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

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