April 28, 2017

Good afternoon.


Thank you to all of our Administrative Professionals/Office Staff.  Administrative Professionals Day was Wednesday, April 26 but these folks should get an entire month.  They do so much for all of us and we could not begin to function without them.  Thank you Peggy Breidenbach, Carol Stephens, Mary LoBosco, Stacie Grant, Danna Anderson, Ann Mohrmann and Kelly Shevitz.

From the Principal/Counselor group:  Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make this year’s MAP testing go so well.  Particular thanks to Karl Kindt for all the technology needs (too numerous to mention), Steve Graef (for anticipating and providing all the materials), TAs for filling in where needed and doing the make-ups, Jody Rozbicki for reading all three grade-level tests to the ESL students, Melody Frese for instituting the lobby bookmobile, Katie Rahmoeller for putting the paper tests into the online format, and all teachers for cheerfully doing the job and making the whole process work.  Last, but certainly not least, thank you to our wonderful students for putting in their time and their effort.


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

LMSPA Executive Board meeting; 1 pm
National School Nurse day
Fire Drill; period 7
Last day for After School Activities (and Activity buses)
Citizenship Honor ceremonies

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


LMSPA's Spring 2017 Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes and 8th Grade Legacy Gift Fundraiser
    In the last few days, you should have received a letter in the mail for the LMSPA's Spring Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes and 8th Grade Legacy Gift fundraiser.  Sixth and seventh grade families received a general Spring Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes letter and eighth grade families received an 8th Grade Legacy Gift letter.  If you didn't receive a letter, information can be found here:  http://www.mylmspa.com/gift-project/
    This fundraiser allows you to donate to the LMSPA in honor of any of our wonderful Ladue Middle School teachers and staff who have touched your student's life and/or your family's life in some way.  You may honor as many LMS staff members as you'd like with your donation.  Each LMS staff member will receive a letter in the last few days of the school year listing the names of all those who made a donation in his or her honor.  In order to be included on the staff acknowledgment letters, donations must be received by Monday, May 8th.
    The 8th Grade Legacy Gift allows the graduating 8th grade class to make an enduring contribution to LMS for future students to enjoy.  Eighth grade families, your donations will help fund this year's legacy gift of additional new furniture for the LMS library.  Our current tables and chairs are nearly 20 years old.  They are heavy and cumbersome for the librarians to move around and reconfigure for the various daily uses of the library.  We are hoping that through your generous contributions, we can make the library a better learning space for future LMS students.
    The funds raised every year through this fundraiser make up a substantial portion of the annual LMSPA budget.  These funds allow the LMSPA to continue to provide many important programs and activities throughout the year that benefit LMS students, families, and teachers and staff.  We hope that you will make a tax-deductible Spring Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes donation and/or an 8th Grade Legacy Gift donation to support the LMSPA.
    Questions?  Please contact our co-chairs of this fundraiser, Melissa Garza (melissahgarza@gmail.com) or Julie Stappenbeck (jstappenbeck@yahoo.com).
    Thank you very much for your support!  And thank you once more to everyone who made a Winter 2016 Gift & Project: Teacher Tributes donation.



Camp Opportunity for 8th grade boys
    If your son is interested in participating in Cross Country to LHWHS next fall, you may wish to check out the following:

Grade 6 Service Project
    A 6th grade, student-led fundraiser has been established to benefit children whose parents have cancer.  This will raise funds through the online sale of monogram stickers to create children’s gift bags.  More information can be found at: https://jillgaither.wixsite.com/sitc
    The fundraiser will be active during the weeks of April 24 through 28 and May 1 through 5.  Please be aware that this is only for students in grade 6.

May Bookfair
    The last Scholastic Book Fair of the school year will be May 1 through May 4, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the LMS Library.  This will be a great opportunity to stock up for summer reading!  For every item you buy, you get another item for FREE!

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.

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.


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​

A calcium deficiency can eventually lead to osteoporosis, which is the loss of bone mass.  Because bones are continually repaired throughout your lifetime, if is essential to get enough calcium no matter what your age.  Taking care of your bones now will aid you in later years.  Try these things to increase your calcium intake:
  • Add beans to soups, chili and pasta dishes.
  • Grate low-fat cheese over soups and salads.
  • Enjoy a smoothie made with yogurt.
  • Add milk to tea or coffee in the morning.
  • Stir some nuts into a yogurt cup as a snack.
  • Include leafy vegetables in baked casseroles such as lasagna.
  • Eat hot oatmeal made with milk for breakfast.
  • Snack on crunchy broccoli instead of potato chips.
  • Substitute plain low-fat yogurt for recipes that call for sour cream.
  • Treat yourself to pudding made with skim milk for dessert.

    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 wonderful, if rainy, weekend.


Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.

Principal, Ladue Middle School

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