November 26, 2013


Good morning.  I wanted to get this out before the day goes completely haywire with three runnings of the Turkey Trot and the assembly at the end of the day. 


Monday, December 2 through Thursday, December 5
Discovery Education testing – Block Day schedules (Odd, Even, Odd, Even)
Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12
SRI (Reading) testing for students below grade level – Regular schedules
Wednesday, December 11
LMS Orchestra Concert, LHWHS Auditorium – 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 12
LMS Band Concert, LMS – 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


The Ladue Board of Education will recognize each building’s Teacher of the Year from the previous school year at their meeting on December 9, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Included in the group of outstanding teachers will be our own Suzanne Costanza, 6th Grade Mathematics teacher.  Congratulations Suzanne!


LMS Band Concert
The LMS Band Concert scheduled for December 12 will occur at LMS, rather than LHWHS as previously communicated.


Fundraiser/Cyber Monday
Dear Parents,
When you shop at, you are able to buy gifts that bring a smile and keep on giving.  The school code is 2652758.  Every purchase you make will generate funds we need to help our students all year long.  There are over 1,500 products to choose from and they all come with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!  Thank You For Your Support!  Sincerely,  Ladue Middle School Parents Association


Canned Food Drive
Final totals for the annual Canned Food Drive are as follows:
6th Grade – 2094
7th Grade – 4264
8th Grade – 6610
Faculty/Staff – 2088
Thank you, very much, to LMS staff members Matt Strayhorn and Hugh McMonigle for all their work in coordinating this effort.  Thank you, as well, to all parents and students for their cooperation and generosity.


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).

Mothers’ Coffee
Are you an LMS mother interested in exploring other cultures?  Would you be interested in sharing your culture, your experiences with other mothers?  LMS and the ESL Department is planning a “Mother’s Coffee”.  The “coffee” will be a chance for LMS mothers from various cultures to informally meet and share their differences and commonalities.  The tentative date for the actual coffee is Monday, December 2.  A planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 11 at 10:00 am at the Middle School.  If you are interested in attending either the planning meeting or the actual “coffee”, or have questions, please contact Lou Galloway-Zapiain , Marie Keath , or Dr. Taylor-Johnson

As we lead into the Thanksgiving holiday break, I just wanted you all to be aware of how thankful I am to be working with you and your children.  I am also very thankful to be associated with such an outstanding school staff.  I hope you and your families have a joyous Thanksgiving.

All my best,


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