January 3, 2014


Good morning.  I hope you and your family have had a great Winter Break and New Year so far. 

I took advantage of the time at home to relax with family and friends, get some painting done, and dive into the newest Clancy novel – basically, being a bum for about two weeks.


Monday, January 6
School Resumes
Wednesday, January 8
Parent meeting regarding scheduling for 9th grade (next year); LHWHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 pm
Friday, January 10
Hidden Valley Ski Trip, 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Sunday, January 12
Harrison Wright Eagle Scout Project Collection; LMS Parking Lot, Noon – 4:00 pm (see below)
Thursday, January 16
8th Grade Parents to Lunch and Meeting; 12:14 pm
High School Curriculum Night for current 8th graders and parents; LHWHS    
     Performing Arts Center, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, January 17
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
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
Friday, January 31
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm




Ladue Education Foundation Request
The Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) is conducting our Annual Giving Campaign. This is an important part of our ongoing efforts to advance the excellence of the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for extraordinary student success. As you may know, the programs funded by the LEF focus on advancing the educational success of all students, in all schools, in all grades, with all ability levels. These programs help build a stronger district, stronger community and provide the foundation for a stronger and better future for our children. Thanks for your help!
Click here to visit our website to learn more about the Ladue Education Foundation ....and click here to make a tax-deductible donation.  Your donation can be in honor or memory of someone special.  A favorite teacher is just one example!



Chili and Basketball
The LHWHS Dads Club and Parent Association are sponsoring the district’s annual “Chili Supper and Basketball!” on Friday, January 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria.  All Elementary, Middle School and High School families are encouraged to attend.  Tickets ($6.00 per person) will include 1) Chili and BBQ dinner; 2) Entrance to the Ladue Girls JV and Varsity Basketball games; and 3) Activities, Face Painting and Fun.  Wear your Blue and White!  Please RSVP to Audey Mack (Committee Chair) by January 13 at aemack@swbell.net or 314-997-5039.  A flier with a reservation form can be found on Peach Jar.

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

Ski Trip Fridays/Morning Traffic
Ski Trip dates are: January 10, 24 and 31; February 7, 21 and 28 (make up day if needed).
For those parents who have experienced these mornings in the past, there is no better/prettier way to characterize the traffic – it stinks.  More parents bring their kids by car and traffic drop off is delayed as those kids/parents unload ski gear and carry it into our main lobby.
I would suggest the following for Ski Trip mornings:
1.    Try to make every effort to drop your student off before our buses arrive (typically at about 7:55 am).
2.    If possible, deliver your child’s ski gear to the main office/lobby during the school day (after 8:15 am and before 2:30 pm).
We will make the best of it.  Please be patient and please continue to make those right-hand turns onto Clayton Road.  This helps a great deal.

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 have a great weekend.  The forecast calls for more snow and frigid temperatures, so if you are traveling, please take care.  Morning traffic duty on Monday morning should be interesting.

If I have missed any important information prior to the resumption of school next week, I will send out a follow up message.


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