In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, I took a new look at the man, his place in history,
and what we can learn from him now, almost 49 years after his assassination. Martin Luther King, Jr.
was instrumental in the passage of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination based
on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that prohibits racial
discrimination in voting.
Quote of the Week: “We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when
multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” (Howard Zinn, 1922 – 2010)
Why do we honor and appreciate our children’s teachers?
It’s not because they work hard, though they do. It’s not because they have a difficult job, though they do. It’s because they work hard, in a difficult job for our children. For that year, or two, or three they are part of the extended family. Teachers form close bonds with students and their impact is great…
Important dates are coming up for the Smarter Balanced CAASPP standardized tests. We will be testing all students in grades 3rd through 8th, unless we receive a current opt-out letter. The online tests cover language arts and math. Each teacher has a different start date as we need to stagger the use of the equipment. We will begin testing students April 26 and continue through May. A letter with more specific information about the tests themselves will go home this week.
Another important date is May 1. This is the date that Open Classroom 5th grade families need to let us know if students are transferring to Middle School, rather than staying for 6th grade in Open. We will have two tour dates to help with the decision. On April 19 students will tour the Middle School. A tour for parents will be on April 21 at 9 am. Please RSVP to Donna Henderson (email@example.com) if you would like to sign up for a tour. Alternate dates are also available if you are unable to visit on the 21st Please contact Laura (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange an alternate tour date.
It is enchanting to walk through the Lagunitas campus in the rain. The showers have been on and off all week, with students glad when the timing gets them outside during recess or PE. Come along with me and you will see classrooms bustling with novel experiences for our students…
Welcome back to all our students, staff, and families after what felt like two luxuriously long
weeks of vacation and holiday celebrations. We had lots of sleepy students (and staff?) on
Monday, but by Tuesday the routine started feeling familiar.
Transitions can be hard, but funny how transitioning from school to vacation in December didn’t
seem to bother many of us.
Our Lagunitas School District fundraising group, LEAP, has responded to changes in district
funding structure by reconsidering their allocation goals and process. With a focus on current
students and current budgets, they have a plan to support programs in need of supplemental
funds in order to provide ongoing enrichment opportunities to all our students. This is in
addition to generous support to our art programs, our band program, our teacher mini-grants,
assemblies, and the channeling of pledge amounts directly to programs per donor wishes.
Quote of the Week: “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his [or her]
deep and continuing needs, is good for [her or] him.” (Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014)
Halloween Carnival back on at Lagunitas
Thanks to the leadership of our eighth grade students, we will be able to host our traditional
Halloween Carnival on October 30 from noon until 2 pm …
LSD Newsletter 2015-2016 September 30, 2015
All our classes on the two school campuses have been participating in community building,
getting to know each other activities as the school year begins. While kindergarten each year
brings fresh students to our school, new classroom configurations, with a different mix of
students, create a unique environment for our elementary students. In addition, we have several
students who have joined Lagunitas throughout the grades, from 1st to 8th. We love having new
students join us midway through their schooling. It’s exciting to get to know them, and to see
their reactions to our one-of-a-kind district. We are all proud of how friendly and welcoming our
students are to our new students.
Welcome to the first Tuesday Notice of the 2015-2016 school year. This newsletter is published each week. We send the newsletter through our email distribution lists and post it on our Lagunitas.org website. Please contact the office if you need a paper copy. Along with important dates and a school update, this notice is available for sharing information regarding school events, program needs, and other relevant news.
News and Information We are focused on testing these days, as our third – eighth grade teachers and staff administer the CAASPP tests to those participating. In case you are wondering, CAASPP stands for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress....