December 4, 2013



Good afternoon.

I know that this is coming out a little early this week.  I have a conference to attend tomorrow and Friday and did not want to run the risk of forgetting to post this before the week expired.  Since the meetings are in Clayton, I’ll be in tomorrow morning and Friday morning for traffic, then take off.
I will also be gone from work/school on Monday of next week, so Katie R. will be filling in for me outside that morning.  Some folks refer to her as one of the “smiling girls” – not sure how much smiling will take place with the expected weather conditions early on Monday.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12
SRI (Reading) testing for students below grade level – Regular schedules
Wednesday, December 11
LMS 6th Grade Orchestra Concert, LMS Cafeteria – 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 12
LMS 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Band Concert, LMS Gym – 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

CONGRATULATIONS

CORRECTION(S)

LMS Orchestra Concert
The LMS Orchestra Concert scheduled for December 11 will occur at LMS, rather than LHWHS as previously communicated.  This will be for 6th Grade Orchestra students and their parents/guests, and will be held in the Cafeteria.

LMS Band Concerts
The LMS Band Concert scheduled for December 12 will occur at LMS, rather than LHWHS as previously communicated.  This will be for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Band students and their parents/guests, and will be held in the Gym.

NEW ITEMS

Scheduling Dates of Interest
The following meetings are for current 8th graders and their parents for next year:
·      Parent meeting regarding scheduling for 9th grade  - Wednesday, January 8th, in the LHWHS Performing Arts Center - 7:00 pm.
·      High School Curriculum Night, for current 8th graders and their parents - Thursday, January 16th, in the LHWHS Performing Arts Center - 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

LMSPA/Gift & Project
The following is from the LMSPA Co-Presidents: Jodi Blucher and Jodi Minkler.
WHAT IS GIFT & PROJECT?
If you are new to LMS or if you have ever asked yourself that question, the info below will help to answer that:  Gift and Project (lovingly called G & P) Fundraiser is the LMSPA's biggest fundraiser.  It takes place 2 times per year: Winter (around the holidays) and Spring (near the end of the school year).  Through this fundraiser families donate to the LMSPA in honor of our wonderful Ladue Middle School Faculty and Staff.  As a family you decide whom you wish to honor with your donation.  Each staff member then receives a letter informing them of who has honored them by donating to the LMSPA (donation amounts are not disclosed).  The money raised then goes to gifts and projects that the LMSPA  funds for our school community each year.  In a couple of days you will be receiving a letter describing some of the many things that the Gift & Project Fundraiser has helped to do for our school. We hope you will consider honoring your teachers and others with a donation.
The Jodi's

UPDATED ITEMS

Winter Weather information
A revised version of the Winter Weather flyer has been produced by the Communications Office and posted to PeachJar recently.  Scott Lackey will also post this information on the LMS website.
The only difference is in the paragraph regarding BASK/TAS.  It specifically states that students have to already be enrolled in BASK to use it on Late Start days and clarifies that it is only available at the K-4 elementary schools (not the Fifth Grade Center.)

REPEAT ITEMS

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).

 It appears that winter arrives in force tomorrow.  Stay warm and drive safely if we get the precipitation that is anticipated.

Have a good remainder of the week and weekend.

Greg

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