November 9, 2014



Good afternoon.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

I would like to follow Dr. Jahnke’s recent communication to district parents with some building-specific information pertaining to a decision by the grand jury in the Michael Brown death investigation.  I do not have any information as to when this decision will be released.  What we have done to date at our level is have conversations with our district administration and have brainstormed possible scenarios as they might pertain to our school.  In a communication sent out to LMS staff this past Friday, I stressed that we will continue to maintain our regular level of security, monitoring access to our building through designated points of entry.  Following the release of any announcement, we plan to provide school personnel for students or staff that need support, in a manner that respects personal opinion, privacy and dignity.  It is my goal to maintain our instructional plans and activities, providing students and staff with a level of normalcy and continuity.  One of the many aspects of LMS that I love and cherish is our diversity – it makes us strong.  I know that our Ladue Middle School students and staff will work to support one another and our community during this challenging time for our city.
     
CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to 7th grader Anna Zhong, who has been accepted into the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Acceptance into this orchestra is a huge accomplishment for any young musician. Congratulations as well go out to LMS Orchestra teachers Jeff Lindhorst, Twinda Murry, Elizabeth Daley and Ruth Panhorst.  Performance dates for the 2014-2015 season are: Friday, November 14 (8 pm); Sunday, March 22 (3 pm); and Saturday, May 30 (8 pm). 

Thank you to all the parent volunteers and especially our Book Fair Chairperson, Jodi Blucher, for making our recent Scholastic Book Fair a success.  Our profit increased more than 5% from last year and the LMS Library will receive approximately $1700 to use for library purchases.  Thank you for devoting your time in helping our students.

Congratulations to LMS Drama teacher Leah Scheidt and the cast and crew of The Southfield Stories for very wonderful performances Friday evening at the LHWHS Black Box Theater.  Outstanding job to you all!

Thank you to LMS teacher Mark Biernbaum and staff members who organized Ski Club signups this past week.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 11/10
LMS Penny Wars begin (see below)
Tuesday, 11/11
6th Grade Parents to Lunch; 10:38 – 11:08 am
ELL Pie Night; 6:30 pm; LMS Cafeteria
Wednesday, 11/12
7th Grade Parents to Lunch; 11:26 – 11:56 am
LMS Vocal Music concert; 7 pm; HS Performing Arts Center
Thursday, 11/13
7th Grade Trip; Trout Lodge and City Museum
8th Grade Parents to Lunch; 12:14 – 12:44 pm
Friday, 11/14
No School; Professional Development Day for Teachers

Monday, 11/17
LMS Canned Food Drive begins (see below)
Tuesday, 11/25
LMS Turkey Trot and Assembly (see below)
Wednesday, 11/26 through Friday, 11/28
Thanksgiving Break; No School

Monday, 12/1
Discovery Education (DE) testing (through 12/4); Block Day schedules
·      12/1 – White day/Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
·      12/2 – White day/Periods 2, 4, 6, 8
·      12/3 – Blue day/Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
·      12/4 – Blue day/Periods 2, 4, 6, 8
Friday, 12/5
Hearing screenings
Ram Award Pizza day; all lunch shifts

CORRECTION/ADDITION(S)

Please be aware of the following corrections:
·      The ELL Pie Night scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 will begin at 6:30 pm (originally communicated as beginning at 7 pm).
·      The LMS Penny War fundraiser will be extended through Monday, November 17 to allow for five full school days.

NEW ITEMS

8th Grade Semi-Formal
Attention Eighth Grade Parents:  Thank you so much to the 70 families that have already donated to help fund the Eighth Grade Semi-Formal.   If you have not already donated we now have an opportunity for you to donate online at the following address:
http://mylmspa.com/8th-grade-party-info/
Thank you for your generous contributions,
Michelle Hawkins and Abby Hahn
Co-chairs of the Eighth Grade Semi-Formal

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Ladue Middle School 17th Annual Turkey Trot, Penny War and Canned Food Drive
Penny Wars:  November 10 – 17
Show that your grade level is the most caring and has the most spirit.  Each grade level will have a jug placed in the lobby all week for donation collection.  All pennies and checks (made out to Ladue Middle School) placed into a jug count as a positive amount.  All silver coins and paper money counts as a negative dollar amount equivalent to their denomination.  The grade level with the greatest positive (or least negative) amount at the end of the week wins!  All donations will go to Free the Children Create Change program to help children and families in impoverished countries.
Canned Food Drive:  November 17 – 24
LMS is collecting can and money donations for Gateway 180, an area shelter that distributes food and funds to many area homeless shelters.  There will be a competition to see which class at each grade level can bring in the most cans.  The class with the best overall per student donation average will win a pizza party.  The winning class at each grade level will receive a soda and chip party.  You may choose to bring in money instead of cans.  One can equals $.50 (make checks out to Ladue Middle School).  All cans will be turned into the before school grade level waiting area (cafeteria or gym) and collected by parent volunteers as well as members of the Social Justice Club and National Junior Honor Society.
100 Can Club – All students bringing in 100 cans will receive a 100 Can Club Certificate hung in the hall with their name on it and their name read on the afternoon announcements.  Members of the 100 Can Club will have the opportunity to throw a pie in one of their favorite faculty member’s face!
Turkey Trot:  November 25
A special Turkey Trot schedule will be created with shortened periods that will allow for the running of three separate one-mile races, one for each grade level, as well as an all school celebration at the end of the school day. 
All School Celebration Assembly:  November 25; 2:25 – 3:05 pm
We will recognize the winning grade level of penny war, the winning classes of canned food drive, 100 can club members and turkey trot winners. 100 can club members will be selected at this time to throw a pie in the face of some of their favorite faculty members!

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.


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Have a great remainder to your weekend.


Greg

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