LEF Quarterly Newsletter                                                                   December 2, 2016  

     Advancing the Excellence of the Ladue School District                                              View this email in your browser


 In this Issue:

Fall Events Celebrate Common Ground

The Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) kicked off its 10th anniversary with two dynamic community events, the Annual Community Breakfast on September 30 and the ‘Due Run 4 Education on October 1. Attendees at the Breakfast enjoyed hearing several speakers, including LEF Founding President Larry Levin and Ladue Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke. Retired educator Jim Wagner (LHWHS 1958-1985) was honored for his service, and a filmed interview of him was shown prior to his receiving the honor. See the interview with Jim Wagner here. 

Several students were given the opportunity to share ways in which LEF grants have impacted them,including a Drumming for Diversity performance, highlights of Creation Station, and STEM Scouts. LHWHS teacher Drew Crismon demonstrated Peer Coaching using Swivl, another LEF grant, and student musicians delighted the crowd with classical music, even inspiring some lively dancing. 

The Breakfast also offered attendees the opportunity to hear more about the district’s strategic plan, as well as updates on the renovation of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. The LEF has supported the renovation through its ongoing capital campaign, which has raised nearly $2 million in pledges to date. 

The 4th Annual ‘Due Run 4 Education was an opportunity for students, families and teams to join together and contribute valuable funds toward LEF initiatives, while enjoying some fun competition on Homecoming day. The two events, traditionally paired to coincide with Homecoming weekend, were a celebration of a community united in its belief in public education.

Since 2006, the LEF’s work has impacted every school in the district and every field of education. With innovative mentoring partnerships and over a hundred grants to date, totaling more than $400,000, the LEF has enhanced programming in a multitude of areas, including robotics, literacy, music, business competitions, diversity, mentorship, physics, art, character education, and much more.

Bridging the Achievement Gap

Bridging the achievement gap has been a consistent theme in grants funded by the LEF over the past 10 years. During the 2015-16 school year, Bringing Literacy into the Home enabled books to be collected and purchased to help create home libraries for low-income families at the LECC, improving literacy in multiple communities, including those where English is the second language. In addition, meetings were arranged, with interpreters when necessary, to discuss the importance of reading at home.

The previous year (2013-14) saw the funding of My Summer Reading Life, a pilot program at Spoede Elementary that matched struggling readers with limited access to reading material with appropriate, interesting books and to set them up with partners to engage, motivate and celebrate them as they read to help prevent the “summer slip.”

In the same year, an LEF grant provided materials for the Ladue Explorers program at Old Bonhomme Elementary School, a mentor/mentee program matching underperforming elementary students with middle school students.

"Though many of our grants and initiatives have a 'wow' factor, especially when they use emerging technologies like 3-D printing, bridging the achievement gap has been a recurring theme from year to year," says LEF Board President Julie LaBont
é. "It really speaks to the focus of our district and of the LEF on educating the whole child."

In 2010-11, Narrowing the Achievement Gap was a grant awarded to Spoede Elementary School, which provided select students without computer access in their homes to have access to an iPad, giving them the ability to submit homework, do Internet research, check assignments, and more.

The LEF remains committed to diverse initiatives that meet the needs of all students across all schools in the district.

Rallying Behind Ladue Schools after 50 Years

It’s not unusual to hear Ladue Schools alumni talk passionately about the excellence of their educations, but it’s always special when that devotion remains strong for five decades. Late October brought the class of 1966 together to celebrate its 50th reunion, and class members took the opportunity to give back to their school by making a gift toward the renovation of LHWHS.

Dr. Jerry Held, a veteran of Silicon Valley legends, such as Tandem and Oracle, as well as numerous early stage companies, explained his decision to contribute to the class gift. “I’ve studied at some great institutions, including Purdue, the University of Pennsylvania, Berkely and Stanford, and I always contribute to them because I appreciate the impact they’ve had on my life. But then I thought about how I’d never given to Ladue, when that was the foundation for all of it and the stepping off point for all those great opportunities. Without it, I never would have gotten into those universities.”
Jerry called around to some classmates and put together a committee to organize the class gift. He found his peers receptive to his reasons for supporting an already strong school district. Thus far, 37 members of the Class of 1966 have contributed more than $18,000. In the spirit of spreading the support to neighboring communities, the class of 1966 is contributing a portion of the money collected to Patrick Henry Elementary School in the St. Louis Public School District. “Schools like Ladue set the bar for everyone else, not just in Missouri, but in other states as well.”

Ladue Schools alumni now have an ideal way to connect via the district’s new alumni website at Tap into terrific new resources, from class pages to alumni news and update your contact information directly at this link


The Harlem Wizards Bring High-flying Fun

On November 6, the world-famous Harlem Wizards basketball team took on our own home team of Ladue School District teachers, parents and staff. The event, co-sponsored by the Ladue Boys' Basketball Program, was attended by over 600 people and raised money for both the basketball program and LEF grants and initiatives.

In the days preceding the game, Wizards players also attended school assemblies and 
entertained students with basketball tricks, humorous games and motivational messages. The Harlem Wizards performed in over 400 communities in the last season alone, amazing their audiences with great basketball skills, teamwork, slick dribbling, alley-oops and crazy slams. 

A special thank you to our generous event sponsors: College Hunks Moving, Schneider Industries, Ballas Dental Care, K.A.R.E. Camp and the Stiebler Family.


Give the Gift of Connecting Past with Present

As a part of the Ladue Horton Watkins High School renovation currently underway, inscribed bricks will be placed at the beautiful new south entrance to LHWHS.

The Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) is making bricks available to students and families, alumni and community members, with funds going toward LEF’s capital campaign for the high school.

You can be a permanent part of the LHWHS renewed campus by purchasing a brick to commemorate a team, honor a teacher, remember a loved one, give your child a lasting graduation gift or simply celebrate your own years as a Ladue School District student!

Participate in Ladue Horton Watkins High School history and help us create a meaningful
welcome with your words – connecting our past to our present and our future.


Two choices are available: 

Small Commemorative Brick: (4” x 8”) $350 (or $250 each for two or more)
Large Commemorative Brick: (8” x 8”) $600

Information about the bricks, including inscription options, is 
available at this link and by contacting You can also download the order form here.


Ladue School District Staff Pays it Forward 
The LEF is grateful to the Ladue School District staff members who generously “Pay it Forward” by participating in the payroll deduction program, registering for LEF events, or making another type of donation to the LEF. Thus far, 94 staff members (13% of the district’s staff) have financially supported the LEF during the 2016-17 school year. 

Staff donations not only bolster the LEF’s fund to award teacher grants and enhance student opportunities, they also increase the LEF’s ability to secure funding from outside organizations, since they illustrate a strong endorsement of the LEF.
Staff members who financially support the LEF have signs outside their classroom or office doors to indicate they are “Paying it Forward.” We hope parents and students will express their gratitude when they see these signs. 
This fall, the LEF hosted a friendly Pay it Forward competition. Old Bonhomme Elementary was awarded a banner for having the highest staff participation of any building: 42%! 
Several teachers won prizes in a drawing for items generously donated by Ladue School District alumni and LEF board members: lunches at Companion Bakery, St. Louis Blues hockey tickets, Harlem Wizards tickets, a race car driving experience, and gift certificates to The Art of Entertaining and Companion Bakery.
This video features teachers’ testimonials about the Pay it Forward program.
“Pay it Forward” Program 
Ladue Schools Staff Contributors

(list current as of 11/10/16)

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Quentin Alimayu
Jennifer Allen
Jody Altman
Lindsey Anderson
Hayley Arnold
 Jill Badalamenti
Amy Balsavias
 Donna Bancroft
 Molly Beck
Brian Beracha
Mark Biernbaum
 Dede Boudinet
Peggy Breidenbach
 Nancy Chambers
 Stephanie Chapie
 Darcy Clausen
Laila Crabtree
 Leah Crawford
Jena Dennett
 Deborah Donnelly
Susan Downing
Melody Frese
Louis Galloway-Zapiain
Susan Gartenberg
Don Goble
Jamie Gray
 Kristan Greenberg
Becca Hamm
Keith Harder
 Kathy Hasse
Julie Helm
 Rob Highfill
 Beth Hufford
 Donna Jahnke
 Connie Jander
Meg Kaupp
 Marie Keath
 Brett Kelley
 Susan Kelley
 Jessica Kennedy
 Cheryl Kirchgessner
 Michelle Kriegshauser
Sweeney La Barge
Meghan Ladue
Ladue Educators Association
Laurie Lambie
 Joe Landgraf
Sarah Lent
Alyson Levine
 Tegan Litt
Martin Long
Deborah Lund
Tammy MacLean
Mandy Marchant
 Jon Andani Martin
Caroline McGee
Kathleen McKenna
Paula McMaster
 Kathleen Mercury
 Caitlyn Modde
 Sally Monaco
Sharon Mosey
Kathy Murphy
 Barb Myers
 Mike Noonan
Matt Prange
 Betsy Primo
 Mallory Prost
 Melora Pruneau
Beth Rapoff
Lynda Rater
 Kristen Reando
Lisa Roth
 Jody Rozbicki
Leah Scheidt
Chris Schreiner
Lisa Schreiner
Elizabeth Schumann
Emily Seabaugh
 Laura Shea
 Kathryn Silvey
Robert Snidman

Carol Stephens
Jenifer Strohbeck
 Yvette Sykes
Emily Taylor
Neil Theriault
Kristin Thompson
Stephanie Towe
 Maggie Travers
 Jeff Vetter
Allen Weltig
Janey Worthington

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Mark your Calendar:

February 10, 2017, 6-9 p.m.
Kodner Art Gallery Party
Fine art, wine, chocolate, and a talk on fine art collecting.
Tickets here.

February 17, 2017
Ladue Local Heroes Award
Luncheon at LHWHS
Details to follow.

April 25, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m.
Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult will speak at John Burroughs School in this co-sponsored event. Details to follow.

Featured Grant:
Backyard Brains

The Backyard Brains grant provides hands-on experience learning about neuroscience by funding two Muscle Spiker Boxes, which record and display electrical impulses of muscles at rest and during contraction with an electromyogram (EMG), along with a human-to-human interface. The device is shared between sixth grade Idea Lab students, PE classes at LMS, and AP Psychology classes at LHWHS.
Matching Gifts

The LEF has a Corporate Matching Gift Program available to enable your employer to get involved in supporting the Ladue Education Foundation. It can be included as part of your donation and may help you achieve a higher donation level. See St. Louis Public Library's list of participating companies here.
Ladue Local Heroes Award
The Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Distinguished Alumni committee, in conjunction with the Ladue Education Foundation, is proud to announce the recipients of an inaugural award honoring Ladue School District graduates, for lifetime achievement in excellence and contributions which have impacted the St Louis community.
The eligibility criteria is any LHWHS alumnus who graduated between 1953 and 2007, and whose accomplishments in his/her field significantly improved the St Louis region. After a comprehensive nomination and evaluation process, the following Ladue Local Heroes were selected:
  • ANDY DIELMANN – 1972
  • JEFF FOX – 1978
  • JASMINE HUDA – 1997
  • RASHAD ROUNDS – 2001
  • NICK SMITH – 1980
The Ladue School District community is proud to recognize the achievements of these selected recipients . . . They are an inspiration! They will be honored at a gala luncheon event at LHWHS on February 17, 2017. More details to follow.
Our Annual Report

Find out all about our last year of work and how the Ladue Education Foundation impacted students and teachers during the 2015-16 year.

The LEF gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our sponsors:

10th Annual Breakfast Sponsors

Salutatorian Sponsors - $2,500
Dr. Michael and Caroline Chicoine
Morgan Stanley

Honor Society Sponsors - $1,000
Thomas and Suzanne Hough
Julie and Rich LaBonté
Ladue Horton Watkins High School Parent Association
Ladue Middle School Parent Association
Diane and Rod Patershuk
Barry and Dana Sandweiss
Julie and Glen Schuster—Radio Arts Foundation
Spoede School Association
Scott and Nicky Stern
S. M. Wilson & Co.

Dean’s List Sponsors - $500
Anders CPAs + Advisors
Jeff and Jeri Bogard—R.E.A. Homes, LLC
Mike and Reagan Minkler
Jill and Matt Powell
Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt P.C.

Friends of Ladue Education Foundation Sponsors - $250
Sarah and Jack Baumstark 
Jim Beirne and Mary Ann Altergott
Growe Eisen Karlen Eilerts
Chris and Megan Frank
Ladue Educator’s Association
William Stoll and Elizabeth Monticelli
Dr. Sanford Wax

'Due Run 4 Education Sponsors

Marathon Sponsors - $1,000
Michele and Mark Gorski
Julie and Glen Schuster—Radio Arts Foundation
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital-St. Charles

Sprinter Sponsors - $500
Jeff and Jeri Bogard—R.E.A. Homes, LLC
The Barnett Family—Kids Who K.A.R.E. Camp
Class of 2022
Class of 2024
Class of 2025
Vantage Credit Union 

Jogger Sponsors - $250
Coach Harder Driving School
Harry Diwakaran
Patti Hageman and Ed Rhode
Claudia and Mark Krasnoff

In Kind Sponsors
Camp Taum Sauk—Nick and Suzy Smith
Kendra Scott
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Vanguard Heights Apartments

The LEF gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our supporters:

Rams Leadership Circle—
donations of $1,000+

Drew and Lisa Acree
Kenny and Jennifer Avery
Marc and Amy Barnett
Dan Berglund and Suellen Greco
Holly and Marc Bernstein
Jeffrey and Sara Bernstein
Jeff and Jeri Bogard /R.E.A. Homes, LLC
Andrew and Donna Bresler
Ann R. and Douglas S. Brown
Katherine and Andy Byer
Ryan and Archna Calfee
Clare Chapman
Dr. Michael and Caroline Chicoine
Click 4 Glik
Conway School Association
Dr. Alice Conway
Patrick and Paula Coughlin
Dr. Pradip K. Das
Jennifer and Jonathan Deutsch
Douglas and Amy Dove
Susan Downing
Amy and Kevin Fischer
Tripp and Dawnya Gebhard
Chuck and Sarah Gerding
Lisa and Jim Goebel
Mark and Michele Gorski
Dawn Grench
Bob and Jennifer Hardester
Tom and Amy Harmon
Patrick and Sue Hensley
Jeff and Susie Horowitz
Kurt and Carolyn Jaeger
Chris and Katherine Jones
Michael and Kathy Karasick
Keith and Gail Kitsis
True and Elizabeth Knowles
Drs. Mark and Claudia Krasnoff
Richard and Julie LaBonté
Ladue Horton Watkins High School Class of 1960
Ladue Horton Watkins High School Parent Association
Ladue Middle School Parent Association
Ladue West Parent Association
David Lang and Suzanne Epstein-Lang 
Paul and Kathy Lang
Edward and Joelyn Levy
Michael and Katie Loynd
Michael and Amanda Lucier
Marsh and McLennan
Joanne McAndrews and Larry Eisenman
Mark and Alicia McMachan
Mark and Sarah Miller
Robert and Joy Millner
Mike and Reagan Minkler
Robert and Jodi Minkler
Robert J. and Charlotte Minkler
Monsanto Fund
Elizabeth Monticelli and William Stoll
Morgan Stanley
Nina Needleman
Scott and Carrie Nelson
Old Bonhomme Parent Teacher Organization
Marc and Jennifer Ozimkiewicz
Dr. Sonia Partap
Rod and Diane Patershuk
Marcia and Adrian Peters
Mitzi and Steve Pummer
Reed School Association
Terry Rogers and Gina Kurre-Rogers
Marissa and Howard Rosen
Gretchen Ross
Joel and Jessica Samson
Dana and Barry Sandweiss
Bruce and Pam Schneider
Christopher and Ashley Schneider
Glen and Julie Schuster
Dr. Erin Shannon
Kim and Steve Shirar
Abbey and Jeff Small
Dean and Cate Small
Robert and Nancy Spewak
Spoede School Association
Scott and Nicky Stern
Gaurav Suri and Dr. Anju Gupta
Tim and Stephanie Towe
Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt
Vantage Credit Union
David and Ann Von Allmen
Carol Weisman and Frank Robbins
Wells Fargo
Kristen Wild
Sherry and Daniel Wolk
Pele and Wilma Yu

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