Principal's Message

November 4, 2022

Dear LPS Parent(s):
Please be reminded that our first parent-teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 9 and 10 between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Reporting Progress in Grades K-4
  • Elementary teachers will be sharing a portfolio of student work with parents which reflects students progress thus far this school year
  • Student strengths and areas of growth will be identified and guided by the IB Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning
Reporting Progress in Grades 5-12
  • Parents are asked to log into PowerSchool and review current grades, attendance in all courses (see information below on how to log in)
  • Grade 5, middle, and high school teachers will be using student work to guide discussions on academic progress thus far
  • Students strengths and areas of growth will be discussed based on the student's work habits and academic progress
PTC Sign-Up
PowerSchool Sign-Up
  • K-12 parents are asked to confirm their PowerSchool access or to sign up before conferences. 
    • K-4 parents should note that no information about their child's progress will be shared through PowerSchool a this time.
    • 5-12 parents are asked to access PowerSchool to review their child's grades in all subjects
  • Look for a separate email providing instructions on how to set up and access PowerSchool
    • 5-12 parents will receive sign-up codes, as well, from their child today
Reminder: There will be no printed progress report during these fall conferences. 

Dr. Dave Botbyl
LPS Interim Principal

November 1, 2022

Dear Parent(s):

Our fall Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on campus Wednesday and Thursday, November 9 and 10 from 12:30-8:00 p.m.

Students will be dismissed from school at 11:30 a.m. on November 9, 10, and 11.

We invite you to attend conferences with your child. Though not mandatory, we believe that your child's success and future development this year would be enhanced with their presence.

Conference Sign-Up - Today through Next Tuesday

You can now sign up for conference slots. This year, we are using an online platform called PTCFast. Please note:

  • K-5 teachers have 15 minute time blocks and will be in their classrooms
  • 6-12 and enrichment teachers are available in 1 hour time blocks in the Legacy gym
  • Other LPS staff have blocks of time to schedule as well (special ed, principal, counselors, etc.)
  • The PYP Coordinator will be located across from the elementary library

How to Sign Up

  1. Go to the following website: schools/Leland_Public_School
  2. Choose your child's teacher or the middle/high school option.
  3. You will be asked to set up an account for your first child. Set up one account per family with your preferred email address.
  4. You will continue to receive reminders about conferences to your selected email.
  5. If you have multiple children, you can set up conferences for each. Note:
    • If you only have Grades 6-12 children, then please select no more than two 1- hour time blocks.
    • If you have both K-5 and 6-12 children, then select your elementary child's block first, then your older child 1-hour time block.
    • If you only have K-5 children, then select a 15 minute time block with each teacher one student at a time.


  • Elementary teachers will conduct conferences in their classrooms
  • Middle, high school, and enrichment teachers will conduct conferences in the Legacy Gym.

Parent Conference Sign Up

LPS PTC Conferences Staff List 


If you have any questions, please contact our LPS office at 231-256-9857.



Dr. Dave Botbyl

LPS Interim Principal

[email protected]

October 19, 2022

Dear LPS Parent Community:

I hope this Interim Principal email update finds you well. We are moving quickly through the month of October and I hope you have been enjoying our weekly newsletters and posts on Instagram.

Below are a few important updates and reminders:

Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders

Dress Code / Cold Weather Reminders / Recess During Extreme Weather

The weather has transitioned in the last week. Please ensure your child has cold and rainy weather clothing during the school day. 

Please also reference the LPS Dress Code as a guide for appropriate clothing options during the school day.

During more extreme inclement weather (pouring rain, extreme cold), we make the gym available for inside recess.

Lost and Found

Students in Eryn Sluiter's classroom have started a lost and found project. If your child has misplaced a clothing item or some other possession, please check the link below. If you see your child's misplaced item, complete the claim form and the item will be returned to your child. Mrs. Sluiter has a couple of parents to help and if you would like to offer your support to this amazing project, please let her know!

Misplaced Items

Claim Form

Progress Reports and Parent Teacher Conferences - November 9 and 10 - Afternoon and Evening Blocks

We are working on the possibility of emailing progress reports to you this year before parent teacher conferences. If this becomes an option for you, you will receive your child's progress report before conferences.

We will also be scheduling conferences online again this year. This allows scheduling for multiple children, if necessary. Look for a specific sign-up email by Friday, October 28.  

Picture Packages and Retake Day - October 28

By today, you should have receive your child's portrait picture package. If for some reason, you would like your child's picture retaken, please have your child tell their teacher. Teachers will send those students to the picture retake location when requested.

Parent Information Sessions Topic Ideas

We are looking to schedule parent information sessions this school year and are looking for your suggestions. Please complete this survey, if you have any topic suggestions.

IB PYP Evaluation Visit - December 5, 6, and 7

Every 5 years, the International Baccalaureate Organization asks schools to conduct a Self-Study and create a growth plan. Trained IB team members review our submitted documents and then meet with us over the course of three days to support us in strengthening our programme. This visit will be conducted virtually and team members will meet with all stakeholder groups. We will continue to relay information to you about this visit as the dates grow closer.

K-6 Drama Presentation of Suzette Who Set to Sea

Today, our grades K-6 students will be enjoying a drama performance brought to us by Interlochen Center for the Arts. If you have a K-6 child, ask them about the performance!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

October 27, 28, 29 - LPS Drama Performance - Imagine It! - 7 p.m.

November 1 - No School for Students/Staff Professional Development Day

November 9, 10, 11 - Dismissal of Students - 11:30 a.m.



Dr. Dave Botbyl

LPS Interim Principal

[email protected]


LPS fosters social connection and personal responsibility, providing students with essential tools to pursue fulfilling lives.

September 28, 2022

Dear LPS Parents:

We hope this email finds you well.

In the last week, we have conducted two emergency preparedness drills to ensure that our students and staff know the precautionary measures to keep everyone at LPS safe.

Last week, we conducted a fire drill. Earlier today, we conducted a successful lockdown drill.

We have reflected upon both of these drills as a staff and with our students noting areas of success (students have been extremely attentive and supportive of both) and areas needing our attention (all minor communication-related issues).

We ask that you reflect with your child(ren) on these drills and we welcome any feedback you may have based on these important reflective discussions. Please share those with your child's elementary or middle/high school advisory teacher. Our aim is always to ensure your child(ren)'s safety while you entrust them to us during the school day.

We will continue to run a variety of drills once per month through the school year, most now unannounced. If follow-up information needs to be shared, you will receive subsequent correspondence.

Thank you for your partnership with us in keeping our community safe!


Dr. Dave Botbyl

LPS Interim Principal

September 16, 2022

Dear LPS Parents:

We hope this message finds you well.

The second week of school has been another indication that the 2022-23 school year is off to a great start with smiles abundant and activities filling our days. 

Mr. Hartigan and I are happy to be working alongside the LPS staff in support of our students. We both hope to meet/reconnect with you personally over time in the next few weeks.

We write to you today to bring to your attention next week, which will include a great number of activities that are typical to the opening weeks of school. During our morning announcements next week with students, there will be reminders for students and we hope this list will give you the opportunity to partner with us in this effort.


Please be reminded to drop off your child at the back of the school. The front of the school is restricted to those walking to school.

MS/HS Spirit Week - All Week

Each day, students have the option to dress up based based on the different themes of the day.

High school students will take part in M-Th Advisory activities and afternoon activities on Friday.

Camp Henry - Tuesday/Wednesday

Grades 6 and 7 students will be attending this overnight outdoor education field trip. A separate email has been sent to parents with a forms to be completed by today, Friday, September 16.

Picture Day - Friday

All students should come to school dressed for pictures.

MS/HS students should bring their spirit day clothing to change into after pictures are taken

Farmer's Market - Friday

Our annual Farmer's Market is a great event that we will share with students on Friday.

Homecoming - Saturday

The game will start at 1:00 p.m. with the Homecoming King and Queen being crowned during halftime.

Dances - Saturday Evening

The Middle School Student Council is sponsoring a dance from 6-7:30 p.m.

The High School Student Council is sponsoring a dance starting at 8:00 p.m.


We are looking forward to a busy and productive week of school!

Warm regards-

Dr. Dave Botbyl

Interim Principal

Leland Public School, an IB World School

[email protected]

LPS fosters social connection and personal responsibility, providing students with essential tools to pursue fulfilling lives.