March 11, 2019
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I hope that this message finds everyone having acclimated to the advancing of the clocks as we all spring forward. Daylight Savings brings more sunlight to enjoy at the end of the day and the prospect of spring which means warmer weather (yes!). I can't believe that spring is only 9 days away. How did that happen? And, how did we happen upon Trimester 3 already. The school year is flying by in front of our eyes which gives us even more reason to relish each and every day.
Speaking of relishing each day, while we did not enjoy the presence of our students this past Friday, we did experience a very powerful day of professional learning at Nashoba Regional High School. Nashoba staff were joined by colleagues from neighboring districts in a professional development day entitled, “Nashoba Empowers Learning.” This theme emanated from Nashoba's year-long district focus on the theme of Empowering Learning. The day began with a keynote address by George Couros, author and leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning and was later followed up midmorning by an address from the Commissioner of Education, Jeffrey C. Riley, whose message about the importance of student engagement and social emotional learning resounded deeply with staff. The professional development day was further enhanced with Ignite Speeches by EdTech teachers, Educator Showcases, and afternoon workshops ranging in topic from "Creating Blending Learning Environments" to "Designing for Student Agency, Voice, and Choice".
Stating that Friday's professional learning day was incredibly powerful would be an understatement. The day was undeniably impactful. Not only am I confident that the day resulted in new knowledge for our educators to take back to their classrooms, I am even more confident that the day served to reaffirm and ignite our district mission and purpose to educate and empower each child to his or her fullest potential.
We are very proud of our strong district and are deeply grateful for you, our parents, who share the same deep commitment to our collective work.
Yours in partnership,
Dates to Remember
March 11: Trimester 2 Grades Close
March 13: Hands-Only CPR Training for 8th Grade
March 14: Relay for Life Staff vs. Students Volleyball Tournament, 2:15 PM
March 15: Early Release, Parent Teacher Conferences (afternoon), 11:30 dismissal
March 18-22: Spirit Week!
March 20: District Jazz Concert, NRHS, 6:30 PM
March 21: Softball and Baseball Parent/Player Meeting, 6:00 PM
March 22: Report Cards Issued
March 22: Dodgeball Tournament, Student Council Sponsored, 6:00-8:00 PM
March 25: Softball and Baseball - Day 1, Tryouts
March 29: Honor Roll Breakfast, 7:00 AM
March 29: "Connecticut Yankee: The Musical," LBMS Spring Musical, 6:30 PM
March 30: "Shoot for the Moon, " Lancaster PTO Auction, Sterling Country Club, 6:30 PM
March 30: "Connecticut Yankee: The Musical," LBMS Spring Musical, 2:00 PM MATINEE and 6:30 PM EVENING performances
March 31: "Connecticut Yankee: The Musical," LBMS Spring Musical, 2:00 PM
Mark Your Calendars:
April 2: Spring MCAS Testing Window Opens
April 3: Track and Field Parent/Athlete Meeting, 6:00 PM
April 5: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 AM (dismissal)
April 11: LBMS Spring Concert, 6:30 PM
April 15-19: Patriot’s Day, April Vacation
Regional Spelling Bee Update
We are proud to inform you that Hansika Kommanavancha has qualified for the Regional Spelling Bee. Hansika is one of 58 students whose scores on a qualifying written assessment enabled her to move onto the regional competition. The Regional Spelling Bee will be held this Wednesday, March 13th, at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium. Please wish her good luck!
Annual Volleyball Tournament to Support Relay for Life
Our annual LBMS Volleyball Tournament to raise funds for Relay for Life will be this Thursday, March 14th. Please come on out and support a great annual event and an even better cause! The event will be held in the Luther Burbank gymnasium at 2:15 PM. A $2.00 donation will be requested at the door.
LBMS Spirit Week, March 18th - March 22nd
Show your school spirit the week of March 18 - March 22 with LBMS Spirit Week!
Monday, 3/18 - 90’s Day. Wear a denim outfit, hoop earrings, scrunchies, or overalls!
Tuesday, 3/19 - Color Day. Sixth grade (blue); Seventh grade (green); Eighth grade (black); Teachers (white)
Wednesday, 3/20 - Wacky Wednesday. Dress up in anything silly or wear your shirt inside out. Be creative!
Thursday, 3/21 - Character Day. Dress up as your favorite character from TV, movies, or pop culture
Friday, 3/22 - Pajama Day. Wear your Pj’s to school. Proper footwear required!
Spring Interscholastic Season Right Around the Corner: Baseball, Softball, and Track and Field
The 2019 LBMS interscholastic spring season will begin soon. Our baseball and softball teams will hold tryouts beginning on March 25th. A mandatory parent and players meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21st, at 6:00 PM. For students interested in track and field, Coach Gormley will hold a mandatory informational meeting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 3rd in the LBMS library.
All information needed for the upcoming season will be addressed during these meetings.
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our coaching staff this year, Robert Griffith, Luther Burbank's newest softball coach. A well-loved Nashoba High School psychology teacher, Coach Griffith brings experience, commitment, and passion to the position having coached JV at Nashoba the last 16 years and middle school softball at Florence Sawyer for 8 years prior to his transition to the high school. We could not be more pleased to welcome Coach Griffith to our LBMS staff. Coach Griffith's counterpart will be Coach David Dillon who will once again so aptly serve as our Lancer baseball coach.
For more information, including important registration information, please refer to our school website.
Please show your school spirit and join us to cheer on our teams. We have a great season ahead.
Intramurals in Full Swing
Intramurals have resumed! The offerings are impressive and varied. Thank you to our staff members who have volunteered to run a session. Participating in intramurals is a great opportunity for our students to engage in healthy activity with peers whom they typically may not interact.
Mondays: Badminton (2:15-3:00)
Tuesdays: Tennis (2:15-3:00)
Wednesdays: Dodgeball (7:00-7:30); Walk, Jog, Run (2:15-3:00); Badminton (2:15-3:00)
Thursdays: Fitness Training (7:00-7:30); Tennis (2:15-3:00)
Permission slips can be found on the web site and in the school office.
1st Annual LBMS Dodgeball Tournament
The LBMS Student Council is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Dodgeball Tournament which will be held on Friday, March 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Dodgeball teams will be comprised of 6 student players, and the entry fee for each team is $30.00. General admission to the tournament will be $2.00 at the door. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will support the LBMS Student Council for the creation of games and resources for grade level indoor recess carts.
LBMS Spirit Wear Store Open Again!
Great News! Luther Burbank’s official online store is open and selling items to promote spirit and raise money for our Student Activity Fund. If you are interested in ordering items, please click here: https://stores.inksoft.com/LBMS/shop/home to access the online store. Items will be delivered to Luther Burbank and distributed from the office. The store will be open for a limited time, so now is the time to SHOP! Check out our new winter items and catch some school spirit!
Yearbooks on Sale Until March 15th
Be sure to preserve your middle school memories---it is time to order the 2018-2019 Luther Burbank yearbook! It will feature color photos of school activities, special events, groups and clubs. This year, students and families will have the additional option of ordering online. Order forms were distributed to all students and the deadline to order is this Friday, March 15. Please have your child see Mrs. Brennan if an additional order form is needed. Don't miss out and order now!
Please note: For those students who submitted hard copies of their eighth grade baby pictures, the photos will be sent home prior to April vacation with your eighth grade student. If you would prefer to pick up the picture in person after April 11, please email Mrs. Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will be left in the office for you.
Lancaster PTO Auction - You're Invited!
The PTO Auction, "Shoot for the Moon," is set for March 30th! The event will be held at the Sterling National Country Club from 6:30 - 10:00 PM. Come on out, support our schools, and have a wonderful time!
Tickets are on sale: $20 (pre-sale) $25 (at the door)
LBMS Spring Musical, "Connecticut Yankee: The Musical" - Mark Your Calendars! 4 PERFORMANCES!
Luther Burbank Middle School Drama is proud to present Connecticut Yankee: The Musical, based on the Mark Twain classic, adapted by Tim Kelly with music by Larry Nestor and Pam Hughes and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado. Performances are scheduled for Friday, March 29, 2019, and Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 30, 2019, and Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the Mary Rowlandson Elementary and Luther Burbank Middle School auditorium at 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA 01523. Tickets will be available at the door for $4.00 for students and seniors and $6.00 for adults. For more information, email email@example.com.
Hank Morgan, a teenager who works on his school’s stage crew, is knocked out by a co-worker. He finds himself in Camelot, England where, after predicting an eclipse of the sun, he is hailed a great wizard. After being knighted as ’Sir Boss,’ he sets out to modernize Camelot, complete with bicycles, T-shirts and telephones. But the king’s wicked half-sister plots against Camelot, planning an invasion with her own army. How ’Sir Boss’ overcomes the evil plot and finds his way back to Hartford, Connecticut, provides fun and excitement for everyone. With the opening hit, ’There’s Gonna Be A Show Tonight’ to additional songs such as ’Have No Fear, Lancelot Is Here!,’ you’ll have the ideal musical for everyone.
Important Calendar Information: Spring State Assessments, MCAS
As we head into this spring’s state-wide assessment window, please be reminded that our Next-Generation MCAS test builds upon aspects of prior MCAS assessments. The Next -Generation Assessment is rigorous in nature, serves to provide us with information about student performance as well as our own teaching and learning practices. All students in grades 3-8 will be taking this year’s assessment on the computer. All students in grades 6-8 will use their 1:1 Chromebook devices. Please click here for more information about MCAS and test development.
As you plan ahead for the spring, please mark your calendars for the important Luther Burbank MCAS testing dates BELOW. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring your child’s attendance during his/her testing dates.
Judge Bailey Presents on the Judicial System to 8th Grade
Last Thursday, the 8th grade students had the honor of hearing from Judge Kathryn Bailey. Judge Bailey spoke to the students about the rule of law, the Constitution, and the legal/court system. Her presentation was highly relevant, engaging, and informative. Our students were truly privileged to learn more about these topics first hand from Judge Bailey; what a great real world learning opportunity for the 8th grade! This presentation served as a culmination of interdisciplinary learning about the judicial system in English language arts and social studies.
Positive Sign Thursdays Continue!
Our Student Council continues to spread an additional dose of positivity and thankfulness around on Thursdays through Positive Sign Thursdays! Each Thursday, students and staff greet students as they enter the building each Thursday with a different positive message. Check out these great pictures from recent weeks! (see more pictures @LBMSPrincipal)