Education

Packet Class Notes For Feb. 28

BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EVENTS

  • ELDA testing will be held this week.
  • SIC meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
  • World Math Day is Tuesday.
  • Read Across America Day is Wednesday.
  • HELPING HANDS

  • Volunteers are needed for PASS testing in March and May. Mandatory proctor training sessions will be held at 11 a.m. March 8 and 15 in the conference room. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500, Shirley.delgado-castellano@beaufort.k12.sc.us
  • BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

    EVENTS

  • Health screenings will be provided Tuesday through Friday.
  • ELDA testing continues through March 15.
  • A Girl Scouts interest meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Troops will be formed as needed and depending on volunteers. Volunteers receive free, local training. There is a $12 annual registration fee.
  • PTO meets at 5 p.m. and SIC meets at 6 p.m. March 22 in the media center.
  • HELPING HANDS

  • Tuesdays are "Eat Out for Bluffton Middle Nights." Eat out on a Tuesday night at either Giuseppi's or Cheeburger Cheeburger and let them know you are from Bluffton Middle School.
  • OTHER

  • If you have a student who is attending an Out of Zone school, you need to complete and submit the new form before Tuesday. All transfer requests must be approved by Tuesday. Go to the front office to pick up the new form to be sent to Student Services at the disctrict office. Applications must be renewed yearly; failure to do so will result in students being sent back to their original zone school.
  • Parents of rising sixth-graders are invited to an informational meeting from 5-6 p.m. March 14 in the cafeteria. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the administrators and guidance counselors, and learn about course offerings, extracurricular activities and other upcoming events that will assist your children with the transition into middle school. Details: Marcia Ramsdell, 843-707-0759
  • Follow the school on Twitter at www.twitter.com/blufftonmiddle.
  • Any written attendance excuse must be written on a full sheet of paper to prevent the note from getting lost or misplaced in lockers or backpacks. E-mail Mrs. Steinbauer attendance excuses at linda.steinbauer@beaufort.k12.sc.us. Medical excuses can be faxed to 843-707-0770.
  • The Beaufort County School District is getting ready to populate student Compass Learning folders with the "PASS Push" modules. Parents should encourage their student to complete additional assignments at home in Compass Learning during March and April. Details: http://odyssey.beaufort.k12.sc.us
  • Yearbooks are for sale for $40. Order forms are available in the office. All orders should be turned in to first period teachers. Checks should be made payable to Bluffton Middle School.
  • Students interested in attending Youth Learning Institute summer camp may pick up a flier in the main office.
  • CROSS SCHOOLS

    EVENTS

  • The fifth grade will volunteer at the Church of the Cross Food Bank on Tuesday.
  • Friday is Dress Down Day. Students can donate $1 to wear jeans.
  • The middle school will be offering Popsicles at lunch for 50 cents Friday. The money raised from the sale of the Popsicles will go toward the middle school field trip to Washington, D.C., on March 15.
  • Standardized testing week will be March 7-11. Standardized testing is a way of helping teachers and administrators measure achievement levels in core academic areas such as reading, math language, spelling and science.
  • H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL

    EVENTS

  • Today's SIC and PTO meetings are cancelled.
  • ELDA testing continues through March 15.
  • The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in the school's media center.
  • OTHER

  • Report cards go home March 25.
  • Extended Learning Days are March 28-April 1.
  • HERITAGE ACADEMY

    EVENTS

  • Stanford Achievement Tests will be given to students in grades 6-9, from Tuesday through Thursday.
  • HELPING HANDS

  • The senior class will be sponsoring a Chick-fil-A fundraiser. Money raised will benefit the Casino Royale Senior Prom to be held in April at the Shipyard Beach Club. Students and Staff will be able to purchase sandwiches and drinks to be served in the front lobby during class breaks.
  • HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    EVENTS

  • Moms in Touch prayer group meets today in the Uniform Exchange.
  • College Bus Tour for juniors will be today through March 2.
  • There will be a mandatory parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center for all parents of fifth-grade students going on the Williamsburg trip.
  • Moms at Prayer meets at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Uniform Exchange.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
  • Accelerated Read & Feed will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturday in the media center.
  • A robotics workshop will be held March 25 and 27, and April 1, 4 and 8. The workshop is open to middle school students on a limited basis.
  • HELPING HANDS

  • The school Zonta club is collecting mini-bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and other personal items for the homeless. Donations can be made in the front office.
  • HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    EVENTS

  • Fifth-graders will visit Hilton Head Island Middle School on Thursday for an orientation session.
  • SIC/PTA will meet at 5 p.m. today in the yellow media center.
  • OTHER

  • Parents and families interested in enrolling their children in the school are invited to visit from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon March 9 and at 4:40-5:30 p.m. March 10. Details: 843-342-4100
  • Extended Learning Days are March 28-April 1.
  • HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

    ACHIEVEMENTS

  • First-grade teacher Gretchen Mando was awarded a Teacher Innovation Grant through the Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence, for $381.64 for "Reading Fluency Aids."
  • EVENTS

  • ESOL Parent Night will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Grades 3-5 will meet in the gym, and grades 1-2 will meet in the media center.
  • Bank and Boxtops day is Friday.
  • A "Cookie Art Walk" will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Care Core National in Bluffton. Selected student artwork -- completed under the direction of art teachers Beverly Jenkins and Sylvia Pitts, along with Alana Adams, education director from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina -- will be on display. Donald and Helen Ryan will be hosting this event.
  • OTHER

  • Rising first-graders and new students are invited to tour the school and meet the principal from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday and from 6-7 p.m. Thursday.
  • HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL

    EVENTS

  • Senior Parent Meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the media center.
  • Parent University will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 16 in the school's visual and performing arts center. Breakout sessions will include CPR basics, fitness for life, financial fitness for parents and finding money for college. Pre-register online at the school website or register that morning at 8 a.m. Details: Dianne Morgan, 843-689-4811
  • HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Vinny Krishna was runner-up in the sixth-grade competition in the South Carolina Independent School Association State Spelling Bee.
  • MAY RIVER MONTESSORI

    EVENTS

  • May River Montessori Elementary will present the opera "Rats" at 6 p.m. March 22 at Bluffton High School. Admission is free.
  • The 5K Run for the Future will be April 2 at Hampton Hall. Families are invited to walk or run. Details: Tim Waz, 843-815-1718, tim@palmettorunningco.com
  • A children's clothing exchange for May River Montessori families will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 12. All parents who donate clothes are welcome to pick out an equal amount.
  • MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    ENRICHMENT

  • As part of the Artist in Residence Program, the Spirit of Old Beaufort Group will be performing "Echoes for the Past, Civil War History: Customs and Dance" for the fourth-graders Tuesday through Friday.
  • HELPING HANDS

  • The PTO will be holding a "pizza take-out" fundraiser in conjunction with Monster Pizza. Students will be taking orders through March 11 for pizzas that will be available March 23 and 24.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist as monitors for the upcoming PASS testing which will take place on March 22 and 23 and May 10-13. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Details: 843-706-8300
  • OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    EVENTS

  • Gifted and talented testing and ELDA testing continue this week.
  • This is Read Across America week. This year's theme is "Oh, the places you'll go." Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks on Wacky Wednesday and a T-shirt from a place they visited. Students must still wear uniform pants or skirts. There will be an all-day "read-in."
  • First Federal's Squirrel Club will be at the school to receive deposits from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • World Math Day is Tuesday. Students will work on math activities all day, and the computer labs will be open for students to work math problems from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Box Tops Kickoff is Tuesday.
  • Phone-book recycling begins this week.
  • Friday is the school's seventh annual Author's Tea. Students will read a piece of their own writing to guests while enjoying lemonade and cookies in their classroom. Students are allowed to wear either their Sunday best (no jeans allowed) or their school uniform. Kindergartners and third-graders will read from 9-10 a.m. Second-graders will read from 9-9:45 a.m. Fifth-graders will read from 11-12:30 p.m. Fourth-graders will read from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    EVENTS

  • This week is Read Across America week: today, wear green or white uniform tops; Tuesday, wear a tie; Wednesday, Crazy Hair or Hat Day; Thursday, Pajama Day; Friday, Crazy Sock Day
  • There will be a Lunch and Update with Dr. Valerie Truesdale on the Beaufort County School District's progress and challenges at noon today at the school.
  • World Math Day is Tuesday.
  • There will be a GT Coffee Chat on Wedensday.
  • Everyday Math Game Night will be at 6 p.m. March 16.
  • There will be a book fair March 17-25.
  • HELPING HANDS

  • PASS testing is here again. Volunteers to help monitor are needed. Details: Kami Branham, 843-707-0500
  • OTHER

  • Child Find Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration is
  • March 28-April 1. Details: John Sykes, 843-707-0500

    SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY

    EVENTS

  • Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.
  • Pre-ordered Heritage Organic Farm produce boxes can be picked up from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday on the front porch.
  • Montessori Education Week promoted by the South Carolina Montessori Alliance -- www.scmontessori.org -- is this week. The school will participate with community service projects and observing a moment of silence to honor those who have promoted world peace through the Montessori education method.
  • OTHER

  • Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
  • ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

    EVENTS

  • The middle school science fair will be held Tuesday in the Family Center. Students will be presenting their projects to the judges and school students throughout the day. Parents and guests are invited to attend from 1:45-2:15 p.m. The school winners will go on to compete at the regional science fair March 17.
  • School Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
  • 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 classnotes@islandpacket.com.

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