BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mustangs of the Months for October are: sixth-graders Meleena Lin, Victoria Sulak, Charlie Hancock and Alondra Rodriguez Zamora; seventh-graders Hannah Hundley, Kymberly Wojcik, Jeret Wease and Omar Tenorio
A Thanksgiving celebration lunch will be Tuesday in the cafeteria. Parents are invited to eat lunch with their student during their regularly scheduled lunch period. An adult lunch price of $3.15 will include turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, choice of two sides and dessert. Student/child's lunch is available for $1.85.
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Ms. Lewis' Beach & Museum Field Trip will be Friday. Students in Ms. Lewis' science classes have been working on projects that demonstrate their understanding of the environmental issues facing our local community. Several projects will be entered in a national competition called "River of Words," which inspires young people to connect science with art and poetry. Educators at Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island have designed several field studies that will join these student efforts with first-hand experiences at the beach and salt marsh.
The PTO invites parents and the community to invest in the new school by purchasing engraved bricks for the walk in front of the school and around the flagpole. Cost is $50 a brick, which includes three lines of text. Details: Mark Mulholland, 843-384-7712
Addison Black received honorable mention at the SCISA Student Art Exhibition in Orangeburg on Nov. 5. Artwork from Cameron Nix, Will Monts, Delaney Porter, Annie Barrett, Elizabeth McClure and Ryan Donahue was also showcased.
Ethan Walter was sworn in as Postmaster of Cross Schools Wee Deliver Post Office on Oct. 22. The ceremonies were performed by Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka. Wee Deliver is part of the Postal Service's literacy program, which promotes reading, writing and life skills. Also sworn in as letter carriers were Shanice Finley, Annie Barrett, Kayla Smith, Chloe Walker, Emory Neal, Colin Young, Rebecca Donaldson, Derrick Dees, Matthew Dennis, Will Monts, Chris McKinney, Robert Barrett, Nate Freeland and Jonathan Schuble.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the media center. Parents are invited to attend.
The school's Thanksgiving canned food drive continues through Friday.
School will not be in session Nov. 24-26, in observance of Thanksgiving break.
New members of the National Honor Society include: Emily Hammond, Joshua Hopwood, Olivia Landino, Minami Ann Levonowich, Yifan Liu, Skyler Mednick, John Thomson and Elkie Van den Beemt.
Progress reports for the first semester/second quarter will be distributed Tuesday.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
College Planning Night will be at 7 p.m. tonight in the media center.
Tenth-grade students will participate in Beaufort County's D.U.I. Experience today and Wednesday.
Parents of ninth-grade students are invited to attend the Principal's Coffee at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the media mentor.
PTF Pretzel Day is Wednesday during afternoon carpool.
Middle School Drama Department presents "Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts. Additional performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with an afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday.
ZONTA Club is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child. Shoeboxes should be filled and returned to the school no later than Thursday.
Second quarter midterm reports go home with students Friday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Cameron Blackshear of Ms. Seelbach's class scored a 74 on the state-mandated aerobic capacity pacer test. Cameron is performing at a ninth-grade level.
Four teachers were recipients of Palmetto Electric's 2010 Bright Ideas Grant for Education. Each of these teacher's were surprised in their classrooms with grant checks: Beth McCafferty, $1,000; Beth Fox and Diana Magnan, $800; Catherine Crum, $675; and Treva Kent, $500. They will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday hosted by Palmetto Electric in Wednesday.
The Book Fair will be held this week in the Red Gym. Family Night is from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight.
The third-graders will present a musical program, "South Carolina on My Mind," at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
PTA meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in P-4.
SIC meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
The PTA is sponsoring the "Reflections Art Recognition Program." Students can submit entries in visual art, photography, film production, literature, dance choreography and music composition. Entries and rules for each category are available at the front office. All entries should be submitted to the front office by Nov. 23.
Thanksgiving break is Nov. 24-26.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The 5K Family Fun Run will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. Details: Amy Kaufman, Amykaufman@beaufort.k12.sc.us
The after-school evening drama program be will be held Thursday. Details: Harry Culpepper, Harry.email@example.com
The Junior Gardeners will take a field trip to Seabrook Farms in Hilton Head Plantation today to study citrus plants, plant care, maintenance and planting.
The school has been chosen to decorate the S.C. tree in the "Pathway of Peace," which will be part of the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C. One ornament will be chosen to hang on the Christmas tree in the White House Visitor Center. The lighting of the trees will be done by President Barack Obama in a national broadcast. Art teachers Sylvia Pitts and Beverly Jenkins were the artists chosen to facilitate this student project.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
The Lower School Values Assembly was Nov. 5. Students who exemplified "resiliency," the value of the month during October, were: junior kindergartners Alex Zhu and Mini Kidd; kindergartner Jackson Kidd; first-graders John Kidd and Olivia Shamlou; second-graders Spencer Hall, Thomas Milbourn, Hannah Stevens and Halsey Williamson; third-grader Kierstin Clark; fourth-graders Sarah Bacevich, Matt Kandel, Grace Moucharafieh, Morgan Quinn and Collin Tardio; and fifth-graders Jackson Larson, Alyssa Marotta, Alana McCallion, Sarah Orie, Shalina Parker, Marguerite Williamson and Daisy Woerheide.
The preliminary grade-level spelling bee was recently held. Representing Hilton Head Preparatory Lower School at the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee in January are: third-graders Carolina Stone and Anna Sulek; fourth-graders Hunter Hawk and Matt Kandel; and fifth-graders Kacy Jones and Dickie Speer. Alternates are Ella Alsko and Kierstin Clark (third grade), Michael Santorum (fourth grade) and Julia Gigante (fifth grade).
The junior class Holiday Poinsettias sale has been extended through Wednesday. Poinsettias are available in crimson red, pastel pink or creamy white and will be delivered Dec. 3. To place an order, got to www.hhprep.org.
The Parents Association Meeting is at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the KNS Media Center.
The Zonta Induction Ceremony will be Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Middle School Gym.
There is a meeting for parents of students participating in the Costa Rica Winterim Trip at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lower School Commons.
The fourth-grade field trip to The Island Packet is Thursday.
As part of the annual Halloween Festival on the Harbour at Shelter Cove, ninth-grader Ann Harrison Monroe organized a haunted house for area children. Donations were accepted on behalf of Hilton Head Preparatory School's Annual Fund. Hundreds of school-age children participated in the event. Upper school student volunteers from Hilton Head Preparatory School that worked with Harrison to make the event a success earned more than 60 community service hours.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
Lower Elementary class is going on a beach walk Dec. 8 led by a local environmentalist.
Upper Elementary children will be volunteering at the Church of the Cross food bank on Nov. 23 to distribute food gathered from contributions to this month's food drive.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Math Night is from 6-8 p.m. today. Students will have an opportunity to participate in math games and activities with their parents and will receive copies of these games and activities to take with them to use at home. Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade will go to the Early Childhood Center multi-purpose room.
Grades 2-5 will go to the multipurpose room at the M.C. Riley Elementary building.
The Kid's Club Meeting will be in conjunction with the Family Math night at 6 p.m. today.
PTO meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. The first-grade teachers will be working at the restaurant.
In celebration of American Education week, M. C. Riley Elementary School and Early Childhood Center invites parents to visit the school and their child's classroom Thursday. Teachers will be sending home invitations to visit at specified times during the day.
Students, families and staff will come together on 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. The 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. Cost is $3.25 per family guest.
Picture makeup day is Thursday.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PTO meets at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Visitation Day is Tuesday, and parents are invited to observe or participate in their child's class. Parents need to contact their child's teacher to make arrangements. Information is in the E-News.
The Coffee House Performances will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Students will perform monologues and original and scripted scenes. Parents will be able to sit and savor a cup of coffee and a piece of dessert for a nominal charge. Money raised benefits the PTO.
Thanksgiving luncheons will be on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for kindergartners, 11:10 a.m. for first-graders, 11:50 a.m. for second-graders, 1 p.m. for third-graders, 12:25 p.m. for fourth-graders and 1:35 p.m. for fifth-graders.
Friday is Spirit Shirt Day.
Scrip orders are available for pick up this week.
Okatie Elementary School has joined up with "Goodsearch," a search engine which donates 50 percent of its sponsored search revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. Details: www.goodsearch.com
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PTO meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
SIC meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Thanksgiving feast will be Thursday. Cost is $3.15 for adults and $1.35 for students. Reservations are required.
This week is American Education Week. Parents are invited throughout the week to visit his or her child's classroom to observe, volunteer or have lunch with their child. Parents should inform teacher ahead of time of expected visit and if they will be joining for lunch.
Kids Club is at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The school is accepting donations of slightly worn books. Bring them to the front office or call 843-707-0500.
Thanksgiving break is Nov. 24-26
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is Friday. Students can wear school logo wear to school.
Community Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Parents and children are invited. Reservations are required. Details: 843-785-2534
Grandparents Day is Nov. 23.
Suzuki violin recitals will be Nov. 30.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
Thanksgiving break is Nov. 24-26.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
The next Bank-in-School Squirrels Savers program will be from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Bank representatives will be on hand to accept students' deposits and answer any banking questions.
The school spelling bee for third through eighth grade will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the gym.
The Beta Club is raising funds for its first trip to the state convention in Myrtle Beach. The Beta Club Students will be serving the parents in the Family Center from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Thursday. Cost is $3 per adult.
The school students are helping the Knights of Columbus collect food items for Thanksgiving baskets. Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade are collecting large cans of tuna. Second, third and fourth grade are collecting large boxes of cereal. Fifth and sixth grade are collecting large jars of peanut butter and seventh and eighth grade are collecting large jars of jelly. Food items can be dropped off at the school until Friday.
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.