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Principal's Update 11-6-16

posted Nov 6, 2016, 5:58 PM by Danielle Harris

Dear Friends, 

This Wednesday, students will be released at 12:10 PM so that our teachers can hold parent conferences all afternoon and evening. If you do not have a conference scheduled yet with your child’s teacher, please send her an e-mail or call the school and leave her a message right away. We want to meet with the parents of all of our students! Thursday will be a teacher workshop day and Friday is Veteran’s Day, so students will have 4 ½ days off for a long weekend. I hope you all enjoy this time with your families!

Our PTC met last Thursday evening. They are now providing a babysitter for our meetings, so we hope that more parents will be able to attend. The next meeting will be Thursday, December 1 at 5:15 PM in the library at Leeds Central School. The PTC provides support for our teachers and enriching activities for our students and families, so we welcome as much involvement as you can offer! If you’re interested in helping out but can’t attend the meetings, e-mail Lindsey Sawyer–Brown at

The PTC will be having a 50/50 raffle at parent conferences on Wednesday. Bring $1 for one ticket or $5 for an arm’s length and don’t miss out on a chance to donate to your PTC while maybe winning some money for your holiday shopping!

Our latest PTC fundraiser is such a simple and easy one that will continue from now on. When you are going to shop online, please login first through our school store web site, and then link to the merchant you want to shop with from that point. Go to to get started. Our school ID is 150583. You don’t have to spend more that you were going to spend, and our school gets a percent of your purchase price as a direct donation to our PTC. I’ve already picked out two web sites that I’m going to start accessing through this fundraiser. I often shop online at Old Navy and I use Groupon all the time, so making the extra few clicks to link to those merchants through will now raise money for our school. Take a look at all of the merchants (over 400!) that participate and please think of us when you go online to do your holiday shopping!

We had a great turnout for our Trick or Treating on October 28. There were at least 26 volunteers who handed out candy and many children and families who came to partake in the event. I really enjoyed taking photos of everyone in their costumes. It was fun for everyone! Thank you very much to everyone who made donations or handed out candy for this event!

Our next fun family event will be Ornament Night at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 9. Wear your pajamas or an ugly holiday sweater, listen to a story, make an ornament, decorate a sugar cookie (and eat it!), and drink some milk with the staff, students, and parents of Leeds Central School!

On Friday, November 18, we are going to have a “wear red for lung cancer day.” We’ll be doing this in memory of Mrs. Dawn Trenholm who was the secretary at LCS for many years before she died at a very young age from lung cancer, despite never having smoked cigarettes. We will be asking for a $1.00 donation from each student and the PTC will match the funds that are raised. It will all go toward a scholarship for a LAHS senior from Leeds who wishes to go to college, so the money will benefit a student right here in our community.

Also on Friday, November 18, a Leavitt Area High School Pig Roast will be held at Boofy Quimby Memorial Center, 96 Howes Corner Rd, Turner from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The Exploring River Valley students at LAHS will be putting on a down-home harvest supper that celebrates local foods and farms. Everything on the menu is locally grown and prepared fresh by LAHS students. All money raised supports agricultural education at LAHS. For more information, contact Mrs. Martin is a resident of Leeds, the parent of a child in our school, and a teacher at LAHS.

The student council has declared Wednesday, November 30, to be sports and hunting dress-up day. Please, no weapons, toy weapons, or sharp objects that could be used as a weapon or possibly cause harm to another student! The student council is also conducting their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. You can help out by sending nonperishable items or a cash donation to purchase perishable items by November 18, 2016.. They are hoping to collect gravy, potatoes, turkeys, stuffing, canned vegetables, rolls, apples, pie crusts, pie filling, and cranberry sauce and to create at least four baskets for families right here in Leeds.

If your family is struggling to feed everyone in your household, don’t hesitate to sign up for our Weekend Backpack Food Program. Volunteers from the community (Sue Jewitt and others) are working with our school counselor (Liz Cook) and our kitchen manager (Danielle Stevens) to provide bags of food to children for weekends and school breaks. The first bags should be coming home this Wednesday to those who already signed up and we want to provide this service to anyone who needs it. Call Liz Cook or Danielle Stevens here at LCS, or contact Sue Jewitt at 524-7151 to sign up. Even though we’re calling it a backpack program, we’re actually going to send the food home in plastic shopping bags. If you have some at home that you could donate to the program, please send them to school with your child. Thanks!

We are still collecting outgrown coats and snow pants for RCAM’s Winter Clothing Drive. There is a collection box in the hallway outside of the library. We are also collecting all of the hats, headbands, mittens, and scarves that any knitters that you know can produce! If you need winter clothing for your child, contact RCAM at 524-5095 or check out their website at

This year I have received extensive amounts of training from Teachers College at Columbia University from the experts who write our reading and writing units of study. My big “takeaway” for parents is that every child should be reading independently and/or being read to every night. If this is something that you think of as “homework” or a “chore,” then the staff at LCS needs to help you! Your child needs to be reading books that are interesting to him or her and that he or she just can’t wait to read each night. If it is above his or her independent reading level, then someone who can read it fluently should be reading it out loud and discussing it with your child. As books get harder to read, they also have more intricate plots, characters have multiple facets, and it becomes necessary to infer in many ways. Some children who may be able to “read” higher level books might not actually be ready for the content or the complexity of that book, so that is why your child’s classroom teacher is always encouraging him or her to find books at or below his or her independent reading level to read at home. Equally pleasurable and beneficial, however, can be books that an adult reads aloud to a child and discusses with him or her. Not only is this going to make your child a better reader, but his or her vocabulary and thinking skills will develop at a very rapid rate. The gift of literacy and a love of reading are the most precious qualities that we can instill in a child. Future success in school and in life depends on being able to read and understand written material. In this age of information, learning is more about how to access the vast amount of information available to us, synthesize it, and be able to do something with it rather than just memorizing facts. With the entire world’s information literally at our fingertips, learning to read what is available to us is a more critical skill than ever before in history. If your child does not love to read and look forward to spending his or her free time each day reading, we need to help you find appropriate books for him or her. There are so many wonderful authors available to our children that there is certain to be something for every child. Please speak to your child’s teacher at parent conferences if you are having trouble with your child wanting to read at home so that we can work together as a team to find just the right books to spark that love of reading. It will make all the difference in the world for the rest of your child’s life!

Have a terrific November and please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything that I can do to help you or your child with having a positive educational experience at Leeds Central School.


Danielle Harris, Principal

Danielle Harris,
Nov 6, 2016, 5:58 PM