September 11, 2015




Good afternoon.  I hope your week has gone well.

We began our day with recognition of the sacrifice and loss of life of approximately 3000 people on this date fourteen years ago.  I presented this over our school-wide announcements, including that those who were lost represented different ethnicities, cultures, and religions, from all walks of life.  We also recognized the contributions and sacrifices made by our first responders and those who protect our country.  An opportunity for a period of silence followed, so that we might show our respect.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to Associate Principal Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson.  Dr. Taylor-Johnson will be recognized as a 2015 Excellence in Education Awardee at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 28 annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala on September 25.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Thursday, 9/17
Bus Evacuation drills (periods 2 and 3)
Fundraiser turn in day #2 (all lunches)

Monday, 9/21
7th Grade Trip
Thursday, 9/24
Fundraiser late turn in day (all lunches)
Severe Weather drill (beginning of Period 7)
Friday, 9/25
Ladue Education Foundation Annual Breakfast
Saturday, 9/26
‘Due Run 4 Education 5k and 1 mile fun run/walk

Monday, 9/28
6th Grade Camp session 1 (through Wednesday, 9/30)
Wednesday, 9/30
6th Grade Camp session 2 (through Friday, 10/2)
Friday, 10/2
Custodian Appreciation Day

Thursday, 10/8
Fire Drill; period 1
Friday, 10/9
Anti-Bullying Assemblies
·      Grade 8: 8:20 – 9:15 am
·      Grades 6 and 7: 9:49 – 10:45 am
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
End of Quarter 1

CORRECTIONS/ADDITION

NEW ITEMS

Lunchtime Lectures
Lunchtime Lecture series, sponsored by the Ladue Middle School Parent Association, will begin soon.  The first presentation is scheduled for September 16.  It will be provided by Jodi Granok, MSW (professional organizer and speaker), who will discuss Time Management and Organizing schoolwork/paperwork.  A second will occur on November 4, presented by Joanne Curran (Learning Consultant and Tutor), who will speak on Homework and Study Strategies.
All Lunchtime Lectures will occur in the LMS Library, beginning at noon for about one hour.  Please be aware that our food allergy protocols prohibit peanut- and/or tree nut-based food items in our building outside of the Cafeteria and Staff Lounge.

Annual Hearing Screenings/Grade 7
Hearing screenings are scheduled for October 14, for all 7th grade students.  If you would prefer to not have your child's hearing screened, please contact Nurse Patrick at cpatrick@ladueschools.net

UPDATED ITEMS

LMSPA Fundraiser (from the Parent Association)
The LMSPA Fall Fundraiser is almost over!  Don't miss out on your chance to support LMS.  This year the fundraiser offers many new options: 1)  Entertainment App for discounts in the area right on your phone!  2)  Gourmet food items - candy, nuts, baked good, cheese and sausage, and gift items 3) Digital photo gift items 4) And of course, the opportunity to renew and purchase new magazines.
We are really excited to offer so many fresh, new ways to support LMS!  Remember funds are used by the Parents association to provide additional technology, support for teachers, and enrich LMS for all students.
Your student brought home the information but additional forms are available in the welcome center.  Orders can be placed on the website,gafundraising.com, school id # 2652758, with the exception of items from the Festival catalog.    Items from Festival must be ordered on a paper order form and will be ready for pickup from LMS on conference days.  All other items can be ordered online and will be shipped home.  The Entertainment App as well as several restaurant gift cards can be found under the Easy Access list on the website.
The final turn-in is 9/17.  The Coin Draw for Cash will happen during lunch on the 9/17 for students who sell 9 or more items.  Thank you in advance for supporting your student's school!
Contact: Elizabeth Cobin, cobin@att.net

REPEAT ITEMS

Community Forums and Open Houses/LHWHS
The district will host two types of functions regarding the potential LHWHS Renovation plans to date:
·      Community Forums – September 24 and September 30, both beginning at 7 pm in the LHWHS Cafeteria.
·      Open House/Tours of LHWHS – The week of October 5 through 9, beginning at 6 pm each evening.  High School and district administrators will be available to answer questions and guide visitors through the building.  Each tour is expected to take about 20 minutes.
Additional background and research, as well as funding plans and current concepts under consideration can be found at:

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences
PT Conferences are Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (3:40-7:40 p.m.) and Thursday, October 22, 2015 (1:20-7:20 p.m.). Your child was given a postcard on Friday, August 28 to take home. Please refer to the post card for instructions on how to sign up.
To sign up, please visit the following website:
https://www.myconferencetime.com/laduems/
You may also access the website by going to our school's webpage using the following link:
http://www.ladue.k12.mo.us/lms/
Prior to signing up, please carefully review the instructions that are provided on the first page of the website. 
The online scheduler goes live at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28. Slots fill up very quickly, so please sign up ASAP. 

Contact Information
It is important for the middle school to have the correct contact information, address, and phone numbers for your child in case of an emergency.  Address changes must be done by contacting our registrar and providing appropriate documentation.  Please take a few minutes to make sure your child’s contact information is correct by logging on to the Parent Portal.  If you have not signed up to access the Parent Portal, please stop by the middle school with a picture ID and see our registrar, Ms. Breidenbach.  You can also update your information by contacting our registrar, Ms. Breidenbach at 983-5511.

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 for your time.  I hope you and your families have the opportunity to enjoy the much nicer weather this weekend.


Greg

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