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



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