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Friday, July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016


Good afternoon.  I hope your week has gone well.

Please be aware that a few schedule changes have been made for August 8, 9, and 10.  These changes involve packet pickup times and times when our office will be closed for district- and building-level meetings.  I have highlighted these changes in RED in the Calendar Items section below.  
CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Welcome to Stacie Grant, who will be serving in the role of Counselor Secretary.  Stacie has a degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and eleven years experience in school and non-profit administrative support.

A huge thank you to Milan Rakic, JB Tate, Steve Bell and Jimmy Gender for getting the building in fantastic shape.  This is a challenging task each summer and they have done a wonderful job.  

CALENDAR ITEMS

We are now on our regular five-day work week schedule.  Our office is open 7:45 am to 3:15 pm Monday through Friday.

8/2/16
Election in LMS Library

8/8/16
District Opening Meeting; LMS office will be closed that morning
Packet pick up: 12 noon - 5 pm
8/9/16
Packet pick up: 7 am to 12 noon
8/10/16
LMS Breakfast and Staff Meeting; LMS office will be closed 7:30 - approx 10 am
8/12/16
Community Night; 4 - 7 pm

8/15/16
New 7th and 8th grade student orientation; 8:30 - 10 am
8/16/16
First Day of School
All 6th grade students orientation with team teachers.
8/19/16
Parent Coffee; 8:30 - 9:30 am

8/22/16
SRI testing; all grades
8/23/16
Fire Drill with Ladue FD; 2nd period
After School Activities begin
8/24/16
Meet The Teacher Night; 6:30 - 8:30 pm

8/29/16
DE 1; block days (through 9/1/16)
8/31/16
6th Grade Camp Parent meeting; 7 - 8 pm
9/2/16
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Professional development

9/5/16
Labor Day: No School
9/6/16
Picture Day (updated date)
NEW ITEMS

LMSPA items
Members of the Ladue Middle School Parent Association will be on hand to distribute school supply orders on the days of packet pickup.  They will also have a limited supply of locks for purchase should your child need one during Community Night, as well as offering LMS logo wear for purchase.

Online Parent Portal signups
You should be receiving an email from our district Technology Department on or around August 12.  This email will provide an activation link that will allow you to set up an account for our Infinite Campus Parent Portal if you do not already have one.  The link will be active from that point forward for a period of two to three weeks.  Once the link expires, please contact Carol Stephens in the LMS office to establish your account.  As a reminder, access to the portal and all forms and information are available on the district website: http://www.ladueschools.net/district/content/our-district/departments/technology/infinite-campus.shtml

UPDATED/CORRECT ITEMS

Staffing update
New Staff
Linda Deposki - Special School District
Rebecca Faintich - Reading/Literacy Coach
Stephanie O’Brien - Apogee
Elizabeth Rendine - Grade 6 ELA
Stacie Grant - Counseling Secretary
Chip Thompson - Maintenance
Staff Changes
Peggy Breidenbach - Principal Secretary/Budget Specialist
Carol Stephens - Registrar/Scheduling

Orientation
I failed to mention in my previous message that all 6th grade students will be involved in an orientation with their team teachers on the first day of school.
The orientation scheduled for Monday, August 15, is only for those 7th and 8th grade students who are transferring into the school district.

REPEATED ITEMS

Packet Pickup
Packets (including student schedules and locker assignments) may be picked up at the LMS Lobby on Monday, 8/8, 12 noon - 5 pm and on Tuesday, 8/9, 7 am - 12 noon.  If you have an 8th grade student for the coming school year, please take special note of the item below regarding immunizations.  Please note that we are prohibited from allowing any 8th grade student from beginning classes until the necessary immunization information is provided.  As a result, 8th grade student schedules will be held until we receive that information from your child’s doctor.  
In regard to lockers, I would highly suggest that you and your child bring at least a lock (students supply their own) when you pick up your packet.  In this way, you can at least locate the correct locker and secure it before the crowds typically associated with Community Night.  Most lock types will work on our lockers, but please try to select one that does not an exceptionally thick hasp (or whatever the curved metal thing is named that goes through the hole in the locker handle).  Signs will be posted throughout the building to help in locating your student’s assigned locker.
If you ordered school supplies through the LMSPA, orders should be ready for collection in the LMS Gym.
Student schedules are finalized.  Unless we have made an error, please refrain from asking for schedule changes (particularly of the “I want to be with my friend” or “I’ve changed my mind about an Elective class” variety).  A significant amount of time has been invested to trying to meet course requests, locating course sections to optimize our classroom/teacher time and resources, and balancing section sizes.  Please also be aware that some Elective course requests may not have been possible to meet due to class size limitations or other student needs.

Community Night
The Ladue Middle School Parent Association Community Night will occur on Friday, August 12, from 4 - 7 pm.  This is an opportunity to place supplies in students’ assigned lockers, locate classrooms, and drop off completed forms and donations of tissues/antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers.  The LMS Dads Club will also be providing dinner in the cafeteria (more information regarding menu items will be forthcoming).  Past large turnouts have resulted in some crowding and parking issues , so we ask that the following schedule be followed if at all possible:
  • 6th grade: 4 - 5 pm
  • 7th grade: 5 - 6 pm
  • 8th grade: 6 - 7 pm
Please be aware that teachers will not be in classrooms during Community Night.  School personnel will be located in our Library to take forms, enter locker combinations,
assist with Parent Portal sign up, and distribute remaining student packets if immunization (grade 8 only) and/or residency requirements have been met.  LMSPA members will be in the Lobby for information, assistance and LMS logo wear will be available for purchase.

NURSE NOTES

Immunization information/Grade 8
As a result of immunization changes required by the State of Missouri, students entering 8th grade for the 2016-2017 school year will now be required to have a meningitis immunization and a Tdap immunization prior to beginning school.  Your child may have already had both of these immunizations.  Please check with your child’s pediatrician to see if these have been completed and, if not, get an appointment scheduled.
Updated records from your pediatrician that reflect that your child has received these immunizations may be faxed to (314) 997-8736 or mailed to the LMS School Nurse at 9701 Conway Road; St Louis, MO; 63124-1646.  Information regarding the immunization requirements for 8th grade can be found at:
Please note that we are prohibited from allowing any 8th grade student from beginning classes until the necessary immunization information is provided.
Please also note that any records faxed to our Nurse Fax Line of (314) 983-5965 prior to this week may not be accessible.  If you previously faxed this information to the number above, or asked your child’s doctor to do so, I would ask that this information be re-sent to our Nurse Fax Line of (314) 983-5965 or the school’s LMS Fax Line of (314) 997-8736.  Any new faxes sent to the Nurse Fax Line of (314) 983-5965 from this point on will be automatically forwarded to our District Nursing Coordinator, Ann Body.

HEALTHY THOUGHTS

LMSPA
You can subscribe to email blasts from the Ladue Middle School Parent Association at http://www.mylmspa.com/eblast-newsletter/

BOARD BRIEFS
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found at http://boardbriefs.blogspot.com


Have a great Friday and weekend,

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Principal, Ladue Middle School

Monday, July 25, 2016

LMS Grade 8 Immunization Follow Up

Good afternoon (again) 8th grade LMS parents.  

In regard to my previous reminder regarding 8th grade immunizations, I have just been informed that any records faxed to our Nurse Fax Line of (314) 983-5965 may not be accessible.  

If you previously faxed this information to the number above, or asked your child’s doctor to do so, I would ask that this information be re-sent to our school’s LMS Fax Line of (314) 997-8736.

Any new faxes sent to the Nurse Fax Line of (314) 983-5965 from this point on will be automatically forwarded to our District Nursing Coordinator Ann Body.

My apologies,

Greg

Gregory Baber, Principal

Ladue Middle School

LMS Grade 8 Immunization Reminder


Good afternoon 8th grade LMS parents.  

If you have already provided updated immunization information to us for the coming school year, please disregard the following.  


Immunization information/Grade 8

As a result of immunization changes required by the State of Missouri, students entering 8th grade for the 2016-2017 school year will now be required to have a meningitis immunization and a Tdap immunization prior to beginning school.  Your child may have already had both of these immunizations.  Please check with your child’s pediatrician to see if these have been completed and, if not, get an appointment scheduled.
Updated records from your pediatrician that reflect that your child has received these immunizations may be faxed to (314) 997-8736, mailed to the LMS School Nurse at 9701 Conway Road; St Louis, MO; 63124-1646, or dropped off in our office from 8 am to 3 pm.  Information regarding the immunization requirements for 8th grade can be found at:

As of last week, we had not received updated immunization information for over two hundred incoming 8th grade students for 2016-17 (which is about two-thirds of that grade level class).  

Please note that we are prohibited from allowing any 8th grade student to begin attending classes until the necessary immunization information is provided.  As a result, 8th grade student schedules will be held until we receive that information from your child’s doctor.  All other information in 8th grade student packets will be available, but not their class schedule.  

Thank you for your help with this.


Greg

Gregory Baber, Principal
Ladue Middle School

Thursday, July 7, 2016

LMS Student Schedules 2016-17


Good afternoon.

I wanted to take a moment to emphasize a portion of my previous message regarding student schedules for 2016-17.  This has also been communicated to our grade level administrators, counselors, and scheduler.

We began the scheduling process in the spring of 2016.  Since that time, work has been invested in making the best Team placements based upon parent and staff input and information.  Teams compositions will be balanced as much as possible.

We have put in extensive time to meet top choices for Elective course requests as they were received in our office.  Please keep in mind that we do this while working with class size requirements.

By the time student packets are ready for pick up on August 8 and 9, student schedules will be finalized.  I want to avoid two possible scenarios that have arisen in the past as we approach the first day of school:
  • “I have changed my mind about my Elective choice(s).”
  • “I want to be with my friend(s) in _________ class.”

I feel that we at LMS are very accommodating and flexible whenever possible, but in order for us to maximize our efforts and time in preparation for the beginning of school, I need to take a firm line on the above.  I hope that everyone will work with us on this and understand the need for this practice.

Thank you for your time and your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

6th Grade Orientation


Good morning.

I failed to mention in my previous message that all 6th grade students will be involved in an orientation with their team teachers on the first day of school.
The orientation scheduled for Monday, August 15, is only for those 7th and 8th grade students who are transferring into the school district.

Have a great day.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Principal, Ladue Middle School

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

LMS Morning/Afternoon Traffic

Good morning.

The following is a reminder to some, and new information for others, regarding our morning and afternoon traffic patterns and drop off/pick up procedures.  

Our school day for 2016-2017 will be 8:10 am to 3:10 pm.  

If you plan to transport your child to school by car in the morning:
  • Please be aware that students cannot enter our building until 7:15 am, when I have someone on duty to monitor the front doors and lobby.
  • Students may be dropped off at the front of the building prior to buses arrive (they typically begin appearing around 7:45 am).  Please follow the designated traffic flow arrows as you enter our campus from either Conway or Clayton roads.  
  • I am typically at location 1, with staff members at locations 2 and 3 to help with traffic flow and supervision.  
  • After buses begin arriving, we change car traffic to the rear of the building.  The person at location 2 will notify drivers.
  • Please proceed down the right-hand drive, then circle back to the rear of the building through the parking lot.  Students will be dropped off at the designed area and enter the building through the back door to the Gym.
  • Cars will then exit the campus onto Clayton Road.  Please, please, (and please) turn right onto Clayton Road.  A left-hand turn onto Clayton, at this time of morning, is potentially dangerous and causes a backup for cars attempting to exit our campus.  

LMS AM Traffic Before Buses 16-17.png
LMS AM Traffic After Buses.png

If you plan to pick up your child from school by car in the afternoon:
  • Please be aware that buses begin lining up in our front Circle Drive around 2:45 pm.  Cars parked in the Circle Drive have the very good chance of getting blocked in as more buses arrive.  If you have the need to pick you child up before dismissal, I would highly suggest parking in one of the marked parking spaces.
  • Cars will be directed to the back of our building to form a “carpool line” as indicated in the third photo.  A staff person will be located at area A to assist with this.
  • At dismissal, students who rides buses will be dismissed first, while students who are picked up by car and those that walk will be held in the lobby.
  • Please do not instruct your child to leave the lobby with bus riders and walk through our lots to meet at your car.  This is potentially dangerous as students do not always watch for traffic.  If you need to pick your child up before buses leave, please notify your student’s grade level administrator and meet your child at the front of the building so that they are accompanied as they walk through our parking lot.
  • Buses are typically loaded within 10 minutes of the 3:10 pm dismissal.  Once buses are released, then the staff member at location A will signal cars to approach the front of the building.  Students waiting in the lobby will then be released to be picked up by car.  Most students are gone by 3:30 pm.


LMS PM Traffic Pattern.png

If your student will ride a bus to and from school:
  • Please make sure your student knows their assigned bus.
  • Bus riders will have a maximum of 10 minutes after the 3:10 pm dismissal to gather their belongings and exit the front of the building.
  • Students must check the “bus board” located near the Circle Drive to determine the location of their assigned bus.
  • Students should board their bus quickly, rather than loiter in the front of the building.

Bus passes:
Temporary bus passes may be used for a student to ride home on a different bus.  These are available through our LMS office and must be completed and approved before the date of their use.  Drivers should be given a copy of the completed and approved bus pass as the student boards the bus.

Thanks with your patience in all this.  It is typically easier to describe than to type out.  Everyone typically gets the hang of this within the first fews days of school.  Our goal is to get kids delivered and picked up safely, while also trying to keep traffic flow moving.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Principal, Ladue Middle School

July 5, 2016



Good morning.  I hope that this message finds you well and that your family had a wonderful July 4 holiday weekend.

More messages will come in the weeks ahead as we get closer to the beginning of school.  This is meant as a mid-summer check in, just to get the ball rolling.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Congratulations to former Teacher Assistant Tara Matthews.  Tara has secured a teaching position with Rockwood School District for 2016-2017.  

CALENDAR ITEMS

Please be aware that the LMS office will continue on a four-day workweek from now through the week of July 18.  We will be open Mondays through Thursdays, 7 am to 4:15 pm.

8/2/16
Election in LMS Library

8/8/16
All Staff reports
Packet pick up: 7 am - 12 noon
8/9/16
District Opening Meeting; LMS office will be closed that morning
Packet pick up: 12 noon - 5 pm
8/10/16
LMS Breakfast and Staff Meeting; LMS office will be closed 7:30 - approx 9:30 am
8/12/16
Community Night; 4 - 7 pm

8/15/16
New 7th and 8th grade student orientation; 8:30 - 10 am
8/16/16
First Day of School
8/19/16
Parent Coffee; 8:30 - 9:30 am

8/22/16
SRI testing; all grades
8/23/16
Fire Drill with Ladue FD; 2nd period
After School Activities begin
8/24/16
Meet The Teacher Night; 6:30 - 8:30 pm

8/29/16
DE 1; block days (through 9/1/16)
8/31/16
6th Grade Camp Parent meeting; 7 - 8 pm
9/1/16
Picture Day?  (looking for an alternate date)
9/2/16
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Professional development
NEW ITEMS

Staffing update
Four new members of the LMS faculty will join us for 2016-2017.  
They are:
Linda Deposki - Special School District
  • B.S.Ed.; University of Missouri - St. Louis; 2011
  • M.A.; In progress
  • Special School District; LaSalle Springs Middle School (Rockwood School District)
  • Linda has been a Special Olympics coach since 2012.  She helped co-sponsor a Friends-Helping-Friends club for multiple years at LaSalle Springs.  
Rebecca Faintich - Reading/Literacy Coach
  • M.A. Ed. - Lindenwood University 2003
  • B.A. Ed. - Stephens College 1995
  • Spoede Elementary, Ladue School District - Reading Specialist 2007-present
  • Spoede Elementary, Ladue School District- 4th Grade Teacher 2001-2007
  • Iveland Elementary, Ritenour School District- 4th Grade Teacher 1998-2001
  • New Haven Elementary, Columbia Public Schools- 1995-1997, 3rd Grade Teacher/ At Risk Student Coach
  • Rebecca lives in Chesterfield with her husband and sons.  She loves to cook and create jewelry in her free time.
Stephanie O’Brien - Apogee
  • B.A.; Cornell College; 2009
  • 3rd Grade Gifted; Kennard Classical Junior Academy; St. Louis Public Schools
  • WINGS/Math Enrichment; Hudson Elementary; Webster Groves School District
  • Math Interventionist; Avery Elementary; Webster Groves School District
  • Stephanie has also coached volleyball since 2007 and was a member of the Cornell College Rams volleyball team for three years as a setter/defensive specialist.
Elizabeth Rendine - Grade 6 ELA
  • B.S.Ed.; University of Missouri; 2011
  • M.Ed.; University of Missouri (Teaching Fellowship); 2012
  • 4th Grade; Mark Twain Elementary; Webb City, MO
  • 4th Grade; Spoede Elementary; Ladue Schools
  • 4th Grade; Pierremont Elementary; Parkway School District
  • Elizabeth was recently married in October of 2015.  Both she and her husband were born and raised in St. Louis and are moving back from Joplin.  
Office staff changes:
  • Peggy Breidenbach, former Registrar, will assume the role of Principal Secretary and Budget Specialist.
  • Carol Stephens, former Counselor Secretary, will assume the role of Registrar (and will continue management of our master schedule).
Other current positions to fill:
  • Nurse.
  • Counselor Secretary.
  • Teacher Assistant (2).

Packet Pickup
Packets (including student schedules and locker assignments) may be picked up at the LMS Lobby on Monday, 8/8, 7 am - 12 noon and on Tuesday, 8/9, 12 noon - 5 pm.  If you have an 8th grade student for the coming school year, please take special note of the item below regarding immunizations.  Please note that we are prohibited from allowing any 8th grade student from beginning classes until the necessary immunization information is provided.  As a result, 8th grade student schedules will be held until we receive that information from your child’s doctor.  
In regard to lockers, I would highly suggest that you and your child bring at least a lock (students supply their own) when you pick up your packet.  In this way, you can at least locate the correct locker and secure it before the crowds typically associated with Community Night.  Most lock types will work on our lockers, but please try to select one that does not an exceptionally thick hasp (or whatever the curved metal thing is named that goes through the hole in the locker handle).  Signs will be posted throughout the building to help in locating your student’s assigned locker.
Student schedules will be completed at that time.  Unless we have made an error in a student/parent class choice, please refrain from asking for schedule changes (particularly of the “I want to be with my friend” variety).  A significant amount of time has been invested to trying to meet course requests, locating course sections to optimize our classroom/teacher time and resources, and balancing section sizes.  Please also be aware that some Elective course requests may not have been possible to meet due to class size limitations or other student needs.

Community Night
Community Night will occur on Friday, August 12, from 4 - 7 pm.  This is an opportunity to place supplies in students’ assigned lockers, locate classrooms, and drop off completed forms and donations of tissues/antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers.  The LMS Dads Club will also be providing dinner in the cafeteria (more information regarding menu items will be forthcoming).  Past large turnouts result in some crowding, so we ask that the following schedule be followed if at all possible:
  • 6th grade: 4 - 5 pm
  • 7th grade: 5 - 6 pm
  • 8th grade: 6 - 7 pm
Please be aware that teachers will not be in classrooms during Community Night.

UPDATED/CORRECT ITEMS

REPEATED ITEMS

NURSE NOTES

Immunization information/Grade 8
As a result of immunization changes required by the State of Missouri, students entering 8th grade for the 2016-2017 school year will now be required to have a meningitis immunization and a Tdap immunization prior to beginning school.  Your child may have already had both of these immunizations.  Please check with your child’s pediatrician to see if these have been completed and, if not, get an appointment scheduled.
Updated records from your pediatrician that reflect that your child has received these immunizations may be faxed to (314) 983-5965 or mailed to the LMS School Nurse at 9701 Conway Road; St Louis, MO; 63124-1646.  Information regarding the immunization requirements for 8th grade can be found at:
Please note that we are prohibited from allowing any 8th grade student from beginning classes until the necessary immunization information is provided.

HEALTHY THOUGHTS

LMSPA
You can subscribe to email blasts from the Ladue Middle School Parent Association at http://www.mylmspa.com/eblast-newsletter/

BOARD BRIEFS
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found at http://boardbriefs.blogspot.com


Have a great rest of your summer.  I will be taking two weeks of vacation July 11 through July 22, with some fishing with family, dogs and friends.  While I am away, Dr. Taylor-Johnson will be in the office.  

Take care.  

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Principal, Ladue Middle School