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 Welcome to the LIS PTO website where you will find all the information you need to know about who the PTO is and what's going on at LIS and throughout the community.

April/May Dates to Remember

April 19th thru 21st 
- Book Fair, Parent Teacher Conferences, 6th Grade PARCC, & Early Dismissal (Lunch Served)

April 25th - LIS Rising 4th Grade Parent Night - 6pm till 8pm

April 26th - Board of Ed Meeting - 7pm - LHS Library

May 10th - Board of Ed Meeting - 7pm - LHS Library

May 15th - 4th Grade Chorus Concert - 7pm - (Doors Open 6:30pm)

May 17th - 5th & 6th Grade Chorus Concert - 7pm - (Doors Open 6:30pm)


1st Annual LIS Night at 
The 
Trenton Thunder!
May 11, 2017 - 7pm
             TICKET PURCHASE EXTENSION!!!!

Who wants to throw out the first pitch? 
Who wants to participate in fun games on the field in between innings? 

Well, 9 lucky students will get to do one of these activities but you must purchase your ticket before Friday April 21st!

For your convenience we are now accepting orders online. Of course tickets can still be bought by sending in your money (cash/check) and form to the PTO bin at school as well.

The 1st annual LIS Group Outing to see the Trenton Thunder play will be on Thursday May 11th at 7pm at Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton. ALL LIS students will get to enjoy a pregame catch on the field PLUS there will be postgame fireworks.  Tickets are $11.00 each. 



Spring Club Registration
NOW OPEN!

Early Bird and After School Spring Club online registration begins today and will end on April 23rd.

The Spring session will begin on April 24th and run through June 9th (which includes two make-up weeks if needed). 

**Early Bird Clubs will NOT be held on PARCC testing days. Some schedules have been pushed back to accommodate testing. Be sure to consult the individual club description for each schedule. 

Walk-in registration will only be accepted during the first week the club meets provided that space is still available. After that, the club will be closed to further registration.  Please ensure that your child has a cash payment and the payment receipt when they arrive to the first meeting if they are attending as a 'walk-in'.


LIS/LMS string players perform with CJMEA Honors Orchestra

Twelve string students from LIS & LMS performed with the Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA) Honors Orchestra at New Brunswick High School on Saturday, April 1. The students were selected by their ensemble director and were placed in one of the three orchestra levels - blue, gold and red.
 
The LMS students are: Tommy Chu (violin), Dessy Dusichka (cello), Kira Eng (viola), Haruki Maeda (violin), Smriti Mumudi (violin), and Adithi Ponakampalli (violin).
 
The LIS students are: Sofia Garcia (violin), Helios Gayibor (violin), Laura Martin (bass), Piyush Nawade (bass), Janhavi Pakar (viola), and Crystal Yuen (cello).
 
This is the first year that CJMEA hosted a middle school (grades 7-8) honors orchestra and the 9th year that it has hosted an elementary honors (grades 4-6) orchestra. LMS orchestra director Melissa Clark was instrumental in having an honors orchestra for grades 7 and 8. The LIS orchestra director is Allison Kershner and is assisted by Mrs. Clark.

2017 LIS Spring Book Fair

April 19th thru 21st

Happy Camper Book Fair - Smore Fun with Books

The Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled to be in the library of school on the following days/times:

Wednesday April 19th: 9-4pm
Thursday, April 20th: 9-4pm, 6-8pm
Friday, April 21st: 9-3:30pm

Each class is scheduled to come to the book fair during the school day.  
Students can make purchases with cash or check made out to LIS PTO or credit or debit cards.  Remind your child to enter the raffle when they visit. They may win a free book.

Wish lists are available at the fair for parents that wish to purchase a book for the classroom. The Classroom/Teacher Wish List works with teachers to add appropriate books to classroom libraries. We have asked teacher to select book titles that they would like that parents may purchase for the classroom when they visit the fair. 
 
Also volunteers are needed to make the book fair available to as many parents and students as possible.  Click here to sign up to volunteer to help either set up or break down the fair or to work register when the fair in open.


2017/2018 School Supply Kit On Sale Now!

Don't miss out! 

THE DEADLINE TO ORDER YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES IS THIS FRIDAY APRIL 21st!!!!

We are offering a convenient way for parents to purchase school supplies for the next school year BUT you have to order them BEFORE APRIL 21st!!!!

Parents have the option of purchasing a grade specific box from Schoolkidz and then the majority of your child's school supplies will be waiting for them on their desk on the first day of school. It's as easy as that!  Or if you would like you can purchase these items on your own at any store you wish any time between now and the first day of the new school year.  

However, if you purchase your items through Schoolkidz not only is it more convenient and reasonable then purchasing it at a chain store as an added bonus our school get a portion of the proceeds!

So if you would like to purchase you supply box for next school year simply click this link BEFORE April 21st and enter account #89212 to get our school's supply information.  Please make sure when you select the grade box you want you select NEXT school year grade for your child!

Finally even though we try very hard to make the school supply lists as consistent as possible in all classes there are always some subjects and teachers that need specific items and supplies to teach their subject. As a result when parents receive their welcome letter with their child's teacher assignment on it in August there will be some additional supplies that the specific teacher(s) will need your child to have for the first day of school. This list will vary depending on the team and teacher you have but it will be minimal.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by email.

Student Council Happenings

The next Student Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 3rd at 8am.

Spirit Days:
April 18th - Autism Awareness Day - Wear Purple

The school store is open every Thursday from 8:20 - 8:30am for students to make purchases of items like pencils, erasers, sharpeners, etc.


Students Experience
 "This Is Hunger!"

The 6th grade Leadership Club, a.k.a. Hootie's Helpers, along with teachers Drea Potocny and Jessica Heller, recently took a walking trip to Adath Israel Synagogue, which is hosting a traveling museum called This is Hunger. 

This community engagement program illuminates the profound prevalence of hunger in America, and encouraged the LIS students to advocate on behalf of the 42.2 million Americans who struggle with hunger every day. More information about this program can be found at www.thisishunger.org.

PARCC Information
April 19th thru May 4th

Please see the attached letter regarding PARCC testing.


Volunteers Needed!!
2017-2018 School Year
We are looking for parents that wish to join the PTO Board as well as chair or co-chair a committee next year. If you are interested in joining our team please email us. We're sure we can find something that you would be interested in and that can work with your schedule and strengths.



Lawrence Public Schools Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Lawrence Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Lawrence is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
 
This is the 9th time overall and the 6th consecutive year that Lawrence has earned this distinction.
 
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Lawrence answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
 
This award recognizes that Lawrence is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

  
Don't forget to check out the Student Council link on the left side menu of this page for all the news about upcoming Spirit Days and Service Projects.



Looking For Parents with Special Talents!!!

Every week the LIS students have a short Morning Meeting assembly from 8:40-9:00 am. LIS is looking for parents who have a special talent, skill or job that they are willing to share with the students. If you would be willing to share your talent with the LIS students, please contact your child's house leader. This is great way to be involved in the school. 4th grade Ms. Heller (jheller@ltps.org) 5th grade Mr. Boggs (dboggs@ltps.org) 6th grade Mr. Barrett (fbarrett@ltps.org)






TWO Hour Delayed Openings:

If we are to have a delayed opening it will be a 2 hour delay.  The doors to LIS will open for students 2 hours after regular time (10:15 am). Teachers are expected to sign in 2 hours after regular time (10:30 am) and will start 2 hours after regular time (10:40 am)

General Information - Doors Open 8:15am

LIS doors open at 8:15 am every school day. If your child arrives prior to this start time, they will remain outside until we have staff members on duty to supervise. Especially during these cold winter months, please do not drop off your child until 8:15 am. Our homeroom time runs from 8:40 to 8:50 am. If you child arrives to school after 8:50, they are considered late to school and you will need to come into the main office to sign them into school for the day.

Updated School Calendars

The school calendar for this current year can be found here.  As well as the Board of Education has approved the 2017-2018 School Calendar.







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