Dear LCMS Bobcat Family and Friends:
On behalf of my staff and me, we wish you and your families safe travels and a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday Break. I am most grateful for my parents and family, my staff, my students, and you.
Thank you for all that you do to support the work we do to ensure that our students have the best educational opportunities.
As always, please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, concerns, or any feedback that you would like to share.
The following are some important updates and announcements.
Thanks to Morning Announcers – Lily Jackson and Tyler Layne
Thank you to Lily Jackson and Tyler Layne for their announcements with Dr. Chen each morning. On December 1, we will have new announcers, Trinity MacDonald and Josh Main. My staff, students, and I certainly appreciate the information that we receive each morning!
Community Action Team (CAT) Wraps Books for Santa Council
A big shout out to CAT Club members for staying after school on Monday, November 25 to wrap books for the Santa Council. LCMS has been collecting children’s books so that families in need will have books for their children to read. Thank you to Katie Jones (Grade 7 SpEd Teacher), Hope Hamblin (Grade 7 Social Studies Teacher), Kristina Dragland (Grade 7 Math Teacher), and Barbara Wilson (Grade 7 Social Studies Teacher) for organizing such an event!
Spelling Bee Contest
On Monday, December 1, all English teachers will give students a copy of an appropriate grade level spelling list to study. Before Winter Break, students will be given a spelling bee. English teachers will provide Mary Eden (Grade 8 English Teacher) with a list of their top spellers on Monday, January 5 to move to the next round. The division wide spelling bee is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27. We wish our students good luck in the spelling bee! Please follow these links: “Grade 6 Spelling List,” “Grade 7 Spelling List,” and “Grade 8 Spelling List,” for more information.
Student Schedule for Monday, December 1 to Friday, December 12
On Monday, December 1 (B): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4 (This is a “B” day for electives. Students go to Period 1, Period 2, Period 3, Period 4, Period 5, and then for the last period of the day, students return back to their Period 4 class.)
On December 1: (B): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4
On December 2: (A): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4
On December 3: (B): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4
On December 4: (A): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4
On December 5: (B): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4
On December 8: (A): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1
On December 9: (B): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2
On December 10: (A): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 3
On December 11: (B): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4
On December 12: (A): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5
Math Field Trip Eureka! – Monday, April 27
April Swain (Grade 7 Math Teacher) is planning a field trip for her students to demonstrate how math is related to everything that students do. Students will view the plan Eureka! at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 27. This play discusses how Sara, a typical teenager, has been struggling with math. On the eve of her big test, she is visited by Albert Einstein, Blaise Pascal, Lady Ada Lovelace, and Pythagoras. Together, they show Sara how math relates to the real world. They explore the Pythagorean Theorem, number theory, order of operations, probability, prime numbers, the Fibonacci sequence, the origins of the calculator and computer, Pascal’s triangle, pre-calculus, and more. I am really excited for our students and what they will learn on this field trip!
Important Upcoming Dates – Added information and dates are marked in purple.
Monday, December 1: Grade 7 Chorus and Drama Students go on field trip. Remember to bring your lunch, dress appropriately, and students will be leaving at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 3: Grade 6 students take English benchmark tests.
Thursday, December 4: Grade 6 students take Math benchmark tests.
Thursday, December 4: Middle School football season banquet at LCMS Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 5: Grade 7 students take English benchmark tests.
Friday, December 5; Saturday, December 6; and Sunday, December 7: LCHS’s Mainstage presents Pride and Prejudice at LCMS Forum at 7:00 p.m. on December 5 and December 6, and 3:00 p.m. on December 7.
Monday, December 8: Grade 7 students take Math benchmark tests.
Tuesday, December 9: Grade 8 students take English benchmark tests.
Wednesday, December 10: Grade 8 students take Math benchmark tests.
Thursday, December 11: All grades take Science benchmark tests.
Friday, December 12: All grades take Social Studies benchmark tests.
Tuesday, December 16: LCMS Parent Advisory Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the LCMS Main Office Conference Room with Dr. Chen
Tuesday, December 16: PTA meeting at 7:00 p.m. in LCMS Main Office Conference Room
Friday, December 19: End of Marking Period 2
Monday, December 22 – Monday, January 5: Winter Break for students
Tuesday, January 6: Classes resume for students. LCMS doors open at 7:40 a.m.
Tuesday, January 13: Report cards for Marking Period 2 are sent home with students.
Tuesday, January 13: LCMS Parent Advisory Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the LCMS Main Office Conference Room with Dr. Chen
Tuesday, January 13: PTA meeting at 7:00 p.m. in LCMS Main Office Conference Room
Friday, January 16: LCMS Dance 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day No School for students and staff
Tuesday, January 20: Classes resume for students LCMS doors open at 7:40 a.m.
Monday, February 9: Interim reports for Marking Period 3 are sent home with students.
Monday, February 16: Staff Development Day No school for students
Tuesday, February 17: School resumes for students. LCMS doors open at 7:40 a.m.
Wednesday, February 11: LCMS Science Fair Awards @ LCMS Forum at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 21: Battle of the Books Competition for LCMS Students @ Cedar Lee Middle School
Tuesday, February 24: Grade 8 students take the English reading benchmark tests.
Wednesday, February 25: Picture Day for students
Thursday, February 26: Grade 8 students take the English writing benchmark tests.
Saturday, April 25: Battle of the Books Competition for LCMS Students @ Culpeper Middle School
Tuesday, May 19 – All A Banquet at LCMS Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.
Thank you for taking the time to read these updates. As I will say to my students each day, “This is important. You belong here. Effort makes a difference.”
With warm regards,
Lisa C. Chen
Lisa C. Chen, Ph.D.