Packet Class Notes for Nov. 14

info@islandpacket.comNovember 14, 2011 



  • 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 intended as a warm up to the Savannah Bridge Run, which takes place the following morning. Details:, 843-208-8030


  • Child Evangelism Fellowship is a nonprofit organization that works with local churches and public schools. The group seeks to expand its 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,

  • 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, VA 22172-1938



  • Book Fair will be this week in the media center.

  • Junior Achievement will be this week for fifth-graders.

  • The fourth grade musical evening perfomance will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.


  • 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 this week. It will take 45 minutes each day: 2:10-2:55 p.m. for fourth grade "My City" program and 1-1:45 p.m. for fifth grade "My Nation" program. Details: 843-706-8500,;



  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group is at 5:30 p.m. today 11/14 at Hilton Head Island Elementary School.

  • All County Band Concert is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluffton High School auditorium. Admission is free.

  • PTO meets at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 in the media center.

  • SIC, Bluffton Cluster meets at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 in the cafeteria.

  • The "Cinderella" musical performances will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students, and will be sold at the door and at the front office.


  • 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.


  • Parents are encouraged to complete the Needs Assessment Survey, available at and

  • 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.

  • Students can get assistance on homework and tutoring in the ACES program and in the open computer lab. ACES is held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and the computer lab is open the same time on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  • Federal Impact Aid forms must be returned to the office.



  • A band concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bluffton High School in the auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

  • SIC/Cluster meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Bluffton Middle School.



  • October Teacher and Students of the Month are: Henry Morgan, A.M. High School Student of the Month; Phasit Wongwaiwate, P.M. High School Student of the Month; Aiden Park, Middle School Student of the Month; Tracy Sklarin, Teacher of the Month.

  • Middle School Student Adam Agustin and A.M. High School Student Pailin Ruttanasupagid placed first for their pen and ink designs, in their respective divisions, at the South Carolina Independent School Association Art Show held in Columbia.


  • The school's "Fill the Van with Cans" drive will be held this week. Community residents and businesses are invited to donate non-perishable food items and toiletries and help the school reach its goal of filling a van parked in the parking lot. Donated items will help those in need during Thanksgiving and will be donated to The Deep Well Project. Contributions of goods will be accepted on campus from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Details: 843-842-8600


  • Progress reports for the first semester/second quarter will be distributed to students and emailed to parents Tuesday.



  • Overall bee winners were: first place, Meredith Inglis; second place, Clarke Haertel; third place, Ansley Peck


  • Moms In Touch Prayer meets from 8-9 a.m. today.

  • College planning night is at 7 p.m. today in the media center.

  • Third- and fourth-grade "Night of Presentations" is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the lower school hallway.

  • Moms At Prayer meets from 8-9 a.m. Thursday.

  • The middle school's production of "Krazy Kamp" premieres Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Hilton Head School for Creative Arts. Tickets are available at the school and at the door for each performance.


  • Zonta Club will collect items and boxes for Operation Christmas Child. All items must be turned in by today. Completed box donations can be turned in by Thursday. Donations can be dropped off any time during school hours.


  • Second quarter midterm reports go home Friday.

  • Parents and family are welcome at chapel every Thursday in the gym: L.S. Chapel, 8:45 a.m.; U.S. Chapel, 11 a.m.; M.S. Chapel, 11:45 a.m.



  • The annual "Soup & Art Show" will be from 5-7 p.m. today. At 6:30 p.m. second-graders will perform in the Red Cafè. Many varieties of soups, breads, desserts and water will be available for $3. There will be a schoolwide art show in which each child will have a piece of art matted and framed. You may purchase your child's art in the frame for $25. The Book Fair will also be open this evening.


  • Volunteers are needed to assist in teaching foundational math concepts and skills and to play Everyday Math Games with students in Grades 1-5. Details: Mrs. Kecmer, 843-342-4236



  • Six students have been selected to sing in the S.C. Honor Choir: Carson Copeland, Sarah Feldman, Mikaela Langs, Miranda Ludewig, Caitlyn Owen and Mackenna Stenhammer. They are all students of music teacher Karen Osborne. They will perform for the S.C. Music Educator's Association Annual Conference Feb. 2-4 at the Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, along with students from across the state.

  • Fifth-grade teacher Sara Ricciardi was honored at a luncheon with the Teacher of the Year Patriotism Award presented by the Sons of the American Revolution Hilton Head Chapter.

  • Ten students from the school obtained perfect scores on one tested area of the Spring 2011 PASS tests: Ethan Hussong, math; Lucas Parrella, social studies; Carissa Church, ELA; Christian Hopper, ELA; Claudia Lopez Morales, ELA; Henry Pitts, math; Aidan Sanz, math; Cassandra Maurer, writing; Jacob Palchak, writing; Annie Pham, writing.

  • The following stuednts were selected as the 2011-12 "Friendly Council," which will work with guidance counselor Collen Kowal to offer peer mediation: Skyelar Burnette-Fern, Jordan Childers, Lauren Hayes, Jane Bender, Lupita Macias, Tamara Serrano, Cylar Jones.


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


  • The fourth annual 5K Family Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hilton Head Island High School track. Registration is $10. The school needs company sponsorships at a rate of $200. The school needs donations of water, snacks or fruit on the day of the race. Details: Amy Kaufman, 843-342-4167

  • Walmart and the Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce selected the school as the 2011-12 School Rewards recipient and presented $100 gift cards and classroom treats to 10 teachers during a schoolwide assembly.



  • Seniors Jean White, Adrian Austin and Jean-luc McMurtry have been named to the 2012 High School Honors Choir for the Southern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. Comprised of 11 states, the Southern Division will hold its biannual conference Feb. 29 to March 3 in Winston-Salem, N.C. All three are members of the school's "Out of the Blue" vocal group. They will appear Dec. 15 in the school's Choral Department Winter Concert in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.


  • Senior photos makeup day will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

  • Financial Aid Night starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Details: Raychelle Lohmann, 843-689-4916.

  • The School Improvement Council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the media center.

  • The second annual Parent University will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 21, beginning with orientation in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at the high school. All parents, grandparents, and caregivers of students of all ages are invited to attend these free workshops. Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. with a concurrent resource fair and refreshments. The resource fair will include area agencies and organizations that can provide valuable services and information to families. Pre-registration is encouraged by emailing and will be limited to 350 registrants. Applications are available at all Hilton Head Island Cluster Schools or by contacting Dianne Morgan at 843-689-4811.



  • 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 Saturday. Details: Phyllis Neville, 843-681-3646,


  • 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.



  • The following students who received the Values award for perseverance: Kendall Keenan (junior kindergarten), Anders Askeland (junior kindergarten), Sophia Haroutunian (junior kindergarten), Bobby Lyda (junior kindergarten), Teah Phillips (junior kindergarten), Wynn Alsko (kindergarten), Mini Kidd (kindergarten), Mack Ford (first grade), Ella Clark (second grade), Stella Pampucha (second grade), Ashley Wilmot (second grade), Olivia Shamlou (second grade), Jack Gigante (second grade), Cami Pampucha (second grade), Ruby Braden (second grade), Ashlyn Parsick (second grade), Jayden Gilliam (second grade), Elizabeth Hudak (third grade), Spencer Hall (third grade), Luke Herman (third grade), Michaela Hegarty (third grade), Kierstin Clark (fourth grade), Savannah Rose Toomer (fourth grade), Imani Young (fourth grade), Lucas Tomita (fifth grade)


  • The junior class poinsettia sale is under way. The deadline for orders is Thursday, and pickup day is Dec. 2. Volunteers are needed to help out on pickup day and should report to the field house at 9 a.m. Work will continue throughout the day. To volunteer, contact Sue Churchich at 843-290-5755 or

  • The Parents Association meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the KNS Media Center.

  • The next "3D" meeting with all Division Heads will be at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Lower School Commons. All parents are welcome.



  • A Thanksgiving bake sale will be in front of school Nov. 21 during carpool.

  • Firemen are visiting May River Montessori today to talk to the children about fire safety.

  • Classroom Thanksgiving feasts will be this week. Children are preparing food to culminate in a Thanksgiving celebration.

  • A Thanksgiving baks sale will be in front of the school Nov. 21.

  • The annual "Jolly Holiday Party" will be Dec. 3 at Moss Creek. Cost is $75 a person. Details: 843-757-2312

  • A half-session of school is planned for Nov. 22, and the school will remain closed until Nov. 29.


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



  • PTO meets at 5 p.m. today.

  • Students, families and staff will come together Friday for the school's annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Joining the cafeteria staff will be members from the Bluffton Township Fire District who will assist in serving lunch to students and guests. Luncheon will begin at 10 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center and continue through 2 p.m. in the main building. Each grade level has been assigned a time to dine. There is a cost of $3.25 per family guest.


  • In celebration with American Education week, the elementary school and Early Childhood Center invite parents to visit the school and their child's classroom during the morning Friday.



  • Brayden Beebe has been chosen as November's Reader of the Month by The Storybook Shoppe in old town Bluffton.


  • PTO meets at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

  • The Thanksgiving Luncheon will be Thursday at these times: 12:05-12:45 p.m. for kindergarten, 10:10-10:45 a.m. for first grade, 10:50-11:25 a.m. for second grade, 11:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m. for third grade, 12:45-1:20 p.m. for fourth grade and 1:20-1:55 p.m. for fifth grade.

  • PTO movie night is from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.


  • PTO's Scrip Orders begin today.



  • The second grade class will present the program "Celebrate Our Country" at 6:30 p.m. tonight in a new performance space in the red auditorium. The musical and drama program correlates with the unit of inquiry the students are currently studying in their classes. Students will sing patriotic songs and songs about famous Americans, as they dress in costume as a famous American character. They will also present the play "Who's the Greatest?! A Celebration of Famous Americans." The program will be repeated at 9:25 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. Tuesday. All are welcome to attend.

  • The Thanksgiving family luncheon will be Thursday. Details and reservatons: Email

  • The PTO's Fall Festival is 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday.

  • Chick-fil-A Night, hosted by the second grade, is Dec. 1. The event is a PTO fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds during the dinner hours return to Red Cedar to help support learning.


  • The school will conduct an Internet safety workshop for parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Winter MAP testing begins Nov. 28.

  • Interim reports will be sent home Dec. 2.



  • There will be a family mural painting at 4:30 p.m. during Feast Day Tuesday. Students will present four American Indian totem poles they made and will share their family story during a Thanksgiving feast at 5:30 p.m. (Bring table settings and beverages.) Each student made a mask that represented their family. All the masks are being put together to create the totem poles. Families will be able to read notes on the totem poles expressing what their children are thankful for. The food at the feast will be prepared by the students during the day at school. Students will be shucking corn, snapping green beans, making mash potateos and preparing the turkeys. Make reservations at the front office.


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

  • The art department is accepting clean recylables.


  • 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



  • The following students will be representing their classes Wednesdayat the St. Francis Catholic School Spelling Bee: third-graders, Laura Payne, Kristen Fielding, Addie Sherry, Zoey Basciano and Mia Calamari; fourth-grades, Austin Mitchell, Sandro Cocvich, McGuire Watson, Eileen Lundblad and alternate Juan Leyva; fifth-graders, Hannah Littlejohn, KC Boatright, Emma Mayers, Noah Ehlers and alternate Rodney Romero; sixth-graders, Gabby Gray, Sidney Angner, Kaeleigh Judge, Brendan Lindstrom and alternate Maggie Syverson; seventh-graders Kaylee Ehlers, Isabelle Boatright, Jocelyn Konitzer and alternate Katie Surbeck; eighth-graders Emanuel Lopez, Jillian Angner, Nicole Lopez, Alex Borelli and alternate Lauren White


  • The next Bank in School - Squirrels Club will be from 7:45-8:25 a.m. Wednesday in the school lobby. Students can bring in their deposits and ask questions of the bank representatives.

  • The Family School Association is hosting a Christmas Time Pottery Jam -- Paint Your Own Pottery Studio in the Fine Arts Center from 3-8 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (with an adult-only session by reservation from 6-9 p.m.) and from noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Everyone is welcome.


  • The students will be collecting canned goods on Thursday and Friday to help with the Parish Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need. Items being collected are: Pre-K, K and first grades, large can of tuna; second, third and fourth grades, large box of cereal; fifth and sixth grades, large jar of peanut butter; seventh and eighth grades, large jar of jelly.


  • Ten students represented the school at the Diocesan Middle School Conference on Nov. 5 in White Oak: Sydney Angner and Lauren Shand, and 8th graders: Savannah Franklin, Jacqueline Tobin, Kavin Palacio, Kaelyn Binns, Jillian Angner, Lauren White, Sydney Conrad and Ali Dohen.

  • Third-grade students Christine Lundblad, Liam Sirgo, Malone Huisinger and Shane Mason for suggested the winning name "Gubbio" for the school mascot.

  • Progress reports for the second quarter will be sent home Tuesday.

  • The December and January Hot Lunch Orders will go online on Tuesday. Orders and payment are due into the school office at 9 a.m. .

  • To submit items for "Class Notes," send them to The Island Packet, P.O. Box 5727, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. Fax to 706-3070 or e-mail

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