LaMotte School News

December 6, 2018

Santa's Workshop ~ Volunteers are needed

Dear Parents,

We are looking for volunteers for Santa’s Workshop! We need help setting up the library on December 19th from 1-3 and helpers from 8-12 and 12-4 on December 20th. Santa’s workshop is a day where kids can buy gifts for family and friends, parents will help with shopping, wrapping, setup and takedown we have gifts ranging from $1-$10! Please join us for this fun festive LaMotte tradition! Contact Lisa by text if you are available to help or have any questions! Lisa 406-580-0226


Parent Group

December 19th - Concert Practice at Mt. Ellis

On Wednesday morning, December 19th we will be having our concert practice at Mt. Ellis Academy. Please bring your child(ren) to the Mt. Ellis gymnasium. Mrs. Kaufman will be at Mt. Ellis at 7:45 a.m. to supervise students, practice will begin at 8:15 a.m. The students will be returned to LaMotte via school bus. Please be on the look out for the permission slip.

Important Dates to Note

December 3rd – 17th * Student Leadership Group is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Each classroom will have a collection box, every little bit helps.

December 19 ~ LaMotte Holiday Program and Dessert Silent Auction @ 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Ellis Academy Chapel (in the Administration building). Dress code for students is slacks for boys with a button down or dress shirt (tie optional). Girls can wear slacks and a dressy top or skirt/dress. Please no jeans.

Middle School Silent Dessert Auction Every year during the Winter Program, a dessert/silent auction is held to support the middle school’s yearly field trip. We appreciate any desserts or items that you would like to donate to help raise funds for their Montana History Trip in May. If you have any donated items, please feel free to drop them off at school or at Mt. Ellis before the program starts. Bidding will start before the concert at 6:00 and will end during the intermission. Please find Mr. Drake before the concert to get your bid number. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call Mr. Drake.

Middle school parents, please e-mail Mr. Drake if you are able to help set-up, take-down or collect money. Thanks again for supporting the LaMotte middle school!

December 20 ~ Santa’s Workshop sponsored by the Parent Group. Students can purchase gifts for immediate family members in prices ranging from $1 to $10. Parent group volunteers will assist with purchasing and will wrap gifts. Students should bring cash or a check made to the LaMotte School Foundation. If parents prefer to send a blank amount check please indicate on the memo line the spending limit per child or family. PLEASE send a note with your child if s/he is not going to purchase at Santa’s Workshop.

December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019 * Winter Break

Bozeman Trail Road Closure

This message distributed by Gallatin County's Community Notification System:

The Gallatin County Bridge Department has had to postpone this planned project by one week. The updated dates are indicated in bold below.

The Gallatin County Bridge Department will be closing Bozeman Trail Road starting at 7:00 am on Monday, December 10 through the end of the business day on Friday, December 14th for a bridge replacement. The bridge is located just west of the Fort Ellis Fire Department between Mount Ellis Road and Bear Canyon Road. The existing structure will be removed and replaced with a new bridge structure, absolutely no traffic will be allowed through. Please contact the Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department at 406-582-3250 with any questions.

Little Bobcat Track

Little Bobcat Track ~ for grades 1-5. Sponsored and held at MSU this activity teaches young athletes the basics of track and field. The deadline to register is January 3, 2019, there are a limited number of openings available. It is first come first served!! You can visit the following website to register.

LaMotte Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Usborne Book Fair Update

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the phenomenal support of the Book Fair this year. Total sales were $824.33, which means I will be able to redeem books from Usborne at the retail value of $412.17. I have started many collections with Usborne and will be able to complete many sets and offer new additions. Thanks for supporting our readers at LaMotte!

Mrs. Muller

Box Tops & Labels for Education Program

Welcome back to school! We will be participating in both the Labels for Education and the Box Tops for Education™ programs again this year. Send clipped labels to school with your child as you collect them and I will submit them. Sign up at to get coupons and stay updated on our school’s earnings. Money raised from Box Tops is used by the Parent Group to fund projects at the school and Labels earnings can be used by the teachers to get supplies for the classroom. Thanks for helping!

Nicole Huntsinger

Please join the Parent Group facebook page.

LaMotte School has a parent group facebook page: please search for the LaMotte School Parent Group if you would like to join.

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.