Aardvark News

March 23, 2020

A note from the Principal

Irving Students and Families,

In order to keep the lines of communication from school to home connected, I plan to send out a weekly newsletter every Monday through the duration of the district school closure.

Included in this newsletter will be information from me, as well as a summary of information presented from the district. Additionally, there will be sections from each grade level group of teachers, elective teachers and others. Since today is the first week of this newsletter, there will be very little information from staff in these sections. Please look for increased communication in each section as the weeks continue. It is my hope that this weekly communication will provide the latest information to you all without overloading your inboxes with information on a daily basis.

Students and parents will be contacted by teachers on an individual basis throughout the week as needed.

I wanted to share with students that they are missed. Our staff have been working very hard to establish a remote learning plan that will allow us to reconnect and for teaching and learning to once again take place. Over the next two weeks students have access to review material from the third quarter. This is not required work, and it will not be turned in or graded. During this two week time span, teachers are reaching out to students who had a failing grade in their class at the end of third quarter. These students are being presented with a plan they can follow to improve their grade for the third quarter. The next two weeks is an ideal time for this to occur.

I want to assure everyone that the staff of Irving is still here to support you. We understand the frustration and stress that has come along with this unique and unprecedented situation.

Reach out to us through email or our website and let us know how we can assist. We may not have the answer to your questions at the time, but we will certainly work to find it for you.

Finally, I know that the fourth quarter is filled with various activities and milestones that make for special memories for our students, families and staff alike. While I cannot change that this is occurring, I wanted you to know that we do understand the disappointment in these events and occasions needing to be postponed or cancelled.

The Irving Community is strong and connected. We will get through this together.

Thanks and be well,

Jason Shanahan, Irving Principal

Counseling Center

You are welcome to email your counselors if you need something or to report a concern for another student or yourself. We will be checking email between 7:45 and 3:15 pm (Monday-Friday) and will respond within 24 hours. Remember to check your email for a response by going to www.gmail.com or finding the Gmail icon in the LPS portal (white envelope with red M).

We're all in this together!

PLEASE NOTE: If you need immediate assistance we encourage you to access the following resources that are available any time of the day or night.

LPS Updates: lps.org/covid19

CenterPointe Help Line (Lincoln): 402-475-6695

Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

National Crisis Text Line: text START to 741741 (text charges from your phone carrier may apply)

Lincoln Police Department (non-emergency) 402-441-6000 or 911 (emergency)

MyLNK is a website (https://mylnk.app) and a mobile app (for Apple and Android - search MyLNK) that has information about community resources. It can be downloaded in a wi-fi environment and then used when wi-fi is not available. The website provides translations in Spanish Vietnamese, and Arabic.

Dani White (8th), Ellie Marvin (7th), Amy Hix (6th)

District Office

Stay up-to-date with information from the District Office by clicking HERE.

Health Office

Look for messages here starting Monday March 30!

Library

Starting Monday, March 23 Library Services will be publishing a Daily Learning Challenges website, which will offer fun, optional activities to help parents keep their kids reading, writing, and creating while out of school. We will push out new activities every day for students in Early Childhood, K-2, and 3-5, and we will offer weekly learning challenges for middle school and high school students. Check it out HERE!

Having an issue with your LPS student Chromebook?

If you are experiencing problems with your Lincoln Public Schools student Chromebook, please contact our Help Desk Monday through Friday between the hours of 7am and 4pm.

Call (402) 436-1735 and be ready with your student identification number, or go to help.lps.org and enter your student login information.

6th Grade

Look for messages here starting Monday March 30!

7th Grade

Look for messages here starting Monday March 30!

8th Grade

Look for messages here starting Monday March 30!

Electives & Academic Connections

Look for messages here starting Monday March 30!

Thanks for taking time to stay informed about our Irving Community!