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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

6th Grade Writers!

Yesterday, I wiped the dust off my camera and went outside with my sixth grade language class to get a photo of these friends in the great fall weather. They are making scrapbooks out of their writing assignments and we needed a group photo! As you can see, we got a couple of great pictures. The first assignment was to write an acrostic poem with their first names. They did a great job with their poems and have moved on to bigger and better writing assignments!

Sampler Quilts

Students in Miss Cross's 5th grade library classes have been studying quilts. They made their own sampler quilts, by creating cloth squares with individual patterns and the using ribbons to put them together. Their display in the hall explains how our grandparents used any materials they could find, such as flour sacks or discarded clothing to make quilts. So you see, our grandparents were "green" long before it was fashionable!
Miss Cross also has on display in the library this quilt made by her mother about 50 years ago.

Many of the 5th graders consulted their own mothers and grandmothers when they were deciding which pattern to use in their sampler quilts.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mrs. Sally's First Grade Blog

Mrs. Sally Pendergrass's first grade class has a blog. You can find it here, or you can click on our blog list on the right hand side of this page.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Portrait Proofs

Today, I gave out the proofs from the yearbook portraits. I think you will be pleased with the choices, there are some new items this year. You can also order a CD with the photo which makes you the the owner of the copyright on the photo. (the CD only has one photo-- the traditional --style 1 photo)
The column that has Add-Ons means that you must order a package first and then you may add on any of those items.
Orders are due back on October 8th.
You can also order with a credit card, the box on top of the proof needs to be filled out for that.
All checks should be made payable to JP Photography.
If you have any questions you may call Joel Poston Photography. The information you need for that is on the proof. You can also e-mail me gibsond2@k12tn.net

We have set October 22 as the day for retakes, students need to bring a note from a parent to get a retake.

Planning Ahead

We realize that some of you must take off work to come to school and have lunch with your child when we have the holiday meals for parents. Just in case you need to know, these are the dates for the Thanksgiving and Christmas lunches this year:

November 19th--Thanksgiving meal for grades pre-k through 2

December 10th--Christmas meal for grades 3 through 8th grade

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Imagination Library Week

This is Imagination Library Week in Tennessee. I just wanted to remind each of you that Pickett County's Imagination Library is open to all children ages birth to five who reside inside Pickett County. This program provides a free hardback book to eligible children once a month. It arrives at your home through the mail and all you have to do is fill out a registration form. You can sign up at the Pickett County Health Department, the Pickett County Library or at the Pickett County K-8 (See Miss Delilah or Miss Rhuveda). You can also register online, just go here.
We currently have 222 children enrolled in this program. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and the donations from county government and local citizens and businesses.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pictures postponed!

Tuesday, September 15th, was suppose to be retake day for portraits and 8th grade outside candid photos, but since there is a 90% of rain tomorrow and the proofs have been delayed at the lab we will have to re-schedule this! Your proofs should be here sometime this week.

Friday, September 11, 2009

New 2nd Grade Blog

Mrs. Jamie Evans's 2nd grade class would love for you to look at their classroom blog.
Click here.
You can see all the exciting things they are doing!
I will add them to our blog list on the right hand side of this page, so you can see when they add something new.

Progress Reports

Today, Friday, September 11th all students received their mid-nine week progress reports.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Update on the Grandparent Wall

Our grandparent wall display is growing larger everyday. It's hard to get a good photo because it has become so big I can't stand far enough away in the hall.

We want the students to know that teachers have grandparents too, so many of us have created our own display outside our classroom doors. Several of the teacher's aides have also added their grandparents to the display. There are some interesting stories. We have one grandma that had 67 grandchildren!

If you would like to help your child create a display honoring their grandparents with pictures, stories, drawings or words just bring it to school and we will add it to our collection.
On October 9th, we plan to have an open house for any grandparents who would like to come by the K-9 and view our work. There will be more information about this in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pep Rally

We had a pep rally this afternoon for the Junior High Football Homecoming. The game is tonight, Tuesday, September 8th. They play Red Boiling Springs at 6:30.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Candles, Coffee or Cookie Dough?

Everyone gathered in the gym today for the kick off of our school fundraising project. Students learned about the prizes they could win.

Four teachers bravely volunteered for something and ended up hula--hooping with the cookie monster!As the children left the gym and received their brochures, they gave the Cookie Monster high fives. These three first graders, stopped for a picture! This fund raiser lasts until September 21st.

Moms Against Germs!

A great big THANKS to Larissa and Kim, two moms who knew we have a little germ warfare going on and brought their children's teachers a box of tissues and some disinfecting spray and wipes yesterday! We appreciate the support!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

September Newsletter

Dear Families,

Due to Tennessee State Department budget cuts, we regret to inform you there will be no “After school” this school year. Program grant funds were cut extensively and therefore, we are unable to offer this service.

We will begin our school-wide fundraiser on September 4th. This year we will be selling cookie dough, coffee, and candles. There will be no mega party involved. All incentives are strictly individual based. The fundraiser will run from September 4th though September 21st. The delivery date will be October 5th.

Important dates for September and beyond are:
Sept. 3 5/6 & 7/8 girls basketball game-home-5:00p.m.-Burkesville
Sept. 4 fundraiser kick-off
Sept. 7 Labor Day—no school
Sept. 9 Boy Scout Representative—1:00 p.m.
Sept. 10 Boy Scout Meeting—6:00 p.m. cafeteria
Sept. 11 Mid-nine week Progress Reports go home
Sept. 11 5/6 & 7/8 girls basketball game-away-5:00 p.m.-Burkesville
Sept. 15 picture retakes
Sept. 15 blood drive
Sept. 15 5/6 boys & girls basketball game-away-5:00 p.m.-S. Fentress
Sept. 18 story telling—12:20-k-2, 1:10-3-5, 2:00-6-8
Sept. 21 fundraiser ends
Sept. 21 5/6 boys & girls basketball game-away-6:00 p.m.-Allardt
Sept. 22 5/6 boys & girls basketball game-home-5:00 p.m.-S. Fentress
Sept. 24 5/6 boys & girls basketball game-home-6:00 p.m.-Allardt
Sept. 29 5/6 & 7/8 boys basketball game-away-5:00 p.m.-Burkesville
Oct. 1 Explore Test-8th grade
Oct. 5 fundraiser delivery
Oct. 8 Safety Day—Kindergarten rides fire truck.
Oct. 12-16 Fall Break
Oct. 27 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3-6 p.m.

Kenny Tompkins, Principal

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hills and Hollers

About four years ago Mrs. Patti and I collaborated on a project called Hills and Hollers. Our goal in using this theme was to make students more aware of the Appalachian culture that surrounds them and develop a pride in their heritage. This year we have decided to bring Hills and Hollers back! We want to study and complete activities that focus on our own town, county and state.

We have several projects planned and other teachers are joining us. Miss Alice is helping us with decorating the halls with our work and Mrs. Jolly has some special things planned for her fourth graders. In the library Miss Rhuveda Cross is making quilt blocks with some of her students.

One of our first projects focuses on Grandparents. In the K-4 hallway we have started a display, which includes writings, and drawings that students have made about their grandparents. We would love to include photos in this area. Students in grades three and up are working on these writings in the computer lab. If your younger student would like to make his/her own page to hang in our display, we would be glad to have it. I’ll keep you updated with pictures as the display grows or you are welcome to come look at the display yourself.

Be sure to remember your grandparents on September 13th—it’s National Grandparents Day!