October 5, 2020
Your News from Lancaster City Schools...
Gorsuch West Elementary program honors students for being building blocks of student body
Even in a school year changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Gorsuch West Elementary are being recognized for going above and beyond in their schoolwork. Each week, two students from each grade are chosen to be Masterbuilders of the week. Throughout the week, teachers and administrative staff choose students that exemplify any of the six guiding principles of the fairness, respect, responsibility, being trustworthy, caring and citizenship.

Kevin Boyer, the school's family and support coordinator, explained each school in the district has their own version of the program. The Masterbuilder project began in 2015, modeled after the popular Lego Movie from 2014. The principles became "building blocks" to match the movie and toy-line.

"It's our version of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program required by the state. We felt the children would identify with the movie a little more, and they've definitely engaged with it since its induction," Boyer said. "Before the pandemic, students were being recognized daily over the public announcement system. This school year has been a little more difficult."

Back-to-school immunization clinics
Lancaster City Schools is excited to announce our partnership with the Fairfield Community Health Center to provide back to school immunization clinics. We will be offering immunizations that are required for school attendance. The Fairfield Community Health Center plans to administer the vaccines at 3 different school locations in the evening after school and will be sending more specific information soon.  If you are interested in participating, please complete all the steps listed below and return all the required information to your child's school by Friday October 9, 2020.

  • Current Copy of Immunization Record
  • Copy of Child's Insurance Card (Front/Back)  
  • Completed and Signed Registration and Consent Form
  • Risk Assessment Form

If you have any questions about the vaccines or vaccination clinics, please call 740-277-6043 on weekdays from 8 AM to 5 PM. For more information, you can visit the CDC’s website here regarding school age immunizations and to view the Vaccine Information Sheet. Your child’s health care provider also can answer your questions about the immunizations available at the school clinic as well as if they are able to provide the immunizations to your child should you choose not to participate in the immunization clinics offered by Fairfield Community Health Center.
What's Happening in Our Schools...

The PB & Joy Project Food Program, a program that gives brown grocery bags full of food for the families of any student in need, is coming to our school for another year! All students are welcome to participate in this program.

Children that could benefit from this program must have permission of a parent or legal guardian. This form should be sent home with your child (pink paper). Be on the look out!

Good news for our families without internet that received a HotSpot from Tarhe Trails!

T-Mobile has established a customer service helpline for parents and hotspots. Please call 1-844-341-4834. This number can be used for other Lancaster City Schools.

Interested in Free and Reduced Lunch? The Free and Reduced Lunch rates for our school provide additional Federal Funds that support learning and family engagement. Here are a few thing we can do with the funds:

Our school can use those funds to improve student achievement throughout entire school buildings, hire title staff to support reading and math instruction, support afterschool programs/activities, provide family and community homeless liaison support, provide information for parents to increase their knowledge and skills as they relate to their children’s education and more!

Every child benefits from the added services and programs not just those who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Apply here.

Attention parents & guardians! Please take a moment and make sure that your student's information is up to date in our system. NOTE: If you have more than one student, you will need to login to each of their accounts to make updates.

Click here for directions.

Check out Tallmadge Elementary October's Newsletter.

This week is our Sherman vs. Ewing Spirit Week for our staff and students! Students, try your best to participate on the days that you're at school! The homeroom with the largest percentage of students that participate will get donuts!

Picture Day, Take Two!

Thomas Ewing Picture Retake Day is Thursday, November 5 (7:45-10:00am) & Friday, November 6 (12:00-2:00pm).

Here’s your chance if you:
  • Were absent the first time
  • Forgot your money the first time
  • Need a retake
  • You didn’t buy the first time
  • Want more portraits
  • For Retakes – Be sure to return your original portraits

To purchase new portraits, pick up an order form in the school office. Remember, if you want your picture in the yearbook, you must have your picture taken with Lifetouch.
Attached is our informational letter for parents regarding the many different ways they can receive important school notifications. Feel free to share this information with other LCS families. This information is also posted on our website under the Parents and Students > Parents & Community Information Link.

Read letter here.
October 27: Board Meeting | 4:30 p.m. at 111 S. Broad Street, Large Meeting Room
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