Lucille Brown MS Parent Newsletter
Week of Monday, October 2 - 7, 2022
📝A Message from Dr. Gaines
Last week, we asked students to wear an orange shirt on Friday, September 30th to observe Orange Shirt Day, which promotes awareness about the Indian residential school system still impacting Native American communities in the United States and Canada. Known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the day honors the children forced into Indian boarding schools. In addition, the day also remembers those who never returned home.
I challenged students to wear orange with a promise to gift a pizza party to the homeroom class with the most orange shirts. The winner of the pizza party is Mr. Morton's 6th grade, 1st block even class! Congrats to those students! Below are a few pictures of some of our students who participated in Orange Shirt Day.
Tomorrow, we acknowledge and celebrate our custodians for the fantastic work they do to keep our facility clean and safe. I'd like to personally thank Mr. Taylor, Mr. Jones, Mr. Redd, and Mr. Booker for being awesome members of the Lucille Brown family. We appreciate everything you do! Parents, if you happen to stop by our building and see one of our custodians, feel free to thank them, too! Have a fantastic week!
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Orange Shirt Day @ LMBMS
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IB Learner Profile Trait: Inquirer
The October IB learner profile trait is Inquirer. Students who are INQUIRERS are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. They love learning and discovering new things and will carry this love of learning with them throughout life. How can parents help to develop students who are Inquirers at home?
- Encourage areas of your child’s interest by visiting the library to borrow books that explore these topics.
- Develop an understanding of the Internet. Work with your son or daughter when the Internet is being used and try to instill the understanding that some Internet sites are not reputable.
- Model being an inquirer. Admit when you don’t know the answer to a problem or a question and seek out answers in front of your child.
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📆 Our Schedule This Week
Monday, October 3rd
- Wear Blue Shirt Day for Anti-Bullying Month 🎗
- Next Up-Session 1 Begins
Tuesday, October 4th
- VGA Make-up Testing (Math)
Wednesday, October 5th
- RPS Schools Closed for Yom Kippur
Friday, October 7th
- Wear Pink Shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness 🎗
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💡 LMBMS News
VGA Testing: As you know, we've been testing students over the past two weeks. So far, we have reached 95% participation in Reading across all grade levels! However, we have a little work to do to reach our goal in math. It is very important for students to arrive on time each day and report to the cafeteria when the announcement about testing is made. Please help us reach our goal to get all of our students tested. We hope to have performance data compiled within the next week.
Alternating Bell Schedule: Monday, October 3rd will be an odd day, but we will have an alternating calendar thereafter that will no longer rely on the date of the calendar. Moving forward, students will know which class to attend (Odd or Even) based on the last class they attended, including holidays, extended breaks, and school closings. To assist students with this change, a giant sheet of chart paper will be posted at the entrance of each pod and updated daily to indicate an Odd or Even day.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we ask students to wear a pink shirt each Friday, beginning this week.
Picture Day: Fall picture day is coming soon on October 21st!. More information about how to order pictures is coming soon.
Socktober Drive: During the month of October, we will host a Socktober Drive to support the homeless. We're asking students to bring in new socks. Donation boxes will be posted outside each grade pod. Students may drop their donations into the boxes throughout the month of October. Donations will go to Housing Families First, a non-profit organization that provides short-term, temporary emergency shelter for up to forty adults and children. If you'd like to learn about the history of Socktober, check out this cool video from Kid President:
Next Up Session 1: NextUp begins Monday, October 3rd, 2022. Schedules have been posted in the cafeteria and handed out during lunches. We can't wait to see your scholars in the place on Monday! Everybody is to report to the cafeteria immediately following dismissal for Check-in. As a reminder, there are two dismissals: 5:00 pm if you have only a Block 1 class, and 6:00 pm for those who have Block 2 Classes. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the site phone at 804-912-3913.
Clubs and Athletics: We have a number of athletic and club offerings for students this school year! In order to participate or stay after school, students must return a signed parent permission slip. We have been announcing our clubs and athletics, and interested students have had an opportunity to pick up a permission form. Please see the tryout dates below for the respective sport. Clubs began on September 28, 2022, and will continue to meet every Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Students must have a signed parent permission form on file to participate in clubs and/or athletics.
Girls Basketball (September 15)
Boys Basketball (October 20)
Track & Field (September 21)
Cheer (September 28)
Soccer (September 19)
Softball (April 6)
Flag-Football (February 2)
Capital One Coders/ Computer Club (Ms. Layne)
Drama Club (Mr. Ownby)
Film Club (Mr. Bryant)
Photography Club (Mr. Morris)
Gearz 4 Girls (Ms. Watson)
Ukulele Club (Ms. Whitmire)
Board Game Club (Ms. Batdorf)
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⚽🏀🏅Practice & Game Schedule
Monday: Girls' Basketball, Soccer, and Track Practice
Thursday: Boushall vs. Brown (Soccer and Girls Basketball) @ Brown
Friday: Girls Basketball Practice
Saturday: Girls Basketball Practice
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🎃 Student & Parent Engagement Activities
Spooky Spirit Week 👻
Monday, Oct. 24th, 8am
We'll be hosting our first Spirit Week this month! Students are invited to dress according to the schedule below; however, appropriate attire is expected. Students may not wear face masks or bring props to school (e.g., swords, projectiles, etc.). Also, students may not wear sheer clothing or outfits revealing the midriff area.
Monday 10/24: Halloween Hat Day
Tuesday 10/25: Fall Colors Day (by grade level)
Wednesday 10/26: Costume Day
Thursday 10/27: PJ Day
Friday 10/28: Flannel Day
Family Costume Game Night! 👻
Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 5pm
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
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🎂 This Week's Birthdays
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In Case you Missed It!
Parents, click here to read the following information that will help you navigate and understand the Panther way of doing things.
In case you missed our student orientation meetings, feel free to view the presentation here!