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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

Good afternoon.

Here are a few items that needed to go out before the holiday break.

Turkey Trot
That you to Matt Strayhorn for organizing this yearly event.  Thank you as well to staff who served as course marshals and to the LEF for their financial support.  Congratulations to the following grade level first-place finishers:
Grade 6
Girl: Nicole Li     Boy: Liam Oiknine
Grade 7
Girl:  Julia Armbruster     Boy: Conner Krell
Grade 8
Girl:  Giselle Grench     Boy:  Gunnar Koon
Staff
Women:  Amy Hays     Men:  Roger Scherck

Discovery Education Testing Schedule
DE testing will occur next Monday through Thursday.  We will have a block day schedule those days.
Monday, 11/28
Math; Blue/Odd day
Tuesday, 11/29
Math; Blue/Even day
Wednesday, 11/30
Reading; White/Odd day
Thursday, 12/1
Reading; White/Even day

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Greg

Monday, November 21, 2016

LMS Parent Association Winter Fundraiser

LMSPA Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser

The following is from the LMS Parent Association Co-Presidents, Elizabeth Lochmoeller and Reagan Minkler.


Please watch for your Winter Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes letter, arriving in the mail soon!

What is Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes?

If you're new to LMS or if you've ever asked yourself that question, the info below will help to answer that.

The Gift and Project: Teacher Tributes (lovingly called "G & P" or "Teacher Tributes") Fundraiser is the LMSPA's largest fundraiser each year.

G&P takes place twice each school year:  Winter, around the holidays, and Spring, near the end of the school year.

The funds raised every year through G&P make up a significant portion of the annual LMSPA budget.

Through this fundraiser, families donate to the LMSPA in honor of our wonderful Ladue Middle School Faculty and Staff.  As a family you decide whom you wish to honor with your donation.  You may honor as many individual staff members as you'd like.  Each staff member then receives a letter letting them know who has honored them by donating to the LMSPA (donation amounts are not disclosed).

The money raised goes to many gifts and projects that the LMSPA funds for our school community each year.

You will be receiving a letter soon in the mail describing some of the many things that the Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser has helped to do for our school.

We hope you will honor your student's teachers and/or other LMS staff members with a donation.

Thank you!

Questions?  Please contact either of our Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Co-Chairs:

Melissa Garza  melissahgarza@gmail.com
Julie Stappenbeck  jstappenbeck@yahoo.com

Turkey Trot schedule change

Good morning.

As a result of forecasted rain tomorrow/Tuesday afternoon, the Turkey Trot schedule has been adjusted to the following:


  • 6th Grade - Period 2; 9:01 - 9:46 am
  • 7th Grade - Period 3; 9:50 - 10:35 am
  • 8th Grade - Period 4; 10:39 - 11:24 am

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20, 2016

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

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Congratulations to LMS students who recently participated in the Gateway Chess League Fall Open held on Saturday November 12th.
The Ladue Middle School 8th grade and under team of Benjamin Liu, Alex Rybak, Arya Bhushan, Katie Eisenman, Joshua Fundler, Daniel Ye, and Roshen Chatwal finished in 2nd place.  In the 8th grade and under division individual standings, Benjamin Liu received 4th place, Alex Rybak received 6th place, and Arya Bhushan received 8th place.
The Ladue Middle School 6th grade and under team of Samuel Loiterstein, Max Yang, Rory Bland, and Gil Weiss also finished in 2nd place.  In the 6th grade and under individual standings, Samuel Loiterstein received 5th place and Max Yang received 7th place.

Congratulations to the cast of Seussical KIDS!
Jojo: Jenna Boltzman; Cat: Ron Weiss; Horton: Kaden Missey; Mayor: Josh Rosen; Mayor's Wife: Udonne Eke-Okoro; Sour Kangaroo: Bronte King-Levine; Little Kangaroo: Jackson Proper; Wickersham #1: Sophie Guilbeau; Wickersham #2: Ale Pinon-Dickey; Wickersham #3: Sydney Patterson; Vlad: Jahnavi Vishnubhotla; Gertrude: Julia Joseph;
Maizie: Miriam Thames; The Who’s: Ben Rose, Joshua Goldman, Erika Maguire, Victoria Webb, Anika Speicher, Lucy McGrosso, Sarah Pernik, Vyomini Vakil, Pranavi Chintha, Zoe Zych, and Demi Rosenthal; Jungle 1: Clayton Coughlin; Jungle 2: Gil Weiss; Jungle 3: Sabrina Fritts; Jungle 4: Katie Marks; Jungle 5: Sam Baker; Jungle Animal Chorus: Quinn Calvert, Suparna Chintha, and Kathryn Schneider; Talk Show Host: Jane Derdoy; Marshal: Demi Rosenthal; Judge Yertle: Lucy McGrosso; Fish: Alexis Monsey, Kaitlyn Foley, Erika Maguire, Victoria Webb, Caroline Powell, and Angela He.

CALENDAR ITEMS

11/22/16
No After School Activities
11/23/16 - 11/25/16
No School: Thanksgiving Break

11/28/16
Discovery Ed testing (through 12/1); block day schedules
12/2/16
Screenagers movie shown to all students

12/5/16
SRI testing; through 12/8
12/6/16
Diversity Cadre Courageous Dialogue #2; LMS Cafeteria; 6:30 pm (see below)
12/7/16
Grade 6 Orchestra Concert; LMS Gym; 7 pm
12/8/16
Grades 6, 7, 8 Band Concert; LMS Gym; 7 pm
12/9/16
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm

12/13/16
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm

12/20/16
Last Day for Semester 1 After School Activities/Activity Buses
12/22/16
End of Semester 1
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
12/23/16
Winter Break begins

1/4/17
School resumes
1/6/17
Ski Trip #1

NEW ITEMS

Turkey Trot
This week's Turkey Trot will be held Tuesday during periods 6-8.  Students and staff will gather on the upper field, across from the Admin Center.  Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for running and for the weather.  Students and staff will have the option of running the one-mile course or walking around the front of the school and then cheering on the runners as they finish.
Race Order:
6th grade - 7th period; 1:36 - 2:21 pm
7th grade - 8th period; 2:25 - 3:10 pm
8th grade - 6th period; 12:47 - 1:32 pm
If you line up in the afternoon for carpool in our back lot, please be aware that we will have students in this area during period 8.

Canned Food Drive
Our yearly Canned Food Drive, with items and proceeds going to support Gateway 180, will occur November 17 through December 2.  Students may turn in food items in the LMS Lobby before school.

Morning Student Drop Off
For safety reasons, please refrain from:
  • Stopping on Conway Road to let your student out.
  • Stopping in our upper parking lot, next to parked cars, to let your student out.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

Ski Trip Update
Parents, we had a great turnout for our LMS Ski/board club this year.  We have a total of 470 students who will be participating.  If you wanted your child to be a part of the club but missed the registration, you can still purchase the discounted Friday passes (until the end of November), however you will have to transport your child to and from Hidden Valley.
Students who ordered a long sleeve T-shirt or Hoodie and did not receive it at that time will probably be receiving it right after Thanksgiving break.  It is possible for them to come in before, but doubtful.  They will be distributed in the lunchroom during your child's lunch shift.
If you have any questions about our LMS Ski Club, please email Mark Biernbaum at mbiernbaum@ladueschools.net

REPEATED ITEMS

Winter Sports
The LMS 8th grade sports program will be starting winter sports, basketball for boys and girls, in December.  The program is free, no-cut, and all play.  Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 and most students may take the late bus home.  Games are after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and students do need a ride home following the games.  In order to participate in the program, students need to sign up during lunch on November 21, turn in release forms, including a physical dated after February 1, 2016, and come to practice on December 6.  Students who participated in fall sports do not need to turn a new set of forms in.  If you need a copy of the forms, they can be picked up from the welcome center or can be found on the LMS website under the activities-8th grade sports tabs.

Diversity Cadre Courageous Dialogue #2
The LMS Diversity Cadre will host its second Courageous Dialogue for parents on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the LMS cafeteria.  PLEASE NOTE: this is a change from the original date November 30 (see attached flyer to the Blackboard Connect email). A change was made to avoid conflicting with the district's screening of the documentary "Screenagers."  Please join us as we continue our dialogue about differences and what we can do to be more accepting and understanding of each other's differences. This adult only event is open to all.  We hope you join us!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than December 2nd by emailing Mary LoBosco at mlobosco@ladueschools.net or calling 314-983-5512.
Prior to attending, please click on the following link, read the article and watch the embedded video clip, as it will be used as a starting point for discussion.

NURSE DANI NOTES

Food Allergies/Lunch Periods
We will remind students this week at lunches that they should not share food with other students.  If you could please reinforce this at home, we would appreciate it.    

HEALTHY THOUGHTS

Take a moment to stop and reflect during the busy holiday season. Your body with thank you...
  • -Lower blood pressure.
  • -Improved blood circulation.
  • -Lower heart rate.
  • -Less perspiration.
  • -Slower respiratory rate.
  • -Less anxiety.
  • -Lower blood cortisol levels.
  • -More feelings of well-being.

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


This will be my last weekly update prior to the Thanksgiving holiday break.  I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving.  If you are traveling during the holiday, please do so safely.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

Good afternoon.  I wanted to let you know how the week at LMS is finishing up.

A group of students expressed an interest in staging a demonstration yesterday against racism and intolerance at the end of the day.  That group ended up making signs and posters in our Cafeteria, under the supervision of counselors and administrators.  

Another demonstration has been planned for this afternoon during 8th period.  School administration is aware of the plans, and will be there to monitor the students for safety.  Students have been asked to complete a request to demonstrate form indicating why they would like to leave class to participate.  This allows us to know which students will be in what location during the demonstration.  This is optional for all students.

Students will gather with school staff in our Cafeteria to discuss peaceful demonstrations and expectations.  A demonstration route has been planned to prevent/minimize disruption for students remaining in classes, working on planned activities.  Students will then return to the Cafeteria to debrief.   

We are using this as a teachable moment as we progress into the weekend.  All students will be monitored by building staff.

I will follow with a regular weekly parent update over this weekend.

Thank you,


Greg

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016

Good morning.

In regard to recent events and concerns within our district, we as a team have taken some proactive steps to 1) ensure our students’ safety and 2) provide students the opportunity to voice concerns and express their rights to Freedom of Speech.  We believe in providing our students not only with academic opportunities, but also with opportunities to learn and grow in a safe and inclusive environment. We know that LMS and the other schools in the district have work to do, but we are committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for all of our students.
We have provided students who would like to share thoughts and ideas about the recent events two opportunities to do so today:  1) in our office conference room, with a counselor and/or administrator; and/or 2) in designated safe spaces during lunch periods.  This sharing will be done according to the LMS Honor Code, meaning that all voices will be heard in a respectful manner.  We are a community devoted to celebrating diversity and being inclusive to people of all races, religions, and cultures.

We also anticipate the possibility of another protest today.  If a protest occurs at/near the district’s Administration Center, I have instructed our faculty to: 1) not verbally dissuade students who wish to participate and 2) not physically prohibit students from participating.  Students making this choice will be supervised by building administrators, counselors and other unassigned staff.  Students choosing not to participate will remain with their scheduled classroom teachers.

Greg

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


Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 13, 2016

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

Recent events in our nation have led to an environment of divisiveness in many communities.  This leads me to believe that communicating the following to our students and staff this coming week is proactive and needed.  I will communicate this over our intercom, during morning announcements, as well as with our faculty and staff.
One of the great characteristics of LMS is the level of diversity within our school community.  LMS should be, and will be, a school in which everyone can feel protected, respected, and valued regardless ethnicity, culture, religious choice,  language, and political affiliation or philosophy.  As we approach “I Am LMS Day” on January 13, a day on which we celebrate diversity, inclusion and community, we will resist the opportunity to use our recent elections as an excuse to belittle, marginalize, and denigrate others.  This current situation provides all of us an excellent opportunity to show our public who we are and how we interact with each other.  We will not always agree, but we will continue to uphold our tradition of treating each other with respect, kindness, and understanding.          

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Thank you to our wonderful LMS Parent Association for funding our faculty/staff lunch on Tuesday, November 8.  We had a very quick turnaround between morning and afternoon sessions, and the “grab and go” lunches helped out a great deal.

Congratulations to LMS Dave Aronberg.  Dave and the LHWHS Boys Soccer team had another in a series of successful seasons, making it as far as the State Quarterfinal game before losing a heartbreaker in the second overtime to Fort Zumwalt South last Saturday.

Thank you to Tricia Wideman for putting together the video tribute to our LMS Veterans, which was shown during lunch periods last Friday.  It was wonderful.

CALENDAR ITEMS

11/15/16
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
ELL Pie Night; LMS Cafeteria; 6:30 pm
All District Choir Festival; Logan University; 7 pm
11/16/16
Master Schedule informational meeting for Parents; 7 pm; LMS Library
11/18/16
Cafeteria Worker Appreciation Day

11/22/16
No After School Activities
11/23/16 - 11/25/16
No School: Thanksgiving Break

11/28/16
Discovery Ed testing (through 12/1); block day schedules
12/2/16
Screenagers movie shown to all students

NEW ITEMS

Winter Sports
The LMS 8th grade sports program will be starting winter sports, basketball for boys and girls, in December.  The program is free, no-cut, and all play.  Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 and most students may take the late bus home.  Games are after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and students do need a ride home following the games.  In order to participate in the program, students need to sign up during lunch on November 21, turn in release forms, including a physical dated after February 1, 2016, and come to practice on December 6.  Students who participated in fall sports do not need to turn a new set of forms in.  If you need a copy of the forms, they can be picked up from the welcome center or can be found on the LMS website under the activities-8th grade sports tabs.

Diversity Cadre Courageous Dialogue #2
The LMS Diversity Cadre will host its second Courageous Dialogue for parents on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the LMS cafeteria.  PLEASE NOTE: this is a change from the original date November 30 (see attached flyer to the Blackboard Connect email). A change was made to avoid conflicting with the district's screening of the documentary "Screenagers."  Please join us as we continue our dialogue about differences and what we can do to be more accepting and understanding of each other's differences. This adult only event is open to all.  We hope you join us!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than December 2nd by emailing Mary LoBosco at mlobosco@ladueschools.net or calling 314-983-5512.
Prior to attending, please click on the following link, read the article and watch the embedded video clip, as it will be used as a starting point for discussion.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS



REPEATED ITEMS

Documentary Screening
    The Diversity Cadre is sponsoring a screening of the documentary "Gentlemen of Vision" on Tuesday, November 15, from 2:25-4:10 in the LMS cafeteria.  The film is offered as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival and follows the local competitive step team that came to our school last year as part of our I Am LMS Day.  The documentary shows them strive to win their national competitions, graduate from high school, and position themselves to achieve success in life. The screening will be followed by a group discussion.
    Students will need a permission slip to stay for this event, and participation is limited to the first 60 students who turn in their permission slip.  Permission slips are available in room 232 or from your student's social studies teacher.  Students will miss part of 8th hour and, because the event ends by 4:10, will be able to take the late bus home.  Students should feel free to bring a snack, and parents are welcome to come as well!

Openings remain for Girls In The Know
Dear Parents of Girls in Grade 6:  BE bold, BE strong, BE healthy...be YOU! Finally a program that prepares your daughter to BE all these things alongside you! @girlsintheknow1 is coming to Ladue Middle School!  Girls in the Know believes knowledge is power and that every girl deserves a strong foundation and strong sense of self heading into the challenging teen years. They provide an educational speaker series led by licensed female professionals delivered to pre-teen girls and the ones who love them! Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYGMWuTvUac.  Space is limited to 20 pairs and just 4 openings remain, register today at www.girlsintheknow.org or call 314-719-7159.
Session 1-Empowering Pre-Teen Girls-Led by LPC
Session 2-Promoting a Healthy Body Image-Led by RD/LD
Session 3-All About Safety-Led by Police Officer
Session 4-Birds & Bees-Led by OB/GYN
Check out this flyer for more information.


NURSE DANI NOTES

HEALTHY THOUGHTS

The holiday season is about family and food – and all too often, adding a few extra pounds to our waistlines.  Being physically active throughout the entire year is important to maintaining a healthy weight.  The American Heart Association recommends that children (up to age 18) get at least 60 minutes a day and adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderately vigorous physical activity.  So grab your family and get moving!

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

I hope you enjoy your evening.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School