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

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