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Moore, Oklahoma HAT Day, Friday, 5-24
"We can do MOORE for Oklahoma"! Support MOORE, Oklahoma students by wearing a hat for $1.00 on Friday, 5-24th. Donations for Hat Day will be sent to the Superintendent of Moore Public Schools. Thank you for all of your support!
Operation Mama Gaye
The whole school came out for a wonderful group photo to honor Operation Mama Gaye with the McDonald sisters -- Wendy Estes and Kimberly Hartley.
Thank you to our ASU Student Teachers
Thank you and good luck to our ASU student teachers Jordan Davis, Stephen Thompson, Katie Moose and (inset) Josh Madison. They will be missed!
School Proctors Needed!
School Proctors needed for MSL and EOG Testing:
May 28th, May 29th, June 4th and June 5th!
Contact the school office at 295-3204!
Attention 8th Graders-WHS Pacers Tryouts
The Pacer/Parent Informational Tryout Meeting will be Monday, May 20 @ 3:45 in room 2202 at WHS. This is for any rising 9th-12th grader interested in trying out for the 2013-2014 Pacer Dance Team.
WHS Athletic Camps for Rising 3rd-9th Graders
Visit http://wataugasd.whs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=161480 for information on Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Baseball Camps. The deadline registration for some of these camps is June 1. Update: Parent Gae Kapral reports that there will also be a girls Lacrosse camp July 29 - Aug 1 at WHS. Brochures will be dropped off at the office later this week!
Kindergarteners Letterland Day (Tweetsie trip rained out)
One of the highlights of the year for kindergarten students is their field trip to Tweetsie Railroad for “Letterland Days”. Letterland is a unique, phonics-based approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling to 3-8 year olds used in kindergarten and first grade. At Tweetsie, students get to interact with characters they know well from Letterland such as Apple Annie, Talking Tess, Clever Cat, and Eddie Elephant. Unfortunately, this year the Tweetsie trip had to be canceled due to rain, so the classes had a in school Letterland Day in which students dressed as a Letterland character or wore a letter. (Opps -- Mrs. Ryan mis-wrote the earlier description, thinking the students did go to Tweetsie.)
Mountaineer Summer Reading Program
The Mountaineer Summer Reading Program is a collaborative effort between Appalachian Athletics and the Reich College of Education. Students in kindergarten through seventh grades, in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Watauga, and Wilkes counties, and in Elkin City, will be afforded the opportunity to read grade level books during the summer of 2013 and to submit their reading logs to the media center coordinator during the first week of school in the fall. Top readers in grades one through three, grades four through six, and grades seven through eight will earn a trip to an ASU football game, a tailgate party, and recognition on the fifty yard line during halftime of Education Day. Click for the Tally Sheet and Instruction Sheet.
Professor Funn: A Message from our World Book Representative Kathy Moore
Dear Parent: Our school library mission is to help every student develop a love of reading, to become a skilled user of ideas and information, and to explore the world through print and electronic media. So, I am pleased to introduce a new at-home product that helps achieve this mission. As many of you know, new educational standards mandate that children at the earliest grade levels spend more time reading and understanding non-fiction content. The Secret Files of Professor L. Lotto Funn helps introduce students to science, history and cultural topics in engaging ways. I feel confident recommending this new product because it is made by World Book, one of the most trusted names in educational publishing. For a limited time, World Book is offering The Secret Files of Professor L. Lotto Funn directly to homes. It is not yet available in stores. During this period, a portion of the purchase price of every copy will be credited to this school to buy other educational products. Attached to this letter is a flyer that further explains the product. When making a purchase, please make sure to select our school for a donation during the checkout process. Please note that there is absolutely NO pressure to purchase this product. However, if you’re looking for an inventive method to extend your child’s learning beyond the school day, I recommend that you consider The Secret Files of Professor L. Lotto Funn. Website: http://www.professorfunn.com/. Update: the period in which copies will provide credit to the school has been extended through November 2013. Also: the age range for this book is upper-2nd through 7th grade.
Summer Camp for BRAHM
BRAHM will be offering Summer Camp 2013. For registration forms, please stop by the school office. Click here for more information on their camps for kids (Shape Note Singing, Appalachian Dance, "Grand" Club, Mountain Life, Brilliant at BRAHM, Illustrate Your World and Appalachian Art Adventures) and adults.
Yearbook Staff; A Few Extra Copies Available
Yearbooks are here! We hope that everyone enjoys their school yearbook! Remember: Rockets are meant to fly! -- The 2012-2013 Blowing Rock School Rocket Staff. Update: yearbooks have been sold out.
Spring Fling 2013 Photos
Despite the wacky spring weather, Spring Fling was well attended and the kids had a blast. A mid-event fire alarm (due to the cotton candy machine) allowed the kids to show how well trained they were in leading the adults out of the building. Click for many more photos. A special thanks to all the ASU student volunteers that were a huge part of putting on this event. Check out David Rogers' article about Spring Fling in the blowingrocknews.com!
WCS Spring Newsletter
The Watauga County Schools Spring Newsletter is now available online. While this newsletter notes that Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, the Blowing Rock School PTO will be honoring Teachers and Staff during the week of May 13-17 due to Spring Fling and the prolonged school year. There are also articles about the school calendar for next year, end of year testing and former Blowing Rock students Maggie Cook and Austin Wilcox -- who made up one of 10 teams who were State Finalists in CPR and First Aid for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).
Parris B. Receives NC State Basketball Camp Scholarship
On Friday, April 26, Blowing Rock 7th Grader Parris B. was surprised during Mr. Flippen’s Science class when Mr. Sukow arrived with a basketball toss first to Mr. Flippen and then to Parris. BREMCO representatives, Parris’s mother Sharon Bolick, and sister Paige then entered the room and Parris learned she was being awarded with an all-expense paid scholarship to attend the Wolfpack Basketball Academy August 1-4 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives are offering all-expense paid scholarships for middle-school students from across the state to attend basketball camps this summer at two of North Carolina's largest college campuses. "Blue Ridge Electric is thrilled to continue our tradition of awarding these scholarships to outstanding students," said Grey Scheer, director of community relations at Blue Ridge Electric. "This program provides kids with an unforgettable opportunity to work with collegiate coaches, experience life on a college campus, and develop fundamental skills that will help them excel both on and off the court." Photo l-r: Grey Scheer, Directory of Community Relations at Blue Ridge Electric, Susan Jones, Blue Ridge Electric Watauga District Manager, Parris B., Sharon Bolick, Paige B. and Blowing Rock School Principal Patrick Sukow.
"Feeling Like A Sir" at Chick Fil-A Spirit Night
4th Grade Teacher Martha Trimble and student Isabella K. are "feeling like a sir" (witty & sophisticated) at Chick Fil-A Spirit Night on April 22, 2013.
Parents -- Some Past Yearbooks Available for Purchase
Update from Carol Critcher in the Media Center: yearbooks for the following years are -- 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 yearbook-- for $10.00 each. This year's yearbook should arrive in late May.
Author Julia Taylor Ebel Visits Blowing Rock School
On April 18th, author Julia Taylor Ebel visited with some of our Blowing Rock School students. Mrs. Ebel is a native to North Carolina and her stories, biographies and poetry are centered around the rich heritage found our mountains. Because April is National Poetry Month, she shared the sounds and rhythms of poetry and led students toward writing individual poems. Visit her web page at http://www.juliaebel.com/ to learn more about how she weaves stories and bridges our roots and memories of times past. Click for more pictures.
Well Done, Lily!!
Congratulations to Lily S. who came in 6th place out of 100 in the individual portion of the Watauga County Math Competition! You rock, girl! Lily is a 5th grader and the competition was between teams and individuals for 4th, 5th and 6th grades for all of Watauga County. The competition was held at ASU.
The Carowinds Trip for 7th and 8th grade Band, Strings and Chorus will be May 18th. The Band and Strings Concert will be May 23rd at 7:30 pm (to last approx. 1 1/2 hours).
PTO Officers, Silent Auction Items Solicited
The PTO has parents willing to fill some but not all the 2013-2014 board slots. PLEASE let the PTO or current PTO President Melissa Tausche know if you are interested in joining the board or have an item for the Spring Fling Silent Auction by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. Thank you!
BRAHM's Young At Art Program
Young at Art is an outreach program at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) designed to augment the art curriculum for kindergartners through second graders at Blowing Rock School. Each class is treated to a monthly art class. Shown above are students from Ms. McGuire's 2nd grade class being read to by Leila Weinstein, Educational Programs Coordinator, following several hands on art activities. Facilitating this program are Ethan Brooks-Livingston ("Mr. Ethan"), Visitor and Member Services and Anna Clair Miller, BRAHM Intern. Photo by new BR Parent Cheryl Gocke. Information on summer youth BRAHM opportunities can be found at http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org/about-us/recent-news/158-summer-campsworkshops-2013-announced.
Blowing Rock School Testing Schedule Released
Junior Beta Club's Spring Cleanup of the Gwen Tyrie Memorial Garden
Junior Beta Club recently began a spring cleanup of the Gwen Tyrie Memorial Garden that is located in the center of the school. This garden is dedicated to Gwen Tyrie, a Blowing Rock 3rd grade teacher who passed away in January 2002 after 23 years as a 3rd grade teacher. She was a wonderful, loving teacher who many people still remember with much fondness and gratitude. One highlight each year for her students was the day in which they arrived at school to find Miss Viola Swamp, “the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world”. Ms. Tyrie portrayed Miss Swamp so well, students were unaware that it was their own teacher for quite a while. The Junior Beta Club promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service and is led by Blowing Rock AIG Teacher Harriet Stepuch. Click for more photos.
Standards for Dress Code
Yes, it is summertime for students at BR! However, please continue to adhere to the following dress codes for your students! Students may be sent home should the rules not be followed!
1. Sun glasses, hats, caps, and other head coverings shall not be worn in the building.
1. Sun glasses, hats, caps, and other head coverings shall not be worn in the building.
2. Shoes shall be worn at all times in the school building and on the school campus.
3. Clothing or emblems which are offensive to any race, gender, or religion shall not be worn.
4. Profanity on clothing shall not be permitted.
5. Clothing promoting tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or sex shall not be permitted.
6. No undergarments shall be visible.
7. No bathing suits shall be worn.
8. No pajamas shall be worn.
9. Midriffs shall be covered.
10. Backless tops shall not be permitted.
11. Private body parts shall be covered and not visible.
12. No chains or studded or spiked necklaces/bracelets that could be considered weapons, are to be worn.
13. Tops shall have at least one strap on each side of the neck.
In addition to the County Standards the following will apply at Blowing Rock School:
14. Dresses, skirts, or shorts should fall no higher than the tips of the student’s fingers when arms are fully extended toward the floor.
15. Pants, shorts, and skirts are expected to be worn appropriately on the waist at all times.
16. Shirts or dresses with spaghetti straps are not permitted in grades 3-8 without a tee shirt underneath.
Archived Website Announcements and Photos
Older announcements, some of which include photos or a photo album, can be found on the "Archived 2012-2013 Announcements & Photos" page. The link for this page is on the bottom of the side navigation menu.