October/November, 2018

October/November, 2018

Dear Students and Parents,

Early Dismissal Days and Professional Development Days
This Friday, October 19th, is an early release day with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. There is no school for students on Tuesday, November 6th as it is Election Day and a Professional Development day for teachers.

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
There is no school for students on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th, due to student/parent/teacher conferences. Conferences will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th and from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday October 25th. The school will be closed on Friday, October 26th.

Students are asked to attend and participate in the conferences along with their parents and teachers.
Higher levels of achievement occur when students, even our very youngest, are involved in the
assessment process and help to communicate their achievement, progress, and goals.

The link to schedule a school conference is available on our school website (www.labschool.acsd1.org) and has also be sent out through email. In addition to scheduling a conference with your child’s home room teacher, please feel free to schedule a conference with any other teachers. Our music, p.e., Spanish, and art teachers would love to visit with you and your child(ren).

WY-TOPP State Assessment
Individual student reports for the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) from the spring of 2018 will be available for 4th through 8th grade students during the October conferences.

Cell Phone Parent Listening Session
Recently, a letter was sent out through email asking for parent help with student cell phone use at school. Just a reminder about the parent listening session scheduled on Wednesday, October 17th, at 5:00 p.m. in room 200. We look forward to involving parents in ongoing conversation on this topic.

Class Pictures
Ludwig Photography will be taking class pictures for the yearbook on Tuesday, October 30th. Information and envelopes for purchasing class pictures will be sent home and will also be available outside of the office. A portion of the proceeds from purchases is provided to the school each year.

Halloween Information and Activities
This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday. Halloween costumes worn at school must meet the district dress code and be free from any blood/gore and weapons. The dress code requires that clothing covers undergarments, has fabric on front and sides, and not be see through when covering private parts. Clothing may not denigrate others (race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability); denote affiliation with gangs or violent groups; advertise or advocate drugs, alcohol, weapons, or tobacco/nicotine; pose a harm to self or others; on include obscene or suggestive images/messages. Limited make up is encouraged and wearing masks will not be allowed during regular class time or during Halloween activities where safety may be a concern (travel in halls and common areas, active games, etc.). School activities related to Halloween are as follows:
• Kindergarten and 1st/2nd Grade Classrooms: A Halloween carnival is scheduled from
2:00 – 3:00. Pre-service teachers in early childhood education will be providing Halloween stations. K-2 students should come to school dressed in regular clothing but may bring a costume to change into prior to the carnival.
• 3rd and 4th Grade Classrooms: A Halloween costume show and tell will take place in each classroom from 8:00 – 9:00. Students may wear their costume to school, but need to bring regular clothes to change into for the rest of the day.
• 5th through 8th Grade Classrooms: Each homeroom classroom will be having a Halloween celebrations from 2:00 – 3:00. The classes will be determining refreshments, games, and activities for the celebration. Middle school students in grades 5-8 may wear or bring costumes to school. Regular instructional activities will take place from 8:00 – 2:00 so any costumes worn during this time must not interfere with the learning environment or be potentially hazardous to safety.

*The middle school bash/dance planned by Student Council on the evening of Friday, October 19th has been cancelled. A variety of factors influenced this decision including: the school schedule with early release on the 19th; the expense of the DJ and entry to the event; school staff availability to chaperone; behavior and developmental needs of the students; etc.

Student council will be planning other middle school and school-wide activities throughout the year. This includes the opportunity for all students (K-8) to participate in the October 20th UW Homecoming Parade on the Lab School Float. Parent are welcome to join in too. More information about where to meet and what to wear will be shared this week!

Rib and Chop House Teacher Appreciation Awards
The Rib and Chop House of Laramie is hosting its first Teacher Appreciation Awards this year! The Finally Restaurant Group has given over $40,000 to teachers in our communities and is excited to welcome Laramie into the Rib and Chop House family. $1000 will be awarded to a great teacher in the Laramie community for their classroom (plus an ice cream party for the winning classroom). Nominate a teacher on the Rib and Chop House–Laramie Facebook page. Voting is from October 15-31 and the winner will be announced on November 2nd.

Let’s Talk
Don’t forget that the Let’s Talk link is available on the district (www.acsd1.org) and school (www.uwlab.acsd1.org) websites. In addition to email and calls, the Let’s Talk link can be used to communicate questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, and/or compliments.

Calendar Information
Important dates are included at the end of this newsletter. Please watch for future newsletters and check our school website (www.uwlab.acsd1.org) or the Lab School link on the district website (www.acsd1.org) for additional calendar information throughout the year.

UW Lab School – 2018 Important Dates

Wednesday, October 17 Cell Phone Parent Listening Sessions at 5:00 in room 200

Friday, October 19 Half-day for students (11:30 dismissal)/Afternoon Professional Development for Staff

Saturday, October 20 Lab School float in UW Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, October 24 and Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences (Wednesday evening,

Thursday, October 25 Thursday morning, afternoon, and evening)

Thursday, October 25 and No School for students on Thursday or Friday
Friday, October 26 No School for teachers on Friday

Tuesday, October 30 Class Pictures

Tuesday, November 6 Election Day & Professional Development Day – No School for Students

Wednesday, November 7 Make up/Retakes-Individual Pictures for Power School (Life Touch)

Wednesday-Friday, Thanksgiving Vacation – No School
November 21-23

Friday, December 21 Last day of school in 2018 – Winter Break begins

Monday, January 7 School Resumes – First day of school in 2019