December 4, 2015



Good afternoon.  I hope the week has gone well for you.  I am attempting to get this out before leaving for home.  Should I forget anything, I will send out an updated Update over the weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to LMS teacher Melshonda Low-Dobbins.  Melshonda has three pieces of her art in the Joy & Celebration Through Artists’ Eyes reception and gallery talk tomorrow from 1 to 3 pm.  The event will take place at the Vaughn Cultural Center at 3701 Grandel Square.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 12/7
SRI (Reading) assessments for selected students (through Thursday, 12/10)
Tuesday, 12/8
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 pm
Wednesday, 12/9
Orchestra Concert; Grade 6; LMS Cafeteria; 7 pm (location correction)
Thursday, 12/10
Band Concert; LMS; 7 pm
Friday, 12/11
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm

Friday, 12/18
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
Last Day for Quarter 2/Semester 1

Monday, 12/21
Winter Break (through Monday, 1/4)

CORRECTIONS/ADDITION

I had incorrectly listed the 12/9 Grade 6 Orchestra Concert as occurring at the LHWHS Performing Arts Center.  It will actually be held in the LMS Cafeteria.  That correction has been made in the Calendar Items above.

HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)

A study published by Experimental Physiology looks at prolonged periods of sitting and its effects on children.  The study found that “after a single session of prolonged inactivity, the children developed changes in their blood flow and arteries that, in grown-ups, would signal the start of serious cardiovascular problems. The article states that adults and children should spend fewer hours sitting and more hours moving to avoid future health problems.

NURSE NOTES

Medication (both prescription and over the counter) must be brought to the nurse’s office by a parent or other responsible adult. Per Ladue School District policy: medications may not be transported by a student and will not be released to a student.  Please refer to Ladue's medication policy for more information:
Ladue Medication Policy

NEW ITEMS

Grade 8 Basketball
8th grade boys and girls basketball team sign ups were last week. If your child would like to participate, it is not too late! This is a free, no-cut, all-play program that meets after school (3:10-4:10) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays after school. There is a late bus available after practices. Students must turn in forms and a recent physical (dated after February 1, 2015). The forms are available in the Welcome Center or online under the "Activities" tab. The first practice is December 8. Email Coach Theodossiou (jtheodosiou@ladueschools.net) if you would like to sign your child up.

LMS Yearbooks
Don't get left out of this year’s school memories. Order your 2015/16 yearbook today.  You can place your order online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/8647
You can also place an order by phone at 1-866-287-3096.
The price of the yearbook is $28 and orders can be placed through winter break to guarantee that pricing.  After January 3, prices will increase to $35.
Any questions about yearbook purchases can be directed to Sharrie Cognac atscognac@ladueschools.net

(Baber note: I don’t believe that the links below transferred.  As a result, I am including the documents as attachments to the Blackboard Connect email.)
Honor Our Wonderful LMS Faculty and Staff This Holiday Season - Please Act Today, Don't Delay!
Dear Ladue Middle School Families,
With the holidays upon us and 2015 drawing to a close, it’s a great time to honor our wonderful Ladue Middle School Faculty and Staff. 
With their talent and dedication, Ladue Middle School was recently named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, a 2015 Gold Star School by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and a 2014 National School of Character by The Character Education Partnership.
LMS annually produces award winning academic, arts and athletic teams, and provides opportunities for all students to participate in unique field trips and extracurricular activities such as the Ladue Ski Club.
You should have recently received a letter in the mail describing some of the many things that the Ladue Middle School Parent Association's "Gift & Project" Fundraiser has helped to do for our school.
Click here if you'd like to view the Winter Gift & Project letter.
Gift & Project is the LMSPA's biggest fundraiser.  The funds raised every year through G&P make up over 50% of the annual LMSPA budget, and allow the LMSPA to continue to do many things over the course of the year to elevate our children's learning experience and help support our children, their families and the LMS staff.
We hope you will honor your student's teachers and other LMS staff members with a donation.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated!
To donate:  You may complete the paper teacher and staff acknowledgment form (download it here if needed), and drop off or mail your form with your donation check, made out to the LMSPA, to the LMS office.  Please be sure to note "Winter Gift & Project" on your check's memo line.
Or, you may make your Winter Gift & Project donation and select your teacher and staff honorees online by clicking here.
PLEASE NOTE:  You have only seven days remaining until the Friday, Dec. 11th donation deadline to have your name(s) included in the letters letting LMS faculty and staff know who has honored them with a Winter Gift & Project donation (donation amounts are not disclosed).
Questions?  Please contact your Gift & Project Co-Chairs, Melissa Garza and Julie Stappenbeck:
Melissa Garza
melissahgarza@gmail.com / 571-249-9265 cell
Julie Stappenbeck
Thank you for supporting the LMSPA.
Happy Holidays!

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

LMS Office Closed
Please be aware that our LMS Office will be closed on the following:
·      Thanksgiving break – Wednesday, 11/25 through Friday, 11/27.
·      Winter break – Monday, 12/21 through Friday, 1/1.

Infinite Campus Messenger
We plan on beginning the following after the beginning of semester 2:
In an effort to provide consistent communication about missing assignments, an email will be sent each Thursday afternoon through Infinite Campus indicating any assignment your child has not turned in.  We are hoping this communication will help you assist your child with the completion and submission of assigned work.  We chose Thursday because it would give students the day on Friday to either turn in already completed work or discuss with teachers what needed to be done for various assignments over the weekend.
Messages will be sent to anyone identified as a “guardian” of a student at LMS and will be sent at 3:30 pm on Thursdays.  More information about the missing assignments can be found on the Parent Portal or on individual teacher websites.

After School Activities/Last week of the Semester
We typically do not offer After School Activities prior to a holiday, nor do we hold these the last week of the semester.  After checking with coaches and activity sponsors, there is a need to change this for this semester.  As a result, we WILL be offering coaches and sponsors the option of holding practices and activities on the following dates:
·      Tuesday, December 15
·      Thursday, December 17
Not all Activities will be held on these days.  I have asked sponsors to provide this information to our Office staff so that this information can be communicated to students through our school-wide announcements as these dates approach.

Field Trips and payment options
We are now providing a third payment option (if needed) for field trips.  This will be an online option through the MySchoolBucks program (currently being provided to make online payments to student lunch accounts) through a section designated School Store.  MySchoolBucks can be accessed through our district website, near the bottom of the page.
Our first two preferred forms of payment for future field trips will be either the online option noted above or by personal check.  Should either of these payment options not be possible, we will accept cash as a last resort.
If you prefer to take advantage of this online option, please look for the “Field Trip title” noted on the permission form sent home with your student, as well as the “Open date” and “Closing date” to submit payment.

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

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

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 that you and your families have a wonderful weekend.

Greg


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