March 2009 Newsletter
Math Night: Don’t forget! This Thursday night is Family Math Night at Mt. Lebanon. Our program starts at 6:15 PM in the multi-purpose room.
I will greet you and provide a brief overview of the evening program.
We will have snacks of apples and oranges for sale, simultaneously
providing an opportunity to promote good health and eat fruity
fractions. Each grade level team has selected a variety of math
problems and activities. So, plan on spending about 20 minutes in each
of the classrooms at your child’s grade level. This is not an
evening where teachers deliver formal descriptions of the program, but
rather an evening where your child will take the lead in demonstrating
what and how he or she is learning math. Teachers will be
available for to answer your questions. We are now in our third year of
implementing the Trailblazers math program and the students have
responded very favorably to the way in which we introduce and reinforce
math skills and concepts. You may extend your child’s learning by
asking, “What is another way to solve this? How did you arrive at that
answer? Convince me that this is correct. Is there another way to
solve the problem?” Our students do need to know their simple math
facts, and have a solid grasp of numbers so that their applications will
produce accurate results. We must therefore, begin by asking, “What
prior learning has to take place so that children understand conceptually and relationally 11+13 = 12X2 = 30-6 = 48/2 = 24 ”?
Voting day March 10! The
Mt. Lebanon School is the voting location for West Lebanon voters.
Taxpayers will be voting the School Board’s proposed budget for next
fiscal year and the whether or not to build a new Middle School grades 5
– 8, among other articles. School will be in session though there will
not be hot lunch served on that day. Parking may be tight so you might
want to plan ahead and not vote during arrival or dismissal times.
We’ll need to know by Wednesday whether or not your child will order a
Passport to Winter Fun:
Is your child going to be a Polar Bear~this winter? There's still time
to complete the journey to Winter Fun!~The~Passport to Winter Fun
program runs through March 16. Children who make it to day 30 by that
date in their Passports become Polar Bear Achievers and~can receive a
special t-shirt and enter the Grand Prize Raffle. Even students who
don't make it all the way to day 30 can still receive a prize if they
turn in both "flaps" of their Passports... All participants have a
great time along the way, earning healthy incentives for themselves and
their families. Don't forget to sign up on the Passport website to
learn about special activities for Passport holders. Visit www.uvtrails.org for
more info. Don't wait! Register today to find out about the Passport
Family Fun Day taking place this Sunday, March 1 at Wilderness Trails in
~Responsive Classroom, Hot Breakfast and PTO Fundraisers: A key concept in the Responsive Classroom framework is community building. Children need to be taught
to be socially responsible. What does socially responsible behavior
sound like? What does it look like? Why is it important? Children
need to feel secure, nurtured and valued. That your child identifies
positively with their school is very important and is one indicator that
he or she feels an integral part of the community. While we have
always deeply appreciated your commitment to our school, two recent
events have highlighted your support. Several weeks ago our PTO
volunteers served delicious pasta and sauce in two sittings to happy and
hungry children and parents. With the Scholastic Book Fair going on in
the background, and the opportunity to purchase gourmet coffee on the
sides, our children received the message and impression that ours is a
good school, a safe
place where we can meet as family and friends and enjoy good food and
each other’s company; this is a place where we count. Ramuntos and
Three Tomatoes both generously donated food and thanks to the combined
efforts of our parent volunteers we had plenty of tasty deserts. Our
PTO realized a substantial gain to its coffers and many students
acquired new books. Also, just last Thursday, Mr. Dennis Samuel of Café
Services and Mrs. Pollard served over seventy students and parents a
hot breakfast before school. I believe that in trying times we will
only see ourselves getting stronger and more tightly knit. Research has
demonstrated time and again, your visible support and presence in
school actually improves your child’s performance.
At Mrs. Anna Pollard’s request, we will be recognizing “Kind and
Friendly Lunchroom Helpers” during our Morning Sing every other week.
Walter P. was our first student recognized. Also, thanks to the
combined efforts of the PTO, Green Committee and Café Services, we will
soon be using only real silverware in hot lunch program, thereby saving
money and not putting more non-biodegradable plastic into our landfills.
Dates to Remember:
Tuesday, March 10. VOTING DAY for school budget and related articles. Cold lunch.
March 12 is an Early Release day for teacher workshops and professional development.
There will be Jump Rope for Heart at the CCBA that afternoon.
March 13, Friday, NO SCHOOL for students, as this is a teacher workshop day.
I reflect upon the number of disagreeable people who I know have gone
to a better world, I am moved to lead a different life.” Mark Twain