Monday, February 1, 2021

Falcon Families



A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of having Tyler come to Freeman to experience what Falcon Families are.  This was something that we started last school year.  Our goal was and will continue to be that we want every person that walks through our doors to feel like they belong.  It's a really special time when kids in kindergarten through 6th grade can get together in one room and participate in activities, discussion, and fun.  The relationships and bonds that our students share by going through this is really inspiring to see.  Students that wouldn't otherwise have a reason to interact, now have 15 new friendly faces in the hallways.

I wanted to share our story.  Click on THIS LINK to read the story Tyler wrote.  Below are just a few photos from an earlier Falcon Family time.

Friday, August 28, 2020

What Has Being Back in School Been Like?

 There are so many things to celebrate on August 28th.  A little more than five months ago, we left our beautiful school thinking we would just have an extended spring break.  We didn't know that all summer long we would be wondering if we would even be able to open the doors of school and welcome back the students.

Since March, not a week went by where school staff wasn't planning for August 13th.  Even the week of school starting, there were many questions and wonders how this was all going to go.  I have never been part of such an emotional start to the school year.

Fast forward to today.  There is so much JOY about having put in twelve days of school.  Maybe that doesn't seem very impressive.  But when most people were telling us that we wouldn't even start the school year in person, that we would have to start remotely, twelve seems like a huge victory.

What has school been like?  It's been AMAZING!  Seeing the students bounce into school has been a blessing.  You can see the sparkle in their eyes and hear the excitement in their voices.  The kids are making the best of the situation.  The masks which have been a tough topic around, hasn't been a problem.  

Kids are LEARNING, from their teachers IN PERSON!  They need this SO much.  A lot is lost when students and teachers have to converse through a screen.  Students are sharing stories of adventures they have had or places they have visited.  They are engaged in lessons, remembering their math facts, and working really hard.  They understand that school is a great place and the best place for them to learn.  

There are some changes, but we have adjusted to them.  Our Falcon Families that we started last year has been put on hold for a while.  There aren't as many secondary students roaming around the elementary or helping students for now.  

Teachers are so glad to have students back in the building.  There was a hole in their hearts when the students left in March.  It's fun to see the students smile, wave, and cheerfully greet their their teachers from the year before.  

It feels like the school that was filled with shades of gray now have the colors of the rainbow pouring through it.  There is life again.

So when people ask, how has school been going?  I respond immediately with, "amazing!"  I don't know how to describe it any other way.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Freeman Elementary where our focus will be:

Daring Greatly

“If he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.”                     

                                                           -Theodore Roosevelt 

We are excited to add two new teachers to the elementary this year.  Mrs. Delaney Roberts will be teaching 1st grade.  Mrs. Roberts and her husband, Mitchell, live in Tecumseh.  They have two young children.  Mrs. Roberts has spent the last 4 years teaching Pre-School. 

Ms. Dana Fisher will be teaching special education.  She recently moved to Lincoln from Fremont where she taught special education at Fremont Middle School.  Ms. Fisher will be getting married in the near future!  

There are a lot of emotions revolving around this school year.  Due to the pandemic taking place, we were forced to leave the building in the middle of March.  Since it has been a longer time away from the building than usual, it may feel strange to return.  The staff at Freeman are very much looking forward to seeing the children bounce through the door, eager to begin a new school year with a fresh start!  We understand that you may have worries or concerns about how everything is going to work out.  We are asking for your partnership as we learn to navigate new territory with social distancing and other precautions put in place in order to keep our school community safe.  It will take all of us working together to have a successful school year.  

There haven’t been too many changes to the building this year.  However, the elementary was able to put up 2 adjustable basketball hoops thanks to the PTO.  We are very grateful for the generous gift for our playground.  It will be so nice to have a smaller hoop for the younger kids. 

Also new this year will be a parent communication that comes to you digitally in the form of a newsletter called SMORE, from the elementary.  It will also be posted on social media.  This will be sent out a few times a month.  It’s always important to make sure the office has your updated contact information so you don’t miss important messages or announcements.  

Elementary Open House will be limited to Kindergarten students and their parents as well as any new family to the Freeman School district. We are asking that you follow this time schedule that is based on the first letter of your last name:

Open House, August 11, 2020
  • 5:30pm-6:00 Last name: A - I

  • 6:00pm-6:30 Last name: J - Q

  • 6:30pm-7:00 Last name: R - Z

During Open House, you will be able to enter the front doors of the elementary school on the east side and go to your homeroom classroom to meet your teacher.  Students may bring in their school supplies.  Please bring any forms or lunch money that needs to be turned into the office. There will be Freeman staff available to direct you to your classrooms or answer any questions about school that you might have.  

The first day of school will be Thursday, August 13th.  There is a 1:00PM early dismissal.  Friday, August 14th will be a regular school day.  Please note that school begins at 8:10am for all PK-12 students.  

Pre-School begins on August 17th.  Mrs. Alberts, will be doing a virtual open house for students and their families.  She will be contacting PK families with specific information. 

Students in 5th and 6th grade will remain in their proper grade levels to start the school year.  We are working hard not to mix classes as much and limit movement where we can.  There is hope that as the school year progresses, we may be able to go back to rotating the 5th and 6th grade students to 4 classrooms.  This will be re-evaluated throughout the year.  

Thank you for choosing Freeman Public Schools this year.  We are so looking forward to another outstanding year of learning and growing with your child as we continue to learn The Falcon Way in the safest school environment we can provide.  Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to serve you better!

Kindest Regards,

   Mrs. Erin Sieh

   Elementary Principal