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

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