LaMotte School News

April 2, 2021

Important Dates to Note

Election News

Registered voters will be receiving a mail-in ballot before May 4 (which is Election Day).

Technology Acquisition and Depreciation Fund Levy

You will see that the school is asking for our voters to approve a $15,000/year Technology Levy for 10 years. The funding from this levy covers the cost of technology replacement and repair, internet access, phone charges, learning software licenses, and it pays for the services of a Technology Coordinator. Without this levy, we would not be able to continue the robust teaching and learning at LaMotte. The cost of this levy is $5.68 for a $100,000.00 home.

Please visit the following link for additional information: Resolution 3-20-21 Intent to Increase nonvoted levies.pdf (

Trustee Election

Per 20-3-313, MCA, if the number of candidates filing for trustee is equal to or less than the number of positions to be elected, the election may be cancelled and the candidates declared elected by acclamation. Due to the fact that there were two trustee positions to be elected and only one candidate filed, the LaMotte Board cancelled the trustee election. Per the Gallatin County Election Department calendar, ballots must be finalized prior to the day the Board can cancel the trustee election. The trustee contest will appear on the ballot, but it has been officially cancelled/acclaimed.

Building News!

Building News!

At the school board meeting on Tuesday, March 23, the trustees voted to hire Architecture 118, LLC from Bozeman to assess our current building, the land, the annex, and all the infrastructure on our site. The purpose of this assessment is to determine what is the best avenue to creating additional learning spaces for our students. A team of engineers, contractors, architects, electricians and plumbers were here over spring break. They studied all aspects of our land and buildings. At the April school board meeting, they will present several options for ways to replace the space our annex offers for learning. As I mentioned in the last update, the annex is reaching the end of its safe and efficient life for learning.

The three options could be replacing the annex with a new building on the same footprint where the annex is, or building in another location on our property, or adding on to the current building. The architectural team will present the conceptual options at our April board meeting, April 28 at 5:00 at the school. We will have a Zoom option for attending the meeting as well.

This is all a very exciting step toward improving the learning environment for our students and staff. Your input is welcome and invited. We will be creating a Building Committee consisting of board members, staff, and community members to help guide the process. If you are interested in participating on the committee, please contact me, either by phone or email. Thanks.

LeeAnn Burke, Principal/Superintendent

LaMotte School

841 Bear Canyon Rd.

Bozeman, MT 59715


Art Instruction funding for 2021-2022

March 29, 2021

Dear Parents,

As the last third of the school year is in full swing, it is time to begin planning for the next school year. Our attention is still on the remaining few months of 2020-2021, but we have to begin to look forward as well.

One of the areas that I am most concerned about is continuing to provide a quality Art program at LaMotte. Historically our art program has been funded from the proceeds of our spaghetti dinner and Art Auction, which was cancelled last year and will not be held this year either. Unfortunately, our general fund which supports the rest of the school programs, can not cover the art program so we have relied on the generosity of our families and community.

In the absence of this fundraising event, we are in great need of an alternative funding source. I will be creating a Charity Go Fund Me site to raise funds to pay for every student in LaMotte to receive important art instruction during the 2021-2022 school year. When we figure the cost of the art program, it figures out to be about $150 per child for the entire year of quality art education. If every family contributed what they can, and spread the word to family members and friends, we could easily raise the necessary funds and know that next year our kids will have ART!

Watch for details on how YOU can assist in keeping ART in our school! Thank you!

Each child receives about 36 hours of ART instruction each year, and

If every parent were to raise or pay $150/child,

That works out to be $4.17 for each lesson!

Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have questions.

LeeAnn Burke, Principal/Superintendent

2021-2022 LaMotte School Calendar

Please click the link below to view the calendar for next school year.

Congratulations Mrs. Muller ~ Grant Award

Congratulations Mrs. Muller for receiving grant approval from the

Directors of the Montana Masonic Foundation in the amount of $600.00. Mrs. Muller will be using the funds to purchase audio books for the Library.

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Out of District Students

We are now accepting out of district applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact Ms. Clark if you still need to receive an application.

Thank you.

Unpredictable Spring Weather

We are asking parents to please make sure your children have layers and a coat daily. Just a double check in the morning will help ensure the kiddos stay warm and dry while outside at recess.

Thank you!

CDC recommendations & cleaning masks daily

The CDC has updated their information on the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic. Visit this site to see what they are suggesting for double masking, the fit of masks and why it is so important that we all continue to wear our masks in public. Thanks for checking this out Click here

I am so proud of our students at LaMotte for wearing their masks willingly and consistently! Please remember that masks should be CLEANED each day and when the kids are outside their masks often get wet so please send them with more than one clean mask each day. Thank you - we are all doing our best to keep everyone healthy. Your efforts have been remarkable and so appreciated. Thank you for working with us.

LeeAnn Burke

Can I go to School today?

Symptom checklist:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • New Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue, muscle aches
  • Headache, congestion
  • Sore throat, runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
If your child has any of the above symptoms, keep them home, inform the school, & contact your healthcare provider.

Please keep your kids home if they exhibit these symptoms! We appreciate your diligence! We are all in this together.

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