Good evening LMS Families,
I'm sending this newsletter early so you have some time to plan for school pictures, which will be on Monday, September 18th. It snuck up on us a little bit! Many of you have already received the picture information we sent home earlier this week with the welcome packets. We will let you know about our picture re-take day as soon as we have it scheduled.
Our 6th graders received their Outdoor School Packets a few days ago - if you haven't seen them yet, please check their backpacks! We are happy to answer your questions and help to support you with this process. We know how difficult it is to let your baby go away from home for so long, but it is the most amazing experience!
Back to School Night is this Thursday, September 21st from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We will serve dinner from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and then I will welcome you all with a little bit of an update on how things are going at LMS so far this year. We will build a schedule for each family based on grade level teams and specialists, so that you don't have to hustle around the school. There is a lot to see and we know that some of our families have more than one student at LMS. You will have an hour to explore the school, meet teachers and staff, and make sure you are able to log into ParentVue to check your student's grades. We are all so excited to meet you!
For the next month we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. We are planning an evening event to celebrate with you all and will share the details as soon as they are finalized!
We have had a lot of students absent due to illness, and sometimes students are going home sick almost immediately after arriving at school. Please keep your student at home if they aren't well, especially if they have a fever. COVID is no longer considered an excludable communicable disease, but fever still is. If your student has a fever they should stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours. If they are experiencing stomach illness (vomiting/diarrhea) they should stay home until they are symptom-free for 48 hours. You can find the guidance from ODE here.
Now that students have chromebooks and teachers are using them in their plans, it is important your student brings their device to school each day fully charged. We appreciate your help with this!
On Monday we will welcome two new teachers to our staff. Yeliz Boynukisa Pleasant is joining us from Mt. Tabor to be our ISC Teacher, and Breanna Autry is joining us from Roosevelt High School to be our SES Teacher. We are still looking to hire our additional PE Teacher to join Mr. Jones in the gym, as well as a Russian Immersion Teacher. We appreciate your patience as we work to fill our vacancies. LMS is also hoping to hire four paraeducators to support our special education classes, so if you know anyone who might be interested please encourage them to apply! In the meantime, we have wonderful guest teachers who show up each and every day to support our students and make sure they don't miss a beat in their learning.
As always, we are happy to help and support you in any way. We are off to a great start and already making some pretty amazing memories with our students. Thank you for sharing your incredible young people with us!
Have a lovely weekend!
Rosemarie El Youssef
Dear LMS Families,
We completed our second week of school and saw a few raindrops and some cooler weather, which is very welcome! We still could experience some heat so please help your student remember a water bottle and layers so they can keep cool throughout the day. We see a lot of sweaty brows and tired faces that don’t like taking off sweatshirts because they feel more comfortable wearing them, but that means they need to drink even more water to keep cool.
LMS staff are working hard to supervise all school spaces throughout the day, and we hope you will help us by encouraging your students to use their time wisely. They should go to lockers, get water, or use the bathroom during the 4 minute passing time between classes. Bathrooms should be kept clean and used appropriately. We have seen some soap dispensers thrown in the trash and have heard of students meeting up in the bathrooms during passing time to fight each other - not because they are angry or upset with one another, but just because others are encouraging them to do so. Please talk with your student about the dangers of engaging in this behavior, and the consequences that come with making those choices. We encourage students to leave the bathroom if this behavior starts while they are in there and report it to an adult - we all have a responsibility to support our students making good choices.
You can access the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for 2023-24 HERE.
Lockers have been issued and Monday we expect that all backpacks, bags, purses, coats, and other extras will be stored in lockers during the school day. If students have trouble with their locker, adults are around to support them. They can always come to the office to request assistance there; our goal is to keep classrooms clear of clutter and make sure our students aren’t carrying heavy backpacks all day long. Students should also leave their backpacks in lockers during lunch and recess as well.
The new cell phone rule has been a struggle for our 7th and 8th graders to adapt to, because they are used to something different, but they've been doing pretty well all things considered! Please call the office if you need to get in touch with your student and we will help you. Our goal is simply to eliminate as many distractions as we possibly can to encourage focus on learning and healthy social development.
Monday we will begin distributing chromebooks to students, so they will have chromebooks, chargers, and a protective case to bring home. They are required to bring their chromebooks to school charged every day. There is information for you about taking care of your chromebook linked HERE and in other languages HERE. There is also some other information about using Securly Home to supervise your student’s use of their device. Please ask your student if they remember their login credentials (email address and password), but don’t worry if they don’t, we will help them to reset.
There is a full week of school ahead of us and hopefully we will have student schedules finalized - our counselors are working hard to make sure students are moved into the electives of their choice. If you log into ParentVue, you should be able to view their schedule and contact teachers directly via email from there. Not sure how to log into ParentVue? We will have presentations and support you logging in when we see you at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 21st.
If you need to update any of your contact information with us or are still receiving these emails and you are enrolled in another school/district, please call to let us know. We appreciate your patience as these changes often take some time.
LMS is committed to being fully staffed this school year and we are still working to hire a second PE teacher to support the increase in PE, a Russian Immersion Teacher and 3 paraeducators for our ISC and SES classrooms. We have recommended a few candidates for hire in the other positions and are waiting for them to clear the HR process. I know it is difficult for our students to have a substitute teacher, but they have been doing such a great job so far - we are crossing our fingers it won’t be too much longer!
Here’s to an amazing week of learning! As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
Rosemarie El Youssef
*If you are receiving this email in error because you do not attend LMS, please contact our office and let us know where your student is enrolled. It takes awhile for records to be updated. Thank you!
LMS Family Newsletter
Congratulations on completing the first week of school! It was an amazing week filled with fun and lots of summer energy. Our 6th graders were treated to a Jump Start Day on Tuesday that started with an assembly and ended with Kona Ice - we are thrilled to welcome this incredible group into our community!
Wednesday we were all together, grades 6-8, and our students learned about some new expectations at LMS this year. We understand that change is hard and we are relying on you all to support. They are:
Cell phones must be off and out of sight ALL DAY, from the moment students enter until they leave at 3:45. That means NO cell phone use at lunch/recess, in hallways or bathrooms, or anywhere else on campus during the academic day.
Backpacks and coats must be stored in lockers during the day and students should only carry into the classroom what they need (binder, chromebook, textbook). This helps us to keep classroom areas clear of tripping hazards.
Students each have 3 passes to use each day that allow them to leave the classroom for water, bathroom, or going to their locker. We extended passing time to 4 minutes so they have a little more time to take care of their needs between classes. We hope to work on time management as an important life skill, but we understand that it will take time.
You may also have noticed we are focused on safety during student pick-up after school. Please use the crosswalk to model this for our students. Sometimes cars are inpatient and we want to make sure that our students and families are safe getting across the street and walking home. We appreciate your help with this!
Students should be receiving their chromebook at school by this Friday. I will be sure to send information to you as soon as we know for sure so you can support your student with chromebook care, such as charging it at night and remembering to bring it back to school the next day. We will have limited loaner devices on hand and want to be sure our students have what they need to be successful during the academic day.
We are still working to hire in a few areas of our school: Russian Immersion teacher, Social Emotional Skills Classroom Teacher, Intensive Skills Classroom Teacher, Paraeducators, and a PE Teacher to accommodate the new change to an additional semester of PE for all students. Our guest teachers have been amazing and we are so grateful they are showing up each day to support our students in these classroom spaces. It isn’t ideal, but we hope to have these positions filled soon!
As a result of many factors and flaws in the system, we are still working to balance schedules and make sure each student has the classes they need. Every student should have the following core classes on their schedule: math, social studies, science, and language arts. Some of our students will have PE this quarter, some will have health. Dance also counts as a PE credit, so if your student doesn’t like PE they can opt for dance instead. Our counselors have been busy building new schedules and problem-solving but share the course change request with students on Tuesday, allowing them to advocate for a schedule change if they have an elective they didn’t choose, or are missing an elective they did choose.
My goal is to have this newsletter to you on Friday afternoons so you have important information for the weekend and the week ahead, but you can always expect to hear from me once per week with important information.
Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4th for the Labor Day holiday. We will see our students back at school Tuesday morning!
Save the date for back to school night on Thursday, September 21st - more details to follow.
Have a lovely weekend and take care. We are looking forward to an amazing school year!
Rosemarie El Youssef