Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20 - 24, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams Into Reality 

Mr. Fien won one of the In-Service raffles 
We hope you enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather this past weekend. Who would have thought we would be wearing shorts?

Parents - Thank you for taking the kids for a 4 day weekend! We used the time on Friday to continue our updating of the curriculum, sharing best practices, and we even had time to have a little fun! Our in-service was a success because our teachers and the RAC were able to have time and space to plan and reflect on how we can best meet the needs of your children. We are grateful to have the time!

This past week we also had our first Pajama Day at LMS in a long time. The PBSIS sponsored event raised over 150 dollars that will be used for our upcoming events. Since this was such a big hit, we are going to have another Pajama Day on March 17th!

Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show at LMS - Wednesday, February, 22 at 7:00 PM
Parents as Leaders is an organization that has been working with Lakeside families as well as families at Silver Run and Bacon. They are partnering with the Franklin Institute and hosting an event here at Lakeside on February 22nd at 7:00. The Franklin Institute will perform their Traveling Science Show in our auditorium. This event has been paid for completely by Parents as Leaders so it is free for all Lakeside, Bacon, and Silver Run families. We are hoping to have a fantastic turnout!

After the show, we are looking to set up tables outside of the auditorium where the families can participate in small scale science experiments and observe demonstrations. . We currently have science teachers from Silver Run and Lakeside who are going to set up experiments with the help of their students. Be sure to come out and enjoy a special evening.

Daily Announcements 
The National Junior Honor Society is now accepting applications for new members.  Any current 7th or 8th grade student who has maintained an 85 or above average in all subject areas for six consecutive marking periods is eligible to receive an application.  Please note the following important information:
*** Applications must be filled out entirely.  All sections must be completed for membership consideration. If you have any questions about the applications, please see Mrs. Gaudio or Mrs. Booz prior to the application deadline. There will be a voluntary after school meeting to answer any questions about the application process on Thursday, February 16th from 3:20-4:00 in the DMC.
*** In addition to the application, students are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member, as well as a personal essay detailing why you should be selected for membership.
*** The application deadline is February 27, 2017

Pictures from around the school
Pajama Day 

Ms. Wichnick had a guest in from TD Bank 

Mrs. Gehringer's Mindfulness session 

Mrs. Gehringer's Mindfulness session 

Pajama Day 

Ms. Grennon set the table for the In-Service 

Pajama Day 

Pajama Day 

Mrs. Oquendo's Workout Wednesday activities 


Mrs. Bergman's class did a Remembrance Project using Pinterest 

Mrs. Bergman's class did a Remembrance Project using Pinterest 

3D Learning with Mr. Perry! 

Pajama Day 

Twinning at LMS - Great Minds Dress Alike
Mrs. Schwailik and Mrs. Birnstiel had matching Pajamas! 

Winners of the Week - Two weeks in a row for the 6th grade! The students enjoyed fruit, crock pot oatmeal, organic juice, granola bars, and muffins while viewing a video on Koko the Gorilla to enhance the students' understanding of the endangered species and the importance of protecting these creatures.  This is an extended activity to support our benchmark.
Mrs. Birnsteil's homeroom won the recent PTO fundraiser and were treated to breakfast! (Mrs. Scwailik pictured) 

Mrs. Birnsteil's homeroom won the recent PTO fundraiser and were treated to breakfast! 

Mrs. Birnsteil's homeroom won the recent PTO fundraiser and were treated to breakfast! 

Mrs. Birnsteil's homeroom won the recent PTO fundraiser and were treated to breakfast! 

Mrs. Birnsteil's homeroom won the recent PTO fundraiser and were treated to breakfast!  

Weekly Overview
Monday 2/20/17- No School - Presidents Day
Tuesday 2/21/17 - B Day - Millville Neighborhood Alliance, 8:30 AM
Wednesday 2/22/17 - A Day - Staff Meeting, 3:20 PM; Franklin Institute Visits LMS, 7:00 PM
Thursday 2/23/17- B Day - All City Concert, 7:00 PM
Friday 2/24/17 - A Day - 76'ers Game, 4:00 PM, Must be signed up prior, Questions see Mrs. Benfer

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 13 - 17, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams Into Reality 

Mrs. DeCelemnti's students are working hard
We had another epic week at LMS. I am sure we were all sitting near the phone on Wednesday night and Thursday morning waiting for the call from Dr. Gentile. To Dr. Gentile's credit, he made a very difficult call (most New Jersey schools were closed).

When asked about this, Dr. Gentile commented that these decisions are never easy. He is on the phone with other superintendents throughout the night and into the early morning. They look at National Weather Service Data and communicate with local law enforcement. We appreciate Dr. Gentile's dedication to our school district and we can thank him when we get out of school a day before the surrounding school districts!

The 6th grade science students are currently working on a PBL (Problem Based Learning) about honey bees to investigate the possible causes of the declining bee population across the state of NJ.

The students will be using the information that Mr. Schuler presented on Monday to help them understand why honey bee colony collapse is such an important environmental and economic issue. Mr. Schuler did a great job of presenting information for our students to gain information that will aid them in developing an understanding of the importance of pollinators to agriculture and our environment in general. Most notably, the 6th graders did a fantastic job throughout the assembly. We are planning to reward them for their responsible behavior for our guest!

Connor hanging at Lightning Strikes Bogarts 
On Wednesday evening we had about 35 AVID parents attend a Parent Night. During the evening the parents got the opportunity to learn how powerful the strategies such as Philosophical Chairs, Binders and Tutorials are to the success of our students. Parents debated cell phone use in school, went through a modified binder boot camp, and learned the questioning strategies used in tutorials. Thank you to the AVID Site Team who volunteered their time and of course the parents who attended!

This Saturday we hosted our monthly Lightning Strikes Bogarts. We had 15 students attend and most of their parents stayed as well. The students helped complete a Tree of Life painting that will be donated to Bogarts as memorial for Erin Dobson, owner of Bogarts, who recently passed away.  She was so supportive of the Lightning Strikes Bogarts program and loved our kids hanging out at the bookstore/coffee shop. Thanks to all of the students and parents who attended and the teachers who volunteered their time!

We look forward to another excellent week. Be sure to mark your calendars as we do not have school on Friday, February 17 and Monday February 20.

Daily Announcements
Mrs. DeClementi's students hard at work 
Do you enjoy going to the gym and playing games with your friends? How about fitness and working out in the weight room?  If so, you may want to join the Phys. Ed. (Fitness) Club.  Permission slips are still available in the main gym.  See Coach Abel for more information!!

Do you like playing board, card, and video games? If so, Gaming Club is for you. Permission slips are available outside of Ms. Elwell's classroom, B135. The first meeting will be held on Thursday February 16th from 3:30 until 5 o'clock and you must have a ride home. Permission slips should be returned no later than Monday February 13th

Do you love pizza?  If so come join us at the Pizza Hut in Vineland on Wednesday February 15th from 5pm to 8pm to help raise funds for the 8th grade band and choir.  All you have to do is tell your server you are there for Lakeside and get the buffet!  Hope to see you there.

Mrs. Bergman's nutrition and Fitness club will be held until 4:05 Monday. Remember to bring your workout gear and meet in M135 by 3:15. All participants must have a ride by 4:05 or they cannot stay.

6th graders were treated to local honey 
The National Junior Honor Society is now accepting applications for new members.  Any current 7th or 8th grade student who has maintained an 85 or above average in all subject areas for six consecutive marking periods is eligible to receive an application.  Please note the following important information:
*** Applications must be filled out entirely.  All sections must be completed for membership consideration. If you have any questions about the applications, please see Mrs. Gaudio or Mrs. Booz prior to the application deadline. There will be a voluntary after school meeting to answer any questions about the application process on Thursday, February 16th from 3:20-4:00 in the DMC.
*** In addition to the application, students are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member, as well as a personal essay detailing why you should be selected for membership.
*** The application deadline is February 27, 2017

Mark your agenda books! Monday, February 13th is the PBSIS school-wide Pajama Day for students and staff. Tickets cost only 1 dollar!!! Only 1 dollar and you get to wear pajamas in school for the ENTIRE school day! Tickets will be on sale Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th, 7th and 8th, at all grade level Zap Stores and at Mrs. Rauch’s room, M-121.  The rules that EVERYONE will follow are: NO SLIPPERS ALLOWED-- the school dress code is still in effect…..the same consequences that apply to the dress code WILL APPLY to Pajama day!

So bring your dollar to the Zap Stores and prepare  to have a COMFORTABLE day on Monday, February 13th!!

Pictures from around the school

Bee Hive 

Bee's nest 


Bee Assembly 

6th graders were able to see the bees up close 

Lightning Strikes Bogarts 

Lightning Strikes Bogarts 

Lightning Strikes Bogarts 
Lightning Strikes Bogarts 


Dr. Cook was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Master Hoon

Tripleting at LMS - Great minds dress alike and now we are seeing threes! 
Mrs. Baralus, Mrs. Diaz and Mrs. Donahue

Twinning at LMS - Great minds dress alike 
Mrs. Kern and Ms. Carroll 

Mrs. Lokuta and Mrs. Cuesta 

Winners of the Week - Hands down the winner of this week's blog are the 6th graders. Their behavior in the Bee Assembly exceeded our expectations. Mr. Godfrey and Mr. Bunting are planning a special treat for the 6th graders. Stay tuned! 
6th graders won this week for their behavior in the Bee Assembly 

Weekly Overview
Monday (2/13) - B Day - PBSIS Pajama Day
Tuesday (2/14) - A Day - Wear Red for Valentines Day
Wednesday (2/15) - B Day - Work out Wednesday; Fundraiser for Fine and Performing Arts at Pizza Hut in Vineland, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday (2/16) - A Day - LMS Spirit Day
Friday (2/17)  - No School Teacher In Service
Monday (2/20) - No School Presidents Day

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 6 - 10, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

6th and 7th grade students of the month 
Turning Dreams Into Reality

We hope you had a SUPER weekend! At the time of this post, we do not know who will win the Super Bowl but we do know who are the real winners... the Lakeside Staff and Students!!!

Last week was another epic week at Lakeside. Students and staff continued to turn dreams into reality through assessments, innovative learning opportunities and just plain old fun. The week was capped off with the 6th grade Valentines Dance. The 6th graders had a lot of fun as they danced to the latest songs, enjoyed the snacks and made memories. Thank you to Mr. Godfrey and the 6th grade team for supporting this event.

On Monday, February 6, we will be having an assembly for the 6th grade students from 9-10:30 am.  Tim Schuler, an apiarist (beekeeper) from the NJ Dept of Agriculture will be joining us to speak with the 6th graders about beekeeping and the honey bee population in New Jersey.

The 6th grade science students are currently working on a PBL (Problem Based Learning) about honey bees to investigate the possible causes of the declining bee population across the state of NJ.  The students will be using the information that Mr. Schuler presents to help them understand why honey bee colony collapse is such an important environmental and economic issue.  All of the 6th graders will eventually be making a bee-friendly garden here on Lakeside’s campus to help support our local population of honey bees here in Millville.  Having Mr. Schuler here is a unique opportunity for our students to gain information that will aid them in developing an understanding of the importance of pollinators to agriculture and our environment in general. We are looking forward to this unique learning opportunity.

National School Counselors Week - Message from Dr. Gentile, Superintendent of Schools 
Our community counts on us to be there for its children. As we statistically score high in areas like children living in poverty, unemployment, and teen pregnancy, we also have staff who consistently go the extra mile to help kids.

This week, February 6 – 10, is National School Counselor Week and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Millville counselors for their efforts and hard work.  We have a great staff of Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, SAC’s, & CST that do so much for our students and their families.

So often counselors are working behind the scenes and doing things that are not necessarily noticed, but are extraordinarily important to the kids. Sure, we may drive you crazy when we are asking for that extra chance for a student, but we often are the voice of the child who may be going through more than you know. Please join me this week and send your thanks to the Millville counselors, and remember that, “Everyone you meet is going through a battle that you may know nothing about.  Be kind always.”

Congratulations to the 6th and 7th grade Students of the Month
7th  grade
Henry Sheppard for Language Arts, Ashley Brag for Math, Chelsea Langley for Geography, Isaiah Carter for Science


Daily Announcements
Congratulations to the boys basketball team who won a grueling game against Pleasantville 38-34. Jeff Martin led all scores with 13 points and also added tough defense. Kevin Harrell added another 10 points in a great win for the boys basketball team.

Mark your agenda books! Monday, February 13th is the PBSIS school-wide Pajama Day for students and staff. Tickets cost only 1 dollar!!! Only 1 dollar and you get to wear pajamas in school for the ENTIRE school day! Tickets will be on sale Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th, 7th and 8th, at all grade level Zap Stores and at Mrs. Rauch’s room, M-121.  The rules that EVERYONE will follow are: NO SLIPPERS ALLOWED-- the school dress code is still in effect…..the same consequences that apply to the dress code WILL APPLY to Pajama day!

So bring your dollar to the Zap Stores and prepare  to have a COMFORTABLE day on Monday, February 13th!!

It's that time of year again!  Box Tops Time!

So gather up all of those Box Tops you've been collecting and turn them in to your Homeroom teacher by February 10th.  Make sure you ask your family, friends, and neighbors for their box tops too.  The top homeroom will win a Pizza Part.  Second and Third place winners will win pretzels.   If you have any suggestions for prizes please let your homeroom teacher know and they will let Mrs. Powell know.


Tickets are still available for Lakeside Family Friendly Night at the Philadelphia 76’ers Game on Friday February 24th. Bus leaves Lakeside at 5 and returns at 11. Tickets are $20 cash per person and pizza and soda will be provided at 4:00 p.m. at Lakeside before the game. Permission slips are available in the main office and can be returned to Mrs. Benfer.

Pictures from around the school
Mr. DeSantis visited LMS to conduct a Master Clarinet Class 

Mrs. Holmes encourages reflection in her class

Mrs. Steelman and Mrs. Murphy keeping our hallways safe 


LMS teachers hard at work at our recent in-service 

LMS teachers hard at work at our recent in-service 

LMS teachers hard at work at our recent in-service 

LMS teachers hard at work at our recent in-service 

Twinning at Lakeside - Great minds dress like
Mrs. Ronchetti and Mrs. Oquendo 

Mr. Young and Mr. Hudson twinning 
Triplets at Lakeside - You might have thought twinning was winning, but this week we had triplets. Great minds dress alike
Mrs. Powell, Mr. Davis and Mrs. Ronchetti 


Winners of the Week - Mrs. Roche, originally from Georgia and Mrs. Murphy, originally from Massachusetts have never forgotten their home town teams.  No matter who wins the Super Bowl, they won the Blog this week! 
Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Roche! 


Weekly Overview - National School Counselors Week 
Monday - A Day - Bee Assembly, 9:00 AM (6th grade only)
Tuesday - B Day - Another amazing learning opportunity at LMS
Wednesday -A  Day - Sub Committee Meeting, 3:20 PM
Thursday -B  Day - School Leadership Committee, 3:20 PM
Friday - A Day - Another amazing learning opportunity at LMS