March 1, 2015

Happy Sunday afternoon.


Thank you to Mark Biernbaum (LMS Industrial Technology) and all the staff and parent chaperones who helped to make this year’s ski trips possible.  A multitude of folks help with registration, answer questions from students about the trips/sign-ups, and supervise the students getting their warm clothes on, in addition to actually chaperoning the trips. 


Thursday, 3/5
End of After School Activities for Quarter 3 (3/10 Activities at the option of sponsors)
Friday, 3/6
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm

Tuesday, 3/10
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 pm
Wednesday, 3/11
Student-Led Portfolio Conferences; Please see below
Thursday, 3/12
Last day of Quarter 3
Student-Led Portfolio Conferences; Please see below
Friday, 3/13
No School; Conference Compensation Day for staff

Monday, 3/16 through Friday, 3/20
No School; Spring Break

Wednesday, 3/25
LMS Jazz Band concert, grades 7 and 8; 7 – 8:30 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center



Food Allergy Notice
Chartwells, the district's food service provider, has advised the district that on February 19, 2015, the FDA issued a consumer alert for people highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts, advising these individuals to avoid products containing ground cumin or cumin powder, as some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein.  Based on this information, Chartwells has removed all foods containing cumin from menus/foods for peanut-allergic students and "peanut free" schools.  For more information see the post: "FDA Alert Regarding Cumin and Peanut Allergies" on the front page of the district's website

8th Grade Girls/Laduette Dance Team
There will be a clinic for 8th grade girls interested in becoming part of the Laduette Dance Team for next year.  Girls do not need to attend this clinic to try out, but it is recommended.  Laduette coaches will help girls learn dance techniques and prepare for tryouts.  The clinic will occur March 10, from 5 – 7 pm, at the West Campus/Fifth Grade Center dance studio.  Cost for this clinic is $20, cash or check payable to Laduette Dance Team. 
An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 11, during 8th grade lunch at LMS in room 135.



Grade 8 Spring Sports
Grade 8 students who are interested in participating in track and field (co-ed) or field hockey (girls only) will be able to sign up to participate on Friday, March 6 during lunch.  This program is free and no-cut.  The first track practice will be Tuesday, March 10 and the first field hockey practice is to be determined. Students who participate must have all forms turned in before practice in order to participate.  Forms are available in the Welcome Center or can be printed from the LMS web page under the “Activities” tab.  Students who want to participate must meet academic eligibility requirements for Quarter 3.

Spring Student-Led Portfolio Conferences
Spring Portfolio Conferences are scheduled for March 11 (3:50 – 7:10 pm) and March 12 (1:20 – 7 pm).  A handout with specifics is attached to the Blackboard Connect update email and will be sent home with students on Tuesday of next week.  Information will also be posted on our school website. 
Sign ups are online and can be accessed through the following website: 
Please sign up ASAP as appointments fill up fast.  The deadline for signing up is March 6, 2015
To ensure your conference runs smoothly here are a few reminders:
1.  Plan to be at conferences for at least an hour.  Your child will review his/her portfolio for a total of 20 minutes with a brief check-in provided by the team teachers. The other time will be spent meeting with the elective and/or off team teachers following a similar format.  Plan to arrive on time. If you arrive late, we may not be able to accommodate you.  
2. Please bring your child with you, as he/she will be leading the conference.   Teachers do not facilitate the conference as in the fall. 
3. Upon arrival, please stop at the table in the lobby to pick up a Conference Room Location sheet. This will help you know where you are going.
4. Note the meal break for teachers/staff and plan accordingly. All teachers will have a 40-minute dinner break on 3/12 from 2:40 - 3:20 pm. 

MAP testing
All MAP testing will be completed online, using laptops in our building this spring.  A portion of the exam will utilize audio files/components.  As such, all students will be encouraged to bring their personal headphones or ear buds to school on their assigned testing date(s), if possible.  If this is not possible, we will have a supply of headphones available for student use.
Just as a reminder, our scheduled testing dates for MAP are:
8th Grade: April 22, 23, and 24
6th Grade: April 27
7th Grade: April 30

LMSPA Nominations For 2015-2016
The Parent Association is beginning to plan for 2015-16.  If you would like to nominate yourself or another person for a position on the LMSPA Executive Board, please print out and complete a nomination form and return it to the LMS Welcome Center by Friday, March 6th.  Paper copies are also available in the LMS Welcome Center.  Board position descriptions are also included on the Nomination Form, which can be accessed through the LMSPA website at
(Jodi Blucher will provide updated/correct form link.)

Current 7th grade students/Immunizations for next year
Students entering 8th grade in the state of Missouri are required to receive the TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) immunization.  This is usually given by a doctor at age 11 or 12.  If your child has not received this immunization, please consult your physician.  If you have records showing that your child has received it, please provide them to the nurse's office.

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

Have a great remainder to your Sunday.


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