January 8, 2016



Good afternoon.  The week back from Winter Break has gone pretty well.  Both kids and staff have gotten back into school mode, although I personally miss my daily naps over the two-week period.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

If you haven’t already seen it, there is a very nice article about the LMS Science Bowl team and coach Martin Long in the January, 2016 edition of Ladue News.  My understanding is that the Science Bowl team was also highlighted on KMOV TV this morning on Great Day St. Louis. 

The Science Olympiad coaches would like to congratulate the following students on being selected for the LMS Science Olympiad Training Team.  The Training Team is a group of 6th and 7th graders who show promise in one or multiple events.  While there are many students who could be selected for this group, we unfortunately have to narrow the list to 15 members.  Performance, as well as events in which they were trained, were used to select the team.  This team will have the opportunity to compete at the St. Louis Regional tournament, along side the Competition team, on Saturday, March 5.
Training Team members are:  Ashna Chali, John Cramblitt, Jason Ding, Domenic Fenoglio, Grace Hu, Aditya Kondepudi, Shriya Koneru, Orion Kornfeld, Kevin Tan, Evan Wang, Harry Wang, Daniel Xu, Xander Ye, Lucy Yue and Justin Zhang.

Congratulations to Jason Theodosiou, who is a recipient of a 2016 SHAPE America JRFH/HFH Grant. 

CALENDAR ITEMS

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 #1 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

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

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

HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)

Adolescents and Their Need For Sleep

The average amount of sleep that teenagers get per night is about seven hours.  However, they need about nine and one half hours per night for optimal functioning.
Teenagers do not get enough sleep for a number of reasons:
Shift in sleep schedule.
Early start times.
Social and school obligations.
Sleep deprivation will impact on many aspects of your teenager’s functioning:
Mood. 
Behavior.
Cognitive ability.
Academic performance.
How to help your teenager get enough sleep:
Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Avoid oversleeping on weekends.
Turn off televisions, computers, and radios.
Avoid caffeine.
Contact your child's doctor.

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

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.

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)

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

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

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.

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 weekend.  Please be aware of the anticipated rain and snow on Saturday if you are out.

Be safe,

Greg


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