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: www.uscb.edu, 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, 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, VA 22172-1938
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MAP testing will be today through Friday.
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Kids' Club at the ECC is at 5 p.m. Thursday.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
PTO meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
SIC, Bluffton Cluster meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday 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.
The art classes are planning some papier mache projects and are seeking donations of old newspapers.
Parents are encouraged to complete the Needs Assessment Survey, available at http://blm.beaufort.k12.sc.us/ and www.beaufort.k12.sc.us
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.
Winter MAP dates are today through Dec. 16 for reading and math. Spring MAP testing will be from March 26-April 30 for reading, ELA, math and science.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
SIC/Cluster meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bluffton Middle School.
The marching band will participate in the Bluffton Christmas Parade on Saturday.
ESOL Parent Night is from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the cafeteria.
MAP testing for reading and math will be Tuesday through Dec. 16.
Progress reports go home Friday.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
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.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Five teachers recently received Bright Idea grants from Palmetto Electric. They were Karen Osborne for her "Freddie the Frog Teaches Music," Steve Bouvier for his "Crazy TALK: Talking Animation Launches Kids," Treva Kent for her"'Bring on the Rain' -- A Rain Harvester Project," Jennifer Smith for her "21st Century Listening Center" and Helen Aston for her "Child-sized Work Benches: A Student Woodworking Project."
The School Improvement Council meets from 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
The school's chorus concert is Dec. 12.
The school is collecting canned goods for The Deep Well Project. Donation boxes are at the front entrance. The class that collects the most will get a pizza party.
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
MAP testing is today-Dec. 16.
Interim reports will be sent home Friday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The school recently named winners of its yearbook cover-design contest, judged by Brucie Holler. Emma Patrick was first overall. Maria Uribe was second and Seth Woods third. Cassie Rohl and Jake Cauller earned honorable mentions. Cauller was the first-place winner among first-graders, and Jessica Czarnecki was second. Woods won the second-
grade competition, Jackson Edwards was second and Yareli Vinalay was third. Among third-graders, Rohl was first, followed by Danielle Putbrese, who was second, and Alex Gentemann, who was third. Patrick won the fourth-grade competition, followed by Jessica Mora (second) and Alexandra Ulbrich (third.) Uribe was first among fifth-
graders, followed by Emily Flores. Dean Seelbach, A'Nya Marshburn Foushee and Karana Laborde collaborated on the third-place design.
The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public.
The school continues to collect canned goods for The Deep Well Project.
MAP testing is today through Dec. 16.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Teachers Lisa Marchetta, Patty Schoelkopf-Lewis and Jennifer Weitekamper each received National Board certifications recently.
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 email@example.com 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.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
PTA meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the main conference room.
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.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Hilton Head Preparatory School fifth-grade humanities teacher Heather Brougham-Cook was recently selected to be a visiting faculty member for a week at the Nancie Atwell Center for Teaching and Learning.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
The annual "Jolly Holiday Party" will be Saturday at Moss Creek. Cost is $75 a person. Details: 843-757-2312
The elementary Christmas program will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Baptist Church; the primary program will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 at Bluffton High School; toddler programs will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 at the school.
The first- and second-grade elementary choir will entertain at noon Dec. 12 at Berkeley Hall.
Chess and yoga classes for clementary students will resume after the Christmas holiday.
May River Montessori will be collecting can goods for the children to deliver to local food bank before Christmas holidays.
School tours are available with information about the 2 year (toddler) to fifth-grade programs. To schedule a tour, call 843-757-2312.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A holiday craft fair is planned for 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the main building. Students can work with teachers and parents to create holiday crafts and ornaments. The free event is sponsored by the PTO.
The Singing Eagles Chorus will perform at the Bluffton Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Friday at Bluffton Town Hall.
The school's Joleba African Drumming Ensemble will perform in the Bluffton holiday parade at 11 a.m. Saturday.
MAP testing begins Tuesday and continues through Dec. 16.
Progress reports will be sent home with students Friday.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Donuts for Dad will be 8-8:40 a.m. Thursday for fathers whose last names begin with the letters A-L. The event will continue from 8-8:40 a.m. Friday for those with last names that begin with letters M-Z.
Friday is the final day to sign up for PTO's holiday workshop.
Superintendent Valerie Truesdale will be a guest at a meeting of the cluster School Improvement Council from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Bluffton Middle School.
Okatie students and staff will participate in the Bluffton Christmas parade in old town.
MAP testing begins today.
Scrip orders are due Friday.
Second-quarter progress reports go home Friday.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Spirit Shirt Day is Thursday.
Chick-fil-A Night, hosted by the second grade, is Thursday. The event is a PTO fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds during the dinner hours return to Red Cedar to help support learning.
Winter MAP testing begins today.
Interim reports will be sent home Friday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Suzuki Violin Recitals will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.
There will be a First Friday Coffee with the Head of School at 8:30 am. Friday in the atrium.
The fourth annual Book Fair at Barnes & Noble on Saturday. Suzuki Violin performances will take place at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Story time will take place at 11 a.m.
The school is collecting holiday food for The Deep Well Project. Go to www.spma.com for requested food items.
The art department is accepting clean recylables.
Students recently collected $723.97 for UNICEF through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, a national program which helps aid children around the globe.
Following the school's Community Feast on Nov. 15, families, students and staff donated the remaining food to the local St. Luke's Church charitable outreach food program which helps to feed local citizens in need.
The middle school students traveled to the local Deep Well Project food pantry headquarters Nov. 22 to deliver schoolwide collected non-perishable food items and helped to stock the pantry shelves.
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
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.