5909 Myers Rd. E.
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Attendance (253) 891-5110
Fax (253) 891-5145
From the Principal's Desk
Welcome to the month of December. Your child carried home his or her progress report the week of November 12. Cheers to you if it reflected the accomplishments you expected. Of course, on the other hand, please contact your child's teacher(s) if you have concerns. Our counselors, Kami Johnson and Mari Lysne, are always prepared to help you out so know you can give them a call or e-mail for assistance.
Our Lakeridge Middle School Vision continues with the following highlights:!
Emotionally Safe: Our opening three months of school have been wonderful. Our daily attendance rates are terrific thanks to parents and guardians scheduling appointments outside of the school day. Mrs. Rothermel, attendance secretary, sends a big ol' hug to those parents and guardians who promptly call her at 253.891.5110. We rarely have any students lingering in the hallways arriving to class late. Our Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) data continues to be low and issues are respectfully resolved with counselor intervention. Oh sure, some of our students have some issues that require adult intervention and we are here to help. Most of the issues typically involve social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Math Story Problems Today (HA!). Parent and guardian monitoring of their child's use of social sites would be of tremendous assistance.
Socially Civil: Our Veterans Day Assembly was special, personal, and meaningful. Our guest speaker's theme was selflessness as he spoke from the heart. In the weeks prior to our assembly, students had the opportunity to provide the names and service branch of family members they would like recognized on the slide show during the assembly. We had hundreds of recognitions that included all five service branches - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Students have been showing what they know on a variety of student assessments and classroom presentations. Many students appreciate the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and demonstrate to the teacher on a later date that they have indeed learned the content.
The following information includes the details you need to know in order to plan ahead. It is going to be a great month!
Auburn Youth Resources, Prevention Intervention Specialist
Mandy Jones is our Prevention Intervention Specialist. She works for Auburn Youth Resources and is here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Middle school ages are when some youth begin to experiment with drugs and chemicals. We do not want any of our Hawks to become involved in terrible choices. Mandy is also the chairperson for our school's Prevention Team. This team is a group of students who focus on age-appropriate school messages and activities. They meet every Tuesday after school from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Encourage your child to join this valuable team of students. Should you have concerns about your child or questions regarding these topics, please e-mail Mandy Jones or call her at 253.797.0118.
Friends of Rachel Club
The mission of the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club is to promote kindness and caring at Lakeridge Middle School. Counselors Mari Lysne and Kami Johnson ensure students have a great time at club meetings carrying on the positive energy from Rachel's Challenge and finding positive ways to impact our community. Many of the activities started last year, such as holding doors open in the morning with high-fives, writing acts of kindness on paper links for our Random Acts of Kindness Chain, and being guides and ambassadors for students new to Lakeridge have continued.
The club is open to students with a desire for leadership opportunities who want to enhance the chain reaction of kindness. They meet every Thursday during grade-level lunches. Tell your child to see Mrs. Lysne or Mrs. Johnson to join this responsible group of students.
ASB "Hope for the Holidays" Food/Toy Drive
The Bonney Lake Food Bank and the Bonney Lake Senior Center are in need of non-perishable food and toys for families this winter. The Lakeridge Student Council has decided to step up and support our community by hosting a food and toy drive. Students can help by advertising the food drive and/or by bringing in non-perishable food or a new, small, unwrapped toy. All donations can be dropped off in first period classes for 6th and 7th graders, and 3rd period classes for 8th graders. Grade levels will be competing for the title of "Holiday Helper Extraordinaire." The collection will take place from Monday, December 2 until Monday, December 9. Let the competition begin!
Here are the details you need to know. We suggest you print this article and post it on your refrigerator to help you remember when the inclement weather arrives.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday
Merely listen to the radio or television, check School Messages (see below), the district Web site, or call the emergency hotline number at 253.891.6001 for information. The typical decisions are Two-Hour Late Start or Canceled.
Wednesday (the Late Start Morning)
If there is inclement weather on a Wednesday morning and the Sumner School District is not mentioned by radio or television, all bus routes and schools will operate on the Wednesday late start schedule.
Any time school is closed due to inclement weather all school activities, athletics, and extra-curricular events are canceled. This includes all practices, mandatory or voluntary, any contests, games, matches, meets, events, etc.
You can expect morning and after school buses to be a little late during severe weather.
Check the Sumner School District Web site or call the emergency hotline number at 253-891-6001 for updated school closure information.
You may sign up to receive e-mails at home. Go to the Sumner School District Web site, Lakeridge home page and click on School Messages Sign Up. You will receive the newsletter and other important updates.
College Bound Scholarship
This financial aid program is designed to inspire students to begin making college and career plans. The four-year scholarship covers the cost of college tuition, fees, and a $500 stipend for books for low-income students. Applications are available for 7th and 8th grade students at middle school offices. Kami Johnson, counselor, is a terrific contact person for additional information.
As always, we are merely a telephone call or e-mail away.
Steve Fulkerson Toby Udager
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