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A Message from Mr. Ridder, Superintendent and PK-4 Principal



Dear Lo-Ma Parents and Guardians,


           There are few events that are as exciting as the opening of the school year.  In the past, it was a time for that new pair of shoes, a couple of new #2 pencils with full erasers, and maybe a new lunch pail.  While a lot has changed, some aspects of a new school year remain the same. Students are excited to be back to a daily routine with their teachers and friends, and to be involved with their various activities.  Most parents/guardians are likewise happy their children are back into a daily routine, looking forward to attending their children’s various activities and yet slightly sad to know that another year has passed and the realization that that time with their children goes by to fast. Please take an active part in your children’s life at school. It will be time will spent and time that you will cherish for the rest of your life.


           The following are dates and information that will be helpful to you as you prepare for the opening of school.


Wednesday, August 9th         Registration 9:00-6:00 in the high school commons


Tuesday, August 22nd                 Open House 5:30-7:00

                    7th grade orientation 6:30-7:00 in the media center


Come to see your children’s classrooms and have some questions answered about starting off the new year. You may want to drop off your school supplies. This is for both the elementary and high school.


Wednesday, August 23rd        First Day of School

(2:30 dismissal)


Parents are asked not to park in the circle in front of the elementary. If you wish to walk your children into the building you are asked to park in the parking lot directly west of the elementary. The first row of the lot will be reserved for parents and visitors.  The circle is a drop off zone for handicapped students only.


Tuesday, September 5th         First day of Preschool


         The Pre3 program is       8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

         The Pre4 program is     12:15 p.m. –   3:30 p.m.

            (One morning Pre4 session is 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)

                   (Preschool program is Monday through Thursday)


Transitional Kindergarten


Lo-Ma Elementary will be offering Transitional Kindergarten again this fall. This program is for those parents who feel that their child is not quite ready to begin kindergarten for any of the following reasons: the child is very young for his/her class, the child is not mature enough for regular kindergarten, the child is not ready academically, or the parents want to wait a year before putting their child in full-day kindergarten.


Transitional kindergarten will start on August 23rd. The hours will be from 12:15 until 3:15 Monday through Friday. If you have any questions please contact the Elementary office.


Daily School Schedule


7:50                                        Elementary students allowed into building for                                                                 breakfast

8:10                                        Tardy Bell

8:15                                        First Period

3:30                                        All School Dismissal



New Faculty and Staff for    2017-2018


Katie Johnsen                    Pre-Kindergarten

Jodi Davis                          3rd Grade

Baylee Thompson              5th-6th Grade

Cody Brown                       High School School Studies

Dan Thompson             High School Business

Bailey Hirsch                 High School English

Kelsea Krebs                 High School Spanish

Macy Baker                 Technology Coordinator

Deb Auen                 Paraeducator

Lisa Crocker                 Paraeducator

Kelly Henderson              Paraeducator

Kim Kuhl                 Paraeducator

Stacy Van Iten             Paraeducator


1 to 1 iPad Program


For the first time, all students Kindergarten through 12 will have access to an iPad Air. Our teachers and staff continue to spend a vast amount of time exploring how the iPad can be used in the classroom. Our objective with the 1 to 1 program is to give our students the tools necessary to succeed in today’s technology driven world, whether it be the work place or furthering their education beyond Logan-Magnolia.


With the advent of 1 to 1 technology comes anticipation of responsibility for our students for the use of the iPads. iPads are not toys and are not treated as such by our faculty and students. Also, proper care is required for students to maintain the right to use the devices.


Communication with the school personal


Communication is vital in the success of any school. If you have any general questions please call any of of secretaries at either school. If you have concerns please contact the person with whom you have a concern. If you feel that your concern has not been addressed properly you are encouraged to contact your child’s principal. If you still have not had your concern addressed to your satisfaction you are welcome to contact the superintendent.


Usually general questions can be handled with a simple email. However, concerns are generally handled better by a personal visit or phone call. Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions or concerns.


Handbooks and Newsletters


Again this year, we will have posted our student handbooks, technology use policy, and bi-monthly newsletters on our web page. The student handbook, along with our technology use policy handbook will be uploaded to all student iPads.


We require all parents and guardians to sign a document that states that they have read the handbooks. If you wish, you may request a hard copy of the handbooks and technology use policy. The parent signature form will be part of our registration packet.




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