April 14, 2016


Good afternoon.  I hope that your week has gone well so far.  

All indications point to MAP testing having gone pretty well for the 6th and 7th graders this week.  Although many hands contribute to the success of school-wide, grade level testing, I would like to share special thanks to the work put in by Associate Principal Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson, Counselor Janey Worthington, Technology Coach Karl Kindt, and Teaching Assistant Katie Rahmoeller.  We should wrap up testing for 8th grade next week, with make up exams to follow.  

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team.  This past Saturday, they took first place at the state finals in Fulton, MO with a commanding lead over the second place team (Pembroke Hill from Kansas City).  Thirty-two of the top teams from the state were present and Ladue took top five in 20 of the 22 events.  The team will be moving on to the national finals at University of Wisconsin-Stout the last week of the school year.  This will be the 22nd appearance for the LMS at the national finals in the last 24 years.  
LMS Science Olympiad team members are:
Fayzan Ali, John Cramblitt, Jason Ding, Domenic Fenoglio, Gavin Giuliani, Nevan Giuliani, Akshay Govindan, Grace Hu, Kevin Jiang, Stephen Jiang, Akhil Kondepudi, Shriya Koneru, Shelei Pan, William Pan, Raj Paul, Katie Shaw, Cindy Wang, Christopher Ye, Xander Ye, Eric Yin, Lucy Yue, and Anna Zhong.

Congratulations to the following students who earned a Superior rating at the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association's Solo and Ensemble Festival this past weekend:
Seth Goldman, bassoon solo; Daphne Levy, flute solo;  Alvin Li, clarinet solo; Melody Zhang, flute solo; and Daphne Levy and Melody Zhang, flute duet.  They represented LMS very well.

Congratulations to members of the LMS Choir, who participated in the St. Louis Suburban Solo/Ensemble Festival this past weekend.  All six students prepared two solos, each singing a classical/folk and a foreign language song.  Lilian Sheley, Madalyn Abady, Hiram Anderson, and Julia Monsey all earned a 1 "Superior" rating which is the highest you can receive. Cassie Beisheim and Olivia Rhodes both earned a 2 "Excellent" rating which is the second highest rating possible.  Great job!

Congratulations to the 32 LMS Orchestra students who participated in the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association's Solo and Ensemble Festival this past weekend:
7th Grade
Pema Childs, ensemble - Superior; Daniel Diringer, solo - Superior, ensemble - Superior; Diya Diwakaran, ensemble - Excellent; Jennifer Fan, solo, ensemble; Benjamin Goeke, solo, ensemble; Tommy Hodges, ensemble - Excellent; Roland LaBonte, solo - Superior, ensemble - Superior; Ryan Lam, ensemble - Superior; Rebecca Lang, solo - Superior, ensemble - Superior; Matthew Levy, ensemble - Excellent; Anna Reis, ensemble - Excellent; Sophie Seidel, solo; Harry Wang, ensemble - Superior; Anna Wilson, ensemble - Excellent; and Jason Xu,  solo - Excellent.
8th Grade
John Christen, ensemble - Superior; Faith Connally, ensemble - Excellent; John Deffry, ensemble - Excellent; Kashish Dhawan, ensemble - Excellent; Ria Dharnidharka, ensemble - Excellent; Jenna Gold, ensemble - Excellent; Lena Liang, solo - Excellent, ensemble - Superior; Mirabelle Mockler, ensemble - Excellent; Haniyyah Muhammad, ensemble - Excellent; Ananya Pillai, ensemble - Excellent; Amira Robinson, solo - Good, ensemble - Excellent; Jacob Sheldon, solo - Superior, ensemble - Superior; Rebecca Tan, ensemble - Superior; Lilly Tung, solo - Superior, Ensemble - Superior; Michael Wayne, ensemble - Superior; and Brendan Yang, solo - Excellent.
We are so proud of all their effort and musicianship in representing Ladue Middle School!

8th Grade Formal Information

The 8th Grade Party is only a month away!  See the invitation and all the important information by clicking here!Thank you to all who have donated to this event. Your contributions are making this event happen! This event is 90% parent funded.  Many thanks to our generous underwriters: the Litz, Migala and Steibler Families.  Also, we have many parents generously donating endless hours to make this dance a memorable event for our kids. This is a parent team effort.  We are only 5 weeks away from the dance and still short of our goal.  Donations in any amount can be made via myschoolbucks.com  (make sure you are under Parent Association Ladue Middle School) or by sending a check to:  Ladue Middle School; 9701 Conway Rd.; Ladue, MO 63124  (please mark 8th grade formal in the memo and on the outside of the envelope).  Any questions please contact Lisa Sheldon at ericlisas@sbcglobal.net

8th Grade Formal Volunteers Needed

Please sign up to VOLUNTEER for the 8th Grade Formal on Friday May 6, 2016


For questions about volunteering and sign up genius please contact Ann Boldt at  laboldt@gmail.com

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, 4/18
MAP testing; Grade 8, Science
Tuesday, 4/19
National Library Worker Day
MAP testing; Grade 8, Math
Choir Concert; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 PM
Wednesday, 4/20
NJHS Induction; LMS Cafeteria; 8:30 AM
MAP testing; Grade 8, English/Language Arts
Thursday, 4/21
Grade 8 Trailblazer team to Springfield, IL
Friday, 4/22
MAP testing; Grade 8, English/Language Arts

Monday, 4/25
MAP testing; make up exams (through Friday, 4/29)
Grade 8 Pioneer team to Springfield, IL
Tuesday, 4/26
Grade 8 Patriot team to Springfield, IL
Wednesday, 4/27
Administrative Professionals Day
Band Concert; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 PM
Saturday, 4/30
Dogwood Parade and Festival

CORRECTIONS

HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)

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

Student Medications at School
This is a reminder that students are not permitted to carry any medication (over the counter or prescription) to, from, or during 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 link below for further information on Ladue Schools’ medication policy.
NEW ITEMS

6th Grade Party
SURF’S UP – 6th Grade LMS All Class Beach Luau Party!
It's time to ride the wave to the end of year 6th grade party,
On April 21st from 3:10-4:10 and don't be tardy!
Dress Hawaiian and come have a blast,
with a DJ, pizza, photo booth and games just like in the past!
Everyone's invited no need to respond with a yes or no,
And it's free of charge so all you need to do is just plan to go!
We are still in need of volunteers!  So if you would like to help,
Please go to “http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4eaeae2ca64-lms6th1/38775115 “ and sign up to volunteer.
Questions: Kathy Birchfield, 314-223-9799, bbirchfield@earthlink.net
Dawn Trautmann, 314-482-4110, dawn.trautmann@rsmus.com

School Supply Sale for 2016-2017
The Ladue Middle School Parent Association is coordinating a school supply sale for the 2016-2017 school year.  The grade level packs include items from the LMS generic school supply lists.   
There are two ways you can order…..
1)  Order online using the Educational Products Inc. website by June 12.  Sales tax will be added at checkout.  Go towww.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter school ID, LAD024
2)  Submit the paper order form to the school office along with a check made payable to the Ladue Middle School Parent Association (LMSPA) by May 21.  You won’t pay tax if you submit the paper order form since LMSPA is a tax exempt organization and will be processing the payment.
Please note that some teachers may have additional class specific items you will need to purchase once school starts and that PE clothes are NOT included with school supplies.
Click here http://www.mylmspa.com/school-supply-packs/ to visit the School Supply Sale webpage on the LMSPA website for all the details including copies of the LMS generic school supply lists and the EPI order form.  School supply packs will be available for pickup at LMS Packet Pick Up Days and Community Night regardless of how you choose to place your order.
Questions? contact Megterry@me.com

UPDATED ITEMS

MAP Testing schedule
MAP testing will occur in April.  We ask that parents avoid the following dates in terms of planned absences, appointments, etc.
Grade 8
Monday, 4/18
    Science, 9:06 AM to 12:14 PM
Tuesday, 4/19
    Math, 9:54 AM to 12:14 PM
Wednesday, 4/20
    English Language Arts, 9:54 AM to 12:14 PM
Friday, 4/22
    English Language Arts, 9:06 to 10:38 AM
Makeup Exams
    Will be held during the week of 4/25

REPEATED ITEMS

Heroin Presentation
The LHWHS parents association is hosting an evening with a NCADA community educator.  The educator will present a 10-15 minute film and a powerpoint presentation on Heroin usage in High School.  It will be followed by a 30 minute panel question and answer session.  The panel will include the educator, David Tabscott (LHWHS counselor), Kelly Ross MD (parent and pediatrician) and hopefully some parents.  We would like to extend an invitation to LMS parents to attend.  The event is April 18 at 7 PM in the LHWHS Performing Arts Center.

8th Grade Slide Show
This year, our goal is to have every child represented with at least 1 photograph.  The slide show is intended to be a stand alone activity at the party and will be around 10 minutes long.
We would love to have your photos from 6th, 7th and 8th grade school activities such as school parties, ski club, field trips etc. Group pictures with higher resolution are preferred.  We would appreciate you including as much detail as possible (childs names, activity and year photo was taken). Please submit your photos to lms8thgradeformal@gmail.com.
If you have a large amount of group photos we can accept DVDs during our Spring conferences March 9 & 10. Please mark the DVD with your child’s name.
To allow enough time to produce a slide show, please submit your pictures by April 4.  If you have any questions please e-mail Julie Eastlund at:  lms8thgradeformal@gmail.com.

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
 
LMSPA eBlasts
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Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on boardbriefs.blogspot.com

Have a great Friday and weekend.

Greg

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