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Friday, December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013


12/20/13


Good afternoon. 

We here at LMS sincerely hope you and your families have a joyous and safe holiday season.  Thank you so much for helping make the first half of the school year successful.  We cannot do this work without your support and involvement.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3
Winter Break for Students
Monday, January 6
School Resumes
Wednesday, January 8
Parent meeting regarding scheduling for 9th grade (next year); LHWHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 pm
Friday, January 10
Hidden Valley Ski Trip, 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Sunday, January 12
Harrison Wright Eagle Scout Project Collection; LMS Parking Lot, Noon – 4:00 pm (see below)
Thursday, January 16
High School Curriculum Night for current 8th graders and parents; LHWHS Performing Arts Center, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, January 17
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
Monday, January 20
Dr. King Holiday, no school
Thursday, January 23
7th Grade Parents to Lunch and meeting; 11:15 am
Friday, January 24
6th Grade Parents to Lunch and meeting; 10:30 am
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Friday, January 31
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm

CONGRATULATIONS

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

The LHWHS Dads Club and Parent Association are sponsoring the district’s annual “Chili Supper and Basketball!” on Friday, January 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria.  All Elementary, Middle School and High School families are encouraged to attend.  Tickets ($6.00 per person) will include 1) Chili and BBQ dinner; 2) Entrance to the Ladue Girls JV and Varsity Basketball games; and 3) Activities, Face Painting and Fun.  Wear your Blue and White!  Please RSVP to Audey Mack (Committee Chair) by January 13 at aemack@swbell.net or 314-997-5039.  A flier with a reservation form can be found on Peach Jar.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Eagle Scout Project
One of our 8th graders, Harrison Wright, is organizing a donation drive for gently used clothing, books and toys as his Eagle Scout Project.  This drive will benefit the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, which is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.  The drive is scheduled to take place on the LMS parking lot on January 12, from noon to 4 pm.  For more information, please contact Harrison at:
or visit

Ski Trip Fridays/Morning Traffic
Ski Trip dates are: January 10, 24 and 31; February 7, 21 and 28 (make up day if needed).
For those parents who have experienced these mornings in the past, there is no better/prettier way to characterize the traffic – it stinks.  More parents bring their kids by car and traffic drop off is delayed as those kids/parents unload ski gear and carry it into our main lobby.
I would suggest the following for Ski Trip mornings:
1.    Try to make every effort to drop your student off before our buses arrive (typically at about 7:55 am).
2.    If possible, deliver your child’s ski gear to the main office/lobby during the school day (after 8:15 am and before 2:30 pm).
We will make the best of it.  Please be patient and make those right-hand turns onto Clayton.  This helps a great deal.

Winter Weather information
The link to Winter Weather information on the LMS website can be found at http://www.ladue.k12.mo.us/lms/pdfs/2013WinterWeatherFlyer.pdf

Best wishes to you all.

Greg

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013




12/16/13


Good afternoon and Happy Monday.  I’ve taken couple of Primary Care days last Thursday/Friday and today, so have not been very diligent on getting an update out.  I’ll attempt to get one last message out this Friday before the winter holiday break begins.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Tuesday, December 17
Spring Musical Auditions; 3:10 – 5 pm (see below)
Friday, December 20
End of Quarter 2
Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3
Winter Break for Students
Monday, January 6
School Resumes
Wednesday, January 8
Parent meeting regarding scheduling for 9th grade (next year); LHWHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 pm
Friday, January 10
Hidden Valley Ski Trip, 3:00 – 9:30 pm (see below)
Sunday, January 12
Harrison Wright Eagle Scout Project Collection; LMS Parking Lot, Noon – 4:00 pm (see below)
Thursday, January 16
High School Curriculum Night for current 8th graders and parents; LHWHS Performing Arts Center, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, January 17
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
Monday, January 20
Dr. King Holiday, no school
Thursday, January 23
7th Grade Parents to Lunch and meeting; 11:15 am
Friday, January 24
6th Grade Parents to Lunch and meeting; 10:30 am
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Friday, January 31
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Rose Coughlin, Rebecca Cunningham, Claire Englander, Grace Hardester, Maggie Lochmoeller and Monty Rickey, who as members of the Neon Electrons (a First Lego League robotics team sponsored by the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri) recently won the title of Tournament Champions at the Eastern Missouri State Tournament.

Congratulations as well to Hale Masaki, Joel Willick and the other members of The Fiery Phoenixes (a First Lego League robotics team) who competed recently in the Eastern Missouri State Tournament with thirty-nine other teams.  The team received the Robot Performance award and scored the highest number of points of all teams in the competition.

Congratulations to Suzanne Costanza (6th Grade Mathematics) and Sarah Schwartz (current Administrative Intern and former Reed Spanish teacher) who were honored at last Monday’s Board of Education meeting as 2012-2013 Teachers of the Year.

CORRECTION(S)

I have served as a primary care giver, 24/7, for the past five days.  As the risk of looking like Mr. Martyr Man, I am wicked tired and have probably made at least a few user errors on this.  My apologies.

NEW ITEMS

Ski Trip Fridays/Morning Traffic
Ski Trip dates are: January 10, 24 and 31; February 7, 21 and 28 (make up day if needed).
For those parents who have experienced these mornings in the past, there is no better/prettier way to characterize the traffic – it stinks.  More parents bring their kids by car and traffic drop off is delayed as those kids/parents unload ski gear and carry it into our main lobby.
I would suggest the following for Ski Trip mornings:
1.    Try to make every effort to drop your student off before our buses arrive (typically at about 7:55 am).
2.    If possible, deliver your child’s ski gear to the main office/lobby during the school day (after 8:15 am and before 2:30 pm).
We will make the best of it.  Please be patient and make those right-hand turns onto Clayton.  This helps a great deal.

UPDATED ITEMS

Winter Weather information
The link to Winter Weather information on the LMS website can be found at http://www.ladue.k12.mo.us/lms/pdfs/2013WinterWeatherFlyer.pdf

REPEAT ITEMS

Eagle Scout Project
One of our 8th graders, Harrison Wright, is organizing a donation drive for gently used clothing, books and toys as his Eagle Scout Project.  This drive will benefit the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, which is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.  The drive is scheduled to take place on the LMS parking lot on January 12, from noon to 4 pm.  For more information, please contact Harrison at:
or visit

Spring Musical Auditions
Auditions for the Spring Musical, Wanda's World, will be held after school on Tuesday, December 17th from 3:10 to 5 pm.  Packets with all audition materials can be picked up from Ms. Gastman or Mrs. Scheidt starting Monday, November 25. Other resource materials will be available on their websites. 
Students who need to ride the late bus will need to audition before 4:10; other students will need to plan for a ride.
If students cannot make the audition date, they will need to set up a different audition time before December 17th, as no late auditions will be held. 
For more information, call or email Mrs. Scheidt (ext. 5935).

I have some coverage here at the house tomorrow/Tuesday, so should be back at work.  We will see about the rest of the week.

I hope you and your kids have a positive close to the week and the semester.  Be safe and take care.

Greg

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013



Good afternoon.

I know that this is coming out a little early this week.  I have a conference to attend tomorrow and Friday and did not want to run the risk of forgetting to post this before the week expired.  Since the meetings are in Clayton, I’ll be in tomorrow morning and Friday morning for traffic, then take off.
I will also be gone from work/school on Monday of next week, so Katie R. will be filling in for me outside that morning.  Some folks refer to her as one of the “smiling girls” – not sure how much smiling will take place with the expected weather conditions early on Monday.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12
SRI (Reading) testing for students below grade level – Regular schedules
Wednesday, December 11
LMS 6th Grade Orchestra Concert, LMS Cafeteria – 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 12
LMS 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Band Concert, LMS Gym – 7:00 pm
Friday, December 13
Early Release Day (Professional Development)
I AM LMS Day Activities
Tuesday, December 17
Spring Musical Auditions; 3:10 – 5 pm (see below)
Friday, December 20
End of Quarter 2
Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3
Winter Break for Students
Monday, January 6
School Resumes

CONGRATULATIONS

CORRECTION(S)

LMS Orchestra Concert
The LMS Orchestra Concert scheduled for December 11 will occur at LMS, rather than LHWHS as previously communicated.  This will be for 6th Grade Orchestra students and their parents/guests, and will be held in the Cafeteria.

LMS Band Concerts
The LMS Band Concert scheduled for December 12 will occur at LMS, rather than LHWHS as previously communicated.  This will be for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Band students and their parents/guests, and will be held in the Gym.

NEW ITEMS

Scheduling Dates of Interest
The following meetings are for current 8th graders and their parents for next year:
·      Parent meeting regarding scheduling for 9th grade  - Wednesday, January 8th, in the LHWHS Performing Arts Center - 7:00 pm.
·      High School Curriculum Night, for current 8th graders and their parents - Thursday, January 16th, in the LHWHS Performing Arts Center - 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

LMSPA/Gift & Project
The following is from the LMSPA Co-Presidents: Jodi Blucher and Jodi Minkler.
WHAT IS GIFT & PROJECT?
If you are new to LMS or if you have ever asked yourself that question, the info below will help to answer that:  Gift and Project (lovingly called G & P) Fundraiser is the LMSPA's biggest fundraiser.  It takes place 2 times per year: Winter (around the holidays) and Spring (near the end of the school year).  Through this fundraiser families donate to the LMSPA in honor of our wonderful Ladue Middle School Faculty and Staff.  As a family you decide whom you wish to honor with your donation.  Each staff member then receives a letter informing them of who has honored them by donating to the LMSPA (donation amounts are not disclosed).  The money raised then goes to gifts and projects that the LMSPA  funds for our school community each year.  In a couple of days you will be receiving a letter describing some of the many things that the Gift & Project Fundraiser has helped to do for our school. We hope you will consider honoring your teachers and others with a donation.
The Jodi's

UPDATED ITEMS

Winter Weather information
A revised version of the Winter Weather flyer has been produced by the Communications Office and posted to PeachJar recently.  Scott Lackey will also post this information on the LMS website.
The only difference is in the paragraph regarding BASK/TAS.  It specifically states that students have to already be enrolled in BASK to use it on Late Start days and clarifies that it is only available at the K-4 elementary schools (not the Fifth Grade Center.)

REPEAT ITEMS

Eagle Scout Project
One of our 8th graders, Harrison Wright, is organizing a donation drive for gently used clothing, books and toys as his Eagle Scout Project.  This drive will benefit the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, which is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.  The drive is scheduled to take place on the LMS parking lot on January 12, from noon to 4 pm.  For more information, please contact Harrison at:
or visit

Spring Musical Auditions
Auditions for the Spring Musical, Wanda's World, will be held after school on Tuesday, December 17th from 3:10 to 5 pm.  Packets with all audition materials can be picked up from Ms. Gastman or Mrs. Scheidt starting Monday, November 25. Other resource materials will be available on their websites. 
Students who need to ride the late bus will need to audition before 4:10; other students will need to plan for a ride.
If students cannot make the audition date, they will need to set up a different audition time before December 17th, as no late auditions will be held. 
For more information, call or email Mrs. Scheidt (ext. 5935).

 It appears that winter arrives in force tomorrow.  Stay warm and drive safely if we get the precipitation that is anticipated.

Have a good remainder of the week and weekend.

Greg