December 7, 2014

My apologies for getting this out so late this week.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Thank you, again, if you and your children supported our yearly Canned Food Drive.  With the loss of a school day, our recent late start due to weather, and our testing last week, we decided to save as much instructional time as possible and celebrate the results of the Drive this year through lunches rather than holding our usual assembly.  Our Turkey Trot may be turned into a Bunny Hop this coming spring, providing us with better weather.  I have included the information shared with the kids this past week in the Updated Items sections below.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 12/8
Scholastic Reading Inventory testing for those students below grade level (through Friday, 12/12)
Wednesday, 12/10
LMS Orchestra concert, Grade 6; 7 pm; LMS
Thursday, 12/11
LMS Band concert; 7 pm; LMS
Friday, 12/12
Early Release day; Dismissal at 12:40 pm

Friday, 12/19
End of Semester 2

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

Monday, 1/5
School resumes
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, 1/15
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)
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

CORRECTION/ADDITION(S)

NEW ITEMS

LMS Library
Our Librarian, Narcisse Laidlaw, asked that I share two attachments for your information regarding our Parenting collection.  Please reference the Blackboard Connect email for these attachments.

Fundraiser/Holiday Gifts
As a reminder, I am attaching a flier to the Blackboard Connect email regarding our yearly school fundraiser and the greater gift options (more than just magazines) through Great American.

UPDATED ITEMS

Canned Food Drive Totals
Penny War to support Feed The Children
   Grade 6:  Total   $436.29
   Grade 7:  Total   $326.10
   Grade 8:  Total   $324.71
   Total Raised in 2014:  $1087.10
Canned Food Drive to support Gateway 180
   Grade Level Totals              
      Grade 6:  6044 cans
      Grade 7:  3932 cans (2094 in 2013)
      Grade 8:  5448 cans (4264 in 2013)
      Staff:  3314 cans (2088 in 2013)
      Total 2014:  19079 cans (15056 2013)             
   Winning Classrooms (combined cans per students plus % participation)
      Grade 6:  McBride, period 8 (1st); Harris, period 8 (2nd)
      Grade 7:  Strayhorn, period 6 (1st); Fantasia, period 6 (2nd)
      Grade 8:  Long, period 8 (1st); Turney, period 8 (2nd)
      Pizza Party for best overall:  McBride Grade 6 8th Period Class
      100 Can Club:  105 Members!
Tee Shirt Design Winners:  7th Graders Becky Tan and Shirley Pan

REPEAT ITEMS

LMSPA/Gift & Project
The following is from the LMSPA Co-Presidents: Jodi Blucher and Jodi Minkler.
WHAT IS GIFT & PROJECT?
If you are new to LMS or if you have ever asked yourself that question, the info below will help to answer that:  The Gift and Project (lovingly called G & P) Fundraiser is the LMSPA's biggest fundraiser.  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.
In the last several days, you should have received a letter describing some of the many things that the Gift & Project Fundraiser has helped to do for our school.
We hope that you will consider honoring your teachers and others with a donation by next Friday, December 12th.  Thank you!

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


Thank you and have a good Sunday night.


Greg

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