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

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