DoSomething.org and Staples are teaming up with the stars from ABC Family for the Staples for Students Do Something for kids in need national school supply drive. Beaufort-area teens are encouraged to collect school supplies and drop them off at the nearest Staples store through Sept. 17. Staples customers will be able to get involved by donating $1 or more at any Staples store. All school supplies and donations will be given locally to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry. Details: www.staplesforstudents.org
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
There will be an open house for grades kindergarten through first from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.
There will be an open house for second through fifth grades from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.
BRANCH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
First day of school is Sept. 7.
Registration is still available for the upcoming school year.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
An open house will be at 6 p.m. today.
Ms. Rollins will be available from 4-6 p.m. today for parents who have not completed their proof of residency and updated their information. Stop by to see her with two proofs of residency. You must provide two documents from Category A or one document from Category B. Category A includes: gas bill, electric bill, water/sewer bill, phone bill, cable bill, driver's license/state ID. Category B includes: real estate tax bill, signed lease, mortgage document, current real property assessment, military housing letter.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
A senior parent meeting will be at 7 p.m. today in the media center.
Lower School parents' night will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium
A new parent coffee will at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Picture day is Sept. 8.
Everyday Math Night for parents and students is from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
The school's Operation 100% reading program needs volunteers for two hours a week teaching first-and second-graders. No experience is required. Details: Linda Baird, 843-342-6640
If you have not yet filled out your registration and proof or residence forms for this school year, come in to the front office.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Strive to Excel's Hawkfest 2011 back-to-school community festival will be held from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Mitchelville Beach Park on Hilton Head Island. Craft vendors are invited to participate. A booth with table, two chairs and a tent is $100; access to electricity is available for an additional $50. Details: Amy Metzger, 843-689-4982; www.strive2excel.org
There will be a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the school bands at 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday Applebee's, 200-A Museum St. Cost is $5. Details: 843-681-8615
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
There will be an open house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
There will be a PTA meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the main conference room. All parents are invited.
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.
For safety and security reasons, students will not be released from school between 2-2:30 p.m. Schedule your appointments accordingly. A photo ID is required for early dismissal, and you must be on the approved sign-out list.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
The second annual Coastal Clean Water Festival will be held from 5-10 p.m. Saturday at Shelter Cove Harbour on Hilton Head Island. The school will present a free evening of music, food and environmental education. Festivities will include live music, bounce houses, local food vendors and educational booths for environmental groups. All local business and community groups whose continued success depends on a healthy marine environment are invited to participate with an informational booth at the event. Details: email@example.com
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
There will be an assembly for third through fifth grades Friday. Students will receive information on Student Council elections.
Back-to-school nights will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade at M.C. Riley Early Childhood Center; and Sept. 1 for second, third, fourth and fifth grades at M.C. Riley Elementary School.
The school will be introducing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports -- a schoolwide system that promotes student behavior positive patterns -- to students during the week through their EAGLE Flight School.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Friday is spirit shirt day
Fall MAP testing begins this week for all second- through fifth-grade students.
Friday folders go home with school and grade newsletters on Friday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Orientation for preprimary students will be this week. Contact your teacher if you haven't received your child's individualized schedule.
The first full day of school for all Upper School students is today.
The first day of school for all third-year primary students (kindergarten) will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. today.
All new Primary students will have orientation from 1:30-3 p.m. today.
The first day of school for all second-year primary students will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Parent Back-to-School Night will be from 6-7 p.m. Thursday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.