Red Ribbons and Parties and Readings galore!

Between the daily Red Ribbon Week events and other great things each day on campus, there’s hardly time or space to share it all!

In case you didn’t get the memo, it’s party day tomorrow–our first for this school year.  Special thanks to our teachers for their patience in the midst of the excitement and to our incredible parents who make it all happen with such grace and style!  We look forward to a festive event tomorrow!

Our annual MISD Field Of Readers takes place on Mon; Nov. 3 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Stadium.  This year’s theme, “Picture Yourself Reading,” focuses on #MISDshelfie with opportunities to FORparticipate in MakerSpace workstations, explore coding, hear great stories on the 50-yard-line, the famous book walk, and much more!  Bring your family, friends, books, and blankets for a huge group read.  Thanks to our amazing MISD Library Media Specialists for enthusiastically hosting this treasured community event!


Campus Field Trip Day!

“We all have ability; the difference is how we use it.”  (Unknown)

It was a glorious fall day as we traveled the rolling winding IMG_6005roads to Lakeview Camp for our LME Family Field Trip Event today!  From bouncy bubbles to field games to Creature Teacher to history, we covered several academic, physical, and fun goals throughout the day.  The weather truly cooperated in providing some sun with clouds, a light autumn breeze, fresh air, and cooler temps.  Special thanks to the 400+ parents who followed our 13 rolling big yellows and  joined us in the festivities as we rotated throughout the day into various stations of activities.  We even survived two packed lunch breaks with K/1/2 and then 3/4/5 eating family style in the large dining hall.  🙂

Special thanks to all our LME families who recently sponsored and contributed to the POWER of Miller fundraiser.  By raising nearly $15,000 for our campus this year, we are able to do field trips like this, have special guest speakers and programs, and give our learners additional educational experiences beyond the traditional classroom walls!  Here’s hoping we always have The POWER!  🙂

Note:  Dress in your bright colors on Wednesday, in your RED on Thursday, and in good character (with your book) on Friday.  Fall Parties are Friday too!

Trunks and Treats!

T&T2Special thanks to our amazing PTO, LME Staff of creative classroom leaders, and our learning community for coming out in a TMNTTeamBIG way for the annual Trunk or Treat Family Event–WOW!  From Hogwarts to Ninja Turtles (yes, they’re making a comeback), there were clever themes and some fierce KGHST&Tcompetition for the coveted trunk-of-choice grand prize…what a fabulous LME tradition!

The PTO also lavishing a T&T1stcomfort-food lunch on our staff today–handmade grilled cheese sandwiches (thanks, ladies, for flipping toasted sandwiches made to order for six lunch periods), homemade soups, fruits, salads, and cupcakes.  A yummy trunk or treattime and treat was enJOYed by all!

Red Ribbon Week kicks off on Monday so be sure to wear your RR1favorite college shirt to support future dreams and goals while “being a drug-free me.”  On Tuesday, we will all wear our Power of Miller shirts and enJOY our annual LME Family Field Trip.

Our Kindness and Compassion Club, under the direction of their creative sponsor, Ms. Daniell, surprised Mrs. Bass and me this morning during Miller Rally with beautiful KCpumpkins and some GOURDiously inspiring notes of thanks and praise in honor of National Principal Month.   We are both so honored to serve our loving LME family every day!  Thanks for taking time to share special care and kindness today.

Here’s hoping you get outside and the festive fall weekend and enJOY extra treats of your own doing!  🙂

Family Treats and Trips…

Our annual PTO Trunk or Treat Family Event kicks off tomorrow evening at 6:30 on the north parking lot.  With over 25 trunks to visit, a great time will be had by all!  Don’t forget to visit our fall Book Fair in the library too!

FTDflagOn Tuesday next week, our campus takes another LME Family Field Trip.  Our buses leave about 9:00 a.m. and will return before 2:00 p.m.  Be sure to dress for the outdoors, pack a sack lunch and water (or purchase one from the cafe), wear sunscreen with a hat, and be ready for team fun.  We look forward to treats and trips!  🙂

Are you The Fixer too?

A parent came by the office recently to share a little insight into “a new program” they have in their home this school year…the “No Rescue” Program.  After years of rescuing four children, this mom decided to sit her children down to declare, “you’re on your own; no more rescues for homework, planners, books, instruments, lunch…anything.”  With four children, this mom was beyond stressed at constantly being called into action; she was quitting the micro-managing job of The Fixer.MentalToughness

The Fixer is the one who solves others’ problems and daily challenges; educators understand this role far too well (parents do as well!).  Learning to own our consequences and being held accountable for our responsibilities are life lessons–these skills are with us always!  Sure, leaving lunch at home might mean you eat a sun butter and jelly sandwich with milk one day; chances are you won’t forget your lunch the next day.  Forgetting that project board to accompany the final presentation may mean a lower grade; chances are this won’t happen again.  A child who always forgets with a parent who always remembers takes away the opportunity for personal responsibility and accountability.  Responsibility in developmental stages teaches children the important lessons of real repercussions for mistakes.  Failure and natural consequences are not bad, after all, who will be there to rescue them in college or at their first job?

Sure, everyone makes one-time mistakes, but consider implementing this “No Rescue” plan for repeat offenders.  This mom did and life at home is nag-free each day!  She sets up each child for success by planning ahead (having that project board in the car the night before or the planner in the backpack after signing it).  She also imparts empathy (one of our LME words this year!) when something goes wrong by simply hugging the child and saying, “you survived the experience and you’ll remember next time” . . . and they do!  🙂

The Dash…

fallleavesDuring a most extraordinary learning experience this past week, I was reminded of this powerful poem, The Dash, by Linda Ellis:


I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth,

And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own, the cars…the house..the cash.

What matters most is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives…like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile…

Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash,

Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

Here’s your challenge from our learning community today:  Live your dash!  🙂

On the road against drugs…

Our annual Red Ribbon Week campaign in MISD is coming Red-Ribbon-Weekup the week of October 27-31.  Here’s a look at our LME themes this year:

Monday, Oct. 27:  We’re on the road to a drug-free life!  Wear your favorite college shirts and be ready to talk about future life plans.

Tuesday, Oct. 28:  Cap off your trip as a drug-free student!  This is our campus field trip day, so plan to bring along a cap or hat and wear your colored LME shirt for the trip we plan to take (field trip note coming home next week with details).

Wednesday, Oct. 29:  Lighten your load on the road.  Wear your brightest colors to attract attention about the dangers of drugs.

Thursday, Oct. 30:  RED Out the Road!  Warn others to stay away from drugs by wearing lots of RED.

Friday, Oct. 31:  Take your great character on the road!  It’s our fall party day, so pack up your book and come dressed as your favorite book character for the big day!

Our local REACH Council is coming to our campus on Thursday, Oct. 30th to present information to our students about the dangers of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.  Presentations will be geared to each group accordingly.  Along with teaching strong character, early education on the dangers of substance abuse is a proactive approach to helping learners for brighter futures.  Please join us in dressing for each daily theme and by talking with your child about making healthy choices for a lifetime.  🙂


Know and Go!

With autumn comes the hustle and bustle of various family opportunities on our campus.  Here’s what you need to KNOW and GO about time-managementevents in the coming weeks:

Student holiday (Fair Day) on Mon; Oct. 13:  Elementary teachers will be meeting with parents at scheduled times throughout the day to talk about your child’s progress so far this school year.

Panther PINK-Out on Friday, Oct. 17:  Join us in the war on cancer by wearing your PINK-Out shirt at school and to the game that evening.

Midlothian Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the MISD Multipurpose Stadium:  Vendors, food, festivities, and family fun ensue following the 5K Fun Run (racers need to be registered and ready to run @ 8:00 a.m.).

The Book Fair is coming; the Book Fair is coming:  LME will host our annual fall Book Fair Oct. 20-24 (next week).  Family Book Fair Night is Thurs; Oct. 23 with the library being open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat Family Event on Thurs; Oct. 23:  LME PTO is hosting this beloved family fun time.  Join us in the back circle drive area, dressed in costume, to receive treats from each of the decorated trunks.  Let’s fill the playground with treats, friends, and lots of family fun!

School Bus Safety Week is October 20 – 24:  Join us in recognizing and honoring our wonderful bus drivers and the work they do in MISD.

Red Ribbon Week is October 27 – 31 in MISD.  Daily themes and ideas will be shared soon.  Also, REACH Council is coming to LME to share their program on drug awareness with our students.

Fresh Fruit Fridays: Our CATCH Committee is once again instituting fresh fruit Fridays to encourage everyone to bring fresh fruit for snacks.  Our LME Cafe is also rolling Try-Day Friday where our students can stop by the campus veggie/fruit cart and pick up an item to try for free (more to come on this soon).

These are just a few of the many school and community family opportunities to KNOW and GO.  Here’s hoping we see you soon!  🙂


Like an actor rehearsing her lines or a batter working on his swing, each learner will have some homework to practice skills learned here at school.  Homework can bring challenges (especially in math), but here are some solutions to common concerns your child might face:homework

Getting Started:  When you finally get everyone home and the evening rush begins for supper, homework, chores, practice sessions, and more, establish the ground rules for completing homework.  You may need to try various methods like setting a timer for 20 minutes of “down time” before starting on homework.  Some children like to get home and just get it done in order to move on to other activities.  Try different strategies and keep notes with your child on works most effectively.  Working together you’ll know what’s best in your family situation.

Staying Motivated:  Does your child feel restless when he’s doing homework?  Suggest movement first and short breaks to keep the brain stimulated.  For example, he might finish his vocabulary assignment at the kitchen table (or other regular homework spot), and then read his science notes on the porch.  A planned break for a snack or short walk, can also give him a second wind.  “Chunking” study time into smaller blocks makes everything more manageable for everyone.  Encourage your child to work on more difficult tasks at the beginning of homework time.

Solving Problems:  Help your child make a list of strategies she can use when she gets stuck.  For a math assignment, she might try tools like a number line or her math journal with her class notes.  When she’s reading, she could look up words in the dictionary or reread the paragraph for clarification.  Many of our teachers use Edmodo online to assist with homework assignments; it’s easy for the student to ask the question and get several responses for assistance that evening online.

While I never advocate for lots of homework (learners have been working all day at their “school job” after all), I do believe in positive practice on occasion.  Help make homework rewarding by participating in it with your child.  Acting out a reading passage, drawing a math problem, or creating a game out of an assignment can turn into some quick family fun.  Have your child teach you the concept; we know it well when we can teach it to others!  If you have concerns about homework, please visit with your child’s teacher.  Like any skill in life, studying and homework practice must be taught; you are your child’s first and most important teacher too!  🙂

The POWER of Pirates…

IMG_5815Pirates took over the second grade today and raided the entire school using their GPS devices, clues, and cleverness to track down the stolen treasure.  While I have no idea how or even why the treasure mysteriously appeared in Captain Van’s IMG_5813quarters, it goes without saying there was some explaining to do…  🙂

Meanwhile, the POWER of Miller was heard and felt yesterday as everyone hit the gym with Hanz and Franz to enJOY a special POWER day of reward activities and interactive events.  Thanks Coach Rogers and the specials team for coordinating and keeping us safe during several fun station activities with great music to boot!

Speaking of the POWER of Miller, you are probably wanting to know some results:

Total raised so far = $11,600 (keep sending in $!)

Between the pirates and the POWER, this week is a wrap.  EnJOY a fabulous fall weekend!  🙂