October 12, 2014





Good morning.  I hope your weekend is going well.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

For those of you who picked up students by car last Friday, thanks for your patience in getting up to the front of the building from the back lot.  The rain helped delay us in getting buses out.  We attempted to hold bus riders in the Lobby and Library until we confirmed that each bus had arrived.  It obviously took more time than normal.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Tuesday, 10/14
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 – 3 pm
Thursday, 10/16
Limo Lunch; Fundraiser prize for qualifying students (tentative date)
Earthquake drill; 3rd period (coordinating with nation-wide Great American Shakeout)

Monday, 10/20
LMS Scholastic Book Fair (through 10/23); Library
Tuesday, 10/21
After School activities; See schedule below
Wednesday, 10/22 and Thursday, 10/23
Parent Teacher Conferences
·      Wednesday – 3:05 dismissal
·      Thursday – 12:40 dismissal
Thursday, 10/23
Bus Evacuation drill (all students)
NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Friday, 10/24
NO SCHOOL

Monday, 10/27
Red Ribbon Week (through Friday, 10/31); daily events listed below
Vision Screenings; grade 6
Board of Education meeting; 7 pm
Wednesday, 10/29
7th Grade Trip chaperone meeting; 6 pm
7th Grade Trip parent meeting; 6:30 pm
Thursday, 10/30
6th Grade Party; 3:10 – 4:10 pm
National Forum on Character Education/Washington DC (through 11/1); LMS recognized as a National School of Character; attendees Dr. Tiffany-Taylor Johnson, Janey Worthington, Roger Scherck and Greg Baber

CORRECTION/ADDITION(S)

NEW ITEMS

After School Activities/Conference week
During Parent Conference week, some (but not all) After School Activities may be held on Tuesday, 10/21:
Activities scheduled to be held (to date) are:
·      LMS Fall Play rehearsal
·      Science Olympiad; Dynamic Planet
·      8th Grade Volleyball
·      8th Grade Cross Country
·      Partners Club
Activities that will not be held (to date) are:
·      Science Olympiad; Solar System
·      Science Olympiad; Fossils
·      7th Grade Math Help
·      6th Grade Math Help

Fundraiser Prize Item (Phone Charger)
It has been brought to our attention from our vendor that the Phone
Charger given out during the Fundraiser is under a recall.  Please return
all chargers to the main office as soon as possible.  We will have a
replacement within two weeks.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we thank you for your participation.

Winter Clothing Drive
Fall is here, and it is about to get cold outside.  We will be conducting a winter clothing drive to benefit students in the Riverview Gardens School District.  Please bring new or gently used winter clothing items to the Ladue Middle School cafeteria starting October 13 through October 23.  Clothing items are needed for students in pre-k through grade 12, and include coats, hats, gloves, socks, and scarves.  Monetary donations are also accepted.  Checks can be made out to Ladue Middle School and dropped off in the front office.  Any donation is appreciated!

Red Ribbon Week
The following information will be shared with your students regarding upcoming Red Ribbon Week activities.
Monday, 10/27 – “I Won’t ‘Due Drugs”: Wear Ladue blue or school spirit wear (camp, Turkey Trot, Ski Club, etc.) in the spirit of drug-free living.  Treats and prizes at lunch.
Tuesday, 10/28 – “Follow Your Dreams/Don’t Do Drugs” Day: Using illegal drugs will disrupt one’s future.  Protect your dreams by wearing cozy pajamas and/or carrying your teddy bear to school.  Treats and prizes at lunch.
Wednesday, 10/29 – “Put A Lid On Drugs” Day:  Don’t let drugs get into your head.  Wear hats, wigs, caps or head coverings.  Treats and prizes at lunch for participants.
Thursday, 10/30 – “I’m Too Bright For Drugs” Day:  Using drugs reduces academic motivation and performance.  Wear bright colors, neon, sunglasses, etc.  Treats and prizes at lunch for participants.
Friday, 10/31 – “My ‘Character’ Counts/I Don’t Do Drugs”:  Don’t mask your personality by doing drugs.  Show your good character.  Wear a costume – but no masks or replica weapons.  Treats and prizes at lunch for participants. 

UPDATED ITEMS

Jr Rams Baseball
The Ladue Junior Rams Baseball Program is in the process of forming teams for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. A meeting was held on Monday October 6 in the LMS Cafeteria to discuss the Program details and team formation process and timeline. A copy of the presentation materials from the meeting can be downloaded from the LMS Dad’s Club page on the LMS web site at:
For parents interested in having their child participate in the Program, there will be independent player assessments conducted on Sunday, October 12 from 9 to 2:45 and Sunday, November 2 from 9 to 2:45.  Parents can register for an assessment time slot by clicking on
Our goal is to have all teams formed and rosters finalized by no later than the first week of December.  In the meantime, Program questions should be directed to LMS Dad’s Club President Joe Mulligan
joemulligan910@gmail.com or 314-503-4384
or Kris Weber
kris@pitchingmechanic.com or 314-494-6827

REPEAT ITEMS

CURE Meeting
The CURE parent group is a networking opportunity for parents/guardians of African American students. Meetings, facilitated by Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke, involve the exchange of information and ideas. CURE will meet on Thursday, October 16, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Administrative Center. More information about CURE can be found on the district’s website under “Parent Information” and “Organizations.”

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 eBlasts
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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 enjoy the day today. 

Thank you,


Greg

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