• STEMmerweek and STEM Camp Registration Open

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 2/4/2019

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

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    Quick Links:

    STEMmerweek Registration

    1/2 Day STEM Camp Registration

     

    As you know, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and problem-solving will be one of the most useful skills for your child's future education and world ahead. In addition to offering STEMmerday, our free community event on March 9, 2019, we opened registration for our STEM summer programs today.  As a Liberty student, your child and family have opportunities for STEM-based activities throughout the year.  Our own Liberty teachers and community and school-business volunteers will host over 30 hands on STEM challenges for the entire family.  Families can enjoy STEM design challenges, live shows and much more.  Loudoun County Public Schools' camera crew captured the importance of STEM education and excitement of the day in this LCPS video.  Next month, we will send out a "wish list" of consumable supplies needed for a successful STEMmerday.  We thank you in advance for your contributions. 

      

     

     

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    We are pleased that registration opened today for our STEM Summer Camps, which are led and taught by our own highly-qualified Liberty teachers.  Here are the dates for the five STEM Camps offered this year.  All profit from Liberty's STEM Camps go directly back to our Liberty students.  Over the past few years, we have built the Smart Lab, purchased iPads, Chromebooks and coding resources with funds from our camps.  

     

    Please click any of the links below to register.  The registration takes only a moment as we have detailed contact information already on your child as a Liberty student.

     


      

     

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    Liberty STEMmerweek Camps from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    June 17-21 STEMmerweek Camp - Director: Hannah Peebles
    July 22-26 STEMmerweek Camp - Director: Turner Donaldson

    STEMmerweek -  This full day camp is a differentiated for primary- and upper-elementary students. Our camp is a full week of integrated science, technology, engineering and math problem-solving and project-based learning experiences and are led by our teachers Miss Peebles in June and Miss Donaldson in July.   

     

     

    STEMmerweek Registration 

     

    STEMmerweek Early Bird Tuition

    1 Child:

    Single STEMmerweek  Camp = $250

    Both STEMmerweek Camps = $475 (Savings of $25)

     

    2 Children:

    Single STEMmerweek  Camp = $475 (Savings of $25)

    Both STEMmerweek Camps = $900 (Savings of $100)

     


     

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    1/2 Day STEM Camp Registration

     

    Liberty STEM 1/2 Day Camps from 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

    June 24-28 Camp Construct (K-2 STEM Designs) - 1/2 Day - Director: Bonnie Burnheimer

    July 8-12 Camp Code (K-5 Coding) - 1/2 Day - Director: Nichole Thomas

    July 15-19 Camp Create (K-5 Art) - 1/2 Day - Director: Shea Goitia

     

     

    1/2 STEM Camps Early Bird Tuition

    1 Child:

    • Single Camp = $160
    • 2 Camps = $300 (Savings $20)
    • All 3 Camps = $425 (Savings $55)

     

    2 Children:

    • Single Camp = $300 (Savings $20)
    • 2 Camps = $575 (Savings $65)
    • All 3 Camps = $825 (Savings $135)

     

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    This half-day morning camp is a full week of learning programing basics and language to apply understanding to code robotics, games, and drones led by our technology teacher, Mrs. Thomas.

     

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    This 1/2 day art summer camp taught by our own Liberty teachers. Camp Create is offered to Liberty's current K-5 students and differentiated for primary- and upper-elementary students. Students will dive into the creative process as they explore fiber art, sculpture, and more, through projects that will challenge them to think and create like an artist! Campers will receive a camp shirt and show their artwork at the "Creation Convention" on the last day of camp. Camp takes place Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon.  Camp Create is led by our art teachers, Miss Goitia and Miss Wade.

     

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    This K-2 student half-day camp is a full week of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math challenges that require our youngest students to build and construct solutions through a variety of techniques including paper engineering, cardboard construction and digital design led by our teacher, Miss Burnheimer.

     

     

    All camp registrations must be completed through our online registration process and payment is accepted by check or online.  Early Bird registration begins today, Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM.

      

    Have a great week.

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  • Alternative Transportation

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 6/22/2018

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

    I am sending the following message on behalf of LCPS Director of Transportation, Mr. Michael Brown.  The message contains important transportation information for the 2018-2019 school year. 

    Paul Pack

    Principal

     

    ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION

    Beginning June 22nd parents can use ParentVUE to request alternative transportation for their child(ren).

    What is Alternative Transportation?  It is “Transportation to/from a location that is not the bus stop assigned to the student based on the their home address.”  Examples are a daycare facility or a family member’s residence located outside the assigned bus stop location.  Requests for alternative transportation must be to a location within the attendance area of your student’s school of assignment.

    How?  Parents must use ParentVUE to submit requests.  Instructions can be found at:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/184590

     

    IMPORTANT NOTICE!!  Even if a daycare in a school’s attendance zone has been served by an LCPS bus in the past, parents must submit a request through ParentVUE in order for that service to be provided for the 2018-2019 school year.

     

    More information about ParentVUE can be found at:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/154534

    Or contact your school with ParentVUE questions.

     

    Only parents or guardians can submit requests for alternative transportation.

    Additional information is on the Transportation Division website at: https://www.lcps.org/Page/201168

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  • Letter From Mrs. Assetto, Music Educator

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 6/13/2018

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

    As many of you know, this will be my last year at Liberty. I have shared this with my students last week and I am now writing to you to sincerely thank you for the past eight years of opportunities to work with your children.  I have enjoyed every minute and would be remiss if I didn’t share just a few sentiments with you. 

     

    First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to you and your families, the Liberty Staff, and PTA for years of support for music education at Liberty.  I have invested so much in building and growing the music program here, and it would have been impossible to accomplish this without your consistent support and participation in attending multiple chorus concerts, grade-level performances, International/Children’s Diversity Night performances; you have always demonstrated to me that music is a valued piece of your child’s education.  There has never been a performance where I haven’t looked out into the faces of the crowd, and seen delightful smiles from parents and family members genuinely excited to see their young musicians perform and that is heartwarming to me.  I want to thank you all for that.

     

    In addition to your regular attendance at musical events, many of you have shown your appreciation over the years via letters and emails, passing conversations, or other tokens of appreciation.  I am truly grateful for your thoughtfulness and will carry those memories with me.

     

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I want to acknowledge the young musicians I have worked with every day for the past eight years.  Your children have not only shown great enthusiasm for music, but have placed their trust in me as an educator to ignite their imaginations, develop their skills, and provide a safe and welcoming environment in which they can express themselves.  Music has the power to do amazing things, and I have seen this in action through your children.  A simple song sung by more than 1000 voices in unison has the power to bring tears to anyone’s eyes.  Your children’s openness and willingness to sing, play instruments, and compose their own music have enabled me to be creative and share my passion for the power of music with them.  In fact, they have created the same environment for me that I have worked so hard to create for them. 

     

    Thank you ALL for everything you have done to make me feel welcome, respected and appreciated in the Liberty Elementary community.  Please continue your support and advocacy for your children’s music education at Liberty Elementary, in Loudoun County and beyond.  Sing with your children, share your own musical skills, talents, unique tastes with them. Don’t be shy or intimated by music! Regardless of ability, music is something that is engrained in all of us, and every voice should be heard!

     

    I wish your children the best of luck in their future endeavors in music, wherever it may lead them.  Thank you for all you have done for me and the music program at Liberty Elementary!

     

    Gratefully,

    Michele Assetto

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  • Liberty Community Support

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 6/12/2018

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

    As we end our 2017-18 School Year, we want to inform you know of a few ways our school has supported our local community.  Last evening, we presented the 3rd Annual Rhonda Foley Scholarship to Lindsey Nystrom, a senior at Freedom High School and graduate of Liberty Elementary School in 2011.  Please see this special video of Rhonda's husband, David, and Lindsey's former teacher, Jodi Pelak, presenting the scholarship.

     

     

    Rhonda Foley had a love of learning. She was a proud educator, mother, swim team supporter, and had a strong sense of faith and community. Mrs. Foley taught kindergarten at Liberty for six years. During her time at Liberty she had a positive impact on everyone she met; her students, their families and her coworkers. She was a friend to all and always put others first. Her students meant the world to her. She shared in their struggles and their successes. Her kindness and understanding for her students had a lasting impact on their lives. This scholarship is dedicated in her name by her loving husband, David, her son, John, and her coworkers at Liberty Elementary.

     

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    Each year, Liberty hopes to award a $1000 scholarship in Mrs. Foley's name.  If your family would like to donate to the Rhonda Foley Scholarship Fund, please feel free to give an amount of your choice by sending a check payable to "Liberty Elementary School" with the memo "Rhonda Foley Scholarship."  You can call or email our bookkeeper, Dana Pastro, with any questions.  Please see the complete information and criteria about this special recognition below.

     

     

     

    Dulles South Food Pantry

     

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    During the 2017-2018 school year, the Dulles South Food Pantry received 156 lbs. of food from food drives at Liberty and 3102 lbs. from the cafeteria’s food rescue program. Liberty’s food rescue program is one of the most successful for the pantry. Many of our students, parents, and teachers, also found ways to help the food pantry outside of school.  We thank the members of our school community for your support of the pantry.    

     

    As the Dulles South community continues to grow, the number of people served by the pantry is also growing.  Last month, the pantry was visited by local families 260 times and served 633 neighbors at least one time. During the 2017-2018 school year, the pantry’s Friday Food Packs program delivered 4456 Friday Food Packs (26,736 meals) to students at 12 local schools.

     

    While we wish that we didn’t need to have a food pantry in our community, we are happy to be able to help our neighbors who are most in need.  We are grateful to all who so generously donate their time, food, and funds to the community effort that is the Dulles South Food Pantry. 

     

     

    Shenandoah Teacher of the Year

     

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    Finally, tonight at the Loudoun County School Board Meeting at 6:30 PM at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn, our school system and Wayde Byard, the Public Information Officer, will officially recognize Stephanie Worthley, our amazing special education teacher and long-time friend of Rhonda Foley as the Shenandoah Teacher of the Year.  We are all very proud of the outstanding work of Mrs. Worthley and her contribution to the students at Liberty and leadership in Loudoun County Public Schools.

     

    Have a wonderful summer.  We look forward to continuing to partnership with our community and parents next year.   

     

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  • 5th Grade Promotion Video

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 6/12/2018

    Dear Liberty 5th Grade Families, 

     

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    What a wonderful 5th grade Promotion and Talent Show yesterday!  Thank you again for joining us, and all of your support throughout the years.  Please click and bookmark the great 5th grade slideshow video made by Miss Peckhman from the ceremony.  You can also view and save the 2018 Promotion program.

     

    Have a wonderful summer.

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  • Last Week of School

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 6/10/2018

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

     

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    We want to thank you and our entire community for a wonderful 2017-18 school year.  From the beginning of the year and your attendance at Back to School Night  and supporting our children at Laps for Liberty to your involvment in student activities this month, we thank you for the partnership between staff and parents to provide the very best education for our Liberty Eagles.  This Wednesday, June 13th is the last day of school and we wanted to say let you know that we truly appreciate your support of Liberty.

     

     

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    Please remember as you and your family visit the school this week for tomorrow's 5th Grade Promotion and K-4 grade-level events, you must present valid ID at the door to be permitted entry.  This is a policy to help ensure the safety of our children.

     

     

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    On Friday, June 15th, you will be able to view your child's final report card.  As stated earlier, starting this year, we will no longer be sending home paper report cards.  Also, next year, you will use ParentVue to find complete transliteration information at the beginning of the year.  If you have not logged into ParentVue, please see complete information, including tutorial videos here at the LCPS ParentVue Resources Page.

     

     

     

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    Yearbooks will be on sale in the front hallway directly outside of the SMART Lab until supplies run out.  Yearbooks will be sold on a "first-come, first-serve" basis for $20.  We can accept cash or check. 

     

     

     

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    For parents of students with medication at school, please pick up any Inhalers, Epi-Pens or Medication stored in the Liberty ES health office.  Please be advised that medication cannot be sent home with students. Any medication not picked up by 3:30 PM on June 13th with be disposed and not available for next school year.

     

     

    Thanks again and have a great summer.

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  • ParentVue for Child's Report Cards and PTA Spirit Night

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 6/4/2018

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

    We are getting ready for the end of the year.  This week marks the final full week of school.  Next week, students will end the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday, June 13th.  As we head into the summer, please know that Loudoun County Public Schools is relying more and more on parents being active in ParentVue.  Starting this year, we will no longer be sending home paper report cards.  Also, next year, you will use ParentVue to find complete transportatation information at the beginning of the year.

     

     

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    To view your child's SOL test result go to the "Test History" tab on the left side of the screen.  If you have not logged into ParentVue, please see complete information, including tutorial videos here at the LCPS ParentVue Resources Page.
     
     
     
     

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    Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM, PTA will host the final spirit night at Chick-Fil-A.  This is a great opportunity for the children to see one another before the year ends.  It's also a great opportunity for families to meet our new PTA President, Jen Robinette.  Please remember to mention "Liberty" at the register as part of the proceeds go directly to the PTA and back to our children.  Enjoy!

     

     

     

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    A limited number of yearbooks will be on sale in the front hallway directly outside of the SMART Lab until supplies run out.  Yearbooks will be sold on a "first-come, first-serve" basis for $20.  We can accept cash or check.  Students who pre-ordered yearbooks will receive their yearbooks today.

     

     

     

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    As we look ahead to next year, please keep these very important dates in mind when scheduling your summer so you will be present at these important events.

     

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Back to School Night (Parents Only)

    6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

     

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Open House

    9:00 AM -10:00 AM 

     

     

    Thursday, August 23, 2018 – First Day of School

     

     

     

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    As we end this year, we want to give a few reminders to make sure your children have their belongings and medication this summer.  All students and parents can visit the Lost and Found this week to redeem any lost articles.  All items that are not picked up by the end of the day on Friday, June 8th at 3:30 PM will be donated by the school.

     

     

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    For parents of students with medication at school, please pick up any Inhalers, Epi-Pens or Medication stored in the Liberty ES health office on June 11th, June 12th or June 13th.  Please be advised that medication cannot be sent home with students. Any medication not picked up by 3:30 PM on June 13th with be disposed and not available for next school year.

     

    Have a great week.

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  • End of Year Reminders

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 5/30/2018

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

     

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    We are in the final few weeks of the school year and celebrating the Washington Capitals reaching the Stanley Cup Finals this week, we will encourage all students and staff to wear red each day.

     

     

     

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    On Monday, June 4th, a limited number of yearbooks will be on sale in the front hallway directly outside of the SMART Lab.  Yearbooks will be sold on a "first-come, first-serve" basis for $20.  We can accept cash or check.  We will continue to sell yearbooks during the last week of school until we run out.  Students who pre-ordered yearbooks will receive their yearbooks Monday as well.

     

     

     

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    As we look ahead to next year, please keep these very important dates in mind when scheduling your summer so you will be present at these important events.

     

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Back to School Night (Parents Only)

    6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

     

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Open House

    9:00 AM -10:00 AM 

     

     

    Thursday, August 23, 2018 – First Day of School

     

     

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    As we end this year, we want to give a few reminders to make sure your children have their belongings and medication this summer.  All students and parents can visit the Lost and Found this week to redeem any lost articles.  All items that are not picked up by the end of the day on Friday, June 8th at 3:30 PM will be donated by the school.

     

     

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    For parents of students with medication at school, please pick up any Inhalers, Epi-Pens or Medication stored in the Liberty ES health office on June 11th, June 12th or June 13th.  Please be advised that medication cannot be sent home with students. Any medication not picked up by 3:30 PM on June 13th with be disposed and not available for next school year.

     

     

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    Mark your calendars for the final PTA Spirit Night of the year on Tuesday, June 5th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Chick-Fil-A.  This is a great opportunity for the children to see one another before the year ends.  It's also a great opportunity for families to meet our new PTA President, Jen Robinette.  Please remember to mention "Liberty" at the register as part of the proceeds go directly to the PTA and back to our children.  Enjoy!

     

    Have a week.

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  • Happy Memorial Day Weekend

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 5/25/2018

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

     

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    We are wrapping up another incredible week at Liberty.  Next week, the students are off from school on Monday to honor Memorial Day.  We wish you a restful weekend and safe travels if you are heading out of county.

     

     

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    Next week, in celebration of the Washington Capitals reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, we will encourage all students and staff to wear red throughout the week and Capitals attire on Wednesday, which is when the team will play Game 2 later in the evening.  If your child would like to participate, please encourage him or her to do so next week during this exciting time for the DC area.

     

     

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    Three years ago, our Liberty community suffered the loss of our dear kindergarten teacher and friend, Rhonda Foley. Since Mrs. Foley's passing, staff and students dedicated efforts to raise awareness and money for cancer research with special events and our staff's Relay for Life Team.  In the spring of 2016, Liberty Elementary began awarding a high school senior the Rhonda Foley Scholarship in Mrs. Foley's honor.  This year, we are again proud to recognize a 2018 graduate of Freedom or John Champe High Schools, who attended Liberty Elementary will be awarded a $1000 scholarship in Mrs. Foley's name.  If your family would like to donate to the Rhonda Foley Scholarship Fund, please feel free to give an amount of your choice by sending a check payable to "Liberty Elementary School" with the memo "Rhonda Foley Scholarship."  You can call or email our bookkeeper, Dana Pastro, with any questions.  Please see the complete information and criteria about this special recognition below.

     

    Rhonda Foley had a love of learning. She was a proud educator, mother, swim team supporter, and had a strong sense of faith and community. Mrs. Foley taught kindergarten at Liberty for six years. During her time at Liberty she had a positive impact on everyone she met; her students, their families and her coworkers. She was a friend to all and always put others first. Her students meant the world to her. She shared in their struggles and their successes. Her kindness and understanding for her students had a lasting impact on their lives. This scholarship is dedicated in her name by her loving husband, David, her son, John, and her coworkers at Liberty Elementary.

     

     

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    Finally, we are very proud to announce that last evening Stephanie Worthley, our amazing special education teacher and long-time friend of Rhonda Foley, and her husband and son, David and John, received the Shenandoah Teacher of the Year recognizing exceptional work in specialized areas of education.  We are very all very proud of Mrs. Worthley and the wonderful work she does for our students and community. 

     

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

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  • SOL Test Results, Spirit Night and Allergy Awareness

    Posted by PAUL PACK on 5/17/2018

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

     

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    This week, our students have started SOL (Standards of Learning) Tests and have done an incredible job.   Recently the process by which SOL test results are loaded into our Student Information System (SIS) has been streamlined allowing for a student’s SOL test result to be posted in the SIS within a day or two of the student taking the test.   Once loaded, the SOL test result is also viewable by the student and parent through the web version of SVUE/PVUE (Test History Menu).  If you are interested in your student's score, please check the system within 24-48 hours after they completed the test.
     
     

     

     

     

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    The PTA will host Spirit Night at McDonald's tonight, Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  We hope you can join us.  Our last PTA Spirit Night will be on June 5, 2018 at Chick-Fil-A.  Please remember part of the proceeds from all PTA Spirit Nights go directly back to Liberty and our students.

     

     

     

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    Food Allergy Awareness Week is this week, May 14 – May 18.  The Office of Student Health Services would like to take this opportunity to help bring awareness and education to our students, staff and community.  Did you know:

    • 1 in 13 children has a food allergy. That’s two in every classroom!
    • Nationally, every 3 min, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER – that's more than 200,000 visits per year.
    • 8 foods account for the majority of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish, but ANY food can be an allergen.
    • Food allergies can begin at any age and affect children and adults of all races and ethnicity.

     

     

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    Also, please remember that our PTA is selling school supply kits by grade level for next year.  You can order your supplies now by clicking this link.  Parents of rising 6th graders who are attending J. Michael Lunsford Middle School can order the supply kit from its PTA here.

     

    Have a wonderful weekend.

     

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