January 17, 2014




Happy Friday to you all.

As previously communicated, I realize Early Release days can cause difficulties for some of you in terms of work schedules and child supervision in the afternoon.  Please be aware that we would not structure days such as these if they weren’t important.  Our faculty is currently engaged in one of two activities this afternoon: 1) Department groups are meeting to further the studies on implementing the Missouri Learning Standards into their respective curricular pieces, or 2) Completing a 2-hour technology course on how to use iBook software to create lessons, units, and test items similar to the new state test.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, January 20
Dr. King Holiday, no school
Thursday, January 23
7th Grade Parents to Lunch and meeting; 11:15 am
Friday, January 24
6th Grade Parents to Lunch and meeting; 10:30 am
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, January 28
LHWHS registration forms for current 8th graders due in Welcome Center Office
Thursday, January 30
Club and organization group pictures (for yearbook)
Friday, January 31
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Monday, February 3
Discovery Education testing (through Thursday, February 6)
Friday, February 7
Science Olympiad to Illinois Invitational
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Friday, February 14
No School; Professional Development for Staff
Monday, February 17
No School; Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 18
Patriot Team field trip to Springfield, IL
Thursday, February 20
Trailblazer Team field trip to Springfield, IL
Friday, February 21
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Thursday, February 27
Pioneer Team field trip to Springfield, IL
Friday, February 28
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm (make up day)

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Justin Wayne, Spartan team, who was named the LMS Spelling Bee winner on January 14.  Congratulations as well to runner up Zach Wild, Titan team.

Congratulations to Joel Hsieh, Patriot team, who was named the LMS Geography Bee winner on January 16.  Congratulations as well to runner up Noah Goldman, Patriot team.   

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

Informational Meeting
The Ladue School District/Special School District Partnership will hold an information meeting for current 8th grade students who receive SSD services and plan on transitioning to the 9th grade at LHWHS next year.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 at the LHWHS Library, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Information will be presented by Special School District Area Coordinators Lori Rehme and Melisa Bohannan, along with LHWHS Special School District Teacher Julie Stephenson.

8th Graders/Scheduling for High School next year
LHWHS registration forms for current 8th graders will be due in the LMS Welcome Center Office on Tuesday, January 28. 
LHWHS Excel Team teachers will meet with interested students on Thursday, January 23 between 1:00 and 2:30 at LMS.

6th and 7th Graders/Scheduling
Counselors are in the process of meeting with current 6th and 7th grade students this week and next to discuss scheduling for next year.  During these meetings, students have received (or will receive) curriculum handbooks and registration forms to bring home.  Registration forms will be due in the LMS Welcome Center Office by February 7.

Discovery Education (DE) Testing
Round three of our yearly benchmark DE testing will occur February 3 through February 6.  In order to allow for sufficient time for testing, we will follow a Block Day schedule that is listed below:
February 4 – EVEN/Blue day (Math testing)
February 5 – ODD/White day (Communication Arts testing)
February 6 – EVEN/White day (Communication Arts testing)
(Note: ODD and EVEN days refer to the class periods that meet on those days.  BLUE and WHITE days impact 6th Grade students only and refer to classes that meet on alternating days.  The kids have it figured out at this point.)

Basketball Games/Student Supervision
Several home basketball games for 8th grade boys and girls teams are coming up soon.  Games start at either 3:45 or 4:00 pm.  We have experienced two challenges regarding supervision of students who wish to attend these games as spectators that we would like to avoid this year. 
1) If games are scheduled on a Tuesday or a Thursday, students remaining after school must be in a supervised activity (and sign up in advance) from dismissal until 4:10 pm.  By requiring this, we know who is here and where they are.  Another option is for students to go home, then return to watch the game with a parent. 
2) Students have made the decision to leave campus and walk to one of the local businesses before returning to campus for the game.  This causes us all concern, since we cannot verify their status (should a parent come looking for them) and since we feel a level of responsibility for them until they make it home safely.
I greatly appreciate your cooperation regarding this.

Yearbook Order information
Yearbooks will be on sale until February 14, 2014.  After that date, pre-orders will no longer be available.  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).  You can also order by phone at 1-866-287-3096.

Program to support Cardinal Glennon
Please support two of our own, Jessie and Sara Eastlund and their dance company for the 4th Annual Pazazz Gala to be held Saturday, February 8th at 7:00 pm at the Touhill Theater. Fifty-percent of the proceeds from the Gala will be donated to Drea's Dream Dance Therapy Program at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.  It will be a great night of dance for a phenomenal cause.

MAP Testing
Please note that MAP testing will be held on Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 10.  If possible, please try to avoid scheduling doctor appointments or other time away from school during this period for your children.  We would appreciate it very much.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

LMS Lunchtime Parent Lecture Series
The following lectures are sponsored by the LMSPA.  It’s information that will make you a better parent!  Bring a bag lunch, or just bring yourself, your curiosity, and your desire to learn from the best and the brightest.  Note: All of our speakers will begin promptly at noon and end promptly at 1 pm to respect the time of our busy parents.
Communication Without Conflict – How to Get More than Grunts, Groans and Eye Rolls
Wednesday, February 5; 12-1 pm; LMS Library
Join Debbie Granick for an engaging, humorous, and solution-packed lunch hour that will give you new tools and tricks for enhancing communication with your tweens and teen.
You will:
·      Learn causes of communication breakdown.
·      Reduce friction in common “high conflict” situations.
·      Discuss tips for talking about sensitive issues like drinking, peer relationships, sexual situations and more.
·      Get proven strategies for engaging your child in conversation and enhancing your relationship.
Debbie Granick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and RN.  She has worked previously at MoBap and as a Counselor at MICDS.  She helps teems, adults, and families to create positive change.  She is currently in private practice in Clayton.
Advocating For Your Child – Why, When, and How
Wednesday, February 12; 12-1 pm; LMS Library
As parents it is natural for us to help and support our children, yet we may be denying them the ability to advocate for themselves.  Why is that we advocate for our children?  When should we take the lead in the advocating process and when should we follow?  How can we help and support our children without being too emotional?  Learning how to step in and out and really listen to our children can help both parents and their children navigate the world.
Peggy Fiala, M. Ed., LPC is in private practice.  She focuses on adolescent counseling specifically around school issues (academic, social, and emotional transition and adjustment).  She also is a Parent Coach and educational consultant.  Before going into private practice, she worked for 32 years at John Burroughs School as a teacher, middle school principal and counselor.
Parenting, how it changes as they grow!
Wednesday, February 19; 12-1 pm; LMS Library
Come hear national speaker MJ Corcoran introduce the three main parenting stages, along with tips on how to get the most out of your relationship with your teen.  If you are sick of reminding, coaxing or simply being responsible for your teen’s life, join MJ in a lively discussion on how to be more coach-like for a winning relationship with your teen.
MJ Corcoran is a National Speaker, Certified Parenting Coach and M. Ed. strategist.
Stepping Off the Hamster Wheel – Tools for Frenzied Families
Wednesday, February 26; 12-1; LMS Library
Feel like there’s never enough time to do it all?  Jill Farmer will give you tools for unraveling the business in your lives.  Learn how to replace the craziness in your house with some calm.  Tips for overscheduled parents and middle schoolers.
Jill Farmer is the Author of “There’s Not Enough Time . . . and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves” and is a Master Certified Life Coach and speaker.

Winter Weather information
The link to Winter Weather information on the LMS website can be found at http://www.ladue.k12.mo.us/lms/pdfs/2013WinterWeatherFlyer.pdf

I hope you and your families have a great weekend.

Greg

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