December is the month for holiday parties and end of the year ac- tivities. It is also a time to reflect on the blessings and challenges faced throughout the year. Each year L.E.E.P. board members reflect on what went well and what areas need fine tuning. This reflection is geared toward L.E.E.P.’s mission statement of enhancing education for students in the LeMars Community. An overwhelming positive for this orga- nization is the successful fund raiser held each year called MENu- MASTERS. Through fundraising, the last ten years, L.E.E.P. has raised and given over $190,000.00 back to the students and class- rooms. This money enables teachers and educational coaches to enhancement learning above and beyond the district’s budget. Recruitment of volunteers to serve as new board members is an area lacking strength. Please consider volunteering for L.E.E.P. as a member of our organization. L.E.E.P. meetings are scheduled for the first Monday of the month, August through May. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in LCMS, room A-09. A quote from Benjamin Franklin has a powerful message. He stated, “An investment in knowledge through education pays the best interest”. Invest in the future by supporting education by becoming a volunteer. Have a great holiday season. The Le Mars Community School District Leadership and Instructional Impact Team (DLIIT) met on October 23, 2018, for their first meeting of the school year. This team was created in order to perform the following: • Collect and analyze relevant data to be used in the district decision making process. • Provide systematic input to the Board of Education regarding issues facing the school district. • Ensure the development of plans for purposeful and meaningful change. • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of short and long-term district development plans. • Coordinate communication through the school community. This meeting consisted of the welcoming of new DLIIT community members: Jodi Emerson, Makenzie Lang, Beth Meyer. We also welcomed new student members: Shaniah Temple, Jada Tirre, Alivia Van Otterloo, Kaden Wingert, and Kutter Wright. DLIIT also discussed building level professional development plans, stadium updates, and educational funding. We appreciate everyone who volunteers to be a DLIIT member and the input they provide to administration and the Le Mars Board of Education. The Transportation Department is again, this year, of- fering in town busing for our students. Students must have a bus pass from their school to ride the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege. This privilege can be lost if the student does not have a pass, or if the rider does not follow the rules. It is important that each student have a pass. These passes must be carried with them at all times and should be shown to the driver whenever asked. The bus rules are posted in each bus. Please let your student know how important it is to follow these rules. Distracting the driver can be very serious. If the driver needs to watch the students, he is not watching the road. Some of these rules to follow are: ● Remain seated while bus is in motion. ● No loud talking or profanity. ● No fighting or pushing. Always keep your hands to yourself. ● No throwing objects in or out of the bus. ● There are other rules also and we would hope that the students know what they are. Let’s all do the best we can to provide the students a safe ride to and from school this year. Iowa law defines a “homeless child or youth of school age” as a child or youth between the ages of 5 and 21 who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a child or youth who is living on the street, in a car, tent, or abandoned building or some other form of shelter not designed as a perma- nent home; who is living in a community shelter facili- ty; or who is living with non nuclear family members or with friends. Anyone who has knowledge of any such child or youth should contact Mrs. Rachel Leavitt, Curriculum Director at 546-4155. The LeMars Community School District is obligated to identify these children or youth and to strive to get them enrolled in school when appropriate. The LeMars CSD has examined its policies and rules to assure that there are no barri- ers to the enrollment of homeless children or youth.