September 23, 2016


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


CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Thank you to members of the LMS Diversity Cadre for hosting the first of the new quarterly Courageous Dialogues for parents.  This occurred Thursday evening in the Cafeteria, and included members of the St. Louis Mother to Mother group.  The topic was “the reality of raising a Black son in America.”

CALENDAR ITEMS

9/26/16
Last day for LMSPA Fundraiser
Jason Theodosiou will receive the LMS Excellence In Education award at the Board of Education meeting; 7 pm
9/30/16
Ladue Education Foundation breakfast; 7 am; Frontenac Hilton

10/3/16
Custodian Appreciation Day
10/6/16
Drama Production meeting (for technical, non-acting parts); 3:15 - 4:25 pm; Room 228

10/11/16
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
10/14/16
End of Quarter 1
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm

10/20/16
School Picture Retake Day (periods 1 - 4)

10/24/16
Red Ribbon Week (through 10/27)
Scholastic Book Fair (through 10/27); LMS Library
10/26/16
Parent Conferences
10/27/16
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
Parent Conferences
10/28/16
No School

NEW ITEMS

Parent Association Fundraiser
Please don’t let your student forget to turn in their LMSPA fundraiser order forms to the Welcome Center Office.  Monday is the last day for the fundraiser.

Sparkle Effect
The Ladue Sparkle Effect is an innovative program that helps Ladue cheerleading and dance teams bring together students with and without disabilities.  On Saturday, the Sparkle Effect is having a fundraiser for the team at Kendra Scott, a jewelry store in Plaza Frontenac.  The event is from 2 to 4 pm and 20% of all proceeds go to the team.  

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

LMS Parent Association Fundraiser
Just a few more days LMS! Our big fundraiser!  Lets finish strong and support our school!  Orders can be placed either online or using the order forms.  Sell cool things like sweet bags, delicious cookies, and neat-o kitchen gadgets!  Return your packet to the Welcome Center with payment anytime before this coming Monday, September 26th.
It is not too late to send emails to friends and family to place orders.  There is a link on the mixedbagdesigns.com website to help you send emails.  Our school ID# is 316863.  You will be able to pick up your products at Fall Conferences on October 26th and 27th. Remember, you don’t have to go door-to-door!  Just sell to friends and families, not to strangers.
The funds go to support the LMS Parents Association, and pay for things like class parties, end of year events, teacher grants, and more!
For questions, contact Elizabeth Cobin at Cobin@att.net

Seussical Kids
This year, LMS will present “Seussical Kids” as our touring drama production.  If your student is interested in doing costumes, set design, sound, hair, makeup or even directing, they should attend a Production Meeting (for technical, non-acting parts only) on October 6 in Room 228.  The meeting will last from 3:15 to 4:25 pm.
Auditions for acting parts will be on November 17 in Room 228.
Performances for the touring show will be the week of March 6, 2017.  There will also be an afternoon and evening performance at LMS prior to the beginning of the tour.  More information this to follow.  For questions, contact Leah Scheidt at lscheidt@ladueschools.net

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

REPEATED ITEMS

High School Parent Association Presentation
This presentation, entitled “Five Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Heroin and Drug Abuse” will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm in the LHWHS Cafeteria.  The panel will include a representative from the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, a LHWHS counselor, a pediatrician and a Ladue Schools parent who have lived through this experience with her child.  Please be aware that this is a parents only presentation.  An informational flier is attached to the Blackboard Connect parent update email.

Picture Retake Day
Picture retakes will be taken on October 20.  One photographer will be on the Gym stage, during periods 1 - 3 and the beginning of 4.  This opportunity will be for students/staff who were absent on September 6 to have their pictures taken, as well as for students whose pictures turned out badly.  Students wishing their pictures retaken must return the original picture packet to the photographer on that day.  Please keep in mind that we would like all students for the yearbook and database updates.

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.

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

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.

NURSE DANI NOTES

HEALTHY THOUGHTS

Thursday, September 22 was the first day of autumn.   Try these healthy, nutrient-packed foods this season:
  • Apples - Full of antioxidants and fiber to keep you full.
  • Cauliflower - Contains compounds that may help to prevent cancer  along with phytonutrients may lower cholesterol. Excellent source of vitamin C.
  • Squash - Contains omega-3 fatty acids. Excellent source of vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin - Rich in potassium. Good source of B vitamins.
  • Sweet Potatoes - Excellent source of vitamin A, good source of iron, anti-inflammatory benefits.

LMSPA
You can access the Ladue Middle School Parent Association website at http://mylmspa.com and subscribe to email blasts from the LMSPA 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 and have a great weekend.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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