3rd Edition: 2018-2019 October
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Monday, Oct. 1
Disability Awareness and Anti-Bullying Month

MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
LNS Volleyball & Tennis Teams
LNS @ Pine View
6:00 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 3
MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Chorus Club 
First Meeting
Room 301
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

LNS Volleyball & Tennis Teams
LNS @ Heron Creek
6:00 PM

Dairy Queen Family Night Fundraiser
DQ location on 
 E. Venice, Ave.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, Oct. 4
SAC Meeting
LNS Media Center
7:20 AM

Saturday, Oct. 6
Drive 4UR School
LNS Parking Lots
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Monday, Oct. 8
MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
LNS Volleyball & Tennis Teams
LNS hosts Woodland
6:00 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 10
MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
LNS Volleyball & Tennis Teams
LNS hosts Sarasota
6:00 PM

Thursday, Oct. 11
Band Fall Concert
7:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 12
Fall Festival
Cafeteria & Courtyard
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monday, Oct. 15
End of 1st Grading Period

MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Chick-fil-A Night
Sarasota Square Mall Food Court
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 17
PTO Meeting
Teachers Lounge
8:30 AM

MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
LNS Volleyball & Tennis Teams
LNS hosts Venice
6:00 PM

Thursday, Oct. 18
Boo Bingo!
Dinner @ 5:00 PM
Bingo @ 6:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 19
Professional Day
 No School for Students and 186 Day Staff

Monday, Oct. 22
MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 24
MS Intramural Basketball
Outside courts & Gym
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Interscholastic Basketball Team Info Meeting
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, Oct. 25
NJHS Candle Light Ceremony
7:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 26
Fantastic Friday - Hat Day!

Middle School Open Mic & Movie Night!
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Monday, Oct. 29
MS Intramural Basketball
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

PTO BookSwap Drop-off
October 29 - November 16th

Wednesday, Oct. 31

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Disability History and Awareness

On June 13, 2008, Governor Crist signed into law Senate Bill 856. The bill, called "Disability History and Awareness Instruction," requires school districts to designate the first two weeks of October as Disability History and Awareness Weeks. The bill also allows schools to provide information about disability history and promote the awareness of the contributions of individuals with disabilities.

One of every five Americans is a person with a disability. A person may be born with a disability. A person may acquire a disability through an accident or illness. A person may acquire a disability simply as a part of growing older. Despite the fact that disability is a natural part of life, people with disabilities have not always had access to equal opportunities. Not until 1975, with the passage of the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act, did school-aged children with disabilities have a right to a free appropriate public education.

Florida started the first special education class in 1926 in Jacksonville. Since 1926, specially designed instruction and related services have expanded throughout Florida. Now, approximately 400,000 students identified with disabilities are participating in Florida's public education and are graduating and going on to postsecondary education or employment.

We are proud to participate in promoting awareness of disability history and contributions of individuals with disabilities and to designate the first two weeks in October 2008 as Disability History and Awareness

Thank you for helping us raise awareness of the abilities of all persons and for sharing this information with other family members.

Let's Represent!
First Two Weeks of October, starting Monday, October 1st

Please join in as we recognize Disability History and Awareness on Oct. 1 - 12, 2018.   LNS will take part in expanding student knowledge, understanding, and awareness of individuals with disabilities, disability history, and the disability rights movement.   Each team will be creating a banner approximately 3 feet with any design and wording to promote disability awareness. We are asking that each banner be displayed in the cafeteria. Thank you for promoting this awareness.

Have fun and be creative!  And tell your students to take a moment to read the posters about disabilities posted on the cafeteria walls.


October is National Bullying Prevention Month to encourage people to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on children of all ages.

Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.  It is something that many kids go through.   It is important that we teach our children how to manage these situations and how to manage difficult and unkind people. You can support your child through this experience by teaching them to:   Protect themselves by  notifying a parent, adult or teacher. 

It is the policy of the Sarasota County School District that all of its students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. Conduct that constitutes bullying and harassment is prohibited or disciplinary action will be taken.  Please encourage your students to continue to tell you when they feel that they are being bullied and report the incidents to their teacher and/or the LNS front office.


Online bullying consists of harassing, threatening or posting rumors or negative information about a victim on social media, text message, email and other messaging systems. It also includes using a school's online resources, or false online accounts to destroy a person's online reputation.  It can take place exclusively online; or, bullies can combine cyberbullying with traditional bullying.  Examples Of Cyberbullying are:
  • Sending hateful, threatening, or frightening messages to someone
  • Spreading slanderous rumors online
  • Harassing the victim with persistent insults or threats via the Internet or text message
  • Creating fake websites or profiles to impersonate and insult the victim
  • Stealing the victim's passwords in order to take control of or lock victims out of social media profiles
  • Sharing embarrassing or compromising photos of the victim online
  • Infecting the victim's computer with viruses
  • Posting the victim's personal contact information online
  • Signing the victim up for spam
Defeat the bully by:
  • Saving every post or comment this bully makes.
  • Reporting EACH incident to a parent, teacher, school counselor or Officer Neeley at LNS. It can be tiring as Internet bullies tend to feel safe "behind the computer" and so there may be numerous incidents of bullying to report, but it is mandatory to report each event.
  • Blocking the bully on social media and email.
  • Calling the police if the bully threatens harm. In Florida, the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act prohibits bullying and harassment both online and offline and on and off school property, requiring school districts to establish policies and procedures for preventing and dealing with bullying prior to receiving funding. Florida statutes repeatedly mention cyberstalking as a criminal offense.
No one should ever intimidate or harass your child, and teaching him or her to stick up for him or herself is key to success in life now and later!

Online Student Reports

The name of the Sarasota County Parent Portal application has been changed to Family Access to better reflect the audience of the product.  In addition, the application has been updated to improve the user's expe rience and to incorporate a similar look and feel to the mobile version. 

Students and parents will use the same URL to get to the site and their user names and passwords remain the same. The information shown in the portal also remains the same but with a little different look. If you have any questions, please refer to the instructions on creating a new registration included at the site or in this guide to Family Access.

You can access the portal at https://parentportal.sarasotacountyschools.net  and follow the steps to register.  Create an account to  report of all of your children's grades, homework assignments and attendance each week, transcripts, and FL Test Scores.  You will need your student's N number to register. If you do not know your child's N number, please contact your child's homeroom teacher or the main office at the school.
Have you moved or changed your phone number?

It is important that the school have the correct information to contact you in case of emergencies or if your child is sick. Please be sure to update your information with the school office if you have a new phone number or change of address.

Safety and Security - Students Who Walk

All students who walk home will be dismissed at the gate on Albee Farm Road.  No students will be dismissed on Laurel Road near the car pick up lanes to ensure the safety of the students and drivers.
2018-2019 Teacher of the Year Announced

Please help congratulate Susan Porvaznik as our 2018-19 LNS Teacher of the Year!  There are so many accolades that can be shared about Ms. Porvaznik.  Her genuine passion for the field and unwavering dedication to students stands out.   To see her in action in the classroom is such a breath of fresh air.   She is passionate about all of her students being successful in her class and in life.  She  embodies the positive attitude and outlook which serve her and students well. Her  positivity and encouragement brightens all of her students and colleagues.   We are so glad that she chose LNS and know that she will represent us with the highest degree of enthusiasm and professionalism.

Congratulations, Ms. Porvaznik!!! 
1st Quarter AR Reward Parties

Tell your children to read, read, read because the semester ends on October 15th! S tudents who have 100% of their 1st quarter Accelerated Reader (AR) goal (with an average of 80% or higher) will be eligible to attend the 1st quarter AR Award Party. The students in kindergarten to 2nd grade that qualify will attend a playground party on November 1st.  T he students in 3rd to 5th grade that qualify will attend a kickball party on November 1st.  The successful 6th to 8th grade students will be going to a kickball party on November 2nd.  All of the students  will also get popsicles to go along with their playground/kickball party.   It's not too late to qualify to participate. Tell your kids to go for the gold and read now so that they can have fun with us at the end of the quarter!!

Parents are needed as volunteers to help at each of these parties. The volunteers will  pass out popsicles and supervise on the playground & kickball fields. If you are available to volunteer, please contact First Grade Teacher Ms. Tori Smetts at  Victoria.Smetts@sarasotacountyschools.net.

Goodbye Daisy

You may have heard that our  librarian, Daisy Thompson, left the school at the end of the September.  She moved to Atlanta.  She was sent off with a goodbye party from the teachers, administration and the PTO.  A thank you goes out to Daisy for all that she did for the students at LNS.  She was constantly looking for ways to bring books into the library and classrooms and for ways to help students love books and reading.  We already miss you Daisy!

Before Daisy left she worked with Books A Million (BAM) to host a book drive for LNS that secured over $2,000 worth of books for the library.  A huge thank you goes out the Books A Million for hosting the book Drive for LNS!!!

Daisy also worked with the Milano Community development to secure almost $250 worth of books for the library.  The children and families of Milano had a book drive at their Back to School Bash.  A portion of their books were donated to the children in the development to encourage recreational reading and the other books were donated to Laurel Nokomis.  A thank you goes out to one of our newest business partners, the Milano Community Development!!!
Lost and Found

Has your child lost glasses? A water bottle? A lunchbox? Their jacket or shoes? These are some of the things that are currently in the school's Lost and Found.  Items that are left and found on campus are placed in the lost and found located in the cafeteria.  If a lost item has a name on it, it can be returned to the child's classroom. Please label your child's belongings -- it's the best way to be sure it gets returned quickly.  If your child has lost something this year, please have them check the lost and found area soon.  Lost and Found items are removed and donated to local organizations on a quarterly basis.
New Box Top Promotion Underway:  On the Water with Box Tops

Gina Jones, "The Box Top Lady" is back and rolling out the new Box Top Promotion for 2018-2019:  On the Water with Box Tops.  Effective immediately, she is accepting box tops so b e sure to clip and save your Box Tops and turn them into your child's homeroom teacher.  Place them in a baggie or envelope with: 
  1. your student's name, 
  2. the teacher's name and 
  3. the # of Box Tops on the envelope or baggie.  (Only submissions with the number of Box Tops clearly written on them will count towards the Grand Prize).
There will be a weekly drawing for a "Mystery" Prize each Monday!!!   The mystery prizes with have something to do with water.  Tell your children to be sure to listen to the morning news to see if they're a winner.
A Grand Prize will be awarded at the end of the contest.    The Class with the most Box Tops will win a MYSTERY PARTY!!!!  Students that have submitted 100 Box Tops will be entered into a drawing in December for a kayak.  
For more information on participating products and ways to earn Box Tops, please visit  www.boxtops4education.com.   In addition, please contact Gina Jones at ginajo33@yahoo.com if you have any questions about the promotion.  

Thank YOU and YOUR CHILDREN for clipping, saving and helping our school!!   
LNS Yearbooks On Sale Now and accepting Photos

The LNS Yearbooks are on sale for $25. You may purchase a yearbook online at  www.yearbookforever.com or send in a check made out to LNS. Please make sure your child's first and last name, teacher and grade are on the check. All orders should be turned in to the front office or to the yearbook advisor, Mrs. Shackelford, at Kristi.Shackelford@sarasotacountyschools.net. Order your school memories today!

The yearbook application allows everyone to upload photos to our yearbook site. Yearbook staff will be able to select and approve all photos.   Attached is a power point on how to use the app, it is very user friendly and it is free!!!
LNS Events in October

SAC Meeting

Thursday, October 4th
7:20 AM - 8:15 AM
Media Center
The LNS School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting is scheduled on  Thursday, October 4th at 7:20 AM. If you are interested in  learning  about the schools budget or plans for improvement you are  invited to attend the SAC meeting.  
Tour Scheduled at LNS

Friday, October 5th
8:35 AM - 9:35AM
Front Office 

Students and families interested in Laurel Nokomis School for the upcoming school year are  invited to tour the school on Friday, October 5th at 8:35.  Due to limited space, please call the front office to register for the tour.  In addition, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour to register in the front office.
LNS Community and Business Partner Fair

Saturday, October 6th
9 AM to 1 PM
In the Laurel Nokomis School's parking lot

All parents, teachers and friends are encouraged to attend the first LNS Community & Business Partner Fair.   We hope that you will come out and take a moment to stop at the various business partner tables to learn about their businesses.  

The main event, Ford's Drive 4 UR School Giveback Fundraiser, will be hosted by  Matthews Currie Ford .  However, all of the other current LNS business partners have been invited to come out to support this community event and to pass out information about their businesses.  Please take a moment to stop at the various business partner tables to learn about their businesses.

If you are a business that would like to participate, please RSVP to laurelnokomisdonation@gmail.com .  Please note, the school building will be closed for this event and, therefore, we will not have access to restrooms or electricity. The support of our business partners is very important to the school's success. We could not do what we do without the generous support of such a caring community.

Ford Drive 4 Ur School Giveback Fundraiser
Saturday, October 6th
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Laurel Nokomis School Parking Lots

All families, teaches, partners, and friends are invited to come to LNS and join the community on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Matthews Currie Ford will have some of their newest vehicles available for you to take a "no pressure test drive" around our parking lot. 

For each test drive taken, Matthews Currie Ford is giving our school $20 
($40 if you test drive a Ford Fusion). 

You must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license and proof of valid automobile insurance to test drive one of the cars.  Limit one donation per person and one donation per household.

We are so excited for this fundraising opportunity and hope you will come out and join us in supporting LNS.

We are so fortunate that LNS has fabulous business partners such as Matthews Currie Ford. Thank you Matthews Currie Ford for choosing LNS for such a unique opportunity to raise funds for our school!!!

LNS Band Fall Concert

Thursday, October 11th
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LNS Cafeteria

Our terrific 1st, 2nd, and 5th period band students have their first performance of the year this week in the LNS Cafeteria Thursday evening, October 11th starting at  7:00 PM.  J oin us to hear some great music and to support these talented musicians!
LNS Fall Festival - Fall, Food, Fun, For All

Friday, October 12th
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LNS Cafeteria and Courtyard

The Annual LNS Fall Festival sponsored by the PTO and the LNS Teachers and Staff is always a favorite event every year! Come join us for a fun filled family evening of games, food, entertainment galore and our famous Silent Auction! You will need tickets to play all the games and "purchase" food from the booths so be sure to bring your pre-ordered tickets (ordered in September) or bring cash only please  to buy tickets at the Ticket Counter the night of the event. All proceeds go directly back to the classes, specials, teams or clubs that sponsor the booth. Some of this year's Silent Auction Basket Themes are Backyard Bar-B-Que, Summer Fun, Beach Day, Spa Day, Fire-pit Fun, Family Movie Night, Everything Nails and MORE! It's a great night not to be missed!


Come to the Next PTO Meeting!

Wednesday, October 17
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
LNS Teacher's Lounge

Please join us for the October PTO meeting on Wednesday morning after drop-off. You must sign in at the office and get a visitor's pass, then make your way to the Teachers Lounge which is in the same building as the cafeteria - we will be standing just outside the doors to welcome you in! We talk about all the things we are planning for the school and our students and there are many ways you can get involved. Have questions or new to our school? C'mon over and ask! Hope to see you!
Everyone's Favorite - Boo Bingo!!

Thursday, October 18
5:00PM - 6:00PM Pizza (pre-orders only) & hotdogs with chips
water, soda and sweet treats on sale
6:00PM - 7:30PM BINGO!
LNS Cafeteria

Don't forget to get a (not-so-scary) Halloween costume for Boo Bingo!!! Boo Bingo is a great family event filled with fun, food, prizes and of course, BINGO! Entrance and playing Bingo is free, but pizza and/or hot dogs w/chips will be available to pre-order by filling out the flyer that comes home and submitting it to your child's homeroom teacher. For your convenience (and because some papers just don't arrive home!) we have attached the flyer HERE . In addition, the Autism Unit will be selling sweet treats and our Elementary School Lightning Leaders will be selling water and soda. Something for everyone!

Anyone who wants to play will receive 2 Bingo cards
Dressed up in costume?  Get 2 MORE CARDS!
Bring in 10 Box Tops?  Get 2 MORE CARD!!

Fantastic Friday - Hat Day!

Friday, October 26
During Lunches, cost $1
LNS Cafeteria

Donate $1 to the PTO and wear a hat for the day! Be creative: Add a lightning bolt for school spirit or a "spirited" Halloween theme, just no masks or costumes, please. You can win prizes for the best hat and everyone who participates will receive candy!

If you are available to help with hat day please contact, Pam Taylor at  3tays@comcast.net.

Fall4Reading Book Drive

Attention families: The LNS PTO is running a school-wide book drive on campus and we need your gently used or new children's books! Please take some time to clear out cluttered shelves of books your child has read or outgrown, so that we may give those books a second life with a child who needs them. What types of books?

Pre-school? Yes!
Elementary? Yes!
Middle School chapter books? Yes!
Grandma's cookbooks? NOT so much!

Middle school books and chapter books are most needed! Followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dr. Suess, Geronimo Stilton, Mo Willems, Magic Tree House, Fly Guy, etc.

When and where to bring books:

Starting Monday, October 29th:
Drop off the books with this completed form in the following 3 locations: Home Room Teacher or English teacher, Library/Media Center or at the Drop Box in the front office.

Friday, November 9th:
The Bug is coming! Fall4Reading Kickoff Day with National Hockey League Tampa Bay Lightning mascot, ThunderBug!! ThunderBug will visit LNS during lunchtime to present reading awards and deliver special Fall4Reading bookmarks to students. ThunderBug LOVES to read!

Friday, November 16th:
Fall4Reading BookSwap Day! Last day to drop off a book donation and the completed form. The Book Swap happens all day long in the Media Center.

$1 PTO fundraiser during the book swap: When the students donate $1 they will receive a special Fall4Reading bookmark, a chance to meet ThunderBug, and participate in the BookSwap. During the book swap students will pick 1 to 5 books depending on the total number of books they donate:

If they donate 5 or more books then they get to select 5 books to bring home.  
If the donate 4 books then they get to select 4 books to bring home.
If they donate 3 books then they get to select 3 books to bring home.
If they donate 2 books then they get to select 2 books to bring home.
If they donate 1 book then they get to select 1 book to bring home.

It's going to be a Fantastic Friday!

A volunteer posse will be needed! At least 10-20 rotating positions. Please contact Pam Taylor at 3tays@comcast.net if you are able to help out. Thank you!

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Cookie Dough Distribution and
Volunteers Needed

Thursday, November 1
3:15 - 6:00PM
LNS Cafeteria

Thank you to all the students and parents that participated in the LNS PTO Otis Spunkmeyer Catalog Cookie Sale. The sale ended September 19th.  This is one of the biggest LNS PTO fundraisers of the year and will help with purchasing educational materials for the school.   

Students received collectible creatures for meeting milestones with their  sales.   In addition, there were extensive separate prize lists for elementary and middle school students including things like time on the Game Guy Truck, time in the Money Machine and taking a Hummer limo to lunch, profit sharing, etc. depending on the grade level.  Volunteers will be needed during cookie distribution.  The cookies will be distributed on November 1st from 3:15 to 6:00PM.  If you would like to volunteer to help with cookie distribution or with the Game Guy Truck please contact Gina Jones at  ginajo33@yahoo.com  or Mary Wescoat at laurelnokomispto@gmail.com .

Elementary School News
4th Grade Growth

Elementary School STEM Science Fair

Laurel Nokomis School is pleased to announce that we will be holding our annual STEM Fair for Elementary students in grade 3-5. It is NOT mandatory for your child to complete a project. However, Ms. K. Carter, our Elementary Science Lab/Horticulture teacher, would like to extend an invitation to any interested scientist in grades 3, 4, or 5 to participate. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to conduct a controlled experiment at home on their favorite science topic. Projects must answer a testable question and follow the scientific method. Although models and research projects can also be fun, this needs to be an experiment. For example, a testable question might be: How does salt affect the freezing rate of water? Or which type of soil grows a bean seed the quickest? Things that are NOT testable questions for a project might be: How do volcanoes erupt? What are nocturnal animals? All projects are due November 26, 2018. They will be judged by two teachers and the scores will be combined. The six highest scoring projects at each grade level 3, 4, and 5, will represent LNS at the Sarasota Regional STEM Fair. 

Good luck to all the students who are participating!  For more information, please contact Ms. K. Carter .

LNS Television Studio and Student Videos

In 2018, Laurel Nokomis School received new equipment for their TV studio. Mrs. Tweed and Mrs. Wardlaw volunteered to pilot the news program for Elementary and recruited five fourth grade students who were willing to stay after school each day. The news recording began the week before students came back to school. The dedicated News Crew includes, Vivia C., Megan C., Daniel Q., Miles O., and Jasmine W.  In addition, the news program needed a middle school student to run the equipment for the taping of each show and Victoria C. stepped up to the challenge. The elementary broadcast includes current events, a weather forecast, and the lunch menu each day.  There have also been special guest appearances as well as interviews. Soon Mrs. Tweed and Mrs Wardlaw will take recommendations from teachers and then applications from 4th and 5th graders who would like to join our news team.  They will be accepting 5 new members each quarter.

Parents may access the LNS news at home via their student's MYSCS portal at https://my.sarasotacountyschools.net/LoginPolicy.jsp.  Simply log into the student portal, click on the Safari Montage tile, click the recorded news tile and select the program of the day.  If you have questions about the elementary student videos please contact Mrs. Wardlaw at Laura.Wardlaw@sarasotacountyschools.net or Mrs. Tweed at Christina.Tweed@sarasotacountyschools.net.
Music Specials News
There are some very special things going on in the Elementary Music Classroom:
  • Kindergarten is learning to read and play quarter notes
  • 1st Grade is taking over the job of leading their classmates in various songs and they are playing Music Theory Games to learn Quarter Notes, Eight Notes, and Quarter Rests
  • 2nd Grade is learning to sing  Solfege Notes "do, re mi"
  • 3rd and 4th grade are singing songs from Disney and folk songs from various centuries.
  • 5th grade is working hard to play African Rhythm Ensembles with World Music Drumming. (Ask your 5th grade student to tell you what is a Gankoqui.)
RECORDERS ----  Brand new colors coming soon. Recorders will go on sale in a few weeks. The cost will be $6.00.
KINDERGARTEN & 1ST GRADE "SHARING THE HOLIDAYS" Program will be Nov. 27 at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria.                    
2nd GRADE  &  3rd GRADE "SHARING THE HOLIDAYS" Program will be Nov. 28 at 6.00 in the Cafeteria
If any parents would like to volunteer to decorate the stage, please contact Mr.  Allen Charles at  Charles.Allen@sarasotacountyschools.net.
LNS CHORUS CLUB - Attention 5th - 8th graders! Join the New Chorus Club! Chorus Club will meet on Wednesdays starting Oct. 3rd. from 3:20 PM - 4:00 PM in room 301. We hope to have a performance in December at the Venice Performing Arts Center as part of the LNS Orchestra Concert.  Details are tentative at this point. 

Rehearsal dates for the Chorus:
Oct. 3, 10,17,24...NO CHORUS ON HALLOWEEN!!
Nov. 7,14,28
Dec. 5, 12, plus possible performance Monday Dec. 17
Lightning Leaders
The LNS Elementary School Lightning Leaders will hold a meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd after school. As they are always thinking about ways to give back to the community, their October service project is creating care packages for soldiers. If you would like to help this service project succeed, please contact the Lightning Leader advisor at janya.smolker@sarasotacountyschools.net. to see how you can help.

Middle School News
AR Tests on Fridays Only?
Has your Middle School student told you they are only allowed to take an AR test on Fridays? It's true. Due to the busy schedules of the middle school classrooms, AR testing is only allowed on Fridays, so make sure your child plans accordingly so they can make their goals!
Lightning Council Officer Elections
The LNS Student "Lightning" Council consist of students in Grades 6-8 who exemplify the Lightning Way. The newly elected Lightning Council Officers are:

President- Kasey N.

Vice President- Kristin C.

Secretary- Ashley W.

Treasurer- Caleb H.

Congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to watching you and the council achieve great things this year!  Events include participation in Fall Festival, organizing dances, a fundraising 5K, and so much more!  We encourage all Middle School students to make the most of the school year by getting involved with their Student Council. For any questions about Lightning Council, please contact Mollie McBride at Mollie.McBride@sarasotacountyschools.net
National Junior Honor Society

Thursday, October 25
7:00 PM
LNS Cafeteria

Another great year of National Junior Honor Society has already begun! The current members elected the officers for the 18-19 school year on Wednesday, September 26th. Congratulations to all who won!  Invitations for new members have been sent to students who achieved an average of a 3.5 GPA last year in 6th or 7th grade.  Applications are due October 5th.  The Candle Light Ceremony to recognize returning members and to induct new members will be Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 PM in the LNS cafeteria.

As their service project, NJHS will be spearheading the All Faiths Food Bank food drive this November. Please consider donating to help their project succeed. If you have any questions regarding NJHS, please contact Mr. Schramm at david.schramm@sarasotacountyschools.net.
Middle School STEM Science Fair

7th and 8th grader Odessey Students are participating in the Middle School science fair this year and will have them completed by Friday, October 5th. From those entries, teachers will choose students to compete at the Sarasota Regional STEM Fair at the end of January 2019. Good luck to all the students on your experiments!

Middle School News

Mrs. Debinski's sub, Mr. Hughes, has teamed up the journalism class with Mrs. O'Connor's creative writing class to collaboratively work on producing the Middle School News.  Mr. Hughes comes from a television broadcast background and was very happy to take part in leading a fine group of students in the undertaking.  Without any prior experience or training Mr. Hughes is extremely proud of the short time it has taken the crew to plow through the learning curve of equipment.  The middle school news crew runs all of their own shows with guidance from Mr. Hughes.  The crew has begun writing the script as well for each position taking responsibility for their portion stories, ie. Sports writes the sports stories, weather takes care of the forecast, etc.   Mr. Hughes has been involuntarily designated as the lunch reporter.  The  crew is made up of some talented individuals and may be expanding in the future to other interested students.  

Parents may access the LNS news at home via their student's MYSCS portal at https://my.sarasotacountyschools.net/LoginPolicy.jsp.  Simply log into the student portal, click on the Safari Montage tile, click the recorded news tile and select the program of the day. 

If parents have any questions about the middle school news they may contact Jeff Hughes, Jeff.Hughes@sarasotacountyschools.net or Pamela O'Connor at Pamela.OConnor@sarasotacountyschools.net.
Middle School Event!

Friday, October 26
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
LNS Cafeteria

The  "Middle School Open Mic & Very Scary Movie Night" will be on Friday, October 26th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the LNS cafeteria . Open to LNS Middle Schoolers (grades 6th, 7th & 8th) only, this super fun event will start off with an opportunity for students to highlight their stage presence and comedy skills with a joke or riddle, followed by the showing of a fun and hilarious movie - "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken"! Prizes will be awarded for jokes, and fresh popcorn and cold sodas will be on sale for $1 each. 
LNS Music News
LNS Orchestra
Greetings from the Orchestra Room! October is a busy fundraising month for us. We're raising money to attend the National Orchestra Festival next year along with our usual Disney Recording workshop this year. This month we have a Paint Party, Candles Sales, and Domino's Pizza Cards. Of course we'll be back at the Fall Festival with the String Ring Toss, a Tetris game and a couple of silent auction baskets.

October 6 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM we're having a Paint Party and welcome anyone to join us. Info at www.masterpiecemixersvenicefl.com
It will be a fun morning of painting and raising money for the orchestra. No experience needed all supplies provided.

Hooked Candle Sale are from October 8-18. Hopefully a demonstration set will be on site soon for sampling. These are locally made soy candles.

Late October/early November we'll be selling Dominos Pizza Cards. Purchase of the card allows Buy One large pizza Get One free. Start looking for your nearest orchestra student to hook you up with this great offer.

Advanced students are currently preparing music for their Music Performance Assessment which is a month earlier this year. Beginning students are crossing their first great challenge of combining skills so they can earn their first Winter Concert piece!

LNS "Go Lightning" Sports News

LNS Interscholastic Program

Come out to the games and cheer for LNS Lightning to win!!

LNS Volleyball Team upcoming games:
LNS @ Pine View on Monday, October 1st, 6:00 PM
LNS @ Heron Creek on Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00 PM
Woodland @ LNS on Monday, October 8th, 6:00 PM
Sarasota @ LNS on Wednesday, October 10th, 6:00 PM
Venice @ LNS on Wednesday, October 17th, 6:00 PM

LNS Tennis Team upcoming games:
LNS @ Pine View on Monday, October 1st, 6:00 PM
LNS @ Heron Creek on Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00 PM
Woodland @ LNS on Monday, October 8th, 6:00 PM
Sarasota @ LNS on Wednesday, October 10th, 6:00 PM
Venice @ LNS on Wednesday, October 17th, 6:00 PM
  * All dates subject to change pending weather conditions and/or schedule modifications. 

If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director, Coach Theros or Coach Marisi at LNS (941-486-2171).  

LNS Intramural Program

Boys and Girls Intramural Basketball will begin October 1st and be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM for the month of October. Student pick-up is in front of the gym.

The after school intramural program meets two days a week and is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders who wish to learn/practice their sport activity of interest. Students must have a completed Athletic Packet turned into coaches Theros or Marisi before they may participate. One form is good for the entire school year. Any questions, please contact Coach at joe.marisi@sarasotacountyschools.net

Athletic packets may be downloaded from the  LNS Athletics web page. Physical/athletic screening forms are included in the packet (valid for one year to the date of the physical).  School insurance may be purchased through "School Insurance of Florida," applications are available at school or online at   www.schoolinsuranceofflorida.com

*All dates/times subject to change. 

Sarasota County School District News

Community Request to use School Facilities

Occasionally, community organizations want to use the facilities at LNS or at other schools in Sarasota County.  Well submitting request in writing is becoming a thing of the past. The Sarasota County School District recently introduced  a new online facility request and rental system designed to provide a positive user experience for all.  With the new system, reservation requests can be submitted easily and will be handled more efficiently. Renters will be able to access photos and descriptions, see real-time availability, get estimated quotes and pay online.

You can view and request all district facilities at:  https://www.facilitron.com/scs34231 . The district's administrative staff makes final decisions on all facility use  requests .   Moving forward, the only way to request use of a district facility is by creating a Facilitron account and submitting a request online. If you need any assistance setting up an account and/or in submitting a facility use request, you can contact Facilitron directly at: support@facilitron.com, or by calling them at: 800-272-2962 ext. 1.   Additional informations also available in this document.
School Health & Nutrition News
The monthly s chool breakfast and lunch menus for elementary school students and school lunch menus for middle school students are available at this link.   All meals served meet nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sunscreen at School

Many parents are happy to know that due to a new eductional law passed last year, students are permitted to possess and apply (to THEMSELVES ONLY) sunscreen for protection during recess and field trips without a prescription or a trip to the LNS clinic. The Florida sun is very strong, even during cloudy days, and sunscreen or dark clothing that covers the skin and wide-brimmed hats are the best ways to protect your child's skin.  Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecting from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race. According to the AAD, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Please see the attached FLYER for tips on how to pick the right sunscreen for your family.

If you have additional questions please contact the LNS Health Services Room at 941-486-2171.
Who is Michael Reichman?

Michael Reichman is the new LNS middle school counselor. He is  a native Floridian born in Hollywood, FL. He attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a  Masters and Educational Specialist degree in Counseling and Human Systems.  Michael went back to school and obtained a Certification in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.  He worked 1 year as a School Counselor at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines Florida, and 13 years in Sarasota County as a School Counselor at Sarasota High School and Brookside Middle School.  He interned as the Assistant Principal for 1 year at Booker High School, and last year at McIntosh Middle School as the Assistant Principal.  Many people would describe him as person who enjoys serving others, a loving husband and father, and professional. He is looking forward to serving the students, families, staff, and community at Laurel Nokomis School.
The PTO Report
The Buddy Bench

What is a Buddy Bench? 

"The  Buddy Bench is a place where kids feeling lonely can create new friendships. When a kid wants someone  to talk to, play with or is just feeling left out, they can sit down on the bench. This is a sign to other kids that this friend is feeling lonely and wants to play," said Zoe Watson (pictured above with  the  Buddy Bench.) It's a wonderful way for new kids, shy kids, or any kids to communicate how they are feeling and it's a thoughtful way for others to let their kindness shine. Zoe of Girl Scout Troop 539 assembled, designed, painted and installed the Buddy Bench in the Elementary playground as her Silver Award Project in the Girl Scouts Program. The Silver award is a service project within the community done by a Girl Scout Cadette who sees a change she wants to make in the world and steps into action. 

"I decided to create the Buddy Bench" Zoe continued, "because I did notice there were lonely kids on the playground sometimes who really didn't know what to do with  themselves or with others. This Buddy Bench will hopefully be a place kids can interact with new friends  and make new friendships."  

Click this link to watch Zoe's video about the bench:  THE VIDEO LINK

Congratulations to Zoe and thank you from all the children it will serve! An additional thank you to the LNS PTO for donating the bench.

Donuts with Dads!

Donuts with Dads, held last month in the front courtyard, was a delicious  hit for all who attended! 


New Benches Installed

Last year the administration requested that the PTO pay for 15 benches for the front of the school.  The PTO funded the benches and the order for the benches was placed.  We are pleased to announce that the benches have arrived and been installed in front of the gym.  They will allow the students to sit on them as opposed to the ground when waiting for parents in the pick up line.

Spotlight on Bayside Pet Resort of Osprey

Bayside Pet Resort of Osprey is founded on exceeding expectations. The services include dog and cat lodging, doggie daycare, professional grooming and bathing services, and dog training. They spare no detail in ensuring your pets' comfort, safety and happiness. While you're away, you can rest assured knowing that your pet will receive the highest quality of care. It starts with a loving, trained, super-attentive staff that will welcome and treat your pet as if they were their own. Then there's the "Suite Life" accommodations that are clean, comfortable and state-of-the-art. Our suites are outfitted with amenities such as en-suite private patios, individual televisions, and 24/7 live webcams. The play areas are equipped with cool-misting fans, multiple webcams, and an in-ground pool for our canine guests. With so many opportunities for socialization and recreation, your pets' stay will be a vacation of their own!

It is essential to tour any facility before choosing who to entrust with the care of your four-legged family member. They are proud to be one of a very few facilities that you may tour anytime - their doors are open - no appointment ever necessary. They want to show you all of the award-winning amenities and services that earned them the titles "Best of Sarasota", "Best of Venice", and "Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite" by voters in town.  

Come see why pets here are so pampered, you'll wish you could stay!  
Spotlight on Children First

Children First serves the most at-risk children, ages birth to five, and their families in Sarasota County. Almost every family served lives well below the Federal Poverty Level, which is only $20,780 for a family of three. Additionally, 73% of families are headed by single parents, 9% are homeless, 17% are teen parents, 24% speak English as a second language, 31% have no high school diploma or GED, and 13% of children we serve have a diagnosed disability.   Children First provides comprehensive early childhood education and family strengthening services. Children receive a high-quality education while their parents have the opportunity to go to school, find or sustain employment, and achieve self-sufficiency.

One of our students is personally a proud supporter of the organization. Ella (a third grader at LNS) thoughtfully decided that in lieu of birthday gifts she would ask for donations to Children First. This is the second time that Ella has donated her birthday gifts to the children at Children First. Ella was able to inspire her friends and family to give needed supplies that the children use in their classrooms and was also able to raise money that will be used to support Children First's mission. 

You can help support Children First by 1) taking a tour of one of their 13 sites located throughout Sarasota County; 2) volunteering in a classroom to help children succeed; 3) attending Flip Flops & Fashion  on November 1st  or Rockin' Lobster  on November 3rd  at  Sharky's on the Pier . You can learn more or purchase your tickets here:   http://www.childrenfirst.net/events .

LNS PTO is on Facebook and on the Web

Don't forget that your LNS PTO is on Facebook and we post pictures, information, events, meeting invites, videos and more! Please "like" our page and follow all the action! Find us at  https://www.facebook.com/LNSPTO/.  And don't forget that you can also find us on the new LNS PTO Web Page at LNSPTO.digitalpto.com.
partnerPartner News:
Dairy Queen Fundraiser

Dairy Queen located at 1465 E. Venice Avenue is hosting a  Family Night to benefit LNS on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. When you make a purchase during this time, you are helping LNS because a percentage of all items sold during the event will be donated to our school! This fundraiser will continue every first Wednesday of the month throughout the school year.

When you go to the Dairy Queen register to pay for your food, please thank the manager for being an LNS Business Partner.  

Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser

Chick-fil-A at Westfield Square Shopping Mall located at  8201 S Tamiami Trl. in Sarasota (inside at the food court) is hosting a Spirit Night for LNS on Tuesday, October 16th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. When you purchase food on Chick-fil-A Family Night you are helping LNS because a percentage of all food sold during the event will be donated to LNS. This fundraiser will continue  every third Tuesday of the month  throughout the school year.

A special thank you goes out to Chick-fil-A for being an outstanding LNS Business Partner!!!! When you make your purchase, please make sure to mention that you are with Laurel Nokomis School.

rRepeat/Updated Articles
The Lightning Way

You may hear your kids talking about the "Lightning Way" throughout the year. Do you know what that means? The Lightning Way is described in this poster seen around the school:

Safety and Security:  What Parents Can Do

Just as the district and schools have safety plans that we review and update regularly, parents need to review their emergency plans. At school you can:
  • Be sure that updated emergency contact information is on file in your child's school. This is particularly important if you have had a change in phone numbers. If you need to update any emergency contact information please call LNS at 941-486-2171.
  • Update the schools list of people that are authorized to pick up your student at school. No person can take your child from the school unless they are on the schools list.

 At home parents can:

  • Be sure you know what radio/tv stations to listen to for emergency information.
  • Be sure your child knows what to do/where to go if there is an emergency and no one is at home.
  • If your child looses the key to the house and can't get in, what should he/she do?
  • Be sure your child knows how to reach you at all times.
  • Be sure your child knows what to do if he/she comes home early. Should your child call you or someone else to let you know?
  • Have non -emergency police number and 911 numbers visible and discuss with children how to call and what info they need in an emergency ie. their address, phone number and the nature of emergency.
  • Talk to your child about personal safety.
  • Teach your child how to recognize danger signals.
  • Make sure your child knows the sounds of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms, and sirens. Be sure your child knows what to do when he/she hears these at home or in a public location.

Investigations Underway in Elementary Science Lab/Horticulture

K-5 students visit the science lab with Ms. K. Carter, every six or seven days as part of the elementary specials rotation. Your children start the year studying the nature of science. Primary grades learn about how scientists work, science safety, and the tools scientists use. Intermediate grades will gain and understanding of the scientific method and other components of science investigations. From the fall to spring all students will cover topics in Earth, Physical, Space, and Life sciences. It is going to be a wonderful year of learning and inquiry!

We need some volunteers to assist with the garden!

Spray to Drip Sprinklers, Outdoor Classroom, Garden Gate

We are going to convert the spray sprinkler system to a drip system. This will help to conserve water and hopefully reduce weed growth around the beds. We hope to complete this in September so that we can start planting. We are also hoping to create an outdoor classroom space for teachers and students. Additionally, the garden fence really needs a latching gate built so that we can enter and exit safely. If you are interested in helping with any of these projects, please contact Jennifer Keller at bobjenkeller@gmail.com .

Mowing/Weed Eating Around the Garden Fence and Beds

We need a volunteer (or two) to come by to mow and cut weeds in and around the garden area every two weeks or as needed. The volunteer that did this in the past is no longer able to help. Please contact Ms. Carter kelli.carter@sarasotacountyschools.net if you can assist.
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i-Ready and Upcoming Student Testing

The Sarasota County School District emailed the following message for parents about i-Ready and upcoming student testing:

Over the next few weeks, Elementary and Middle school students will take an adaptive diagnostic assessment in i-Ready. The assessment will provide valuable information about your child's unique needs which will guide teachers and administrators to help them learn. The test will also generate a personalized instructional path and provide instructional support to your child to improve learning outcomes.  

The video below will answer the following questions and may enhance your understanding of i-Ready:
1.    What is i-Ready?
2.    How does my child benefit from i-Ready?
3.    How do teachers use i-Ready?

Parent Videos (Click the link below)

We want to ensure all our children have the resources needed to be successful in school. Thank you for your ongoing support!
OngoingFundraiserOngoing Fundraising Campaigns:

Are you supporting LNS through these NO additional cost fundraisers? PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL and Share this information with Family and Friends! 

Box Tops
Collect everyday labels from groceries to earn points and funds for our school PTO. Labels should be submitted to your child's homeroom teacher. 

Help support LNS by going to Smile.Amazon.com and designating Laurel Nokomis PTO as your charitable organization. After that the Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to LNS on Amazon shopping done through the AmazonSmile portal. It costs you nothing and your Amazon shopping experience will be the same (wish lists and preferences carryover to the portal).

BusinessPartnersBusiness Partners:
Please support our generous Business Partners!!!!!

Parents  please support LNS Business Partners  because they support your child's school!!!  

We would like to thank the following awesome companies and families for their  partnership and generous support of Laurel Nokomis School!!!   Together, we are enhancing the quality of education for students at LNS by supporting academic and social programs. It's because of the continued contributions given by local businesses and the community that the LNS PTO is able to provide financial support and services to the school, making it a better place for students to fulfill their potential.

The Laurel Nokomis School PTO is in the process of securing business and family partners to support the school for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you are interested in being an LNS Business Partner or know a business or someone that would like to be a LNS Business or Family Partner please contact the LNS PTO Business Partner Vice Presidents LaToya Price-Childs, Gina Jones and Katy Balon via email at  laurelnokomisdonation@gmail.com .  The  LNS PTO is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to Laurel Nokomis School and our PTO supported programs.  This is an excellent PR opportunity for your organization, reaching over 1200 families in your local area of business!

It's a simple cycle: 
 support the school that sustains the community that supports your business.

In addition, if you would like to team up with  the Sarasota County Schools  System to provide resources to schools throughout the district, you can get more information on the County's  TeamUP portal at this link.

***Some of these business are listed with their donation level from 2017-2018 while we transition and receive updated 2018-2019 Business Partner Forms.

Diamond Level Sponsors:

Diamond sponsors have donated in excess of $2,000.00 towards LNS programs, projects or efforts.  In appreciation of their support they receive a 4X6 Banner for 24 or more months depending on the amount, listing in the newsletter, logo on the website, thank you on the LNS Electronic Marquee for 3 weeks, Logo in the yearbook and Logo on the Runathon Shirt.

Platinum Level Sponsors:

Platinum sponsors have donated in excess of $900.00 towards LNS programs, projects or efforts.  In appreciation of their support they receive a 3X4 Banner for 12 months, listing in the newsletter, logo on the website, thank you on the LNS Electronic Marquee for 3 weeks, Logo in the yearbook and Logo on the Runathon Shirt.  Press each picture below to be linked to the business partner web page.


Gold Level Sponsors:

Gold sponsors have donated in excess of $600.00 towards LNS programs, projects or efforts.  In appreciation of their support they receive listing in the newsletter, website and yearbook and the Business/Family Name on the Runathon Shirt,  thank you on the LNS Electronic Marquee for 2 weeks and Business/Family Name on the Runathon Shirt.


Silver Level Sponsors:

Silver sponsors have donated in excess of $350.00 towards LNS programs, projects or efforts.  In appreciation of their support they receive listing in the newsletter, website and yearbook and the Business/Family Name on the Runathon Shirt.


Bronze Level Sponsors:

Bronze sponsors have donated in excess of $350.00 towards LNS programs, projects or efforts.  In appreciation of their support they receive listing in the newsletter, website and yearbook and the Business/Family Name on the Runathon Shirt.

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  Family Partners:

We would like to thank all the families and individuals that donate cash, direct service or in-kind donations to Laurel Nokomis School at every Sponsorship level.  Those families are listed in the sections above based on the amount of their donation.

Laurel Nokomis School  
1900 Laurel Road E
Nokomis, FL 34275
(941) 486-2171

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This issue of the LNS Newsletter was created 
and edited by PTO members:  Kim Forsch & LaToya Price-Childs 

 Principal Ray Wilson
LNS Principal