Louisville Middle School
THE PIRATE POST 11-4-22
From your principal
Dear Pirate families,
As we drive forward into November, we have the opportunity to share our LMS Unified Improvement Plan for this school year. This plan provides acknowledgement and celebrations of the fantastic teaching and learning that happens at the House of Pride. Additionally, the plan outlines areas and strategies for growth. Feel free to take some time to reference the plan as it offers a glimpse into our work toward continuous improvement at LMS and represents the work we do to consistently refine our practice. We are an amazing school with a collective growth mindset and always getting better!
I want to thank you for supporting our Wednesday morning late start opportunities. While these are late start days for kids, our staff is here early. From 7:35 until 9:30, we are engaged in collaboration and professional learning each and every Wednesday. We know this directly supports our growth mindset and continuous improvement! Some examples of how we use this precious time:
Regular “Student Support Meetings” where teachers, counselors, and specialists collaborate on specific students to ensure best outcomes for each and every student.
Whole staff collaboration focusing on Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning.
Collaboration for increased purposeful integration of literacy opportunities in all classes with common academic language and structures.
Professional learning with focus on effectives strategies and scaffolding for English language learners.
Date Driven Instruction (DDI) protocols and standards prioritization in math and language arts.
Grade level collaboration and integration to align student experiences throughout all classes.
We push hard as we know the more we learn and grow, the more we offer our kids. Thank you for all of your support! As always, please do not hesitate to call or email if you have questions or thoughts to share.
Save the Date
Nov. 9-17 Cans for Kindness Canned Food Drive
Nov. 11 Veterans Day - No School
Nov. 21-25 No School - Conference Exchange Days/Thanksgiving
Dec. 1 - LMS Showcase at 6 pm (for incoming 5th graders & Open Enrollment Shoppers)
Dec. 19-31 Winter Break
Jan. 2 & 3 No School for Students - Teacher Work Days
Jan. 4 School resumes
Jan. 16 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 24 Vision & Hearing Screening
Feb. 6 No School for Students - District Professional Development Day
Feb. 15, 21, 23 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Feb. 20 No School - Presidents' Day
Mar. 27-31 Spring Break
IMPORTANT ALL SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
No Place for Hate is sponsoring our canned food drive, Cans for Kindness! We will be collecting canned goods out of 1st period teachers November 9th-November 17th. Classroom winners will be announced on Friday, November 18th. All donations will be given to Louisville Community Food Bank.
1st Place: WinterSkate Party
2nd Place: Class Pizza and Ice Cream Party
3rd Place: Assorted Goods Grab Bags
- Cold weather is coming! Order your LMS Spirit Wear wear soon! We have hoodies and long sleeves, you pick the color and the logo to make your own unique combination. Great gift idea for any Holiday! Items ordered before Thanksgiving break 11/18 will be delivered before Winter Break.
24-Hour Theatre Project
From your PTO
Dear Wonderful LMS Parents –
As the holidays approach, we would love to show our LMS teachers and staff how much we appreciate them and all they do for our students. Last year, the PTO organized pies being donated by parents and distributed them to the teachers and staff right before the Thanksgiving break. This was a big hit and we heard they loved having this special treat to enjoy during break. So, we’re doing it again!
Please help us make this a success by signing up to donate a pie via the Help At School signup.
Pies can be homemade or store bought and can be any variety. Cash donations/Venmo are also welcome and the PTO will use them to purchase pies. Please note that some teachers have food allergies or restrictions so we’ve identified these specific needs on the sign up also.
Pies should be dropped off to the school on Friday morning, November 18th between 7:45am and 9:45am and will be distributed to the teachers that afternoon. Please be sure to label your pie with the flavor/type (e.g. Cherry, Apple, Pumpkin, Gluten Free, etc.) If you are unable to drop it off on Friday morning, please contact the main office to arrange a time to drop it off on Thursday.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Holiday Staff Appreciation coordinators, Shannon Thackray (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Emily Reis (email@example.com).
Thank you for helping show our teachers and staff your appreciation and making their holidays special!
The Nutcracker comes to Boulder!
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family and friends at the long-awaited performance of The Nutcracker with Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Join us on Thanksgiving weekend for an unforgettable experience. 15% of all proceeds will go back to supporting Louisville Middle School.
Ticket forms can be found here and returned to the school office Nutcracker Box with Payment or emailed to Diana. Tickets are available for sale thru November 10th.
Show times include:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 7 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2 PM
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Diana Takach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-804-4872.
Fall Respiratory Illness Season Reminders
Colorado is seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses in children across the state. As the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors these viruses spread more easily.
There are actions we can continue to take to keep ourselves and our families healthy from all communicable diseases such as Colds, RSV, Flu and COVID-19.
Please stay home if sick
At least 24 hrs after you’ve had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea (resolved without medications)
If you have multiple symptoms such as coughing, congestion, aches, sore throat - stay home until they start to improve
Follow the school guidelines for returning - students AND staff
Get tested - testing is available for COVID, Flu and RSV
Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
Cover your cough
Dispose of tissues immediately
Wash or sanitize your hands
Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccines for Flu and COVID-19
Consider wearing a mask indoors for added protection
Quick Check Resource - Is it Allergies, Cold, Flu, COVID or RSV
Children’s Hospital Colorado has more detailed information on symptoms, duration and treatment options here: The Difference Between COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Other Bugs Affecting Kids
If your child is showing any of these signs it is important to call your provider:
Your child develops any complications such as an earache, sinus pain or pressure, or develops fever after the first two or three days.
Any fever lasting more than 3 days.
Your child is drinking much less or not urinating (peeing)
- The cough lasts more than 3 weeks.
NOTEWORTHY, ONGOING and REPEAT ITEMS
- Open Enrollment
The on-time Open Enrollment Application Period for the 2023-2024 school year is November 1, 2022, through January 4, 2023. Click here to view the calendar of events held at schools throughout the district. The LMS Showcase, for our incoming neighborhood students and Open Enrollment shoppers, will be held on December 1st from 6pm-7:45pm. Spread the word to families you know that have a 5th grade student!
- Sign up now for Winter Interscholastic Sports - Girls 8th Grade Basketball, Boys 8th Grade Basketball, 6/7/8 Coed Wrestling. Please register in rSchool and pay in Revtrak.
As always, we are here for all our students and families as we enter the holiday season and the one year anniversary of the Marshall Fire. We recognize that all our LMS families and the entire Louisville and Superior community are at different stages and places, however, we are a community and are here to support each other. Please reach out if anything is needed or any resources are wanted.
Anniversaries of traumatic events, especially combined with holiday seasons, can hold a lot of emotional stress including but certainly not limited to sadness and anxiety. Although there is no one right way to heal, here are some helpful ideas:
Recognize and acknowledge feelings you may experience. Understand that your feelings are part of the recovery process. Give yourself permission to be at different stages in the recovery process.
Find healthy ways to cope with your distress. Share memories and feelings with someone you trust or just spend time with friends and family. Activities that allow your mind to focus on something other than these memories are a good coping strategy for some people. Contemplative activities like reading, thinking, or just taking a walk are also a good approach.
- Use your support system. Reach out to family, friends, and supports at school and work.
- Boulder County has created a Commemoration Website for those impacted by the Marshall Fire
Halloween/Spirit Week Fun!
Hello LMS Pirates!
Please use our website for information or feel free to reach out with anything.