JUMP…Oh yes…you know I used the song this morning (of all mornings) during announcements to get our Miller Moves going.  We have JUMPed and JUMPed and JUMPed all day all over the building!  Coach Rogers reports we received pledges and monies totaling $6,428.00 for the American Heart Association this year.  This is absolutely amazing!  Many thanks for sharing your extraordinary kindness, compassion, and generosity to support this cause; we appreciate you!

Our second graders performed their high-energy “Make It Healthy” program last night for our learning community.  There were songs, skits, and lots of physical activities to share:





Special thanks to our 2nd graders, their classroom leaders, and our extraordinarily talented Specials team who made this such a memorable event.  Here’s hoping we all JUMP to it and enJOY a wonderful weekend of rest from a super-busy week at LME!  🙂

No-TV and Chili, please!

We had an extraordinary turnout this evening for our annual LME Chili Cook-off Family Event!  Special thanks to the Miller CATCH Committee who regularly sponsors our No-TV Family Events throughout the school year; they did an amazing job (as usual) and this particular event was no exception!

Guest judges for the evening were Michael Van Amburgh, James Bass, Susie Dickard, Coach Ryan Timm, and MISD Superintendent, Dr. Jerome Stewart.  These special folks deserve praise and thanks for participating with us this year!


Staff members were on hand to assist the hungry crowd following the PTO meeting while the chili judges were busy sampling entries.

Our own LME HotSteppers were on hand to show off some smooth jumping moves as part of the evening’s entertainment.  They are gearing up for the annual Jump Rope for Heart Event next week . . . and I can only dream about jumping like them some day . . . .

Congratulations to all the chili winners and those who entered their scrumptious pots of chili!  Mrs. Bly, 5th grade teacher, walked away with coveted 2012 Miller Chilipot Trophy.  Who will it be next year?


Finally, we wrapped up the family fun with several “serious” rounds of BINGO called by Susie Dickard (stepping in for our own LaRue Miller, who was feeling a bit under the weather this evening).  The competition was fierce for special prizes.  Thanks, Mrs. Dickard for serving in several capacities tonight.

We will have other No-TV Family Events in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here’s hoping you find unique ways of celebrating family time together (without the TV).  🙂

Rocking Hearts and Rachel’s Challenge…

“WHEW!  I need to take a deep breath, Mrs. Van!  All this jump-roping is really working my heart today!”  These were the repetitive words of several Miller friends this afternoon right after our annual Jump Rope for Heart kick-off assembly.  Our theme, Heart Rock Cafe, pumped up the school as several groups shared their many talents:

The HotSteppers show off their impressive jump-roping skills in a variety of clever ways!

Coach Rogers led several teachers to rock the house with their rendition of “I Love Jumping Rope.”

StuCo members shared a moving story about Rachel and her legacy before rocking to a special rendition of “We Will Rock You” with the words of “Rachel’s Challenge.”

Yes, it was an impressive assembly of meaningful and powerful messages to us all.  We must accept the challenges of working on healthier hearts (for our physical side) and on healthier interactions with others (our emotional side) in order to achieve our goals in life.  As we talked about today, it’s up to us to continue the chain reaction of kindness and compassion for ourselves and others.  As I shared, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Here’s hoping we all walk and talk a little lighter knowing the next generation is committed to living healthier, kinder, and more compassionate lives.  Have a great weekend!  🙂

Note:  Don’t forget about the annual Tutus and Ties Dance tomorrow starting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Miller Cafe!