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Friday, January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015



Good afternoon.

I am very glad the weekend is coming up.  For some reason, four-day weeks around here seem to take forever.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to all LMS students who participated in our annual Spelling Bee after school this past Tuesday.  Special congratulations go out to our 1st Place finisher, Justin Wayne from the Pioneer Team, and our 2nd Place finisher, Micheal Wayne from Titan.  Justin will now participate in the written Regional semi-final Spelling Bee at McKendree University on Saturday, March 7.  Thank you to LMS Librarian Narcisse Laidlaw for coordinating this yearly event and to LMS Teachers Lynn Moeckel, Brian Beracha, Janice Davis and Laurie Lambie for providing assistance.

A huge thank you to the LMS Parent Association Executive Board and Jennifer Parish for providing a multitude of breakfast treats for our staff this morning.  What a great way to end the work week!

CALENDAR ITEMS

Thursday, 1/29
7th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library) – originally scheduled for 1/22
Friday, 1/30
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Monday, 2/2
Discovery Education (DE) testing, round 3 (through Thursday, 2/5).  Block Day schedules.
·      2/2: Blue/Odd
·      2/3: Blue/Even
·      2/4: White/Odd
·      2/5: White/Even
High School counselors begin meeting with current grade 8 students regarding registration for next year.
Friday, 2/6
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Monday, 2/9
Hoops For Heart (PE)
Tuesday, 2/10
LMSPA meeting; 1 – 3 pm
6th Grade Party; 3:10 pm
Wednesday, 2/11
NAEP Testing; selected 8th grade students; Library & 105
Thursday, 2/12
I AM LMS Day
Friday, 2/13
District Professional Development day (No School for students)
Saturday, 2/14
VALENTINE’S DAY

Monday, 2/16
No School; Presidents Day
Friday, 2/20
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

CORRECTIONS/ADDITIONS

NEW ITEMS

Selma the movie/free student tickets
In an unprecedented effort led by a team of African-American business leaders in New York, organizations across the U.S. coordinated a massive national campaign to find African-American business leaders to underwrite free admission to the Oscar-nominated film “SELMA” for students around the country.
 Area theatres are offering free admission to see SELMA to any 7th, 8th and 9th graders who show a student ID or report card at any of the following St. Louis locations: Wehrenberg O’Fallon 15 Cine, AMC Creve Coeur 12, Moolah Theatre and Lounge and the Regal St. Louis Stadium 18 & IMAX.  Ticket are available while supplies last.
http://selmastudentstickets.com/ 

Registration for next year
Current 8th grade students:
·      All current 8th graders will have met with their Counselor, Janey Worthington, by January 29.  Their registration forms are due to their LMS mathematics teacher no later than February 2.  LHWHS counselors will be at LMS February 3 and 4 to meet with 8th graders individually.
Current 6th and 7th grade students:
·      Beth Mothersbaugh and Roger Scherck will be going into 6th and 7th grade classrooms (respectively) beginning next week to meet with students regarding registration for 2015-2016.  Students will be provided with Curriculum Handbooks and registration forms.  Forms will be due to the Welcome Center by February 12.  Copies of the Curriculum Handbook and registration form are also available online on our LMS website, under the Information tab.
Current 5th grade students:
·      Registration forms for next year’s 6th graders will be due to the Fifth Grade Center teacher by February 6.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Guest Speaker/LHWHSPA
Join us in the Black Box Theater on February 9 from 7 - 8:30 pm.  The LHWHS Parent's Association will host an evening with Laura Huff, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Director, Eating Disorders Program, at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute.  She will present "Updates on Eating Disorders:  What we know about causes and treatment.  How to raise resilient teens who have a healthy relationship with food and their body.”   All parents are welcome since this is a topic that touches the lives of many:  male, female, and even the student athlete.  Invite a friend and join us.  Questions:  Elizabeth Cobin, cobin@att.net

8th Grade Video
An 8th grade video will be shown at the Semi-Formal on May 1 and at the Farewell Assembly on May 22.  The parents making it (Amy Walker, Amy Hobbs, Ben Schilders) need photos from elementary and middle school.  They may be uploaded to the site below, emailed to the address below or hard copies may be labeled and sent to Mrs. Worthington in the LMS Welcome Center.
To access the gallery and upload photos:
http://dropevent.com/gallery/lmsphotos
Please put your child’s name as the caption after upload.
To email photos:
lmsphotos@dropevent.com
Please put your child’s name in the subject line of the email.

I Am LMS Day
On February 12, we will conduct our annual I Am LMS Day, which celebrates and raises awareness of our rich, diverse student, staff, and community population.  Sessions developed by our Diversity Committee and student Diversity Council will be held on that day, at each grade level.
 
Recycling Drive
Midwest Recycling Center will be holding a free community-wide electronic recycling drive at LMS on Saturday, April 25, from 10 am to 1 pm (rain or shine).  Please reference their website at www.midwrc.net under the Public Recycling Events tab for more information as the date approaches.  Information should be available in terms of acceptable and restricted 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

Thanks for your time and have a great weekend.


Greg

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015



Good afternoon and Happy Friday.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Thank you for doing a great job of teaching your kids proper manners and consideration for others.  Having worked with students over the past thirty-two years, in a variety of settings, it is NOT a common occurrence for children of this age level to hold doors open for others, help their peers when someone drops a loaded binder on a hallway floor, or just say “thank you” or “good morning.”  While such positive behaviors and actions are out of the ordinary, based upon my past experience, they are the norm here.  That is not to say LMS is perfect (far from it), but working with students who display consideration for others is greatly valued by us all.  Please pass this along to your children this weekend to let them know how much it is appreciated.     

CALENDAR ITEMS

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
LHWHS Community Basketball Chili Supper; 5 – 7 pm; HS Cafeteria (see below)

Thursday, 1/29
7th Grade Parents To Lunch and Principal Meeting (Library) – originally scheduled for 1/22
Friday, 1/30
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Monday, 2/2
Discovery Education (DE) testing, round 3 (through Thursday, 2/5).  Block Day schedules.
·      2/2: Blue/Odd
·      2/3: Blue/Even
·      2/4: White/Odd
·      2/5: White/Even
High School counselors begin meeting with current grade 8 students regarding registration for next year.
Friday, 2/6
Hidden Valley Ski Trip

Monday, 2/9
Hoops For Heart (PE)
Tuesday, 2/10
LMSPA meeting; 1 – 3 pm
6th Grade Party; 3:10 pm
Wednesday, 2/11
NAEP Testing; selected 8th grade students; Library & 105
Thursday, 2/12
I AM LMS Day
Friday, 2/13
District Professional Development day (No School for students)
Saturday, 2/14
VALENTINE’S DAY (don’t forget)

CORRECTIONS/ADDITIONS

NEW ITEMS

Guest Speaker/LHWHSPA
Join us in the Black Box Theater on February 9 from 7 - 8:30 pm.  The LHWHS Parent's Association will host an evening with Laura Huff, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Director, Eating Disorders Program, at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute.  She will present "Updates on Eating Disorders:  What we know about causes and treatment.  How to raise resilient teens who have a healthy relationship with food and their body.”   All parents are welcome since this is a topic that touches the lives of many:  male, female, and even the student athlete.  Invite a friend and join us.  Questions:  Elizabeth Cobin, cobin@att.net

8th Grade Video
An 8th grade video will be shown at the Semi-Formal on May 1 and at the Farewell Assembly on May 22.  The parents making it (Amy Walker, Amy Hobbs, Ben Schilders) need photos from elementary and middle school.  They may be uploaded to the site below, emailed to the address below or hard copies may be labeled and sent to Mrs. Worthington in the LMS Welcome Center.
To access the gallery and upload photos:
http://dropevent.com/gallery/lmsphotos
Please put your child’s name as the caption after upload.
To email photos:
lmsphotos@dropevent.com
Please put your child’s name in the subject line of the email.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Basketball Chili Supper
The Ladue School District’s Annual Chili Supper and Basketball night will occur on Friday, January 23, from 5 – 7 pm, in the LHWHS Cafeteria.  All LECC, Elementary, Middle and High School families are encouraged to attend.  Costs are $6 per person in advance and $8 at the door that evening.  Ticket purchases include: 1) Chili and BBQ dinner; 2) entrance to the Ladue girls JV and Varsity games; and 3) related activities, entertainment and fun.  You are asked to rsvp by January 16 to Committee Chair Audrey Mack at 314-997-5039 or to aemack@swbell.net
Payment and registration may also be made online at www.laduehighpa.com

I Am LMS Day
On February 12, we will conduct our annual I Am LMS Day, which celebrates and raises awareness of our rich, diverse student, staff, and community population.  Sessions developed by our Diversity Committee and student Diversity Council will be held on that day, at each grade level.
 
Recycling Drive
Midwest Recycling Center will be holding a free community-wide electronic recycling drive at LMS on Saturday, April 25, from 10 am to 1 pm (rain or shine).  Please reference their website at www.midwrc.net under the Public Recycling Events tab for more information as the date approaches.  Information should be available in terms of acceptable and restricted 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

I hope you and your families enjoy the improved weather this weekend.  I also hope you have an opportunity to reflect upon the sacrifices made by those who have worked, and those who continue to work, to ensure equal rights for us all as we observe the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday on Monday. 

Thank you for your time.

Greg