The LMS Lowdown

December 4, 2020

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

I hope you all had a restful and safe Thanksgiving holiday with your family. Unfortunately, nothing feels normal right now. I get Memories that pop up on Facebook and it's like stepping back in time to dinners out, pictures with groups of people or just plain old large gatherings. I hope we get back there soon. In the interim, we are doing the best we can to keep each other and ourselves safe. I know it's not perfect, but it's what we have.


Wishing and hoping,


Bud

HOLIDAY DRIVE

Holiday Drive:


Food, Clothing, Coat and Gift Donations are still VERY much needed. If you haven't donated yet, you can still do so by dropping or shipping to Lyndi Cole at 5 Brynnes Ct. in Lumberton, or by electronic payment to the information on the homeroom letter. If you are going to drop or ship something, please call or text Lyndi at 814-404-6390 or email her at lyndigillespie@gmail.com. Please label your items with Homeroom Teacher, Family Number and Child Number.


Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. All items are still due to Lyndi by Friday, December 11th.


Here is the link to all of the homeroom's adopted children and the electronic payment details: Home Room Adoptions

Thank you so much to all who have donated so far!

Lyndi Cole and Caitlin Staiano

SCHOOL PICTURES

As of the publishing of this newsletter, LMS is still waiting for the delivery of our school pictures. I am aware that the other schools have received their deliveries. We will let you know and set up pick up times as soon as they arrive. Thank you for your patience.

SAVE THE DATE, JANUARY 7th: VIRTUAL PARENT WORKSHOP, SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOOLS FOR PARENTS

Our counseling department has organized a live virtual parent workshop on social emotional learning. The workshop is hosted by Box out Bullying and is called "SEL Tools for Parents". The workshop will take place on January 7, 2021. Discover how to use certain solution-focused techniques, the Peace Table, that will have an immediate impact on a child's behavior, achievement, and social emotional intelligence. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. We will get additional information about the time and log in access when we get closer. We hope to see you there!

REMOTE LEARNING

As you know, the spike in COVID-19 cases has caused us to move from hybrid instruction to fully remote. As of now, the plan is to return to hybrid instruction on January 19th. Until then, all students will follow their regular school schedule Monday-Friday for classes. I am asking for your help in ensuring your children log in to their classes and complete their assignments. This is far from perfect, but our teachers are delivering quality lessons every day and the students can learn. However, they need to be in class. One thing that I have suggested is to have the students set up alarms on their phones that go off five minutes before classes start as a reminder to log in. Thank you in advance for your help. The teachers, counselors and administrators of LMS are here to help in any way we can. Together, we can make this imperfect situation work in the best interest of our students.

LMS LOWDOWN THROWBACK

The first picture this week is a look back to some of our sports teams from the 1994-95 seasons. The second image is from the 1990 yearbook and features a construction shot of Lumberton Middle School. If you look at it, you'll see the main entrance on the left side of the photo.
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SPIRIT DAYS AND SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Friday, December 4th: National Sock Day, wear your favorite or craziest pair of socks

Friday, December 11th: Wildcat Way Day, wear your Lumberton School Colors

Friday, December 18th: Holiday Spirit Day, wear holiday colors to celebrate the season

Wednesday December 23rd: Ugly Sweater Day

Thursday December 24th-Monday January 4th- School Closed Winter Break

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