Sarah, Merlie
Megan and Marilyn
Jesse and Anita
Joel Goldstein
Our Principal: John Tolan
Neesha, Penny, Dena
Susan, Sherri, Sophia
Kaylee, Kim
Deb Sloan
Zanah Larson
Speech Therapy
Sophia, Holly
Lena, Kylee

10201 4th St. │ Island City, OR 97850 │ 541-663-3271 │ Fax 541-663-3272

Severe Food Allergy Information Sheet

Peanut and Tree Nut Free Zone

Food allergies are serious business! Several students within LGSD have severe food allergies.

What does it mean if a child is allergic to nuts?

An allergy to tree nuts or peanuts can be life threatening. A food allergy is a disease not a choice. A child with a tree nut allergy can't eat or come into contact with any tree nut/peanut products. It is more than just not liking nuts. If a child with a severe allergy accidentally eats a tree nut or peanut, then they could break out in a rash, have swelling of the face and airways, or could stop breathing. In extreme cases and without medical care, a severe food allergy can be deadly.

Samples of Tree Nuts: almond; Brazil nut; cashew; chestnut; filbert/hazelnut; macadamia nut; pecan; pine nut (pignolia nut); pistachio; walnut. Did you know that a peanut is NOT a tree nut?

Peanuts: Students can also have a severe allergy to peanuts. Peanuts grow under the ground and are a part of the legume family.

What is a Peanut/Tree Nut Safe Campus and how can I help?

LGSD wants to provide a safe place for all students to go to school. We have made the following changes to keep students with a peanut/tree nut allergy safe:

  • Tell your teacher and the school nurse if you are allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or any other foods.
  • No peanut or tree nut products are served in the cafeteria.
  • Everyone needs to wash their hands with soap and water to remove any peanut/tree nut residue after eating. Hand sanitizing does not remove residue.
  • Everyone is encouraged to pack peanut/tree nut free snacks and lunches. This includes peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter crackers, peanuts, almonds, pecans, etc. If your child does bring a nut product to school for lunch or snack, please let your teacher or school nurse know so that a plan can be implemented to keep others safe.
  • Do not share food! Please teach your child to not share food with other students.
  • If you are making food for a class party, please check with the teacher for food allergies in the class. The teacher can give you guidelines to keep students safe.
  • Food allergies are serious. Say "no" to teasing and tricks.
  • If your friend has an allergic reaction, tell a grownup quickly.

Remember: "Be a PAL!" - Protect A Life

Every Day Matters

Every Day Matters

There's a very strong correlation between good attendance and success in school. On the other hand, students who regularly miss school are also more likely to struggle in school.

Missed days add up quickly: Just two days a month puts a child's success in jeopardy because students fall behind and disconnect. By third grade, it gets much more difficult to catch up. Students who regularly miss school can quickly feel hopeless, and returning becomes harder and harder.

The reasons for chronic absenteeism are understandable but they must be addressed. Troubleshooting issues that are keeping a student away from school can make a difference immediately and for the long term. Students with solid attendance are much more likely to be successful during school and after graduation.

Even at the elementary level, regular and consistent attendance is crucial! Island City School is asking families to Make An Attendance Pledge Today! For more information, please go to www.Every-Day-Matters.org

Fall Reopening Plans - A Message From our Superintendent

Reopening Plans

It gives me great pleasure to share with you these documents for you to review and utilize  as you process what our school district will do as it relates to reopening operations, procedures, safety protocols, instructional models and student services.  Please review when you get a moment.

As information or guidance changes - We will update the LGSD reopening plan. 

These documents were created to help our staff, students, families and community to understand what LGSD is doing as it relates to reopening our schools.

I am very thankful for the work done by our planning team members, administrators, and staff that have given a great deal of feedback.

- George Mendoza

LGSD School Startup Questions and Answers.pdf

LGSD Fall 2020 Reopening Plan.pdf

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Island City Principal Named Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year

John Tolan, Principal of Island City Elementary in La Grande since 2002, has been named the Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).  Tolan is now in the running for the National Elementary School Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Conscious Discipline for Families

This class series is FREE

Be the Person You Want Children to Be

  • Set Limits Respectfully
  • Notice and Connect with Children
  • Build Self-Esteem and Willpower
  • Teach Children to Manage their Emotions
  • Create Teaching Moments
  • Help Children Learn from Mistakes

Includes Dinner and Childcare at no cost!
Register by calling: 541-910-6280 Or 541-910-5646
*Pre-registration required

Explore Science Club

Explore Science Club is coming to Island City School!

GO STEM (Greater Oregon Science Technology Engineering & Math)

Explore science after school is a fun, hands-on setting with local scientists.  You’ll learn about things like drones from an information technology manager, map making from a geographer, fish habitat from fisheries biologists and about bat adaptations from a wildlife biologist.

-- The number of participants will be limited to 15, so sign up quickly!

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