Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 24 - 28, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams Into Reality 

Samara came to the Bubbles for Autism 
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Welcome back! We hoped you had a great Spring Break and are ready to return to school. The week before Spring Break was busy as we kicked off Autism Awareness, hosted our annual JDRF Walk, and had our monthly PBSIS reward party. We were exhausted after all of that so Spring Break came at a great time.

This week we have rescheduled the Spirit Week until after the PARCC. Stay tuned for more details. We have our monthly PTO meeting on Tuesday at 6:00 PM. This Thursday we are hosting our annual Take Your Child To Work Day. If your child is planning to participate in this event, we are requesting that you have the workplace provide a note.

Lakeside Middle School--- 2017 PARCC Testing Dates 2017 NJASK 8th grade Science Exam
Grade
Testing Dates

6th grade
April 27- May 2

7th grade

May 2- May 5
8th grade
 
May 8- May 11
Make-up Test grades 6-8
 
May 12- May 19
 NJASK Science 8th grade only 
 
May 31st
Make-up for
NJASK Science 8th grade only
June 7th

Daily Announcements
Mr. Jimenez blew the horn to begin Spring Break 
Support Samara by purchasing a chocolate bow today during your lunch period in the cafeteria. Samara is currently recovering from her fight against cancer and we need to get together as a Lakeside family to show our support.  Large bows are $2 and small bows are $1 and all money will be donated to the Somerville family. These bows make great basket fillers too!

Tickets are now on sale for Lakeside Family Friendly Night at the Philadelphia Phillies Game on Friday, June 2nd. Bus leaves Lakeside at 5 and returns at 11. Tickets are $25 cash (only-no checks accepted) 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. Permission slips can be returned to Mrs. Benfer in the main office.




Pictures from around the school
Students of the Month! 

Sidewalk drawings 

DJ Booth for JDRF 

Sidewalk Art 

Bows for Samara table at lunch 

Dancing at LMS 

Ms. James's students learning about shapes  

Ms. James's students learning about shapes 
Ms. James's students learning about shapes 

Ms. James's students learning about shapes 
Ms. James's students learning about shapes 

Ms. James's students learning about shapes 

Mrs. Lairs's students doing a gallery walk and critiquing poetry  
Mrs. Lairs's students doing a gallery walk and critiquing poetry 

Students placing their hand for Autism Awareness 

Students placing their hand for Autism Awareness 

Mrs. Henry's students learning about Easter Egg genetics 

Mrs. Henry's students learning about Easter Egg genetics 

Easter Egg dyeing with Mrs. Richardson's students 

Easter Egg Dyeing with Mrs. Richardson's students

Congratulations to Staff PBSIS Winners 
Mr. Clarke and Mrs. Cuesta 


Twinning is Winning - Great Minds Dress Alike - Mr. Hickman and his angels were quadrupling
Mr. Hickman, Ms. Votta, Mrs. Henry, and Ms. Carroll 


Winner of the week -This week's winner is all of the students and staff who participated in the JDRF. A big thank you to Mrs. Lokuta for coordinating it and to Mrs. Pettit for inspiring everyone with her motivational words! 
The JDRF participants
JDRF Top Earners 


Mrs. Pettit giving a motivational message  

A little dancing 

Walking for JDRF! 

Weekly Overview
Monday - 4/24/17 - B Day - Back to LMS!
Tuesday - 4/25/17 - A Day - PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM
Wednesday - 4/26/17 - B Day - Staff Meeting, 3:20 PM
Thursday - 4/27/17- A Day - Take Your Child to Work; PARCC 6th Grade
Friday - 4/28/17 - B Day -  PARCC 6th Grade

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 10 - 21, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams Into Reality

Shout out to Mr. Hakola who taught Ms. Wichnick's class how to make salsa!
We are very excited for this week. There are so many activities going on. Our JDRF Walk will be taking place on Thursday. Each year Mrs. Pettit teaches the school about Juvenile Diabetes and why we raise money. She also wins each year for the homeroom who raises the most money. In addition, the rest of the teachers try (none have ever succeeded) to "Pummel Pettit." In order to "Pummel Pettit"' one homeroom needs to raise more money than Mrs. Pettit's homeroom. Will this year be the year?

EdCamp for LMS Parents -
Mrs. Stroup is seeking feedback for a Parent EdCamp night in the next few weeks. We would like to get your feedback to design a program to suit your needs. Click here to take this brief survey.

Bubbles for Autism
The Bubbles for Autism event will be held on Monday, April 10 @ 2:00 in the cafeteria.  This event is completely voluntary.  We will have a table set up for signing/handprints on the banner and temporary tattoos.  We will go out to the lawn by the gazebo to blow bubbles for about 5-10 minutes and then enter back in through the cafeteria to finish the activities.

Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show
Mr. Godfrey prepping for the PARCC 
We are having The Franklin Institute bring their Traveling Science Show on Motion and Machines to Lakeside Middle School this Monday morning, April 10th.  Due to audience size limits instituted by The Franklin Institute, we had to split the eighth-grade class into two sections.  With administrative support, we decided that the easiest way to do that was to split the groups by using the students A Day and B-Day science schedule.

Students who have science on A-Day will attend the show at 8:45 am and return to class after the show concludes at 9:30 am.  Students that have science on B-Day will attend the show at 9:45 am and return after the show concludes at 10:30 am.  There will be an announcement made for each group of students to report to the auditorium.  We appreciate your flexibility in allowing our students to participate in this great experience.

Daily Announcements
It’s time for PBSIS Fitness Fun !!! On Thursday, April 13th during 7th and 8th periods in the gym. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 10th through Wednesday, April 12th. It’s ONLY 20 zaps to attend! As always tickets are available at the grade level ZAP stores. Hope to see you there!!

Starting next week every day in the cafeteria we will be selling chocolate bows for Samara, our 6th grade student who is currently recovering from her fight against cancer. Large lollipops are $2 and small are $1 and all money will be donated to the Somerville family.

Tickets are now on sale for Lakeside Family Friendly Night at the Philadelphia Phillies Game on Friday, June 2nd. Bus leaves Lakeside at 5 and returns at 11. Tickets are $25 cash (only-no checks accepted) 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. Permission slips can be returned to Mrs. Benfer in the main office.

Pictures from around the school 
Mr. Hakola's famous salsa! 

Mr. Hakola is a celebrity chef for LMS! 

Mrs. Sharpless is hosting a Prodigy Challenge for her 6th graders 

Lunch  time in the courtyard! 

8th grade science classes collecting data 

8th grade science classes collecting data 

Mr. Fry and Mrs. Tsoplakis 

8th grade science classes collecting data 

Technology Student of the Week- Alyssia Gomez 

Technology Students of the Week - Tonay Brown McClendon and Makayla Nelson 


Twinning is Winning 
Dr. Cook and Mr. Fry with their Autism Awareness T Shirts 

Dr. Cook and Mrs. LaRosa with their Autism Awareness T Shirts 


Winner of the Blog -This week's winner showed ingenuity, creativity and a dedication to his students (with a little help from Mrs. Gandy). Mr. Jimenez wrapped his shoes on Thursday during the torrential rain storm. Thanks for all you do for our kids! 
Mr. getting prepared for Bus Duty in the torrential rain 


Weekly Overview
Monday - 4/10/17 - B Day - Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show, 8th grade only
Tuesday - 4/11/17 - A Day - Another awesome day at LMS!
Wednesday - 4/12/17 - B Day - AVID trip to CCC; Ms. Wichnick's class field trip
Thursday - 4/13/17 - A Day - JDRF Walk and PBSIS Activities
Friday - 4/14/17 - No School
4/17/17 - 4/21/17  - Spring Break

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 3 - 7, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams Into Reality

Megan Hallenbeck speaking at NJHS
Can you believe that we are now into April? Wow, time really flies when you are having fun. This week the students, teachers and administration worked on some new expectations for the hallways, cell phones and more importantly, respect.

In the grade level assemblies, the Vice Principals and Dr. Cook outlined the changes with our cell phone policy. Many students were not in agreement with this but we feel that it is in their best interest. Did you miss the changes? Here are the changes:

Starting March 28 the students will no longer be able to use cell phones in the hallways in the morning, in between classes or at the end of the day. The reason for this change is safety and security in the hallways. They will be able to use the cell phones in the cafeteria and in classes where the teacher permits. Students will not be able to use cell phones when substitutes are in the class. Cell phones are a privilege not a right at LMS and failure to comply with the policies could result in loss of cell phone privileges. We also talked with the students about the concept of respect and how important it is for them to respect all of our staff members no matter what position they have.

Since implementing the new procedures, we have had very few infractions. We are so pleased that our students stepped up to the changes.

April is Autism Awareness Month 
April is here!!  It's time to celebrate and support our students living with autism.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its newest estimate of autism prevalence among the nation’s children – with numbers unchanged, at 1 in 68, from 2014. Based on these results, an estimated 1 to 1.2 million children under the age of 21 have been diagnosed with autism in the United States.

National Junior Honor Society 
Shades of Blue performing at the NJHS 
Lakeside Middle School held its National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony on March 28.

The society recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship.

Click here for the Daily Journal article.



Daily Announcements
Dr. Cook is always taking selfies! 
Anyone signed up for intramural floor hockey please check the sign up list located by the main gym and the auxiliary gym to see if you are cleared to participate. We start  this Monday April 3.

The PBSIS Committee is selling official tee shirts! For $15, you can support our awesome committee and promote positivity in our school. Shirts are light grey with a black-and-yellow lightning logo. See Miss Wichnick in B112 as soon as possible to place your order!

Tickets are now on sale for Lakeside Family Friendly Night at the Philadelphia Phillies Game on Friday, June 2nd. Bus leaves Lakeside at 5 and returns at 11. Tickets are $25 cash (only-no checks accepted) 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. Permission slips can be returned to Mrs. Benfer in the main office.

About our JDRF Fundraiser
Reminders:
1. Please remind students that $10 earns a ticket to the walk and $20 earns a ticket to both the walk and the PBSIS event.  Money due April 6, 2017
2.  Students will be able to buy tickets to the PBSIS event using ZAP's once the JDRF collection has ended.
3. Students MUST wear sneakers the day of the walk and the PBSIS event in order to participate.
4. The walk is April 13, 2017 from 8:40-10:40 AM.  The Fitness Fun Day is during periods 7 and 8.


Understanding Anxiety - Submitted by Mrs. Padro 
According to an article on Assessing and Treating Childhood Anxiety in School Settings by Savannah Wright & Michael L. Murkowski among 2% on 27% children and adolescents suffer with an anxiety disorder and many more struggle with distressing yet subclinical levels of anxiety.  A large body of research indicates that anxious youth are at risk for school absenteeism, academic underachievement, low social acceptance, and impaired psychosocial functioning.  These children required specific treatments if not it can result in more serious consequences such as depression, substance abuse, etc.  School psychologists can have an important role in implementing interventions to help the needs of anxious youth.


According to Thomas J. Huberty, PhD, NCSP, anxiety is one of the most common experiences of children and adults.  It is a normal, adaptive reaction, as it creates a level of arousal and alertness to danger.  The primary characteristic of anxiety is worry, which is fear that future events will have negative outcomes.  Anxious children are much more likely than their peers to see minor events as potentially threatening such as giving a brief oral report, taking a test, completing classwork, etc. Anxious children are likely to engage in a variety of avoidance behaviors to reduce exposure to threat.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 6:00 PM  - Social Media: Is It Friend or Foe? 

Have you ever wondered about the consequences of misusing social media?  Although social media can have a positive impact if used properly, there are very real concerns related to its misuse.  

You are cordially invited to a workshop entitled Social Media Friend or Foe hosted by Detective Dwayne Watkins on Wednesday, April 5th at Lakeside Middle School at 6 PM. He will explain the legal aspects and concerns involved in misusing social media and answer any questions that you may have. You can enter through the front of the school and someone will direct you to the library. 


Pictures From Around The School
Century 21 Photography Club 

Century 21 Photography Club 

Century 21 Photography Club 

Century 21 Photography Club 

Century 21 Photography Club 

Century 21 Photography Club 

Century 21 Photography Club 

Century 21 Photography Club 


NJHS getting ready  

Mrs. Wichnick's class preparing salad 

Mrs. Wichnick's class preparing salad 

Mrs. Wichnick's class preparing salad 

Mrs. Wichnick's class preparing salad 

Henry got a surprise for April Fools Day 

Cassy Johnston from the RAC presenting to staff 

Ms. James with all of the resources collected for the homeless! 


Twinning at LMS - Great Minds Dress Alike
Mrs.Kavanagh and Mrs. Benfer 

Mr. P and Mrs. Ronchetti 

Mrs. Elwell and Mr. Hudson 

Mr. Clarke and Mrs. Brown


Winner of the Week - This week's winner of the blog is Andrew Cain! Andrew was selected to represent LMS at the 8th grade Dialogue on Monday, March 27, and was the Keynote Speaker at the NJHS Induction on Tuesday, March 28! Congratulations for all you do for LMS Andrew!
Andrew with Dr. Cook and the Board of Education 

Andrew with Dr. Gentile and the Board of Education 

Andrew getting ready to speak at the 8th Grade Dialogue 


Weekly Overview
Monday - April 3 - A Day - Another amazing day at LMS
Tuesday - April 4 - B Day - Another Epic day at LMS
Wednesday - April 5 - A Day - Sub-committee meetings, 3:20 PM; Social Media Presentation,
Thursday - April 6 - B Day - School Leadership (ScIP) Meeting, 3:20 PM
Friday - April 7 -A Day - Wear your Autism Awareness Shirts; JDRF Money Due