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SUBJECT: Purple Page- Aug 26, 2022

PURPLE PAGE NEWSLETTER

August 26, 2022

This week's Purple Page has ALOT of useful information regarding upcoming due dates, extracurricular & volunteer opportunities, as well as PTO fundraisers and events. 

It's long, but worth your time to read the entire thing! 


IMPORTANT DATES


August 26th- Sept 30- "Raise Your Paws" for A Cause Fundraiser 

August 29, 30, 31-  7th Grade Volleyball Tryouts

August 31- PUP 101 (Parents ONLY) 

September 2- National College Colors Day 

September 7- 8th Grade NJHS Application Due

September 8- HISD Board Meeting

September 10- Rescheduled Movie Night (RSVP HERE

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hello PUP families, 

Well, what a week! Wasn’t it awesome to see the cheerleaders welcoming students back to school on Monday morning? We appreciate them and the parents who got them to school bright and early to bring the positive energy to start the day! 

While there have been a few bumps this week, overall things are running smoothly. Thanks to everyone for their patience as we create new routines for our students. We understand you may still have questions and in addition to visiting the school website, keeping up with Mr. William’s correspondence, and reading the Purple Page, I encourage you to join the Lanier Middle School Parents Incoming and Current Facebook Group. Note, there are some answers you MUST answer to be accepted to the group, but once that happens you will find a community of parents with questions, as well as answers! We are all in this together and this is group is a great place to connect to share information, address concerns, and offer positive feedback on things Lanier is doing well. 

Speaking of, isn’t it wonderful to see Mr. Williams in his suit welcoming students each morning? The teachers and staff have been working diligently this week to ensure all the students have schedules. Please continue to be understanding as all the kinks are worked out. I know things will be running like a well-oiled machine soon. 

The PTO has been offering support by gathering volunteers this week to help the office staff with some clerical work so they can focus on the students, and we are very thankful for the time these volunteers have contributed. We plan for this to be a regular daily volunteer opportunity. If you are interested in helping SignUp here

While you are thinking about volunteering, please consider offering a hand at our Community Movie Night on September 10th. Opportunities are listed here. Please remember to RSVP for Movie Night so we have an accurate count for security and concessions. 

Your generous PTO donations help us ease the financial burden on our teachers as they start the year - we offer to reimburse each teacher up to $250 for school supplies. I am confident you will agree that teachers should not have to come out of pocket for their classroom supplies. Consider all the ways our PTO supports our teacher and student community as we are kick off our big fall fundraiser, RAISE YOUR PAWS FOR A CAUSE, today!

Thank you for your continued support. It makes a difference and helps make Lanier Middle School a great place to be! 


See you next week, 

Heather Peterson

PTO President

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Greetings PUP families, 

We made it through the first week! It has been a pleasure to meet each student and I am very proud of them for figuring out how to navigate a big new place. There have been successes and some challenges as well. Thank you for being patient with Lanier teachers and staff as we transition into new routines. Things will be running smoothly very soon. 

You should have received communication from me earlier this week. If not, visit https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/account/login 

to update your communications settings. Some important information included in my last email addressed: 


Planners

Each student received their very own school planner yesterday in PUPS!  They need to bring that planner to school every day.  The first part of the planner has a lot of helpful information you may want to look through.  There is a worksheet on page 5 where your student should have copied their schedule in a format that follows the timeline for P-days and R-days (the printed out pink schedules can confuse our kiddos).  Feel free to check on page 5 to ensure that this is filled out correctly and use the bell schedule on page 4 and the map on page 6 to sort out any confusion for your child on where to go.  There is also a section the students were supposed to copy for the grading policy.  Here's that information if you see that page 8 is still blank.

Week of 8/29 Supplies

Once the students have their lockers, they will be leaving their backpacks in their lockers and bringing their needed supplies to each class. Grade Level Supplies

Laptop Distribution: 8/29-9/7

In our history classes, our students will be receiving their HISD laptops!  They will be responsible for bringing their charged laptop to school every day.  Before that happens, they need to have signed paperwork and a $25 fee taken care of. Please make sure you put your student’s name and ID number so we can ensure their payment is credited. 

Your student should have brought home that information, plus many of you already took care of it at Back-To-School Night on 8/18. Here's additional information to help your child use this tool responsibly. You must access the site and fill out the Google Form at the end for your student to receive their laptop.

The PTO and parent volunteers have been a huge help to our office staff this week. Our students are the priority, and we appreciate the time you contributed to assisting us with clerical tasks so that our admin staff could take care of registration and schedule updates.

Next week we will continue to streamline our routines. You can learn more about Lanier and the day in the life of a student on August 31st at PUP 101 organized by Ms. Garza, Lanier’s AP & Magnet Coordinator and Mr. Maluski, our suburb counselor. This is a parent only event and we encourage you to attend if you are new to Lanier. 

I hope this weekend you reflect on the positive aspects of your student’s first week at school and celebrate new accomplishments and budding friendships. We are enthusiastic to see everyone on Monday and ready for a week of new middle school experiences. 


Sincerely, 

Marcus Williams 

Principal 


Lanier is working on getting a permanent nurse. In the meantime, for nurse issues email Ms. Zapata at mindy.zapata@houstonisd.org

If you and your student have worried about keeping track of school supplies, laptops, etc... with backpacks no longer allowed in classrooms, worry no more! A tote bag has been approved for use.

https://a.co/d/66YZvyV 

“Raise Your Paws for A Cause” Annual Fundraising Campaign! August 26 – September 30

 Lanier’s annual school fundraiser is ON!

YOUR donations impact EVERY student at Lanier!


Last year, the Lanier PTO provided funding for projects such as:

Campus Improvements

  • New picnic tables & benches on the patio
  • Power washing and window washing
  • Interior building paint
  • LMS exterior banners (coming soon!)
Curriculum and Classroom Support
  • Supplemental teaching resources (software & online teaching tools)
  • Annual teacher allotment for classroom & teaching supplies
  • Teacher training
LMS Culture and Community
  • Monthly teacher lunches
  • Parent education speaker series
  • Traffic & safety control
  • Student & parent social events (Homecoming & Parent-Teacher Social) & Community Nights
Go to bit.ly/PawsUp2022 today to donate!

Added bonus! Donate at one of the following events and get your paws on some extra swag (while supplies last).

  • The Lanier Parent Coffee Social: Friday 8/26 beginning at 8:45am
  • The Lanier Movie Night:  Saturday 9/10 beginning at 7pm

In addition, donate by September 16 for your child to receive a one-day dress pass at school.

Paws itching to donate now?  We hope you Raise Your Paws with us!

AUG 31- Save the Date for PUP 101

Lanier counselor Mr. Maluski and AP/Magnet coordinator (and former Pup Parent) Ms. Garza will help orient parents to Lanier and answer any lingering questions. Hosted in the cafeteria from 530-630PM. 

There will also be a Teams session available (and recorded) for virtual attendance. 

Session is for parents only

National College Colors Day. Sept 2

Next Friday, September 2, National College Colors Day encourages everyone to display their team spirit. Across the United States students, parents, family, fans, and alumni will be wearing their team colors. Be sure you’re celebrating by wearing your college team’s colors and apparel. Lanier will allow students to wear their favorite team colors rather than their uniform shirts!

8TH Grade Application for NJHS DUE SOON

NJHS is accepting applications until September 7th.  

If you did not apply in 7th grade or were not admitted in the Spring of 7th grade, please stop by room 220, before or after school, and pick up your application and recommendation forms. 

All recommendation forms and applications must be completed and submitted 

no later than 4:00PM on September 7th, 2022.

Lanier Extracurricular Activites
ROBOTICS TEAM TRYOUTS, Sept 1

Robotics Team tryouts will take place on Thursday September 1st in room 306 from 4:15pm-5:30pm. 


We will be accepting approximately 20 students and creating approximately 5 teams of 4 to compete in the VEX IQ CHALLENGE

We will be assessing building/ engineering skills, communication skills, collaborative skills, and organization/ notebook skills.


If you have any further questions, you may contact the coaches Mrs. Olivia The Wise at MOLIVIER@houstonisd.org or Mr. Marshall at  Kody.Marshall@houstonisd.org..


OMNIUM A ROBOT (LATIN for everyone’s a robot)

PTO SPOTLIGHT

The PTO Hospitality Committee hosted our 1st Parent Social this morning at Empire Cafe. We had a great turnout and look forward to meeting even more PUP parents at our next social event. Thanks to Jessica Catarino & Katherine Buchanan for organizing! 

More proof of PTO funds at work


The next HISD Board Meeting is September 8 at 5:00pm at then Hattie Mae White Building. Entry is permitted on a first come basis and doors will open at 4:45pm to the public.  

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

Lanier LOVES parents volunteers and there are many ways to be involved. Email volunteersforlanier@gmail.com if you would like to support our school. 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES


September 10- Movie Night SIGNUP 

Ongoing- Clerical Assistance for Office Staff SIGNUP


Remember ALL volunteers must be VIPS approved. Please take the time to submit your application for approval HERE

LANIER PTO Spirit Store

JOIN OUR PARENT GROUP ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/groups/purplepups

This group is for current and incoming Lanier families. 

Please answer the questions to be added. You must answer both questions (DON'T FORGET YOUR STUDENT'S NAME) and be verified.  Thank you!

Opportunities for PUPS around town

While we encourage Pups to try Lanier's athletic offerings, we realize that some students may be interested in sports not offered at Lanier and will periodically share those with our community.  


Pershing Boys Lacrosse Club

Boys in grades 5 through 8 from any school that does not have its own lacrosse team can play for the Pershing Boys Lacrosse Club.

No previous lacrosse experience is necessary. Equipment available to use for initial practices to see if this is the sport for you. 

Lacrosse is a high paced sport combining skills from soccer, baseball, and football. Fall is Pre-season. Games in the spring. 

We practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm at the Pershing Middle School fields off Stella Link. 

Practices will begin September 19th

For more information, please email Wendy Badgwell, wbadgwell@yahoo.com

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