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January Message from LPIE President Amy Parlett

Winter Greetings!

Last week I went to watch my daughter, who is a 5th grader, perform in the District Orchestra Festival. 225 strings players from all four elementary schools, Stanley, and Acalanes came together to play, both in school groups and all together. It was very impressive to see not only the progression of abilities over the years and how great they sounded, but how many students were playing strings. I don’t know about you, but my schools growing up never even offered strings! This of course had me marveling at the amount of opportunities that our kids are given, and much of this is because of the funding support of LPIE.

Opportunities…I would say this is fairly high on the list of things that parents want for their kids. Wouldn’t you agree? Opportunities and exposure to various subjects and tools are what LPIE is providing to kids every school day. Here are just some that come to mind:

  • Science labs and equipment at every level allow hands on learning.

  • Music opportunities at every grade– Kindergarten to 5th grade weekly general music instruction, 4th and 5th grade choral, strings, or band twice a week, electives at Stanley and Acalanes in both instrumental and choral music.

  • Technology used for learning in all subjects

  • Art exposure and instruction for all elementary students and elective opportunities at Stanley and Acalanes

  • Elective choices and Academic sections like Robotics, Woodshop, Digital Design, Drama, Tech Ed, Foreign Language, Computer Science, Math, English and Social Studies

  • Elementary Classroom Aides – don’t forget the enormous opportunities these individuals give to teachers through small group or individual instruction

  • Professional Development gives teachers time for training and collaboration at grade levels and departments which in turn leads to greater learning opportunities for our kids.

What happens to these opportunities when people do not support LPIE? You guessed it, they will go away. LPIE enables the schools to offer a truly special student experience, unique opportunities, and exposure to a whole array of subjects.

To those that have not yet donated to LPIE this year, please consider making any contribution. To donors, thank you! And to those who can give a little more, please consider adding to your donation. For information on all of the ways you can support LPIE, click on our Make an Impact page. Supporting these valuable opportunities enriches the learning for all students.

Amy Parlett,

LPIE President

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