Tuesday, October 1st will be school picture day. Once again this year Studio Walz will be taking our portraits. They do a fabulous job and typically pictures are taken outdoors. A flyer will be sent home in the coming weeks with more details.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH #1
As most of you know community outreach is an important part of the LMS culture. In past years we have had a different outreach each month and typically involved our students bringing in items for the organization of focus. This year our focus will be more intentional to help our students develop an understanding of why we do outreach and to have ownership in what we are doing. There is no better way to develop empathy and learn your own passions than by doing for others. This year we will have three main groups we focus on here in Lexington (fire departments, a retirement/nursing home and Fayette County Resource Center). My hope is personal connections over the course of our school year will make an impact our students.
Our first outreach focus is The Fayette County Resource Center which provides weekend food for students of low income families. Pictured below are the items one child receives for the weekend and often this food is divided among all family members. The normal bag includes the 6 items (we are not limited to 6 items or only the items pictured).
LMS will take one weekend a month, beginning in October, to provide bags of food for 29 children. A list of items will be sent home and available in the weekly News to Know as well as on our website. We are also establishing an Amazon Wish List of approved food items so parents may order from the list and have items shipped directly to LMS. Our students will be in charge of packing the 29 food bags and help deliver bags to the Resource Center. Each month we will need 29 families to make this work. We understand it seems like a big undertaking for our small school however it is an excellent opportunity to show our students need is in our own community. All food items must be delivered to the office by Monday morning (no later than 9 am) of our scheduled week (keep that in mind when ordering from Amazon) . Monetary donations are also welcome and LMS will put together the food bag.
October 21st (Halloween treats acceptable)
Dec. 16th (leading into Holiday break; extra items appreciated)
March 23rd (leading into Spring Break; extra items appreciated)
Please respond with the week(s) your family will provide food.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
FOOD BAGS DETAILS FROM SARAH SLONE!
Attached is the Outreach Wish List mentioned in the email you received regarding our food service project. When viewing the list you will note that some items are listed as “high priority” however please do not feel obligated to select those first unless you feel inclined to. Those labels are more for me as I’m organizing so that I can keep the resource center updated on anything we may need to have them cover.
Also, as much as we are honored to know we have truly the most giving parents we do not want anyone to feel obligated! We have attempted to make the items cheaper than your weekly Starbucks bill however we do have a Plan B in place. The goal for this project was to get the children in service in their community.
A few suggestions we received:
Please try to stick to the list. This safeguards that we meet their dietary guidelines, and insures that as much as possible we create equality (especially should we have a sibling group we would not want one sibling to get caviar while the other got Ramen noodles)
You do not have to buy from Amazon if you find it cheaper elsewhere we just ask that you come back to the list and mark the item/quantity that was purchased elsewhere, and let us know via email (either to the school or myself) so we know who to expect it from.
The list is set up to deliver directly to LMS Monday through Friday, if you purchased elsewhere and would like to have it delivered please make sure the delivery does not occur over a weekend or holiday.
If you would like to purchase the fresh fruit items (these were one of the most requested items) please go ahead and mark those as purchased, list your name then set a reminder for yourself to actually purchase those closer to the drop off date (October 14th for this upcoming month) that way those items stay fresh.
This wish list will change each month to offer variety to the kiddos, please do not feel that you have to buy in bulk or purchase more than the quantity requested. However if for example over the upcoming month you find a shelf stable food item at an unbelievable cost and you would like to purchase those please feel free to do so then shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)with the item that you purchased and I will not include those on the next month’s “menu” . That is not to say you have to purchase all 29 so for example if you found macaroni and cheese on an amazing deal and you felt inclined to purchase 29 of them wonderful! Let me know and there will be one less lunch item on our wish list the following month. In that same regard if you found an amazing deal but we’re only able to purchase 15 also just as wonderful shoot me an email and on the next months wish list I will only request 14 of those items.
Obviously 29 is an odd number and we may have overage, due to limited storage space at the Montessori those items will be donated to the school resource center for those students who perhaps stay after school for sports/clubs etc. and might benefit from an additional snack. Yet we will make every effort to be good stewards of your donation if the quantity is large enough, for example say we have 20 juice boxes left over a committee member will store those for use the upcoming month.
If my attempt to make this simple has created any confusion please feel free to email me and I will attempt to clarify (email@example.com).
Again thank you in advance for raising your children with such compassion. The children are more excited to get the ball rolling and have already had some amazing families reach out to see how they can help we appreciate each and everyone of you!
~LMS Social Committee~
Without further ado here is our October outreach wish list: