In this week's Newsletter:
  • A Note from the Founding Principal
  • A Note from the Special Education Coordinator
  • A Note from the Office Manager
  • A Note from the PTA
  • Thank Yous
  • Upcoming Events
  • Gala Information and Preview
  • Dyslexia Tidbit of the Week
A Note from the Founding Principal
Ms. Heidi Bishop

Thank you to everyone who came out for the PTA meeting and Curriculum Night. The feedback we received was that seeing Math U See and PIE lessons in progress helped to understand what the students are learning every day. Some of the parents asked where they could purchase the manipulative blocks. To purchase a set for home, click here.

Thank you, also, to everyone who helped to make my birthday amazing and wonderful! I loved all the handmade cards from the students and reading each and every message, and the messages on the back of the cat pictures hung all around my door and throughout my office. The cat picture is an inside joke for anyone who has ever been trained by me, and the faculty and staff have embraced this. 

We are excited that Open Enrollment began Friday, February 1. If you know of someone who is interested in applying to the school, there is a downloadable form. To access the application, click here. If your child is currently enrolled at Lakes and Bridges Charter School, you do not need to apply. Letters of Intent for the 2019-2020 school year will go home to parents sometime in March. 

Thank you to those who attended the Building Update meeting at our building on East Main Street this past Thursday morning. Please look for a 
summary of the meeting to come home this week.

Just a reminder that toys are not permitted at school. There should be no toys out during the school day, recess, or AM/PM duty. Please check your child's backpack periodically to make sure it does not have any kind of toys in it. Additionally, all students have markers, coloring pencils, crayons, and writing pencils at school, so they should not bring additional coloring or writing tools. Your support with this is greatly appreciated. 

Please be on the lookout soon for Parent/Teacher Conference information from your child's teacher. These begin February 4 and run through March 1. 

Valentine's Day parties will be held on February 14, from 2:50-3:30. More specifics will come home through your child's classroom teacher. 

There is a lot of illness going around right now as it is that time of year. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick or if they are running a fever. They must be symptom-free and fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours. This will help to keep illness (flu, strep throat, stomach virus) from spreading.

Additionally, now is the time to order your Inaugural Lakes and Bridges Charter School yearbook. 

A Note from the Special Education Coordinator
Ms. Elizabeth Bridges

Thank you to all the parents I have emailed for all your flexibility in scheduling meetings and making changes to assessment accommodations. It really has been a team effort to get everyone scheduled for February to hold all Annual Reviews ahead of schedule and complete Reevaluations that are due in the future. Don't forget to send back signed meeting notices you receive and return questionnaires from our School Psychologist and therapists if you have received any for your child's Initial or Reevaluation. Remember, you can call or email me with any and all questions about your child's Individualized Education Plan or progress in the evaluation process. 
A Note from the Office Manager
Mrs. Kelly Disbrow

Attendance/Truancy conferences are being scheduled to create an action plan to remedy multiple absences. The parent/student handbook policy (please read very carefully) on absences and truancy is:

Absences from School

A student must provide a written excuse from a parent, guardian or health practitioner within three days of 
an absence. If the student has several continuous absences, the written excuse must be submitted within three days after the student's return to school.

A valid excuse must:
 include the date,
 list the student's full name,
 contain the date(s) of the absence(s),
 list the reason for the absence(s),
 list a telephone number of the parent (if needed for verification), and
 include the signature of the parent/guardian or a licensed/certified health

If a death in the family occurs after the 10th absence, an obituary notice must be provided to the school in order for that day(s) to be excused. With approval from the principal, students may be absent for a portion of the school day or the entire day for school-sponsored activities, such as field trips, academic competitions, athletic events or other extracurricular activities. The school will not count the student absent from class/school in such cases.

State attendance regulations require school personnel to conduct a Student Attendance Intervention Conference for every student who accumulates 3 consecutive unexcused absences or a total of 5 unexcused absences. At the conference, the parent or guardian and school personnel will address ways to correct and/or improve the issues.

A student who is absent from school or any class without permission may be subject to disciplinary action (i.e. detention, suspension, expulsion and/or ineligibility for participation in athletics or other school activities). Students under the age of 17 with excessive absences will be reported to the South Carolina Public Charter School District. An absence is considered unlawful if the student is absent without parental knowledge or without an acceptable reason – with or without parental knowledge.

Truancy can have a devastating impact on a young person's education. The South Carolina Compulsory School Attendance Law requires that children between the ages of five (5) and seventeen (17) years attend school regularly. The law mandates that parents assure the presence of their children at school. Section 59-65-20 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976 states: "Any parent or guardian who neglects to enroll his child or ward or refuses to make such child or ward attend school shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $50 or be imprisoned not more than 30 days; each day's absence shall constitute a separate offense…”

What the law means is that for any unlawful absence that a
child accrues, the parent or guardian could be fined $50 or serve 30 days in jail for each unexcused day. Parents are encouraged to work with school staff members to assure that their children attend school. Parental support will make a world of difference in a child's future. If parents make education a priority, so will their children.
A Note from the PTA
Mrs. Judy Hollaway and Mrs. Kathy Crouse

Thank you for those who came out to the PTA meeting last week. We will be sharing with you soon the locations and dates of Spirit Afternoons/Nights at restaurants. These are a great way to support the school and help raise money in the process.

Congratulations to Ashley Odom for winning the Sidewall Pizza basket of goodies!
Thank Yous
Thank you:
  • to Mr. Garcia, Mr. Rodgers, Mr. Foster, Mr. Wells, Mr. Allen, and Mr. Bastoni for volunteering to come in and read to our students (see pictures below).

Our apologies in advance for anyone accidentally left off.
Upcoming Events
February 4 - Monday Dress Theme: Mismatch Day
February 8 - Chick-fil-A Biscuit Sales

February 9 - Inaugural Gala "Unmasking Dyslexia" being held at the Bleckley Inn, Anderson, from 7-10 pm. - Sold Out/Waiting List Begun

February 11 - Monday Dress Theme: Wear Red

February 14 - Valentine's Day and Valentine's Day Parties - 2:50-3:30.

February 15 - No Chick-fil-A Biscuit Sales

February 18 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

February 25 - Monday Dress Theme: Career Day (wear what you want to be when you grow up)
Gala Information and Previews

At the Gala, there will be some great auction items just for LABCS parents. So if you're interested in one but can't attend the gala, find a friend who can bid for you on Feb. 9. Two items that parents may be most interested in:

 - Principal for a Day with Ms. Bishop: Learn what life is really like at
LABCS. Help with car lines, attend meetings, visit the classrooms, and other activities a principal does during the day. 
 - First in Line Pass for Afternoon Pick Up: Win this pass, and you'll never have to wait in the car line again this semester. 
 - An Afternoon Bowling with Ms. Bishop and Ms. Bridges: Up to 6 currently enrolled students can spend the afternoon with Ms. Bishop and Ms. Bridges bowling. Time and date to be mutually agreed upon.

There are plenty of other amazing items to bid on. Plan your strategy to win a week's stay in a Charleston townhouse, a weekend house in Cashiers, a DJ for a night, a mini Labradoodle puppy, a family membership to the Pickens YMCA, or a Clemson football signed by Dabo. Talk to your friends and ask them to bid on your behalf to support the school and snag a great prize! If you want to bid but don't know who to ask, contact
Dyslexia Tidbit of the Week

Online OG Introductory Course

Subscriber members have taken an introductory course of at least 6 hours and are considered informed consumers but are not qualified to teach using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

The course provides an initial overview of the nature of dyslexia and of the principles of the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach. It is an introductory overview that provides a basic understanding of the science, the rationale, and the structure behind the Approach.

The Subscriber Course is recommended for:

  • Parents of children with dyslexia
  • Individuals with dyslexia who wish to gain an understanding of their learning differences
  • Teachers with students who experience difficulty learning to read and write
  • Professionals who may wish to go on with their studies to become practitioners
  • School Administrators
  • Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Advocates
  • Tutors
  • Professionals who wish to learn about this multisensory teaching approach
To sign up for this online workshop, click here. This 10-hour self-paced workshop is $49.
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