There weren't many activities during the day last week other than the testing but this week is a full one! Be sure to read the notes on the music activities at the end of the newsletter.
This week the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders will be testing Monday through Thursday. The 5th graders have math Monday and Tuesday, the 6th graders have math on Wednesday then will continue next week, and the seventh graders test language arts in two groups (Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday and Thursday). Please be on time each day.
Thursday is "Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day." You should have received the letter with the form for your employer to sign so that it is counted as an excused absence for 3rd through 8th graders. Please bring that form in on Friday, not before,as it must be signed at your place of work when your child goes with you. Seventh graders who are testing that day will not have an excused absence. Thank you to the parents who share their time with the students on topics relating to their careers. Mrs. Henry (Kepler) in elementary science, Ms. Kravitz (Joseph and Isabella) personal finance, and Mrs. McHugh (Macy) in 5th grade Law Week. There may be others that I do not know about but I encourage you to contact the teachers or me if you would like to come in for a special program. It is a wonderful way to get to know the school and students and to share your interests with them.
The third quarter ice cream social will be Tuesday afternoon. Students with a 3.5 or higher average in grades 6-8 and those with either all As or all As and Bs in grades 2-5 will be honored. Congratulations to those who have accomplished this.
Please be thinking about volunteering for next year. We will need PTO officers and various other leaders to serve as coordinators or liaisons with parents. If you think you will be able to help out in a leadership role, please contact us. We'd love to have more parent volunteers in these roles.
Performing Arts news/reminders from Ms. Julie:
Tomorrow is an exciting day! Our 3rd and 4th graders will present "Annie Jr." at Glenridge Performing Arts Center at 6 pm. Please remember to have your child wear their costumes to school and bring with them anything they are not wearing that is in their costume bag. If it is in the bag they will wear it during the show. The 3/4 students will leave around 8:45 am and return at 3 pm. Please remember to send in permission forms and pizza money if you have not already done so. Students will return to Glenridge at 5 pm if they are orphans, Annie, Hannigan, Grace, Lily, Rooster, or Warbucks. All others may arrive at 5:30. The show begins at 6 and will end about 7:30 pm. It is a wonderful feel-good show! Please bring everyone you can to the show! Also we still need men and trucks at 8 am for an hour and right after the show at 7:30 pm for an hour. See you there!
Other things to remember are as follows:
1. Some of our advanced chorus middle school students will sing the Star Spangled Banner this Thursday night for the Sarasota Police Foundation. Please let me (Julie) know no later than tomorrow morning if your child can participate. Those that have been asked to sing were given a letter.
2. We have two fundraiser meals left. One is next Wednesday, May 4th, at Jason's Deli. Please right click on this link to RSVP if you will attend. http://www.groupraise.com/events/11363 We need 20 responses by May 1st or it will be cancelled. The last one will be an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser which will be on Saturday, May 7th, from 8 am to 10 am. Information is in this newsletter. We will do the same thing we did last time. You may purchase tickets at the door but we must know by Wednesday morning, May 4th, how many people will attend. Please fill out the form and return ASAP. This is the best opportunity to raise the last $1000 we need for the buses that we use for the rehearsals for all our Broadway shows!
3. The 1st and 2nd graders will go to Glenridge tomorrow to watch the 3/4 rehearsal at noon. Please be sure you have returned the permission slip.
4. We had a fabulous workday this past Saturday. Thank goodness for three dads and Bryan who came and built the window unit that Peter Pan flies through! We have made arrangements with Tino Wallenda to rent the "flying" equipment and John Nock who will operate it. But the window unit was necessary for that to happen! We also had seven moms who came and painted props and flats. Some of them brought their children who worked too! We got so much done! We do not have anyone signed up to work next Saturday and only one on Saturday May 7th but Saturday, May 14th is the next "build" day where we need dads to build units for "Anything Goes" so we will plan another big work day that day from 9 am to 1 pm. Please put that date on your calendar if you can help paint or build. It seems to work better when we have a larger number come on fewer days. We get so much more done!! Thanks again to our fabulous "work crew" that came on Saturday. You were very much appreciated!
5. Costumes will go home this Wednesday for the 1st and 2nd graders for "Music Man". Please look for them!
6. Please keep buying tickets for "Anything Goes". Posters will go home Tuesday. We have 300 beautiful posters we want to go up all over town! Please be thinking about how many you can take to put up. Thanks!
Have a great week! See you at as many events as you can manage!