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Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 18 - May 21, 2020

I have been staring at this page for quite awhile trying to figure out what to say to close out our 2019-2020 school year.  As I mentioned last week, the end of our school week is feeling very emotional and anticlimactic.  The last 8 weeks, have been, well, hard but we made it.  

I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our LMS parents and students for patience, understanding, and perseverance.  I also want to acknowledge the hard work of our teaching staff and paraprofessionals for quickly flipping to distance learning and making it work. We don't know yet what our fall looks like but we are hopeful we will be back together at Lander Middle School.  

Here are the end of the year updates:

May 21st - This is the last day of school for students. All work, online and packets, need to be turned in by this date.

May 29th - Report cards mailed out.

June 3 -   MATERIALS RETURN!  On Wednesday, June 3rd, LMS will have a materials return from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please securely bag all materials (Chromebook/charger, textbooks, library books, etc), write your student's name and grade level on the bag.  Pull into the school parking lot on Jefferson, hand your items over to school personnel and drive away.  That's it.    If you are unable to turn in materials on June 3, please contact the school to make alternative arrangements.  Any outstanding items will be assessed in student fees. 



Even though school is out, learning doesn't stop and summertime is an excellent time to learn something new.  Think about where we live - what an excellent science lab we have right in our own backyard!  Check out Heather Anne's post, Easy Hands on Science.  Kids can get outside, explore, and experience science around Lander.

Encourage your student(s) to keep reading.  Help them find books they enjoy at their reading level, when they have books like this, they are more inclined to read.  Even if it's just for 30 minutes a day, encourage them to read. So important!

Lastly, we know how fast things change on a weekly, sometimes a daily basis with COVID-19 so I would like to ask that you continue to check your emails for information from the school and district pertaining to updates regarding summer school and re-opening in the fall.

Stay safe, stay healthy.
Best,

Julie


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Week of May 11 - May 15, 2020


Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing mothers! We hope that you have a wonderful day today.

Here are some important dates regarding end of the year.

May 8th - was the last day for packets to be mailed.  LMS will not mail out any more packets.
May 11th - This week will be the last week that teachers push out content to students.  Teachers will still meet with students for their scheduled online meetings.
May 18th - This will be the last day that students can turn work in (packets and online)
May 21st - Last day for students

Summer School: We are still trying to work summer school for LMS students.  We will be looking at some different options over the next couple of weeks.  Please watch your email and the LMS blog for updates pertaining to summer school. 

Materials Return:  We will plan to schedule materials return after the last day of school.  It will likely run similar to what we did with curbside pickup so watch your email and the LMS blog for information.  Band students - Mr. Trudeau will be contacting band students to inform them how to drop off their school issued instruments. 

One Stop Doc: Thank you to all the students and parents who provided feedback regarding our One Stop Docs for each grade level. Those docs will go out again to all parents and students, Monday morning. Parents - please remind students that although we are using the document as a primary source for content access, please remind students that they should still be checking their email daily.

Chromebooks: If a student has a chromebook that is damaged and not functioning or one that simply does not work, please contact the front office to make arrangements to secure a loaner. We are limited on the number of loaners we have, so it will be a first come, first serve basis.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Visitors will not be allowed in the building, however, you can reach Mrs. Green or Mrs. Colman by phone if you have any questions.


6th Grade Books We Love:  6th grade students shared some of their favorite books during a Google Meet with Mrs. Parker and Mr. Prine.  This has been a weekly tradition in the 6th grade ELA classes and I am glad that students are still able to share their love of reading.








The end of our school year is feeling very emotional and anticlimactic.  May is always so busy with end of the year activities like laser tag, concerts, awards assembly, Best of the Best, and many more.  It's difficult not to be in the building with students and teachers because this month always carries so much energy and anticipation.  8th graders are moving on to high school, 6th and 7th graders are transitioning to the next grade level and we are welcoming 5th graders into 6th grade.  Distance learning presented many challenges to students, staff, and parents.  We miss our students terribly, every school day is a challenge for all of us.  Thank you for being patient, providing feedback, and working through this challenge with us.  

Remember: this is temporary. We will see our students and our colleagues again. We don’t stop learning because we have stopped physically going to school. We only have our interactions changed. And that is something we are equipped to deal with.  We will be in school again. In these last couple of weeks, I want to encourage our students to finish strong, stay with your teachers and keep up with your learning. Do your very best. 

Have a good week.
Julie

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Week of April 27 - May 1

Hello LMS Families - 

Last Friday, the FCSD#1 School Board met to discuss and decide if Lander Schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year and continue with distance learning.  After about 45 minutes of discussion, board members voted and the motion passed to keep schools closed and continue with distance learning.  So, LMS teachers and staff will continue to provide learning opportunities for students in accordance with our distance learning plan.

One Stop Doc:  Thank you to all the students and parents who provided feedback regarding our One Stop Docs for each grade level.  Those docs will go out again to all parents and students, Monday morning.  Parents - please remind students that although we are using the document as a primary source for content access, please remind students that they should be checking their email daily.  

Locker bags: We still have a few locker bags that have not been picked up or delivered.  We will work with the Transportation department this week to make sure we get everything out to students.

Chromebooks:  If a student has a chromebook that is damaged and not functioning or one that simply does not work, please contact the front office to make arrangements to secure a loaner.  We are limited on the number of loaners we have, so it will be a first come, first serve basis.

Office Hours:  Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visitors will not be allowed in the building, however, you can reach Mrs. Green or Mrs. Colman by phone if you have any questions.

My daughter, McKenna and I are continuing our culinary adventures in the kitchen with our goal to learn how to make new recipes.  I mentioned in last week's blog that my grandmother, Anna owned a bakery in Dillon, MT where I grew up.  As part of her legacy, she compiled all of her favorite recipes and published a cookbook.  This week, I taught McKenna how to make my grandma's homemade honey oatmeal bread.  Homemade bread has to be one of the best kitchen creations ever, especially warm out of oven with a little bit of butter and honey. I have shared this recipe with many as I consider it one of my grandma's no fail recipes.  For her first time, she didn't do to bad, unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the bread making process or the bread itself but I do have one of the aftermath!

We are also enjoying our new puppy.  Leo has been a wonderful addition to our family and after a somewhat rough week, turning out to be a great therapy dog.  He is playful and has a fun personality, constantly keeping us laughing at him.  Our other dog, Ruby, is also falling in love with him.



One of our middle school parents, Chase McFadden had a wonderful piece published this past week for USA Swimming.  As a fellow baker, I loved that Chase found some perspective about this new normal when his wife made cinnamon rolls.  He hit it perfectly.  If you have not had a chance to read Chase's article, I have linked it here for you.  It's really good so I encourage you to take a look. 

I hope our LMS families are well.  If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Mr. Ley or one of my staff.

Have a good week.
Julie