April 10, 2017

Good morning.  I hope that your weekend went well.

    Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team members and coaches, who had a great day last Saturday, once again capturing the title of Missouri State Champions.  The team is now scheduled to participate in the National Finals in Ohio.  This marks the 23rd time that LMS will represent Missouri at the Finals in the last 25 years.
    Team members are: Fayzan Ali, Ashna Chali, Harry Chen, Jason Ding, Stephen Jiang, David Ju, Adi Kondepudi, Shelei Pan, William Pan, Marina Sha, Cindy Wang, Daniel Xu, Max Yang, Christopher Ye, Eric Yin and Lucy Yue.

    Saturday was also a big day for the LMS Mathletes.  At the regional MCTM competition in February, 23 of the 24 LMS students who participated qualified for state.  Due to conflicts with state Science Olympiad and a chess competition, only 14 of these students were able to compete Saturday.  There were 220 students representing 59 schools at the state competition, and the students representing our school were awesome!
    The LMS team of Will Bender, Anthony Wang, Samuel Chen, and William Xie placed first in the state sweepstakes competition and 3rd in the national rankings.  
    In the overall individual category, 5 of the top 10 were from LMS - Will Bender 1st, Anthony Wang 2nd, Samuel Chen 5th, William Xie 6th, and Richie Jiang 9th.  
    Following are the results by grade levels for the students who scored in the top 10 for each grade:
6th grade - Richie Jiang 1st, Nicole Li 2nd, Luke Tu 5th, Olivia Hu 6th, Yuvan Chali 7th
7th grade - Will Bender 1st, Anthony Wang 2nd, Samuel Chen 3rd
8th grade - William Xie 3rd
    Also participating were Megan Ouyang, Winston Chen, Hansika Sakshi, Louis Li, and Lauren Xie.  

    Also this past weekend, six LMS students earned a Superior rating at the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association's Solo and Ensemble Festival.
    Congratulations to:  Seth Goldman, bassoon solo; Daphne Levy, flute solo; Melody Zhang, flute solo; Sophia Liu, flute solo; Daphne Levy and Melody Zhang, flute duet.

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

MAP testing; grade 6, English Language Arts
MAP testing; grade 6, Math
LMS Choir concert; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
LMS Diversity Cadre Courageous Dialogue
MAP testing; grade 7, English Language Arts
MAP testing; grade 7, Math

MAP testing; grade 8; English Language Arts
MAP testing; grade 8; English Language Arts
Administrative Professionals Day
MAP testing; grade 8; Math
LMS Band concert; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
MAP testing; grade 8; Science


MAP testing
    Please note the dates listed above for grade-level MAP testing.  If possible, please avoid any absences on these dates for your child.  A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast on these days will put your student in a position to do their best.


Grade 8 Celebration
    The 8th grade end of year celebration is coming up on May 6!  A separate email was sent to all 8th grade families on Friday, April 7 with the detailed invitation and sign ups for parent volunteers.  The sign up link is here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084AAFAB2BA7F49-volunteer

Attention rising 7th and 8th grade parents!  
Order your school supplies for Ladue Middle School.
    The LMSPA is coordinating a school supply sale for the 2017-18 school year.  Your child should have brought home a school supply order form in his/her backpack this week (first week of April).
    The grade level packs include items from the Ladue Middle School generic school supply lists.  The packs DO NOT contain PE clothes - these can be purchased at LMS at a later date.  Make sure when you are ordering that you are buying supplies for the grade your student will be in for the 2017-18 school year.  Please note that some teachers may have additional class-specific items that will need to be purchased once school begins.
    Order online using the Educational Products Inc. website by June 12 for delivery to school by packet pickup and Community Night in August.  Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter school ID LAD024.  Sales tax will be added at checkout.

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.
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 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​

With spring around the corner...

    Did you know you can eat your way to allergy relief?  Many common foods have anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties that soothe allergy symptoms.  Fight your flare-up with these everyday foods:
  • Apples (contain flavonoids that fend of inflammation)
  • Red grapes (boast antioxidants and resveratrol; both fight inflammation)
  • Citrus fruits (their dose of vitamin C does wonders for cold and allergy symptoms)
  • Collard greens (rich in carotenoids which reduce allergic reactions)
  • Fish and nuts (both have properties that boost immunity and fight inflammation)
    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

Have a great week.


Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Principal, Ladue Middle School

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