March 2018 Principal's Message

March 2018

March Greetings to Our Middle School Parents and Guardians:                        

‘Old Man Winter’ seems to be fading, but I’m still a little hesitant to definitively label it as finished.  I can recall several March snow storms that came unexpectedly and dashed our hopes of an early spring.  Let’s hope that’s not the case this year so we can start looking forward to warmer and longer days.

The digital age has brought with it many conveniences but also poses some dangers for our children.  Please remember that your influence on their social media access and digital communications is vital to making sure they remain responsible and safe.  Almost all of our social issues today come from conflicts caused through social media accounts.  Our character education goals teach your children about the dangers of talking to strangers on social media sites as well as making sure they understand that a digital footprint is permanent and cannot be deleted.  You have the power to set parental controls and to monitor all activity on your child’s account(s).  This is vital to their success and ensures their safety as they move closer to high school. 

February was another great month at LFCMS.  Our students continue to grow and excel each and every day, and we are grateful for the support you provide to help them academically, socially and emotionally.  I thank all of the parents and guardians who helped our PTA with the Valentine’s Day dance.  This was a huge success and our kids had a blast!  The biggest hit of the Valentine’s Dance was the attendance of Briana Lopez.  It was very apparent that Briana is doing well and, hopefully, will be back with us sometime in the spring.  Her spirit and courage have inspired all of us at LFCMS!

The PTA is hosting a fundraiser on March 5, 6 and 7 at Franco’s Metro Restaurant located at 1475 Bergen Boulevard in Fort Lee.  A monetary portion of all purchases will go towards our middle school’s PTA.  This is for dine-in or take-out only.  Let’s all plan a night out and head to Franco’s Metro for some delicious food and to show our PTA their well-deserved support.  An informational flyer is attached to the PTA’s March Newsletter.     

LFCMS is once again participating in Project Cicero.  This initiative provides new or lightly used books to underprivileged schools in New York City.  All books should be geared towards school children or teens.  If you have any unused books in your home, please send them in with your child.  We will be collecting books until March 9 in the media center or your child’s homeroom.  Please help to support this valuable community service initiative. 

We are also hosting our annual Book Fair from March 19 to March 22 in the media center.  Students will have an opportunity to shop at the book fair during their language arts periods.  Specific days will be assigned to the 7th and 8th graders, respectively.  All money raised at the book fair will help to support our school’s library and media resources and programs. 

The Youth Council of Fort Lee (YCFL) is looking for students to volunteer their time towards community service.  The Youth Council is teaming up on April 14 for the Fort Lee Clima-Con.  This event will help to bring information and awareness to many of the environmental issues we are faced with in Fort Lee.  There are two flyers attached to the March e-mail with more specific contact information.  The Fort Lee Youth Council is a great way for your child to get involved and make a true difference in our community. 

Please remember to drive safely through our school’s drop-off lanes in the morning and please follow the directions of our teachers and crossing guards on duty outside.  The safety of your children is always our top priority and we will continue to seek more effective procedures to ensure they get to school without harm.  There are times when traffic in the mornings completely blocks Stillwell Avenue and makes it impossible to make a left-hand turn out of our lot.  During those times, please follow my direction for making a right turn only.  Your course of direction should bring you past the recreation center to make a right turn up North Avenue towards Anderson Avenue.  This prevents a grid-lock situation from occurring, and your attention to this is very appreciated.  The best time to drop off is between 8:00 and 8:15 before the morning rush.  Thank you for your continued attention and concern for the safety of our kids. 

I wish everyone a smooth and happy month of March and know we are looking forward to the first day of spring on March 20.  Please remember that all Fort Lee Public Schools are closed from March 26 to March 30 for spring break.  Along with this letter, be sure to access all of the informational links in the March e-mail.  Be well and have a great month!

All the best,

Robert Daniello, Ed.D.
Lewis F. Cole Middle School