August 26, 2019

Dear Loring Community,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2020 school year!  We’ve had a busy summer with construction and work to upgrade:

·      Our new safe and secure entrance

·      On site cooking and cafeteria improvements

·      Air conditioning and lighting throughout the building

With any construction project we always start out with optimism about the completion but typically there are some delays.  In our case, we have had a few delays due to factors out of our control like the weather, tariffs and Xcel Energy.  So, we’ll be starting the year under construction with the anticipated completion now moved to the end of September.  The good news is that the majority of the building and learning spaces for kids are completed and we’ll be ready for all the scholars starting the week of September 3rd.  In anticipation of the construction delays we have created a plan.  This is the same plan that we were working under from January through June of last year.  Here it is:

 

Parent Drop Off/Pick Up

Families should park along 44th Ave N or Thomas Ave N and have your students cross at the crosswalk to enter Loring at door #6.  Door #6 is located along Sheridan Ave N.  No parents should park or drive along Sheridan Avenue.   Door #6 will be our primary entrance. 

Doors will be open to welcome scholars and families starting at 8:25.  If you arrive at Loring between the hours of 9:00-3:00 you will need to enter the building through door #1 in the back parking lot.  In the afternoon door #6 will be open starting at 3:00. 

 

Staff Changes

We have some exciting staffing changes this year.  We have worked hard to diversify our teaching ranks as well as our support staff.  Here are the superstars joining our team:

Tia Tanzer -5th Grade Teacher

Allison Thompson -5th Grade Teacher

Barbara Rundles – 4th Grade Teacher

Haylie Zenner – 2nd Grade Teacher

Kaitlynn Cline – Kindergarten Teacher

Ricardo Layne – Special Education SB Program Teacher

Neville McKinnie - .5 Special Education Teacher

Kelly Erickson – Nurse

Rachel Roesslein – School Psychologist

 

Here Comes the Bus – You can download the free app onto any smart phone.  This app will allow you to track your child’s bus in real time.  You will need your child’s student ID number.  This is the same number that they use for school and food service.  If you are unable to locate this number just contact our office and we’ll get it for you.  You’ll also need the Synovia code:  87018.  This is a great way to track your child’s bus throughout the year!

 

School Highlights

Mission:  We exist to ensure all students learn.

Vision:  Every child college and career ready.

 

Highlights

Ø  Nationally recognized health and wellness programming

Ø  Cultural diversity

Ø  Community school

Ø  Classroom garden and cooking program

Ø  Working towards ENVoY mindful classroom management demonstration site

Ø  Minneapolis Kids daycare program

Ø  Community Education programming (4 days/week)

Ø  ALC programming (4 days/week)

Ø  School improvement plan has shown two straight years of  growth/proficiency improvement

Ø  MTSS –district RtI and MTSS flagship site

Ø  Two full time intervention teachers

Ø  One .5 extra grade 4/5 classroom teacher to support class sizes

 

Demographics:

Ø  Hispanic/Latino = 10%

Ø  American Indian = 2%

Ø  Asian = 11%

Ø  Black/African American = 40%

Ø  White = 30%

Ø  2 or more races = 9%

Ø  English Language Learners = 15%

Ø  Special Education = 13%

Ø  Free/Reduced Lunch = 66%

 

Principal Gibbs Leadership Style

My leadership style is deeply rooted in the core values of gratitude and kindness.  People who I fashion my leadership style after are:  Nelson Mandela and Ernest Shackelton.  Mandela practiced servant leadership and his focus was deeply rooted in equity for all.  Shackelton took time to build strong relationships with his colleagues and really understood their strengths and virtuosities.  He worked to utilize their strengths and put them in positions to help make them and the team successful. 

 

I’m so excited for another amazing year at Loring Community School and I look forward to seeing all of you at our open house on Thursday, August 29th from 3:30-5:00pm in the Loring School Garden.

In Peace,

Ryan Gibbs

Loring Community School

“We are ALL here, ALL the time, for ALL children!