WAAG for November 21, 2013

This Week’s Calendar

Thursday, November 21, 2013

• Picture retakes, Cafeteria

• Girls’ 7th Grade Basketball vs. Garcia, 5:30-6:30 pm, Lamar

• Girls’ 8th Grade Basketball vs. Garcia, 6:30-7:30 pm, Lamar

Saturday, November 23, 2013

• TMEA Region Orchestra Clinic and Concert, 2-4 pm, Westlake Performing Arts Center

• Boys’ Soccer vs. Webb, 9 - 10 am, Webb

Monday, November 25, 2013

• Boys’ Soccer vs. Dobie, 5:30-6:30 pm, Noack #2

• Girls’ 7th Grade Basketball vs. Martin, 5:30-6:30 pm, Lamar

• Girls’ 8th Grade Basketball vs. Martin, 6:30-7:30 pm, Lamar

Wednesday, November 27-November 29, 2013

• Thanksgiving Holiday!!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

• Band Clean Up, UT Stadium, 7 am

Friday, November 29, 2013

• NJHS Barnes and Nobles gift wrap, 1-6 pm, Arboretum Barnes and Noble


In This Issue

• A Night of Jazz, Jazz Factory Holiday Dinner

• Winter Concert

• Make-up and Late Work Due Dates-Revised

• New Website for Lamar Middle School

• Order Yearbooks Online

• Pictures Needed for Yearbook

• Fall Box Top for Science Materials Contest Deadline

• LMS Girls’ Soccer Tryouts

• TMEA Region Band

• Save the Date, McCallum Knights of Steel Concert

• Coats for Kids

• Girls Lacrosse Registration is open for Future KniTros!

• Lamar Grocery Card Fundraiser

• Walk-In Tutoring

• Anderson HS Robotics Tech Talks

• Scottie Store Volunteers and Donations

• WAAG Housekeeping



The Jazz Factory will be traveling to Orlando, Florida in March to compete at the Disney World Festival.

We were also selected to perform on the Waterside stage in Downtown Disney. Our Holiday Dinner performance is set up to help us raise money for our trip. The event is “Holiday Attire” the food will be amazing the venue is cozy and the music will be worth listening to. We have limited seating so please don’t miss out on this wonderful performance. Attached is the order form, if you or your party is interested in attending please return the form to me no later than Dec 2nd.  See flyer for more info.

Thank you,
James Hairston



Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and the Jazz Factory will have their 2013 Winter Concert Tuesday, December 10th at 7 pm in the Lamar Cafeteria.  See flyer for more info.



Attention: Lamar Students and Parents,

Because of the overwhelming amount of late work and make-up work this school year, the due dates for each grading cycle will be moved up one week. Please see below for the adjusted due dates by grading cycle:

Cycle 3 (Nov 12 – Dec 20) Due date will be Dec 12 (A-day) & 13 (B-day)

Cycle 4 (Jan 7 – Feb 21) Due date will be Feb 13 (A-day) & Feb 14 (B-day)

Cycle 5 (Feb 24 – April 17) Due date will be Apr 10 (A-day) & Apr 11 (B-day)

Cycle 6 (Apr 21 – Jun 5) Due date will be May 28 (A-day) and May 29 (B-day)

The above dates will also be visible on the 2-week agendas starting with the spring semester. They will also be posted to the WAAG and school website.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  See attachment for printout.

George Llewellyn, Principal



We are excited to announce a new and improved website for Lamar! We are still gathering photographs and working on graphics for the site, but we invite you to check it out at lamarmiddleschool.org. The site is built using responsive design, which means that it will be easy to read regardless of the device (phone, tablet, PC or laptop) you use to access it.

If you see anything that needs updating, please send updates to Virginia Rothenflue - vrothenflue@gmail.com.



Did you know you can pre-order your child's yearbook to get a $5 discount? It's only $35 if you order before December 1, 2013. Click here to order it online. Super easy!

Questions? Email yearbook advisor at MarthaCole@austinisd.org or call (512) 739-8172.



From Rachel Holden, yearbook editor:

“If anyone has taken a picture of your child at a school event, please upload it to ReplayIt.com so that we can use it in the yearbook. You can also download the ReplayIt.com app on your phone for free. These events include dance, choir, music or theater performances (and rehearsals); games and practices (football, volleyball, cheer, color guard, etc); and events such as the Gattiland Lock-In, Lamarfest, etc. We are also doing a special story on pets, so pictures of students with unusual pets would be appreciated. If you have questions, contact our yearbook adviser: MarthaCole@austinisd.org.”



Fall Box Top for Science Materials Contest is upon us! Get your Box Tops in now!

Fall Box Top Deadline: Tuesday, Dec 3

Place in envelope marked with student’s name. Turn envelope into your science teacher or place in Box Top Bin found in front hallway. Top three collectors receive iTunes Gift Cards! Students donating 50+ Box Tops are entered into four Prize Drawings for Amy’s Ice Cream Vouchers!

Thank you for participating in such a great cause!



Tuesday, Jan. 7, 3:45 - 5:15

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 3:45 - 5:15

Thursday, Jan. 9, 3:45 - 5:15

Any 7th or 8th grade girls interested in trying out for soccer need to have a physical on file, and proper attire (cleats, shinguards, and dressed appropriately for the weather). Plan to be at all three practices.

Any questions, see Coach Saucedo in room 115.



Lamar was represented by our very talented band students last Saturday at the Texas Music Educators’ Association Region Band auditions.

The following students achieved placement by Audition into the TMEA Region Band:

Karl Lindquist
Will Youngdale
Aidan Flynn
Chad Hemphill
Sam Miller
Mason Bryant
William Magnuson
Ian Carson
Jimmy Reyes
Keane Sammon

We are very proud of all of the Lamar students who auditioned in the past 2 weeks. The students listed above will be performing a concert on December 14th along with other students from our region who were selected to perform in this high-honor band.




Please join us in the McCallum High School cafeteria on December 13th at 7:00 for the Knights of Steel Dessert Concert. Enjoy great music by the McCallum Steel Drum bands and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time! More information coming soon.



Student Council will begin Coats for Kids coat collection Monday, November 18th through Dec 6th. If you have any new or gently used coats you would like to donate, please drop them off in Room 108. Further, if you have any questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your continued support.

M.Cavazos, M.Ed.
7th and 8th Grade ELA
Lamar Middle School



TYLA, Trojan Youth Lacrosse of Northwest Austin, is a non-profit organization and a feeder program for the KniTros (girls lacrosse club from McCallum (Knights) and Anderson (Trojans) High Schools).

TYLA Youth Lacrosse registration is open for girls! Visit trojanyouthlacrosseaustin.com.

- KniTros (girls lacrosse club from McCallum (Knights) and Anderson (Trojans) High School). Learn more about this ancient tradition and sign up for our email list on the home page.

Many thanks,
Elizabeth Ray (Mansour)
TYLA Lacrosse school liaison
Phone: 512-574-0604



Did you know that Lamar Middle School has a grocery card program? Each month we take orders on the 15th and deliver HEB and Randall’s gift cards to Lamar PTA   supporters around the 1st of the following month. Lamar PTA receives 5% of all sales. Download your order form here

Forms with payment can be mailed or placed in the purple box near the office. But the easiest way to participate is to set up an autopay account with your bank’s online bill pay. If you are interested in doing this, please email kerrirowland@gmail.com to find out more. All new autopay participants will receive a purple Lamar reusable grocery bag! (While supplies last.)



Begins Tuesday, October 15, 2013 and ends May 23, 2014.

Early Morning Tutoring (7:30am-8am)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Rm 207 with Ms. Randall
All subjects

After School Tutoring (3:45pm—4:45pm)
Tuesdays (Math, Science with Mr. Hubbard & Assistant)
Wednesdays (Math, ELA, Soc Stu with Mr. Telles & Assistant)

Room 401 on both days

Tutoring Bus Schedule
(A tutoring bus pass required—get it from tutoring teacher—bus picks up in front of the school on Wynona Ave.)

5pm—depart Lamar MS

5:09pm—Watson St & Taulbee Ln

5:17pm—Ridgetop Elem—Caswell Ave & E 50th St

5:27pm—E MLK Jr Blvd & Perez St

5:30pm—Sims Elem—E 12th St & Springdale

5:33pm—Ortega Elem—Garland Ave

For a printable flyer of this information visit http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LamarWAAG/files



Tech Talks is a monthly speaker series informing students about careers within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Each month, three industry leaders will discuss the innovations in their fields and share the experiences that shaped their career paths.

Free to the public and all ages welcome.

Dates: Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 1, May 6

Time: 7:00-8:30PM

Location: Anderson High School Theater, 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin, 78759

*Hosted by the Anderson Robotics Program*

If you have any questions, please email me,

Susan Berg
Austin Cans Supporters Chair



Want a low commitment volunteer opportunity? Then volunteer to help in the Scottie Store on Thursdays during lunch. We are open from about 11:30am to 2pm. Contact Alicia Remaley at amremaley@gmail.com if interested.

Time to clean your kids’ rooms and bring your unwanted items to the Scottie Store!! You can leave things in the library....just mark it with Scottie Store and Ms Clark will get them to us. You can also make a monetary or gift card donation (iTunes, Google Play, Amy’s Ice Cream,etc).

Place it in an envelope labeled Scottie Store (attn Alicia Remaley) and drop it in the PTA box next to the office.

We are in need of gently used items. Some requests are: Balls, gaming magazines (Game Informer, Game Pro), teen magazines, comic books, drawing/art supplies,stuffed animals, books, lava lamps, water bottles, fun school supplies--mechanical pencils, pens, folders, bookmarks, hair stuff and make up for girls.



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