Monthly Archives: October 2013

We got this!

IMG_3286Double, double, toil and trouble…it was not one, but two pairs of princiPALs on the scene today at LME!  It’s a great thing too because Party Day always brings interesting situations to address.  🙂

First grade teachers Katie Bergvall and Stephanie Daniell IMG_3281(both MISD alums) accepted the challenge of being Mrs. Van and Mrs. Bass (in costume at least) for the day.  Ms. Daniell found Mrs. Bass’ bullhorn to use (hhmmm…no one usually gets to use the bullhorn but Mrs. Bass), and Ms. Bergvall talked on the walkies (remarkably, just like me).  🙂

Thanks to our wonderfully supportive parents and entire learning community for coming out to celebrate a fun school day with us.  As our twins noted today, “We got this; y’all be safe out there tonight!”

Carved and ready!

Are your pumpkins carved and ready for the big day?

photoOur Head Start friends never let a rainy day get them down.  During recess, they took the opportunity to clean out pumpkins, count and clean seeds, and carve (with assistance) photo 02some funny faces to share.  The room was abuzz with excitement and orange goo! 🙂

Other classrooms and our own Nurse Sullivan talked about Halloween safety in anticipation of several events tomorrow.  Here are a few important tips to remember (based on advise from our learners):

  • Never trick-or-treat alone; go in groups and with a trusted adult.
  • Use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see others and others to see you.
  • Wear well-fitting costumes, masks, and shoes to avoid blocked vision and possible falls.
  • Only visit well-lit homes.

Autumn holidays like Halloween are fun times for everyone involved.  Most importantly, be safe out there as you get those pumpkins carved and ready!

Dreaming BIG pumpkin dreams…

I adore reading and sharing in classrooms; it reminds me why I chose to answer the call of teaching in the first place.  Today, I had the honor of visiting with some of our older readers who chose a book for me “because of the really BIG words, Mrs. Van.”  🙂  Little did I know the really BIG words were synonyms of the actual word BIG in How BIG Could Your Pumpkin Grow?

In his delightful story about all the places a giant imagespumpkin could be, award-winning artist, Wendell Minor does just as he imagines with LARGER-THAN-LIFE pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places.  From the highest lighthouse in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the Capitol dome in Washington, D.C., to Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, to Yosemite Falls in California, giant pumpkins abound in colossal ways!  Mr. Minor’s celebration of famous American landmarks and landscapes plays with the concepts of size and scale in fun, factual ways to inspire reader imagination.

Just imagine the places of travel in our beautiful country and whether an enormous pumpkin could fill the area.  “Perhaps your MIGHTY pumpkin could grow up to be president…Hail to the chief!”  So, to young pumpkin lovers and readers who dream BIG, never give up on your dreams!

Note:  A Van Am Gram party note went home today (or tomorrow for some) reminding you about class parties, parking (in the rain and mud), and morning car line in the bus lane.  Be safe out there! 

Silly socks…

photoSilly socks…not just for kids anymore!  Our building was full of silly socks today as a focus on the first day of Red Ribbon Week“Seriously, don’t do drugs!” challenged us all to take the message of being drug-free seriously, but not ourselves too seriously.  As students reflected on the silly things we do in life, they also talked about the serious side effects of harsh drug, tobacco, and alcohol use on the body.  StuCo members shared startling statistics about drug abuse during the morning message…sobering facts to ponder in these formative years of growing and learning.  Here’s hoping the message throughout the entire week causes you and your child to have frank conversations about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use.  Let’s all STAND UP together!

Note:  Tuesday’s theme is STAND UP For Your Friends!

Harlem Wizards ROCK!

The Harlem Wizards stopped by LME today during our Miller Rally to share some ball moves and talk about the BIG game tomorrow on Saturday, October 26th at Frank Seale Middle School.  Join them @ 6:00 for the pre-game show and supper follHarlem Wizardsowed by the big game @ 7:00.  Our own Stephanie Daniell, LME first grade teacher and former MHS basketball hoop star, will be on the MISD team playing against the Wizards!  🙂

EnJOY this wonderful autumn weekend and be safe out there!

Trunk or Treat?!

trunkdynastyIt was a festive and fun family event this evening as our learning community came out in huge numbers to enJOY our first Trunk or Treat Family Event!  From Trunk Dynasty to Rockin’ Readers, our learners, their families, TrunkTreatand neighbors visited, laughed, and reveled in the evening autumn breeze.  Our LME Book Fair was open and business was booming indeed.  🙂

Thanks to our amazing PTO Board for their vision and organization of this family event.  Thanks to our staff members and 3rdgradeTTfamilies who graciously participated by decorating trunks and sharing amazing treats with so many.  Thanks to all who contributed to an extraordinary opportunity of community fellowship!

Yearbooks and Red Ribbons and Trunks…oh my!

Yearbooks-182x182-Y-LOGOOur yearbooks are on sale now!  There are two ways to order your 2013-2014 copy of our LME yearbook:

  • Place a check (made payable to LaRue Miller Elementary), money order, or cash into the yearbook envelope with student name and homeroom teacher.
  • Visit to click on “buy your yearbook.”  Tax will be charged and the online option will only be available until Dec. 20th.

We are also having our traditional LME Yearbook Cover Design Contest open to all LME students.  Guidelines to enter this contest are:

  1. Design must be submitted on white 7.5 x 8 inch paper.  Mrs. Story has the paper ready for pick-up.
  2. Design must include the year 2013 – 2014.
  3. On the back of the design, please include first and last name, grade, and teacher name (written lightly in pencil).
  4. Design cannot be stapled or folded.

The winner of the yearbook cover contest wins a free yearbook!  Design are due to Mrs. Story, yearbook sponsor, by Friday, November 1st!

Red Ribbon Week is our annual drug awareness campaign and this IMG_1817year we are STANDING UP Against Drugs at LME.  Please make note of the following themes each day:

  • Mon; Oct. 28:  Seriously, Don’t Do Drugs! (wear silly socks)
  • Tues; Oct. 29:  STAND UP For Your Friends (making friendship bracelets)
  • Wed; Oct. 30:  Don’t Let Drugs SNEAK UP on You!  (wear bright sneakers)
  • Thurs; Oct. 31:  Be a STAND UP Character; Show Your Good Character! (dress like you favorite book character).  This is also Fall Party Day at LME!
  • Fri; Nov. 1:  STAND UP For Your Future! (wear your favorite college or team shirt)

Finally, our PTO is sponsoring a special Trunk or Treat Event this week on Thurs; Oct. 24th, in conjunction with our Family Book Fair Night Event.  Trunks will be decorated and ready in the front parking area @ 6:30 p.m.  The Book Fair will be open from school dismissal until 7:30 p.m. for our families to stop, read a great book, and shop (the holidays are just around the corner, you know!) 🙂  The weather should be great, so please stop by for some family fun and fellowship!