posted Jan 23, 2018, 7:14 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  Yes, a weekly update coming to you on a Tuesday.  Just trying to keep you on your toes…..

Our Performing Arts Department brings to you this week, “Bye, Bye Birdie.”  Shows will run at 7:00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  There will also be a matinee on Saturday at 2:00.  Once again, Mr. Demko has cast two different groups of talented performers who will take the stage and Mr. Witham has about 20 students working behind the scenes (and creating them!) on his tech crew.  We hope that you can take the time to enjoy the show!

If your child has yet to turn in his/her permission slip/money for our annual Winter Carnival, they need to do so tomorrow, please.  We need to give Gunstock an accurate number on Thursday so we may purchase the tickets.  Even if your child is not planning on attending, we need that sheet.

Yesterday, we held our annual Spelling Bee up in our library.  The students that took part were finalists from each of their grade levels.  Taking the school championship was Samuel Leggett with Rachel Beck and Sydney Eastman taking second and third, respectively.  Sam will now move on to the state/regional competition!

Not to be outdone by their fellow spellers, the National Geographic Bee finals were also held recently.  Taking the school championship was Jalen Reese with Lily Cassiano taking second.  Jalen now has the opportunity to take the online exam to determine whether or not he qualifies for the state competition.

The Winter Sports Photos will take place tomorrow (hopefully, third time's the charm) after school beginning at 2:30 and ending at 3:15 (Nordic, Boy’s Hoops, Girl’s Hoops, Alpine).

A parent recently shared with me a website that you should be made aware of called “omegle.com”  This is a live video/chat site where anyone can watch anyone else doing anything; much of it inappropriate, drug-related, and even illegal.  Their motto or catchphrase is, “Talk to strangers!”  Something we parents have been telling our kids not to do for decades.

This week’s tip from the “Middle Years”*  Curse words: Not cool.  Today’s “plugged-in” tweens may get used to hearing and reading foul language and decide it’s no big deal.  Explain to your middle grader that cursing can make a bad impression on teachers, coaches, and even friends.  Suggest that he/she substitute words like “ugh” and “darn” instead.

This Thursday (2:30-3:30) is the Invitational Chess Tournament in our cafeteria.  All ages are welcome to enjoy the friendly competition!  And next Wednesday (1/31) is an Early Release (12:20).

Thank you and have a nice rest of the day.


*Resources for Educators, January 2018