WAAG for Thursday, February 13, 2014

This Week’s Calendar

Thursday, February 13, 2014 

• Make-up and Late Work Due Date for A Day 

Friday, February 14, 2014 

• Happy Valentine’s Day!! 

• Make-up and Late Work Due Date for B Day 

Saturday, February 15, 2014 

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

Monday, February 17, 2014 

• Lamar Fine Arts Academy Auditions (by invitation only), 9 am - 3 pm, Cafeteria and Fine Arts Classrooms 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 

• PTA General Meeting,6:30 - 6:45 pm, Library before concert, We will meet in the library before the concert to elect the nominating committee. The nominating committee will slate officers of PTA for next year. 

• Band Pre-Uil Concert, 7 - 9 pm 

Thursday, February 20, 2014 

• AISD River City Festival - Band, 12:30 - 5 pm, Kealing Middle School 

Saturday, February 22, 2014 

• Lamar Fine Arts Academy Auditions (by invitation only), 9 am - 3 pm, Cafeteria and Fine Arts Classrooms 

• Texas Music Festival - Band, 8:30 am performance, Anderson High School 

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In This Issue 

• Lamar’s Teacher of the Year!! 

• Gale eBooks Available for Lamar Students and Parents 

• SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Parent Series 

• Save Your Box Tops For Our Science Department Fundraiser! 

• Olive Oil Fundraiser for Band 

• PTA Positions For 2014-2015 School Year 

• Rising Ninth Grade Choice Sheet Night 

• The Communities In Schools Program at Lamar is Seeking Donations 

• MOY II Follow Up 

• Join the Austin Girls’ Choir 

• Update from the School Nurse - Spinal Screening 

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LAMAR’S TEACHER OF THE YEAR 

Congratulations to Ms. Winburne for being selected Lamar’s Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year!!! Ms. Winburne teaches 8th Grade English Language, Creative Writing and Speech. Be sure to congratulate her the next time you see her. 

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GALE eBOOKS AVAILABLE FOR LAMAR STUDENTS AND PARENTS 

Our wonderful Dept. of Library Media Services has purchased a core collection of reference eBooks from the Gale Group.  These books can be accessed both at school AND at home if there is internet access or on any device with a browser. These eBooks contain the equivalent of 200+ volumes of print material.

The license agreement with Gale provides unlimited usage for the Lamar campus.  Please contact Leilani Clark at (512) 841-0113 for login information or with any questions.

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SEL (SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING) PARENT SERIES 

For parents who are interested in opening and fostering peaceful channels of communication with their children Peace Area / Peace Path for the Home .

Monday, February 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 

Gullett Elementary School 

6310 Treadwell Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757 

Free pizza and childcare starting at 5:30 pm. Presentation starts at 6:00 pm. RSVP by February 17th to Janie Ruiz at jaruiz@austinisd.org

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SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS FOR OUR SCIENCE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER! 

We have earned over $2000 in the past 3 years for science materials! But we need everyone’s help to continue our momentum!  How can you help? Collect Box Tops! 

Turn them into our Science Teachers OR place them in the Box Top Bin found in the front hallway.  Remember to include student’s name on the envelope.  Top 3 contributors receive gift cards. Students turning in over 50 are entered into 4 drawings for Amy’s Ice Cream Vouchers! 

The contest deadline is May 13. 

Start clipping! 

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OLIVE OIL FUNDRAISER FOR BAND 

Thanks to all of you who supported the Lamar Band Program before the holidays by purchasing the olive oil donated by a Lamar family’s company, Corners of Time. We still have some available for purchase if you want more, and the last day for orders to be accepted is Friday, February 21st. We’ll arrange for pick up or delivery the following week.

For information go to http://lamarband.weebly.com. You can also order Lamar hoodies there! Or call Monica Poss at (512) 775-0974. 

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PTA POSITIONS FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR 

Scottie Parents- 

WE NEED YOU!  We are forming our nominating committee for PTA positions for our 2014-2015 school year. If you would like to serve on this committee, are interested in being on the PTA Board or serving as a Chair, please email Jodi Leach at Jodi.leach@gmail.com

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RISING NINTH GRADE CHOICE SHEET NIGHT 

Rising 9th Grade McCallum Family Meeting – 2/24 

All Rising 9th Grade students and their parents are invited to come and receive choice sheet 

information for the 2014-2015 school year. Hear information on career pathways, HB5, electives and required courses 

Meet your new Principal and counselors! 

Date: Feb. 24, 2013 

Location: Gym & Mac Theater (The New Theater) 

Time: 5:00 Career Pathway Showcase (GYM) 

6:30 Info Session Begins (Theater) 

(See event flyer

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THE COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM AT LAMAR IS SEEKING DONATIONS 

The Communities In Schools program at Lamar is seeking donations to support our student services (listed below). If you are interested in donating, please contact the CIS office at (512) 414-4671 or e-mail Karen McGarity, CIS Program Manager at kmcgarity@ciscentraltexas.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the main office attn: CIS. Be sure to include your name so we can send you a special note of appreciation! With the support of our community, local businesses and parents....the CIS program is able to extend valuable support to students in need. We appreciate your consideration! Donations needed: Spiral notebooks, pocket folders, dividers, planners. Any non-perishable snacks such as: granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers sandwiches, etc. Cups. 

Karen McGarity, MPS, LPC-AT, ATR-BC 

Communities In Schools of Central Texas 

Lamar Middle School 

(512) 414-4671 

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MOY II FOLLOW UP 

Teachers,  A few reminders when preparing for MOY II. 

1. No homework assigned or due for 7th and 8th grade the week of February 3rd. 

2. No homework assigned or due for all grades the week of March 3rd. 

3. Do not schedule any PD during these testing dates. We need teachers on campus to assist with testing. 

A schedule for classes will be sent out next week.  Again, here is the schedule... 

MOY II 

February 5th – Reading 8, Writing 7 

February 6th – Math 8, Writing 7 (Cont’d) 

March 4th – Math 6,7, Social Studies 8 

March 5th – Science 6, 7,8 

March 6th – Reading 6,7 

Thanks! 

Judith Berrean 

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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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