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Upcoming Events
Repeating Event - Explore the Arts - Music
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
- PTO Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- SIC Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Repeating Event - Explore the Arts - Art
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
District Announcements
Online Payments Coming Soon!

Dealing with your children’s school money is about to be a lot easier! Soon you will be able to add money to their accounts for meals online securely and even see what they are buying. An introduction letter to the K12 Payment Center and detailed information will be sent home in the next few weeks. Please watch out for this info coming to your home soon!

School Announcements
2nd Grade Bottle Car Winners
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2nd grade bottle car race!

1st place: Reese Foster, 2nd place: Maci Furbee, 3rd place: Connor Wiley,
4th place: Miller Collins, 5th place: Kinsley Brissey

The Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act
The Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act, recently approved by the South Carolina Legislature, allows school districts to store supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors for identified school staff to use in emergencies for individuals with unknown life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis.
Parents and guardians of students with known allergies should continue to provide epinephrine auto-injectors for their children at school. These students will continue to have Emergency Care Plans (ECPs) and Individual Healthcare Plans (IHPs) developed by the school nurse.
Every school in ASD4 has a full time registered nurse and at least 5 first responders who are trained in recognizing signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, epinephrine auto-injector administration and follow up procedures in the case of allergic reactions.  Click here for details>>

Snow Make-Up Days & End of Year Events
Our school board approved forgiveness of 2 days missed for weather as well as designated June 2-4 as make-up days for students and staff per state legislation.  June 3 and 4 will be half days for students with dismissal at 11:30.  Due to us making up snow days, here is the revised list of our end-of-year events.
  • May 28 – Math-a-Thon (If you can volunteer in a classroom, let us know.)
  •  May 29 – Field Day (4K-2nd grades 8:00-10:30; 3rd-6th grades 11:00-2:15)
  • May 30 – 6th Grade Awards Program-9:00; 5th Grade Awards Program-10:30; and 4th Grade Awards Program-12:00
  •  June 2 – 3rd Grade Awards 9:00; 2nd Grade Awards 10:30; & Talent Show 12:15-2:00
  •  June 3 – 4K/5K Awards 8:00; 1st Grade Awards 9:30 
  • June 4 – Last day for students.  Report Cards given out.

Assisting Students with Medications
The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, Nursing and Pharmacy issued a joint advisory opinion, collectively agreeing that school nurses in South Carolina may administer over-the-counter medications in a school setting with parental consent and without a medical order from a licensed healthcare provider. However, if the over-the-counter medication is prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider, or a parent/guardian requests the over-the-counter medication be given differently than standard package instructions indicate, then the over-the-counter medication must be treated like a prescription medication as set forth in S.C. Code Ann. S 40-43-86, requiring both parental AND healthcare provider’s permission to be given at school.

ASD4 has updated our policy to reflect this joint advisory opinion. All medications, over-the-counter and prescription, MUST be brought to school by a parent or guardian in the original packaging. Per policy, students are not allowed to carry any type of medication during school hours unless the appropriate permission forms have been completed, are on file and have been approved by the school administrator.

School Administration of Medication (OTC) Permission Form
School Administration of Medication (Prescription) Permission Form
Self-Admininstration Form (Doctor)
Self-Administration Form (Parent)
Self-Administration Form (Student)

Open Enrollment for Elementary Schools: 2014-2015
Anderson School District Four is excited to announce an open enrollment option for parents of elementary-aged students.  Parents who desire to enroll their student(s) in an elementary school outside of their attendance zone may exercise this option by submitting an application request during the month of March.  Open enrollment for La France, Mount Lebanon, Pendleton, and Townville Elementary Schools will be honored based on a first come first serve basis as well as the availability of space.  Additionally, parents opting for open enrollment will be responsible for providing transportation and may exercise this option through the highest grade level offered.   Notification of school assignments for all open enrollment requests for the 2014-15 school year will be made by June 30, 2014.  Applications are available at the District Administration Office at 315 East Queen Street in Pendleton.  All applications must be returned to the District Administration Office by March 28, 2014. A student who has previously been granted Open Enrollment does not need to re-apply unless his/her address has changed.  The conditions of the Open Enrollment contract are still in effect.   Questions should be directed to Dr. Joanne Avery (403-2002) or Chris Hanak (403-2036).

Spotlight on Standards Based Grading and Reporting

What should be in grades? Grades should include individual achievement only based on the published learning goals for the school/district.

What should not be in grades?
 Effort, attitude, behavior, attendance, punctuality, tardiness, group work, and so forth should not be in grades, unless they are specifically stated in the standards for a grade or course. These should be assessed and reported on separately.” 
~ from How to Grade for Learning, O’Connor

At Mount Lebanon, our teachers strive to assess student learning based on students’ progress toward the standards of learning.  As you look at your child’s standards-based report card, you will see information on your child’s progress with standards that were taught that nine weeks.  You will also see a section on lifelong learning skills that addresses students’ work ethic, etc.  If you have questions about your child’s growth as a learner, his/her teacher is a phone call or an email away.  Ask them. 

Our school grounds are a smoke-free environment, which means no smoking in car rider line.
Thanks for your help with this good health practice.

A Message from Our Principal - Concern about Safety

·        Did you know a parent had to swerve into the grass to keep from hitting a car during afternoon pick-up recently?  Why? Because the driver, a MLES parent, was texting on her smartphone and suddenly realized she was about to hit another car. 

·        We have asked repeatedly – to the point of begging parents – to refrain from talking and texting during car rider drop-off/pick-up.  I am asking again each person driving within our MLES driveway to put down his/her phone for the safety of all. 

·        We live in a selfish world so some folks will not adhere to this.  However, I am asking you to put down phones, iPads, iPods etc. while driving at MLES so we do not have an accident.  Law enforcement will be called if there is an accident. 

Our school’s safety, especially your child’s, is my biggest concern.  I hope you will get on board with this request. If you have a question about this, please call me at 403-2402. 

Keeping Students Well: School Exclusion Information
A School Exclusion List indicates for which illnesses a child must be kept out of (excluded from) school. It also indicates when medical notes are needed for children to return to school after certain illnesses.  See the links below for Quick Reference Guides.  For more detailed information, visit the "Health and Wellness" link under the "Services" side tab.

Standards Based Report Card Presentation
If you would like to view the Power Point presentation on Standards Based Report Cards that was used at our Parent Meeting on September 5, it is available for you here:  Standards Based Report Cards Presentation

Thank you to all of those who came to our Parent Meeting.  We appreciate your questions and your support as we move forward in Standards Based Grading.

Link to Family Friendly Standards
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