participate. For more information about each group's goals and the meeting dates, click here.

Grade Level Meetings

These meetings will focus on an overview of the current year and preview of the upcoming year. Meetings will be held via zoom at 6:00pm through this link:


12/9 - 9th grade

12/16 - 10th grade

2021-22 Calendar

You can download the 2021-22 School Year Calendar here.

(updated 7/12/21)

Also, check out learningprep.org/calendar for a full list of events.

Lunch Menu

To review the lunch menu, click here.

Parent Facebook Group

Join our private Facebook group just parents and guardians called:

LPS Panther Parents & Families Group.

Click this link to join!


Get your LPS Gear!

Here's a great way to show your LPS Panther Pride!

The School Store has been updated so check out the school store today!

Know someone who would benefit from LPS?

If you know someone who may be looking for a place like LPS, tell them about our weekly, Virtual Information Sessions and to reach out to:

Korina Martin, Director of Admissions at kmartin@learningprep.org

Seen around campus


Left to right: November 24th's Blue/Green Spirit Day events


Left to right: Photos 1&2 - More Blue/Green Spirit Day, Photo 3- Students enjoying inflatable basketball at the Annual Winter Fair


Left to right: Wrapping gifts, playing Connect4 and Holiday shopping at the Annual Winter Fair!

Contact Info


1507 Washington Street

West Newton, MA 02465

Phone: (617) 965-0764

Main Fax: (617) 527-1514


Nancy Ishkanian


617-965-0764 ext. x 1014

Nurses Fax: (617) 244-1921


All transportation changes and early dismissals to:

HS: dhurley@learningprep.org

MS: ccaruso@learningprep.org

Amy Davis, Principal


617-965-0764 ext. x 1221

Amy Plante, Assistant Principal


617-965-0764 ext. x 1322

Vanessa Craveiro, Chief Financial Officer


617-965-0764 ext. x 1317

Korina Martin, Director of Admissions


617-965-0764 ext. x 1202

Kurt Moellering, Executive Director


617-965-0764 ext. x 1201

Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer


617-965-0764 ext. x 1208

Dee Lane, Director of Development & Alumni Relations


617-965-0764 ext. x 1206

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