LCMS Principal Weekly Update for Jan. 29, 2023

LCMS Principal Weekly Update for Jan. 29, 2023
Posted on 01/29/2023
LCMS Principal Weekly Update GraphicGood evening, LCMS Bobcat Parents and Families,

Monday, January 30th will be a B day.

Our school, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Education, is conducting the Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. We will survey students in grades 6, 7, and 8, as well as classroom instructors and staff, the week of January 30th through February 3rd. The purpose of this survey is to measure student support, student engagement, school discipline, and safety conditions in each school. This information will be used to guide educational practices that produce a safe and supportive school environment. Please view the informational letter to read more about the survey.

Wednesday, February 15th will be an Asynchronous Learning Day, and Bobcat students and staff will be participating in community service activities as a way to give back to our supportive community. We will be volunteering at Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism to clean up the playground and organize storage rooms, Noble Senior Living at Louisa to paint inside and play games with the elderly, and an initiative with the Meals of Hope program (located in the Louisa County High School gym) to help measure, pour, weigh, pack meals and/or create a Kind Card to accompany each meal. Please complete the permission form for your child to participate, and return the form to the LCMS Main Office no later than Friday, February 3rd. This is an excellent opportunity for students to be involved in a service project that benefits our community, and I hope that you will consider having your child participate!

Remember also that Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism (LCPRT) offers the Teens In Action (TIA) Teen Lounge for middle school students to be able to hang out with friends for a day of games, team building activities, and gym time, as well as a community service project at the Betty J. Queen Center. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, but participants need to bring a bagged lunch and a water bottle. The registration deadline is the Monday before the Asynchronous Learning Day or when the registration is full. The Teen Lounge is available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Asynchronous Learning Days and the cost for each day is $20. For the Asynchronous Learning Day in February, the Teens in Action will be teaming up with JABA and doing crafts and games with the Senior Center, and in March they will be heading to Serenity Farms to volunteer. To register, visit the LCPRT website or call their office at 540-967-4420.

Black History Month begins on Wednesday, February 1st! Bobcats will join their grade level Google Classroom for the Black History Month contests by clicking the links on the LCMS Student Start Page! Activities will be posted starting February 1st. Daily videos will be posted during February highlighting the achievements of African Americans. Students will carefully watch Edpuzzle videos and answer the questions. DAILY and WEEKLY WINNERS will be selected based on how well students score and how many videos they complete.

Looking ahead, we will have a Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 10th after school until 5:30. The permission form will be emailed to families next Sunday and provided for students in the cafeteria next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Permission forms must be turned in by Thursday, February 9th by 1:20 (end of lunch shifts). Registrations will not be accepted on the day of the dance. Parents/guardians will pick up students from the dance beginning at 5:30 at the cafeteria entrance of LCMS, which is accessed in the side parking lot. Parking is limited in the side lot. It is recommended that you park in the front lot and walk around to the side entrance. Pizza, soda, water, popcorn, and candy will be available for purchase. All school rules apply at the dance. Students are expected to dance appropriately and dress according to the dress code. Cell phones must remain in backpacks and not be used during the dance. Our Bobcats had an outstanding time at our fall dances, so we are looking forward to February 10th!

Leading up to the dance, we will have a spirit week Monday, February 6 through Friday, February 10:

Monday, February 6th: Sport/Band Monday
As the Super Bowl is nearing, wear your sports team jersey or favorite band tee to prepare for this year's big game

Tuesday, February 7th: Tourist Tuesday
Wear an outfit or souvenir shirt from a favorite place

Wednesday, February 8th: Pajama Day Wednesday
Wear your comfy pajamas

Thursday, February 9th: Country/Country Club Thursday
Choose between dressing in camouflage, flannels, and boots, or wearing a bow tie, collared shirt, or preppy wear

Friday, February 10th: Pink out Friday
Wear pink or red in preparation for the Valentine's Day Dance

Continuing to look ahead, we will have a “Pot of Gold” dance on Friday, March 17th after school until 5:30. On Friday, April 21st, we will have a dance from 6:00 to 8:30  for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students as a way of welcoming our future Bobcats!
The 8th Grade Formal will take place on Saturday, May 13th from 7:00 to 9:30. These are all great opportunities for middle school memories to be made!

We will have another LCMS Spirit Week the week of February 21st - 24th in honor of Black History Month!

I would like to highlight that there is a link on the LCMS Student Start Page for the Bobcat Kindness Closet. The Kindness Closet was created to help provide our Bobcat families with items to meet their basic needs. If a student could benefit from some of the items listed, please fill out the form indicating the items needed. We are happy to announce that clothes, including coats, are available along with toiletries. We will gather the requested items and deliver them to students in a discreet manner. Students can also share their needs with their grade level counselor. If you would like to donate items for the Kindness Closet, please contact our office or a grade level counselor.

If you have any questions, or if we can help in any way, please call our office at (540) 894-5457.

Amanda Harper
Louisa County Middle School
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