March 7, 2014

Good afternoon and Happy Friday.

It is so nice to see sunshine!  It will be nice, hopefully soon, to take the many coats and boots I have had in my office over the past several months home.  Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour this weekend for Daylight Savings.

We had a very successful I AM LMS DAY today, with presentations and fun activities mixed into our regular class schedules.  Those students I spoke with seemed to enjoy it. 

I don’t have much new information for you this time around.  If anything comes up that needs to be communicated, I will do so over the weekend or early next week.


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
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
End of Quarter 3
SCHOOL IN SESSION – Makeup day from the recent Snow Day
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)




Social Media
The following was provided by Dr. Jahnke for your information:
While it is impossible for us to keep up with all of the social media apps, blogs, and sites that pop up regularly, we do need to stay attuned to what our students are using to communicate. This is especially true when the app is designed for bullying.  Below is a link to a blog for parents that outlines new apps that lend themselves to mean behavior. I think it might be one to monitor now and then, and can be a resource for parents if you are sending information out to your community. It was sent to me by an interested and supportive parent. I found it informative.
Thanks, Donna

BOE Work Session
At the Board of Education Work Session on Monday, March 10, 2014, the Board of Education and district administrators will review the development status of Ladue Schools new Strategic Plan.  Upon taking the helm as the district’s new superintendent in July, Dr. Donna Jahnke began work to revitalize the plan that will guide the district’s energy and resources over the next several years.  The community is invited to attend to learn about the specific initiatives incorporated in this plan that will begin to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.  The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on March 10, 2014, in the Ladue Middle School cafeteria.



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.

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.

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:

LMSPA eBlasts
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Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thanks for your time,


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