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

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