Lake Air Montessori Monday Memo

April 4, 2016

Wednesday is an Early Release at 12

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Be Peace, Teach Peace

Our theme at Lake Air Montessori this year is "Be Peace, Teach Peace". We will discuss ways to make the world a more peaceful place, feature events that celebrate peace, or introduce you to remarkable people who are creating peace in the world today. We encourage you to share these ideas with your family, your children, your students, your neighbors, even with strangers. If we all work at it, we can make the world a more peaceful place—one person at a time.
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Mindfulness Activity - I Wish You Peace

First, you send compassion to yourself.
"May I be happy. May I be well. May I be free from harm."

Then, you think of someone you love.
"May you be happy. May you be well. May you be free from harm."

And finally, you focus on someone you aren't particularly fond of, before sending good wishes to everyone in the world.
"May you be happy. May you be well. May you be free from harm. May the world be at peace"


Adapted from: http://www.mindfulteachers.org/2015/02/i-wish-you-peace-lovingkindness-meditation.html

Please save the following dates on your calendar:

  • Week of April 4th - Mock STAAR tests for Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and Algebra for selected gr. 8 students

  • Tuesday, May 3 - STAAR Algebra End of Course for selected gr. 8 students

  • Monday, May 9 - STAAR gr. 3, 4, 6, 7 math and 5/8 math retesting if needed

  • Tuesday, May 10 - STAAR gr. 3, 4, 6, 7 reading and 5/8 reading retesting if needed.

  • Wednesday, May 11 - STAAR gr. 5, 8 science (makeup testing as needed)

  • Thursday, May 12 - STAAR gr. 8 social studies (makeup testing as needed)


Please do NOT schedule any medical or off campus student appointments for testing days until after 12:30PM when STAAR testing will be over for most students.


Due to security reasons, the campus will be closed to all lunch visitors during STAAR testing.

AVID Strategy of the Week

Each week we are going to highlight an AVID strategy you can incorporate into your classroom or parents can discuss with students at home.


This week we are going to focus on the STAR strategy for note taking.


Set up notes (name, date, title)

Take notes (write facts, details, explanations, definition, etc.--do not worry about spelling)

Add to notes (use a highlighter to emphasize important points)

Review notes (fold the paper back and quiz yourself)

This Week! April 4th-8th

Monday, April 4th
  • Ms. Tankersley off campus
  • District Based Assessments/Mock STAAR (3rd-8th grade)
  • Middle School Impact Project Begins
  • Jazz band rehearsal (3:30-4:30)


#CelebrateMonday - Each Monday Tweet One Thing Worth Celebrating - Use the Hashtag #CelebrateMonday


Tuesday, April 5th

  • District Based Assessments/Mock STAAR (3rd-8th grade)


Wednesday, April 6th
  • Early Release at Noon
  • Professional Development/Grade Level Planning 1pm-4pm


Thursday, April 7th

  • 5th grade Field Trip to Wetlands


Friday, April 8th

  • Career Day


#FlyHIghFriday - Each Friday Tweet One Thing That You Are Proud of Accomplishing - Use the Hashtag #FlyHighFriday


Saturday, April 9th

  • Steppin' Out Community Service Day, 11a.m. to 3p.m. all over Waco
  • FREE Healthy Soul Food Demonstration & Health Fair from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at the City of Waco Multipurpose Center, 1020 Elm Avenue
  • Art on Elm Avenue Free Community Event (features local artists, musicians, craft & food vendors and children's activities - 10am-5pm on historic Elm Avenue)
  • Crafty Kids Spring Fling, 1:30p.m. at Central Library: Ages 6 to 11 create spring wreaths, newspaper hats & more, free! Register online at wacolibrary.org
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Coming Up! April 11th-15th

Monday, April 11th
  • Jazz Band Rehearsal (3:30-4:30)
  • Pizza order forms sent home for pizza delivery on April 22nd.


#CelebrateMonday - Each Monday Tweet One Thing Worth Celebrating - Use the Hashtag #CelebrateMonday


Tuesday, April 12th

  • Spring Choir Concert 6:00 PM LAMM cafeteria (Intermediate and Middle School)


Wednesday, April 13th

  • AVID PD 4pm


Thursday, April 14th

  • PreK 4 yo and Kinder Field Trip to Mayborn Museum (please wear school shirt if you have one)
  • Chipotle Night to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (tell them you're with LAMM)
  • AVID Site Team Meeting 4-5pm


Friday, April 15th

  • Middle School UIL concert and Sight reading contest @ Midway Middle School (time TBD)


#FlyHighFriday - Each Friday Tweet One Thing That You Are Proud of Accomplishing - Use the Hashtag #FlyHighFriday

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Principal: Stephanie Tankersley

Assistant Principal: Rachel Hannah

Assistant Principal: Dr. Mary Phillips