October 9, 2015

Good afternoon, everyone.

As Quarter 1 comes to an end, we are one-fourth the way through the school year at this point.  Although some days/weeks have seemed longer than others, overall I think it has gone quickly.  I hope that the first nine weeks have gone (at least reasonably) well for your children and you.

A few quick items for your information before getting into the bulk of this week’s Update:
·      It has come to my attention that at least a few parents are stopping on Conway Road and students are exiting cars in the mornings.  I realize that traffic flow on Conway can get very congested, but please ask that we do not follow this practice for safety considerations.
·      Next Monday, we will begin our day with small class meetings.  This is the same practice that was used during the first few days of the school year and is like an Advisory period to discuss specific topics.  Our focus will be on helping students serve as an ally to their classmates who are the subjects of bullying or harassment.  This represents the current thinking about bullying prevention by teaching students to look out for each other.  This reassures the victim and also teaches the offender that their peers are not supportive of such behaviors.  This will be a timely follow up in respect to our assemblies this morning provided by Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation.
·      A representative group of our staff continues to explore master schedule options for implementation in the 2016-2017 school year.  Our goal is to adopt a schedule that allows us to more effectively meet the instructional needs of our teachers and students by increasing total time in the core areas.  Since the length of our school day is finite, we are also attempting to maintain as much choice as is possible in our electives program.  Once we have identified a master schedule format that we feel most effectively meets our needs, I will share this.   


Thank you to the Ladue Education Foundation for funding the Anti-Bullying assemblies this morning by Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation.  Thank you as well to LMS Teacher Kevin Kearns for submitting the LEF Grant Proposal.

Congratulations to LMS Teacher Maria Page for her recognition in the “People On The Move” section of the St. Louis American (October 8 – 14).  Mrs. Page is currently serving her second term of the McKendree University Alumni Association and also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees. 


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
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



Wear Pink on October 16
October is breast cancer awareness month.  Announcements will be made to encourage students and staff to wear pink on Friday, October 16, to raise awareness and show support.

After School Activities for Quarter 2
A listing of activities beginning next week can be accessed through the LMS website, including meeting days, sponsors, descriptions and locations.  As in the past, we attempt to offer a wide range of activities that hopefully appeal to student interest and need.
A new addition to the activities list for Quarter 2 will be Academic Support.  This will be offered to students in all grades.  Writing, Science and Math support will be available on Tuesdays, while math and general academic support will be available on Thursdays.  Students must sign up in the AP office by 1 pm on the day that they want to stay.  There is a limit to how many students can stay, so they should sign up as soon as possible.
A second new addition to the activities list will be Science Bowl.  Students who are interested in trying out for this year’s Science Bowl teams should attend a meeting during their lunch time on Wednesday, October 14 in one the following rooms:
Mrs. Murphy in room 141 during 6th grade lunch
Mr. McMonigle in room 235 during 7th grade lunch
Mr. Long in room 136 during 8th grade lunch


Afternoon Carpool Pickup
Several parents have asked questions of our staff who monitor traffic in the afternoons regarding carpool procedures.  Although these were communicated at the beginning of the school year, I thought it would be worthwhile to repeat these.  I will condense the following to keep this as brief as possible:
·      Parents picking up students after dismissal should line up in the car pool line at the rear of our building.  Staff on duty will assist drivers when multiple lines are needed.
·      Once buses depart the Circle Drive, cars in the car pool line then proceed to the front of the building to pick up students.
·      Parents needing to pick up students before the end of the school day should park in available spots and sign their child out through our Welcome Center Office.  Please be aware that parking in the Circle Drive after 2:45 pm is restricted, as buses begin lining up in this area.


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)

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:
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. 

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 and your families enjoy the weekend.  Go Cards!

Thank you,


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