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  • What's Inside. . . Superintendent’s Letter ....... 1 Upcoming Events ................ 2 Crock-Pot Dinner ................ 2 Board of Education ............. 2 Rotary News ....................... 3 Athletic Hall of Fame ......... 3 Hoops for Hope .................. 3 Honoring Veterans .............. 4 Pat Grasso Tourney ............. 5 CROP News ........................ 5 Parent’s Afternoon Off ....... 6 December Calendar ............ 7 Photo with Santa ................. 7 Lunch Menu ........................ 8 Guidance Office News ........ 9 Nurse News......................... 9 Ceramics I .......................... 9 Box Tops ........................... 10 Winter Concerts ................ 11 Holiday Parade ................. 11 Patrons of Music People ..... 11 Zumba............................... 12 Gifts in a Jar ..................... 12

    Thank you to the CSEA

    for sponsoring this issue of the Leopard’s Tale.

    Volume IV, Number IV December 2019

    LAURENS CENTRAL SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

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    Season’s Greetings and Holiday Wishes . . . Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season! It is my sincere hope

    that all of our students, parents, friends, family members, and our community members have a wonderful holiday season. Our national holiday of Thanksgiving, with its focus on food, football, and family gatherings served to usher in this special time of year. Many now turn their thoughts to Christmas and the special significance it holds.

    Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, during the month of December and the coming of the New Year, all of us tend to reflect back on the entire year. Recognizing that another full calendar year has passed causes one to think about our lives and just how fleeting time can be. I do not know about you, but I have a store of memories that seem to rise to the surface this time of year. Perhaps it is the one marking a first year of marriage, or the birth of a child. Perhaps it is the loss of someone dear to our hearts, memories of our first pet, or our first home. One of the things I like best about this time of year is the recalling of wonderful times past and the story telling that often goes with it!

    For me, this year is bringing back a flood of fond memories . . . from five years of age until now, I have had a 1st day of school: kindergarten, elementary and high school, immediately off to college for four years, and then directly to LCS starting with the 1977 school year. That adds up to 60 years of 1st days of school! However, Fall 2019 was my last. On June 30, 2020, I will be retiring. My 43 years at LCS have been filled with memories of many fond moments and experiences, ones I will cherish all of my life. I have been blessed to serve this school, our students and this community, and I want to thank the Boards of Education I have worked for, and each of you, for allowing me this very, very special opportunity. Thank you!

    Moving forward, the Board will be appointing Mr. Dorritie as the Superintendent, effective July 1, 2020. He has served our District well for many years as the Building Principal and Athletic Director, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job as your new Superintendent.

    In closing, I would again like to wish everyone who celebrates, a very happy and peaceful holiday season. Over the past several years in the December newsletter I have commented just how fortunate we are to live in the communities of Laurens, Mt. Vision, and West Laurens. I truly believe that our small communities are ever so much more safe, quiet, and peaceful places to live than other areas. Not that we are insulated from the outside world, but we truly are a step behind the frenzied pace, and what a comfortable place that is to be. I encourage you to take a walk one night when the air is crisp and the sky full of stars, or when a light snow is falling. This is truly a beautiful place to live, and the blessings bestowed on each of us and on our families are truly too many to count.

    Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and special times with family and friends!

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    Upcoming LCS Events! Moving ahead to the winter season, you will find plenty of activi-

    ties in which our students will be active participants and with which you can enjoy a fun evening out here at school: • LCS Basketball: Check out the school calendar and come to a

    home game. Be sure to wear your LCS Red and White in support of our teams!

    • On December 27, we will be hosting the Annual Induction Cer- emony for the LCS Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held between the Laurens Boys’ Games. Please plan on joining us as we recognize the achievements of our previous students and individuals who have supported the LCS Athletic program!

    • LCS Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Fund Raiser: Our Annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser will be held on Saturday, January 11. There will be games and raffles all day long. Please show your support by coming out! All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year, between the fundraiser and a donation from the Athletic Booster Club, we raised $4,500!

    • Mark your calendar now for the Laurens Jaguars Contrast of Colors Home Colorguard Show: February 8, 2020.

    LCS Board of Education The Laurens Central School has adopted the fol-

    lowing Mission Statement as necessary and desirable to achieve our shared vision of a community working together to provide all children with the best possible education.

    Working cooperatively with the home and commu- nity, Laurens Central School will create a learning environment conducive to ensuring student success. We will provide opportunities to prepare all students to become active and responsible citizens in a multi- cultural democratic society. Laurens Central School will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for successful life-long learning.

    The Board of Education has also adopted the fol- lowing goals as necessary and desirable to achieve that same shared vision and mission statement. The goals are reviewed annually serve to guide the Board of Education with regard to the overall function- ing of the school district. • Maintain the fiscally responsible, sound financial

    management of the District • Develop and maintain safe and secure facilities

    that support the delivery of high quality education • Provide academic and extracurricular activities

    that encourage participation and at the same time enhance the overall learning experience for all students

    • Update and maintain the Board Policy book • Enhance stronger ties to all components of the

    communities served by the Laurens Central School District Laurens Village Board

    The Laurens Central School welcomes our local Village Board and Board Members into our school. For the third year in a row, the Board is utilizing office space in our building. The Board also holds a monthly business meeting in our building, using room 115. Access to the Village Office is easy — just pull into the main parking lot and use the sliding glass window at the side entrance. Should you need to come into the office to conduct business we suggest that you use one of the visitor parking spots in the bus loop and enter through the main entrance. There, you will sign-in, and be directed to the Village Office. Should you wish to purchase and stay for breakfast, lunch or just have a cup of coffee, our cafeteria is open to our community members. Again, we simply require that all visitors to our building sign in and out at either the receptionist desk or the main entrance, as in any public facility comply with any fire or emergency drills that may occur while you are in our building. Also, please wear your visitor’s pass!

    Save the Date! LCS French Club Crock-Pot Dinner

    JANUARY 31, 5-7 PM COST IS BY DONATION

    Join us before the Boys’ Basketball games for a home-cooked meal with your family

    Menu may include: Soups, Chili, Mac & Cheese, etc. Cole slaw and bread on the side & beverages

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    Rotary National Youth Exchange Program As you may be aware, Rotary Organizations across the country sponsor

    the “Youth Exchange Program.” With this program, qualifying students are able to spend one school year studying abroad. Presently, the Morris Rotary Program is sponsoring one of our students, Seth Stevens, in this program. Seth is having a wonderful experience in France, attending school, cultural events and exploring the country. This is all possible due to the efforts of the Morris Rotary and a “Host Family” in France.

    We are also hosting a Rotary student, Suki Kesavadev, from India, in our school this year. A special thank you to the Robert and Denise White family for hosting our student.

    At this time, the Morris Rotary is in the process of interviewing candi- dates for next year’s program. The Rotary would also like to place a student from a foreign country in our school for next year. To accomplish this, we would need a host family, or families as a student can be assigned to multiple families in one school year.

    Having a student in your home could provide for a wonderful experience for your own family and children. Becoming a host family provides for an opportunity to learn a new language as well as learning about a new culture. Often, lifelong friendships develop as a result!

    Think you might be interested? Please contact Mrs. Romona N. Wenck at school!

    “OPERATION WARM” WINTER COAT PROJECT, AND THE 3RD GRADE DICTIONARY AND 6TH GRADE THES

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