PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT ONLY UNDER VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARE STUDENTS LIVING IN TOWN PERMITTED TO RIDE COUNTRY ROUTE BUSES. WE DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT ROOM ON THESE ROUTES TO BE ABLE TO PERMIT TOWN STUDENTS TO RIDE HOME WITH COUNTRY STUDENTS FOR VISITS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ETC. LIKEWISE, COUNTRY STU- DENTS CANNOT RIDE THE TOWN ROUTE BUSES TO THE HOMES OF FRIENDS. The preschool teachers, Ms. Jorgensen and Ms. Majeres, received supplies for over $5000 by participating in 2 grants. Last year, the teachers participated in a grant where they had to research and devel- op a plan to increase student’s achievement in the area of literacy. After reviewing student assessment and state standards, they decided to focus on environmental print. The teachers then received $1000 to purchase bookcases that show- cased the covers of books, boogie boards, lettered stepping stones for the playground, alphabet games, and puzzles. This year, a ramps and pathways grant was offered to the teachers focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To participate, the teachers have to document and participate in a weekly discussion on how the materials are being used and what the students are learning. The materials the teachers received from this grant were $4000 in ramps, blocks, balls, containers, and other loose parts. Grants are just one way teachers learn new strategies and get new materials for the students in their classroom. FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT LCHS Student Council is once again collecting goods to send care packages to deployed soldiers in conjunction with the organization Support Sioux- land Soldiers. Monetary donations to help with shipping, and/or nonperishable goods can be dropped off at the high school office through Fri- day, November 10. The council will be packing the care packages Monday, November 13. The council is also collecting addresses of any deployed sol- diers. Please send full names and the address to email@example.com. A list of suggested items can be found at http://bit.ly/2yaHrBu FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICE Dental Screening-The Iowa Legislature passed a bill July 2008 that requires all students entering kindergarten and 9th grade to have a dental screening completed. Please have your dentist's office complete the form and return to the high school office for the 2017/2018 school year. If you have any questions regarding the dental screening, please contact Stephanie Buhman MS/HS nurse at 546-4153. Representatives from LifeServe Blood Center will be at Le Mars Community High School to accept donations on Fri- day, December 1st from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm. This blood drive is open to qualifying students and staff. Stu- dents who wish to participate must be 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 120 pounds, eat a good meal prior to donating, and be in good health. Also repeat donors must have at least 56 days between donations. Parent/guardians will be required to sign a permission slip in order for their student to participate. Students must have identification with them on the day of donation. A sign-up sheet will be located in the High School Principal's office starting in No- vember. If you have any questions, please contact Stepha- nie Buhman, MS/HS nurse at 546-4153. Flu season is here!! According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, flu viruses are most common dur- ing the fall and winter months. The exact timing and dura- tion of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. A good way to decrease the spread of germs is frequent handwashing. Handwashing is is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. (CDC, 2017).