Have a Wonderful Summer!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 11:02 | Category : Uncategorized
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It is hard to believe the 2014-2015 school year has concluded! I wish all students and families a fun and safe summer!  Middle School Students may wish to explore the What’s Next Illinois website (https://www.whatsnextillinois.org/) to further investigate high school, college, and career options over the break! I look forward to seeing you all in the fall! 🙂

A Night with The Latin School of Chicago and High Jump!

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 13:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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Lenart is Proud to Host a Night with The Latin School of Chicago and High Jump!

Are you interested in learning about the high school application process and excellent educational opportunities? The Latin School of Chicago and High Jump are visiting Lenart on Tuesday, April 21st, from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Lenart Auditorium. This event is open to all Lenart families and to the community!
Attendees will learn about high school applications, private schools, and the Latin School of Chicago! The Latin School of Chicago provides its students with a rigorous and innovative educational program in a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas.
Also being shared is information about High Jump. High Jump provides academic enrichment, counseling and support to students of diverse backgrounds, with the goals of sending participants to superior college preparatory schools, ensuring their success while they are there, and enhancing their ability to gain admission to highly regarded four-year colleges and universities.

Please join us for an exciting, important, and informative evening for your child’s future!


Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 13:44 | Category : Uncategorized
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During the month of February, we are focusing on perseverance. Students are participating in activities such as reading The Kite from Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Label, and then creating their own perseverance kite to display in the classroom. Students are challenged to reflect on times they have shown perseverance in the past, and why it is an important character trait for the present and future!

Dr. Kane’s Presentation: The Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Children

Friday, 12 December 2014, 10:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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A big thank you goes out to Dr. Kane for visiting Lenart’s parents and teachers last night! Dr. Kane’s presentation was very informative and interesting. Thank you to the parents and teachers who attended the event, as well! Please follow the link below for a copy of the presentation- enjoy!


Understanding the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Children

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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We are excited to announce our first parent workshop of the year! Dr. Michele Kane will be holding a parent session focusing on Understanding the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Children. This was an area marked most often by parents on the counseling needs assessment for desired parent sessions! Dr. Kane is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Dr. Kane is also is the President-Elect of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and the Chair-Elect of the Global Awareness Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. Michele holds a Doctorate in Education from Loyola University Chicago. A major focus of Michele’s work is related to the social/emotional needs of the gifted. Previously, she served as Program Coordinator for Gifted for the Antioch Public Schools in Antioch, Illinois. All parents are encouraged to join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn and share ideas and experiences. This parent session will be held on December 11th from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Lenart auditorium. There will be 8th grade students available to provide babysitting to enable more parents to attend. They will collect donations as a fundraiser for the 8th grade trip! We look forward to seeing you there!

Character Trait of the Month: RESPECT

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 9:12 | Category : Uncategorized
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During the month of September, Lenart is focusing on the character trait of respect! Students are discussing what respect means and why it is important to have self-respect, respect for others, respect for the environment, etc. Students are having thoughtful dialogue about ways that respect can be shown to others by appreciating differences, seeking to understand one another, and following the golden rule: Treat others as you want to be treated!

What are Lenart’s Counseling Needs?

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 15:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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I am currently gathering data to help inform the development of the 2014-2015 comprehensive school counseling program. It would be excellent to obtain feedback from students, staff, and parents regarding student and school needs. If you would please take a few moments to complete the survey, it would be greatly appreciated! Please follow this link to complete the parent/guardian survey:


Please complete the survey by Friday, September 26th. Thank you very much for your time!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  -Nelson Mandela

Welcome Back!

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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Welcome to Lenart school for the 2014-2015 school year! I am really looking forward to working with Lenart’s students and families this year to help students have a positive and successful educational experience! Lenart will be engaged in a new program this year focusing on teaching students about our school values and expectations. Students will have opportunities to celebrate successes and earn rewards for their excellent behavior! To learn more about this great program, information will be posted under a LIONS Values link from my homepage!


Thursday, 10 April 2014, 9:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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During the month of April, we are focusing on Leadership! This is a very important skill to develop in school and outside of school. Students have participated in activities to compare varying leadership styles, had discussions about what traits are most important in leadership, and analyzed the meaning of various leadership quotes.

This website has an excellent video of students discussing leadership among other interesting quotes and conversation starters:


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams


Positive Attitude

Thursday, 7 November 2013, 9:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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During the month of November, I will be visiting classrooms to talk about ways  students can maintain a positive attitude.  For example, in 1st grade we discussed “NED” to build a positive attitude:

Never Give Up

Encourage Others

Do Your Best

“Positive Attitude” is the Student of the Month trait for November, and something that can make a large difference in the lives of Lenart students and the school environment.

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
― Walt Whitman

“Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.”
― C. JoyBell C.

Classroom Visits

Monday, 21 October 2013, 11:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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During the month of September, I visited classrooms to discuss the character trait of Respect. Some students held discussions, others role-played scenarios, while others created drawings and/or class books. There is no doubt that the students of Lenart understand the importance of Respect!


During the month of October, I am visiting classrooms to discuss honesty. The National Junior Honor Society students have prepared skits to share with classes, while other classes are creating their own skits. Honesty is an essential character trait that should be emphasized in the school setting. The October student of the month selections will be based on honesty, so please talk about this with your children at home, also!

Counseling Needs Assessment

Tuesday, 17 September 2013, 9:36 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hello! I am currently gathering data to help inform my counseling practice. It would be great to get feedback from students, staff, and parents regarding student needs. I developed a very brief survey, and your feedback would be greatly appreciated! Please follow this link to complete the survey:


Thank you!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  -Nelson Mandela