Loiederman Lion News

November-December

We value our partnerships with our Loiederman Families and strive to always enhance how we keep you connected. This information is interactive as there are live links embedded in some areas to access more information. I am excited to offer this platform and will continue to add information each month. There is always exciting opportunities happening at Loiederman and within MCPS. Enjoy! -Loiederman Administrators

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK NOVEMBER 11-15

Monday, November 11th begins Mental Health Awareness Week. Our Counseling department has created a weeks worth of activities for children to participate in order to promote mental health awareness. On Monday, students can wear their favorite pajamas to encourage a Mellow Monday mood. On Tuesday, students can wear slippers or slides with comfy socks for a Tenseless Tuesday. On Wellness Wednesday, students can wear their favorite green apparel which is the color for Mental Health Awareness. Thoughtful Thursday we are asking students to bring any old shirt they have that they would like to write positive messages on. Lastly on Fitness Friday, students can wear their favorite athletic gear.


MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK EVENTS

Ah, Greek and Roman myths. The foundation of theatrical tradition! Watch as this zany, action-packed comedy (complete with Netflix references) brings you the abridged (but relatable) history of Greco-Roman mythology from Orpheus and Eurydice to Zeus to Sophocles to Aphrodite to every single myth you can think of and more! It's sure to seem like, well, Greek, at first. But by the end, you'll be an expert...or at least you'll be able to pretend to be one at parties.


Come see Mythically Mythical Myths November 21-23rd at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for Students/Seniors and will be sold at the door (cash/check only please).


Pre-order your Mythically Mythically Myth’s tickets here (just click the flyer below) until Wednesday, November 20th at midnight. They are $10 for adults at the door, but all tickets are $8 in advance. Pick up your tickets at the Will Call booth at 6:30 pm show night.

Fall Art Show

Come see our Fall Art Show November 21-23rd at Loiederman.

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The Middle School Art Show at the Visual Art Center at Einstein HS will exhibit participating Middle school artwork across Montgomery county. This is a juried art show where middle schools can showcase art from abstract to realism styles in all different media, including digital art. Loiederman will be showcasing 30 pieces at this show from November 7-21.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES The PTSA is hosting a potluck meal for the teachers to eat when they take a break during Parent-Teacher Conferences tomorrow. Use the SignUp Genius link to sign up to bring a dish. You can drop off food/drink at the main office during the morning or during the day leading up to the event. The meal will be available from 2:30-5:30. Thank you for your support of our wonderful teachers. See the SignUp Genius for additional information. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094DA9A92FAB9-potluck.



UPCOMING MEETINGS


Tuesday, December 10th @ 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 14th @6:00pm attendance includes VIP Dance Concert Seats

Tuesday, February 11th @7:00pm

Tuesday, March 10th @7:00pm

Tuesday, April 14th @7:00pm

Tuesday, May 12th @7:00pm

African American/Black Parent Outreach

These meetings are held monthly for interested families to attend and engage in conversations about Loiederman Middle School and MCPS resources. Meetings are culturally relevant for our African American/Black Families. Parent participation and input are highly valued to inform upcoming meeting topics. This is also a great way to meet other families who have similar interests. For more information please contact Ms. SanGabriel @ Kathryn_A_SanGabriel@mcpsmd.org


Upcoming Meetings


*Tuesday, November 19th- NAACP Parents' Council Kickoff @ Northwest HS from 5:30-9:00

Register for free with the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-2020-naacp-parents-councilmcps-kick-off-tickets-75534215873

Thursday, December 19th @7:00pm

Thursday, February 20th @7:00pm

Thursday, March 19th @7:00pm

Thursday, April 16th @7:00pm

Latino/Hispanic Parent Outreach

These meetings are held monthly for interested families to attend and engage in conversations about Loiederman Middle School and MCPS resources. Meetings are conducted in Spanish language and are culturally relevant for our Latino/Hispanic Families. Parent participation and input are highly valued to inform upcoming meeting topics. This is also a great way to meet other families who have similar interests. For more information please contact Maria Flores Maria_E_Flores@mcpsmd.org.


Upcoming Meetings


Tuesday, November 19th @6:30pm

Tuesday, December 10th @6:30pm

Tuesday, January 21st @6:30pm

Tuesday, February 18th @6:30pm

Tuesday, March 17th @6:30pm

Tuesday, April 21st @6:30pm

Tuesday, May 12th @6:30pm

Loiederman Lions Yearbooks ON SALE

The LMS yearbook EARLY BIRD SALE is now in effect! Go to www.yearbookforever.com to order your student's 2020 yearbooks at the discounted rate of $25.00. Take this opportunity to buy your yearbook early before prices rise! Paper order forms can be found outside room 107. Don't miss out on this beautiful book of memories!

PERFORMANCE SPACE UPDATES

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Attention 6th grade Parents

Before students enter the 7th Grade, you must have provided proof of your child receiving the following immunizations: Meningococcal (MCV) & Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough) If you have not provided this information to the health room, your child may be excluded from attending school next year.


Please start now to ensure your child can start next school year on time by:


  • Visiting your child’s health care provider for required immunizations
  • Providing proof of immunizations to the health room at LMS as soon as possible
  • If you require assistance in receiving these immunizations PLEASE call the health room as soon as possible at 240-740-5832

JA Field Trip for 7th Grade Students

Attention 7th Grade Parents,

All 7th grade students will be attending the JA Finance Field Trip the week of December 18th. Students will tour Thomas Edison High School and participate in a simulation of what it’s like to be an adult by applying financial concepts they learned in class. The field trip form specifies which day your student will be going. There is no additional cost to this field trip. Please sign and return the field trip form to their World Studies teacher by Friday, December 13th.

8th Grade Field Trip

We are pleased to announce that eighth grade students will be attending a field trip to Wheaton High School to attend a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank by the Olney Theatre’s National Players on Friday, December 6, 2019. Students will be leaving the building after homeroom at 8:30 am and walking to Wheaton High School for the performance. After the performance, the students will have a question and answer session with the cast. We will then return to Loiederman by 11:00 am. The cost of this trip is FREE! Students who are not attending will be in a stayback group. The deadline for permission slips is Wednesday, November 27th to Ms. Mercurio.

Important Dates


November 8- Early Release Day for All Students (@ 12:30)- End of Quarter Planning

November 11- Early Release Day for All Students (Dismissal @ 12:30) Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)

November 12- Early Release Day for All Students (Dismissal @ 12:30)

November 27- Early Release Day for All Students (Dismissal @ 12:30)

November 28 and 29- Holiday- School and Offices Closed–Thanksgiving

December 23-January 1- No School– Winter Break (Offices Closed December 24, 25 and January 1)

January 20- Holiday- School and Offices Closed– MLK Day

January 24- Early Release Day for All Students (@ 12:30)- End of Quarter Planning

January 27- No School– Professional Day for Teachers

February 17- Holiday- School and Offices Closed– Presidents’ Day

February 28- Early Release Day for All Students (Dismissal @ 12:30)

March 27- Early Release Day for All Students (@ 12:30)- End of Quarter Planning

March 30-April 3- Outdoor Ed

April 6-13- No School– Spring Break (Offices Closed April 10 and April 13)

April 28- No School for students and teachers

May 25- No School– Memorial Day

June 11- 8th Grade Cruise in Baltimore and Promotion at Wheaton HS

June 15- Last Day of School– Early Release Day K-12

MCPS Seeks Feedback on 2020–2021 School Year Calendar Scenarios

During the regular business meeting on Tuesday, October 8, the Board of Education reviewed calendar scenarios for the 2020–2021 school year. As a result of legislative action in last spring’s Maryland General Assembly, school districts in Maryland have the authority again to start school before Labor Day and end the school year after June 15th. As a result, MCPS has developed three calendar scenarios that reflect different start and end dates for School Year 2020–2021. To view the draft calendar scenarios, please visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/calendar/proposed-calendar-2020-21.aspx.

All draft scenarios for the calendar include:

  • 182 student instructional days;
  • Full spring break;
  • Full professional day for grading and planning at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters; and
  • Possible make-up days both during the school year and extending the school year.

The Board is seeking feedback on the calendar options in the comment box on the website. The Board is scheduled to adopt a final school calendar later this year.

County to Host Free Flu Clinics in November

The 2019 flu season is upon us. There are simple steps you and your child can take to stay healthy and help prevent the flu. That includes getting a yearly flu vaccine.

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will conduct free injectable flu vaccine clinics on Tuesday, November 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for children 18 and under at John F. Kennedy, Northwest, and Rockville high schools. These clinics will be open to any school-aged child. The clinics are free, but registration is required due to limited vaccine supplies. For more information, visit apps.montgomerycountymd.gov/FluVaccine/.

Additional flu clinics for all county residents will be held Monday, November 18, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both clinics will be held at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. Appointments are required. For more information and to make an appointment visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/resident/flu.html.

Additional flu prevention information can be found at the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm
Montgomery County: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/resident/flu.html


Saturday School

Registration for The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. (Saturday School) is open. Saturday School provides academic tutoring and instruction with certified teachers in a nurturing and supportive environment. The program is in 12 school locations across Montgomery County and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with breakfast provided. For more information and to register, visit www.saturdayschool.org/


Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2021 Capital Budget

The Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2021 Capital Budget and FY 2021-2026 CIP is now available online at the following weblink:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/planning/cipmaster.aspx.

Montgomery County Executive to Host Budget Forums

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding several budget forums to seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) Operating Budget priorities. The forums are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, November 7 – 7:00 p.m. – BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874
  • Wednesday, November 13 – 7:00 p.m. – Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904

The County Executive will announce his Recommended FY21 Operating Budget on Monday, March 16. 2020. The County Council approves the operating budget at the end of May. Join Montgomery County’s conversation about the FY21 Operating Budget on social media and help raise awareness by using #MoCoBudget21.

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) middle school interscholastic athletics program is a planned extension of the physical education instructional and intramural programs for students in grades 7 and 8. Although the athletics program offers a higher level of competition, its’ primary purpose is to provide the opportunity for advanced skill development for all students with interests and/or talents in athletics. Click the above button title for more information.


Winter Sports Information


Coaches

  • Boys' Basketball: Mr. Cunningham & Mr. Goldberg.
  • Girls' Basketball: Ms. Damare.

Tryout information:

  • Girls' Tryouts: 12/3, 12/9, 12/11
  • Boys' Tryouts: 12/5, 12/10, 12/12
    • Both tryouts will be from 3:20 - 4:20.
    • Meet in the gym at 3:05pm

Interest meeting:

  • All the above information be passed out at the interest meeting.
  • The interest meeting will be on Nov. 20 during all lunches in Room 205

Loiederman Basketball Tryout Information

Girls tryouts:

12/9 3:30 - 5:20

12/11 3:30 - 5:20

12/12 3:30 - 4:30


Boys tryouts:

12/5 3:30 - 5:20

12/10 3:30 - 5:20

12/12 3:30 - 4:30


Get to the gym ASAP on tryout days (3:05). We will go to the locker room at 3:15 together to get ready.

Opportunities in the Community

Parenting Webinar on 11/19: Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP)'s Noted Parenting Author Series begins next Tuesday 11/19 with Phyllis Fagell, Washington Post columnist and author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond - and How Parents Can Help.

Other topics in the series include managing screen time, helping children cope with stress, and helping children gain empathy and resilience. For more information and to register for the series of 4 webinars for $75 (or $25 each), click below. (If you can't attend live, you'll have access to the recording later). www.PEPparent.org

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