October 5, 2014


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Good afternoon on an outstanding day, weather-wise.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

I would like to publicly thank our district’s bus drivers who attended our yearly Coffee last Tuesday morning with building administrators and counselors.  We shared with them information pertaining to our building’s Character Education initiatives and encouraged them to help by making use of our Ram Award and Caught You Caring positive reinforcements.

Thank you, again, to our building custodians.  Their efforts and contributions were celebrated last week on Thursday with an office pot-luck lunch and thank you cards.

Thank you, in advance, to our cafeteria staff and all they do.  We will celebrate with them tomorrow morning.

Finally, thank you to Science 6 teacher Kathleen Murphy for sending her students to provide the day’s Weather Bug forecast during our morning announcements.  I get a big kick out of bringing them back to my office – most have eyes as big as saucers and try to hide their nervousness.  Once they finish, they walk out proud of what they have done, and I am told that they return to the classroom to the applause of their classmates.  It is often the highlight of my day.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Wednesday, 10/8
Fundraiser Turn In day 2; during Lunch periods
Picture Re-Take Day
Thursday, 10/9
Ladue Education Breakfast; 7 – 9:30 am; Frontenac Hilton
Friday, 10/10
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
Fundraiser Late Turn In day
End of Quarter 1
Saturday, 10/11
LEF Due Run/Walk

Tuesday, 10/14
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 – 3 pm

Monday, 10/20
LMS Book Fair (through 10/23)
Wednesday, 10/22 and Thursday, 10/23
Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, 10/24
No School

Thursday, 10/30
6th Grade Party; 3:10 – 4:10 pm

CORRECTION/ADDITION(S)

NEW ITEMS

7th Grade Trip
For 7th grade parents, please be aware that 7th grade Trip forms and payments are due by Friday, October 10th.


LEF CPK Fundraiser
The Ladue Education Foundation and California Pizza Kitchen are partnering in a fundraiser.  The dates are October 4 – 11 (sorry that I am a day late getting this out), good only at the Creve Coeur CPK location.  A flyer is attached to the Blackboard Connect email for your information.

School Picture Re-Takes
If your child was absent on the August 27 Picture Day, we will have a Re-Take Day on October 8.  Although you may not wish to order a picture packet, we do like all students to have their pictures updated for Infinite Campus.  If you ordered a picture packet from September 22, and there is something significantly wrong with the result, please have your child return their complete packet, including the package insert sheet, to the photographers for a re-take on October 8.  Parents may either fill out the order form (I am attaching this to the Blackboard Connect email should you need it)  OR you may order online at www.WagnerPortraitGroup.com and use the password: LMS.  Please direct all questions, concerns, or special requests directly to Wagner Portrait Group at  314-567-5900.
I have put together a schedule to have students from specific grade levels released from morning classes (periods 1 – 3) that morning.  A final announcement will be made at the beginning of 4th period for all remaining students.

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.”

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Ladue Junior Rams Baseball Program Meeting
October 6, 7pm; LMS Cafeteria
(The following is from Joe Mulligan, LMS Dads Club President)
In October 2013, the Ladue Junior Rams Baseball Program (the “Program”) was founded by the Ladue Middle School Dad’s Club in partnership and with the support of the Ladue Middle School, Ladue Fifth Grade Center, Ladue School District Athletic Association and the Ladue High School Baseball Program. The Program is not officially part of the Ladue School District, but was formed and shaped based upon input, feedback and involvement from these partner constituencies and the Ladue Schools community.  Following are the key features and goals of the Program:
·      Facilitate community and school spirit by enabling kids that attend Ladue Schools in grades 5 – 8 to play organized baseball together;
·      Avoid a tryout/cut system, but rather try to formulate one or more teams at each grade level comprised of kids with similar athletic talent levels and goals;
·      Maintain program flexibility that enables participants to use their Junior Rams Baseball team as either their primary or secondary baseball team, and
·      Provide participants with access to high quality coaching and training that is consistent with the standards and philosophies of the Ladue High School baseball program.
In the Program’s inaugural season, there were nine teams that were formed and began play in the Spring/Summer 2014 season. The teams consisted of both select and recreational skill levels and played in various leagues in the area, including Chesterfield, Clayton, Ballwin and Kirkwood.
The Program is in the process of planning for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. Our goal is to have all teams formed by no later than the first week of December. There will be a meeting on Monday October 6th at 7 pm in the LMS Cafeteria for parents and coaches interested in learning more about the Program. 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).

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!

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Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on boardbriefs.blogspot.com

Have a great remainder of your weekend.

Go Cards.

Thank you,

Greg

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