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Hall Weekly Bulletin - January 22, 2023

Full of Cougar Pride!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Thurs, Jan 26 - Hall Prospective Family Tours 9 am (Sign up here
  • Thurs, Jan 26 - Redwood HS Incoming Freshman Night 6 pm
  • Thurs, Jan 26 - Tamalpais HS Incoming Freshman Night 6 pm 
  • Wed, Feb 1 - Global School Play Day
  • Fri, Feb 3 - Wheel 3 Ends
  • Mon, Feb 6 - Wheel 4 Starts
  • Wed, Feb 8 - Family Education Night (Sign up here) 6 pm, Hall Library
  • Thurs, Feb 9 - Hall Prospective Family Tours 9 am
  • Fri, Feb 10 - Hall Movie Night at The Lark 5 - 7 pm 
  • Thurs, Feb 16 - Mr. Payne RHS Hall Family Night
  • Mon - Fri, Feb 20 - 24 - No School, Mid-Winter Break
  • Thurs, March 2 - Hall Prospective Family Tours 9 am
  • Fri, March 10 - No School, Certificated Professional Development Day

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Proud of our Mathletes!!

 

Our Cougars had an incredible week! Straight from the court with a show of true sportsmanship, exemplifying kindness and respect, our 6th grade boy’s team are true winners. We have loved cheering on all our student athletes this season and are grateful for our coaches supporting the Cougar Code in action, check it out! On top of a great week on the court, we ended the week with our 7th grade dance! A huge thank you to Ms. Griffin and Leadership for hosting a great night!! Thank you to Ms. Taylor, Ms. Newburn, Mr. Devol, and Ms. Tracy for being there and joining in the fun, it was a blast for all! 

 

Cougars made math moves this week in our American Math Competition hosted by Mr. Paul Zeitz and Ms. Tobes. We are excited to hear how our mathematicians did and so proud of our Hall Mathletes. Next up is our Hall Spelling Bee with Ms. Irving and our classroom winners. Good luck to our students! 

Thank you Leadership for an amazing night!!

 

Save the date!! Our Family Education Team is inviting you to our next event! On Wednesday, February 8th we are going to offer support with Christine Leppones and executive function skills. Executive function is a set of mental skills that, simply put, helps you get things done. In teens, solid executive functioning enables them to remember to hit 'Submit' to hand in their homework on time, keep all of their e-mails and important information organized, stay focused even when they find the material boring or difficult, effectively plan for longer projects, and avoid becoming overwhelmed with schoolwork, among other things. Christine Leppones of EF Ninja, is an executive function coach here in Marin county. She has been working with neurodiverse students of all abilities for the past 8 years. Join us as Christine outlines strategies for parents to help build their child’s executive function skills. The key, Christine says, is to get buy-in; collaborating to find that balance between support and independence, creating a scenario where everyone wins--and peace is restored to the household. Use this link to sign up! We hope you can make it! 



As a reminder the parking for Hall is closed to staff and students should be dropped off using the drop off loop or at Piper Park. Additionally, students using the bike rack behind the 600 building should be aware we are no longer opening the Doherty gate at 2:12 dismissal, we will only be opening the interior gate to campus and students with no second elective will need to exit with bikes through campus to Doherty. 

 

Wishing all a beautiful Sunday!

Dr. Brown & Hall Staff 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

CHROMEBOOKS  Please charge your chromebook nightly!  We are seeing an increased amount of uncharged chromebooks.  Be sure to have your chromebooks charged and ready for school each day. Thank you for your help!

 

ATTENDANCE As we begin the second trimester of the school year, we would like to remind you about our Absence/Tardy Reporting Procedures & Policies.  Kindly make every effort to adhere to our policies. Please see this doc for any questions

 

FORGOT SOMETHING?  If your child forgets their lunch, PE uniform, after school activity item etc, kindly place it in a clearly labeled bag and place it on the white cart outside the front of the main office.  Remind your child to check the cart periodically.  Also, no DoorDash, Grubhub or any food deliveries are allowed on campus.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

CELL PHONES Cell phones should not be used during the school day.  Parents please do not text or call your child.  If you need to get ahold of your child, call the office (415) 927-6978 or email hallsecretary@lcmschools.org Additionally, please note smartwatches and wireless earbuds are to be in lockers daily, student should not have their electronic devices on their person or in their backpacks. 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE We encourage all students to participate in volunteer activities which improve the lives of others inside and outside our school community. For more information, please visit this site

 

Recommended community service hours are:

8th grade:  8 hours (a minimum of 3 hours is required to participate in the 8th grade graduation ceremony)

7th grade:  7 hours

6th grade:  6 hours

 

We are excited to offer a standing community service option for all Hall students. The second Wednesday of every month will be committed to Community Clean-Up! From 2:30 - 3:30 pm every second Wednesday of the month, Cougars can meet under the shade structure and take care of our community. Our next date is Wednesday, February 8th! We hope to see you out there! 

 

MARIN COUNTY PARKS Looking for more community service hours? Check out these Volunteer Opportunities at the Marin County Parks for the month of December.

 

SCHOOL PHOTOS If you have questions about your order or did not receive it,  please reach out to the Dorian customer care team at www.dorianstudio.com and select the help button next to the picture day your child was photographed on.  You can also chat on the website or call (800) 826-3535.

 

DISTRICT NEWS

 

Registration for School Year 2023-24 Registration for the 2023-24 school year IS NOW OPEN. If you, or anyone you know has an elementary or middle school student who is not currently attending LCMSD but would like to attend next year, please pass along this information. Click here for information on the registration process.

IMPORTANT: If your student is currently enrolled in K-7 and you will be attending for the 2023-24 school year, there is no need to re-register. Your student will automatically roll up to the next grade.

 

Independent Study

LCMSD no longer has an independent study Board Policy; therefore, we are not permitted to offer independent study for students. If your child is absent, please know that unless it is for a health reason, it will be marked as unexcused. When students have 10% or more absences during a school year they are treated as a “chronically absent” student per state criteria. Frequent absences lead to gaps in learning and initiate a process that can ultimately lead to you and your child attending School Attendance Review Board (SARB) meeting with school or district administration.

 

If your child must be absent for 5 or more consecutive days, please notify their teacher(s) in advance. Should the absence be due to a family emergency, bereavement, or a medical reason, the teacher will identify work that your child may complete during their absence. Should your child be absent due to an extended vacation/travel, teachers are not required to provide resources or activities for students. 

 

Board Updates

 

On January 18 the Board celebrated Cove and Neil Cummins being awarded California Distinguished Schools. Congratulations students, teachers, and staff! Trustees approved supporting the East Corte Madera territory transfer petition withdraw, the revoking of independent study, and school accountability report cards. Additionally, Trustees were provided with an update on literacy and the independent auditor’s report. The Board Budget Study Session is scheduled for February 1 at 6:00 in the Hall Library.

 

SPARK NEWS 

 

Spring Online Auction is March 15-20 

  • Join the solicitations team - we provide you with an email template and reach out to businesses on our hit list. These are mostly businesses that frequently support SPARK so they are familiar with our outreach efforts which begin in mid-January and through late February. This is a 4-week commitment and you can sign up for as many as 20 accounts or as few as five. Our success depends on great items and we need your help to make this happen! Contact info@SPARKschools.org
  • Join the catalog team - we provide you with a style guide and you work on copywriting and editing the auction item package blurbs. A great job to do at home! We need 5-8 people to help out. This is a 2-3 week commitment during February-March before the online auction opens on March 15th. Contact Jennifer Ginsburg at jginsburg@SPARKschools.org
  • Do you love being on your bike or in your car? Be a “Runner” and help pick up auction items that businesses have already agreed to donate. Contact info@SPARKschools.org
  • Do you have an item to donate like a vacation home or sports tickets? We would love to include them in our auction. You can specify available dates and any other restrictions or important information. Click here to make an online donation. 
  • Learn more about our SPARK spring fundraising events here 

SPARK Biz Spotlight: Legarza Kids is turning 34 and giving YOU the gift of 34% off their programs of camps, leagues, skills training, after-school care and more. With basketball, all-sports and S.T.E.A.M. options there’s something for every child. Their all-star coaches don’t just teach the fundamentals but also life lessons to lead to future success. Head to legarzassports.org and use the code “34YEARS” for their biggest savings all year (good on all programs and vouchers to use on future camps! Cannot be combined with other promotions). 

 

Corporate Match Have you taken advantage of your company's Corporate Match program with your Annual Giving donation? Last year we raised nearly $155K alone through Corporate Match Programs. Not sure if your company participates? Find out here if you can double your donation!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Get Ready for Spring Swim NEW Family Registration for the Tidalwaves Swim Team opens January 9th. Tidalwaves is open to all swimmers ages 5 through 18 years. The season runs from late February through the end of June at the Redwood High School pool. Please visit www.gowaves.com for more information.

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