As we enter May, the school year is quickly winding down. I want to take a quick moment to thank you for your sup- port and for the help you provide your children and the school. Education is the greatest investment you can make as a parent. Please continue to stress the importance of education with your children as their academic careers continue. Several important dates are coming this month for senior parents. May 14 is the last day of class. May 15 and 16 are semester test days. May 16 is also our Senior Awards Night in the competition gym. The program will begin at 6:30 pm. May 17 is the Senior Breakfast; students must sign up and pay in the office by May 5. May 20 is graduation. Se- niors must be here by 2:30 pm ready to line up. For everyone else, semester tests will be the last two days of school. Please refer to the schedule in the handbook. Students who are not required to take tests may choose to do so if they desire; otherwise, they do not have to be pres- ent. Students who are not testing will check out the school day before semester tests begin; others will check out at the end of their testing. Students will be receiving their schedules for next school year. We ask that students see the counselors ASAP to make schedule changes. Our electives will be tight next school year, so the sooner he/she stops in the guidance office the more likely he/she may get into the class they want. As always, if you have any concerns about your child’s progress in school, please contact teachers to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns. We want all our stu- dents to succeed. Have a great summer, and see you next school year! Puppy Relays is our annual track and field event for fourth and fifth grade students at Le Mars Community Schools. It will be held on Friday, May 11th, at the Jim Lorenzen sta- dium. Family members and friends are welcome to attend! Make up date would be Friday, May 18th. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with field events and running activities. We will break for lunch at 12:00 before resuming activities at 12:30. Puppy Relays will end approx- imately at 3:00. The year is coming to an end and the business of summer is right around the corner. With all the activities that take place during summer, this is also the time to start planning for next school year. Please read the following information as it pertains to your child/children. MEDICATIONS (ALL GRADES- All medications stored in the nurse’s office need to be picked up and taken home before your student's last day of school. Any medication left in the nurse’s office at the end of the school year will be dis- posed of properly. IMMUNIZATIONS- Student immunization records must be up to date for all incoming students. Pre-school and Kindergarten students need to have their shots completed (including 4 year old booster shots for kindergarten students) before the first day of school. Students entering 7th grade must have a Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccine before the first day of school. Students en- tering 12th grade must have a meningococcal vaccine before the first day of school. Immunization records will be sent in the mail to ALL graduating seniors. Please do not lose them as we do not keep a copy of immunization records after gradu- ation. DENTAL CERTIFICATES- All students entering kindergarten and 9th grade must have a dental certificate completed before the first day of school in August. BLOOD TESTS FOR LEAD- This test is a state requirement for kindergarten. Many children have had lead testing completed by their physician or other early childhood programs. Please request the results and provide documentation to the school. If your child has not had a blood lead level checked in the past, this needs to be done at your doctor's office prior to the first day of school. VISION SCREENINGS - All students entering kindergarten and third grade now need proof of a vision screening. This is just a screening and does not mean your child needs a full vision exam. The screening can be completed by your eye doctor, health care provider, or a community based organization. The certificate of vision screening form needs to be completed before the first day of school. PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN PHYSICALS- Pre-school & kindergarten physicals should be scheduled and completed now, before the big rush in early August when everyone tries to get them completed before the first day of school. The physical form was included in your preschool and kindergarten packets. SPORTS PHYSICALS (7th-12th grade)- Be sure to schedule your sports physi- cals now so you have them taken care of before summer/fall practices begin. Any student planning to participate in sports, including cheerleading and dance, must turn in a completed physical report from a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or chiropractor, with the parent’s signature on it, before they are allowed to partici- pate in practice. These forms can be picked up from the High School Guidance office for high school students or the middle school office for 7-8 grade students. You will also need to complete the athletic insurance waiver/parent or legal guardian permission form and the “Heads up” concussion form. Floyd Valley Hospital Family Medicine Clinics will offer sports physicals this summer. Listen to KLEM and watch the paper for an announcement of dates and times then call your provider to schedule an appointment. Please have your physical form filled out and signed by a parent/guardian before the appointment. Please inform the nurse if there have been any changes to your child’s health over the summer. As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call!