Gazette Class Notes for Dec. 5

classnotes@beaufortgazette.comDecember 5, 2011 



  • 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,

  • 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 Saturday. 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

  • Battery Creek High School


  • Interact Club is hosting a blood drive Tuesday. Students can enter drawings for gift cards and iPads.

  • The CAPA Angles Christmas shopping trip is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Walmart. This is also club photo day. The wrapping party for the gifts is Friday in the media center.

  • The next SIC meeting is Thursday.

  • The Morningside Community meets at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 for gingerbread house making with the elderly and Christmas ornament making.

  • Interact Club's Christmas for pets is Dec. 15. Bring wrapping paper, dog treats and food and ideas for candy ornaments.


  • New, unwrapped toys for ages 1 to 12 for Toys for Tots can be dropped off in the MCJROTC office or in Mrs. Groom's office by Dec. 16. Details: Lt. Col. Ganas, 843-322-5606.

  • A canned food drive for Salvation Army will be held until Dec. 16. Donations can be dropped off in a container in the front office.

  • The school is participating in the FWDG Coat Drive. It hopes to donate 4,500 coats. New or gently used coats, thick sweaters and jackets are needed for all ages. Coats can be dropped off with Mrs. Grooms.

  • SADD members and parents will serve free coffee, tea and hot chocolate from noon to midnight Dec. 22 and 23 at the Interstate 95 rest stop in Hardeeville. At least six to eight students are needed to work shifts. Parents are encouraged to assist. Donations of coffee, hot cocoa mix, packets of sugar and sugar substitute, creamer, tea bags, gallons of water ahd hot cider mix are needed. Details: Diane Grooms, 843-322-5580.


  • Students who are 18 should see Mrs. Grooms in the front office to register to vote.

  • Beaufort Academy


  • Ninth- and 10th-graders will swim with the manatees at Oekefenokee Swamp on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Seventh- and eighth-graders are in Washington, D.C. Monday through Thursday.

  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will visit the Festival of Trees Tuesday.

  • First- through fourth-graders will visit the Festival of Trees Wednesday.


  • This is the second week of the 2011 W.A.L.L. Approach Interim. Students are participating in numerous internships -- both inside and outside of Beaufort. The seventh- and eighth-graders travel to Washington, D.C. Students remaining on campus will take their normally scheduled classes as well as interim courses. Those courses include art classes, moviemaking, yoga, golf, Lowcountry cuisine, lifguarding, a babysitting course and more.

  • Beaufort Elementary School


  • A meeting of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school. Childcare is provided. Details: Ashley Hutchison, 843-521-2399

  • A STAR student lunch will take place on Dec. 16. The STAR program awards classes for good behavior. Community members are invited to attend lunch with the class that has received the most awards. If you know of someone you think should join the students for the STAR lunch, contact Spanish teacher Deb Manyin.


  • The school is a drop off location for Toys for Tots. Please send new, unwrapped toys to Mrs. Oddo's room by Dec. 14.

  • Beaufort County School District


  • Parents, teachers and staff in the Battery Creek Cluster Community are invited to tour the renovated Battery Creek High School from 5-6 p.m. today. Come see the wonderful changes at the school that are an essential part of the Tri-Academies at Battery Creek. District and school leaders will give an update on plans for the 2012-13 school year at 6 p.m. in the John McVey Performing Arts Auditorium.


  • Annual Needs Assessment surveys have been posted online for each school and the district at and the schools' individual websites.

  • The information parents provide in the surveys are used to help develop the School Renewal Plan updates. There are versions in both Spanish and English. The surveys will close in December before the winter break.

    Beaufort High School


  • SIC meets at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the media center.

  • Beaufort Middle School


  • There is a parent meeting for all rising ninth-graders at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria. Representatives from Beaufort, Battery Creek and Whale Branch Early College high schools will talk about their freshman programs and schools of study. All eighth-grade students and parents are encouraged to attend.

  • The winter musical concert will be Dec. 13 in the school's gym. Band and chorus will perform.


  • Sixth-graders are participating in the 21th annual FWDG Coat Drive. This countywide event has helped collect and distribute more than 33,000 coats and jackets to needy families in Beaufort County in the past two decades. Bring your gently-used coats, thick sweaters and jackets to our front office or send to school with a sixth-grader through Dec. 12.

  • E.C. Montessori School


    *The school is holding Chick-fil-A Spirit Nights every fourth Monday at the Boundary Street Chick-fil-A. On Spirit Nights, 10 percent of all sales is donated to the school after the restaurant reaches $1,000 in sales.


  • The annual fund drive is underway. The first classroom to reach 100 percent participation with their families and staff at any financial level will win a treat from Berry Island and free books. There's also a donor who will match November and December donations up to $2,000.

  • Lady's Island Elementary School


  • Holiday Star Stacking is Monday.

  • The annual holiday concert is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Beaufort High School's Performing Arts Center. Second- through fourth-graders will be performing.

  • The annual performing arts roadshow will be Dec. 15. Show choir and Fun-E Clowns will spread holiday cheer through the community.


  • This week the Lady's Island Arts Integration Tree is on display as part of the Festival of Trees at Greene Street Gym.

  • Mossy Oaks Elementary School


  • The annual Candy Cane Lane begins Monday. Students can purchase reasonably priced gifts at this PTO-sponsored event. Additional information has been sent home with students.

  • The Winter Performance will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the gym. There will be a brief PTO meeting before the performance.


  • The school's Elementary Encouragers Club is sponsoring a holiday food drive until Dec. 16. Donations of canned and dry goods can be dropped off in the barrels in the front foyer. Donations will got to the local HELP agency for families in need.

  • Riverview Charter School


  • The RCC Winter family event will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the National Guard Armory. There will be a chili contest, dancing, trivia, games and karaoke. Details, or to donate refreshments:


  • Registration for the Beaufort Twilight Run is now open. The event, which is Riverview's largest fundraiser, is March 24. To register:

  • St. Peter Catholic School


  • A PTO meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

  • The school's Christmas play is at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Peter Catholic Church.

  • Reunions/Alumni

  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1958 Tidal Wave Breakfast Club meetings are at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Golden Corral, 122 Robert Smalls Parkway. Details: 843-525-1822, 843-524-8903

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