October 7, 2016

Good afternoon.  


Thank you to Jody Rozbicki and Lou Galloway-Zapiain.  Jody and Lou asked their English Language Learner students to write letters to our custodians in celebration of Custodian Appreciation Day.  They read their letters to Mr. Tate and Mr. Bell (Mr. Rakic was out), asked them questions about their work, and shared some delicious cupcakes.  


LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
7th Grade Field Day party; 3:15 to 4:15
End of Quarter 1
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm

School Picture Retake Day (periods 1 - 4)
Wear Pink Day - Breast Cancer Awareness

Red Ribbon Week (through 10/27)
Scholastic Book Fair (through 10/27); LMS Library
6th Grade Party; 3:15 to 4:15
Parent Conferences
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
Parent Conferences
No School

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


Staff and students at the Fifth Grade Center will once again create t-shirts to increase awareness of Breast Cancer.  A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase by LMS students, during lunches, on October 21.  All proceeds will go to support research efforts at Siteman Cancer Center.  Shirts will be sold for $10 on a first come, first served basis.  Checks should be made payable to Ladue School District.



NJHS Fundraiser
The National Junior Honor Society at LMS has organized a school supply drive to benefit Patrick Henry Elementary, a public school in St. Louis City.  The students at Patrick Henry Elementary have been affected by lead-contaminated drinking fountains and almost 100% of the students qualify for free lunch.  The principal of the school says the school is most in need of reams of paper and pencils, but monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase other supplies.  Donations will be accepted at LMS before school in the lobby and in the cafeteria during lunch from October 17 through 25, as well as at parent teacher conferences.  There will also be a hat day on Friday, October 21 where students can pay a dollar to wear a hat, with all proceeds going to the school supply drive.  We appreciate any support you can give us!

Seussical Kids
This year, LMS will present “Seussical Kids” as our touring drama production.  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

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.

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/



Tips to Help Simplify Your Life
1. Appreciate the small things in life
2. Slow down
3. Learn to say no
4. Don’t compare yourself to others (you don’t know their journey)
5. Live mindfully (move the body, breath practice or meditation)
6. Own less (declutter)
7. Spend time disconnected (from phones, email, electronic devices, tvs, etc.)
8. Spend time in stillness

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

Thank you and have a great weekend.


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

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