LaMotte School News

May 4, 2018

Important Dates:

April 23 - May 3 - Smarter Balanced Testing (3rd - 8th grade students)

May 8th - 4th Grade only - Farm Fair

May 9th - 6th - 8th Grades Field Trip to Spire Climbing Gym

May 14th - 2nd - 5th Grades Field Trip to Spire Climbing Gym

May 10 - 5:30 - Art Auction - Bozeman Senior Center

May 16th - Board Meeting 4:00 p.m.

May 21st - 8th Grade - Jump up Day

May 28th - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

May 30th - Mile Run @ MSU Fieldhouse 9:00 a.m.

May 31st - K/1 Swimming Field Trip

Spring Concert, Art Auction and Spaghetti Dinner

The spring concert and art auction will be held on Thursday, May 10th 5:30 p.m. at the Bozeman Senior Center, 807 N. Tracy Ave. The kindergartners through 8th grade will perform their spring concert. Concert dress code, please no jeans. All students have participated in creating art pieces to be live auctioned during this event. All proceeds will support the art program for next school year, If you are interested in volunteering at the art auction we will need assistance with setup at 4:00 p.m. or stay to cleanup. The Spaghetti Dinner is $5.00/person (under 4 are free). Please call, text or email Aimee Dobrogowski if you are able to help at (406) 579-3303 or

Thank you Parent Supporters

A huge Thank You to all of the LaMotte Parents that adopted a staff person to support in April. Thank you to all the parents who made items for the breakfast ~ we APPRECIATE YOU!!

Class Photos ~ May 17th at 9:30 a.m.

Envelops will be sent home next week. The class photos are $6.50. Please make your check payable to Bruce Pitcher Photography. If you happen to lose the "official" envelope simply write your child's name, grade and teacher on any envelope and send with your payment.

May School Election Information

School Election

Happy Spring! As I noticed the crocus poking up this morning, with blossoms, it reminded me that spring is school election time! (Principals think of weird things…) Anyway, I wanted to answer questions you might have about what is on our ballot this spring. Currently we have two trustee positions open and two candidates, both incumbents, running for those spots. Thank you to Birgen Knoff and Katie Ivester for your continued commitment to serving on the LaMotte School Board. Your hard work and dedication to our school is commendable. When you vote, you may vote for two candidates.

You will also be asked to vote for or against a Building Reserve Levy. We are at the end of our last voted levy for the Building Reserve fund. As we have done in the past, we are asking for $10,000.00 per year for five years to be placed in our Building Reserve Fund. This money is used for maintaining, equipping, furnishing, remodeling, and retrofitting the current building and grounds. As needs arise, the building reserve allows us to have money on hand to take care of them. For example, we will be replacing the flooring in the halls, bathrooms, and lunchroom this summer with funds from the Building Reserve Fund. The cost to a home with an assessed market value of $100,00.00 will be $4.70 for the year and $9.40 a year for owners of a home with $200,000.00 assessed market value.

This is money that can be carried over from year to year. As we need improvements and upgrades on our facility, this money is used so that we are not utilizing money from our general fund which pays for all educational expenses.

If you have any questions, or concerns about our upcoming election, or any matter concerning LaMotte School, please feel free to contact me. My door is open to you.

Thank you for your continued support of our school, our teachers and most importantly, our children.

LeeAnn Burke, Principal/Superintendent

Student Reminders

Please have students dress in layers and bring a jacket for the unpredictable spring weather.

Mount Ellis Academy Summer sport camps

The following is from Briana Jenkins from Mount Ellis Academy. The schedule for our MEA volleyball and basketball camps this summer is below. I will be getting more information out in the next couple of weeks. The dates for the camps are:

Volleyball-July 16-20, K-4th Grade 9:30 am-12 pm

5th-8th Grade 1 pm-4 pm

Basketball-July 30-August 2, K-4th Grade 9:30 am-12 pm

5th-8th Grade 1 pm-4 pm


Briana Jenkins

Athletic Director

Mount Ellis Academy

Cell: (406) 580-2106

Out of District Students

We are now accepting out of district applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact Mrs. Clark if you still need to receive an application.

Thank you.

Emergency Lunch

Emergency Lunch - Parents just a reminder to be sure and check that your child(ren) still have an emergency lunch in their locker.

School Days Program

Save your home Northwestern Energy Propane receipts! For every gallon you purchase, the school will earn $.02. It doesn't seem like much, but it adds up quickly! We will place a receipt box in the office, all you have to do is bring your original receipts to school and drop them in the box.

Check with your neighbors that may use propane (they don't have to live in our district) and ask them to save their receipts, then you can collect them. Check with businesses in the area, too!

We can earn up to $2000 for our school. The students will have a choice in how the money is spent! Think about how this money can be spent with the money earned from the School Days program! It's like money in the "tank".

Box Tops & Labels for Education Program

Welcome back to school! We will be participating in both the Labels for Education and the Box Tops for Education™ programs again this year. Send clipped labels to school with your child as you collect them and I will submit them. Sign up at to get coupons and stay updated on our school’s earnings. Money raised from Box Tops is used by the Parent Group to fund projects at the school and Labels earnings can be used by the teachers to get supplies for the classroom. Thanks for helping!

Nicole Huntsinger

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