August 30, 2013



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Good afternoon and Happy Friday:

     It has been a good week.  We all look forward to some cooler temperatures after the weekend.
     What follows is a rambling list of informational items, in no particular order.  I tried to get this out earlier today, but got sidetracked.  Excuse me if I make mistakes or omissions in my haste to wrap this up.

Congratulations
     Nancy Chambers, 7th Grade Mathematics on the Titan Team, will receive a district Excellence In Education Award at the September 23 School Board meeting.

Parent Teacher Conferences
     Fall Parent Conferences are scheduled for October 23 and 24.  If you have not done so already, you may be able to sign up for open time slots through our LMS website at http://www.ladue.k12.mo.us/lms/

Mailing next week
     We hope to get MAP test results from last spring out to everyone by mail next week.  Some letters/mailings may also include either a Technology Use form and/or a Publication Release Permission form if don’t have either one currently on file.  If you receive one or both, please look these over, sign and date them, and return them to our office at your earliest convenience.

Junior Rams Basketball Tryouts
     (The following is different from our 8th Grade Basketball program for boys and girls through After School Activities, which is not based on tryouts.)
Boys
Monday, September 16                  7th Grade 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
            8th Grade 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.     
Wednesday, September 18          5th Grade 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
                                                            6th Grade 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
*ALL BOYS TRYOUTS WILL BE HELD AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM.
Girls
Tuesday, September 17                6th Grade 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
                                                            7th Grade 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 19               5th Grade 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
                                                            8th Grade 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
*ALL GIRLS TRYOUTS WILL BE HELD IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM.
     If you have any questions, contact Coach Anderson (Boys) at 314-983-5525 or Coach Dockery (Girls) at 314-983-5525.
     For additional information regarding practice times, locations, league costs and uniforms, go to www.laduehoops.org

To LMS Families from the LMSPA,
     We have 2 important messages for you regarding Buzz Book and grade level parent parties.  
#1 - New Buzz Book entries and updates were due by the end of day today, August 30th.  We are extending the deadline until Monday, September 2nd.  After that time, any additions or changes made will NOT be included in the paper Buzz Book!
DUE by Monday, September 2nd - LMSPA Buzz Book updates and informational email blast request:
     Do you want your child to be listed in the LMSPA online and paper Buzz Book (online student directory) and/or receive communications from the LMSPA throughout the year?
IF YES and you haven't done so already, please click on the following link to go to the LMSPA website Buzz Book page.
Once there, do the following:
     Choose option 1, if you are new to LMS, and need to set up information about your family and child.
     Choose option 2, if you had a child at LMS and entered buzz book information last year or if you have already completed option 1 and would like to go back in and review your entry.  If you have forgotten your password, use option 3!
PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:
     * If you want your information published in the Buzz Book, you must click the appropriate check boxes at the bottom of the page.
     * If you want to receive LMSPA informational emails, you must click the appropriate check box at the bottom of the page.
CHECK YOUR RECORD - IMPORTANT
     After you have created or updated your information, please go back in using Option 2 and view your family's information to make sure it is accurate.  If you would like to notate to whom a cell phone number belongs, you can put a name in parenthesis after the appropriate cell number.
     After September 2nd, any changes made to the online Buzz Book will NOT be included in the paper Buzz Book!
**DISCLAIMER** 
     The LMSPA reserves the right to modify the data for publishing purposes in the paper version of the Buzz Book in order to accommodate page size constraints.
#2 - Mark your calendars for the upcoming grade level parent parties.  
6th Grade Parent Party - Friday, September 27th.
            Hosted by Rich and Julie Lane - Time to be announced.
7th Grade Parent Party - Saturday, September 21st.
            Hosted by Mark and Jodi Blucher - Time to be announced.
8th Grade Parent Party - Date and time to be announced
            Hosted by John and Jill Farmer
     Please watch for more communications with addresses, start times and items to bring.

School Pictures Wednesday, August 28
     School pictures were taken this past Wednesday.  All students present were photographed to update our student database and records. 
     If you still need to purchase a picture package, you can do so by either 1) going to www.WagnerPortraitGroup.com or 2) returning the completed order form (with payment) directly to me next week.  By next Friday, I will deliver/provide any remaining order forms directly to Wagner Photography.
     If for some reason your child is absent on Wednesday, we will have a Re-Take Day on Wednesday, October 9.  Should you need another order form, there are extras in the Welcome Center Office. 
     If you have questions, concerns or special requests, please direct them to Wagner Portrait Groups at 314-567-5900.   

Bus Passes
     As previously communicated, please be aware that we cannot issue bus passes for the following buses until further notice:  L3, L5, L7, L9, L16, L17, and L20. 

Upcoming Calendar Events:
Monday, September 2
Labor Day – No School
SRI Testing – 7th and 8th Grades (through Social Studies classes)
8th Grade Sports begin; packets due
Wednesday, September 4
SRI Testing – 6th Grade (through Social Studies classes)
Friday, September 6
6th Grade Camp forms due to 8th period teachers
Friday, September 13
Early Release Day – 12:40 p.m.
Friday, September 20
7th Grade Kansas City Trip packets due to Social Studies teachers
Monday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 2
6th Grade Camp – Session 1
Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4
6th Grade Camp – Session 2
Kansas City Parent meeting - October 30 6pm
Wednesday, October 9
Picture Re-Take Day
Thursday, October 10
Fundraiser Kick Off Assemblies
Friday, October 11
Early Release Day – 12:40 p.m.
End of Quarter 1
Fundraiser Post Card turn in (all lunches)
Wednesday, October 16
Fundraiser Turn In day 1 (all lunches)
Monday, October 21
Scholastic Book Fair (in the Library, all week)
Wednesday, October 23
Fundraiser Turn In day 2 (all lunches)
Red Ribbon Week (through October 31)
Parent Conferences 3:50 – 7:40 p.m.
Thursday, October 24
Early Release Day – 12:40 p.m.
Parent Conferences 1:00 – 6:40 p.m.
Friday, October 25
No School
Monday, October 28
Fundraiser late order turn in
Wednesday, October 30
7th Grade Parent/Chaperone meeting re: Kansas City Trip (6:00 – 7:00 p.m., LMS Cafeteria)
Thursday, October 31
6th Grade Party 3:10 to 4:10, LMS Cafeteria

I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend.

Greg

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