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Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014



Good afternoon and Happy Friday.

I greatly appreciate the very nice comments and emails following the School Board’s decision this past Monday evening.  I am very honored to be able to serve as principal of LMS in the coming year.  Thank you.
As a personal aside, if you have entered our offices this week and observed a sign with my picture on it posted on various secretaries’ desks, I am NOT really such a big deal around here.  That has been an ongoing, inside joke (re: the movie “Anchorman”) since the beginning of the school year.  Our office staff has done an admirable job of keeping me in check.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Tuesday, March 4
Statewide Tornado Siren Testing/Drill for LMS; 1:30 pm
Vocal Concert, Grades 5 – 12; 7:00 pm; LHWHS
Wednesday, March 5
Jazz Band Concert, Grades 7 – 8; 7:00 pm; LHWHS 
Friday, March 7
I Am LMS Day activities
Early Dismissal; 12:40 pm
Tuesday, March 11
LMSPA Meeting; 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 12
Parent Teacher Conferences (full day for students); Begin at 3:40 pm
Dinner breaks are as follows:  Elective teachers @ 4:20, Team teachers @ 5:00 
Thursday, March 13
End of Quarter 3
Parent Teacher Conferences (early release day for students at 12:40 pm); Begin at 1:20 pm
Dinner breaks are as follows:  Elective teachers @ 3:40, Team teachers @ 4:20 
Friday, March 14
No School
Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21
No School: Spring Break
Tuesday, April 1
SRI Reading testing; Grade 7; regular schedule
Wednesday, April 2
SRI Reading testing; Grades 6 and 8; regular schedule
Thursday, April 3
LMS Spring Play; 4:30 – 6:00 pm; LHWHS
Friday, April 4
LMS Spring Play; 7:00 – 8:30 pm; LHWHS
Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 10
MAP Testing
Tuesday, April 8
LMSPA Meeting; 1:00 pm
Friday, April 11
Science Olympiad; State Competition at University of Missouri
Thursday, April 17
Percussion Concert; Grades 6 – 12; 7:00 – 8:30 pm; LHWHS
Friday, April 18
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm (Professional Development)

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

CORRECTION(S)

In a Blackboard Connect email earlier this week regarding a late afternoon bus, I incorrectly stated that the Admin Center was having trouble getting a message out to riders of that particular bus.  As a result, I sent out a message to all homes/parents due to time constraints.  The trouble with the program actually occurred with the bus company.  To my knowledge, the program for messages through the bus company is now operational.

NEW ITEMS

LMS Service Project
The “Fill the Bus” Food Drive is scheduled for March 5 through 12.  We will be  collecting canned and nonperishable goods all next week in the Gym or Cafeteria before 1st period, depending on your student’s grade level.  “Caps for a Cause” will accompany this effort on March 7.  Students may wear a hat on Friday for fifty cents.  Food and money will be donated to local food pantries.

I Am LMS Day
Our spring I Am LMS Day will occur on March 7.  Students will participate in diversity activities during their elective classes, including student-led presentations and conversations about cultural, racial, and religious differences.

Young Card Makers Needed To Create A Smile
If you have a 9-15 year old who would be interested in sharing a smile, this may be a good opportunity.  BJC Hospice is providing times for younger helpers to get together for a "card making party." The project is part of the campaign named "Samantha's Gift," an ongoing mission to provide comfort items to the older BJC Hospice patients. Young people will have a chance to meet others and to learn the joy of volunteering, while having fun at this easy project.
The cards will be taken by our BJC Hospice staff to terminally ill patients still at home or those who are in nursing homes.  Hospice employees and volunteers continually report how receiving a bright, happy card does make a difference to patients and their families.
The creation is easy. The gathering is fun. The time can be documented as volunteering for a cause for any volunteer hours that students may need.(2 service hours per session)
Parties are offered on:  Saturday, April 12; Sunday, April 20; Sunday, May 4; Saturday, May 17; Saturday, June 7; Sunday, June 22; Saturday, July 12; Sunday, July 20; and Sunday, August 10.  Hours: 3:00p.m.-5:30p.m.   
Location: BJC Home Care Services 1935 Beltway Dr. Overland, MO. 63114 (we are at I-170 and Page).  All kids must be pre-register by emailing Marsha Shanker, Coordinator of "Samantha's Gift" at marsha.shanker@sbcglobal.net 
Space is limited, so check your calenders to find available times and get your child booked sooner than later! 

Grade 8 Dance
The LMS 8th Grade Dance is scheduled for Friday, May 2, from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.  Please see the attached flier on the Blackboard Connect email for more information.

LMSPA Cotillion
The LMSPA is sponsoring a LMS Cotillion on Wednesday evenings beginning March 26 through May 14.  Please see the attached flier on the Blackboard Connect email for more information.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Laduette Dance Team
Attention all 8th grade dancers!  The Laduette Dance Team clinics will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 3rd and 4th, from 4-6pm with tryouts on Wednesday, March 5th beginning at 4pm.  Both the clinics and tryouts will be held at the LHWHS Ramming Gymnasium.  If you did not attend the meeting and would like to try out you can email laduettes@gmail.com to get an informational packet.  We hope to see you there!

Lunchtime Lecture Date Change
Due to the snow day on February 5, Debbie Granick's presentation Communication Without Conflict – How to Get More than Grunts, Groans and Eye Rolls has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th from 12-1pm in the LMS Library.

Parent Conferences/Quarter 3 Grade Cards
In past years, the end of Quarter 3 has occurred prior to spring Parent Conferences.  This has allowed us to post and finalize grades, print grade cards, and distribute these directly to parents who were able to attend Parent Conferences (thereby cutting down on mailings).  Those report cards that were not picked up were then mailed the following week.
This year’s calendar does not give us that option.  The end of Quarter 3 falls on the second day of spring Parent Conferences.  As a result, we will not be able to post and finalize Quarter 3 grades until the end of the day on Monday, March 24.  Once grades are posted, we will need to print grade cards and prepare all of them for mailing.  We hope to get them out by Wednesday of that week.

Parent Teacher Conferences (Sign Up ASAP)
Spring Portfolio Conferences are scheduled for 3/12 (3:40-7:20 p.m.) and 3/13 (1:20-6:40 p.m.) Information was sent home in Friday Folders with students and is also posted on our school website. 
Sign ups are online and can be accessed through the following website:  http://www.myconferencetime.com/laduems.  
Please sign up ASAP as appointments fill up fast.  The deadline for signing up is March 7, 2014
To ensure your conference runs smoothly here are a few reminders:
1.  Plan to be at conferences for at least an hour.  You will meet with core teachers for a total of 20 minutes. The other time will be spent meeting with the elective and/or off team teachers.  Plan to arrive on time. If you arrive late, we may not be able to accommodate you.  
2. Upon arrival, please stop at the table in the lobby to pick up a Conference Room Location sheet. This will help you know where you are going.
3. Note dinner times and plan accordingly. Teachers will have a 40 minute dinner break both evenings. When elective teachers are at dinner team teachers are conferencing and when team teachers are at dinner elective teachers are conferencing.  Dinner breaks are as follows:
Wed. 3/12 -Elective @ 4:20, Team @ 5:00 
Thurs. 3/13 -Elective @ 3:40, Team @ 4:20 

LMSPA Nominations for 2014-2015
The Ladue Middle School Parent Association is beginning to plan for the 2014-15 school year.  If you would like to nominate yourself or another person for a position on the LMSPA Executive Board, please print out and complete the attached Nomination Form and return it to the LMS Welcome Center by Monday, March 24th.

Used Sports Equipment Swap. 
A service project from Girls on Track will occur on March 29 in the LMS Gym from Noon to 3:30 pm.  Please see the attached flier for more details.  For questions, contact Lisa Witzofsky at blwitz@charter.net
Please see the attached flier on the Blackboard Connect email for more information.

La'Due It 5K
On Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ladue walks, runs, and cares! 
This event is brought to you by the Ladue Schools Physical Education Department and District Wellness Committee.  Proceeds will support Due Care, an organization which provides financial assistance to district families and students in need.  Bring your old shoes to donate to Shoeman Water Projects, helping bring clean water to communities around the world.  A T-shirt is guaranteed with pre-registration by March 15th.  To pre-register, go to:  www.ladueschools.net

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.

LMSPA eBlasts
If you are not currently receiving LMSPA email news blasts but would like to, please click on the following link to subscribe:

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

I hope you have a great weekend.  According to weather forecasts, we may have an interesting Sunday and possibly Monday with the chance of ice and snow.  If you are traveling, please take care.

Greg

Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014



Good afternoon and Happy Friday.

It has been “a week” and I am very, very glad for the upcoming weekend. 

I hope holding students for a few minutes in 8th period classes yesterday didn’t cause stress for any of them.  We had some weather rolling in and wanted to see what transpired.  As it happened, it passed quickly.  Buses were dismissed only about a minute or two behind schedule.

The calendar items below run through the week of Spring Break.  I was hoping to extend the calendar through the month of April on this update, but time is running short and I am trying to concentrate on getting this out before the day ends.  I will do my best to update the calendar items on the next update.

CALENDAR ITEMS

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
Wednesday, March 12
Parent Teacher Conferences (full day for students)
Thursday, March 13
End of Quarter 3
Parent Teacher Conferences (early release day for students at 12:40 pm)
Friday, March 14
No School
Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21
No School: Spring Break (Yah!)


CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Ten students from LMS participated in the Regional Mathcounts Competition this past weekend.  The students who competed were:  Anna Zhong, Kevin Jiang, Justin Chen, Edward Wu, Seema Patil, Moses Schindler, Jeremy Ouyang, Albert Lui, Jacqueline Zeng and Ben Phung.  The Team of Anna Zhong, Kevin Jiang, Edward Wu, and Justin Chen placed 1st at Regionals and will represent LMS at the state competition in March.  Moses Schindler will also represent LMS at the state in the individual competition.  Way to go to all who participated!

The LMS Chess team placed 1st at last Saturday’s Gateway Chess League Action Tournament in the Grade 8 and Under division.  Team members were:  Ronit Kirumaki, Thomas Xiong, Max Baker and Yan Ryback.  Great job!

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

LMSPA Nominations for 2014-2015
The Ladue Middle School Parent Association is beginning to plan for the 2014-15 school year.  If you would like to nominate yourself or another person for a position on the LMSPA Executive Board, please print out and complete the attached Nomination Form and return it to the LMS Welcome Center by Monday, March 24th.

6th Grade Party
6th graders are encouraged to join in Mardi Gras fun with food, music, crafts, beads and more on Tuesday, February 25 from 3:05 to 4:10 pm in the LMS cafeteria and gym.  Late buses will be available for transportation home.  Ticket sales will continue during lunch on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25. Tickets are $3.00.  Click   https://peachjar.com/user_images/8951410.pdf to view the party flyer on Peachjar.
Thank you to all of the 6th grade parents who have already signed up to help with the party!  More volunteers are needed.  If you can help, please sign up at

Laduette Dance Team
Attention all 8th grade dancers!  The Laduette Dance Team clinics will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 3rd and 4th, from 4-6pm with tryouts on Wednesday, March 5th beginning at 4pm.  Both the clinics and tryouts will be held at the LHWHS Ramming Gymnasium.  If you did not attend the meeting and would like to try out you can email laduettes@gmail.com to get an informational packet.  We hope to see you there!

Parent Conferences/Quarter 3 Grade Cards
In past years, the end of Quarter 3 has occurred prior to spring Parent Conferences.  This has allowed us to post and finalize grades, print grade cards, and distribute these directly to parents who were able to attend Parent Conferences (thereby cutting down on mailings).  Those report cards that were not picked up were then mailed the following week.
This year’s calendar does not give us that option.  The end of Quarter 3 falls on the second day of spring Parent Conferences.  As a result, we will not be able to post and finalize Quarter 3 grades until the end of the day on Monday, March 24.  Once grades are posted, we will need to print grade cards and prepare all of them for mailing.  We hope to get them out by Wednesday of that week.

Food on Buses
Please help us discourage our students from taking food items on the buses.  This is for two reasons: 1) So many of our students have food allergies and taking food items on public transportation is restricted, and 2) the resulting mess that it makes for the drivers to clean up.  Thank you for your help.

La'Due It 5K
On Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ladue walks, runs, and cares! 
This event is brought to you by the Ladue Schools Physical Education Department and District Wellness Committee.  Proceeds will support Due Care, an organization which provides financial assistance to district families and students in need.  Bring your old shoes to donate to Shoeman Water Projects, helping bring clean water to communities around the world.  A T-shirt is guaranteed with pre-registration by March 15th.  To pre-register, go to:  www.ladueschools.net

Used Sports Equipment Swap. 
A service project from Girls on Track will occur on March 29 in the LMS Gym from Noon to 3:30 pm.  Please see the attached flier for more details.  For questions, contact Lisa Witzofsky at blwitz@charter.net

UPDATED ITEMS

Philippines Typhoon Relief
Thanks very much to everyone who brought in cash and/or items on Thursday, 2/20 and Friday, 2/21!
LMS Students, Parents and Staff.  Would you like to help people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan?  Typhoon Haiyan was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone which struck the Philippines in November 2013 and caused massive destruction.  People affected by the typhoon still have many needs.
The LMS Character Council and a Conway 3rd Grade Junior FIRST LEGO League robotics team are co-sponsoring a collection for the Philippine Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis.
WHAT TO DONATE
- Cash
- Toothbrushes for children, toothbrushes for adults, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, other personal hygiene items
- Children's flip-flops                   
WHEN TO DONATE
Thanks very much to everyone who donated cash and/or items on Thursday, 2/20 and Friday, 2/21!
We will continue to collect donations of cash and items through the end of the school day Friday, 2/28 in the LMS Welcome Center Office.

Lunchtime Lecture Date Change
Due to the snow day on February 5, Debbie Granick's presentation Communication Without Conflict – How to Get More than Grunts, Groans and Eye Rolls has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th from 12-1pm in the LMS Library.

REPEAT ITEMS

7th Grade Party
7th graders are encouraged to join in Mardi Gras fun with music, food and more on Thursday, February 27 from 3:10 to 4:10 pm in the LMS cafeteria and gym. 
Late buses will be available for transportation home.  Wrist bands may be purchased during lunch that week for $3 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  

Parent Teacher Conferences (Sign Up ASAP)
Spring Portfolio Conferences are scheduled for 3/12 (3:40-7:20 p.m.) and 3/13 (1:20-6:40 p.m.) Information was sent home in Friday Folders with students and is also posted on our school website. 
Sign ups are online and can be accessed through the following website:  http://www.myconferencetime.com/laduems.  
Please sign up ASAP as appointments fill up fast.  The deadline for signing up is March 7, 2014
To ensure your conference runs smoothly here are a few reminders:
1.  Plan to be at conferences for at least an hour.  You will meet with core teachers for a total of 20 minutes. The other time will be spent meeting with the elective and/or off team teachers.  Plan to arrive on time. If you arrive late, we may not be able to accommodate you.  
2. Upon arrival, please stop at the table in the lobby to pick up a Conference Room Location sheet. This will help you know where you are going.
3. Note dinner times and plan accordingly. Teachers will have a 40 minute dinner break both evenings. When elective teachers are at dinner team teachers are conferencing and when team teachers are at dinner elective teachers are conferencing.  Dinner breaks are as follows:
Wed. 3/12 -Elective @ 4:20, Team @ 5:00 
Thurs. 3/13 -Elective @ 3:40, Team @ 4:20 

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
If you are not currently receiving LMSPA email news blasts but would like to, please click on the following link to subscribe:

LMS Lunchtime Parent Lecture Series
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.

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

I hope you have a great day today and weekend.  Thanks always for your support and your great kids.

Greg

Friday, February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014



2/14/14

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day.

Remember the massive piles of hand sanitizer and facial tissues you so generously contributed on Community Night back in August?  By the end of the evening, these items had completely filled our smaller conference room and had overflowed into our office area.  I bring this up because Nancy Edwards (Principal Secretary and Principal Brain) informed me yesterday that we are about out of tissues.  If you would be so kind as to send in a spare box if you can with your child, it would be greatly appreciated.  These can be dropped of at the Welcome Center office.  With all the illness going around this year, we have obviously put these to good use.

CALENDAR ITEMS

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
Wednesday, March 12
Parent Teacher Conferences (full day for students)
Thursday, March 13
End of Quarter 3
Parent Teacher Conferences (early release day for students at 12:40 pm)
Friday, March 14
No School
Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21
No School: Spring Break (Yah!)


CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to 8th grader Sarah Eisenman, who has been selected as Missouri’s top Middle Level youth volunteer in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  As a State Honoree, Sarah will receive a cash award, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of national recognition events from May 3 – 6, 2014.  You can learn more about Sarah’s book drive project at
Great job Sarah.

Each academic year students admitted to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) are asked to share the name of a teacher who has been especially influential in their development.  Former student Victor Wang has named Paul Turney for this recognition.  Congratulations Paul.

Liz Petersen has been invited by the NSTA (National Science Teachers of America) Board of Directors to serve 3-year appointment on their Science Scope Advisory Board.  Congratulations Liz.

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

Ski Club/From the Nurse
For ski club make sure to dress in layers, avoiding cotton.  Make sure your outermost layer is a waterproof layer.  Wear a hat because you can loose a lot of body heat through your head.  Wear waterproof gloves and warm socks.   Make sure that there is nothing tight on your wrists or ankles that could cut off circulation and increase your risk for frostbite.  If your fingers or toes lose feeling and are no longer soft to the touch, contact the Ski Patrol.   Always stick with a buddy.  If you notice a friend is behaving strangely they could be cold.  Head inside and get a hot chocolate together.

Lunchtime Lecture Date Change
Due to the snow day on February 5, Debbie Granick's presentation Communication Without Conflict – How to Get More than Grunts, Groans and Eye Rolls has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th from 12-1pm in the LMS Library.

7th Grade Party
7th graders are encouraged to join in Mardi Gras fun with music, food and more on Thursday, February 27 from 3:10 to 4:10 pm in the LMS cafeteria and gym. 
Late buses will be available for transportation home.  Wrist bands may be purchased during lunch that week for $3 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  

Philippines Typhoon Relief
LMS Students, Parents and Staff.  Would you like to help people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan?  Typhoon Haiyan was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone which struck the Philippines in November 2013 and caused massive destruction.  People affected by the typhoon still have many needs.
The LMS Character Council and a Conway 3rd Grade Junior FIRST LEGO League robotics team are co-sponsoring a collection for the Philippine Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis.
WHAT TO DONATE
- Cash
- Toothbrushes for children, toothbrushes for adults, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, other personal hygiene items
- Children's flip-flops                   
WHEN TO DONATE
Thursday, 2/20 and Friday, 2/21 before school in the LMS Welcome Center Lobby.  Donations will be collected through Friday, 2/28 in the LMS Welcome Center Office.
HAT DAY – Friday, 2/21  
Students can donate at least 50 cents, or at least one item, on Friday, 2/21 and wear a hat all day.   
Thank you for your support!

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Parent Teacher Conferences (Sign Up ASAP)
Spring Portfolio Conferences are scheduled for 3/12 (3:40-7:20 p.m.) and 3/13 (1:20-6:40 p.m.) Information was sent home in Friday Folders with students and is also posted on our school website. 
Sign ups are online and can be accessed through the following website:  http://www.myconferencetime.com/laduems.  
Please sign up ASAP as appointments fill up fast.  The deadline for signing up is March 7, 2014
To ensure your conference runs smoothly here are a few reminders:
1.  Plan to be at conferences for at least an hour.  You will meet with core teachers for a total of 20 minutes. The other time will be spent meeting with the elective and/or off team teachers.  Plan to arrive on time. If you arrive late, we may not be able to accommodate you.  
2. Upon arrival, please stop at the table in the lobby to pick up a Conference Room Location sheet. This will help you know where you are going.
3. Note dinner times and plan accordingly. Teachers will have a 40 minute dinner break both evenings. When elective teachers are at dinner team teachers are conferencing and when team teachers are at dinner elective teachers are conferencing.  Dinner breaks are as follows:
Wed. 3/12 -Elective @ 4:20, Team @ 5:00 
Thurs. 3/13 -Elective @ 3:40, Team @ 4:20 

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
If you are not currently receiving LMSPA email news blasts but would like to, please click on the following link to subscribe:

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.
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 you have a great day today and weekend.  Thanks always for your support and your great kids.

Greg