October 26, 2016

Good morning.

Just a reminder that we will not be printing around 1000 extra report cards for conferences tonight and tomorrow.  Please bring your child’s report card, which was mailed home about a week ago, with you if needed.  Thank you.


    Congratulations to the following LMS students who earned a place in the St. Louis All-Suburban Middle School Honors Bands.  They were among the over 600 students from the St. Louis Suburban District that took a blind audition on Monday night.
Concert Band: Daphne Levy, Sophia Liu, Natalie Ashkar, Seth Goldman, Katie Eisenman, Pema Childs, Catherine Liao, Xander Ye, Harry Chen, Justin Zhang, Bryce Bernstein, Jacob Mann
Jazz Band: Gabe DiAntonio    
    The All-Suburban Honors Bands will perform at Kirkwood High School on January 8, 2017.

    Congratulations to the following LMS Orchestra members.  They auditioned Monday night, along with more than 120 other top orchestra students from all over St. Louis County, and were accepted into the 2016-17 All-Suburban Orchestra.  
Hugh Chan, Harry Wang, Diya Diwakaran, Ryan Tung, Athena Vinch, Winston Chen, Lucy Yue, William Pan, Ryan Lam, Daniel Diringer, John Cramblitt, Benjamin Wang


Fire Drill; beginning of period 6
11/3/16, 11/4/16
7th Grade Memphis trip

Master Schedule informational meeting for Parents; 7 pm; LMS Cafeteria
No School: Election Day
6th Grade Parents to Lunch; 10:35 am
Orchestra Concert, Grades 7 and 8; 7 pm; LMS Gym
7th Grade Parents to Lunch; 11:24 am
Choir Concert, LMS/LHWHS; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
8th Grade Parents to Lunch; 12:13 pm

LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
ELL Pie Night; LMS Cafeteria; 6:30 pm
All District Choir Festival; Logan University; 7 pm
Master Schedule informational meeting for Parents; 7 pm; LMS Library
Cafeteria Worker Appreciation Day


Veterans Day recognition
    We will continue to recognize current and past Veterans at LMS on November 11.  Tricia Wideman, LMS teacher, has coordinated the development of a yearly slide show compiled from information provided by students and faculty.  Each slide recognizes the contributions and sacrifices made by a “Favorite Veteran” and the show is displayed during all three lunch shifts.
    I am attaching a form to the Blackboard Connect parent update that can be completed, scanned and emailed to Tricia (or you can just email the information) at twideman@ladueschools.net

Important Ski Trip Information  
    If you are planning on your child being part of our ski group that goes skiing/snowboarding on five Fridays, you must sign up within the next week.  Our LMS ski turn-in days will begin Tuesday, November 1.  Follow the instructions on the green Hidden Valley Ski Form that your child received from his/her science teacher.  If your child lost the form, there are extras in the LMS front office.
     If you would like your child to go skiing but you would need financial assistance, you should see or email your child's grade level counselor no later than next Wed. Nov. 2.  This option would allow your child to attend on the Jan 6 trip ONLY.  
    Turn-in mornings (before school begins, beginning at 7:15 am) are as follows:
  • 8th Grade - Tuesday, November 1
  • 7th Grade - Wednesday, November 2
  • 6th Grade - Thursday, November 3
  • Anyone - Friday, November 4
  • Last day turn-in Monday, November 5
    If you have questions, please email Mark Biernbaum at mbiernbaum@ladueschools.net



Team LADUE takes on the Harlem Wizards on Sunday, November 6; 2 pm; at the  LHWHS Main Gym
    Come out and see your favorite Ladue School District teachers and staff take on the Harlem Wizards for a fun afternoon of interactive sports entertainment with the Harlem Wizards basketball team. Tickets are on sale at http://www.harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets  
General Admission is $15 per ticket, $20 for Reserved Seating tickets, and $30 for Courtside Plus tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, as available. Don't miss this first-ever event of its kind, hosted by the Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) and the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Boys’ Basketball Program.

LMSPA Fall Fundraiser product pick up at Conferences
    Thank you LMS for your support of our Fall Fundraiser!  Don't forget to pick-up your Cookie dough and Mixed Bags (paper forms only) orders during parent teacher conferences.  We will be located in the cafeteria during conference hours:  Wednesday 10/26 4 - 8 pm and Thursday 10/27 1 - 7 pm.  Please pick up your product or make arrangements to have someone pick up for you.  If you have a problem picking up at that time, contact Elizabeth Cobin, cobin@att.net or 314-456-7903.  

Girls In The Know
    Girls In The Know is a four-week speaker series for pre-teen girls and their mothers/caregivers.  The group will address the following topics:  Empowering Pre-Teen Girls, Promoting a Healthy Body Image, All About Safety, and The Birds & The Bees: What Pre-Teen Girls Should Know.  Meeting dates, locations and times are as follows:
  • November 14 - LMS Cafeteria; 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • November 21 - LMS Library; 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • November 28 - LMS Library; 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • December 5 - LMS Cafeteria; 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    Registration is $125 per pair, at www.girlsintheknow.org
Scholarships are available to all, regardless of financial status.  To apply, contact info@girlsintheknow.org
For questions, contact Lora Robinson at lorarobinsonrealty@gmail.com



    Candy is meant to be a treat, but even when consumed in moderation some varieties push the wellness envelope.  To have your sweets and stay healthy too, limit candy that’s particularly high in sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients.
    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/

    Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found at http://boardbriefs.blogspot.com

I hope that you have a great rest of your week and a wonderful weekend.


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

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