EVENTS School Improvement Council training will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday 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 at the Hilton Head Gateway campus on U.S. 278 in Bluffton. Participants will tour the campus, current USCB students will be on-hand and faculty will provide information and answer questions about degree programs. Details: 843-208-8055, www.uscb.edu/campusday
HELPING HANDS Students in the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Sport Event Management course will host the Trot for Tots 5k fundraiser for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The race will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort. The event is a warm-up to the Savannah Bridge Run, which takes place the following morning. Details: www.uscb.edu, 843-208-8030
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 Parents who serve in the military or work for the federal goverment should fill out and return the Federal Impact Aid forms sent home with children. Completed forms must be returned to the school by Oct. 31. Federal Impact Aid is an annual program that disperses federal grant money to local school districts that serve students whose parents live or work on federal property. In Beaufort County, those areas include Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Beaufort Naval Hospital. The program is not limited to children of military personnel. It includes any child with one parent working on federal property. Parents who haven't received a form should contact their child's school immediately or download one from the district website, www.beaufort.k12.sc.us.
Bluffton Elementary School
EVENTS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
ENRICHMENT Kindergartners and first-graders will take a field trip to the pumpkin patch today. Second- and third-graders will take a field trip to Honey Horn on Tuesday.
HELPING HANDS Fourth- and fifth-graders have been approved to participate in Junior Achievement. The school needs one volunteer for each classroom to teach the lessons, which will be Nov. 14-18. It will take 45 minutes each day: 2:10-2:55 p.m. for fourth grade "My City" program and 5th 1-1:45 p.m. for fifth grade "My Nation" program. Details: 843-706-8500, Shirley.email@example.com; www.jacoastalsc.org
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. 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 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 are $65 a person. This year's theme is "An Evening of Hollywood Style." Details: 843-706-2000, www.crossschools.org
H.E. McCracken Middle School
EVENTS SIC/PTO meets at 6 p.m. today in the media center. Red Ribbon Week is this week.
OTHER Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
EVENTS The senior class will be sponsoring a pizza sale in conjunction with Spirit Day activities Wednesday. Staff and students are encouraged to wear their Heritage Academy apparel. "Makeup Lifetouch Picture Day" is Tuesday for all underclassmen, middle school students and staff; and Wednesday for all seniors. The photographer will be on campus from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Director of admissions Tina Sprouse will host "Simply Social," a parent coffee, at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the library.
OTHER Guidance counselors Betsey Castellano and Dean Costakis, will be hosting representatives from Presbyterian College in Clinton on Tuesday and Elon University in North Carolina on Wednesday in the library. The speakers will present information on their respective institutions to all interested juniors and seniors.
Hilton Head Christian Academy
EVENTS The HHCA Town Hall Meeting for all school families will be at 6:30 p.m. today. Alumni Night begins at 7 p.m. Friday.
OTHER 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 for the Creative Arts
ACHIEVEMENTS Theatre teacher Harry Culpepper was asked to present at the S.C. Theatre Association Convention, "Staging the Future," at Winthrop University in November.
EVENTS The Strings Rental Program will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym. The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public.
ENRICHMENT Fourth-graders will be attending "Colonial Camp" at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Thursday. The admission ticket for each student is funded through the Adopt-A-School Program which is sponsored and administered by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
OTHER Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Music teacher Melinda Smith and fifth-grade teacher Kelly Soule recently presented an arts and science integration curriculum unit at the S.C. Arts Alliance Conference held in Charleston.
Hilton Head Island High School
EVENTS The Hilton Head Island High School performing arts department will produce "The Sound of Plaid," adapted from the original play, "Forever Plaid," created by James Riatt. The production is directed by Larry Mercer, who also directs the music for the production. The cast of 25 students is led by Adrian Austin, Jean-Luc McMurtry, Nick Evangelista, and Connor Hollifield, who portray the high school boys' quartet. The play will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the school's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Details: Mercer, 843-689-4893
OTHER 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 Thursday in the media center.
Hilton Head Island Middle School
ENRICHMENT The National PTA is hosting a Reflections Art Recognition Program. This year's theme is "Together We Can" with these categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Film Production, Music Composition, and Dance Choreography. Workshops will be offered after school. Entry form and rules are at the front office. Deadline to enter is Nov. 19. Details: Phyllis Neville, 843-681-3646, PNevs56@aol.com
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 Cookie Dough Delivery Day is Tuesday. All cookie dough orders must be picked up at school in the back parking lot from noon-6 p.m. Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Hilton Head Preparatory School
ACHIEVEMENTS The Middle School Math Team finished third in the S.C. Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet in Orangeburg. Eighth-grader Will White won first place in the individual competition at the S.C. Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet in Orangeburg.
OTHER College counselor Peg Hamilton eak at Havergal College in Toronto. Hamilton spent a day meeting with seniors and parents about the American college admission process. Fifth-grade students staged a puppet show, skits and mini plays for the Junior Kindergarten class. The activity was entirely student-driven, including the designing of costumes and the orchestration of the skits and plays. Fifth-graders also volunteered to be ushers and snack vendors.
May River Montessori
EVENTS All classes will celebrate Halloween in their rooms this week. On Friday, elementary students will dress as their favorite book character. Parent/teacher conferences will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. There will be no school either day because of the conferences.
OTHER School tours are available with information about the 2-year-old (toddler) to fifth-grade programs. To schedule a tour, call 843-757-2312.
Michael C. Riley Elementary School
EVENTS This week is Red Ribbon Week, a drug-prevention program. The annual Math Night, "Math is Not Scary," will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Fall picture makeup day will be Friday.
OTHER Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Okatie Elementary School
EVENTS Today is the kick-off to "Say No To Drugs Week." Students can wear red today. On Tuesday, they should write in red; on Wednesday, they can bring slippers or socks to school to wear in class and "give drugs the slip;" on Thursday, they can bring their favorite stuffed animal for "Hugs not Drugs."
HELPING HANDS Students will be collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets and pets during Red Ribbon week. Items can be turned in at the boxes provided in the lobby or brought to the classroom.
OTHER Tuesday is makeup day for school pictures. Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Red Cedar Elementary School
EVENTS All school families are invited to the fourth-graders' Hispanic heritage program at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
HELPING HANDS The Boo Gram PTO fundraiser allows students to send a message and treat to a friend for $1. Orders must be placed by today. Deliveries will be made Friday. Details: 843-707-0600
OTHER Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Sea Pines Montessori Academy
EVENTS Spirit Day is every Friday.
HELPING HANDS The school is collecting holiday food for The Deep Well Project. See www.spma.com for requested food items.
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 There will be a Living Rosary led by the students at 10 a.m. Friday in the Multi-Purpose Building.
ENRICHMENT Mrs. Klein's kindergarten class will be travelling to Savannah on Tuesday to see the production of "Junie B. Jones."
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.
OTHER Hot lunch orders for the month of November are online now. Orders must be placed by 9 a.m. Thursday. Payment needs to be sent into the school office.
To submit items for "Class Notes," send them to The Island Packet, P.O. Box 5727, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. Fax to 843-706-3070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.