November 2017 Principal's Message

November 2017

Dear Middle School Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are receiving this in good health and good spirits as we enter the month of November.  This month gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we are thankful for and moves us closer towards the season of hope and giving.  Although these messages become more evident in the months of November and December, they are preached daily at our middle school.  Every day, we stress the importance of kindness towards others, respect of differences and attitudes of charity.  This month also gives me the opportunity to thank all of you, our parents and guardians, for the support that you consistently give to our students and staff.  This is vital to the success of our school and provides our students with the foundation needed to grow academically, socially and emotionally. 

October was an extremely busy month at LFCMS with all of the character education themes presented to the students.  We respectively recognized the Week of Respect, Anti-Violence and Vandalism Week and Red Ribbon Week (anti-drug and alcohol abuse).  Each week brought lessons and speakers that engaged our students and taught them lessons on topics such as cyber safety, self-respect, self-motivation, anti-bullying techniques and recognizing negative peer influence.  All of this is taught alongside our academic programs and is designed to help our students make the right decisions as they mature and prepare for high school.  The themes presented culminated with the High School’s P.O.S.T. students (Peer Outreach Services Team) meeting with all of our 7th graders to discuss themes of Respect, Standing Up to Bullying and Kindness.  Together, we can work to teach our kids appropriate and positive means of using social media and avoiding uncomfortable situations with peers.  I am attaching a picture to the end of this message of our human red ribbon taken during Red Ribbon Week. 

I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to our PTA and all of the parents and guardians who came out on October 27 to assist with our Halloween Dance.  This was a very successful event that provided a lot of fun and entertainment to our students.  The PTA funded this event and made it free of charge to all of our students.  They provided the DJ, hot dogs, pizza, pasta, salads and drinks at no cost.  The PTA is gratefully thanked for all of their hard work and support for our students.  Please come out to support our PTA by attending the November 1st meeting at 7:00 p.m. in our school’s media center.  Our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Rota, will be attending this meeting to speak to our parents and guardians.    

November 16 will mark the end of the first marking period for our students.  Please be sure to continuously check your child’s Genesis Portal to keep up with his/her progress and grades.  Our goal is to have are no surprises when report cards are made available through the Genesis Portal.  Please be reminded that paper report cards are not distributed and that grades are only available by logging into the Genesis Portal.  Final grades for the first marking period are viewable as of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21. 

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive is also under way at LFCMS.  This will continue through Friday, November 17.  Please send your child to school with any non-perishable food items to help support this drive.  Your child can bring all items to homeroom or to Mrs. Pinajian in Room 128 throughout the school day.  This is a great way for us to promote the spirit of giving as the holidays approach.    

 Our “Pizza with a Professional” series continues this month for all 8th grade students interested in the respective speakers.  November will bring a medical doctor and an attorney to speak to 8th graders interested in careers in these fields.  Any 8th grader interested should see Ms. Brigida in the guidance office to sign up.

Throughout the school year, I will be using social media to reach out and communicate with our parents, guardians, staff and students.  This will include information about events taking place, pictures of events in our building and research/advice on raising and teaching middle school children.  The social media choice for this information will be Twitter, and you can find me @RobertDaniello.  It is with great hope that we can continue to use this social media forum to promote all of the great things happening in our school.  I will also post all information and event happenings on our school’s website at www.flms.flboe.com

I once again thank you for all of your dedication and support of our public schools.  You help us to shine and provide a solid example for our students to follow.  As Thanksgiving approaches, I ask that we reflect on our family and friends and focus on everything we DO have as opposed to what we DO NOT have.  All of this includes love, family values and friendships shared.  Thank you for all that you do and I wish you the best throughout the month of November. 

Sincerely,

Robert Daniello
Principal
Lewis F. Cole Middle School