LaMotte School News

November 19, 2021

Important Dates:


16th - 23rd - Book Fair at LaMotte

19th - Trimester Ends

23rd - 4:00 p.m. - Building Committee Meeting @ LaMotte School

18th - 23rd Parent Teacher Conferences (sign up at:

24th - 26th - NO SCHOOL

30th - Student Photo - Retakes


15th - School Board Meeting - 5:00 p.m.

16th - 6:30 p.m. Holiday Concert at Mt. Ellis Academy

Please note: The LaMotte School Website also has a link to the school calendar that is up to date at the following address:

Photo Retakes ~ November 30th at 9:00 a.m.

Photo Retakes~ Tuesday, November 30th at 9:00 a.m. - If you want a retake please return the original packet with $5. Students who were absent during picture day will have their photos taken.

Parent Conferences

Hello, Michelle Clark!

Parent Conferences will begin late next week and will also be held on November 22nd and 23rd.

Parents will select a date/time from the conference sign-up to reserve your time (select a spot for each child under the respective teachers name).
The conferences will be held in person or via a Google Meeting. We ask that you be sure to leave a comment indicating your preference of In Person at LaMotte or online via Google Meet. If you choose online please be in the waiting room 5 minutes prior to your conference start time. An email will be sent with the Google Meet information from the teacher.

Ms. Ticknor's, Mr. Watton and Mrs. Spyke's students will lead their conferences.

Please contact Ms. Clark (586-2838) if you have any problems signing up or to confirm your conference time.

Book Fair in November!! Be sure to order!

Book Fair is Happening This Year!!

It will be in person, set up in the LaMotte Library and have hours during the P/T conferences.

The fair will run from November 16-23rd. Kids can purchase during school hours.

Attached is an Usborne catalog. Of course our fair will not feature everything, but will give you an idea of what will be available. - LaMotte Book Fair website for online ordering

In other library news, the Bozeman Public Library Bookmobile should start rolling soon - hopefully before Christmas. More information to follow as that takes shape.

Mrs. Muller

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Bozeman Real Estate Group and Bourbon are hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner open to all members of the community this Thanksgiving Day. The Thanksgiving meal will be served at Bourbon, 515 W Aspen, Bozeman, MT, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. (Just off 7th Avenue) Volunteers from Bozeman Real Estate Group and Bourbon will be on hand to welcome guests and serve dinner.

All members of the community are welcome to attend.

No donations are expected, but any donations made will benefit Heart of the Valley, Big Sky Bravery and Big Sky Youth Empowerment. Call 406-587-1717 for more information.

Vaccination Information

On Tuesday, November 2, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to approve the recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with Pfizer pediatric vaccine. For more details on this decision, please read their press release. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and therefore reducing their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications. Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission.

Appointments are open to anyone looking for first or second dose of Pfizer (5+) or Moderna (18+) COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note, APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED at this time.

We have plenty of vaccines available!

You can make an appointment through Prepmod using the links below.

When signing up a pediatric patient, please choose Pfizer and be sure to include an accurate date of birth.

Please arrive to your appointment a few minutes early to ensure all paperwork is in order.

915 Highland Blvd – Entrance 1, Bozeman

Check out the Bozeman School District Newsletter

You can subscribe to the newsletter or look up past copies at:

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After School Program

The After School Program is going well! Thanks for using the sign up process. We do have slots available most afternoons. If your child wants to attend the program, check for openings, we would love to fill each night with the maximum number of students which is 15. If you do reserve a spot, moving forward, we will charge you the daily fee even if your child does not come, unless you call us to remove your child from the list. By signing up, you are reserving a spot. Thanks for understanding. Be sure to create a login and register for after school care on the following webpage:

Parent Collaborative Community

Parent Collaborative Community

Notes from the November 9, 2021 Meeting

Here are the things we visited about at our meeting on Tuesday.

  • New Building - the next steps will be to send out RFQ for a contractor. We will convene a Building Committee to assist in the design stages. Watch for more information on this.

  • Restarting the foundation - we had an established foundation but unfortunately our non-profit status has expired. If we want to reestablish the foundation, we will need to submit new paperwork. I will visit with the board about getting this up and running again.

  • Counselor, Spanish teacher - we are actively trying to fill these two positions. Fortunately, Mrs. Sailer is continuing to sub as our counselor.

  • Spirit Week, Elliots Cookie Sales, Food Drive - The Student Leadership Committee has Spirit Week planned for next week. Ask your kids what each day’s events are. The middle school students are selling Elliot’s items to raise money for their spring field trips. If you want some cookie dough, scone mix, pasta, etc, find a middle schooler to sell some to you! The middle school students will be organizing a food drive in December. It’s a great competition that encourages community service.

  • Santa’s workshop, Holiday Program - The Santa’s Workshop is back! On December 16, our LaMotte eleves will open the shop so all our students may shop for their immediate family members. It’s a really fun day! Contact Lisa Danzl-Scott at to become involved! We will send more information as the day approaches. And, we will have a Holiday Program. The students will sing and the bands will play! December 16 @ 6:30 at the Mt. Ellis Academy Chapel. Because of COVID, it won’t look exactly like the other performances we have had, but it will be a chance for us to celebrate the season and see our students perform. Though we will not have the silent dessert auction, we will have a live auction, beginning with Lunch with the Principal. Watch for other details on our auction items. The proceeds will go toward the new addition - specifics to be determined.

  • How is everything going?

    • Parents like the Signup Genius as a way to volunteer.

    • We received positive feedback on our visitors from a few weeks ago, Andy and Stella Woods.

      • If you have ideas of community contributors that might like to speak to our students, please let me know. Today Mr Cole's twin brother, Deputy David Coles, was our guest speaker. The students had great questions about the law enforcement profession.

Bears Boys Basketball 2021 Season

Hello Parents!

Bears Boys Basketball 2021 Season is coming up soon! We are trying to get an idea of who might be interested in playing this year. If your boy/s in grades 4-8 are thinking about it, would you mind contacting Coach Travis or Coach Duneman?

We are shooting to hold some open gyms as soon as we can. Practice will start October 18 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:30 – 5pm at the Mt Ellis Academy gym). Games are scheduled to start November 1st!

Looking forward to a great year!

Coach Travis Stuber (570-6211) or

Coach Collin Duneman (581-9947) or

11/8/2021BEARS Boys BBall St. Mary's at Home Mount Ellis 4:00 PM

11/10/2021BEARS Boys BBall Monforton at Away Monforton 4:00/5:00 PM

11/15/2021BEARS Boys BBall Amsterdam at Home Mount Ellis 4:00/5:00 PM

11/16/2021BEARS Boys BBall Anderson at Away Anderson 4:00/5:00 PM

11/22/2021BEARS Boys BBall Heritage at Home Mount Ellis 4:00/5:00 PM

11/29/2021BEARS Boys BBall Monforton at Home Mount Ellis 4:00/5:00 PM

12/2/2021BEARS Boys BBall Gateway at Away Gateway 4:00/5:00 PM

12/9/2021BEARS Boys BBall Gallatin Valley Christian Homeschool at Home Mount Ellis4:00/5:00 PM

12/13/2021BEARS Boys BBall Manhattan Christian School at Home Mount Ellis4:00/5:00 PM

12/14/2021BEARS Boys BBall Petra at Home Mount Ellis4:00/5:00 PM

PIR DAY - No School on November 24th - 26th

Pack an extra mask

We have seen this week that it is a good idea to pack an extra mask for your student in a zip lock bag in their backpack. Then they can switch out during the day for a fresh mask as some are wet 1/2 through the day.

Emergency Lunch

Emergency Lunch - Parents just a reminder to be sure and ask your child(ren) if they have an emergency lunch. I know a few students have already eaten theirs this week.

Student Reminders

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

Students are encouraged to have sunscreen in lockers to apply for outdoor PE and recess. Students should have at least one emergency lunch item in their locker.

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