April 14, 2017



Happy Friday.  I hope that your week has gone well.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

    Congratulations to the following students who performed vocal solos at the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association's Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, April 8.  Jameson Falconer, Lilian Fisher, Julia Joseph and Ron Weiss received a Superior rating.  Udonne Eke-Okoro and Alejandra Pinon-Dickey earned an Excellent rating.

    Congratulations to our orchestra students who participated in the St. Louis Suburban Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 8.  We are so proud of all their hard work.
Varsha Arun - Quartet/Excellent; Arya Bhushan - Solo/Excellent, Quartet; Nyeal Biedenstein - Duo/Superior, Quartet/Excellent; Hugh Chan - Quartet/Superior; Christopher Chen - Solo/Superior, Quartet/Excellent; Suparna Chintha - Solo, Duo; Caroline Cislo - Quartet/Excellent; John Cramblitt - Solo/Superior, Quartet; Jane Derdoy - Quartet; Jackson Diblasi - Quartet/Excellent; Diya Diwakaran - Solo; Julia Gourtzelis -  Trio; Colin Henderson - Quartet; Tommy Hogan - Trio/Superior; Grace Hu - Quartet/Superior; Avinash Kamath - Duo/Excellent; Matthew Kweon - Duo/Excellent; Roland LaBonte - Solo/Excellent, Quartet/Superior; Ryan Lam - Solo/Excellent, Trio/Excellent; Matthew Levy - Trio/Excellent; Samuel Liu - Quartet/Excellent; Vivian Liu - Quartet; Charlotte Madden - Trio/Excellent; Bix Maxwell - Solo/Excellent, Quartet/Excellent; Benedikt Nagele - Quartet/Excellent; Lily Parsons - Quartet; Hansika Sakshi - Trio; Kathryn Schneider - Quartet/Superior; Sophie Seidel - Solo, Duo; Ryan Silver - Duo/Excellent; Andrew Smock - Quartet/Excellent; Noah Smock - Duo/Superior; Akshara Sriram - Solo; Joanne Sung - Quartet; Darren Teh - Trio/Superior; Ryan Tung -  Solo/Superior, Quartet; Kade Vetter - Solo/Excellent, Duo/Superior, Quartet; Athena Vinch - Duo; Benjamin Wang - Duo/Superior; and Joshua Wolk - Trio/Superior.
   
CALENDAR ITEMS

4/18/17
MAP testing; grade 6, English Language Arts
4/19/17
MAP testing; grade 6, Math
LMS Choir concert; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
4/20/17
MAP testing; grade 7, English Language Arts
4/21/17
MAP testing; grade 7, Math

4/24/17
MAP testing; grade 8; English Language Arts
4/25/17
MAP testing; grade 8; English Language Arts
LMS Diversity Cadre Courageous Dialogue
4/26/17
Administrative Professionals Day
MAP testing; grade 8; Math
LMS Band concert; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
4/27/17
MAP testing; grade 8; Science

5/2/17
National Teacher Appreciation day
5/3/17
Orchestra concert, grades 6, 7, 8; 7 pm; LHWHS Performing Arts Center
5/4/17
African-American Recognition Night; 6:30 pm; LMS Cafeteria and Gym
5/6/17
8th Grade Semi-Formal

5/9/17
LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
5/10/17
National School Nurse day
Fire Drill; period 7
5/11/17
Last day for After School Activities (and Activity buses)
5/12/17
Citizenship Honor ceremonies

5/17/17
8th Grade Boat Races
5/18/17
8th Grade to Six Flags
5/19/17
8th Grade Farewell assembly
Last day of school/Early release day; 12:40 pm

NEW ITEMS

8th Grade Parents
    Are you going to have an incoming freshman at Ladue Horton Watkins High School for the 2017-2018 school year? If your child will be a freshman and is planning on participating in athletics, the Athletics & Activities Office must have a current physical and parent permission on file. These forms must be dated on or AFTER February 1, 2017 to be valid for the 2017-2018 school year. Please visit the athletics tab on the LHWHS website to download the needed forms (http://lhwhs.ladueschools.net/athletics/), or stop by the Athletics and Activities Office.
    The first day of fall sports practice is July 31, 2017.  We encourage students to turn in the needed paperwork to the Athletics Office as soon as possible.  Athletes will NOT be permitted to practice without a current physical and parent permission on file with the Athletics Office.
    As a reminder, all athletes must pay the $75 activity fee prior to the first MSHSAA sponsored event. The fee can be paid after June 1, 2017, one of three (3) ways: cash, check or online through www.myschoolbucks.com.

6th Grade Parents
    Please be aware that the math placement letters were due to the LMS office by April 7. At this point, we are going to assume that the information you received is the math placement that you want.

Diversity Cadre Courageous Dialogue #4
    We are gearing up for our final Courageous Dialogue session of the year. PLEASE NOTE the date change: Due to a conflict with an all district choir concert, we had to reschedule our meeting from Wednesday, 4/19 to Tuesday, 4/25. We will meet in the LMS Cafeteria from 6:30-8:00. The topic of discussion will be implicit bias. Please join us as we continue our dialogue about differences and what we can do to be more accepting and understanding of each other's differences. This adult only event is open to all. We hope you join us!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than April 21st by emailing Mary LoBosco at mlobosco@ladueschools.net or calling 314-983-5512.
  
UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS

MAP testing
    A more complete MAP testing schedule is listed below, for your information.  Important notes to remember:
  • 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.
  • Students will not be allowed to have cell phones, Apple watches or any other device that can connect to the internet in testing rooms.
4/18/17
MAP testing; grade 6, English Language Arts - after lunch, periods 4 - 7
4/19/17
MAP testing; grade 6, Math - after lunch, periods 4 - 7
4/20/17
MAP testing; grade 7, English Language Arts - in the morning, periods 1 - 4
4/21/17
MAP testing; grade 7, Math - in the morning, periods 1 - 4  
4/24/17
MAP testing; grade 8; English Language Arts - in the morning, periods 2 - 5
4/25/17
MAP testing; grade 8; English Language Arts - in the morning, periods 2 - 5  
4/26/17
MAP testing; grade 8; Math - in the morning, periods 2 - 5  
4/27/17
MAP testing; grade 8; Science - in the morning, periods 2 - 5  

REPEATED ITEMS

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

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

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)
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 weekend.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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