WAAG for Thursday, January 30, 2014

This Week’s Calendar

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

Friday, January 31, 2014 
• Deadline for 8th Graders to turn in High School Transfer Application to AISD 

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014
• Choir Parent Meeting, 6-8 pm, Choir Room

Friday, February 7, 2014
• Band Clinic Night, 5-8 pm, Lock-in, 8 pm-12 am

Saturday, February 8, 2014
• TMEA All-Region Clinic/Concert, 8:30 am-5 pm, Bastrop 

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In This Issue 

• Update from the School Nurse - Spinal Screening 
• The Communities In Schools Program at Lamar is Seeking Donations 
• A Note from Mr. Ehlers (Asst. Band Director at McCallum) 
• MOY II Follow Up 
• Movie Night Fundraiser 
• Save Your Toliet Paper Rolls Pretty Please! 
• School Transfer Deadline, January 31, TOMORROW!!! 
• Join the Austin Girls’ Choir 
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UPDATE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE 

Updated Spinal Screening Announcement – For parents of 8th graders who have PE this semester. 

Lamar Middle School will be conducting spinal screening on February 5th & 10th. 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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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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A NOTE FROM MR. EHLERS (ASST. BAND DIRECTOR AT MCCALLUM) 

Samba Knights, 
In today’s issue of the statesman there is a great article about the Austin Samba School and Carnaval Brasilerio here in Austin. The article also mentions our very own “Samba Knights.” 
I’ve scanned it and attached it if you would like to read. Sorry about the poor scan quality! 
The drummers had a lot of fun with Dudu Fuentes yesterday! It was a great opportunity to learn from a master. 

Thanks, 
Mr. Ehlers 
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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 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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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 

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