January 4, 2016

Good afternoon.  I hope that you and your families enjoyed the time over Winter Break.

Most of the following is a repeat from my update email from two weeks ago.  I do want to remind you of two items that will relate to this week:

Class Meetings on January 5
The Character Ed committee reviewed the results of the student School Climate Survey that was taken earlier this month and voted to have class meetings on the first day of third quarter, January 5th.  These will occur at the beginning of the school day, with a full 8-period day to follow with slightly shortened class periods. 
The class meetings will continue the discussion about how to be an ally to students who are teased/bullied/disrespected. 

Ski Trip Fridays and Morning Traffic
Ski Trip Fridays will begin on January 8 (see dates below).  These mornings result in significant increases in car traffic as parents bring their children, with their ski or board equipment, to school.  After experiencing these mornings over the past five years, I would suggest that you try to drop your student(s) off at school prior to 7:45 am, if possible.  Students entering the front and back entrances will be able to deposit their equipment (clearly marked with their name and grade level) in a designated location in our Welcome Center Lobby for safekeeping during the day.


Thank you to Ann Parish, Kelly Becker and the Executive Board of the Ladue Middle School Parent Association for providing breakfast for our staff on the morning of January 4.  It was great appreciated.

We wish to welcome Daniel Ross Smallwood IV to the LMS family.  Daniel was born at 5:39 pm on New Years Day to LMS Teacher Megan Smallwood and her husband Dan. 

The Science Olympiad coaching staff would like to say thank you to all the students who participated in the Science Olympiad club during first semester.  We initially had 100+ students at our kickoff meeting on August 27 and the kids have been working hard ever since.  Unfortunately, by national guidelines we cannot take more than 15 team members to competitions so the club came to an end at Winter Break.  The Ladue Science Olympiad program has been in existence since 1989 and has qualified for state finals every year for the past 24 years straight.  The team has represented the state of Missouri 22 times out of the last 24 years. 
We want to congratulate the following 15 students who have been selected by the coaching staff to represent Ladue Middle School in this year’s upcoming spring competition season:  Fayzan Ali, Gavin Giuliani, Nevan Giuliani, Akshay Govindan, Kevin Jiang, Akhil Kondepudi, Shelei Pan, William Pan, Stephen Jiang, Raj Paul, Katie Shaw, Cindy Wang, Christopher Ye, Eric Yin and Anna Zhong.

Tuesday, 1/5
Students return to School
No After School Activities buses this week
Friday, 1/8
Ski Trip to Hidden Valley (after school)

Tuesday, 1/12
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
Semester 2 After School Activities begin
Thursday, 1/14
8th Grade Parents to Lunch; 12:14 pm
Friday, 1/15
Ski Trip to Hidden Valley (after school)

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

Thursday, 1/28
7th Grade Parents to Lunch; 11:26 am
Friday, 1/29
Ski Trip to Hidden Valley (after school)


HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)


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.




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

To Parents of 7th Grade Girls
The 8th grade girls basketball team does not have enough players to make a team, so we are opening up 5 spots for 7th grade girls.  This is a free, no cut, all- play program that practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10-4:10.  Games are after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.  In order to play, students must meet academic and citizenship requirements and turn in signed forms, included a physical dated after February 1, 2015.  You can find the forms on the “activities” tab under “8th grade sports” on the LMS website.  If your child would like to play, please download and return the forms ASAP.  Practices have already started, so your child may practice on the first day back to school (January 5) if her forms are submitted that day to Mrs. Schwartz in the Assistant Principal’s office.

LHWHS Basketball Chili Supper
The yearly Basketball Chili Supper will be held at LHWHS on January 22.  I am attaching a flier to the Blackboard Connect Parent Update email if you are interested.

From our Library
We will be having a "Winter Reading Club" over winter break.
To participate in our winter reading program, students need to simply read two books over winter break, and then write a short (50-100 words) review of each book.  They will then be entered into a drawing to win a $15 Amazon gift card!
​To submit the review they need to log into the Destiny catalogue using their network username and password, look up the book, and submit a review.  If they are unable to log in, they may also email reviews to mfrese@ladueschools.net

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.

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

Have a great remainder to your Monday afternoon.  See you tomorrow morning.


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