Falcon Family Weekly Newsletter

October 1, 2023

Dear Lakelands Park Middle School Families:

This is a 5-day week. Please support our school and PTSA throughout the week by visiting our Scholastic Book Fair and signing up to volunteer. Check out the flyers below.

On Tuesday, October 3rd, please support our fall sports teams! Boys softball will play at home versus Kingview Middle School at 3:30 PM, and there will be a Cross County Meet away at Kingsview Middle School at 3:30 PM.

On Wednesday, October 4th, participate in Walk & Roll to School Day. Active trips to school enable children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Furthermore, when families decide to lace up their sneakers or strap on their helmets to get to school instead of riding in a car, they help reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles. Join us as we walk and roll to school! See flyer below.

Lastly, on Thursday, October 5th, we will host our Club Fair and Engagement Expo from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Lakelands students who attend with a parent or guardian can earn SSL hours. See flyers below. You can also expect Marking Period 1 Interim Reports to become available on ParentVue and StudentVue on Thursday.

Principal Intern Practicum Has Begun

This is Dr. Vega, principal intern, and I will be our principal until late January. During this time, Ms. Alvarez will be moving into the role of 7th-grade administrator. Please contact me, Dr. Vega, for any matters that you would discuss with the principal, and contact Ms. Alvarez, for 7th grade administrator matters. She will return to the principal role on January 29th. Until then, I look forward to serving as your principal. Please let us know if you have any questions.

The PTSA needs your help. Volunteers and Donations Needed:

  • The Scholastic Book Fair begins October 3. This is an important fundraiser for our PTSA and a fun event for our kids. We need our parents, guardian & caretakers help to make it a success. Please sign up to volunteer here.
  • We also would like your help with donations and parent, guardian & caretaker volunteers for our Halloween Dance on October 27. Please sign up here to volunteer or donate.

Transition to Remind and Test Messages:

We are now using a different platform called Remind to send our automated messages. Remind is a more powerful system that allows you to receive emails and texts in your preferred language. Remind will replace our current system called Blackboard Connect. Remind is automatically synced with your Synergy ParentVue account to pull your preferred contacts. There is no requirement to use the Remind app, but you may do so if you wish. Learn more about Remind below.

Blueprint for Maryland's Future

The Maryland General Assembly passed the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (Blueprint) legislation in 2021. The legislation is designed to transform public education in the state into a world-class education system by increasing educational funding, enriching student experiences and accelerating student outcomes, as well as improving the quality of education for all children in Maryland. One component of this legislation relates to providing individualized career advising services to middle and high school students. With this in mind, I am excited to share that Montgomery County Public Schools will collaborate with WorkSource Montgomery (WSM) and Montgomery College (MC) to develop and implement an exciting new Montgomery County Career Advising Program (MoCoCAP) beginning this school year. Read more on the initiative here and below.

Please keep reading to learn more about upcoming events and important information from LPMS, our PTSA, and MCPS.


Dr. Sofía Vega-Ormeño (she/her/ella)


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Scholastic Book Fair

LPMS Families--the book fair is here! This week (October 2nd - 6th), the LPMS library will be filled with Scholastic books, posters, lots of fun knick-knacks, and, of course, dum dum lollipops! But, in order to put on a great book fair, we need YOUR help! Sign up to volunteer at the book fair HERE: https://signup.com/go/xUBSVoK

And don't forget to get your e-wallet ready, too!

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Blueprint For Maryland's Future

The Maryland General Assembly passed the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (Blueprint) legislation in 2021. The legislation is designed to transform public education in the state into a world-class education system by increasing educational funding, enriching student experiences and accelerating student outcomes, as well as improving the quality of education for all children in Maryland. One component of this legislation relates to providing individualized career advising services to middle and high school students. With this in mind, I am excited to share that Montgomery County Public Schools will collaborate with WorkSource Montgomery (WSM) and Montgomery College (MC) to develop and implement an exciting new Montgomery County Career Advising Program (MoCoCAP) beginning this school year.

MoCoCAP will assist us in transforming the way we support career success for our students. The vision for MoCoCAP is to provide career advising services that will enable students to vividly describe their own strengths, interests, and workplace values; identify how they are expanding their skills and knowledge; describe the various opportunities ahead of them; and describe their goals for their future as they develop lifelong career management skills. During the 2023-2024 school year, MoCoCAP will support students in Grades 6 and 9, and expand the rollout of MoCoCAP to all secondary students by the 2025-2026 school year.

Full implementation of this innovative and transformative work will take time to plan, deploy, study, and perfect. Input and feedback on this work will be critical in the coming months and years. To learn more about MoCoCAP and our partners in this work, visit the MoCoCAP website.

If you have questions about this new initiative, please use the link to visit their website. This will support the development of an FAQ that will be posted to the MoCoCAP website to ensure all stakeholders are informed about this work as we continue to plan and implement.

Blueprint for Maryland's Future Letter

After School Activities Have Started

After school activities have started and activity busses are running. Our after-school activities and intramural sports are now published on our website. Please click here to visit the Activities page of our website to find:

  • Activity descriptions, meeting times, and club sponsor
  • Activity bus calendar
  • Activity bus routes.

Extracurricular activities are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. All children staying after school must report to the Cafeteria immediately after class dismissal at 3 PM. Ms. Rao and Ms. Brewster will supervise students in the cafeteria, and the cafeteria will provide an after-school snack. Students will remain in the cafeteria until their club or intramural sponsors pick up their students at 3:15 PM. Students will be dismissed from their extracurricular activities at 4:25 PM. If you are picking up your student, please be ready at LPMS no later than 4:25 PM; otherwise, your student can take the activity bus home. You can email Ms. Rao or Mrs. Gelfand if you have any questions.

Want to learn more about our after-school activities and other ways to engage? Please mark your Calendars for our Club Fair and Engagement Expo this Thursday, October 5th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Remind Transition

We are excited to share that LPMS and MCPS is transitioning to the use of Remind to engage with its school communities! If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device - even a simple text message from your mobile phone!

MCPS has created accounts for all teachers, staff, parents/guardians, and students ages 13 and above. On October 1st, LPMS transitioned fully to Remind. This is the first week you'll receive email or text messages to your mobile phone from Remind. If you do not receive texts, phone calls, or emails from Remind, please complete your annual verification or update your settings in Synergy ParentVue. Please note that downloading the Remind App is not necessary to receive messages, but it is an option some users prefer.

You will receive messages in your preferred language as indicated in Synergy ParentVue. You can also confidentially select a preferred language in the Remind App that will not be uploaded to your account and will not be reflected in your child's record. When we utilize two-way communication through Remind, you can also send messages back in your preferred language, and they’ll automatically be translated into the staff member’s preferred language.

We encourage you to watch the Getting Started with Remind Video and review our Parent Remind Quick Guide to get more specific tips on how to use Remind.

Remind Parent/Guardian Guide

We're excited to begin using Remind to make connecting with your family more easy and engaging!

Register and Verify Your ParentVue Information

The Annual Verification process allows families to update contact information, collect important information about you and your student, including any medical, immunization, language preferences, and emergency information that school staff need to know. MCPS uses ParentVUE to collect this information electronically. Online registration is available now until October 20th.

We have online registration quick guides in several languages available to support you in this process.

English | Español | 中國人 | 한국인 | Français | Português | Tiếng Việt | አማርኛ

Picture Ordering and Make-up Day

Student portraits are very important fundraiser for our school which allows us to fund important student incentives, staff appreciation meals, and equipment purchasers. Thank you for supporting our school by ordering school portraits! Order forms were already sent home with students. You may also order pictures online at mylifetouch.com by entering the Portrait ID: EVT4VTK88.

Did your child miss picture day? Individual student picture make-up and retake day is November 29th.

COVID-19 Outbreak Measures and Vaccine News

As new cases of COVID-19 increase locally, we have seen outbreaks occurring in multiple schools across the county. At this time, LPMS has not experienced a classroom outbreak, defined as three or more related cases in the same class.

Temporary outbreak precautions for individual classrooms where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly helps prevent spread to vulnerable individuals and to the rest of school. Check out the FAQ page for more information about how outbreaks are managed. The newly approved COVID-19 updated vaccine will be available in our area in the next few weeks. For information about COVID-19, influenza and RSV vaccine availability, refer to Vaccines.Gov.


MCPS created a new guide to help families, students and teachers work together to ensure student success.

The Pathway to College, Career and Community Readiness helps identify students’ strengths and areas of improvement to ensure each student receives the support they need.

Here’s how it works:

  • The milestones described below will be used to address any learning gaps before students transition to a new grade level, college or the workforce.
  • Parents will receive information about whether their child is meeting or not meeting these specific benchmarks.
  • School staff, students and families will meet together to decide the best way to help the student succeed.
  • In addition to academic benchmarks, schools will also provide opportunities for students to cultivate core competencies and skills to prepare them for life after high school. You can see the core competencies here.

Learn more about about the Pathway on the MCPS website. Resource available in multiple languages.

Pathway Graphics

English / español / 中文 / français / tiếng Việt / 한국어 / አማርኛ / Portuguese

Click here to watch the video below in Spanish.

The Pathway to College, Career and Community Readiness

MCPS to Host Girls’ Summit

The district is inviting all MCPS families to the Girls’ Summit on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Clarksburg High School. This event will provide informative workshops geared towards middle and high school girls on a variety of current topics. Join us for a chance to network, participate in fun activities, learn valuable skills and enjoy a fashion show presented by White House Black Market celebrating diverse body types!


Sessions will be provided in English and Spanish, and will be organized by grade level. Student Service Learning (SSL) hours will be available for students. Topics and activities will include:

  • Healthy relationships/dating violence

  • Social media use and mental health, including cyberbullying

  • Self-esteem

  • Identifying symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • Healthy eating and body image

  • Music therapy, Zumba and Kaiser Permanente spin bikes for art therapy

  • Narcan kits will be distributed and training will also be available.

Share Your Feedback on the 2024–2025 School Year Calendar

MCPS is seeking the community’s feedback as it works to finalize the 2024–2025 school calendar. Please complete this survey to share your input.

Your feedback represents an important component of the development process. MCPS will consider educational interests, operational needs, mandated school closures by state law, compliance with minimum instructional days and credit hour requirements, inclement weather and other emergencies, staff professional days and early release days, alignment with assessment schedules and more.

Take the Survey...

MCPS School Calendar 2024-2025

Calendario escolar de MCPS 2024-2025
MCPS 校歷 2024 - 2025 年反饋
MCPS 학교 일정 2024 - 2025 피드백
Calendrier scolaire de MCPS 2024-2025
Calendário Escolar MCPS 2024 - 2025
Phản hồi về Lịch học MCPS 2024 - 2025
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Earn SSL Hours and Fulfill Graduation Requirement

From MCPS:

All Montgomery County Public Schools students must earn 75 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours to graduate from high school. Middle school and high school students should continue earning SSL hours towards this state graduation requirement by engaging in SSL opportunities during the 2023-2024 school year, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the SSL guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage.

A note from Ms. A about SSL at LPMS:

Our goal is for all students at Lakelands to earn 75 SSL hours by the first Friday in April of their 8th grade year. Students who do so will earn the Superintendent's Student Service Learning Award for middle school. All Lakelands students earn 10 hours of SSL each school year through their coursework. Additionally, students can earn SSL hours by participating in PTSA meetings with their parent or guardian. Some of our after-school clubs also offer SSL hours. Every year we provide many optional SSL activities to the students by sharing them in this newsletter or by engaging all students in these activities during the school day. Finally, please encourage your child(ren) to participate in MCPS activities such as the Girls' Summit (see above) where they can earn SSL hours.

Our next optional SSL opportunity is to attend and complete an activity at the Club Fair and Engagement Expo on October 5th at 6:00pm at LPMS. See flyer above for more info.

Visit the Lakelands Park Middle School SSL page here: https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/lakelandsparkms/students/ssl/

Meals and Free and Reduced Meals Application

Students who choose to eat the school breakfast and/or lunch must purchase these items this year or receive them free by applying for FARMs. Students will use their student ID number to access their lunch account at mealtime. Breakfast is $1.30 and lunch is $2.80. There are also a la carte options for purchase. Menus are updated regularly at the MCPS Food and Nutrition Services website.

Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), or Medicaid benefits. Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year. Students who qualify for reduced-price meals will not be charged that cost - meaning that reduced-price students will eat for free. Families that qualify for Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) are encouraged to apply now.

Click here to apply: https://www.myschoolapps.com/. Several family food programs are tied to FARMS status.

If you have questions, contact Sandy Corrales, Sandy_A_Corrales@mcpsmd.org.

How-to videos for the online FARMS application:

Spanish Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsdCrtCIFJc&t=4s
English Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJUapGLarBo

Online PrePayments with MySchoolBucks

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MySchoolBucks is an optional service for parents to view recent purchases and make prepayments to your child's cafeteria account for breakfast, lunch and a la carte meals via the Internet with a credit/debit card. This service is offered as a convenience for interested families. By creating a secure online account, parents can manage their child's account. Click here to sign up or access your child's account: www.MySchoolBucks.com.

Upcoming Events

Mon-Fri, October 2nd-6th: Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, October 3rd: Softball Games & Cross Country Meet vs. Kingsview MS 3:30pm, boys softball at home and cross country away

Thursday, October 5th: Club Fair and Engagement Expo, 6:00-7:30pm

Thursday, October 5th: Marking Period 1 Interim Reports available on Synergy ParentVue/StudentVue

Monday, October 9th: No School, Professional Day

Tuesday, October 10th: Softball Games & Cross Country Meet vs. Baker MS 3:30pm, boys softball at home

Tuesday, October 10th: PTSA Meeting

Mon-Weds, October 16th-18th: 6th Grade Outdoor Education Session 1

Tuesday, October 17th: Softball Games & Cross Country Meet vs. MLK Jr. MS 3:30pm, boys softball at home, cross country away

Mon-Weds, October 23rd-25th: 6th Grade Outdoor Education Session 2

Wednesday, October 25th: Softball Games & Cross Country Meet vs. Poole MS 3:30pm, boys softball and cross country away

Weds-Fri, October 25th-27th: 6th Grade Outdoor Education Session 3

Friday, October 27th: PTSA Halloween Dance, 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 31st: Last day of Marking Period 1

Wednesday, November 1st: No School, Professional Day

Thursday, November 9th: Marking Period 1 Report Cards distributed and available on Synergy ParentVue/StudentVue

Friday, November 10th: Open House and Veteran's Day Observed

Tuesday, November 14th: PTSA Bingo Night, 6pm

Mon-Tues, November 20th & 21st: Early Release Days

Mon-Tues, November 20th & 21st: : Parent Conferences

Wed-Fri, November 22nd-24th: No School, Holiday

Wednesday, November 29th: Make-up Picture Day

Planning ahead?

Click here to see the MCPS calendar for the rest of the year.

Contacting Us

Check out the Who's Who to know who to contact. During the school year, if your question is about your child's class, the first person to contact is always your child's teacher. Use Synergy to quickly email your child's teachers or see our Staff Directory.