What you missed at the latest LMS HASA meeting

Here’s what we discussed at our latest meeting on February 8, 2018.

The International Potluck Dinner will be held April 12, Thursday, the first night of the LMS play. Chair Suzie Park will send a Signupgenius prior to the event. Volunteers to help organize and assist are needed.

Treasurer Eva Calderaro reports that LMS HASA currently has $8,712 in the bank, with more deposits expected from Spirit Wear.

The LMS HASA-sponsored assemblies this year appear to be well-received. The eighth and seventh graders attended assemblies presented by Rutgers University’s SCREAM troupe. This year’s performance focused on bullying and racism with the central message that language matters. Breaking into smaller workshops seemed particularly effective. Sixth graders are attending a presentation called Reflections by an improv acting group funded by Bergen County. Their assembly also focuses on bullying and diversity issues, but is more specifically geared toward its younger audience.

Upcoming field trips sponsored by LMS HASA include the Boat Basin for sixth graders on May 21, and Newark Museum for seventh graders March 7 and 16.

Under the Sea Gala chair Laurie Molina reported the event is nearly sold out! The gala will take place February 23, and proceeds will go toward supporting educational initiatives in Edgewater and Leonia schools.

The Scholastic Book Fair is planned for February 27 to March 1. Leonia author Maria Andreu will be our featured speaker on family night, February 28. She will talk about her YA novel “The Secret Side of Empty,” based on her own experience as an undocumented immigrant. New to the Book Fair this year will be an electronic payment option for parents to supply students with book-buying funds without the hassle of cash (eblasts will be sent with instructions). Co-chair Teresa Rex reports gross sales of $5,990 last year with a profit of $2,259 used toward more books and student activities.

Wellness co-chair Wendy Leynse needs volunteers for the Wellness Fair on March 9. The fair will feature a CPR dummy, booths on healthy relationships and recycling, and some exercise stations. The fair is also in need of donated prizes. Wendy also discussed her attendance of a talk on digital distractions as well as the ongoing effort to improve school lunch offerings.

The Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held May 17. A Signupgenius will be sent prior to the event for food and financial donations.