November 8, 2013



11/8/13
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Happy Friday to everyone!  I hope you have a chance to enjoy the sunny forecast for this weekend.  If anyone is bored, I will be staining my deck – all are welcome.  Bring your own roller or brush.  And lunch. 

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, November 11
LMS Penny War (all week)
Tuesday, November 12
6th Grade Parents to Lunch, LMS Cafeteria – 10:38 – 11:08 a.m.
6th Grade Parent meeting, LMS Library – following lunch shift
Wednesday, November 13
7th Grade Parents to Lunch, LMS Cafeteria – 11:26 – 11:56 a.m.
7th Grade Parent meeting, LMS Library – following lunch shift
LMS Vocal Music Concert, LHWHS Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 14
8th Grade Parents to Lunch, LMS Cafeteria – 12:14 – 12:44 p.m.
8th Grade Parent meeting, LMS Library – following lunch shift
Friday, November 15
No School
Monday, November 18
LMS Canned Food Drive (through November 25)
Thursday, November 21
Anticipated delivery of fundraiser cookie dough
Tuesday, November 26
LMS Turkey Trot
All School Celebration Assembly
Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29
No School

NEW ITEMS

Discovery Education (DE) Testing
DE exams are given to all students three times during the school year.  These serve a bench marking assessments to track student progress and growth, in addition to helping us make appropriate placements in some classes for the following year.  Our next round of DE testing will occur Monday, December 2 through Thursday, December 5.  In order to provide enough time for this, we will be on a Block Day schedule during these four days.

Inclusive Schools Week
Special School District of St. Louis County has designated the week of December 2nd as Inclusive Schools Week.  To support the campaign, Ladue Middle School will participate in several school-wide activities throughout the week. The first of which will be "Spread the Word to End the Word". This is an international campaign to stop the use of the word "retarded".  Students will be asked to sign a pledge committing to stop their use of the "r" word.  Pledge forms will be available to complete before school and during all lunch periods.  The grade level that completes the most pledges will be recognized. Additionally, students will participate in a disability awareness discussion during social studies classes on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd using resources and materials provided by Special Olympics and Best Buddies International. Ladue art students will create art work depicting reasons why they like being part of an inclusive school.  The artwork will be turned into a slide show that will be shown school-wide during lunch.  Sixth grade middle school skills classes will participate in a disability awareness activity to promote understanding of our increasing diverse student population.  Finally, students with disabilities will be asked to take part in our school wide "I Am LMS" days.  Willing students will create a presentation or video to share with the student body explaining who they are, what makes them special, and why they like being part of an inclusive school. For more information regarding the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign please visit www.r-word.org

Dine to Donate - Restaurant FUNdraiser for LMSPA
Enjoy lunch out, a night off from cooking, or buy your office lunch and earn money to fund events and supplies for our kids’ school at the same time!
Bring in the attached flyer and 20% of purchases will be donated to LMSPA by California Pizza Kitchen in Creve Coeur on Wednesday, November 20 or Thursday, November 21.  Purchases include CARRY-OUT, DINE IN or CATERING, any time of the day, lunch or dinner.  Flyer MUST be presented at time of purchase.  Thank you for your continued support! 

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  lgallowayz@ladueschools.net , Marie Keath Mkeath@ladueschools.net , or Dr. Taylor-Johnson ttaylor@ladueschools.net

Movie
The following is from St. Louis County Library:
The St. Louis County Library Headquarters invites teens ages 12-18 to  
The Hunger Games Text 2 Screen Movie Night on Friday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. During the movie, teens will be able to text comments to the screen for an interactive movie-watching experience. If you don't have texting on your phone, there is also an app you can use.  We'll have lots of snacks and soda plus Hunger Games door prizes!  Please click here to register:  http://mo.evanced.info/slcl/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=85877 
Or give us a call at 314-994-3300 for more information. 

UPDATED ITEMS

Fundraiser/Cookie Dough Delivery
Thank you for you support of LMS during the magazine and cookie dough sale.  We had a very successful sale.  The cookie dough will be delivered to LMS on Thursday, November 21.  We will send orders of 4 cookie items or less home with your student on the bus or in carpool.  Orders of 5 or more cookie items will need to be picked up at LMS on November 21 between 3:15 and 6:00 pm (location to be determined).  Please make arrangements now to pick up your orders since cookie dough requires refrigeration.  Please email Elizabeth Cobin at Cobin@att.net if you have questions.  Thanks.

Girls On Track
The following is from Lisa Witzofsky:
Girls On Track, an after school program for LMS girls, will return next semester.  Lisa Witzofsky, one of the parent volunteers, is currently looking for six parents to commit to one practice day per week – either Tuesday or Thursday.  Time frame February 17th - May 10th. 3:05pm until 4:20pm  If you are interested and/or need additional information, please contact Lisa at blwitz@charter.net or at 314-989-1993.  The more coaches we have, the more girls can participate.

REPEAT ITEMS

Penny War/Canned Food Drive/Turkey Trot
For those of you new to LMS, these coordinated activities raise money and food donations for Gateway 180, an area shelter that distributes food and funds to many area homeless shelters.  These annual events are a great way for students and staff to serve others as we lead up to the Thanksgiving holiday and break.  A brief summary of each activity follows:
·      Penny Wars:  November 11 – 15.  Each grade level will have a jug placed in the Lobby for donation collection.  All pennies and checks (made out to Ladue Middle School) placed into a jug count as a positive amount for that grade level.  All silver coins and paper money counts as a negative amount equivalent to that donation for that grade level.  As you can imagine, the strategy is to load your grade level jug with the most positive points while adding donations to the other grade level jugs that result in negative points (okay, Mr. Obvious).  The grade level with the greatest positive amount at the end of the week wins.
·      Canned Food Drive:  November 18 – 25.  There will be a competition to see which class at each grade level brings in the most canned goods.  The class with the best overall donations will earn a pizza party.  Students/parents may choose to bring in money instead of cans.  One can equals $0.50.  Checks should be made payable to Ladue Middle School.  All cans will be collected in the “before school waiting area each morning (i.e. Cafeteria or Gym).  All students bringing in 100 or more cans will receive a 100 Can Club Certificate.  This will be displayed in the hallway and their name will be read on the afternoon announcements.  Members of the 100 Can Club will also have an opportunity to throw a pie at, or shave the hair of, their favorite teacher at an assembly before Thanksgiving break.
·      Turkey Trot: November 26.  We invite all parents to join their child in the running of this year’s 16th annual Turkey trot (you can choose to run or walk our one mile course).  The top make and female finisher at each grade level will receive a special trophy.  The top ten male and female finishers at each grade level will receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt.  Parents who plan on running/walking with their students should meet them on the upper soccer field behind our Administrative Center.  Times will be subject to weather conditions:
6th Grade: 1:01 – 1:39 pm
7th Grade:  11:07 – 11:45 am
8th Grade:  11:49 – 12:27 pm
·      You may purchase a Turkey Trot t-shirt for your student at http://www.laduespiritstore.com/Turkey-Trot_c27.htm
·      All School Celebration Assembly: November 26.  This will occur in our Gym at 2:25 pm.  The following groups will be recognized: Winning grade level of the Penny War, Winning class of the Canned Food Drive, 100 Can Club members, and Turkey Trot winners.

Ski and Snowboard Club
Parents: Do you want to get your kids off the couch and away from staring at their computer, television or phone screens every Friday night this coming winter?  Once again this year we will be taking kids to Hidden Valley for some fun on the slopes to ski and snowboard.  Blue information/permission forms were available during conferences last week. 
If you did not receive them, please see the Hidden Valley ski information sheets that are available on the front page of the LMS home page. 
Registration for the Friday ski pass is done on-line. However, signing up for the bus transportation and/or pink hooded sweatshirts will be done before school beginning at 7:30 AM on the following dates in the LMS lobby.
Nov. 12 - 8th Grade 
Nov. 13 - 7th Grade
Nov. 14 - 6th Grade
Nov. 15 - no school no turning in forms - this was an error on the original permission form
Nov. 18 - Extra day for anyone who missed the other days
If you have questions, email Mark Biernbaum at mbiernbaum@ladueschools.net

Thanks for your time and have a great day and weekend.  I will send out a subsequent message if I’ve forgotten anything (or messed anything up above).

Greg

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