Friday, January 14th

Friday Message:

It was good to finally be back in the building for a week, but next week is looking a bit choppy. In addition to the predicted snow, we also have a day off on Monday and then a half-day Friday. We are also looking at the mid-point of the school year next week, so the semester will officially wrap up on Friday. For 6th graders, this means a switch to either science or history on January 26th. More about that next week.

It was great to see almost everyone back this week. I swear some of the students grew another 2 inches just in the 3-week break. We returned to AHS appointments for our 8th graders, common assessments for all three grades, and a few bus issues along the way. We appreciate all the flexibility from our students and families as we continue to adjust to this new normal. With a few pivots in the calendars, we did have two family meetings - one PTO meeting and then one High School Redesign meeting...both on Wednesday. 8th-grade families, in case you missed the high school redesign, there is another meeting next week on Thursday evening at 6:30 PM.

Looking like this weekend may get messy again. Have a great weekend, and stay warm, Sharks!

Next Week @ LMS:

Monday, January 17th: Schools closed - MLK Holiday

Tuesday, January 18th: Teal Day

Wednesday, January 19th: Black Day

Thursday, January 20th: Teal Day
8th-grade families: High School Redesign Zoom meeting #2 @ 7:00 PM

Friday, January 21st: Black Day - Half day for students / End of Semester One

Monday, January 24th, and Tuesday, January 25th: No school for students!

Family Engagement Series:

We are happy to announce that the second Family Meeting in the Family Engagement Series is coming up. Our January focus will be on ParentPortal and Schoology. If you have ever struggled to understand the two programs and need help with learning more about checking grades, seeing assignments on Schoology, or just feel like you want more information about either program, please join us and our outstanding special guest - Ms. Anderson (also our fabulous 6th-grade science teacher) as we dive into these two programs.

The meeting will be hosted on Zoom on Thursday evening, January 27th, at 6:30 PM. We will send a separate email with all the zoom details as we get closer to the event.

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Special preview: Our third meeting will be on February 9th at 6:00 PM via Zoom. We will be joined by Region Ten and the topic will focus on teen e-cigarettes/vaping. More to come as we get closer to that event as well.

News from Lakeside:

  1. The semester end date is still scheduled for Friday, January 21st. As a reminder, Friday is a half-day for students and the following Monday and Tuesday are teacher workdays.

  2. We have a unique opportunity to write a grant proposal for outdoor learning and/or eating space. We are looking for any Lakeside family member who may have the time and/or know-how to help partner with us to submit a grant proposal. If interested, please let the administration know and we can give you more details. Thanks!

  3. Attention 8th graders interested in applying to AVID at AHS, here is the information you need.

  4. Lakeside Parks and Rec Girls Volleyball: Registration will be available online beginning Thursday, January 13th through 1/20 (or until all spots are filled).

    To register, girls interested should go to the Albemarle County Parks and Rec website under Middle School Programs to sign up.!/

    A sports physical filled out by a doctor is also required to participate. Physical forms can be downloaded from the website or one can pick up a copy in the Main Office. Once completed, the form can be returned to the office for Ms. Davis before the first practice.

    Practice will begin on Wednesday, January 26th after school in Lakeside's gym.

  5. An opportunity from the Firefly Robotics Team at Albemarle High School: This is our third STEM Day activity that we have planned to host and it will be held in the library at Albemarle High School from 4:30-6:00 pm on January 19th. During these events, we like to combine forces with the other two robotics teams here and Albemarle and plan three different STEM-related activities for students from the feeder middle schools to enjoy. In the past, such activities have ranged from building the sturdiest tower out of a limited amount of paper and tape, and building foil boats, to programming and running EV3s along a maze or competition mat, and building functioning robots using LEGO and EV3s.

    Any students who might enjoy these activities are welcome! We have so much fun planning and executing these STEM Days and we always love to see a new face in the library!

    Regardless of whether they are new to this event or not, we would like each student to fill out the form listed below to let us know how many people will be attending.

    We can't wait to see everyone there!

  6. Please remember to nominate your child’s favorite educator for a Golden Apple Award! Each winner will receive a $500 grant for the classroom and will be honored during the Golden Apple Award Ceremony later this year. Nominations can be made through this form, which will close on January 24.

    Thank you for taking the time to honor our teachers.

  7. The Community Lab School has opened its admissions process for school year 2022-23 for all rising 6-9th grade students. Admission to the Community Lab School is through a lottery process. The lottery will remain open until January 28, 2022, at 5:00 pm.

    The Community Lab School’s goal is “to ignite and nurture an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence. We value community, learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity.”

    The Community Lab School will offer three information sessions for families to learn more about their mission and curriculum. The information sessions are:

    January 18 @10:00

    Registration links for the information sessions and other information about the admissions lottery are available on the Community Lab School website.

  8. Now is a great time to remind 8th-grade students that applications are being accepted for BLAST, a FREE residential STEM program held during the summer on a college campus (applicants select from ODU, UVA, or VT when they apply.)

    BLAST is a program of NASA’s Virginia Space Grant Consortium in partnership with Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    BLAST is designed to inspire and build confidence in students who have an interest in STEM, particularly those who have not participated in similar experiential learning opportunities before or who have had limited access. Applications are due February 7, 2022. If you are interested in learning more, please see this link.