Lamar's Weekly Newsletter
May 21st, 2023
Sun, 5/21 - Choir Schlitterbahn Field Trip
Mon, 5/22 - Dance End-of-Year Celebration (4p, Gyms)
Mon, 5/22 - Band Booster Meeting (6p, Band Hall)
Mon, 5/22 - Finals in Periods 3 & 4
Mon, 5/22 - CHROMEBOOKS TURNED IN BY 6TH GRADERS
Tues, 5/23 - Spring Orchestra Concert (MAC)
Tues, 5/23 - Finals in Periods 7 & 8
Tues, 5/23 - Fall Sports Information Meeting (5p, Big Gym)
Tues, 5/23 - CHROMEBOOKS TURNED IN BY 7TH/8TH GRADERS
Weds, 5/24 - 7th Grade Field Day
Weds, 5/24 - Choir "That's a Wrap" Party (4p, 700 Bldg.)
Weds, 5/24 - GSA Meeting (3:50, Library)
Thurs, 5/25 - 8th Grade Advancement Ceremonies
Thurs, 5/25 - Band Banquet (6p, Cafeteria)
Thurs, 5/25 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Thurs, 5/25 - ALL CHROMEBOOKS DISABLED AT 5PM
Fees will not be applied for damaged devices at this time. Students should remove all stickers from devices but leave their names on the device. We will try to make every effort to return 6th and 7th graders their devices in August.
Devices will be disabled at 5:00 pm on May 25th.
For any devices found over the summer, students and families should call the Austin ISD Help Desk at 512-414-8324.
If requested, a parent or guardian may complete an OPT-IN form via their Parent Portal account or at the school campus to request the pick-up of a device from the Technology Department at Gus Garcia YMLA, or at the Austin ISD Central Office.
Devices will be available for pick-up on May 26, and May 30 through June 2, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. During device pickups, fee schedule forms and accountability acknowledgments will also be provided. Devices must be returned to the home campus at the start of the fall 2023 school year.
6th grade will turn in their devices on Monday, May 22nd. Exceptions will be made for students who need them to complete finals for high school credit classes.
7th and 8th grade will turn in their devices on Tuesday, May 23rd in Scottie Seminar.
Save the date for Spring Semester Finals
Wednesday, May 17th (finals in periods 1&2)
Thursday, May 18th (finals in periods 5&6)
Monday, May 22nd (finals in periods 3&4)
Tuesday, May 23rd (finals in periods 7&8)
It's Time to register for next year!
8th Grade End of the Year Festivities
8th grade Advancement Ceremonies on Thursday, May 25th
9:00 am - Last Names A - L
10:30 am - Last Names M - Z
Due to limited seating space, each student is allowed 2 guests. We are exploring a streaming option. Guests MUST only enter through the gym foyer doors. All guests shall remain in the Large Gym and outside area for safety purposes.
Stay turned for details if you plan to check your child out after the ceremony.
7th Grade END OF THE YEAR Festivities
AISD to provide Summer meals
Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow, and thrive—even when school is out. Through federally funded Texas Department of Agriculture meal programs, AISD provides free breakfast and lunch for students at many schools throughout the summer.
Who qualifies for free summer meals:
Students participating in on-site summer programs at eligible schools.
Any child in the community younger than 19.
Enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old.
How to find free meals this summer:
Families may use the following tools to find a meal site anywhere in Texas:
Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator.
Visit www.SummerFood.org for an interactive site locator map.
Text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304.
Families may also find district meals sites on the AISD website.
How it works: Children in the community enjoy free meals regardless of household income and without any registration or identification. To receive a free, healthy meal, children may simply visit the cafeteria at any participating site during designated service times. Children do not have to be enrolled in AISD to receive free summer meals.
Good to know: All AISD meal sites are closed July 3-7. Meal sites and times are subject to change.
Too Much Testing? Not Enough? AISD wants to hear from you!
This year, Lamar MS has (or will) administered the following assessments: SCA, MAP growth, TELPAS, STAAR, AP (DL only), PSAT 8, campus common assessments (teacher quizzes and tests)
Cell phone and electronic device policy reminder
NOTE: Students with accommodations that require the use of audio functions such as text to speech may use corded headphones. A limited number of headphones are available for check out from the school. Students may see their teacher with to sign up for headphones.
Arrival and Dismissal Reminders
These recommendations have been in place since the beginning of the year after several consultations with AISD PD and Transportation as well as the City of Austin.
Doors open at 7:55 am.
Between 7:50 am and 8:20 am, the curb along Wynona Ave should be for immediate loading and unloading only (similar to the airport). Thank you for your cooperation to keep this congested area moving.
Drop off should occur on the northbound side of Wynona only. There are no sidewalks on the southbound side of Wynona so students are forced to cross through traffic.
Also, please do not drop off or pick up in the parking lot on White Horse Dr, which is reserved for school buses and staff parking.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students safe.
Attendance Reporting Updates
Students who leave campus and return the same day should bring their pink slip back with them to check back in.
An enormous thank you to all of the amazing volunteers that have stepped up to help make our school year a success! Your willingness to help does not go unnoticed, and our school community is better for your commitment to Lamar. THANK YOU!
If you are interested in volunteering, the first step is completing an application with Austin Partners in Education.
From The Library
ALL LIBRARY BOOKS WERE DUE MAY 12
It's that time of year! All books were due Friday, May 12. Not sure if you owe a book? Click on this link or visit the Lamar Library Blend page and click on the button above in the top row. Note that the list may be a day or two behind but I'll update it as I'm able. Students are listed by last name in ABC order. *Students must be signed into the portal in order to view the list. If you cannot see it, try logging out and logging in again.*
If you're missing a book, each title is $20 cash or check (made out to Lamar Library). You can also pay online for $20 plus a small transaction fee at this link. Email me if you decide to pay online and give me your student's first and last name so that I can make sure their account is cleared.
May Staff Birthdays
May 6th - Ms. Pena-Montemayor (Science)
May 13th - Rolando Carlin (Custodial)
May 22nd - Ms. Vouvray (Creative Writing/ELA)
May 22nd - Ms. Young (Math)
May 27th - Ms. Vasquez (Piano)
May 29th - Ms. Brandimarte (ELA)
May 30th - Ms. O'Guin (Fine Arts)
IN THE COMMUNITY
McCallum Lady Knights Summer Soccer Camp is BACK!
We will be hosting a soccer camp for girls at the McCallum practice field June 19th - 22nd, 2023 from 9-11:30am. The camp will include soccer fundamentals, training stations, and scrimmaging, all hosted by current Mac Knight soccer players and coaches. On Thursday, campers will participate in a tournament to showcase their skills, and all parents are invited to attend. The registration fee for the camp is $90 per participant and $70/2nd sibling if submitted by June 5th, 2022. After June 5th, the fee increases to $100 per camper and $75/2nd sibling. Fees include snacks, camp t-shirt, and certificate. Snacks will be provided daily, but each camper should bring their own water bottle. Participants must provide their own transportation to /from camp and their own cleats (optional). Soccer balls will be provided by McCallum High School.
MAC Basketball Camp Registration is Open!
Coach Daniel Fuentes and the McCallum Boys' Basketball team are hosting a summer basketball camp for boys and girls at the McCallum High School gym. The camp will include basketball fundamentals, training stations, 3 on 3, and scrimmaging.
The camp will run from July 10th-13th, 9 am to 12 pm each day.
• Registration fee: $125 + online fee per camper
• Basketballs will be provided by McCallum, Camp T-shirt is included
• Participants must provide their own transportation.
PLEASE NOTE: All participants must have an updated Physical (dated after 4/30/2023), as well as all necessary online forms submitted prior to the camp. All forms can be found at https://www.austinisd.org/athletics/forms You can email all completed physical forms to Trainer Matt Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions please email email@example.com.
Allandale Annual 4th of July Parade
Come and celebrate Independence Day with your Allandale neighbors and friends! Dust off your Uncle Sam top hat, polish your red-white-n-blue saddle shoes, and get ready for the Allandale Annual 4th of July Parade.
It's even more fun if you join in! Gather your neighbors and make a float. The time has come to start float planning and prepping. Don't want to be part of a float? Other categories are: Antique and Classic Cars, Bicycles, Scooters/Skateboards, Wagons/Strollers/Tricycles, Group Walkers (Themes are welcome), Solo Walkers, and Animals (especially patriotic ones!). Just show up at 8:30 a.m., look for your category sign, and join in the fun.
Not marching? Line up along Bullard to watch the procession!
The parade starts at the intersection of Bullard and White Rock. It will start moving at 9:00 a.m. sharp and end at Gullett Elementary School with fun festivities, food trucks, and community engagement tables.
Want to help or have questions, maybe want to judge floats or hand out water? We need volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on the 4th!Allandale Neighborhood Association
Anderson Speech & Debate Summer Camp
See attached flyer for more details!
Current and future Trojans welcome!
From July 31 to August 4 9am- 2pm* @ Anderson High School
*come and go from camp as needed!
Incoming Freshman will be attending Trojan Charge on August 1st from 9am to noon. Your student is welcome to join us after Trojan Charge for the rest of the afternoon.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Film Kids Summer Camps are week-long deep dives for current 4th, 5th and 6th graders into story development, directing, editing, costuming, acting, and all other aspects of filmmaking. We collect the creative All-Stars from all over the city and give them a chance to create elaborative, involved movies based entirely on their own ideas.
Our North location will meet at The G.I.F.T. ATX, a community space and gardens just off of Burnet Road on Justin Lane. Sessions are limited to 16 campers so everyone gets plenty of time on screen and behind the camera.
You can find out more and sign up at www.filmkids.org , and feel free to invite friends. We love to see new faces in the program. Any questions? You can email Brian Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-567-0778.
Thanks for supporting Film Kids and we hope to see you this Summer!
DO YOU HAVE AN 8TH GRADER? CHECK OUT OUR HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER!
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM TEACHERS
ATTENTION CURRENT 6TH & 7TH GRADE SCOTTIES INTERESTED IN PLAYING FALL SPORTS!
Scottie Sports Camp!
Creative Writing News!
Congratulations to the Creative Writing majors who received recognition for their poetry this spring!
Annika E. (6th grade), Winner of the Vision & Voice Poetry Contest, 6th grade
Read Annika’s poem here: https://k12.visionandvoice.org/2023/01/03/paintings/
Sophia L. (8th grade), Honorable Mention, 25th Annual Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest, 6th-8th grades. Read more about the contest here: https://www.nps.gov/carl/learn/news/2023-pc-winners.htm
Way to go, Scotties!!