Monday, September 19, 2011

Barrier Island Meeting

Here is the agenda from the meeting

Barrier Island Parent Meeting

February 6-8

Money, Money, Money-Mrs. Bracken

 Payment Schedule:

o $35.00 deposit was due September 2nd. If you have not paid this, please send in cash/money order by this Friday, September 16th.

o Payment Schedule

 September 30th $45.00

 October 27th $40.00

 November 18th $40.00

 December 9th $40.00

 Total= $200.00

 FUNDRAISER: We will be selling Carolina Girl Apparel Shirts and Butter Braid Bread for this MONTH. All checks need to be written to Calhoun Academy of the Arts. Cash is also accepted. The fundraisers will last for 2 weeks. All money and order forms need to be turned in on Tuesday, September 27th. NO LATE ORDERS ACCEPTED!

You make $4.00 off of each shirt you sale and $5.00 off of each butter braid that you sale. This amount will be subtracted from the $200.00.

 Spending money at the Gift Shop-$20 maximum

Arrival/ Departure-Ms. Cowley

 Everyone needs to be here by 6:00am on Monday, February 6th. Meet in the lobby of the school by your homeroom teacher’s name.

 Arrival on the 8th will be between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Please be here on time!

Emergency Medical Forms-Mr. Cole

 If your child requires medication, it must be sent in a plastic bag with the dosage and your child’s name clearly marked. Do not send this in until February 6th, but please send in the medicine release form signed with the medical form. (Whether or not your child is taking medicine.)

 Prescription medications must have the child’s name on the bottle in the original container. This must match what is on Part C of the Emergency Medical Form. This includes ANY medication (prescription and OTC)

What to Bring and What NOT to Bring- Mr. Pearson

 on the bus- one book per student, pillow

 in your suitcase- Packing SHEET! (make sure you can carry it!!!)

 marsh clothes/ shoes

 camera

 NO electronic devices or cell phones...This is the Barrier Island’s rule!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Big Fan

So as a child, I always wanted to be a teacher. At one point I thought, maybe a nurse, but I knew I had the calling to teach. I was raised to always do my best at everything I did, so I knew once I "officially" decided to become a teacher that I was going to do my job and do it GOOD!!! In college, I concentrated on learning everything I could to be a better teacher from how I could teach certain content areas to really being involved in students' lives. I wanted to be a teacher that students would remember down the road- just like teachers I remember from my childhood- TOO MANY GOOD INFLUENCES to even name in fear of leaving someone out- I am blessed and was blessed to have so many good role models and GREAT educators in my life.

So, with that being said, in college I was introduced to Ron Clark. I had never met him until a couple of years ago and still adopt his methods in my classroom TODAY. His story is amazing if you have never heard it. (Watch The Ron Clark Story and read The Essential 55 and his newest book The End of Molasses Classes as well as check out his school's website to get a feel of how he does what he does!! UNBELIEVABLE!-

Anyway, I wanted to provide you with a few things from the Ron Clark Academy so you could see how blessed your students are to be at Calhoun Academy of the Arts. The students at RCA come to school in the middle of a not so nice neighborhood in Atlanta, GA (to say the least.) Their is an application process for rising fifth graders and the school runs 5th-8th grade. Middle school is tough years, and Ron wants to inspire them at that age before it is too late. I try to tell my students all the time of how blessed they are to be able to come to school because so many kids around our world are not so lucky. We really do take our education for granted.

So, with that being said, here are some really good articles and an amazing video I wanted to share with you and WHERE I get some of my INSPIRATION! Thank you RCA for your passion and DRIVE to help students and PARENTS be successful because we are all on the same team!!

First day of School 2011 at RCA- pictures and captions

First day of School STEP SHOW from the Faculty and Staff

Article to parents written by Ron Clark

Article about the first day of school

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11, 2001

On Friday, the students received a piece of paper that was to be given to their parents. On the paper, parents, please tell us where you were on 9/11/2001 and describe your feelings. We will talk about these Monday in class.

Bracken's Buccaneers

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reconstruction Quiz and TEST

The quiz is GRADED and glued in your child's notebook on Tuesday, September 6th. Look over all of the information in the notebook and in Social Studies Book pages 107-111. The test will be THIS FRIDAY, September 9th! Let's see who gets to WEAR the CROWN!