Piano Lab ROCKS!

pianolab1Our multi-talented music teacher, Mrs. Perez, just opened the many boxes filled with musical treasures from our recent MISD Education Foundation grant (thanks, MEF)!  Our learners and classroom leaders alike were inspired to compose creative pieces as well as learn to actually play the piano.  Mrs. Perez can be at her master keyboard and hear what each player is doing by “keying into” their system, thus teaching as she goes individually to each learner.

This particular lab pianolab3will teach basic keyboarding skills, how to compose simple keyboard pieces, and basic music sight-reading.  Research shows that basic keyboarding and piano knowledge not only enhances musical talent in all other instruments, but builds stronger brain connections in reading, writing, math calculation and problem solving.   As one friend shared, “This piano lab, rocks, Mrs. Van!”  Rock on, little piano players!  🙂

Hats off, Kinder friends!

Hats1Our Kinder friends presented the most precious musical this evening called HATS!  Written by John Jacobson and John Higgins, it celebrates in rhyme and song what truly matters underneath the beautiful hats we all wear each day.  From “The Perfect Hat for Me” to “My Head, My Heart,” these little learners shared hats2their singing talent (such soloists!), dance moves, and brilliant smiles for all to enJOY!  Special thanks to our multi-talented music teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Perez, our Specials Team who patiently assist with each program, our Kinder Teaching Team, and our outstanding parents who make sure everyone is dressed and ready to perform.  Hats off to you, Kinder friends!  🙂

Boys’ Night Out

Boys-Night-Out-logoOur wonderful PTO is sponsoring their annual Boys’ Night Out this Friday, May 16th starting @ 6:00 p.m.  Join us in the back playground area with your beach towels, chairs, balls, games, and more as we chow down on hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, drinks, and (of course) s’mores.  The girls may have their Tutus and Ties, but guys, this is your chance to party under the stars.  We hope to see you there!  🙂

We MUSTACHE you a question!

mustache?In honor of National Children’s Book Week, we have themes going each day here at LME.  Our students and staff members really get involved in the process and today is certainly no PhotoLGexception indeed!  Thanks to our clever library media specialist, Mrs. Bolgiano, our staff most especially enJOYs all manner of “dress up” (just like these pics prove).  So, we MUSTACHE you today:  What great books have you read lately?  What fanSTACHEtic summer readings would you suggest?  🙂

Celebrating readers and books…

CBW2May 12-16 is officially National Children’s Book Week and we always celebrate in big ways at LME!  Please join us next week in dressing for the daily theme and bring some wonderful reading material to share with others as we get ready for summer reading fun!  🙂

  • Monday: “We MUSTACHE You To Read!” Wear a mustache to school; prizes awarded for the top 3 most creative.
  • Tuesday: “Sneak Up On A Good Book.” Wear camouflage clothing.
  • Wednesday: “READ A Shirt Day!” Wear a shirt with words on it.
  • Thursday: “Reading With A Friend Is Twice As Nice!” It’s Twin Day so dress the same as a friend to read together.
  • Friday: “A Book Title In My Pocket…” Have a favorite book title written down in your pocket to pull out and share with a friend.

Time flies…

TAW4How time flies…we waved a somewhat tearful goodbye to our 5th graders (and their teachers) for their big official tour of Frank Seale Middle School.  As I share everyday, the days of raising children are long but the years are too short.  As we get ready to send our first group of LME Kindergarteners (now almost 6th graders) to middle school, we are thankful for the 6 years of learning, traditions, and handprints they have each contributed to our LME legacy.  Likewise, we are grateful for their parents who partnered with us during their elementary journey.  We are sending strong learning leaders to Cub-land!; get ready, FSMS!  🙂

Star Attractions…

Nurse AppreciationIn the midst of Teacher Appreciation Week, we also celebrate the awesomeness of our extraordinary school nurse, Mrs. Sullivan (or Nurse, for short).  She was blessed today with various expressions of love and appreciation including special poems, songs, notes, cards, and pictures.  You can see one of the favorites today…

Cue the 20th Century roaring lion and the brass TAW3overture to start the reel…Our amazing PTO has showered us with all manner of good wishes, treats, and surprises each day this week!  From prize drawings and announcements starting our day to favorite movie stars, the paparazzi, concession stand workers (popcorn or Milk Duds anyone?), and incognito gear, our parents have spoiled us TAW1dearly.  We truly walk-the-red-carpet each morning to the flash of the bulbs!  Yes, we feel like movie and rock stars with all this royal treatment!

The greatest blessing of all is just knowing how much our staff is appreciated for the important work we do each day with children.  Our work is truly a calling and we each choose to serve in our many unique capacities.  Thanks for sharing your most valuable treasures and “star attractions” with us each school day!  Rock on, Team LME!

Who is a teacher?

NTD1On this National Teacher Day, it probably goes without saying we have extraordinarily talented, outstanding educators at LME…heart, mind, and soul!  Yes, I’m biased, but it’s my blog after all…  🙂

With this respectfully noted, I asked some older learning friends for their specific thoughts today about our teachers.  Please enJOY their comments:

Who Is A Teacher?

A teacher is someone who see of us as unique persons and encourages our talents and strengths.
A teacher is someone who looks beyond my face and sees inside my soul even with eyes in the back of her head (just like mom).
A teacher is someone with a special touch, a smile, someone who takes time to listen to all sides and is fair, even when I mess up.
A teacher is someone with a caring heart who respects and understands even when they don’t want to and even when I want him to only take my side.
A teacher is someone who looks past bad choices to see the hurt and pain in others even when she has a tough day herself.
A teacher is someone teaching all of me, not just certain parts of me.
A teacher is someone building my confidence and raising my worth in life.
A teacher makes a difference in my life, affects my family, and pushes me to my future!#thanks

Bless you, LME staff, for the work of teaching and learning you do every single day!  Happy National Teacher Day; Go Team Miller!

Planting seeds…

Graduation is usually a time when we contemplate our future and purpose. It can be both a time of great excitement and, what I like to call, preventative worry.  I certainly remember the anxiousness I felt after each graduation.  Whether you or your child are graduating Kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college, or just know a graduate, take note of the 11 lessons author seed400Jon Gordon shares from his book, The SeedMay they empower you and your child on the next steps of the journey forward:

1.  You are here for a reason and the most important thing you can do in life is to find, live, and share your purpose. It’s the one thing in life that truly matters; if you don’t pursue it, everything else is meaningless.

2.  Follow your passion; it often leads you to your purpose. You may not know what your passion is right now. That’s ok. To help find your passion, seek out learning experiences or jobs allowing you to use your strengths and gifts.

3. Beware of hobbies.  Just because you enJOY social media doesn’t mean you would enjoy working for Twitter.  Just because you love to cook doesn’t mean you would enjoy owning a restaurant.  What aspects of the hobby do you love and work from them.

4. When you quit, quit for the right reasons. Don’t quit because work is hard or you’re experiencing challenges. Quit because in your heart you know there is something else for you to do.

5. Learn from every experience. Every job, good or bad, prepares you for the work you were ultimately born to do.

6.Your current situation may not be your ultimate purpose but it can serve as a vehicle to live and share your purpose.

7. Whatever job(s) you take after graduation, decide to simply serve. When you serve in small ways you’ll get more opportunities to serve in bigger ways.

8. Your dream job is likely not the one you dreamed about.  So often we end up in amazing careers that have nothing to do with our college degree or childhood dreams.

9. The quest for your purpose is not a straight line. It is filled with mystery, signs, obstacles, victories, dead ends, delays and detours. Your job is to stay optimistic and faithful on your quest.

10. Don’t rush the future. There is a process all seeds must go through in order to become all they are destined to become, and you must go through this same process to become the person you are meant to be and do the work you are meant to do.

11. Be the Seed. Seeds surrender themselves to the ground so they can be used for a greater purpose. Wherever you are, decide to plant yourself where you are and allow yourself to be used for a greater purpose. When you plant yourself and make a difference, you grow into the person you were born to be and produce a harvest that will benefit others and change the world.

Here’s hoping our planted seeds of this school year truly change the world!  🙂

Field Day 2014!

fieldday2When you add colored team shirts, eggs, bounce houses, hula-hoops, hockey sticks, slides, wiffle balls, and children (with a dash of great spring weather thrown in for good measure), what do you get?  Field Day 2014! 

It was truly rocking and rolling around inside and outside ourfieldday1 campus throughout day.  From morning Rally to the traveling music to 25 stations packed with physical activities, our 600+ learners, classroom leaders, and families joined in  the fun.  Special thanks to Coach Rogers, his dynamite team of “dream makers,” our HS3sponsors, and our parents for supporting this campus initiative today.  Thanks to our learners for actively practicing the concept of good sportsmanship and friendly competition throughout the day.  Thanks to our office staff who successfully checked in/out over 800 visitors today, including several MHS students who volunteered to assist us.  Thanks to our learning community for embracing a fun, engaging, meaningful tradition here at LME each year.  As Coach says, “Who are we?”  We are Miller!  EnJOY your weekend!  🙂