Packet Class Notes for April 16

info@islandpacket.comApril 15, 2012 



  • The Children's Center is hosting a RIF event for all South of the Broad elementary schools at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the center, 8 Nature's Way, Hilton Head Island. Storyteller Mark Daniel will present "Readasaurus on the Loose," which includes a puppet show, magical performance and other interactive adventures for the children.


  • The Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association has established an annual scholarship for students from Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties who are attending Clemson University. To be eligible, students must be majoring in horticulture, turfgrass, agricultural education, forestry or environmental and natural resources. For more information, students should contact Clemson's financial aid office, which is administering the scholarship.

  • Applications for the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics summer camp experience, Go-SciTech!, are due May 10. The camp is open to rising eighth, ninth and 10th graders and offers three weeklong sessions throughout June. Details:, 803-252-9152



  • MAP testing continues through April 30.

  • Parent Night for fifth-graders is 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.

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

  • The PTO Barbecue and Bingo is Friday.

  • Parent surveys are due Friday.

  • The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. April 24 in the media center.

  • The SIC will meet at 6 p.m. April 24 in the media center.

  • Progress reports will be sent home April 27.

  • Jeans Day is April 27.


  • Students are encouraged to use Compass Learning at home to prepare for PASS testing, which is scheduled for May 8-11. Please contact your child's teachers or Ms. Blankenship at mary.blankenship@ for more information on the program.

  • Mr. Woodring's computer lab is open until 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for students needing extra help.

  • The school offers two ongoing after-school student help options. Students can get assistance with homework in the ACES program, held 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursdays. Students also can get assistance in the open computer lab, held 2:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.


  • Bluffton Middle School teachers are requesting donations of books, magazines or books on tape for classroom libraries.

  • Don't forget to help the school by using your Publix Partners card, selecting our school if you participate in the Target or Parker's debit card system, eating at Giuseppi's in Bluffton on Tuesdays and by sending in box tops.


  • The car rider line in the morning has backed up with more cars entering the line after 7:05 a.m. Please plan to leave your home a few minutes earlier so students arrive by 7:15 a.m. before classes start at 7:20 a.m.

  • Sixth graders at Bluffton Middle School were able to put their PATH time lessons to use the as they as they pulled together to come to the aid of a sixth-grade Savannah student battling cancer for the third time. After counselor Marcia Ramsdell showed the students a news story about Marcus McMullen, students felt inspired to help in some way. The students coordinated a fundraiser in which they donated money and walked "Mustang Laps" in support of Marcus and his family. In addition, the students created posters, cards, letters and videos of encouragement. The students raised $400 and the PTO matched what was collected.

  • On March 28, Mrs. Ramsdell, Dr. Bournias and students Matthew Zampino, Tina Tran, Ian Plummer, Ja'Keith Blackshear, Cheyenne Conn and Kaylin Story made the trip to Godley Station Middle School in Pooler, Ga., to meet Marcus' classmates, family members and friends to deliver a NOOK tablet, gift cards, and assorted books, games and puzzles. BLMS students were able to Skype with Marcus and his parents as his grandmother accepted the gifts from our students.



  • HSAP testing is Tuesday-Thursday.

  • River Clean Up Day is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Oyster Factory Park.

  • Science field trip to release horseshoe crabs is 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23.

  • Parents of the Bobcats football team will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Bluffton High School.

  • MAP testing makeups continue through April 30.



  • School resumes today.

  • MAP testing for kindergarten through ninth grade will begin Wednesday.

  • Moms in Prayer International will meet at 8 a.m. today.

  • Moms at Prayer will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday.

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

  • The sophomore college trip is Thursday.

  • The middle school and upper school Spring Ensembles Concert will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.


    Families are invited to attend weekly chapels:

  • Lower school chapel, 8:45-9:30 a.m. Thursday

  • Upper school chapel, 11-11:45 a.m. Thursday

  • Middle school chapel, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday



  • MAP testing continues through April 30. Please be sure your child is in school and on time every day unless they are sick. Students who meet their target growth in reading and math will have their names included in the bike raffle in June.

  • "Let's Make Some Noise! Poetry in Performance," presented by third-graders, will be at 6:30 p.m. today. All parents are welcome to attend.

  • The Town Hall Grade Level Meeting Awards for "Commitment" will be Friday.

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group of Beaufort County meets at 5:30 p.m. April 23. Details: 843-726-1092


  • "Promising Picasso" student artwork will be on display at Pineland Station in the old Tuesday Morning store from April 28 to May 5.

  • PASS Prep Saturday School will be held 9-11:30 a.m. April 21 and 28 and May 5.



  • The school will celebrate National Public Schools Volunteer Week with a brunch at 9:30 a.m. today in the gym. The food will be prepared by the teachers and staff. All school volunteers are invited to attend.

  • The fourth-grade awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the courtyard.

  • Rick Hubbard will perform at an assembly for grades 1-3 at 2 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

  • ESOL Family Literacy Night will be held at 5:15 p.m. Thursday. A catered dinner will be provided by the Golden Corral. The dinner will be followed by a performance by Rick Hubbard.

  • Banking and Boxtops will be held Friday.

  • The Creative Arts Players will present "Dramatic Desserts: Fractured Fairytales" at 7 p.m. April 26 in the gym. Coffee, lemonade and desserts will be provided during the performance. There will be a silent auction of desserts donated from local businesses. Adult tickets are $7, children's tickets are $3 and students are free. Details: Harry Culpepper Jr., 843-342-4135 or


  • Fifth-graders will take a field trip April 19 to the Mighty Eighth Museum.

  • A quilt designed by third- and fourth-graders and the Palmetto Quilt Guild during Extended Learning Time will be on exhibit at "Promising Picassos" at Pineland Station on Hilton Head Island. Details: Bebe Cifaldi, 843-342-4146



  • The Athletic Booster Club meeting will be at 6 p.m. today in the media center.

  • A monthly SIC meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the media center.


  • Prom is 8 p.m.-midnight April 28 in the main gym. The theme this year is "Happily Ever After, A Fairytale." Ticket are $30 or $50 a couple and are on sale March 5-30. Tickets will be $40 or $60 a couple April 9-25. There will be photographers, and picture packets will be available later. Only juniors and seniors can buy tickets, and no dates 21 or older. Any student who attends will need to get an obligation formed filled out. If the date does not attend the high school, he or she will be required to get the bottom portion of their obligation formed signed by the SRO and Mrs. O'Nan (this is the background check). The obligation forms will be located in the school store. Parents of HHIHS students attending the prom will be required to attend a parent prom meeting. There will be two meetings, 6 p.m. April 25 in the cafeteria and 9 a.m. April 28 in the VPAC. At these meetings, the parents will be able to pick up their child's prom ticket.



  • The school's Team America Rocketry Challenge team has qualified as one of the top 100 teams from across the country and has been invited to compete at the National Finals on May 12 just outside of Washington, D.C. This year's goal was to design and build a rocket that climbed to an altitude of 800 feet with a payload of two raw eggs and a flight duration of 43 to 47 seconds. The top 100 TARC teams will compete for $60,000 in prizes, scholarships and a Raytheon Company-sponsored trip to the 2012 air show in Farnborough, England, for an international fly-off.


  • MAP testing continues for sixth- and seventh-graders.

  • A Student Council meet will be 2:45-3:45 p.m. today.

  • PTA will meet at 1 p.m. April 24 in portable No. 4. All parents are invited to attend.

  • SIC will meet at 6 p.m. April 24 in the media center.

  • The Athletic Ball for athletes will be 7-9 p.m. May 18 in the middle cafeteria.

  • The eighth-grade celebration and dance will be June 8.


  • Please keep turning in your box tops to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in.


  • As a reminder to parents: No students are released after 2 p.m. Please bring a valid ID when signing out your student. Last minute transportation changes must be faxed to the school 843-689-4624, along with a copy of your ID. Otherwise, send in a note with your child.



  • A Parents Association meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the KNS Media Center.

  • The "3D" meeting for the Lower School will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Lower School Commons.


  • Hilton Head Prep is offering athletic, arts and skills camps throughout the summer. The camps are open to all school-aged children. Details:,

  • Beginning in the fall, the school is offering half-day junior kindergarten, in addition to full-day. All interested families should contact Bobbie Somerville at or 843-671-2286.

  • "Tuesday Tours" are 9-11 a.m. weekly for prospective families.



  • The school will present "Run for Their Future 5K and Kids Run" at 8 a.m. Saturday.


  • Suzuki violin lessons are now offered from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays.

  • Primary classes will celebrate Shakespeare's birthday on April 26. Students will recite lines from Shakespeare and sing.



  • MAP testing continues through April 30.



  • MAP testing continues this week.

  • A meeting for parents of rising sixth graders will be held at 6 p.m. today in the Bluffton Middle School cafeteria.

  • PTO will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Bytes, Bolts and Bots Night will be 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday.

  • A luncheon for school volunteers is noon-1 p.m. Friday.



  • Pre-K Child Find screenings will continue through April 30.



  • This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Tea is 9-10 a.m. Wednesday. Anyone who has volunteered for the school this year is welcome.

  • Class Picture Day is Wednesday. Pictures are $10 each.

  • PTO meets at 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • A Career Fair will be held for fourth- and fifth-graders Friday.


  • Please be sure to send your child to school in tennis shoes when he/she has P.E.



  • Classes resume today.

  • A Community Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Spirit Day is Friday.


  • Students will celebrate Earth Day on Friday with an Art of Conservation collaborative art piece, which will be dedicated to the Waddell Mariculture Center.

  • The middle school will present their classroom aquaponics project, in which they have been growing tilapia and lettuce in combined hydroponic and aquaculture tanks, at the Experience Green Earth Day Celebration on Saturday at Shelter Cove Community Park.


  • Weekly SPMA Campus Tours are at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Call 843-785-2534 to make an appointment.

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

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