MEF, PTO, and BBB…way to go!

grant1As is our Friday tradition, Miller Rally this morning brought not one but two big monetary surprises our way!  The Midlothian Education Foundation came to Rally bearing two grant gifts for “Start Your Senses” and “Headsprout”  Our Sensory Room will receive new functional equipment to enhance our social and motor skills for students with special needs to “start their senses” flowing.  Our Kinder and 1st grade friends will use new technology equipment and software to supplement (sprout) and further grow their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  We are so grateful to MEF for their continued encouragement and financial support of our innovative instructional ideas!

Some of our industrious PTO moms, Mrs. Walk, Mrs. Prather, and Mrs. Blackmon, rolled through the hallways of LME today with treats for teachers as part of their ongoing Cart Appreciation Day events throughout the year.  Teachers chose salty and sweet snacks along with a beverage to enJOY.  Thanks, PTO, for ALL you do to support our work and programs at LME!

BBB1Our Bluebonnet Book Bowl Team celebrated their smart work last night and during Rally this morning (showing off their medals).  By reading the books on this year’s Bluebonnet List, these industrious learners then answered a series of intense questions about the books as a team.  Down to the last question and in a final tie-breaker between our two campuses, the big trophy went to our friends at Longbranch Elementary.  Congrats to ALL our MISD elementary BBB Teams for their passion for reading and sharing great books with others!

Please keep sending those new stuffed animals (bears and other animal accepted) as part of our March service learning project at LME under the direction of our KC Club; we appreciate your support for others in medical need.

Have a restful first-of-spring weekend!  🙂

Bluebonnet Book Bowl 2014!

…and the crowd goes wild!  Congratulations and big BRAVOS to our LME 2014 Bluebonnet Book Bowl (BBB) Team!  They won the gold tonight, the big trophy, and the right to brag for the next year.  During the 8th annual MISD competition, teams from each elementary and the two middle schools compete in a series of nail-biting questions related to this year’s Bluebonnet nominees and winner.  Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders are challenged each year to vote and pick the winner of the annual Texan Library Association’s challenge—but you have to read a minimum of five books on the list in order to have the right (and responsibility) to vote.  Having only read a handful of the books myself this year, it was quite a feat for those who read ALL the selections to conquer.

Once the books are read, then students BBB2014try-out for our school team through a special audition.  “This is serious book business, Mrs. Van,” shared a team member.  They spend time outside of class researching, sharing, comparing, and preparing for any and all question possibilities.

Congratulations go out to our BBB Team and their enthusiastic sponsor, our star library media specialist, Mrs. Bolgiano, for their diligent and thorough preparations!  Read on, my friends; read on…  🙂

Note:  Spring Break (March 10-14) is a GREAT time to enJOY the sunshine and read some wonderful new books.  Be sure to stop by the LMC and stock up before the break!

Miller Style!

Yes, we have a definite Miller Style at LME and today was certainly no exception…what an exciting week (with a full moon and everything!).  🙂

Our Bluebonnet Book Bowl Team came in second in the district IMG_0007competition this morning and we enJOYed lunch out as a special treat.  BBB requires learners to read all the books on the Texas Bluebonnet Book List for 2013 (they also participate in voting to choose the TX Winner too).  MISD then holds a competition where each campus sends a BBB Team to compete and share their vast knowledge (like a Jeopardy Game in format).  Big BRAVOS go out to these outstanding reader leaders from LME:  Natalia, Bailey, Ella, Skyler (team captain), Hannah, Bryce, and staff sponDSC_1352sor, Mrs. Bolgiano (Library Media Specialist extraordinaire!).

Our second graders presented their fabulous program Miller Style to a packed house last night and again during Miller Rally this morning.  Our students especially enJOYed the song/dance number, “Miller Style,” with marvelous Miller moves, words, and actions.  The entire show, written by the exceptional Fine Arts Team @ IMG_0916LME, was truly a hit!

We also had several Kinder friends celebrating the work of Dr. Suess throughout the day–what a delightful way to learn about the wonderful Suessical genius of Theodore Geisel!

IMG_0906No, there is never a dull moment and this wonderful week is certainly no exception at LME!  EnJOY your weekend…only five days to go until everyone receives a much-needed spring break!  🙂

Note:  We hope to see you out at the Rowdy Runner 5K tomorrow morning!  Go, Rowdy Runners!