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Friday, May 20, 2016

8th Grade Farewell Assembly May 20, 2016

Good morning 8th Grade parents.

We hope that you will be able to attend today’s 8th Grade Farewell Assembly.

Here are a few items for your information:

Program Times
The assembly will begin at 12 noon and should last until around 1:30 pm.  It will occur in our Gym.

Parking
You may use any available parking spaces on our campus.  Parking can also occur on the blacktop at the back of our building.  It works well to make four rows - one each on the sides next to the fence and two down the middle of the lot.  Parking can also occur in our Circle Drive, but please remember three things: 1) I need to reserve space for unloading of the Shuttle Bus, near the Gym doors; 2) I need to keep the “cut through” open; and 3) please do not park in the Conway Road exit, as our lot gets narrower there.
Also, parking in the Central Bank lot, across Conway Road, is prohibited.  In past years, Ladue PD had to have parents leave the assembly to move their cars.
As mentioned above, a Shuttle Bus will also be available to run between our building and Ladue Chapel (just to the east on Clayton Road, at the top of the hill).  It should begin service around 11:30 am.

Building/Gym Access
Entrances will be accessible at the front of the building, and at both doors at the rear of the Gym, beginning at 11 am.
Access to the Gym will be available at 11:15 am.

Seating
The 8th grade students will have a section reserved for them in the center of the Gym.  Seating for family members and guests will be on either side of the student section, and in the bleachers.

Student Dismissal
Students may leave with their parents at the conclusion of the assembly, without check out through the office.

Thanks.

Greg

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016




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

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

A huge THANK YOU to all of the parents who helped to plan, decorate, chaperone, clean up and donated funds or props for the 8th grade formal last week.  There are too many of you to list.  A special shout out to Goska Cherrick and Kelly Minifie for chairing this fun event, and to Julie Eastlund for putting together the 8th grade slideshow.  Several parents have asked about seeing the slideshow; it will be shown again before and after the Farewell assembly next Friday.

Congratulations to our 2016 Greenwood Award nominees Jenna Gold, Shelei Pan, Lucie Rowe, Kate Shaw, Guiseppe DiCera, Will Minifie, Jeremy Ouyang, and Michael Wayne. These students were recognized during this morning’s 8th Grade Citizenship Ceremony.  Congratulations as well to Anna and Christopher, who were announced as our two award winners for this year.     

Congratulations to the following 8th grade students who recently took the National French Contest Exam and were medal winners:
Silver Medals:  Sereen Bouhraoua, Julia Boeyink, Noah Posey, Jill Goldwasser
Bronze Medals:  Jenna Gold, Madeline Stoces, Angela Liu, Bradford Siwak
Honorable Mention:  Hannah Abraham, Isabella del Cid, Robel Essayas, Eli Goldstein, Anna Liner, Simone Liu, Celeste Liu, Alex Migala, Ashley Osborn, Ria Parpelli, Kevin Tan, and  Camille Yang.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Tuesday, 5/17
African American Recognition Night; 6 PM; LMS Cafeteria and Gym
Wednesday, 5/18
Talent Show; 1 - 3 PM; LMS Gym
Thursday, 5/19
8th Graders to 6 Flags
Friday, 5/20
6th and 7th Grade Year-End Field Trips
8th Grade Farewell Assembly; Noon - 1:30 PM; LMS Gym (8th grade students may leave with
    parents after the assembly)
Last Day Of School

NEW ITEMS

LMS Dad’s Club
The LMS Dad's Club is hosting the annual Pancake Breakfast for the graduating 8th grade class on Thursday May 19 beginning around 8 am.  The 8th graders will wrap up their middle school years by having a field trip to Six Flags for a day of fun and one last hurrah together.  Before they board the buses, the LMS Dad’s Club hosts a pancake breakfast for the kids, complete with a “toppings bar” where the kids get to adorn their pancakes with syrup, berries, pineapple, chocolate chips, whipped cream and other fun toppings.
The LMS Dad’s Club is looking for additional parents to help cook and serve the pancakes. Come spend time with your child and their friends one last time at the Middle School and help them get a great send off to Summer.  It is one of the most fun parent events of the year. To register to volunteer, Click Here.  For questions, contact LMS Dad’s Club President Joe Mulligan at 314-503-4384 or joemulligan910@gmail.com
Honor Roll sticker question
In the past few years, we have purchased Honor Roll stickers for students who qualify.  The stickers do not come cheaply.  Do you, as parents, think these are valuable?  Do your children value these?  Please email me this coming week to let me know your thoughts.

Principal Survey
The yearly LMS Principal survey is available at:
If you have the time, please provide input based upon this past year by Friday, May 27.  You will also be able to provide specific feedback to grade level Principals as well, near the end of the survey form.  Thank you.

Summer Math Packets
Summer Math Packets are available on our Web site, both under “About Our School->News & Events” as well as under “Curriculum.”

Informed Enrollment forms
We currently have about a third of the current 7th grade Informed Enrollment forms for next year.  The hope was to have these back by today.  If you still have your child’s form, we would appreciate it if you could get it to us as soon as possible.  Thank you.  

Summer Reading Program
Prevent the Summer Slide - Make Sure Your Child Participates in Our New Summer Reading Program!  Did you know that, on average, students lose between one and three months of growth in reading skills over the summer? However, studies show that this "summer slide" is easy to prevent. Students who read just four books (or 1200 minutes of reading) over the summer maintain their skills (and those who read more become even better readers).
Our goal is to encourage every student to read for fun this summer! Summer is the perfect time to fall in love with reading. With that goal in mind, the LMS library is now offering summer checkout to all current 6th and 7th graders who will be returning to LMS next year. Students may borrow up to five books to take home for the summer. Please encourage your children to take advantage of this opportunity, and make time for them to read!
To further encourage your children to read, LMS will be offering incentives to all LMS students who participate in the St. Louis County Library's summer reading program. Simply Click on the link at the end of this paragraph to register for the Summer Reading Club @St. Louis County Library (no county library card is required to be eligible for a prize from LMS). At the end of the summer the county library will share student reading logs with the LMS library. Those who log at least 1,200 minutes of reading at an appropriate level will win a gift card to an area business (Smoothie King, Barnes and Noble, Companion, Baskin Robbins, Deer Creek Coffee, etc.). Please go here to register. http://slcl.readsquared.com/ The SLCL also has a summer reading club for adults, so you can make it a family affair!
Thank you for supporting literacy and reading in your home! Please visit the LMS Library website for more information or contact Melody Frese, our Library Media Specialist at mfrese@ladueschools.net if you have any questions.
UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

Yearbooks
If your student did not pre-order a 2015-2016 LMS Yearbook, and now wishes to purchase one, extras will go on sale next Tuesday morning in the Welcome Center Lobby.  Sales will begin at 7:15 am, and books will be available until the supply of extra copies is exhausted - first come, first served.  Checks should be in the amount of $35, made payable to Ladue Middle School.

LMSPA Spring Gift & Project and 8th Grade Legacy Gift Fundraiser
The following message is from the Ladue Middle School Parent Association (LMSPA):
Thank you, LMS families for your generous support!
Thank you very much to all of the families who have made donations through the LMSPA's Spring Gift & Project (6th and 7th grade families) and 8th Grade Legacy Gift fundraiser in honor of our wonderful Ladue Middle School teachers and staff.
Your support makes it possible for the LMSPA to elevate the learning experience for all students at Ladue Middle School, and to provide additional technology, support for teachers, and enrichment opportunities for all.
8th Grade Legacy Gift donations from the 2016 8th grade class will help fund much-needed new furniture for the LMS library.
We will be recognizing donors on the LMSPA website soon.
8th grade families who made 8th Grade Legacy Gift donations will also be recognized at the upcoming 8th Grade Farewell Assembly.
Questions?  Please contact either of our Gift & Project / 8th Grade Legacy Gift Co-Chairs, Melissa Garza (melissahgarza@gmail.com) or Julie Stappenbeck (jstappenbeck@yahoo.com).


REPEATED ITEMS

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

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

HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)

Seasonal Allergies
The seasons are changing and bringing with them allergy-causing pollen. In early spring, tree pollens are often a big problem for people with seasonal allergies. Symptoms which may be experienced include:
  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • itchy nose, eyes, ears, throat, roof of mouth
  • red, swollen, watery eyes
  • sneezing
We cannot make pollen disappear, but there are some things that can be done to ease these symptoms:
  • Close the windows in your home and car
  • Run the air conditioner when you can (cleans the air indoors)
  • Avoid planning outdoor activities for early in the morning when pollen levels tend to peak
  • Don't hang sheets or clothes outside to dry
  • Be aware that pollen clings to your skin, hair, and clothing: take a shower and wash your hair after extended outdoor periods. Minimally, wash hands and face when coming indoors.  Change into clean clothes and toss the dirty ones into the washing machine.
  • Vacuum weekly
  • Ask your doctor about allergy medications

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Locations
Properly disposing of unneeded or expired medications is a simple way to help prevent drug abuse.  Did you know that there are multiple medication drop-off locations in the St. Louis and surrounding areas?  These locations are now year-round. Please follow the link below for a large list of locations that will accept your old over-the-counter or prescription medications.

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

In keeping the Ladue Schools Medication Policy, no medication may be sent home with a student. If your student has medication in the nurse's office, please make arrangements for an adult to pick up any remaining medication that your child has in the nurse's office.  This may be you, a relative, a friend, or a neighbor.  Any medication not picked up by Monday, May 23, 2016 at noon will be destroyed.  
Attention parents of current 7th grade students:
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 aTdap 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!
Please fax immunization records to: (314)-983-5965 or send in a paper copy of the record to the nurse's office at LMS. For more information please go to:


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.

Five more school days to go.

Greg

Friday, May 6, 2016

Message from the LMSPA

LMSPA Spring Gift & Project and 8th Grade Legacy Gift Fundraiser

**Deadline extended**

The following message is from the Ladue Middle School Parent Association (LMSPA):

You should have recently received a letter in the mail for the LMSPA's Spring Gift & Project and 8th Grade Legacy Gift fundraiser.

6th and 7th grade families received a general Spring Gift & Project letter, and 8th grade families received an 8th Grade Legacy Gift letter.
This fundraiser allows you to donate to the LMSPA in honor of any of our wonderful Ladue Middle School teachers and staff who have touched your student's life and your family's life in some way.
8th grade families, your donations will help fund the legacy gift for this year's 8th grade class of much-needed new furniture for the LMS Library Media Center.  Our current tables and chairs are nearly 20 years old, heavy and very cumbersome for the librarians to move around and reconfigure for the various daily uses of the library.  We are hoping that through your generous contributions, we can make the library a more feasible learning space for LMS students.

The funds raised every year through Gift & Project make up a substantial portion of the annual LMSPA budget.  These funds allow the LMSPA to continue to provide many important programs throughout the year that benefit LMS students, families, and teachers and staff.

Thank you to all of the families who have already donated.

If you haven't already, we hope that you will make a tax-deductible Spring Gift & Project donation and/or an 8th Grade Legacy Gift donation to support the LMSPA.

Each LMS staff member will receive a letter in the last few days of the school year listing the names of all those who made a donation in his or her honor.  In order to be included on the staff acknowledgement letters, donations must be received by Tuesday, May 10th.

Please visit the LMSPA website for more information or to donate online:   http://www.mylmspa.com/gift-project/

We will be recognizing donors on the LMSPA website soon.

Questions?  Please contact either of our Gift & Project Co-Chairs, Melissa Garza (melissahgarza@gmail.com) or Julie Stappenbeck (jstappenbeck@yahoo.com).

Thank you very much for your support!



Elizabeth Lochmoeller and Reagan Minkler, LMSPA Co-Presidents and the LMSPA Executive Board

May 6, 2016


Good morning.  We have professional development activities planned for this afternoon, so I thought it best to get this out before our 12:40 pm dismissal.


CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS


Congratulations to coach Hugh McMonigle and the 7th grade Science Bowl team.  This past weekend, The team competed in Washington D.C. and ended up finishing 8th in the nation!  Team members are:  Ashna Chali, Stephen Jiang, William Pan, Harry Chen and Eric Yin.
The Ladue Science Bowl program is in its fifth year at LMS.  This is the second national appearance and both times LMS ranked 8th in the US (this year and last).  

Kanishk Shanmugam, LMS 6th graders, wond a Blue Ribbon award at the recently concluded Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair for his research project on Algal Bloom. Out of the top 3% (1799) of all Science students (55,000), few of the projects got the top honor of Blue Ribbon. Kanishk and his family wish to extend their appreciation to LMS Science Teacher Lisa Stein and Assistant Principal Scott Lackey for their support.

Congratulations to Twinda Murry, Ruth Panhorst, Elizabeth Dalbey, Jessica Sacks and the members of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestras for their wonderful concert on Wednesday evening.


Thank you to the LMSPA and Ann Parish providing smoothies, a breakfast and cake this week to help celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.  We greatly appreciate our outstanding Parent Association and all that they do for us.


CALENDAR ITEMS


Tuesday, 5/10
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 PM
Friday, 5/13
LMS Citizenship Ceremonies; LMS Gym (Shuttle Bus available at Ladue Chapel)
  • 8th Grade; 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • 7th Grade; 9:30 - 10:30 AM
  • 6th Grade; 12:45 - 1:45 PM


Tuesday, 5/17
African American Recognition Night; 6 PM; LMS Cafeteria and Gym
Wednesday, 5/18
Talent Show; 1 - 3 PM; LMS Gym
Thursday, 5/19
8th Graders to 6 Flags
Friday, 5/20
6th and 7th Grade Year-End Field Trips
8th Grade Farewell Assembly; Noon - 1:30 PM; LMS Gym (8th grade students may leave with
    parents after the assembly)
Last Day Of School


CORRECTIONS


HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)


Seasonal Allergies
The seasons are changing and bringing with them allergy-causing pollen. In early spring, tree pollens are often a big problem for people with seasonal allergies. Symptoms which may be experienced include:
  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • itchy nose, eyes, ears, throat, roof of mouth
  • red, swollen, watery eyes
  • sneezing
We cannot make pollen disappear, but there are some things that can be done to ease these symptoms:
  • Close the windows in your home and car
  • Run the air conditioner when you can (cleans the air indoors)
  • Avoid planning outdoor activities for early in the morning when pollen levels tend to peak
  • Don't hang sheets or clothes outside to dry
  • Be aware that pollen clings to your skin, hair, and clothing: take a shower and wash your hair after extended outdoor periods. Minimally, wash hands and face when coming indoors.  Change into clean clothes and toss the dirty ones into the washing machine.
  • Vacuum weekly
  • Ask your doctor about allergy medications


Prescription Drug Drop-Off Locations
Properly disposing of unneeded or expired medications is a simple way to help prevent drug abuse.  Did you know that there are multiple medication drop-off locations in the St. Louis and surrounding areas?  These locations are now year-round. Please follow the link below for a large list of locations that will accept your old over-the-counter or prescription medications.


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



UPDATED ITEMS


REPEATED ITEMS


Yearbook Orders
We will order a number of extra yearbooks that will be delivered with our shipment.  These will be available for purchase before school, until they run out.  Please ask your student to pay attention to the school-wide announcements indicating which day they will be sold.  We would appreciate payment by check, in the amount of $35, made out to Ladue Middle School (you may wish to indicate “yearbook” in the memo section).


“Fill The Barrel” Food Drive
Formally known as “Fill The Bus”, this year’s food drive to support Operation Food Search hopes to collect 8,000 pounds of food items district-wide.  The dates for this are May 4 through May 11.  Operation Food Search will provide collection barrels for each building.  Ours will be located in the LMS Welcome Center Lobby.  Barrels may also be available at both the front and rear morning student drop off points.


Dismissal procedure reminders:
Walkers and/or students in carpool should remain in the LMS lobby until all buses are dismissed (typically by 3:15 PM).  Students may not cross at the crosswalk unless escorted by a parent and/or administrator, nor should students cut in between buses or through the bushes outside in effort to exit prior to bus dismissal.  If special arrangements need to be made, please contact your grade level administrator at 993-3900 (Sarah Schwartz, Grade 8; Tiffany Taylor-Johnson, Grade 7; Scott Lackey, Grade 6).  This applies everyday including Early Release days and on Fridays.


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


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 weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Greg