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!  🙂

Denim and Diamonds 2014!

DD1Thanks to the extraordinary work of our highly involved PTO membership here at LME, we enJOYed a most memorable evening event!  From bronco riding and  roping for the children to a highly competitive live and silent auction of exquisite opportunities, the festivities, food (catered by Babe’s), fun, live music, DD2dancing, and fellowship flowed!  Special thanks to guest auctioneer, Mr. Massey, for keeping the bidding lively!  Our sponsors and those who donated items are commended once again for the superb selection of items and choices.  More thanks to DD3our incredible PTO Board of ladies who dream big and make it happen every year—outstanding work by all!  Thanks to our families, our staff members, and our learning community who come out to participate and support the work and programs of our growing campus each year…blessings abound!   🙂

LME PTO rocks!

We are blessed at LME with a PTO organization who supports and encourages our daily school work and campus programs.  Not only does the Board do everything within their power to ensure we have the best, they actively demonstrate what it means to be the BEST everyday.  PTO-logo-blue-verticalBoard members this year are:  Nicole Blackmon, Amy Byers, Gayle Turner, Cara Roberson, Heather Prather, Christy Clenney, Kristina West, Khristy Hullet, Sarah Johnson, Teresa Heath, and Kim Huff.  They each invite you to share your feedback and ideas as they strive to improve performance and communications within our gorwing learning community.

Parents, you recently received a packet of important PTO information to review sharing the various ways you can be involved this year.  Please take a moment to read and return your completed forms (including your membership application) to join us this year as we “Knock One Out of the Park for LME!” 

Likewise, LME Spirit Wear orders are in full swing at this time.  Order forms went home in first-day packets, but the front office will hook you up as well.  The black shirts feature a panther with the slogan:  The BEST things come in blue-n-white!  T-shirts, hoodies, wristbands, and water bottles are all for sale.  Orders should be submitted by the end of September.

Fun fact:  Did you know our LME PTO was instrumental in ensuring we had enough funds to construct our gym Rock Wall before we even opened the LME doors in 2008?  Our PTO literally ROCKS!  We could never do the extraordinary work without the daily assistance of our active PTO.  Please join our staff in the many activities by serving where you can throughout the coming year…and special thanks to the leaders of our LME PTO!

Miller’s got talent!

talentshow1It was a morning of BIG Miller events today…Miller Rally, final MVPs for the school year, special All-Stars, a fire engine ride to school (thanks Chief and team), and a special talent show of creative proportions!  Yes, Miller learners have the talent and could definitely move beyond to professional status soon.

Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade friends who gave talentshow2their all singing, dancing, and performing for groups today.  Thanks to our parents who participated, shared, and cheered from the fan sections.  Thanks to our Specials Team for coordinating with our PTO to once again sponsor this fun end-of-year event.  Most of all, thanks to our extraordinarily talented Miller learners who shared their clever, inspiring, and meaningful talents with a grateful school…yes, Miller’s got talent indeed!

EnJOY your weekend; only 5 days to go until we celebrate 5 years at LME!  🙂

Note:  We will celebrate awards next Thursday and Friday; early dismissal both days is 12:45 p.m. 

Denim and Diamonds, y’all…

Denim_And_DiamondsIt’s that time to saddle up again in preparation for our Miller PTO Denim and Diamonds Dinner and Auction Event on Friday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m!  Our PTO partners have been rustlin’ up goods to auction again in hopes of raising money to add new playground equipment to accommodate our growing campus!  Area merchants are sharing wares and we welcome anything you might wish to add as well.

If mama doesn’t feel like cooking, join us early for yummy grub catered by Babe’s Chicken House.  Dinner tickets are $10.00 each and are selling out fast.

Supper is optional, but round up the kids and join in the hoedown dancing and fun between dinner and the live auction (because you don’t have to eat to attend the auction).   The silent auction will run until the live auction starts.  Lots of great items will be in both the auctions, including a TV, Big Green Egg, SWAT car rides, go-cart, trampoline, sports tickets, a beautiful diamond, and so much more.

Even if you don’t eat or shop, please come by to visit and join in the fun with us ’cause it’s Denim and Diamonds, y’all!  🙂

PTO Boys Night Out

It’s your turn, guys…no tutus or ties allowed either!  Our amazing PTO will PTO-logo-blue-verticalsponsor their wildly popular Boys Night Out this coming Friday, April 26 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  Join us for lots of football, soccer, basketball, wall ball, disc golf, and more.  Visit and play ball with some of your favorite Panthers from MHS.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to chill out and eat treats with your friends.  If you bring your own sports equipment, please make sure you have your name on it.  Concessions will be available as well.

One important note:  every boy needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the entire event.

Reservations went home last week, so get yours in today and join in the fun once again.  We look forward to another outstanding event; thanks PTO for all you do!  🙂

Tutus and Ties…oh my!

DSCF5398_00083Chivalry is alive and well in MISD…just ask anyone who attended PTO’s Tutus and Ties Event:  A Night In Paris!  This annual event, created by some wonderful moms wanting to promote special daddy-daughter time at school, goes above and beyond to create an evening to truly treasure.  From the dresses to the suits, girls and the significant males in their lives (be it dads, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, or friends) DSCF5338_00035spend a extraordinary evening dancing with a live DJ, noshing on divine refreshments (from chocolate fountains, cupcake trees, and other “tea party” eats), taking pictures, sharing flowers, and enJOYing the company of others.  Participants are greeted as they walk the pink carpet into a transported Miller hallway and cafe.  The festive atmosphere (each year has a unique theme) sets the tone for a wonderfully spectacular evening of fun and fellowship making lasting memories together.

DSCF5344_00040Special thanks to our PTO Board and Volunteers for the hours of designing, planning, preparation, decoration, and food donations.  Specifically, thanks to Nicole and Gayle, partners in cleverness, for annually co-chairing this treasured tradition at LME!

…and just so you know we have equal opportunities for our LME boys, get ready for the annual Boys’ Night Out Event coming in April for guys and their moms (or other significant females).  It’s always a rowdy fun time for all!    🙂

Melting…just a state of matter…

The frosty winds made moan yet again early this morning during school arrival, but the icy leftovers are facing the sun right now.  Just a little bit of winter goes a long way in Texas, huh?!  It’s safe to say most of our campus is ready to bundle up and enJOY some sun today during recess; we really covet the sun!  🙂

meltingsnowmancookieDuring walkabout, one group stopped me to share their writing workstation challenge (notice this cute picture of the treat they will enJOY later because of a child’s birthday today).  Anyway, it got them to thinking and talking about the states of matter.  Before we knew it, there were multiple examples of materials that turn from solid to liquid to gas.  Besides water, what else can you name?

Another group was sharing how they “melt away” the winter “blahs” with things like a “Thank-You Walk,” sharing smiles and jokes and laughter with each other, celebrating successes and spending time with positive people, and showing kindness to others.  As one learner noted, “Melt away those ‘blahs’ by helping others feel better and you’ll feel better too!”   🙂

Speaking of melting blahs and warming hearts, our extraordinary 2ndgrPTO shared the wonderful treat of lunch with our entire staff today!  Stuffed baked potatoes, salads, and cupcakes brought enormous smiles to faces (educators appreciate those days when they don’t have to worry about packing a lunch!).  🙂 Thanks, PTO volunteers, board members, and parents, for sharing your culinary talents and time with us!

Here’s hoping you find a peaceful state of meaning and matter to melt away winter today and everyday!

PTO…knocks it out of the park!

I had the privilege of spending last evening with our outgoing and incoming PTO Board members.  It’s a Miller PTO tradition for me to have the officers and committee chairpersons over to my house for a home-cooked meal, conversation, fellowship, and some serious planning for the coming school year.  We celebrate successes, bounce clever ideas around, and they openly share concerns experienced throughout the past year.  This reflective conversation enlightens and keeps us grounded as to the growing expectations of our entire LME learning community.

We are truly blessed to have these dedicated parent leaders willing to step up, lead, and support our daily campus initiatives and activities.  We encourage everyone in the coming year to join in the fun by giving your time, talents, and service in whatever way you feel led to further enrich and enhance our learning community.  Thanks, PTO; you always knock it out of the park!