Lucille Brown MS Parent Newsletter

Week of March 26, 2023

A Message from Dr. Gaines

Greetings, Lucille Brown MS families. I hope you're enjoying this beautiful Sunday! As you already know, this is our last week of school before spring break, so there is definitely an air of relief! I was also reminded that there are only 50 more days left in the 2022-23 school have things gone by fast!

With that, I'm asking that we finish this school year strong, which means students should continue to attend school on time, every day, all day. Additionally, students must continue to maintain their focus on academics and good behavior. Parents, you can assist us by reiterating these messages at home.

If your child reports that they are having difficulty navigating a situation at school (e.g., peer relations, academics, etc.), please do not hesitate to inform us. Our counselors and other support staff are available to assist. Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Dr. Gaines


Our Schedule This Week

Monday, March 27th

  • Odd Day
  • After-school Tutoring
  • Track Practice

  • Flag Football Game- Brown @ Franklin

Tuesday, March 28th

  • Even Day
  • 8th Grade Integrated Reading/Writing Field Test
  • No Practices

Wednesday, March 29th

  • Odd Day
  • Career Day (8:30 - 11:30)
  • After-school Tutoring
  • LMBMS Clubs (3:30 to 4:45)

  • Flag Football Practice

  • Tennis @ Byrd Park (Bus Pick-up @ 2:00)

  • Track Practice

Thursday, March 30th

  • Even Day
  • After-school Tutoring
  • All-Girls Soccer (Bobcats) Soccer Practice

Friday, March 31st
  • Odd Day
  • No Practices

Saturday, May 1st

  • Saturday Academy Cancelled (Will resume April 15th)

Monday, May 3rd thru Friday, May 7th

  • Schools Closed for Spring Break (Students Return April 10th)

IB Learner Profile Trait: Open-Minded

The March IB learner profile trait is OPEN-MINDED. An OPEN-MINDED student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making a decision. They celebrate the differences that make all people unique. How can parents help to develop this Open-Minded trait at home?

  • Encourage your child to try new things – new foods, new games, and new activities.
  • Expose your child to different festivals, celebrations, and traditions and be sure to present them in a non-judgmental way.
  • Encourage your child to really listen to others when they speak.
  • Introduce literature about many different cultures into your home library. Be sure that it is

appropriate and reflects the culture in an appropriate way.

  • Reflect on their experiences from UN Week. How were they Open-Minded during the week? What did they learn about other countries or cultures that they didn’t know before?
  • When you observe your child being Open-Minded, reinforce this positive behavior and use the PYP student profile terminology.

RPS News

Spring Break: Schools will be closed to students for spring break, April 3 - 7. Students will return to school Monday, April 10th.

MP3 Report Cards: The third marking period ends Friday, March 31st. Report cards will be distributed Friday, April 14th.


Integrated Reading & Writing Field Test: 8th-grade students will also take the new Integrated Reading & Writing Field Test on March 28th. The VDOE is conducting this field test of a new item type for grades 5, 8, and EOC Standards of Learning Reading tests. These new item types integrate reading and writing instruction and support building literacy. Students are asked to read a non-fiction passage and then answer 4-6 multiple-choice and TEI questions. Students are then presented with a writing prompt that is based on the passage.

Mock Algebra SOL: Students taking Algebra will take a Mock Algebra SOL on March 29th and 30th.

Career Day: LMBMS is hosting a Career Day event on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, from 8:30 - 11:30. Volunteers will be speaking to our students about their careers and the pathways to pursuing them!!

March Fire & Lockdown Drills: Our school will conduct one lockdown drill and one fire drill sometime between March 1st through March 31st. At that time, I will announce that we are conducting a drill over the PA system. Teachers will be instructed to follow RPS drill protocols.

After-school Activities Pick-up: Attention caregivers! If your child remains after school for NextUp, tutoring, games, practices, or clubs, please pick them up at the bus loop (Door 19) along Blakemore Rd. This is where our coaches, teachers, and security staff are waiting, with students waiting to be picked up. Please only park and wait for students by the bus loop, located by door 19.

After-School Tutoring and Saturday Academy: We are getting ready to begin after-school tutoring and Saturday Academy very soon for students needing instructional support in English, math, and science. You can click on the following link to access the parent informational letter for more information and to sign up.

March 26 - May 8, 2023 Birthdays

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In Case you Missed It!

Navigating LMBMS

Parents, click here to read the following information that will help you navigate and understand the Panther way of doing things.

LMBMS 2022-23 Student Orientation Parent Presentation

In case you missed our student orientation meetings, feel free to view the presentation here!