January 24, 2014


Happy Friday to you all. 

My family has recently experienced a loss and I am attempting to get out of here around noon today to drive to Central Missouri.  As such, I am not taking the usual time in preparing this.  My sincere apologies if I either make a mistake or omit something.  If either occurs, please email me and I will try to get a correction out over the weekend.


Tuesday, January 28
LHWHS registration forms for current 8th graders due in Welcome Center Office
Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30
LHWHS Counselors meet with individual 8th graders to review registration forms (if students are absent, make up day is January 31)
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)


Thank you, very much, to Jennifer Parish (mom of Will/Patriot) and members of the LMS Parent Association for the wonderful breakfast for our staff on January 22.  Jennifer coordinates such meals throughout the year that are sponsored by the PA, including those during conferences.  Food provided through the PA makes for happy teachers and staff.  The efforts of Jennifer and the generosity of the PA are greatly appreciated.

First semester 7th and 8th grade FACS students of Christy Plous and Deborah Beckrich created and sewed fleece winter hats to donate to cancer patients at SLU hospital.  Many of these patients are unable to purchase hats to keep them warm during the winter months.  These fleece hats have helped to keep them warm while they are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments.  Lily Hauptman, 8th grade student, and her mother, Debra Hauptman, brought this great opportunity to our attention at LMS and have helped to make the donations possible. The hats have been much appreciated by patients.  



Girls on Track
This program is for 6th -8th girls, general registration will open at 8:30 a.m. on January 27th and close at 5:00 p.m., February 12th.  The cost is $150. We want all girls to be able to participate regardless of their financial circumstance, payment plans and scholarships are available.  Flyers are available in the office. Please visit the web site below for additional information and to register:    
Any questions contact Lisa Witzofsky at blwitz@charter.net

National Junior Honor Society Applications will be mailed out towards the end of next week.  All 7th and 8th grade students with a cumulative GPA of 3.8, six or more O's in first semester, and no I's or U's will receive an application (this excludes current 8th grade NJHS members).  Please contact sponsors Laila Crabtree or Laurie Lambie with questions.   



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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

I hope everyone has a great remainder of their Friday and weekend. 


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