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Lake Myra Family Message 2023-24
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Lake Myra Elementary School

1300 Elk Falls Drive

Wendell, NC 27591

Phone: (919) 365-8990

Lake Myra Family Messages 2023-24 School Year

WCPSS Updates for Families

Track 4a Student School Calendar                     Lake Myra Website

July & August

September

October

November

December & January

7/23  7/30   8/6  8/13 8/20  8/27

9/3  9/10  9/17  9/24

10/22  10/27 10/29 UPDATE 10/30 update

11/5  11/12  11/19 

12/3  12/10 12/17    1/21 1/28 

February

March

April

May

June

2/4, 2/11, 2/18. 2/25

3/3. 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

4/21, 4/28

5/5, 5/12. 5/20, 5/26

6/2. 7/9. 6/16, 6/23

February 25th

From Our PTA:  Click here to access the PTA website PTA February Newsletter English and Spanish

Keep up with all things PTA by following us on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/LakeMyraPTA  OR   Lake Myra ES PTA (@lake_myra_es_pta) | Instagram

SAVE THESE DATES for Quarter 3

February 26th Interim reports go home

March 6th-8th Book Fair Week  Family Night Thursday 3/7

March 14th:  PTA Spirit Night @ Panera

March 21st:  Diving Into Data Night 5:00-7:00.  

March 27th: 6:15 Choir Concert 2nd & 4th grades, & Otter Choir.

March 29th-April 19th Track out.  Students return on Monday April 22nd.

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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February 18th

UPDATE:  Families of student walkers: At the recommendation of our WCPSS security department, we need everyone to meet students on the field side of Elk Falls.  This will allow staff to quickly and efficiently identify  students and their family members.  Staff will assist with crossing you back across Elk Falls to Mission Falls after meeting your student.

Kids Heart Challenge Update

We are so close to meeting our $15,000 goal by the end of the month!! So far, we have raised $13,079.

Title I Funds help ALL students

PreK Universal Application Process 24-25 School Year

 The Wake County Pre-Kindergarten application process is open for the 2024-2025 school year. You have until June 16, 2024 to apply for Title I Pre-K services for the 2024-25 school year. To be eligible, your child must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2024. Pick up the Universal application from the school, the Smart Start website (wakesmartstart.org), or print from Wake County School’s website: www.wcpss.net/PKTitleI

From Our PTA:  Click here to access the PTA website

PTA February Newsletter English and Spanish

Keep up with all things PTA by following us on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/LakeMyraPTA  OR   Lake Myra ES PTA (@lake_myra_es_pta) | Instagram

SAVE THESE DATES for Quarter 3

February 26th Interim reports go home

March 4th-8th Book Fair Week  Family Night Thursday 3/7

March 14th:  PTA Spirit Night @ Panera

March 21st:  Diving Into Data Night 5:00-7:00.  

March 27th: 6:15 Choir Concert 2nd & 4th grades, & Otter Choir.

March 29th-April 19th Track out.  Students return on Monday April 22nd.

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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February 11th

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team who earned 5 medals and the Spirit Award this past Saturday.  We are so proud of our science leaders and grateful to our STEAM Leader of Leaders Mrs. Higgins!

Here is our latest Habits at Home newsletter which focuses on Habit 5 Seek First to Understand,Then to be Understood.

From Our PTA:  Click here to access the PTA website

PTA February Newsletter English and Spanish

Keep up with all things PTA by following us on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/LakeMyraPTA  OR   Lake Myra ES PTA (@lake_myra_es_pta) | Instagram

SAVE THESE DATES for Quarter 3

Feb 13th The 2nd Lake Myra County Park Community Meeting is Feb. 13th.  Stop by the Wendell Town Hall anytime between 4-7:00pm to review the concept map and talk with staff and share your thoughts.  

Feb 20th:   Skyzone Spirit Night 4-8:00pm

March 4th-8th Book Fair.  Family Night is Thursday 3/7

March 21st:  Diving Into Data Night 5:00-7:00.  

March 27th: 6:15 Choir Concert 2nd & 4th grades, & Otter Choir.

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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February 4th

Leader in Me

Students are learning about how to be a leader at school..but leadership roles don’t only take place at school.  Check out this resource for ways to develop Leadership Roles at Home

Arrival time 8:45-9:15  This is an important and busy time for our staff and students.  They greet each other, check in and get ready for the instructional day.  

Please do not request to walk your student(s) to the classroom.  

If you need to speak to a staff member/teacher please reach out by phone or through Talking Points to set up a conference or another time to connect.  Forgotten items or treats for the class may be dropped off with a staff member at the front door and will be delivered to the classroom or student.  Thank you for supporting our school environment that allows our Lake Myra staff to focus on your student(s)!

PreK Universal Application Process 24-25 School Year

 The Wake County Pre-Kindergarten application process is open for the 2024-2025 school year. You have until June 16, 2024 to apply for Title I Pre-K services for the 2024-25 school year. To be eligible, your child must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2024. Pick up the Universal application from the school, the Smart Start website (wakesmartstart.org), or print from Wake County School’s website: www.wcpss.net/PKTitleI

From Our PTA:  Click here to access the PTA website

PTA February Newsletter English and Spanish

Feb 20 from 4-8 pm Skyzone Raleigh Spirit Night. Admission starts at $24.99 and the PTA gets 25% of the proceeds made that night.

Book Fair March 6 - 8 March 6th Special Someone Morning & Homeschool Day; 7th will be Family Night

ORDER YOUR  23-24 Lake Myra Yearbook NOW for on time delivery! www.strawbridge.net use the code: YB28970

Keep up with all things PTA by following us on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/LakeMyraPTA  OR   Lake Myra ES PTA (@lake_myra_es_pta) | Instagram

SAVE THESE DATES for Quarter 3

Feb 8th:  Leader In Me Game night & PTA meeting 6:00 pm in the cafe

Feb 13th The 2nd Lake Myra County Park Community Meeting is Feb. 13th.  Stop by the Wendell Town Hall anytime between 4-7:00pm to review the concept map and talk with staff and share your thoughts.  

Feb 20th:   Skyzone Spirit Night 4-8:00pm

March 4th-8th Book Fair.  Family Night is Thursday 3/7

March 21st:  Diving Into Data Night 5:00-7:00.  

March 27th: 6:15 Choir Concert 2nd & 4th grades, & Otter Choir.

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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January 28th

As we start our first full week of school in Quarter 3 please be sure to check your student’s weekly folders, and lunch account balance.  Paying for school meals is easy. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or call (855) 832-5226 to enroll. You'll need your child's NCWISE student ID number.  

Report cards will go home next week in weekly folders. 

Hope to see you on Thursday Feb 8th 6:00-7:00 pm Please join our Student Lighthouse team for Leader In Me Game Night & our PTA meeting. 

Carpool:  For the safety of our students, families and community residents please adhere to the 4 way stop signs at the intersection/entrance of the carpool drop off and pick up lane.  When a staff member is not actively directing traffic please be sure to make a complete stop at the intersection before proceeding to turn or go through the intersection.

Carpool Morning Arrival:  Please make every effort to be at school prior to the bell at 9:15.  This allows time for students to walk to their classroom, unpack their bookbags and be ready to begin the instructional day at 9:15.  If your student eats breakfast, please make sure they are here by 9:00am.  Breakfast service closes at 9:10.

From Our PTA:  Click here to access the PTA website

Feb 8th from 6-7 pm join the PTA and the Student Lighthouse Team for Leader In Me games & a PTA meeting including - officer nominations and spirit wear for sale.

Feb 20 from 4-8 pm is our Skyzone Raleigh Spirit Night. Admission starts at $24.99 and the PTA gets 25% of the proceeds made that night.

Rent the Rock still has availability! You can honor your teacher or say happy birthday to your student for just $20! Dates still available Feb. 12,19,26;  Mar. 4,11,18;  Apr. 29;  May 13,20,27;  Jun. 10, 17    Sign up and pay here: https://lakemyra.memberhub.com/store/items/452584

Save the Date: Book Fair March 6 - 8 for purchasing. March 6th Special Someone Morning and Homeschool Day; 7th will be Family Night

Keep up with all things PTA by following us on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/LakeMyraPTA  OR   Lake Myra ES PTA (@lake_myra_es_pta) | Instagram

SAVE THESE DATES for Quarter 3

Feb 8th:  Leader In Me Game night & PTA meeting 6:00 pm in the cafe

Feb 13th The 2nd Lake Myra County Park Community Meeting is Feb. 13th.  Stop by the Wendell Town Hall anytime between 4-7:00pm to review the concept map and talk with staff and share your thoughts.  

Feb 20th:   Skyzone Spirit Night

March 4th-8th Book Fair.  Family Night is Thursday 3/7

March 21st:  Diving Into Data Night 5:00-7:00.  

March 27th: 6:15 Choir Concert 2nd & 4th grades, & Otter Choir.

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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January 21st

Happy New Year!  We are excited to start Quarter 3!  Students return on Thursday 1/25.  

Also on Thursday Dr. Taylor, WCPSS Superintendent, will be presenting a report on his 1st 100 days.  Click here to get your FREE ticket to this event

SAVE THESE DATES for Quarter 3

Feb 8th:  Leader In Me Game night & PTA meeting 6:30pm in the cafe

Feb 14th:  Hero Lunch day (come enjoy lunch with your student!)--  CANCELED

March 4th-8th Book Fair.  Family Night is Thursday 3/7

March 21st:  Diving Into Data Night 5:00-7:00.  

March 27th: 6:15 Choir Concert 2nd & 4th grades, & Otter Choir.

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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Dec 17th

Thanks to all who came out to McTeacher Night at the Wendell McDonalds! Swimmy enjoyed the Fun!  We are looking forward to the last 4 days of the quarter with our Winter Spirit days. 

Monday 12/18: Holiday/Fun Sock Day      Tuesday 12/19: Winter Character Celebration Day

                     Wednesday 12/20: PJ Day                           Thursday 12/21: Festive or Ugly Sweater Day

DON”T MISS THESE OPPORTUNITIES:  

LOST and FOUND PLEASE encourage your leader(s) to look through the lost and found–or stop by school and see if your student has left any items behind at school.  ALL items left after 12/20 will be donated to Note in the Pocket.  

ALL THINGS TRACK OUT

PE Track Out Challenge!

Complete 1-2 physical activities each day over track out and earn a special prize from Mrs. Taylor!

See info in Monday folders or click here.

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

The next family update will be 1/21/24.  Wishing our Lake Myra community  an enjoyable winter break and a Happy New Year.  

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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Dec 10th

Grateful for all who came in support of our Leaders for their student led conference last Thursday.  If you haven’t already, please give us feedback in order to help us make our student led conferences even better!  Click on  the feedback form  in English and Spanish. 

This week our Teacher of the Year for Lake Myra Ms. Petra Spinnati will be recognized Monday 12/11  at the Town of Wendell Board meeting and 4th grade leader Zoe Mortensen will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Picture make up day is Wednesday 12/13  for students who missed picture day OR would like to retake their picture.  Please send in the previous picture package  if your student is retaking their picture.  Package prices are listed here and Click here to opt in for online ordering updates.

Please consider supporting our Student Lighthouse Team’s service project supporting Note in the Pocket. Bring in new or used clothing any time until 12/20.We are collecting both children & adult sizes! All clothes help benefit those in our community who most need it!

PTA NEWS McDonald's Spirit Night - McTeacher Night, Dec. 12, 5 - 8 pm

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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Dec 3

We are so proud of our Otter Choir who performed at the Wendell Winter Wonderland last Friday.  We are also very proud of our Girls on the Run participants who ran their race on Saturday.  Grateful to all who came out to support our Leaders at the Lake at these events!

Here is Our Leader in Me Habits at Home newsletter which highlights Habit 3:  Put First Things First.

Student Led Conference will be held Thursday 12/7 .  Please click on this link to sign up if you have not already.  Can’t make it Thursday?  Please let the classroom teacher if you are unable to attend.  

PTA NEWS

McDonald's Spirit Night - McTeacher Night, Dec. 12, 5 - 8 pm

Free Book for your Student - Turn in their November reading calendar to their teacher by Dec. 4th.

Fun Run was amazing! We'll be providing teacher grants, activities for students, supporting our literacy program, staff appreciation, and so much more! Thank you to all the donors, staff and students who worked so hard. The Fun Run was a great time. Swimmy loved seeing students and guardians run, walk, roll and dance.

Results:  $11,912 - Student and Community Fundraising through Fun Run         $4,600 - Cash Sponsors

$5,750 - In Kind Sponsors     =    Total: $22,262

For Guardians: If you'd like to help the PTA distribute prizes - please sign up here.

Picture make up day is 12/13  for students who missed picture day OR would like to retake their picture.  Please send in the previous picture package  if your student is retaking their picture.  Package prices are listed here and Click here to opt in for online ordering updates.

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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Nov 19

This will serve as our Family Message for the next two weeks since this week is a short week.

During this break, consider taking time to practice Habit 6 Synergize “Together is Better” by creating a family synergy plan.  Use this resource to get started!

Quarter 2 Interims are scheduled to go home on November 27. Please direct questions to classroom teachers.

Friday December 1st 7:30-8:00pm Wendell Winter Wonderland Performance by our Otter Choir  (Downtown Wendell)

Student Led Conference will be held Thursday 12/7 sign up will be sent this week.  Please let the classroom teacher if you are unable to attend.  

Picture make up day is 12/13  for students who missed picture day OR would like to retake their picture.  Please send in the previous picture package  if your student is retaking their picture.  Package prices are listed here and Click here to opt in for online ordering updates.

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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Nov 12

Square 1 Art:  Deadline for orders has been extended to November 15th. .  Online orders ONLY.   ORDER ONLINE here! Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher OR Mrs. Wall kwall2@wcpss.net

The Multicultural Night Event has been postponed…BUT

 the PTA meeting on Thursday 11/16 at 6:00pm will still happen as planned!

Please come at 5:30 on Thursday 11/16 with your students to engage in an activity to support Operation Gratitude.  We will be creating a gratitude gift, along with making cards and letters that will be given to Deployed Troops, Recruit Graduates, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, and First Responders.   Supplies will be provided. Operation Gratitude includes handwritten letters in every Care Package sent. In these unprecedented times, our heroes need our unwavering support. Taking the time to put pen to paper and share your heartfelt thoughts can be what motivates them to keep moving forward in their duties to our nation”.

 Poblanos Tacos Truck will be there from 5:30 to 7:30!!  The PTA meeting is 6:00-6:30 in the cafeteria

Provide feedback on Family involvement Board policy draft by Nov. 15

We are asking school leaders, staff, families and community stakeholders to share their feedback with us about the new draft Board policy regarding family involvement. Please complete this survey on ThoughtExchange by Wednesday, Nov. 15. Your input will help to shape revisions to this policy.

North Carolina Museum of History 28th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration on November 17th & 18th, 2023. With a VIRTUAL Education Day on Friday and an IN-PERSON festival on Saturday, multiple demonstrations, presentations, and performances highlight the traditional and contemporary artistic, scientific, historic, and cultural contributions of American Indians in North Carolina.

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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Nov 5th

We had an enjoyable (but chilly) FUN RUN on Thursday.  Our SuperHero #Leaders did a great job and we are grateful for the money raised in support of our Lake community! Thanks to all individuals and our PTA sponsors for your support.  A delayed thank you to one PTA sponsors, Happy Elephant Charcuterie, for the wonderful treat for our staff on 10/18  as they tracked back in for Quarter 2.  

Thanks to the students who participated in our Otters Are Upstanders Spirit Week activities. We hope you will help reiterate to your children the importance of treating others with kindness and seeking support from an adult when others are showing negative behaviors.  

Thanks to all who came to Farmhouse for Art Night and saw some of our student’s  Square 1 Art.

LOST & FOUND is full.  Items left after 11/6 will be donated to a local charity.  Please stop by school or ask your student to look through the items on Monday.  

Arrival & Dismissal REMINDERS

Arrival: Students are late if they arrive at 9:15.  We have a lot of cars coming through the carpool lane  between 9;10-9:15.  Please make every effort to drop off students by 9:10 at the latest so they can have enough time to walk to their classroom and be ready for instruction at 9:15.  

Dismissal:

THURSDAY 11/16:  Multicultural Night and PTA Meeting We need you! Show off your culture with a display of food, art, music, clothing, etc. at a table.  

Sign up here: Multicultural Night at Lake Myra

5:30 to 7:00 - Table Displays

6:00 to 6:30 - PTA Meeting

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

UPDATE 10/30

Lake Myra Families,

Because we want to keep you informed, I wanted to let you know that we conducted a code red lockdown drill today at 9:30am. This was only a drill, and it was completed successfully. A code red lockdown is our highest security alert. In a code red lockdown, no one is allowed to enter or exit the building, and all students remain in their classrooms with doors locked. The lockdown remains in place until law enforcement officials give us an all-clear announcement. Again, today’s exercise was only a drill.
Student safety is our top priority. Staying prepared is key, which is why we perform these drills on a regular basis. We appreciate the cooperation of our students and staff in this effort.

More information about our lockdown protocols is available on the Keeping Your Child Safe website.

Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Estimadas Familias de Lake Myra Elementary

Con el fin de mantenerlos al tanto, deseo informarles que, hoy a las 9:30  llevamos a cabo un simulacro de cierre de emergencia de código rojo. Esto fue solo un simulacro y se completó con éxito.
Un cierre de emergencia de código rojo constituye nuestra máxima alerta de seguridad.  
En un cierre de emergencia de código rojo, a nadie se le permite ni entrar ni salir del edificio, y todos los estudiantes permanecen en sus aulas con las puertas cerradas con llave. El cierre de emergencia permanece vigente hasta que los agentes del orden público nos den un anuncio de que todo está despejado.  
Le reiteramos que el ejercicio de hoy fue solo un simulacro.
La seguridad de los estudiantes es nuestra máxima prioridad. Es esencial estar preparados, por lo que realizamos estos simulacros con regularidad. Agradecemos la cooperación de nuestros estudiantes y del personal en este esfuerzo. Más información sobre nuestros protocolos de cierre está disponible en el sitio web
Keeping Your Child Safe (Manteniendo seguro a su estudiante).

Gracias por su continuo apoyo a nuestra escuela.

UPDATE:  10/29

Due to predicted rain on Tuesday, the Fun Run has been rescheduled for Thursday 11/2. 

Times have NOT changed.

PreK & Kindergarten 9:20-10:05

First Grade 10:10-10:55

Third Grade 11:00-11:45

Second Grade 11:50-12:35

Fourth Grade 1:05-1:50

Fifth Grade 2:00-2:45

ECS I & II - Ms. Petra will share the schedule

Thanks for your flexibility!

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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October 27th

Quarter 2 has started off STRONG! Instruction starts at 9:15. Students can arrive starting at 8:45. Please be sure your student arrives PRIOR to 9:15 to give them time to walk to their classroom and get ready for the day. Carpool will end PROMPTLY at 9:15 when the bell rings. Cars in line at the carpool loop at 9:15 will be directed to drive around to the front of the school and sign your child in. Thanks for supporting us in BELL to BELL instruction!

Next week Lake Myra will highlight Bully Prevention Month: with a Spirit Week:  

Otters are Upstanders!  

We will also have  Swimmy's Fun Run on Tuesday 10/31.  

The theme of the day is Super Heroes and students can show their spirit by choosing 

 to wear their favorite superhero outfit (not required…and please no other costumes!)  

Parents are welcome to watch (& participate!) with students on Tuesday 10/31.  

There will be a visitor's sign-in at the track that day (behind the school, next to the playground).  You can help with the sign in table too: click here Lake Myra: Fun Run Volunteers (signupgenius.com) 

PreK & Kindergarten 9:20-10:05

First Grade 10:10-10:55

Third Grade 11:00-11:45

Second Grade 11:50-12:35

Fourth Grade 1:05-1:50

Fifth Grade 2:00-2:45

ECS I & II - Ms. Petra will share the schedule

Q1 Report Cards:  Report cards for the first quarter will be home on Monday 10/30.  Please be on the lookout for these items from your student(s). If the report card does not come home, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher.

Fall Pictures are Wed. Nov. 1st.  HERE is pricing & package information.  Click here to opt in for online ordering updates

Join us on Nov. 1 from 5 to 8 pm at The Farmhouse in Wendell Falls for a Spirit and Art Night. Get some delicious food, see student art and a portion of the proceeds come back to our PTA!

Square 1 Art:  Deadline for orders is November 10th.  Online orders ONLY.  Packet with your student’s art went home last week. ORDER ONLINE Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher OR Mrs. Wall kwall2@wcpss.net

THURSDAY 11/16:  Multicultural Night and PTA Meeting We need you! Show off your culture with a display of food, art, music, clothing, etc. at a table.  

Sign up here: Multicultural Night at Lake Myra

5:30 to 7:00 - Table Displays

6:00 to 6:30 - PTA Meeting

 

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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October 22nd

Hopeful that track out gave you and your family time to practice Habit 7 Sharpen Your Saw!--Balance is BEST! Quarter 2 starts with students returning Monday October 23rd.

Q1 Report Cards:  Report cards for the first quarter will be home on Monday 10/30.  Please be on the lookout for these items from your student(s). If the report card does not come home, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher.

Fall Pictures are Nov. 1st.  HERE is pricing & package information.  Click here to opt in for online ordering updates

SAVE THE DATE:  Student Led conferences 12/7 2:30 to 3:30.  Sign up coming soon.

PTA UPDATES

FUN RUN October 31st. Family and friends are invited to cheer on their students.

Reminders:  

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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September 24th

Grateful to everyone who came to Diving into Data Night at the Lake. Please  complete this feedback form (if you haven’t already) to ensure our next family partnership event meets your needs!

TRACK OUT:   Monday 10/2-10/20.  Students return on Monday 10/23. Over track out the main office hours will be 9:00-3:00.  Please call 919-365-8990 before coming to the school to ensure someone is available to assist you.  

Next week Raleigh will host the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Festival.  Our 3rd -5th grade students will have the opportunity to hear bluegrass music performed by Tray Wellington at Lake Myra on Monday.  We are excited for our students to experience a working artist in action. Listen here to Crooked Mind from his Black Banjo album.

It’s Book Fair Week!!!  Sept. 25th-29th  You can still set up your child's E-Wallet so  when they attend the book fair they just have to give their name/teacher and their purchase will be debited from their E-Wallet - no need to send cash!

Book Fair Family Night is Thursday 9/28

Food trucks will start at 5:00 & the book fair will be open until 8:00pm!

3rd grade & Otter Choir will perform 6:15 in the gym

Leader in Me Here is the next edition of the Habits at Home newsletter.

PTA UPDATES

Fun Run is here! Fun Run on Oct 31st is our main school fundraiser. Please complete the free registration and your child will receive a Lake Myra Elementary Otters wristband. Help us reach our goal of $6,000 that benefits the students and staff of Lake Myra.

PTA Want to keep updated with all things PTA? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check out the website.

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

September 17th, 2023

Diving Into Data at The Lake: is THIS THURSDAY 9/21

Please click on this link to let us know you will join us!

Come with your student to explore data and practice strategies to help your student continue to grow in math and reading!  

You only need to attend one session for each student/grade level.

Childcare will be provided for 3 and 4 year olds. Younger children will need to remain with a family member.

JOIN us at our Eastern Wake Community Night at East Wake HS

When:  THIS FRIDAY Sept 22nd 3:00-6:00 pm  Where:  East Wake HS

What: Games & entertainment, food options, free giveaways.  

          Plan to stay for the varsity football game at 7:00pm

Come have some fun with our Eastern Area families and learn more about our feeder middle & high schools!

STOCK THE FRIDGE

Show your LOVE our Lake Staff!

Go to the Amazon Wishlist to order treats and have items sent directly to the school OR send in store bought treats–salty or sweet, and drinks–sparkling water or soda– to stock our staff lounge.  

Items can be dropped off at the front office..  Please contact Mrs. Tong ltong@wcpss.net with any questions.

Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15-10/15  Grateful for our PTA Diversity Equity & Inclusion  leaders who have created a visual representation in our display cabinet that recognizes the contributions, milestones, and monumental accomplishments of people who identify as having Hispanic heritage.  

PTA UPDATES

Fun Run is here! Fun Run on Oct 31st is our main school fundraiser. Please complete the free registration and your child will receive a Lake Myra Elementary Otters wristband. Help us reach our goal of $6,000 that benefits the students and staff of Lake Myra.

Book Fair Sept. 25-29!! To volunteer, click here. Set up your child's E-Wallet now - when they attend the book fair they just have to give their name/teacher and their purchase will be debited from their E-Wallet - no need to send cash!

Book Fair Family Night is Thursday 9/28

THANK YOU to all who joined us at Pelican's Snoballs in Knightdale last Thursday.

PTA Want to keep updated with all things PTA? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check out the website.

SAVE THESE DATES & Reminders

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

September 10th, 2023

Thank you for your patience as we experienced some AC issues on our 3rd floor on Thursday and part of Friday.  We are grateful for the quick response from our District to get us fully operational by mid morning Friday.

Diving Into Data at The Lake:  On Thursday, September 21st, come with your student to explore data and practice strategies to help your student continue to grow in math and reading!  

You only need to attend one session for each student/grade level.

Childcare will be provided for 3 and 4 year olds. Younger children will need to remain with a family member.

Please click on this link to let us know you will join us!

Lake Myra Night at Pelicans in Knightdale  is THIS Thursday  9/14 5:00- 8 pm.                                  A percentage  of all purchases come back to our PTA.

Leader in Me

All students participate in a leadership role in their classroom and have a leadership notebook that showcases their reflection on the 7 Habits and their WIG (Wildly Important Goal).  Ask your student what their current leadership goal is and what their classroom WIG is.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15-10/15 gives us an opportunity to recognize the contributions, milestones, and monumental accomplishments of people who identify as having Hispanic heritage, and memorializes various Latin American Independence Day achievements and Hispanic culture as a whole.

To fully enjoy the experience of different traditions, why not spend a day celebrating Hispanic culture? Download delicious Latin American recipes, support a local Hispanic-owned business, or expand family games night to include Dominos or a Mexican Bingo game called Loteria.

You can also take a virtual tour of important heritage sites, such as Mexico City, the Cabrillo National Monument, and the Teotihuacan Pyramid, or other key historical locations that have stood the test of time and various conflicts as Hispanic peoples fought for freedom.

And finally, if you want to become more involved in the community, Jose Antonio Tijerino, president of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, suggests volunteering or enhancing public awareness of minority struggles that still continue to this day.

Carpool Families

Instruction starts at 9:15,  If your student eats breakfast at school please drop off by 9:00am to ensure they have enough time to pick up  and eat their breakfast prior to 9:15.

Carpool Morning Drop-Off (8:45AM-9:10 AM) Please assist staff in maintaining a safe, orderly, & efficient drop off by adhering to the following

STOCK THE FRIDGE

Show your LOVE our Lake Staff!

Please consider sending in store bought treats–salty or sweet, and drinks–sparkling water or soda– to stock our staff lounge.  

Items can be dropped off at the front office all next week.  Please contact Mrs. Tong ltong@wcpss.net with any questions.

Social, Emotional & Behavioral Health

Information was sent home  with students regarding the social, emotional, behavior health universal screener that will be taking place this week.  Just like some students benefit from additional academic support and interventions, we know some students would benefit from additional support to strengthen their behavioral, social, and emotional skills. Your child is not required to do anything, the homeroom teachers will complete a questionnaire about students actions and emotions over a one week period. If you do not want your child to be screened please complete the Opt-out form that was sent home and return it to school no later Monday Sept 11th. .

 

JOIN us at our Eastern Wake Community Night at East Wake HS!

When:  Sept 22nd 3:00-6:00 pm        Where:  East Wake High School

What: Games & entertainment, food options, free giveaways.  

          Plan to stay for the varsity football game at 7:00pm

Come have some fun with our Eastern Area families and learn more about our feeder middle & high schools!

PTA

Want to keep updated with all things PTA? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check out the website.

Mark your Calendar:

SAVE THESE DATES

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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September 3rd, 2023

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, September 4. We look forward to seeing students on Tuesday morning!  

FAMILIES of student walkers: Please remind your student  to

Diving Into Data at The Lake:  On Thursday, September 21st, come with your student to explore data and practice strategies to help your student continue to grow in math and reading!  

Childcare will be provided for 3 and 4 year olds. Younger children will need to remain with a family member.

Please click on this link to let us know you will join us!

Families of 3rd graders: Save the date for an informational session about 3rd Grade Explorers with Mrs. Burtis our AIG teacher 

WHEN: Friday 9/15 at 12:00pm.      WHERE: Google meet link: Click HERE

 ***This session will be recorded and shared with families who are not able to attend.***

Social, Emotional & Behavioral Health

Information was sent home  with students regarding the social, emotional, behavior health universal screener that will be taking place this week.  Just like some students benefit from additional academic support and interventions, we know some students would benefit from additional support to strengthen their behavioral, social, and emotional skills. Your child is not required to do anything, the homeroom teachers will complete a questionnaire about students actions and emotions over a one week period. If you do not want your child to be screened please complete the Opt-out form that was sent home and return it to school no later Monday Sept 11th.

 PTA

Want to keep updated with all things PTA? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check out the website.

Mark your Calendar:

SAVE THESE DATES

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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August 27th, 2023

So good to see so many Lake families enjoying the NCFC game last Saturday!  

Families of Bus Riders Some families may have received information from WCPSS regarding delays in yellow bus transportation beginning Monday, August 28 due to shortage of bus drivers. Please note that morning route times remain mostly unchanged. Afternoon route times have shifted. Please review the approximate start times for routes (linked) as they have been updated..

Bus

Arrives at Lake Myra/Start of route

Orange

4:15

Blue

4:18

Yellow

4:31

Green

4:31

 Please note that we will continue to do everything we can to work with the transportation department to improve  route times for our students. We ask kindly for your patience during this process. Families may submit questions and concerns to WCPSS regarding transportation by clicking HERE.

 PTA

Want to keep updated with all things PTA? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check out the website.

Mark your Calendar:

SAVE THESE DATES

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

#BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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August 20th, 2023

Thank you to those who have completed the WCPSS volunteer sign up.   Please complete this interest form to let us know how you can volunteer to support our leaders at the Lake! If you have already expressed interest in helping at the Lake a staff member will be in contact with you later this week.

Leader In Me

Students have been engaging in a series of lessons and activities  that focus on the Habits and creating a culture of leadership in classrooms and throughout the school.  Here is a summary of activities from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families for your family to continue to build leadership skills at home>

Arrival and dismissal: Carpool Expectations (English)  Spanish

Carpool Morning Drop-Off (8:45AM-9:15 AM) Please assist staff in maintaining a safe, orderly, & efficient drop off by adhering to the following

Families of Bus Riders  Please review the bus routes (linked).  Due to WCPSS bus transportation challenges there have been updates to route times. These route times will go into effect Monday 8/28.  As of Friday 8/18 all buses are expected to arrive at Lake Myra before 9:15.  Some afternoon routes will be delayed.   You may check the Live Bus updates page, sign up for Here Comes the Bus or follow @LakeMyraBus for daily updates.

Bus

Arrives at Lake Myra/Start of route

Orange

4:15

Blue

4:18

Yellow

4:31

Green

4:31

PTA  Join the soccer fun @ the NCFC 23  game THIS Saturday Aug 26th.  Fan Fest @ 5:30, game @ 7:00. 

SAVE THESE DATES

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

#BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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August 13th, 2023

So grateful to all who came to the 1st PTA meeting last Thursday that highlighted volunteer opportunities at the Lake & families enjoyed creating chalk art! We have another opportunity THIS THURSDAY at 11:00am.  Come by the Lake for a quick tour and learn about how you can assist us at lunch, recess, the media center & in your student’s classroom.   Please complete this interest form to let us know how you can volunteer to support our leaders at the Lake!

Leader in Me

PTA  Join the soccer fun @ the NCFC 23  game Sat Aug 26th.  Fan Fest @ 5:30, game @ 7:00. 

School Meals: Breakfast is only free for students who qualify for free or reduced meals. Applications may be completed on-line or a paper copy is available from the main office. Applications must be completed no later than 9/11/23. PLEASE complete this TODAY!

SAVE THESE DATES

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

#BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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August 6th, 2023

It was wonderful to see all of our Leaders back at the Lake last week.  We will welcome our PreK students this week who start full days on Monday.  

Leader In Me  Please take a minute to complete our Leader In Me annual survey. This helps us determine the best way to support our students and your family on our leadership journey!

Looking for a way to talk with your student about Leader in Me?  Here is the  7 Habits Tree to get you started.

Join us for our 1st PTA meeting and Chalk Art Family night  Thursday August 10th at 6:30. Come create chalk art, meet (& join) our PTA and find out about volunteer opportunities at the Lake.  Here is the  PTA newsletter .

Check out our staff wish lists HERE…and if you want to help the PTA stock the Fridge for our staff click HERE 

Arrival:  Students can begin arriving at 8:45, and should be in classrooms by 9:15 at the latest. Please assist us in getting your student to school on time! Students who are eating breakfast should arrive at school no later than 9:10.  Breakfast service ends at 9:15 (unless the student arrives on a late bus).

Dismissal:  Grateful  for your patience during dismissal last week.  Thank you for practicing Habit 4 Think Win-Win and considering other people’s wins as well as your own when using carpool. Families and staff synergized to find solutions for walkers/bikers…and the carpool line was finished by 4:13 on Friday!

Walkers/Bikers:  Please remember that if your student is a walker they (and you) should be walking.  The parking spaces along Elk Falls belong to the residents, and are not to be used for Lake Myra families. Additionally, parking along the neighborhood streets is not part of the walker/bike rider agreement.  If you are picking up your student(s)  in a vehicle, you must get a carpool tag, and use our carpool loop.  Golf carts are considered vehicles.

Reminder for  Daily Transportation changes: Please ONLY call the office for daily transportation changes. Please do not email or Talking Points message the teacher. Teachers rely on the office staff to communicate transportation changes.

School Meals: Breakfast is only free for students who qualify for free or reduced meals. Applications may be completed on-line or a paper copy is available from the main office. Applications must be completed no later than 9/11/23. PLEASE complete this TODAY!

In case you missed it

Here is the Lake Myra Family Handbook for the  2023-24 school year.

SAVE THESE DATES

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

#BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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July 30th, 2023

First day of school is Monday July 31st.  We are excited to see all our kindergarten-5th grade leaders back at the Lake.  Good news…the elevator is working!  

Please take a moment to read our Lake Myra Family Handbook for the  2023-24 school year. It is  filled with a lot of helpful information to ensure our Lake Myra community continues to work together in support of all our students.  In addition,  here is the beginning of year PTA newsletter

In preparation for a smooth beginning, here are a few reminders:

Arrival & Dismissal

Arrival begins at 8:45 and the tardy bell rings at 9:15. Dismissal is 3:45. No early checkouts after 3:15.

Please be sure to carefully read the expectations above and reference the map for carpooling to ensure safe and orderly arrival and dismissal.

Thank you for practicing Habit 4 Think Win-Win and considering other people’s wins as well as your own when using carpool. Remember, effectiveness is largely achieved through the collaborative efforts of two or more people. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. It’s based on a paradigm that there’s plenty for everybody—that one person’s success is not achieved at the expense of others.  

Daily Transportation changes: Please ONLY call the office for daily transportation changes. Please do not email or Talking Points message the teacher. Teachers rely on the office staff to communicate transportation changes.

Meals: Breakfast is only free for students who qualify for free or reduced meals. Applications may be completed on-line or a paper copy is available from the main office. Applications must be completed no later than 9/11/23.

Communication: Talking Points is the communication platform used by teachers (and sometimes by administration).  Please be sure your cell  phone number and email address are current. Contact your child’s teacher if you have not received a Talking Points message.

Weekly family messages from Mrs. Ballard, principal, will be sent on Sunday through school messenger (email and text) and are posted under the principal weekly message on our website.

Reminders & Dates to remember

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The LMES staff is grateful to Don Beto's Tacos and Tequila in Wendell, ( just a short walk from our school,) who provided the entire Lake Myra staff with a delicious fajita lunch during one of our teacher work days  last week. THANK YOU Don Beto's for your donation! If you visit Don Beto's, please tell them thank you for appreciating our teachers.

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

#BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal

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July 23rd, 2023

Welcome to the 2023-24 school year!  We are so excited to see our leaders and families this week and are looking forward to the 1st day of school on Monday July 31st. We are fortunate at the Lake to be welcoming several new staff to the Lake Myra family for this school year. These new Leaders at the Lake come with a variety of school experiences and are eager to partner with you. Most importantly they join a staff that has a deep commitment to providing the very best education for all of our Otters!  

 

Family Partnership Day July 27th:  MEET YOUR TEACHER for 23-24

Tomorrow, Monday July 24th, families will receive notification of your student’s classroom/teacher assignment and a signup link for Family Partnership Day on Thursday 7/27 12:00-4:00 and 5:00-7:00 pm.   You will sign up for 15 minute appointments to get to know each other.

We want to give each family this individualized time, so PLEASE be on time!

  If you are unable to join us, please reach out to the main office to find out teacher/student assignments.

      We encourage you to COME EARLY or STAY AFTER your appointment to

If you have an immediate need, please contact me directly at nballard2@wcpss.net

#BetterTogether,

Mrs. Ballard, Principal