August 9, 2012




Good afternoon and Happy Friday, 

     I wanted to let you know that the LMS Staff had a great opening meeting this morning.  There was energy, enthusiasm, laughter, serious contemplation, and yes – dancing.  We are middle level educators, so by our very nature are a little weird. 
     I have a few informational items for you following the Calendar Events section. 

Upcoming Calendar Events:
Friday, August 9
LMS Community Night
4 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14
Opening Day for Students
8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, August 21
Meet The Teacher Night
            Parent Meeting at 6:30 p.m./LMS Gym
Parents follow student schedules 6:55 to 8:30 p.m.
8th Grade Sports Parent Meeting
8:30 to 9 p.m./LMS Cafeteria
Tuesday, August 27
After School Activities begin
3:10 to 4:10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28
School Pictures (information to follow)

Community Night (again)
     We will begin this afternoon at 4 p.m. and close up shop at 7 p.m. to allow our office staff to get home after a very long day and week.  We would appreciate your assistance in this and thank you in advance for your cooperation.
     This evening is always well attended, so parking will probably be a challenge.  We will have our back doors on either side of the Gym unlocked and accessible from the back parking lot.  This is a good problem for us, because it reflects the interest and support of our parent community.  Since this is a come-and-go type of evening, we don’t usually offer a shuttle bus from Ladue Chapel as we do with other evening events.
     Please remember to bring a lock for your student’s locker this afternoon/evening, particularly if you will be bringing supplies.  Also please remember that the LMS Dads Club will be providing dinner and the LMS Parent Association will be on hand to provide assistance, particularly to new families.  LMS logo wear will be available for purchase, either by cash or check.

Scheduling/Changes
     I would like all student- and/or parent-initiated schedule change requests to be communicated to our Counselors by Friday, August 16.  This will help us greatly in finalizing our class rosters and determining any last-minute needs (i.e. desks, lab tables, etc.).  The Counselors, working with our administrative team, will then review such requests to see if they can be granted.  Please understand that not all requests can be met, particularly those that may involve “I want to be with my friends” reasons.  Although it would be great to make this happen, I cannot in all sincerity unbalance and/or overload class sections for these reasons.   

New LMS Staff/Positions
     When opportunities arise, please help me welcome and congratulate the following:      
Michelle Graf – Art, transfer from Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Leah Gastman – Vocal Music (shared with Fifth Grade Center)
Velma Valadez – Grade 6 Communication Arts/Phoenix Team
Scott Lackey – Assistant Principal, former LMS Technology Coordinator
Sarah Adams Schwartz – Administrative Intern, former Spanish teacher at Reed   
   Elementary
Haley Pepper – Nurse
Kelley Bolte – Nurse (shared with LHWHS)
Tricia Wideman – Physical Education, former PE Teaching Assistant
Mary Christine Sander – PE Teaching Assistant
Danna Anderson - Receptionist
Karl Kindt – Technology Coordinator, former teacher at LHWHS
Vincent Flewellen – Communication Arts, Reading, Multicultural Studies
Laura Craig – Gifted (part-time) and Teaching Assistant
Tarza Tawfiq – Teacher Aide
Julie Vollmer – Teacher Aide

     Thanks for your time.  If I don’t have a chance to speak with you this evening, have a great weekend.

Greg

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