September 18, 2015




Good afternoon, everyone.  I hope that your week has gone well.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to LMS Literacy Coach, Erika Niles.  Erika was recently selected by the LMS Administrators and Dr. Jennifer Allen (Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction) to receive an Excellence In Education recognition for 2015-2016.  In addition to her duties as Literacy Coach, Erika also makes a positive impact on our building and district through her work on the LMS Problem Solving Team, as the LMS Representative on the district New Teacher committee, as a member of the LMS Professional Development committee, as a member of the district Curriculum and Instruction committee, as a LMS Representative on the district RTI Planning Committee, and as a Mentor to an LMS student.  Erika will be honored at the October 26 Ladue Board of Education meeting.   

CALENDAR ITEMS

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

Tuesday, 10/13
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
Mentor/Mentee Swimming activity; 3:10 to 5 pm; LHWHS Pool
Wednesday, 10/14
Hearing Screenings; Grade 7 students and all students new to Ladue (see below)
Thursday, 10/15
LMS Picture Re-Take Day (see below)
Earthquake Drill; beginning of period 3

CORRECTIONS/ADDITION

NEW ITEMS

Picture Re-Take Day
As indicated above, this is scheduled for October 15.  This is primarily for 1) those students who were absent on our original Picture Day on August 26, and 2) those students whose pictures taken on August 26 have significant flaws.  Although students and parents may not wish to purchase picture packages, we ask that all students have updated/current pictures for our student database system.  Picture packets from August 26 should arrive at school soon for distribution.

Development of Student Advocacy Skills
Now that we are further into the school year, concerns about your child’s performance may start to arise.  At this age, we are trying to teach students self-advocacy skills while balancing parental support.  The most effective way for us to partner in this process is to encourage your child to talk with their teachers first and then parents may follow up by contacting the teacher if the issue does not get resolved.

Ladue Athletic Booster Club
All parents, teachers and coaches are invited to the Ladue Athletic Booster Club’s 1st Annual Parent Party.  In addition to raising money for Ladue Athletics, the Booster Club would also like to encourage school spirit and spend time together as a community.  The event will occur at The Shack (Frontenac) on October 17 from 7 to 11 pm.  Tickets are $50 per person and checks can be made out to The Ladue Athletic Booster Club.  They can be mailed to the Booster Club c/o Ladue High School at 1201 South Warson Road (63124).

UPDATED ITEMS

LMSPA Fundraiser
Our last turn in day, during lunches, occurred yesterday.  Any remaining order forms that were not turned in Thursday can be dropped off in the Welcome Center Office.  No other forms will be collected during lunch periods. 

Parent Conference Sign Ups
Please be aware that the conference time slot of 3:20 – 3:40 pm on Wednesday, October 21 has been opened.  You should notice this when accessing the website.
Just a reminder that:
PT Conferences are Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (3:20-7:40 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:
You may also access the website by going to our school's webpage using the following link:
Prior to signing up, please carefully review the instructions that are provided on the first page of the website. 
The online scheduler went live at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28. Slots fill up very quickly, so please sign up ASAP. 

REPEAT ITEMS

Lunchtime Lectures
Lunchtime Lecture series, sponsored by the Ladue Middle School Parent Association, have begun.
The next lecture 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

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:

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 have a great weekend.

Thank you,


Greg

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