Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians:

I want to thank everyone who attended our back to school night on Tuesday evening. We had a terrific turn out and enjoyed having our parents visit our school. I hope you found the information useful and informative. I encourage parents to visit our website on a regular basis as it is packed full of information and is a helpful resource for parents. An important tab for parents is the quick info. tab on the front of the website. This includes all of our upcoming events and important calendar items for the year.

On back to school night we received several questions regarding the district required ID number needed to activate the Infinite Campus Mobile Portal. The district required ID is: YPGLLP

I am attaching an application for parents regarding our district accountability committee. The district is seeking at large members. If you are interested please follow the instructions to apply.

We are also looking for PTO and accountability committee members here at Newton. Our PTO meetings are generally the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 am and our accountability meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm. You are invited to our first PTO meeting of the year which will be held on Thursday, September 4th at 9:30 am in room 101. Please check in at the main office.

I also encourage you to give to our PTO sponsored Brighter Future Pledge Drive. This fundraiser is in place of students selling such items as magazines, butter braids etc. The pledge drive will fund the PTO budget for the year and provide such items as: capital improvements including supporting the mini theater upgrades, outside facility and signage and possibly refinishing our gym floor next summer. It also assists in improving utilities budgets through student-driven tracking software/hardware programs. Our PTO also supports special staff endeavors to enrich student experiences via non-budgeted projects and purposes.

For additional information regarding the Brighter Future Pledge Drive and how to give please access the front page of our website. Remember your donation is 100% tax deductible!

This year we have several new Chrome Books in our school and have expanded some of our math programs to be an internet based program. In the past we have not felt the need to charge students for breakage of our netbooks, laptops, chrome books etc. However, this year with limited budget and the need for replacing these items we will charge students/families the full replacement value of the equipment that is broken. Please remind your students to be very careful with this equipment.

LPS is proud to announce that we will again be accredited with distinction through the Colorado Department of Education. This is the fifth consecutive year. We are very proud to be a part of this recognition!

We are off to a great start, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

James O'Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

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