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Sunday, October 25, 2015

October 25, 2015


Good afternoon.  I hope the weekend has gone well for you and your families.

As you can probably imagine, many of our students will opt to wear Halloween costumes to school this Friday.  This is fine, but we ask the following in addition to our regular dress code expectations:
·      No costumes that include masks or any other items that cover the face.
·      No costumes that prohibit or impede necessary classroom/learning activities.
·      No costumes that advertise or encourage the use of alcohol, drugs or other controlled substances, nor include offensive language.
·      No costumes that include weapons (either look-alike or toy) or any weapons-related items.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

I failed to include all students who were members of the 2015 LMS Green Team in my last Update.  The following should all be congratulated on the Green Team receiving recognition by the Missouri Environmental Education Association with an Outstanding Service Award for their work in implementing green practices in our school:
Alex Migala, President; Lou Ritter, Secretary; Ansh Rana, Treasurer; Connie Chen; Daniel Jung; Victoria Neal; Noah Posey; Wesley Raffelson; and Will Stappenback.

Thank you to the LMS Parent Association for providing dinner to staff during conferences.  It was wonderful on both evenings.  Many thanks to parent Ann Parish and her band of volunteers.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Wednesday, 11/4
LMS Choir Concert; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
Thursday, 11/5
Vision Screenings; Grade 6 students (if your child wears glasses or contacts, please bring them on this date)

Monday, 11/9
National Blue Ribbon School Recognition Ceremony; Washington DC (through Tuesday, 11/10)
Tuesday, 11/10
6th Grade Parents to Lunch; 10:38 am
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
Wednesday, 11/11
7th Grade Parents to Lunch; 11:26 am
Orchestra Concert, Grades 7 and 8; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
Thursday, 11/12
Fire Drill (weather permitting); Period 3 (10 am)
8th Grade Parents to Lunch; 12:14 pm
Friday, 11/13
No School; Professional Development Day for Staff

Wednesday, 11/18
ELL Pie Night; 6:30 pm; Location TBD

Monday, 11/23
Fire Drill; Period 6 (approximately 12:55 pm, weather permitting)
Wednesday, 11/24
LMS Turkey Trot
Thursday, 11/25 and Friday, 11/26
Thanksgiving Break; No School

CORRECTIONS/ADDITION

NEW ITEMS

Red Ribbon Week
An attachment of Red Ribbon Week activities is attached to the Blackboard Connect parent email for your reference.

From the Nurse
As we begin to enter cold and flu season, please recall Ladue guidelines regarding ill students staying home from school.  Please follow this link for details:
When to Keep Your Child Home From School
Fever is a symptom of illness and not an actual diagnosis. Fever usually indicates that the body is battling an infection. A child with a fever greater than 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit needs to stay home from school until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours without medication (acetaminophen or ibuprofen).

Ski Trip Dates
The following are Ski Trip dates for 2016:
·      Jan 8
·      Jan 15
·      Jan 29
·      Feb 5
·      Feb 19
Feb 26 - Make up day if needed

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

LMSPA/California Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen Dine-to-Donate Week is Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, October 31.  This will be at three area stores: Creve Coeur, Galleria Mall and West Country Mall; all day, dine in, take out and catering.  You can present the flyer attached to the Blackboard Connect email and 20% of your check will be donated to the LMSPA to help fund social and educational opportunities throughout the school year for all members of our LMS Community.

For your information, the Ladue Schools Today - High School Renovation Initiative segment is now online. 

LECC Book Drive
The Ladue Early Childhood Center will be conducting a book drive for the month of October.  Specific books (see the list below) will be collected to create an inventory for our Parent Educators program.  A collection box will be provided to the Welcome Center on or about October 1.
·      Good Night Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
·      Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes (Eric Litwin)
·      Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin Jr.)
·      The Crayon Box That Talked (Shane Derolf)
·      Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (Doreen Cronin)
·      The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
·      The Little Engine That Could (Watty Piper)
·      Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Mo Willems)
·      Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See (Bill Martin Jr.)
·      The Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn)
·      Skippyjon Jones (Judy Schachner)
·      My Very First Mother Goose (Iona Archibald Opie)
·      Rainbow Fish (Marcus Pfister Herbert)
·      Good Night God Night Construction Site (Sherri Rinker)

6th Grade Party
The LMS 6th Grade All Class Halloween Party will be held right after school on Thursday, October 29, from 3:10 pm  4:10 pm in the LMS gym.
There will be a DJ, two photo booths (with props), pumpkin decorating and lots of fun!!  Late buses will be available for all children.
We are in need of volunteers for the event.  If your child would like to attend and you didn’t receive an evite, or if you would be willing to volunteer, please email dawn.trautmann@mcgladrey.com and we will send you the evite and/or signup genius.  This should be a SPOOKTACULAR event!  We hope everyone can attend!!

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.

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


Have a great remainder to your Sunday.  Take care.

Greg



Thursday, October 22, 2015

LMS Ski Club Information


Good morning.

Please note that I just sent out a Blackboard Connect email, with an attachment regarding LMS Ski Club information for this school year.

Please also take note of our request for payments to school in the form of personal checks made out to LMS Ski Club when required.  Other payments, when appropriate, can be made online through the Hidden Valley website.

Should you have any questions, you may contact LMS Teacher and Ski Club Coordinator Mark Biernbaum at mbiernbaum@ladueschools.net

Thank you,

Greg

Monday, October 19, 2015

LMS 6th Grade Party

6th Grade Party
The LMS 6th Grade All Class Halloween Party will be held right after school on Thursday, October 29, from 3:10 pm  4:10 pm in the LMS gym.
There will be a DJ, two photo booths (with props), pumpkin decorating and lots of fun!!  Late buses will be available for all children.

We are in need of volunteers for the event.  If your child would like to attend and you didn’t receive an evite, or if you would be willing to volunteer, please email dawn.trautmann@mcgladrey.com and we will send you the evite and/or signup genius.  This should be a SPOOKTACULAR event!  We hope everyone can attend!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 18, 2015


Good morning.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to LMS Green Team student members Ansh Rana and Lou Ritter.  The Green Team has been recognized by the Missouri Enviornmental Education Association with an Outstanding Service Award for their work in implementing green practices in our school.  Special mention was made regarding the organization of outreach and events, particularly their e-cycling event.  Great job Ansh and Lou!

Congratulations to all students who will be receiving honor roll stickers with their quarter 1 report cards.  Criteria for recognition was a 3.0 or higher grade point average and 4 or more O's (no I's or U's) for citizenship.  Here are 
the results for 1st quarter:
6th grade- 169 out or 336 students
7th grade- 146 out of 332 students
8th grade- 151 out of 311 students

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 10/19
Scholastic Book Fair (through Thursday, 10/22); LMS Library
Tuesday, 10/20
LMSPA Fundraiser Product delivery to school (projected date)
Wednesday, 10/21
Regular student attendance day
LMS Fall Parent Conferences
LMSPA Fundraiser Product pick up (projected date)
Thursday, 10/22
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
LMS Fall Parent Conferences
LMSPA Fundraiser Product pick up (projected date)
Friday, 10/23
No School

Wednesday, 11/4
LMS Choir Concert; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
Thursday, 11/5
Vision Screenings; Grade 6 students (if your child wears glasses or contacts, please bring them on this date)

Monday, 11/9
National Blue Ribbon School Recognition Ceremony; Washington DC (through Tuesday, 11/10)
Tuesday, 11/10
6th Grade Parents to Lunch; 10:38 am
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
Wednesday, 11/11
7th Grade Parents to Lunch; 11:26 am
Orchestra Concert, Grades 7 and 8; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
Thursday, 11/12
Fire Drill (weather permitting); Period 3 (10 am)
8th Grade Parents to Lunch; 12:14 pm
Friday, 11/13
No School; Professional Development Day for Staff

CORRECTIONS/ADDITION

NEW ITEMS

LMSPA/California Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen Dine-to-Donate Week is Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, October 31.  This will be at three area stores: Creve Coeur, Galleria Mall and West Country Mall; all day, dine in, take out and catering.  You can present the flyer attached to the Blackboard Connect email and 20% of your check will be donated to the LMSPA to help fund social and educational opportunities throughout the school year for all members of our LMS Community.

For your information, the Ladue Schools Today - High School Renovation Initiative segment is now online. 

UPDATED ITEMS

LMS Book Fair
Ladue Middle school is gearing up for our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair October 19 through 22 in the LMS Library.  Students will be visiting the Book Fair with their communication arts classes during the school day.  The Book Fair will be open during school and for parent teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.  Don't forget you can contribute books to any LMS teacher's classroom library.  If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our school by shopping online October 16 through October 23.  The online Book Fair allows you to browse an expanded book selection for all ages at: http://tinyurl.com/qzng5po

REPEAT ITEMS

LECC Book Drive
The Ladue Early Childhood Center will be conducting a book drive for the month of October.  Specific books (see the list below) will be collected to create an inventory for our Parent Educators program.  A collection box will be provided to the Welcome Center on or about October 1.
·      Good Night Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
·      Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes (Eric Litwin)
·      Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin Jr.)
·      The Crayon Box That Talked (Shane Derolf)
·      Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (Doreen Cronin)
·      The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
·      The Little Engine That Could (Watty Piper)
·      Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Mo Willems)
·      Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See (Bill Martin Jr.)
·      The Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn)
·      Skippyjon Jones (Judy Schachner)
·      My Very First Mother Goose (Iona Archibald Opie)
·      Rainbow Fish (Marcus Pfister Herbert)
·      Good Night God Night Construction Site (Sherri Rinker)

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:
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 went live at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28. Slots fill up very quickly, so please sign up ASAP. 

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.

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 enjoy the remainder to the weekend.

Greg