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Sunday, April 26, 2015

LMSPA Spring Gift and Project Fundraiser


What follows is more information:



LMSPA Spring Gift & Project Fundraiser

The following message is from the Ladue Middle School Parent Association (LMSPA):


In the next few days, you will be receiving a letter in the mail for the LMSPA's Spring Gift & Project fundraiser.

6th and 7th grade families will receive a general Spring Gift & Project letter, and 8th grade families will receive an 8th Grade Legacy Gift letter.

This fundraiser allows you to donate to the LMSPA in honor of any of our wonderful Ladue Middle School teachers and staff who have touched your student's life and your family's life in some way.

For 8th grade families, your donation will help fund the legacy gift for this year's 8th grade class of a new marquee and outdoor seating for the Peace Garden.

The funds raised every year through Gift & Project make up a substantial portion of the annual LMSPA budget.  These funds allow the LMSPA to continue to provide many important programs throughout the year that benefit students, families, and teachers and staff.

We hope that you will make a tax-deductible Gift & Project donation to support the LMSPA.

Each LMS staff member will receive a letter in the last few days of the school year acknowledging all of the donations, in name only, that were made in their honor.  In order to be included on the staff acknowledgement letters, donations must be received byMonday, May 11th.

Please visit the LMSPA website for more information or to donate online:  http://mylmspa.com/gift-project-fundraiser/

Thank you very much for your support!

April 26, 2015



Good morning.  I hope your weekend has gone well so far. 

MAP testing is almost completed – 8th graders have a few more days to go this coming week.  With the change over to the new electronic format, testing has actually gone better than I anticipated – even with our Internet issues from last Thursday.  This has been due to the diligence of our staff, the persistence of our building and district tech support team, and the patience and focus of our great students.

Interviews will continue for at least this week to replace departing staff.  These often take all day (as will be the case Monday and Tuesday).  I am VERY PLEASED with the candidates we have recommended to date, and pledge that we will continue to persist in seeking and securing the services of the highest-quality teachers and staff members available for the coming school year.  Several of our recent recommendations are still in the Board approval process, so I cannot share specifics at this time.  Once this process is completed and contracts have been finalized, I will communicate a list of new staff (with brief biographies) to returning parents for 2015-2016 at the earliest opportunity.

Finally, I omitted some items from last week’s Update and made at least one mistake.  Just to be on the safe side, the items I think were left out, or incorrect, are highlighted in the remaining portion of this message.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to the LMS Milers Club and coaches Roger Scherck and Hanna Bremerkamp.  The team competed in the Go! St. Louis 5K race on Saturday, April 11, and did a great job.

Great Job to The LMS Partners Club (an afterschool club for students with and without disabilities), who collected ten giant bags of used shoes for Shoeman Water Projects.  Several club members helped load the bags on Monday, April 20, when the Shoeman van came to pick up the donation.  The shoes are sold by street vendors in Kenya, Haiti and South America, with the funds going to provide wells for people in the world with no access to fresh water. ​

Congratulations to our two newest members of the LMS family:
·      Makenna Wideman.  Makenna was born on April 20 to LMS PE/Health teacher Vanessa Wideman.
·      Helena Kay (Hattie) Scheidt.  Hattie was born on April 21 to LMS Drama teacher Leah Scheidt. 

School Nurse Day is May 6.  Many thanks to our wonderful Nurse, Christina Patrick.

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the annual Area Wide Book Battle competition recently at Pattonville Heights Middle School.  They placed 4th out of 35 participating schools:  Alice Breternitz, Stephen Jiang, Malavika Kumaran, Rohan Kumaran, Ryan Lam, Alvin Li, Ben Wang and Louisia Yang.  A huge thank you to LMS Library Media Specialist Narcisse Laidlaw and LMS Apogee Teacher Donna Bancroft coordinating this event.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 4/27
Patriot Team field trip
Tuesday, 4/28
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (Math classroom activity); regular schedule
All District Choral Festival; Logan College Of Chiropractic; 7 pm (omission)
Wednesday, 4/29
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (Math performance task)
LMS Band Concert; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 – 8:30 pm (omission)
Friday, 5/1
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
8th Grade Semi-Formal; 7:30 – 10 pm

Monday, 5/4
Teacher Appreciation Week
World Language Week
LMS Scholastic Book Fair; Library; through Wednesday, 5/6  (omission) 
Wednesday, 5/6
School Nurse Day
LMS Orchestra Concert, grades 6 – 8; 7 – 8:30 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
Friday, 5/8
Citizenship Ceremonies; LMS Gym: Grade 8 8:15 – 9:15 am, Grade 7 9:30 – 10:30 am, Grade 6 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Thursday, 5/14
Last day for After School Activities

Thursday, 5/21
8th grade field trip to Six Flags
Friday, 5/22
Last day for Students
Grade 8 Farewell Assembly; 12 noon; LMS Gym (corrected time)
Grade 7 and Grade 6 field trips (more information to follow)

CORRECTIONS/ADDITIONS

Please see above.

NEW ITEMS

Challenger Baseball/Girl Scout Gold Award Project
LMS students have the chance to support Challenger Baseball on Friday, May 1, with a Hat Day.  For a $1 donation, collected in the Welcome Center Lobby prior to the beginning of 1st period, students may wear a hat to classes and show their support of this wonderful organization.  Challenger Baseball is a non-profit that provides opportunities to people of all ages with developmental disabilities to play baseball.  For more information on volunteering opportunities, go to www.challengerbaseball.org

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.  A Medication Administration Form is to be completed when your child will come into our office and we will administer medication to them. This covers ANY prescription medication and/or over-the-counter medication. This form must be signed by a parent and accompanied by the prescription in the original bottle. If it is an over-the-counter medication, the form must also be signed by a physician.  Click on the link below to access the form or you may also visit the nurse's web page  on the LMS website.

We Are Silent Day
Plans are finalized for the "We Are Silent Day" for May 7.  This event is sponsored by Social Justice Club, GSA, and Character Council.  The act of silence represents those who do not have a voice bullying, women’s rights, gay and lesbian rights, children’s rights, poverty, and race issues.  Students can sign up to participate in the Welcome Center Lobby before school on that day.  They will then receive a sticker to wear to all classes.  On the sticker, they will write the cause they are being silent for.  Participating students are then not supposed to talk all day: not in classes, the hallway, the cafeteria.....etc.  Students will also be able to sign up at lunch if they missed the morning opportunity.  We will post all students participating in a internal Google document so that teachers can have information of who is participating. 

LMSPA Spring Fundraising
The Ladue Middle School Parent Association is finalizing preparations for their annual Spring Gift & Project and 8th Grade Legacy Gift drives.  Letters and staff acknowledgment forms should be arriving by mail at all LMS households this week, starting as soon as this Tuesday.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Fill The Barrel
The District Character Education Committee, in cooperation with Operation Food Search, will be collecting donated food items at each district building to help support area food pantries (that have reduced inventories this time of year).  Food barrels are scheduled to be at LMS (in the Welcome Center Lobby) from April 21 to May 1.

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 boardbriefs.blogspot.com

Well, I think I have this correct.  Should any additional information be needed, I will try to send out an updated Update between interviews tomorrow.

Have a great remainder to your weekend.

Greg


Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015



Happy Sunday.  I hope you have enjoyed would weekend so far.  I am in the office for a few hours trying to get caught up.

Administrative Professionals’ Day is Wednesday, April 22.  If you happen to be in our offices this week, please help me recognize and celebrate the contributions of our outstanding Office Staff members: Nancy Edwards, Peggy Breidenbach, Carol Stephens, Danna Anderson, Mary Lobosco, and Ann Mohrmann.    

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

On Saturday, April 11, 25 7th and 8th grade LMS Orchestra members participated in the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators’ Solo and Ensemble Contest. The students were adjudicated on their performance and given a rating. LMS Orchestra students brought home 14 Superior ratings and 8 Excellent ratings.
Congratulations to:  Elisa Bailey (Excellent), Phani Chintakunta (Excellent),
Sydney Clark (Excellent), Ria Dharnidharka (Excellent), Kashish Dhawan (Excellent), Akshay Govindan (Superior, Superior), Ian Henderson (Superior),
Linnea Holy (Excellent), Felix Hu (Superior), Egret Jin (Superior), Menea Kefalov (Superior, Superior), Lena Liang, Oliva Liu (Superior), Shelei Pan (Superior, Superior), Ria Parpelli (Excellent), Raj Paul, Ananya Pillai (Excellent), Katherine Shaw (Superior), Hope Shimony (Superior, Superior), Steven Smethers (Superior), Cindy Wang (Superior), Louisia Yang (Superior, Superior), Brendan Yang (Superior), Camille Yang (Excellent), Christopher Ye (Superior, Superior), and Anna Zhong (Superior, Superior, Excellent).

Congratulations to LMS student Jordan Ross (Grade 7, Olympian).  Jordan’s bowling team, the Tiger Strikers, won 5th place in a recent tournament.  On top of that, Jordan also received a perfect attendance award for the 5th year in a row.

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 LMS Inductees to the National Junior Honor Society.  The Induction Ceremony was held this past Thursday in the Cafeteria.  The newest NJHS members are:  Madalyn Abady, Fayzan Ali, Emerson Barnett, Miles Bassett, Blake Berg, Alice Breternitz, Lauren Cedergreen, Connie Chen, John Christen, Callista Cox, Olivia DeHaven, Ria Dharnidharka, Kashish Dhawan, Katie Donnelly, Jessica Eastlund, Riley Gage, Lorelei Gebhard, Gavin Giuliani, Jenna Gold, Eli Goldstein, Melanie Gould, Madison Grady, Cecilie Horwitz, Elizabeth Howe, Felix Hu, Egret Jin, Parris King-Levine, Rebecca Knopf, Sarah Lett, Julia Lett, Gabby Levine, Kevin Li, Lena Liang, Nathan Lieu, Celeste Liu, Simone Liu, Michelle Liu, Margaret Lochmoeller, Ben Longo, Elizabeth Loynd, Nathaniel Marsters, Maryanna Martin, Karina Mealey, Alexander Migala, Charles Minifie, Paige Mitchell, Mirabelle Mockler, Haniyyah Muhammad, Nikol Nikolova, Shelei Pan (Treasurer), Seema Patil, Ananya Pillai, Carlos Puyo, Katherine Shaw (Secretary), Jessica Sheldon, Lili Sheley, Isabelle Shepard, Sam Shoykhet, Simerjeet Singh, Bradford Siwak, Will Stappenbeck, Grade Steinback, Madeline Stout, Kevin Tan, Rebecca Tan, Cindy Wang (Vice President), Max Wasserstrom, Michael Wayne, Zach Wild, Schuyler Wolf, Louisia Yang, Christopher Ye, Anna Zhong (President), and Michelle Zhou. 

Congratulations to the members of the LMS Science Olympiad team, our coaches and parents for a first-place finish in the state competition this weekend.  According to Beth Steck, Science Olympiad Coordinator, it was “a nail-biter, with strong competition.”  Pembroke Hill (Kansas City area) placed second and Wydown Middle School (Clayton) placed third.  Qualifying students will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska in May to represent Missouri in the National Science Olympiad competition (this will be their twenty-first trip to Nationals).
State Competition Team
Kate Prablek, Justin Chen, Annie Liu, Albert Liu, Seema Patil, Raj Paul, Nevan Giuliani, Max Kornfeld, Kevin Jiang, Ethan Wang, Akhil Kondepudi, Katie Shaw, Gavin Giuliani, Cindy Wang, and Christopher Ye
State Individual Qualifier
Shelei Pan
State Alternates
Fayzan Ali, Ansh Rana, and Alexander Ye
Event Coaches
Amy Baniak, Brian Scheidt, Christine Allen, Liz Peterson, Emily Chu, Hugh McMonigle, Kathleen Mercury, Kathy Murphy, Kelly Hake, Laurie Lambie, Peggy Doty, Mark Biernbaum, Martin Long, Matt Mortillo, Melody Frese, Michael Clay, Paul Turney, Reva Davis, Sara Eller and Theo Washington

Best wishes to the members of the LMS Science Bowl team and coaches, who will be travelling to Washington, DC on Thursday, April 30.  Student members participating in this trip will be Nevan Giuliani, Felix Hu, Seema Patil, and Moses Schindler.

Best wishes to LMS students Moses Schindler and Kevin Jiang, as well as coach Nancy Chambers, who will be travelling to Boston for the National MathCounts competition on May 7.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 4/20
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (English/Language Arts and Science)
LMSPA Open Board meeting; 7 – 8:30 pm; LMS Library
Tuesday, 4/21
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (English/Language Arts classroom activity); regular
     schedule
Vocal Music Concert (Grades 5 – 12); 7 – 8:30 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts
     Center
Wednesday, 4/22 
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (English/Language Arts performance task and Science)
Administrative Professionals’ Day
Thursday, 4/23
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (English/Language Arts performance task and Science)
Friday, 4/24
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (Math)

Monday, 4/27
Patriot Team field trip
Tuesday, 4/28
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (Math classroom activity); regular schedule
Wednesday, 4/29
MAP Testing, Grade 8 (Math performance task)
Friday, 5/1
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
8th Grade Semi-Formal; 7:30 – 10 pm

Monday, 5/4
Teacher Appreciation Week
World Language Week
Wednesday, 5/6
LMS Orchestra Concert, grades 6 – 8; 7 – 8:30 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
Friday, 5/8
Citizenship Ceremonies; LMS Gym: Grade 8 8:15 – 9:15 am, Grade 7 9:30 – 10:30 am, Grade 6 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Thursday, 5/14
Last day for After School Activities

Thursday, 5/21
8th grade field trip to Six Flags
Friday, 5/22
Last day for Students
Grade 8 Farewell Assembly; 8:15 am; LMS Gym
Grade 7 and Grade 6 field trips (more information to follow)

CORRECTIONS/ADDITIONS

NEW ITEMS

Congratulations to Mr. Milan Rakic, Lead Custodian for LMS.  Mr. Rakic will receive a Distinguished Service Award from the school district at this Wednesday’s Employee Recognition Reception.

Please join me in sending thanks and good wishes to the following staff members who will not be returning to us in the 2015-16 school year:  Debra Beckrich (FACS), Jennifer Bell (FACS), Beth Mothersbaugh (Counselor), Liz Peterson (Science), Mike McBride (Science), Beth Steck (Science), Jeff Lindhorst (Orchestra), Narcisse Laidlaw (Librarian), Michelle Graf (Art), Steve Braun (Social Studies), Lynn Moeckel (Communication Arts), Kameo Thompson (Supervisory Aide) and Slava Prokhorets (Teaching Assistant).  I very much appreciate their service to our students and wish them well in the future!

Welcome to our newest member of the LMS family, Bennett David Graf.  Bennett was born on April 17 to LMS Art teacher Michelle Graf.


UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

Fill The Barrel
The District Character Education Committee, in cooperation with Operation Food Search, will be collecting donated food items at each district building to help support area food pantries (that have reduced inventories this time of year).  Food barrels are scheduled to be at LMS (in the Welcome Center Lobby) from April 21 to May 1.

E-Cycling Drive
Ladue Middle School is hosting a Free Community Wide Electronics Recycling Drive on Saturday, April 25, from 10am - 1pm. You can drop off basically anything that has a cord or battery. Things like LCD/LED TV's, computers, printers, keyboards, laptops, radios, cell pones, speakers, fax machines answering machines, air conditioners, microwaves, kitchen appliances, lawn and garden equipment. 

LaDue It 5K
Registration is still open for the La'Due It 5K and 1-mile Fun Run.  We hope to see you at Stacy Park on Sunday, April 26!  5K race time is 9am with the Fun Run to follow (at approximately 10am.)  Registration forms are available on PeachJar and at www.ladueschools.net.  

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 boardbriefs.blogspot.com

Take care and have a great remainder to your day.


Greg