LAMPress Dear Students, Teachers, and Staff,

Patience Cunningham
October 1
Shanquilla Mouzon
October 1
Lloykiesa Jones
October 3
Gardemia Ventura
October 14
Karla Diaz
October 20
Khadejah Miller
October 22
Tylaesia Jordan
October 23
Olivia Overholt
Ocobter 26
Karoline Santana
October 26
Alexis Alvarado
October 29
October 10, 2013
Vol. 15, Issue 3
Dear Students, Teachers, and Staff,
I’d like to send a big ‘THANK YOU’ to the Lehigh
Acres group of the Love The Children
Organization for donating 45 bags of toiletries
to our young ladies at LAMP and selected ALC
We are so blessed to have wonderful
organizations like this one who
reach out to us with their
thoughtfulness and generosity!
Dr. Ruthie Lohmeyer
Welcome to the World!
Congratulations Mommies!
Shante Williams gave birth to her son on September 18, 2013
Indira Guerra gave birth to her son on September 21, 2013
Jasmine Aguilar gave birth to her son on September 28, 2013.
If you have any questions or concerns, Ms. Cassidy is available for academic support and
counseling for the whole student body. Her office is in the administration suite at LAMP.
Phone: 239.332.2526
Email: [email protected]
Upcoming Events
 First Day of Quarter 2: October
 Spirit Week: October 14-18
 Halloween Pictures: October 24
 Veterans Day, No School: November 11
 Thanksgiving Break, No School:
November 27 to December 1
In this Issue:
Origins of Halloween:
Page 2
Halloween Safety: Page 3
Fall Activity: Page 4
Spirit Week: Page 5
Mr. Ficarro Interview:
Page 6
TV and Violence: page 7
Births and Birthdays:
Page 8
Origins Of Halloween
Every year, many of us look forward to the fun tradition of Halloween. There are
fun Halloween-themed parties where we can dress ourselves up in cute, scary, or
interesting costumes. We dress our little ones up, take
enough pictures of them to fill a photo album, then go
trick-or-treating with them and get their bags filled
with candy. Where did all of these traditions come
from? We are familiar with the origins of some Halloween traditions, but some are not as well-known
and are actually surprising.
The origin of Halloween came from the ancient Celtics.
It was first called All Hollows Eve (later shortened to
what we know now as Halloween). They believed that at the end of the year, the
barrier between the living and the dead became very thin, and they would come
back and cause destruction, destroying crops and messing with the living. When
the Roman Catholics came, they started mixing this pagan tradition with Christian
traditions, and eventually included dancing around fires and dressing up in costumes.
So, what about the Halloween traditions we do every year?
Costumes: Ancient Celts would ‘disguise’ themselves in order to fool the spirits. They would dress up as demons and monsters so the ghosts and spirits
wouldn't notice them.
Jack O Lanterns: There is an Irish folktale that says that if a man is so deceitful
and always drunk, he will not be wanted by either God or the Devil. He would
then be forced to wander earth until “judgment day,” with his only comfort
being the glittering light of a candle in a rotten turnip. When the tradition came
to America, pumpkins were used instead, since turnips were not as abundant.
Pumpkins: The European custom was to carve out scary faces into the pumpkin and place embers in them to light them. This was believed to ward away
any spirits on the day of All Hollows Eve.
Candy: Ancient Celts used sweet treats to ’appease’ wicked spirits.
Witches, vampires, werewolves: These creatures have always been associated
with demons and other evil beings.
Like many holidays, Halloween has more to it than
meets the eye. It’s more than just costumes, candy, and
How Much Is Too Much?
The average American child will see 8,000 murders and more than 100,000
acts of violence on TV before the end of elementary school. Add to this violence in movies and in video games. Even some of the popular music suggests
violence. It is possible that children may become less sensitive to the pain and
suffering of others; they may act more aggressively; and they may have more
fears about the world. It is important that parents monitor their children’s exposure to violence. Parents also can make a difference in the types of programs and movies available to their children by expressing their views to the
decision makers.
TV Time– Together
Watch your children’s favorite TV shows with them. If you decide that there is
too much violence, then do not allow your children to watch the show. When
your children see violence on TV, discuss what they have seen. Children and
adults laugh at cartoon violence and funny video segments that often show
actual people falling, or in other situations, where they could have been seriously hurt. Talk to your children about why these situations are supposed to
be humorous and why they really are not so funny.
Be Aware
Pay attention to ratings for movies, video games, and music CDs. Ratings are a
guide for parents and can help determine what is appropriate for children at
particular ages. Some PG-13 movies may be okay for a 12-year-old while others may not be okay for a 15-year-old. The best decision is not to expose your
child to unnecessary violence. You know how much our actions speak louder
than words to our children. Parents should model watching movies and TV
shows that are appropriate for the whole family.
Make A Difference
Parents can make a difference in the types of programs and movies offered.
Contact the local TV stations, cable companies, and movie theaters to express
your views about what is shown. Write positive letters when quality programs
are offered. Tell them what you want to see. Stay involved in your children’s
choices of TV programs, movies, video games, and CDs so that you can limit
the amount of violence they are seeing and hearing.
At the beginning of the year, LAMP welcomed a friendly face to our
building– Mr. Ficarro. Although he teaches LAMP students for only
one period, he has settled right in and is part of the LAMP family.
LAMPress sat down and interviewed Mr. Ficarro.
How was your first quarter working with LAMP students?
It was awesome!! The students were ready to learn and energetic.
How long have you been teaching?
[This is] my third year teaching.
Where did you work before coming to LAMP?
I worked in The Social Communication (Autism) classroom at Cypress
Lake High School.
Do you like teaching LAMP girls so far?
Yes, I have some remarkable students that are hard workers and have
strong integrity.
What do you like to do outside of school?
I like to fish, work outside, and coaching
What is your favorite sport?
Baseball is my favorite sport.
What is your favorite team?
Favorite baseball team is Miami Marlins.
Favorite football team is the Miami Dolphins.
Trick Or Treating
Halloween Safety Tips
An adult should always examine Halloween treats before children eat
them. Never eat open or unwrapped Halloween foods.
Costumes should be flame-retardant and should allow children to walk
freely without tripping.
Children’s ability to see, hear, and move should not be impaired by unwieldy masks.
Make certain that any face paint or make-up used on skin or costumes is
Extra care should be taken on streets and at crossings, especially at dusk
and after dark.
Children should carry a flashlight and wear reflective or bright colored
clothing at night.
Emergency identification information should be placed discreetly inside
clothing of small children, in case of accidental separation.
Avoid having children wear their names outwardly on clothing or jewelry
which may allow a stranger to call them by name and appear to know
Children should be cautioned to avoid strangers, as well as poorly-lit areas
and homes of people they do not know.
Halloween treats should only be consumed if they are packaged appropriately.
“All teachers at LAMP are
highly qualified to each in
the state of Florida.”
Mr. Ficarro dazzles LAMPress with his smile
Spirit Week
Article by Nateiya Perkins
Children can make a fall hand print wreath out of red,
yellow, orange, green and brown construction paper,
which will imitate the beautiful colors of the autumn season. To make a hand print wreath, trace eight to 10 hand
prints onto construction paper, then cut them out using
scissors. Place one hand print on top of a second hand
print, overlapping them so that the fingers of one hand
print touches the palm of the other. Tilt the hand prints
so that they are slightly curved. Glue the hand prints in
place using craft glue. Repeat this process until the last
hand print overlaps the first hand print, and glue them
together, allowing the glue to dry
It’s that time of year again! LAMP ladies will
be coming together to show their spirit and
have an altogether good time.
Each day next week, there will be a different
theme. At lunch, we’ll vote on who showed
the most spirit with the best costume and
we’ll declare a winner! First place will
receive ten butterfly bucks and a candy bar, Second place will
receive five butterfly bucks and a candy bar, third place will
receive three butterfly bucks. Each participant will get one
butterfly buck and chocolate. So search through your closets
and get ready to show your spirit!
Monday: Silly hat day (wear or decorate a silly hat)
Tuesday: Animal day (dress like an animal or in animal
Wednesday: Hawaiian day
Thursday: Disney character (dress as your favorite
Friday: Spirit Day (Dress in blue, silver and butterflies)
October 14– October 18