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December 13th, 2017

Principal's Points

Keep learning alive for your child over the winter break
Your child looks at the calendar and imagines the joy of having free time for the whole winter school break. You look at the same blank squares on the calendar and have a mild moment of panic.
To keep from hearing “I’m bored” during your child’s time off from school, here are some activities that will keep her learning:

  • Make a list of things your family can do together. With your child, look in the local paper or go online to find free events to attend and places to go. Are there museums in your area? Are there free concerts scheduled for this month? Does the public library have special story hours or performances?
  • Select a movie that is based on a book. After you and your child finish reading the book, watch the movie together. Discuss how the two are alike and how they are different.
  • Prepare food together. Nearly every culture has some special foods associated with the holiday season. With your child, prepare foods you remember from your childhood. Share your memories. Or do some research and cook a dish you’ve never tried.
  • Encourage your child to learn more about the past and your family history by talking with grandparents, aunts, uncles—even you. Help her come up with a list of questions to ask, such as, “What was school like for you when you were my age?” and “What trends were popular?” She can record the conversations, write them down, or just listen.
 

Dear Parents,
 
Are you planning a family trip for the holidays?
As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.
 
We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.
 
Sincerely,
Brenda Blackmon
Assistant Principal

 

 
 
 

Toy Drive - December 11-18.
Come help spread holiday cheer with Lakewood's elf by volunteering at our annual Toy Drive!
There are still spots open so please take a look and pick a slot that works with your schedule

Click Here to sign up
 
 
 
 
The Lakewood PTO would like to thank all the parents who have helped us raise money for the school by coming to Spirit Nights, participating in fundraisers or sign up to help the Hospitality Committee!
This month during the Monthly Meeting, the Hospitality Committee was able to decorate a tree with gift-cards  and hand out wrapping paper to all the teachers!
Thank you again for ALL you do to help support our school!
Mother Nature also helped make it festive!
 
Attention All Parents!

Yearbook cover photo order forms are going home in your child's Wednesday folders today! Parents can purchase one photo block per student for $10 each (only one photo per child). We have limited space, so get your order in today!! **Please remember that the purchase of a cover photo does not include a copy of the yearbook. Yearbooks must be purchased separately for $22 each at 
balfour.com.** Contact kelli.cataline@lakewoodpto.com with questions.


Click here to download 
 

Everyday attendance matters!
Take a look at what your student may miss if they arrive late or leave early?

 
 
 
 
Join us on Wednesday, Dec 20th for Lakewood Elementary Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A
Hwy 249 & Jones. Rd.
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Don't forget to mention you are with Lakewood Elementary
 
 

Library News

Please click here to read the latest important updates and reminders for our LES Library!
Box Tops and Reading Logs are due soon!

  • Tomball ISD is participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is a survey designed to help students, parents, educators, and community members share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. The brief online survey is open to students, educators, parents, and community members through January 19, 2018. Click the Project Tomorrow Speak Up link below to take the survey.

https://speakup.tomorrow.org/
 

Tomball Reads One Book

Starting in January 2018, Tomball ISD will participate in the
Tomball Reads One Book Program!

All students in grades 2nd - 6th will receive their very own copy of the 2013 Newbery winning novel by Katherine Applegate,  The One and Only Ivan.
K - 1st will be participating by reading related read alouds during library time.

Visit Lakewood PTO website for t-shirt samples and direct link to order. Deadline to order t-shirts is December 22, 2017

 
 

Need S'more to do at home and during the Christmas Break?

Need s’more to do at home?
Remember to visit our s’more webpages for great resources like reading e-books, coding websites, books that have been turned into movies, sites to inspire writing, and much more.
Click here to see more:
https://goo.gl/VhfjjM


 
 

Lakewood Elementary is proud to present author Steve Swinburne!

Steve lives in South Londonderry, Vermont, with his wife Heather and daughters Hayley and Devon. When Steve is not writing and photographing children's books, he loves to sing and play Beatle songs on his Gibson guitar, garden, read, travel with his family and take pictures.

Steve will take cash (exact amount only) and checks made out to: Stephen Swinburne. Orders are due on December 20th.

All books will be delivered on the date of his visit on January 17th.

Find out more about Stephen Swinburne: www.stephenswinburne.com
Book Order Form: https://www.lakewoodpto.com/newsletter/forms/ 

 
 
 

Save the Date

Wednesday Dec 13th

Thursday Dec 14th

  • Toy Drive
  • Lakewood Harmony Christmas Concert at 7:00 PM in the LES Cafeteria

Friday Dec 15th

Monday Dec 18th

Tuesday Dec 19th

  • Campus Spelling Bee

Wednesday Dec 20th

  • Birthday Book Club Party (Dec b-days)
  • Box Top Party
  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night 5:30-7:30 pm

Friday Dec 22th - No lunch visitors!

  • Early Release Day
  • Polar Express Day
  • Class Parties as follows:

K, 1, 4 Grade:

  • Sing-a-long in gym 
  • Parties 9:25-10:15 am

2 and 3rd Grade:

  • Sing-along in gym 
  • Parties 10:30-11:20 am