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Monday, February 27, 2017

LMS Ski Trip 5



Good afternoon.

If you have a child involved with our LMS Ski Club, please continue reading.

With warm temperatures projected in the near future, Hidden Valley has just made the decision to close for the season.  Therefore, we will not be able to take our fifth and final ski trip of the year.  

Because of this cancellation, we have bus money that is left over.  The cost for transportation for this last trip is $13.  Our hope is to utilize these extra funds to provide scholarships for next year's ski club for those students who would otherwise not be able to be a part of this wonderful experience.  

If you are fine with using this amount for Ski Trip scholarships in 2017-18, you need do nothing.  

If you would prefer a refund of this amount, please email Mark Biernbaum at mbiernbaum@ladueschools.net

Thank you,

Greg

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017


Good afternoon.
  
CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

    Congratulations to the LMS students who competed at the Gateway Chess League Action Tournament held on Saturday February 18.  
    The 8th Grade And Under team of Katie Eisenman, Daniel Ye, Arya Bhushan, and Kanishk Shanmugam finished in 3rd place.  Katie came in 1st place in the 8th grade individual standings. Daniel received 4th, Arya 9th, and Kanishk 12th place in the 7th grade Individual standings.  
    The 6th Grade And Under team of Max Yang, Allen You, Samuel Loiterstein and Andrew Stappenbeck finished in 3rd place.  In the 6th grade Individual standings, Max finished in 11th place, Allen in 12th place, Samuel in 21st place and Andrew in 26th place.  To view the full tournament results, visit the Gateway Chess website     

    Congratulations to LMS teacher Shaina Fall and her husband Ryan on the birth of their son, Elijah Ryan, on February 22.

    Congratulations to teachers Katie Solomon and Aaron Lehde, and Kristen Wild (Ladue Education Foundation).  In November, the LEF applied for a grant from Wells Fargo to fund musical instruments for disadvantaged students.  Katie and Kristen collaborated on the grant application, with Aaron involved in identifying the types of instruments that should be included.   Wells Fargo has recently committed $5,000 toward the purchase of these instruments.

CALENDAR ITEMS

2/27/17
World Languages Week
3/3/17
End of Quarter 3
I AM LMS Day (rescheduled)
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Ski Trip make up day (tentative)

3/7/17
Statewide Severe Weather drill; 10 am
“Seussical” the Musical; 5:30 pm; LMS Cafeteria
3/11/17
LMS/LHWHS Dads Club Trivia Night; 6:30 pm

3/14/17
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
3/15/17
Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences; 4 - 8 pm
3/16/17
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences; 1 - 7 pm
  • Explo/Elective teacher dinner break; 4:20 - 5 pm
  • Core Team teacher dinner break; 5 - 5:40 pm
3/17/17
No School; Conference Compensation day

3/20/17 - 3/24/17
SPRING BREAK!

3/29/17
Jazz Band concert; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 pm

4/4/17
No School; District professional development
4/8/17
Science Olympiad State competition; Westminster University; Fulton, MO

4/11/17
National Library Workers day
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
4/12/17
LMS Percussion concert; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 pm

NEW ITEMS

    Next week is our annual World Language Week.  Our annual "Guess the Language" contest will begin on Monday.  Each morning, students will read an announcement in another language at the beginning of the day.  Classes can participate in the contest by guessing the languages being spoken that day.  There will be prizes for the classes with the most correct answers.  The contest will run Monday through Thursday, and then finish on the following Monday due to "I am LMS" Day on Friday.  In addition, there will be posters in the cafeteria listing all the students in our school who speak another language.....it is always interesting to see the number of native languages spoken by our school community.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

REPEATED ITEMS

The Secret Language of Digital Media
    As a follow up to the Ladue Education Foundation’s presentation of “Screenagers”, the Ladue Middle School Parent Association has procured an excellent speaker to help educate parents about raising children in this digital age.
    Julie Smith is a media professor, national and international presenter, and author of “Master the Media.”  In her fun and engaging talk, she will share what she thinks is missing in digital citizenship education, the secret language parents need to know about, and tips & tools to help our kids protect their digital identities.  Knowledge is power.  
    Please join us on Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 7:45 pm in the LMS Library.  We will begin with a brief LMSPA meeting (no more than 15 minutes), followed by our captivating speaker, Julie Smith.

Spring Musical
    The Ladue Middle School Theatre Company will present Seussical KIDS in the LMS cafeteria on Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30.  There is no advanced seating or ticket sales. This is a free event for all and the show runs approximately 30 minutes.  The story follows the lovable Horton the Elephant and his adventures with other characters from the books of Dr. Seuss as he tried to save the Whos.  Join us for a fun night of songs and dances for the whole family!  For more information, contact Leah Scheidt, the theatre director at lscheidt@ladueschools.net.

Schedule Questions for 2017-18?
    The link Schedule FAQs may address some questions you may have about our programs and schedule for the coming year.  

Spring Portfolio Conferences
    Spring Portfolio Conferences are March 15 (4:00-8:00 pm) and March 16 (1:00-7:00 pm).  The information sheet was sent home with students on Friday, January 27.  Please follow instructions on the sheet to sign up.  The online signup system opened on Monday, January 30 at 8:00 am.  Please sign up ASAP as slots fill quickly.  We look forward to seeing you.  If needed, here is a link to our school website:

Dad’s Clubs Trivia Night
    The LMS and LHS Dad's Clubs are collaborating to host the 2nd Annual Dads Club Trivia Night at 7 p.m. on Saturday March 11 at the JCCA in Creve Coeur.  This is a really fun evening that is a great opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships with parents, teachers and administrators of LMS and LHS, as well as other members of the Ladue School District community.  For LMS parents, it’s a great way to begin building social relationships with parents and teachers of LHS students, which can be helpful resources as your young adult begins the transition process to the high school.
    There are only 18 tables available and last year’s event sold out, so we encourage you to act quickly if you would like to join us.  If you are interested in participating, but do not have enough people to fill a table of ten, contact us and we will see if we can place you at another table.  Tables of ten are only $150, which includes complimentary soft drinks and adult beverages.  Please visit the Dad’s Club website at www.laduedadsclub.com if you would like additional information about the event or would like to purchase a table.  If you want to be involved, but are not interested in playing, you can also participate by serving on the event committee or volunteering to help at the event itself.  For additional questions, please contact the LMS Dad’s Club President – Joe Mulligan – at 314-503-4384 or joemulligan910@gmail.com
A message from the 8th Grade Party Committee
    The 8th grade party committee needs your help! This is a parent funded event based on donations. We have raised 1/3 of our goal so far through car wash and raffle ticket sales. Here’s how you can help.....
1. Donate online on myschoolbucks.com
2. Drop off a check in the welcome center made out to LMSPA with 8th grade party noted.
3. Purchase raffle tickets during conferences. Prizes are front seats at the end of the year assembly and reserved parking. $1.00 each.
    Money raised will go towards DJ, photo booth, games, decorations and food. The slide show will be presented as well so please submit your photos of your kids from Kindergarten to current to lms2017slideshow@gmail.com. We prefer school related activities, please.

8th Grade Slideshow
    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​
HEALTHY THOUGHTS

The Brain Benefits Of Exercise
  • Increases production of Neurochemicals that promote grain cell repair.
  • Improves memory.
  • Lengthens attention span.
  • Boosts decision-making skills.
  • Prompts growth of new nerve cells and blood vessels.
  • Improves multi-tasking and planning.

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


Thank you for your time.  Have a great weekend.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ski Trip for February 24, 2017


Good morning.

I wanted everyone to be aware that, based upon communications with Hidden Valley, Ski Trip #5 for this coming Friday is cancelled.  If temperatures get colder (in the low to mid 20s) in the next ten days, we should be able to use our makeup day on Friday, March 3.  

If this does not occur, then Hidden Valley will not be offering any more dates for this ski/snowboard season.  We will provide a follow up announcement early next week.

For your information, a summary of the message above was announced to our students today during morning announcements.

Greg

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017


Good afternoon.  I hope that your weekend has gone well.
   
CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

    Congratulations to our LMS PE/Health teachers, students and parents.  Our annual Hoops For Heart fundraiser recently raised $5600 to support the American Heart Association.

    On Saturday, February 11, ten LMS students participated at the Regional Round of the MathCounts Competition.  Nine of the ten students placed in the top 15, which is a remarkable stat.  In addition, 7th-grader Samuel Chen won the #1 overall prize, 8th-grader William Xie won the Countdown Round (a head-to-head speed round),
and the team of Stephen Jiang, Jason Ding, Will Bender, and Anthony Wang took First Place in the Team Round.  The following students will move on to the state competition in March.  Listed below are their names, places and grade level:
1)  Sam Chen   7
2)  Stephen Jiang  8
5)  William Pan  8
6)  Jason Ding   8
7)  Anthony Wang  7
10)  William Xie   8
11)  Will Bender  7
13)  Marina Sha  8
14)  Iris Zhou  7
Thank you as well to LMS teacher Nancy Chambers for her work in helping the students prepare for the competition.  

    8th grade parents, THANK YOU for your contributions to the Grade 8 Change Challenge.  Our grand total of money collected was $1768.14!  This will allow us to have make our 8th grade party extra special.
The team totals were...  
Trailblazers $387.73
Patriots  $678.11
and the winning team, Pioneers, with $702.30.  They received a treat bag in appreciation for their efforts!   

    Thank you to LMS teachers Amy Bullman and Kevin Kearns for initiating and coordinating our Poverty Simulation last Friday afternoon.
     
CALENDAR ITEMS

2/20/17
No school; Presidents Day
2/23/17
6th Grade Party (after school)
2/24/17
Ski Trip #5

2/27/17
World Languages Week
3/3/17
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Ski Trip make up day (if needed)

3/7/17
Statewide Severe Weather drill; 10 am
“Seussical” the Musical; 5:30 pm; LMS Cafeteria
3/11/17
LMS/LHWHS Dads Club Trivia Night; 6:30 pm

3/14/17
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
3/15/17
Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences; 4 - 8 pm
3/16/17
Early Release day; 12:40 pm
Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences; 1 - 7 pm
  • Explo/Elective teacher dinner break; 4:20 - 5 pm
  • Core Team teacher dinner break; 5 - 5:40 pm
3/17/17
No School; Conference Compensation day

3/20/17 - 3/24/17
SPRING BREAK!

NEW ITEMS

Black History Month activities
    The following are some of the activities that have/will occur this month:
  • The Essential Skills class learned about key people in Black History, such as Harriet Tubman.

  • 8th grade CA class will be completing warm-ups/bell ringers every other day, where we learn about a famous African American and then journal about them.
  • A Black History bulletin board (outside the Assistant Principal's office) with daily announcements and prizes at the end of the month.
  • Courageous Dialogues earlier this month at LMS.
  • A Black History Month bulletin board and book display in the library.
  • The 6th and 7th grade choirs feature a different African American artist.  Students will learn about some basic facts and accomplishments of their life and then either listen or watch a performance.

The Secret Language of Digital Media
    As a follow up to the Ladue Education Foundation’s presentation of “Screenagers”, the Ladue Middle School Parent Association has procured an excellent speaker to help educate parents about raising children in this digital age.
    Julie Smith is a media professor, national and international presenter, and author of “Master the Media.”  In her fun and engaging talk, she will share what she thinks is missing in digital citizenship education, the secret language parents need to know about, and tips & tools to help our kids protect their digital identities.  Knowledge is power.  
    Please join us on Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 7:45 pm in the LMS Library.  We will begin with a brief LMSPA meeting (no more than 15 minutes), followed by our captivating speaker, Julie Smith.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

Rescheduled Day
    I AM LMS Day has been rescheduled for March 3.

REPEATED ITEMS

Spring Musical
    The Ladue Middle School Theatre Company will present Seussical KIDS in the LMS cafeteria on Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30.  There is no advanced seating or ticket sales. This is a free event for all and the show runs approximately 30 minutes.  The story follows the lovable Horton the Elephant and his adventures with other characters from the books of Dr. Seuss as he tried to save the Whos.  Join us for a fun night of songs and dances for the whole family!  For more information, contact Leah Scheidt, the theatre director at lscheidt@ladueschools.net.

Cheerleading Clinic
    The first ever Ladue Middle School Spring Cheer Clinic is coming up!  Join Nurse Dani and the Ladue High School Varsity cheer team starting February 28.  Sign up forms are in the Welcome Center or Nurse's Office.  Please turn in completed forms to Nurse Dani by February 24.

Schedule Questions for 2017-18?
    The link Schedule FAQs may address some questions you may have about our programs and schedule for the coming year.  

Spring Portfolio Conferences
    Spring Portfolio Conferences are March 15 (4:00-8:00 pm) and March 16 (1:00-7:00 pm).  The information sheet was sent home with students on Friday, January 27.  Please follow instructions on the sheet to sign up.  The online signup system opened on Monday, January 30 at 8:00 am.  Please sign up ASAP as slots fill quickly.  We look forward to seeing you.  If needed, here is a link to our school website:

Dad’s Clubs Trivia Night
    The LMS and LHS Dad's Clubs are collaborating to host the 2nd Annual Dads Club Trivia Night at 7 p.m. on Saturday March 11 at the JCCA in Creve Coeur.  This is a really fun evening that is a great opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships with parents, teachers and administrators of LMS and LHS, as well as other members of the Ladue School District community.  For LMS parents, it’s a great way to begin building social relationships with parents and teachers of LHS students, which can be helpful resources as your young adult begins the transition process to the high school.
    There are only 18 tables available and last year’s event sold out, so we encourage you to act quickly if you would like to join us.  If you are interested in participating, but do not have enough people to fill a table of ten, contact us and we will see if we can place you at another table.  Tables of ten are only $150, which includes complimentary soft drinks and adult beverages.  Please visit the Dad’s Club website at www.laduedadsclub.com if you would like additional information about the event or would like to purchase a table.  If you want to be involved, but are not interested in playing, you can also participate by serving on the event committee or volunteering to help at the event itself.  For additional questions, please contact the LMS Dad’s Club President – Joe Mulligan – at 314-503-4384 or joemulligan910@gmail.com
Fundraiser for St. Louis Children’s Hospital
    The “Run and Run S’More” 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to raise funds for the Jackson Hill Wellness Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital will occur on February 26, from 9 - 11 am.  The route will begin and end at the Ladue Middle School campus.  
    More information can be accessed at www.runandrunsmore.com or by contacting Melissa Hill at melissa@runandrunsmore.com

A message from the 8th Grade Party Committee
    The 8th grade party committee needs your help! This is a parent funded event based on donations. We have raised 1/3 of our goal so far through car wash and raffle ticket sales. Here’s how you can help.....
1. Donate online on myschoolbucks.com
2. Drop off a check in the welcome center made out to LMSPA with 8th grade party noted.
3. Purchase raffle tickets during conferences. Prizes are front seats at the end of the year assembly and reserved parking. $1.00 each.
    Money raised will go towards DJ, photo booth, games, decorations and food. The slide show will be presented as well so please submit your photos of your kids from Kindergarten to current to lms2017slideshow@gmail.com. We prefer school related activities, please.

8th Grade Slideshow
    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​
HEALTHY THOUGHTS

5 Proven Ways Water Makes You Awesome
It can help with weight-loss
Extra H2O helps us eat less by making us feel full, and it may also boost metabolism.
It keeps things moving, digestion-wise
Drinking enough water prevents constipation and also reduces the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush waste products.
It might protect against some types of cancer
Research has found that the greater the fluid intake, the lower the incidence of bladder cancer, with more significant results when the fluid is water.
It can improve mood
Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind.
It helps us think more clearly
Dehydration causes shrinkage of brain tissue. So when we haven’t been drinking enough water, our brains have to work a lot harder to perform at the same level.

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


Thank you for your time.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School