December 4, 2016

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


Thank you to Hugh McMonigle for coordinating our yearly Canned Food Drive.  All food items and proceeds go to support the work of Gateway 180, a local non-profit organization that serves women, children, and families experiencing the burden of homelessness.
Thank you, as well, to all students, parents and staff who contributed and supported this effort.
Grade level totals:
6th grade - 2683
7th grade - 4890
8th grade - 5397
Faculty/Staff - 2180
Leading Classrooms:
6th grade - Aronberg (788), Rendine (254), Matthews (224)
7th grade - Fantasia (622), Hurley (640), Beracha (552)
8th grade - Shacklette (1332), Long (1186), Allen (556)
Leading Teams:
6th grade - Pegasus (1285)
7th grade - Titan (1334)
8th grade - Patriot (2119)
100 and 100+ contributors:
6th grade - Nathan Chan, Kassia Fundoukos, Orli Hahn, Patrick Hawkins, Samantha Holke, Julian Prakken, Gareth Schuster (x2), Andrew Stappenbeck (x5), Owen Stout, and Samantha Strayhorn.
7th grade - Lucia Bergland, Alex Berns, Bryce Bernstein (x2), Thomas Brenneman (x2), Rey Carrero, Anthony Chaboude, George Connell (x2), Kendall Connors, Lexi Daggs, Terry Davis, Cece Fernandez, Cassie Friess, Joshua Fundler (x2), Bobby Hardester, Charlie Krasnoff, Meaghan Mulligan, Riley Oberman, Samuel Sachs, Ginger Schulte, Andrew Smock, Zac True, Julia Tullman, Ansley Vickar, Samuel Witzofsky, and Carly Woodhill.
8th grade - Nicolas Chicoine, Audrey Christner (x2), Sydney Clawson, Sam Cobin, Gabe DiAntonio, Mary Dieckhaus, Katie Eisenman, Graham Fredman, Andrew Fruend, Yael Hahn, Grace Hu, Gunnar Koon (x10), Claire Long, Jake Mann, Madalene McDonald, Harry Nardini, Adam Poger, Alexis Powell, Derek Raymond, Ryan Schultz, Noah Smock, Charlotte Sobol (x2), Ethan Willick, Mel Woodson, and Cameron Wright.


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

LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm

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

School resumes
Ski Trip #1


CURE Meeting - revised date
The CURE meeting has been rescheduled from December 5 to Wednesday, December 7. The meeting will take place in the High School Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

From our Cafeteria
Flatbread folds, hamburger bar, mandarin chicken salad, Italian sub sandwiches.....these are only a few of the new additions to the cafe this month.  On Monday students will experience some exciting changes in the cafe!  Check out the changes on the menu - or better yet come have lunch and check it out for yourself!


LMSPA Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser
The following is from the LMS Parent Association Co-Presidents, Elizabeth Lochmoeller and Reagan Minkler and from LMSPA's Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Co-Chairs, Melissa Garza and Julie Stappenbeck.
Hopefully you recently received your Winter Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes letter in the mail.
What is Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes?
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.
A letter has been mailed to every LMS household describing some of the many things that the Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Fundraiser has helped to do for our school.
Click here to read the Winter 2016 Gift & Project letter.
You may click here to view/print the Winter 2016 Gift & Project donation form.  
You can also make your donation online at MySchoolBucks.
Once your payment(s) is made, then please return here to complete the acknowledgment form (scroll down).  Choose MySchoolBucks when asked the payment type for your donation.
Thank you to everyone who has already made a Winter Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes donation!  A list of participating families will be posted soon on the LMSPA website,
We hope that you will honor your student's teachers and/or other LMS staff members with a donation if you haven't already done so.
Gifts of any amount make a big difference and will be greatly appreciated!
Please submit Winter Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes donations by next Friday, December 9th.
Thank you.
Questions?  Please contact either of our Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes Co-Chairs:
Melissa Garza
Julie Stappenbeck


8th Grade Winter Sports
Basketball practice for boys and girls will begin on Tuesday, 12/6 from 3:15-4:15. Students must have forms, including a physical dated after February 1, 2016, on file in less to participate. Students may bring the forms to practice. They can be found on the 8th grade sports page, listed under activities on the LMS website, or a packet can be picked up in the LMS welcome center.

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.

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


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: ​  
​Fax:  314-9​97-8736​
​Thank you for your assistance, and have a wonderful holiday season!​

Free Flu Vaccines
​The ​Saint Louis County Department of Public Health is ​implementing influenza vaccination clinics.  Free influenza vaccine will be available to uninsured children from 2 to 18 years of age. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The free influenza vaccination clinic schedule is:
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Location: North Central Community Health Center
Time: 9:30AM – 2:00PM
Address: 4000 Jennings Station Road, Pine Lawn, MO 63121
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Location: John C. Murphy Community Health Center
Time: 9:30AM – 2:00PM
Address: 6121 North Hanley Road, Berkeley MO 63134

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.    


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.

    You can access the Ladue Middle School Parent Association website at and subscribe to email blasts from the LMSPA at

    Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found at

Enjoy the rest of your day.  Take care.


Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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