December 2017 Principal's Message

December 2017

December Greetings to Our Middle School Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that three months have passed in the school year and we are now preparing for the holiday season.  We are in full swing here at LFCMS and look forward to finishing the calendar year with the same focus and drive that we started with in September.  This is not easy to do with all of the distractions we will face in the next several weeks; however, we are determined to make sure our curriculum continues to get delivered and your children continue to move forward with their academic, social and emotional growth. 

November brought the end of our first marking period and grades are now available for viewing in the Genesis Parent Portal.  Please remember that no report cards will be printed or mailed home unless a request is made.  Please contact us if there is a hardship and you are not able to view your child’s grades on Genesis.  Also contact us if you do not have access to the Genesis Parent Portal.  Moving forward into the second marking period, 8th grade students will be required to take a mid-term exam towards the end of January.  These exams will either be content based or skills based depending on the subject area.  Please be sure to stay informed through the teachers’ Google Classroom pages.  Mid-Term Exams will only be given to the 8th graders in order to prepare them for the assessment structures of high school.    

Three qualities I preach to our students each day involve the importance of kindness to others, respect for our differences and acknowledgement for the needs of charity.  We were able to do some great things for some of our less fortunate Fort Lee families during the month of November.  Our S.A.D.D. organization (Students Against Destructive Decisions) ran its annual food drive in November to support our needy families throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.  Our school collected approximately 600 non-perishable items that were delivered to Fort Lee’s Human Resources Department for distribution throughout the Fort Lee community.  This is a huge accomplishment that taught our students about the importance of helping others in times of need. 

This month, we are hosting a coat drive and toy drive at LFCMS through our S.A.D.D. organization and Foreign Language Club, respectively.  Please send your child to school with any new or lightly used coats that can benefit a child or adult in need as the cold weather approaches.  A coat collection bin will be set up in the foyer outside of the gymnasium.  Other winter gear such as hats, gloves, mittens, boots and scarves will also be accepted.  We will also accept any new, unwrapped toys throughout the month to help support local children in need.  A collection box for toys will also be placed in our school’s main entrance foyer outside of the main office.  All donations will be delivered to Fort Lee’s Human Resources Department for community distribution.       

Although December is a short month (15 full school days and a one-session school day), there are some great events taking place that require your attention.  Along with this letter, I have sent a December events calendar that lists all of the important dates for your information.  I know this month will be hectic for all of us with holiday shopping and preparations, but we invite you to be a part of our school community to help support our incredible students and staff. 

Our music program will host its annual winter concert on Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  This is a great opportunity to see how hard our music teachers and students have worked over the last three months of the school year.  Even if you do not have a child in the music program, you are still invited to this holiday performance.  The program will feature our four ensembles, which include the bells choir, chorus, instrumental band and string orchestra.  Join us for a great night of celebration and music as we get ready for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Our PTA is also seeking new members and has a few upcoming fundraisers.  They include the end of the Spirit Wear sale, a Krispy Kreme sale and a Spirit Night at Urban Air in February.  A December PTA newsletter along with flyers for each of the above-mentioned events is included in this month’s e-mail.  You can access the PTA membership form on our school’s website under the “Parents” tab at  Please help to support our PTA by becoming a member and participating in the fundraisers.  All money and forms can be submitted directly to our main office.      

From all of us at LFCMS, we wish you the very best of health and happiness throughout the holiday season.  We thank you for your continued support of our public schools and look forward to a great month as we move closer to the arrival of ‘Old Man Winter’ and 2018. 

Yours Truly,

Robert Daniello
Lewis F. Cole Middle School


We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.

Paul Bloom