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Principal's Weekly Message, 8-25-23

Greetings LRMS Families,

It was great to see so many of you for LIONS Camp and Walk-the-Schedule yesterday. We're excited to welcome all of our Lions to school on Monday!


Here are your weekly updates:


1.  Next week is a five-day week of school.



2.  If you missed it, here is the LRMS Opening Letter with Important Information you may need to start the year.  Here is the Wake County Schools Opening Letter.



3.  LRMS bus routes and estimated start times have been posted here on our website.  Please be sure you utilize the Here Comes the Bus app to track your student's route.  I would also bookmark the WCPSS Bus Updates Page and check it each morning to see if a route is running that day.  If you have questions for the transportation department, we have been instructed to direct you to the online form.  It is our hope that some of these late arrival and departure times will improve as the year progresses.



4.  Please be patient with carpool these first few weeks.  Our team will utilize the same approach from last year, except that tags are no longer required. 


Mornings - There are still two drop-off lanes in the morning - no merging is required.  If you are coming from the elementary side of campus, turn right, and stay in the right lane.  If you come from the high school side of campus, turn left, and stay in the left lane.  Our staff is available to support carpool from 7:50-8:15 each morning.


Afternoons - Please utilize both lanes as you turn into the school from Pride Way.  Our staff will direct you at the entry point.  These two lanes will merge as you approach the front of the school.  Our staff will direct you when it is your turn to merge as well.  Please encourage your students to be attentive at the curb so that students can depart safely and efficiently.  No students will be permitted to walk down to Pride Way or into our staff lot to meet their rides.  Our staff is available to support carpool typically from 3-3:30 each afternoon.  We will stay outside longer to accommodate the first several days of school.


5.  Fall Sports - Please remember that registration for fall sports (Football, Girl's Soccer, Volleyball, and Cheerleading) needs to be completed as soon as possible.  This includes uploading current PPE Physical Examination and PPE Medical Eligibility forms that were completed by a doctor.  (Everything must be updated in Dragonfly for your student to participate.)  Tryouts for these sports will begin September 5th immediately after school (students report to the cafeteria).



6.  Technology:

We will do our best to get all Chromebooks distributed as quickly as possible.  We have already reached out to WCPSS Tech Services to request more devices for students who are new to our school.  Students should bring Chromebooks to and from school every day.  Students still waiting for Chromebooks from WCPSS will not be penalized for incomplete work that is technologically based.


Cell phones are not permitted for use during the instructional day, 8:15am-3pm.  Cell phones or other smart devices that become a distraction will be confiscated until the end of the school day. 


Air pods are not permitted.  Wired headphones are allowed for some instructional tasks at the teacher's discretion.



7.  Visitors and Volunteers: Hopefully you saw that WCPSS has a new Visitor Management System at all of its schools.  Please be patient when coming to our campus as each visit prompts a live background check for any guests to the building.  We have placed a QR code for you to scan by the front door.  Bring your phone and your ID up to the front door and scan the code.  


If you are planning to be a field trip chaperone or volunteer at our school in any capacity, please be sure to register with WCPSS here.



8.  PTSA Updates:


Get involved with the LRMS PTSA!  
Visit  to join the LRMS PTSA for the 2023-2024 school year.  Membership fees are $13/parent and $7/student.  Discounted family bundles are also available.
The LRMS PTSA is 100% powered by volunteers!  If you are interested in volunteering some time and skills for upcoming programs and events, please complete this brief volunteer interest form.  Responses are collected by LRMS PTSA Volunteer Coordinator.
You do need to be a WCPSS approved volunteer to help out, so also be sure to register here with Wake County. The process is super quick and easy! Then, you’ll have the ability to not just help the PTSA, but also attend field trips and volunteer at the school throughout the year.  
On Monday, the PTSA sponsored their first event of the school year — a breakfast from The Flying Biscuit for our wonderful LRMS teachers and staff on their first day back:
Help us continue to show our teachers how much they are appreciated at LRMS. 
  • August 28th: First day of school (traditional school calendar)
  • September 5th: Fall Sports Tryouts Begin
  • September 7th: Finding Nemo Information Session - 8pm (online)
  • September 11th: Finding Nemo Auditions - 3-6pm
    • Callbacks only on September 12th -  3-5pm
  • September 21st: LRMS Open House and General Meeting
  • September 21st: PTSA Fundraiser begins
  • Week of September 25th: First Quarter Interim Reports



School Supply Lists

Here are the suggested school supply lists for each grade. More specific information will be shared by teachers at Lions Camp and Walk-the-Scheduleon Thursday August 24th.

6th Grade Supply List

7th Grade Supply List

8th Grade Supply List

If your family needs support with supplies, email Ms. Harris orcall the main office at (919)-870-4141.




Calling All Performers!

Auditions for Finding Nemo Jr. happen September 11th and 12th!

If your student is interested in auditioning for this fun show, attend the online information session on Thursday September 7th at 8pm.Stop by the school's dance studio to get your information packet before the meeting.

For any other questions about auditions or the show, contact our Dance Educator and Musical Theatre Choreographer Mrs. Cary Casterline at or 919-870-4141, extension 29069.

Visit the LRMS Dance website.



New Parent Volunteers

There will be lots of volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. But, if you're new to the school, you first need to become an approved volunteer in order to help out.

Take care of that before the school year startsby registering to be a volunteer here.  



Get in the Spiritwear!

Visit the LRMS Spiritwear Online Store hereto order any of the items you see below!



Try Lacrosse or Build Your Skills!

Ambush Lacrosse is a non-profit lacrosse club that is a feeder program for Leesville Road High School. They are holding a Fall skills development program from September 12th through October 27th for boys in grades 4-12 who are interested in trying this out at a new sport or refining their skills.

4th and 5th graders play for FREE and there are early-bird discounts for other grades if you sign up today.For more information, check out the Ambush Lacrosse website.



Make Money for the PTSA By Shopping for Groceries!

Link your grocery rewards cards to support our school activities every time you shop for groceries!It only takes a few minutes. See the instructions below for each store.

Note that rewards cards must be re-linked every August for the school to continue benefiting from your shopping.

Harris Teeter: Visit the customer service desk at any Harris Teeter to link your VIC card to LRMS or visit ID # is 2773. Choose up to 5 schools.

Lowes Foods: Visit or the touch screen computer at the customer service desk to link your Fresh Rewards card. You may choose up to 3 schools to link per Fresh Rewards card.

Publix: Link LRMS to your Publix account by following these easy steps:

1. Set up a Publix account if you don't already have one.

2. Under the "My Account" menu, scroll right and select "My Publix Partner." Search for and select Leesville Road Middle School.



LRMS PTSA Sponsors

A big thank you to our sponsors for financially supporting ourLeesville Road Middle School PTSA!



Have a great weekend,

Chris Cox, Principal