May 2, 2014


Happy Friday, everyone. 

Another week down and 15 student attendance days to go in the school year (not that we are counting).

Time is getting close for our yearly 8th Grade Dance this evening, which begins at 7:30 pm.  The Gym looks fantastic due to the efforts of our 8th Grade parent volunteers and custodial staff.  It should be a great evening.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9
Teacher Appreciation Week
Wednesday, May 7
LMS Orchestra Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 9
Citizenship Ceremonies; LMS Gym
·      8th Grade @ 8:15 am
·      7th Grade @ 9:30 am
·      6th Grade @ 12:45 pm

Tuesday, May 13
LMSPA Meeting; 1:00 pm
LMS Choir Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 14
Science Olympiad to national competition
LMS Diversity Cadre's African American Student Recognition Night; 6:00 pm;     
     LMS Cafeteria
Friday, May 16
Band field trip; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, May 21
LMS Variety Show; Gym; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 22
8th grade Six Flags trip
Friday, May 23
8th grade Farewell Assembly; 12:00
End of 4th Quarter

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

May 5 through May 9 is Teacher Appreciation week.  As part of our celebration here, the LMSPA will be providing breakfast treats for staff on the morning of May 6.  Thank you to Co-Presidents Jodi Blucher and Jodi Minkler and members of the LMSPA Board for their kindness.  Thank you, as well, to Jennifer Parish for bringing in the treats next Tuesday (always with a smile). 

I wish to thank each of you who responded to my inquiry about preserving my father’s Korean War era Army uniforms.  Your consideration and assistance are greatly appreciated. 

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

Reminder/Dismissal Procedures
We have recently noticed some students exiting the building at dismissal through multiple doors in different areas of LMS.  Our normal and long-standing procedure in the afternoon is to have bus riders exit the building at the bell, with car riders and walkers waiting in the Welcome Center lobby (where we have assigned staff members for after school supervision) until buses depart.  This usually takes about 7 to 8 minutes at the most.  After they leave, we then release those remaining students to catch their rides or begin walking home.  If you can help us in this, we would greatly appreciate it.
As always, parents who wish to sign their children out of school prior to dismissal can always do so by checking in at the Welcome Center office.

Principal Survey
It seems that the end of each school year brings on “survey season.”  With my apologies for asking you to complete the following, I would appreciate you taking a few moments to provide me with feedback regarding this past school year and my performance (or lack thereof).  You can access this survey at:
There is also a box at the end if you wish to provide specific comments/feedback regarding our Grade Level Principals.  The survey will remain open for input through the conclusion of the school year.

Due Care Food/Toiletry Drive
Due Care will be hosting a food drive for our families in need throughout the district.  This will help these families provide food for their children over the summer break. (Please see the flyer attached to the Blackboard Connect email).

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Student Community Service Project
LMS student Lauren Vanlandingham (7th grade/Titan Team) is coordinating a sugar free mint gum drive to help kids and teens undergoing chemotherapy while they battle cancer.  If you can help, donations of gum or money will be collected each morning in the Welcome Center before school starts.  The gum drive will be held on April 28 - May 9.  All donations will benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer, a St. Louis organization that helps children with cancer cope with the challenges they face, make the best out of the situation they are in, and most importantly, remember that it's ok to still just be a kid.

Citizenship Ceremonies/Parking
Our yearly Citizenship Ceremonies (this year on May 9) result in outstanding parent attendance.  This is great.  The challenge comes in regarding parking.  The back lot will be available and doors will be accessible on the rear portion of the Gym.  We will also have a shuttle bus reserved, which will be running between our building and Ladue Chapel (9450 Clayton Road, just east of LMS), if this helps.  The shuttle bus stop will be located in the far, right-hand corner of the Ladue Chapel parking lot.
Citizenship ceremony information:
8th grade ceremony - 8:15-9:15
7th grade ceremony - 9:30-10:30
6th grade ceremony - 12:45-1:45

LHWHS Sports Physicals for next year (for current 8th graders)
Attention all 2014-2015 LHWHS incoming freshmen!  Are you planning on participating in a high school sport next school year?  If so, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Athletics Department must have a current physical and parent permission on file. Students are not eligible to try out for a sport without these documents on file. These forms must be dated on or AFTER February 1, 2014 to be valid for the 2014-2015 school year.  Completed forms can be turned into the Athletics office now through August 4, 2014 for fall sports. Please visit the Athletics tab on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School website to download the needed forms. 
For the fourth year in a row, DUE CARE will sponsor physicals provided by Logan College of Chiropractic to all Ladue Horton Watkins High School students.  Physicals will only be $15 per student on Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the LHWHS Cafeteria. Appointments are not needed!  However, parents must be present to sign all forms at the completion of the physical examination.  If you haven't made arrangements for getting a sports physical for the 2014-2015 school year, we encourage you to take advantage of this special opportunity. If you have any questions, please call the LHWHS Athletics and Activities Office at (314) 983-5421.

LEF Survey
The mission of the Ladue Education Foundation is to advance the excellence of the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for extraordinary student success.  They would like your help.  Please click on the link below to take a brief survey and let them know if you are willing to share your talents and expertise, or if you would like to learn more about the Foundation.
The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 9.  For more information, please contact Diane Patershuk or Kristen Wild at 314-983-5334 or at lef@ladueschools.net

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

Thank you for helping make this past school year wonderful.  On behalf of the LMS Staff, we appreciate you support and your outstanding kids.

I hope you and your families have a great weekend,

Greg

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