WAAG for Thursday, January 23, 2014

NOTICE: All After School Activities Cancelled 1/23/14 

This Week’s Calendar

Thursday, January 23, 2014 
• Boys’ Basketball - 7th vs. Webb, 5:30-6:30 pm, Webb-CANCELLED 
• Boys’ Basketball - 7th vs. Webb, 6:30-7:30 pm, Webb-CANCELLED 

Saturday, January 25, 2014 
• Girls’ Soccer vs. Dobie, 9-10 am, Dobie 
• TMEA All Region Choir Auditions (all of Reg. 18), Large Gym, Small Gym, several classrooms 
• Instrument Discovery Day, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Lamar Music Building 

Sunday, January 26, 2014 
• Instrument Discovery Day, 2-5 pm, Lamar Music Building 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 
• Band Booster Meeting, 6-7 pm, Band Hall 

Thursday, January 30, 2014 
• Boys’ Basketball - 7th vs. Dobie, 5:30-6:30 pm, Lamar 

Saturday, February 1, 2014 
• Girls’ Soccer vs. Garcia, 9-10 am, Lamar 
• Winterguard Competition, 4:15-5:15 pm, Cedar Park High School 
• Jazz Factory performing at MAC Mardie Grazie, 5-9 pm, MAC Cafeteria 

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In This Issue

• Update from the School Nurse - Spinal Screening 
• Movie Night Fundraiser 
• Save Your Toliet Paper Rolls Pretty Please! 
• Instrument Discovery Day 
• Lacrosse Clinic for Girls 
• School Transfer Deadline, January 31 
• Join the Austin Girls’ Choir 

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UPDATE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Spinal Screening Announcement – For parents of 8th graders who have PE this semester. 
Lamar Middle School will be conducting spinal screening on February 5th & 6th. The Purpose of spinal screening is to detect the signs of abnormal curves of the spine at their earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined. Scoliosis, a common spinal abnormality found in adolescents, is a sideways twisting of the spine. It is usually detected in children between 10 and 14 years of age. 

Kyphosis, sometimes called round back, is an exaggerated rounding of the upper back and is often confused with poor posture. Many cases of curvature of the spine are mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician when they are first diagnosed. Others can worsen with time as the child grows and require active treatment such as bracing and surgery. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity, which can affect a person’s appearance and health. 

The procedure for screening is simple. Screeners who have been specially trained will look at your child’s back while he/she stands and then bends forward. For this examination, boys and girls will be seen separately and individually. 

ALL STUDENTS MUST REMOVE THEIR SHIRT FOR THIS EXAM. FOR THIS REASON, WE REQUEST THAT GIRLS WEAR A HALTER TOP, TUBE TOP, SPORTS BRA, OR A TWO-PIECE SWIMSUIT UNDERNEATH THEIR SHIRT ON EXAM DAY. 

Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow-up is necessary. This screening procedure does not replace your child’s need for regular health care and check-ups. 

According to law, all children in grades 5 and 8 are required to be screened. If you decline to have your child screened at school, please provide a physician statement with results of a spinal screening. If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit an affidavit of exemption to this office no later than February 4th. 

Thank you, 
Katie Faehl, MSN, BSN, RN 
Lamar Middle School 
School Nurse 
(512) 414-4505

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JOIN US AT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE FOR A SPECIAL SCREENING OF BACK TO THE FUTURE

Don't miss this fundraiser benefitting the Visual Arts Department!  Join us on Monday, February 10th at the Alamo Drafthouse Village on Anderson Lane.  Tickets are $7 for kids and $10 for adults.  Tickets are available online by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Joanna Fried by email.

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SAVE YOUR TOLIET PAPER ROLLS PRETTY PLEASE! 

Hey Lamar!  The theatre department needs some help collecting empty toilet paper rolls for our beauty school dropout scene. I will put a box in the teachers’ work room that you can drop them in, or you can stick them in my box if they fit. (Or of course you can always drop them off in my classroom.) 

Thanks for you help! 
Lianne Hames 
Lamar Fine Arts Academy 
Theatre Arts & Communication Applications 
lianne.hames@austinisd.org 
(512) 841-1285 

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INSTRUMENT DISCOVERY DAY 

Open to all incoming 6th and 7th graders interested in playing an instrument next year. No experience necessary! January 26TH, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Lamar Music Building. See flyer for more information

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LACROSSE CLINIC FOR GIRLS 

Notice: Lacrosse Clinic Sunday Jan 26th 2 PM for Girls grades K-8. This annual event is always great fun for the kids. http://www.andersontrojanlacrosse.com/information/clinic.html . Lacrosse fun fact: The inventor of basketball, James Naismith, grew up playing which sport? You guessed it – lacrosse! 

Elizabeth Ray (Mansour) 
TYLA Lacrosse school liaison 
(512) 574-0604 

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SCHOOL TRANSFER APPLICATION DEADLINE 

ATTENTION: All 8th graders who are currently on transfer to Lamar. 

The high school priority transfer request process has begun. Request forms will be accepted through Friday, January 31, 2014. Eighth grade students have received information about the process. Transfer request forms for high school may be obtained from Lamar’s main office. 
The forms are to be turned in/or mailed to Central Office downtown. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Davis, 8th grade counselor at 512-414-4496. 

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JOIN THE AUSTIN GIRLS’ CHOIR 

From the Director:  Austin Girls’ Choir is holding auditions for immediate entry! Openings are available for girls age 8-18, beginner and advanced ensembles. Come with a song to sing unaccompanied, and we’ll figure out where you’ll fit best! Now scheduling auditions on weekends throughFebruary 15. Incoming girls commit to a full year with the Choir.

Become part of our 23-year tradition and enjoy exciting opportunities to make excellent music and represent Austin! Call (512) 453-0884 or visit www.girlschoir.com

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WAAG HOUSEKEEPING 

Submissions for the WAAG are due in to Mary LaWare at LamarWAAG-owner@yahoogroups.com for inclusion in the Thursday weekly no later than Wednesday at 7 pm. Announcements can be from the PTA, school, teachers, staff and community members so feel free to announce your ongoings here. It is preferable for announcements to be sent in text form in the body of the sender’s email and not as attachments. Special announcements are accepted but please use these sparingly. We will make accommodations for messages sent later than 7 pm on Wednesdays, but can’t guarantee inclusion. 

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