Tag Archives: Wellness

Old Bonhomme Students & Staff Harvest Sweet Potatoes

Old Bonhomme’s sweet potatoes were ready to harvest this week! Kate Pichon, a parent volunteer who works with the Old Bonhomme garden, approached Chartwell’s about doing an activity with the students using the potatoes.

First, the second grade students harvested more than 60 of the potatoes on Wednesday.

“It was great to be there and watch the students dig up the potatoes,” Sue Blumm, the district’s in-house representative from Chartwell’s, said. Melissa Garth, a Chartwell’s employee, even got in with the students and got her hands dirty.

Then on Thursday, the cafeteria employees made fresh sweet potato fries with the students, and every kid got to sample the fries during lunch. They also learned some fun facts about the spud.

“Students loved making the connection between what they took from the garden one day to what they were eating the next,” Sue said. One student even told them, “Thank you for all your hard work. It couldn’t have been easy cutting up all those hard potatoes.”

High School Students Learn Ways to De-Stress Before Finals

IMG_8079The Ladue Students Helping Students Club sponsored a “De-Stress” event during their Seminar period on April 12, where about 115 students signed up for various sessions that taught them how to deal with their stress levels.

This was the first time the event was held at the school. However, Ladue Students Helping Students, the club that organized the event, plans to do it in the future, as well.

The event was timed so students could learn techniques on ways to deal with stress in a healthy way before testing at the end of the year, which includes finals, as well as AP and ACT testing. There were five sessions, and students could choose three. They included Mindfulness, The Art of De-stressing, Meditation/Guided Imagery, Therapy Dogs, and Yoga. Students were given resources at the end of each session so they can continue practicing what they learned. 

LHWHS Student Volunteers Prepare for Run and Run S’more 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run

Ten Ladue Horton Watkins High School students are preparing for the first ever Run and Run S’more 5k Run and 1-Mile Fun Run event, which will be held on Feb. 28, 2016. Runners and walkers of all abilities will take to the streets in support of health and wellness for families enduring long hospital stays.

When 12-year-old Jackson Hill passed away after a tough battle with osteosarcoma, a bone tumor, his family began the Jackson Hill Foundation to transform their profound loss into positive change.

LMS Physical Education Department Awarded SHAPE America Grant

The Ladue Middle School’s Physical Education Department was selected as a 2016 SHAPE America Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart Grant Recipient for its passion and commitment to the Hoops For Heart Program! The grant will allow the department to expand both its curriculum and focus on student health.

OBE and LMS Break American Heart Association Donation Record

Ladue physical education programs and Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart donated more than $50,000 to the American Heart Association this year.

Bonhomme Elementary School students donated $21, 913 to the American Heart Association through their 2014-2015 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising campaign. More than seventy percent of the student body turned in a donation compared to the national average of ten percent at schools across the country. Ladue Middle School students collected their largest donation ever of $10,000.

Old Bonhomme’s Grench Takes First in 5K

Giselle Grench, a fourther-grader at Old Bonhomme Elementary took first place in the women’s division of the Olivette on the Go 5K run in late September.  Included here is a picture of Giselle collecting her $150 check for her achievement.

Old Bonhomme Wins “Fruit and Vegetable Challenge”

In March, the Ladue School District celebrated National Nutrition Month with the theme “Get Your Plate in Shape” orchestrated by the district’s food service contractor, Chartwells.   Some of the elementary schools classes participated in a Fruit and Vegetable Challenge.  First, students learned about making their plate half fruits and vegetables with the help of some visual aids and activities.   Then the week of March 12 – 16 students were challenged to take and eat a fruit and vegetable at lunch each day, receiving credit on their classroom’s tracking sheet for their choices.

Three Ladue Schools Top Missouri American Heart Association Campaigns

With a combined contribution of $29,449.60, Reed Elementary School, Old Bonhomme Elementary School and Ladue Middle School shot hoops and jumped rope to top rankings in the state.  Reed Elementary School, under the leadership of Kim Plogger raised $14,708.90 for Jump Rope for Heart, taking third place in the state for most funds raised.  Old Bonhomme Elementary School, under the leadership of Connie Jander, raised $9,449.70 for Jump Rope for Heart, placing sixth in the state.  Ladue Middle School, under the leadership of Stephanie O’Neal raised $5,291.00 for Hoops for Heart, placing second in the state.