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Summer is winding down and we are getting ready for students.  The first day of classes for grades K-9 is August 12, the first day for grades 10-12 is August 13.

Here are some key reminders for families as they prepare for the start of the 2015-16 school year:

Elementary School Supplies
Pencils, erasers, crayons, glue, scissors, etc...traditionally, one of the rituals families participate in as they prepare for the new school year is to purchase school supplies.

In accordance with the Nebraska Constitution and state and federal law, Lincoln Public Schools provides a free, public education to all students. This generally means the district provides the supplies needed for instruction at no cost to students. For this reason, please do not send school supplies for your child’s individual use at school.

If you enjoy shopping for school supplies, and would like to make a donation to your child’s classroom, this list provides suggestions. Items donated will be shared with all students at each grade level. Thank you!

Immunizations/physical requirements
Parents need to provide a student immunization record in order to enroll in school. The requirements and approved waiver form are listed on the Health Services website, which has lots of other health-related information.  Still have a question? Call our Health Services team at 402-436-1000.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications / Lunch Money / Menus
Lunch prices will stay the same this year, however, there are some changes. Free and reduced applications are not renewable, so you must fill it out again. Start here - http://www.lps.org/post/index.cfm?collection=29. You can find a lot of information about menus, paying online, and nutrition information for meals. Also, you can get daily meal announcements on Twitter at @LPSMenus and Facebook.

Parent StudentVue
Students and parents / guardians can get secure access to grades, assignments, and attendance information through Synergy ParentVUE and StudentVUE. ParentVUE is not intended to replace direct communication between students/parents/teachers or other school staff members.

Information available via ParentVUE includes:

  • Communications from teachers
  • Attendance
  • Progress Grades
  • Assignment Calendars
  • Student Schedules
  • Course History

You can learn a lot more here - http://home.lps.org/training/parentvue-lps-parent-portal-for-student-information/ - but you can get this information via web or mobile apps. An activation key is required to login to Synergy ParentVUE and StudentVUE.  Call the school to get your activation key.

Volunteer sign-up
Once a week, once a month, once a quarter, once a year — no matter how much time you can give, you have the power to make a difference in the life of a student and school by serving as a volunteer. Volunteer roles might include …

  • Helping in the front office with a mailing
  • Shredding paper
  • Stapling forms
  • Counting flyers for teacher homerooms
  • Shelving books in the media center
  • Decorating in the classroom
  • Examples
  • Room parent
  • Classroom readers
  • Field trips assistants
  • Chaperones for school events where students are supervised by an LPS employee (school dances, celebrations, homeroom parties)
  • Chaperoning an overnight band trip
  • Sponsoring an after school club
  • Driving for school or club events
  • School Activity outside of the school building that driving or an overnight stay is involved

For the safety of our students and volunteers, we ask all our volunteers to fill out an application. Application to Volunteer


Published: July 31, 2015, Updated: August 4, 2015