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.  🙂


Silly socks…

photoSilly socks…not just for kids anymore!  Our building was full of silly socks today as a focus on the first day of Red Ribbon Week“Seriously, don’t do drugs!” challenged us all to take the message of being drug-free seriously, but not ourselves too seriously.  As students reflected on the silly things we do in life, they also talked about the serious side effects of harsh drug, tobacco, and alcohol use on the body.  StuCo members shared startling statistics about drug abuse during the morning message…sobering facts to ponder in these formative years of growing and learning.  Here’s hoping the message throughout the entire week causes you and your child to have frank conversations about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use.  Let’s all STAND UP together!

Note:  Tuesday’s theme is STAND UP For Your Friends!

Yearbooks and Red Ribbons and Trunks…oh my!

Yearbooks-182x182-Y-LOGOOur yearbooks are on sale now!  There are two ways to order your 2013-2014 copy of our LME yearbook:

  • Place a check (made payable to LaRue Miller Elementary), money order, or cash into the yearbook envelope with student name and homeroom teacher.
  • Visit http://www.topoftexasprinting.com to click on “buy your yearbook.”  Tax will be charged and the online option will only be available until Dec. 20th.

We are also having our traditional LME Yearbook Cover Design Contest open to all LME students.  Guidelines to enter this contest are:

  1. Design must be submitted on white 7.5 x 8 inch paper.  Mrs. Story has the paper ready for pick-up.
  2. Design must include the year 2013 – 2014.
  3. On the back of the design, please include first and last name, grade, and teacher name (written lightly in pencil).
  4. Design cannot be stapled or folded.

The winner of the yearbook cover contest wins a free yearbook!  Design are due to Mrs. Story, yearbook sponsor, by Friday, November 1st!

Red Ribbon Week is our annual drug awareness campaign and this IMG_1817year we are STANDING UP Against Drugs at LME.  Please make note of the following themes each day:

  • Mon; Oct. 28:  Seriously, Don’t Do Drugs! (wear silly socks)
  • Tues; Oct. 29:  STAND UP For Your Friends (making friendship bracelets)
  • Wed; Oct. 30:  Don’t Let Drugs SNEAK UP on You!  (wear bright sneakers)
  • Thurs; Oct. 31:  Be a STAND UP Character; Show Your Good Character! (dress like you favorite book character).  This is also Fall Party Day at LME!
  • Fri; Nov. 1:  STAND UP For Your Future! (wear your favorite college or team shirt)

Finally, our PTO is sponsoring a special Trunk or Treat Event this week on Thurs; Oct. 24th, in conjunction with our Family Book Fair Night Event.  Trunks will be decorated and ready in the front parking area @ 6:30 p.m.  The Book Fair will be open from school dismissal until 7:30 p.m. for our families to stop, read a great book, and shop (the holidays are just around the corner, you know!) 🙂  The weather should be great, so please stop by for some family fun and fellowship!

Red Ribbon Week and more…

It’s our annual Red Ribbon Week with daily themes, announcements, and special activities (as discussed in a blog last week).  Everything kicked off today with Ryan and Rustin sharing morning announcements on ways we can support and encourage each other because “the more we have playing on our team drug free, the stronger our team will always be!”  There were lots of team jerseys showing support for “team up against drugs” and students braided spirit bracelets to weave the strands of choices (red), loyalty (blue), and service (green) to remind ourselves how and why good choices affect our future success.  Making good choices and doing the right thing are lifelong skills impacting a child’s ability to say “NO” to harmful influences later.  The rest of the week looks like this:

  • Tuesday = Our Team Dares to Dream (dress for your dream job)
  • Wednesday = Team Up to Read and Show Your Character (dress in book characters)
  • Thursday = We Support Our Team and Members (dress in green and yellow to support our Ethan and childhood cancer)
  • Friday = Our Nation Teams With Pride (dress in red/white/blue for our annual Veteran’s Day salute)

Art To Remember has also started at LME.  You should have received an order envelope last week containing your child’s chosen artwork and product information.  This is an optional program and your participation is not required.  If you would like to order something, please complete the order information on the envelope.  Whether you choose to order or not, please return everything to your child’s teacher by Friday, November 2nd.  If you have questions, please contact our art teacher at scott_fiorenza@midlothian-isd.net for more information.

I enJOYed observing our Head Start friends carve on pumpkins from their trip last week.  They were eager to discuss the shapes for the faces they voted on and why the pumpkin becomes a jack-a-lantern when it’s carved.  Several comments were noted:

  • “Did you know, you can toast the seeds and eat them?”  🙂
  • “Jacks scare me!”  🙂
  • “I like the ooey-gooey stuff!”  🙂

Gotta love our little learners exploring their world during the seasons while learning about safe choices in their lives.  Yes, it’s a busy autumn week ahead with a full moon, Halloween (our first party day), AND report cards on Friday for the first grading period…

One Team; One Goal: Be Drug Free!

Our annual Red Ribbon Week is coming up next week, October 29 – November 2 here at LME.  Each day has a special team focus revolving around our campus sports theme this school year:

Monday, Oct. 29:  Team UP Against Drugs – Supporting each other is important for success; the more folks we have playing on a team drug free, the stronger our team will be!  Wear your favorite team jersey or t-shirt to show your team spirit.

Tuesday, Oct. 30:  Our Team Dares to Dream – Go after your dreams and don’t allow bad choices (drugs) to get in the way of achieving your goals!  Dress for your DREAM job and share your future goals.

Wednesday, Oct. 31:  Team Up with Good Character and Read – Reading helps you learn, helps you relax, takes you places, and gives you an alternative to taking drugs.  Having good character is doing the right thing when no one is looking because it’s the right thing to do.  It’s our annual Book Character Day at LME with our character parade and class parties.  Bring your book, dress as your favorite character, and share!

Thursday, Nov. 1:  We Support All Teams – Helping others is part of our team approach since our team is made up of many community members.  It’s important to look for ways to help each other because drugs will never feel as good as helping another person.  To support our Miller friend, Ethan L., we will all wear green (Ethan’s favorite color) and yellow (for childhood cancer).  Each grade level will also collect items for our local Manna House to help stock this important community pantry:

  • PK/KG = toothpaste
  • 1st = soap
  • 2nd = deodorant
  • 3rd = shampoo
  • 4th = combs/brushes
  • 5th = toothbrushes

Friday, Nov. 2:  Our Nation “TEAMS” With Pride – It’s important to be a part of Team USA and honoring our veterans is a Miller tradition!   Our 5th graders will present their annual salute to Veterans @ 8:00 a.m. in the gym followed by the Wall of Honor March.  Wear Red, White, and Blue to support our troops and pledge to be a drug-free citizen!

Making positive choices now and in the future will ensure success for each of our learners and help make our country the BEST it can be.  We look forward to a busy week and to everyone participating.  Every day is game day at LME with one TEAM and one goal:  Being Drug Free begins with me!