School Newsletters

  • Principal Update - Nov. 14

    Posted by Toby Udager on 11/14/2017

    Dear​ ​Lakeridge​ ​Families:

    The​ ​first​ ​official​ ​progress​ ​reports​ ​were​ ​hand-carried home​ ​by​ ​your​ ​child​ ​on​ ​Thursday,​ ​November​ ​2nd. This​ ​year​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​bringing​ ​home​ ​their progress​ ​reports​ ​at​ ​the​ ​hexamesters,​ ​(every​ ​six weeks).​ ​​ ​Semester​ ​grades​ ​come​ ​out​ ​in​ ​late​ ​January and​ ​they​ ​will​ ​be​ ​mailed​ ​home.


    We​ ​want​ ​to​ ​do​ ​all​ ​we​ ​can​ ​to​ ​partner​ ​with​ ​parents​ ​regarding​ ​student​ ​achievement​ ​and progress​ ​in​ ​their​ ​classes.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​not​ ​already​ ​done​ ​so,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​arrange​ ​for​ ​even more​ ​frequent​ ​notifications​ ​regarding​ ​missing​ ​assignments,​ ​assessments​ ​and​ ​grade reports​ ​in​ ​Family​ ​Access​.​ ​​I​ ​highly​ ​recommend​ ​you​ ​sign​ ​up​ ​for​ ​at​ ​least​ ​weekly​ ​reports.


    In​ ​the​ ​link​ ​below​ ​are​ ​directions​ ​to​ ​set​ ​up​ ​notifications.​ ​​ ​By​ ​doing​ ​so,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​the latest​ ​information​ ​from​ ​classroom​ ​teachers​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​best​ ​monitor​ ​your​ ​child's progress.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​issues​ ​setting​ ​up​ ​notifications,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​us.​ ​​ ​We'll​ ​be happy​ ​to​ ​help!



    LMS​ ​Academic​ ​Focus:​ ​​ ​Attendance
    Consistent​ ​attendance​ ​is​ ​essential​ ​for​ ​academic​ ​progress​ ​and​ ​is​ ​of great​ ​importance​ ​for​ ​a​ ​student’s​ ​academic​ ​success.​ ​Most classroom​ ​experiences​ ​cannot​ ​be​ ​duplicated​ ​on​ ​an​ ​individual basis;​ ​an​ ​absent​ ​student​ ​loses​ ​the​ ​experience​ ​of​ ​lecture, discussion​ ​and​ ​participation.​ ​​Absence​ ​from​ ​school​ ​shall​ ​be classified​ ​as​ ​either​ ​an​ ​Excused​ ​Absence​ ​or​ ​an​ ​Unexcused Absence/Truancy.​​ ​Please​ ​take​ ​a​ ​moment​ ​to​ ​review​ ​our​ ​attendance policy.

    ● Absences​ ​must​ ​be​ ​excused​ ​by​ ​phone​ ​call​ ​or​ ​written​ ​note
    within​ ​48​ ​hours,​ ​or​ ​they​ ​will​ ​remain​ ​unexcused.

    ● Tardies​ ​and​ ​partial-day​ ​absences​ ​must​ ​be​ ​excused​ ​same-day​ ​or​ ​within​ ​24​ ​hours.

    ● A​ ​parent/guardian​ ​may​ ​excuse​ ​up​ ​to​ ​2​ ​tardies​ ​for​ ​personal​ ​reasons​ ​(overslept, running​ ​late,​ ​etc.),​ ​after​ ​that​ ​tardies​ ​will​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be​ ​excused.

    ● If​ ​a​ ​student​ ​arrives​ ​more​ ​than​ ​10​ ​minutes​ ​after​ ​class​ ​start​ ​time,​ ​they​ ​are considered​ ​absent​ ​for​ ​that​ ​period.


    ● Missing​ ​4​ ​or​ ​more​ ​periods​ ​(majority​ ​of​ ​school​ ​day)​ ​is​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​full​ ​day absence.

    ● A​ ​doctor’s​ ​note​ ​may​ ​be​ ​required​ ​if​ ​a​ ​student​ ​does​ ​not​ ​attend​ ​school​ ​regularly.​ ​A parent​ ​conference​ ​with​ ​the​ ​student,​ ​counselor,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​administrator​ ​will​ ​be scheduled​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​an​ ​Attendance​ ​Contract.

    ● After​ ​7​ ​unexcused​ ​(full-day)​ ​absences​ ​in​ ​one​ ​month,​ ​or​ ​10​ ​in​ ​one​ ​school​ ​year,​ ​we are​ ​required​ ​by​ ​the​ ​state​ ​to​ ​file​ ​a​ ​truancy​ ​petition​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Juvenile​ ​Court​ ​System.


    For​ ​a​ ​full​ ​description​ ​of​ ​excused​ ​absences​ ​and​ ​attendance​ ​policies,​ ​please​ ​see​ ​the​ ​LMS Student​ ​Handbook​ ​or​ ​the​ ​Sumner​ ​School​ ​District​ ​website.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​questions regarding​ ​Lakeridge​ ​attendance,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​our​ ​attendance​ ​secretary,​ ​Heidi​ ​Mullins, at​ ​253-891-5110. 


    School​ ​Safety​ ​-​ ​Emergency​ ​Supply​ ​Backpacks

    We​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​moment​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​our amazing​ ​Lakeridge​ ​PTO.​ ​They​ ​generously​ ​donated $750.00​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​purchase​ ​new​ ​emergency​ ​supply backpacks​ ​for​ ​each​ ​classroom​ ​in​ ​our​ ​building.​ ​We had​ ​previously​ ​been​ ​storing​ ​emergency​ ​supplies​ ​in large​ ​five​ ​gallon​ ​buckets.​ ​These​ ​were​ ​heavy​ ​and cumbersome​ ​to​ ​carry!​ ​Thanks​ ​again​ ​to​ ​our​ ​PTO​ ​for these​ ​backpacks​ ​that​ ​will​ ​allow​ ​students​ ​and​ ​staff​ ​to
    easily​ ​store​ ​and​ ​carry​ ​supplies​ ​in​ ​the​ ​case​ ​of​ ​an​ ​emergency!


    Hawk​ ​Cafe-​ ​Academic​ ​Support 

    We​ ​are​ ​offering​ ​homework​ ​help,​ ​every​ ​Tuesday​ ​and​ ​Thursday,​ ​from​ ​2:30​ ​-​ ​4:00​ ​in​ ​the LMS​ ​library.​ ​We​ ​call​ ​this​ ​academic​ ​support​ ​Hawk​ ​Cafe​ ​where​ ​we​ ​have​ ​a​ ​positive academic​ ​environment​ ​for​ ​your​ ​student​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​homework​ ​and​ ​get​ ​extra​ ​help.​ ​​ ​A key​ ​reason​ ​this​ ​takes​ ​place​ ​on​ ​Tuesday/Thursdays​ ​is​ ​we​ ​also​ ​have​ ​an​ ​activity​ ​bus. These​ ​are​ ​“activity​ ​bus​ ​routes”​ ​which​ ​will​ ​more​ ​than​ ​likely​ ​not​ ​be​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​regular stop,​ ​but​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​point​ ​within​ ​safe​ ​walking​ ​distance​ ​to​ ​your​ ​home.  


    Activity​ ​Bus​ ​Reminder 

    Please note: ​The Activity Bus may not drop off at regular bus stops, as it is a single condensed route. If your student is staying after school for an activity and would like to ride the Activity Bus, they may receive a bus ticket from their teacher or coordinator. Parents should also plan ahead by contacting transportation at 253-891-6400 to inform them. They will also help you determine the drop-off location closest to your home. The bus leaves LMS at 4:10pm on ​Tuesdays and Thursdays only​, and depending on the number​ ​of​ ​students​ ​riding,​ ​may​ ​take​ ​up​ ​to​ ​2​ ​hours​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​route. 


    Inclement​ ​Weather 

    The opening week of November has already brought us some winter weather in terms of​ ​wind​ ​and​ ​snow.

    Winter may bring weather conditions that require school schedule delays or closure. As you know, the opening week of November has already brought us some early storms in terms of winds and snow. Even when road conditions in the valley appear passable, bad weather on the hill often causes hazardous driving conditions and impact the district’s ability to operate buses safely. Safety for your child is our primary concern. When it comes to knowing school closures and 2-hour delays, here are the details you need​ ​to​ ​know.  


    ● Normal​ ​school​ ​operations​ ​will​ ​prevail​ ​unless​ ​a​ ​change​ ​of​ ​schedule​ ​is​ ​announced.

    ● Expect​ ​morning​ ​buses​ ​to​ ​be​ ​late​ ​during​ ​severe​ ​weather.

    ● If buses cannot get up the hills on afternoon routes, students will be returned to their​ ​schools.

    ● On 2-hour late start schedules: Breakfast and lunch will be served. Recreation Department before school childcare and full-day childcare will start 2-hours later. No out-of-district transportation. No transportation to Elhi Hill and Pierce County Skills Center. All before school activities, athletics and extra-curricular events are canceled.


    Our goal is to make information available to families about school closure or changes in the school schedule by 5:30 a.m. Check the Website, sign up to receive ​School Messages or call the Emergency Hotline (253) 891-6001 for updated information on school operations. Radio and television stations will be announcing schedule changes between 6 and 8 a.m. If Sumner School District is not mentioned, normal operations will prevail.  



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  • Principal Update - Sept. 29

    Posted by Toby Udager on 9/29/2017

    Dear Lakeridge Families:


    Thank you to everyone for a fantastic opening to the 2017-2018 school year.  As you know schedules are finalized, expectations are established, baseline assessments have been completed, and classes are full speed ahead with teaching and learning!

    LMS is committed to making connections from school to home.  On the first full week back to school, we kicked off our connection efforts with our Open House.  It was great to catch up with returning LMS families and to meet families new to the school.  We had two primary goals for the evening.  One goal was for each family to leave the evening with a solid understanding of the social, emotional and academic culture of our school.  The other was for parents to meet each of their child’s teachers to put a face to the names you hear about each night at home.  We received a lot of positive feedback from the hybrid - walk around/scheduled structure.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to spend time with your child’s teachers and support staff. 


    LMS Academic Focus:  Attendance

    Attendance Awareness Letters

    Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  In return, we want do everything possible to support you in this process.  Absences - excused and unexcused - add up and quickly lead to academic trouble.  Do you know how much is too much?  Do you keep a running tally of how often your child is out of class?  We are starting a process this year that will help families monitor and support positive attendance.


    Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home to families three times throughout the school year (October, December and March).  The first round will occur in late October.  These letters will show how many absences have been logged for your child, in addition to showing the school average.  Good information to know if, for example, a flu virus has impacted overall school attendance.  Not all families will receive a letter, however.  Only those with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school. 

    Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools as your child progresses through the school year.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.


    Parking Lot Safety

    Many of our students are driven to school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.  Student and staff safety is our top priority.  We are asking for your support in making our parking lot safe for students, staff, other parents and guests who are walking to and from the building.  It is essential that each person does his/her part to use good judgment and put safety first.  Here are some helpful reminders:

    • Go slow at all times.
    • Please drop off your child in the student drop-off lane. This lane is designed so students do not have to cross traffic lanes to enter the building.
    • Try to avoid parking in a spot or using the parking lanes to drop off your student.
    • Pull forward in the drop-off lane to allow space for other parents to drop off their students.
    • Please do not stop or park your car in the crosswalk areas. These are the areas with the yellow stripes and cones.


    Our goal is to be as proactive as possible in trying to prevent dangerous situations from occurring.  Thank you in advance for your support in keeping our Hawks safe.


    Picture Retakes


    Picture retakes will be Wednesday, October 11th, from 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.

    If your student did not have a school picture taken in August, please have them do so on retake day even if you are not purchasing a picture packet. This photo will be used for your student's ID/ASB card and the yearbook.


    Any student getting retakes must turn in their original picture packet to the photographer to avoid being charged for the retakes.


    A picture order form is attached to this email. Extras can also be found in the front office. Please note, the front office can not give change for picture orders, please send your student with a check or exact change.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to call the front office at 253-891-5100.


    ASB Events


    Spirit Week is Coming! The first Spirit Week of the year is October 16th-20th. It will be filled with lunch activities and dress-up days each day of the week and a Spirit Assembly and Dance on Friday.


    Dress-Up Days Include:

    Monday -  Blue & White Day

    Tuesday- 80s Throwback & Bright Colors

    Wednesday- Pajama Day

    Thursday- Inside Out & Backwards Day

    Friday- Walk the Red Carpet (Dress Your Best)


    Dance Details- The “dances” at Lakeridge offer a little bit of something for everyone. There are video games, open gym, pizza/pop sales, the PTO store is open with concessions, minute to win it games and of course - dancing. Dance times are from 2:30-4:30. Tickets will go on sale Monday the 16th in the office. The dance price is $5 with ASB and $7 without. All proceeds benefit the LMS ASB.


    SPECIAL 6th GRADE DANCE “Preview”-

    This year, student leaders and WEB Team members are providing our 6th Grade students with a chance to preview Lakeridge dances.  On TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17th, a 6th Grade Prequel Dance will be offered FREE for 6th Grade students from 2:20 - 4:00 PM.  Student leaders and WEB Team members will be on hand to pump up the fun and prepare our new Hawks for the activities that await them at Friday’s ALL SCHOOL dance.  Students attending Tuesday's 6th Grade Dance Preview are eligible to ride the activity bus home.


    ASB Fundraiser Cards


    Cards sell for $10

    LMS ASB keeps $7 per card


    Discount Card Fundraising Goal = $3,500


    Cards are available for purchase from the bookkeeper or on Family Access (pick up in the Main Office)  We are currently $2,400 away from meeting our goal.  This fundraiser supports the purchase of athletic uniforms and equipment, Drama Club, Art Club, Chess Club, Choir and Band competitions and festivals, Spirit Activities and much more. We can not provide extra curriculars without your support, if you are able, please consider purchasing a discount card. They are good all year!

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  • August Newsletter

    Posted by Toby Udager on 8/16/2017

    Dear Lakeridge Families,


    We hope you are enjoying a safe and relaxing summer. We are thrilled to welcome you back to school for the 2017-2018 school year. The Lakeridge faculty and staff are busy preparing the school and classrooms for an exciting year of learning and growth.  The first day of school, September 6th, is less than a month away and we are thrilled to welcome you back for another fantastic year of Hawk PRIDE! 

    This year we will continue our focus on providing each and every Hawk an emotionally safe, socially civil, and academically productive learning environment.  Through collaboration, a commitment to excellence, connections, and a culture of continuous improvement we are enthusiastic and committed to provide a positive and enriching middle school learning experience for every student, in every class, every day. 

    Along with our returning staff members we have recruited and selected a new group of teachers and support staff to lead our Hawks to great places of learning.  Please take the time to meet and welcome our new staff members:

    • Christine McNabb - Learning Specialist
    • Joy Lawless - Learning Specialist
    • Andrew Miller - Learning Specialist
    • Maggie Pierce - 6th Grade Math/Science
    • Denise Angerman - 6th Grade Math/Science
    • Sarah Sage - 6th Language Arts/ Social Studies
    • Kelcie Greer - 8th Grade Language Arts
    • Aaron Chantler – 7th/8th Grade Language Arts
    • Michael Russ – Behavior Family Support Specialist
    • Melissa Jolie - Paraeducator
    • Jolaine Henry -Paraeducator
    • Pamela Griffin -Paraeducator
    • Linda Morgan - Paraeducator
    • Hillerie Davis - Paraeducator

    We are looking forward to seeing everyone and hearing about your summer adventures, getting caught up with returning families, and meeting our newest Hawks.  

    If there is anything we can do to help you, we are just an e-mail or phone call away.


    Toby Udager, Principal

    Amy Montgomery, Assistant Principal


    Back to School Information


    Student Check-In Day – August 28th

    Our Student Check-In Day is a great opportunity for you to pick up your child's schedule, tour the school, receive your child’s locker number and combination, meet the PTO Officers and update your contact information or your health information.


    Student Check-In Times:

    • 6th Graders: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • 7th Graders: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    • 8th Graders: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    • All Students: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


    Check-In Day is Now Picture Day!

    In order to reduce class disruption, we have moved picture day to Student Check-In Day. O’Conner Photography will be on hand to get your back to school picture taken. Please see the attached picture packet for price details. Even if you aren’t ordering pictures, please plan on getting your picture taken for your ID card and yearbook photo. (For those unable to attend, Re-Take day will be scheduled for a date in October)


    2017-2018 Fees


    ASB Card- $15

    PE T-Shirt- $5

    Yearbook- $15

    Hawk Planner- $5

    PE Shorts- $10

    IPA Fee - $10

    Breakfast - $2

    Lunch- $3.25


    Please refer to the district website for information about Sports Fees.

    Cashiers will be available throughout student check-in and payments can be made by cash, credit or check. Don’t forget, you can skip the line and pay online through family access just bring in your printed receipt for item pick up.

    Chromebooks -
    7th and 8th grade students will be receiving the same Chromebook they checked out last year for school and home use. 6th grade students will be receiving a new Chromebook.  Optional coverage plans will again be available to lessen the burden if your child’s Chromebook is damaged or stolen. More information is available through the school district website.

    First Day of School - Wednesday, September 6

    • Sixth graders will be picked up according to the regular bus schedule for a full day schedule with a 7:25 am regular school start time. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Students will spend the day with WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) student mentors who have been trained to help new Hawks learn about how to be successful at Lakeridge and making connections with peers.
    • Seventh and eighth graders will begin school at 12:25 pm. Bus transportation will be five hours later than the regular weekday schedule (not the Wednesday late start schedule).  For example, if your regular morning bus pick-up time is 7:10 am, please be at your bus stop at 12:10 pm.  School lunch will not be served to 7th and 8th
    • School is dismissed at 2:20 pm for all students.


    Please see the school website for General School Information including important Fall dates.

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