January 31, 2014

Happy Friday to you all. 

I don’t know about you, but this week has flown by.  Based upon my observations and interactions, the staff and kids have done a great job. 
I think plans are finalized for Discovery Education testing next week.  As previously communicated, DE testing is used in our building to “benchmark” student progress three times throughout the year.  Since testing is done online, it provides us with data in a timely manner to identify not only what we do well, but more importantly areas that may need attention.  The information gathered also is vital in helping us make placements in mathematics and Communication Arts for the coming school year.


Monday, February 3
Discovery Education testing (through Thursday, February 6)
Friday, February 7
2014-2015 Registration forms for current 6th and 7th graders due in Welcome    
     Center Office
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
Tuesday, February 25
6th Grade Party 3:10 – 4:10
Thursday, February 27
Pioneer Team field trip to Springfield, IL
7th Grade Party 3:10 – 4:10
Friday, February 28
Hidden Valley Ski Trip; 3:00 – 9:30 pm (make up day)
Tuesday, March 4
Vocal Concert, Grades 5 - 12; 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 5
Jazz Band Concert, Grades 7 – 8; 7:00 pm
Friday, March 7
I Am LMS activities
Early Dismissal; 12:40 pm


Congratulations to 7th grade students Eric Biernacki, Hale Masaki, Lauren Vanlandingham.  These three, along with other LMS students, are participating in the Green Schools Initiative and presented their findings to the Board of Education this past Monday.  The Green Schools Initiative is a program sponsored by the Missouri Botanical Gardens designed to put the tools and resources in students' hands to determine how "green" their school buildings are.  Students conducted an energy audit of our building earlier this year as a part of the program under the direction of Science teachers Liz Petersen, Colleen Deibel and Beth Steck.  Eric, Hale and Lauren presented several interesting findings and some proposals to help make LMS more “green.”



NJHS Fundraiser
The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a Pennies for Patients fundraiser from February 3 through February 21 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This fundraiser is in memory of former NJHS President Michael Reifsteck, who died in 2012 from leukemia. Michael would be a junior at Ladue High School this year.
Students will bring home penny boxes and are encouraged to collect spare change over the next three weeks. (We will also accept cash and checks should be made out to Ladue Middle School).  On Friday, February 21 students will return their penny boxes to any team teacher.  
In addition to the penny boxes, National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a hat day on Friday, February 7.  Students can pay .50 cents to wear a hat to school. They will get a sticker and have their name put on our Help Beat Cancer!   
Also the week of February 10 through February 13, NJHS members will be selling candy grams before school.  Students can pay $1 to have a lollipop and a note delivered to a friend in class.  
Our school's goal is to raise $1,500!  Thank you in your efforts to Help Us Beat Cancer!!

Rams Club
A new club is starting next Tuesday for 8th grade students who are interested in staying after school to watch home basketball games but need supervision.  The Rams Club is a club that provides a place for 8th graders to stay after school, get homework done and have a snack, and then go to the game. This club will be  supervised by 8th grade teachers.  It will meet only on the days that there are home basketball games (February 4, 6, 13 and 20).  The first game is next Tuesday, February 4.  A signed permission slip is required to be a part of this club and must be turned in before the afternoon of the game.  Permission slips are available in the Welcome Center or AP Office.  If you would like an electronic copy of the permission form or more information, contact Sarah Schwartz: saschwartz@ladueschools.net

8th Grade Dates of Interest
The following are dates specific to parents of current 8th grade students in order to make plans for this spring:
May 2 7:30-10 8th grade dance
May 19 and 20 (all day) 8th grade boat building
May 21 (all day ) 8th grade boat races
May 22 (all day ) 8th grade to Six Flags
May 23 8th Grade Promotion 12pm

LMSPA eBlasts
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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on boardbriefs.blogspot.com

I hope everyone has a great remainder of their Friday and weekend.  Thanks for sending us great kids every day.


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