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

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