LMS march 3rd Parents Newsletter

LMS march 3rd Parents Newsletter

March 3, 2023

Hello Leota Lion Families,

Welcome to March. Just as we begin to prepare for the Spring, the cold and snow continues to remind us it is still Winter in the Pacific Northwest. I continue to look forward to the sunshine and extended daylight.

We are down to our final two weeks of Season 3 athletics. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see our Girls Basketball and Wrestling teams compete. After a quick break between seasons, we will start our 4th and final athletic season of the year. The following sports are included during Season 4, Track & Field, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, and 6th Grade Girls Volleyball.

March is a busy time of year for next year’s class registration. The current 6th & 7th graders will begin the registration process in their English Language Arts class during the week of March 13th-17th. Your students will complete the online portion of the registration process the following week, also in the English Language Arts class. I encourage you to check in with your student and see what courses they selected.

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming construction project on the Leota Middle School campus, you are invited to an information session on Wednesday, March 8th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria. This event is in conjunction with the Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night, so don’t be surprised to see a large number of people on campus. Feel free to go straight to the cafeteria to learn more about the upcoming project.

Thank you for the continued support in making Leota Middle School a special place. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me


In partnership,

Scott Leick, Principal

Leota Middle School



Upcoming Events: 


Periods 1-6, Pride

King County Solid Waste in 7/8th Sci Classes

WHS 8th grade registration pick-up in Science Classes

Drama Club Spring Play Rehearsals: 2:35 Theater

Game Club: 2:35 Library

6th Girls’ Basketball: Kenmore@Leota 3:30-4:30

8th Girls’ Basketball: Leota@Kenmore 3:30-4:30

7th Girls’ Basketball: Leota@Kenmore 4:30-5:30


Periods 1-6, Pride

King County Solid Waste in 7/8th Sci Classes

Star Time: 2:35 Library

ASB Meeting: 2:35 P-5

Drama Club Spring Play Rehearsals: 2:35 Theater

Peer Tutor Club: 2:35 Room 606

Wrestling: Skyview&Northshore@Leota 3:30-5:30


Early Release, Periods 1-6

NCHS 8th grade registration pick-up in Science

SDLT Meeting 2:45-3:30pm

5th Grade Parent Night 6:00

Leota Construction Information Night 6:00-8:00 Cafeteria


Periods 1-6, Pride

Star Time: 2:35 Library

Geography Club: 2:35 P-9

Drama Club Spring Play Rehearsals: 2:35 Theater

6th Girls’ Basketball: Northshore@Leota 3:30-4:30

8th Girls’ Basketball: Leota@Northshore 3:30-4:30

7th Girls’ Basketball: Leota@Northshore 4:30-5:30


Periods 1-6, Pride

Bookworms: 2:35 Room 623

Wrestling: Skyview&Leota@Kenmore 3:30-5:30

Week of 3/13-3/17 - Counselors in 6th/7th grade ELA Classes for registration presentations



Periods 1-6, Pride

Drama Club Spring Play Rehearsals: 2:35 Theater

Game Club: 2:35 Library

6th Girls’ Basketball: Skyview@Leota 3:30-4:30

8th Girls’ Basketball: Leota@Skyview 3:30-4:30

7th Girls’ Basketball: Leota@Skyview 4:30-5:30


Star Time: 2:35 Library

ASB Meeting: 2:35 P-5

Drama Club Spring Play Rehearsals: 2:35 Theater

Peer Tutor Club: 2:35 Room 606

Wrestling:Leota@Timbercrest 3:30-5:30



Early Release, Periods 1-6

PTSA Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Baked Potatoes


Periods 1-6, Pride

WEB Leader Training during Pride

Star Time: 2:35 Library

Geography Club: 2:35 P-9

Drama Club Spring Play Rehearsals: 2:35 Theater

6th Girls’ Basketball: Leota@Timbercrest 3:30-4:30

8th Girls’ Basketball: Timbercrest@Leota 3:30-4:30

7th Girls’ Basketball: Timbercrest@Leota 4:30-5:30


Periods 1-6, Pride

NSD Middle School Band Festival: IHS Concert Hall 9-1

DF&A Notifications to be e-mailed home

Student REJ Team: 2:35 Library


Hello from the Leota Counseling Department!

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year already and that we are now talking about registration for 2023-2024! Beginning March 13th, the counseling department will be meeting with current 6th and 7th grade students to go over registration for the 2023-2024 school year. As a counseling department we wanted to provide our LMS families with important details regarding registration including key dates, required classes, and placement questions. If you have any questions regarding registration please contact the counseling department.

Students are required to take the following classes: English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Health/Fitness, and three semesters of electives. Students will need to register for their core classes, elective classes and alternate elective choices in StudentVue before the deadline on March 19th. Some elective classes require prerequisites and some elective classes cannot be repeated. Please consult the Course Catalog or your student’s counselor if you have questions about elective courses or registration.


Registration Dates

March 13 - 16: Online Registration window opens. Counselors will be visiting English classes.


  • Review the registration process with students, explain class options, answer questions


  •  March 16 & 17: Open lab for students with registration questions or needing assistance with registration at lunchtime.· March 19: Online registration window closes at midnight!


  • March 20 - 23: Counselors review online registrations with students and Student Course Request


  • March 27 - 31: Parents, please review your student’s online course requests in ParentVue. Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have any questions.


Placement Info


  • Students who receive special education services will be placed in appropriate classes based on case manager review.


  • Hi-Cap students will be automatically placed in AAP classes based on current year placements or information from the district.




                 2023/2024 School Year Counseling Assignments


James Kim 6th grade (425) 408-6520 jkim@nsd.org
Taryn Bakkane 7th grade (425) 408-6513 tbakkane@nsd.org
Kapala Hoge 8th grade (425) 408-6521 khoge@nsd.org


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Newsletter for the week of Feb. 27, 2023

In this issue:  

  •   Serve on the PTSA Board
  •   Student Store volunteer signup
  •   Staff Appreciation signup
  •   Staff Spotlight
  •   Thank you, sponsors

News & events

Stay informed about what’s happening at Leota 


We want you on the PTSA Board !

Elections for next year’s Leota PTSA Board are coming up in May. The Treasurer and President will soon max out their terms, so those roles--along with other Board roles--will be open to new volunteers. If you’re interested in making a difference at Leota, the PTSA would love to have you join our Board and committees. 

Find out about these opportunities at the next PTSA General Membership meeting on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 pm. (Note the rescheduled date!)

Any Leota PTSA member can be a candidate for these roles. If you want to learn more about how the PTSA supports the school and staff, or if you want to get more involved in your child’s school, be sure to put this meeting on your calendar!

Volunteers needed 

Learn how you can help make Leota more awesome 

Staff Appreciation events

We’re so close to filling our March Staff Appreciation lunch! Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to bring something on March 15. We still need the following items to make the event a success:


  • One large green salad
  • Crock Pot of chicken / turkey chili
  • 20 baked potatoes (x3)

The staff really enjoy these lunches, and they often comment how lucky they feel to work at Leota and be shown so much appreciation. Thanks for your help!


Reminder: Volunteer background checks 

To volunteer on campus at Leota or any other facility in the Northshore School District, you’ll need to submit an online application for a Level 1 background check. Volunteers must update the application every year, and it must be completed before the first day of volunteering. To begin the process, visit the district’s Become a Volunteer webpage. 


Emergency Prep Corner

Tips to help families navigate emergencies


Tip: What to do in the event of a school evacuation

Evacuation is the designation that NSD uses when it’s safer for students to be outside rather than inside, such as an interior gas leak or unstable building structure due to a natural disaster. In an evacuation, students and staff leave the building using similar procedures as in a fire drill.
In the event of an evacuation, parents are urged NOT to rush to school to pick up their child. Our school is in an area where additional traffic may impede needed emergency vehicles from arriving. Once the situation is under control, students and parents will be coordinated to be reunited in a safe, orderly, and timely manner. All emergency contacts and parents need picture identification in order to pick up their student.


Did you know? Leota has received praise from the Woodinville Fire Department for its coordination and safety measures during evacuation drills. Great job!   Check out the next PTSA Newsletter for another emergency prep tip!

Did you know? Leota has received praise from the Woodinville Fire Department for its coordination and safety measures during evacuation drills. Great job! 

Check out the next PTSA Newsletter for another emergency prep tip!


Staff Spotlight

Get to know the teachers and staff who make Leota a great place


Ryan Adams

Math 8; Algebra 1

Favorite meal? All of them. At once. All the time. And pizza.

Why did you decide to work in education? When I was in junior high, my life was heading in a very bad direction. But a teacher talked to me, not at me. She convinced me that I was a leader, and I could use that for good. I went from a 1.7 GPA in 7th grade to a 3.9 GPA and elected ASB president by the end of 8th grade. I said, “I want to do that with my life!”

If you could meet any historical figure, who would that person be and why? Thomas Jefferson, to fix some things in the Constitution.

Favorite sports teams or athletes? University of Washington Husky Football. Michael Penix, Jr.
What is your go-to karaoke song? NEVER. I have a great disdain for karaoke. :)

What volunteer work do you do in the community? A lot of walks and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

What job did you have before you started working at Leota? Bouncer. 

Favorite TV shows? “The West Wing,” “The Wire,” “Ted Lasso.”

Favorite travel destination? Sweden, or Ireland.

What have you crossed off your bucket list? Attend a December game at Lambeau Field.

Favorite words to live by? Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.

Stacey Buhler

6th grade Challenge Spanish; 8th grade Spanish 100

Favorite meal? All types of curry.

What do you like to do on weekends? Work in my garden, hike, watch my kids at their sporting events, read.

Why did you decide to work in education?

I have always wanted to be a teacher. I almost took another career path, but education’s pull was strong and pulled me back in. I love working with young adults. It is such an important age of building identity and finding one’s place and purpose in the world.

What’s your superpower? Hands down, organization.

What is your pet’s name and what are they like? Our cat, Rocko, is really a dog trapped in a dog’s body. He is an important part of our family. 

Do you speak any languages besides English? Spanish.

What kind of books do you like to read? Historical fiction.

What is your go-to karaoke song? “Lollipop.”

What’s on your bucket list? Visiting Costa Rica and Colombia (trips cancelled due to the pandemic).

Favorite words to live by? “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” --Henry James

Check out the next PTSA Newsletter for another Staff Spotlight!


Thank you, sponsors 

We couldn’t do this without you 


The Leota PTSA would like to thank all of the Paving the Way donors, and especially this year’s sponsors (listed below). Our programs and events are possible because of you all!  

Lionheart Champion: Sylvia Bagley 

Lionheart Hero: Cheng Peng 

Lionheart Friends: Theresa Held, Monique Coleman, Fleur Tanner 


Your generosity is already at work! To date, projects and programs include:  

  • Improving the sound system during emergencies 
  • Fixing the refrigerator door in the nurse’s office 
  • WEB T-shirts 
  • Choir 
  • ASB


Let’s get social 

For the latest news and opportunities, follow us on social media:  

Join the Facebook page Leota Middle School PTSA  

Join the Facebook private group Leota PTSA Volunteers and Info 


About us 

Leota PTSA is a parent, teacher, staff, and student membership organization that advocates for all students. We make a variety of educational and community programs possible at Leota. For more information, visit www.leotaptsa.com

We hope this biweekly newsletter is a valuable resource to learn about the events, programs, and opportunities available to all Leota families. Thanks for reading! 

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the PTSA Newsletter. Please email them to communications@leotaptsa.com


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