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Sunday, February 28, 2016

February 28, 2016


Good evening.  I hope your weekend has gone well.

I wanted to highlight two upcoming events at LMS near the beginning of this message, rather than have them buried below:
  • "I Am LMS" Day is scheduled for Friday, March 4.  This is our annual celebration of the diversity of cultures, races, religions and identities that make up our school population and community.  Students in all three grade levels will learn about stereotypes, the effects of prejudice on different groups of people, and the importance of working together for the good of all.  The day will include performances by The Sparkle Effect, a LMS-LHWHS club made up of students of different abilities, as well as by Gentlemen of Voice, a step group from Riverview Gardens High School.  Students will end the day with opportunities to reflect on what diversity means to them.
  • MAP testing will occur in April.  We ask that parents avoid the following dates in terms of planned absences, appointments, etc.
Grade 6:  Monday, 4/11 and Tuesday, 4/12
Grade 7:  Wednesday, 4/13 and Thursday, 4/14
Grade 8:  Monday, 4/18; Tuesday, 4/19; and Wednesday, 4/20
 
CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to all three Science Bowl teams on their outstanding performance at the regional competition at Washington University last weekend.  The team of Ashna Chali, Harry Chen, Stephen Jiang, William Pan and Eric Yin took first place and earned themselves an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C.  Coach Hugh McMonigle will accompany them on their journey at the end of April.  

Congratulations and thank you to Leah Scheidt, Leah Alrutz, Erika Niles and members of the cast and crew of The Little Mermaid Jr for two thoroughly wonderful and entertaining performances last Thursday and Friday.

Thank you to Mark Biernbaum and the staff and parent chaperones who helped make this year’s Ski Club trips to Hidden Valley possible.   

CALENDAR ITEMS
 
Friday, 3/4
“I Am LMS Day”
Early Release Day; 12:40 PM

Tuesday, 3/8
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 PM
Wednesday, 3/9
Full day for students
Parent Portfolio Conferences
Thursday, 3/10
End of Quarter 3
Early Release day for students; 12:40 PM
Parent Portfolio Conferences
Friday, 3/11
No School

Monday, 3/14
Spring Break (through Friday, 3/18)
CORRECTIONS
HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)

IDEAS FOR LIVING A HEALTHY ACTIVE LIFE
5 - Eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day.
2 - Keep screen time (like TV, video games, computer) down to two hours or less per day.
1 - Get one hour or more of physical activity every day.
0 - Drink zero sugar-sweetened drinks.  Replace soda, sports drinks and even 100% fruit juice with milk or water.

NURSE NOTES

Immunization Information
There have been some immunization changes required by the state of Missouri that will affect students going into 8th grade next school year. Students entering 8th grade will now be required to have a meningitis immunization and a Tdap immunization prior to starting 8th grade. Your child may have already had both of these immunizations. Please check with your pediatrician to see if these have been completed and, if not, get an appointment scheduled.  Please send the updated immunization records that reflect that your child has these immunizations. The nurse's office will accept the records immediately - no need to wait until summer!
You may email: cpatrick@ladueschools.net, fax (314)-983-5965, or send in a paper copy of the record to the nurse's office. For more information please go to:
Christina Patrick, MSN, RN
Ladue Middle School Nurse
Phone: 314-983-5530
Fax:     314-983-5965
cpatrick@ladueschools.net
NEW ITEMS

Book Drive
Trey Fruend, LHWHS freshman, is sponsoring a book drive for children and teens of patients at Siteman Cancer Center.   Trey, who is working on his Eagle Scout Project, wishes to collect new or gently used children and teen books.  A collection bin is located in the LMS lobby, by the Welcome Center, with a final pickup of donated books scheduled for April 15, 2016.

Challenger Baseball Program
Does your child enjoy helping others, playing baseball or need volunteer hours for activities, such as National Junior Honor Society?  My Name is Maya Wasserstrom, and as part of my Girl Scout Gold Award, we are continuing to expand our LMS partnership with Challenger Baseball. Last year, LMS students provided over 100 hours as buddies or special event help.  Challenger Baseball is a program for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and they are always in need of buddies to help out players during the games.  We welcome volunteers ages 10 to 20 and no baseball experience is required.  Most games are at Tilles Park and you can attend once or come weekly.  Starting in April, Challenger Baseball will have games every Saturday at 9 AM and 10:30 AM.  You can register (takes 2 minutes) or learn more about Challenger at: www.challengerbaseball.org.  Please feel free to contact me at,  mayaerin1@gmail.com and I would be happy to answer questions.  I am also tracking LMS hours for special projects and would love to record them for you.
WANTED:  Gently used baseball gloves (especially adult size).  I will be collecting these during the LMS Spring Parent Portfolio Conferences to provide to players with the Challenger Baseball Program.

8th grade formal decorations planning meeting
Please join us on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm in the library to discuss the planning and execution of the decorations for the dance.  We will be formalizing decorations committees would appreciate any and all help!!
Please note: Attendance at this meeting is not required to help set up the decorations or to chaperone.  Opportunities to do both will be made available via Signup Genius closer to the event.
Thank you, and please email us with any questions.
Goska Cherrick, goskacherrick@aol.com
Kelly Minifie, kellyminifie@gmail.com
UPDATED ITEMS
REPEAT ITEMS
Spring Parent Conferences
Our Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences are scheduled for March 9 (3:40 - 7 PM) and March 10 (1:40 - 7 PM).  PLEASE NOTE: Conference times and format are different than in the fall.
An information sheet was sent home with students on Monday, February 1, as well as information about the spring conference format.  Please follow instructions on the sheet to sign up online.  The system opened on Monday, February 1 at 6:30 PM.  Please sign up ASAP as slots fill quickly.  We look forward to seeing you.

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
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
Thank you,

Greg

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

Good afternoon.  I hope you enjoyed the recent Valentine Day/Presidents Day weekend.

Before beginning with the bulk of this message, I have been asked to put out an appeal for facial tissues.  If you can spare some, and send a box in with your child, it would be greatly appreciated.  I will assume that these can go to their period 1 teacher.  
 
CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

We would like to welcome two new additions to the LMS family:
  • Congratulations to Ashley Arnold, SSD school psychologist, and her husband Aaron on the birth of their daughter Savannah on February 12.  
  • Congratulations to Rachel Perkowski, LMS Spanish teacher, and her husband Theron on the birth of their son Trevor Knox on February 15.   

Thank you to the Ladue Middle School Parent Association for the purchase and installation of new signage at the front of our building.  This is the “legacy gift” from last year’s 8th graders and the Parent Association.  It looks wonderful.  I am attaching a picture below.



CALENDAR ITEMS
Monday, 2/15
Presidents Day; No School
Friday, 2/19
Ski Trip #4 to Hidden Valley; After School
Wednesday, 2/24
LMSPA Special Evening Lecture: "Social Media for Parents”; LMS Library; 7 – 8 PM  
Thursday, 2/25
LMS Musical; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 4:30 – 6 PM
Friday, 2/26
Ski Trip #5 to Hidden Valley; After School
LMS Musical; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 – 8 PM
Friday, 3/4
“I Am LMS Day”
Early Release Day; 12:40 PM

Tuesday, 3/8
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 PM
Wednesday, 3/9
Full day for students
Parent Portfolio Conferences
Thursday, 3/10
End of Quarter 3
Early Release day for students; 12:40 PM
Parent Portfolio Conferences
Friday, 3/11
No School

Monday, 3/14
Spring Break (through Friday, 3/18)
CORRECTIONS
HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)
You've probably read about it in newspapers and seen it on the news: in the United States, the number of obese children and teens has continued to rise over the past two decades.   As a parent or other concerned adult, you may ask:  What steps can we take to help prevent obesity in our children?
Doctors and scientists are concerned about the rise of obesity in children and youth because obesity may lead to the following health problems: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, and social discrimination.  Childhood obesity is associated with various health-related consequences and weight-related health problems in adulthood.
What can I do as a parent or guardian to help prevent childhood overweight and obesity?
To help your child maintain a healthy weight, balance the calories your child consumes from foods and beverages with the calories your child uses through physical activity and normal growth. Increase activity! The goal for overweight and obese children and teens is to reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Children and teens should NOT be placed on a weight reduction diet without the consultation of a health care provider.

NURSE NOTES

There have been some immunization changes required by the state of Missouri that will affect students going into 8th grade next school year. Students entering 8th grade will now be required to have a meningitis immunization and a TDap immunization prior to starting 8th grade.  Here is a link to the DHSS site reflecting these requirements.
2016-2017 Missouri School Immunization Requirements
Your child may have already had both of these immunizations!  Please check with your pediatrician to see if these have been completed and, if not, get an appointment scheduled.  Please send the updated immunization records that reflect that your child has these immunizations. The nurse's office will accept these records immediately - no need to wait until summer!
You may email, fax, or send in a copy of the record to the nurse's office.
cpatrick@ladueschools.net  (email)
314-983-5965 (fax)
NEW ITEMS

Book Drive
Trey Fruend, LHWHS freshman, is sponsoring a book drive for children and teens of patients at Siteman Cancer Center.   Trey, who is working on his Eagle Scout Project, wishes to collect new or gently used children and teen books.  A collection bin is located in the LMS lobby, by the Welcome Center, with a final pickup of donated books scheduled for April 15, 2016.
Lecture for Parents on Social Media
As noted in the calendar section above, the LMSPA will sponsor a Special Evening Lecture entitled "Social Media for Parents.”  This event will take place on February 24, from 7 – 8 PM, in the LMS Library.
UPDATED ITEMS
Ski Trip revised dates
·      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
Spring Parent Conferences
Our Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences are scheduled for March 9 (3:40 - 7 PM) and March 10 (1:40 - 7 PM).  PLEASE NOTE: Conference times and format are different than in the fall.
An information sheet was sent home with students on Monday, February 1, as well as information about the spring conference format.  Please follow instructions on the sheet to sign up online.  The system opened on Monday, February 1 at 6:30 PM.  Please sign up ASAP as slots fill quickly.  We look forward to seeing you.

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
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 of your week.

Greg

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016


Good morning.  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.

Some have already noted that we have a conflict in our upcoming calendar.  On February 26, we have our last Ski Trip of the year and the LMS Musical at 7 PM in the LHWHS Performing Arts Center.
If did not have to cancel our first Ski Trip due to Hidden Valley not opening, originally scheduled for January 8, this would not be an issue.  As it is, dates for ski trips and the available of the Performing Arts Center are both limited and these were our best opportunities.  My apologies if this causes any problems.  
 
CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS
On Saturday, January 30, twenty-three LMS students competed in the regional MCTM mathematics contest at Selvidge Middle School.  Thirteen of these students will move on to compete individually at the state level on Saturday, April 2, along with our team which placed first.  The students who placed in the top ten in the individual categories will compete at state.  Congratulations to coach Nancy Chambers and all of our students who participated in last Saturday’s competition:
6th grade:
Will Bender (2nd), Iris Zhou (3rd), Samuel Chen (6th), Daniel Xu (7th), Aditya Kondepudi (10th), Michael Cao, Winston Chen and Rohan Tatikonda.
7th grade:
Jason Ding (1st), Stephen Jiang (2nd), Harry Chen (4th), William Pan (5th), William Xie (7th), Jason Xu (8th), Shriya Koneru and Alex Zhou.
8th grade:
Jeremy Ouyang (4th), Anna Zhong (6th), Lilly Tung, Connie Chen, Sanjana Tatikonda, Katie Shaw and Kashish Dhawan.
Team (1st place):
Jason Ding, Stephen Jiang, Jeremy Ouyang and Anna Zhong.

Thank you to D'Ante' DuCasse', district Webmaster, and Karl Kindt, LMS Technology Coordinator, for the updated look to the blog posts.

CALENDAR ITEMS
Tuesday, 2/9
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 PM
Friday, 2/12
Professional Development day for teachers; No School for students
Monday, 2/15
Presidents Day; No School
Friday, 2/19
Ski Trip #4 to Hidden Valley; After School
Wednesday, 2/24
LMSPA Special Evening Lecture: "Social Media for Parents”; LMS Library; 7 – 8 PM  
Thursday, 2/25
LMS Musical; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 4:30 – 6 PM
Friday, 2/26
Ski Trip #5 to Hidden Valley; After School
LMS Musical; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 – 8 PM
Friday, 3/4
“I Am LMS Day”
Early Release Day; 12:40 PM

Tuesday, 3/4
LMSPA Board meeting; 1 PM
Wednesday, 3/9
Full day for students
Parent Portfolio Conferences
Thursday, 3/10
End of Quarter 3
Early Release day for students; 12:40 PM
Parent Portfolio Conferences
Friday, 3/11
No School
CORRECTIONS
HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)
As we begin to enter cold and flu season, please recall Ladue Schools' 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).
Tips to keep middle school students healthy:
·      Wash hands with soap and water frequently.
·      Avoid touching face (mouth, nose, eyes).
·      Eat a nutritious diet.
·      Get plenty of sleep.
·      Stay up to date with all recommended immunizations, including flu shots.
·      Keep students home from school when they are sick (refer to Ladue Schools' guidelines).
Students are not permitted to bring any medication (over the counter or prescription) to or from school.  All medication must be transported by an adult.  All medication (over the counter and / or prescription) requires a doctor's note or prescription label.  See the link below for further information.
Ladue Medication Policy
NURSE NOTES

There have been some immunization changes required by the state of Missouri that will affect students going into 8th grade next school year. Students entering 8th grade will now be required to have a meningitis immunization and a TDap immunization prior to starting 8th grade.  Here is a link to the DHSS site reflecting these requirements.
2016-2017 Missouri School Immunization Requirements
Your child may have already had both of these immunizations!  Please check with your pediatrician to see if these have been completed and, if not, get an appointment scheduled.  Please send the updated immunization records that reflect that your child has these immunizations. The nurse's office will accept these records immediately - no need to wait until summer!
You may email, fax, or send in a copy of the record to the nurse's office.
cpatrick@ladueschools.net  (email)
314-983-5965 (fax)
NEW ITEMS
Lecture for Parents on Social Media
As noted in the calendar section above, the LMSPA will sponsor a Special Evening Lecture entitled "Social Media for Parents.”  This event will take place on February 24, from 7 – 8 PM, in the LMS Library.
UPDATED ITEMS
Ski Trip revised dates
·      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
Spring Parent Conferences
Our Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences are scheduled for March 9 (3:40 - 7 PM) and March 10 (1:40 - 7 PM).  PLEASE NOTE: Conference times and format are different than in the fall.
An information sheet was sent home with students on Monday, February 1, as well as information about the spring conference format.  Please follow instructions on the sheet to sign up online.  The system opened on Monday, February 1 at 6:30 PM.  Please sign up ASAP as slots fill quickly.  We look forward to seeing you.

Hoops For Heart
On February 10 and 11 the LMS PE department will be hosting the annual Hoops For Heart fundraiser during PE classes.  Students will be bringing home information and collecting donations.  
Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country.  By holding this event at our school each year, we help to raise awareness about heart-healthy living.  And help fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts.  Thank you.
Almost every family in America is touched by heart disease or stroke, and our school's contribution will significantly impact the fight against these devastating illnesses.
We hope that you, and your students find this lifesaving effort rewarding and enjoyable.  You are touching so many lives — and life is why the American Heart Association exists as an organization. Your help and support are greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
The LMS PE Department
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
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 day and week.

Greg