March 2, 2017

Good morning.  This is coming out early since I will be away the latter half of Thursday and all of Friday.

    Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team members and coaches, who did very well at last Saturday’s regional tournament.  The competition team will go on to represent us at the state finals on Saturday, April 8 at Westminster University in Fulton, MO.  Below is a listing of team members and coaches.
    Competition Team - 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, Erin Yin and Lucy Yue.
    Training Team - Arya Bhushan, Yuvan Chali, Chris Chen, Samuel Chen, Huamin Gao, Richie Jiang, David Ju, Shriya Koneru, Evan Schreiner, Emily Shaw, Rohan Tatikonda, Ryan Tung, Vyomini Vakil, Anthony Wang and Justin Zhang.
    Coaches - Martin Long (Coordinator), Christine Allen, Mark Biernbaum, Michael Clay, Melody Frese, Kelly Hake, Natalie Jeney, Donna Matthews, Hugh McMonigle, Kathleen Murphy, Deb O’Hara, Elizabeth Rendine, Jody Rozbicki and Lisa Stein.
    Congratulations to Laila Crabtree, who has been selected to serve as the district’s  Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Arts and Social Studies, beginning in 2017-18.

    Congratulations to Quentin Alimayu, who has been selected to serve as an external consultant and key presenter for a professional development series, Teaching Literacy through Historical Inquiry, at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke this summer.


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


Girls In The Know
    There will be a culminating event and celebration for program graduates and the community on April 22 at Clayton High School from 9:30 to 11 am.  Activities will include a yoga session, injury mobility screens, cupcakes and an inspirational speaker.  The event is free but is limited to the first 200 registrants.  To register, go to the Girls In The Know website and click on the Be You image.


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

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 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
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:

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.

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.  

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
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 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 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


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​

    Did you know that cold weather does NOT make you sick?  This is an old wives tale that many people believe because cold and flu viruses peak in the winter months, but you must have contact with a germ in order to get sick.  Another reason we get sick during the winter is because we are all trapped indoors with no place for the germs to go.  So, go outside and get some fresh air - your immune system will thank you.  And don't forget to wash your hands!

    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

Thank you for your time.  Have a great rest of your week and weekend.


Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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