A Message from Mrs. Kelly (Timmons) Rinehart


Berkshire Local School District
16200 Burrows Road Thompson, Ohio 44086
440-298-3341, ext. 200
Kelly (Timmons) Rinehart , Principal


August 2017

Dear Ledgemont Elementary Families,


I am eager to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year!  I hope you have all had a fun and relaxing summer with family and friends.  I thank you again for the warm welcome I received as your new principal, and a.m. proud of how hard our students, staff, and families work together to create great learning opportunities for our students.  I a.m. eager to see you all during OPEN HOUSE on August 22nd .  Stop by from 5-6 pm to meet your teachers, see the classroom and drop off supplies.


Many exciting things have been happening here this summer. We were able to hire several standouts to start the year. Mr. John Stoddard is the new superintendent of Berkshire Schools.  Mrs. Lisa Sherman joins us as Third grade teacher. Mr. Shaun Forbes will be our Physical Education teacher, and Mrs. Kim Hauser is our 4-6 Title 1 and Gifted instructor.  Our maintenance and custodial staff have been busy making our building and grounds beautiful from the sidewalks to the roof.  We congratulate Mr. Brady on his retirement and welcome Mr. Terry Bonds (head custodian) to our team.!  Our teachers have been busy refining their skills and preparing for an awesome 2017-18!  I recently got married and changed my last name I will go by Mrs. Rinehart now, but will certainly still respond to Miss T or Ms. Timmons.  


School starts on Wednesday, August 23rd .

We do have a few small changes this year to help things run more smoothly.  The student day at Ledgemont Elementary will be 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  This will allow our bus drivers time to drop the high school students off so they are not on our afternoon route.  Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  Please refrain from dropping your child off prior to 8:30 a.m. as there is no supervision available.  Student pick ups will begin at 3:25 p.m..  Please bring proper identification.

Remember:  Latchkey will be available from 6:30 a.m until 9:00 a.m. and 3:15 until 6:00 p.m. Contact Bre .verbic@berkshrieschools.org for more information.



8:30 a.m.-  Doors open for students   
Please do not drop your child off prior to 8:30 as they will be unsupervised.

9:00 a.m.-  Tardy Bell Rings         
For the safety and security of your child, we begin taking classroom attendance as soon as the bell rings. Please ensure your child is in homeroom by 9:00 a.m. Thank you!  



3:22 pm-   Pick-ups, latchkey students are dismissed to the gym

3:25 pm-   Parents picking up to the gym (please enter office atrium and exit library atrium)

3:30 pm- Bus Riders are called over the PA system to the buses


THURSDAY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE: (EVERY THURSDAY starting August 24th -end of the year)

2:37 pm- Pick-ups, walkers are dismissed from the classrooms

2:40 pm-   Parents picking up to the gym (please enter office atrium and exit library atrium)

2:45 pm- Bus Riders are called over the PA system to the buses

Ledgemont Elementary School will continue to follow the same Professional Learning Community schedule for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will continue to hold weekly early dismissals every Thursday at 2:45 p.m. beginning August 24th throughout the school year.  Please note that bus routes will pick up students from Ledgemont Elementary School every Thursday at 2:45 p.m.  If you are picking up your child, please arrive by 2:40 p.m.


We will attend school on August 23rd, 24th, 25th, 28th, 29th, 30th. We will then be on break for Wednesday, August 31st, September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and Monday (Labor Day) September 5th. A teacher workday is scheduled for September 5th.  School will then resume on September 6th!



Please make sure payment is sent to the office by September 30, 2017.  Checks can be made payable to Berkshire Board of Education. Fees can also be paid through the Infinite Campus Portal.

K- $55.00       1 - $55.00       2 - $55.00       3 - $55.00      4 - $55.00       5 - $55.00         6 - $55.00



All important district/building information goes home in the purple folder on Thursdays. Please look for the folders every Thursday for information and the Ledgemont Newsletter of past and upcoming events, pertinent dates, and important reminders.  It can also be found on our website www.berkshireschools.org.



You will receive many forms the first few days of school. Please work at completing those as soon as possible so that we have accurate, up to date information.  Also, please take the time to read through and review the Ledgemont Elementary Handbook and discipline plan with you child. We have made changes and updates and want to ensure you are aware of all the policies and procedures! Please sign and return the Parent/Student acknowledgment form on the last page of the handbook with the remainder of forms via the purple folder. Thank you!

As instructional leader, it is my goal to support a learning community that fosters educational excellence in a safe environment where everyone is valued and respected.  We will continue our focus on improving student academic achievement by enhancing our instructional and intervention strategies, and curriculum ensuring that our curriculum is aligned to state standards and consistent across the district.  We thank you in advance for your support and commitment to this partnership of supporting the academic, social, and emotional growth of every child in the Berkshire community.

Please feel free to contact me (kelly.rinehart@berkshireschools.org) to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make Ledgemont Elementary a fantastic place to learn and grow!


Your Partner in Education~   Kelly (Timmons) Rinehart


We are all so excited to begin a great school year at Ledgemont Elementary!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you soon!

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