Here’s what happened at the latest LMS HASA meeting

The Leonia Middle School Home and School Association board met on December 14 to discuss the upcoming Under the Sea Gala and other items.

The gala will be held February 23 at Space Odyssey in Englewood (click here for details and to buy tickets). This annual event supports the Edgewater and Leonia schools by raising funds dedicated to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs.

You can help! The gala committee is currently accepting donations of financial support, products, gift certificates, event tickets, services, travel, memorabilia and more. All donors will be listed in the program book. Event sponsorship packages as well as program ads are also available. All donations are tax-deductible. Please click here to offer your support, or email

The HASA board discussed ways to elicit more grant applications from LMS teachers for proceeds from the gala. Parents can help by querying their children on specific needs within LMS, and then encouraging their teachers to apply for those grants. For more information on grants that have previously been approved, please email

Assemblies: The board discussed Career Night, an event which was founded at LMS but has since moved locations to LHS, where it seems far better suited. Co-president Vicky Beall suggested a parent education night to replace Career Night next year. Other members offered ideas on ways to encourage parent involvement, which historically and currently remain low at LMS in comparison to the primary schools in both Leonia and Edgewater as well as at LHS.