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Fifth Grade Center Newsletter August 10, 2017
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Principal's Principal Communication Tool: Twitter

FGC Principal Julie Helm uses Twitter throughout the school year to make announcements, deliver event reminders and to share pictures of our fifth graders at work and at play. You can follow Ms. Helm at @LadueFGC.

If you aren't a Twitter user yet, don't fret! It's much easier to use than your DVR. Once you have an account set up, you can also follow:

Ladue School District: @LadueSchools
Ladue Foundation: @LadueFoundation

Many FGC teachers also have their own accounts and share class pictures.

Bus Routes & Stops Posted

Bus routes, including stops and pickup and drop-off times for the 2017-2018 school year are now posted on the Ladue School District website.

The Fifth Grade Center routes can be viewed here.

Pick up and drop off times listed are "plus or minus five minutes", so students should be at their stop at least five minutes before their official pick up time and parents should wait at least five minutes after the official drop-off time before inquiring about a later bus.

Remember that even in fifth grade, students need a bus pass to ride home with a friend, or even to get off the bus at a stop other than their assigned one. Bus passes should be turned in the day before the student wishes to ride the bus.

Packet Pick-Up Monday

The long-awaited Packet Pick-Up for the Fifth Grade Center is this Monday, August 14 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in the FGC Welcome Center.

If you can't make it on Monday, you can pick up your child’s packet in the FGC office anytime before school begins. Another parent can also pick it up for your child as long as you provide a written note (sorry, no calls or emails) stating to whom your child’s packet should be released. 

Back to School Social Tuesday

All incoming FGC students and their families are invited to a Back to School Social at the Fifth Grade Center on Tuesday, August 15 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. 

This is a very informal time for students to meet teachers, see classrooms, and decorate/organize their lockers. Parents can return school forms and LWPA paperwork.

Come enjoy a treat while you visit with old friends and make some new ones!


School Supplies, Locks and Instruments

If you are doing your own school supply shopping this year, the official FGC list is attachedThe supply list can also be accessed from the home page of the FGC website. Pre-ordered school supplies can be picked up at Packet Pick-up and/or the Back to School Social.

Students will provide their own locks for their lockers this year. Used locks are available in the FGC office for $5. Keys and/or combinations must be given to your child's homeroom teacher - this can be done at the Social on August 15th.

And finally, don't forget to rent your band or strings instrument!

First Day of School

The FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL is Thursday, August 17.

The first bell at the Fifth Grade Center rings at 7:20 am, with school beginning at 7:30 am.

Dismissal is at 2:30 pm. 

Welcome Back Parent Coffee

Join us at the FCG on Friday, August 18 from 9:00 to 10:00 am to mingle with other parents and sign up for school committees and activities.

Check out the LWPA SignUpGenius to see all the volunteer opportunities - there is something for almost every interest area, time schedule and level of commitment.

Can’t stop by but would like to volunteer? Contact Sarah McGinn at We have positions big and small to fill--just let us know your availability!

Ladue School District Tennis Carnival

The LWPA invites you to get your game on with a Tennis Carnival at the Frontenac Racquet Club on Saturday, September 9th. All skills levels are welcome - including "I have never touched a racquet."

The Saturday evening event combines tennis skills with games like dodgeball and capture the flag and a pizza supper will be served. The carnival is open to all Ladue elementary students and costs $25 per student - and all proceeds support our parent associations.
See the flyer for more information - and sign up today!

Who: Students from Conway, Old Bonhomme, Reed, Spoede and the Fifth Grade Center
What: An evening of tennis fun, pizza and games
Where: Frontenace Racquet Club
When: Saturday, September 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Registration is limited. Come get your game on and support LWPA!

Save the Date: FGC Parent Party

Mark your calendars now and save September 23rd for the Fifth Grade Center parent party.

Plan to join the fun, see old friends and meet the parents of the new kids your student talks about! More details to follow, but this evening event is always a lot of fun.
Stay Connected with the LWPA

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit our website with the links below!
Dates to Anticipate:
Monday, August 14
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Packet Pickup
Tuesday, August 15
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Back to School Social
Students and parents

Thursday, August 17
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday, August 18
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
LWPA Back to School Coffee 
All parents invited

Friday, August 25
School Pictures

Friday, September 1
12:00 p.m.
Early Release Day

Monday, September 4
Labor Day
No School

Thursday, September 7
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Night (Parents)

Saturday, September 9
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Tennis Carnival

Saturday, September 23
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
FGC Parent Party


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