Friday, September 24th

Friday Message:

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Another great week here at Lakeside. We have hit the halfway mark in quarter one, so hopefully, folks are starting to hit their stride. We had an unexpectedly short week due to the weather, which allowed for a short break on Wednesday. We have made it through the growth assessments in both Math and Language Arts classes. And Fall is finally here! Today, our students got to enjoy the first ICA period of the year. I'll throw some photos up on the school's Instagram page so you can share in the fun. Be on the lookout for Ms. Wood's email from this afternoon about signing up for Teacher Conferences. Coming up next week, a quick reminder that it is another 4-day week for students. Monday is a professional day for teachers, so we hope you have an outstanding, cool, long weekend.

Did You Know: As we saw this week, sometimes mother nature interrupts our school plans. Whenever we have an unexpected closure, we press pause on the color day and hit resume when school is back in session. So, if it is supposed to be a black day, but school is matter how many will still be a black day when we return.

Next Week @ LMS:

Coming up next week:

Monday, September 27th: Teacher Work Day - No School for Students

Tuesday, September 28th: Teal Day

Wednesday, September 29th: Black Day

Thursday, September 30th: Teal Day

Friday, October 1st: Black Day

News from Lakeside:

  1. Please take a moment to update your ParentPortal using the Student Verification Page. Not only do we use this information in case of an emergency, but this is also where parents/families give permission for things like the yearbook photos. It only takes a few minutes of time. Information for families on how to complete the Registration Verification process can be found on the Registration Verification page found on the ACPS website. If you have questions about the form, please don’t hesitate to contact SIS Support. It is only open for a month, so please take the time to do update your information.

    Here are the steps you will need:

    If you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, go to and sign in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. From the Parent Portal

    1. Select the student you wish to update along the top
    2. Either:
      • Click the Student Registration Verification button on the left sidebar
      • Click the Applications icon in the top right corner and select Student Registration Verification
    3. Enter your student's date of birth to verify access to the form
    4. Follow the prompts to begin the form
    5. Review all information on each page and make changes where necessary

  2. Lakeside Tee-Shirts are still for sale from the PTO. Here is a link to the form.

  3. Worried about paying for your child’s medical care if an accident should happen? K&K’s student accident insurance can help. For more information please see these flyers. Flyer One & Flyer Two.

  4. Dear friends and families, We are excited to provide an opportunity for children and families who have experienced the death of a special person to come together for a fun and healing evening once per month! Please join us! There is no cost.

    Journeys S'More Camp@home is offered every 2nd Thursday at 5:30pm on Zoom.

    All ages welcome and most enjoyed by children 12 and under. A s’more snack and hand-delivered project included!

    Each month features a unique guest leading us in a joyful and healing activity.

    OCTOBER 14 will highlight play therapy

    NOVEMBER 11 will be led by our new dance/movement therapist Kelsey Sawyer

    DECEMBER 9 will be a surprise holiday event

    See this flyer and register by contacting or calling 434-817-6931.

Club Opportunities at LMS:

  1. William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share our Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family. SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are fall virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register.

  2. The Young Women Leaders Program is a mentoring program that matches 7th and 8th-grade middle school girls with undergraduate women from UVA for a year-long mentoring relationship. Through weekly group mentoring meetings and 1 on 1 mentoring interaction, our program is dedicated to fostering leadership and autonomy in our Little Sisters.

    What does it mean to be in YWLP?

    • Learn to be a leader!
    • Beginning September 15, 2021, attend weekly after-school meetings that focus on leadership skills and issues facing girls today!
    • Commit to YWLP for the year!
    • Agree to attend each group meeting.

      Weekly meetings will be held at Lakeside on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm.

      YWLP has been serving students in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for over 20 years. More information about the program can be found at our website:

      Apply here:

      You are encouraged to fill out our online application as soon as you are able in order to secure a spot for your daughter! A parent or guardian should complete the first part of the application and the student enrolling in YWLP should complete the last part.

  3. The PTO and the Alliance Francaise are offering a virtual French Club on Tuesdays from 5 PM - 6:00 PM for 8 weeks. Dates are September 23rd - November 11th. Students will have a blast learning the basics of French and navigating the sites of Paris! We look forward to going to Paris with you. Registration can be found here. For questions, email

  4. MathCounts: MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics and problem-solving competition consisting of individual rounds and a team round. Lakeside will be sending 4 to 8 qualifying students to the regional competition with hopes of moving on to the state level. The regional competition is traditionally held in mid-February at Blue Ridge Community College; last year it was a virtual event. They have yet to announce the format for this year.

    The problems range in difficulty from easy to challenging. Reasons students give for enjoying MathCounts are that no two problems are ever the same, and the depth of problem-solving goes well beyond the regular curriculum. If your child loves math class and enjoys a challenge, I encourage them to give MathCounts a try. Students who are not interested in the competition, but merely enjoy working on math problems are more than welcome.

    Meetings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays before school from 8:00 to 9:00 and will begin mid-September.

    If your child is interested in this activity or has questions, please have them email Ms. McCullough at or stop by Room E-1 to talk with her.