September 11, 2016



Good afternoon.  I hope that your weekend has gone well.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Congratulations to Kelly Arl, LMS Computer Technology teacher, was recently accepted into Google's Certified Innovator program.  Roughly thirty teachers from around the world were chosen for this cohort.  Kelly will be traveling to Toronto in October to participate in the Innovator Academy at Google HQ.

CALENDAR ITEMS

9/12/16
6th Grade Camp, Session 1 (through Wednesday, 9/14)
LMSPA Fundraiser begins
9/13/16
LMS Parent Association Board meeting, 1 pm
9/14/16
6th Grade Camp, Session 2 (through Friday, 9/16)

9/20/16
Fire Drill; period 7

9/26/16
Last day for LMSPA Fundraiser
Fire Drill; period 3
9/29/16
Severe Weather Drill; period 7

10/3/16
Custodian Appreciation Day

NEW ITEMS

LMSPA Fundraiser
From the Parent Association:  The Fall LMS parent's association fundraisers started today September 9.  Your student should have two stapled items - Cookie Dough brochure and forms, and the Mixed Bags catalogs and ordering information.  The fundraiser continues until September 26.  Paper order from Mixed Bag orders and all Cookie Dough orders will be ready for pickup at parent conferences (October 26 & 27).  Mixed Bags online orders will be shipped directly to purchasers.  Please consider supporting LMSPA.  Questions: Elizabeth Cobin - Cobin@att.net

From the LMS Diversity Cadre
The LMS Diversity Cadre will host the first of the new quarterly Courageous Dialogues for parents on Thursday, September 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the LMS cafeteria. Please join us and members of the St. Louis Mother to Mother group as they discuss the reality of raising a Black son in America.  This adult only event is open to all.  We hope you join us!
If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than September 19 by emailing Mary LoBosco at mlobosco@ladueschools.net or calling 314-983-5512.  Prior to attending, please read the attached article (Blackboard Connect parent update) as it will be used as a starting point for discussion.  
Questions: Contact Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson or Ms. Beth Heuermann at 314-993-3900.  Light refreshments will be served.

Car Wash
The 8th grade parents organizing the end of year party are having a car wash fundraiser on September 24 from 10 - 3 at LMS.

LMS Ski Club dates
Friday, January 6
Friday, January 20
Friday, February 3
Friday, February 10
Friday, February 24
Friday, March 3 - Make up day if needed

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

Service Project
One of our LMS alumna is coordinating a Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project entitled “Kids Knitting It Forward.”  This project involves learning to knit and then knitting items like baby socks, hats, and scarves for local charities such as Newborns in Need of Eastern Missouri and HavenHouse St. Louis. Students 4th grade and older of any skill level are welcome. Time spent attending meetings and knitting items can be counted towards community service hours.  More information can be obtained by emailing kidsknittingitforward@gmail.com and meeting dates/times can be accessed at http://kidsknittingitforward.blogspot.com/

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.

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.

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


If you would, please give thanks to our service members, first responders and their families for their sacrifices and their service.  Thank you.

Greg

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

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