October 17, 2014


Happy Friday. 

I will taking a few days of vacation next Monday and Tuesday to celebrate our son’s birthday (22) fishing for some trout in southern Missouri.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to Kameo Thompson, who will be joining our staff as a part-time Supervisory Aide on Monday.  She is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, with certification in English/Language Arts.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 10/20
LMS Scholastic Book Fair (through 10/23); Library
Tuesday, 10/21
After School activities; Updated 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 (see below)
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

Sunday, 11/2
Daylight Savings Time ends

Tuesday, 11/4
Election Day; Voting in LMS Library
Wednesday, 11/5
LMS Orchestra concert, Grades 7 – 8; 7 pm; HS Performing Arts Center
Friday, 11/7
Ram Award Pizza Day; All lunch shifts
LMS Fall Play; 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm; HS Performing Arts Center

CORRECTION/ADDITION(S)

NEW ITEMS

From the Nurse

For 7th grade parents, regarding the 7th grade trip:  If your child normally takes medication during the school day, or if your child has an inhaler or an Epipen on in the nurse's office, those medications will be sent on the trip and administered by teachers at the appropriate times. 

If there are additional medications your child will require prior to the trip ending at 8:30 pm, you will need to deliver those dosages to the LMS nurse, Christina Patrick at least a week prior to the trip.  For your convenience, Nurse Patrick will be available to collect these dosages at Parent/Teacher conferences next week in the 7th Grade hallway (she will be at the Titan Team check in table, near rooms 219 and 220.  Please note, if at all possible for your child to take their medication upon arriving home from the trip/before bed, then that is preferable. Please let Nurse Patrick know if you have any questions at cpatrick@ladueschools.net

Vision Screenings will be held on Monday, 10/27/2014, for 6th graders, students receiving SSD services, and students new to Ladue this year.  If your child wears glasses or contacts, please have them bring them on 10/27/2014.

Ski Trips

For the past eighteen years, LMS has provided students opportunities to ski and/or snow board at Hidden Valley.  There were more than 450 students who participated last year alone, with almost 150 who learned to ski for the first time.  There are two options for students to participate this year:
1.    Students may purchase the Friday season pass, which allows them to go skiing or snow boarding every Friday that Hidden Valley is open for the season.
2.    Students may purchase a single-day pass good only for our first ski trip on January 9 (all dates are listed below).
Ski Trip registrations will be held in the mornings, before school/beginning at 7:15 am, on the following dates:
·      8th grade: Tuesday, November 4
·      7th grade: Wednesday, Nov. 5
·      6th grade: Thursday, Nov. 6
·      If students missed your day: Friday, Nov. 7
 2015 Ski Trip dates are:
·      Jan 9
·      Jan 23
·      Jan 30
·      Feb 6
·      Feb 20
·      If needed Feb 27 will be our makeup day
Informational sheets should be provided to all students to bring home today.  I am attaching a copy of the sheet to the Blackboard Connect parent update email for your information.

Canned Food Drive
Parent volunteers are needed for the LMS Canned Food Drive.  This will occur Monday, November 17 through Monday, November 24 (7:15 to 8:20 am).  Please contact Nancy Edwards (my Secretary) at nedwards@ladueschools.net or call (314) 983-5502 if you are able to volunteer for this great event.  We need one volunteer for each grade per day.  You do not have to work every day.  Working even one morning would be a tremendous help.

8th Grade Semi-Formal
Please see the information attached to the Blackboard Connect parent update email.

LMSPA Lunchtime Lecture
Please see the information attached to the Blackboard Connect parent update email.

UPDATED 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
·      Social Justice (new addition since last email)

REPEAT ITEMS

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. 

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 have a great Friday and weekend.

Thank you,


Greg

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