December Newsletter 2011

posted Dec 14, 2011, 9:30 AM by

Dear Parents:


Scholastic Book Fair:   One of our primary learning objectives for students is learning to read.  It is arguably the most important life skill we teach.  Regardless of the way in which the written word is presented, we believe it is important for students to develop a positive predisposition toward reading.  Research indicates that just having books and magazines in the home increases student performance in school!  Taking your child to the library, or making a stop in a book store to buy a book is a sure way to increase the motivation to read.  This week, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning, Dec. 1,2 and 3, we are hosting our first Scholastic Book Fair in school.  Scholastic does sell other products, and we cannot tell students they may not purchase them, but you as a parent can stipulate that some of the money you may provide, must go toward a book!   Also, keep in mind that magazine subscriptions are a wonderful way to promote reading in the home. Kids love to get real mail in the mailbox addressed just to them every month.  For a selection of quality magazines geared to the young reader you could start with  We encourage you to come in and browse as well.  Books make terrific gifts, and reading is the gift of a lifetime.


Library Update:   Our school reading incentive is finished and the kids really outdid themselves this year.  Over the last 4 weeks, the students read 1, 679 library books!!


Masterpiece Art:  There will be an introductory Masterpiece Art Program meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 PM for all parents interested in teaching one art lesson/month to their child or children’s classes.  For many years at Mt. Lebanon, the Masterpiece Art Program has strengthened the children’s understanding of art.  The program also provides  an enjoyable way for parents who are passionate about art to share their enthusiasm with a group of young artists, and to help them create art related to an artist, a civilization, or movement in art.  Please let our art teacher, Margaret Schultz know if you would like to participate but cannot attend the meeting.


Kindergarten Forum:  Please plan to attend a special forum to learn more about our proposal to provide full-day kindergarten beginning next year.  There will be a panel including our superintendent, Dr. Paludi, the elementary principals and kindergarten teachers.  We will meet in the MPR at the Mt. Lebanon School, Monday, December 5, at 6:30 PM


Limit Screen Time: In the “Health and Science” page of “The Week” (pg.29, Oct. 29, 2010), was written the following.  “Hours of TV and computer time leads to psychological and academic problems for young people, even if those same kids are physically active for large chunks of the day… Researchers in England found that kids who watched TV or were online for two or more hours a day were 61% more likely to have emotional, social, and concentration problems… It’s not the sedentary nature of TV watching and computer use that’s primarily to blame; it’s something about the content or the experience itself.”   A good rule: Watch them outdoors, and watch what they watch indoors.

Food Drive:  Mount Lebanon’s Annual Food Drive goes to the Baptist Church this year.  Once again, the students and staff at Mt. Lebanon will collect non –perishable food to benefit our neighbors in need of relief. Our Holiday Food Drive will begin On Thursday, December 1st and end on Friday, December 17th.  Children may bring donations of non perishable food items throughout the two weeks.   Below is a list of food and personal items needed:

►  Canned vegetables:  especially green beans, carrots and peas.

►  Meals in a can:  beef stew, chili, pork and beans, mac and cheese

►  Canned meat:  chicken, turkey, spam, tuna fish, beef, microwave meals

►  Holiday cooking items: instant mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned gravy/gravy mix, turkey/chicken stuffing, pie crust mix, pie filling

►  Personal items:  toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent

►  Miscellaneous items: spaghetti, tomato sauce, canned beans, tuna/hamburger helper, canned fruits, jelly, healthy cereal, canned mild

On Friday December 17th, all the boxes of food will be collected from the classrooms and put on stage in the Multi purpose room for the children to see how much our school donated.  The food will be brought to the Baptist Church on Friday morning after morning sing.  This is a great opportunity for the students of Mt. Lebanon to be involved in a community project.  If you have any questions, please call Nancy Tomlinson, RN at Mount Lebanon School (298-8202)  On behalf of our neighbors in need, we thank you for your support of our school’s 18th Annual Food Drive.


Winter Weather:  We believe in getting the students outside to play.  As the weather gets colder please see that your child comes with mittens or gloves, a warm and warm shoes or boots, and warm jacket.  Also, label those items with permanent marker so that we may trace them back to their rightful owner.  When the thermometer dips below 10 degrees F, we’ll keep the students inside to protect against frostbite. 


Michael Foxall,



“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”  Hellen Keller