You are on page 1of 6

PAW Print

Volume 4, Issue 23 March 6, 2014


PASS Writing A Page from the Media Center Picture Day Info March Lunch Menu & Contest Kindergarten Registration Lego Robotic Club Hoops for Heart 2 2

Principals Column
Is it Spring yet? Not according to the weather we have had this week. Brrrrr! I believe last weekend was just a tease. Hopefully with Daylight Savings Time we will finally get our Spring temperatures. Speaking of Daylight Savings Time, dont forget to set you clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night. With all of our inclement weather this winter, I have not had a chance to announce our new Teacher of the Year and our Support Employee of the Year. Join me in congratulating Mrs. Sharon Matney, Media Specialist, as our Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Kim Echerer, School Nurse, as our Support Employee of the Year. Both these ladies do a marvelous job taking care of our students and faculty. We are so fortunate to have them at Lake Murray. This weekend LMES has 3 relay teams participating in the Columbia Marathon! Each team will compete in a half marathon (13.1 miles) relay. The 4 member teams will have 2 participants run an 8 mile leg while the remaining participants run a 5 mile leg. We are so proud of our runners! Go TEAM LMES! Next week is our Hoops for Heart event. Mrs. Plemmons and Mr. Nellems are in need of some parent volunteers. Please check out the information and volunteer form on pages 4 & 5. There is a lot of other very important information in this issue of the Paw Print. Please take time to review the newsletter carefully so you dont miss any special opportunities. Enjoy your weekend!

2 3 3 3 4&5

Congratulations LMES Teacher of the Year Sharon Matney & LMES Support Employee of the Year Kim Echerer

Calendar of Events:
3 -6 3 -7 7 STAR Testing Rock N Read 3rd - Confederate Relic Room Program 9 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins Hoops for Heart Spirit Night @ Grouchos of Chapin 14 Spring & Group Pictures 18-19 20 PASS Writing Test for 3rd-5th grades EARLY RELEASE DAY 11:40 am

A Page from the Media Center

PASS Writing Assessment March 18 & 19

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will take our state assessment of writing, the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), on March 18 and 19, 2014. Please note the following: Students should be in class no later than 7:45. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Students will not be allowed into the testing session once it has begun. PASS is an untimed test. Please do not plan to sign your child out of school for any reason until after 12 noon on testing dates. Doctors appointments and other out-of-school functions should not be scheduled during testing hours. Students may not bring into the testing location any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging. These include but are not limited to cell phones, gaming devices, ereaders, and cameras. If a student has one of these devices in the testing location, it will be collected and taken to the school test coordinator and returned after testing is completed in his/her class for the day. Here are tips for helping your child with test preparation. Encourage your child to do his/her best but do not place too much emphasis on your childs test scores. Extra pressure can upset your child and influence test performance. Make sure your child gets adequate sleep. A tired child is less able to pay attention or handle the demands of testing. Give your child well-balanced meals. Rest, exercise, and eating well are important for test-taking.

Topics include new features in the World Book and PebbleGo research databases, the SC Book Award winners, Read Across America, March book lists, and more! Click the link https:// or scan the QR code to access the newsletter.

The Media Center is having a Box Tops for Shamrocks contest March 3-14. Send in your Box Tops for Education labels now, now and the grade level that brings in the most will win a treat!

March 14th Spring Picture & Class Picture Day
Wear your brightest smile on Friday, March 14th. There will not be a make-up day. Class pictures must be paid for in advance. They will be $10 made payable to Strawbridge. An envelope is being sent home for the class picture orders. Individual spring pictures will be sent home 2-3 weeks after picture day. You will have the option of purchasing the entire package, a portion of the package or returning them.

Page 2


March Lunch Menu Changes Week of March 1010-14

Lexington-Richland Five Kindergarten (5K) Registration for 2014-15
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties have begun enrolling five year olds for kindergarten. Kindergarten registration will be ongoing. To register for kindergarten, your child must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014. Parents of children meeting this eligibility deadline should bring the following to their zoned elementary school:

March 10 Cheeseburger Sliders or Popcorn Chicken w/Roll & Dipping Sauce Creamed Potatoes, SC Farm Fresh Collards or Black-eyed Peas, Fresh Apple Slices or Mandarin Oranges March 11 Chicken Tenders w/Breadsticks or Hot Dog Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Broccoli or Baked Beans, Banana or Sliced Pears March 12 Tacos or PB&J Carrot Sticks w/Dressing, Steamed Corn or Pinto Beans, SC Farm Fresh Fruits or Applesauce March 13 Chicken Tender Sandwich or BBQ Sandwich Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, June Peas, Fresh Orange Slices or Pineapple Tidbits March 14 Cheesy Pizza or Ham & Cheese Sub Broccoli/Carrot Cup w/Dip, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Fresh Grapes or Fruit Cocktail

Your child's legal birth certificate A current South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, or a South Carolina Certificate of Medical or Religious Exemption A property tax receipt or a rental lease showing all occupants Two different, current utility bills showing your correct home address Picture identification (parent and/or guardian)

Cafeteria Contest
You could be a winner!!! Beginning next week, each time a student purchases a school lunch, their name will be entered into a drawing for a very special prize. A winning name will be drawn each Friday. The more school lunches they buy, the greater their chance to win! Each Monday, we will begin collecting names for the drawing on Friday. Good Luck!

Lego Robotics Club

The LMES LEGO Robotics Club will begin this Thursday, March 6th, 2:40-3:40 pm. We will be meeting in Mrs. Williams' classroom, on the Green Hall, across from the Science Lab. There were almost 60 students that expressed interest in this club, but there are only 12 slots available. The twelve students were selected by a lottery drawing and were notified on Monday of their selection. (Only the students selected were notified.) Thank-you to everyone who wanted to participate. Meetings will be on March 6, 13, 27, and April 3 and 10. Parents must arrange transportation for their child at 3:40 in the bus loop area. Contact information: Lisa Williams Victoria Castro Amy Sgorrano

Volunteers Needed.
Our art teachers are looking for volunteers. If you have some extra time, please consider volunteering in one of our art classes. You can contact Sherry Rauch at or Cheryl Leaphart at

Tuesday, March 11 During Related Arts Time

LMES will be conducting their 15th annual event to support the American Heart Association. The event this year will add basketball skills to the jumping rope activities. Every student will enjoy the Hoops For Heart event. They will celebrate having a healthy heart and school community. Many other students in the school will go the extra mile. They will collect donations to support the American Heart Association mission to help fight heart disease. Donation forms were sent home last week. If you need another form you can find them outside the gym door. Donations are due on Hoops For Heart day, Tuesday, March 11. In addition to the traditional Thank You gifts, this year students can earn ducks. Ducks are given to students after they raise their first $5 donation. After they have collected the $5 parents will fill out the coupon on the collection envelope. Students will bring the voucher to the gym and receive their first duck immediately. Students who create a webpage at and collect their first donation will receive the Quacky duck and the Nija duck. Every dollar collected goes to the AHA.

Helpful Hints for Hoops For Heart Day

Turn in your donations to your classroom teacher first thing in the morning. Wear clothes for being physically active Wear tennis shoes Wear red Bring a water bottle with your name on it Show classroom spirit

HFH/JRFH Parent Volunteers Needed March 11

Parent volunteers are needed to hand out ducks every morning and on Hoops For Heart Day. If you can volunteer your time in any of these ways completed the form below. you will need to cut and paste the address below into your browser.

Hoops For Heart Volunteer Form - March 11th

Hoops For Heart is a celebration of LMES commitment to living a heart healthy lifestyle. In additions to jumping rope and demonstrating basketball skills student could chose to support the American Heart Association by collecting donations. Thank you for donating your time to make HFH a success I am available to volunteer for Hoops For Heart .... * All Day 5th grade 7:50-8:40 4th grade 9:10-10:00 3rd grade 10:05-10:55 Kindergarten 11:45-12:35 2nd grade 12:40-1:30 1st grade 1:35-2:25 Count donations 8:00-10:00 My name is *

My child's homeroom teacher is: *

My email address is *

I can help hand out ducks the following morning(s) Monday March 3 7:15-7:45 Tuesday March 4 7:15-7:45 Wednesday March 5 7:15-7:45 Thursday March 6 7:15-7:45 Friday March 7 7:15-7:45

Lake Murray Elementary School

1531 Three Dog Road Chapin, SC 29036
Phone: 803803-476476-4600 Fax: 803803-476476-4620




Claire D. Thompson, Principal

Boyd Hainsworth Assistant Principal

Margaret LaForce, Administrative Asst. Principal
Lake Murray Elementary Mission Statement

Puppy Paws to Eagle Claws

Our mission at LMES is to nurture children, empowering them to think critically and creatively as they seek knowledge and embrace challenges.

PTO News Corner

Thank you to our

Business Partner Patrons.

Please support these businesses, as they have contributed to our school. Silver Paw: Carolina Pet Resort, LLC Initials Inc., Shelagh Cobb Vella's of Chapin Gold Paw: AVSX Technologies Learning Express Sanchez Construction, LLC Zesto of Chapin Platinum Paw: Human Capital Solutions

Spirit Night Schedule March 11 Grouchos of Chapin March 20 El Poblano