February 24, 2017

Good afternoon.

    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.


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

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

LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
Spring Portfolio Parent Conferences; 4 - 8 pm
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
No School; Conference Compensation day

3/20/17 - 3/24/17

Jazz Band concert; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 pm

No School; District professional development
Science Olympiad State competition; Westminster University; Fulton, MO

National Library Workers day
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
LMS Percussion concert; LHWHS Performing Arts Center; 7 pm


    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.



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


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​

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.

    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/
    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.


Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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