September 8, 2015




Good afternoon.  I hope that you and your families enjoyed the extended Labor Day weekend and holiday.

Just a couple of quick reminders about student drop off and pick up:
·      I do not have a staff member scheduled to watch the Lobby and monitor the front doors, to let students in each morning, until 7:15 am.  I am typically here between 6:30 and 7 am, and am happy to play doorman when I can.  This is not always the case during the school year, as I will be pulled away for meetings, conferences and other commitments.  As weather gets into the colder portion of the year, I do not want students waiting outside in the mornings. 
·      Our after school Activities period ends at 4:10 pm each Tuesday and Thursday.  I am only able to keep my support staff people in the afternoons until 4:30 pm at the latest.  Please keep this in mind should you pick up your student by car on these days from Activities.

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:

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

One of our unique student incentives for our Parent Association fundraiser involves a “Color Run” prize in which they will be able to throw colored powder (corn starch-based) at their principal and other faculty/staff volunteers.  If you have ever participated in a Color Run, you can imagine what we will look like when this is over.  I would like to publicly thank (and hopefully ensure the involvement of) Sara Eller, Jay Burbridge, Mark Biernbaum, Hugh McMonigle, Kathleen Mercury, KK Fantasia and Roger Scherck for agreeing to join me in this little slice of fun.  We have not determined a date as yet.
On a related note, I am not aware of any students in our building with allergies that would be adversely affected by participating in this incentive, should they qualify.  I asked our school nurse, Christina Patrick, to do a check of current health plans last week.  If your child has an allergy (i.e. corn- or corn starch-related) that would prevent them from participating, please contact me and Christina Patrick to let us know.  My email is gbaber@ladueschools.net and Christina’s is cpatrick@ladueschools.net

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 9/7
Labor Day: No School
Tuesday, 9/8 through Friday, 9/11
Discovery Education testing; Block Day schedules
Thursday, 9/10
Fundraiser turn in day #1 (all lunches)

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

CORRECTIONS/ADDITION

NEW ITEMS

LMSPA Fundraiser (from the Parent Association)
The LMSPA Fall Fundraiser is underway!  This year the fundraiser will offer 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 on Thursday.  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 first turn-in is 9/10.  Please complete the tear off turn-in form on the prize sheet and have your student bring it to lunch on the 10th for prizes.  The second turn-in day is 9/17.  Thank you in advance for supporting your student's school!
Contact: Elizabeth Cobin, cobin@att.net

UPDATED ITEMS

From our Transportation Department
The transportation department is committed to having buses arrive on time at schools in the morning and afternoon. The start of the school year is always somewhat chaotic due to changes associated with new students and bus routes.  We try to make changes as quickly as possible. 
However, not all the impacting factors are under our control.  For instance, ​private schools have recently opened, which has impacted the timing of ​Ladue School District​ bus routes.  
​As a result, during the first 3 - 5 weeks ​of each school year, ​a series of ​
changes are made adding stops and adjusting the timing of routes. For the most part, the routes normally settle down shortly after Labor Day. 
We have been monitoring the routes daily via GPS.  Last week, a number of changes to bus routes went into effect.  Stops were added to some bus routes and timing was adjusted on others. We anticipate ​one more​ series of tweaks shortly after 
​Labor ​Day.

REPEAT ITEMS

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. 

Girl Scout Community Take Action Projects    
One of our students started a middle school kids book review blog as part of her Silver Award project earlier this year.  Book reviews are posted each week, along with information about new books by favorite authors, author visits to the St. Louis area, and guest posts from other middle school kids.  There is a place on the blog to subscribe to updates by email.  Here's the link to the blog:
http://www.thereadingramsbookblog.blogspot.com/
A second Take Action project is entitled “Kids Knitting It Forward.”  This project involves knitting items like baby socks, hats, and scarves for charities such as Newborns in Need of Eastern Missouri and HavenHouse St. Louis. Students 4th grade and older of any skill level are welcome. Time spent attending meetings and knitting items can be counted towards community service hours.  More information can be obtained by emailing kidsknittingitforward@gmail.com and meeting dates/times can be accessed at http://kidsknittingitforward.blogspot.com/

8th graders Spanish students
Do you want to use your language skills in Spanish as well as spend time with friends on the beach and have an adventure at the Yunque rainforest? Do not miss the great opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico during Spring Break 2016. If you would like more information contact Ms. Berrios aberrios@ladueschools.net

Meet The Teacher Night survey
Thank you to all parents who attended our Meet The Teacher Night on Wednesday, August 19.  We appreciate the time you give in partnership with our school to benefit our students.  Please provide us with some feedback about the evening through this short survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMSMTTN2015
7th Grade Trip
To all 7th grade parents:  The permission packets for the 7th grade trip to Trout Lodge and City Museum on Monday, September 21 were sent home last week.   If your child needs another copy please see the home page of the LMS website. The cost of the trip is $75 and financial aid is available for any family that requests it.  Students that have an out of school suspension or more than one in school suspension assignment will not be eligible to attend.  We will gladly welcome donations to help cover the costs of scholarships.  We are also in need of parent chaperones.  We would ideally like 20 parents for Trout Lodge and 40 parents for City Museum.  Please email lcrabtree@ladueschools.net with any questions.  Thank you. 

Megan Meier Assembly
The Megan Meier Foundation, which provides anti-bullying presentations, will provide two assemblies to our school on October 9 (this is an Early Release day).  Since each presentation in the Gym will last longer than our regular ER day class periods, we will utilize the following schedule:
·      8th Grade: 8:20 – 9:15 am
·      6th and 7th Grades: 9:49 – 10:45 am

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.  I hope your week goes well.


Greg

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