December 16, 2016

Good afternoon.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Thank you to Librarian Melody Frese and Library Aide Ann Mohrmann.  Melody and Ann have been working to establish a foreign language section for students who are able to read in languages other than English. They are specifically looking for books appropriate for children ages 10-14 in the following languages, but other languages are also welcome.
Languages Requested:
  • Amharic
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • French
  • German
Please contact Melody Frese, mfrese@ladueschools.net, if you have any questions.

CALENDAR ITEMS

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

1/10/17
After School Activities begin for semester 2
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
1/12/17
8th grade Parents to Lunch; 12:13 - 12:43 pm
1/13/17
I Am LMS Day
Early Release day; 12:40 pm

1/16/17
No School; Dr. Martin Luther King holiday
1/18/17
Meeting for incoming 6th grade parents; Apogee meeting 5:30 pm; Registration meeting 6 pm
1/19/17
7th grade Parents to Lunch; 11:24 - 11:54 am
1/20/17
6th grade Parents to Lunch; 10:35 - 11:05 am
Ski Trip #2

NEW ITEMS


UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

LMSPA Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser
Dear Ladue Middle School Parents, Guardians and Families,
As we're working to wrap up a very successful Winter Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser, the Ladue Middle School Parent Association (LMSPA) would like to thank everyone who has participated and honored Ladue Middle School teachers and staff members with a donation!
Check out the list of participating LMS families on the home page of the LMSPA website:
The Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser is our largest and most important fundraiser of the school year.
The funds raised every year through this fundraiser make up a significant portion of the annual LMSPA budget, and allow the LMSPA to continue to do many things over the course of the year to elevate our children's learning experience and help support our children, their families and the LMS staff.
The LMSPA is very grateful for your support.
Remember, contributions are tax-deductible and are eligible for corporate matching contributions.
We would be happy to assist with any paperwork needed for submitting for corporate matching contributions.
Questions regarding the Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser?  Please contact either of our Co-Chairs, Melissa Garza and Julie Stappenbeck:
Melissa Garza
melissahgarza@gmail.com
Julie Stappenbeck
jstappenbeck@yahoo.com
Happy Holidays!

REPEATED ITEMS

Winter Reading
St. Louis County Library is pleased to offer its popular Winter Reading Club again this year. The Winter Reading Club runs from December 1-February 28th. Anyone of any age (including parents and grandparents) can participate!
Log sheets are available from your child's ELA teacher or at any St. Louis County Library branch.  Bring the completed log sheet back to your library branch to pick up your coupon and be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes. Raffle prizes include Kindle Fires, $20 movie theater gift cards, and $50 Amazon gift cards.  More information is available here: http://www.slcl.org/winter-reading-club
In addition to the County Library's Program, this year sixth grade students may also participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. If your child is interested in earning a free ticket to Six Flags, all they have to do is read six hours and log their reading on the Six Flags Read to Succeed form, which was distributed this week. The deadline to return the completed and signed forms is February 24th. If you need another copy of the form, please email Melody Frese, our library media specialist atmfrese@ladueschools.net, or contact your child's ELA teacher.
As an extra incentive, any child who participates in either reading program will also receive a gift from the LMS library! Simply show the completed reading log to an LMS librarian before turning in your form, or make a copy of the form to show us!

8th Grade Slide Show
As a part of celebrating the accomplishments of 8th graders next spring, a slideshow) is shown at the 8th Grade party and at the Farewell celebration. We would like to ask for your help in contributing photos for the slideshow. We’re looking for good-quality photos (preferably taken with a digital camera instead of a cellphone) of school-related activities…sports events, field trips, musical performances, classroom experiments, etc. Our goal is for every LMS eighth grader to be included in the slide show!
If you have any photos to share, please email them to lms2017slideshow@gmail.com. If you’d prefer to put your photos on a flash drive, there will be a couple in the LMS office, designated for parent use, after winter break. Simply pick one up, load your photos, and return it to LMS.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Schuster at lms2017slideshow@gmail.com

NURSE DANI NOTES

Immunization Requirement Changes
​In the past year there have been some immunization changes required by the state of Missouri that will affect students going into 8th grade next school year. Students entering 8th grade will now be required to have a Meningitis immunization and a Tdap immunization prior to starting 8th grade. Your child may have already had both of these immunizations!
Please check with your pediatrician to verify if these have been completed. If not, please begin making appointments at your earliest convenience. Take advantage of the upcoming breaks to get this requirement out of the way. Do not wait until August when physician offices are booked!   
You can send the updated immunization records that reflect that your child has these immunizations. The nurse's office will accept these records immediately - no need to wait until summer!
You may email, fax, or send in a copy of the record to the nurse's office.   
​​​Email: ​ dbernholt@ladueschools.net  
​Fax:  314-9​97-8736​
​Thank you for your assistance, and have a wonderful holiday season!​

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

With winter upon us, it is important to take care of yourself and your immune system. Try these tips to boost your immune system and stay healthy during cold and flu season.

  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
  • Get regular check-ups/stay up on your vaccinations.
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


Stay warm this weekend.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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