September 14, 2014



 Good afternoon.  I hope the weekend has gone well for you all. 

I anticipate another great week for students and staff at 6th Grade Camp.  Best wishes to all the kids who will be attending – I hope they have a blast.

Last Friday’s professional development afternoon went well.  Staff participated in individual and small group work developing goals to support student achievement.  Many also attended a session regarding Diversity and Race, which we will continue through the school year.  We know that early release days cause a change in normal routines, particularly for working parents, and greatly appreciate your support in allowing our staff to work collaboratively on scheduled days during the year to serve you and your kids to the best of our abilities.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

I would like to welcome Christina Patrick, RN who was recently approved by the Board as our new LMS Nurse.  Christina has been a health care professional since 1998, with her most recent position as a Clinical Education Specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 2006.  In addition to previous positions, she has also served as an Adjunct faculty member for Maryville University and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College.  Christina has a BS in Nursing from Clemson University, a MS in Nursing from University of Missouri – Columbia, and is in progress to complete a PhD through University of Missouri – Kansas City.  Her official start date will be Monday, September.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 9/15
6th Grade Camp Session 1; through Wednesday, 9/17
Wednesday, 9/17
6th Grade Camp Session 2; through Friday, 9/19

Wednesday, 9/24
Fundraiser Kickoff assemblies; Periods 1, 2, 3
Friday, 9/26
Fundraiser Postcard turn in; during Lunch periods

Tuesday, 9/30
7th Grade Party; 3:10 – 4:10 pm (changed from 10/2); Field Day theme
Thursday, 10/2
Fundraiser Turn In day 1; during Lunch periods
Friday, 10/3
Ram Award Pizza day; during Lunch periods

Wednesday, 10/8
Picture Re-Take Day
Friday, 10/10
Early Release Day/End of Quarter 1
Saturday, 10/11
LEF Due Run/Walk

CORRECTION/ADDITION(S)

NEW ITEMS

Health Item
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has issued a health alert.  The St. Louis area is experiencing a recent increase in respiratory illnesses due to Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).  This may cause mild to severe respiratory illness and appears to be particularly difficult for those who have asthma or chronic lung conditions.  This respiratory illness has been referred to as a “common cold on steroids”.
To help reduce the risk of infection, healthcare professionals recommend:
Wash hand thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, especially with dirty hands.
Do not share cups or utensils with those who are ill.
Avoid kissing, hugging and other close contact with those who are ill.
Disinfect frequently-touched items such as toys, doorknobs, appliance handles, telephones, desktops, etc.
Stay home when you are feeling ill and keep your kids from school when they feel ill.
Most children have tolerated this virus well however, a handful have had severe symptoms requiring hospitalization so it is recommended to seek medical treatment for wheezing, panting, difficulty breathing and talking concurrently, bluish lips or any other sign of respiratory distress.  

Community Service Project
Jack Kahn, LMS 7th Grade student, is teaming up with Ready Readers to help St. Louis preschool-age children have their own books and could use your help.  He has placed a bin in front of the LMS Office to collect donated books you may have to provide through Friday, September 26.
·      Books should be for children age 5 and under.
·      Books should be new, like new or very gently used.
·      Books should be able to be read aloud (please, no chapter books, textbooks, activity books, workbooks, sticker books or coloring books).
·      Ready Readers is a non-sectarian organization, so they do not use books about religious holidays or books with religious themes.
Ready Readers is a non-profit organization that trains and mentors volunteers who read weekly to preschool-age children from low-income communities, and give children new books to help inspire them to want to learn to read.  They also give new and gently used books to the children’s schools and teachers.  For more information about reading to children, and giving, please visit www.readyreaders.org

Rams Club
Thanks to a grant from the LMSPA, the LMS Rams Club will start in a few weeks. The Rams Club offers an opportunity for 8th grade students who would like to stay after school and watch 8th grade home sports games/meets to do so in a supervised environment. On game days, students will spend the time in between when school ends and games start with an 8th grade teacher, doing homework and getting a free snack. Teachers will then escort them to the game. Games begin between 3:45-4:15 depending on the day. Students and parents must fill out a permission form in order to sign up and parents are responsible for transportation immediately following the game. Permission forms are available in the office and on the 8th grade sports webpage. All information about dates and times for the club are listed on the form. Spots are limited and are available on a first-come, first served basis. Students who want to watch games must be supervised and may not leave campus and return, so the Rams Club is a great opportunity for students who want to have school spirit!

LMSPA/8th Grade Formal
Attention all Eighth Grade Parents:  Volunteers Needed To help with the LMS 8th Grade Formal
If you can help with planning, preparing, publicity, fundraising, video editing, decorating, set up, chaperoning, or tear down, we want to include you! Our first meeting will be September 22nd at 1-2pm, and again at 7-8pm in the LMS library. If you can not make the meeting but wish to help, please email hawkins.shell@gmail.com. This year’s Formal is on May 1, 2015.  Hope to see you there.
Michelle Hawkins and Abby Hahn
8th Grade Formal Chairpersons

UPDATED ITEMS

Costa Rica Trip reminder
The deadline to sign up for the 8th grade Spring Break Costa Rica trip is October 1. If you need information or directions on how to sign up, please email Sarah Schwartz at saschwartz@ladueschools.net

REPEAT ITEMS

Grade 7 Trip
Dear 7th grade Parents,
Due to scheduling problems with Trout Lodge we have to change the date of the 7th grade Trip to Thursday, November 13th. This change in date has the advantage that students do not have school on Friday, November 14th. The plans will remain the same. Students will depart LMS at 8:30 a.m. for Trout Lodge. Students will have lunch and participate in choice activities at Trout Lodge from 10-3. We will then spend the evening from 5-8 at The City Museum. Permission slips and forms should come home soon. We very much appreciate your flexibility and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 
Sincerely,
Laila Crabtree
7th grade Trip Coordinator

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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 remainder to your Sunday.

Best wishes,


Greg

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