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Liberty School District Foundation Presents HOPE Awards
Last week, the Liberty School District Foundation (LSDF) hosted their 20th annual HOPE Award ceremonies at Heritage Middle School. The HOPE Awards recognize students from each campus in Liberty Public Schools for exceptional, positive behaviors and character traits.

There is a complete summary of the events posted on our website, which may be accessed by clicking here.  In addition, each of the programs are now available on our district's YouTube page

Congratulations to LSDF on yet another fantastic event! 
Aaron Money Receives Significant Recognition
Congratulations to our Director of Fine Arts, Aaron Money, who was named Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education! The award was presented to Mr. Money by Dr. Margie Vandeven, of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, last Thursday in Jefferson City. In addition, LPS was well represented at the State Fine Arts Day at the Capitol building with 175 students performing for the event. Way to represent LPS!
LPS News to Know
High School Senior Lunch Refunds
LNHS and LHS senior student lunch refunds will be issued May 9 and 10 in the Liberty North and Liberty High school cafeterias. Students must have an ID Badge to obtain refunds.  Parents/guardians may also transfer account balances to another student account within the district.  Auto pay through ParentOnline.net must be turned off before obtaining a refund or transfer of balance. Parents/guardians preferring a balance transfer to another account, rather than their senior student receiving a refund, should contact the school cafeteria by May 6.  Liberty High School cafeteria contact information is shcafeteria@liberty.k12.mo.us or 736-5344.  Liberty North High School cafeteria information is lnhsmanager@liberty.k12.mo.us or 736-5520. Please state the senior student's name and the name, school, and grade of the student the balance is to be transferred to.
Student/Staff Recognitions
Student/Staff Recognition's Available on QN Bulletin Board
Due to the high volume of student/staff recognitions submitted in the spring, these noteworthy mentions will be posted at a designated position on our LPS website for viewing. This page will be updated throughout the week as recognitions are received.  To view this page, click here.
Upcoming Events
Jazz and Java Scheduled for Saturday, April 9
The annual Jazz and Java event will take place Saturday, April 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Liberty North High School. Come and enjoy an evening listening to some great jazz music performed by our very own students from South Valley Middle School, Heritage Middle School, and Liberty North High School. Admission for this event is only $5! There will also be a raffle/silent auction with various items, such as restaurant gift cards, hair styling gift card, Water's Piano Service, piano tuning, HitchFit 12-week online package, eye exam from Eye Center of Parkville, and Shakeology items. Raffle tickets will be sold at 3 for $5 or 10 for $10. 
See you there!  Tickets may also be purchased online
Schumacher Hosting 2nd Annual Shark 5K
Lillian Schumacher Elementary will be hosting their 2nd Annual Shark 5K on Friday, April 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. They will be raising money to support local and national charities chosen by Student Council and voted on by Schumacher students and staff. The charities supported are Unleashed Animal Rescue, Heart to Heart International, and Hillcrest Transitional Housing. This event will take place on the Schumacher trail and playground. All are welcome to join us in raising money and awareness for these great organizations, all while participating in a super fun event! There will be water and snack stations, a book fair, and music! Registration is accepted on a donation basis, with a suggested donation of $15 per registrant. For questions, please contact Schumacher teacher Abby Crossett
HMS Presents
Commedia Delight
Heritage Middle School presents Commedia Delightby Claudia Haas and Richard Cash. Plot Synopsis: Welcome to Delight, Italy! The once happy village is now a sad town ruled by the not­-so­-very­nice Signora Notsobene Pantalone. The townspeople are frightened of her, while her spirited daughter, Piccola, feels smothered by her mother's rules. Then a ragtag troupe of traveling actors turns everything upside down. Led by a woman who looks surprisingly like the signora, and with other characters assuming disguises, there's lots of comedic confusion, and it just might lead the citizens of Delight back to their heritage of fun! Using Commedia dell'arte as a base, and flavored with a little of the fable, Stone Soup, and a little of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, this play is truly a commedia delight! Join us in the HMS auditorium at 7 p.m., April 15 and 16, for what's sure to be a fun performance! Tickets are $5, which you may purchase at the door, in advance from the HMS attendance office, or online
LHS to Host Elementary Science Night
Liberty High School's Elementary Science Night will be held Thursday, April 7, in the LHS science wing (200's hall) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The evening will be an open house event. Join us for a night of science and fun! The event will feature live animals, slime, dissections, dry ice activities, and much more! If you have additional questions, contact Mr.Stuart Jorgensen.
I HEART LPS and the Kansas City Royals Essay Contest
Tell us why your school rocks, and why you LOVE your school, for a chance to win a pair of Kasnas City Royals tickets! The Liberty School District Foundation wants to know why YOUR school ROCKS! Liberty Public Schools students are invited to submit a short essay telling us why they love their school for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Kansas City Royals take on the Washington Nationals on May 4. A big thank you to Hawthorn Bank for donating the tickets!
 
Essays are due April 14, 2016, by 8 a.m. For more details, and to submit your essay, please visit www.LSDF.org
Liberty North Color Guard Tryouts
Liberty North Color Guard will be holding their tryout clinic April 18-21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the LNHS Auxiliary Gym. Color Guard includes: flag, rifle, saber, and dance. No experience necessary. For more information, email Coach Hall at ahall@liberty.k12.mo.us
LHS Band Program to Host Fundraiser Saturday, April 23
Liberty High School's band program will hold a one-day mattress fundraiser on Saturday, April 23, at LHS. There will be 24 brand name floor models on display for customers to try. All beds purchased are brand new, made to order, and have factory warranties. Save money compared to retail stores! Details for this fundraiser may be accessed by clicking here.
LHS TSA Hosting 2nd Annual LEAD Camp
Liberty High School's Technology Student Association is hosting its second Liberty Engineering and Design (LEAD) camp for students entering K-5. This event will be held May 27 at Liberty High School from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. and will cover a fun, diverse range of topics. There will be many engaging age- and group-related projects in engineering disciplines, such as civil, aerospace, chemical, and electrical. Registration is now open, but is restricted to 20 students in each grade on a first-come, first-served basis. All supplies, lunch, a project to take home, and a t-shirt are included in the cost of $40. Email name and grade to dboden@liberty.k12.mo.us.  You will be emailed a link to the full registration.
Parents as Teachers Construction Zone Dad Event
Dads, this is an event just for you and your little one! Join Liberty Parents as Teachers for a morning of fun in our Construction Zone. You will have an opportunity to design, build, and destroy all kinds of structures.
For: Dads and their child(ren) 14 months to pre-kindergarten
Date & Time: Saturday, April 16, 9-11 a.m.
Place: Early Childhood Center, 9600 NE 79 St., Kansas City, MO  64158
 
If weather permits, some of these events will take place outside, so please dress accordingly. You and your child are going to have so much fun together!
Liberty Juniors Last Volleyball League of School Year
Volleyball Opportunity for 3rd-7th Graders! We are offering our last volleyball league for this school year. Liberty Juniors is a league that provides skill training and develops fundamentals while offering a game-like atmosphere. The league will meet at Liberty Middle School on Sundays from 3:30-5 p.m., is 6-sessions long, and will start April 10. Cost for the league is $70, which includes a team t-shirt. Deadline for registration is April 4. There are limited openings for this session, so please complete the registration form, and get it turned in as soon as possible. Questions? Feel free to email ebruggemann@liberty.k12.mo.us.   
Liberty North Football Fourth Annual Spring Clean-Up
Liberty North High School's football team will be having their very successful, Fourth Annual Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, April 16. This project includes raking leaves, doing yard work, and picking up trash on the roads and highways in our community. Proceeds help supplement our football budget and, among other things, will help to purchase and recondition our helmets and other equipment to keep our athletes safe. If you would like our team to do some work for you, click here to learn more!
District/Community Events
Mid-Continent Public Library's Access Art
Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd., KCMO, Mid-Continent Public Library will present an all-day art event led by instructors from the Kansas City Art Institute and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with opportunities for creating new works of art. Register early at mymcpl.org/accessart for these sessions and more! 
Annual Engineering Showcase April 26
The annual Engineering Showcase Event will be held April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at William Jewell College in Yates Union, Room 221-222. Graduating Project Lead the Way (PLTW) seniors will highlight capstone projects from the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course in a series of quick-hitting presentations. LPS received the PLTW District All-Access award with the inclusion of elementary PLTW curriculum this year. This event is a great opportunity for students from all levels to see the creativity and problem solutions for, "It really bugs me when....". Students, parents, and community are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, click here or email Colleen Jones.  
Camp Fire Heartland Summer Day Camps Registering Now
Camp Fire Heartland's programs immerse participants ages 5-16 in nature to learn, explore, and grow together while developing a lifelong respect for the outdoors. Past participants agree, Camp Fire offers a variety of activities, making this day camp experience unforgettable!
 
Summer Youth Day Camp (ages 5-11) - Camp Fire Heartland will be offering seven weeks of Youth Day Camp beginning June 20 and ending August 5. Programs will start at 8 a.m. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly, so register today to guarantee your place. Check out our cool weekly themes here.

Outrageous Teen Camp (ages 12-16) - Our campsite is just home base. The city is our campground. The Hogan at Camp Lake of the Woods will serve as home base from which campers arrive and depart each day. Then, 3-4 times per week, campers will go off-site to a field trip location based on the camp theme of the week. Half of our weekly field trips involve community service where campers will spend time learning about an organization in the community and volunteering on a wide variety of projects. All that, plus campers will go swimming twice each week! It is summer, after all.
Camp Invention Returns to LPS
Camp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Liberty Oaks Elementary is pleased to
offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering 1st-6th grade. An exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons exploring connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation, children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins July 11 with Matthew Krohne serving as Director of the Epic™ program!

Register on or before May 10 to receive $15 OFF the base price of $220. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit
www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child's spot today!
Recycle Liberty April 16
Clean out that basement or office, then consider taking your unused and broken electronics to Liberty High School's parking lot on Saturday, April 16, for free recycling. Students will be at the drop off area from 9 a.m. to noon. If it has a cord or runs on batteries, we'll take it! There will be a small fee for CRT TV's ($20-$50, given size). We cannot take VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, light bulbs, ballasts, or batteries. This event is sponsored by the LHS Key Club and T4T (Tech for Teens).  #RecycleLiberty
Earnest Shepherd Youth Summer Camp
Earnest Shepherd Youth Center's summer camp registration is now open. Our summer day camp line-up includes Camp Half Blood, Camp Crazee Daze, Harry Potter Camp, Art Camp, Adventure Camp, and Camp Grimm. Each week targets a different age group and camp script. Camps run May 31-August 12. Beginning swim lessons will be offered the month of June. Check out our website at www.earnestshepherd.com or call the Youth Center at 781-7733 for more information.
365 Track Club Could be for Your Student
If your student is between the ages of 6-18 and interested in track, the 365 Track Club may be just for them. It is the next step for kids who want to run track and receive personalized training during the off seasons. Summer training begins April 19 and runs through July 30. For more information, check out the flyer by clicking here.
Geek Week Summer Camp
Do you have a middle school or high school student who is interested in coding or gaming? Send them to Centriq's inaugural Geek Week Summer Camp! Centriq will be hosting two Geek Week summer computer camps in July. One is for high school students (entering 9th-12th grade this fall), and one is for middle school students (entering 5th-8th grade this fall). Cost is $175. Click below to learn more and to register. Contact Colleen Jones for any questions.
 
Centriq Geek Week Summer Camp
Student Summer Opportunities in the Kansas City Area
 To view some amazing upcoming summer opportunities for our students, click here
QuickNews Bulletin Board
In an effort to make our Liberty Public Schools e-newsletter, QuickNews, a concise publication in which subscribers may read in timely fashion, district/community announcements will be advertised in the main QuickNews section for a maximum of two weeks.  After this period of time, announcements will be transferred to our QuickNews Bulletin Board, which is located on the LPS website provided at the link below. In addition, the Bulletin Board may include announcements not meeting the criteria to be placed in this publication. The addition of the QN Bulletin Board allows them to now be publicized. This bulletin board will continuously be updated throughout the week, and announcements will remain until they expire by date. To access this page, simply click here
 
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