Packet Class Notes for Oct. 3

info@islandpacket.comOctober 3, 2011 



  • The University of South Carolina Beaufort Career Fair will be held from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 12 in Room 237 of the library at the Hilton Head Gateway campus. Details: 843-208-8030

  • The University of South Carolina Beaufort Fall Campus Day will be from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 on the Hilton Head Gateway campus on U.S. 278 in Bluffton. Participants will tour the campus, current USCB Students will be on-hand, faculty will provide information and answer questions about degree programs. Details: 843-208-8055,


  • There will be admission fair for 18 boarding schools from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Westin Hilton Head.

  • Child Evangelism Fellowship is a nonprofit organization that works with local churches and public schools. The group seeks to expand our program in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties by starting more Good News Clubs for children in elementary school grades K-5. Details: Mary Jane Battista, 843-707-7498,



  • An Early Parent Workshop will be held from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 8. The event is intended for parents of children 2 to 5 years old who would like ideas for preparing their child to be successful in school.



  • International Walk to School Day is Wednesday.

  • Picture day is Thursday.

  • PTO meets at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.


  • Parents should call to schedule a parent-teacher conference. Conference dates are Oct. 20 and Oct. 21.



  • Homecoming court has been chosen. Sophomore representatives are Casey Davids, Casey White, Levi Jolly, Alex Waddell; junior representatives are Fallon Cocuzza, Danielle De a Torre, Valentina Martinez, CJ Frazier, Anthony Smith, Kyle Waddell; and senior court members are Dani Bothe, Rachelle Coulombe, Liz Diaz, Katie Sherrell, Tibra Wheeler, Eric Boyles, Chris Davis, Jake George, Michael Grant and Michael Sulka.


  • There will be a free Trunk or Treat from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20 in the school parking lot. There will be games, prizes, food and a haunted house.



  • The Student Health Fair is Friday.

  • A photo makeup day is scheduled for Oct. 13.

  • The Student Health Fair is Friday.

  • An ESOL Parent meeting is Oct. 13.

  • The Fall Ball is Oct. 14.


  • The seventh-grade trip with Kids in Kayaks Program at Bluffton Oyster Factory is today through Friday.


  • Teachers are trying to increase individual classroom libraries. Donations of books, magazines or books on tape are being accepted. Send donations to your child's ELA teacher or Leslie Natoli, literacy coach.


  • Winter MAP dates are Nov. 28-Dec. 16 for reading and math. Spring MAP testing will be from March 26-April 30 for reading, ELA, math and science.

  • First quarter report cards are distributed students Oct. 20.

  • Parent-teacher conferences are 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2-6 p.m. Oct. 21.

  • Yearbook order forms have been sent home with students and forms are available in the office. Parents can also order online through the Josten's website at Cost is $35.



  • Picture retakes for K-8 will be Wednesday.

  • Dress Down Day is Friday. Money raised will go to a local charitable organization.

  • There will be Family Chapel on Oct. 12.


  • Eighth-graders will take the PSAT Oct. 12.



  • Homecoming Week is this week.

  • Picture Day makeup is Oct. 20.

  • Parent-teacher conferences are from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 21.

  • SIC/PTO meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the media center.

  • Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 24-28.


  • Explore Test Prep for eighth-grade English, math, reading and science will be held Oct. 14 and Oct. 20.

  • Report cards go home Oct. 20.

  • Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.



  • The following September Teacher and Students of the Month are: Ashley Kitchen, A.M. High School Student of the Month; Paige Cappelli, P.M. High School Student of the Month; Adam Agustin, Middle School Student of the Month; and Kathy Seyalioglu, Teacher of the Month.



  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. today.

  • Moms In Touch prayer group will be from 8-9 a.m. today.

  • AR Reading Under the Stars is Tuesday.

  • Speech screening for K-4 is Friday.

  • Fine Arts Night of Presentations will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

  • Special Needs Day is Oct. 14.


  • Chapel is held every Thursday in the gym. Parents and family are welcome.

  • PSAT testing for ninth-, 11th- and select eighth-graders will be Oct. 12.



  • The Strength Team will be in the gym from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday. Six local trainers/physical therapists have donated their time and expertise to instruct the team members on spine-appropriate movements and health concerns.

  • Banking and Boxtops will be Friday.

  • The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 27, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public.


  • The VanLandingham Rotary Club will distribute a free dictionary to each fifth-grader Thursday.

  • The Strength Team will be helping to clean up Mitchellville Beach Park from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. This year's team theme is "Be Somebody's Hero."



  • The IB Parent Advocate Group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Hilary Drammis. Details: Michelle Hartman, 843-689-4908.

  • Information will be distributed Oct. 12-13 in 11th-grade English classes about college preparation for juniors. It is recommended that students and parents review the information provided.

  • The Lady Seahawks Health & Fitness Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 at Hilton Head Island High School Community Stadium. There will be a boot camp, football obstacle training, turbo kick and Zumba, and local health care professionals and fitness staff will be available. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students and teachers. Money raised benefits the Lady Seahawk athletic teams. Details: 843-689-4871

  • The Class of 2012 yard sale will be from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 22. Check-in and setup will be from 5:30-7:30 a.m. Items you wish to not take home when the yard sale ends can be donated to the various chairites that will be present at noon. To participate in the sale, parking spots can be rented for $50.


  • The PSAT/NMMSQT is the preliminary test to the SAT and for juniors is the indicator in which the National Merit Scholarship Program determines the winners of their scholarships. Only juniors are eligible to qualify for the scholarship. This year the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered during the school day Oct. 12. All sophomores and juniors may sign up to take the PSAT; cost is $14. Deadline to sign up is Friday. Any student who would like to take the PSAT/NMSQT and cannot pay, see Ms. Smith in Guidance.



  • The Cookie Dough Fundraiser brought in $87,000. Homerooms that had 100 percent participation are Mr. Rochester and Ms. Rizzi. The homeroom winners for the most sold are: sixth, Ms. Letkiewicz; seventh, Mr. Rochester; eighth, Mr. Sikora. The top six sellers are: first, Gabriel del Valle; second, Bryan McMullen; third, Megan Ferguson; fourth, Olivia Plenzler; fifth, Noelle Glover; sixth, Kade Yarborough. The students that won the iPod Touches are: Parker Liggett and Ginger Masis. Cookie Dough will be delivered and distributed to students Oct. 25.


  • The National PTA Reflections art recognition program has begun. Entry forms and rules are available at the front office from Ms. Gigi. Students may enter in six categories: literature, dance choreography, music composition, visual art, film production and photography. This year's theme is "Diversity Means ..." Entries are due Nov. 22.


  • Turn in your Box Tops for Education at any time during the school year to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in.



  • Homecoming court will include: ninth-grader Taylor Kent; 10th-graders Esther Jung and Forest Richardson; 11th-graders Helen Cardamone, Alli Kenneweg and Jordan Rekeweg; 12th-graders Sofia Duesburg, Sarah Garratt, Allison Frederick and Marian Matney.


  • The inaugural Hilton Head Preparatory School Yard Sale will be Oct. 22 at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton. Anyone wishing to donate clothing, furniture, home goods and sports equipment should call Kendra Parsick at 843-338-1867.

  • The eighth annual Tennis Carnevale has been rescheduled for 12:30-4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. Players can sign up online at or by calling 843-671-2286. Cost is $75.


  • The Junior Kindergarten class honored Johnny Appleseed's birthday Sept. 26.



  • Parent Education Night will be Wednesday. All parents are invited to view presentations from our 3-6 curriculum in each of our primary classrooms.

  • The school's annual garage sale will be Oct. 15. Spaces are available for $25. Left-over items will be donated to the Bargain Box. Information: Call 757-2312.

  • The school's annual garage sale will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 15 on school grounds. Rental space is $25. To make a reservation, call 843-757-2312.

  • Individual and class photographs will be taken Oct. 17-19.


  • Fire Prevention Day is Oct. 11. Firefighters and trucks will be visiting the school and talking to children about fire safety.


  • Classroom observations begin Thursday. To make an appointment, call 843-757-2312.

  • School tours are available with information about the 2 year (toddler) to fifth-grade programs. To schedule a tour, call 843-757-2312.



  • SIC meets at 6 p.m. today in the media center. Details: 843-706-8300

  • Family Fun Night will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday. There will be crafts, games, food and bounce houses.

  • Student council members and ESOL students will hold a holiday yard sale from 7 a.m.-noon Saturday. Items for sale include toys and various holiday trinkets. Money raised will be used to assist students with costs associated with field trips. The students are also accepting gently used items to sell at the event. Deails: Mrs. Ferguson, 843-706-8390


  • Two special needs classes will participate in Heroes on Horseback, a therapeutic riding program. This is a weekly course for six consecutive weeks at the Mindstream Academy.


  • Operation Take Flight orientation will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Early Childhood Center media room. Operation Take Flight is a tutoring program for kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center. Volunteers are needed to work 20 or 45 minutes at a time, one day a week, Monday through Friday. During that time, each volunteer will have the opportunity to work with either one or two students. Volunteers may tutor anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Details: Kathy Wipper, 843-707-0800


  • Spirit Shirts that may be worn on Fridays. They are available for purchase through the PTO.

  • MAP testing for K-1 continues through Friday.



  • Friday is spirit shirt day.

  • *First Federal's Squirrel Club is at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

    *Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first-grade students are invited to "Kid's Club" from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria. Yostie the puppeteer will assist the children in making their own puppet. Cookies and drinks will be provided. Reading is Fundamental will give a book to all students in attendance.

    *Ident-A-Kid will be at school Wednesday.

  • Fifth-grade students will compete in a game of Jeopardy at 2 p.m. Thursday. One student will represent each homeroom and the winner's class will have a pizza party provided by the Bluffton Township Fire District.



  • A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 in the parking lot. Tables are $5. Donated items are being accepted. Money raised benefits the Sea Turtle Shop and Sea Turtle Palace. Details: Olivia Santiago, 843-707-0508



  • International Walk to School Day will be held before school from 7:40-7:50 a.m. Wednesday. Staff will meet with students in three locations around the school zone to walk with them. Details: 843-707-0600.

  • Spirit Shirt Day is today.

  • Bank Day is Wednesday. Students with a Squirrel Account through First Federal Bank may bring their deposits directly to the media center in the morning.

  • International Walk to School Day is Wednesday. All students are encouraged to walk to school. Teachers and staff will be located at the Dollar General, Bluffton House and the entrance to Hidden Lakes to accompany students who wish to walk. Prizes will be given away to participants.

  • SIC will meet at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in the media center.

  • Chick-fil-A night is Thursday. The PTO event which is also sponsored by our K/1 Pups.

  • The Curriculum Carnival will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Have fun and learn ways to help your child in reading and math. Refreshments will be available to benefit the PTO. Drop in between

  • PTO meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 13.



  • Spirit Day is Friday.

  • The school will sponsor the "South Carolina Scarecrow Walkabout" to benefit Sea Pines Forest Preserve from 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Fish Island in the preserve. The walkabout is a walking tour through the preserve to view student-created scarecrows. Cost is $5 a family, in addition to $5 Sea Pines guest pass. Tickets will be sold on the day of event at the preserve. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534;


  • The school is collecting holiday food for The Deep Well Project. See for requested food items.

  • Harvest Moon Festival auction items are being accepted in the front office.


  • Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Friday for the following week.



  • School photos will be taken today. Life Touch representatives will be taking photos beginning at 8:30 a.m. Students should bring their order forms with them.

  • Tuesday is the Feast Day of St. Francis. To celebrate, the National Junior Beta Club is sponsoring a Spirit Day Fundraiser. Students can bring in $2 on Tuesday morning and may may wear nice jeans and any St. Francis shirt or a shirt in the school colors.

  • The next school Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

  • The Family School Association is hosting its second annual "Gala by the Sea" dinner dance and silent auction at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Westin Hotel Oceanside Pavilion. To purchase tickets, make a donation or be a sponsor, got to the school office or call 843-681-6501.

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