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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Early Dismissal Friday 9/2

Good morning.

In years past, I have spread the word among businesses along Clayton Road near our campus when we were scheduled for an early dismissal.  This was to prepare our neighbors for large groups of kids when the weather is nice.
I have lost my contact for this year.  If you have an establishment on Clayton, and if an email chain of sorts exists, please pass the word.  We will dismiss students beginning at 12:40 pm on that day.
Should someone wish to serve as a primary contact, that would be appreciated.
Thank you,

Greg

Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016


Good afternoon.  I hope that this week has gone well for you.

If you child walks to the business district on Clayton Road after dismissal on Fridays (particularly on early release days) please remind them that they not only represent their family but also LMS.  A few students have caused problems and disturbances in the past.  They were a very small percentage of our student body, but unfortunately represented us poorly within the community.  I am very thankful that the large majority of our students act in a manner that makes me proud.  We will do our best to reinforce our expectations with all of them.  If you could do the same at home, it would be greatly appreciated.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Congratulations to Jason Theodosiou, Physical Education/Health, who has been selected by the LMS administration and Dr. Jennifer Allen (Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction) to be the LMS recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Education recognition.  Mr. Theodosiou will be recognized at the September 26 Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to the following LMS students who participated in the University City Public Library summer reading program as readers and/or volunteers:  Anna Cochran, Kendall Connors, Rhea Patney, Sarah Pernik, Katie Silver, and Natasha Theusch.

CALENDAR ITEMS

8/29/16
DE 1; block days (through 9/1/16)
8/30/16
After School Activities begin (revised date)
8/31/16
6th Grade Camp Parent meeting; 7 - 8 pm
9/1/16
Science Olympiad organizational meeting; 3:15 pm; LMS Cafeteria
9/2/16
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Professional development

9/5/16
Labor Day: No School
9/6/16
Picture Day
9/12/16
6th Grade Camp, Session 1 (through Wednesday, 9/14)
9/13/16
LMS Parent Association Board meeting, 1 pm
9/14/16
6th Grade Camp, Session 2 (through Friday, 9/16)

NEW ITEMS

Missing Assignment Notifier
Beginning today, at around 4 p.m., parents will begin receiving weekly electronic notices if any of their child’s assignments are marked as “missing” in Infinite Campus teacher gradebooks.  

8th Grade Sports
8th graders signed up to participate in cross country or volleyball at lunch this week.  If students missed the sign ups, they can still participate by showing up to the first practice - September 6 for cross country and September 8 for volleyball.  Students must turn in forms by the first practice in order to participate, which includes a physical dated after February 1, 2016.  You can find the guidelines, contact information and forms here: http://lmspe-ladueschools.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_18.html

LMS Dad’s Club Meeting
The LMS Dad’s Club will have its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. in the LMS Library.  The purpose of the meeting is to meet existing and new members and to discuss the upcoming activities contemplated for the 2016-17 school year.  For questions, please contact Dad’s Club President Joe Mulligan at joemulligan910@gmail.com or at 314-503-4384.  

LMS Fundraiser for 2016-17
This year’s LMS Fundraiser will offer two items:  Mixed Bags and Cookie Dough.  Students will be provided with information to take home on Friday, September 9.  The fundraiser will extend through Monday, September 26.  Orders will be ready for pickup during our Fall Parent Conferences on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27.  More information to follow.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

Calendar Item
The March Early Release Day is March 3, not March 10 (that may have been shared on previous calendars).

REPEATED ITEMS

After School Activities
After School Activities begin Tuesday, August 30.  Information on activities can be found on the LMS website, including quarter(s), day of the week, activity description, staff sponsor and location.  Sessions go from 3:15 to 4:15 pm.  
For those students eligible for daily bus service, we will have five activity buses each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon to transport students home.  Buses should leave LMS at approximately 4:35 pm.  For those students being picked up by car, please try to have rides at LMS no later than 4:30 pm, since staff must stay until all students are picked up.  

Picture Day
LMS Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6.  Packets should have come home with students last Friday.  Even if you decide not to purchase a picture package, we ask that all students have their pictures taken so that we may update our student database system.

Early Dismissals
We understand that unanticipated events may result in your child being picked up from school prior to our 3:10 pm dismissal time.  For those planned instances, please call our main office at 993-3900 that morning, email Danna Anderson at danderson@ladueschools.net or send a note to school with your son or daughter.  Please also remember that if you park in our Circle Drive, buses begin arriving and parking there at about 2:45 pm.  We don’t want you to get blocked in.

Bus Passes
This form, available on our LMS website, is required at those times when your child must ride a bus not covering their usual route. In order for your request to be considered, this form must be completed and returned to Danna Anderson in the LMS Office 24 hours prior to the requested date.  Please note that bus passes may not be available on all routes, if there is concern about having available space.

Fall Parent Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences for semester 1 are Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.) and Thursday, October 27, 2016 (1:00 - 7:00 p.m.).  To sign up, please visit the following website:
You may also access the website by going to our school's web page using the following link:
Prior to signing up, please carefully review the instructions that are provided on the first page of the website.  The online scheduler went live at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 12.  Slots fill up very quickly, so please sign up ASAP.

LMSPA Buzz Book
Each year the Parent Association provides student and parent contact information.  This information is voluntarily provided to the PA by families.  If you wish to be listed in the Buzz Book, please email Dawn Trautmann at dawn.trautmann@rsmus.com and provide the following:
  • Student Last Name
  • Student First Name
  • Parent(s) Names
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Parent(s) Email

NURSE DANI NOTES

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 afternoon and weekend.

Greg

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

Monday, August 22, 2016

LMS Activities Change (Please Read)

Good afternoon.

My apologies for the short notice on this, but we WILL NOT be able to begin after school activities tomorrow.

Please be advised that after school activities for quarter 1 will now begin on Tuesday, August 30.  I have just sent an email asking our webmaster to make this change on our LMS website and have also asked teachers to announce this to students tomorrow.

I am sorry for the inconvenience.

Greg

Meet The Teacher Night

Good morning.

This is a reminder that the LMS Meet The Teacher Night (MTN) will occur on Wednesday, August 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

MTN is an opportunity for parents to follow their child’s schedule, meet their teachers, and learn about course information and expectations.  Your child will be given a copy of his/her schedule to bring home on Tuesday, August 23.  Please bring this schedule with you to follow on Wednesday.

We will begin the evening with a brief opening meeting in our Gym.  Parents will then be dismissed by grade level to locate their first class.  Time in each class will be 7 minutes.  This short period of time does not allow for extended “Parent Conference” conversations.  Should you need to meet with a specific teacher or teachers, please schedule an alternative time to meet.

With so many people attending MTN, parking is an issue.  As a result, we will be providing a shuttle bus that will travel between LMS and Ladue Chapel from 6 to 9 pm.  The address of Ladue Chapel is 9450 Clayton Road (just to the east of our campus).  Please use the western portion of their lot.  Please also be aware that parking in the bank lot across Conway Road is not permitted.

I am attaching a copy of the MTN schedule to the Blackboard Connect email for your reference.  Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

Greg

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 21, 2016



Good afternoon.  I hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather today.

On Monday, your child will be taking the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI).  The SRI is an Interactive computer-adaptive assessment designed to measure how well students read literature and expository texts of varying difficulties.  After completion of the test, your child will receive a Recommended Reading Report from Scholastic which contains his or her Lexile and book recommendations.  You can also access test scores on the parent portal under the assessment tab.  
The Scholastic Reading Inventory Scores for Grade Level Performance are as follows:
Grade 6:  800-1050
Grade 7:  850-1100
Grade 8:  900-1150
Please ensure that your child reads for 30 minutes every day (or 150 minutes each week) outside of school.  This is imperative to your child's success.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Thank you to staff, students and parents for making our first week of school go so well.  

CALENDAR ITEMS

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
Science Olympiad organizational meeting; 3:15 pm; Location to follow.
9/2/16
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Professional development

9/5/16
Labor Day: No School
9/6/16
Picture Day
9/12/16
6th Grade Camp, Session 1 (through Wednesday, 9/14)
9/13/16
LMS Parent Association Board meeting, 1 pm
9/14/16
6th Grade Camp, Session 2 (through Friday, 9/16)

NEW ITEMS

After School Activities
After School Activities begin Tuesday, August 23.  Information on activities can be found on the LMS website, including quarter(s), day of the week, activity description, staff sponsor and location.  Sessions go from 3:15 to 4:15 pm.  
For those students eligible for daily bus service, we will have five activity buses each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon to transport students home.  Buses should leave LMS at approximately 4:35 pm.  For those students being picked up by car, please try to have rides at LMS no later than 4:30 pm, since staff must stay until all students are picked up.  

Picture Day
LMS Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6.  Packets should have come home with students last Friday.  Even if you decide not to purchase a picture package, we ask that all students have their pictures taken so that we may update our student database system.

Early Dismissals
We understand that unanticipated events may result in your child being picked up from school prior to our 3:10 pm dismissal time.  For those planned instances, please call our main office at 993-3900 that morning, email Danna Anderson at danderson@ladueschools.net or send a note to school with your son or daughter.  Please also remember that if you park in our Circle Drive, buses begin arriving and parking there at about 2:45 pm.  We don’t want you to get blocked in.

Bus Passes
This form, available on our LMS website, is required at those times when your child must ride a bus not covering their usual route. In order for your request to be considered, this form must be completed and returned to Danna Anderson in the LMS Office 24 hours prior to the requested date.  Please note that bus passes may not be available on all routes, if there is concern about having available space.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

Calendar Item
The March Early Release Day is March 3, not March 10 (that may have been shared on previous calendars).

REPEATED ITEMS

Fall Parent Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences for semester 1 are Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.) and Thursday, October 27, 2016 (1:00 - 7:00 p.m.).  To sign up, please visit the following website:
You may also access the website by going to our school's web page using the following link:
Prior to signing up, please carefully review the instructions that are provided on the first page of the website.  The online scheduler went live at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 12.  Slots fill up very quickly, so please sign up ASAP.

Online Parent Portal signups
You should have received an email from our district Technology Department on or around August 12.  This email provides an activation link that allows you to set up an account for our Infinite Campus Parent Portal if you do not already have one.  The link will be active 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

LMSPA Buzz Book
Each year the Parent Association provides student and parent contact information.  This information is voluntarily provided to the PA by families.  If you wish to be listed in the Buzz Book, please email Dawn Trautmann at dawn.trautmann@rsmus.com and provide the following:
  • Student Last Name
  • Student First Name
  • Parent(s) Names
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Parent(s) Email

NURSE DANI NOTES

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

Thank you for your time.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Greg

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LMS First Day

Good afternoon.

One down, about one hundred seventy-seven to go.

Today went pretty well for the first day of school.  I was able to pop into most classrooms and the kids and adults seemed to be doing well.

Our doors are locked from the outside.  Please keep this in mind if you drive your student to school.  Our Lobby is not supervised until 7:15 to 7:20 am.  This may not be a factor now, but can be in colder weather.

If you drove your child to school today, traffic is not nearly that bad on most days.  I didn’t have time to count, but would imagine that many parents brought their kids to school today by car who would normally ride the bus.  Secondly, a large number of cars parked, walked their child in, then had to back out of parking spaces, causing delays.  That is to be expected and am sure, based on doing this for the past several years, that it will improve.  One HUGE REQUEST I will make is that please TURN RIGHT OUT OF OUR CAMPUS onto Clayton or Conway Roads when exiting.  Waiting to turn left causes delays in trying to keep cars moving and has caused many near-dangerous situations, particularly on Clayton.

We gave the kids an additional ten minutes in each lunch period to go over expectations and make sure they had time to go through the lines and eat.  We also had staff providing each with their PIN number, if they had forgotten it (which also took additional time).

We had about a five minute delay this afternoon in getting buses off the lot.  If you pick you child up by car, keep in mind that the Circle Drive is only for buses from 2:45 to our 3:10 pm dismissal.  We should be able to get buses out in about ten minutes, so that cars that are lined up in the back of the building can start coming up to the front at about 3:20 pm.

All in all, not a bad beginning to the school year.  I will send out a regular parent email and blog each week, typically on Fridays or over the weekend.

Thanks for sending your children to us.

Greg

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

Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016

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Good morning.

Our last week before the beginning of school is winding down.  The past few days have been filled with meetings and preparing our building for next Tuesday.  Due to the efforts of our staff, particularly our Office personnel and Custodians, we should be in good shape.  

Community Night is today, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Please reference information about this yearly Parent Association event below.

Meet The Teacher Night is scheduled for August 24.  Please reference the attachment to the Blackboard Connect parent email.

After School Activities will begin on Tuesday, August 23.  A list of activities for Quarter 1 will be available on our school website soon.  Please keep in mind that activities end each Tuesday and Thursday at 4:15 p.m.  We ask that students who are riding home by car be picked up no later than 4:30 p.m.  School staff must supervise these students until all are gone.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Sign Ups at Community Night
PT Conferences are Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.) and Thursday, October 27, 2016 (1:00 - 7:00 p.m.).  Parents will have an opportunity to sign up at Community Night in the LMS library.  If you are unable to make it, the sign up link will be available on Friday, August 12 at 4:00 p.m. on our building website.
To sign up, please visit the following website:
You may also access the website by going to our school's web page using the following link:
Prior to signing up, please carefully review the instructions that are provided on the first page of the website.  The online scheduler goes live at 4:00 p.m. today (Friday, August 12).  Slots fill up very quickly, so please sign up ASAP.
CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

I would like to welcome Ellie Josephine Alrutz to the LMS family.  Ellie was born on August 8 to LMS Teacher Leah Alrutz and her husband Joseph.  According to reports all are doing well.

Welcome to Danielle (Dani) Bernholt, RN.  Dani is our new LMS School Nurse.

CALENDAR ITEMS

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

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

LMSPA Buzz Book
Each year the Parent Association provides student and parent contact information.  This information is voluntarily provided to the PA by families.  If you wish to be listed in the Buzz Book, please email Dawn Trautmann at dawn.trautmann@rsmus.com and provide the following:
  • Student Last Name
  • Student First Name
  • Parent(s) Names
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Parent(s) Email

UPDATED/CORRECT ITEMS

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

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 (information regarding menu items and ingredients was shared previously).  Please keep all food items in our Cafeteria, as part of our school’s Food Allergy protocols.  
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