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    Dear Loyal Heights Community,

    I hope all is well with each one of you and your loved ones during these trying times. I will be sending out weekly updates through SchoolMessenger that will also be posted here. This week's letter is directly below the archive of previous news.
    Family Letters from Mr. Berkenwald
    Posted on 05/24/2020
    Mr Berkenwald

    May 26, 2020

    Dear Loyal Heights Students, Parents, Staff, and Community,

    I hope everyone is happy, healthy, and safe. Please view the first of our weekly administrative time video to accompany this newsletter. The video will include some information, upcoming birthdays, a joke, and familiar faces.

    Building Opening for Community:
    The district announced a plan for buildings to provide students with their materials and belongings from the school year. On Monday, June 8th, staff will bag up student belongings and have them delivered to families between June 9th – 11th. The pickup of belongings will occur in an organized and alphabetical manner based on health guidelines. Specific details will be provided over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

    Summer School:
    The district has put forward a plan to offer an extensive set of summer school options to meet this state requirement. Some learning resources will be available to you via the website, some will be based on sign ups, and some will be based on teacher input. Please visit the district website to learn more about your child’s options. Signups for some of these options will begin on May 26th. 

    Attached is the weekly newsletter for May 25-29th. Our theme is Stars/Space. You must watch Ms. Payton’s Special Guest Video. It's amazing. Ms. Blangy included a link to watch the spacecraft launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to the International Space Station on Wednesday 5/27 at 4:33pm EDT. The link to register is: The newsletter also includes links to our T/Th Teams lunchtime meetings.
    Specialists Newsletter - May 26-29

    Message From Your Counselor:
    In addition to providing academic guidance, we want to continue to support your child’s social emotional health. If you are concerned about your child or your child wants to connect with their counselor, Brittney Rider can be reached via email at Please visit for social emotional resources as well as family supports.
    Additionally, lunch groups with friends and Ms. Rider will be offered starting the week of 5/14. Any student is welcome to join their grade level’s group for a chance to hang out and talk with friends. Please see the schedule below for the different grade levels and links to Teams. See you there!

    Spirit Theme:
    Updated announcement - there is a Spirit Theme for this week.
    Spirit Theme: As Monday the 25th is Memorial Day, please take a moment this week to think about those that gave their lives in service of the United States Armed Forces. During this week’s class meetings, wear your American themed or Loyal Heights themed spirit wear. As always, please email any pictures to be added to the school website to

    Virtual Talent Show:
    All the info is here on the LH Virtual Talent Show webpage. The deadline for submitting a video is May 29th .

    Scholarship, Need, & Donations:
    If we have not been in communication with you, and you are in need, please reach out to Kathy Katzen at and myself. Please also contact us if you have any questions about acquiring food, technology and/or academic resource packets through the district, or you wish to provide donations of gift cards to the community.

    Thank you for your time and attention to this letter and stay happy, healthy, and safe. Please know that you can contact any staff member if you have ideas, questions, or needs.


    Principal Michael Berkenwald
    Loyal Heights Elementary