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It is August 5th and the days are drawing near for our new school year.  This year will be different from last year because of the new 3rd graders that will be coming over.  This is a large class of students (over 120) and Mrs. Sanders and I are looking forward to meeting all of them.  I've heard great things about this class of students.

2015-2016 school year will prove to be the best year ever.  Our theme for the year will focus on our Journey for Success.  We want this journey to be enjoyable and beneficial for every student at our school.  With any journey, everyone on board must have responsibilities.  We plan to empower all our students to a high level of learning each day.

Our MEET THE TEACHERS Evening will be on August 20th, beginning at 6:00.  We will be selling T-Shirts and giving away car signs for all those planning to pick their child(ren) up by car sometime during the year.  The event will run from 6:00-7:00 that evening.

The district will host our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH on Friday, August 21st.  It will begin at 5:30 and will be held in the parking lot at the football field.  We didn't have a "bash" last year because of all the construction.  We hope you all get a chance to stop by and participate in the fun events that are planned.

The FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL will be August 24th.  We'll be opening the doors at around 7:25.  You are welcome to walk your child(ren) in the first day to take a picture or give well wishes to the teacher.  Much of the jitters for your child will already be over after they meet their teacher on Thursday.

I'm enclosing our dress code before so you can note what our expectations are before you buy clothes.  School supply lists are on the opening page of the website.  See all of you soon!!

Elementary School Dress Code:
·         Student’s clothing should fit properly and allow for the student to move freely. Belts should be worn if jeans, shorts, or pants are too loose.
·         Shorts, skirts, and dresses should be conservative and modest in appearance. The length must not be higher than the length of the fingertips when the arms are held at full length at the sides.  :  Skintight clothing is not appropriate as an outer garment (i.e., biker shorts, leotards, tights, leggings). Baggy/sagging clothing is not allowed.
·         All tops must reach at least to the waist band of the student’s pants, skirt, or shorts. Large-armed tank tops, razorback tops, spaghetti straps and tube tops are not allowed. In addition, bare midriffs, see-through garments or exposed undergarments are not acceptable.
·         No outside apparel with suggestive, inflammatory, vulgar markings of any type or product endorsements which are contrary to the district’s goals concerning learning and health may be worn. Gang/gothic related articles may not be worn to school. Students at the elementary school are not allowed to wear “attitude” shirts which reflect a negative attitude toward school, teachers, parents, siblings, etc….
·         Light up shirts are not allowed.
·         Leggings, jeggings, etc. may not be worn without shorts. NOTE:  Shorts must be fingertip length.
·         Sunglasses (unless prescription), caps, sweatbands or any other distracting accessories may not be worn to school. There may be special days set aside for wearing such items, such as “shades” or “hat” day.
·         Shoes must be worn to school. Tennis shoes are the best option for students. Because students actively participate during the PE time as well as play on the playground, tennis shoes are the safest type of shoes. The following shoes are NOT allowed: cleats, flip flops, platform shoes, shoes with heels over ½ inch, and shoes with open backs. Crocs are not allowed.
·         The student’s hair must be kept clean, neatly groomed and combed out of the eyes. Boys’ hair must be neatly trimmed, not to extend over the collar (dress shirt) or below the middle of the ear (no tails), and must be clean, neatly groomed and above the eyebrows.
·         Students may not wear haircuts (such as Mohawks or designs shaved in hair), hair colors, or makeup which are unusual, bizarre or distracting as decided by the principal or his/her designee.
·         Girls are encouraged not to wear make-up at school. Girls may not bring make-up, hair spray or fingernail polish to school.
·         Boys are not allowed to wear earrings or earring-spacers to school. Girls may not wear more than two earrings per ear. No other body piercing is allowed.
·         Girls are to wear shorts under dresses. This will prevent undergarments from showing during recess/ PE.
·         Pants should not have tears or holes.

Dress code violators will receive a warning, and a parent may be contacted. If dress code violations persist, parents will be contacted and/or student may receive a consequence.
Lorena ISD places a strong emphasis on the use of technology in the classroom. We believe it is essential for our students to learn responsible and efficient use of technology to be successful moving forward. Some of our teachers go above and beyond to achieve this mission. If you know of a teacher who deserves special recognition for his/her use of technology in the classroom, please submit the form found at

You may nominate as many teachers as you like. Nominations will remain open until May 31st, and teachers will be recognized in June.

     I take pictures quite a bit throughout the school year.  Right now there are 45 different events that I've taken pictures of, from field trips to awards assemblies, to playground fun, to academics in the classroom.  Many of the pictures are poses.  Girls especially like to pose with their friends.  When boys' pictures are taken, they usually act goofy or silly.  For the most part, everyone likes to get their pictures taken.  Our students know that at the end of the year I have a slide show of the year's events.  I include music with the slides and the show usually is at least 20 minutes long - yes, we have a lot of memories throughout the year.  Students always like to see themselves in the pictures and it is my goal to include as many of the students' pictures as possible.  I want students to say, "I saw myself on the show."  I want every child to know they are important in our family here at Lorena Elementary School.
     There are some that I can't help by smile at.  I know students really like "crazy pictures."  These are group pictures that students can act silly and then be caught on camera with that face.  Some of the faces (including staff members) are priceless.
     In my many years (almost too many to count) as an educator I have made many memories with the students I've served.  Even as a principal I can pal with the students.  My relationships with my students are very important to me.  When I was a teacher, that was my primary goal - to get to know the students and find ways to meet their needs.
     I hope I've met the needs of your child(ren) this year.  I've enjoyed being their principal and am looking forward to another great year in 2015


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