January 2021 Newsletter

Afton Elementary Newsletter

January 2021

Coming Events

Jan. 15…No School

Jan 18…..Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 22….No School

Jan. 29….No School

Early Childhood Census


Parents, our annual Early Childhood Census is now happening! We ask that you go to the district website (www.lcsd2.org) to access and fill out this census for any of your children LCSD2 who are birth to 5 years old and not enrolled in kindergarten yet.
The district uses this information to plan for future needs of our schools and to get important information to you the year before your child will enter kindergarten.
After Jan. 4, there will be an early childhood census worker in your area that will contact you if you have not filled out the census. Because of COVID-19, we are trying to limit face-to-face contact with our census workers, so please take the time to fill out the census online! The census will be open until January 25. Thank you for taking the time to complete this census! If you have any questions about the census or have trouble accessing it, please contact Emily Isaacson 307-885-7129.


Learning Update

Kindergarten  In Reading, we will be sending home our Sam Books (aka red books). We are moving from reading sounds to reading words in Reading Mastery.  In Writing, we will be writing informational books.  We will also be introducing simple sentence structure and practicing how to write a simple sentence. In Math, our focus will be on teen numbers and measurement.

1st Grade In January we will be starting non finction units for reading and writing, Math we will begin our shapes unit.

2nd Grade Happy New Year! This month in 2nd grade, we will learn how to write Informative texts. In math, we will begin learning about two-digit addition and subtraction. Keep practicing math facts at home! In reading, a new goal period has begun. Many of the students are starting to read chapter books.

3rd Grade By now we are becoming multiplication and division pros! After Christmas we will start working on fractions! This is a mostly new concept for 3rd graders. Understanding that the bottom number stands for how many pieces are in the whole thing is tricky for us at first. One way you can help at home is finding things in every day life that are divided into parts such as pizza, cake or other things. You can show your kids that if they eat 2 pieces of a pizza that has 8 pieces, they have eaten 2/8 of the pizza. In Reading, we are becoming word detectives by finding strategies we can use to figure out the meanings of words we don’t know. If you are reading with your child, and you come across a word they might not know, you can help them use the strategy of looking at the words around the tricky word. They often give clues as to what the word means. It’s fun to solve those word mysteries together! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of health and safety! See you in 2021!!






The following students have passed the math facts for their grade.

Addition: Waylon Clark, Owen Esplin, Evan Isaacson, Grey Frome, Beckham Schwab, Isaac Theriault, Abby Kucharek, and Santiago Pina-Perez.

Subtraction:  Spencer Abrams, Owen Esplin, Joseph Jenkins, Rigdon Kennington, Isaac Theriault, and Waylon Clark. 

Nurse's Message

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Many popular winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating, and even sledding can be high risk for concussion or serious brain injury. Every year, thousands of people are treated forhead injuries associated with these winter activities, which can be serious or even fatal. Whether you are a parent, sports coach, student, or teacher, it is important to  be able to recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around in the skull, damaging brain cells.

Prevent Concussions with Helmet Safety
A properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by nearly half.
Your child’s helmet should fit properly and be:
Well maintained
Age appropriate
Worn consistently and correctly
Appropriately certified for use

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Concussion Signs Observed

Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
Appears dazed or stunned.
Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score,or opponent.
Moves clumsily.
Answers questions slowly.
Loses consciousness (even briefly).

Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.

Concussion Symptoms Reported
Headache or “pressure” in head.
Nausea or vomiting.
Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
Bothered by light or noise.
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down.” Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. If your child or teen’s concussion signs or symptoms get worse, you should take him or her to the emergency department right away.

Dangerous Signs & Symptoms
Call 9-1-1 right away, or take your child or teen to the emergency department if he or she has one or more of the following danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:
One pupil larger than the other.
Drowsiness or inability to wake up.
A headache that gets worse and does not go away.
Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching)
Unusual behavior, increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously.

Chris Simpson BSN, RN
School Nurse
Lincoln County School District 2
307-885-8002 ext 7477


December 2020

Dear Families,

Since our elementary school benefits from Title I funding (which enables us to provide small group instruction to all students), we would appreciate your input regarding this Title I Parent Participation Policy. The Lincoln County School District #2 policy is included for your review.

Here are some options for you to share your ideas for improvement with us.

A- A short Google Survey accessed through this link. https://forms.gle/bBzs98qYTBe7tfdx9

B-A Zoom Meeting hosted by the Title I teachers across the district on Thursday, January 14 at noon.  https://lcsd2.zoom.us/j/99503770412

C- Email Cheyanne Wolfley, the district Title I Grant Coordinator,  at cheyanne.wolfley@lcsd2.org

Thank you for your support and input,
The Title I Team

                                                                                       Title I Parent Participation Policies


A major goal of the Lincoln County School District #2 Title I program is to encourage high levels of parent involvement in the education of children who are served by the Title I program. Everyone benefits when the school and the home work together to promote high performance by students. We will be most effective when all stakeholders fulfill their role in a responsible manner.

To promote high quality parent involvement in the Title I program, staff and district administration will:

1.    Notify each child’s parents in a timely manner that the child has been selected to participate in Title I and why the child has been selected for participation. As a part of this process, parents will receive information on the goals, objectives, and methods of the Title I program. As a part of this process, the school will provide the opportunity for teachers, parents, and students to enter into a compact which will define goals, expectations, and shared responsibilities of allparties for maximum learning.

2.    Report to each child’s parents on the child’s progress at the end of each term, and at other times as appropriate.

3.    Establish conferences between individual parents and teachers at least once per year and more often asneeded.

4.    Provide training for parents to promote the education of their children at home (ex. invite parents to attend the annual Title I conference, coordinate          parent involvement with other programs).

5.    Provide timely information concerning the Title I program including program plans and evaluations at registration time, at public meetings, in news            releases, and at individual conferences.

6.    Convene annually at least one public meeting to which all parents of eligible children will be invited.To solicit parents’ suggestions in the planning,            development, and the operation of the program.To consult with parents about how the school can work with them to achieve the program’s                       objectives.

7.    Provide parents with an opportunity to establish mechanisms for maintaining ongoing involvement and communication among parents, teachers,              and school officials (ex. the organization of a Parent Advisory Council).

8.    Involve parents of students participating in Title I programs in the development of a written parent participation policy, including the development of          the districts’ consolidated grant.

9.     Allocate district resources to parent involvement activities

ADOPTED:   February 12, 2004                                                                                                    

Lincoln County School District #2, Wyoming