January 18, 2016



Good morning.

I have just re-read the speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.  As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day today, I hope each of us takes the opportunity to honor the sacrifices made by Dr. King and others past and present in their effort to help each of us judge our fellow man not “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  Dr. King’s eloquent, passionate words remain relevant to me in these times of intolerance and divisiveness in the hope of transforming “the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

The following is from our Grade 7 Social Studies teachers:
On Friday, January 8, 7th grade social studies students culminated their week-long study of West African culture with an African Festival.  Students presented about West African food, call and response music, art, storytelling, dance and drumming.  The students did an excellent job with their presentations.  We want to thank Mrs. Alrutz, Ms. Bullman and Mr. Farris for assisting us.  We also want to give a special thanks to our guest teacher for the week, Mrs. Anoa Alimayu, as well as the parents that gave up time to help supervise and run activities: Jennifer McLaughlin, Megan Frank, Nancy Singh, Julie Schuester, Brooke Dahm, Sarah Baumstark, Tammy Hayes, Lynelle Gage, Tracey Donovan, Reagan Minkler, Darel Shelton, Ruth Price, Tamar Brown, Lou Robinson, Amy Gunn, Kevin Gunn, Mary Yeldham, Caroline Chicoine, Sarah Stolker, Hong Xie, Joelyn Levy, Scott Kovacs, Jessica McLauchlin and Tracy Evans.  We could not have done it without your help!  

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 1/18
No School; Dr. King Holiday
Wednesday, 1/20
6th Grade Registration Night for 2016-2017; 6 pm
Friday, 1/22
6th Grade Parents to Lunch; 10:38 am

Monday, 1/25
School Board Appreciation Week
Thursday, 1/28
7th Grade Parents to Lunch; 11:26 am
Friday, 1/29
Ski Trip #2 to Hidden Valley (after school)

Monday, 2/1
School Counselor Week
Discovery Education 3 testing through Thursday (see schedule below)
Friday, 2/5
Ski Trip #3 to Hidden Valley (after school)

CORRECTIONS

HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)

Five great ways to stay active this winter:
1.Ice skating at Steinberg Ice Rink
2.Rock climbing at Upper Limits
3.Hiking at Powder Valley or Castlewood State Park
4.Skiing or tubing at Hidden Valley
5.Take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens or St. Louis Zoo - no crowds!

NURSE NOTES

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).

Students are not permitted to bring any medication (over the counter or prescription) to or from school.  All medications must be transported by an adult.  All medication (over the counter and / or prescription) requires a doctor's note or prescription label.  See link below for further information.
Ladue Medication Policy

Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular hand washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.  Scrub vigorously for 20 seconds...try singing "Happy Birthday" to yourself for a timing guide!  Hand washing is quick, it's simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Hand washing is a win for everyone...except the germs.

NEW ITEMS

8th Grade Formal Planning
Please join the 8th grade formal committee on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 pm in the LMS library to discuss the upcoming dance.  We welcome all individuals interested in volunteering at this event.  We will discuss fundraising efforts and all volunteer opportunities.   If you are unable to attend but would like to help, or if you have any questions, please email the co-chairs:
Goska Cherrick goskacherrick@aol.com or
Kelly Minifie kellyminifie@gmail.com

Buzz Book
The Ladue Middle School Parent Association, which compiles information for our yearly Buzz Book, has provided recent additions and updates.  This is attached as an Excel spreadsheet to the Blackboard Connect update email.

UPDATED ITEMS

Ski Trip revised dates
With the cancellation of today’s Ski Trip (due to Hidden Valley delaying their opening until Saturday, January 9), the revised dates are as follows:
·      Jan 15 – Ski Trip #1
·      Jan 29 – Ski Trip #2
·      Feb 5 – Ski Trip #3
·      Feb 19 – Ski Trip #4
·      Feb 26 – Ski Trip #5

REPEAT ITEMS

Chili Supper at LHWHS
The Ladue School District Community Chili Supper ​is on Friday, January 22 at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Cafeteria from 5 to 7 pmPurchase tickets for $6 per person in advance, $8 at the door.  OR order online by clicking here (MySchoolBucks.com) and choosing the Chili Supper icon.

Registration Dates for 2016-2017
Information will be made available on the following dates:
8th grade registration meeting @ LHWHS 1/13/16, 7pm
8th grade Parents to Lunch - 1/14/16
7th Grade Parents to Lunch - 1/28/15
6th Grade Parents to Lunch - 1/22/16

DE Testing dates/schedule
Monday, 2/1 – White Day, Odd block periods
Tuesday, 2/2 – White Day, Even block periods
Wednesday, 2/3 – Blue Day, Odd block periods
Thursday, 2/4 – Blue Day, Even block periods
(Friday, 2/5 – Regular full-day schedule)

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 at scognac@ladueschools.net

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.

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.

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 you have a great remainder to your Monday.

Greg


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