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

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