EVENTS School Improvement Council training will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Okatie Elementary in the large media room. 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, www.uscb.edu/campusday
OTHER 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, firstname.lastname@example.org The National Museum of the Marine Corps is sponsoring a project to collect original art for wounded Marines. The museum will collect children's artwork through Dec. 10. The collection of original student works will be displayed in the Wounded Warrior wing of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Children are invited to draw, color or paint a picture on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper. The child's name, hometown and grade level must be on the back of the submission. All art should be mailed to: The National Museum of the Marine Corps; Attn: Teacher in Residence; 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia 22172-1938
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Junior Pride Awards ceremony is 1:45-2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Early Childhood Center. Pride Awards ceremony is 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the school.
OTHER Parents should call to schedule a parent-teacher conference. Conference dates are Thursday and Friday. Report cards go home Thursday.
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS There will be a free Trunk or Treat from 6-9 p.m. Thursday in the school parking lot. There will be games, prizes, food and a haunted house.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS 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.
OTHER Winter MAP dates are Nov. 28 to Dec. 16 for reading and math. Spring MAP testing will be from March 26 to April 30 for reading, ELA, math and science. First quarter report cards are distributed to students Thursday. Parent-teacher conferences are 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Sixth-grade teams will run pre-scheduled conferences for both days. Seventh grade will hold pre-scheduled meetings 8 a.m.-noon Friday and open visitations from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. 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 www.jostensyearbook.com. Cost is $35.
EVENTS Preschool photo retakes will be Tuesday and Wednesday. The annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Silent Auction, Dinner and Dance will be from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Hampton Hall Community Clubhouse. Tickets cost $65 a person. This year's theme is "An Evening of Hollywood Style." Details: 843-706-2000, www.crossschools.org
ENRICHMENT The fourth grade will take a dolphin and nature cruise and have lunch at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Thursday.
HELPING HANDS The fourth grade will help out in The Church of the Cross food bank Tuesday.
OTHER Praise Team practice will be after school Tuesdays. Art Smart will meet after school Tuesdays. Report cards will be emailed home Friday.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS Explore test for eighth-grade English, math, reading and science is Thursday. Picture day makeup is Thursday. School uniforms are required. SIC/PTO meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the media center. Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 24-28.
OTHER Explore Test Prep for eighth-grade English, Math, Reading and Science will be held Thursday. Report cards go home Thursday. Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Report cards will be sent home Thursday. Parent-teacher conferences are from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.
EVENTS Middle School students will be sponsoring a Bake Sale on Wednesday in the school lobby during all class breaks.
OTHER Report cards will be distributed to students and emailed to parents Tuesday.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
EVENTS Moms In Touch Prayer meets from 8-9 a.m. today. Moms At Prayer meets from 8-9 a.m. Thursday. FCA meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. The HHCA Town Hall Meeting for all school families will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Alumni Night will be from 7 p.m. Oct. 28.
ENRICHMENT Upper school chorus travels to SCISA Choral Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Music on Thursday.
OTHER First quarter report cards will be sent home Thursday. Parents and family are welcome at chapel every Thursday in the gym: LS Chapel, 8:45 a.m.; US Chapel, 11 a.m.; MS Chapel, 11:45 a.m.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS The fundraiser Operation Otter 100% has begun. Students were sent home with their fundraising packets last week. Technology gifts for the top classrooms are offered, along with classroom parties for the top students. Details: 843-342-4268
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
EVENTS The fifth-graders will be performing, "May River Rescue" at 2-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Head's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Fifth-grade students wrote the script and created their own choreography for the performance. Harry Culpepper Jr., with the support of the Arts teachers and fifth-grade teachers, will direct the production. Admission is free; the community is invited. 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.
HELPING HANDS Volunteers are needed to assist students in teaching foundational math concepts and skills. Details: Maureen Kecmer, 843-342-4100
OTHER Parent-teacher conferences are from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS The Lady Seahawks Health & Fitness Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday 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 Saturday. 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 charities that will be present at noon. To participate in the sale, parking spots can be rented for $50.
HELPING HANDS The Hilton Head Bridge Run needs volunteers at 7 a.m. Sunday. Details: Amy Metzger, 843-689-4982
OTHER Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Details: Ms. Dabule, 843-689-4921 The S.C. Commission on Higher Education and S.C. Department of Education have declared October as College Application Month. The goal is to provide a forum for all South Carolina seniors to complete and file college applications. College Application Day for Hilton Head Island High School is 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 27 in the media center. Sign up in the guidance department to attend before Oct. 24.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
ENRICHMENT 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.
HELPING HANDS 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.
OTHER Parent-teacher conferences are from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday on a first-come, first-serve basis and 8 a.m.-noon Friday for prescheduled meetings. Report cards go home Friday.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The Lower School recently concluded a series on "The Three R's: Respect yourself, Respect others, and Respect our community." Lower School teachers nominated students for performing specific acts showing respect. Respect Award Recipients: junior kindergartners Liam Hegarty, Teah Phillips, Kendall Keenan, Aden Parsick; kindergartners Doug Hubbard, Garrett Simons; first-graders Trey Middleton, Molly Rankin, Annabelle Corbitt, Delaney Leonard, Margaret Lyda; second-graders Hope Dobbelaere, Payton Kurtz, Ella Clark, Cami Pampucha, Kaylee Zhu, Valerie Covington; third-graders Lily Edri, Anna Kurtz; fourth-graders Mackenzie Joyner, Tori Herman, Will Woerheide, Tyler Kriney; fifth-graders Collin Tardio, Frank Milbourn, Justin Perez, Lizzie Rankin.
EVENTS The Middle School Halloween dance will be from 7-10 p.m. Friday in the Middle School Gym. Everyone is welcome to dress up. Cost is $7 for students, $3 for class reps and free for student council officers. The inaugural Hilton Head Preparatory School Yard Sale will be Saturday 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. Sunday at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. Players can sign up online at www.hhprep.org or by calling 843-671-2286. Cost is $75.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS Individual and class photographs will be taken today through Wednesday.
OTHER School tours are available with information about the 2 year (toddler) to fifth-grade programs. To schedule a tour, call 843-757-2312.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday and Friday. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with their child's teacher. There will be no school for students on Friday. The school will participate in a Chick-fil-A spirit night from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. The greater-Bluffton Chick-fil-A donates a portion of the dinner profits to the school. The school's ESOL teachers will be working during the evening at Chick-fil-A. Report cards will be sent home with students Thursday.
HELPING HANDS The school's student council is sponsoring a holiday food drive today through Nov. 18. Students are asked to bring canned or other non-perishable food items to the holiday box in each classroom. All food will be distributed to families in need from our Bluffton community. This year's goal is 4,000 cans.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS The Half Marathon Challenge is today. Kindergarten through second-grade students will run on the playground track from 9-9:40 a.m. Third- through fifth-grade students will run from 9:45-10:25 a.m. The Office of Civil Rights Parent meeting will be at 6 p.m. today at the Academy for Career Excellence. SIC meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday. PTO meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. WINGS Celebration is Wednesday. Friday is spirit shirt day.
OTHER Report cards will be sent home Thursday. Friday is parent-teacher conference day.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS All school families are invited to the fourth-graders' Hispanic heritage program at 6 p.m. Oct. 25.
HELPING HANDS The Boo Gram PTO fundraiser allows students to send a message and treat to a friend for $1. Deliveries will be made Oct. 28. Details: 843-707-0600
OTHER Today is the last day of the first quarter. Report cards will be sent home with students Thursday. There will be parent-teacher conferences but no classes for students Friday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
ENRICHMENT The Lower Elementary field trip to the pumpkin patch has been rescheduled for today. There will be a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Scarecrow Walkabout will be from 12:30-3 p.m. and the Harvest Moon Celebration will be from 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The public is invited to attend. Details: www.spma.com
HELPING HANDS The school is collecting holiday food for The Deep Well Project. See www.spma.com for requested food items. Harvest Moon Festival auction items are being accepted in the front office.
OTHER Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Friday for the following week. Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
EVENTS Mrs. Johnson will be taking six sixth-grade students to Orangeburg on today to compete in the SCISA Middle School Math Meet. The Bank in School - Squirrel Savers Club will be from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Wednesday. Bank representatives will be on hand to accept student deposits, open new accounts and answer students' banking questions.
ENRICHMENT The Middle School students will go to Charleston on Tuesday to attend the performance of "Dracula" at the Dock Street Theater.
HELPING HANDS Students are selling cookie dough as part of the Family School Association fundraiser. Orders are due into the school office by Oct. 24. Orders may be placed in the school office as well as with students.
OTHER Report cards and times for parent/teacher conferences will be sent home on Tuesday in the Take Home Tuesday Folders. Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday and Friday.
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