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Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014



Good morning.  I hope your families have experienced a joyful and safe holiday season and are looking forward to the coming New Year.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Thank you to Ladue Florist for their very generous donation of flowers to the 7th grade science students. Because of this the 7th grade science classes were able to have a great flower lab to help the students learn about sexual reproduction in plants.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 12/22 through Friday, January 2
Winter Break

Monday, 1/5
School resumes
Wednesday, 1/7
8th Grade student/parent meeting for next year; LHWHS PAC; 7 pm (see below)
Friday, 1/9
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Tuesday, 1/13
3rd Quarter After School Activities begin
Thursday, 1/15
8th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library)
Friday, 1/16
Early Release Day at 12:40 pm/Professional Development sessions

Monday, 1/19
No School; Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday
Friday, 1/23
6th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library)
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Thursday, 1/29
7th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library) – originally scheduled for 1/22
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

CORRECTIONS/ADDITIONS

NEW ITEMS

Quarter 3 After School Activities
After School Activities will begin on Tuesday, January 13, and extend through Thursday, March 5.  Due to Parent Conferences on March 11 and 12, Activity sponsors will have the option of meeting on Tuesday, March 10.  If activities will occur on that date, this will be communicated through upcoming Parent Updates as the date approaches.  All activities for Quarter 3 will be posted on the LMS website asap and will meet on the designated day from 3:10 to 4:10 pm, unless otherwise noted.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

For parents of current 8th grade students
A scheduling/informational meeting for current 8th grade students who plan on attending Ladue Horton Watkins High School next year, and their parents, will be held on January 7 at the LHWHS Performing Arts Center.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm.

From the Nurse
The nurse wants to remind all parents that students are NOT allowed to transport any medications to school.  Parents must deliver and pick up all medications to and from the nurse and ALL medications require a signature from a doctor - including all over the counter medicines.  Click here for a copy of the Medication Administration Form.  
Or you can also visit the nurse's web page on the LMS website.

Yearbooks On Sale 
Yearbooks are on sale now. 
Orders can be placed by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com
and entering #8647 to order (or there is a link under the Activities tab on the LMS webpage).  Phone orders can also be made by calling 1-866-287-3096.  Please email any questions to Sharrie Cognac, one of our yearbook sponsors.  She can be contacted at scognac@ladueschools.net

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


Best wishes to you all,


Greg

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014



My apologies for not getting an Update out either last Friday or over the weekend. 

On a personal note, I have successfully avoided some dental surgery for the past thirty-five years.  It has now caught up to me and, as a result, tomorrow will be my last full day before the beginning of the holiday break.  With a few moments available before leaving for home, I wanted to share the following with you before tomorrow got away from me.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad student team members and coaches for their 1st and 3rd place finishes on Saturday, December 6, at the Southern Illinois Invitational.  Great job!

Congratulations go out to three student Robotics teams who participated in the Eastern Missouri State Tournament on Sunday, December 7.
·      The Neon Electrons, with team members Claire Englander, Grace Hardester, Maggie Lochmoeller, Rebecca Cunningham, Rose Coughlin, Grace Chicoine.  The team won the Project Research Award.
·      The Fiery Phoenixes, with team members Hale Masaki, Joel Willick, Nicolas Chicoine, Andrew Fruend, Alex Zhou and Ethan Willick.  The team earned the third highest score on the Robot Table.
·      The Electric Monkeys, with team member Will Stoneman and students from our Fifth Grade Center.
This year, more than 240 teamed competed in ten qualifying tournaments in November.  Only forty teams qualified to advance to the Championship tournament.  Including an additional team from the Fifth Grade Center, Ladue was represented by four of the forty teams that qualified for the state competition.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Friday, 12/19
End of Semester 2

Monday, 12/22 through Friday, January 2
Winter Break

Monday, 1/5
School resumes
Wednesday, 1/7
8th Grade student/parent meeting for next year; LHWHS PAC; 7 pm (see below)
Friday, 1/9
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Tuesday, 1/13
3rd Quarter After School Activities begin
Thursday, 1/15
8th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library)
Friday, 1/16
Early Release Day at 12:40 pm/Professional Development sessions

Monday, 1/19
No School; Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday
Friday, 1/23
6th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library)
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Thursday, 1/29
7th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library) – originally scheduled for 1/22
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

CORRECTION/ADDITION(S)

NEW ITEMS

For parents of current 8th grade students
A scheduling/informational meeting for current 8th grade students who plan on attending Ladue Horton Watkins High School next year, and their parents, will be held on January 7 at the LHWHS Performing Arts Center.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm.

From the Nurse
The nurse wants to remind all parents that students are NOT allowed to transport any medications to school.  Parents must deliver and pick up all medications to and from the nurse and ALL medications require a signature from a doctor - including all over the counter medicines.  Click here for a copy of the Medication Administration Form.  
Medication Administration Form
Or you can also visit the nurse's web page on the LMS website.

10 Apps you might want to look at
I am attaching a copy of an article recently shared by Tony Tramelli of West County Psychological Associates regarding new apps that you might want to be aware of in terms of student/adolescent use.  If you read my Updates via the blog, this attachment will be accessible through the Blackboard Connect email.

UPDATED ITEMS

LMSPA / Gift & Project
The following is from the LMSPA Co-Presidents: Jodi Blucher and Jodi Minkler.
WHAT IS GIFT & PROJECT?  The Gift & Project (lovingly called G & P) Fundraiser is the LMSPA's biggest and most important fundraiser of the school year.  It takes place two times per year: Winter (around the holidays) and Spring (near the end of the school year).  Through this fundraiser, families donate to the LMSPA in honor of our wonderful Ladue Middle School Faculty and Staff.  As a family, you decide whom you wish to honor with your donation.  Each staff member then receives a letter informing them of who has honored them by donating to the LMSPA (donation amounts are not disclosed).  The money raised then goes to gifts and projects that the LMSPA funds for our school community each year.
A letter was mailed to your home describing some of the many things that the Gift & Project Fundraiser has helped to do for our school.  The Winter Gift & Project letter and the Winter Gift & Project staff acknowledgment form are also attached to this email.  Donations may be dropped off at the LMS office or made online via PayPal at MyLMSPA.com.
The deadline for Winter Gift & Project donations has been extended until Monday, December 15th.  While we accept and appreciate all donations, any made after Monday, December 15th are not guaranteed to be listed on the acknowledgment letters that the staff will receive before winter break.
If you haven't already donated, we hope that you will consider honoring your teachers and others with a tax-deductible donation.

REPEAT ITEMS

Yearbooks On Sale 
Yearbooks are on sale now. 
Orders can be placed by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com
and entering #8647 to order (or there is a link under the Activities tab on the LMS webpage).  Phone orders can also be made by calling 1-866-287-3096.  Please email any questions to Sharrie Cognac, one of our yearbook sponsors.  She can be contacted at scognac@ladueschools.net

LMSPA eBlasts
If you are not currently receiving LMSPA email news blasts but would like to, please click on the following link to subscribe:

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


Although some weeks have been busier and more involved than the norm, the semester as a whole has gone by very quickly.  At the risk of being repetitive, I sincerely feel blessed to work with you, your students, and our staff. 

I would like to pass along my hopes for a safe, joyous holiday season for you and your families.

Best wishes to you all,

Greg



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LMS Nurse: Influenza Notice


From the LMS Nurse

(The following was recently shared with our staff members yesterday.)

Influenza is off to an early and strong start in the St. Louis area and in our immediate community.  The dramatic increase in cases currently being diagnosed in our area is caused by a strain of Influenza A.  Because of the recent jump in cases, health officials are urging individuals to get vaccinated if they have not already.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that even if the vaccine does not quite match a strain found, the vaccination can still provide some protection by reducing the likelihood of severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death.  It is important to note that most cases of the current strain of Influenza A affect children, ages 5 to 14 (including our student population).

Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection characterized by muscle aches,
headache and fever.  Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions are at higher risk of complications.
Signs and Symptoms of the seasonal flu:
  Fever
  Cough
  Sore Throat
  Body Aches
  Headache
  Chills
  Tiredness/Fatigue
  Nausea
  Vomiting
  Diarrhea

If you have any of the above symptoms, especially a fever of 100° F or higher, it is recommended that you contact your medical provider for evaluation.  Antiviral medications may be indicated.

To Prevent the Spread of Influenza and General Precautions to Stay Healthy:
  Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.
  Whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth.  If possible, use a tissue; throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  If a tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve, rather than your hand.
  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible.
  Maintain a distance of three (3) feet between you and other people.
  Avoid people who have a cold, and, if you catch a cold, avoid contact with other people.
  If you are sick (or think you may be sick), stay home from work or school.
  If possible, talk to healthcare providers by phone to avoid an in-person office visit

To protect against this recent spike in cases, St. Louis County will be offering two free flu clinics:
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
North County - John C. Murphy Health Center
6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley (63134)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
South County  - Local Union Hall #110
4532 S. Lindbergh Blvd., in Sunset Hills (63127)
Located immediately north of the South County Health Center