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 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.


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


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.


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:, 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.



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 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 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

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Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!


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