May 12, 2017



I hope that you are well on this glorious Friday afternoon.

On a personal note, thank you for your patience during morning drop off today.  We had a plan, got bogged up, then made an adjustment in traffic routes at the last minute.  I hope that it helped.  Next Friday morning will be a challenge as well and we will do our best.  It might help, if you are entering from Conway and only need to drop off, if you would turn on your left-hand blinker to let me know.  I will get you routed to the front of the building IF buses are not in the way.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU’s

Thank you for the LMSPA and our 8th Grade parents for a wonderful 8th Grade Semi-Formal last Saturday evening.  The kids had a blast and the decorations were amazing.  

Welcome to new LMS staff members for 2017-18:
  • Ms. Agnes Wypych - ELA Grade 6
  • Ms. Tory Palumbo - ELA Grade 7
  • Ms. Natalie Zook - ELA Grade 8
  • Ms. Nancy Fuchs - ELA Grade 7
  • Ms. Brittany Willis - PE/Health

Congratulations to the following 8th grade French students on their excellent performances on the National French Exam which they took in March:
  • Gold Medal:  Natalie Ashkar
  • Silver Medal:  Harry Chen, Pema Childs, Cameron Freeman
  • Bronze Medal:  Ahmed Bouhraoua, Udonne Eke-Okoro, Huamin Gao, Athena Vinch
  • Honorable Mention:  Quinn Calvert, Nicolas Chicoine, Oliver Flory, Gavin Gorski, Eyen Hoffman, Shriya Koneru, Matthew Levy, Madalene McDonald, Melody Zhang

Congratulations to our qualifying students who were recognized at today’s Citizenship Honor Ceremonies, their parents, and families on a job well done.  Thank you to our counselors Janey Worthington, Yvette Sykes and Roger Scherck for organizing the ceremonies.  Thank you to our custodians, particularly Milan Rakic, for the extensive setup.  Thank you to Michael Faris and the members of the LMS Percussion Ensemble for their wonderful musical performances.   

CALENDAR ITEMS

5/17/17
8th Grade Boat Races
5/18/17
8th Grade to Six Flags
5/19/17
8th Grade Farewell assembly; LMS Gym
  • 9:30 am.  Parking in rear of building and shuttle bus will run from Ladue Chapel.
Last day of school/Early release day; 12:40 pm

NEW ITEMS

Math Placement for 8th Grade
    Parents of 7th grade students who are currently enrolled in Math 7 Extension will be receiving a math placement letter shortly, if it has not arrived already, with information about math placement for 8th grade.  Be on the lookout for the letter this weekend as the deadline for placement reconsideration is Friday, May 19.  If your child is a 7th grader enrolled in math 7 extension and you have not received a letter by next Wednesday, May 17, please contact Carol Stephens: cstephens@ladueschools.net

Summer Academy
    Invitations to the LMS Summer Academy will be sent out on Monday, May 15 to qualified students.

Medications/LMS Clinic
    If you have any medication for your student in the Nurse's Clinic, please make sure you plan to pick it up before, or on, the last day of school (May 19).  Nurse Dani and Kelly Shevitz will be in the Main Lobby towards the end of the early release day.  All medication not picked up with be disposed of.  Thank you.

UPDATED/CORRECTED ITEMS
REPEATED ITEMS

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:

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.

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.

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

5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Summer
  1. Apply sunscreen daily
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Eat breakfast
  4. Get outside to exercise
  5. Wear sunglasses

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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