Lietz HSC November Newsletter



A quick introduction – my name is Jasmin, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and this is the second time I’ve had the privilege of serving the Lietz community as HSC president. 

As we ease into November (I know, already?!), I’ve been thinking about traditions. The Walkathon has been a Lietz tradition since I was a student here, over 30 years ago. I’m especially proud of the flexibility and resilience of our community- we managed a VIRTUAL Walkathon last year! I am SO excited about Thursday’s Walkathon, and I look forward to reaching the 75% participation goal and taking a pie to the face.

Traditions are important to kids, and they don’t have to be big labor-intensive activities. “We always” is a great way to talk about traditions you have; and traditions in the family you grew up in. (For example, we always get donuts as a family after we vote, and Friday night family dinner has become sacred during the pandemic.)

Building community and finding opportunities for connection during a pandemic is beyond challenging. Since we are able to go on campus again, I encourage parents to reach out to a new parent at pick up or drop off one day each week and introduce yourself.   

Another fantastic way to build community is to volunteer, and lucky you! We’re still looking for volunteers for events and programs. 

I look forward to meeting you, and seeing you at our next HSC meeting on November 17th!

Roars truly,




WALKATHON is on November 4th!!

Hi Lietz Parents/Guardians,

Please support Lietz Home and School club in our biggest fundraiser of the year.  100% of your donation goes to HSC to continue to provide enrichment programs to our students that would not otherwise be possible.
This year, our goal is $200 for each student.. Remember to check with your employer to see if they offer a corporate matching program. Your donation is tax deductible!
We are also looking for event sponsors; you can help by requesting event sponsorship from local businesses and companies you may know.
For all the details, including class incentives and a detailed list of programs HSC supports – please visit the walkathon site at  You can also make online donations on the website!
Student envelopes are due Thursday, November 4th!
This year, Lietz HSC is excited to offer donation incentives such as pizza parties, ice cream parties, and many others that you can discover by watching the new video uploaded here.

Jen Kubisz | Walkathon Co-Lead
Jasmin Canty | Walkathon Co-Lead



We have one Executive Board opening for the 2021-23 term: Vice-President. Please complete the form or email if you are interested or if you just want to start a discussion around it.  We looking forward to hearing from you!!


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We are excited to share that Art Vistas has begun in-person lessons! Two members of our team were given special permission to be on campus teaching all grade levels. Thanks to cooperation with the school and our teachers, we completed Set A lessons and projects for every grade by the end of October.

The delight in our students’ eyes as they share their creative artwork is something we’ve truly missed! We are so grateful to be able to provide our full curriculum with in-person lessons this year. 

Thank you so much to all the parents who have volunteered to teach Art Vistas in their childrens’ classes – you make this program possible! We look forward to our classroom docents joining us on campus later this month!

Art Vistas Head Docents:

Rebekah Frederickson (K-1)

Caitlin Samenfeld-Specht (2-3)

Priya Vartak (4-5)

Contact us at


Project Cornerstone launched the 2021-2022 school year with their first book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today” by Carol McCleod for grades K-2. The lesson explored themes of self-esteem, how to build it and promote it in others and how to spread kindness. The students were introduced to their “emotional buckets” which contain positive thoughts and feelings, which promote self-esteem.

This book is the foundation on which we will be building Social and Emotional skills throughout the year. To continue the lesson at home, you can explore with your children how their kind behaviors “fill your bucket” and model examples of kind behaviors to fill their buckets or the buckets of others.

Grades 3-5 read “Buckets Dippers and Lids” by Carol McCleod. This book builds on the theme of self-esteem and how to maintain your self-esteem when others are trying to diminish it. We can put a “lid” on our buckets and protect our positive thoughts and emotions and prevent others from dipping our buckets. Several of our volunteers were able to read the above books in person this month!

The Project Cornerstone team has been cleared to return to the classrooms and we are all looking forward to engaging with the children and providing them more support in person in November.

If you are interested in joining Project Cornerstone, the time commitment is 2 hours per month. While every class has at least one reader, there are several classrooms that still have space for a second reader.

For more information, please e-mail

Happy Reading! Sarah Rizvi at Lisa Valera at



THANKFUL NOVEMBER! November is the month to be thankful and to give. Purchase an extra Box Top cereal and/or granola bars to give to local food banks! You know the drill, buy Box Tops products and CLIP or SCAN their labels. Each unexpired label submitted equals $0.10 for our school. That’s FREE money for Lietz!

Our goal this year is to raise $400. All funds will go towards our fabulous teacher luncheons. New to Box Tops? No worries, find out more about this easy peasy fundraiser at And don’t forget to check out all the eligible Box Tops products. It’s so much more than cereal!

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE…one lucky winner will win a mystery gift card too! Submit at least 2 unexpired labels to enter the drawing. Make sure you write your name and classroom number too. Deadline is Tuesday, November 30th.


SoYun Kim | Box Tops for Education Lead



Two chef’s night will be happening this week.

   Jessica Iwamoto Steed | Chef’s Night Out Lead

Create with Clay


Thank you to all of you who have offered to help in the classroom as Docents and Helpers.  I’ll be in contact soon with more information about mandatory trainings and then scheduling classroom time.  

Did you know that you and your family can practice skills we use to make clay projects in your home?   One of these skills is rolling out the clay to a consistent thickness using acrylic slats and pvc pipe rolling pins.  Invite your children to help roll out pie crust, or better yet cookie dough, with slats/ chop sticks/ rulers on each side of the dough, and rolling pins to level and smooth the dough.  For cookies, use cookie cutters in assorted shapes and add designs with a toothpick.  Bake and decorate.  These edible masterpieces aren’t permanent, but the skills can be directly applied for years to come to making ceramic plaques and ornaments for many occasions!!   Happy creating!!!

Aaryn Church

Create with Clay

Math Olympiad

Math Olympiad and its 33 students continue to meet weekly every Thursday after school. We are preparing for our first contest in mid-November and the students are enjoying learning how to think about very challenging math problems. 

Mike Homer- Math Olympiad Co-Lead


The Little Mermaid Jr. production is well underway with talented cast members bringing impressive rehearsal performances early in the season. They are eager to learn and even more excited to impress their future audience! With our Artwork contest wrapping up we are looking forward to the winner’s submissions gracing our posters and programs for the show. As we head into the winter months we will continue holding rehearsals and moving through the script. Stay tuned in early 2022 for ticket information to support the Oyster and Clam casts.

Nancy Grochowski and Sue Malloy | Lietz Drama Club Co-Directors



Are you thinking of starting a new program that would benefit the Lietz community , may be in the next school year ? If so, please head to our website to complete and submit a simple Program Proposal Form.

We will work with you to make it a reality!


If your company is giving you money to give it to your favorite organization, please consider giving it to HSC either for General Donation or for Staff Appreciation. Or if you are planning to donate money, please check if your company matches the contribution. Please visit the Donate! page for making donation


Wednesday, November 3rd – Chef’s Night out at Eric’s Deli

Thursday, November 4th – Walkathon

Friday, November 4th – Chef’s Night Out at Kirk’s Steakburgers

 Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm, – HSC General Meeting

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