January 3, 2017

Good afternoon.  

I hope that you and your family had a great holiday season.

With colder weather in the forecast, beginning tomorrow, I just wanted to remind everyone that our building is not scheduled for student arrivals until 7:15 am.  That is when I have staff available to let students in and supervise them in the lobby.  Although I typically arrive between 6:30 and 7, I cannot always guarantee that I will be available as doorman.   

Please also be aware that after school activities for quarter 3 do not begin until Tuesday, January 10.  This includes basketball practices as well.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by the Science Olympiad coaches to participate on this year’s Competition Team.  Thank you to all of the students who worked so hard up to this point.  The coaches hope that everyone has enjoyed the club and have learned a great deal.  It is always a difficult decision to select the team because of the large number of middle school students dedicated to studying science.  
Fayzan Ali, Ashna Chali, Harry Chen, Jason Ding, Stephen Jiang, Aditya Kondepudi, Shelei Pan, William Pan, Marina Sha, Cindy Wang, Daniel Xu, Max Yang, Christopher Ye, Eric Yin and Lucy Yue.
These students will go on to represent Ladue at the regional competition in St Louis and will hopefully qualify to go on to state finals and ultimately national finals.  LMS has represented the state of Missouri at the national finals 22 times in the last 24 years.  
The coaches are now in the process of selecting the Training Team.  The training team will also have the chance to compete at the regional competition in St Louis.

Thank you to our wonderful Parent Association for providing lunch to our staff today.  It was greatly appreciated.

CALENDAR ITEMS

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

Ski Trip #1
Our first Ski Trip of the year is scheduled for Friday, January 6.  Students who have signed up for this will change into their ski clothes after dismissal and board chartered buses at the rear of the building.
In the past, a significant number of parents have brought their students to school on these days by car, causing an increase in our morning traffic.  If you do bring your child to school on these days, I would suggest dropping them off between 7:15 and 7:45 am.  Our buses typically begin arriving around 7:50 am.

Semester 1 Grades
It is our goal to have semester 1 grades entered into Infinite Campus and available for viewing after 3 pm on Wednesday of this week.  It is also the plan to have grade cards mailed and on their way to you by Friday.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

REPEATED ITEMS

LMS Library additions to inventory
Our Library has 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 at
if you have any questions.

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

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


Have a great rest of your day.  See you tomorrow.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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