October 2, 2015



Good afternoon on this beautiful Friday.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Thank you to 6th Grade Camp Coordinator Mark Biernbaum and all those staff members who put in countless hours of time and effort to make this week’s 6th Grade Camp successful.  This is a great yearly activity and it couldn’t occur without everyone’s contributions.

As previously communicated this past Tuesday, LMS was recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.  This follows our recognition as a 2015 Missouri Gold Star School and a 2014 National School of Character.  Congratulations and thanks to all teachers, staff, students and parents for this great accomplishment.  To find out more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please check out  www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools
The recognition ceremony will occur on November 9 and 10 in Washington, D.C.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Thursday, 10/8
Fire Drill; period 1
Friday, 10/9
Cardinals Baseball Spirit Day (First Playoff Game)
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

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

CORRECTIONS/ADDITION

NEW ITEMS

First Quarter/Honor Rolls
Students who are on both the First Quarter Academic Honor Roll and the Citizenship Honor Roll will receive a sticker with their report cards to place on their LMS planners.  The Academic Honor Roll requires a 3.0 grade point average, and Citizenship requires four or more “Outstanding” grades with the rest Satisfactory.  This is a change from last year in that we have added the citizenship component to the quarterly recognition.  There will be a different color sticker for each quarter.
Quarter 1 report cards will be provided to parents during fall conferences.  Remaining Quarter 1 report cards will be mailed.

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)

UPDATED ITEMS


REPEAT ITEMS

NJHS Fundraiser
The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a fundraiser in memory of their classmate Joseph Goldman, who passed away last May.  The students would like to give a donation in his name to the Challenger Baseball program, a baseball league for students with disabilities. Because Joseph loved trains so much, students will create a “Joseph Goldman Positive Train of Thought” where students can donate money and be given a paper train car where they can write a memory about Joseph or (if they never knew Joseph) a positive thought to share with LMS.  Train cars will be sold before school and at lunch the week of October 12-16.  The “Positive Train of Thought” will be displayed somewhere in the school, once it’s taken down the train cars with memories of Joseph will be give them to his parents.  Donations for this project will also be accepted at parent-teacher conferences.  

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. 
The Picture Re-Take Day schedule will include periods 1 through 4 on October 15.  Students wishing re-takes will need to return their original picture packets to the photographer on that day.  Picture packets may also be ordered at www.WagnerPortraitGroup.com, school password LMS.

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).

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.

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

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 this wonderful weather over the weekend.  Lets Go Cards.

Thank you,


Greg

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