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LIGHTHOUSE NEWS  |  11/06/2020
DATES TO REMEMBER:
November 11th: Veterans Day  |  No School 
November 25th - 27th:  Thanksgiving Break
December 14th:  Picture Retake Day
December 21st -  January 1st:  Christmas Break


Download the November Lunch Menu
Download the updated 20-21 School Calendar

Dear Lighthouse families,

As Pierce County rates of COVID transmission climb higher and holiday breaks are coming up, we ask that all of Lighthouse: staff, faculty, students, and families are mindful of their participation in get-togethers and large gatherings. I have been thankful that our protocols at school and yours at home have been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID at school and we want to do as much as we can to keep students on campus. Lighthouse appreciates all of your efforts to communicate with the school office on your COVID-related questions and concerns. We will continue to partner with you to keep all of our stakeholders safe.
 
In the last newsletter, I had mentioned that school leadership was looking into the rapid testing option for potential implementation.  After talking to the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, medical professionals, test suppliers, the administrative team, and reading CDC guidelines, we have the following update:

  1. The Health Department is developing protocols regarding the implementation of rapid testing over the next few months and plans to communicate to schools.
  2. The Health Department is not planning to implement rapid testing in rural school districts until after the beginning of 2021.
  3. If implemented by Lighthouse, we would need to employ a health care provider to implement the test and govern the process of getting results.
  4. The cost of the tests is financially feasible.
  5. We are still not convinced that this would be a benefit to our student population, but will continue to evaluate. 

We will continue to use our current protocols as stated by the Health Department regarding COVID testing and actions based on COVID-like symptoms.  We ask that you:

  • Diligently complete the Home Screening Form on our app.
  • Communicate any COVID-related symptoms to the school office.
  • Keep sick students at home.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Living to serve,


Stephen Roddy 
Head of School

We are pleased to share the good news that Mrs. Shelli Bartholomew, our department-lead Kindergarten teacher, has been awarded National Board re-certification! This is a tremendous professional accomplishment for teachers, but perhaps even more so during this season of COVID-19 implications for education. Congratulations Mrs. B! Thank you to her many students and class parents who provided support to help her exceed the rigorous requirements last school year. Well done, Mrs. B!
ART ALLIANCE fundraiser is starting now! This has been a wonderful way to subsidize our Art Department budget, allowing us to do some special and more expensive projects such as ceramics and glass fusing.  An order form will be going out in your Thursday/Friday folders. Attached to the form will be a small picture of your student’s artwork that can be turned into sets of gift cards or an 8”x10” canvas. For more information, please contact Jani Miller.

Below are the important dates to remember:
  • November 13th (Friday) - Order Forms Come Home
  • November 24th (Tuesday) - Order Forms Due to classroom teachers before Thanksgiving Break
  • December 18th (Friday) - Students will bring home their orders before Christmas Break
If you know of any families that may be interested in Lighthouse for next year, applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available on our website beginning Monday, November 9th, at 9:00 AMNOTE: This application is for families who are looking to enroll new students for next year (not currently enrolled for the 2020-21 school year).  The application process begins in March of 2021, but applications can be submitted early.  Applications are processed in the order they are received.  Applications for siblings of enrolled students will be processed first, with Open Enrollment beginning in March 2021.  There is a non-refundable $90 application fee for each student.  IF YOU HAVE A STUDENT(S) CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND ATTENDING SCHOOL AT LCS THIS YEAR (2020-21), DO NOT COMPLETE THE APPLICATION for your student(s). Students currently enrolled at LCS will be automatically re-enrolled through our Continuous Enrollment process beginning in February 2021. 
Lighthouse is hiring for the following positions:
  • Lighthouse is currently seeking someone that is available from the hours of 11 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Thursday, for 10-20 hrs/week for the role of Dyslexia Tutor. This person must have a desire for patiently ministering to students with reading challenges.
  • Lighthouse is currently accepting applications for substitute teachers. Pay is $15 per hour.
For consideration, please submit your completed application to hr@lcschool.org.
 
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