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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Picture Reminder

Just a reminder that you have one week to get your picture orders to school. They are due on October 7th.
Retakes and sports pictures will be October 8th. Retakes will only be made if a parent writes a note. Please mention in the note what was wrong with the original so that we can try to correct it.
The 8th graders will also be having a casual picture made outside for their special yearbook photo on October 8th.

October Newsletter

Mr. Tompkins published his October newsletter today. It has info about what is happening and a list of very important dates! Look for it as a note or in your e-mail. If you are not on his e-mail list just send a note to pick8@k12tn.net and ask to be included!

Drink Coke. . .Lots and Lots of Coke

Pickett County K-8 has registered for the 2008-2009 school year Coke Rewards program. This program is designed to fill the gap in needed school resources by allowing the community to get involved by collecting points for the local schools. In order to help, you must go to www.mycokerewards.com and register. After you are registered, you can enter the codes you have. Then login at www.mycokerewards.com/schools and search for our school. Click on the “Donate Points” button to complete the donation process. Members can donate any amount of points they would like as long as they have that number of points in their My Coke Rewards account. Schools can earn up to 125,000 points in the 2008-2009 school year, which ends on June 15, 2009. The following brands have the codes for points: Coke, Coke Zero, Dasani, Diet Coke, Fanta, Fresca, Minute Maid, POWERrade, Pibb Xtra, Sprite, Vault, Barq’s, Caffeine Free Barq’s, and Diet Barq’s. Thank you for donating reward points to Pickett County K-8.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Miss Robin's 3rd Grade Blog

Miss Robin's Third grade class now has a blog of their own. Check it out:
A special thanks to Miss Kim for getting them started.

Blogging Class--October 7

Mrs. Misty Dowdy and I are happy to be able to present a class on blogging. This will be free of charge and full of information and cool ideas. We are planning it for October 7, 2008. The time will be 6:00-7:30 P.M in the K-8 computer lab. (Room 200)
This class is open to parents, grandparents, and or any other adult interested! In this class, you will learn how to create a blog, how to add posts, backgrounds, pictures, videos, and much more. We are very excited to share what we know with you so that you too can enter the world of blogging!
If you are planning to attend please email one of us and let us know so we can prepare enough space for all that are interested. Thanks!

Misty: dowdym1@k12tn.net

Delilah: gibsond2@k12tn.net

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Food Drive--October 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Attention All Grades
Pickett County K-8 will be holding a food drive on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This food drive will be to replenish the supply at the Family Resource Center. We need non-perishable food items such as canned goods, cereals, macaroni and pasta, jellies and etc.
Miss Alice, chairwoman of the food drive, says that if we meet our goal of 5000 food items, we will have a school wide popcorn and kool-aid party!
Today a representative from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation met with the students in each grade level. She did a simulation that showed how people with diabetes have to endure the uncomfortable process of checking their blood sugar or taking an injection several times a day. Some students had a story about a child who deals with diabetes and older students watched a video that explained how to make healthy choices that might help prevent diabetes.
Each student will receive an envelope encouraging them to raise some funds to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation find a cure for this disease. The funds students collect here will be given to the Elisha Cummings Walk held at Pickett County K-8 on Saturday, October 4 . Ten percent of the funds will go to the school for athletic equipment. Elisha donates all the funds raised by his walk to this cause when he participates in the annual JDRF Walk in Nashville.
Visit Elisha's website at http://www.freewebs.com/elishacummingswalk

Monday, September 22, 2008

My Favorite Boy Says
Happy Fall Ya'll

Dodge and Teddy T.

I have to share this Teddy T. story.
Last Friday night Teddy T went to the football game with Dodge.

All was going well, until two of Dodge's friends were holding Teddy T. and got into an altercation which resulted in the lose of Teddy T's leg.
Dodge made a police report about this incident and then rushed Teddy T to the ambulance!
The emergency technicians in the ambulance repaired Teddy with Bandaids!

And Dodge comforted him until he was ready to go back to the football game!
(Thanks to Dodge for taking good care of Teddy T and thanks to Dodge's Mom for helping him record this story!)

DVD Available

If you would like to order a DVD of last Friday's 8th grade assembly, The Wizard of Oz, send $20.00 to one of the eighth grade teachers by tomorrow morning.(Tuesday, Sept. 23)

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Wizard of Oz

One of the Munchkins
The Narrators
The Wizard
The Scarecrow
Tin Man with some apple trees!
Two of the actresses who played Dorothy

The Eighth grade class took us to the land of Oz today when they performed their assembly program. They had terrific props and costumes and their performances were all award winning!

Hat Day

To celebrate the letter H the kindergarten classes had Hat Day today.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Proofs Back Today!

I gave out the proofs for last week's school portraits today. You have four choices this year: Color, Black and White, Sepia and Hand Made Paper. Notice that 2008 is printed in the left hand corner of hand made paper. The package choices range from $17-45. There are some add-on items that are available only if you order the package! The photographer will accept Mastercard or Visa.
The proofs must be returned by October 7th.
(The cutie pie you see above is Miss Pam's favorite boy!)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kindergarten Blog

We have another class that has jumped into the blogging boat!!! The kindergarten class has created a blog that tells what is happening with them. Be sure to check on them at:
Their next event is hat day on Friday, details are on the blog. My bloglist on the right also has a link that will take you to the kindergarten.


Faye Wooden, a storyteller, from east Tennessee visited our school today and entertained the entire student body with her talents! She is part of the Storytelling festival at Big South Fork this week end. You can find out more about her at www.FayeWooden.com Her ghost stories were especially popular!

Monday, September 15, 2008

We are responsible for each other. . .

One of my pet peeves is people who talk on their cell phone while driving and become oblivious to everything around them, therefore doing things that endanger the rest of us. Just recently a lady pulled out of a parking lot across two lanes of traffic into the turning lane causing us to have to brake abruptly. Sure enough she was talking on a phone unaware that she had just brought two lanes of traffic to a halt. It was a just luck that none of the cars rear-ended each other or crashed into her. She never knew!

This week-end a train engineer decided to send a text message to some teen-age friends while he was driving a commuter train in California. Text-messaging is probably worse than just talking because it requires you to look at the phone. (if you text like me, you have to look for an extended period of time) This decision cost 25 people their lives and sent 135 to the hospital. How sad to watch a wife tell how she never got to say good-bye to her husband, or to see the rows of police officers line up to remove the body of their fellow officer who was on her way home. So many families were affected and lives changed by this engineer's decision.

Technology is a wonderful thing. Cells phones allow us to keep in touch with our families and friends, computers make the world a smaller place and allow us to have information at our fingertips. But, we must learn to use technology responsibly and safely. This is a lesson that I have been trying to instill in my students when making blog posts, using e-mail and sending text messages. I am going to use this tragic example to remind them of how our actions can affect others.

New Second Grade Blog

We have a new blog. Miss Kim, a parent and sub, has helped Mrs. Norris in second grade to develop her own classroom blog. Check it out: http://2ndgradenorris.blogspot.com
They have worked hard and created an attractive site that will keep you posted about what is happening in Mrs. Norris's second grade class!
I will also add it to the blog list on the right of my site.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tomorrow is. . .

the day you can bring your teddy bear to display in the library. Be sure to put your name on the bear and pick him up at the end of the day.

Mid-nine weeks progress reports will be sent home with your students tomorrow!!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Teddy T.'s Travels On. . .

Teddy T has been so many places it is hard to keep up with him. Here's some more photos of his journey!

Colton and Cooper and Teddy T. making dessert!

Jason and Teddy T.
Kameron feeds Teddy a good meal!
Karley Jo and Teddy T.
Hali and Teddy with a bear friend.
Teddy meets Hatton's pets.
Parker and Teddy T. do some homework!
Evan teaches Teddy T. to ride.

Kyle and friends with Teddy T.
Heath writes in Teddy T.'s journal.
John P. takes Teddy T. for a swim!
Brandy and Teddy T. gather the eggs.
Kolbey and Teddy T.
Trent and Teddy climb a tree.
Grant and a basket full of bears.