September 29, 2013


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I apologize for the delay in getting this out.  I’ve been ill the last couple of days (missed work on Friday) but am bouncing back now.  I hope you had the chance to enjoy the great weather this weekend.

Upcoming Calendar Events:
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, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2
School Custodian Appreciation Day
Saturday, October 5
LHWHS Football Homecoming Game – 1:00 p.m.
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)
Tuesday, October 15
Ladue Education Foundation Breakfast, Frontenac Hilton – 7:30 a.m.
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
Tuesday, October 29
7th Grade Party, LMS Cafeteria and Gym – 3:10 to 4:10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30
7th Grade Parent/Chaperone meeting re: Kansas City Trip (6:00 – 7:00 p.m., LMS Cafeteria)
Thursday, October 31
Halloween (see below)
6th Grade Party 3:10 to 4:10, LMS Cafeteria

Sixth Grade Camp (THIS COMING WEEK)
Information went home this past week with students (please check if you haven’t seen it yet) regarding what to pack for camp as well as the three choice activities that your child will be participating in.  You can also check our school website for a recommended packing list, brochures, location, etc.  Your student was also given a colored ribbon that will act as your child’s luggage tag.  Please attach it to your child’s luggage, so your child’s belongings are sent to the correct cabin.  If the luggage ribbon gets lost, extra ribbons will be available when your child gets to school the morning of camp.

Laduette Dance Clinic (new)
The nationally ranked LHWHS Laduette dance team will hold their third annual dance clinic on Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the LHWHS main Gym.  This will be open to students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  A special dance presentation for parents will be held at 1:00 p.m.
National hip hop finalists in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Laduettes placed first at the UDA Dance Camp, earning a bid to Nationals for the fifth year in a row.
Registration forms can be obtained in the LMS Office.  Completed forms with payment can be returned to LMS through Friday, October 4.  Cost for the clinic is $45, which includes lunch, a t-shirt and a photo with frame of your child.  Checks may be made out to Laduette Dance Team.  For questions, contact:
·      Kim Bussard – kimbussard@sbcglobal.net or 314-283-6484.
·      Debbie Taryle – dls627@sbcglobal.net or 314-432-1281.
·      Jodi Kaplan – jlkaplan200@msn.com or 314-280-0932.

National Junior Honor Society (new)
In January, a packet will be mailed to 7th and 8th Grade students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above, six or more O’s, and no I’s or U’s (Citizenship Grades) for the first semester.
Students who are eligible for selection must:
·      Have a minimum of 15 hours of community service.
·      Complete the Candidate Form, including sections on School Activities, Community Activities, Community Service and Honors/Awards.  Documentation should include contact names, email and or phone numbers.
·      Not have been assigned to BIC or have had an out of school suspension during the current school year.
If all of the above requirements are met by the deadline stated on the Candidate Form, the application will be reviewed by the selection committee.  The completion of the form does not automatically guarantee admittance into the National Junior Honor Society.
It is never too early to start those community service hours!  Get started now, so you are not rushed to get them finished after packets have been distributed.  Suggestions of places to earn community service hours are listed on the NJHS webpage, located under “Activities” on the LMS website.
If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Laila Crabtree or Laurie Lambie. 
  
7th Grade Party (new)
7th graders are encouraged to join in the fun of music, food, optional costume contest with prizes and more on Tuesday, October 29 from 3:10 to 4:10pm in the LMS cafeteria and gym.  Late buses will be available for transportation.  Wrist bands may be purchased for only $3 during lunch on October 23, 24, 28 and 29.  NOTE: Parents are needed to volunteer to sell tickets at lunch on ticket sale days.  If you can help, please contact Jackie King at j.king@charter.net Parents are also needed to help set up/chaperone the party and assist with quick clean up.  Please contact Marjie Chuchola at marjiemarie@charter.net if you are able to lend a hand at the party! 

Halloween (new)
Students may wear Halloween costumes to school on Thursday, October 31.  We ask that costumes be appropriate for school, not include items that resemble weapons, and that students not wear masks/items that cover their faces.

LMS Dad’s Club Meeting (repeat)
The LMS Dad’s Club will hold its first meeting on Monday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the LMS Library to cover the following:
·      Meet existing and welcome new members.
·      Provide a brief overview of who we are and what we do.
·      Discuss details for the annual Family Bowling Day event.
·      Discuss interest in other possible social events and activities.
In addition, Rob Garrett (Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Ladue High School and Physical Education teacher at the Fifth Grade Center) will attend the meeting to discuss exploratory initiatives in establishing a Junior Rams baseball program for students attending LMS or the Fifth Grade Center.  If you have a student at either building that is interested in playing baseball, this is a terrific opportunity to learn more about this initiative and provide valuable input and feedback.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, we would welcome your input by completing a short survey created by the LMS Dad’s Club that is accessible at the following link, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P7V9MS9, or by visiting the Dad’s Club page on the LMS website.  Participation in the survey will be available until October 14, at which point the results will be tabulated and presented at a follow up meeting tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the LMS Library.  For questions or additional information, please contact LMS President Joe Mulligan at joemulligan910@gmail.com or at 314-503-4384.

Fundraiser (repeat)
Don't forget the Magazine sale is coming soon to LMS.  Remember to hold your renewals until the sale or place them online through the following website so the school gets the credit.  Orders/Renewals can be placed any time at gaschoolstore.com.  Enter the school code 2652758 and indicate the student.  In addition to magazines there are many gift items available on the website.  
New this year, we will offer Cookie Dough - just in time for all of your holiday baking.
Fundraiser Dates
Thursday, October 10 – Kickoff Assemblies, periods 1-3
Friday, October 11 – Postcard Turn In during lunches
Wednesday, October 16 – Order Turn In #1 during lunches
Wednesday, October 23 – Order Turn In #2 during lunches
Monday, October 28 – Fundraiser Late Order Turn In

Breakfast Smoothies (repeat)
Beginning Monday, breakfast smoothies will be served in the Cafeteria.  For those students that need a quick pick-me-up, this is a quick way to do so.  Breakfast is served each morning from 7:40 – 8:10 a.m.

LMSPA/Grade Level Parent Parties (repeat/additional information)
Mark you calendars for our grade level parent parties.  Our parent parties give you an opportunity to meet and/or catch up with other parents in your child’s grade.  These parties are graciously hosted by LMS parents.  Everyone should bring their own beverages and an appetizer or dessert to share.  These are PARENT ONLY events.
8th Grade Parent Party – Friday, October 18, 7 – 9 p.m.
Hosted by: Jill and John Farmer
12 Winfield Pointe Lane
Creve Coeur, 63141
No rsvp necessary.  Email Jill at jill@jillfarmercoaching.com with any questions.  Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  Everyone should bring their own beverages.

Yearbooks On Sale (repeat)
Yearbooks are on sale now.  Orders can be placed by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com and entering #8647 to order (or there is a link under the Activities tab on the LMS webpage) or they can be ordered by phone at 1-866-287-3096.  Please email any questions to Sharrie Cognac, one of our yearbook sponsors.

Parent Teacher Conferences (repeat)
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/.  Signups have been available since August 9.

School Picture Re-Takes (repeat)
If for some reason your child is absent on August 28, 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 (repeat)
As previously communicated, please be aware that we cannot issue bus passes for the following buses until further notice:  L3, L5, L7, L9, L10, L16, L17, and L20. 

Morning Supervision/Student Drop Off (repeat)
Please be aware that our building is not accessible to students, and the Welcome Center Lobby is not supervised, until 7:25 a.m. in the mornings.  As such, we appreciate you not dropping students off at the front of the building until that time.

Thank you for your time,

Greg

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