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December 02, 2012 

In This Issue
Notes from Ruth Glass
Holiday Show Costume Requirements
High School Options Night
Diamond Peak Ski Program
Nordic Ski Racing at LTS
2012-13 Calendar
New Gift Card Program
Ruth's Book Group
Incline Village Library News
Don't Miss Our Fliers At The Bottom!

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Notes from Ruth Glass...


First off- our Director of Admissions- Andy Biederman has been very busy, and we'd like to welcome a few new families into the LTS community.


Lola Miennert, and her parents Andrew and Stacey have joined us in PreK 3, and Aspen Hoyle and her parents Jennifer and Eric have joined us in 8th grade.  Welcome!

While we like to say that we are The Little School with the Big Education, I believe it is more accurate to say we are The Little School with the Astounding Education, and this week has been no exception.

Of latest note were two concerts (and Speaker Series presentation this past Friday evening) by world-renowned pianist Leon Bates.  Earlier this fall students listened to The Red Violin. Friday, they took a musical journey from Bach to Rock, guided by an extraordinary musician and teacher.  Mr. Bates engaged the children with his music and with his questions and answers.  At one point he invited 3rd grader Sebastian Dehnadi to play a Beethoven Sonata.  At another he was joined by LTS's music teacher, Eunice Marion, for an impressive 4-hand rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.  Kids and adults alike were in awe of this remarkable musician who connected with them so directly and appreciatively. Thanks to the Parent Association, Tracy and Jennifer Smith, and the Monterrey Jazz Festival for giving us such a gift.

The 6th graders just finished a rather ambitious project in Russ Bradford's computer essentials class.  The purpose of the task at hand was to engage the group in new ways and to help them start thinking like and becoming a team, rather than sixteen individuals. Independent thinking and production are important tools in an education; so are projects and cooperative learning.

The project called for the class to split into four teams and for each team to produce, market, and sell a real product.  The money each group raised is to be micro-loaned to deserving entrepreneurs around the globe, using the website to help manage their endeavors. Students were expected to track every aspect of their businesses, using the tools they learned in computer essentials; Microsoft Word for the business plan;  Excel to track hours, costs of goods, profits, and loss; Power Point to make a presentation.  Those of you who spent time in the office during the last few weeks had the opportunity to see -- and purchase -- some of the products created by this industrious class. Stay tuned for a financial report, once all the revenue and expenses have been tallied. Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the project.

Finally, the Student Council, ably and generously assisted by advisors Shelly Robertson and Kris Nugent, as well as 7th grade parent, Melissa White, are ready for the grand opening of the (First Ever) Lake Tahoe School Student Store.  Please plan to stop in next Friday, December 7th, either at drop-off, during lunch, or at pick up to support the student efforts (proceeds go to underwrite student council-sponsored events) and to make your holiday shopping easier.

Ruth H. Glass 

Head of School



Holiday Musical Pieces & Costume Changes


Please be aware of your child's costume needs  

for the 2012 LTS Holiday Show. 



2nd grade violins: Joy To The World, Twinkle Rhythms (dressy clothes)

(change to elf costumes) 5 minutes  


Ingrid, Vanya, and MJ: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (dressy clothes)

(change to choir capes and neck bows)  

3 minutes  


Olive Hamner: violin solo-Joy To The World (dressy clothes)

(change to jammies) 2 minutes  


Matteus Klatt: flute solo-Christmas Time Is Here (dressy clothes)

(change to mayor costume) 2 minutes  


4th graders and PreK: Me and My Teddy Bear (dressy clothes)

(4th graders change to Grinch clothes)  

3 minutes  


K-1 and Sixth graders: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas" (jammies)


(sixth graders change to beach attire)  

8 minutes  


Grades 2/3: Polar Express (2nd graders in elf costumes and 3rd graders in server costumes) 5 minutes

(Kenna changes into Hannuka clothes)  


4th graders: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch-(Grinch costumes) 2 minutes

(Brian, Brenda, and Hope  

change into Hannuka clothes)  


5th graders: Twelve Days of Christmas-(choir capes) 5 minutes  


6th graders: "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time-(beach attire with boogie boards) 3 minutes  


7/8 graders: Burrito Sabanero -Girls in skirts and blouses, boys in dark pants and white long sleeved shirts --3 minutes  


Hanukkah songs: Brian, Brenda, Kenna, Hope (6 minutes)



High School Options Night  


Thursday, December 6, 2012


Attention 8th grade parents:


Your child's middle school experience is about to come to an end. It's time to start thinking about high school.    


Although most students in Incline will attend Incline High School there are several alternatives in Washoe County School District.  


On Thursday, 12/6, at 6PM in the Incline Middle School library, representatives from the Signature Academies, Truckee Meadow High School, and Wolf will be here to tell you about their programs and answer questions.  


There will also be information on some of the WCSD charter schools and the International Baccalaureate Program at Wooster High School.  


High school is the next step for your child and it's important to start thinking about that experience.


What: WCSD High School Options Night

When: Thursday, December 6, 2012 6PM

Where: Incline Middle School Library

Who: 8th grade students and parents

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Let's get ready for the ski season!              


It's that time of year again and snow is on the way! Diamond Peak is once again offering its quality ski and snowboard programs to our students at Lake Tahoe School. These programs are geared for all ages and skill levels, from the beginning skier to the advanced snowboarder.


Diamond Peak is offering 3 ski and snowboard options:

  1. The Diamond Peak Ski Team is offering the extended Thursday program and race training for the race team.
  2. Diamond Peak Ski School has available ski and snowboard lessons for children in 2nd grade and up.
  3. While the Child Ski Center looks after all children 4 to 7 years old.


Once again we will be providing transportation to the mountain from Lake Tahoe School for children in Kindergarten through Middle School. As a part of Lake Tahoe School's oversight of this great opportunity teachers will stay on the mountain to oversee the varying programs and provide assistance to the Diamond Peak Staff.


Further information is provided in the Diamond Peak flyers (available on the school website or at the front office). The registration forms and payment can be given to Sean in the office no later than Wednesday, December 19th.  


Please make all checks payable to Diamond Peak,  

with the checks written out for the correct amount.  


If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Mr. Kris Nugent or Mr. Jon Cooper at



Think Snow,


Kris Nugent & Jon Cooper





Nordic Ski Racing at Lake Tahoe School!


Exciting news. Lake Tahoe School has been invited to compete in the Middle School nordic races sponsored by the California/Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation.  

150 to 200 students from local schools compete in the events held on Fridays throughout January and February. Participants include Alder Creek, North Lake Tahoe, Sugar Bowl Academy, Mammoth Lakes and South Lake Tahoe.  


We need to get a head count of who would be interested. No experience is necessary and instruction will be provided.  


If your child is interested, please contact Andy Biederman at 




Calendar Dates to Remember!

Ruth's Book Group
Monday December 3rd @ 8:00-9:30 am
LTS Library


Find upcoming LTS events and activities   





Lake Tahoe School  

Gift Card Program


With the Holidays fast approaching, we thought this would be a great time to introduce Lake Tahoe School's newest fundraising opportunity - prepaid gift cards which are used just like cash.  


With each card a family buys, LTS gets a percentage back, up to 20% from some retailers. There are hundreds of stores to pick from: department stores, home improvement, groceries, gas, toys, books, office supplies, travel (both hotels and rental cars) and many more.


Here's how you can order your cards:


1. Use the gift card program order form available in the front office or on the LTS website here.  Choose from the retailers on the form and/or add retailers from the complete list of retailers. The complete list of retailers is available in the LTS front office.  

2. Turn in your order form and check (payable to Lake Tahoe School) to the LTS front office by November 9th.


3. Your cards will be delivered for pick up at the school within approximately 7 business days from order deadline.


4. The first gift card purchase deadline is Friday, November 9th. But don't worry; there will be other opportunities to order before Christmas!


If you have any questions, contact Melinda Maxfield at or Jennifer Smith at


Ruth's Book Group...


All Book Club Events are from 8:00am - 9:30am
in the Lake Tahoe School Library 
Monday, December 3rd  
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Michael Thompson and Dan Kindlon
Friday, January 11 
Parents in Charge: Setting Healthy, Loving Boundaries for You and YOur Child, by Dana Chidekel.
Open to the public. Bring your friends!

Everyone welcome, even if you haven't done all the homework....

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Incline Village Library 
845 Alder Avenue  
Incline Village, NV 89451

Phone: (775) 832-4130


December 1-30, 2012  


Display areas and art cases: Middle East artifacts and jewelry lent by Jane Bekowich


Saturday, December 1


Noon - 4:00 p.m. Tahoe Library Coalition Book Sale

Browse a room full of books, CDs, DVDs and videos at this one-day sale. Get bargains on bestsellers, kids' books, out of print and one-of-a-kind items. Call Pam Rasmussen at 832-4130 for more information.


Wednesday, December 5


4:00 - 5:00 pm In Tune Tales-How the Grinch Stole Christmas.   In Tune Tales presents the classic Dr. Seuss favorite, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," in its entirety with story, characterizations, music, lyrics, and sound effects. The performance will include holiday songs and sing-alongs. This is for the whole family.


Friday, December 7 & 21


2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where Seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memories. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System (WCLS), Osher Life long Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Dept. of English, University of Nevada Reno.


Wednesday, December 12


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   Hanukkah Story Time and Party.   Light the candles and spin the dreidel at this event celebrating the "Festival of Lights." We'll read stories, play games and eat some traditional Hanukkah treats. All ages welcome.


Wednesday, December 19


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   Christmas Story Time and Party. Join us for stories, songs and crafts of the season, plus a special visit with Santa. Bring home a decoration to enjoy with your family. All ages welcome.


Wednesday, December 26


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   Kwanzaa Story Time and Party.   We'll learn about Kwanzaa and how it is celebrated using stories and activities followed by a holiday craft. All ages welcome.


Saturday, December 29


Noon - 1:30 p.m. E-Book Workshop.   Bring your mobile devices (smart phone, e-reader or tablet), and receive hands-on assistance to download audio and e-books from the Library website.

Be sure to review the fliers listed below! 




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